Tara Connor stood at the front of the room, presenting to dozens of communications students ready to network in hopes of finding a potential internship or job. Connor was the keynote speaker at this year’s Communications Networking Event on March 7. The event was hosted by Oklahoma State University’s School of Media and Strategic Communications. Connor, an OSU alumna, remembers the nervousness she had experienced when she was a student at the Communications Networking Event.

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA – Three seniors from the College of Arts and Sciences have been named 2018 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.

The College of Arts and Sciences honorees with their hometowns and majors are:

Ashley C. Donovan, psychology and applied sociology, Lawton, Oklahoma

Averie Hinchey, communication sciences and disorders, Guymon, Oklahoma

William Starr, microbiology and molecular genetics, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Fourteen seniors were chosen to receive the award by the OSU Alumni Association Student Awards and Selection Committee after it met with the 47 Seniors of Significance selected in the fall of 2017 and reviewed their applications.

A public banquet honoring the Outstanding Seniors will be held April 23 at 6 p.m. at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Tickets may be purchased online at orangeconnection.org/osdinner or by calling 405.744.3600.

For more information about the OSU Alumni Association’s student awards program, visit orangeconnection.org/studentawards or contact Megan Edmonds at 405.744.3600.


STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA – The Mathematics Learning Success Center will hold an art installation reception March 29 in the MLSC, located on the fifth floor of the Edmon Low Library, at 3:30 p.m. The reception will unveil the new piece of artwork created for the MLSC by Edmund Harriss.

Edmund HarrissHarriss is a clinical assistant mathematics professor at the University of Arkansas. His research involves pursuing unusual applications of mathematics, and his artwork has also been installed at the Imperial College in London and the University of Arkansas.

“Shifting Ammann in Brightest Orange” is a 54 feet 5 inches wide and 7 feet tall tiling piece. During the reception, Harriss will give a short presentation about the artwork.

For more information about Harriss’ work, visit his website http://www.mathematicians.org.uk/eoh/research.html. To learn more about the MLSC, visit www.mlscokstate.com.   


As both a mathematics professor and researcher, Chris Francisco regularly challenges assumptions. He rejects two of the most common ideas about his beloved subject: that math is inherently boring, and that it is inherently difficult for most people. The associate professor of mathematics and associate head for lower-division instruction uses his passion for the subject to help OSU students succeed across the university.

In fact, the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and Cengage Learning honored Francisco as one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award recipients at a Feb. 10 banquet in San Antonio, Texas.

Teaching was not a subject Jenny Berry had contemplated when she chose to come to Oklahoma State University. 

Born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Berry had not even anticipated going to college in-state until she visited her older sister at OSU. 

“I immediately fell in love with the school, with the town, and the people,” she explained. “Everyone was just so friendly. I literally went home that night and applied.” 

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA – The Oklahoma State University Community Music School launched its services in the fall of 2017. The school, directed by Meredith Blecha-Wells, offers youth programs ranging from choir to orchestra to a Suzuki Strings program offering instruction in violin and cello. 

Nothing compares to working with your idol on a project of your passion, but Oklahoma State University junior Kyle Hunt did just that. Hunt and his classmates from the OSU Jazz Orchestra created an album with Grammy Award-winning trombonist Michael Dease through the help of their professor and OSU director of jazz studies Tommy Poole.

Sergio Mares found his way to Stillwater differently than most. Born in Eagle Pass, Texas, his mother moved back to Mexico shortly after his birth, where he spent most of his childhood. Mares returned to the United States in August of 2014, and attended Stillwater High School, graduating in May of 2017.