OSU grads’ company receives major research grant

John Helsley
  (January 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm)

MITO founders Haley Keith and her husband Kevin Keith pose with OSU professor and company CEO Richard Gajan (right) when MITO was recognized previously at the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

STILLWATER, Okla. – MITO Material Solutions, a company grown by a student from an Oklahoma State University classroom project, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Research grant for $224,988 to conduct research and development on a nano-additive that increases the durability of composite materials utilized in aerospace, recreation and automotive industries.

Haley Keith and her husband Kevin, graduates from OSU, founded MITO and serve as president and vice president. Richard Gajan, a Thoma Family assistant professor entrepreneurship in the OSU Spears School of Business, serves as CEO of MITO.

The additive was developed in OSU’s Helmerich Research Center in Tulsa by Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan. Haley adopted a business plan for MITO as part of a classroom project in the Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Scholars Program. The project grew into a full-fledged business that continues to gain traction, with this grant helping in the creation of two engineering positions at inception, while 200 employees are anticipated within five to seven years.

“MITO has never really stopped moving, but the SBIR award allowed us to finally put a lot more fuel in the tank,” Haley said. “Our momentum in 2018 is continuously growing as this grant provides the funds for us to pursue the commercial development of our product with two full-time employees, while securing our Series A funding round.”

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Ph.D. Alumnus James Bishop visits
Spears Business for an early Homecoming

Jennie Melendez
  (October 30, 2017 at 8:47 am)

James Bishop shares his Spears Business memories.

Homecoming was still one week away but Oklahoma State University economics alumnus James Bishop (Ph.D., 2016) made an early pilgrimage back to his alma mater at Spears School of Business in early October.

Born and raised on the big island of Hawaii, Bishop made his decision to come to OSU as an undergraduate student like he appears to make every decision, methodically and well-researched.

“I knew I was a National Merit Scholar, and when the scholarship offers started coming in, the very best offer was from OSU. So, that made my decision for me,” he said. “I looked it up and the best LSAT scores came from economics and math majors, so I majored in economics.”

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OSU School of Accounting’s George Krull
earns prestigious award from AICPA

Spears School News Staff
  (October 24, 2017 at 10:14 am)
George Krull

George Krull

Oklahoma State University’s George Krull was honored Sunday with the Gold Medal Award of Distinction by the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA) at the Fall Council and Annual Members’ Meeting in San Antonio.

Krull was named this summer as interim head of the OSU School of Accounting, and he also assists Eddy Ditzler in teaching the Financial Accounting Research seminar.

Since 1944, the AICPA has given the Gold Medal Award of Distinction to CPAs who have made outstanding contributions to the profession.

“Dr. Krull is very deserving of this award as he has distinguished himself in all aspects of the accounting profession,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “He has done so much to improve accounting in the academic and professional realms. We are very pleased he received this award and we are honored to have him back working with us.”

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Distinguished alumni, ExxonMobil group
to be honored by Spears Business on Nov. 3

Terry Tush
  (October 11, 2017 at 9:26 am)
Steve and Diane Tuttle

Steve and Diane Tuttle

Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will recognize several distinguished alumni and a group of former coworkers who are making the difference in the lives of students at the 2017 Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 3 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

The annual banquet recognizes OSU graduates with distinguished professional careers who have given back to their communities and displayed leadership skills. Diane Tuttle, Steve Tuttle and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group will be honored as inductees into the Spears Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by Spears Business.

Also, Rob Haight, Craig Ireland and Brandi Surine will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni at the banquet.

“For the past 52 years, we’ve been honoring some of our finest graduates and this year’s honorees are certainly deserving to join this impressive group,” said Ken Eastman, dean of Spears Business. “Both Diane and Steve Tuttle are an inspiration to all of us at the Spears School through their professional and personal success and the ExxonMobil Controllers Alumni Group includes eight ExxonMobil retirees (and their spouses) who are great examples of the impact a unified group can have when pooling their resources and working together.”

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MBA students listen to early career advice
from Oklahoma State alumnus Austin Murch

Taylor Mullan
  (October 5, 2017 at 1:19 pm)
Austin Murch

Austin Murch

While students typically learn from leaders with numerous years of career experience, those attending the September 15 professional development course were given a chance to listen to early career advice from recent MBA alumnus, Austin Murch. Murch, a project controller with Sandia National Laboratories, was once the MBA Association president and received his MBA degree from OSU in 2015.

