Celebrating 75 years of Educating Oklahoma’s Workforce
Join us in our year-long 75th anniversary celebration as we remember OSUIT’s commitment to building a globally competitive workforce.
Here, we’re sharing stories and memories that highlight the value and significance of what OSUIT has offered to our students, our community, our state and our country for more than seven decades.
Special events on campus and online will give you opportunity to reflect with us—commemorating our legacy, our innovation and our impact, and looking ahead at what the next 75 years will hold for OSUIT and those we serve.
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TRUE TO YOU at OSUIT
A Historical Perspective of 75 Years
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Alumni and Retirees Share Their OSUIT Experience
I started the nursing program at OSUIT in 2018 with no idea what to expect or where it would lead me. That nursing program changed my life and I met some pretty amazing people. The instructors are so passionate about what they do and you can really tell. It was fantastic to have people who love what they do teaching me! I learned so much and moved up to a position as the Assistant Director of Nursing at the nursing home I’ve worked at for 4 years now. I love my job. Thank you OSUIT!
—Chelina Charles, ‘20
I chose OSUIT because I knew I would go there for two years, I’d have a paid internship, and I’d have a good guarantee for a job after I graduated—and that is exactly what happened.
—Matthew Henson, ‘12
My fourth semester was my favorite—we had a karaoke contest to raise money for the student nurse association. It was so fun, and everyone was so excited to almost be done. I had such a great experience at OSUIT!
—Jessica Cagnolatti, ‘17
I had a job waiting for me as soon as I got my diploma. OSUIT truly set me up for my career and got me where I am today.
—Jennifer Matthews, ‘08
“I went through my program with a great group of people. We had most of our classes together and hung out after class at events on campus or at the lake. And I loved the bakery! They had the best cream horns and pizza bread. Great memories going there for lunch and sitting on the lawn between Culinary and the Library!”
—Dollene Duff, ’86
OSUIT’s diverse curriculum broadened my scope of future job opportunities. Great instructors provided patient classroom education. I met other students, some of whom are still close friends after nearly 50 years. I was past president of the Data Processing Management Association while on campus.
—James LeGate, ‘72
I attended two different times. My first time was Spring of 1981 and I was in the Drafting program. After completing service with the Marine Corps I started back with the Construction Technology program in 1992 and graduated 1994. I saw the campus with the ramps and leaking roofs and then the new campus. Both of my parents attended OSU or Oklahoma Tech in the 1950s. My mother was in the secretarial program and my father was in plumbing.
—Timothy Meltabarger, ‘94
Some of my best memories were with the Phi Theta Kappa honor society! I was an officer. I made many friends and had many enjoyable experiences. I was able to serve through the organization. It was definitely a highlight of my college experience.
—William Groenveld, ‘15
Wow, Oklahoma State Tech was just what I needed post high school. When I arrived on campus I found both instructors and students with passions similar to me. My time there really changed my life for the better. I loved it so much that when I was in the position to bring my company’s program there I did. And, as expected, OSUIT delivered industry leading technicians.
—Kurt White, ‘83
From The Archives
Explore our 75-year history through photos, videos, news clippings and other memorabilia collected and stored by the OSUIT Library Archives.
Download a PDF here: Okmulgee Times Ads - 1960
Read the full 4-page bulletin here. The Student Life bulletin from January 1997 gives us a glimpse into a day-in-the-life of a student at OSU Okmulgee.
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