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COMmunicator Newsletter
January 2006



Murray Crow, D.O.

Fellow Graduates

Well, Christmas is over and all of the bubbly is gone and it’s time to get back to work! The Alumni Association has been busy. Alumni scholarships were awarded to very deserving students recently at the benefactors’ luncheon. The awards went to Justin Chronister from the second year, Amanda Cain, Aunna Herbst, Kristin Martin, Timothy Nokes from the third year and Kristy Wingerter from the fourth year. Congratulations to all the recipients.

The students and the faculty held a campaign to raise money for the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. The program was cleverly named “Koins for Katrina.” The money raised from this program was matched by the Alumni Association and was donated to the American Red Cross to be used to help those individuals that are still trying to re-establish themselves in the New Orleans area.

There are some changes on the horizon for the Spring Fling this May. The CME program that is usually scheduled on the same weekend as graduation has been changed to the following weekend (May 19 and 20) so those individuals unable to attend will have the opportunity to enjoy both activities. The new date for the Spring Fling also coincides with Tulsa’s Mayfest in downtown Tulsa.

It is almost time for Winterset. Each year the Alumni Association supports this worthwhile endeavor to enjoy a nice evening while supporting our community. The Osteopathic Founders Foundation should be saluted for sponsoring and organizing this time for DOs and friends to raise money for a wonderful cause.

Lastly, I would like to say good-bye to one of our own. Dr. Edward Felmlee recently lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Dr. Felmlee was instrumental in the establishment of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in 1972 while serving as President of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. This move to establish an Osteopathic College in the state changed the way rural Oklahoma would be treated for years to come. The joining of the College with Oklahoma State University in 1988 only strengthened our commitment to produce the best doctors in the world. Dr. Felmlee was a delightful man and an excellent mentor and he will be greatly missed.

God bless all of you during the New Year and if any of you have any concerns or ideas for the Executive Board, please don’t hesitate to contact any of us, or Ryan Miller and Renee’ Motte in the alumni office.

Murray Crow, D.O., ‘92
President, Executive Board
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine–Alumni Association



Dr. Thomas Salyer
Dr. Thomas Salyer, ’92, shows some of the OSU memorabilia in his office
in Idabel, Okla. He represents the Southeastern district on the alumni
association’s advisory board.

Salyer cheers OSU

Dr. Thomas Salyer, ’92, a family practitioner in Idabel, is a new member of the alumni association advisory board, representing the Southeastern district. As an adjunct faculty member, he is active in the state-wide OSU Physicians network that provides primary care to Medicaid patients as part of teaching activities.

He worked as a medical technician before starting medical school in 1988, the year the College became part of the OSU system. His medical class was the first to complete four years as OSU students.

“He is a huge OSU fan. He bleeds orange,” says Kim Penick, associate director of OSU clinical financial services. “When I visit his office, he always has on orange and black.” Office staffers often wear OSU attire, too - except one diehard OU fan. Salyer’s Cowboy chivalry can easily handle a little crimson and cream. “We just wear our colors and get to work,” he says.

When future OSU physicians train with him, they find a raft of OSU sports memorabilia dotting the office decor. By his own reckoning, Salyer has three signed basketballs, two or three footballs, a signed-by-Thurman Thomas OSU helmet, a signed photo of Barry Sanders running the ball against OU, even a piece of goalpost. His favorite is the signed NCAA Final Four basketball he bid for at an Oklahoma Osteopathic Association auction two years ago.

Salyer’s two children and their spouses, who went to OSU, and his in-laws are OSU grads, too. He and his wife, Wanda, also have five grandchildren, so more OSU family members may be along soon.


Cassani lecture

Cassani lecture

Dr. John Cassani, '80, talks with MS I Wendy McConnell before the annual Colby Cassani Foundation Endowed Lectureship. Dr. Waldo Concepcion from Stanford University Medical Center spoke on "Advances in Transplantation: Immunotolerance.” The Cassanis established the lectureship in memory of their son, Colby, who died at age 14 months. They donated his heart, kidneys and liver to three separate individuals. The lectureship raises awareness and increases support of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Student Alumni Members

Murray Crow, ‘92, welcomes Cara Johnston and John Seagraves into the alumni association at a recent lunch. First year medical students became association members and also received OSU-MED pins.

