BY LAURIE WINSLOW World Staff Writer
Sunday, May 22, 2011
5/22/11 at 3:35 AM
OSU to offer business doctoral degree next year
The Spears School of Business at Oklahoma State University will begin offering the Executive Ph.D. in Business in January 2012.
Requirements include a master's degree or higher from an accredited college or university, 15 years of management experience, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and the capability to engage in high-quality research. Only 20 students will be admitted annually.
The program is designed for executives currently in or ready to enter senior leadership positions in industry, government, consulting and public service. Courses will be offered over long weekends (and occasional extended stays) in Tulsa.
The program begins with eight core courses, giving students foundational knowledge of micro- and macro-organizational issues, creativity, innovation and a comprehensive spectrum of research, including qualitative and quantitative methods. In addition, several concentration courses and applied research practicums are offered. Each student works on a dissertation.
The program will charge a $20,000-per-semester fee. For questions about the admissions process and degree, contact Jay Boyington, assistant director of graduate programs at email@example.com or 405-744-2951.
LandPlan Consultants honored with design award
The 2011 Central States Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects recently presented LandPlan Consultants Inc. with a professional design award at the annual conference that was held in Des Moines, Iowa.
LandPlan Consultants received a 2011 Merit Award for the 41st Street QuikTrip Plaza and Playground located in Tulsa's River Parks.
With more than 61 trail design projects, 40 park projects and 30 streetscape projects to its credit, LandPlan has more than 28 years of expertise in planning and design in the areas of park and recreation facilities, pedestrian facilities, streetscape projects, bicycle and pedestrian trails, highway beautification, bikeways, urban planning, greenways and general landscape architecture.
Hispanic chamber honors local businesses
Growing Mexican grocer Supermercados Morelos was named Small Business of the Year by the Greater Tulsa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at the group's Excelencia Awards Gala Saturday night.
Supermercados Morelos, started by Francisco Ibarra and Manuel Gómez, has expanded from one store to three since starting eight years ago in Oklahoma City.
The business partners moved from Texas to Oklahoma to start the business.
The company has two locations in Tulsa, at 2119 S. Garnett Road and another near South Peoria Avenue and I-44.
The winners were announced Saturday night at a ceremony at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown Tulsa.
Romero's Auto Center and Dirani Law Offices were also nominated for the award.
Also, BAMA Cos., was honored as the corporate partner of the year and Tulsa Community College was named community leader of the year.
Koch Nitrogen Co. in Enid is adding jobs
Koch Nitrogen Co. LLC in Enid is increasing its local workforce by more than 20 percent as the multimillion dollar modernization of its fertilizer plant nears completion.
The plant's new 10,000-square-foot central control facility, along with other new projects totaling more than $20 million, allows the company to increase its workforce at the plant from 105 to more than 130 positions.
The new positions include all aspects of the plant's operation, including safety, environmental, operations, maintenance, laboratory and administrative functions. Interested applicants can visit kochcareers.com
The new jobs in Enid are part of a broader growth effort for Koch's fertilizer business, which is adding more than 100 roles to its global workforce.
Koch Fertilizer is the world's third-largest maker and marketer of nitrogen fertilizer. Daily, the Enid plant is capable of making 3,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia, about 10 percent of U.S. production.
Cherokees plan job training, placement program
The Cherokee Nation has announced a jobs initiative called "Jobs Well Done" that will include a variety of innovative training, employment and placement services for Cherokee citizens.
The program is a partnership between the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses. It connects individuals with jobs inside Cherokee Nation or CNB that match a person's skill set; establishes a day training program that provides immediate on-the-job experience and a paycheck; provides vocational and educational assistance; offers counseling for career path development; and emphasizes internships within the Cherokee Nation or CNB.
Jobs Well Done also offers a central job bank connecting Cherokee citizens with careers inside the Cherokee Nation, Cherokee Nation Businesses or Cherokee Indian-certified businesses.
Other features include vocational training, an internship program, career path development and a day training program for those who can work immediately and earn a paycheck the same day.
More information is available at cherokeejobs.org or by calling 855-487-5627.
Sweet Lou's restaurant opens in Bartlesville
Sweet Lou's recently opened in downtown Bartlesville at 116 SW Frank Phillips Blvd.
The dining establishment offers a selection of hot-off-the-grill meats, hand-tossed pizzas and original cocktails. This eatery adds a new flavor to an emerging dining and entertainment district.
