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      August 2006

Joe Coffman, D.O.

Dear Alumni,

I am honored to oversee the alumni board presidency this upcoming year. I thank Dr. Murray Crow for his service to the board the past four years, particularly his leadership this past year as president. I welcome Dr. Robin Dyer as our newest board member. This is Dr. Dyer's second membership stint and her experience only serves to make us better.

Our Spring Fling CME was once again a big success. We thank all of you who attended, as well as the lecturing physicians. Through your participation we were able to raise money for student scholarships and the general alumni board fund.

The summer is a busy time for us. In July, we sponsored a fun and challenging Summer Classic Golf Tournament at the Oaks Country Club in Tulsa. The alumni board was a contributing sponsor for the Center for Health Sciences research symposium “Developing Tomorrow’s Research Today,” in August. Finally, we look forward to the new school year in preparation for our annual fall picnic welcoming incoming students to our campus.

I personally thank you for allowing me to serve you as board president.

Joe Coffman, D.O., ’95
President – Executive Board
OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association

Alumni Association Senior Breakfast

Murray Crow and Agela Bolz

Murray Crow, D.O., ’92, presents a leather portfolio to 2006 graduate Angela Bolz, D.O., ’06, at the senior breakfast sponsored by the alumni association.

Dr. Eimen Appointed To OSU Professorship

Michael Eimen, D.O., ’85, has been appointed to the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Alumni Association Professorship in Rural Medicine.

The appointment is made by the State Office of Rural Health at OSU Center for Health Sciences. Eimen will serve a two-year term. He is a clinical assistant professor of family medicine at OSU and is in private practice in Mannford, Okla.

The professorship was created in 1989 and is funded by donations from alumni. Its purpose is to encourage excellence in teaching and to underscore the importance of OSU-CHS’s primary mission of serving the health care needs of rural Oklahomans.

Eimen will serve as a role model in the area of rural health care and will encourage the practice of rural medicine through teaching and the provision of clinical experiences to students and residents. He also will contribute to the success of rural medicine through outreach efforts, curricula development and the training of rural physicians.

Summer Classic Golf Tournament

A total of 19 teams attended the alumni association’s annual Summer Golf Classic at Oaks Country Club in Tulsa. The tournament drew legislators, alumni, and friends and raised funds for scholarships, emergency loans to students and special alumni events.

State senators at the Golf Classic

State senators at the Golf Classic
(from left) Sen. Mike Mazzei, Sen. Mike Morgan,
and Sen. Ted Fisher, along with Gary Denton
pose with Pistol Pete.


Class of '96

Class of ’96 Playing the Golf Classic are
(from left) Class of ’96 golfers Doug Brant, D.O., James Beymer, D.O., (Pistol Pete), Joel Adkisson, D.O., and team member Mike McKinney

Students Receive Scholarships

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine, presented two OSU Medicine students with scholarships during the OOA’s annual convention. OEFOM president, James P. Riemer, D.O., presented the scholarships at the association’s alumni luncheon.

Maria Elaine Ramos received the Bob E. Jones Endowed Student Scholarship. Ms. Ramos was completing her second year at award time. In 2005-2006, she served as Student Senate president and as a delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates in 2005.

Casey L. Wegert was awarded a scholarship from the Bob E. Jones Endowed Student Scholarship Fund and the OEFOM Endowed Student Scholarship Fund. Ms. Wegert was completing her first year of medical
school at award time.

Dr. David Hill Honored by NRHA

R. David Hill, D.O., ’79, of Southwest City, Mo., was named as Rural Health Care Practitioner of the Year at the National Rural Health Association’s annual conference. He is an assistant clinical professor of family medicine at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Hill was recognized for his work providing care in medically underserved areas.

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Class of ’86: TheTour

Sheila Simpson, D.O., ’86, and classmates held a dinner and social in Tulsa and several alums visited campus for a trip down memory lane.

“Our tour guides were very informative and absolutely charming. We reminisced about our classes, study groups, carousels, anatomy lab, etc.,” Simpson said in an email. “We also were very jealous about the new break room with the pool table, shuffle board, ping pong and refrigerators. ‘We didn’t have it that easy!’” was heard often during the tour, Simpson said.

Class of '86
Class of ’86 – Together again for a 20th anniversary reunion were (from left) Drs. Ferral Endsley,
David Shadid, Debbie Archer, Michael McCullough, Jim McAdams, Candy Ting, Sharon Noel, David Morris,
Nancy Walter, Sara McBee, Chris Taylor, Sheila Simpson, Chris Gentry, Mike Tollett, Bob Wieck,
Laura Taylor and Fran Franks. (Photo: Sheila Simpson)

Alumni Notes

Jennifer Alexander, D.O., ’00, is the Texas Osteopathic Medical Association’s “Young Physician of the Year.” She is a physician at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth.

Stephen G. Bovasso, D.O., ’93, is a new member of the board of Osteopathic Founders Foundation in Tulsa, and will serve as a member of the scholarship and charitable gifts committee.

Dennis James Carter, D.O., ’87, received his designation as a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians during its Annual Conclave of Fellows award banquet. He received his board certification in family medicine in 1995 and board certification in geriatrics in 1996. He is in private practice in Poteau, Okla., and serves as president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association.

William S. Eddy, D.O., ’81, associate professor of family medicine, received the Celia and Ed Archer award from the Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council in Tulsa. It is the highest award given by the council to non-Girl Scout groups, businesses or individuals. Eddy, along with medical students, has conducted free physicals for the last 10 years for girls who are attending camp and cannot afford a physical from their own physician.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association recently honored several alumni at its annual convention. They include:

Awards of Appreciation
D. Kirk DePriest, D.O., ’98
Chad E. Borin, D.O., ’99

A.T. Still Award of Excellence
Kenneth E. Graham, D.O., ’79

Rookies of the Year
Kevin Penwell, D.O., ’00
Christine Calabrese Pitcock, D.O., ’99
Zane Uhland, D.O., ’99

Outstanding and Distinguished Student of the Year
Stephanie Griffith Meissen, D.O., ’06

In Memoriam

Richard Dotson, D.O., ’82, Fort Smith, Ark.
Jon Carl Tooman, D.O., ’82, Cedar City, Utah.


Alumni Association Welcomes 2006-07 Officers

Joseph Coffman, D.O.


Joseph Coffman, D.O., ’95

Richard Hastings II, D.O.


Richard Hastings II, D.O., Ph.D., ’80

Michael Eimen, D.O.


Michael Eimen, D.O., ’85
Vice president

Robin Dyer, D.O.


Robin Dyer, D.O., ’92

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

Renee’ Williams
Senior Administrative Assistant

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