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February 16, 2010


OSU, in partnership with the American Cancer Society, will be selling daffodils through Feb. 19 as part of the annual Daffodil Days to support cancer research awareness. Read more here.In the News
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Entrepreneurial LearningCreativity Challenge
Answer the question: “How can we re-create our community?” by using an idea to meet a current challenge or need in the greater OSU/Stillwater/Payne County area and you could win up to $1,500. While all creative ideas are welcomed, four general categories are suggested: Social Entrepreneurship, Culture Building, Philanthropy, and Campus-Community Connections. Three prizes will be awarded of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. The project submission deadline is Friday, Feb. 26. For more information, go to:

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$6,000 raised for Haitian relief
A total of 463 people attended the “Hearts for Haiti” fundraising dance last Friday, which raised $6,000 for Haitian relief, according to Billy Silva, co-coordinator of the event. The grand total includes $3,780 raised at the dance itself and another $2,220 in personal and sponsor donations. Because the dance was so popular and relief needs are ongoing, organizers are already talking about holding a 2nd annual “Hearts for Haiti” Dance next year. For details on the dance, click here.

Take advantage of Research Week: Keynote speaker to talk technology
Research Week, OSU’s seventh annual event dedicated to the arts, humanities and sciences, is underway with a variety of speakers and unique events highlighting the value of research. David Weinberger, the nation’s foremost and funniest, interpreter of technology's impact on business and society, will give two presentations on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The first, “Knowledge in the Age of Abundance,” is set for 1 p.m. in Student Union Case Study 3. The second, “Is the Web Moral?” is at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. For a complete schedule, go to

Professor receives lifetime achievement honor
Botany Emeritus Professor Ron Tyrl recently received the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences Lifetime Achievement Award. Tyrl is a past-president of OAS and has served on the executive council for many years. He has served as editor of the journal and still reviews papers for publication in POAS. Tyrl continues to work with graduate students at OSU, as well as writing the “Keys and Descriptions of the Flora of Oklahoma” and the second edition of “Toxic Plants of North America.”

Alum establishes new endowment for distinguished lecture series
Dr. Rex Stockard recently established an endowed distinguished lecture series in the OSU Department of Zoology that will address topics related to anatomy and physiology. The endowment, which will bear his name, will financially support a minimum of one distinguished speaker annually. Stockard, a Stillwater native, earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from OSU in 1961, and a medical degree from the University of Oklahoma Medical School in 1965. After serving as a chief of medicine in the U.S. Army, he entered private practice in Lawton and retired after 36 years in December.

Botany graduate student authors booklet
Matthew Allen, a doctoral candidate and distinguished graduate fellow in the OSU Department of Botany, recently authored “Lessons from the Prairie: Research at The Nature Conservancy’s Tallgrass Prairie Preserve.” The book highlights the history of the preserve and gives an overview of all the scientific projects that have occurred at the preserve. Coauthors include Ulrich Melcher and Michael Palmer of OSU and Bob Hamilton of the Nature Conservancy. The publication was published by the Oklahoma Academy of Sciences. An electronic version is available at the OSU library or at

Lewis named to Community Of Champions
OSU’s Andrew Lewis has been honored as the 2010 Winter Chick-fil-A Community of Champions recipient, based on his exceptional performance in the areas of academics, community service and leadership/sportsmanship. An offensive lineman on the Cowboy football team, Lewis graduated with a degree in business management and a minor in marketing and then last December, he picked up a master’s degree in health care administration. He was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree who ended his career with a streak of 37 consecutive starts on the offensive line and starred on some of the top offenses in OSU history. OSU will be awarded $3,000 for Lewis’ efforts in earning this honor.

