School of Media & Strategic Communications

O'Colly Wins Great Plains Journalism Awards

The O'Colly was named best student newspaper April 18 at the Great Plains Journalism Awards, a competition among eight states' collegiate and professional publications, held at the Mayo Hotel in Tulsa.  The event was sponsored by the Tulsa Press Club.

First place awards went to the O'Colly as best student newspaper, to Kassie McClung as editor in chief of the year, and Kurt Steiss as student photographer of the year.  Both won a $1,250 scholarship.

Finalists included Sierra Winrow for student designer of the year, and Kurtis Quillin for student broadcaster of the year.

Congratulations to everyone!  

         Kassie McClung       Kurt Steiss


OSU Students Chosen to Present Research Findings on Millennials in Oklahoma and Their Views on the American Dream

Results:  American Dream about Freedom, Potential and Opportunities to Achieve It

Presentation:  Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m., OSU Student Union, Room 412

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OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 26, 2016 -- 
Five students from Oklahoma State University's Strategic Communication Research Methods course presented their research findings on Millennials and their views on the American dream to executives of Express Employment Professionals on Tuesday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m.

OSU's School of Media & Strategic Communication partnered with Express to conduct research for the staffing company about Millennials' attitudes toward the American Dream in Oklahoma.

Under the direction of assistant professor Dr. Cynthia Nichols, 50 students comprising nine research teams were tasked with data collection and assigned specific topics to explore through focus groups, one-on-one interviews and other research methods.

Research was conducted in the areas of the ideal work place, life goals and the American Dream, technology and the work place, Express brand recognition, soft skills gap, the interview process, entitlement and community engagement and social values.

The winning research team of Zoe Pike, Anna Tran, Katherine King, Lauren Smith and Faith Kelley presented data on "First Generation Millennials and the American Dream."  This group examined how children and grandchildren of immigrants view the American Dream, including:  what nationality they identify with, their native language, level of acculturation, the importance of "westernizing" growing up, their family's reason for leaving their homeland, and their attitude about the American Dream.

Each student of the winning research team was presented with a $1,000 scholarship from Express Employment Professionals.  Bob Funk (CEO and chairman of the board) and Jennifer Anderson (VP of Marketing and Communication) were on hand to present the scholarships.

Three SMSC Students are Seniors of Significance

The OSU Alumni Association has named 49 students as OSU Seniors of Significance for the 2015-16 academic year.  The Seniors of Significance Award recognizes students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership, and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to OSU.  These students represent the top one percent of the Class of 2016, including all six undergraduate colleges.  A public reception to recognize the winners and their families will be held on Monday, November 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center.

SMSC is proud to recognize the three students who represent our school in the current list of Seniors of Significance.  They are:

Amanda Jones, Broken Arrow, OK, strategic communications
Alli Owen, Holliday, TX, multimedia journalism
Caleb Surly, Rogers, AR, sports media - production

Congratulations Amanda, Alli, and Caleb.  We are all so proud of you!