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The participants of the P.E.T.E Project recently celebrated the end of their first semester at OSU by gathering for a big thanksgiving feast! The participants expressed thanks for family, friends, getting to receive an education, each other, and much more! The participants also participated in a personality quiz where they found out if they were most like a lion, otter, golden retriever, or beaver. Participants then split up into their animal groups and discussed the strengths and weaknesses of their animal and how they may adjust there communication skills when working with people who fall into the other animal personality types. Overall, the group had an eventful evening getting to learn more about one another and share a magnificent meal together!

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Cowboys Ride On

The countdown to Oklahoma State Homecoming has begun! The PETE Project Participants are hard at work designing posters, painting the giant yard sign, and planning and creating the Harvest Carnival educational game. Many of the participants have not experienced or heard much about the OSU Homecoming festivities, so they are in for a real treat! Homecoming at Oklahoma State University is the biggest celebration of the year and we cannot wait to share it with all the participants!

Be sure to check out our Homecoming sign that will be posted on Library Lawn from October 21st to 29th. To play the PETE Project Harvest Carnival game stop by the Payne County Expo Center on October 23rd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.


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Community Outreach, Relationship Building & Instagram!

Some of the most recent activities completed in the PETE Project this semester have included volunteering at the local food pantry (Our Daily Bread), strengthening relationship, communication and listening skills, and creating the very first ever PETE Project Instagram! The community outreach project was lead and organized by the PETE Project Outreach Chair, Olivia Pitasi. Our Daily Bread welcomes volunteers to assist in picking fresh vegetables, stocking and organizing shelves, and assisting customers in shopping. The PETE Project plans on volunteering at this location more in the future!

Secondly, what better way to take a break from classes, homework, and studying than learning spending quality time with your friends learning how to strengthen and grow your current and future relationships? The PETE Project was honored to learn more about relationships from Dr. Nathan Hardy, an OSU Marriage and Family Therapy faculty member.

Finally, The PETE Project is on the grid! Nhi Nguyen, The PETE Project’s Social Media Chair, recently created an Instagram for the organization. This will allow past, present, and future participants to stay updated on all the happenings of the PETE Project! Be sure to check it and give it a follow by searching peteproject!

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Officer Elections

Within the PETE Project there is an executive team consisting of Presidents, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media Chair, Community Chair, Outreach Chair and StuCo Rep. Each position plays a unique and important role to promote success within the PETE Project and encourage involvement across campus and within the community.

The Presidents are the Student Academic Mentors of the PETE Project. They lead the participants in small group activities, lead executive team building meetings and model SAM values and expectations daily.

The Vice President will assist the presidents in updating bulletin boards and white boards on the dorm floor, attend Homecoming planning meetings and reserve locations for executive meetings to be held.

Secretary will take minutes during all meetings, distribute minutes to the rest of the executive team and participants, complete necessary paperwork to sign the group up for campus wide activities and events and send out reminders to all participants about meetings dates, times and locations.

The Treasurer will work closely with the presidents and PETE Project advisor to create a yearly budget for the group. Other duties include scanning and organizing all receipts and invoices and signing off on PETE Project checks and reimbursements.

The PETE Project Social Media Chair will oversee all social media outlets for the organization. Social Media Chair will make posts and status updates to promote the organization and inform others of what the PETE Project does.

Outreach Chair will plan and organize events for the group to get involved with within the community. The Outreach chair will assemble a committee to help prepare and promote all events among the PETE Project participants. Events may consist of (but are not limited to) volunteering at Our Daily Bread, The Humane Society, Tiny Paws or participating in the PB&J Project.

Community Chair is a fun position focused on promoting community among the participants. This position will create events to bring participants together for a fun and relaxing time. The Community Chair will create a committee to assist with all events.

Lastly, we have our Student Council Representative. The holder of this position will attend all Human Sciences Student Council Meetings and give an update about what the PETE Project has been up to. The representative will also take notes during StuCo meetings regarding announcements from other organizations and upcoming events. The representative will then report back to the PETE Project participants about upcoming ways to get involved within Human Sciences.

We are pleased to announce the 2018-2019 PETE Project Executive Team!

  • Presidents – Madi Brook, Brittney Chism and Erin Richardson
  • Vice President – Libby Rodriguez
  • Secretary – Cassi Rodkey
  • Treasurer – Sarah Corcoran
  • Social Media Chair – Nhi Nguyen
  • Outreach Chair – Oliva Pitasi
  • Community Chair – Sammy Rodriguez
  • StuCo Representative – Emily Sasser

Stay tuned to hear about all the amazing things this council accomplishes throughout the  year! Go Pokes!!


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Just the Beginning!

Between Welcome Week, class tours, first day of classes and rock wall climbing the P.E.T.E Project participants have had an eventful first few weeks at OSU! The participants have been working diligently to get organized and settled in for their first year as a Cowboy. To take a breather from the hustle and bustle of college life the participants were able to climb the rock wall at the Colvin Recreational Center on campus and engage in a few other team building activities.

