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Outstanding Achievement and Mentorship of Women Awards

  • 2023 Awardees

    Rising Star: Dr. Corinne Schwarz, Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

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    Dr. Corinne Schwarz is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies at Oklahoma State University. Her tenure home is in the Department of Sociology. Dr. Schwarz has been at OSU since August 2019, where she has taught classes like "Theorizing Men and Masculinities" and "Gender, Violence, and Justice." Her research interests include gender–based violence, street-level bureaucracytheory, reproductive justice, and anti–carceral feminisms. Dr. Schwarz's book Policing Victimhood: Human Trafficking, Frontline Work, and the Carceral State was recently published with Rutgers University Press in September 2023.


    Outstanding Achievement: Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette, Higher Education and Student Affairs

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    Dr. Amber Manning-Ouellette (she/her) (or Dr. AMO as students warmly refer to her) is an Assistant Professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Oklahoma State University. She also serves as degree coordinator for the Master’s in College Student Development and holds the Anderson, Farris, and Halligan Professorship for College Student Development. Her scholarly work and research foci include socially just leadership education, college student learning and identity development, and postsecondary sexual health education in student affairs. Dr. Manning-Ouellette is a practitioner turned scholar and has authored several articles and book chapters on a number of topics across higher education and student affairs. Selected juried articles include college-level sex education courses: a systematic literature review in the American Journal Sexuality Education, how service-learning influences the persistence of women in STEM fields published in the Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, and exploring intellectual disability as diversity in higher education in the Journal of College and Character. Dr. Manning-Ouellette is the co-editor of Emerging International Issues in Student Affairs Research and Practice and her forthcoming co-edited text is titled, Moving Towards Action: Centering Anti-Racism in Leadership Learning. Dr. AMO mentors and coaches several doctoral and masters students and seeks to support their voice and lived experiences through their research and professional experiences. She fosters inclusive mentoring practices and partners with students in conducting research and disseminating their work.

    Previously, Dr. Manning-Ouellette worked in student affairs administration for over 10 years in various roles while completing her Doctorate of Philosophy in Educational Administration and Higher Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC). During that time, she served as the director of enrollment management for the College of Business, focusing on the recruitment and retention strategies of undergraduate students. In addition, she served as a student success coordinator for the first-year experience office where she oversaw 90 sections of first-year seminar courses, developed co-curricular programs, and managed faculty development. Finally, she served as a lecturer of leadership studies at Iowa State University and coordinated a global leadership study abroad trip to Stockholm, Sweden for several years.


    Inspiring Excellence: Lanette López Compton, Music

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    Lanette López Compton is the Professor of Horn at Oklahoma State University where she has been since 2005.  She is presently a member of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra and the Tulsa Opera Orchestra and has performed with groups in Texas, Arkansas, New Mexico, and Argentina. Lanette has performed at several conferences including the International Women’s Brass Conference and International Horn Symposium.

    Lanette is the 2022 and 2014 recipient of the Wise-Diggs-Berry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Arts and the 2023 Friends of Music Distinguished Faculty Award. During her tenure at OSU, she has had three Presser Scholars in her studio.  Students in the OSU Horn Studio have placed in regional and international graduates of Lanette’s studio have won professional orchestral positions throughout the United States including the Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Lanette has been co-director of the very popular Noon Concert Series at the OSU Library since 2007 and she has also served as faculty advisor for the OSU Hip Hop Dance Crew and OSU Dance Company.  OSU Athletics selected Lanette as an honorary assistant football coach for her dedication to helping OSU athletes succeed academically. 


  • 2020 Awardees

    Rising Star: Dr. Emily Graham, History

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    Dr. Emily Graham is an Associate Professor of History, specializing in the intersection of politics and religion in the Middle Ages. Her research has been published in international venues including the Journal of Medieval History and Franciscan Studies. Dr. Graham’s teaching incorporates her interests in modern views of the Middle Ages, religious and gender history.


    Outstanding Achievement: Dr. Tonya Hammer, Applied Health and Educational Psychology

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    Dr. Tonya R. Hammer is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology.  Dr. Hammer is the director of OSU Tulsa’s Body Image and Disordered Eating Lab. Her research interests include the areas of body image and eating disorders, humiliation and language, relational cultural theory, and mentoring.  Dr. Hammer has written on issues impacting women both as clients and as professionals. She has served in numerous positions within the American Counseling Association (ACA) including serving as the 2016-2017 President of the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling.


    Inspiring Excellence: Dr. LaRicka Wingate, Psychology

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    Dr. LaRicka Wingate is a Professor of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. She has a strong history of training, research, and publications elucidating the vital areas of interpersonal suicide risk and protective factors, positive psychological approaches to suicidology, and ethnic minority mental health. Her approach to suicide has predominately addressed interpersonal causes and correlates of suicidal behavior, with the majority of her work contextually grounded in the Interpersonal Theory of Suicidal Behavior (ITS) and the key theory constructs of perceived burdensomeness (PB) and thwarted belongingness (TB). Dr. Wingate is particularly interested in those strengths thought to serve as protective factors for African Americans and other minority group members, including American Indians. She is dedicated to extending suicide research to a greater degree to the study of ethnic minority people. She has incorporated the study of specific risk and protective factors that may be particularly salient to ethnic minority suicide and mental health, including the impact of acculturation, racial microaggressions, historical loss, racial/ethnic discrimination, and intersectionality. Dr. Wingate’s students regularly win research and training awards, and four graduates of her lab have gone into academic positions and continued suicidology and minority-focused research.

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