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March 2, 2010

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Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Provides $5.5 million in Seed Money for Adult Stem Cell Research. Read more here.
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Branding Success campaign and Boone Pickens praised in Tulsa World and Oklahoman editorials. Read Tulsa World editorial here and Oklahoman editorial here.

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Stillwater is getting ready to kick off its Count Stillwater 2010 campaign. Within a few weeks, each resident will receive a census form to fill out. Whether you live on or off campus, it is important to fill out the simple form. The forms take less than 10 minutes to complete and increased participation will help Stillwater grow, which means better city infrastructure, more services offered and increased commerce.

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Dual degree program underway with Finland and Scotland
Six OSU students are studying abroad at two universities in Finland and Scotland this semester under a new U.S. Department of Education FIPSE Grant Program called H.O.T.E.L. Atlantis. After returning for the summer, the same students will go back to Europe this fall to complete a whole year of study abroad. In the meantime, six students from Scotland and Finland will come to OSU for 18 months of study starting this fall. The OSU students and their European counterparts are expecting to be the first of 50 students to earn dual undergraduate degrees in hospitality management over the next four years. For more information, click here or e-mail Dr. Radesh Palakurthi at palakur@okstate.edu.

McIntyre to help host first OSU Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference
Kirsten McIntyre, weekend co-anchor of KWTV News 9, will serve as master of ceremonies at the first OSU Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference in Oklahoma City at the Cox Convention Center on Tuesday, March 30. The one-day WE Inspire conference will feature successful women entrepreneurs from across the country, offer learning tools to help women start and grow a business, and networking opportunities. The registration fee is $35 for those who register before March 15. To register, or for more information, call the OSU Riata Center for Entrepreneurship at (405) 744-7552 or visit www.weinspire.net.

SAC accepting staff applications for OSU scholarships
The OSU Staff Advisory Council is accepting applications from staff for scholarships to OSU for the 2010-11 academic year. All nominations should be sent to Jason Pogue, SAC vice-chair, 203 Whitehurst by Friday, May 7. The scholarships are designed to assist staff members continue their higher education and are generated throughout the year by fundraisers conducted by staff council. The money raised is combined with additional funding from university administration. For additional information about the SAC Scholarship Program, including a list of previous winners, click here.

Polls open until 7 p.m. for Stillwater city council races – precincts listed
It’s election day in Stillwater and seven candidates are on the ballot seeking to fill one of the two city council seats that recently became available due to term limits. If any of the candidates receive more than 50 percent of the votes, they win the seat, otherwise the two candidates with the most votes for each seat will face a runoff in the general election. Voters have until 7 p.m. today to mark ballots. For a look at a sample ballot click here. For a list of voting precincts in Stillwater, click here.

Taxpayers lost about $800 million in refunds last year
So-called “rapid refunds” mean you are getting a loan—and most carry steep interest rates. For details, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Your work is not enough exercise
People with physically demanding jobs often think that exercise recommendations don't apply to them. However, a study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine says otherwise. Those who engaged in two hours of leisure-time activity each week had a lower risk of heart disease than those who did not exercise. Increased physical strain at work did not offer protection from heart disease. 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…
Comedian: Tim Young – Thursday, March 4, 8 p.m.- Student Union Theater – Free admission
Prepare for non-stop laughter as Tim Young comes to OSU. He’s performed on VH1, E!, Comedy Central, MTV, NBC and over 500 campuses.
SUAB Casino Night: Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. – Starlight Terrace- Free admission
Come play roulette, black jack, poker, and craps to collect chips and enter the auction on April 9 to win HDTV, PS3, notebook, etc.
Academy Awards Watch Party: Sunday, March 7, 7 p.m. – Student Union Theater – Live, free admission
Click here to download the ballot and turn it in right before the watch party to win:
First prize: Coby 7-inch portable DVD/CD/MP3 Player. Second prize: “Scene It?” movie game. Third prize: “The Reader” and “Slumdog Millionaire” DVDs.
For more information about SUAB, click here.

“Medieval Catholic Cathedrals for Modern Protestant America”
Elizabeth Emery, a professor of French at Montclair State University, will lecture on “Medieval Catholic Cathedrals for Modern Protestant America” on Thursday, March 4, at 3:30 p.m. in room 035 in Murray Hall in Stillwater. The focus of the lecture will be the public debate about the construction of some of the most high-visibility national cathedrals of this time. The lecture, which is part of the OSU Arts and Humanities Lecture Series, will be followed by a reception. Both are free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail joseph.byrnes@okstate.edu.

Cinculture series offers “The Sari Solders”
“The Sari Solders” will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, in the Willard Hall basement 010 followed by a discussion. “The Sari Soldiers” was filmed over three years during the most historic and pivotal time in Nepal’s modern history. It’s an extraordinary story of six women’s courageous efforts to shape Nepal’s future in the midst of an escalating civil war against Maoist insurgents, and the King’s crackdown on civil liberties. The screening is free and open to the public.

OSU Theatre Department to present “Catholic School Girls”
The OSU Theatre Department is presenting “Catholic School Girls” starting Thursday, March 4, through Sunday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre in Gunderson. This satire of Catholic school life in the 1960s uses four actresses to play the nuns as well as the first through eighth grade girls at St. George's School in Yonkers. It shows their maturation through adolescence with political, cultural and peer pressures in an amusing way. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door for $5. For information, call (405) 744-9208.

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

March 5 – Creative competition invites all OSU students to consider entering.

March 8 – OSU Lahoma Club to host historical character portrayer

March 9 – “Campaign Communications in U.S. Congressional Elections”

March 10 – “…Sacred Journeying and Difficult Middles in the Early Modern Spanish World”

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

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

March 24 – Coca-Cola president to speak at Tulsa Business Forum

March 24 – Safe Zone: GLBT Level I and Level II Ally trainings

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

April 5 - Automated waste collection on the way …yard waste options

April 14 – Safe Zone: GLBT Level II Ally training

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