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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.
 
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.

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