Murch began his talk by explaining how he learned from and embraced each obstacle he faced when going into the workforce.

“I took something from every stop, every challenge, and shaped my career path,” Murch said.

This led the discussion into the topic of failure and success. Murch suggests one way to overcome the feeling of failure is to change your outlook on situations because you may not be failing at all.

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Spears School Alumni Q&A: Taber LeBlanc

Jennie Melendez
  (September 26, 2017 at 10:22 am)

Taber LeBlanc (right) and wife Julie (left).

Oklahoma State University alumnus Taber LeBlanc is the man behind Oklahoma City home building industry leader Homes by Taber. And it was at OSU’s business school that LeBlanc learned about leadership, marketing and achieving success in today’s ever-changing business climate.

Born in Wichita, Kansas but raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, LeBlanc came to Stillwater on a football scholarship and graduated with a management and marketing degree in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he married his high school sweetheart and began the business that is known today as a market leader, boasts increasing profits and continues to expand with its consistent success.

We recently asked LeBlanc how his business degree from OSU helped him to become the successful entrepreneur he is today. Continue Reading

Spears Business alumnus Lance Robertson
appointed to U.S. administration post

Ariel West
  (August 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm)

Lance Robertson graduated from the Spears School of Business with a bachelor’s in general business in 1993.

Former Oklahoma State University business major Lance Robertson has been appointed as the U.S. Assistant Secretary on Aging and Administrator of the Administration for Community Living as nominated by President Donald J. Trump earlier this year.

After serving in the U.S. Army, Robertson graduated from OSU in 1993 with a bachelor’s in general business from the Spears School of Business and obtained a master’s in public administration with honors from the University of Central Oklahoma. He graduated from the 2010 Governor’s Executive Development Program for State Officials and the first class of the Oklahoma Aging Advocacy Leadership Academy in 1997. He was named an honorary alumnus by the OSU College of Human Sciences in 2013 to honor his partnership with its gerontology program.

Previously, Robertson served as Oklahoma’s Director of Aging Services for the past decade and oversaw a range of programs that included the Older Americans Act and a large 1915c Medicaid waiver. He was an administrator at OSU for twelve years, where he co-founded the Gerontology Institute and directed a regional professional association, PartnerShips for Aging. He is a past president of the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) and has served on numerous boards and commissions.

Robertson continues to partner on several initiatives within the OSU College of Human Sciences.

OSU finance alumna selected to attend prestigious AICPA 2017 Leadership Academy

Ariel West
  (July 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm)

Wendy Thompson graduated from OSU in 2008.

Oklahoma State University finance alunma Wendy Thompson was selected as one of only 38 CPAs in the nation to attend the American Institute of CPAs’ (AICPA) Leadership Academy program October 1-5 in Durham, North Carolina.

Thompson grew up in Tulsa and knew she wanted to attend OSU. She graduated from OSU with a bachelor’s in finance with a minor in accounting in 2008 and was also a member of the equestrian team during that time. She works for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores as the manager of transportation accounting for Love’s trucking business, Gemini Motor Transport. She also serves as the treasurer of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Oklahoma’s Board of Directors and the treasurer for the Thoroughbred Athletes Inc. Board of Directors.

Thompson has a history of success, being selected as one of the Oklahoma Society of CPAs as a 2016 Trailblazer and recently graduated from Leadership OKC’s LOYAL XII Program. She hopes to bring innovative ideas back to her organization and community and continue to improve her leadership skills.

“The selection process was very rigorous, requiring us to submit multiple essays, reference letters, lists of our accomplishments and our résumé,” Thompson said. “I feel very honored to be one of the 38 selected for the program. From a young age, I had always had a passion to learn and to better myself. Earning my CPA designation is one of my proudest accomplishments, and I want to continue to challenge myself as a young CPA and improve as a leader. Continue Reading

Alumni Q&A with Kari Easson

  (June 27, 2017 at 12:05 pm)

Spears School of Business alumna Kari Easson was recently named a 40 Under 40 by Oklahoma Magazine. She is the Controller/Accounting Director at Stillwater Medical Center.

