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CCB honors alumni and students with 2019-20 excellence awards

Dean Linda Nichols has announced the winners of the annual Collins College of Business Excellence Awards.

Outstanding alumni

Outstanding Alumnus Albert Myres Sr.

excellence awardsAlbert Myres Sr. is president and chief executive officer of Octcet Inc., a rapidly developing oxygenated diesel additive company focusing on the bulk diesel industry. Octcet develops and markets a unique range of advanced additives designed to reduce emissions and improve fuel and operations efficiency. Myres oversees the company’s business operations, strategy, vision and mission.

Throughout his career, Myres has gained hands-on experience in business relations, government affairs, regulatory affairs, public affairs and international relations. Directing these functions with Fortune 250 corporations, Myres has advised CEOs, developed a network of key relations with federal, state and local decision makers and a network of relations within nongovernmental organizations and national groups engaged in energy policy, public policy and environmental stewardship.

Myres is a member of several boards and community service organizations, including the Texas Southern University Board of Regents, the Greater Houston YMCA, the Nature Conservancy and The University of Tulsa Collins College of Business Executive Advisory Board. He also was appointed chair of the Gulf Coast Relief Fund by Houston Mayor Bill White after Hurricane Ike and served in same role for the Hurricane Katrina/Rita Fund.

Myres earned a bachelor of science in finance from the TU Collins College of Business and resides in the greater Houston area with his wife, Angela.

Fast-Track Alumna Emily Reh

excellence awardsEmily Reh has worked in the energy industry for 10 years and has used her talents on both the commercial and operations sides of the downstream sector. As the manager of market development at ONE Gas, she focuses on new customer and pipeline infrastructure growth throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Reh earned a BSBA degree with a major in marketing and also was part of the first graduating class of TU’s master of energy business program.

Reh served for three years on the TU Alumni Board-Tulsa chapter, chairing the 2017 Homecoming celebration and the Young Alumni Committee. Currently, she is a member of the TU School of Energy Advisory Council.

Outstanding Students

David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior Award

Three graduating seniors received the 2020 David R. Lawson Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of their leadership and accomplishments while students at TU: Lauren Milburn, Clay Moyer and Muneeb Yousufi.

excellence awardsLauren Milburn, computer information systems

“My TU experience is something that I will treasure and take pride in for a lifetime! It has provided and shaped countless opportunities for my future aspirations and given me the resources to pursue them with confidence.”

excellence awardsClay Moyer, management with specialization in innovation

“The free inquiry, encouragement, support and academic rigor of TU have come together to make me a better person. These four years at TU have contributed immensely to my personal and professional development. I am incredibly thankful for the unique and tailored education that TU has provided, and I am proud of the memories and friends that have come of it.”

excellence awardsMuneeb Yousufi, finance and energy management

“I believe that my impact at TU has been greatly beneficial, and I believe that as a natural extension of volunteer work and involvement with helping students, that I have impacted the Tulsa community as well in a positive way.”

Other outstanding graduates

Each CCB discipline also chose an outstanding graduate:

Accounting: Jenny O’Bryan

Economics: Stephen McDonald

Energy Management: Cooper Griffin

Finance: Stephen McDonald

Marketing: Jen Martin

Computer Information Systems: Anna Kinder

Management: Brittanie Whitney

International Business: Eleni Schmitt

Faculty and staff awards

Mayo Staff Excellence Award

Carol Alix, director of operations, fiscal affairs and special projects, brings a wealth of institutional knowledge, insight and an exceptional attitude to her responsibilities. Dean Linda Nichols and many others rely on her counsel every day.

Mayo Teaching Excellence Award

Meagan Baskin, Chapman Assistant Professor of Management, has brought innovative teaching methods to the college, and her students and colleagues are appreciative and supportive of her methods.

Mayo Research Excellence Award

Wen-Chyuan Chiang, Doris L. Flournoy Professor of Business, is a cornerstone of the college’s operations management group. The committee selected the following publication, of which Chiang was the lead author, to receive this research excellence award: Chiang, W., Y. Li, J. Shang, and T. Urban. 2019. Impact of drone delivery on sustainability and cost: Realizing the UAV potential through vehicle routing optimization. Applied Energy 242: 1164-1175

Helmerich Graduate Faculty Excellence Award

Graduate students selected Rob Moore, Chapman Applied Assistant Professor of Energy Business, for the faculty excellence award. Moore demonstrates his compassion and integrity daily in the classroom.

Chapman Professorships allow faculty to innovate for student engagement 

The University of Tulsa has announced recipients for its new Chapman Professorship award, established to promote student learning and faculty enrichment across campus.

A total of 38 full-time resident faculty members from all five of TU’s colleges received the $5,000 grants made possible by the Chapman Trust Funds. They will be recognized as Chapman Professors for the 2019-20 academic year and have the potential to renew their awards for up to three years.

The initiatives, activities and programs proposed by this inaugural group of applicants reflect faculty who are eager to provide students with creative avenues of instruction and research. Most universities, especially larger state schools, lack the financial means to support faculty on such a personal level. At TU, administrators and the Board of Trustees agreed professors deserve additional resources to further enhance the college experience. The $5,000 awards encourage professors to think outside the box and engage with students in ways that inspire academic ambition.

“These grants represent the university’s commitment to funding novel ideas that promote learning and research,” said President Gerard P. Clancy. “Providing resources to professors who are seeking to further empower their students inside and outside the classroom is money well spent. I’m thrilled we could offer an award to every eligible applicant, and I look forward to seeing their projects develop throughout the academic year.”

