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Human Sciences Week

Each spring the College of Human Sciences showcases academic activities in the College and provides a variety of educational events. Annual events include the following:

Dean Lela O’Toole Speaker Series

Established in 1995, the Dean Lela O’Toole International Speaker Series focuses on timely and relevant topics related to public policy, ethics, and international issues in the scholastic areas of the College of Human Sciences. Lela O’Toole served as dean of the College of Human Sciences from 1951-1975. She believed universities have an important role in the conduct of international and world affairs. Dean O’Toole’s interest in the world community led the college and Oklahoma State University to a position of international leadership during the mid-twentieth century.

  • We are pleased to announce that Mark Schatzker, author of The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor, will be our 2018 O'Toole Speaker. We invite and welcome students, faculty, staff and the pubic to attend Mark's presentation where he will share his thesis on the food crisis (i.e., obesity, metabolic disease, etc.) through the lens of flavor.
    • Monday, April 9
    • 1:30 pm
    • Human Sciences 190 (Jorns Hall)

Student Organization and Club Events

Our student clubs and organizations sponsor events to highlight their academic offerings, draw attention to their pursuits, and provide educational programming.

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast

Each year Human Sciences' Student Council hosts a breakfast to acknowledge the College's faculty and staff.

Herd-Lehman Scholarship Recognition Banquet

An invitation-only event is held annually on the Friday of Human Sciences Week to recognize and express appreciation to donors who have provided student scholarhship funds. Scholarship recipients are also recoginzed.

The event is named after two College of Human Sciences' alumnae, sisters Lola Lehman and Lottie Herd, who attended Oklahoma A&M during the Great Depression and each received a $150 scholarship. Decades later, the impact of those initial scholarships has multiplied nearly 2,000 times in support for OSU students.

Lehman and Herd established three scholarships in the 1970s and later boosted each fund through estate gifts. Herd died at the age of 84 in 1995, and Lehman followed in 2012, just two weeks shy of her 103rd birthday. “A monument at my grave won’t mean anything to anyone,” Lehman said during an interview about her life. “These scholarships are our memorials.”

2018 Schedule of Events

Check back for a full schedule of events for 2018 Human Sciences Week - to be held April 9 - 13, 2018.