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Friday, April 10, 2009

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The OSU School of International Studies celebrated its 10th anniversary Thursday with a global guest list.  Leaders from across the world met to discuss international issues.  In addition the 2009 Wes Watkins Distinguished Lectureship featured former Jordan Prime Minister and OSU graduate Adnan Bandra. The Watkins Center Global Plaza was also dedicated  yesterday.

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  • Faculty, staff, students honored with environmental awards
    The Institute for Sustainable Environments at OSU recognized students, faculty, staff and community members for their work promoting sustainability in Oklahoma during the seventh annual Environmental Awards Reception held March 26 in Stillwater.  The ceremony was made possible through financial support from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, which has sponsored the last six receptions. The awards provide recognition and serve as a vehicle to inspire others to achievement. Click here for information on all the winners.

    Hear OSU UML interview
    The OSU University Multispectral Laboratories will be featured this month on Sky Radio’s “Industry Innovators” program. Sky Radio is an in-flight service airing worldwide on more than 29,000 American Airlines flights. The “Industry Innovators” program focuses on prominent associations and organizations, and how they achieve their given missions. Click here to go to the link to listen to Dr. Stephen McKeever, OSU vice president for research and technology transfer, discuss the UML’s status as a “trusted agent” and its mission of advancing new technologies to war fighters, first responders, and others who need them. For more information on the UML, visit http://okstate-uml.org/.

    HES Week coming up
    The College of Human Environmental Sciences Student Council is putting the finishing touches on plans for HES Week, April 13-17. A cookout and a fashion show are among the highlights designed to attract students throughout campus to see what the college has to offer them. Click here for a complete schedule.

    April 13-17 is Student Employee Appreciation Week at OSU

    Everyone is encouraged to join in the spirit of the week by doing something special for their student employees. The highlight of the week is the annual awards ceremony honoring OSU’s Student Employee of the Year. This event, which is co-sponsored by OSU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and OSU Career Services, will be held Thursday, April 16, at 2:30pm in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. Nominees and finalists will be recognized, and this year’s “OSU Student Employee of the Year” will be announced. For more information, please contact Sonya Kegin at 744-7056, sonya.kegin@okstate.edu.

    Reception for student organization leaders set for April 14

    All student organization leaders at OSU are invited to attend an informal come-and-go “Evening with the Stars” reception on Tuesday, April 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Lounge, SU room 301. The event is hosted by Kent and Shelia Sampson to honor and thank OSU student leaders for their dedication and hard work to student organizations. For more information, please contact Shana Kaufman, Campus Life, at (405) 744-5486.

    Graduate Student Appreciation Week is April 13 – 17
    Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 13 – 17. Highlights will include an open house on Monday at the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association offices in room 264 of the SU. A panel session on Wednesday on "How to become an effective researcher" in the library browsing room. The Phoenix Awards, Research Symposium and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception, on Thursday, April 16, and a barbecue party on Friday, April 17. Visit the GPSGA Web site http://gpsga.okstate.edu for more details or contact Hendratta Ali, hendrat@okstate.edu at the GPSGA office, phone (405) 744 3419.

    “Peace by Piece: The Writing on the Wall”—coming next week
    OSU Housing and Residential Life members are organizing a project to spread awareness of words that convey oppression, prejudice and discrimination by asking people to paint such words on a wall for three days, April 13 – 16. On the final day, the wall will be physically pulled down into pieces to symbolize the removal of these words and their impact at OSU. The goal is to increase knowledge of such behaviors and gain overall tolerance and acceptance of others. The program, “Peace by Piece: The Writing on the Wall,” is presented by the Social Justice and Inclusion Committee of Housing and Residential Life at OSU. For more information, contact Tanya Arflin Massey at (405) 744-5592.

    Aging topics scheduled for next week
    The OSU Gerontology Institute in the College of HES has scheduled three events as part of National Careers in Aging Week next week. Anyone interested in grand parenting, aging well or preparation for retirement is welcome to attend the events. Custodial grand parenting will be the topic at a presentation on the UCO Campus Wednesday, April 15. The Georgia Centenarian Study will be presented by Drs. Leonard Poon and Peter Martin, Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Auditorium on the OSU campus and Dr. Eileen St. Pierre will present a retirement seminar Friday, April 17, on the 4th floor of the OSU Student Union. For more details please go www.ches.okstate.edu or contact Dr. Whitney Brosi at 405-744-3350.

