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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

OSU Forensic Sciences Students, Faculty Honored by City of Tulsa

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and honoreesGraduate students and faculty from the School of Forensic Sciences at OSU Center for Health Sciences and undergraduate students from OSU-Tulsa and OSU-Stillwater were honored by Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett on Wednesday for their efforts to locate the body of a missing girl.

Bartlett honored everyone involved in the search for Ashani Creighton, who police believe was murdered in 1999 and buried in what used to be an empty lot near the intersection of 61st Street and Mingo Road. The excavation team, which included volunteers from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Texas and Florida, searched the area in March and May, but were unable to find any remains.

Those honored from OSU included Robert Allen, Ph.D., department of forensic sciences chair, Ron Thrasher, Ph.D., assistant professor of forensic sciences, and students Lindsey Yoder, Laurie Ariola, Kate Weinbrecht, Samantha Henderson, Miranda Thomas, Lindsey Allen, Whitney Condit, Cecely Jones, Tiffany Brooks, Harvey Rollins, Tiffany Webb, Michael Shay and Mollie Hines. 

Bartlett presented each participant with the copy of a proclamation recognizing and thanking the many individuals involved in the search.

Future Doctors of Oklahoma

FFASkylar Vogle wants to practice medicine in rural Oklahoma.

A high school senior from Glencoe, Vogle is one of the first students to get involved in a new mentoring and recruiting effort from the OSU Center for Health Sciences aimed at students in Future Farmers of America.

"Rural Oklahoma is my home and I don't think I could ever move to a big urban area like Oklahoma City," Vogle said. "If I could stay involved with FFA and remain in a rural area near my family, then that's what I want to do."

After she graduates from high school, Vogle plans to attend OSU, major in biology and get accepted into the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine's Rural and Underserved Primary Care Early Admissions Program. Her ultimate goal is to set up a practice in her hometown.

"Who knows better how to care for kids from rural Oklahoma than kids from rural Oklahoma," said Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS provost and the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Read the complete story from the winter 2012 issue of STATE Magazine on the CHS website.

Be Prepared for Winter Weather

With winter approaching, OSU in Tulsa Safety Manager Matt Sharpe is encouraging everyone to prepare their vehicles in the event of inclement weather. Sharpe recommends following these tips from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management to keep you safe on campus and on the road this winter.

Winter Weather Awareness Tips:

  • Have your car winterized before winter storm season.
  • Make a kit for your car with a windshield scraper, de-icer, snow shovel and small broom for ice and snow removal.
  • Pack several blankets or sleeping bags.
  • Keep a bag of sand or cat litter to use for traction in case your car gets stuck.

Check local media stations for weather-related closing information or check the OSU-CHS homepage for the latest information on potential campus closings. Information will also be posted to OSU-CHS' Facebook and Twitter. There will be a recording on the main campus number at 918-582-1972.