Alumni

Alicia Smales joins Spears School of Business
to lead Eastin Center for Talent Development

Terry Tush
  (February 24, 2016 at 8:56 am)
Alicia Smales

Alicia Smales

Oklahoma State University alumna Alicia Smales is returning to her alma mater to serve as director of the Eastin Center for Talent Development in the Spears School of Business.

The Eastin Center, created in 2014, provides the leadership and administrative support for the Spears School’s Career Readiness Initiative, which focuses on teaching the professional skills and knowledge necessary for a career in business. Smales will provide leadership over the Eastin Center’s three main functions: career readiness, corporate engagement and career services.

“We are delighted to have Alicia serve as the first director of the Eastin Center,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “She brings a wealth of experience and skills to the position and we are excited to see what she helps us accomplish in the areas of career readiness, corporate engagement, and career services.”

Joseph Eastin, an OSU alumnus who is president and CEO of ISN, was instrumental in the creation of the new center with a generous gift. He is thrilled with the addition of Smales as director.

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OSU alumnus Matt O’Brien shares with
graduate students about managing careers

Lindsey Corbitt
  (February 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm)
Matt O'Brien

Matt O’Brien

This past Friday, Oklahoma State University’s Watson Graduate School of Management students learned about career management and leadership from OSU alumnus Matt O’Brien.

O’Brien graduated from OSU in 1983 with a Master of Business Administration. After a 30-year career, O’Brien retired in 2012. He was recognized during the OSU business school’s 100th anniversary in 2014 as one of the “Spears School’s Tribute: 100 for 100” honorees.

In his presentation to the graduate students, O’Brien educated students on the importance of goal setting by using the S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound) acronym. He explained to students that setting goals is essential in the advancement of careers.

O’Brien also reminded students that a lot of tasks are accomplished in groups or with the help of others.

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OSU alum Ravi Chandra talks with Watson
Graduate students about job search process

Lindsey Corbitt
  (November 23, 2015 at 9:06 am)
Ravi Chandra

Ravi Chandra

Oklahoma State University’s Watson Graduate School of Management students received the opportunity to hear alumnus Ravi Chandra speak about skills needed for job searching.

Chandra, a quality assurance analyst for Power Cost Incorporated, is a 2011 graduate of Oklahoma State. Only four years removed from college, Chandra had a lot of advice about vital skills.

“Some of the most important skills you can have are friendliness, empathy, active listening, and sensitivity,” said Chandra. “I would rank activity listening very high. You would be surprised how much you learn by listening.”

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OSU alums Tim DuBois, Neal Patterson
receive AACSB Influential Leaders Award

Terry Tush
  (September 22, 2015 at 8:02 am)

AACSB International logo(STILLWATER, OKLA. Sept. 22, 2015) – A pair of Oklahoma State University Spears School of Business graduates – Tim DuBois and Neal Patterson – are being recognized today by AACSB International (AACSB), the oldest and best-known global accrediting body and membership association for business schools,, as two of the first-ever 100 AACSB Influential Leaders.

The work of DuBois and Patterson exemplifies the innovative mindset and meaningful contributions to society that OSU graduates display around the world and every day – whether they operate within large corporations, small businesses, or the nonprofit sector.

“We are very pleased to have Tim and Neal receive this award. Tim has been a leader in the music industry for a number of years, and Neal and Cerner are leaders in the medical technology industry,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “Their success is a great example of what can be accomplished with an OSU education. We in the Spears School are honored and proud to be the only business school in the state to have graduates selected to be recognized as Influential Leaders by the AACSB.”

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Distinguished alumni to be inducted
into OSU’s Spears School Hall of Fame

Terry Tush
  (September 16, 2015 at 8:46 am)

Hall of Fame logo

The Spears School of Business will recognize some of its most distinguished alumni at the 2015 Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 6 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Five Oklahoma State University alumni will be inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame and three others will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Michael L. Greenwood and Anne Morris Greenwood, Carlos Johnson, George Krull and Greg Massey will be honored for their successful careers and contributions to OSU as the 2015 inductees into the Spears School Hall of Fame. The Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients will be Prafulla Chaudhari, Jeff Ronsse and Evan Tipton.

