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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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

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From The Archives

Explore our 75-year history through photos, videos, news clippings and other memorabilia collected and stored by the OSUIT Library Archives.

March 1968: Tulsa World | “Tech’s Graduates Remain in State”

March 1968: Tulsa World | “Tech’s Graduates Remain in State”

This Tulsa World article dated March 3, 1968 shows how OSUIT has always been the university of jobs. "Oklahoma State Tech is confident it's doing perhaps the best job of any institution supporting Oklahoma's industrial growth." Tulsa World Article - March 3, 1968...

Slide OSUIT began in 1946—and our development as an institution has evolved greatly since those first days. 1946 The Okmulgee campus was the brainchild of OSU President H.G. Bennett, who when faced with overcrowding on the Stillwater campus following WWII, located and purchased this property from Army Surplus for $1. Covelle set the foundation by organizing administrators into divisions and created a defined plan with clear job functions as many of the school’s first leaders did not have much experience as university administrators. In 1946, L. Keith Covelle was named the first president (then known as director) of the Oklahoma A&M College School of Technical Training. 1947 Slide In 1963, Wayne W. Miller became the second president of Oklahoma State Tech. In 1983, Dr. Bob Klabenes became the third president of Oklahoma State Tech. In 1990, the name of the institution officially changed to Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee. 1963 During Miller’s twenty-year tenure, millions of dollars worth of instructional equipment was added, student enrollment tripled and nine new facilities were constructed including new student housing. 1975 1983 1990 Slide NCAT was funded by a series of gifts and grants from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and dedicated in 1995. During Klabenes’ 27-year tenure, the campus underwent $150 million in new construction and remodeling projects. Dr. Klabenes also facilitated the establishment of Green Country Technology Center, the College of the Muscogee Nation and the OSUIT MidAmerica Industrial Park Advanced Training Center. The Miller-Kamm Residence Hall opened in August 2001. 1995 The Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center, funded by an $8.1 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation and dedicated in 1998, was specifically designed to showcase the latest technologies in multimedia and automotive service. 1998 2001 2001 Slide In 2007, the name of the institution officially changed to Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT). In 2011, Dr. Bill R. Path became the fourth president of OSU Institute of Technology. The newest instructional space on campus, The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center, was dedicated on September 25, 2013. 2007 The 25,000-square-foot Nursing & Health Sciences building was dedicated in 2010 and is outfitted with two high-fidelity patient simulators which provide realistic patient care scenarios for students. 2010 2011 2013 Slide The Pipeline Integrity program was added in 2013. OSUIT’s 200th graduation event took place in 2015. The Pistol Pete Plaza was dedicated on October 26, 2015. 2013 In 2014, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology rolled out a new campus master plan for the 230-acre campus in Okmulgee that will take Oklahoma’s only university of applied technology into the next quarter century. 2014 2015 2015 Slide The Grand Old Post Office Student Housing building was dedicated Nov 28, 2017. 2017 Today, OSU Institute of Technology is Oklahoma's only university of applied technology, offering accelerated bachelor of technology and associate degree programs that meet global workforce demands. 2021

Timeline

The Okmulgee campus was the brainchild of OSU President H.G. Bennett, who when faced with overcrowding on the Stillwater campus following WWII, located and purchased this property from Army Surplus for $1.

1946

In 1946, L. Keith Covelle was named the first president (then known as director) of the Oklahoma A&M College School of Technical Training.

1947

Covelle set the foundation by organizing administrators into divisions and created a defined plan with clear job functions as many of the school’s first leaders did not have much experience as university administrators.

1963

In 1963, Wayne W. Miller became the second president of Oklahoma State Tech.

1975

During Miller’s twenty-year tenure, millions of dollars worth of instructional equipment was added, student enrollment tripled and nine new facilities were constructed including new student housing.

1983

In 1983, Dr. Bob Klabenes became the third president of Oklahoma State Tech.

1990

In 1990, the name of the institution officially changed to Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee.

1995

NCAT was funded by a series of gifts and grants from the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and dedicated in 1995.

1998

The Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center, funded by an $8.1 million grant from the Reynolds Foundation and dedicated in 1998, was specifically designed to showcase the latest technologies in multimedia and automotive service.

2001

During Klabenes’ 27-year tenure, the campus underwent $150 million in new construction and remodeling projects. Dr. Klabenes also facilitated the establishment of Green Country Technology Center, the College of the Muscogee Nation and the OSUIT MidAmerica Industrial Park Advanced Training Center.

2001

The Miller-Kamm Residence Hall opened in August 2001.

2007

In 2007, the name of the institution officially changed to Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT).

2010

The 25,000-square-foot Nursing & Health Sciences building was dedicated in 2010 and is outfitted with two high-fidelity patient simulators which provide realistic patient care scenarios for students.

2011

In 2011, Dr. Bill R. Path became the fourth president of OSU Institute of Technology.

2013

The newest instructional space on campus, The Chesapeake Energy Natural Gas Compression Training Center, was dedicated on September 25, 2013.

2013

The Pipeline Integrity program was added in 2013.

2015

OSUIT’s 200th graduation event took place in 2015.

2015

The Pistol Pete Plaza was dedicated on October 26, 2015.

2017

The Grand Old Post Office Student Housing building was dedicated Nov 28, 2017.

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