Originally from Maryland, Easson first moved to Stillwater 12 years ago when her husband was a student at OSU. She received a master’s degree in accounting in 2008 and a master’s in health care administration in 2015 from Oklahoma State University.

Today, Easson manages a staff of six and is in charge of the day-to-day financial operations of Stillwater Medical Center (SMC) and all of their clinics and reports to the CFO. She prepares monthly financial statements and monthly financial/statistical reports, oversees the audit process and Medicare cost report preparations by SMC auditors, and coordinates their yearly budgeting process. She also manages the same accounting functions of Blackwell Regional Hospital. Continue Reading

OSU alum Yves Mafolo travels the
world to make his dreams a reality

Ariel West
  (June 2, 2017 at 10:38 am)

Yves Mafolo came to OSU through the African Leadership Bridge program.

He may get to travel all over the globe, but Yves Mafolo put in the hard work to get to where he is today.

Oklahoma State University finance graduate Yves Mafolo is an Angolan national that grew up and lived across the African continent. He attended the African Leadership Academy where he launched both a community-based organization in the outskirts of Johannesburg and a business on-campus, having big dreams to travel the world and open a Pan-African investment firm. He accepted the African Leadership Bridge scholarship and began attending OSU in June 2011, where he began honing his passion of changing Africa.

“The African Leadership Bridge is an organization that helps prepare leaders who will help develop Africa and has a partnership with both the University of Texas at Austin and Oklahoma State University,” Mafolo said. “I’m extremely passionate about contributing to Africa’s development and making it a better place for all of its citizens, and being able to attend a university in the United States has exposed me to a different view of the world that I’m sure will help me achieve my aspirations for the African continent.” Continue Reading

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Tim Woods

  (April 25, 2017 at 12:11 pm)

Timias “Tim” Woods, originally from Tulsa, Okla., received a bachelor’s degree in both business administration and economics from Oklahoma State University in 2008. He recently visited the Stillwater campus to speak to Nancy Titus-Piersma’s Real Estate Finance class to share his experiences in the real estate industry.

Woods is the National Director of Asset Services for Matthews Real Estate Investment Services in Dallas. Currently, he is focused on growing a new division at the firm and tapping into new sources of revenue.

Why did you choose to major in business?

I think I originally wanted to go into banking when I first started as a freshman. I chose economics as a major after finishing Econ 101. Something about the graphs and adjusting demand/supply curves based on the scenario provided intrigued me. Continue Reading

Oil and gas finance experts visit OSU to give
students a glimpse of working in the industry

  (April 6, 2017 at 10:05 am)

Betty Simkins (second from right), interim head of the Department of Finance, hosts oil and gas experts as they visit her energy finance class to share the various career opportunities in oil and gas finance. Guest speakers (from left) Curt Jennings, senior marketing representative, Rose Rock Midstream; Ashley Tucker, Business Development – Project Origination, Blueknight Energy Partners, Clint Duty, vice president, engineering and operations, Targa Resources, and Jeff Oliver, president of Firefly Energy Services.

Four oil and gas finance experts recently visited Oklahoma State University to share their experiences with students to assist them in preparing for careers in the industry.

“We strive to bridge the ‘theory/practice’ gap. It is crucial for students to interact with industry professionals to overcome this gap,” said Betty Simkins, professor and interim head of the Department of Finance in the OSU Spears School Business.

The group shared that Oklahoma is one of the country’s prime locations for oil and gas production not only because of the extensive infrastructure but it is home to numerous service providers, making oil and gas production three times more affordable than most other states in the United States. Continue Reading

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Harlan Beverly

  (March 28, 2017 at 2:07 pm)

Harlan Beverly at the Navigating Entrepreneurship in Austin event and Texas Venture Lab at McCombs School of Business. Photo by Lauren Gerson.

Harlan Beverly, a graduate of the Oklahoma State Ph.D. in Business for Executives Program – Cohort II, was recently named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week by Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency. Harlan teaches Lean Startup Essentials at UT and is Assistant Director of the Texas Venture Labs at UT. He shares how OSU helped him pursue his passions for his higher education, entrepreneurship and helping students achieve their goals. 

Why did you choose to participate in OSU’s Ph.D. In Business for Executives program? 

