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March 9, 2010


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Make your spring break a safe one…review these sites
If you’re traveling abroad for spring break, the Bureau of Consular Affairs Web site has some useful safety and travel information for American students that you’re urged to review before you leave by clicking here. Students can also sign up online by clicking here to receive the latest travel information from the Department of State. Signing up makes it possible for the State Department to contact the student traveler, if necessary, in case of a family emergency in the United States or because of a crisis in the foreign country. For passport and re-entry requirements, click here.

OSU board approves personnel actions
The OSU/A&M Board of Regents approved several personnel actions during its recent regular meeting on the OSU campus. The Board approved the appointment of Howard Barnett, who was serving as president of OSU-Tulsa, as president of both OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences. The appointment allows OSU to have a single leadership voice, and more effectively serve students and the community. Lawrence A. Crosby was named the new dean of the Spears School of Business, and his appointment conferred tenure in the Department of Marketing. For additional details, click here.

EPA honors Energy Education for second straight year
Energy Education, the company owned by OSU alum Bill Spears, has been named an Energy Star Partner for the second year in a row by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The award recognizes organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Energy Education’s innovative management process is used at OSU where it has saved more than $9.4 million since the program started in June 2007.

OSU Air Force ROTC instructor earns regional honor
Major Sabrina Jones, commandant of the OSU Air Force ROTC unit, is one of three finalists for national honors after recently being named Air Force ROTC Southwest Region Instructor of the Year. Jones, who is currently in Afghanistan where she is working with a unit training the Afghan Army, served as education officer at OSU and was named commandant of cadets in 2008. The Colorado native has served in mission support positions at Lackland, Volkel and Eielson Air Force Bases. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in political sciences and international relations.

Student Union Marketing earns honors
The Student Union Marketing Department placed in two categories at the recent Association of College Unions International Steal This Idea Awards. Michael Bohanan, student assistant, received an honorable mention in the signs and banners category for his Made in Oklahoma retractable banner. Brad Ulrich, student assistant, and Debbie Shotwell, marketing manager, collaborated to take first place in the print advertisements category for their Student Union Bookstore textbook buyback campaign. The winning entries were displayed at the 90th Annual ACUI Conference held recently in New York City.

The Student Union gets “social”
The Union now has a Facebook page and also can be followed on Twitter. To find us on Facebook simply search for Oklahoma State University Student Union ( and become a fan. To start tweeting, go to and become a follower. Access both pages from the Student Union Web site at

Celebrate “Bake and Take Month”
OSU’s Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center is promoting “Bake and Take Month” to encourage participants to bake a product made from wheat and take it to a neighbor, friend or relative. The center has teamed up with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission to help 4-H encourage its members to participate this month. The promotion is a way to get young people to experience the joys of baking and understanding the importance of the cereal grain and wheat, grown in Oklahoma. It’s also a way to get the family together in the kitchen. For more details, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: How to prevent kidney stones
According to the National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, an estimated 10 percent of people in the U.S. will have a kidney stone at some point in their lives. Step one in preventing kidney stones is to drink plenty of fluids, preferably water. If you've already had a stone, or have a family history of stones, consult with your physician about the effects of various foods and vitamin/mineral supplements, or the need to take medication. 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).


Physics colloquium to feature Ramond
The OSU Physics Colloquium will present Dr. Pierre Ramond on “The Dirac Way: Using Symmetry to Predict New Physics” on Thursday, March 11, at 3:30 p.m. in room 355, Physical Sciences II in Stillwater. Ramond, from the University of Florida, presents arguments for super symmetry and the revelation of the boson-fermion symmetry. He is Distinguished Professor and director of the Institute of Fundamental Theory. A traditional student-speaker chat will start at 3 p.m. in Physical Sciences room 147. Refreshments will be served and all students are welcome. For more information, phone (405) 744-5796.

The Stillwater Chamber Singers to present 25th anniversary concert on Saturday
The Stillwater Chamber Singers will celebrate their 25th season with a gala concert of works spanning the group’s history on Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 pm in the OSU Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. Former conductors Drs. Jerry McCoy, Robert Ward, Nancy Cobb-Lippens and present conductor Mark Lawlor will join former and current accompanists and singers on stage. The program, which is free and open to the public, will include composers such as Rachmaninoff, Brahms, Copland, Dello Joio, and Stillwater composers Brant Adams and Z. Randall Stroope. Tax deductible donations will be accepted at the door.

