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OSU student’s struggles created
a company that gives back

Ariel West
  (March 24, 2017 at 1:04 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship continues to grow its student incubator program, accelerateOSU, as another student startup takes its first steps as a business.

Type It Up, founded by OSU marketing major Ashier Majok, is a typing company that takes handwritten documents and copies them into a digital format. Backed by research studies, Majok believes that the art of handwriting increases one’s performance in the classroom, improves memory and boosts thinking skills. Type It Up allows students to enjoy handwriting while the company converts the documents into digital copies. For every subscription received, Type It Up sends a pencil and a notebook to a child in need.

“Notes, essays, résumés, we type it all,” Majok said. “Through our app, anyone can take a picture of their handwritten documents and send it to us. We then send back a typed version to their email. We allow people to think better, faster, and improve their memory skills through the benefits of handwriting while we provide the convenience of a digital copy. We understand how important writing is, so we provide a pencil and notebook to a child in need for every subscription we get. Everyone deserves an opportunity to write.” Continue Reading

OSU’s School of Accounting will induct three alums
into Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame

Ariel West
  (March 23, 2017 at 4:10 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Accounting will induct three alumni into the Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and honor a Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni recipient during the 2017 Wilton T. Anderson Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on April 20 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

This year’s Hall of Fame inductees are:

  • Kimberly Burke, who earned her doctoral degree in 1995 from the OSU School of Accounting, is a professor of accounting and dean of the Else School of Management at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi.
  • Marc Delametter, a 1983 OSU graduate who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting, is retired from QuikTrip Corporation in Tulsa where he was vice president for accounting/controller, and he currently serves as a member of the Oklahoma Accountancy Board.
  • John Eaton, who earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1992 from OSU, is a partner with EY in Tulsa.

The Beta Alpha Psi Distinguished Alumni award will be presented to:

  • Shane Randolph, who earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting in 2003, is a managing director at Opportune LLP in Denver.

Rick Wilson, interim head of the School of Accounting in the OSU Spears School of Business, is proud to recognize the three Hall of Fame honorees and the BAP Distinguished Alumni recipient at this year’s banquet. Continue Reading

OSU MSIS professor Jeretta Nord receives
Golden Torch Award from Mortar Board

Ariel West
  (March 23, 2017 at 2:04 pm)

Jeretta Nord

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

Two Spears students named Outstanding
Seniors by the OSU Alumni Association

Dollie Elliott
  (March 21, 2017 at 11:43 am)

Two seniors from the Spears School of Business have been named 2017 Outstanding Seniors by the Oklahoma State University Alumni Association.

The Outstanding Senior award recognizes seniors who excel through academic achievement; campus and community activities; academic, athletic or extra-curricular honors or awards; scholarships and work ethic during their time at OSU.

Gerardo Rico Cervantes

Gerardo Rico Cervantes

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Marketing and management comes naturally
to Spears School student Darcy Worth

Dollie Elliott
  (March 14, 2017 at 9:19 am)

Darcy Worth

To Darcy Worth, practicing business, specifically management and marketing, has always come naturally. She comes from a family of small business owners. Her parents own and operate a skating rink in her hometown of Tahlequah, Okla., and they also run a fireworks stand each summer. When it came to college, there was no doubt which direction that Worth would head.

“After working with my parents for so many years, managing and marketing just came really natural to me,” said Worth, a junior majoring in both management and marketing with a minor in ethical leadership at Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.

Since she was 13 years old, her free time was spent helping her dad manage the businesses with inventory, creating invoices and training new employees. She also helped her mom with the marketing side of the business, creating social media campaigns. “So it was very natural for me to go the business route, so that’s exactly why I’m in the Spears School of Business,” she said. Continue Reading

OSU Cyber Security Conference features
experts from across the United States

Alyssa Wahrman
  (March 6, 2017 at 9:10 am)

OSU Cyber Security ConferenceCyber 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.”

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Venkat Tadanki presents about international
business relations to OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (March 2, 2017 at 10:02 am)

Venkat Tadanki, CEO of Secova, visited OSU MBA students Feb. 24.

Attending a university provides students with opportunities to study business internationally. Oklahoma State University MBA students listened as Venkat Tadanki shared “the local twist to a global dream” on Feb. 24.

Tadanki shared his thoughts on the secret “sauce” for international entrepreneurship. He began by explaining how to leverage the global corridors. By developing the business locally, it becomes stronger to move global.

After moving to the U.S. in the 1990s on behalf of a large Indian company, Tadanki made observations of the global market. He realized cultural differences impacted business approaches. Also, he noticed social and regulatory expectations differ significantly.

