Oklahoma State University’s Department of Management and the Center for Executive and Professional Development will host “Improving Your Business Processes & Project Management” on June 26-27 at the OSU-Oklahoma City campus.
This two-day seminar covers the basics of Business Process Improvement including: terminology, identifying and selecting projects, planning, management and execution, analysis and measurement. The session includes practical exercises and examples that can apply to both small and large businesses.
Participants may enroll in the first day of “Improving your Business Processes” or both days which includes the second session, “Project Management and Practical Application.”
Sgt. Chris Upshaw of the U.S. Army flew to Stillwater from Guam to surprise his sister, Lauren Reid, prior to her graduation from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business on Saturday morning. Reid, from Perry, Okla., graduated with a general business degree.
Sgt. Upshaw, who serves with the 523rd Horizontal Engineer Company out of Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, is deployed to Camp Covington on the Naval Base Guam. He surprised his sister by showing up at the Spears School’s reception for graduates Saturday morning in the Student Union Ballroom.
Sgt. Upshaw was stationed in Iraq and missed his younger sister’s graduation from Perry High School several years ago, but he wanted to make sure to be in Stillwater for Saturday’s commencement ceremony.
“There is an 8-year gap between my sister and me. Although there is that gap, we are very close,” said Sgt. Upshaw. “I have a very good relationship with my family, and I am blessed to have a sibling that is as loving and caring as she is.
“She has been very supportive of everything that I have done in life and I want her to know how proud I am to have her graduate college. She was able to attend my graduation from basic training and now it’s my turn to show her the same support. I want my sister to have a great memory of this day and want it to be extra special for her.”
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The School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship have placed Oklahoma State University’s program on the map in recent years. OSU’s program recently received another prestigious honor when it was named one of the top 25 business schools for entrepreneurship by U.S. News and World Report.
The OSU entrepreneurship program tied for No. 22 in the 2014 rankings of the nation’s best schools to help students channel their creativity, participate in business plan competitions, earn an MBA, and launch a business.
“Earning this distinction in the U.S. News and World Report rankings is a tremendous achievement for the entrepreneurship program, and is a reflection of the quality of the School of Entrepreneurship’s faculty and curriculum,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “The students, faculty and staff associated with the School of Entrepreneurship should be proud of this outstanding achievement.”
For more than 100 years the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University has been at the forefront in offering classes and degrees that are applicable to the business world. In keeping with that standard, the Spears School will begin offering this fall new graduate certificate programs in nonprofit management and sustainable business.
Graduate students will be able to earn certificates in either program in as little as one year. Classes will be offered through the Watson Graduate School of Management on the Stillwater and Tulsa campuses and also will be available online through the Spears School’s distance learning program.
“Each of these new programs is consistent with the Spears School’s mission to provide high-quality, engaging and accessible business education that is relevant and innovative targeted to improve the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation and the world,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “We believe each of these programs will help students transform their organizations and make a difference in the world.”
Virtue and Veneration, a two-man team of Oklahoma State University students Nick Cain and Flint Holbrook, placed fourth against 27 other universities last weekend at the Richards Barrentine Values and Ventures™ Business Plan Competition at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
Cain, a mechanical engineering major, and Holbrook, a biosystems engineering major, presented Virtue and Veneration, a service providing comfort to grieving United States military veterans and their families. Cain and Holbrook have been working on their new business venture for the past year in the Cowboy Idea Hatchery, a student business incubator that is part of the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.
A number of Oklahoma State University students and several teams from the Stillwater campus were among the winners during the 2013 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Competition.
The OSU students and teams won more than $27,000 in cash awards and scholarships. In addition, the R2R Technologies group of students qualified to travel to Las Vegas next month for the Tri-State Competition by placing second-place in the Graduate Division competition.
R2R is the first team since the inception of OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship to qualify for the Tri-State Competition, scheduled May 20-22 in Las Vegas where the team will have an opportunity to win an additional $25,000 to advance their venture.
The Department of Economics and Legal Studies at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will host Gretl Conference 2013 this summer in which participants from all around the world will travel to Oklahoma.
The Gretl Conference 2013 is for econometricians who are devoted users and developers of Gretl, an open-source statistical package used worldwide.
The conference is scheduled for June 20-21 in Oklahoma City, and it is the first time the group will be meeting in the United States. The previous two conferences were held in Toruń, Poland (2011) and Bilbao, Spain (2009).
