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April 29, 2010


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OSU names Kirksey to lead diversity efforts
Dr. Jason F. Kirksey has been named OSU Vice President for Institutional Diversity, pending approval at the next regular meeting of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Kirksey, associate professor and Hannah D. Atkins Endowed Chair for Political Science and Government Information, has served as interim associate vice president for Institutional Diversity at OSU since April 2009 while teaching and serving as director of the OSU Center for Africana Studies and Development. Kirksey earned two bachelor’s and a master’s degree from OSU, and his Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Orleans. He joined the OSU faculty in 1995. For more details, click here.


Lt. Governor receives report from students
Oklahoma Lt. Governor Jari Askins was on the OSU campus in Stillwater today to speak to a group of students from the Women & Politics class taught by Regents Professor Bob Darcy. The students presented the Lt. Governor with a 244-page report titled, "Oklahoma Women’s County Status: Baseline Statistical Report, 2010." The report was a collaborative effort between the class, The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Archives at the OSU Library. It will be presented to the commission tomorrow during the commission’s Incarceration of Oklahoma Women Solutions Initiative Summit being held in Oklahoma City. To read more, click here.

Team earns $25,000 in first OSU Riata Business Plan Competition
A team of four OSU students will receive $25,000 for winning the first OSU Riata Business Plan Competition which started in December with 96 teams. The winning team, Metcel LLC, includes mechanical engineering students Balaji Jayakumar, Adrait Bhat and G. Ranjan Mahadevan as well as MBA student Jaihari Raindran. The team’s business plan is designed to profit in a segment of the composite manufacturing industry by producing lightweight, high-strength materials for aircraft manufacturing markets. For details on the top three teams, click here

Morris receives award for study abroad leadership
Dr. Michael H. Morris, head of the OSU School of Entrepreneurship, recently was selected as the 2009-2010 recipient of the OSU Outstanding Faculty Study Abroad Leader Award. The OSU Outreach Council gives the annual award to a faculty member who has made a contribution to the internationalization of OSU by providing a significant study abroad experience to OSU students. Morris leads Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa, a six-week program in Cape Town that challenges student participants to apply entrepreneurial concepts to assist emerging entrepreneurs. For more details, click here.

Faculty leadership expresses support and offers policy initiatives
Speaking last week to the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, Bruce Russell, chair of the OSU General Faculty, emphasized the faculty’s partnership with the current administration in the shared goal of remaking the university into one of the top tier land-grant institutions in America. Russell also provided proposed policy initiatives that covered issues such as research and scholarship, salaries, retirement and diversity. For a complete script of Russell’s remarks, click here.

 “Real Pokes Pass It On” is underway through Friday, May 3
Students are invited to donate items you want to get rid of before leaving for break by dropping them off at Kerr-Drummond so they can be sold to other students next fall at bargain prices. All the money raised (more than $1,700 last year) goes to local charities. Got a big item? E-mail by 5 p.m. this Friday, April 30, and someone will come and pick it up on Saturday, May 1. Donate clothing, furniture and décor, unopened nonperishable food items, kitchenware, and other household items as well as bikes or bike parts. For Facebook page, click here.

Mr. / Ms. OSU Bodybuilding and Figure Competition set for tomorrow
The OSU Weightlifting Club will host the 4th annual Mr. / Ms. OSU Bodybuilding and Figure Competition in the Seretean Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30. The contest will feature OSU students who combine a meticulous diet, intense weight training and cardiovascular exercise over a 3-5 month period to push their physiques as far as possible, without the use of steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. Come see what physique competition is all about. Tickets are $5 at the door. Questions? Phone (405) 744-9825.

Students invited for free pancakes and more on Stillwater campus next week
Late Night Café, an OSU Campus Life and Student Union tradition for more than 20 years, will be open May 3-6 (Monday through Thursday) in the Student Union Food Court as a treat for students studying for final exams. The café will be open for free coffee at 7 p.m., with pancakes, soft drinks and coffee served from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. nightly. Cooks and servers next week will include faculty and staff from throughout the campus, plus Stillwater City Councilors Darrell Dougherty, Tom Williams and Tom Dugger.

Library open 24-hours
The OSU Library continues its tradition of providing students a place to study during dead week and finals by remaining open 24-hours. The Edmon Low Library will remain open until Friday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Reference service times have also been extended to provide additional assistance to students. For more information on the OSU Library’s hours, call the Hours Line at (405) 744-5029 or click here.  

University Dining Services extended hours
University Dining Services will extend operating hours at two of its popular units during finals week. Students who need a boost of energy or a quick pick me up during the week can find it at either Café Libro in the Edmon Low Library or Twenty Something in Kerr Drummond. Café Libro will be open Sunday from 5:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 a.m. Twenty Something will be open Sunday from 10 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.

WellnessTry “WaterSense for Kids”
The online feature “WaterSense for Kids” isn’t just for kids. Did you know that less than one percent of all the water on earth can be used by people, and the rest is salt water? Did you know that you can save more than 200-gallons of water a month just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime?  For more interesting facts, and water-saving ideas, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Walk to improve your risk profile
According to the American Heart Association, women who walk briskly for at least three hours per week or exercise vigorously for 1.5 hours per week, cut their risk of heart disease by 30-40 percent. And men, exercise reduces your risks, too. If it's hard finding time, try waking up a little earlier and going for a walk before your day takes over. Or, try walking during part of your lunch break or after dinner. 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 the center, call 744-WELL (9355) or click here.


Activities for students, provided by OSU’s Student Union Activities Board:
Movie: “The book of Eli” (free) Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Student Union Theater, rated R - Eli (Denzel Washington) has been on a journey for 30 years after a cataclysmic war that turned the earth into a total wasteland. A peaceful man in a lawless civilization, Eli becomes a warrior with unbelievable skills guided by a higher power and given the task of protecting a book until it reaches its final destination.

OSU to host energy conference in OKC tomorrow
Larry Nichols and Aubrey McClendon are two of the featured speakers at the 4th annual OSU Energy Conference set for Friday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cox Business Services Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Energy and business professionals are encouraged to attend the one-day conference, which will focus on “The Changing Environment of the Energy Industry” with energy industry leaders who will address the challenges ahead. For more details, call 1-866-678-3933 or click here.   

City of Stillwater household hazardous waste collection on Saturday
Residents may drop off unwanted household hazardous waste free of charge from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 1 at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road. For a list of items that are appropriate to drop off, click here.

First Turkish Festival set for Saturday in OKC
The OSU Turkish Student Association is inviting everyone to the First Turkish Festival of Oklahoma City on Saturday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Raindrop Turkish House on 4444 N Classen Blvd. in Oklahoma City. The festival will offer unique gift items from Turkey as well as authentic Turkish food. Admission is free, it’s open to the public and children are welcome. For more information, e-mail, call (405) 702-0222 or Click here.  

Dell Roadmap Meeting changed
The Dell Roadmap Meeting that was set for Wednesday, April 28 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 19, from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in Student Union room 290. If you plan on attending, please RSVP to (405) 744-3385.

May 1 – Deadline LIVE ORANGE online vote for your favorite game day tee

May 1 – OSU to offer short course in property management

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

May 8 - Letter Carriers Food Drive in Stillwater

May 13 - OSU's CFRR to host conference on troubled children and youth

May 14 – Deadline to register for next Wellness Wednesday about a sustainable Stillwater

May 16 – Deadline for O-Key account update

May 17 - 18 – Food Labeling Workshop, registration deadline May 3

May 20 – OSU FAPC to hold “Going Green” conference, register now

May 31 – Deadline to vote online for OSU’s Lyons

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