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Agricultural Communications Services News Team, from left to right: Donald Stotts, Leilana McKindra, Trisha Gedon and Sean Hubbard.


Trish Gedon

Trisha Gedon

Communication Specialist
Trisha Gedon

In 1992, George H.W. Bush was president, Microsoft released Windows 3.1, “A Few Good Men” topped the charts for cinematic entertainment, “Law and Order” was the most popular show on television, gas was $1.13 per gallon, the Dow-Jones high point was 3,413 and Trisha Gedon began her career with Agricultural Communications Services at Oklahoma State University.

Working on a tenure that stretches a quarter of a century, she has somehow become “one of the oldies” in the ACS unit. Long gone are the days of being the youngest. But with time, comes wisdom, or at least some knowledge in a few areas she knew little or nothing about before taking on the role of communications specialist.

She is an avid collector of “Wizard of Oz” memorabilia, with enough ornaments to decorate a couple of Christmas trees. She also enjoys having an opportunity to “Thunder UP” and can be found cheering on the OSU Cowboys every chance she gets.

Raised in the Harper County town of Laverne, best known as the home of Jayne Jayroe, Miss America, 1967, Trish followed the yellow brick road to Stillwater where she earned her degree in journalism. After stints with newspapers in Vinita, Chickasha and Enid, she found her way back to Cowboy Country where she settled in, got married and raised her family.




Donald Stotts

Communication Specialist
Donald Stotts

Known for being the “living history guy” for OSU Agricultural Communications Services, Don is often contacted for information pertaining to stories, videos, events, occurrences and plans of action from so long ago they may as well be measured in dog years. Call it the benefit of not only having been around for a long time but also having regularly interacted with others at OSU who were around for a long time, from OSU President Robert Kamm (1966-1977, very interesting years) to numerous university officials, DASNR administrators, department heads, campus faculty, field staff and cooperating partners in industry and government.

A member of the unit since 1987, Don spent 15 years as DASNR News and Media Relations manager and served as ACS interim director from January 2005 through June 2007. To think it all started when then OSU Agricultural Information director Charles Voyles called him up and uttered a one-word attention getter: “Help!” Don’s areas of expertise encompass print, electronic, broadcast, news, public relations, marketing and administrative. He is also a Cowboy alumnus, having earned his bachelor’s degree from the OSU Paul Miller School of Journalism and Broadcasting. He was a firsthand witness to nationally covered events at OSU during the 1970s, and is a font of trivia about the days of yore such as the campus-wide Battle of the Bands and Aunt Molly’s Rent-Free Music House.

When Don is not writing, editing or doing communications consulting related to OSU, you can find him interacting with fellow fiction and non-fiction authors or hanging with his two 100-pound dogs, Pooh and Jack, each of whom has a storied history proving they really are “man’s best friend.”


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