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AOOA Funds Fellowships popular silent auction. The
auxiliary’s commitment to helping
fund these research opportunities is
The sign in Gary Watson’s office
reads, “I fish…therefore, I lie, “ but
that’s a fib. He’s very
The fellowship program has come
straightforward, especially about the
full circle, Watson says, with Damon
importance of funding research
Baker, D.O., a research fellowship
fellowship opportunities for medical
recipient back in 1990 serving as a
faculty advisor for Jason Rockwood
Watson, Ph.D., is associate dean for
research and sponsored programs
Because of the AOOA’s support,
at the OSU Center for Health
fellowships have grown from $1,000
Sciences College of Osteopathic
to $4,000 annually, totaling of
Medicine. He joined the medical
$33,000 and assisting 35 students.
school in 1985 and quickly found
Three years ago, a research day
that student research fellowship
was launched to give students an
opportunities were sorely needed.
opportunity to present their work to
the college. Awards are given for the
He went to the Oklahoma
best oral presentation by a medical
Osteopathic Association (OOA)
student and by a graduate student.
annual convention to meet with the
Auxiliary to the OOA (AOOA), asked
Brett Murphy, MSII, (left) 2002
for its help, and was given $1,000 to
fellowship recipient, in the lab
fund the first fellowship in 1986.
with advisor Greg Sawyer, Ph.D.
Today, fellowships are awarded to
first year students and to D.O./Ph.D.
students during the summer
between their first and second years.
They spend the summer working,
studying and researching, then
present their work at research day
“Frequently the students continue
projects and may publish them in
national journals,” Watson says. “As
more and more emphasis is put on
research in residency programs, it
gives the students exposure to the
DeLaine Langerman, president of
the OOA auxiliary, says the auxiliary
has raised funds through a variety of
activities at the annual convention.
The busy group has held bingo
night, casino night, fishing derbies,
gem digs and every year holds its
Students Reading to Kids This Summer
America Reads Project Promotes Literacy
If current statistics hold true, a child born
today in Oklahoma has a one in five
chance of not being able to read well.
According to literacy figures, that’s how
many state residents can’t read at a 5th
grade level or above.
Second year medical students (MS II) at
the OSU Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine may
help improve those odds through the
America Reads Challenge Federal Natasha Ahmed and Matt Stiger (both
Work-Study program, a U.S. MS II) read to Ricardo Rodriquez, 4,
Department of Education program and Nathan Bell, 3, at Crosstown Day
encouraging reading skills. The students Care Center (more photos next page).
read to children in hospitals, day care
centers and other programs. with people from different economic
backgrounds,” Cline says. Most of the
Student Whitney Cline is coordinator for pediatric wards have children’s libraries,
the Reading for Wellness program, and the small patients, ages 18 months
which schedules reading times with to about six years old, get to choose
local hospitals and the OSU Physicians their own books for the students to read.
Clinic on Harvard. Other students in the
program are Natasha Ahmed, Matt Ahmed schedules volunteer readers at
Stiger and Steve Finley. Crosstown Day Care Center, making
reading assignments and tracking
Cline met with child life specialists at the volunteer hours. She says the Avid
hospitals to schedule reading times in Reader program has “opened my eyes
pediatric wards. Cline and Finley are about how much kids look to adults as
readers at these locations. Ahmed influences, and how spending time with
coordinates the Avid Reader program. them makes such a difference. They
Ahmed and Stiger read at Crosstown really look up to us. And this is fun for
Day Care Center. them.”
Cline believes the reading program will She best likes to read to two and three-
mean healthier adults. “People who can year-olds, and is considering becoming
read will be more educated, get better a pediatric specialist.
jobs and have better care,” she says.
Dana Livingston, director of financial aid
The medical students are participating in and student life at the College, says the
the community, learning how a hospital medical students learn, too. “They get a
works, and getting patient contact. “Our sense of helping the community that is
students will be more comfortable in part of the principles of osteopathic
clinic settings, and medicine. It’s a labor of love and
Matt and Nathan
Natasha and Ricardo
The plan will involve personnel
Here is a recap of the Regents’ changes ranging from retirements,
reassignments, attrition and initially, at
actions at the June board least three lay-offs. Employees being
meeting. released will have priority placement for
similar positions at OSU and will be
offered outplacement counseling.
