By Cody Stavenhagen

The Oklahoma State University APSE student chapter held its first official meeting Nov. 20, with APSE president Mike Sherman serving as the inaugural speaker.

The group, which already has 13 paying members in addition to four officers, outlined a vision for the chapter centered on the idea of expanding networks and creating new gateways to connect with and learn from industry professionals.

The OSU chapter’s first plans include creating a mentorship program in which every student member will be assigned a professional mentor from news outlets in the area. It also hopes to create an online roster of student members, complete with bios and links to their work.

The group is making plans to host an APSE meeting on the Stillwater, Okla., campus fashioned after the recent APSE Northeast Region meeting at Marist College.

“I was very pleased with the showing at our first meeting,” OSU-APSE president Kieran Steckley said. “The ideas Mike Sherman and the club discussed make me excited for our group’s future.”

Oklahoma State’s School of Media & Strategic Communications has the largest sports media faculty of any university in the world.

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Applications and criteria for membership for 2014-15 are available on the APSE website. The deadline for this academic year is Dec. 1.

(Cody Stavenhagen is an officer for Oklahoma State’s APSE student chapter and news editor of The Daily O’Collegian, the student newspaper of OSU. He served as a 2014 summer sports reporting intern at The Oklahoman. Contact him at