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Oklahoma State business students aren’t just learning about business; they’re planning and creating businesses.
And competing at business. Already.
That’s always apparent in the annual accelerateOSU Business Plan Competition, and the 2018 edition now heads toward next month’s finish with 12 finalists, determined by a judging panel of local professionals and entrepreneurs.
More than 50 OSU student teams wrote and submitted 10-page business plans for the competition, which was trimmed to the 12 finalists, split into two categories of six each: Main Street and High Tech. The finalists advance to the live Shark Tank-styled presentation set for Feb. 16 at Backstage in Stillwater, with top prizes ranging from $2,000-$8,000. The full finals event schedule will be released soon.
Each of the 12 finalists have already received $1,000 awards.
The accelerateOSU Competition is the premier business plan competition hosted by OSU’s Riata School for Entrepreneurship and the institute of New Venture Creation.
“I am really proud of all the student teams who entered the competition,” said Haley Marie Keith, coordinator of accelerateOSU. “I get to see firsthand the work these students put in to their entrepreneurial dreams. This competition allows them to show others, which is why I am so excited to host it here with OSU’s Department of Entrepreneurship.”
Main Street Finalists
Bubble Calm – The purpose of Bubble Calm is to provide an anxiety relieving gum that is fast-acting and easily accessible at a competitive price.
Infinite Prints, LLC – An apparel and accessory printing business aimed at providing quality printed apparel and accessories locally, online and through drop shipping services, while providing customers a streamlined ordering process, competitive pricing and the utmost flexibility in product customization.
Lizzie J, LLC – Lizzie J sells high-quality, fashionable pet apparel and matching accessories for the pet-owners online and at specialty boutiques and donates a portion of all profits to support young children in Haiti.
STEAK – STEAK (Safe Temperature Estimator at A Klick) is a service-providing company selling software and APP-based solutions to its customers. STEAK intends to save millions of dollars being spent for its cooking validation studies by providing low-cost technology solutions.
STEM Tech – A non-profit organization that addresses the lack of access to electricity and STEM education in Africa by providing renewable energy toolkits to children while teaching students STEM education principles.
Vertical – A venture fund that specializes in monetarily supporting Latino firms who have trouble accessing the sufficient capital at startup and growth stages allowing them to scale at a reasonable rate.
High Tech Finalists
EcoOxyHydroGen – EcOxyHydroGen is developing low-cost technology to make renewable hydrogen using sunlight and water. Unlike hydrocarbon fuels, such as oil, coal and natural gas, where carbon dioxide and other contaminants are released into the atmosphere, causing global warming, hydrogen fuel usage produces pure water as the only byproduct.
Indra – The focus here is on lightning strike protection, which is becoming increasingly important to the wind energy and aerospace industry due to the high cost of wind turbines and aircrafts. Indra Lightning Strike Mitigation is developing lightweight, conductive, flexible films to be sold to primary and secondary structure manufacturers in these industries.
Multivate – Creates multi-chamber, single-use bioreactors to help biopharmaceutical drug manufacturers reduce costs associated with purchasing and qualifying equipment, reducing factory footprint, simplifying the process, minimizing risk of microbial contamination, resulting in savings of millions of dollars per year.
Quantum Dots – For equine surgeons who face the problem of poor visualization of cancerous tissue while removing skin tumors, provides self-illuminating hybrid quantum dots that can effectively highlight tumor margins. The product provides stronger signals that can detect smaller cancer cells and conjugate with a wider variety of cancer drugs.
Safe Harbor Solutions – Safe Harbor Solutions (SHS) presents a wearable high-tech child safety wristband featuring heart-rate monitoring, temperature detection, impenetrable construction, and near-field GPS tracking to help parents combat tragedies such as drowning, heat stroke, SIDS, and abduction.
Whether – Whether is an informational technology company striving to economically optimize the trucking industry route planning. Whether incorporates near-term available weather data into flexible route dispatch design in order to mitigate head-wind drag, thereby lowering fuel costs by 5%.
About the accelerateOSU Business Plan Competition: The accelerateOSU Competition is the premier business plan competition hosted by Oklahoma State University Riata School for Entrepreneurship and the Institute of New Venture Creation. The competition is open to all Oklahoma State University tudents of any discipline. The goal of the competition is to promote entrepreneurship and small business development by focusing on student created, managed, and owned ventures. Students are provided with expert feedback and the opportunity to win cash prizes to help fund their ventures.