Additional review of support services and
Regents Approve business functions will occur over the next
Re-engineering for Tulsa “We certainly regret layoffs and will
Campuses be working with the individuals involved,
but we are also stewards of tax dollars
The Oklahoma State and need to use our resources for
University/A&M Regents approved a programs, services and growth,” said
process to combine certain Bosserman.
administrative support functions at OSU- The budgets of the two agencies
Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health are not being merged. Both the medical
Sciences in order to reduce school and OSU-Tulsa will retain
administrative costs and reallocate autonomy, and savings realized from the
dollars to academics and expansion. re-engineering will go back into the Center
Nearly a year ago, OSU for Health Sciences and OSU-Tulsa
President James Halligan appointed a budgets to be applied to future growth.
task force of administrators from the two The medical school has outgrown
Tulsa campuses and Stillwater to review its current facilities, and the 30-year-old
administrative duplication. The task campus is in need of extensive laboratory
force discovered six areas where renovations. In addition, the campus is
consolidation would produce immediate now supporting a increasing number of
efficiencies. graduate students in bio-medical and
The board’s action clears the way forensic science programs, plus four
for implementation of the plan with the research centers.
new budget year beginning July 1. OSU is working on a plan to
Consolidations will occur in human eventually move most of its health
resources, the library, the physical plant, sciences programs including medicine to
purchasing, budgets & accounting and the OSU-Tulsa campus site. Plans also
computing services. call for an additional model outpatient
OSU Controller and Associate Vice clinic to serve more patients. The
President David Bosserman chaired the university administration plans to take a
task force and says, “Both OSU-Tulsa and timeline for construction and the campus
the Center for Health Sciences are on a move to the regents for approval in July.
growth trajectory at a time when state Planning, finance and construction are
funding is not increasing. expected to take at least 40 months.
“In order for OSU to achieve its “Our data show it’s more cost
vision, we’ve got to direct every dollar effective to build new facilities than to
toward building and improving our renovate old laboratories. And a single
programs. Combining certain business location offers benefits to both academic
support services for the two OSU units, particularly in research
operations can produce significant collaborations in the areas of information
resources, potentially a million dollars a technology and telemedicine and bio-
year or more.” medicine and engineering,” said
The new Health Sciences facilities Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic
would include more research space, Medicine would serve as an anchor for
modern teaching laboratories, larger the Tulsa campus, offering graduate
classrooms, faculty offices, expanded programs in biomedical sciences and
library resources and student activity the health professions.
areas in addition to the campus amenities
of OSU-Tulsa and access to student New buildings there will include
housing on the drawing board there. The improved research facilities, modern
College of Osteopathic Medicine will teaching laboratories, expanded library
continue to operate the teaching clinic in and student activity areas, as well as
west Tulsa, which treats more than 50,000 classrooms and even student housing
patients every year. and clinical facilities. The new, shared
resources will benefit faculty, staff and
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Sciences/College of Osteopathic
Medicine and OSU-Tulsa as well as the
OSU-Tulsa & OSU Center for Q. Why is it in the best interest of the
Center for Health Sciences/College of
Health Sciences Osteopathic Medicine to move?
A. First, the medical school campus is
Future Plans now being asked to support much more
than a college of medicine. There are
OSU President James Halligan has increasing numbers of students in other
announced a long-range plan to move the graduate programs, as well as four
OSU Center for Health Sciences/College research centers. The current facility is
of Osteopathic Medicine to the campus of inadequate to support not only present
OSU-Tulsa in order to strengthen the day programs, but also future
academic culture of both campuses and to expansion.
heighten research and scholarly
collaboration. The 30-year-old infrastructure needs
significant and expensive renovation.
A separate initiative will Building new facilities on the OSU-Tulsa
consolidate specific administrative campus is more cost effective and also
support services on the two campuses offers new opportunities for academic
in order to allow the Center for Health collaboration, particularly in biomedicine
Sciences/College of Osteopathic and bioengineering, as well as
Medicine to reallocate resources. information technology and
Halligan appointed an administrative telemedicine.
task force to review duplication between
the two campus administrative support One of the greatest benefits is more
areas. visibility for the health sciences and
Here are some frequently asked Oklahoma’s only nationally ranked
questions regarding both initiatives: medical school. The move would
position the Center for Health Sciences
Q. What’s the vision for OSU in as integral to the comprehensive
Tulsa? research university and community at
A. Plans for the OSU-Tulsa campus large.
include a student population of 20,000 Being part of a larger campus would
by the year 2020. The OSU Center for stimulate recruitment of the best and
brightest to the health professions in
Tulsa. The relocation would support a Staff reduction is expected to occur in
model teaching facility to improve health four ways: retirement, reassignment,
care delivery to the North Tulsa attrition and the layoff of at least three
community. directors in designated departments.
Affected employees will be given priority
Q. When is this likely to happen? placement for similar positions
A. The plan for reengineering specific elsewhere in the OSU system and will
administrative support functions was be offered outplacement assistance.
approved at the June 21 OSU/A&M
Regents meeting and will be Medical faculty will not be affected by
implemented immediately. Additional the administrative reengineering. For
review of support services and business instance, medical faculty will not be
functions will occur during the next year. asked to instruct courses at OSU-Tulsa.
