From the desk of President Leslie K. Guice
Dr. Julie Rutledge: FiSHing and PLAYing for child health
Julie Rutledge is an educator, researcher, mother, and traveler. Her academic journey actually began as a research question while she was an undergraduate student. Julie said, “I wondered how children from similar circumstances and backgrounds could turn out so differently – some resilient in the face of adversity, others unable to move beyond their childhood to flourish – and I thought perhaps a key factor was parenting. So, I took a parenting course in the human development and family sciences department, met my future mentor, and my graduate school road was set. I had found what I knew I was supposed to do – a program where I could research a topic I was passionate about, teach the next generation of students who will be working with children and families, and make a direct impact through my research and outreach programs in the community.” Julie attended Oklahoma State University – the same University attended by her brother, mother, father, uncle, grandfather, and great aunt. In Julie’s family, attending Oklahoma State was expected, and it was understood early on that college wrestling would be a part of their lives. Julie attended 15 straight NCAA Division I college wrestling championships in a row growing up! She worked in the Athletic Ticket Office throughout her undergraduate degree and the beginning of graduate school.
- Fun fact: When Julie’s father graduated with his PhD in Electrical Engineering, then President Richard Nixon was the commencement speaker; when Julie graduated with her Master’s Degree, then President George W. Bush was the commencement speaker.