Studio visits in the art industry

Teresa Valero, director of the TU School of Art, Design and Art History, plans to use her Chapman Professorship Award to expand curriculum content and help students embrace emerging practices they will encounter in the design industry. Specifically, the funds will support travel to the Dallas Society of Visual Communications conference in April 2020 where students can compete in graphic design events, participate in portfolio reviews, represent TU in an exhibition and network with industry professionals. While in Dallas, students also can visit a design studio and marketing firm to experience the day-to-day operations of agency life.

“These visits give them a sense of where they’d like to go, it gives them a goal,” Valero explained. “They can imagine themselves beyond TU and say, ‘I know what I want to do, and this is how I’m going to get there.’”

Chemical engineering in the kitchen

Tyler Johannes, Wellspring associate professor of chemical engineering, intends to use his award to pique the interest of current and prospective students in science and engineering and incorporate hands-on demonstrations that involve modern cuisine techniques into the curriculum. The funds will help develop cuisine modules for TU’s ChE 1011 course and teach students about the field in a fun and interactive way while increasing enrollment and improving retention in his department.

“The complex field of chemical engineering is often difficult to explain to high school and first-year students,” Johannes said. “Food production processes are a safe and easy way to introduce them to chemical engineering. Demonstrations will focus on films, foams, coffee and spheres to help students understand the concepts of material balances, dehydration, fluid flow and reaction kinetics.”

Expanding Project Commutation

Law Professor Stephen Galoob is a founder of the Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform’s Project Commutation, which helps lessen the sentences of prisoners whose crimes were reduced from felonies to misdemeanors by Oklahoma State Question 780 in 2016. He helped supervise 30 TU Law student interns who have staffed Project Commutation since it launched in 2018. These students have benefited greatly from participation in Project Commutation, refining their skills in legal analysis and advocacy while developing new tools critical for criminal law practice. Galoob’s Chapman Professorship award will fund a formalization of this experiential learning opportunity that ultimately convinced Gov. Kevin Stitt to overhaul the Pardon and Parole Board in support of the TU students’ work.

“Some of the funds will be used to compensate a student who is working on a project to secure the commutation of sentences for approximately 65 people who are serving 10 years or more for low-level property crimes, many of which are no longer even felonies under Oklahoma law,” Galoob said. “Other portions of the funds will be used to reimburse our students as they travel across the state to meet with applicants in nearly every correctional institution in Oklahoma.”

Data mining in health care

Chapman funding will also prove useful for faculty in the Collins College of Business such as  Kazim Topuz, assistant professor of operations management and business analytics. His vision for the grant is to partner with a group of students to develop an online course, analytics programming, that will connect students to the R and Python data analytics community. Topuz plans to invite those same students to work on a couple of his health analytics projects, one of which includes predicting graft survival after liver transplantation.

“In existing organ transportation literature, only a handful of studies utilized data mining approaches in predicting graft survival,” he said. “The overall goal of this study is to contribute to the advance of matching algorithms for liver transplantation. Students will have hands-on experience in data science and will have published conference proceedings and recognition very early in their careers.”

A campaign for student health

chapman professorshipsProposals from the Oxley College of Health Sciences include a plan from Eric Wickel, associate professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences, to develop a university leadership team to implement Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC). “Despite reported benefits of physical activity on chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease, about half (54%) of college students do not meet current physical activity guidelines,” he said.

The EIM-OC campaign will promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and conduct surveillance studies among students to assess daily physical activity and unique sedentary behavior. “Implementing EIM-OC through TU’s Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences will facilitate student engagement projects across campus, such as 5K runs and daily health and fitness tips, to promote health and wellness and provide valuable mentorship opportunities,” Wickel said.

The university congratulates all of the 2019-20 Chapman Professorship award recipients:

Kendall College of Arts and Sciences 
Miriam Belmaker – Anthropology
Mark Brewin – Media Studies
Emily Contois – Media Studies
M. Teresa Valero – Art, Design & Art History

Collins College of Business 
Meagan Baskin and Timothy Hart (joint) – Management & Marketing
Meagan McCollum – Finance, Operations Management & International Business
Rob Moore – Energy Economics, Policy & Commerce
Eric Olson – Finance, Operations Management & International Business
Kazim Topuz – Finance, Operations Management & International Business

College of Engineering and Natural Sciences 
Kimberly Adams and Amy Schachle (joint) – Mathematics
Mark Alan Buchheim – Biological Science
Dustin Donnell – Mechanical Engineering
Laura Ford – Chemical Engineering
Tyler Johannes – Chemical Engineering
Gabriel LeBlanc – Chemistry & Biochemistry
Peter LoPresti – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tom Rendon – Mechanical Engineering
Dale Schoenfeld – Computer Science
Robert Sheaff – Chemistry & Biochemistry
Akram Taghavi-Burris – Computer Science

Oxley College of Health Sciences 
Samantha Beams – Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences
Tedi Courtney – Nursing
Lori Davis – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Cassy Abbott Eng – Nursing
Greg Gardner – Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences
Rachel Hildebrand – Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences
Brandon King – Nursing
Angela Martindale – Nursing
Sheryl Stansifer – Nursing
Suzanne Stanton – Communication Sciences & Disorders
Eric Wickel – Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences
Nicole Wilkins – Kinesiology & Rehabilitative Sciences
Laura Wilson – Communication Sciences & Disorders

College of Law 
Chuck Adams
Stephen Galoob
Gina Nerger