Applications sought for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
The OSU Graduate and Professional Student Government Association and the Provost’s Office will honor one outstanding graduate teaching assistant with a $200 cash prize and formal recognition during Graduate Student Appreciation Week. In addition, the top applicant from each department will receive a certificate of appreciation. The nominee should have a commitment to professional goals and demonstrate advancement through teaching, service, and research. The deadline is March 1. For more information visit the GPSGA homepage at  or contact Nicki Aubuchon at

Expert in Russian literature and philosophy to lecture
The OSU Russian Club will present Victor Dmitriev, an expert in Russian literature and philosophy, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m. in Room 416 of the OSU Student Union. The OSU professor will lecture on “Sex as a Philosophical Concept in Russian Literature and Culture of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century.” A reception to follow. The event is free and open to the public. (405) 744-9551 or

Construction causes temporary closings at Student Union
A couple of public areas in the Student Union will be closed through Wednesday, Feb. 17, including the uni-sex restroom on the south end of the fourth floor corridor (near the Atherton Hotel entrance) and the northwest corner women's restroom. Both men's and women's restrooms are available on the east end of the fourth floor. No ATM services will be available on the second floor, east entrance, from Thursday, Feb. 18, until Monday morning Feb. 22, due to construction work.

WellnessWellness tip: Changing your focus
Trying to lose weight? Success in weight management usually requires changing eating habits and physical activity level. Although making these changes will likely result in weight loss, healthy weight reduction takes time. Experts recommend losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. Focus on improvements in the way you feel. Do you have more energy? Sleeping better? Have more endurance? Focus on wellness, not just weight. This tip is brought to you by the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, dedicated to making OSU the Healthiest Campus in America. For more information about services for students, faculty and staff, call 744-WELL (9355).


See you at the Student Union for the following SUAB activities…
The Dating Game: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Starlight Terrace (fourth floor): Single and ready to meet that special person in your life? Come and play the dating game patterned after famous 70s game show. Sign up to enter the game at Student Union 060 by 5 p.m. (tonight) Tuesday, Feb. 16. Bring your friends and watch the show.
Pajama Party Bingo: Friday, Feb.19, 9 p.m., Ballroom - Not your ordinary bingo night. Play speed bingo, knock out bingo, double bingo, and many more. Bring your friends for a fun, exciting, and FREE night of BINGO. Wear your pajama to get an extra card.

Free trumpet recital featuring the music of Bach, Haydn, Hovahness and Vivaldi
Dr. Jonathan Martin will present a trumpet recital on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall in Stillwater. The concert will feature the music of Bach, Haydn, Hovahness and Vivaldi. Martin will be joined by Dr. Laura Talbott on the violin, Troy Snow on the trumpet and the Seretean Chamber Orchestra conducted by Doug Droste. The recital is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Department of Music at (405) 744-8991.

Relay for Life team captain meeting tonight
Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society fundraising event that will take place on Friday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. on the library lawn at OSU in Stillwater. Teams of 8 to 15 members will join together to celebrate those that have survived cancer, remember those who have fought the battle, and support those who are still fighting. Each team member is required to raise $100 leading up to the event which features food, ceremonies, prizes and activities. You can get started now by registering your team at . Registration is $10 per participant and the money goes to the overall event. The next team captain meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. in Ag Hall 107.

“Stress Management”
Get the most out of your study resources. University Counseling Services will host a “Get it Together/Academic Success Seminar.” Jason White, Ph. D. will talk about “Stress Management” on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 3 p.m. at the Student Success Center CLBN 104J. The 45-50 minute seminar is free and open to all OSU and NOC students. Click here for more information.

Feb. 17 - Wellness Wednesday: “Heart Healthy Aging - Strategies for Success”

Feb. 17 – Photography Club meeting

Feb. 18 – TOMS Shoe Club meeting

Feb. 18 – Nolan Richardson’s biographer to speak on campus

Feb. 18 – “Creating Your Space in the Arts: The Role of Entrepreneurial Thinking and Acting”

Feb. 18 - Cooking Demo: 20-Minute Meals

Feb. 18 and 23 - Fulbright seminars for graduating seniors and grad students

Feb. 18 - Calling all OSU authors

Feb. 18 - Are textbooks getting the race message right?

Feb. 18 - Step Afrika! is coming

Feb. – 19 OSU celebrates African Week

Feb. 19 – Cinculture series offers “The Yes Men Fix the World”

Feb. 19 - “Flip for Trey” pancake fundraiser set

Feb. 20 deadline - OSU students invited to compete for a total of $10,000 in scholarships

Feb. 20, 21 - Alum’s documentary “Tar Creek” to show later this month

Feb. 22 - “Vietnam NOW and THEN”

Feb. 24-25 - Waste management professionals symposium

Feb. 25 - Communications Networking Expo with lunch option

Feb. 26 – Deadline to submit a proposal to OSU Technology and Business Assessment Group

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