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May 12, 2010


With the recent bout of severe weather, cattle owners should be aware of the danger in debris consumption. A SUNUP episode looks at the steps to prevent the loss of livestock. Click here for details.
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Ranchers Club chef Marc Dunham and Play With Your Food video series are featured in a Tulsa World article. See the show on OSU's YouTube site. Read story here.

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Special Olympics 2010A Special Reward
More than 4,400 athletes are competing in the 2010 Oklahoma Special Olympic summer games this week at OSU, which has hosted the event for 27 years. Student athletes, coaches, and OSU personnel help staff the event. Boone Pickens Stadium, Gallagher-Iba Arena, the OSU track, and residential life housing are all part of the facilities used by the Olympians. More details below.

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41st annual Special Olympics Oklahoma Summer Games start today
Special Olympics athletes numbering in the thousands have been streaming into Stillwater today for the start of the 41st annual summer games. More than 4,400 athletes as well as hundreds of staff and volunteers will be on hand for tonight’s opening ceremony in Gallagher-Iba Arena that starts at 7:30 p.m. with the traditional parade of athletes. The Law Enforcement Torch Run will escort the parading athletes, carrying the Flame of Hope, and rappelling into the arena. Special Olympics Head Coach Barry Switzer will lead the athletes in the Special Olympics Oath as he has done every year since 1973. For more details, click here.

Road closings for Special Olympics
Sections of Hall of Fame and Farm Road in Stillwater will be temporarily closed from Walnut to Lincoln starting Wednesday, May 12, for the Special Olympics. These sections will be closed from 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday, and from 5:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m. on Friday. In addition, parking lot 74, directly north of the Colvin Center, will be reserved for use by Special Olympics attendees only through Friday, May 14. At the conclusion of the Special Olympics, the lot will be closed for the remainder of the summer due to construction. Students, faculty and staff with a valid permit can park in any student or overflow lot during the summer months. For more information about the lot closure, contact Parking Services at 744-6525 or click here.

State Regents recognize OSU and Triton Scientific LLC partnership
OSU was among 22 institutions throughout the state recently recognized for innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. In partnership with Triton Scientific LLC, OSU has formed the University Multispectral Laboratories, a state-owned, privately-operated partnership dedicated to the testing, evaluation and certification of defense-related technologies. Institutions involved in the partnerships provide $500 for tuition waivers for employees as well as student internships and faculty externships. State Regents provide a $500 match to the waivers. For more details, click here.

Herthel earns highest honor for veterinary senior
Troy Herthel of Los Olivos, Calif. received the highest honor an OSU veterinary senior can earn—the Dean Clarence H. McElroy Award—during convocation and hooding exercise at the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine on Saturday. The award, named after the first dean of OSU’s veterinary college, goes to an individual chosen by faculty and the fourth year class for their high academic achievements, leadership and outstanding clinical proficiency. The granddaughter of the late Dean McElroy, Ms. Patricia McElroy of Baton Rouge, La., presented the award to Herthel, who will start a year-long internship at Weatherford Equine Center in Weatherford, Tex. He ultimately hopes to work with his father in Los Olivos. For more details, click here.

Three named advanced degree graduates of distinction
John Rakestraw, CEO of Agra Holdings LP; Debra K. Aaron with the University of Kentucky; and Rodney Schemm of Hitch Enterprises have been named OSU Animal Science advanced degree graduates of distinction. The three were honored during recent ceremonies at OSU. Rakestraw and Schemm graduated with a master’s degree in animal science in 1984 and 1978 respectively. Aaron earned a doctoral degree in animal breeding and genetics in 1984. For complete details, click here.

Dixon new president of business officers organization
Dr. Robert Dixon, director of grants and contracts financial administration at OSU, was recently named president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers during the organization’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. As the group’s new leader, Dixon will provide guidance, support to strengthen its programs and objectives. He will also serve at the national level on the board of directors for the National Association of College and University Business Officers. The purpose of SACUBO is to foster, develop, and promote improved principles and efficient practices in the business and financial management of colleges and universities.

OSU student receives critical language scholarship
OSU aerospace engineering senior Dennis Chastain has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study the Japanese language in Japan for seven to 10 weeks this summer. Chastain, from Oklahoma City, is among more than 500 students from the U.S. who will travel to 15 overseas countries that the agency considers critical language learning locations to promote future relations. Scholarship recipients will also support their language learning with cultural immersion activities and are expected to apply their skills in their future professional careers. For more on the scholarship, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Benefits of dried fruit
Looking for a convenient way to eat five or more fruits and vegetable servings a day? Keep dried fruit on hand for a quick and healthy snack. Our registered dietitian recommends dried figs, apricots, raisins, plums, blueberries, cranberries or dates. Toss some on your cereal, salad or yogurt, accent a rice dish or enjoy just as they are. Dried fruit contains more nutrients and calories than an equal amount of whole fruit. A quarter cup—or palmful—counts as a serving. No washing, peeling or slicing required. 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.


Morning boot camp coming soon to the Seretean Wellness Center
Join O-Zone Fitness Center instructors for a complete cardio and total body-toning workout at morning boot camp from 6:30 – 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting May 18. The class is free to O-Zone members and $50 for nonmembers. Class size is limited and you must register by May 14. To register or for questions, contact Joanna at (405) 744-2176 or e-mail Just another way OSU is striving to be America’s HEALTHIEST campus.

“Supervisory Program: Leadership Mentoring and Coaching for Outstanding Performance”
The two-day program, "Supervisory Program: Leadership Mentoring and Coaching for Outstanding Performance," presented by Drs. Ken Eastman and Raj Basu, will be held May 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at OSU-Tulsa. In this program, the instructors will discuss the keys to becoming an effective supervisor and how employees can better prepare themselves for greater responsibilities brought on by management positions. To register or for more information, call the OSU Center for Executive and Professional Development at 1-866-678-3933 or 405-744-5208 or click here.

May 13 – Stillwater Jazz Concert May 13
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 15 – Homebuyer education course
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 – Moving out? Stillwater offering free drop off for big items

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

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