Members had a great time cheering and chanting for one another while taking turns climbing to new heights in the Colvin! For many of the students it was their first time to climb a rock wall. The participants provided unending amounts of encouragement as each member began their climb. After enjoying the rock wall everyone had the opportunity to join in some friendly competition. From untying human knots to untying rope knots the participants engaged in team building activities and were put to the test of communication. For each activity it was crucial that everyone communicate and listen to one another in order to complete the tasks assigned. Through these activities members were able to grow and strengthen their communication, listening and team building skills.

Two weeks down, only sixteen more to go! Stay tuned to find out more about the P.E.T.E Project participants as they tackle their first year at OSU!


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It’s Time to Celebrate!

As the semester comes to a close, the month of April can be very busy as students are wrapping up their classes for the spring. To celebrate a wonderful year together the PETE Project took some time to unwind and relax by painting Pete at Art on 6th! We enjoyed snacks, throwback music, and each other’s company for one last time as this was our last meeting of the year. Everyone was able to choose whether they wanted to follow along with our instructor and create a classic orange Pete or show off their creative talents by putting their own spin by adding special touches or even painting Pete pink!

Everyone enjoying the much needed break from studying for exams, writing papers, and finishing projects! Not only was it a great time spent together but everyone was able to walk away with a their own Pete to remember the PETE Project and their freshmen year at Oklahoma State!

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What are your Strengths??

The PETE Project kicked off the month of March with a BIG meeting dedicated to diving into everyone’s StrengthsFinder top five strengths! We began the meeting by eating pizza graciously donated by Papa John’s in Stillwater. While everyone enjoyed their pizza we engaged in a presentation by our special guest Dr. Osteen, the Human Sciences department head. Dr. Osteen presented on the topic of being aware of our finances and spending habits while in college. She informed us on how to budget, save, and gave the participants some valuable tips on handling credit cards and your credit score. I am now aware of the importance of keeping my daily coffee from Planet Orange in my budget 😉

Next, Scott led the group in activities that allowed us to dig deeper into our top five strengths that we discovered by taking the StrengthsFinder assessment. The group compared and contrasted with each other around the room their own individual strengths and how they use those strengths in their life. It was so much fun to hear about the ways in which people with similar strengths used them in different ways as well as see everyone’s strengths mapped out on a chart to give us a visual of the group’s strengths. We also discussed how our strengths can be barriers in our life and how to navigate those. Everyone received a print out of their strengths to display and have a visual reminder of how to be utilizing their strengths to the fullest!

We wrapped up the meeting and the group headed back over to the lobby to continue the fun with face masks and root beer floats!


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Meet our New 2018 SAMs!

We are so excited to announce that our 3 new 2018 Student Academic Mentors have been selected! Get to know Madi, Brittney and Erin through their bios below:


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Madi Brook

Major and Option:

Design, Housing, and Merchandising: Interior Design


Tulsa, Oklahoma

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

I love to spend time with my friends and family, watch movies, and paint

What are you looking forward to most about being a SAM in The P*E*T*E Project?

I am really looking forward to getting to know everyone and forming new relationships!

What do you love most about being an OSU student?

I love the sense of community that OSU provides

Why did you select your major and what are your future career goals?

I chose my major because DHM at OSU focuses on how the built environment affects the individual, and I want to be able to provide families and individuals with better and healthier homes. My goal is to become a residential interior designer and to start a non-profit that helps people either in the US or in 3rd World countries receive sustainable homes.

What are you looking forward to next year at OSU?

I am looking forward to trying new things and getting involved in new activities

What is a food you could not live without?

I could not live without ice cream

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

I love to binge watch The Flash, Parks and Rec, and New Girl

What is something unique about you?

I have met Rob Lowe, my all-time favorite actor!


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Brittney Chism

Major and Option:

Design, Housing, and Merchandising option in Apparel Merchandising with a minor in Human Resources


Broken Arrow, OK

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

Some of my favorite things to do are to take photos, go shopping, cooking/baking, watching Netflix, and spending time with my friends.

What are you looking forward to most about being a SAM in The P*E*T*E Project?

I am most excited to show our incoming students how great Oklahoma State is and to watch them grow into loyal and true Cowboys.

What do you love most about being an OSU student?

The community that OSU has is something that I was not able to find anywhere else. Not only is everyone kind and willing to help, but they do it all with a smile.

Why did you select your major and what are your future career goals?

I have been in almost every college, but none of them felt more like home than Human Science. As soon as I walked through the doors of Human Sciences I knew that my passion for helping people combined with my passion for fashion and interiors would be met in HS.

What are you looking forward to next year at OSU?

