OSU Institute of Technology will recognize 11 outstanding alumni and induct them into the OSUIT Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Homecoming Reception Saturday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in the State Room on the campus of OSUIT.
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed by OSUIT. It recognizes alumni and former students with outstanding achievements in both civic duty and professional life.
“Alumni are a tremendous source of encouragement, loyalty and support. This event is an attempt to show how much we appreciate them,” said Bruce Force, director of Student Life and alumni relations coordinator. “Having them on campus is a great opportunity to showcase our facilities and how the programs have developed and evolved since they graduated.”
The reception is a chance for OSUIT alumni to see old friends and meet new ones, walk around the campus and visit with current and former instructors.
“The reunion is a great time for everyone: the honored alumni, their families and friends, and those of us from OSUIT,” Force said. “The continued connection from alumni is an enormous benefit to the university, and this event gives us a forum to acknowledge their successes while giving them a chance to revisit a formative time in their own lives.”
In the Hall of Fame’s third year, six people will be added as Distinguished Alumni, those who are established in their professions and whose career accomplishments have been outstanding, and five people will be added as Rising Stars, those alumni who have demonstrated significant or outstanding accomplishments within their first 10 years of graduation.
Darren Barnes, class of 1996, is a graduate of the School of Engineering Technologies and is currently an electrical engineer at Tulsa-based TWG.
John Biggs, class of 1987, is a graduate of the School of Diesel & Heavy Equipment and is currently the business unit manager for Mesa Compression in Weatherford, Okla.
Scott Sherrill, class of 1999, is a graduate of the School of Culinary Arts and is currently the executive chef and owner of Ludger’s Catering & Events in Tulsa.
Randy Smith, class of 1975, is a graduate of the School of Construction Technologies and is currently the owner and president of RTS Enterprises, Inc., in Sherman, Texas.
Liza Wenzel, class of 1986, is a graduate of the School of Visual Communications and is currently owner and president of Wenzel Design, Inc., in Tulsa.
Gary Myers, class of 1962, was a graduate of the School of Visual Communications. Before his death in 2013, he was a successful artist known for his Western artwork.
Brian Cochrane, class of 2013, is a graduate of the School of Energy Technologies and is currently an operator at a DCP Midstream processing plant in Colorado.
Amanda Cullum, class of 2010, is a graduate of the School of Engineering Technologies and is currently an automation analyst with Chevron Corporation in Midland, Texas.
Matthew Henson, class of 2012, is a graduate of the School of Energy Technologies and is currently the senior mechanic for ONEOK Partners in Tulsa.
Jennifer Matthews, class of 2008, is a graduate of the School of Visual Communications and is currently graphic design manager at the Chickasaw Nation in the Department of Communications and Community Development in Ada, Okla.
Zach Shreffler, class of 2010, is a graduate of the School of Energy Technologies and is currently station operator at Northeastern Power Station in Oologah, Okla.
The Alumni Homecoming Reception is open to the public. Seating is limited in the State Room, and reservations are encouraged. RSVP online at osuit.edu/alumni/reunion