Stillwater Chamber News

OSU Tops in Native Americans Earning Bachelor Degrees in Engineering

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 18, 2017) – Oklahoma State University has the highest number of Native Americans earning bachelor degrees in engineering, as well as engineering technology degrees, among all the engineering schools in North America, according to data from the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). 

OSU Professor Named Outstanding Young Professional

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 18, 2017) – The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) has selected Dr. Ashlee N. Ford Versypt as one of its 2017 outstanding young professional members under age 35. An assistant professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University, Ford Versypt won the institute’s 35 Under 35 Award in the education category. 

Name Change for Historic OSU Program Announced

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 14, 2017) – After more than eight decades, Oklahoma State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration will be known as the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  

Kid's Backpack & School Supply Drive August 1st - September 15th

This is a call for volunteers!  If you have ever said, 'I wanna do that someday', or have ever thought, 'you would like to know what Salvation Army does?'  This is your day! This is your time!  There are so many on going volunteer opportunities for you to help with outreach within your Stillwater Community!  Please do not hesitate any longer.  your skills, resources and talents are something that can benefit our beautiful community and so many individuals.  Contact us at Salvation Army Stillwater, 405.372.1554.

FAPC Offers Back-to-School Food Safety Tips

By Melanie Jackson, FAPC Communications Graduate Assistant

Name Change for Historic OSU Program Announced

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 14, 2017) – After more than eight decades, Oklahoma State University’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration will be known as the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.  

EVERYMAN named Business of the Month

Congratulations to EVERYMAN for being named Stillwater Chamber of Commerce Business of the Month for August.

Stillwater Sales Tax Collections are 1.18 Percent Above Same Month in 2016

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Aug. 14, 2017) – City of Stillwater Chief Financial Officer Melissa Reames said the City received its sales tax on June 2017 transactions that were remitted to the Oklahoma Tax Commission in July 2017 and apportioned to the City in August 2017. The amount totaled $2,229,400.99. This is up $26,078.12 (1.18 percent) from the same month in 2016.

City of Stillwater Seeks Community Input on Critical Infrastructure Projects

(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA / Aug. 10, 2017) – Do your part to help Stillwater identify priorities for critical infrastructure projects that could be funded by a general obligation (GO) bond. Your input will help Stillwater City Council make informed decisions about what could be on the ballot in 2018.
Earlier this year, city staff presented a list of projects to City Council as part of the budget process — which ranged from city facilities to transportation needs to quality of life enhancements to public safety needs — that could be funded by a GO bond. This list totaled $83.5 million.
“We know that it is not possible to fund all of these projects with bonds. However, before we move forward with a bond election, we need feedback from the community. We want to know which improvements you think should be funded,” City Manager Norman McNickle said.
The City recently prioritized its initial list and is seeking input on the following projects: 1) Relocate Fire Station 2 (Knoblock & University) to a different location to provide better service delivery; 2) Replace the Animal Welfare/Humane Society building; 3) Transportation improvements (streets, traffic control, bridges, sidewalks, trails, etc.); 4) Stormwater/drainage improvements.
Beginning now until the end of November, city staff will be gathering community input and providing information about how bond projects are financed and the effect this may have on property taxes.
“We also want residents to share their thoughts about how large of a bond they can support,” McNickle said. “This is one of the few ways we can fund large municipal capital projects.”
Oklahoma is the only state where municipalities rely primarily on sales tax collections to fund city government operations. This includes most of the services residents expect and depend upon — police, fire, roads, bridges and more.
Residents can go to and learn more about the 2018 GO bond election, sign up for updates and take a short survey.

OSU Scientist Leads Massive Drought Research Project

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 7, 2017) – As the number of hot droughts increases globally, scientists look to solve the difficulty in creating consistent predictions of what will happen to plants and vegetation in the future.  A new study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution brought together 62 scientists, led by Henry Adams at Oklahoma State University, from across the globe to synthesize all known research from drought manipulation studies that killed trees to develop a more accurate land-surface prediction model.

Doug Major Receives Oklahoma CareerTech’s Top Award

Meridian Technology Center Superintendent Doug Major received Oklahoma CareerTech's most prestigious award during the 50th annual Career and Technology Education Summer Conference.

Meridian Technology Center to Host Free Business For Breakfast Entrepreneur Event; "Wellness in the Workplace"

STILLWATER, Okla. – Employee wellness programs are on the rise in companies big and small. With results that can include greater workplace satisfaction, decreased absenteeism and increased productivity, more and more employers are realizing the positive impact that wellness initiatives can have on their business.

OSU Mechanical Engineering Professor Receives National Honor

(STILLWATER, Okla., Aug. 2, 2017) – Oklahoma State University mechanical engineering professor Afshin Ghajar, Ph.D., P.E., ASME Fellow, Regents professor and John Brammer professor, is the recipient of the national 2017 Kern Award. 
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