Local entrepreneur Jude Henry, a long-time promoter of healthy lifestyles and creator of the popular Jude's Health and Java has teamed up with Austin, Texas, transplant Ian Mitchell to create a unique dining experience.
The space seats about 60 and can accommodate groups.
Local man named Oklahoma optometrist for 2011
David Free, a local optometric physician, recently was named the 2011 Optometrist of the Year by the more than 600 members of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians.
Free is a native of Bristow. He attended both Oklahoma State University and Northeastern State University where he received his doctorate of optometry degree in 1988. He also holds a bachelor's degree in vision science from NSU.
After graduating and completing his board certification and licensure, Free served in the U.S. Air Force as chief of optometric services at Norton Air Force Base and was an adjunct professor for the Southern California College of Optometry.
In 1994, he established a private practice in Arlington, Texas, where he served on the Diabetic Task Force for Kaiser Permanente and as president of the Tarrant County Optometric Society. He then came to Oklahoma and started his practice in Tulsa, where he continues to practice today.
For the past two years, Free has been on the Health and Insurance Program Committee and became chair of the committee last April. He also was appointed to the OAOP Health Care Reform Committee.
Littlefield Brand Development forms partnership
Littlefield Brand Development has announced plans to merge its media department with the Southwest Media Group, forming a new strategic partnership.
Started in 1995 and based in Dallas, SMG is a digitally centered media and marketing communications and solutions company providing comprehensive communications planning, media buying and execution expertise to a growing list of local, regional and national blue-chip clients.
SMG buys more than $170,000,000 in media each year and has access to research on consumer attitudes, product and brand preferences, media consumption habits, lifestyle characteristics, and audience ratings.
Littlefield Brand Development has been helping brands grow for more than 30 years. Areas of expertise include banking, gaming, equipment manufacturing and issues management.
Oklahoma Methodist Manor dedicates memory unit
Oklahoma Methodist Manor dedicated its new memory support household, Cobb Landing, at an open house last week.
The second of six planned households, Cobb Landing will align with the Manor's new paradigm of person-centered care while offering support for people living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.
Promoting the Manor's change in culture, a consistent team of caregivers will serve Cobb Landing to build and maintain quality relationships with its members. The 14-residence household will offer indoor and outdoor common spaces, a sunroom, a quiet room for relaxation and a lush courtyard with a sensory garden, walking path and water feature.
Renovations for the household were enabled by a charitable gift in honor of H.E. (Ed) Cobb Jr. Former CEO of Toklan Oil and Gas Co. of Tulsa, Cobb was a member of the OMM board of directors for 14 years and served as board president from 1995 until his death in 1999.
"Cobb Landing will honor a dedicated board member whose past leadership laid the foundation for the innovative work the Manor is doing today," said Steve Dickie, OMM executive director.
Transforming the Manor's current 84-residence Health Center into six distinct households, OMM's new model of care provides a residential atmosphere that embraces individual services and needs. The final four households will be ready for occupancy this fall.
Cherokee Nation Businesses, Baker Hughes team up
Cherokee Nation Businesses, LLC is teaming with Baker Hughes to design a pilot project that would provide machined parts for Baker Hughes.
As part of a pilot project, Baker Hughes will work with the Cherokee Nation to help create jobs in northeastern Oklahoma, within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation and near existing Baker Hughes facilities.
The pilot project would use existing CNB sites to do the work. Part of the pilot project includes developing curriculum and working with area technical centers on training specific for the anticipated work force.
Cherokee Nation Businesses is the tribally owned holding company of the Cherokee Nation.
Tulsa chamber honors hospitality 'heroes'
VisitTulsa, the convention and visitors program of the Tulsa Metro Chamber, and the Tulsa Hotel & Lodging Association last week recognized local residents who are having an impact on the local economy. Now in its 19th year, the Local Heroes and Tops in Tulsa Luncheon was held Thursday.
This year VisitTulsa honored six local residents who, by working to place their group's meeting in Tulsa, will affect the future economy of the city with more than $3 million in delegate/attendee expenditures.
Honorees and their organizations include: Eastern Area Service Committee, Circle of Sisters; Karen Gibson, Mid-Continent Kennel Club; Harvey Johnson, Central States Shrine Association; Pat Kroblin, PK Promotions; Karen McMahon, The Human Anatomy & Physiology Society; and Matt Swanson, Hilti.
Oklahoma Methodist Manor dedicated its new memory support household, Cobb Landing, at an open house last week. Courtesy