OC student in first Summer Policy Institute

The Oklahoma Policy Institute has accepted Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Tyler Parette into the first Summer Policy Institute in August.

At the Summer Institute, 45 of the state’s top undergraduate and graduate students will gather to discuss Oklahoma policy issues and prepare for their future studies and careers.

The event, to be held Aug. 5-7 in Tulsa, will include seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses by leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations.

One of the panels will include OC business professor Ken Miller, who serves as Oklahoma’s state treasurer. OC board chair Don Millican will moderate the panel. He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

Parette is an Honors Program student from Coweta, Okla., who serves on OC’s Honors Advisory Council. He is also a member of OC’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. Parette was on the OC team that won Overall Outstanding Delegation at the 2012 PSA Southwest Regional Conference.

OC’s vice president for academic affairs, Scott LaMascus, encouraged Parette to apply and was not surprised he was accepted.

“Tyler is a truly amazing young man who has thrived at OC,” LaMascus said. “This event is yet another experience that will contribute to his success as a student and after graduation.”

The Summer Institute, which will be an annual event, is hosted and led by the staff of the OPI, a Tulsa-based think-tank that produces timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas on state policy issues, guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.