Stillwater News Press

August 20, 2013

Oklahoma State University students head back to the classroom

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Freshman Parker Torbett was lost. He contemplated a multicolored Oklahoma State University campus map at the corner of Hester and Morrill avenues.

He was trying to find one of the 410 buildings on campus — Murray Hall.

Torbett was one of more than 25,000 students wandering across OSU campuses in Tulsa and Stillwater Monday — the first day of the 2013-2014 school year.

University spokesman Gary Shutt said the Big 12 school’s enrollment continues to spike.

Early enrollment numbers combine the Stillwater and OSU-Tulsa campuses.

Of the approximately 25,000 enrolled, 21,000 to 22,000 are OSU-Stillwater students, he said.

“We are off to a great start,” Shutt said.

Torbett studied the map for a while before locating Murray Hall. He is majoring in information assurance in the Spears School of Business.

“It is like cyber security but with a business aspect,” Torbett said. “I plan to work for a security company like McAfee.”

As one student struggled to find his way, another was close to completing her path to graduation.

Kayla Hadwiger is a senior majoring in apparel design. She has also been a part of the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha.

“It (college) is not as scary as it used to be,” she said. “I’m not nearly as rushed. You start to slow down at some point.”

The Cherokee native has worked on six to seven service projects, like Habitat for Humanity per semester since sophomore year.

“We get together as a group and look at problems that people usually have personal connections to, vote on it and try to fix it,” Hadwiger said.

Some international students, such as identical twins Fernado and Armando Escarcega from Mexico City, Mexico, like Stillwater because of its rural charm.

Both are studying civil engineering where they will help to plan and administrate building sites.

Chi Alpha leader Katelyn Spencer handed fliers out on library lawn to promote a block party that night at Kerr-Drummond residence hall.

“We want to get new students involved to meet new people and see new faces,” she said.