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May 19, 2010


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Congratulations to OSU student Morgan Woolard who was first runner up in the Miss USA pageant, and has shown what a real winner she is in the way she has responded to numerous media inquiries since the contest. For more details, click here.

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Special Olympics 2010Re-lo to U-too
If all goes as planned, the temporary Student Union site (U-too) could be open for business on the Stillwater campus as early as Monday. Along with the bookstore, restaurants available with limited menus will include Taco Mayo, Union Grill, Chick-fil-A, Sushi with Gusto, Subs Etc. and Viva Italiano. Twenty Something Too also will be fully operational and there will be a large selection of grab and go items such as sandwiches and salads. Bookstore employees Jane Debord, front, and Kayla Thetford, prepare for U-too's opening. For photos and details, click here.

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OSU entrepreneurship program celebrates successful first year
OSU’s School of Entrepreneurship and the Riata Center for Entrepreneurship in the Spears School of Business honored 19 entrepreneurs, students, faculty and staff for their accomplishments during the 2009-2010 academic year. For the complete list, click here.

OSU coach and family adopt WONDERtorium
OSU men’s basketball coach Travis Ford and his wife Heather announced Monday that the Oklahoma WONDERtorium would be their family’s local non-profit organization of choice. Heather Ford is one of 14 members of the Oklahoma WONDERtorium’s board of directors. The family’s endorsement is viewed as a critical step to continuing the work of the Museum Without Walls program and efforts to build a children’s museum in Stillwater. For more details, click here.

New ROTC instructor featured in article
Brian Disque, senior military instructor with the Army ROTC at OSU, was featured in a recent NewsPress article in honor of Armed Forces Day. He served two consecutive tours in Afghanistan and Iraq in three years before being assigned to Stillwater. For more, click here.

Census show to feature OSU expert on Sunday
Don’t miss OSU’s own Dr. Larry Sanders on OETA this Sunday, May 23, starting at 3 p.m. in a 30-minute show dedicated to the U.S. Census. The show will provide essential information and emphasize how being counted is crucial. Oklahoma was negatively affected in the 2000 Census, not only by losing dollars to help fund road repairs/construction and fire, police, and EMT services, but also by losing a representative in Congress.

635,000 census takers on the move
Census officials are happy that more than 72 percent of U.S. households have mailed back census forms, but census takers will still need to visit nearly 48 million more homes by July 10. The visits are to households that either didn’t mail back their form or didn’t receive one. Census takers must present an ID badge, provide you with a supervisor’s or local office phone number, and will ask only questions that appear on the census form. They will not ask for social security, credit card or bank account numbers and they will never solicit donations or contact you via e-mail. For more details, click here.

North section of parking Lot 19 to close for renovation
The north side of parking lot 19 (the parking lot south of the Seretean Center) will be closed starting Wednesday, May 21, through mid-December due to a renovation project at the Seretean Center for Performing Arts. During the summer months, faculty and staff with a valid permit can park in any student or overflow lot. For more information about this lot closure, contact Parking Services at 744-6525 or visit

OSU-OKC adds multi-use safe room this storm season
The OSU-Oklahoma City campus is better prepared for storm season with a new state-of-the-art safe room at the Child Development Center Lab School. The room, completed in March, not only offers protection against storms that cause severe damage, it also features a fully-functioning space for children with activities, restrooms, a diaper area, storage area, a 24-hour supply of food and water, refrigerator/freezer, first aid supplies and more. The school also uses the safe room for daily activities with the children. For more details, click here.

Know how to care for your family during a disaster
Probably one of the most important roles that parents play is providing a healthy, safe and secure place for their children. For details, click here.

Which milk is best for growing bones?
Everyone knows that milk is an important part of a growing child’s diet. There are several types of milk available at the grocery store, so which one is the best? Click here for details.

WellnessWellness tip: Hand weights while walking?
In the interest of safety, it is probably better not to use hand weights while walking. Gripping the weights while walking can increase blood pressure. They can also increase the strain on shoulder muscles and ligaments. If you decide to use weights anyway, swing smoothly, keep the weights under good control and limit them to no more than three pounds. Better yet, try a weighted vest, which can distribute added weight over your body. 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.


Annual Staff Appreciation Day Picnic tomorrow
Don’t miss the free lunch and give-aways at the annual Staff Appreciation Day Picnic tomorrow, Thursday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Willard Lawn (or the Student Union Ballroom, if rainy). Also consider taking advantage of the blood screening, health risk assessment, healthcare counseling and other information available. Bring the lunch ticket you received in the mail, including the top portion of the ticket to submit for door prize drawings.

Kid’s Discovery Camp offered this summer at OSU—five-day camps
There are still openings for four weeks in June and July at OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology day camps for students 9-12 years old. Each five-day camp ($130) will follow an overarching theme and include elements of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Participants will engage in field trips, group learning activities and hands-on creative experiences. There are still openings for the weeks of June 14-18, 21-25, July 19-23 and July 26-30. To receive a registration packet, phone (405) 744-5146 or

Two presentations designed to make a difference for business communications
Kim McCrackin will offer two presentations on Wednesday, June 16, at OSU-Tulsa starting with “Written Communication for the Business E-mail,” from 9 a.m. – noon. Learn more about organization, consistency, and punctuation to achieve clarity and accuracy in writing, essential rules, and pointers for readable business documents. Next, McCrackin will offer “Editing and Proofing” from 1 – 4 p.m. This session will highlight some common grammar and punctuation rules that have changed in recent years, offer a reminder and take a fresh look at new rules for correctness and professionalism. To register or for more information, call 1-866-678-3933 or (405) 744- 5208 or click here.

May 20 – OSU FAPC to hold “Going Green” conference, register now
May 20 - "Crazy for Quilts" set for tomorrow
May 21 – “Hankerin’ 4 Hank” coming soon
May 29 - Stillwater pool to open
May 31 – Moving out? Stillwater offering free drop off for big items

May 31 – Deadline to vote online for OSU’s Lyons
June 10 - Community Band concert set for June 10

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