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February 23, 2010

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Howard Barnett has been named president of all university operations in Tulsa. He currently serves as OSU-Tulsa president. Read more here.
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Acclaimed composer, conductor joins OSU. Read about Z. Randall Stroope on NewsOK here.

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OSU and Southwest Jiaotong University in China have signed an agreement in which students from the Chinese campus can complete their B.S. degrees at OSU. The university was the first in China to participate in a student exchange with OSU.

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Time is short…but the prize money is really big: Creativity contest deadline is Friday
Only three more days to answer the question: “How can we re-create our community?” Come up with 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 for meeting a current challenge or need: 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: http://creativity.okstate.edu.

Formal SGA presidential debate set for tomorrow at Wes Watkins Center
The candidates for the SGA presidential election will square off for a formal debate on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Center in Stillwater. Come and hear how the candidates plan to address the issues facing the student body. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact joey.coach@okstate.edu or phone (405) 600-5391.

University Avenue project is award winner
The University Avenue project in Stillwater has been selected as a Gold Winner for the 2010 Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Awards offered by the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association. The project was selected for Gold in the Municipal Streets and Intersections category. ACPA Executive Director Brent Burwell has invited the OSU Long Range Facilities Planning Staff to attend an awards luncheon to accept the honor on March 23.

OSU Department of Theatre honored
The OSU Department of Theatre received a Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Full Company Award for Excellence in Theatrical Production for its recent production of “Lonely Planet,” which was directed by J. Kevin Doolen, head of the theater department. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national theater program involving 18,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide that has served as a catalyst in improving the quality of college theater in the United States.

Everyone welcome to “Moving Off” session tonight
The OSU Off-Campus Student Association and the City of Stillwater invite students considering moving off-campus to a free, educational session on Tuesday, Feb.23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 413 of the Student Union in Stillwater. The information session titled “Moving Off” will cover issues that students encounter when they move off-campus. Students who currently live off campus are also encouraged to attend. For additional information about how to get involved with the Off-Campus Student Association and what services are available for students, go to www.osuoffcampus.org.

City Council Candidate Forum tonight, primary election Tuesday
The candidates for the two open Stillwater City Council seats will offer their views on the issues tonight in a forum starting at 7 p.m. in city council meeting room at the Stillwater Municipal Building, 723 S. Lewis. The event, sponsored by the Stillwater League of Women Voters, is open to the public and will be broadcast live on Suddenlink TV channel 23. The forum will also be rebroadcast at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Seven candidates are running in the primary election for the two at-large city council seats on March 2. For a look at a sample ballot click here. For the Payne County Election Board Web site, click here.

OSU-OKC has record-breaking spring semester
OSU-Oklahoma City’s spring semester has the largest number of students on record. As of the first day of school, OSU-OKC has more than 7,089 students enrolled, which is a 20 percent increase from the spring 2009 semester. Seventy-four percent of the university’s first time full-time degree seeking students, who enrolled in fall 2009, returned to campus in the spring semester. For more details, click here.

It’s Severe Weather Awareness Week
The week of Feb. 21-27 has been declared as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Texas and Oklahoma. The week is an opportunity to remind people of the dangers of severe weather and to highlight things we can do to be ready when severe storms strike. Click here for preparedness information at OSU.

Automated waste collection on the way…select the size of your blue cart today
A new automated once-a-week system for waste collection will start in April for the majority of Stillwater, so residential customers are being asked now to choose the size of cart to meet their household needs—which will also determine the montly billing price. Click here and view the chart to decide which one of the four carts is the right size for your household. Remember, there will be only one weekly collection instead of two. The monthly bill will be based on cart sizes and range from $10.60 to $14.60 per month. Click here for the form you can submit electronically to the city to specify your cart size. Households that don’t specify a size will get the 96-gallon, $14.60 per month cart.

Google is looking for communities to test high speed fiber optics
Google is looking for communities (homes and businesses) in which to test fiber-optic high speed internet access—100 times faster than the average internet connection—which could ultimately benefit the university community. More information on the project can be found by clicking here. The City of Stillwater is looking for support from the community to contact Google directly and also feedback on how this high speed service could be used. Creativity is encouraged. A Facebook group has been created to help raise awareness, click here to get involved.

