July 21, 2010

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OSU has turned to social media to enhance the transition to college life by creating OKStateU 1.0, a social site for all incoming students.

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OSU School of Journalism and Broadcasting changes its name
The OSU School of Journalism and Broadcasting has officially been renamed the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communications. The new name more accurately describes the mission and curriculum changes ahead at the school as the result of input from alumni and the industry. The existing degrees of a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science in journalism and broadcasting will be replaced with a bachelor of arts or science with options in multimedia journalism, sports media or strategic communication. For more details, click here.

Retired professor funds scholarship
Robert Henrickson, a former food science professor at OSU for 30 years, has given a gift of $50,000 to the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Through the Pickens Legacy Scholarship Match, a $100,000 endowment will be created for food science students inside the Animal Science Department. Henrickson retired in 1986 and celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year. The author of both the master’s and Ph.D. food science curriculum at OSU, Henrickson helped develop the OSU Emeriti Association. For more details, click here.

OSU Farmer’s Market to debut tomorrow in Stillwater
University Dining Services will debut OSU’s Farmer’s Market on Thursday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the top level of the Student Union Parking Garage in Stillwater. This first market will feature seven vendors offering a wide variety of fresh produce, processed foods and nursery stock from Oklahoma farms. The Farmer’s Market will continue the second and fourth Thursday every month through October. For more information, and to view a list of this week’s participating vendors, please visit http://union.okstate.edu/uds/FarmersMarket.htm.

OSU offers emergency care for pets or animals
When an animal or pet needs medical care in the middle of the night the Boren Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences can help. Located at the west end of the OSU campus in Stillwater, the veterinary hospital offers a state-of-the-art small animal critical care unit as well as large animal emergency care including an ambulatory truck that makes farm calls within approximately a 30-mile radius. After hours and on weekends there is always a student, an intern and/or resident and a senior faculty member on site or on call. For more information, visit http://www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.

Stillwater places 67th among “best places to live”
A CNNMoney.com survey lists Stillwater as the 67th best place in the nation to live. The CNN website also allows you to compare Stillwater with the top ten towns and cities in the survey. For details, click here.

Fundraiser planned for unique children’s album
OSU alum Monty Harper is planning a concert to raise money to record a children’s album featuring original songs he’s written about OSU scientists who have appeared in his Stillwater Public Library program “Born to Do Science.”  The concert is set for Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the Stillwater library. For more information, go to http://www.montyharper.com/ or http://www.borntodoscience.com/.

Get a health risk assessment in Ag Hall tomorrow
OSU employees with BlueEdge or BlueChoice insurance (bring card) can get a health risk assessment tomorrow, Thursday, July 22, from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. in Ag Hall, room 106. No appointment is necessary. Assessments will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis and employees are asked to prepare by fasting (nothing to eat or drink after midnight). No out-of-pocket expenses. Applicable fees are billed to insurance. You can also schedule an appointment at the OSU Employee Health Clinic, phone (405) 744-7556. For more information, click here.

Latest edition of “News You Can Use” now available for OSU employees
This edition includes information on 2011 health care insurance, safety training, voluntary retirement plans and more. Click here.

Sign up for TIAA-CREF one-on-one counseling sessions at the Stillwater campus
A representative from TIAA-CREF will be on the Stillwater campus for one-on-one counseling sessions on the following dates:  July 28, 29 and 30; Aug. 10, 11 and 12; Sept. 1, 2, and 3; and Sept. 21 and 22. A reservation is required. To make a reservation, please call TIAA-CREF at 1-800-732-8353.

Help your pets beat the heat
Methods to prevent them from overheating and signs of stress to watch for. Click here.

WellnessControlling indoor humidity
Keeping indoor humidity levels at 60 percent or below is the goal of the OSU Energy Conservation Program—a challenge since there are few dehumidification systems in place in buildings on campus. Employees can help manage indoor humidity by keeping windows and doors closed, especially when outdoor humidity levels are high. This allows the air conditioning system to work efficiently to maintain building comfort levels as it removes moisture from the air while cooling the building.

WellnessWellness tip: Should people with arthritis exercise?  
Studies show that exercise can help people with arthritis by reducing joint pain and stiffness, and increasing flexibility, muscle strength, cardiac fitness and endurance. The National Arthritis Foundation recommends gentle activities such as water aerobics, dance or tai chi, which can help increase flexibility and endurance without putting too much pressure on the joints. Discuss exercise options with a health care provider. 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). .


89th 4-H Roundup set for next week
OSU will welcome 4-H members from around the state for the 89th annual 4-H Roundup set for July 28 – 30 in Stillwater. Roundup offers courses, competition, and the election of state officers as well as an honors ceremony. Did you know? Delegates to the 1939 Roundup officially dedicated the new “4-H and Student Activities Building,” which is known today as Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Dive-in Movie: How to Train Your Dragon
SUAB presents “How to Train Your Dragon” from 9 – 11 p.m. on Thursday, July 22, at the Colvin Center Outdoor Pool at OSU in Stillwater. OSU students are free, $2 for non-students. For more information, phone (405) 744-8977 or e-mail suab@okstate.edu.

Homecoming 2010 packets available
Student organization packets are now available for Homecoming 2010. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to promote your organization and get your members involved in “America's Greatest Homecoming Celebration!” Packets can be downloaded at http://orangeconnection.org/homecoming. Homecoming 2010 is Oct. 22-23.

July 22 – Employee Health Risk Assessments at Ag Hall  
July 24 – Parking permits expire in one week
July 26 – Safe Zone: Level I Workshop
July 27 – Employee Health Risk Assessments at Physical Plant
Aug. 14 – Friends of Diversity Golf Tournament

Aug. 23 and 24 - Help new students, register now to be a wayfinding volunteer
Aug. 29 – “1930s Royal Nepal” a photographic exhibit

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