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Oct. 1, 2015

Barkalaureate to honor Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa graduates

Lily, Lucy, Jake, Diesel and Deuce are the first class of graduates to join Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa.
Lily, Lucy, Jake, Diesel and Deuce are the first class of graduates to join Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa.

The first class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dogs will graduate during a “Barkalaureate” ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15 in Founders Hall at OSU-CHS. Jean Sander, dean of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, will be the guest speaker.

The graduates include Deuce, a yellow lab, and his handler Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president; Diesel, a chocolate lab, and his handler Megan Whitehead, clinic coordinator for the communication sciences and disorders department at OSU-Tulsa; Jake, a red heeler mix, and his handler Jerrie Hall, associate library director at OSU-Tulsa; Lily, a cockapoo, and her handler Sandy Cooper, assistant vice president for human resources; and Lucy, a black lab, and her handers Amanda Sumner, OSU-CHS registrar, and Philip Sumner.

The P3T graduates will serve OSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa as greeters and campus ambassadors and will be available for clinical or crisis situations. The goal of the program is to positively enhance physical and emotional health and contribute to the America’s Healthiest Campus wellness initiative launched in 2014.

Campus departments may request a P3T dog visit by emailing pettherapytulsa@okstate.edu. Additional information about Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa is available at the P3T website.

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