Seven outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board Honor Society for the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students who received this honor were selected based on scholarship, community service, campus involvement and leadership during their freshmen year. The seven Spears Business students will join 13 other OSU freshmen being honored at OSU president Burns Hargis’s home Sept. 26.
The students are:
- Madeline Betts, management and marketing major from Calumet, Okla.
- Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major from Stillwater
- Coleman Bourke, business major from Tulsa
- Corey Collins, business management major from Piedmont, Okla.
- Brent Cunningham, accounting and finance major from Bartlesville
- Hunter Perdue, marketing major from Yukon, Okla.
- Jacob Swanson, business entrepreneurship and business marketing from Lawton, Okla.
The Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board selected students through an extensive interview process and will narrow the Top 20 Freshmen down to the Top 10 Freshman Oct. 2.
She may have been born in Sherman, Texas, in 1956, but Jeretta Horn Nord has always been an Oklahoma gal.
The management science and information systems professor grew up on a ranch in Colbert, Oklahoma, with an older sister and a younger brother. She was always active, playing the piano, twirling a baton or participating in 4-H. A strong work ethic was instilled in her early; waking up at 5 a.m. to feed show calves is not for the faint of heart.
“I notice a lot of students who come [to OSU] from rural areas have a really good work ethic, and I believe it’s because they have been required to help with feeding cattle or horses, doing chores or perhaps participating in other work-related activities as a child,” she says.
To further illustrate that point, the 12-year-old Nord would ride her bicycle across rural Colbert selling greeting cards from a catalog. She waited to collect the money until she delivered the product but ran into an unexpected problem when she realized she wouldn’t have any money to order the stationery and cards.
“Rather than my parents giving me the money, my dad took me to the bank, and I made a personal loan at the age of 12,” Nord says. “I paid it back immediately after I collected the money from the customers and used the profits to buy Christmas presents that year. It’s one of my most vivid memories from my childhood and a good lesson to learn about managing money. This is just one example of the love, time, and effort my parents invested in our family for which I am eternally grateful.” Continue Reading
His story doesn’t quite begin like your average student.
Oklahoma State University junior Taylon Granger faced a lot of challenges from a young age. At the age of 13, he found himself in and out of shelters. At 16, he got emancipated and began raising himself in Ponca City, Okla., working wherever he could while attending high school. For the past seven years, he has had no contact with any of his family members. With a help from a friend, he was able to get through the rough patch.
“My mom didn’t have a really good childhood, she tried the best she could for as long as she could, but eventually it wore her down,” Granger said. “Eventually, she just went off a cliff and left me in Ponca City at the age of 16. I always had the mentality that you could stay down and be self-loathing, or could actually make something of your life, and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Granger worked 18-hour shifts at a warehouse to get by, but he felt he had the potential to do something more with his life. He decided to attend college at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Okla., eventually transferring to OSU’s Stillwater campus, but his job wasn’t willing to work with his school schedule. This led him to find a job washing dishes with Osage Casinos in Ponca City. He worked his way up to become a food and beverage supervisor, a title he’s held for the past year. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Jeretta Nord was selected as the Spears School of Business faculty member to receive the 2017 Golden Torch Award, an annual award presented by the Achafoa Chapter of Mortar Board.
Mortar Board is a national student honor society that values scholarship, leadership and service and promotes service to colleges and universities. Each year, OSU’s chapter nominates and selects an outstanding faculty member from each college on campus who has made significant contributions toward the success of students for the Golden Torch Award.
“To be selected for the Golden Torch Award by OSU’s Achafoa chapter of Mortar Board is definitely an honor,” Nord said. “The Golden Torch Award is especially special to me because it is a student-nominated award. My career goal is to positively contribute to the overall experience and success of students, and this award recognizes those achievements.” Continue Reading
Cyber security is one of the hottest topics in corporate America today, and the second annual Oklahoma State University Cyber Security Conference will feature cyber security experts from across the country.
The conference is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
With an increase in the risk and sophistication of cyber attacks, there is a growing need for businesses to adapt strategies to protect business and personal information. In this conference, experts will help participants understand risks that their organizations face, define the nature and motive of different threats, and develop cyber security strategies.