“Understanding the cultural context is critical to understanding the customer,” Tadanki said. Continue Reading

OSU teams bring home $47,000
from New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm)

OSU teams Redcedar Products (left) and MITO Material Solutions (right)

Two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams comprised of students from the Spears School of Business, the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology, and the College of Arts and Sciences were among the top winners this past weekend in the finals of the Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

Out of 166 teams, the two OSU teams were selected to compete in the finals as part of the Top 12. OSU MBA student Haley Kurtz and mechanical engineering technology student Kevin Keith with MITO Material Solutions placed second in the competition, bringing home $35,000 plus an additional $500 for placing third in the live pitch portion of the competition. MITO sells adhesive epoxy additives which allow manufacturers to double the durability or significantly decreases the weight of composite materials utilized in the aerospace, recreation, and automotive industries.

Kevin Keith (left) and Haley Kurtz (right) of MITO Material Solutions win second place at the Baylor Business New Venture Competition

“Winning second place at Baylor is a huge accomplishment for MITO Material Solutions,” Kurtz said. “Compared to previous competitions we have been a part of, the competition and schedule at Baylor was fierce. Thankfully, Baylor University offered many coaching and feedback sessions from experienced advisors and judges, which allowed us to really improve our presentation for the semi and final rounds.

“Overall, we learned so much and are so grateful for the support of our advisor, Richard Gajan, and the OSU entrepreneurship ecosystem. This experience was unforgettable, and we are so proud of this achievement.” Continue Reading

Folds of Honor founder Dan Rooney
addresses vets at OSU’s VEP closing ceremony

Ariel West
  (March 1, 2017 at 11:25 am)

Fallen Comrade Ceremonial table

Saturday evening marked the closing ceremony of the eighth annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, headed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, with a keynote address from Maj. Dan Rooney, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation.

The closing ceremony featured remarks from Bruce Barringer, head of the School of Entrepreneurship at OSU, and Craig Watters, executive director of the Riata Center. Capt. Richard Hansen, United States Marine Corps, retired, honored all fallen, lost and imprisoned veterans with the Fallen Comrade Ceremony. Rooney then presented his keynote address.

Maj. Dan Rooney, U.S. Air Force, founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation

“The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program has armed you with great skills, but it will still be a challenge,” Rooney said in his address. “Embrace it. Anything is possible. Listen to your heart and have the faith and courage to take chances. Support each other, because the journey isn’t over. Have an ‘I will’ mentality, harness that fire within you and keep with your dreams.” Continue Reading

OSU doctoral student receives award at American Accounting Association – Southwest annual meeting

Ariel West
  (February 28, 2017 at 8:29 am)

Chuong Do

Oklahoma State University doctoral student Chuong Do will be honored March 9 with the Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper Award at the 2017 annual American Accounting Association – Southwest regional meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Do’s paper, “Macroeconomic Effects of Aggregate Accounting Conservatism: A Cross-Country Analysis,” was blind peer-reviewed before being selected as the winner. Do is advised by OSU associate professors of accounting Don Herrmann and Sandeep Nabar.

“Chuong Do is one of our top doctoral students,” Herrmann said. “In addition to being selected for an award at the AAA Southwest Meeting in Little Rock, Chuong was also selected to represent Oklahoma State University at the AAA doctoral consortium to be held in Dallas later this spring. We are very proud of Chuong Do and his accomplishments so far and expect even more from him as he continues to develop his research skills over the next few years.” Continue Reading

OSU engineering grad turns to
Spears Business for a different path

Ariel West
  (February 24, 2017 at 10:55 am)

Kyle Lake

Kyle Lake didn’t know he would end up at the Spears School of Business when he enrolled at Oklahoma State University his freshman year.

Lake grew up in small-town Elk City, Okla., with a population of 12,000, give or take. He was the first to attend OSU out of his family, making him the “black sheep,” but he appreciated the atmosphere and tight-knit community that OSU offers.

“Everybody jokes about the ‘Cowboy Spirit,’ but I’m convinced it’s a real thing,” Lake said. “Just great people who made the university feel fun, the excellent degree programs and the reputable school was appealing.” Continue Reading

Three Spears Business students place in 3MT®
competition, one selected to move on to OSU Finals

Ariel West
  (February 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm)

First place: Durba Chakrabarty

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

OSU MBA students receive advice
to help prepare for a career

Taylor Mullan
  (February 23, 2017 at 1:49 pm)
Mackenzie Wilfong

Mackenzie Wilfong

Oklahoma State University MBA students learn quite a bit of material to help them in their professional careers. On Feb. 17, Mackenzie Wilfong shared with the OSU students some things she wished she knew before starting her career.

