Oklahoma State University at Stillwater

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Oklahoma State University at Stillwater is the flagship institute of the Oklahoma State University System, a multi-campus, land grant, educational system. This public co-educational institution for higher education is based in Stillwater, Oklahoma.The university was opened in 1890 as a land-grant university and was named Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. The college became the Oklahoma State University in 1957.Oklahoma State University at Stillwater awards bachelor’s and master’s degrees in over 200 areas, professional degrees in osteopathic and veterinary medicines, and education degrees in selected fields. The university offers quality education through cutting-edge resources and facilities.OSU at Stillwater encompasses the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology; and the Center for Health Sciences. Spears School of Business.Edmon Low Library, established in 1953 on the university campus, holds over 1.5 million volumes, 2.1 million microform units, and more than 165,000 maps.The university’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is committed to helping people in Oklahoma through its research-based information. Other services provided within the campus to the students are a writing center, health center providing a wide range of health services, minority and international student services, and the Colvin Physical Education Center.Oklahoma State University at Stillwater is ranked by the Princeton Review as one of the best higher educational institutions in the western United States. It has been honored as one of America's Best College Buys in the annual U.S. News and World Report rankings.


The decade of 1960-70 was a time of change in the United States of America. Young people everywhere were questioning the way life was lived and on many issues demanding that there be change. Oklahoma State University did not remain untouched.

In the fall of 1969 the majority of the African American students at Oklahoma State University held a walk out, and the Afro-American Society presented twelve demands to the University administration. It was stated that if these demands were met, the racial climate on campus would improve. One demand presented by the students was for the hiring of an African American Counselor. On February 2, 1971, Howard Shipp Jr. began employment as a Counselor at the University Counseling Center.

In 1985 the Office of Minority Programs and Services was created under University Counseling. The main purpose of the office was to provide counseling services to minority students on a one on one and group basis. The staff consisted of the Director, Dr. Howard Shipp Jr., and two Counselors: one Native American and one African American. A short time later a Counselor for Hispanic students was also hired.

In 1992 Oklahoma State University created a new office. With this new office, the Minority Programs and Services was transformed into the Multicultural Development and Assessment Center. Added to the counseling function was an outreach effort which could include reaching students in the residential halls, and speaking engagements both on and off campus.

The summer of 2002 brought new change as the Multicultural Development and Assessment Center evolved into the Multicultural Student Center (MSC), a department of the Division of Student Affairs.

Dr. Howard Shipp Jr., the Director for many years, retired in August of 2005. The office continued its mission with a new Director Dr. Phillip Birdine in a newly created Division, the Office of the Vice-President for Institutional Diversity, under the direction of Dr. Cornell Thomas.

The core mission of the Multicultural Student Center continued to be that of promoting and enhancing multicultural opportunities for all students on the Oklahoma State University campus, providing experiences that enhance their cultural knowledge, sensitivity, and competence, thus better preparing them to function in a global community.

Throughout history students have arrived at institutions of higher learning with different expectations of what they would accomplish during their journey. However, very few have been able to say that learning has not changed them. The interaction with students provides many opportunities to learn for those that work with them. Thus, as we continue to learn, change also becomes inevitable.

In July of 2008, the office takes on a new name: Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence. The name indicates the primary objectives of academic excellence and an inclusive approach to perspectives, ideas, experiences, differences. A place where all voices are heard, where learning is constantly taking place and it translates into action. Action within our university community and the greater communities where we come from and we move to. In May of 2011, the office changed our name again in an effort to be a more distinguishable resource to the Oklahoma State University community. Our new name--The Office of Multicultural Affairs--is also more in line with similar departments at other institutions.

History & Background Information

University Budget has been charged with the responsibility of maintaining the Physical Facilities Inventory for OSU-Stillwater and the OSU Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. University Budget has close-knit working relationships with the Facilities Management's Geospatial Systems and the office of Risk & Property Management. University Budget, Geospatial Systems, and Risk & Property Management provide data and information that allow university administrators to make informed decisions regarding current and potential use of campus space and future needs.

Managing a university's physical space requires cooperation and communication between University Budget, Geospatial Systems, and Risk & Property Management, the administration, and the academic departments. Consider that Oklahoma State University includes:

  • 1,489 acres on the Stillwater campus
  • 5,914 acres in the surrounding areas (mostly agriculture and veterinary medicine)
  • 20,269 acres that include Lake Carl Blackwell
  • over 700 buildings with almost 12,000,000 gross square feet
  • over 36,000 rooms

University Budget collects, maintains, and analyzes information about university space use through the Physical Facilities Inventory. Instructions, definitions, and schedules are provided through the Space Management page. With a computer-aided facility management system called Archibus, University Budget, Geospatial Systems maintain information in Building, Room, Room Percentages, and other supporting tables. The data in these tables provide information to analyze current use of space and can be used in a needs model developed by the Association for Learning Environments formerly known as the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI). This model is a systematic process to assess the adequacy of existing space and future needs.

