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March 23, 2010


Outstanding Seniors for 2010 named. Click here for details.
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Click here to view an Oklahoman video in which Nola Miyasaki discusses the Women Entrepreneurs Inspire Conference. Also, Maxine Clark, the conference’s keynote speaker, was featured in a KOSU interview. Click here to listen.

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Ravi Naidoo, managing director of Interactive Africa in Cape Town, South Africa, will discuss “Creativity & Design as Vehicles for Transforming a Nation” on March 25 at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Little Theater on the OSU-Stillwater campus. The talk is part of the Creativity Festival and is free and open to the public.

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Campus visits by OSU provost candidates start this week
OSU hosts the first of four visits by candidates for the position of provost and senior vice president this week. Each visit will be highlighted by a one-hour open forum at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. The four candidates and their open forum times are: Robert Sternberg, Tufts University, 2 p.m. March 25; Cameron Hackney, West Virginia University, 2 p.m. March 31; Robert Marley, Montana State University, 2 p.m. April 6; and Conrado Gempesaw, University of Delaware, 2 p.m. April 12. For more details on each candidate, click here. The first forum will be televised live on OSU campus cable channel 23.

OSU mourns the death of poet Ai
A poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, March 23) in the Student Union French Lounge will be dedicated to OSU Professor Ai Ogawa, who died March 20. A viewing will be held at Palmer Marler Carberry Funeral Home in Stillwater from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. “The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English, like the broader community of readers and writers, are devastated by the early loss of this fine poet and extraordinary colleague,” said Carol Moder, head of the English department. For more information, click here.

Dunlap to be honored with DaVinci Fellows Award
Riley Dunlap, OSU professor of sociology, is among five professors who will receive the DaVinci Fellows Award at ceremonies planned for Friday, March 26, at the Oklahoma History Center. The award, presented by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute, honors university faculty who have demonstrated a commitment to critical thinking and creativity. For more information, click here.

Four earn scholarships to national conference
Four OSU students recently received scholarships to attend the SAS Global Forum 2010, an annual event that highlights data mining software and related technologies set for April 11-14 in Seattle. Spears School students Maheshwar Nareddy, Murali Pagolu, Anu Penaganti and Promoda Srinivasamurthy each will receive an expense-paid trip to the forum through the scholarship. All four are students in the graduate certificate in business data mining program founded by OSU Professor of Marketing Goutam Chakraborty. For more details, click here.

OSU wins Relay for Life honor
The American Cancer Society High Plains Division has awarded its Relay for Life Big 12 Challenge award to OSU’s faculty, staff and students. The Cowboys Relay for Life raised more than $79,000 in 2009, an $18,000 increase over 2008. Relay for Life CEO Michael Dany also congratulated OSU President Burns Hargis for his support and participation.

Devine wins “America’s Next Top Surgeon” competition
Dr. Dustin Devine, assistant professor of equine surgery at OSU, was named America’s Next Top Surgeon in a competition held at the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s annual conference. Competing against several veterinarians from across the country, Devine outpaced four other finalists in the last round to earn the top honor for tying a series of surgical knots the fastest. Each surgeon competed against the clock, and Devine won with a time of 7.87 seconds—a full second ahead of the closest challenger. Click here for video.

President Obama recognizes environmental sciences pioneer
America’s “First Lady of Science,” Ellen Swallow Richards, was honored earlier this month for her contributions as a pioneer in the areas of environmental protection and health, home economics, and human sciences. Her work laid the foundation for the College of Human Environmental Sciences at OSU and for all programs in human sciences across the country. Richards was recognized by President Obama for her efforts in “preserving and protecting the environment for present and future generations.” For more details, click here.

Deliveries may cause congestion along Hester next week
You may experience congestion along Hester Street next week as several modular units will be delivered to the vacant area northeast of the Classroom Building at OSU in Stillwater. The route for delivery will be northbound on Hester from 6th Street onto campus. The 18 modular units will be used to construct a temporary bookstore and food court so remodeling work can proceed at the Student Union.

