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March 30, 2010

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The Monsanto Mobile Technology Unit is showcasing the latest advances in plant breeding and trait technology through Thursday in parking lot 74 north of the Colvin Recreational Center. The 53-foot long traveling unit with 1,000 square-feet of exhibit space covers advances in plant breeding, biotechnology and new product innovations focused on corn, soybean and cotton. Pictured is a visitor taking the ethanol track challenge.


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OSU Theater professor receives Fulbright Award
Heidi Finch Hoffer, professor of theatre at OSU, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research in South Africa during the 2010-2011 academic year. Hoffer will serve as a designer and adviser for the drama departments of the University of Witwatersrand and the University of Pretoria. Recipients of the Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. For more details, click here.

International student discusses her OSU experience on the Voice of America
OSU international student Bolor Bayarsaikhan of Mongolia discussed her positive experience at OSU with the Voice of America in an interview that aired this week. Majoring in international finance with a minor in accounting, Bayarsaikhan talks about independence and growing up while living abroad, and even the difference in the food here. For details, click here.

KOSU needs you, spring fundraiser underway
KOSU radio is encouraging its listeners to help celebrate the station’s 55th year on the air by making a contribution during its spring fundraiser, which continues through Thursday, April 1. The on-air fundraiser is seeking 1,000 pledges to sustain the station’s news and music programs. Everyone who calls or pledges gets to enter a grand prize drawing for a trip for two to Chicago to see NPR's “Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.” Several pairs of tickets to see the news quiz show live in Oklahoma City on Sept. 23 will also be given away. Listeners can make their pledge by calling 800-228-4678 or go to the station’s Web site by clicking here.

Campus visits by OSU provost candidates continue this week
OSU hosts the second of four visits by candidates for the position of provost and senior vice president this week. Each visit is being highlighted by a one-hour open forum at the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center followed by a reception. The next candidate and open forum time is Cameron Hackney, West Virginia University, 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 31. For details on each candidate, click here. This forum will be televised live on OSU campus cable channel 23.

OSU Celebrating “Made in Oklahoma Month”
University Dining Services is partnering with the Made in Oklahoma Coalition and the OSU Food and Agricultural Products Center to celebrate Made in Oklahoma Month. The celebration starts with a free tasting of products on Thursday, April 1, in the Student Union Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to a variety of samples of products from several vendors. For more information, click here.

It’s severe weather season again, be prepared
It’s severe weather season again and that means preparing to protect yourself from danger if storms threaten. Click here for preparedness information at OSU.

OSU agrees with partners to work for cost-saving improvements
OSU and its closest electricity-generating partners recently signed a memorandum of understanding that pledges to help customers reduce usage and costs by researching and evaluating energy efficient processes, systems and technologies. Stillwater Utilities Authority and Central Rural Electric Cooperative co-signed the agreement that also promises the trio will pool resources and coordinate efforts to “provide beneficial value to utility customers and further explore cost saving measures for each entity.”

WellnessWellness tip: Get your zzzzzs
Research has shown that not getting enough sleep or getting poor quality sleep on a consistent basis may increase the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and inflammation. There is even evidence suggesting that weight gain is associated with getting inadequate sleep, possibly by disrupting hormones that regulate appetite. Most adults need to sleep between 7–9 hours each night. 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) or click here.

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This week at the union…for SUAB activities
Graffiti Contest: Wednesday, March 31 – Library lawn – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Come watch graffiti artists compete for cool prizes. You can also show off your artistic talents by tagging the walls. Please donate $1 to support good cause while visiting and tagging the wall. All proceeds will go to the Art department of Skyline and Highland Elementary School. Sponsored by Project Gallery.
Indian Cultural Dinner: Wednesday, March 31 - SU Atrium (It is moved from SU Ballroom) - 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Henna tattoos, Indian performers and Indian food....Menu: spinach raita, samosa, chicken with tomato sauce and butter, vegetable tikka masala, chana masaledar, basmati rice with Spices, mutter panner, mango and raisin chutney, naan (Indian bread) and gulab jamun. $9/meal with cash, meal plan or bursar accepted.
Cowboy Showcase: Thursday, April 1- SU Theater – 7 p.m. – free
The 9th annual Cowboy Showcase is finally here. Come and cheer for our Cowboys and Cowgirls as they showcase their talents.
Easter Egg Festival: Friday, April 2 – Library Lawn – 5 - 7p.m. – free
Please bring your kids to our Easter Egg Festival. Crafts, egg toss, games and so much more. Kids at all ages are welcome. Free candy and eggs.

Friends of the Forms lecture is response to recent exhibit
Friends of the Forms will present “A Philosophical Response to ‘Justice for All: The Exhibit’” by Mary Gwin, lecturer, OSU Department of Philosophy, Wednesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union Case Study 2 (room 412). All lectures are free and open to the public.

