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February 18, 2010

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OSU President Burns Hargis has been hosting the Inside OSU online video program since he became the school’s 18th president in 2008. “Our students, faculty and staff are doing so many wonderful things and much of it goes unnoticed,” said Hargis. “Inside OSU allows us to spotlight that work and uncover many of the hidden gems that can be found across the Oklahoma State University campus.”

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Battle of the Bands was big this year—more scholarships coming
More than 600 tickets were sold and $32,900 raised during this year’s Cowboy Spirit: Battle of the Bands 2010—nearly double last year’s amount, which will allow for several more student scholarships. The winning band was Carnegie from Tulsa. Musician Keith Anderson, who served as a judge at this year’s event, signed a guitar, which was donated by James Wolf, an OSU alumnus living in Maryland. The guitar will be auctioned off to raise more money for the scholarship fund, details are still being worked out. Organizers are expressing their appreciation to President Hargis for his attendance and support at the event.

Murray named Weed Scientist of the Year
OSU’s Don S. Murray has been named 2009 Weed Scientist of the Year by the Southern Weed Science Society. Murray is a Regents professor in the department of plant and soil sciences, part of OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Murray’s honor was announced during the SWSS meeting at Little Rock in late January. His work in developing and testing new weed control technologies is lauded for positive economic benefits for Oklahoma crop producers. Murray also received the SWSS Outstanding Educator Award in 2006, and the SWSS Distinguished Service Award in 2004. For more details, click here.

TRIO Day marked at state legislature
OSU’s Scott Cady served as president of this year’s TRIO Day Committee, which organized activities at the state capitol to increase awareness of programs and services for low income students. The event received media coverage when more than 900 Oklahoma high school students filled the house chamber and rotunda for national TRIO Day. Amid threats of federal budget cuts to the program, students and leaders such as Chancellor Glen Johnson showed up to emphasize the firm foundation TRIO provides as a spring board to help students reach their dreams. For more details, click here.

See the video and consider attending African Night on Saturday
Everyone is invited to the grand finale of African Week at OSU, “African Night,” which will feature a cultural play, dances and African food this Saturday, Feb. 20, starting at 7 p.m. in the Seretean Center in Stillwater. Admission is $8 before the show and $10 at the door. Find out more about what African Night is about and how much fun it will be by clicking on the following video link http://www.vimeo.com/9491707. Questions? Phone (405) 744-8131 or (405) 762-6487.

Kaplan to host free practice tests on campus
Kaplan will be offering a campus-wide opportunity for students to take a free practice test for GRE, LSAT, MCAT, DAT, OAT or PCAT administered under simulated testing conditions on Sunday, Feb. 21, in the OSU Math and Science Building, starting at 1 p.m. Check in first at the south entrance. The practice test is an opportunity for prospective business, graduate, law, medical, dental, optometry and pharmacy students find out how they would score if they took the test today. Participants will receive their scores, complete with a personalized analysis of their performance a couple of days after the test. Seats are limited and pre-registration is recommended. Call 1-800-KAP-TEST or visit www.kaptest.com/practice.

OSU Coaches vs. Cancer seeking volunteers for SWISH Day
Volunteers are needed to help pass the buckets during halftime of the OSU men’s basketball game vs. Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 27. All money raised from the event will go to OSU Coaches vs. Cancer. You must have a ticket to the game to attend. If you are able to help or would like more information, please contact mindy.walthall@okstate.edu.

Support OSU and Coaches vs. Cancer
The Student Store is working with the Collegiate Licensing Company and Coaches vs. Cancer to celebrate the inaugural I Love College Hoops ... Beat Cancer Week, a fan driven initiative created to support the fight against cancer. OSU fans are encouraged to wear their customized headbands to the OSU vs. KU basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Get one today for only $3.99. Headbands can be purchased online at shopokstate.com or in the Student Store located on the first floor of the Student Union. For each headband purchased, 50 cents goes to the American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer initiative.

Construction causes temporary closings at Student Union
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.

