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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.

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.
 
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Family, community ties draw student back home to OSU-Tulsa

Tyreiha Walker inside Wanda J's Next Generation

Tyreiha Walker

 

Just as her four sisters have done, Tyreiha Walker grew up working in her Granny’s well-known Wanda J’s restaurants in north Tulsa.

She started at cash register at age 7, progressed to doing dishes then became a waitress by 14.

Walker now spends time at the family’s newest location, Wanda J’s Next Generation, on Greenwood Avenue across from ONEOK Field.

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2019

Learning to Lead

Members of the 2018-19 OSU-Tulsa President’s Leadership Society have made long-lasting friendships outside of group activities.

OSU-Tulsa President's Leadership Society

OSU-Tulsa President’s Leadership Society surpasses expectations

When Dr. Raj Basu first created a prestigious group to help high-achieving students at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa develop leadership skills, he wasn’t certain how much participation he might find.

Basu was pleasantly surprised when the President’s Leadership Society doubled in size to nearly 80 members in its second year.

Published: Monday, June 24, 2019

Outstanding Senior on path to lifting voices of women, marginalized communities in film

Amairani Perez Chamu

 

The way things are going, it won’t be long before Amairani Perez Chamu’s name appears as director in the credits of a feature film.

She is focused on achieving her goal of making movies that matter, that help lift the voices of women, Latino and marginalized communities so they will be heard.

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

OSU-Tulsa student receives top honors from the OSU Alumni Association

Amairani Perez Chamu

Amairani Perez Chamu

OSU-Tulsa student Amairani Perez Chamu has been named a 2018-19 OSU Outstanding Senior, the highest student honor bestowed by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

OSU-Tulsa engineering student says research enhances learning experience

OSU-Tulsa student Saqib Raza in the lab

As a child in Pakistan, Saqib Raza was known by his family for taking apart remote controlled toys and various household appliances to see how they work.

The problem was he never put them back together.

“That’s why I don’t have any toys from my childhood,” he says with a chuckle.

Published: Monday, January 14, 2019

OSU-Tulsa student hooked on aviation - at first sound

Emma Keller

The first thing Emma Keller ever heard was an airplane engine.

After spending her first 18 months of life without the ability to hear, an operation opened up the world of sound. While leaving the hospital in her mother’s arms, she pointed excitedly as she heard an airplane flying overhead.

“Of course, I don’t really remember that, but my mom tells that story,” Keller says with a laugh.

Published: Monday, October 29, 2018

Graduate student spearheads OSU-Tulsa’s move to zero-landfill status

Graduate student Lauren Branum fills a reusable water bottle to help reduce waste at the OSU-Tulsa campus.

OSU-Tulsa graduate student Lauren Branum outside Tulsa's Covanta facility.

Graduate student Lauren Branum has been “talking trash” for months, but it’s a good thing because the result will be a cleaner and greener Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus.

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