August 18, 2010

Energy reminder

OSU gets high rankings by national publications.
Ranked among top 150 by U.S. News and World Report.
Named one of “America’s Best College Buys” by
In the News and Tulsa Worldnews stories feature OSU Student Union construction.

Featured Video
Able Tech

Sapulpa freshman Courtney Evans gets help from her dad moving on campus. Today marked the first day of Welcome Week at OSU. Over the next few days freshman will get oriented to the campus and college life through several activities.  New Student Convocation, formally inducting students into the OSU learning experience, will be held Friday at 5 p.m. in Gallagher Iba Arena.  For more about Welcome Week click here or for the full schedule of events, click here.

# Subscribe # OSU in the News # Archives# Other news

OSU Social Media Directory

World-renowned animal scientist to speak at OSU
OSU students, faculty, staff and ranchers will have the opportunity to interact with the person who initiated major shifts in both animal handling and the world’s view of autism and autistics, Temple Grandin. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University and a designer of livestock-handling facilities, will speak on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m. in the OSU Student Union Ballroom in Stillwater. The seminar is free and open to the public. For more details, click here.

OSU team invited to White House
The OSU Men’s Cross Country team is among those that President Obama has invited to the White House to honor on Sept. 13. The president will welcome student athletes from dozens of schools and recognize various championship teams and players for their efforts to give back to their communities.  

OSU students take honors at national conference
OSU senior Krista Anderson was elected the new secretary-treasurer for the National Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow at the recent Ag Media Summit held in St. Paul, Minn. Senior Lisa Brown received a $2,000 scholarship. OSU students took home more than 30 awards by placing in various categories of competition. For details, click here.

KOSU to host discussion on education funding question
KOSU Radio will host a discussion on a state question involving education funding on Monday, Aug. 30, at 6 p.m. at the Picasso Café in Oklahoma City. State Question 744 proposes raising the amount of money spent per pupil in Oklahoma to the regional average. The discussion, which will include representatives from both sides, will be moderated by KOSU capitol bureau chief Michael Cross. The “Policy and a Pint” broadcast will also invite voters to join in the discussion. .

TV news report features “Songs from Science”
Tulsa’s Channel 6 recently featured a Stillwater man who is working to make science assessible to everyone through his music with the help of OSU professors. Find out more about Monty Harper by clicking here.

Policy in place for drug and alcohol problems
The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments requires OSU to coordinate a program to prevent unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees in order to remain eligible for federal financial assistance. OSU has adopted a policy to comply with this statutory directive. For information on OSU policies, internal and external sanctions, as well as health risks and treatment resources related to drug and alcohol use, please click here.

Please review OSU Student Code of Conduct
OSU is committed to creating and maintaining a productive living and learning community, which fosters the intellectual, personal, cultural, and ethical development of its students. Self-discipline and respect for the rights and privileges of others are essential to the educational process and to good citizenship. All students are expected to review and abide by the OSU Student Code of Conduct. Click here to read more under “Cowboy Community Standards.” Also see “What Would Pete Do?” by clicking here.

Educational Talent Search students toured Oklahoma this summer
Oklahoma State Educational Talent Search students, grades 6 – 12, toured and participated in various field trips this summer coordinated through the Division of Institutional Diversity at OSU. A group of high school students honed their leadership skills at the Camp Redlands challenge course while the Great Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge and Alabaster Caverns State Park were destinations for other groups. The program familiarizes students with college campuses in Oklahoma and also exposes them to cultural events. For more information, click here.

Free OKC Zoo tickets/T-shirt for blood donors
Donors will received a free “Feel Wild” t-shirt and two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo during the OSU blood drive Aug. 25- 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Gallagher-Iba Arena. In addition to the tickets and T-shirt, free Hideaway pizza will also be available to donors. For more information on blood donation go to

TIAA-CREF “Raise the Rate” contest underway
OSU is currently in fourth place to win a $25,000 endowment from TIAA-CREF and you can help move us to first place while qualifying for up to $50,000 in prize money. Send in your ideas to help Americans increase their personal savings rate. Go to  and click on the link from the contest home page. Submit your own idea to increase today’s personal savings rate and help OSU win. The first 300 to enter get a free t-shirt!  Deadline for entries is Sept. 20.

WellnessWellness tip: Health benefits of spinach  
Spinach is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s low in calories and dense in nutrients, including calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, vitamin C and vitamin A. Keep fresh spinach cool and minimize storage time.  Consider canned and frozen spinach as other options if you can't eat it soon after buying it. Spinach salads make an easy and delicious meal or side dish. Try adding steamed spinach to your next pasta recipe. 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 services for students, faculty and staff, call 744-WELL (9355).

Wellness Lighting improvements  
As part of the energy improvement project at OSU, lighting improvements will include replacing magnetic ballasts with electronic ballasts to increase energy efficiency and lower operating costs. Electronic ballasts are designed so that if a single lamp burns out, it will not affect the operation of the remaining bulbs. Electronic ballasts are also lightweight, operate more quietly, and reduce lamp flicker.


OSU/Stillwater Work and Service Fair tomorrow
Need a part-time job or willing to volunteer? Come to the Work and Service Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, to check out opportunities on and off campus. Local employers and non-profit organizations will be in attendance. For more information, contact OSU Career Services at (405) 744-5253.

Study abroad information session set
A general information session on study abroad is set for Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 4:30 p.m. in room 101 of the Paul Miller Journalism Building. This general information seminar will provide an introduction to the programs available and the practical considerations involved—a required first step for the advising and application process. For more information, e-mail or call (405) 744-8569.

Graduate student welcome reception set for Aug. 25
The Graduate and Professional Student Government Association (GPSGA) will host the Graduate Student Fall Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Aug. 25, from 4 - 6 p.m. in the Noble Research Center Atrium. Meet new and current graduate students, university administrators, faculty, the GPSGA officers and representatives. Free food will be available and door prizes will be given away during the event. For more information visit

“Fall and Winter Gardening: Veggies, Composting and Building your own Cold Frame”
Join professional chef Lisa Becklund as she shares her expertise at building cold frames to sustain a fall and winter garden on Sept. 15 from noon- 12:45 p.m. as part of the Wellness Wednesday series offered by the OSU Seretean Wellness Center. Discussed will be instructions for making a cold frame to grow lettuce, spinach, arugula, kale, radish and green onions with recommendations for the best seeds as well as a variety of composting tips.  The presentation is free and includes a heart healthy lunch, but you must pre-register by Friday, Sept. 10.  To register, e-mail or call 744.WELL (9355).

Aug. 24 – Get Movin’ with the First Cowgirl

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

# OSU Event Calendar

Submit NewsText or a text file information only. Please include contact information. Submit event news a week in advance.