Wilfong earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. Following law school, Wilfong practiced litigation at Spencer Fane Britt and Browne, a national law firm, where she specialized in education and employment law, practicing in Kansas and Missouri.  

After leaving private practice, she joined the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights as an enforcement attorney investigating allegations of harassment and discrimination in educational institutions. She is the Associate General Counsel for the Board of Regents of the Oklahoma State University and Agricultural and Mechanical Colleges, located in Stillwater. 

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OSU Entrepreneurship hosts competition
as first major event of new accelerateOSU

Ariel West
  (February 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is hosting a campus-wide Business Plan Competition open to OSU students of all majors.

Participants across campus will complete an intent to compete form by March 3 and submit a 10-page business plan by March 22. The top eight finalists will be announced April 3 and will compete in a live 10-minute business plan presentation April 28 at the Backstage, located at 7th and Main streets in Stillwater.

“The goal of the competition is to showcase OSU’s innovative technology and resources while highlighting the collaboration and innovation of the student teams,” said Haley Kurtz, event coordinator for the School of Entrepreneurship’s accelerateOSU branch. “We wanted to host a competition for all OSU students from Tulsa, Stillwater and Oklahoma City, and show that entrepreneurial ideas help promote economic development.” Continue Reading

Certificate of Effective Management and
Leadership available for business leaders

Alyssa Wahrman
  (February 20, 2017 at 11:00 am)

Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership Learning how to build and work with teams, communicating with individuals inside and outside the organization, and resolving conflicts in the workplace are benefits of attending the Certificate of Effective Management and Leadership series sponsored by Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business.

The series will consist of 10 sessions between March and November at the Oklahoma State University – Oklahoma City campus.

This series is designed for individuals in a front-line manager position or individual leaders that are in a management position. “These seminars will teach participants the skills they need to manage projects while making agile decisions on behalf of their teams and organizations,” Sarah Williams, program coordinator, said.

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City of Stillwater vice mayor
speaks with OSU MBA students

Taylor Mullan
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:43 pm)
Pat Darlington

Pat Darlington speaks to OSU MBA students.

Students at Oklahoma State University are presented with great opportunities for networking and creating connections. Patricia Darlington spoke to OSU MBA students Feb. 10 about the importance of moments and maintaining connections.

Darlington attended Regis College in Denver, before transferring to the University of Missouri-Kansas City where she received her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene in 1973. Following this, she worked as a hygienist and taught dental hygiene in Midwest City, Oklahoma.

In 1991, Darlington completed her master’s of religious education from Loyola University-New Orleans. She was the director of religious education St. John’s/St. Francis parishes in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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OSU’s online Master’s of Entrepreneurship
program ranked as the best in the nation

Ariel West
  (February 14, 2017 at 3:09 pm)

Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship has been selected as the top program in the nation offering an online Master’s in Entrepreneurship (MSE).

This isn’t the first time OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship has received nationwide recognition. The program started in 2008 and quickly gained recognition a short four years later, debuting in the Princeton Review as the No. 23 program in the Top 25 Graduate School of Entrepreneurship Studies.’s ranking of the of the 15 Best Online Entrepreneurship Colleges in the United States placed OSU as No. 1 on the list. The School of Entrepreneurship had also been ranked the No. 1 Best Online College for Entrepreneurship by, No. 2 for the Most Affordable Top Ranked Online MBA Entrepreneurship Program by and Continue Reading

OSU MSIS doctoral student wins third place
at international INFORMS competition

Ariel West
  (February 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm)

Pankush Kalgotra

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

OSU’s Dursun Delen one of only 10 nationwide
accepted for RoAD-Trip mentorship program

Ariel West
  (February 9, 2017 at 8:08 am)

Dursun Delen, Regents professor, Management Science and Information Systems

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

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

Two OSU teams selected as Top 12 finalists
in Baylor Business New Venture Competition

Ariel West
  (February 6, 2017 at 2:15 pm)

After months of planning and competing, two Oklahoma State University entrepreneurship incubator teams are advancing to the Top 12 in the sixth annual Baylor Business New Venture Competition.

Spears Business student Kevin Keith and MBA student Haley Kurtz with MITO Material Solutions and Christina Anaya, Wesley Honeycutt and Spears MBA student John Nickel with Redcedar Products will participate in the finals Feb. 23-25. The competition is a two-day, dual-round business plan and speed pitch competition that promotes entrepreneurship and small business development. First place will win $60,000 in cash plus multiple free resources such as consulting and data room access provided by sponsors. Second and third place will also be awarded cash prizes of $35,000 and $20,000 respectively. 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’s Center for Customer Interface
Excellence trains students for future

Ariel West
  (January 31, 2017 at 3:40 pm)

Tom Brown (left) and CIE students

The Center for Customer Interface Excellence (CIE) in the Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University may be just a name in a directory for many OSU students, but for marketing students, it’s the fast-track to industry success.