“This conference is perfect for companies who are interested in the latest in corporate cyber security threats and the novel strategies used in their prevention,” Rick Wilson, head of the OSU Department of Management Science and Information Systems, said. “This annual conference reflects the outreach portion of the MSIS department’s long standing commitment and our 10-plus years in being an NSA Center of Academic Excellence to cybersecurity education as also evidenced by our top notch undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Assurance and Security.”
Three Spears School of Business students placed in the college-level round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition Feb. 23.
In this competition, each student has a maximum of three minutes to present his or her thesis. The student is limited to a single PowerPoint slide and must verbally present the information.
Oklahoma State University economics and legal studies student Durba Chakrabarty placed first in the competition and received $300. Marketing student Yasamin Vahadati received $200 for placing second, and Peter Liang, management science and information systems student, placed third and was also the People’s Choice winner, receiving a total of $400. Continue Reading
Out of thousands of international participants, Oklahoma State University Management Science and Information Systems doctoral student Pankush Kalgotra’s research impressed the judges at the annual INFORMS poster presentation in Nashville, Tenn.
The three-round poster competition involves a series of reviews and evaluations by experts in the field. Out of 25 finalists per day, the judges select three winners over the course of two days. Kalgotra was selected as the third-place winner for one of the competition days.
“Our poster analyzed the network of diseases,” Kalgotra said. “We created a comorbidity network and examined how this network impacts a patient’s length of hospital stay. For example, if a patient develops a disease that highly relates to other diseases, the patient is likely to get other diseases as well over time. This can impact his/her length of stay. Our model can be directly implemented in to hospitals today because our model beats the existing models.” Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Management Science and Information Systems department at the Spears School of Business has once again been recognized for exceptional work in data science and business analytics.
Dursun Delen, Regents professor, was selected for a prestigious recognition as a mentor for the University of Southern California’s Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery (RoAD-Trip) program, which pairs junior-level mentees with a senior mentor to address the challenges of translating complex data into knowledge.
Paired with University of Alabama at Birmingham assistant professor of health administration Ferhat Zengul, the two created a proposal that underwent a rigorous peer-review evaluation process before being accepted. The proposal, which aims to contribute to the improvement of organ-matching algorithms, was one of 10 to be selected nationwide for the program. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been recognized as having the No. 2 most affordable online Management Information Systems (MIS) master’s degree program among the nation’s Top 30 degree programs as judged by BestMastersDegrees.com.
Spears’ MS in MIS program focuses on preparing students to be problem solvers using unique and state-of-the-art technology and analytic solutions in today’s business world. This is done through an engaging and cross disciplinary combination of development, analytic and data focused classes providing technical and business knowledge and skills to its students.
The MS in MIS program has a long history of appearing in program rankings. In 2015-16, the program was also recognized by Eduniversal as a top institution for MIS degrees and more recently was recognized as a top 10 online program by GradSource.com in its 2016-17 rankings. Continue Reading
Dursun Delen, a William S. Spears Chair in business administration, Patterson Foundation Chair and management science and information systems (MSIS) professor at Oklahoma State University, has been named a Regents Professor.
The position of Regents Professor is the most prestigious position that may be attained in recognition of scholarly accomplishments by faculty on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The position recognizes the few select faculty who have made unique contributions in several areas including research, artistic performance, creativity, teaching, and extension, to note only a few. The Regents Professor must demonstrate a distinguished record of nationally recognized excellence and scholarship in his/her discipline. Continue Reading
This article appeared Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.
It’s a common issue all universities share, and it’s an issue that affects the entire United States.
For years, researchers have looked in to what causes students to drop out of college one factor at a time. Is it difficulty adjusting to college life? Does past academic success contribute? Is it a lack of commitment? Per Oklahoma State University’s Dursun Delen, a Regents Professor of management science and information systems, it’s all of the above.
“Past researchers have considered the phenomena of student attrition from a narrow perspective, one factor at a time, but we used data mining techniques to observe all of the factors at once, holistically,” Delen said. “We found that while adjustment issues, academic difficulty and isolation all contribute, the most important factor of attrition is the amount of credit hours completed in comparison to the amount of credit hours the student enrolled in their first semester of college. But, it’s a mixture of social and emotional factors as well. It’s a complex issue.” Continue Reading
One Oklahoma State University student went above and beyond on a Quantitative Analysis class project creating something that would positively affect the medical industry.