Geospatial Systems maintains CAD drawings of all buildings. Since the installation of Archibus in October 1999, over 100 buildings have been remeasured, redrawn, and linked to the rooms inventory. This linkage allows floor plans to be displayed and printed that have been color coded and/or cross-hatched to show room use by department, by room type, or by program (function). Archibus also provides a summary of square footage by any of these categories. Geospatial Systems maintains a website for viewing interactive campus maps, floor plans for campus buildings, and other facilities information at

Risk & Property Management maintains information on buildings, acreages, leases, and insurance on all university assets. This office also oversees the accounting and financial reporting for capital projects of the university.

Emeriti retirement campus

In 1990, the Emeriti Officers identified the need for a suitable upscale retirement facility in Stillwater. A Task force committee headed by James Plaxico, G. Chamberlin, R. L. Henrickson, R. Kamm, E. J. Turman, R. Goldstone, M Frye, H. Sare, A. Maciula, J.O. Grantham, R. Fite, and M. Scruggs was created to analyze 5 the need and to pursue options. Interviews were conducted with Emeriti living in various facilities in Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Visits were made to existing units in Texas, Kansas, Iowa, and Durham, North Carolina. Henrickson visited the facility in Bloomington, Indiana while attending the National Meeting of the Emeriti Associations. (AROHE)

After considerable study, it was concluded that a need existed for a Continuous Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Various University Officials were interviewed to explore avenues of mutual cooperation offering advantages to the University and the retirees. The School of Architecture assigned the development of alternative designs for a CCRC as a Senior Class Project. That project produced 23 physical models and six possible sites for consideration to be considered by the Association. Two sites and models were selected for further study.

Early in the planning, several requests were made to the University Administration seeking the use of suitable land. A site on Lakeview Road north of the old University golf course, was identified as a means of appeasing the Emeriti effort. However, It became apparent, despite the many advantages to the University, that the Administration had no intention of becoming a part of a University related CCRC.

Nevertheless the Emeriti directors continued to persevere. There were several false starts involving a variety of developers over the past 26 years.

In 2003, the White Woods Campus Board of Directors was incorporated to develop a facility on 35 acres at the Range Road and 19th Ave in Stillwater. The land was to be donated by Mary Morris to honor her father. The original board included Ester Winterfeldt, Ron Beer, Robert Henrickson, Bill Brown, Milton Morris, Jim Enix , Larry Perkins, Grace Provence and Louise Schroder. A history of the White Woods Campus Activity by Ester Winterfeldt is Attachment #2.

The board negotiated with a number of management and development companies, but could not find a match for their resident center vision. In 2012, Epworth Living in Oklahoma City hired a new President, Jamie Harned, with OSU ties. The Board met with him and eventually signed an agreement for Epworth to develop a Continuing Care Retirement Center which will be known as “The Ranch”. A Sales Office was established in the Emeriti Office. A number of the White Woods Board members joined members of the Epworth Living Board -with Ron Beer as President-to oversee development. The White Woods Board was 6 dissolved and remaining members formed as advisory group to the new project. A Pioneer Club was established to identify individuals willing to pay $1000.00 deposit to be on a priority list for housing. The Ranch is planning cottages, independent living apartments, assisted living and full nursing care as well as many amenities. By August 2012 more than 162 individuals had joined the Pioneer Club and developers promise construction will begin when 100 total units have been reserved.

Animal Science Alumni Association

The Animal Science Alumni Association (ASAA) was started in 1982 by Dr. Lowell Walters. George Clift, a highly successful ranch real estate broker in Texas, was the first president. The initial purpose of the Alumni Association was to assist in generating scholarship support for our students. That same year, the new Animal Science Building was completed and dedicated. All of the department's faculty members were housed under the same roof for the first time.

The ASAA initiated the auctioning of arena chairs to provide support for scholarships, aid students with expenses, and to create endowments in the OSU Foundation to help further support students in these areas in the future. This was the beginning of the Scholarship Auction, which gives alumni the opportunity to contribute to the scholarship fund in an effort to help support students. Each year, an annual auction was held after lunch at the Old Timer’s Judging Contest.

Embracing the future

Preparing the next generation of hospitality leaders

In the fall of 2016, the north wing of Human Sciences was opened, moving the school into offices on the third floor and opening new facilities for our students. These new facilities provide students with a multitude of opportunities and hands-on learning experiences including:

  • Dick Autry and Jim Anderson Culinary Skills Lab
  • Marriott Teaching Kitchen
  • Jimmy’s Egg, Braum’s, Johnnies Charcoal Broiler and EB Emerging Brands Inc
  • Hal Smith Restaurants Demonstration Classroom
  • Pappas Restaurants Reception Room
  • Directors Conference Room
  • Keith and Rebecca Ashburn Student Study Room
  • Bob and Sylvia Slater Administrative Suite

After 80 years of being a leader in global hospitality and tourism education, the school changed its name to the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in 2017. The new name represents the full array of educational opportunities available within the program:

In July 2019, the school joined the OSU Spears School of Business to create more synergy for collaborative educational efforts between HTM and business degree programs. OSU administration agreed that HTM’s students would be best served by greater access to courses, programs and organizations available through the business school.