CIE’s goal is to focus on the point of connection between an organization’s frontline employees and its customers, providing a specialized education for students interested in careers in retailing, personal selling or services marketing. Students who are accepted into the program work toward earning the Certificate in Customer Interface Excellence. The program partners with businesses to provide students insights into a variety of industries. Participating companies benefit by gaining exposure with highly qualified job candidates. Continue Reading

OSU’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Program
to launch Feb. 18 for vets from across nation

Ariel West
  (January 30, 2017 at 8:13 am)

The Veterans Entrepreneurship Program at Oklahoma State University continues to attract national attention as it enters its eighth consecutive year of empowering American military veterans as they turn their business idea into workable business models.

The program, headed by the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, is designed for veterans who are interested in starting a venture as a means to financial independence or have an existing business that they would like to grow. Sixteen military veterans representing four of the five branches of the United State military will be traveling to Stillwater to participate in the innovative “boot camp” program Feb. 18-26.

“We believe in providing practical skills that will empower veterans to become financially independent,” said Alexces Bartley, manager of events and outreach for the Riata Center. “We teach them the significance of being entrepreneurs. We provide industry knowledge and support for businesses at every step of implementation. Our faculty members and industry experts make sure the veterans are well prepared by the time they leave Stillwater, and what better way to thank our veterans for their service and sacrifice than by helping them achieve their goals in civilian life?” Continue Reading

OSU associate professor Griffin Pivateau’s
research cited by Supreme Court of Nevada

Ariel West
  (January 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm)

Griffin Pivateau, associate professor of legal studies, OSU Spears School of Business

Let’s put the blue pencil down and be specific: the non-compete agreement is not an agreement at all.

Oklahoma State University’s Griffin Pivateau, associate professor of economics and legal studies in business for the Spears School of Business, was recently cited by the Supreme Court of Nevada. The Court relied heavily on Pivateau’s article, “Putting the Blue Pencil Down: An Argument for Specificity in Noncompete Agreements,” to shape the law of Nevada regarding blue pencil doctrine, where a count finds portions of a contract void but other portions are enforceable. Pivateau’s article argues that permitting courts to alter non-compete agreements, a contract that states an employee will not compete with his or her employer upon leaving employment for a specific period of time, violates public policy. Continue Reading

OSU Spears School continues to impress with
No. 2 ranking for online MIS master’s degree

Ariel West
  (January 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm)

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

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 in its 2016-17 rankings. Continue Reading

OSU’s online MBA, other online business programs
excel in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Ariel West
  (January 10, 2017 at 11:21 am)

Thanks to a revised curriculum and efficient upgrades, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business has been ranked No. 1 among universities in the Big 12 Conference for its online MBA program and other online business programs (non-MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.

Spears Business’s online MBA program is tied for 29th place in the Best Online MBA Programs rankings. This ranking makes OSU the best choice for an online MBA program in the Big 12 Conference, with West Virginia University coming in second with a ranking of 47th. Only five of the ten Big 12 Conference schools made it in to the U.S. News & World Report rankings for this category.

Spears’ other online business programs are tied for 32th place for the Best Online Business (non-MBA) Programs. This ranking also places OSU No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference for online business graduate programs, with only West Virginia University included in the rankings for this category at 66th. Continue Reading

OSU master’s in business analytics students
gain experience by working with companies

Ariel West
  (January 9, 2017 at 10:02 am)

This article appeared in Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Goutam Chakraborty

For more than seven years, Spears School of Business’s marketing professor Goutam Chakraborty has fostered relationships with companies across Oklahoma and beyond through data analytics.

Chakraborty sets up contracts with major companies such as Elevate, OG&E and PennWell and has graduate students research the companies’ desired projects. The student projects are fully funded assistantships that boost the students’ résumés and experience in data extraction, data visualization and modeling.

“I seek out the companies to take on my graduate students and start building relationships with them,” Chakraborty said. “The projects are usually a semester long and focus on whatever the company’s needs are, whether that’s determining customer lifetime value, customer satisfaction, predictive modeling or something else. I meet with the students once a week to see their progress, and then we meet with the company every month or so to make sure we are heading in the right direction.”

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Spears School’s Dursun Delen
named Regents Professor

Ariel West
  (January 5, 2017 at 1:10 pm)

Dursun Delen

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

Improve retention, improve lives: Why student retention
is important to society

Ariel West
  (January 5, 2017 at 10:25 am)

This article appeared Discover Spears Research, the quarterly research newsletter released by the Spears School of Business.

Dursun Delen

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