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March 11, 2010

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A multi-disciplinary team of OSU scientists and practitioners is tackling one of the most challenging concerns of Oklahoma's $4.6 billion cattle industry: Bovine Respiratory Disease. Read story here.

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Nik DalalOSU First Lady Ann Hargis invites OSU Legacies and their grandparents to participate in Grandparent University 2010

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Natural resource ecology and management students in OSU’s Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources help a local farmer pick coffee “cherries” at the depulping and washing machine at his family farm in Cruz Alta, Honduras. The students are part of a class spending 16 days in Honduras starting the week before spring break.

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State experiences record spring enrollment for higher ed
According to figures released by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education the number of first-time freshman increased 31.7 percent from the same time last year. That’s the largest increase in the number of first-time freshmen enrolling in a spring semester. In addition, total enrollment at Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities also set a record. To read full story click here.

OSU Transit leading the way in the transition to natural gas-powered vehicles
OSU Transit is taking the lead in transitioning to compressed natural gas-powered buses by recently adding nine such buses and planning to add nine more before the end of the year. In addition, OSU Transportation Services has added 15 CNG sedans to its fleet with planned expansion in the near future. The natural gas powered vehicles also have lower maintenance costs due the combustion process and chemical properties of the fuel itself.

OSU Theatre production honored
The OSU Department of Theatre was recently awarded the Full Company Award for Excellence in Theatrical Production for “Lonely Planet,” a play by Steven Dietz. The honor, awarded by the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, recognizes superior work by every individual who participated in the production including performers, designers, technicians, and other production staff. Included in the honor were J. Kevin Doolen, Charlet Ringwald, Maria Beach, Judith Cronk, Andi Lyons, and Ken George. The two actors in the cast, J. Bryson Baker and Nick Leos, were awarded with Irene Ryan nominations for outstanding acting.

OSU student conduct work recognized with excellence award
The Association for Student Conduct Administration awarded the OSU Student Conduct Education and Administration its 2010 Award of Excellence at the association’s recent annual meeting in Clearwater, Fla. The award is one of the highest honors recognizing excellence within ASCA. It is presented to an institution that is engaged at the highest level in the best practices of student conduct administration. For more about OSU Student Conduct Education and Administration, click here.

Online nursing program working
OSU-Oklahoma City's Associate Degree Nursing program at the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus in Goodwell has announced a 100 percent pass rate for the nine December 2009 graduates taking their nursing licensure exam for the first time. The students received their lectures audio-streamed over the Internet and came to campus for skills labs and exams, while serving their clinical rotations in area facilities.

Kennison elected president of Southwestern Psychological Association
Shelia Kennison, associate professor in the OSU Department of Psychology, has been elected to serve as president of the Southwestern Psychological Association. The mission of the organization is to promote and strengthen the field’s three focus areas – science, practice, and education. More information about SWPA go to http://www.swpsych.org.

“Cowboy Nation!” next homecoming theme
The OSU Alumni Association unveiled “Cowboy Nation!” on Wednesday as the 2010 theme for America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration. The selection of a theme starts each January when the nine Homecoming executives hold a retreat to brainstorm ideas. Once a theme is selected, it is kept under wraps until the first Homecoming Steering meeting in March, which occurred Tuesday evening. Homecoming 2010 is Oct. 22-23 in Stillwater and will conclude with the Nebraska vs. OSU football game on Saturday, Oct. 23.

Condition of Oklahoma wheat fields causing concern
The cold, wet weather of recent months has put Oklahoma’s wheat crop a week to 10 days behind normal development, causing more than a little concern on the part of producers and others associated with the state's $1 billion wheat industry. For details, click here.  

Trail cameras proving helpful for wildlife research
Trail cameras are not just for hunters, they’re proving helpful for research on local deer populations as well. Concern by landowners in Woods County that the deer were depleting food resources for quail was the basis for the research that involved 10 trail cameras and 2,000 acres of land. For more details, click here.

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.  

WellnessClassroom lights
Turning off the lights in one classroom for one hour keeps more than two pounds of pollutants out of the environment. OSU faculty and students can make a difference by turning off lights as they leave the classroom each day. For more than 100 energy conservation facts, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Osteoporosis in men
Too many men think of osteoporosis (thinning bones) as a “woman's disease.” However, 2 million men also have the condition, and another 12 million are at risk. Lifestyle choices such as not smoking, exercising and getting enough calcium and vitamin D can help. Medications can also be used to treat men with bone loss. Ask your doctor if you need to be tested and/or treated. 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…
Condom Casino - Friday, March 10, at 9 p.m. - SU Starlight Terrace – free
Come play all of SUAB's fun casino games (blackjack, poker, roullette, craps) for condoms. Features scandalous prize give aways and some guest speakers to educate everyone. (Chips earned at Condom Casino don't count towards semester chip total from SUAB Casino Nights.)

University Dining Services to offer “A Taste of Argentina”
Let your taste buds travel to South America  as you join University Dining Services for its Taste of Argentina dinner on Wednesday, March 24, from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Market Buffet located in the Adams Market just behind Cowboy Mall. For a complete menu, please visit http://union.okstate.edu/uds/documents/mar10cal-8.5x11.pdf. Meal plans are accepted and cash price is $8.50.

NYC search and rescue commander at 9-11 to speak
John Norman, chief, Special Operations Command, FDNY (retired) will speak on “The World Trade Center Collapses - Command, Control and New Revelations - with a Stillwater Connection” March 26, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. at 106 Noble Research Center at OSU in Stillwater. Norman served as the search and rescue commander at the World Trade Center following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack. He has been decorated for valor nine times and is an internationally recognized author, lecturer, and teacher.  The talk is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary for the reception that follows in the Noble Research Center Atrium. RSVP to sharon.short@okstate.edu by Wednesday, March 24 if attending reception.

Free digital portfolio building workshop for Apple users
OSU student Lance Stephens will host “Apple and Your Digital Portfolio,” on Wednesday, March 31, in Willard Hall room 108 at 2 p.m. The free workshop will include discussion on how to use Macintosh software called iWeb to create a digital portfolio that can be published online. It will last approximately 45 minutes to an hour. Free pizza and drinks while they last. Students are encouraged to bring their MacBooks to follow along. For more information, go to: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=353617961289&ref=mf. Questions? E-mail lance.stephens@okstate.edu or phone (405) 550-0041.

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

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

March 23 – Cooking Demo:  Mushroom Madness

March 24 – Wellness Wednesday:  “The Self-Sustainable Kitchen”

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 26 – Author to discuss Apaches’ use of native plants

March 29 – General retirement Information sessions coming soon for OSU faculty and staff

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 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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