President’s Message

Jeff Forman - President of ASHRAE COK Chapter
By: Jeff Forman

November 3, 2018

October is behind us and I hope one of the wettest stretches of weather didn’t dampen your spirts. Many of us had full schedules with games, events, fall festivals and of course Halloween.  Although Korey Wheeler gave it good effort, the weather rained out our first sustainability event on 10/13.  Watch for communication as we will be targeting another Saturday morning soon!

We started out the month carrying our Student Activity momentum from OSU to the first University of Oklahoma ASHRAE Student Chapter meeting on 10/4.  The meeting was well attended and Dr. Jie Cai from the OU AME department, has taken over the responsibility as the student branch faculty advisor.  We would like to thank Dr. Li Song for her service fulfilling the role since 2009.  Finally while we are discussing students, please check out Robert Smith, our Scholarship Chairman’s article and spread the word about our (2) $1,500 scholarships.

Caleb Spradlin your YEA chair held the first YEA event a PE study session this month.  He’s got many more events planned so stay tuned in.  Both Caleb and Chris Dolan, your RP chair, hope you can make it a point to attend our next Research Promotion event on 11/15 to raise funds for ASHRAE.  This annual poker tournament starts at 4pm, is a chance to have some fun and we will have you home in time for dinner.

Out of all the candidates for the LeadDRS program from our Region VIII, Caleb Spradlin was awarded the honor of the 2018-19 Region VIII LeadDR for the ASHRAE Winter meeting in Atlanta.  He will get to mirror our Region VIII DRC, network and develop additional leadership skills.  Thank you for your leadership Caleb!

Don Carter, long time chapter member recently retired from the University of Oklahoma. He continues to serve in our COK chapter from helping the SA chairs to manning the registration desk at our Fall RP Golf event.  Please look in the newsletter for the honor Don received from OU.  I’m grateful for so many talented COK members who are willing to serve and donate their time.

We had a great turnout at our first chapter meeting.  Not sure if you know, but your attendance is not only welcome but also counts towards our overall chapter performance measured by the PAOE points system.  This month’s program will delve into the challenges of designing for a humid, chemical ridden environment – Natatoriums.

Character Commitment Community

Character - the inward values that determine outward actions

Commitment - to be engaged, involved, available and to persevere

Community - to work together, to give back and to focus on others

Character Topic of the Month:

Gratefulness vs. Presumption – Letting others know by my words and actions how they have benefited my life

As we begin the month of November, we are fast approaching Thanksgiving.  One of my favorite holidays often spent enjoying family or friends, downtime, great food and reflecting on the numerous things we have to be thankful or grateful for.  Many of us during the holiday season however, find it difficult to slow down and let those most important to us know how much we appreciate them and are grateful for their friendship, advice, patience, understanding, love and help.  So instead of taking these things for granted, let’s remind and challenge ourselves to practice gratefulness.

- Jeff Forman, ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President 


ASHRAE Mission:
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

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Last Updated: 11/06/2018