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February 25, 2010


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Stillwater voters urged to mark ballots in Tuesday’s primary
Polls will be open from 7 to 7 on Tuesday, March 2, to allow Stillwater voters to choose among seven candidates for two seats on the city council. The candidates’ forum, held this week, will be re-broadcast on Sunday at 3 p.m. on Suddenlink TV channel 23. For a look at a sample ballot click here. For the Payne County Election Board Web site, click here.

OSU among members of new adult stem cell research center
OSU is among the initial members of a new virtual research center known as the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research. The Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust recently approved $5.5 million to create the center and invest in adult stem cell research over the next five years. The purpose of the center is to build Oklahoma excellence in one of the fastest growing fields of medical research, and serve as a trusted resource for public information. Initial members of the center also include OU Health Sciences Center and The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. For more information, click here.

Williams elected to NASPA post
NASPA, an organization for student affairs administrators in higher education, has elected Robin Williams with the OSU Division of Institutional Diversity to serve as National Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community for a two year-term, starting in March of 2011. Williams serves as senior academic counselor in the Inclusion Center for Academic Excellence. Prior to her own term, she will serve a one-year term as national chair-elect.

OSU Physicians provide car seats, promote infant safety
A group of physicians from the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine are providing car seats for their patients after discovering those without the means to purchase an infant car seat often simply borrow one to get the infant home, then do without. Now, each patient that delivers at OSU Medical Center receives a free infant car seat and no infant under care goes home without an acceptable infant car seat. New parents also receive education about the proper car seat positioning. For more details, click here.

OSU undergrads invited to help the library and qualify to win prizes
The OSU Library is conducting a survey to measure library service quality and identify best practices through the Association of Research Libraries’ LibQUAL+™ program. A random sample of half the undergraduate students will be invited to participate. Enter your e-mail at the end of the survey for a chance to win a 32” HDTV, 12.1 MP digital camera or 32 GB iPod Touch. Check your OSU e-mail for an invitation. For more information, visit

OSU course offers insights into work as a game warden
In order to prepare future game wardens, OSU’s department of natural resource ecology and management has resurrected a course on wildlife law enforcement as an elective for students within OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. The course, instructed by Jon Cunningham, a 28-year veteran of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, includes several training videos, guest speakers and hands-on activities. For more details, click here here.

Creative competition among all OSU Students. Call for entries, deadline March 5
Creative Lightning awards is a creative competition among all OSU students. Anything can be submitted from class projects to independent work. Categories include but are not limited to: advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration and 3D artwork. Entries can be turned in at the Paul Miller building, room 105 on Friday, March 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, go to:!/event.php?eid=331482932393

Follow-up on automated waste collection …yard waste options
Once the new automated once-a-week waste collection system starts in April, yard waste can be placed in your old containers or bags—just make sure they are each set five feet apart for collection. If you decide later that you need a different size of blue cart, please phone (405) 742-8269 to notify the city of the needed change. If you haven’t selected your cart yet, click here for a helpful chart and here to submit your choice electronically. In selecting your blue cart, remember that waste collection will be only once a week instead of twice weekly.

Go GreenConsider a home energy audit
At OSU, energy managers conduct regular energy audits to identify opportunities to further reduce energy costs in university buildings. A Home Energy Saver Audit Tool can give you a more detailed estimate of your total energy use, as well as savings estimates for various energy efficiency options. The U.S. Department of Energy offers a free home energy audit tool at:

WellnessWellness tip: Egging you on to healthy weight
Research indicates that eating eggs for breakfast can help you feel full longer, stay energized and reduce overall calorie intake, which contributes to a healthy weight. One egg provides 6 grams of high-quality protein, which helps to keep you satisfied. Nearly half of the protein is found in the egg yolk. Although the yolk also contains cholesterol, the American Dietetic Association says healthy adults who eat whole eggs in moderation can maintain their cholesterol intake under the recommended 300 milligrams a day. 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 Twilight Saga: New Moon” (PG-13) Thursday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 26, Student Union Theater, 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.

