August 11, 2010

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Faculty and staff can enjoy significant discounts for two football games: the home opener with Washington State on Sept. 4 and the Big 12 opener against Texas A&M on Sept. 30. The discounted ticket for Washington State is $35 (regular $70) and the discounted price for Texas A&M is $50 (regular $90). To take advantage of these great discounts and see other offers, click here.
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A total of 741 young women are participating in the recruitment process this week for the 11 campus sororities at OSU in Stillwater, according to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. The final day will be Saturday when the young women are offered bids to join the houses. Classes officially start in Stillwater in less than two weeks, on Monday, Aug. 23

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OSU team places first at international competition
A team of OSU Industrial Engineering and Management undergraduates took first place this summer in the 2010 Institute of Industrial Engineers International Student Paper Competition. Thomas Hong, Jakarta; Julianna Bright, Arlington, Tex.; and Carrie Walker, Edmond, were announced as international winners at the meeting in Cancun, Mexico. The paper was based on their senior design project work titled “An Investigation into the Current Distribution System at Ditch Witch in Perry, Oklahoma.”

OSU graduate honored
Clint M. Merritt of Ardmore, a 2010 graduate of OSU, was presented with the International Balfour Award from the International Sigma Chi Fraternity. This award is given annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated the ideals and values of Sigma Chi throughout his undergraduate career in the areas of scholarship, character, fraternity service and campus leadership. Merritt, who also served as president of the Student Government Association at OSU in Stillwater, received his bachelor’s degree in animal science. For more details, click here.

OSU veterinary student wins Hill’s Big Win Challenge
Shana Watkins, Class of 2011, of Waukomis, Okla., recently won Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc.’s Big Win Challenge representing the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. The grand prize—one year of tuition up to $20,000 for Watkins and $5,000 to the OSU veterinary center’s Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association. For the first time, OSU was in the top six in garnering student votes for their veterinary school, and the only school to get 100 percent participation from its students. For more details, click here.

Rush underway on campus
A total of 741 young women are participating in the recruitment process this week for the 11 campus sororities at OSU in Stillwater, according to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs. The final day will be Saturday when the young women are offered bids to join the houses. Classes officially start in Stillwater in less than two weeks, on Monday, Aug. 23.

OSU community mourns the loss of Bill Warde
Bill Warde, a professor and former head of the OSU Statistics Department, died last week at the 2010 National Boy Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, a military installation near Bowling Green, Va. Warde, who was 67, had been at OS since 1972. He served OSU and Stillwater through numerous projects, and earned scouting’s highest honors. For more details, click here.

Spears School awarded grant from leading simulation software company
A grant from a developer of 3D simulation software will give OSU business students in Stillwater and Tulsa a chance to use the latest technology to simulate various work environments and recommend ways to improve efficiency. The more than $79,000 grant is from Simio LLC. For more details, click here.

OSUIT President receives distinguished service award
Dr. Robert Klabenes, president of OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee, received the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education Distinguished Service Award at the 43rd Annual CareerTech Summer Conference held Aug. 2-3 at the Tulsa Convention Center. The award recognizes Oklahoma leaders for their commitment to partnering to benefit the lives of Oklahoma students and the state’s economy. For details, click here.

OSU Veterinary Center announces 2010 distinguished alumni
The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are:  Drs. Joseph H. Carter, Jr. (’84) of Norman, Okla., Michael R. Lappin (’81) of Fort Collins, Colo., and Eva M. Sartin (’79) of Auburn, Ala. The honorees will be recognized during the veterinary center’s fall conference on Friday, Oct. 1, at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater. Tickets are available through the Continuing Education Office at (405) 744-7672. .

Lessons learned at OSU help at Pepperdine
Linda Livingstone is the dean of the business school at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate from OSU. Find out how growing up at OSU helped the career of a farm girl from Perkins, click here.

Geothermal home was easy decision for emeritus
OSU Professor Emeritus Gerald McClain practices what he preaches and teaches. His reasons for building a geothermal home are featured in a special issue on energy savings in the Christian Science Monitor. To read all about it, click here.

Entrepreneurial bootcamp benefiting Oklahomans—registration under way
Phyllis and Micheal Peabody of Broken Arrow are among the Oklahoma entrepreneurs whose businesses have benefited from involvement in OSU’s Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs. The bootcamp is a series of courses held on Saturdays for Oklahomans interested in launching their own ventures as well as those in the early stages of business start-up. Find out more by clicking here. For registration, click here.

Washington Street receiving improvements this week
Repairs to defective pavement at various locations of the outside northbound and southbound lanes of N. Washington Street, north of Lakeview Road, will continue through Friday, according to the City of Stillwater Transportation Department.

WellnessMore energy improvements coming to your building
OSU is partnering with Johnson Controls, Inc in an energy improvement contract that went into effect this month. The first project is to replace interior fluorescent light fixtures with more energy efficient bulbs. Goals for this lighting project include saving energy and providing uniform interior lighting. Notices will be posted before works starts in each building.

WellnessWellness tip: Calf exercises at your desk  
Simple calf and ankle exercises can be performed at your desk: 1) Lift and lower both heels while keeping the balls of your feet planted firmly on the floor; and 2) Work the opposing muscles of the shin by lifting and lowering the balls of your feet with your heels on the floor. Shoot for 20-30 repetitions of both exercises. 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).

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Get Movin’ with the First Cowgirl
Join OSU First Cowgirl Ann Hargis as she leads a seven-week walking course designed to help the OSU community get up and get movin’. Participants should meet at the flag pole at the Willham House at 6 a.m. starting Tuesday, Aug. 24, for the walk/jog which will include assistance from the Seretean Wellness Center staff. Proper fitting athletic shoes are a must since you may get a little wet and dirty traveling the cross country terrain. All levels of fitness will be addressed – so beginners to advanced exercisers are welcome. No registration is necessary—just show up. Questions? Contact Mary Talley at (405) 744-6907.

Know your numbers, get a health risk assessment—and free stuff
Seretean Wellness Center staff will be conducting health screenings for OSU employees with BlueEdge and BlueChoice insurance on Thursday, Aug. 12, 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena east lobby (escalators). Receive orange flash drive or orange water bottle while supplies last. No appointment is necessary, assessments will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis and employees are asked to fast (nothing to eat or drink after midnight). No out-of-pocket expenses, applicable fees are billed to insurance. Please bring your insurance card. Can’t do it now? Call (405) 744-7556 to schedule an appointment.

OSU-OKC speaker to discuss veterans transition into civilian life
Veterans and their families experience unique challenges as they transition into civilian life and acquire new skills. To help veteran students, staff and faculty prepare for this transition, OSU-Oklahoma City will host “Homecoming: Warrior to Citizen” from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 16, on campus in the Student Center, conference rooms north and south. For more details, click here .

University Dining Services expands Farmer’s Market in Stillwater (open tomorrow)
The number of vendors is expected to double at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday, Aug. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the top level of the Student Union Parking Garage at OSU in Stillwater. Fourteen vendors will offer their locally grown or produced products to the OSU community, including a wide variety of fresh produce, processed foods and cakes/breads. For more information about the Farmer’s Market, including a list of vendors, go to http://union.okstate.edu/uds/FarmersMarket.htm.

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.

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:  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 http://orangeconnection.org/homecoming. 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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