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OSU’s Center for Health Systems Innovation
welcomes Scott Shepherd as medical director

Terry Tush
  (September 15, 2015 at 1:11 pm)
Dr. Scott Shepherd

Dr. Scott Shepherd

Dr. Scott Shepherd is joining the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) as the group’s first medical director. Shepherd will be leading CHSI’s care delivery projects which will be creating and testing solutions to some of rural health’s most entrenched problems.

A 2004 OSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in athletic training, Shepherd earned his medical degree from the OSU Center for Health Sciences in 2008 and completed the internal medicine and pediatrics residency program from the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa School of Community Medicine in 2012.

“We are ecstatic to be able to attract such a high quality physician to CHSI, validating the center’s innovation model focused on improving rural and Native American health care,” said William D. Paiva, executive director for the Center for Health Systems Innovation. “From the very first meeting it was clear that Dr. Shepherd has a passion of health care innovation.”

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OSU doctoral graduate Timothy Bisping
selected dean at Stephen F. Austin University

Spears School News Staff
  (September 8, 2015 at 8:15 am)
Timothy Bisping

Timothy Bisping

Timothy Bisping, who received his doctoral degree in economics from Oklahoma State University, is the new dean of the Nelson Rusche College of Business at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Bisping earned his doctorate in economics from OSU in December 1997, and his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Wichita State University.

He was a teaching associate at what was then called the OSU College of Business Administration during his time in Stillwater. He has taught at the University of Central Oklahoma, Austin College, Concordia University, Louisiana Tech University, and the University of Central Arkansas.

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OSU-CHSI presents inaugural awards
to two Oklahoma State University alumni

OSU-Tulsa news staff
  (September 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm)
William Paiva presents award to Ipe Paramel.

Ipe Paramel receives the Patterson Foundation Outstanding Innovator: Care Delivery award from OSU Center for Health Systems Innovations Executive Director William Paiva at the organization’s board meeting.

The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Systems Innovation presented inaugural awards recognizing excellence in care delivery and data analytics to two OSU alumni.

Ipe Paramel received the Patterson Foundation Outstanding Innovator: Care Delivery award and Vedika Dengada was the recipient of the Patterson Outstanding Innovator: Data Analytics award.

“These innovators exemplify the mission of the OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation to transform health care through creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship,” said William Paiva, Ph.D., executive director of OSU-CHSI. “Through innovation projects being conducted in the field by team members like Ipe Paramel and Vedika Dengada, OSU will improve health care delivery methods for physicians and health outcomes for their patients.”

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Three successful Oklahoma State graduates
will be sharing their stories during CEO Day

Terry Tush
  (March 9, 2015 at 11:36 am)

Executives who lead three successful businesses from around the world will be sharing with Oklahoma State University students during CEO Day from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. April 14 in the Little Theater of the Student Union.

A forum entitled “Strategic Vision in a Global Economy,” will feature Behfar Jahanshahi, CEO, InterWorks, Inc.; Liz McKinley, president and owner, Pinnacle Petroleum Inc., and Justin Stead, chairman, CBPE Capital and sofa.com.

CEO Day is hosted by the Spears School of Business to bring successful business people to the Stillwater campus so students have opportunities to discover the challenges and issues that business leaders face, understand how CEOs chart their career paths, discover characteristics they seek in managers, interact with successful executives, and learn about their decision processes and leadership styles. Continue Reading

Patti Jordan, recent OSU doctoral graduate,
will join management department at TCU

Terry Tush
  (February 26, 2015 at 9:32 am)
Patti Jordan

Patti Jordan

Patti Jordan is just one of many professionals from around the world benefitting from Oklahoma State University’s innovative program targeting executive leadership. The 2014 graduate of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program was recently hired as a professor at TCU’s Neeley School of Business. 

Jordan’s doctoral degree is her third from OSU, and her second from the Spears School of Business. She has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and management from OSU, as well as an MBA from the Spears School. She was one of 11 professionals in the inaugural class of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives to earn their doctoral degrees during OSU Graduate College commencement exercises on Dec. 12, 2014.