Ken Eastman arrived at work bright and early Tuesday morning.
Eastman provided the bright, breaking out his special-occasion orange suit – which screams America’s Brightest Orange – to commemorate the first day of classes in the new Business Building.
Soon came the news of the day: “Open for Business.”
“The first day deserves the big orange suit,” said Eastman, dean of Spears Business.
The long-anticipated opening of the new building arrived Tuesday with the beginning of the 2018 spring semester. And it opened with one 7:30 a.m. class – managerial accounting – taught by Julie Ward amid a group of students who can lay claim to being the first class to meet in the state-of-the-art structure that features 147,450 square feet designed to accommodate classrooms, offices, student gathering space and more.
“You have the honor and privilege of being the first class in the new building,” Ward told her students. “We’re making a moment.”
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.”
Oklahoma State University’s business school, an early trendsetter in online learning, continues to push the pace with its online programs, especially among Big 12 universities.
The Spears School of Business tops all Big 12 schools and repeats as a member of the nation’s top online MBA programs in the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, released Tuesday.
OSU ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and is tied at No. 30 overall.
“We’ve been at this game a long time,” said Ramesh Sharda, vice dean for the Watson Graduate School of Management at Spears Business. “I’m really pleased that we continue to get recognized as one of the top-30 programs. This is a very credible list of competitors.
“We’re No. 1 within the Big 12, so that’s always a plus.”
You don’t need to tell Kris Ventura it’s a small world. The Oklahoma State University senior was living it each day he walked into his Corporate Social Responsibility class during the fall semester. The 22-year-old was born in Mexico, spent most of his teenage years in Norway and has already traveled to nearly 30 countries, but he was caught off guard when clinical assistant professor of management Jose Sagarnaga began sharing about his background in class.
He was surprised to learn the OSU professor earned his doctorate degree from the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP), a private university located in Puebla, Mexico – where Ventura was born and raised, and still considers home.
After class a few days later, Ventura approached Sagarnaga, sharing with him – while speaking Spanish (one of three languages he speaks fluently) – that he grew up in Puebla. A friendship was born as the two connected on a number of issues, including reminiscing about their time in Puebla before Sagarnaga, a fan of OSU’s golf program, realized that Ventura was a member of the Cowboys nationally ranked men’s golf team.
Oklahoma State University assistant professor of management Aaron Hill is going beyond the classroom to improve the life of not only his students but others around the world. Hill shared his method in enhancing lives with OSU MBA students during their final Professional Development class of the semester.
Along with Jack Skeen and Greg Miller, Hill authored a self-improvement book called “The Circle Blueprint.” Skeen is a psychologist who is now an executive coach, and Miller received his PhD from OSU studying factors driving turnover and is now the CEO of CrossCom, a technology services company. After taking the self-assessment online at www.thecircleblueprint.com, readers can dive into the book to learn more about a balance in life and how to improve in areas where he or she needs work.
To prove developing this book is solely a social endeavor to help others, all proceed from the book are donated to charity. One of the projects includes creating a scholarship at OSU.
The Center for Executive and Professional Development at Oklahoma State University was recently presented the Best Custom Program Award for its design and implementation of the Chickasaw Leadership Academy Platinum Level Executive Development program at the 40th Annual Conference on Management and Executive Development.
Organizations from 34 states and eight countries – the United States, Australia, Canada, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine – were represented at the conference. Selection of the Best Custom Program was voted on by peers attending the conference after being narrowed to three programs by a voting committee.
“I congratulate the CEPD team for their excellent work in partnering with the Chickasaw Nation on this program,” said Ken Eastman, dean of the OSU Spears School of Business. “Our Spears School faculty and CEPD do a great job of providing professional development to organizations and businesses to the state and region, and we are proud of this accomplishment.”
A pair of Oklahoma State University students have been invited to participate in the 2018 cohort of the E-Team Student Grant Program, sponsored by VentureWell.
The Lightning Strike Mitigation Material team of ShawnDea Dunzy, an entrepreneurship and management major in the Spears School of Business, and Dilli Dhakal, a master’s student in material science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at OSU-Tulsa, was awarded a $5,000 grant that will assist in taking its entrepreneurial idea to market.