Faculty expansion, enrollment growth,
Initial plans for relocation of the Center new programs and increased research
for Health Sciences/College of activities are planned for both OSU-
Osteopathic Medicine to the OSU-Tulsa Tulsa and the medical center programs.
campus are expected to go to the July
26 OSU/A&M Regents meeting.
However, given the time needed to Q. What will happen to the two
procure bond counsel, design and budgets?
contracting, an actual facility is not likely A. The medical school and OSU-Tulsa
to be ready for occupancy in less than are two separate budget agencies and
40 months. will not be merged. Both agencies will
retain autonomy. The administrative re-
Q. What will happen to the current engineering process was designed
COM campus? solely to provide administrative savings
A. The medical school buildings at 17th for reallocation to academic priorities
& Southwest Boulevard will be and future growth. Both the Center for
evaluated as to future use by OSU. The Health Sciences/College of Osteopathic
move would not affect the OSU Health Medicine and OSU-Tulsa will retain
Care Center at 2345 Southwest control of any realized savings in their
Boulevard, OSU’s teaching clinic for respective budgets.
medical students, interns and residents.
In fact, the move will mean the addition
of a clinical facility in North Tulsa.
Q. Will individual employees be
A. A Task Force of OSU, OSU-Tulsa
and OSU CHS/COM administrative
officers has reviewed support services
on both campuses for the past year. Six
areas have been identified where
immediate consolidation will occur with
expected savings of a million dollars a
year or more. Included are: human
resources, the library, the physical plant,
purchasing, budgets & accounting, and
Dr. Pete says “howdy” to
new OSU team members
Marla Lynn Kindle
Location: Health Care
Department: Health Care Chamesta Camille Harris
Center Registered Medical
Phone: 561-8553, Ext. 8543 Assistant/Registered
Kindle is a graduate of the Hillcrest (RMA/RPT)
Medical Center School of Radiology and Location: Health Care
holds a registry in radiology and Center
mammography. She has worked with Department: Health Care Center
the Hillcrest Medical Center mobile Phone: 561-8347
mammography program, and at Harris formerly worked with disabled
Claremore Indian Hospital as a clients and the elderly, and for the
mammography technician. Her Orthopedic Hospital of Oklahoma. She
husband, Jeff, is employed by Centrilift. holds a certification from Community
She has two children, Todd Koscheslú, Care College in RMA/RPT. Her children
18, and Cassie Koscheslú, 12. Kindle are Raven, Breon and Reed. Harris
likes camping, jet skiing, softball and enjoys cleaning, shopping, skating and
baseball games with her children. yard work.
Lorrie A. Pack
Team Facilitator Float Michelle A. Trudell
Location: Health Care LPN – Pediatrics
Center Location: Harvard
Department: Health Care Department: Health Care
Phone: 561-8519 Phone: 742-8160
Pack holds a certificate of achievement Trudell is a graduate of Platt College in
for medical assistant from Community Tulsa with an associate degree in
Care College. She has worked for Occupational Nursing, and she also
Wendy’s and likes gardening and cross- attended Tulsa Technology Center. She
stitching. Her three children are Kiera, has been a dialysis nurse with St. John
7, Brian, 3, and Nathan, one year. and was a dental assistant in the U.S.
Navy. Trudell’s husband is Raoul and
her children are Dylan, 6, and Zach, 2.
They are expecting their second child in
Cynthia Jewett November.
Location: Harvard Joyce M. Hawthorne
Department: Internal Patients Account
Phone: 712-3215 Location: Business Office
Jewett graduated from Northeast Office
Oklahoma A&M College in Miami with Phone: 561-8311
an Associate Degree in Applied
Science. She has worked at the Ozark Hawthorne is certified by the Pima
Center in Joplin as a mental health Medical Institute, has been a billing
Medicare/Medicaid representative. She specialist and a medical insurance
also worked at hospitals in Miami and billing coding teacher. She likes reading
Grove as a patient account and writing, and is married to Jimmy
representative. Jewett’s three children Hawthorne. She has three children,
are a son age 16, and two daughters Adrienne, 19, Regina, 17 and Jimmy,
ages 14 and 13. She likes collecting 12. Currently, Hawthorne is enjoying her
unicorns, reading, traveling and going new car.
out to eat.
Tina Ramsey Laura M. Robinson
Business Office L.P.N. - Float
Coordinator Location: Health Care
Location: Physicians Center
Office Building Department: Health Care
Department: OB/GYN Center Nursing
Phone: 584-5355 Phone: 561-8347
Ramsey holds a certification as a Robinson holds an associate degree in
nurse’s assistant from St. John Hospital business management from Oklahoma
in Tulsa and has taken paralegal Junior College, and a practical nursing
studies. She has worked for medical degree from Tulsa Technology Center.
offices in Skiatook. Ramsey likes cross- She has worked as a certified nurse
stitching, sewing and camping. She has assistant, a habilitation training
two children, Angela, 23 and Clayton, specialist, a veterinary assistant, and a
20. hotel room service manager in Key
West, Fla. Her husband, James, is a
Christie L. Minton Ph.D. student at OSU. Robinson likes to
Medical Receptionist fish, ride horses, read and garden.
Minton is a former accounts payable
clerk and medical records clerk. Her
husband, Brian, works for Mohawk Steel
and they have a child, Shelby, age 5.