“When we first envisioned this program at OSU, one of the goals was to produce graduates that would fill the ever-increasing need of business school professors,” said Craig Wallace, executive director of the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program and William S. Spears Chair of Business Administration in the Department of Management.

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OSU School of Accounting to honor Jade Walle
as Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni

Terry Tush
  (February 17, 2015 at 12:46 pm)
Jade Walle

Jade Walle

Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will honor Jade Walle of Tulsa as the Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni for 2014-15 at the 2015 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on April 23 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Walle is being recognized for his dedicated service to Beta Alpha Psi and his mentorship to the students of the OSU School of Accounting. He has spent the past 19 years in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Assurance and Global Capital Markets practices in Tulsa, London and Houston, specializing in midstream, master limited partnerships, and exploration and production.

“Jade consistently exceeds our expectations for the dedication and support we hope School of Accounting alumni will provide back to students and faculty,” said Robert Cornell, head of the School of Accounting. “He has had an incredibly successful career both domestically and abroad, and he encourages our students to pursue a similar path.

“We recognize that our success as educators is derived in part due to the partnership we have with our alumni because they are able to provide career opportunities and sound advice to our students. In this regard, Jade Walle is among the very best.”

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OSU’s School of Accounting will honor four
as 2015 Distinguished Alumni on April 23

Terry Tush
  (February 11, 2015 at 8:44 am)

Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards BanquetOklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will honor four outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni during the 2015 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame Awards Banquet on April 23 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are:

  • Tom Coburn, 1970 OSU School of Accounting graduate who was a longtime U.S. Congressman, serving in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 and the U.S. Senate from Jan. 3, 2005 to Jan. 3, 2015.
  • Martha Eining, who is the Director of the School of Accounting at the University of Utah. She received a doctoral degree from Oklahoma State in accounting in 1987.
  • Dan Gilliam, 1979 OSU School of Accounting graduate who is the internal audit manager for Phillips 66 in Houston.
  • John Meinders, 1987 OSU graduate who earned bachelor’s degrees in accounting and computer science. He is audit partner and head of the energy practice office for Grant Thornton in Tulsa.

Robert Cornell, the head of the School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business, is proud to recognize the four graduates at this year’s banquet.
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The Spears School seeking nominations for 
the 2015 Hall of Fame and Young Alumni

  (February 9, 2015 at 11:12 am)

Spears School Hall of Fame sealThe business school at Oklahoma State University is now accepting nominations for its annual Spears School of Business Hall of Fame and Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

The annual Spears School Hall of Fame Banquet on Nov. 6, will recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, displayed effective leadership, made exemplary contributions to their communities and freely given meritorious service to others. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the school can bestow to an individual. The Hall of Fame is open to both Spears School alumni and friends of the school. Continue Reading

John D. Groendyke to be inducted into
OSU Hall of Fame

Spears School News Staff
  (January 14, 2015 at 8:46 am)

TJohn D Groendyke (2)he Oklahoma State University Alumni Association is excited to announce the induction of John D. Groendyke into the OSU Hall of Fame on Friday, February 13, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Induction into the OSU Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by Oklahoma State University. It recognizes alumni and former students with outstanding lifetime achievements in society and professional life.

John D. Groendyke of Enid, Okla., graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in business. He currently serves as the CEO and chairman of Groendyke Transport, Inc., the fifth-largest motor carrier of bulk commodities serving the continental United States, Canada and Mexico. Continue Reading

OSU alum to serve in Jamaica for two years

Spears School News Staff
  (January 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm)

Brandon Newland will travel to Jamaica to offer his skills and perspectives he has gained through his travels and his OSU Master’s in international studies with a concentration in international development.

(Editor’s Note: Brandon Newland is a Spears School of Business graduate, earning his bachelor’s degree in international business in 2001 and a master’s degree in international studies in 2013).