Dunzy and Dhakal will travel to Boston to participate in a three-day workshop Jan. 11-13 with nine other teams from across the United States. Lightning Strike Mitigation Material is one of 10 teams receiving a Stage 1 grant, which assists with training through the early stage innovator training program. The training provides peer networking, expert coaching, national recognition and hands-on workshops to move their innovations forward.
A number of Spears School of Business faculty, staff and administrators were honored Dec. 6 at the annual University Awards Convocation ceremony at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.
The Spears Business employees honored at the event were:
- MITO Material Solutions, a successful OSU student startup company with team leader Richard Gajan, Thoma Family clinical assistant professor in the School of Entrepreneurship, was one of three startups recognized with the President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity award. MITO received the second-place award and $3,000.
- Griffin Pivateau, assistant professor of legal studies, was recognized as a recipient of the Regents Distinguished Teaching Award, which carries a $2,000 permanent stipend. The award recognizes faculty who have shown unusually significant achievement in the instruction of students for an extended number of years. Continue Reading
A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were participants in November at the four-day 2017 Southeast SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Conference in Cary, N.C.
The conference allowed OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to meet with SAS® users from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.
“This is the third year in a row that our students have participated and won scholarships at the SESUG Conference. I am very happy with their performances at this conference,” said Goutam Chakraborty, SAS professor of marketing analytics and director of the Master’s in Business Analytics program at Spears Business.
In 2018, Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business is hosting a Leadership Development Certificate Series in collaboration with Chesapeake Energy for the Oklahoma City area. The 2018 series will have four seminars open to the public: Jan. 24, April 24, Aug. 21 and Nov. 13 at Chesapeake Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City.
The series is designed to prepare, motivate and build business leaders. “Chesapeake Energy is excited to partner with Oklahoma State University to bring these relevant programs to the Oklahoma City business community,” said Tom Massey, Talent Management and Leadership Development, Chesapeake Energy. “The OSU faculty provide excellent information that participants can take back to their job, department and company to help improve their own and their team’s performance.”
Top row: Gonzalo Morillas, Gage Calhoon, Claudio Ferrer and Darcy Worth. Bottom row: Alexis Miller, Hammons Hepner, Nathan Herrmann, Erin Hart.
Eight Spears School of Business students have been selected as Oklahoma State University Seniors of Significance for the 2017-2018 academic year by the OSU Alumni Association.
The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community, while bringing distinction to OSU. The eight Spears Business students are among 48 winners campus-wide.
The Spears School of Business Seniors of Significance, with their hometown and major:
- Gage Calhoon, Finance, Tulsa
- Claudio Ferrer, Economics and Finance, Enid
- Erin Hart, Marketing, Edmond
- Hammons Hepner, Agricultural Economics and Finance, Freedom
- Nathan Herrmann, Accounting, Stillwater
- Alexis Miller, Management Information Systems and Management, Aurora, Colo.
- Gonzalo Morillas, Finance and Marketing, Lima, Peru
- Darcy Worth, Management and Marketing, Tahlequah
A group of Spears School of Business accounting students accepted a challenge, and a significant challenge it was, with the name Deloitte attached as confirmation.
Challenge accepted and answered, quite well, with a top-four regional finish at the Deloitte Audit Innovation Campus Challenge, a nationally-driven program hosted by Deloitte’s Audit Innovation group and the Deloitte Foundation, focused on accelerating innovation in education by helping institutions of higher learning keep pace with the changing marketplace and evolving technologies.
Six Oklahoma State University students – Sarah Sidener, Emory Van Vorhis, Mackenzie Rychlik, Nate Abebe, James Olmstead and Cameron Cremin – traveled to Atlanta Nov. 13th and 14th, competing in the audit-based Challenge through presentation and a question-and-answer segment. Earl Stone, an audit partner from Deloitte’s Oklahoma City office, also traveled with the OSU team and provided insight and encouragement as they participated in the event.
Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship is being recognized as one of the top schools in the nation, with 2018 representing the school’s third time since 2013 in rankings published by The Princeton Review and featured in the December issue of Entrepreneur magazine.
The School of Entrepreneurship is ranked 24th on the list of Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2018. OSU is one of only 13 public schools to be ranked among more than 300 schools considered by The Princeton Review.