The OSU Ph.D. in Business for Executives program offered me a chance to continue my goals of lifelong learning and personal achievement. As a lover of video games, I am always looking for ways to push myself and level up. The OSU executive Ph.D. program was the best choice for me because it offered a real Ph.D. experience, including research requirements and a full dissertation while allowing me to continue to run my own business.

What specific OSU experiences or memories do you value most from your time at OSU? 

I fondly remember sitting in the big auditorium inside Boone Pickens Stadium and looking up at my family sitting up in the stands as I waited to be hooded for my Ph.D. That proud moment, sitting next to my Ph.D. dissertation chairman Dr. Tom Brown, is sealed in my memory forever.

Harlan Beverly (left) at the University of Texas at Austin during Entrepreneurship Week hosted by the Longhorn Entrepreneurship Agency.

How has your OSU degree helped you get where you are today?

My Ph.D. from OSU has allowed me to give back to the entrepreneurship community of Austin, Texas in a way that was bigger than I ever expected. Now, I get to teach full-time at UT Austin, where I get to teach and nurture more than 200 young student entrepreneurs each semester.

You just published your first book, “Lean Startings.” How was that experience and what is it about?

One of the best things about being a professor at a university is having summers off. I wrote the book last summer because I always wanted to write a book, and because I felt I had an important story to tell. The book is a fiction business novel, written in a style similar to E. Goldratt’s famous book, “The Goal.” My book “Lean Startings” is the story of a young man and a young woman, both of whom have a startup idea, but no clue as to where to begin. They both end up succeeding in their own way, and while learning entrepreneurship together, also fall in love.

You were just named best entrepreneurship professor at the University of Texas. Can you tell us about that honor and your role in Entrepreneurship Week at UT?

Entrepreneurship week at UT is a celebration of the year’s many entrepreneurship activities, professors, and students. It is the culmination of the entire UT Austin’s entrepreneurship programs. To be named best entrepreneurship professor is actually a huge deal and honor, because it is the only such award given out all year, and is a result of my year-long entrepreneurship teaching efforts.

Tell us about some achievements you are most proud of since graduating from OSU.

I am most proud of my students’ achievements. One of my students, a sophomore at UT Austin, created a business selling survival backpacks in one semester as part of my class and generated over $3,000 during the semester. I have had dozens of students go on to create actual companies after graduating and that is what makes me most proud.

Want to add anything else?

As always, I want to encourage everyone to follow your dreams. Hard work, passion, and focus will yield results. The only way to fail is never to have tried.  The only way to lose is to give up.

Harlan Beverly’s book can be found at or

Spears School Alumni Q&A with Charlotte Du

  (March 28, 2017 at 1:44 pm)

Charlotte Du

Xintong Charlotte Du, originally from Harbin, China, received a bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management with a minor in finance from Oklahoma State University last spring. She recently accepted a full scholarship offer for the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s MBA program where she will concentrate on real estate. She shares her love of OSU and the impact the Spears School had on her undergraduate education.

Why did you choose to attend OSU?

I came to OSU for a dual-degree hospitality program between Sun Yat-Sen University Business School in China and OSU School of Hotel & Restaurant Administration. My passion is the hospitality industry and I knew that in order to go further in the industry, I needed a good understanding of its business side, especially on real estate. So I started a minor in finance at Spears School of Business in my junior year of college.

Charlotte Du at the Real Estate Center at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

How does it feel to have been accepted into the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s MBA program with a full scholarship?

I am excited and a little bit nervous. I am thrilled to continue my education in real estate at one of the top programs in the nation. I am grateful for this opportunity and the generous fellowship given by the school. At the same time, as one of the youngest MBA candidates in the program with less work experience compared to my future classmates, I know that I will need to work double and triple hard to do well in the program. Nevertheless, I will do the best that I can and carry on my orange spirit up North in Wisconsin.

You have said that Nancy Titus-Piersma, lecturer in the Spears School, was one of your favorite faculty members. Tell us about your relationship and her influence on you as a person and student.

Professor Titus has definitely made a great influence on my career development. I love her class, especially the Friday News Roundups and case studies on significant events like the Financial Crisis. It’s amazing how much she gets us connected to real-life events in her class and those knowledge has proved to be super helpful when I stepped into the real world. I also appreciate her helping me with my career – she even spent time after class showing me how to read and analyze financial statements of my current company so I could be better prepared for my onboarding!