Kylie Roper grew up in Edmond, Okla., in a house that bled crimson and cream. Her father was an ecstatic University of Oklahoma fan. But when it came time to decide what to do with her life and where to focus her studies, Roper contemplated a decision between OU and Oklahoma State University
After visiting the two schools, Roper said OSU made her feel more at ease and impressed her with its outstanding accounting program.
“I felt so much more at home (at OSU),” Roper said. “They’re both wonderful universities, but this was definitely the place I wanted to come and spend my four years, and call my home away from home.”
OSU embraced Roper with open arms and watched her succeed throughout the next four years. Roper, who will graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, was recently selected to receive one of the most coveted awards given to OSU students.
Orange Innovations, a student-run marketing agency consisting of Spears School of Business students at Oklahoma State University, has developed a marketing campaign to introduce the 2013 Honda Civic Sedan to the Stillwater campus.
The Honda Street Fest will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 8, on the southeast lawn of the Edmon Low library on the Stillwater campus.
Orange Innovations’ 32-member marketing team consists of undergraduate students from the Marketing Strategies and Marketing, taught by Marlys Mason, associate professor in the marketing department at the Spears School. Continue Reading
Six graduate students of the Spears School of Business in the Master’s of Science Quantitative Financial Economics program competed in the Rotman International Trading Competition in Toronto, Canada, in February. The group placed 19th out of 48 schools around the world andsixth among other universities in the United States.
Representing the Spears School were Alex Berry, Shawn Santo, Jared Sposato, Layne Krizek, Sheena Narayanan and Shenglan He.
Some of the schools competing were Texas A&M, Duke and MIT. Also, various universities from outside of the country including Thailand, Italy and Ireland.
The teams competed in trading cases emphasizing different challenges faced by traders.
The Oklahoma State University Information Systems Technology Exploration Academy (ISyTE) is now taking applications for its 2013 session. ISyTE, presented by the Department of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business, will be held from June 2-7, 2013 on the Stillwater campus.
ISyTE is an activity-based, hands-on program designed for high school students interested in the vital intersection of business and technology. The program allows participants to interact with current Management Information Systems (MIS) students, faculty, and industry IT professionals. Students from across the state of Oklahoma will learn how to build a computer from start to finish, take part in a mock investigation where they use forensics technology to track down an imaginary criminal, and much more during the fifth annual OSU ISyTE Academy.
“The ISyTE Academy was a great program for me to meet others interested in the same things as me,” said former ISyTE student Austen Rozanski of Tulsa. “I am very thankful for this opportunity and felt it helped me greatly to understand computers and MIS.”
The Adrian Project, a program developed by the Internal Revenue Service, gives students interested in IRS criminal investigation a chance to try their hand at finding and examining evidence and using surveillance techniques all while working side by side with real IRS agents.
The OSU School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business and Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity are hosting the project.
Oklahoma State University students competed in the 2013 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Southwest Region Competition recently, qualifying for the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) to be held April 19-21 in San Antonio.
The eight-man team of Information Security Assurance Club (ISAC) students Chase Freeman, Clayton Griffith, Steven Haddock, Corey Hadley, Eric Osmus, Michael Smith, Zach Taylor and David Waters competed during an eight-hour regional competition at Texas A&M University-San Antonio.
The competition requires teams of students to maintain a mock business network of computers while a team of computer security professionals are attacking it. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is one of only four schools in the United States in which 100 percent of the full-time MBA students received jobs within three months after graduation, reports U.S. News & World Report.
All of the full-time MBA students who graduated in 2012 from Oklahoma State who applied for jobs were hired during the three-month time frame, according to U.S. News Short List, a regular series that provides students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate programs excel.
“This report is indicative of what people have been saying for years, that students in the Spears School are receiving a relevant and real world education that prepares them for career success,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “It’s a testament to the quality of our MBA students and the professors in the Watson Graduate School of Management that Oklahoma State was one of only four schools to be recognized with this honor.
The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will honor three outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni during the 2013 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 7, at the Student Union Ballroom.
This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are Ann Bradshaw, an Indirect Tax Partner in the Houston office of Ernst & Young; Robin Dennis, the Chief Financial Officer for BP Russia based in Moscow, and Keith Schwarz, the Managing Partner of the Oklahoma City office of KPMG LLP.
