August 4, 2010

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School of Media and Strategic Communication professor Marc Krein has been awarded a 2010 Telly Award for his behind the scenes look at ESPN's GameDay. Click here for more.
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OSU researchers help test the viability of a new bug-blocking fabric created by a Midwest City company. Read more at Tulsa World.

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Native American students Rachele Adale War, left, and Christina Kitchell, both of McAlester, celebrate graduation following the Spring 2010 Commencement at OSU. In the most recent data, OSU is tied for first in the nation in the number of Native Americans who graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

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OSU named “A Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review
OSU is one of the best colleges in the West, based on several factors including academics and students’ responses, according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. The website,, features statistics as well as comments from students who were surveyed. Read more here or click here and scroll down to “Best Regional Colleges” and click on “Western.”

Fourteen students named Arthur Ashe Scholars
Fourteen Oklahoma State student-athletes from eight different sports have been named 2010 Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars, according to the publication Diverse: Issues In Higher Education. The awards were established to honor undergraduate students of color who have achieved both academically and athletically. To be included, students have to compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 and be active on their campuses or in their communities. For scholars names and sports, click here.

OSU takes steps to help university in Iraq
Three OSU faculty members recently returned from Iraq where they spent time finding out how OSU can help the University of Basrah. The visit was one of the first steps to a partnership that is funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. State Department. OSU is one of five American universities to receive such grants. For more details, click here.

OSU professor’s documentary on exhibit in D.C.
A documentary film by Dr. Ron du Bois, professor emeritus from OSU, is part of the Fulbright Exhibition on display now in Washington, D.C. at the KORUS House through Aug. 6. The award winning film “The Korean Potter” was filmed while du Bois lived and worked with a community of potters for more than six months. The film shows the intensity, enthusiasm and impressive strength the potters bring to their work. The exhibit was recently shown in New York, and is scheduled to be shown in Seoul in October.

Student photographers contribute video for music festival
Students in the OSU Institute of Technology photography program recently recorded videos of bands from across the state performing at the historic Church Studio in Tulsa. The videos were used to promote the “FreeTulsa! Festival,” a two-day music concert held July 30-31 in the Tulsa Brady Arts District. For more details, click here.

New August edition of “News You Can Use” now available for OSU employees
Start equipping yourself with information now for October benefits enrollment. This edition includes a first look at the options. For details, click here.

Bob Fenimore video interviews online
The late Bob Fenimore will not be forgotten. See video highlights of some of the OSU football legend's interviews that are available online by clicking here and scrolling down.

Parking permits on sale—enforcement underway
Faculty, staff and students can purchase their OSU parking permits online at Enforcement of parking permits started today. Questions? Please phone the Parking Services office at (405) 744-6525.

Upward Bound Program celebrated
The Upward Bound Program celebrated 10 years of success this summer with a reunion in June that attracted 40 former students and staff to the Student Union Ballroom at OSU in Stillwater. Sally Walkiewicz, who recently retired after being on staff at Stillwater High School since the start of the program, received a special presentation that included a book full of letters from her former students describing her positive influence on their lives. Students attend monthly workshops as well as a summer camp focusing on academics, job shadowing and life skills. Almost 250 students have been served through the program.

Researchers seek volunteers for strawberry drink study
OSU researchers are seeking volunteers for a study related to the health effects of a strawberry drink. Following an initial telephone questionnaire, eligible participants will be scheduled for a screening blood draw for final qualification and enrollment in the study and three follow-up visits. Study participants will receive compensation for each follow-up visit. For more details, click here.

OSU saving millions with plans to save more
OSU’s Energy Conservation Program will move to the next level with the help of your patience and consideration. Click here to find out what’s next and read more about VendingMisers below.

A device known as a “VendingMiser” is being tested on several cooled beverage and snack machines at various locations at OSU in Stillwater. The device uses a passive infrared sensor to power down machines at appropriate times while monitoring the room’s temperature and ensuring the products stay cold. VendingMisers typically reduced energy consumption an average of 46 percent, saving about $150 a year per machine. For more details, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Vegetarian diets and iron  
Are you a vegetarian or mostly a vegetarian? Our registered dietitian recommends consuming plenty of iron-rich plant foods such as lentils, kidney beans, black beans, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruit and whole grains. Iron-enriched products such as cereals and breads are also good sources. To enhance iron absorption, consume vitamin C-rich foods at the same time you eat iron-containing foods. These include strawberries, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli and citrus fruits. By following these simple guidelines, most non-meat eaters will get enough iron.


Fan Appreciation Day this Sunday, Aug. 8
OSU will host its annual Fan Appreciation Day on Sunday, Aug. 8, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with the two-hour autograph session featuring the OSU football and soccer teams beginning at 2 p.m. Team posters and schedule cards will be available in the arena lobbies. Parking will be available in the Boone Pickens Stadium lots on a first come, first serve basis. For more details click here.

Discount tickets available to OSU faculty and staff
OSU Athletics is offering significant discounts to faculty and staff for the home football opener with Washington State on Sept. 4 and the Big 12 opener against Texas A&M on Sept. 30. The discounted ticket price for Washington State is $35 per ticket (regular price $70) and the discounted price for Texas A&M is $50 (regular price $90). To take advantage of these great discounts, please visit

Three-pack game tickets now on sale
A 2010 OSU Football three-pack is now on sale for Tulsa, Texas A&M and Baylor at a discount off the single game price. For more information, go to

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:  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.

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 Homecoming 2010 is Oct. 22-23.

Aug. 14 – Friends of Diversity Golf Tournament
Aug. 17 – Concert fundraiser for unique children’s album

Aug. 23 and 24 - Help new students, register now to be a wayfinding volunteer

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