On campus with Pistol Pete

What specific OSU experiences or memories have shaped you as a person?

The two years spent at OSU were definitely two of the best years in my life. Being a part of the Cowboy Cousins and organizing events with some outstanding students from the Spears School of Business, I became more familiar with American culture. By participating in all of the amazing events at the School of Hotel Restaurant and Administration, like Chef Events, OSU Wine Forums and Hospitality Days, I had definitely developed good communication and leadership skills. Since taking finance classes at the Spears School of Business, I have cultivated a good habit of reading and staying updated with business news.

A couple weeks ago I happened to find a list from three years ago about what I wish I would become after graduating from college. I was surprised to find out that I achieved more than half of the things on that list, including being a more confident and assertive person. I think my all of my OSU experiences have shaped me to be a better version of myself. Couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful college experience. I am proud to be a Poke!

OSU MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien
returns to Stillwater to share with students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 7, 2017 at 2:57 pm)

MBA students learned ways to manage a career with advice from Oklahoma State University MBA alumnus Matthew O’Brien on Feb. 3.

In 1982, O’Brien received his MBA and began working at Lockheed Martin Corporation. O’Brien is vice president emeritus and former chief financial officer for Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin Corporation subsidiary. Also, he is owner and president of M.J. O’Brien and Associates LLC, a business consulting firm, and he serves as chair for the OSU MBA Advisory Board.

O’Brien gave an overview of managing a career through leadership, while keeping in mind that someone is always watching. Managing a career takes a lot preparation, hard work, emotional intelligence, timing, luck and work ethic, he says.

“Present yourself in a way that somebody will remember you,” O’Brien said. Continue Reading

OSU alumna Anne Greenwood continues
to play an important role in helping students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 2, 2017 at 1:22 pm)

Oklahoma State University distinguished alumna and Spears School of Business Hall of Fame inductee Anne Greenwood spoke about tips to separate oneself from the crowd in a business setting. Greenwood provided information to MBA students Jan. 27 about business that many people do not think to share.

Greenwood is one of OSU’s greatest and most tireless supporters, and her contributions to OSU is quite numerous, earning her a spot in the OSU Alumni Association Hall of Fame. In addition to the extensive list of her support, Greenwood is a tireless volunteer for anything to benefit her alma mater. She completed her bachelor’s degree in accounting from OSU in 1979 and worked as a corporate accountant in the oil and gas industry and public utilities.

The main reason Greenwood gives so much to OSU and students is to provide a way for students to have the greatest success in school and their careers. She feels a connection to students and wants to see a change in their lives. This carries into her first topic of change is difficult at times but it often works out for the best. Continue Reading

OSU MBA alumnus receives funding for
programming model

Taylor Mullan
  (December 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm)
Ben Wagener

Ben Wagener

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

Two Spears School grads honored by
Oklahoma Society of CPAs for high exam scores

  (December 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm)


Cole Higbee wins the Gold Medal award for having the highest score in window III of the CPA exam.


Tyler Miller wins the Silver Medal award for having the highest score in windows II and III of the CPA exam.

Two Certified Public Accountant (CPA) candidates who earned degrees from Oklahoma State University were honored at the 2016 New CPA Ceremony by the Oklahoma Society of CPAs (OSCPA) on Nov. 19, at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Continue Reading

A Q&A with MBA almunus Matthew Folks

Ariel West
  (November 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm)


With his wife, two dogs, three kids and a baby on the way, Matthew Folks pulled up his roots to move to Boston to start the next chapter of his life.

Matthew Folks

Matthew Folks

The Oklahoma State University online MBA graduate lived in a blue California home with his wife, Melissa, for seven years before deciding Harvard Law School was the next step in his journey. In his early years, Folks earned his bachelor’s from Brigham Young University, where he met his wife, Melissa, and served the Air Force through the ROTC program. Attending OSU gave Folks the motivation and confidence to pursue his law school dreams.

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Oklahoma State MBA alumnus Jeff Smith
provides soft skill advice to students

Taylor Mullan
  (November 4, 2016 at 11:46 am)
Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

Oklahoma State University’s Watson Graduate School of Management students learn many aspects of business in class. Jeff Smith, director of human resources at capSpire Corporation, recently shared advice on soft skills in a professional setting with students.