Cooking Demo: Mushroom Madness
Join professional chef Lisa Becklund and dietitian Elizabeth Lohrman on Tuesday, March 23, for a heart healthy cooking at the OSU demo centered around mushrooms. The menu includes shiitake and green onion pancakes, spinach and crab stuffed Portobello mushrooms, fettuccini con fungi, and mushroom caviar on crostini. The cost to attend the class is $20 per person and includes the demonstration, recipes, and taste testing. To register, please call the OSU Seretean Wellness Center at (405) 744-WELL (9355) or e-mail Payment is required at time of enrollment and there are no refunds; however, if you must cancel you are encouraged to send a guest in your place.

Wellness Wednesday: “The Self-Sustainable Kitchen”
Join professional chef Lisa Becklund as she discusses practical ways and tips to create an environment of sustainability in the kitchen on Wednesday, March 24, from noon – 12:45 p.m. in the Seretean Wellness Center lecture hall. The discussion will include gardening and composting tips, as well as ways to make the kitchen more environmentally friendly. Lisa draws upon her personal experience from her own farm. The presentation is free and includes a heart healthy lunch but you must pre-register by Friday, March 19, at 5 p.m. To register, e-mail or call (405) 744-WELL (9355).

Join in OSU CASNR Week with the blood drive on March 24
Students and faculty are invited to help celebrate the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Week by participating in a blood drive on March 24 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the bus that will be located in “the U” of Ag Hall (parking lot between the north and south wings). The event is sponsored by the Freshmen in Transition program and operated by the Oklahoma Blood Institute. For more details, check or contact

Author to discuss Apaches’ use of native plants
Elders of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma shared their traditional knowledge of plants with Julia Jordon, who will be discussing her book on the subject on Friday, March 26, from 4 – 5:15 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room of the OSU Library. The book, “Plains Apache Ethonobotany,” documents more than 110 plant species valued by the Plains Apache, and details traditional Apache collection, preparation and use of these plants for food, medicine, ritual and material culture. This is the OSU Library’s second annual spring botany lecture. The first event in this series featured botanical illustrator, Bellamy Parks Jansen. For more information on this or other OSU Library events, visit

General retirement Information sessions coming soon for OSU faculty and staff
A general retirement meeting will be held at Monday, March 29, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, March 30, at 10:30 a.m. in room 416, Case Study III, fourth floor of the Student Union. Each meeting will last about an hour and a half. Reservation are not necessary. Representatives from TIAA-CREF will be there to help and discuss the following: How to determine your retirement income needs, sources of other income, ensuring you have enough income, decided the right allocation for you, advice, overview, the importance of income replacement. An OTRS representative will also be present. Questions? Contact Coral White,, or (405) 744-5379.

Business Writing Seminar at OSU-Tulsa
Join Kim McCrackin, an adjunct instructor for the Department of Management in the Spears School of Business, for two seminars titled “Written Communication for the Business E-mail” and “Editing and Proofreading” on April 6, at the OSU-Tulsa campus from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. McCrackin will offer some essential rules of writing and some new pointers to improve the overall readability business documents and teach skills to achieve accuracy and clarity in writing. 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

Join the ZUMBA Party at the O-Zone
Two new ZUMBA classes have just been added at the O-Zone Fitness Center. Join instructor Heather Yates on Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. as she brings her own style to the ZUMBA party. Not a member? Click here to see our low monthly rates, fitness classes, and fitness center hours. The O-Zone is located inside the Seretean Wellness Center, 1514 W. Hall of Fame. For questions, contact 744.WELL (9355).

March 9 – Chem-E Car Competition

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

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

March 11 - Noon Concert series to feature Woodwind and String Ensembles

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

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

March 20 – Still time to participate in Relay for Life at OSU

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

March 31 – Deadline for OSU Botanical Society Photo Contest

March 31 – Vote online daily for community garden project funding

March 31 – “Discover The Power of Influence” seminar

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

April 14 – Safe Zone: GLBT Level II Ally training

April 15 – Looking for presenters for the upcoming State 4-H Roundup

May 7 – Deadline for staff to submit applications to SAC for OSU scholarships

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