Go GreenMyth busting
Myth: Setting your thermostat back during the day doesn’t save money because your heating system has to work so hard when you get home or apartment to warm it back up (or cool it down). Rule of thumb: It’s true that when you come home and turn up your thermostat, your heating or cooling system will run for a longer period of time to get your home or apartment up to its optimal temperature. However, you’ll still have saved more energy (and money) over the eight hours that your system worked less intensely—so go ahead and set your thermostat back. For more information and energy recommendations, visit www.energyhog.org.

WellnessWellness tip: Florets anyone?
Broccoli has been around for more than 2,000 years. Low in calories but rich in nutrients like dietary fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C, it is a nutrition powerhouse. Choose bunches that are dark green. Good color indicates high-nutrient value. Florets that are dark green, purplish, or bluish green contain more beta-carotene and vitamin C than paler or yellowing ones. Choose bunches with stalks that are very firm. Add to your next salad, pizza, lasagna, pasta dish, omelet, stir-fry, soup or casserole. 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).

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See you at the Student Union for the following SUAB activities…
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.

OSU Social Science Seminar Series to focus on foreign policy
Greg Gleason, professor of political science and public policy at the University of New Mexico, will lecture on “Fire Breaks, Battle Lines and Bridges: US Foreign Policy in a New Key” on Monday, Feb. 22, at 3:30 p.m. in room 035 of Murray Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“The Power of Stories: The Art of Native American Storytelling” Feb. 22
Dr. Leslie Hannah will present “The Power of Stories: The Art of Native American Storytelling” on Monday, Feb. 22, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Noble Research Center, room 106 in Stillwater. Hannah, the director of the Cherokee Studies Program at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, will share a short history of Native American storytelling and then a few stories to entertain. The event is sponsored by Campus Life, Native American Faculty and Staff Association, Friends of the OSU Library, and Kerr-Drummond Hall.

What’s in Your Water? series starts Monday
A film series designed to promote discussion about water resources, “What’s in Your Water?,” starts Monday, Feb. 22, with “Poisoned Waters” from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in room 207 of the OSU Noble Research Center in Stillwater. The film documents a new wave of pollution that’s killing fish, causing mutations in frogs, and threatening human health in America’s great waterways. Admission is free. The film is sponsored by the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute and Sustainable Stillwater.

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week Feb. 22-25
OSU will mark National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Feb. 22-25, with an informational booth, a presentation, and a watch party for a video about the problem. The informational booth will be situated in front of the Student Union Bookstore. Registered Dietitian Elizabeth Lohrman will present information on healthy eating, and a watch party will be held to view the nationally recognized video “Killing Us Softly 3” by Jean Kilbourne. Go to the Student Counseling Center Web site www.okstate.edu/ucs and click on “Eating Disorders and Awareness Week” for dates and times of events, or contact Cindy K. Washington at (405) 744-5472.

Next Friends of Forms lecture: “Cooperation, Competition and the Evolution of Sex”
Dr. Angela Potochnik, assistant professor, OSU Philosophy Department will present “Cooperation, Competition and the Evolution of Sex” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 4 – 5 p.m. in Student Union Case Study 3 (fourth floor Student Union). If you have any questions, please contact the OSU Philosophy Department office at (405) 744-0487.

Gender & Women’s Studies Film Series to present: “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”
Celebrate Black History Month by viewing the film “Chisolm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed,” on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. in Willard Hall room 010 (basement). In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she becomes the first black woman to run for President. Shunned by the political establishment, she's supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. Professors Jason Kirksey and Andrew Rosa will comment following the film.

College of Education to host Harlem Children’s Zone Creator Geoffrey Canada
The OSU College of Education will host a free public lecture by Geoffrey Canada, creator and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, on Thursday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at the Tulsa Union Public Schools Multipurpose Activities Center (6836 S. Mingo). Canada, winner of the 2010 Brock International Prize in Education, will address “The Promise of Education: Reaching Every Child.” For more information, please visit: http://www.okstate.edu/education/brock/index.html.

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. 21 – Free trumpet recital featuring the music of Bach, Haydn and more

Feb. 22 - “Vietnam NOW and THEN”

Feb. 23 - Expert in Russian literature and philosophy to lecture

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

Feb. 26 – Deadline for creativity contest entries, big prize money offered

March 1 – Applications sought for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

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