Smith is an OSU MBA alumnus and is also responsible for capSpire’s college hiring process. capSpire is a global consulting and solutions company that solves difficult business and technology problems for commodity-focused organizations. His experience and position helped him provide insight to students about getting hired by corporations.

In a presentation called “Soft skill development to focus on now,” Smith explains proper business etiquette and provides examples. He begins with the “set-up” describing the relationship of the boss and the subordinate.

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Spears School alum Michael L. Greenwood
shares business success tips with MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (October 12, 2016 at 1:19 pm)
Michael L. Greenwood with MBA students

Michael L. Greenwood (fifth from right) recently spoke with OSU MBA students.

Michael L. Greenwood, Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business alumnus, spoke with Watson Graduate School of Management students September 23, 2016 and shared his background growing up in Tulsa, Okla., along with advice on some keys to success in his business career.

Mr. Greenwood is the founder and managing director of Carnegie Capital LLC, a financial advisory services firm. He received his degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and economics from Oklahoma State University in 1977, and then earned his MBA in 1980 from the University of Tulsa, graduating summa cum laude.

“It was very encouraging to hear from a previous student how his perseverance and never giving up attitude helped him to be successful in his career,” Ratan Putla, MBA student, said. “I liked the way he did not lose hope but availed every opportunity he got, which actually made him more successful.”

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OSU MBA alumnus Rod Whitson
speaks about business strategies

Taylor Mullan
  (September 6, 2016 at 10:49 am)
Rod Whitson shares business advice with OSU MBA students.

Rod Whitson shares business advice with OSU MBA students.

Watson Graduate School of Management students had the pleasure the listen to Rod Whitson, OSU alumnus, speak about his career and advice Aug. 26. Whitson provided background on his banking experience and explained what people can learn from failure and mistakes.

“You find out how good you are when you make mistakes or when things are not working well,” said Whitson, who earned both a bachelor’s degree in economics (1981) and his MBA (1983) from Oklahoma State University.

Whitson started out in the banking business in the 1980s, and since then he has tried various aspects of the banking world, and even ventured into consulting. He returned to banking in 2007 as President of Bank2 in Oklahoma City, making the bank one of the most profitable for its size in the nation.  

“Rod gave some very insightful advice on knowing when it is time to make changes in your business career,” Mason Evans, MBA student, said. “He is a wonderful speaker, and I very much enjoyed his speech.”

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OSU MBA graduate receives Best Student
Paper from Academy of Management

Ariel West
  (September 2, 2016 at 10:50 am)
Julena Bonner

Julena Bonner

Have you ever wondered what punishments in the workplace actually do for employees?

Oklahoma State University MBA graduate Julena Bonner, along with OSU associate professors Cynthia Wang and Rebecca Greenbaum, studied business setting ethics to understand the influence of these punishments in the workplace. Their paper, “Punishment contingency and unethical behavior: The role of uncertainty and justice perceptions,” was selected as the Best Student Paper in the Social Issues in Management division at the Academy of Management in 2016. The trio spent two years researching supervisors using punishments as an influence tactic to get employees to stop engaging in undesirable behaviors. Continue Reading

Eight distinguished alumni to be honored
by Spears School of Business on Nov. 11

Ariel West
  (August 29, 2016 at 4:31 pm)

Spears School of Business Hall of Fame sealOklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business will recognize eight distinguished alumni at the 2016 Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at Meditations Banquet Facility, 1205 N. Country Club.

The annual banquet recognizes OSU graduates with distinguished professional careers who have given back to their communities and displayed leadership skills. John Bale, Mike Hyatt and Pat O’Brien will be honored as inductees into the Spears Hall of Fame, the highest honor awarded by the Spears School.

Also, Matthew Daniel, Abbey Davis, Angie Johnson, Chelsea McCool, and Michael Westerman will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni at the banquet.

“We have been honoring and recognizing some of our finest graduates since 1964 and these individuals are certainly deserving to be honored,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “John Bale, Mike Hyatt and Pat O’Brien inspire all of us at the Spears School through their professional and personal success, and are definitely worthy of joining this select group as inductees into the Hall of Fame. The five chosen for the Outstanding Young Alumni are also great examples to what can be accomplished through hard work and perseverance.”