New secure remote access
Information Technology has implemented a new secure remote access service that will allow an employee or student to access resources on the OSU/A&M campuses in a secure manner. This Web-based service is located at The directions for using the application can be found at the IT Resource Center : If you would like further information, please contact the IT Helpdesk at or (405) 744-HELP (4357).

Seniors exhibit their graphic talents
The portfolios of graphic design seniors from OSU are on display in the Bartlett Center for the Visual Arts in Stillwater until March 28. The exhibit is free and open to the public. A reception is set from 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, March 28. For more information, contact the center at (405) 744-6016 or e-mail

WellnessWellness tip: Cool snack
Looking for a healthy snack idea? Try banana crunch pops. Place a small banana on a popsicle stick, coat with non fat or low fat vanilla yogurt, roll in crisped rice cereal and set on waxed paper. Freeze overnight. Enjoy a low fat, nutritious and cool snack tomorrow. 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).


SUAB Reminder
Deadline for Reel Film Festival Submissions is Friday, March 26 in Student Union room 030.

OSU Creativity Festival on Thursday, you’re invited
OSU’s Annual Creativity Festival will be held Thursday, March 25, in the Student Union atrium and ballroom with demonstrations, poetry, and music from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as well as art in the Bartlett Center. Creative cuisine will be on sale on the library lawn from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. with proceeds to benefit Haiti relief. Ravi Naidoo, president of Interactive Africa, will speak from 3:30 – 5 p.m. in the SU Theater. Finalists in the community challenge will present their ideas from 5 – 6 p.m. in the theater, followed by a free concert by the Sherree Chamberlain Band in the ballroom from 6 – 7 p.m. Attend four of the six events prior to the concert and qualify to enter a drawing for an Apple Ipod. For more details, contact Melanie Page at or (405) 744-7334.

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 11 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

Free Success Seminar: “Reading your Texts”
Get the most out of your study resources. University Counseling Services will host “Get it Together/Academic Success Seminar” about “Reading your Texts” by Allen Sheffield on Thursday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Student Success Center, CLBN 104J. The 45-50 minute seminar is free and open to all OSU and NOC students. Click here for more information.

OSU Theatre to present romantic comedy
The OSU Department of Theatre will present “Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music” on March 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on March 28 in the Jerry Davis Studio Theatre, room 203 Gundersen Hall at OSU in Stillwater. The play, a romantic comedy by Lee Blessing follows Eve and comedy that ensues at the bar when she gets a visit from her niece, a former nun. The play is directed by graduate student George Donaldson III. Admission is $5 at the door and tickets will go on sale one hour before the performance. The box office accepts cash and checks only. For ticket information call 405-744-6094.

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, March 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.

Cineculture Club film “War on Democracy” set for Friday
The OSU Cineculture Club will present the film “War on Democracy” on Friday, March 26, at 5:15 p.m. in the Willard Hall Basement 010 in Stillwater followed by a discussion. The film, by award-winning journalist John Pilger, examines the role of Washington in America’s involvement in Latin American politics during the last 50 years leading up to the struggle by ordinary people to free themselves from poverty and racism.

American Brass Quintet to perform Friday
The American Brass Quintet will perform at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 26 at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts at OSU. The event is open to the public and tickets are $5 for students and seniors, while general admission is $7. The event is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, OSU Department of Music, and the Arts and Humanities Lecture Series in the College of Arts & Sciences. To learn more, phone (405) 744-8991 or e-mail

Remember the Ten Run coming soon
The 4th Annual Remember the Ten Run will be held on Saturday, April 17, on courses that are mostly flat in and around the OSU campus in Stillwater. Register online at or visit the registration booth from 11a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31, in front of the Student Union Theater or on Thursday, April 1, in front of the Student Union Bookstore. Proceeds from the run assist the Student Counseling Center in providing grief counseling and resources to OSU students. For more information on the run, contact Jason Pogue at For more information on grief counseling, contact

March 24 – University Dining Services to offer “A Taste of Argentina”

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 – NYC search and rescue commander at 9-11 to speak

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 – Free digital portfolio building workshop for Apple users

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 1 - Automated waste collection on the way …yard waste options for community garden project funding

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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