The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1979 to recognize Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in the profession of accounting, bringing recognition to Oklahoma State University and the School of Accounting. It is dedicated to Dr. Wilton T. Anderson, the founding father of the OSU School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.
Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Entrepreneurship online program is No. 1 in the nation in the rankings of the 10 Best Online MBA Entrepreneurship Programs as named by TheBestSchools.org, a website devoted to empowering students with information to assist them in selecting the best school and degree programs.
“The (Oklahoma State) online Master in Entrepreneurship program covers the nature of entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial process. The program combines core content with a strong commitment to experimental learning. It enhances student competencies in areas such as risk management, opportunity recognition, resource leveraging, business planning, and innovation,” according to TheBestSchools.org release in describing why OSU’s program was selected No. 1.
Updated: March 11, 2013
OSU’s ISAC team wins the 2013 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Southwest Region Competition. For more information visit http://www.nationalccdc.org/.
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Oklahoma State University students competed in the 2013 Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) Southwest Region Qualifiers recently, earning a qualifying berth at the regional competition to be held in San Antonio in March.
The eight-man team of Information Security Assurance Club (ISAC) students Chase Freeman, Clayton Griffith, Steven Haddock, Corey Hadley, Eric Osmus, Michael Smith, Zach Taylor and David Waters competed virtually during an eight-hour qualifying round on the Stillwater campus.
The competition required teams of students to maintain a mock business network of computers while it is being attacked by computer security professionals. “Going completely virtual for the qualification round made us redesign our strategy from the ground up. Also, this year’s regional had twice as many teams competing, raising the stakes even higher,” said Eric Osmus, president of ISAC. Continue Reading
Three programs within Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business were recently recognized in the Eduniversal Rankings as among the best master’s programs in the world.
The Spears School’s Master of Science in Management Information Systems program was ranked No. 22, the MBA Concentration in Global Business was ranked No. 38, and the school’s Masters in Entrepreneurship program was ranked No. 89 in North America in the Top 200 Best Masters and MBA Programs Worldwide rankings for 2012.
The rankings are based on three main criteria: 1) reputation of the program; 2) salary of the first employment of the graduates, and 3) satisfaction of the students. More than 12,000 master’s programs were reviewed and 100,000 graduates participated in the Eduniversal survey. The satisfaction of the students is the most important aspect of the rankings as they evaluate the program of their study, according to a press release from Eduniversal. Continue Reading
The Interns, a team comprised of accounting students in Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business, captured first place at PwC’s xTREME Games this past week in Washington, D.C.
Team members Mollie Field, Samantha Garrison, Stephanie Giardina, R.J. Parr, Chase Sprueill and faculty advisor Monika Turek traveled to PwC’s national office in D.C. as one of the five final teams competing for the top prize in the xTAX (short for Extreme Tax) category with hopes of winning the coveted Hamilton Award. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s new Center for Health Systems Innovation is the first in the nation dedicated to harnessing entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation to improve health and health care systemically. Health care visionaries from some of the world’s top organizations were in Stillwater last week to celebrate the opening of the Center.
The new Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI), a collaborative effort of the Spears School of Business and the OSU Center for Health Sciences, will focus on creating a comprehensive and coherent vision for health care problem solving through market-based solutions.
“Could there be a more important issue in America today, and certainly in our state, than health care? It is pretty clear that we cannot attempt to solve it with just money. It’s going to have to be solved with creativity and innovation, and that is precisely what this Center is all about,” said OSU President Burns Hargis.
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is going international with its unique program for executive development. The second class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives in the Watson Graduate School of Management features 18 participants, including international students from The Netherlands and Canada, and representing seven states across the United States.
The three-year program kicked off Jan. 11-12 with an orientation session at the Helmerich Research Center on the OSU-Tulsa campus. The 18 participants were welcomed to the program by OSU/A&M Board of Regents members Andy Lester and Jay Helm, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, Spears School of Business Dean Larry Crosby, Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett, and program directors Ramesh Sharda and Craig Wallace.
The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University continues to show its master’s degree programs offered online are among the nation’s best. The master’s programs offered in the Watson Graduate School of Management were selected No. 37 in the recent U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Education Program rankings, released Tuesday.