Benjamin Wagener faced the task of developing a linear programming model in a Quantitative research analysis class. After a discussion with his wife, Bethany, about difficulties as a medical provider and Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) clinical coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Wagener discovered his topic: treatment for the HCV in infected inmates.
To choose which HCV infected inmates to treat, she had to search more than 2,300 medical files. Wagener suggested a spreadsheet to simplify her job a little when gathering the data of the HCV. Continue Reading
The following story tells the tale of a fictitious high school student attending Oklahoma State University’s “ISyTE” camp – an Information Systems Technology Exploration program hosted by the Management Science and Information Systems department in the Spears School of Business and the Center for Executive and Professional Development. The camp and people mentioned in this story are real characters being seen through the eyes of an Oklahoma high schooler. The narrator, Ariel West, attended the weeklong camp and blended in with the students to write from their perspective. All events portrayed in this story are factual.
Day Zero: The Meet-and-Greet.
It was hot.
We pulled up to two buildings that towered over the campus on Sunday afternoon. You could tell it was June in Oklahoma with the way the sun could pierce through your clothes and still burn your skin. My parents unlatched the back trunk and we unloaded my bags for the weeklong camp at Oklahoma State University: Information Systems Technology Exploration. The camp was designed to give us high schoolers a peek in to the life of a college student pursuing a Management Science and Information Systems degree, and I was excited to get the week started. Continue Reading
More than 100 Oklahoma State University graduate students representing seven colleges participated in the inaugural Health Data Shootout competition, hosted by OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI).
The competition was open to all majors. Students formed groups and tackled problems ranging from specific diseases like renal failure to disease progression and clinical decisions by analyzing clinical data from about 250,000 Native American patients from the Cerner HealthFacts Data Warehouse. The competition was judged by medical professionals from Stillwater Medical Clinic, Cerner Corporation and Cherokee Nation Health Services.
“Clearly, there is a strong interest at OSU in health care analytics,” said William Paiva, executive director for CHSI. “Across the board, the judges were amazed by the quality of the analytics produced by these teams in just two short weeks. This speaks to the first-class analytics education our students are getting at OSU and their passion in addressing real-world health challenges.” Continue Reading
Three outstanding Spears School of Business students were named Top Freshman by the Oklahoma State University Mortar Board for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Peyton Hillery, an accounting major from Wichita Falls, Texas, was selected as a Top 10 Freshman Woman at OSU, while Vishnu Patel, a finance major from Stillwater, and Mason Russell, a management science and information systems major from Norman, were named Top 10 Freshmen Men. The three Spears Business students will be honored along with 17 other OSU freshmen Oct. 8 in the Browsing Room of Edmon Low Library and again during half time of the OSU-Iowa State football game.
Hillery is the daughter of Brent and Linda Hillery and is also a Spears “I Am Building” student, a Spears Business campaign that selected six outstanding business freshmen to represent the first graduating class of the new business building, set to open January 2018. Hillery is a Spears School scholar leader and the finance assistant for the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She also serves as the assistant finance director for CowboyThon and a McKnight scholar leader, an out-of-state scholarship and class focused on leadership. Continue Reading
Spears School of Business professor Rick Wilson will receive the Outreach Faculty Excellence Award Nov. 30 at the University Awards Convocation in Click Hall of the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
Oklahoma State University awards the prestigious honor annually to one faculty member engaged with outreach and online learning. Nov. 30 marks the 35th anniversary of the award, which began in 1981, and winners are chosen by a panel of representatives from outreach units campus-wide. Continue Reading
A two-person team representing Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business was recently recognized as the overall winner of the 2016 Teradata Analytics Challenge.
OSU graduate students Samsheel Kathuri and Bhargav Molaka, master’s students in management information systems in Spears Business, were the overall winners with their project, “Health Analytics on Tobacco Use Disorders” at the Teradata 2016 PARTNERS Conference Sept. 11-15 in Atlanta.
It is the second consecutive year that an OSU team was the overall winner for the best business analytics project at the conference.
“It is especially heartening to have an Oklahoma State University team win recognition this competition for the second year in a row,” said Ramesh Sharda, advisor for the OSU team, vice dean of the OSU Watson Graduate School of Management and executive director of Teradata University Network. “We had teams competing from Australia, Canada, Singapore, Thailand and many schools from across the United States, so having an OSU team win in the contest is very special.”
We all know that one employee who’s narcissistic, avoidant and disgruntled, but did you know that one employee could take down an entire company?