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Two OSU accounting graduates honored as
International Outstanding Beta Alpha Psi Faculty

Spears School News Staff
  (August 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm)

beta-alpha-psi-logoLisa Owens-Jackson and J Riley Shaw are both successful accounting professors at their respective universities. They also have close ties to Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business. The pair attributes much of their success to the education they received at OSU and found inspiration to guide their own students from OSU’s faculty.

Owens-Jackson, associate dean and associate professor of accounting at North Carolina A&T State University, and Shaw, associate professor of accountancy at the University of Mississippi, were honored as National Outstanding Beta Alpha Psi Faculty Advisor at the American Accounting Association annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
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Two with Spears School connections
will represent the U.S. in the Olympics

Jerimy Sherin
  (August 4, 2016 at 9:14 am)

Cale Simmons

Air Force 1st Lt. Cale Simmons will soon graduate from Oklahoma State University with a master’s degree in entrepreneurship as a student in the Spears School of Business. He will also add another item to his impressive resume: Olympic athlete.

Simmons is a participant in the World Class Athlete Program in the U.S. Air Force, a program that allows him to train every day for his sport. Once he graduates, Simmons plans to open his own business, but for now he is focused on the pole vault competition Aug. 13 in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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OSU School of Accounting alum George Krull
honored by American Accounting Association

Terry Tush
  (June 30, 2016 at 10:01 am)
George Krull

George Krull

Oklahoma State University alumnus George Krull will be honored as the recipient of the Outstanding Service Award at the American Accounting Association at the group’s annual meeting in August in New York City.

Krull served as a partner in the executive office of Grant Thornton LLP, where he worked with the implementation of the firm’s automated audit and control software, and he was the firm’s chief learning officer. Since his retirement in 2000, he volunteers to improve the quality of collegiate business and accounting education.

“Dr. George Krull represents the very best of the School of Accounting alumni,” said Robert Cornell, head of the OSU School of Accounting. “His lifelong commitment to integrity and service exemplify the ideals we strive to teach every student at Oklahoma State University. On behalf of the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Accounting, I congratulate Dr. Krull for receiving this well-deserved honor from the American Accounting Association.”

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Oklahoma State alumnus Michael Tapley
speaks to MBA students about foreign service

Lindsey Corbitt
  (April 28, 2016 at 3:17 pm)
Michael Tapley

Michael Tapley

The Oklahoma State University Watson Graduate School of Management’s professional development course recently welcomed home Michael Tapley as he spoke to the graduate students about foreign service.

Tapley earned all three of his degrees from OSU – a bachelor’s degree in international business with a minor in marketing, a bachelor’s degree in French, and an MBA. Tapley graduated Magna Cum Laude with both of his bachelor’s degrees.

He currently works as a member of the United States foreign service and serves as a special assistant to Secretary of State John Kerry.

“It’s not a career that I thought I would be interested in,” said Tapley. “I looked into the foreign service and saw that there were a lot of opportunities.”

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OSU students, alums earn some of the most
coveted honors at SAS Global Forum 2016

  (April 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm)
Oklahoma State University students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 Las Vegas.

OSU students, alumni and faculty attended the SAS Global Forum 2016 in Las Vegas.

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

Alumna Ann Dyer speaks with graduate students
on three ways of driving change in a company

Lindsey Corbitt
  (March 2, 2016 at 8:05 am)
Ann Dyer

Ann Dyer

Oklahoma State University alumna Ann Dyer recently spoke with Watson Graduate School of Management Professional Development course students about driving change in a company and the soft skills necessary to do so.

Dyer obtained both her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from OSU. She has 28 years of experience working at Accenture and is currently a managing director of the southwest region.

Her presentation focused on three ways of driving change in a company, do research, build the case for change, and build alignment for the journey. When discussing the research aspect of driving change, Dyer encouraged students to read up on the executive leaders they are attempting to do business with not only on company websites, but also on networking sites such as LinkedIn.

“It is important to know where they worked prior to their current position because it can show what type of person they are,” said Dyer. “Do your homework because the more you know about the leadership, it will really help you build relationships and be successful.”

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