“I’m gratified by our top 25 ranking,” said Bruce Barringer, head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship. “It’s a testament to our faculty, alumni and especially our students. I’m also happy for our students. They can now confidently say that they’re part of a nationally ranked program.”
Scott Warren with Generation Citizen recently visited the Spears School of Business to discuss the possibility of collaborative efforts to empower young people across the United States to become engaged and effective citizens.
Warren, chief executive officer of Generation Citizen, met with students, faculty and staff in Spears Business, including the Department of Management and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. His passion for the importance of youth political engagement stems from his experience growing up abroad.
Warren co-founded the organization at Brown University with fellow student Anna Nina during their senior year. He has worked the last seven years to build GC’s programming and expand civics engagement throughout the U.S. The group works to ensure that every student in the nation receives an effective civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in the democracy as active citizens.
Longtime Oklahoma State University professor Dursun Delen was recently appointed as one of the two editors-in-chief of the Journal of Business Analytics, a new addition to the rich collection of journals sponsored by the Operational Research Society and published by Taylor & Francis Publishing company.
After a year-long application, selection and evaluation process, Delen was selected for one of the two Editor-in-Chief positions, and will begin his five-year term on Jan. 1, 2018.
“Business analytics is the art and science of converting a wide variety of data assets to actionable insights for accurate and timely decision making. In essence, it is the process of discovering new and useful knowledge from Big Data (or small data) for the betterment of all organizational practices,” said Delen, Regent Professor, William S. Spears Chair in Business Administration, Patterson Foundation Chair and management science and information systems (MSIS) professor in OSU’s Spears School of Business.
Babak Taheri from Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland recently met with Spears School of Business administration and faculty to discuss increasing the collaboration between the two institutions.
Spears Business currently has three exchange students from Heriot Watt and usually sends a couple students per year to the school’s campus in Edinburgh, where OSU students get to experience of living in an amazing city.
Babak also had a meeting with Mike Schuster, assistant professor of legal studies in Spears Business, to discuss potential visits to their campus in Scotland during the Study Abroad program from the CAGLE Department. Babak also met with Marlys Mason, Kevin Voss and Jose Sagarnaga to discuss research collaboration and reciprocal exchange student support with the intention to further the existing relationship between the two universities.
Faculty from Oklahoma State University’s Spears School of Business and the University of Nevada, Reno will provide participants with unique educational experience in leadership and gaming management. A Certificate in Gaming Leadership will be awarded following completion of the 27.75 hours of instruction. These sessions can also be counted toward the Certificate in Gaming Management offered by the University of Nevada, Reno.
“We are excited to host this inaugural program at our flagship property, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa,” said Mark Fulton, chief operating officer of Cherokee Nation Entertainment. “This professional education opportunity is important in developing effective management teams that have both the technical and leadership capabilities to sustain continued growth in the industry. It strengthens the gaming management community and provides gaming leaders with the additional knowledge and skills for further growth and success.”
United States Bankruptcy Judge Jeff Bohm will be the featured speaker for the Puterbaugh Ethics Lecture on Nov. 14 at Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus.
Bohm, in conjunction with Spears School of Business professor Mike Schuster, will address “Legal Bullying: Ethical Pitfall or Smart Business?” during the lecture at 2 p.m. in 317 Engineering South. Admission is free and is open to all OSU students, staff, and faculty.
“As a federal judge, Jeff Bohm routinely faces those accused of ethical lapses through abuse of the legal system,” said Griffin Pivateau, Puterbaugh Professor of Legal Studies and Ethics in Business in Spears Business. “Judge Bohm’s lecture will provide students with a glimpse into how ethical challenges present themselves and how they should be addressed.
“Having the chance to hear a sitting federal judge discuss ethical pitfalls in the legal system will benefit the entire OSU academic community. We are looking forward to this event.”
The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City.
The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business.
Experts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be speaking on the future of the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter.
“We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.”
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.”
Oklahoma State University’s Master’s in Business Analytics program was well represented last week as a group of students and faculty were participants in the 2017 South Central SAS® Users Group (SCSUG) Educational Forum in Addison, Texas.
The three-day conference allows OSU Spears School of Business analytics students to come together with SAS® users in Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico with the purpose of learning and sharing about the software, network with SAS staff and other users, and provide a platform for everyone to expand their knowledge of SAS.