The biggest problem in information security for many years has been malicious insider threat. These insiders have the knowledge and the access to organizational resources to easily launch attacks on the host organization, even causing more damaging impact compared to outsiders. Continue Reading
The ranking was determined by five criteria: affordability, flexibility, program prominence, student success and related degrees. The ranking also took into consideration factors such as academic and counseling services, distance education enrollment and particular program options. Continue Reading
High school students from across the state of Oklahoma experienced the word of information technology at the eighth annual Information Systems Technology Exploration (ISyTE) Academy at Oklahoma State University in June.
During the weeklong academy, 25 Oklahoma high school students learned about information technology and career opportunities in the field of MSIS. They built the hardware of a computer, installed an operating system and secured and networked their computers together to complete modules. The students also visited major companies ConocoPhillips and ONEOK to take a glimpse into the life of an information technology professional. Continue Reading
Students participated in the inaugural Health Data Explorers program at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) in the spring.
The program was created to allow students to gain valuable skills in analyzing health data and creating models from the information. Students are given a subset of data to analyze and use for any class projects needed and turn in their findings to the Center. The experience helps initiate students into the world of health data and its unique issues.
“When we first started the program, we were in need of more help analyzing the health data we received from the Cerner Corporation,” said Elvena Fong, program manager at CHSI. “A lot of students have come to us in the past wanting data, but it was a challenge when they didn’t have a specific topic in mind. So we decided to create a program to meet these two needs.”
Tanu Srivastav, a master’s student in the Management Science and Information Systems program, was able to secure a summer internship thanks to the experience she gained from the Health Data Explorers program. She said the analytical work broadened her knowledge in the health analytics field.
“My experience with CHSI was tremendous,” Srivastav said. “This program opened the door for me in the field of health analytics. Performing data analysis on health data is very different; the information is so sensitive and critical that you cannot just perform any sort of imputation, you have to be thorough. This type of information can lead to more efficient processes for the health care field.”
“When we first started this initiative, we didn’t know what to expect,” Fong said. “It has turned out to be a big win for everyone.”
The OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) operates at the crossroads of the Spears School of Business and the Health Sciences Center. CHSI is focused on discovering and implementing solutions for the transformation of rural health care delivery.
To learn more about the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation, visit the organization’s website at http://chsi.okstate.edu/.
Oklahoma State University’s David Biros, associate professor of management science and information systems (MSIS), received the best paper award at the 11th Midwest Association of Information Systems Conference in May.
The paper, “Motivating Employees to Comply with Information Security Policies,” looks into why employees may not follow information security policies. The paper was co-authored by Biros’s former doctoral student, David Sikolia. Continue Reading
Americans spend an average of about five hours on their mobile phones a day.
That’s approximately a third of the time the average American spends awake.
Are we addicted to our mobile phones?
Oklahoma State University assistant professor Bryan Hammer has long been interested in the digital age. His interest reaches back to high school, where he served as an assistant network technician for GE Medical Systems and a programmer for Intel. He has researched topics that range from health analytics to privacy and security in social media, but his most recent topic is a subject that nearly anyone over the age of 12 can identify with: mobile phone addiction. Continue Reading
When Rick Wilson arrived at Oklahoma State University in 1990, he was fortunate to begin working with veteran faculty member Ramesh Sharda. The pair teamed up on a research project that ultimately led to the journal article, “Bankruptcy Prediction Using Neural Networks,” which appeared in the top journal Decision Support Systems in 1994.
Little did the now longtime OSU Spears School of Business professors know that more than 20 years later the journal article would be recognized as one of the most cited neural network in business research papers ever published.
More than 45 Oklahoma State University students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 on April 18-21 in Las Vegas. The conference, planned and sponsored by the SAS Global Users Group, brings together the best and brightest SAS users and experts from around the world.
OSU Spears School of Business students once again demonstrated their excellence by earning some of the most coveted honors given during the SAS Global Forum.
The SAS Ambassador Award is the highest honor a student can receive with only 15 students worldwide being recognized based on their demonstrated ability to use SAS analytics research. This year two OSU students – Vinoth Kumar Raja and Mostakim Tanjil – received the SAS Ambassador Award.