    Students participate in D.O. Day at Capitol
    Twenty-two OSU medical students participated in D.O. Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City recently. The students provide service to the State Capitol’s first aid station during the legislative session. The program gives the medical students the opportunity to bring osteopathic medicine to the legislators, as well as see their leaders at work. This is the 35th year that the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association sponsored the program. To learn more about programs at the OSU Center for Health Sciences visit www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.

    Wheelchair Basketball Bash on Tuesday
    Watch OSU varsity basketball players take on our official wheelchair basketball team, the OSU Spokes, on Tuesday, April 14, starting at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. See the game and a demonstration of competitive wheelchair basketball as well as exhibits from sponsors. The annual Wheelchair Basketball Bash is the Spokes’ major fundraiser and tickets are only $5. For more information, click here.

    Fans invited to basketball banquet, register now
    The OSU men’s basketball team is inviting fans to participate in a banquet honoring the Cowboys' 2008-09 season on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $40 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 which will receive preferred seating. Pre-registered is required by noon on Wednesday, April 15, and no tickets will be sold the day of the event. To make reservations or for any questions, please contact Haley or Caroline in the men's basketball office at (405) 744-8948 or (405) 744-5845. Opportunities are also available to sponsor meals for student athletes for $40 per meal. If interested, please specify when making reservations.

    “Ethics in Climate Change” on Tuesday
    The OSU Leadership Speaker Series will feature Jane Talkington on “Ethics in Climate Change” in exhibit room 1 (room 413) Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of a series on “Ethical Leadership” sponsored by the OSU Office of Leadership Development. For more information, please contact Stephen Haseley in the Department of Campus Life at (405) 744-5485.

    Are you coping with the death of a loved one?
    The Student Counseling Center is sponsoring an information booth on “Coping with Loss” on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the SU Atrium area. Stop by to visit briefly with a counselor or to pick up booklets and pamphlets on the grieving process. Resources provided by funds from Remember The Ten Run. For more information, contact Cindy K. Washington, MS, LPC at 744-5472 or e-mail cindy.washington@okstate.edu.

    Eat at Cici’s on Thursday (today) for Relay for Life
    Eat at Cici’s Pizza anytime from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 (today), please tell them you’re there to support Relay for Life of OSU. If you do, Relay for Life will receive 10 percent of proceeds. Questions, contact Hanna Kelley at hanna.kelley@okstate.edu or phone (405) 517-7825.

    Habitat for Humanity talk set for Wellness Wednesday, register now
    Ron Beer, an active member of the local Habitat for Humanity building crew and board of directors, will present an overview of what Habitat does in the Stillwater Community and how individuals from all walks of life can get involved. The program is set for Wednesday, April 15, from noon – 12:45 p.m in the Seretean Wellness Center Lecture Hall. The presentation is free and includes a heart healthy lunch (vegetarian option available upon request), but you must register by Monday, April 13, at 5 p.m. to reserve your spot. To register, call (405) 744-WELL (9355) or email wellness@okstate.edu

    Wellness“Going green”
    What does “going green” mean?  The definition is: “The social phenomenon describing individuals who use their consumer voice to increase sustainability and decrease their impact on the environment.” How is OSU “going green?”  Through education and opportunities for energy savings and waste reduction. What small changes are you making everyday to “go green for a brighter orange”? https://www.wecanlivegreen.com/greenliving/goinggreen.html

    WellnessWellness tip: Vegetarian diets and iron
    Are you a vegetarian or mostly a vegetarian? Our registered dietitian recommends consuming plenty of iron-rich plant foods such as lentils, kidney beans, black beans, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruit and whole grains. Iron-enriched products such as cereals and breads are also good sources. To enhance iron absorption, consume vitamin C-rich foods at the same time you eat iron-containing foods. These include strawberries, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and citrus fruits. Most non-meat eaters who follow these guidelines will get enough iron. Wellness tips are 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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