Hunger Awareness Banquet Thursday
The OSU Counseling Psychology and OSU Amnesty student groups are teaming up to invite you to bring your big appetite to their Hunger Awareness Banquet on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the Starlight Terrace room, fourth floor or the Student Union. This event, which is free and open to the public, will feed participants while offering a brief and informative presentation about the realities of poverty. For more information, contact Anne Weese at anne.weese@okstate.edu.

“Kant’s Wartime and Tremulous Body of Philosophy”
David Clark will speak on “Kant’s Wartime and the Tremulous Body of Philosophy” on Thursday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 108 of the Noble Research Center. The lecture is sponsored by the OSU Department of English and is part of the OSU Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. It is free and open to the public. For more information, phone (405) 744-9474 or click here.

Cinculture Club film “Realm of the Unreal” set for Friday
The OSU Cineculture Club film will present “Realm of the Unreal” on Friday, April 2, at 5:15 p.m. in Willard Hall basement 010 in Stillwater followed by discussion. The film tracks Henry Darger, an orphaned recluse who lived out his life of menial labor in a one-room downtown Chicago apartment as a social non-entity. The amazing secret at the center of Darger's existence only emerged when ill health forced him to abandon his one-room apartment of 40 years a few months before his death in 1973. What the landlord found launched an "outsider art" sensation that has fascinated and inspired millions.

OSU Veterinary Center to host open house on Saturday
The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will open its doors to the public on Saturday, April 3, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for its annual open house. The veterinary center is located on Farm Road between Western and McFarland on the western end of OSU’s Stillwater campus. There is no charge to attend. Animal owners and others interested in a veterinary medicine career are invited to come and learn more about the activities of the center. OSU vet students coordinate the open house and are very proud to show Oklahomans the many different facets of their profession. For more details on activities, click here.

Next Pet Care Seminar on common pet poisons
The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences will present information about potential poison dangers for pets on Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in the McElroy Hall Auditorium located at the corner of Farm Road and McFarland on the Stillwater campus. Sandra Morgan, DVM, will present “Beware—Home and Garden Toxins” and discuss common things in the home and yard that can be harmful to pets including plants and human medications. Pet Care Seminars are free and open to the public. Parking is complimentary and light refreshments will be available. For more information, call (405) 744-7672 or click here.

Cochon 555 on Saturday features chefs, pork and winemakers
The School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration at OSU and Cochon 555 will host a group of top chefs from Oklahoma and the surrounding region as each prepare a heritage breed pig from head to toe. Featuring five chefs, five heritage pigs and five winemakers, the event will start at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 3, in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Ticket prices are $100 for the main event that begins at 4:30 p.m. and $150 for the VIP event which begins at 3 p.m. with a reserve wine tasting and artisan cheese reception. Student tickets are available for $75. A portion of the proceeds will go to scholarships for students in HRAD. For more information and tickets, click here.

First Miss Asian OSU Pageant on Saturday
The first ever Miss Asian OSU Scholarship Pageant is set for Saturday, April 3, at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. A reception will be held immediately following the show in Centennial lounge, 301, Student Union. Everyone is welcome and admission to both events is free. For more information, please contact Catherine Vijayakumar at 744-5481 or via e-mail catherine.vijayakumar@okstate.edu

“What’s in Your Water?” Series continues next Monday
A film series designed to promote discussion about water resources, “What’s in Your Water?,” continues Monday, April 5, with “Water Conservation Information” from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in room 207 of the OSU Noble Research Center in Stillwater. The film takes a look at America's obsession with the residential lawn and offers alternative ways of achieving the same result with rainwater. Dr. Jason Vogel will present information about low-impact development. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

Komen for the Cure founder to speak at OSU
Nancy Brinker, founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, will share her inspiring story of philanthropy and success at the 2010 Women for OSU Symposium on April 7 at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The symposium will celebrate the philanthropic impact of women and recognize the Philanthropist of the Year and the OSU Student Philanthropist of the Year. Click here to learn more or to purchase your $80 ticket.

You’re invited to the Student Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony, please RSVP
The office of Scholarships & Financial Aid at OSU in collaboration with Career Services invites you to join in recognizing seventy-three OSU student employees at the 2010 Student Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 8, at 3 p.m. The ceremony will be held inside the Click Family Hall of the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. and the ceremony will start at 3 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to all, please RSVP to brandon.armstrong@okstate.edu.

March 30 – Find out more about summer program in Mexico tonight

March 31 – Hilti International internship information meeting

March 31 – Renter’s Fair on Wednesday

March 31 – FCFS luncheon to feature ministry opportunities experienced in Mongolia

March 31 – Gender & Women’s Studies Film Series to feature “Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines”

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

March 31 and April 1 – Last two days of registration for Remember the Ten Run

April 1 – OSU Symphony to perform final concert of the season

April 1 - Automated waste collection on the way …yard waste options

April 6 – Business Writing Seminar at OSU-Tulsa

April 14 – “Leading Change” conference coming

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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