History of the Sun Grant

The Sun Grant Initiative concept arose from discussions between leadership at South Dakota State University and U.S. Senator Tom Daschle. These discussions began in late 2000 and proceeded through 2001. The founding principles are to develop biobased products, many of them with industrial applications, and concurrently stimulate renewed economic activity, particularly in rural areas.

Agricultural production has been, and will continue to be, the source of food, feed, and fiber. In coming years, agricultural commodities will provide primary building blocks for energy, materials and chemicals. These “biobased” products will include: liquid fuels, lubricants, plastics, building materials, neutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, industrial enzymes, monomers, polymers, and many other items. Advances in biological sciences, combined with continuing developments in process engineering, will make this possible.

As the science and technology developments moves forward, new industries continue to emerge and prosper. Additionally, existing companies will develop new businesses. Significant employment opportunities will also develop. Currently, many raw materials for industrial production are derived from petroleum. The biobased economy will not supplant the petroleum industry, but will complement and augment it. The Sun Grant Initiative is an activity that will enlist the resources of the nation’s Land-Grant Universities in helping push the biobased economy to reality.

Through activities involving South Dakota State University and Senator Daschle’s staff, the Sun Grant Initiative was proposed to occur in five regions, with coordination in each of the regions through one of the Land-Grant Universities. The South Central Region was defined as Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma. Oklahoma State University was asked to serve as the coordinating institution for the consortium. The other lead institutions were originally South Dakota State University, Cornell University, University of Tennessee, and Oregon State University.

Through a special Federal appropriation, funding was provided for planning purposes in federal FY02. These funds were used to convene regional planning sessions. Leadership of the Land Grant Universities in the South Central Region met for an initial orientation and planning session in April of 2002. Stakeholder meetings were held by the South Central Region in June of 2002 which involved individuals from within the consortium and external parties. Using input from these meetings, a planning document was developed and finalized in September 2002.

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Tulsa mayor proclaims Burns and Ann Hargis Day at A Stately Affair gala Jun 25

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum proclaimed June 24 as Burns and Ann Hargis Day in honor of Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and First Cowgirl Ann Hargis.

ElevateMed selects OSU medical student for scholar program Jun 25

Third-year medical student Holly Flores is one of only 10 medical students in the country selected for the 2021 ElevateMeD Scholar program, which aims to develop talented medical students from underrepresented backgrounds into the next generation of physician leaders.


Our equine research trains well-rounded graduate students that are academically and scientifically sound minded as well as have the ability to teach and communicate with students and the people in the industry.

  • More accurately quantify mineral requirements in weanlings and yearlings.
  • Determine the effects of mineral balance and exercise on bone metabolism in the young, growing horse.
  • Evaluate mineral bioavailability from varying sources and in response to dietary supplementation.
  • Train well-rounded graduate students that are academically and scientifically sound minded as well as have the ability to teach and communicate with students and the people in the industry.

CLGT History

In 1972, Dr. Jim Shamblin, a professor in Industrial Engineering at Oklahoma State University was looking for research dollars and a “niche” to compete with larger schools by applying engineering technology to small towns and local governments. The result was the formation of the Center for Local Government Technology (CLGT). Dr. Shamblin secured a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help small towns or local governments use computer technology. Initially, a computer program was developed to analyze traffic accident data for the Stillwater Police Department. This simple technology was so successful the cities of Norman, Lawton, and even Los Angeles, CA began using a modification of the program. With the help of Dr. Joe Mize, Industrial Engineering department head at the time, Dr. Shamblin submitted another proposal to the NSF asking to model the Land Grant Universities Cooperative Extension Programs by providing assistance with engineering technologies to local units of governments through the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology. From this initial funding, CLGT has evolved into the programs it operates today:

Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), a program proposed by Dr. Shamblin to the Federal Highway Administration in 1982, LTAP now consists of a nation-wide program with an LTAP Center in all fifty states, Puerto Rico and seven Tribal Technical Assistance Programs. LTAP provides training and technical assistance to local government agencies responsible for the planning, maintenance and construction of transportation systems.

Transportation Research Intern Program (TRIP), places students from transportation related degree programs in paid summer internships with local government agencies.

Oklahoma Pilot Escort Certification Program, provides specialized training for certification of operators of pilot escort vehicles.

County Computer Assistance Program (CCAP), provides training, support, and technical assistance for computer software and hardware used for property tax administration, billing, collection, apportionment and other system processes used in County Assessor and County Treasurer offices.

Assessor Training and Accreditation Program (ATAP), provides education, training, and technical assistance to County Assessors and Deputies and administers the Accreditation program mandated by state law.

The Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Program (CAMA) team for Oklahoma is responsible for the procurement, installation, county conversions, CAMA training, and CAMA support to participating counties across Oklahoma, mandated by state law.

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