OSU celebrates two Tulsa anniversaries
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of OSU-Tulsa; 2018 was the 30th anniversary of OSU-CHS joining the OSU system.
Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students Ben Greiner and Rachel Hardy receive instruction from Dr. Christopher Thurman, associate dean of clinical education and simulation at OSU Center for Health Sciences.
Oklahoma State University’s Tulsa legacy began in 1988, when the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery became the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences was established as an academic health center in 1997, and OSU-Tulsa was founded in 1999.
Today, OSU-CHS educates and trains osteopathic physicians, scientists and health care professionals, while OSU-Tulsa offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas like business, education, engineering and technology, human services and liberal arts.
Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa, says the highlight of the university’s history is the people, the “over 30,000 students who have taken classes at OSU-Tulsa, and about 11,000 people who have received degrees from OSU-Tulsa.”
Dr. Kayse Shrum, president of OSU-CHS, says a recent bright spot in OSU-CHS’ three decades is the “growth (that) continues to this day with the opening of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building in 2017, featuring an academic simulation center for training health care professionals, and the announcement last fall of the nation’s first tribally affiliated medical school, the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation.”
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of OSU-Tulsa; 2018 was the 30th anniversary of OSU-CHS joining the OSU system. A Stately Affair, a gala on May 16 at the Cox Business Center, will commemorate the milestones.
In addition to generating scholarship donations for students of both Tulsa campuses, the event will recognize community leaders who have improved access to and quality of education for Tulsa-area students. The 2019 OSU in Tulsa Icons are the late Jerry Hudson, former chairman of the OSU Medical Authority and Trust; Ted Haynes, former president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma; Gary L. Trennepohl, founding president of OSU-Tulsa; and Glenda Love Williams, former OSU-Tulsa trustee and executive director of the Tulsa Ronald McDonald House.
May 16 — A Stately Affair
6 p.m. Cox Business Center, 100 Civic Center. $1,250. Supports scholarships at OSU CHS and OSU-Tulsa. astatelyaffair.com