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May 4, 2010

SpotlightMinority Scholarship

Andrea Zainab Nael, OSU grad student, has been awarded a $20,976 American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship. Click here for more.

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OSU student is paying it forward: Joel Watson is donating some of his scholarship to an African charity. Read more here.

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Native American presencePsyched!
OSU is working to bolster the Native American presence in the field of psychology through its American Indians Into Psychology (AIIP) program, one of only three Indian Health Service programs of its kind in the nation.

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OSU commencement ceremonies set Friday and Saturday in Stillwater
Nearly 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students will be awarded degrees at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater on May 7-8. Three undergraduate ceremonies are set for Saturday, May 8, all in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Master’s degree and doctoral degree recipients will be recognized at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 7, in Gallagher-Iba Arena, with a reception immediately following the commencement ceremony. A hooding ceremony for graduates of the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena. For complete details, click here.

Weiser and Payton named to interim positions at OSU
OSU has announced the appointments of Dr. Mark Weiser as interim associate vice president for international studies and outreach and Dr. Mark Payton as interim dean of the graduate college. Weiser previously served as associate dean and professor of management information systems in the Spears School of Business. Payton served as associate dean of the OSU Graduate College and is a professor of statistics. For more details, click here.

OSU students place third at Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition
A team of eight OSU students recently demonstrated their ability to successfully battle cyber thieves and earned third place at a cyber defense skills competition. OSU students Andrew Fagan, Tahsin Rahmah, Rachel Dunlap, Derek Wendler, Trae Robrock, Kyle Beverly, Tyler Bell and Robb Wise applied their cyber defense knowledge at the southwest regional Collegiate Cyber-Defense Competition held at Texas A&M University. Click here for more.


OSU’s women’s lacrosse club ends season with victory
The OSU women’s lacrosse club got a come-from-behind victory over Creighton University in the last game of the season played in Kirksville, Mo. OSU scored seven unanswered goals in the final nine minutes of play to win 13-10 and end the season with a 5-6 record. Jesi Lay was top scorer in the game, with eight goals (a club record). Samatha Skinner served as president for the spring semester. Volunteer coach Tom Kusmic, professor NREM, is pictured presenting Lay with the game ball.

OSU College of Arts & Sciences honors natural gas executive
Vaughn O. Vennerberg II, the president of one of the largest producers of natural gas in the United States, was recently recognized as 2010 Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Arts & Sciences at OSU. Vennerberg, a 1976 psychology graduate, is president and director of Fort Worth, Texas-based XTO Energy Inc. He served as keynote speaker at the college’s honors and awards banquet where more than 200 students were recognized for their achievements. Click here to read more.

Video available of fall concert with Ukrainian composer
Ukrainian composer Leonid Hrabovsky participated in a concert of his own music performed by students and faculty of the OSU Music Department during a visit to Stillwater last fall. To view a video of the performance on OSU’s YouTube site, click here

Students invited for free pancakes and more on Stillwater campus this week
Late Night Café, an OSU Campus Life and Student Union tradition for more than 20 years, is open May 3-6 (now 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 will include faculty and staff from throughout the campus and community. 

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 extends 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 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.

Audition for membership in the Cowboy Marching Band
Auditions for the 2010 edition of the Cowboy Marching Band are underway and all students are encouraged to try out. The only requirement is that you be able to play a wind instrument. The band is especially interested in students who played in their high school marching band. To set up an audition, contact Cowboy Marching Band director Brad Snow at (405) 744-8980. For more information, go to the future member section of the Cowboy Marching Band, click here.

Correction: new title for Kirksey is associate vice president
The position title in last week’s announcement about the new leader of OSU Institutional Diversity, Dr. Jason F. Kirksey, was incorrect and should have read associate vice president. We regret the error. The new appointment is pending approval at the next regular meeting of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Kirksey has served as interim associate vice president for institutional diversity since April of 2009. For more details, click here.

Moving out? Stillwater offering free drop off for big items
OSU students are invited to drop off their bulk items at the Convenience Collection Center, 807 S. Perkins Road, through May 31 at no charge. The center provides area residents with a convenient, professionally staffed, drive-thru service for disposing of non-hazardous recyclable goods, household waste and green waste. For more details, click here.  

Remember, place trash at curb by 6 a.m.
During the transition from twice-a-week manual trash collection to blue cart collection, your neighborhood’s trash collection time may vary. To ensure your household trash is collected, place items curb side by 6 a.m. For more information, call City of Stillwater Waste Management or e-mail

WellnessWellness tip: Exercise to suit your personality
Finding workouts that fit your personality can improve the odds that you will continue to exercise. If you're competitive, consider trying a team sport such as basketball. If you're playful or creative, try dancing. If you enjoy being alone, solo hikes, runs or bike rides may be right for you. Whatever your personality, try to find activities that keep you motivated. 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.


Landscape architecture seniors to showcase their talent at exhibit
Graduating seniors will be exhibiting their work, portfolios, and photographic essays of landscape architecture in the north gallery of Ag Hall on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.  The Landscape Architecture 5th Year Senior Showcase is open to everyone. For more information, contact Brian Patric at

2010 Student Showcase Friday and Saturday
Design, Housing and Merchandising degree students will be honored at the 2010 Student Showcase on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8, in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center. A reception is set for Friday, May 7, from 2 – 4 p.m. and the exhibit will be open from 9 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8.  

OSU-OKC to celebrate Cinco De Mayo
The OSU-OKC Hispanic Student Association will be celebrating Cinco De Mayo on Wednesday, May 5, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the second floor of the Student Commons Area. Festivities will include live Mariachis and Mexican food. The Hispanic Student Association uses this yearly event to spread their culture and promote diversity.

“Global Economy” is next forum topic at Stillwater Public Library
Why are national economies interdependent? That’s one of the important questions that Dr. Steve Miller plans to address on the topic of “Global Economy” during the Stillwater Global Affairs Forum on Thursday, May 6, starting at 7 p.m. at the public library (12th and Duck). Miller is former director of OSU's School of International Studies and Professor Emeritus of Marketing. For more details, click here.   

How to hold meetings that work
Discover how to “Managing Meetings Effectively” on Tuesday, May 11, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in room 201 in the Food and Ag Production Center. For only $49, you’ll have a road map for shorter, more productive meetings. Learn how to prepare, conduct and evaluate your meetings. Discover a process that helps overcome typical problems and pitfalls, and stamp out unnecessary meetings by determining alternatives. You'll get theory, concepts and tools so people will know when you call a meeting, something's going to happen. To enroll, e-mail, call (405) 744-5374 or click here

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 19 – New date for Dell Roadmap Meeting

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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