I am most looking forward to finishing up my degree and taking the next step in my life, as well as taking part in all of the OSU traditions one last time.

What is a food you could not live without?

I really like all food, but I think chicken would be pretty hard to live without!

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

Pretty Little Liars… unfortunately I can say I watched all seven season 5 times.

What is something unique about you?

I was born with an extra vertebra in my spine!










Erin Richardson

Major and Option: Hotel and Restaurant Administration

Hometown: El Reno, Oklahoma

What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

I love doing anything crafty and browsing through Pinterest for inspiration! Knitting has been my go to, and I’m trying to learn how to crochet.

What are you looking forward to most about being a SAM in The P*E*T*E Project?

I’m looking forward to meeting the participants and helping them be successful during their first year at OSU.

What do you love most about being an OSU student?

I love the sense of community I’ve always felt here. The College of Human Sciences has the friendliest people and I love all the connections and friendships I’ve made there.

Why did you select your major and what are your future career goals?

I chose my major because I like the variety associated with it and I really want to travel. I want to visit every continent and eventually be an event planner.

What are you looking forward to next year at OSU?

I’m looking forward to being in mostly just major courses and football season!

What is a food you could not live without?

Not to be dramatic but, I would probably die without coffee. My go to order is a hazelnut latte with almond milk.  

What is your favorite TV show to binge watch?

My favorite TV is a toss up between Glee, The Office and That 70s Show.

What is something unique about you?

I play clarinet in the Cowboy Marching Band.


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Now Taking Applications for 2018-19 PETE Project

Calling all new College of Human Sciences students for 2018-2019 to apply for The PETE Project! New students at OSU in the College of Human Sciences have a living learning community housing option. This community, named The PETE Project, is in traditional style living on the first floor of the West Commons building, the newest student housing on campus.

New students at OSU majoring in a degree offered in the College of Human Sciences can apply. Participants say that The PETE Project was one of the best decisions of their first year at OSU. The PETE Project provides many experiences and creates benefits for students that can be useful well after graduation.

Watch a two minute video about The PETE Project


  • Experiences that form instant bonds at the beginning of the year
  • Several people you know before classes begin that will be in your courses
  • A sense of family at OSU
  • Encouragement, support and the resources to succeed at OSU
  • Formal leadership opportunities within the group and involvement in student organizations
  • Service learning and volunteering experiences


  • Instant connections and friendships within your major and academic college
  • Easy to form study groups for your classes
  • Access to mentors that can answer your questions at any time
  • A group GPA almost one point higher on a 4.0 scale than the average freshman on campus due to an atmosphere of help and encouragement
  • Future leaders at OSU and within the College of Human Sciences
  • Confident and resourceful students

Fast Facts:

  • The group consists of 35 students and 3 Student Academic Mentors
  • Almost 50% of our group is from out-of-state
  • Located on the 1st floor of West Commons with a 24-hour service desk for easy assistance
  • Access to a full size kitchen on our floor and located next to several dining options

Application Process:

  • Declare a major in the College of Human Sciences
  • Complete the Residential Life housing application
  • Complete The PETE Project application in your undergraduate admissions portal

Selection & Cost:

Students will be selected on a rolling basis beginning in late January. If you are interested, you should apply! After selection, there is an $85 program fee.

For more information please contact Scott King in the College of Human Sciences at Oklahoma State University at or at 405-744-9386.



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SAM Applications Due January 31!

The Student Academic Mentor (SAM) applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are due Wednesday, January 31. Interviews will occur in early February for the three (3) SAM positions that need to be filled.

PETE Project SAM Application 2018-2019

The PETE Project is a way for new students at OSU in the College of Human Sciences to easily connect with fellow students, learn new skills and become better prepared academically for their OSU experience. SAMs are active in making all of those items occur. By being a fellow student living with them for the year providing tips, information and a person to talk to about the transition to OSU, SAMs impact PETE Project participants in a meaningful way that can make a life long impact.

If you love helping others and can relate to students having some difficulty in their adjustment to college, then this may be a great opportunity for you. In addition to this amazing mentorship opportunity that will teach you many life and career skills, this position offers a $4,000 scholarship for the year and an opportunity for some additional scholarships based on academic performance. SAMs will live in a private room on the 1st floor of the West Commons Residential Hall with the PETE Project participants. The PETE Project is also an OSU student organization and SAMs serve as officers in our student organization.

SAMs have bi-weekly SAM meetings with the PETE Project Coordinator and Teaching Assistant. SAMs also lead small groups seven times per semester for about an hour at a time selected by the entire group once the semester begins. We also have SAMs participate in our large group meetings that occur five times per semester on Sunday evenings at 5:00 pm.

If you have any questions about SAM responsibilities or any thing related to The PETE Project please do not hesitate to contact me at or at 405-744-9386. I’m also happy to meet you face to face in 101 Human Sciences.

Scott King

The PETE Project Coordinator