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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 ūüėČ

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

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Fall GPA Breaks Records!!

After a much needed, restful winter break the P.E.T.E. Project came back for our first meeting of the new spring semester to find out their hard work from the fall paid off. The participants ended the fall semester with a record breaking cumulative group GPA of a 3.51!! This is the highest semester group GPA in the history of the P.E.T.E. Project and well worth celebrating! As a surprise for all of their hard work, the group was presented with a brand-new toaster, which they had been wanting for the community kitchen. Bagel and toaster strudel party soon perhaps??

To kick off the meeting, we ate Stillwater’s famous Hideaway Pizza including classic favorites such as cheese and pepperoni and as well as the group specialty pizza favorite, the Mediterranean. Our awesome SAMs, put together a fun game of Jeopardy that tested how well the participants knew each other as well as the SAMs, our coordinator Scott, and graduate assistant Jordan.¬†Throughout the remainder of the meeting we discussed ideas for programming in upcoming big meetings, that will include taking the StregnthsQuest assessment and learning more about our own unique strengths as well as polishing up our resumes to be ready to apply for positions on campus in the coming year. We wrapped up the meeting with gathering in our small committees and the groups brainstormed some cool ideas for the group to engage in throughout the semester (one of which may have involved puppies!!). It was a great evening together, and we are looking forward to our next big meeting in February where we will be talking about healthy relationships!



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P.E.T.E Projects First Homecoming!!

It was such an exciting few weeks as the P.E.T.E Project Community participated for the 1st time as a Student Organization in Homecoming Sweepstakes!! Community Members spent countless hours on signs for Sea of Orange Parade, “Walk of Fame Board” for¬† the Sign Competition, and even preparing to share the fun and knowledge of Emotional Intelligence at the Harvest Carnival. Although we did not place top three, inside sources say we did EXCELLENT (especially for a first time student organization).¬† One thing is for sure it was a great time for Fun, Spirit, and Community Building! GO POKES!!!!¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Check out some of the pictures from Homecoming Week Below!!

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No one will be stealing our candy!!!

Alex Evers of Stillwater Marital joined the P.E.TE. Project Community for some awesome self defense tips. ¬†This self defense workshop left us feeling informed and empowered with little worry that if anyone tried to steal our candy this Halloween it would definitely not be an easy task! The good times and laughs were plenty and more importantly ¬†we learned plenty of tactics to protect and defend ourselves even through a casual “walk in the park.” From breaking wood blocks with our bare hands (Micheal “First Try” Masucci…YOU ROCK) to escaping bear hugs and two hand holds the good times kept coming. This was a great night¬†for self improvement and community building. Look out for¬†upcoming¬†Service Project Post up next!


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15 Tips for Next Year’s P*E*T*E Project Members…

As a parting gift, the 2016-2017 PETE Project group wished to leave some wisdom gained through their first year experience at OSU.  Here is a list of the top 15 tips from the P*E*T*E Project Community:

  1. Take advantage of LASSO.
  2. Use to save money on books or other creative ways to cut textbook costs.
  3. Write assignments in your planner at the beginning of the semester and then use the planner!
  4. Get at least one persons number from each of your classes so you always have someone to ask emergency assignment and test questions.
  5. Look at each class syllabus before the semester to do any pre-class work like reading.
  6. Visit professors during office hours to make connections and so they remember you.
  7. Always check your email before class because you may need to bring certain supplies or your professor may have cancelled class.
  8. Take advantage of Pete’s Pet Posse to find a dog to play with on campus if you are feeling lonely.
  9. Utilize the writing center for all your papers! Not many people do and professors LOVE when students use their services!
  10. Don’t pull all nighters. You have to sleep or you won’t do well on your tests.
  11. Some professors don’t seem very nice in class, but their personalities are much more friendly during office hours. Not being scared of your professor makes the class easier, so visit with them away from class.
  12. Take advantage of potential secret bonuses, by showing up to every class.
  13. Check the weather before class and get a backpack with a pocket on each side. One for a water bottle and one for an umbrella.
  14. Never procrastinate because life may surprise you!
  15. Use your meal plan to treat yourself to Rancher’s Club or Taylor’s when you’ve had a rough week or just because you deserve it!

Good luck in the fall!


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P*E*T*E Project Members and Research!

A couple of P*E*T*E Project members have been busy this semester¬†striving for excellence in research! Katherine Metzinger and Lizzie¬†Johnson showcased research at¬†OSU’s Undergraduate Research Symposium and Kathleen Briggs Human Sciences Undergraduate Scholars Forum¬†. This is quiet an impressive task, especially as freshman, and the P*E*T*E Project is so excited for these two ladies.¬†As a testimony¬†to her¬†hard work and dedication to research, Katherine was recognized for the project with “Greatest Potential” by college of Human Sciences faculty and staff! Additionally, Lizzie was interviewed by OSU President Burns Hargis for a recent edition of Inside OSU! Below is a highlight of Katherine and Lizzie’s work! Great Job ladies. We are so proud! GO POKES!!

Katherine's Research

Title: Astaxanthin Regulates Systemic Inflammation in Mice

Undergraduate Research Activity: Freshman Research Scholar

Research Advisor: Dr. Daniel Lin

How has your research project impacted your college experience?
My research project has given me an experience that textbooks can‚Äôt provide. I had the opportunity to participate in life changing research that contributed to the ever-evolving field of nutrition. I now have a different perspective. Research has taught me to think beyond ‚Äėoutside of the box,‚Äô look in the depths, and keep asking questions. In addition, never settle for second best, keep pushing forward and maintain an open mind. Also, research has enhanced my work ethic, grammar, patience, independence, intellectual abilities, and dedication

Lizzie's Research

Title: High Heel Style and Height in Relation to Body Type

Undergraduate Research Activity: Freshman Research Scholar

Research Advisor: Dr. Aditya Jayadas

How has your research project impacted your college experience?
I have learned a lot about how to balance my time and communicate with people more effectively. It has been fun getting to use the Mixed Reality Lab and learning about all the equipment.

View Lizzie’s interview with President Hargis during his visit to the new Mixed Reality Lab in the College of Human Sciences¬†

Lizzie appears near the 8:20 mark of the video.

To find out more about Katherine, Lizzie and other students’ research in Human Sciences follow the link below: