Wednesday, December 24, 2014

haiku form: Christmas

Christmas Special of Poetic Forms : HAIKU (Week 7)

Tulsa world newspaper,
Tom Gilbert and sherrow Tray,
Mary Fallin sports.


Crimson Santa Hat,
Blonde curly long hair,
Feverish dance fair.


Jones, Ibaka, and Adams,
Hardwork, persistence, skillful-
ness, Go, Wright, Blake, Lamb.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening written by Robert Frost

poet Robert Frost  
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fall convocation recognizes achievements at OSU; Brorsen earns top faculty award


Oklahoma State University celebrated excellence by recognizing the achievements of faculty, staff and administrators at the University Awards Convocation Tuesday at the OSU ConocoPhillips Alumni Center in Stillwater.
OSU President Burns Hargis with Dr. Wade Brorsen, Regents Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
The Eminent Faculty Award, which recognizes the highest level of scholarly achievement at OSU, was presented to Wade Brorsen, Regents Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Brorsen has made outstanding contributions to the field of agricultural economics through his research program, award-winning teaching and professional service as an editor of two of the profession’s top journals.
“Dr. Brorsen has been a leader in agricultural price analysis for more than 30 years and has made innovative and path-breaking contributions in a number of areas, including price discovery in commodity markets, efficiency of commodity markets, the impact of risk and the marketing behaviors of farmers,” said Dr. Gary Sandefur, OSU provost and senior vice president.
Earlier this year, Brorsen was named a fellow by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, an honor bestowed on less than one percent of the association’s membership.
The Loyal and True award, which personifies the spirit of OSU through unwavering devotion, personal sacrifice and commitment of time and talents, went to Dr. Gary Trennepohl, who has served as the president of OSU-Tulsa and former dean of the OSU College of Business (now Spears School of Business).  Trennepohl has co-authored two college level textbooks and more than 30 professional journal articles.
The full list of honorees:
Phoenix Award for Graduate Faculty
Sundara Madihally, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
President’s Cup for Creative Interdisciplinarity
First Place – Center for Wearable Electronic Sensing Systems and Technologies
Team leader: Bruce Benjamin, Associate Dean and Interim vice Provost of Biomedical Sciences at the Center for Health Sciences
Second Place – Interdisciplinary Program in Regenerative Medicine at OSU
Team leader: Lin Liu, Professor of Psychological Sciences at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Third Place – OSU and Choctaw Nation: Collaborate and Educate
Team leader: Pamela Sissi Carroll, Professor and Dean of the College of Education
Regents Distinguished Research Award
Jeanmarie Verchot, Professor of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Jiahong Wu, Regents Professor of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
Larry Mullins, Regents Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Tyler Ley, Associate Professor of Civil and Environments Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Murat Hancer, Professor of Hotel and Restaruant Administration, College of Human Sciences
Regents Distinguished Teaching Award
Udaya DeSilva, Associate Professor of Animal Science, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural resources
Jeffrey Walker.  Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences
Kristen Baum, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Rick Wilson, Professor and Department Head of Management Science and Information Systems in the Spears School of Business
Juliana Utley, Associate Professor in the School of Teaching and Curriculum Leadership, College of Education
Edralin Lucas,  Associate Professor of Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Sciences
Melanie Breshears, Associate Professor of Pathobiology at the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Kent Smith, Interim Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Center for Health Sciences
Merrick Foundation Teaching Award
Liz Roth, Associate Professor of Art, Graphic Design and Art History in the College of Arts and Sciences
Outreach Education Award
Gregory Wilber, Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.
International Education Award
Jeffrey Vitale, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Sigma Xi Young Investigator Award
Janette Steets, Associate Professor in Botany, College of Arts and Sciences
Regents Professors
Francis Epplin, Agricultural Economics, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Edward Jones, English, College of Arts and Sciences
Larry Mullins, Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Scott McMurry, Integrative Biology, College of Arts and Sciences
Bret Jacobson, Applied Health and Educational Psychology, College of Education
Gary Yen, Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Excellence in Advising Award
Daniel Stein, Assistant Professor of Animal Science, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Shawn Rose, Senior Academic Counselor, Student Success Center, College of Arts and Sciences
Larry Mullins, Regents Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences
Abigail Minch, Senior Academic Counselor, Student Success Center, Spears School of Business
Tiffany Henry, Senior Academic Counselor, Student Success Center, College of Education
Laura Price, Academic counselor, Student Success Center, College of Human Sciences
Kelly Kavalier, Senior Academic Counselor, Learning and Student Success Opportunity Center, Division of Academic Affairs
Debra Danley, Information Assistant, Department of Animal Science, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Julie Koch, Associate Professor, School of Applied Health and Educational Psychology, College of Education
Anna Teague, Admissions Recruitment Coordinator in the Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Joshua Ramsey, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Land-Grant Awards For Excellence
Joe Cecil, Industrial Engineering and Management, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology
Rebecca Damron, English, College of Arts and Sciences
David Peters, Special Collections and Archives, Edmon Low Library
Leave the Ladder Down Award
Federico Aime, Associate Professor of Management, Spears School of Business
Debra Danley, Information Assistant, Animal Science
University Service Award
Clinton Krehbiel, Assistant Department Head and Regents Professor, Department of Animal Science
Elizabeth Grubgeld, English, College of Arts and Sciences
Emily Cooper, Quality Assurance Development Coordinator, Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences
Eminent Faculty Award
Wade Brorsen, Regents Professor of Agricultural Economics in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
Loyal and True Award
Gary Trennepohl, Professor, Spears School of Business
Story by Alex Marianos

Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day (from wikipedia)


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Veterans Day (disambiguation).
Veterans Day
Veterans day.jpg
Joseph Ambrose, an 86-year-old World War I veteran, attends the dedication day parade for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, holding the flag that covered the casket of his son, who was killed in the Korean War.
Observed by United States
Type National
Date November 11
Next time 11 November 2014
Frequency annual
Related to Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, Memorial Day
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday that honors people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I (major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect). The United States also originally observed Armistice Day; it then evolved into the current Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.[1]
Most sources spell Veterans as a simple plural without a possessive apostrophe (Veteran's or Veterans').


U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."[2]
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies.[2] A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."[3]
In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the "Father of Veterans Day."
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.[4]
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with "Veterans," and it has been known as Veterans Day since.[5][6]
The National Veterans Award, created in 1954, also started in Birmingham. Congressman Rees of Kansas was honored in Alabama as the first recipient of the award for his support offering legislation to make Veterans Day a federal holiday, which marked nine years of effort by Raymond Weeks. Weeks conceived the idea in 1945, petitioned Gen. Eisenhower in 1946, and led the first Veterans Day celebration in 1947 (keeping the official name Armistice Day until Veterans Day was legal in 1954).
Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11. While the legal holiday remains on November 11, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will normally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.


Because it is a federal holiday, some American workers and many students have Veterans Day off from work or school. When Veterans Day falls on a Saturday then either Saturday or the preceding Friday may be designated as the holiday, whereas if it falls on a Sunday it is typically observed on the following Monday. A Society for Human Resource Management poll in 2010 found that 21 percent of employers planned to observe the holiday in 2011.[7]
Non-essential federal government offices are closed. No mail is delivered. All federal workers are paid for the holiday; those who are required to work on the holiday sometimes receive holiday pay for that day in addition to their wages.
In his Armistice Day address to Congress, Wilson was sensitive to the psychological toll of the lean War years: "Hunger does not breed reform; it breeds madness," he remarked. [8] As Veterans Day and the birthday of the United States Marine Corps (November 10, 1775) are only one day apart, that branch of the Armed Forces customarily observes both occasions as a 96-hour liberty period.

Spelling of Veterans Day

While the holiday is commonly printed as Veteran's Day or Veterans' Day in calendars and advertisements (spellings that are grammatically acceptable), the United States government has declared that the attributive (no apostrophe) rather than the possessive case is the official spelling.[9]

See also

Veterans Day 2013 Poster

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Girl Opening Up


like a rose in May,
the girl opening up.
Morning dew on greenest leaves,
soft breeze kisses
the crispy air in the garden.
New roof, shining grey, young grass,
full of energy.
Blonde hair curls like a staircase,
and it lays out like layered staircase,
and it is novel staircase.
The girl opening up,
closing her windows.
And she opens her door,
she walks out, knows it's a sunny morning.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Evil By Robert J. Norton


A web was spun by a spider,
That circled the world around,
And when man scarched for the creature,
it was no where to be found.
The web was a snare of evil,
Man could not escape its sin,
But the search for the deadly spider,
Was a vain and hopeless thing.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hyannis, Massachusetts
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Hyannis, Massachusetts
A sailboat in Hyannis Harbor
A sailboat in Hyannis Harbor
Hyannis is located in Cape Cod
Location on Cape Cod in Massachusetts
Coordinates: 41°39′10″N 70°17′0″WCoordinates: 41°39′10″N 70°17′0″W
Country United States
State Massachusetts
County Barnstable
Population (2010)
 • Total 14,089 [1]
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 02601
Area code(s) 508 / 774
FIPS code 25-31820
GNIS feature ID 619333
Hyannis /ˌhˈænɪs/ is the largest of the seven villages in the town of Barnstable, Massachusetts, in the United States. It is the commercial and transportation hub of Cape Cod and was designated an urban area as of the 1990 census.[2][3] Because of this, many refer to Hyannis as the "Capital of the Cape". It contains a majority of the Barnstable City offices and two important shopping districts, the historic downtown Main Street and the Route 132 Commercial District, including Cape Cod Mall and Independence Park, headquarters of Cape Cod Potato Chips.
Hyannis is a highly important tourist destination and the primary ferry boat and general aviation link for passengers and freight to Nantucket Island. Hyannis also provides secondary passenger access to the island of Martha's Vineyard, with the primary passenger access to Martha's Vineyard being located in Woods Hole, a village in the nearby town of Falmouth. Due to its large natural harbor, Hyannis is the largest recreational boating and second largest commercial fishing port on Cape Cod, behind only Provincetown.
The JFK Hyannis Museum in the old Town Hall on Main St. focuses on John F. Kennedy's time spent in the town. There is a memorial to President Kennedy on the Lewis Bay waterfront that was erected by Barnstable citizens in 1966. The memorial includes a fountain and a field-stone monument with the presidential seal and JFK inscription: "I believe it is important that this country sail and not sit still in the harbor." President-elect John F. Kennedy gave his victory speech on November 9, 1960, at the former Hyannis Armory, which is in the National Register of Historic Places.
The village is the namesake of the former United States Naval ship USS Hyannis (YTB-817).


The village was named after Iyannough, a sachem of the Cummaquid tribe.[4][5]


Hyannis is home to Barnstable High School, the largest high school on Cape Cod. The school serves students in grades 8-12 and has an approximate enrollment of 2,400. Other high schools include Sturgis Charter Public School, a charter school featuring the International Baccalaureate program, and Pope John Paul II High School, the first and only college preparatory Catholic high school on Cape Cod. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fall River. Trinity Christian Academy, which recently opened a high school, is also located in Hyannis. Saint Francis Xavier Preparatory School is a prep middle school. Cape Cod Community College, in nearby West Barnstable, is a two-year community college, known locally as "4-C's".


John F. Kennedy Museum in Hyannis
Hyannis Harbor at night
Hyannis is the main point of origin for ferry service to Nantucket. The Steamship Authority runs a year-round two and a half hour auto ferry service to Nantucket. The island can also be reached by a passenger-only, one hour catamaran trip run by the Steamship Authority (seasonal) and Hy-Line Cruises (year-round). Hy-Line also runs a catamaran to Martha's Vineyard in season. One of the world's first Roll-On and Roll-Off ferries, the Searoad of Hyannis began operation in 1956 from Hyannis to Nantucket, with the capability to transport three loaded semi-trailers in any weather.[6]
Barnstable Municipal Airport (HYA) is the main air transportation hub for Cape Cod, with daily flights to both islands, Boston, Provincetown, and New York, served by Cape Air as well as several regional carriers.
Hyannis is also the hub of the Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority, which operates the only public-transit bus system on Cape Cod.
Freight rail service is provided by the Massachusetts Coastal Railroad. The Cape Cod Central Railroad operates seasonal tourist excursions from Hyannis (252 Main Street) to Sandwich and Sagamore, with some scheduled weekend stops at the West Barnstable depot on Route 149 near Route 6A. The nearest inter-city (Amtrak) passenger rail stations are Boston's South Station and Providence. The CapeFlyer provides weekend rail service between Hyannis and Boston during the summer, starting in 2013. The Kingston/Route 3 and Middleborough/Lakeville stations of the MBTA's commuter rail system provide more frequent service to Boston.
Cape Air, an area regional airline, is headquartered at the airport serving Hyannis.[7] Island Air and Nantucket Shuttle also service the Cape and Islands.


In 2010, Hyannis had a total population of 14,089, living in 8,406 households. 19.80% of Hyannis' total 10,922 housing units were seasonally vacant. Hyannis had a disproportionate share of multi-family properties in comparison to the town and the county. Hyannis had an owner-occupancy rate of 58.3%, which was nearly 20 percentage points lower than that indicated for the town or the county. This difference is associated primarily with the amount of apartment properties in the village. A decline in younger, family formation households was attributed to the lack of suitable employment opportunities and "affordable" housing. The median value of owner-occupied housing units in Hyannis in 2000 was $149,720. The gross median rent in Hyannis was $718/month. In 2002, the median price for a single family home in Hyannis was $196,000.[citation needed]
Median head of household income was $38,467. 15.9% of households earned more than $75,000. 14.6% of Hyannis population lived below the poverty line. 18.74% were over 65 years old. Unemployment in Hyannis was 3.8% of the labor force. Hyannis is growing at the upper end and the lower end of the age cohorts, and although there has been an increase in persons 25 to 44 years of age, this has not necessarily been reflected in income change, as Hyannis witnessed an increase in the number of households earning $10,000 to $15,000 and a gain in the number of persons and families below the poverty level.[8]