“I am extremely proud of our students trained in analytics and data mining. Their phenomenal performance at the SAS Global Conference once again demonstrated they are among the best in the world,” said Goutam Chakraborty, Ralph A. and Peggy A. Brenneman professor of marketing at the OSU Spears School and the director of MS in Business Analytics program as well as the director of Graduate Certificate Programs in Business Data Mining and Marketing Analytics. Continue Reading
Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business won the Presidential Fellows Grand Three Minute Challenge College participation award April 15.
The OSU Presidential Fellows’ Grand Three Minute Challenge (3MC) celebrates the success of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) and the Three Minute Presentation (3MP) in a head-to-head competition of winners from the OSU 2015 3MP and the 2016 3MT. The Presidential Fellows participation award was awarded to the Spears School for being the OSU college/school with the highest percentage of students participating in the competition. Continue Reading
After being assigned a project in a quantitative analysis course, one Oklahoma State University student thought beyond his grade and created something that would positively affect the medical industry.
Benjamin Wagener, an MBA student, was presented with the task of developing a linear programming model that would positively affect the world in a Quantitative Research class. After a discussion with his wife, Bethany, about difficulties within her career as a physician assistant, Wagener had discovered his topic: treatment for the Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) in infected inmates.
“She is a medical provider and the HCV clinical coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Corrections,” said Wagener. “She was describing how she was tasked with choosing inmates for HCV treatment.”
For Bethany to choose which HCV infected inmates to treat, she had to search more than 2,300 medical files. Bethany also expressed how time consuming this task was because inmates infected with the virus were not on a single spread sheet or in a separate pile.
Cyber security is one of the hot topics of 2016, and Oklahoma State University’s inaugural Cyber Security Conference will include some of the world’s foremost experts on April 5 in the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.
The conference, from 8 a.m.-3 p.m., will bring national and international experts to the state. In addition, participants have the option of joining the Executive Management Briefing featuring Gen. Keith Alexander from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Cyber Security Conference speakers and topics include:
- “A Role for Corporate America in Today’s Cyberwar” by Matthew Harper, director of Information Security for Devon Energy Corporation;
- “Get Ahead of Cyber Crime” by Terry Jost, partner/principal in the Advisory Risk Department of EY, Dallas;
- “Security and Privacy Implications of Smart Objects on Infrastructure and Developing a Security Mindset,” by Monique Morrow, chief technology officer, Cisco Systems, Zurich, Switzerland;
- “Financial Presentation on Cyber Security,” by Kent Nabors, chief information systems officer, MidFirst Bank, Oklahoma City;
- “Rethinking the Challenge of Security” by Sabine Schilg, vice president, Security Division for IBM, Armonk, N.Y.;
- “Understanding and Applying Threat Intelligence” by Ken Westin, security market specialist at Splunk, Portland, Ore.;
- “An Intelligence Analyst’s View of the Current Threat Landscape,” by Allison Wikoff, intelligence analyst/security researcher for the Dell SecureWorks, Atlanta.
Oklahoma State University is being recognized as one of the nation’s best values for its data analytics program and also for providing one of the most affordable online opportunities for data analytics students.
The OSU Spears School of Business program is number 13 in the ranking of Top 50 Best Value Big Data Graduate Programs of 2016 and is third in the Top 50 Best Value Online Big Data Programs of 2016, according to Value Colleges. Oklahoma State is one of only two schools in the United States to appear in the top 13 on both lists, and OSU is the highest ranked school in the Big 12 Conference in both rankings.
“We are pleased to be recognized through such rankings,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean of the Watson Graduate School of Management and Regents Professor of Management Science and Information Systems. “OSU has long been a leader in analytics. We were one of the first MS in MIS programs to embrace analytics and have graduated hundreds of professionals who are working in leadership positions in many organizations.
The Oklahoma State University master’s degree in Management Information Systems program is again being recognized in the Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking as one of the best programs in North America.
The OSU Spears School of Business master’s program in MIS was No. 29 in the North American rankings for Information Systems programs for the second year in a row. OSU’s program was No. 23 among U.S. universities, and was the only school in the Big 12 to be included on the list.
“Once again, I applaud our dedicated MSIS faculty for providing such a value-added experience to our students,” said Rick L. Wilson, chair of the Spears School’s Management Science and Information Systems department. “We are committed to practical, hands-on, relevant and rigorous instruction that provides students a competitive edge for our fast-changing technology-driven world. It is again an honor to be recognized.”