Coaches vs. Cancer “Swish Day” on Saturday
OSU’s annual Coaches vs. Cancer “Swish Day” fundraising event is Saturday, Feb. 27, during the OSU vs. Kansas men’s basketball game, which starts at 3 p.m. Four Oklahoma children who have battled or are currently battling cancer will be honored at the game and will shoot baskets during a time out. They will be assisted by several OSU football players. Pledge forms are available online:

Next Pet Care Seminar: “People, Pets and Diseases”
OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will host a Pet Care Seminar on “People, Pets and Diseases” Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the McElroy Hall Auditoriu. Veterinarian Lara Sypniewski will discuss the prevention of diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans, offer ways to can keep animals and families safe, and address recent concerns about H1N1 and pet companions. The seminar is free and open to the public. McElroy Hall is located on the corner of Farm Road and McFarland in Stillwater. Complimentary parking and light refreshments will be available. For more information, phone (405) 744-7672.

“Armenia as Witness to Ancient and Contemporary Architecture” – March 2
Dr. Tigran Manukyan will present “Armenia as a Witness of Ancient and Contemporary Architecture” on Tuesday, March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Jack and Carol Corgan Auditorium in the Architecture building at OSU in Stillwater. Manukyan is one of two distinguished professors working on campus this spring as part of the U.S. State Department’s Junior Faculty Development Program. For more information about the lecture, contact Randy Seitsinger at

OSU Lahoma Club to host historical character portrayer
OSU’s Lahoma Club will host Carol Headrick, well-known portrayer of historical characters based on published accounts, on Monday, March 8, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Meditations, located west of Stillwater on Country Club Road. Headrick will tell the story of Martha Matilda Harper, a woman who changed the face of modern business in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Reservations are $13 per person and required by Monday, March 1. Checks, made payable to Lahoma, can be mailed to Lahoma, P.O. Box 2704, Stillwater, OK 74076. For more information, contact membership at (405) 372-2763 or click here.

Coca-Cola president to speak at Tulsa Business Forum
The OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development in the Spears School of Business will present J. Alexander M. Douglas, Jr., president, Coca-Cola North America, on March 24 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa. Douglas will give a presentation titled “Transforming How We Do Business,” as part of the Tulsa Business Forums. To register or for more information, call the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 1-866-678-3933 or (405) 744-5208 or visit

Safe Zone: GLBT Level I and Level II Ally trainings
The spring 2010 workshop for the Level I (basic) Safe Zone Ally training is March 24, with newly developed Level II (advanced) Safe Zone workshop on April 14. Both will be held in room 326 Willard Hall from 1 to 4:15 p.m. A Safe Zone Ally is someone who chooses to educate her/himself about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues, and believes that all sexual orientations and gender presentations should be acknowledged and supported. For more information, click here. If you would like to participate, please RSVP by sending an e-mail to and indicate the date you plan to attend.

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:

“Campaign Communications in U.S. Congressional Elections”
James Druckman, professor of political science at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, will discuss “Campaign Communications in U.S. Congressional Elections” Tuesday, March 9, at 7 p.m. in Murray Hall room 035 in Stillwater. The lecture is part of the OSU Social Science Seminar Series, which is free and open to public. For more information, e-mail

“Eyes of Faith will See…”
Kenneth Mills, a professor and head of the history department at the University of Toronto, will discuss “Eyes of Faith Will See: Sacred Journeying and Difficult Middles in the Early Modern Spanish World” on Wednesday, March 10, at 5 p.m. in room 109 of the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts in Stillwater. The lecture is part of the OSU Arts and Humanities Lecture Series and is free and open to public. For more information, e-mail

Feb. 26 – Fullerton to discuss anti-Americanism from perspective of U.S. diplomats

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 – International Hospitality Day

Feb. 28 – OSU Allied Arts to present the New York Theatre Ballet

March 1 – Deadline for Phoenix Award nominations

March 1 – Applications sought for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

March 4 – Grad students and OSU staff invited to retirement investment workshop

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

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

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

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