Musical and literary references

Hyannis Port features in the song "Walcott" by Vampire Weekend, as part of the band's pleading with the eponymous Walcott to get out of Cape Cod: "Hyannis Port is a ghetto, out of Cape Cod tonight".
Hyannis is mentioned in the song "Rock and Roll Band" by Boston: "Dancin' in the streets of Hyannis, we were getting pretty good at the game..."
Hyannis Port is the setting for the short story "Welcome to the Monkey House" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Notable people born in Hyannis

Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Infinite By Michael Makowsky

The infinite knows neither bounds nor form,
Its whereabouts range from sky to worm;
The infinitesimal atom is home,
For the infinite has everywhere to roam.
It dwells in the heart as eternal silence.
And for its secret it asks no recompense;
The inhabitant's soul is its resting place
where it occupies the room of limitless space.
In the beginning it did not have an end;
Mathematicians found that it would not bend;
Someone once tried hard and gave it a name,
While Alice just called it all "a great big game."
Chasing the Great white Rabbit beneath the sod,
Humans there discover the Impersonal God,
As an intuition that "all are the same",
Lo and behold-the feeding has no name!
The infinite is like a beautiful peach,
Whose sweetness is far, far beyond speech.
O, we shall never ever know
From where it does come or where it does go.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Lunch (=Wu Yan =Wu Chan)
Kids' playground, parents,
Happy meals, small toys, noises,
Sunday lunch, sandwiches.
October weekend,
Movies with friends, good time spent,
popcorn, juice, laughter.
Cell phone, text message,
Computer, online games,
Students, school, and homework!
Principals, teachers,
Agendas, block schedules,
Teach and learn, God Bless!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Analysis of Amazon Reviews Wins Hackathon


The daylong competition was a collaboration between McCormick’s MSiA program and Teradata Aster

May 23, 2014
Professor Diego Klabjan (right) observes students participate in the MSiA program's first Hackathon.
Professor Diego Klabjan (right) observes students participate in the MSiA program's first Hackathon.
At the bottom of each product review on, there is a simple question: “Was this review helpful?” Reviews that are voted most helpful are pushed to the top while less helpful reviews get buried at the bottom.
By analyzing data from 500,000 Amazon reviews, a student team found that a set of characteristics inherent in the review could predict whether or not readers determined it helpful. The review’s length, keywords, and even punctuation served as predictive variables. This analysis received first place in McCormick’s Master of Science in Analytics (MSiA) program’s first-ever Hackathon.
A collaboration between the MSiA program and leading analytics software company Teradata Aster, the Hackathon was a day-long competition during which students applied Teradata Aster’s technology to provided data sets. Student teams could choose from eight publically sourced data sets: NFL or MLB statistics, Amazon reviews, State of the Union addresses, airline flight data, and U.S. consumer bank complaints.
“Students were able to find ways to analyze the data creatively by using their prior knowledge and additional external data sources,” said Diego Klabjan professor of industrial engineering and management sciences and director of the MSiA program. “By using one of the most user friendly—yet extremely sophisticated—systems provided by Teradata Aster, they were able to effectively analyze the data in a short time frame.”
At the end of the day, the student teams presented their findings to a panel of judges and their peers. Students were evaluated based on their abilities to think creatively about data in a limited amount of time. The first and second place teams will be sponsored by Teradata Aster to attend its Partners User Conference in Nashville at the end of October.
Peter Schmidt and Kyle Hundman made up the first place team. Second place was awarded to Bridget Hendricks and Alex Milut for their analysis of historical State of the Union addresses since 1790. Among other things, they found that former president Bill Clinton used the word “I” more than any other president in his address.
Northwestern’s MSiA program teaches students skills that drive business success in today’s hyper-competitive, data-driven world. Students learn to identify patterns and trends, derive optimized recommendations evaluated through simulations, interpret and gain insight from vast quantities of structures and unstructured data, and communicate findings in practical useful terms that help drive business management.
“Programs like Northwestern’s Master of Science in Analytics are addressing a key skill set for business success,” said Randy Lea, vice president of Teradata Big Data Practice. “Combining math, programming, visualization techniques, and business concepts in a program like this is developing the future analytical groups that our customers are building out in their organizations.”
Victoria Richmond contributed to this article