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Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Student support key to OSU-Tulsa school administration doctoral program

Dr. Kim Castaldi, an Oklahoma State University-Tulsa school administration doctoral candidate, has spent more than 20 years in education.

From speech-language pathologist to director of federal programs and state director of special education, Castaldi has had many experiences. Still, she had one more goal to achieve … earning a doctorate.

OSU-Tulsa: We're built on transfer student success

 

The week of Oct. 19-23, 2020 is national #TransferStudentWeek.

When people think about transfer students, they may have a particular kind of transfer student in mind.

They may picture the freshman who gets homesick after the first semester away at college. They may imagine the junior who wants to change to a major their university doesn’t offer or the adult student returning to school after a hiatus.

At Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, most of our students are transfer students.

Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hector Nolasco: Student Spotlight

The OSU Center for Family Resilience (CFR) team at OSU-Tulsa works to translate research about families and family life into strategies that help communities become resilient.

Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Driven to succeed: Cory Sales

According to OSU graduate Cory Sales, involvement in the OSU-Tulsa President's Leadership Society, here with new campus President Pamela Fry in the first row, was important in his academic success. Sales, in the middle of the back row, graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in management information systems.

It’s easy to see that Cory Sales is driven to succeed – both in his career but also in being there for his family. Since 2014, the 40-year-old has earned two associate’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a husband, dad and grandfather. Though he attended Oklahoma State University-Tulsa a little later in life, his drive to graduate led to his recently being offered the position of senior IT security analyst for all of the Creek Nation casinos in Oklahoma.

Student Spotlight: Blaze Heckert

Blaze Heckert, Ph. D in one of the Helmerich Research Center labs.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is home to the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Helmerich Research Center and researchers like graduating Ph.D student Blaze Heckert.

Heckert carved a name for himself with his chemistry expertise and love for developing new materials.

Published: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Community Elders Share Valuable Insight in Black Wall Street History Class

The Ellis Walker Woods Memorial honors the first principal of Tulsa's Booker T. Washington High School.

Black Wall Street History course instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana.

When Oklahoma State University-Tulsa’s Black Wall Street History course launched in August, instructor Quraysh Ali Lansana didn’t anticipate the majority of his students would have a direct connection to that history.

Published: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Building a foundation for the future

Even while employed full-time, raising her daughters and working through a language barrier, Bessy Valera accomplished her goal to earn a bachelor's degree.

Earning a bachelor’s degree can be challenging for any student. But Bessy Valera faced more hurdles than most.

“Growing up in Peru, my mother made sure I knew the importance of education,” said Valera, a recent Oklahoma State University-Tulsa graduate. “Unfortunately, higher education in Peru was completely unaffordable.”

Valera moved to the United States in 1996. Despite the difficulties that came with a language barrier, she found a career and settled in.

Published: Monday, February 24, 2020

Research and outreach: OSU-Tulsa research turns into nationally recognized community policing plan

It's easy to catch Jesse Guardiola with a smile. His friendly, infectious personality takes over the room as soon as he enters it.

Jesse Guardiola on the OSU-Tulsa campus

Before Jesse Guardiola was an OSU-Tulsa graduate, a Tulsa Police senior officer, and a winner of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, he was a fresh Tulsa Police Department recruit who saw an issue and wanted to make a difference.

“Early on, I saw a divide between Tulsa’s Hispanic community and law enforcement,” Guardiola said.

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

OSU-Tulsa Career Closet offers free suits and fresh confidence to students

OSU-Tulsa graduate and Career Closet user Bessy Valera models her go-to blue blouse.

Whether it’s a job interview, a networking event, an internship or anything in-between, it’s important to stand out – for the right reasons. Professional events usually require professional attire. But what if your closet is more casual than business?

That’s where Bessy Valera found herself last fall, as she prepared for a scholarship banquet in her final semester.

Published: Monday, November 25, 2019

Once imprisoned, an OSU-Tulsa graduate takes on Oklahoma’s female incarceration problem

D'Marria Monday (right) and fellow OSU-Tulsa student Jacquelyn Jackson in 2017 -- one year before she would graduate and form Block Builderz.
Statewide activist and public speaker D'Marria Monday poses for a photo in Tulsa's historic Greenwood District.
 
D’Marria Monday isn’t content to hang out in the shadow of her famous uncle – OSU legend and Olympic gold medalist wrestler Kenny Monday.
 
“I want to create my own legacy. But having the footsteps of greatness behind me inspires me,” she says.
 

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