WellnessWellness tip: Big benefits from a little weight loss
If you’re overweight, losing as little as 10 percent of your current body weight can make a big difference. You may want or need to lose more weight, but this initial weight loss is achievable and has many health benefits. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, it can help lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and certain types of cancer. 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…
Hawaiian Cultural Dinner, Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30 p.m. – Student Union Ballroom – $9/meal. Cash, bursar, meal plan accepted. Menu: Hawaiian fruit salad, kim-chee, roasted pig, marinated mahi-mahi, coconut sweet potatoes, Hawaiian fried rice, Hawaiian dinner rolls with butter, layered Hawaiian dessert. Polynesian Dancers start performing at 6 p.m.
Starbucks Doubleshot Double Feature Movies: Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Student Union Theater – Free admission- $1 concession. Get there at 7:30 p.m. for free Starbucks Doubleshot, VIP gift bags, and prizes. At 7:30 p.m. see “How to make it” – a special screening of the first two episodes of the new HBO series from the creators of “Entourage.” Then stay to watch “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” at 9:30 p.m. Rated PG-13.
The Twilight Saga: New Moon” will also show at the Student Union Theater on Thursday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. both nights and Sunday Feb. 28, at 3:30 p.m.
Cowboy Showcase Auditions application -- deadline is March 1, 5 p.m. OSU’s biggest talent competition. Singing, dancing, comedy, etc. Show the OSU community. Applications are available by clicking here and scrolling down to appropriate link.

Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature at OSU to host informational sessions
The Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature at OSU will host informational sessions on Feb. 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Student Union in the Case Study rooms. OIL is the oldest student-led organization in the U.S. The organization will holds a conference April 14-18 where all the Oklahoma colleges and universities send delegations as representatives to compete and participate in a mock government simulation. Participants receive an officially excused absence from school. For more information e-mail shawill@okstate.edu or phone (918) 399-9027. Also go to www.facebook.com/osuoil.

Fullerton to discuss anti-Americanism from perspective of U.S. diplomats
Dr. Jami Fullerton will discuss factors that affect anti-Americanism from the perspective of U.S. diplomats on Friday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in room 101 of the Paul Miller Building at OSU in Stillwater. Fullerton, Welch Endowed Chair in Strategic Communication, will discuss “Factors Contributing to Anti-Americanism: Frontlines Perspectives of U.S. Diplomats,” as part of the Brown Bag Series in Mass Communications Research at OSU. Bring lunch and join in the discussion.

The OSU Technology and Business Assessment Group is issuing request for proposals
The Technology and Business Assessment Group is seeking research projects in need of feasibility demonstration and/or prototype development for commercialization purposes. Funding is for a one-year period. Submissions are due Friday, February 26. For more information, click here , call (405) 744-6930 or e-mail morgan.gill@okstate.edu.

International Hospitality Day this Saturday
Everyone is invited to participate in International Hospitality Day on Saturday, Feb. 27, which matches a Stillwater family with an OSU international student or two to share an afternoon. International students and hosts are matched according to mutual interests and desired activities where possible. The event begins Saturday, Feb 27, at 11 a.m. on the OSU-Stillwater campus at the OSU Family Resource Center. For more information contact Becky Irby via e-mail at theirbs@brightok.net or call (405) 377-1026.

OSU Allied Arts to present the New York Theatre Ballet
The life and work of choreographer, Agnes de Mille will be portrayed in dance, song and dramatic vignettes by the New York Theatre Ballet on Sunday, Feb. 28, at 8 p.m. in the Seretean Center Concert Hall on the OSU campus in Stillwater. De Mille is well known for her groundbreaking choreography on Broadway beginning with the musical, “Oklahoma!” with its famous dream ballet, as well as “Carousel,” “Brigadoon,” etc. Tickets are available at the Student Union Hub at (405) 744-7400. For information please call (405) 744-7509, or click here.

Grad students and OSU staff invited to retirement investment workshop
The Graduate and Professional Student Government Association will host a workshop for graduate students and OSU staff about "Investment Strategies for Retirement” on March 4, starting at 4:30 p.m. in Cordell 127 at OSU in Stillwater. Dr. Doug Hershey will talk about psychology of retirement planning and saving, followed at 5 p.m. by Paul Merriman, who will review specific investment strategies. The event is free, but registration is required. For more information, click here.

“How to Get Involved at OSU”
Get the most out of your study resources. University Counseling Services will host a brown bag lunch “Get it Together/Academic Success Seminar” about “How to get Involved at OSU” by Kent Sampson on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. at the Roots Café in the North Classroom Building. The 45-50 minute seminar is free and open to all OSU students. Click here for more information.

Feb. 23 – 25 National Eating Disorders Awareness Week

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

Feb. 24 – Gender & Women’s Studies Film Series to present: “Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”

Feb. 24 – Friends of Forms lecture: “Cooperation, Competition and the Evolution of Sex”

Feb. 24-25 - Waste management professionals symposium

Feb. 25 - Communications Networking Expo with lunch option

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

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

Feb. 27 – Support OSU and Coaches vs. Cancer

March 1 – Deadline for Phoenix Award nominations

March 1 – Applications sought for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

March 11 - OSU brings Disney Institute to state’s business community

March 15 – 16 - Soccer clinic coming, sign up now

March 25 – College of Education to host Harlem Children’s Zone Creator Geoffrey Canada

March 30 - Build-A-Bear Workshop founder to keynote OSU conference

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