“This is the sixth year in a row that our students have participated in and won scholarships to the SCSUG Conference,” said Miriam McGaugh, clinical professor for business analytics in Spears Business. “In addition to the nine scholarship winners from OSU, we had three additional students participate in the student symposium for the fifth year.”
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.”
When you’re born and raised in Guthrie, the previous capital of Oklahoma, being involved in everything is a staple for the brightest high school students, and international business and nonprofit management senior Mekaila Carey was no exception.
As the oldest of six siblings, Carey paved the way for her siblings by participating in softball, basketball, track, pole vaulting, dancing and many other activities. Her main passion was the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a nonprofit organization focused on community service, confidence and professional development. Eventually, Carey rose to assume the role of President for the Order in the state of Oklahoma, and soon after she was selected to the International President of the Order. Continue Reading
Entrepreneurs are seen to be synonymous with success and innovation, but that innovation can disrupt the market and increase inequality. On the other hand, an entrepreneur who enters the market can increase equality by offering competition, as well. So, why isn’t this topic as simple as we think it is?
Oklahoma State University assistant professor of entrepreneurship Per Bylund researches all things entrepreneur. By researching the topic of inequality and how it relates to entrepreneurial activity, Bylund felt the term “inequality” needed to be defined more clearly. He partnered with Mark Packard, assistant professor at the University of Nevada at Reno, to do just that.
“Inequality is a very provocative and hot topic right now, and what we argue in this paper is that it’s misunderstood and made a little too simple in the debate,” Bylund said. “We think there might be more to it, and a deeper analysis might help us understand the concept and all the nuances to the concept. What we look at is how entrepreneurs, in different ways, contribute to inequality or equality.”
A group of Oklahoma State University Master’s in Business Analytics students were among those participating in the 2017 MidWest SAS® Users Group (MWSUG) Conference earlier this month in downtown St. Louis.
The OSU Spears School of Business graduate students participated in the two-day conference which included paper presentations from other SAS® users, hands-on workshops, live demonstrations, and opportunities to network with other SAS® users. In addition, they were able to visit with staff from SAS® that was able to provide their unique expertise and insight.
Twenty students have been selected as the Top 10 Freshmen Men and Top 10 Freshmen Women at Oklahoma State University for the 2017-2018 academic year, and five of those students are from the Spears School of Business.
Jacob Swanson, entrepreneurship and management major; Brent Cunningham, accounting; Corey Collins, business management, and Coleman Bourke, business, were selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Men while Hadley Reuter, management information systems and statistics major, was selected to the Top 10 Freshmen Women.
Swanson is the son of Chris and Ashley Swanson and grew up in Cache, Okla. He is the vice-president of the E-Club, serves as the Homecoming chair for the Business Student Council, is a part of the Student Alumni Board and the Chaplain of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity at OSU. Continue Reading
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.”
Under special circumstances, George Abraham traveled to Stillwater, Oklahoma from India on his own to speak with graduate students in the Professional Development class on September 29. Abraham encouraged students to follow their dreams despite other’s negativity. He also shared his experiences and challenges living visually impaired.
Growing up, people did not have faith in a future for children who were visually impaired. It was common for people to express their doubts about his future to him and his parents. Fortunately for Abraham, his parents saw much more in him than just a blind child, and they did everything they could to give him the opportunities to succeed in regular school.
One of these opportunities included participating in athletics. He enjoyed running, but he did not start out as a fast runner and continued to come in last place. As he continued to practice, he gradually improved his skills. Eventually, he became the fastest runner in the school. Continue Reading
Before the Fall 2017 semester began, Oklahoma State University MBA students enrolled in the Corporate Strategy class had the opportunity to travel to China for 10 days. While abroad, students experienced culture, sightseeing and collaboration with Chinese students from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, followed by a final stop in Hong Kong.
The trip began in Beijing with tours and visitations to local businesses. The culture and cuisine largely differs from that in the United States. This highly populated city constantly bustles from activities of the everyday citizen. The delicious cuisine is served family-style around a large circular table with a Lazy Susan in the middle. This setup allows for the sharing of not only food but also conversation among those at the table.
Students traveled around this part of China, including a partial trek along the Great Wall of China and visit to Tiananmen Square. Continue Reading