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Friday, July 24, 2009

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Oklahoma State University will be opening four renovated or expanded buildings for the start of the new school year, including beautifully restored and historic Old Central; it was announced at July's OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting in Oklahoma City. In addition to Old Central, OSU will be opening the expanded Donald W. Reynolds School of Architecture Building, renovated Murray Hall and the expanded Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.
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    NSF GRantIce Explorers
    OSU researchers receive National Science Foundation grant to continue research in Antarctica.

    Geological Grant
    Key OSU water research receives national funding.

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  • Crenshaw named director of undergraduate admissions
    N. Christine Crenshaw of Manhattan, Kan., was named the new OSU director of undergraduate admissions during the July 24 meeting of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents at OSU-Oklahoma City. Crenshaw will lead the more than 40 staff members who handle OSU’s undergraduate recruitment and admissions activities. She will assume her new position on the Stillwater campus on Sept. 1. For more, click here.

    Five professors named to new endowed positions
    The OSU Regents named five professors to new endowed positions on the Stillwater campus. Clinton R. Krehbiel, professor of animal science, was appointed to the Dennis and Martha White Endowed Chair Professorship. David M. Engle, Regents Professor and director of natural resource ecology and management, was appointed to Thomas E. Berry Professorship in Water Research and Management. Frank D. Blum, professor and head of chemistry, was appointed to the Harrison I. Bartlett Endowed Chair. Vance H. Fried, professor and Brattain Chair in management, was appointed to the Riatta Professorship in Entrepreneurship. Jeretta H. Nord, professor of management science and information systems, was appointed to the Riatta Professorship in Entrepreneurship. For more on personnel, click here.

    OSU students display winning aircraft designs at U.S. expo
    More than a thousand high profile visitors got a look at the winning aircraft designs of Oklahoma State University students Alan Larson of Oklahoma City and Eric Johnson of Caldwell Ida., last week at the U.S. Air, Trade and Technology Expo in Dayton, Ohio. Since OSU’s teams won both first and second place with the remote-controlled planes at the national AIAA Design/Build/Fly competition in April, the aircraft were given a prime location for display at the Dayton International Airport’s Exposition Center. It was the first time undergraduate designers were invited to the expo, which serves as a public-private networking forum.

    Family Campaign generates more than $200K for OSU
    Between May 1 and June 30, 785 OSU faculty and staff made gifts and pledges to the university totaling more than $200,000. These donations were a part of the annual OSU Family Campaign, an initiative to encourage employee support within the OSU system. The OSU Foundation and the Family Campaign co-chairs, Jean Van Delinder and Tara Gladden, are thanking donors for their tremendous commitment. Discover how you can make an impact at OSUgiving.com/family.

    Capital West starts scholarship in honor of OSU alum
    Capital West Securities has established a $25,000 endowment in honor of Bob Rader, former executive vice president of corporate finance, who died on July 15. The Bob and Judy Rader Scholarship will be available to incoming freshmen in the Spears School of Business. Rader graduated from OSU with a finance degree. The company describes the scholarship as “a way to continue Rader’s legacy of giving back to the community.” Contributions to the endowment can be made at www.OSUgiving.com. ??

    OSU Phi Beta Lambda team brings home awards from national competition
    The OSU chapter of Phi Beta Lambda recently attended the PBL National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., where business students competed in various simulated real-world industry situations. OSU Spears School students Kyle Buthod and Ashley Leonard placed fifth with an emerging business issues presentation, and Cody Wilson received eighth place in the financial concepts division. Kristine Thompson served as campaign manager for the winning president candidate. For more, click here.

    City confirms project “ahead of schedule”
    The City of Stillwater is confirming reports that the University Avenue reconstruction and drainage improvement project is ahead of schedule, and if the weather cooperates the project will be completed without any impact to OSU home football games this fall. For more, click here.

    OSU Theatre Department to present musical “Brownstone” starting tonight
    The OSU Theatre Department will present the musical “Brownstone” on Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Theatre, Gundersen Hall. The five-person musical centers on a group of people living in a brownstone apartment in New York City and offers romance, comedy and heartache as well as music (some language—PG 13). Tickets are $5 and sold on a first-come first-serve basis. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m. nightly. Seating is limited. For information, phone (405)744-9208.

    Association welcomes faculty and staff for Krazy Dayz sale
    The OSU Alumni Association is hosting its first Krazy Dayz sale at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center until 5 p.m. today, Friday, July 24. Come by and check out all the discounts on OSU items. For more information, call (405)744-5368 or e-mail info@orangeconnection.org.

    Program to address future developments in financial accounting/reporting
    Business and government professionals are encouraged to attend “Where Are We Heading in Financial Accounting and Reporting?” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on July 28 at OSU-Oklahoma City or July 29 at OSU-Tulsa. Presented by OSU Professor Emeritus Lanny Chasteen, the seminar will cover the recent and more controversial changes in financial reporting standards, and future developments. To register or for more information, call the CEPD at 405-744-5208 or visit www.cepd.okstate.edu.

    Weed control can help protect city employees
    Help protect City of Stillwater employees from poisonous plants — such as poison ivy — while working around utility easements, water lines, etc.  Be aware of what is growing on your property and take steps to control weeds. In some cases, if weeds are not removed, a fine for abatement is possible (Municipal Code Articles II, Section 19-29.). For more information, contact Steve Herndon at (405) 742-8346 or e-mail sherndon@stillwater.org. For information on poisonous weeds, click here and scroll down to “plants.”

    Energy Star PartnerSave energy, let your computer monitor sleep
    Letting your computer monitor sleep will not cause conflicts with software or network operations, and it can save a substantial amount of energy when multiplied by the number of computer monitors in use at OSU on a daily basis. For maximum energy savings, set your monitor to sleep after 10 minutes of inactivity. When you return to your desk and touch a key or move the mouse, the monitor wakes up automatically. For step-by-step instructions on how to enable your monitor’s sleep settings, contact your IT department or visit: http://www.energy-solution.com/off-equip/configuring-monitors.html

    WellnessWellness tip: Weight loss—changing your focus
    Trying to lose weight? Success in weight management usually requires changing eating habits and physical activity level. Experts recommend losing no more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. Focus on improvements in the way you feel. Do you have more energy? Sleeping better? Have more endurance? Creating healthy habits will likely lead to weight reduction, so focus on wellness, not just weight. Wellness tips are brought to you by the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, dedicated to making OSU the Healthiest Campus in America. For more information about services for students, faculty and staff, call 744-WELL (9355).

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