Story by Bridget Higginbotham

Life has taken Oklahoma State University alumnus Brandon Newland (‘13) all over the world, from Mexico, to Russia, to Korea. His next destination: Jamaica. There, the Wisconsin-native will spend at least two years as a lay missioner with Franciscan Mission Service, a Catholic nonprofit which prepares and supports lay missioners in order to address issues of poverty.

“The excitement of doing something like this is to go and help others,” Newland said. “This is something that calls on everything I have done in my life to help the community in any way I can.”

While some might equate the Caribbean island nation as an Edenic paradise, the reality is far different. The country of 2.7 million makes at least 30 percent of its GDP from tourism, yielding 12.5 percent unemployment.

Newland and a fellow missioner will join Franciscan friars in Savanna la Mar on the western side of the island to work with the local community to address its spiritual and physical needs through the parish’s soup kitchen, clothing closet, infirmary, youth outreach, and more.
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Oklahoma State University business school
to recognize alums during 100th anniversary

Terry Tush
  (October 29, 2014 at 1:26 pm)

Spears School's 100th logoThe Spears School of Business faculty, students, staff and alumni are looking forward with great anticipation to the culminating event as 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of business education at Oklahoma State University.

The Spears School Tributes: 100 For 100 reception and dinner will be Friday, Nov. 7, at the Wes Watkins Center on OSU’s Stillwater campus. The school is recognizing graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. These tributes represent a rich history and diversity of experience among those who have earned business degrees from OSU over the past 100 years.

“We are proud to celebrate some of the more than 43,000 graduates since the school was founded in 1914,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School. “The Tributes represent the diversity of our graduates. These honorees are from various backgrounds, ages and occupations. Each has an inspiring story to tell, and we are proud to have them as part of the Spears School family.”
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Accounting graduate Lindsey Goedecke
receives scholarship for graduate studies

Spears School News Staff
  (June 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm)
Lindsey Goedecke

Lindsey Goedecke

Lindsey Goedecke, a recent Spears School of Business accounting graduate who will pursue her master’s degree in accounting in 2014-15, is the recipient of one of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board scholarships awarded each year.

Goedecke will receive a $10,000 scholarship to use toward her graduate studies.

“To be nominated for the PCAOB scholarship by professors whom I respect, admire, and strive to learn from is astonishing,” Goedecke said. “Furthermore, it is a great honor to receive this scholarship and with it comes the responsibility to excel in coursework, leadership activities, and exhibit strong ethical values.

“I feel blessed to have the ability to complete my master’s degree without student loan debt; it is a phenomenal gift. Additionally, I am thankful that my mother and father will no longer feel a financial obligation to contribute financially to my higher education, especially as my undergraduate scholarships have expired,” said Goedecke, from Okmulgee, Okla.
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School of Accounting will induct three
into Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame

Taryn Trujillo
  (February 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm)

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will celebrate three exceptional graduates as Distinguished Alumni at the 2014 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 17.

The Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize Oklahoma State University School of Accounting graduates who have achieved exceptional success in professional and academic accounting. The Hall of Fame is dedicated to Wilton T. Anderson, who is considered the founding father of OSU’s School of Accounting. It is the highest honor the School of Accounting can bestow on an alumnus.

This year’s inductees into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame are Vickie Carr, Partner with Deloitte’s Tax practice in Dallas; Mike Keys, Partner with KPMG’s Audit practice in Denver, and Alan Tye, retired ExxonMobil executive.

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Oklahoma State University’s business school
will be recognizing 100 graduates in 2014

Terry Tush
  (November 25, 2013 at 12:43 pm)

centinial_logo_v2_WEB.JPEGThe Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a business school in 2014. The school will be recognizing 100 graduates over the past 100 years during the yearlong celebration, which will culminate with the Spears School’s Centennial Celebration Gala on Sept. 5, 2014.

Nominations for “The Spears School: 100 For 100,” are being sought through Dec. 20. The school will be recognizing 100 graduates who exemplify the Oklahoma State and business school spirit. OSU business school graduates from 1914 to present are eligible, and posthumous nominations are also accepted. Nominations for the “100 For 100” can be made at the 100th anniversary website (http://spears100.okstate.edu/).