Student Alumni Members

Big 12 - Big fun

Big 12 - Big fun


Watch your mail for an announcement about an alumni event to be held during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Finals, to be held in Dallas March 9-12.

Call Ryan Miller at 918-561-8226 for more information.



Save the Date: Spring Fling's new look

Spring Fling Continuing Medical Education

  • May 19-20, 2006
    Earn 17 AOA Category 1A credit hours
  • Downtown DoubleTree Hotel
  • Enjoy Mayfest, Tulsa’s premier art and crafts show, just four blocks away
  • Visit nearby Brady district for galleries and restaurants
  • On-line registration offered

OSU takes AACOM honors

The CHS external affairs team took honors at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine in annual communications competition. The CHS website and the alumni association COMmunicator newsletter each earned second place awards. To view the website presentation, go to and click on future students; to view the COMmunicator, click on alumni.


More than 300 OSU alumni braved Hurricane Wilma’s rough weather and attended the AOA convention in Orlando in October, 2005. The alumni luncheon drew more than 100 OSU grads, and the luau sponsored by the OSU Foundation also had an excellent turnout. Ryan Miller, assistant director of alumni affairs, said, “We thank the foundation for its support. The topnotch entertainment, great food and our strong alumni attendance made the event a great success.”


Alumni John Loose, ’94, Marty Beal, ’93,
Janny and Larry McKenzie, ’92, David King, ’04,
Dale Kenyon Williams, ’05 and guest Todd Hayes
attend a luau sponsored by the
OSU Foundation, in Florida


Alumni Notes

Dr. Rhonda Casey, ’96, is new medical director of the Tulsa Area Immunization Coalition (TAIC). As medical director for TAIC, she serves as an advisor on medical matters and helps to promote the coalition, which provides free childhood vaccines as well as adult flu and pneumonia vaccines and tetanus boosters.

Dr. Murray Crow, ’92, represented the Alumni Association Endowed Scholarships at a recent benefactors’ luncheon on campus. Scholarship recipients include Justin Chronister, MS-II, Amanda Cain, Aunna Herbst, Kristin Martin, and Tim Nokes, MS-III and Kristy Wingerter, MS-IV.

Dr. Charles Crowell, ’78, has joined the OSU Physicians Enid Clinic. The clinic opened in November in Enid, Okla.

Dr. Shawna R. Duncan, ’98, and Dr. Michael C. West, ’01, are visiting assistant professor of pediatrics at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Karin Johnson, ‘98, has joined OMNI Medical Group in Tulsa. She practices internal medicine with an emphasis on geriatrics.

Dr. Ronald Oglesby, ’88, now is located at Utica Park Clinic in West Tulsa, and continues at Cleveland (Okla.) Family Clinic. He is board certified in family medicine.

Dr. Patrick Sharpe, Jr., ’91, opened Sharp Clinic in Tulsa. He has practiced in Tulsa for the past 10 years.

In Memoriam

Dr. James Scott Billings, ’88, passed away Oct. 29, 2005.

Dr. Edward Felmlee, one of the founding father's of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, passed away after a lengthy illness. He made significant contributions to our campus and will be remembered for his vision and passion for the osteopathic medical profession. A scholarship has been established in his memory and donations may be made to the OSU Foundation.

Dr. Louis James Hoogewind, ’79, passed away Nov. 18, 2005.

Dr. Loren Mack Turley, ’82, services held Oct. 28, 2005.

Office of Alumni Affairs
Ryan N. Miller
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Renee’ Motte-Williams
Senior Administrative Assistant

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College of Osteopathic Medicine
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The COMmunicator is a quarterly newsletter published by the OSU Center for Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association.

John J. Fernandes, D.O., M.B.A.,
president & dean
Marla M. Schaefer, M.S., editor
Ellen L. Stockton, art director
Mary Jane Nichols, graphic designer
Terry R. Drenner, photographer
Kelli Fields, web coordinator


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