This is the first time U.S. News has numerically ranked online programs, and nearly 200 schools across the United States were evaluated in the 2013 rankings.
“We are very pleased to hear of this recognition. We take graduate business education very seriously at OSU and the Spears School, as evidenced by our recent creation of the Watson Graduate School of Management,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School.
Former U.S. Representative J.C. Watts will be the featured speaker at the 2013 VEP Gala Celebration, honoring the group of military personnel participating in the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program presented each year by the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship and School of Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business.
The 2013 VEP Gala Celebration will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City.
“We are pleased that J.C. Watts will be addressing the 2013 graduates of the Veterans Entrepreneurship Program,” said Larry Crosby, dean of the Spears School. “His insights on inspiring the student in everyone to dream big, stretch their leadership potential, transform organizations and make a difference in the world will be beneficial as they embark on this new challenge in their lives.”
Garret Jones, a Spears School of Business MBA distance-learning student, traveled more than 5,000 miles from Germany to participate in Oklahoma State University’s Fall 2012 Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14.
Jones is an air traffic controller for the U.S. Department of Defense in Grafenwoehr, Germany, where he was stationed as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Aviation until his active duty expired in September.
“My MBA degree from OSU is the next step and it’s a part of my commitment to life-long learning,” said Jones. “I believe that you need to grow, you need to develop, you need to do what you can for the world while you are here, and I think this was a step along that process for me.” Continue Reading
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The Interns, a team comprised of Oklahoma State University accounting students, are one of the five national finalists headed to PwC’s xTREME Games set for Jan. 25-26 in Washington, D.C.
Team members Mollie Field, Samantha Garrison, Stephanie Giardina, R.J. Parr, and Chase Sprueill participated in PwC’s xTAX competition recently held on OSU’s Stillwater campus.
Each of the six five-member teams was asked to develop a case solution and live video presentation over a two-week period. Students briefly plunged into the environment of the real business world to show their skills as critical thinkers, able collaborators, and persuasive advisors on important business issues.
James Pappas, associate professor and Ph.D. coordinator for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business, was awarded the International Education Faculty Excellence Award at the University Awards Convocation on Tuesday.
The University Awards Convocation recognizes outstanding achievements of faculty, staff and administration at Oklahoma State University.
Pappas is being awarded for his work in engaging students in a variety of study abroad and travel program opportunities through the Spears School. In the past four years, Pappas has led more than 100 students through programs in five countries – England, France, Mexico, Costa Rica and Greece. He is currently planning a new program in Germany for the summer of 2013.
A company founded by three recent Oklahoma State University graduates was selected last month as one of 50 businesses to be recognized as the “GEW 50,” the best and brightest new startups around the world.
CleanNG, which began as a project in the Riata Center of Entrepreneurship’s Cowboy Idea Hatchery student incubator in the Spears School of Business, was one of 50 finalists competing for the grand prize in the 2012 Startup Open, a competition for startups with high-growth potential featured as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2012.
Also, CleanNG was one of the 28 finalists from the Startup Open to be featured in a story of titled “The World’s Most Promising Companies,” on the CNBC.com website in early November. Although only one startup is awarded the grand prize, and CleanNG was not selected for that honor, the company is taking advantage of its newfound notoriety.
Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting recently received gifts totaling $20,000 from the Halliburton Foundation to help fund scholarships and an annual faculty research award.
A $16,000 donation from the Halliburton Foundation will be used to support eight Halliburton Professional Program in Accounting (PPA) scholarships in the Spears School of Business. Also, a $4,000 gift will support the Halliburton Faculty Research Award given annually to a member of the Spears School faculty.
“Halliburton is a leader in the global energy industry that has been incredibly generous to the School of Accounting for years. We are delighted that Halliburton continues to support the School of Accounting through this scholarship and research funding,” said Bob Cornell, head of the School of Accounting.
Orange Innovation Group, a student-run marketing agency consisting of Spears School of Business students, recently participated in a Chevrolet Campus Promotions campaign on the Stillwater campus. OSU is one of only 19 schools throughout the country participating in the program.
The campaign is part of the Chevrolet Campus Promotions, a program that gives OSU students a unique, real-world business experience through the design and implementation of an integrated marketing communications plan. The competition is organized by EdVenture Partners, a marketing education consultancy that brought together Oklahoma State University students and Chevrolet. Continue Reading