Ken Eastman, interim dean of the Spears School, believes the final list will include business school alums whose accomplishments are impressive professionally and personally. Continue Reading

Seven distinguished alums recognized
at Spears School Hall of Fame banquet

Terry Tush
  (November 11, 2013 at 11:47 am)
Spears School Hall of Fame inductees

From left, Griff Jones, Chuck Hensley, Jennifer Grigsby and Linda Livingstone were inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame on Friday, Nov. 8. (Photo by Genesee Photo)

Seven distinguished graduates were honored Friday night at the annual Spears School of Business Hall of Fame banquet at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Four Oklahoma State University alumni were inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame. There were Jennifer Grigsby (accounting, 1991), Chuck Hensley (general business, 1967), Griff Jones (1991) and Linda Livingstone (bachelor’s degree in economics and management, 1982; MBA in 1983, and Ph.D. in ’92). Livingstone was the recipient of the first-ever Outstanding Ph.D. Award during her induction.

Also, OSU alums Emily Drennan, Stephanie Meston and Wilson Taylor were honored as the Outstanding Young Alumni award honorees.

The annual Spears School Hall of Fame Banquet recognizes OSU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, displayed effective leadership, made exemplary contributions to their communities and freely given meritorious service to others. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the Spears School can bestow.

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Four distinguished alums to be inducted
into OSU’s Spears School Hall of Fame

Spears School News Staff
  (August 22, 2013 at 9:08 am)

Spears School of Business Hall of Fame sealThe Spears School of Business will honor some of its most distinguished alumni at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on Friday, Nov. 8, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Four Oklahoma State University alumni will be inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame and three others will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Jennifer Grigsby, Chuck Hensley, Griff Jones and Linda Livingstone will be honored for their successful careers and contributions to OSU as the 2013 inductees into the Spears School Hall of Fame. Livingstone will be the recipient of the first-ever Outstanding Ph.D. Award during her induction. The Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients will be Emily Drennan, Stephanie Meston and Wilson Taylor.

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OSU’s School of Accounting will honor three
as 2013 Distinguished Alumni on March 7

Spears School News Staff
  (February 22, 2013 at 9:55 am)

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.

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CleanNG, company founded by OSU graduates,
recognized as a best, brightest new startup

Spears School News Staff
  (November 26, 2012 at 8:45 am)

Logo for CleanNGA 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.

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Three inducted into Spears School Hall of Fame,
four honored as Outstanding Young Alumni

Spears School News Staff
  (November 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm)
Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard

Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard were inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame on Friday night.

A group of distinguished graduates were honored Friday night at the annual Spears School of Business Hall of Fame banquet at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

Seven alums were recognized, including three of who were inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame. They were Roger Cagle (MBA, 1975), Joseph Eastin (bachelor’s in business administration, 1992), and Tiffany Sewell-Howard (MBA, 1994). Also, Oklahoma State alums Sara Brown, Matt Jeffrey, Daniel Roe and Taylor Shinn were honored as the Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients.

The annual Spears School Hall of Fame Banquet recognizes OSU graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, displayed effective leadership, made exemplary contributions to their communities and freely given meritorious service to others. Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor the Spears School can bestow.

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Three distinguished alums to be inducted
into OSU’s Spears School Hall of Fame

Terry Tush
  (October 10, 2012 at 2:33 pm)
Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard

Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard

The Spears School of Business will recognize some of its most distinguished alumni at the annual Hall of Fame banquet on Nov. 16 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Three Oklahoma State University alumni will be inducted into the Spears School Hall of Fame and four others will be honored as Outstanding Young Alumni.

Roger Cagle, Joseph Eastin and Tiffany Sewell-Howard will be honored for their successful careers and contributions to OSU as the 2012 inductees into the Spears School Hall of Fame. The Outstanding Young Alumni award recipients will be Sara Brown, Matt Jeffery, Daniel Roe and Taylor Shinn.

