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      March 2006

Murray Crow, D.O.

Hello Everyone,

I am writing to you for the last time as alumni executive board president.  It has been an honor serving the school and all of you.  This has been an exciting year and there are a lot of activities still to go.  The annual Spring Fling is scheduled for May 19 and 20.  We have an excellent line-up of speakers and topics that will surely be useful in your practices.  At the Saturday luncheon, we will have an alumni meeting.  At this meeting we will announce our newly elected executive board member, and transfer the gavel to our new president, Joseph Coffman, D.O., ’95.

Earlier in the month is the OOA Convention.  This will again be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City.  I hope to see all of you there.  On Saturday there will be an alumni luncheon.  We will hold an alumni meeting immediately following the luncheon.  I hope you all can attend both the luncheon and the meeting.

Recently, Dr. Coffman (president-elect) attended the ACOFP Convention in Grapevine, Tex.  Joining Dr. Coffman was Ryan Miller and members of the alumni affairs office.  We sponsored an evening gathering for all alumni attendees.  The evening was a wonderful success with doctors from all over the country attending.

On May 13, we will welcome a new class of physicians into the alumni rolls.  Graduation is scheduled on this date at the Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus.  I look forward to being there and welcoming the graduates.

There are plans to again sponsor the alumni association golf tournament.  Look for information soon.  Once again, let me say thank you for a great year.


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





2006 Graduation Schedule

OSU CHS 2006 graduation dates include:
Friday, May 12
8:30 a.m. Senior breakfast - Founders Hall
10:00 a.m. Rehearsal - Dunlap Auditorium
5:00 p.m. Military Officers Commissioning Ceremony
6:30 p.m. Awards Banquet - DoubleTree Hotel at Warren Place
Saturday, May 13
10:00 a.m. Commencement Ceremony - Tulsa Community College Southeast Campus PACE

Campus notes

Enthusiastic alumni, residents and current students attended the College alumni association’s reception and visited the booth at the ACOFP national convention in Texas in March.

J. Michael Ritze, D.O., was awarded a Master’s Degree in Forensic Science from OSU Center for Health Sciences. He is an adjunct professor at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and past president of the Tulsa Osteopathic Medical Society. Dr. Ritze is a graduate of Kirksville (MO) College of Osteopathic Medicine. He practices in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Philip Shettle, D.O., president of the AOA, visited the OSU-CHS campus in January, meeting with students and giving them information about the AOA and the projects it is working on this year.  Dr. Shettle and his staff also received a telemedicine demonstration and had the opportunity to visit the OSU Physician clinics.

The student Political Action Committee coordinated with OOA staff to prepare for Student D.O. Day in Oklahoma City.  Students visited the OOA office and went to the state capitol to meet with their legislators.  During March, students served as Student Doctor of the Day, joining a physician mentor.  Each student had the opportunity to be introduced on the floor of the chambers, and to work on clinical skills as they provided medical services to the staff and the general public.

Alumni Affairs Fund

The staff in the OSU-CHS Office of Alumni Affairs stays busy throughout the year coordinating several alumni events and programs.  State-appropriated education funds and alumni association funding pays for a portion of the costs associated with these activities, but your support is needed to make up the difference. 

Your donation to the Office of Alumni Affairs Fund is tax-deductible and helps to cover costs related to alumni development, outreach and education. 

To make a gift send a check payable to the OSU Foundation to:

Karen Senger
Development Office
1111 W. 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107

Write “alumni affairs fund” on the memo line of the check or include a note so that your donation will be directed to that fund.  One hundred percent of your donation will go to OSU-CHS Office of Alumni Affairs to support activities that benefit you.  Thanks for giving!

First college president passes away

Dr. John BarsonJohn Barson, Ed.D., a founder and the first president of the former Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery, passed away Feb. 19.  He was instrumental in founding the osteopathic college and served as president from 1972 to 1984.  Donations to a scholarship in his memory can be made to: OSU Foundation, Dr. John Barson Scholarship, 1111 West 17th Street, Tulsa, OK 74107.  Read more on Dr. Barson


The Summer Classic 2006 Golf Tournament

Golf TournamentMake your plans now to be a part of the Summer Classic Golf Tournament, to be held Monday, July 10, at the Oaks Country Club in Tulsa.  Proceeds benefit the alumni association endowed scholarship program.  For information or to register call 918-561-8226 or toll free 800-677-1972. See our brochure and registration form.

Koins for Katrina

Koins for Katrina

Ryan Miller presents Tracie Calloway with a check from the alumni association matching the $216.57 raised by students to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.  Student Senate sponsored the project, and funds went to the American Red Cross.

Spring Fling Continuing Medical Education

  • May 19 and 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

New address?

Doctor Orange HatIf you have changed your email and street addresses since October of 2005,  please send us your updated information.  To say “thanks,” we will send you a Doctor Orange cap.    Reply to:
(Our hat’s off to you!)

New scholarships for residency announced

Six new $1,000 scholarships for Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine students interested in residency training in emergency medicine have been created by Fifth Avenue Agency and Morningstar Emergency Physicians.

Morningstar Emergency Physicians provides emergency physicians to hospitals in Oklahoma.  Fifth Avenue Agency is an insurance agency that provides medical malpractice insurance and risk transfer options to Oklahoma physicians.

Residency Fair

Residency Fair

Chris Thurman, D.O., ‘00, and Stephanie Burleson, D.O., ‘04, staff the OSU family medicine booth at the College’s recent Residency Fair.

Alumni Notes

Steven Buck, D.O., ’79, received the Outstanding Physician Award at the Osteopathic Founders Foundation Winterset Ball in Tulsa.  He is a board certified oncologist.  A $10,000 scholarship in his name is awarded in June to a fourth-year student at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Michael D. Smith, D.O., '86, Lumberton, Tex., was nominated by the American College of Osteopathic Pathologists to the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology.  He serves a three year term.

Susan “Wren” Stratton, wife of Mike Stratton, D.O. ’88, was recently elected mayor of the city of Muskogee, Okla.

In Memoriam
Anna Randall, D.O., ’81, passed away April 12



Alumni Career Services

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

Renee’ Williams
Senior Administrative Assistant

OSU Center for Health Sciences
College of Osteopathic Medicine
1111 West 17th Street
Tulsa, OK 74107-1898
918-561-1109 or 800-677-1972

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