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OSU recognizes Bob Austin, Kayvon Olomi
as 2012 Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year

Terry Tush
  (May 2, 2012 at 8:28 am)

Bob Austin was selected as Oklahoma State University’s 2012 Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year.

Entrepreneurs are difference makers, and Oklahoma State University recently recognized two of its alumni for their outstanding entrepreneurial contributions. The 2012 Alumni Entrepreneurs of the Year were honored at the annual Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises Banquet held on campus April 21.

Bob Austin was selected as the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year and Kayvon Olomi was selected as the Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year.

The Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year award recognizes a career of entrepreneurial accomplishments. Austin, who graduated from OSU in 1976, worked for several years for Nordam in Tulsa, Okla., in airline and helicopter marketing. In 1981, he started Helicomb International, Inc. to repair helicopter bonded structures, and grew it to more than $100 million in sales and captured 85 percent of the world market.

Along the way, Helicomb diversified into services for satellite space station structures, the Boeing C-17, the Lockheed Joint Strike Fighter and various projects for Northrop Grumman.  Since selling Helicomb, Austin has been involved in a number of ventures, most recently helping to found Granite Mountain, LLC, in Tulsa.

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Oklahoma State students, alumni
earn top honors at SAS Global Forum

Terry Tush
  (April 26, 2012 at 11:49 am)

Oklahoma State and the Spears School of Business were well represented by students and alumni at the 2012 SAS Global Forum.

Oklahoma State University students and alumni represented the Spears School of Business in an outstanding manner at the SAS Global Forum 2012 on April 22-25 in Orlando. The forum is the premier event for SAS and data mining professionals worldwide, with more than 3,500 attendees this year.

OSU’s students demonstrated their excellence during the event by earning some of the most coveted honors. Seven current OSU students and four alumnus presented papers during the 2012 Global Forum. The presenters and their paper titles include:

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OSU’s School of Accounting honors four
as 2012 Distinguished Alumni at banquet

Terry Tush
  (April 23, 2012 at 10:40 am)

From left, Bud Lacy, head of OSU’s School of Accounting, congratulates Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame inductees Mike Pregler, Barbara Ley, Janie Nickles (representing her late husband Jim Nickles), and Mark Lewellen.

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business honored four outstanding graduates as the 2012 Distinguished Alumni. The four were recognized during the 2012 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 19, at the Wes Watkins Center.

This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame were Mark Lewellen, Office Managing Tax Director in the Tulsa office of Deloitte; Barbara A. Ley, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City public accounting firm she founded in 1989; Jim Nickles, honored posthumously after a distinguished career as a CPA, and Mike Pregler, Manager of Facilities Services for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville.

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OSU’s School of Accounting
to honor four as distinguished alumni

Terry Tush
  (April 10, 2012 at 11:25 am)

The School of Accounting in the Spears School of Business will honor four outstanding graduates as their 2012 Distinguished Alumni. The four will be recognized during the 2012 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 19, at the Wes Watkins Center.

This year’s inductees into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame are Mark Lewellen, Office Managing Tax Director in the Tulsa office of Deloitte; Barbara A. Ley, Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma City public accounting firm she founded in 1989; Jim Nickles, honored posthumously after a distinguished career as a CPA, and Mike Pregler, Manager of Facilities Services for ConocoPhillips in Bartlesville.

The distinguished alumni award was established in 1979 to recognize OSU 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.

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Getting to know: Sarah Chabinak

  (March 29, 2012 at 9:52 am)

Sarah Chabinak

We recently sat down with Sarah Chabinak, Academic Counselor in the Business Student Success Center who is a lifetime member of the OSU family.

Where did you grow up?
Chabinak: I grew up in Lawton and graduated high school from Stillwater.

Where did you earn your degree?
Chabinak: Because I’m from here, I naturally wanted to attend OSU. My bachelor’s is in Family Relations and Child Development, master’s in Counseling and Student Personnel, and Ph.D. in Higher Education, all from OSU.

What are your hobbies?
Chabinak: I like to garden, cook and I do all sorts of crafts and sewing. I sew things like purse and quilts. I enjoy giving them out as gifts. Continue Reading