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April 2009 Campus Notices

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April 2009 Campus Notices

“Oklahoma’s Investment in Alternative Energy” set for tonight

Shannon Ferrell will speak on “Oklahoma’s Investment in Alternative Energy” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, in Animal Science, room 123. Ferrell, with the Department of Agricultural Economics at OSU, will speak on wind energy and its market share in the future, which is part of Jump$tart Your Money Week at OSU. The event is free and open to the public.


Slave narratives to be examined
The impact and legacy of historical first-hand accounts of slavery in the U.S. will be the focus of "Soul of a People: The Slave Narratives of the Federal Writers' Project," on Friday, April 24, in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room in the Edmon Low Library at 7 p.m. These interviews tell our nation's story through the voices of those who lived it. The event is free and open to the public. For more information on this and other events at the OSU Library, call (405) 744-7331 or e-mail lib-pub@okstate.edu.  

OSU College of Human Environmental Sciences Celebrates Excellence
The College of Human Environmental Sciences honored outstanding students, faculty and staff recently during the 2009 Celebration of Excellence.  More than $200,000 in scholarships were awarded to 133 undergraduate and graduate students. Taryn Tate, a nutritional sciences major from Shawnee, was named the College of Human Environmental Sciences Outstanding Undergraduate Student.  For details and photos, click here.

Fund established for injured firefighter, former OSU employee
A fund has been established to help defray medical expenses for Dave Milby. The volunteer fireman and former OSU IT employee, was critically burned fighting the recent wildfires. Dave, the husband of longtime OSU employee Bonnie Milby, has undergone surgery and is confined to a hospital bed. The Iowa Tribal Police Department has set up the Milby Family Fund at Stroud National Bank, P.O. Box 159, Perkins, OK 74059. For updates on Dave’s condition, contact Mary Rader, secretary of the Interfaith Council of OSU at mwrader657@yahoo.com.

Order your student football/basketball combo ticket next week at Chi-O clock

OSU Athletics will set up a gazebo at Chi-O clock Tuesday, April 28, and Wednesday, April 29, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for students to purchase the new football/basketball “combo” ticket package for just $330—an $84 savings off last year’s prices despite the addition of an eighth home football game. OSU students can also complete the ticket request form, available at www.okstate.com, to purchase tickets. Students can also request the form by sending an e-mail to tickets@okstate.edu. The completed form may be faxed to the ticket at office at (405) 744-5538. Students can also stop by the Athletics Center ticket office, or call 1-877-ALL-4-OSU. Payment may be made via check, cash, credit card or bursar.  


College of Education to offer summer camp opportunities for children
The College of Education and the Stillwater Children's Museum have partnered to offer four summer camp sessions for children ages 8 to 12 during June 2009. Camp topics include “How Do They Do That,” “Art is Science,” “Animals on the Loose” and “Insects Rule the World.” The COE will also hold a Math Enrichment Camp July 20-24 for children who have completed grades four through seven. For more information about all camps, including access to a registration form, please visit: http://www.okstate.edu/education/summercamp/.

This week at the OSU Student Union in Stillwater…
Strutt your Mutt Dog Show: Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m. on the OSU Library lawn. Please bring your dogs and have fun at SUAB annual Dog Show. There will be inflatables and pet pampering. The Strutt your Mutt Dog Show with fashion show and talent show will start at 7 p.m. The movie “Hotel for Dogs” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Free food and prizes.
Rock Star Bingo: Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. Please bring your friends to play bingo. Win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. Take advantage of free food and drinks. Feel free to dress up like a rock star. For more information, please check out http://suab.okstate.edu.

German fare at Blair
Come and have a taste of Germany at Blair Dining located in Bennett Hall on Tuesday, April 28. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will provide an extensive German menu including: sauerbraten, braised red cabbage, Rhine whole green beans with walnuts and a vast assortment of sausages as well as other culinary delights. Go to  http://www.dining.okstate.edu.

Tax credits are available for home energy improvements in 2009
Find out more, click here .

Go GreenBuilding envelope
Why is it important to keep windows closed in OSU buildings? Open windows impact temperature and humidity control, plus the control of air pressure within a building, especially when the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system is running. Keeping windows closed allows the system designed to control the indoor environment to work properly and seals the building envelope, which is the separation between the interior and exterior environments of a building.

WellnessWellness tip: Exercise and sunscreen
Are you an outdoor exerciser? If so, wear sunscreen. Even on a cloudy or cool day, your skin needs protection. We suggest choosing an alcohol- or water-based sunscreen. These allow sweat to evaporate more quickly than oil-based sunscreens. Last but not least, use a minimum of SPF 15. Reapply often.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).


Record-breaking attempt underway at OSU

Dr. Steven Price, associate vice president for Technology Development and director of the Office of Intellectual Property Management at OSU, is attempting to break the current world record of 3,116 pull-ups in 24 hours. The 57-year-old Price started at 10 a.m. this morning (Tuesday, April 21) at the Colvin Recreation Center Outdoor Adventure Area (located at the base of the climbing wall). The attempt is being held in conjunction with a 24-hour climb-a-thon sponsored by Outdoor Adventure. The climb-a-thon teams will compete to raise the most amount of money for the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. For additional information, please contact (405) 744-5581.


Alumni Association introduces next homecoming theme
The OSU Alumni Association’s 2009 homecoming theme is “Branded For Life!” Homecoming will be Oct. 16-17 in Stillwater and will culminate with the Missouri vs. OSU football game on Saturday, Oct. 17. “America’s Greatest Homecoming Celebration” has been presented each year by the OSU Alumni Association since 1920. It is run completely by more than 100 homecoming student members with the collaboration of thousands across the five OSU campuses. For more information, visit www.orangeconnection.org/homecoming.  

“Go Green. Ride Orange” on Earth Day
THE BUS OSU/Stillwater Community Transit system is offering free rides on all routes on Wednesday, April 22, to celebrate Earth Day 2009.  Additionally, a limited number of “Go Green. Ride Orange.” T-shirts will be distributed on the buses during Earth Day. THE BUS operates Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. For further information and route maps, please visit www.transit.okstate.edu or call 405-744-2832.
FACT: For every mile traveled on public transit, riders will produce 95 percent less carbon monoxide than driving, according to the American Public Transportation Association.

It’s Earth Week
ECO-OSU invites you to participate in Earth Week on the OSU campus in Stillwater. For a list activities, including a concert, and outdoor movie, click on the following link www.orgs.okstate.edu/ecoosu or e-mail ecoosu@gmail.com.

Skin cancer awareness campaign launched

The Division of Academic Affairs is sponsoring a skin cancer awareness campaign in support of OSU student Amy Morse by skin cancer information and free samples of products at the Chi-O clock from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Monday through Friday through May 8. Donations will be accepted at the clock, Career Resource Center (308 SU) and the Office of Vice President of Student Affairs, 201 Whitehurst. Proceeds will benefit Amy Morse and her medical expenses. Amy is a REMS doctoral student in the College of Education and Bennett resident hall assistant area coordinator. For more information or to volunteer, contact Alicia Severe, (405) 744-6434, alicia.severe@okstate.edu.  


Indian dinner tonight
Join University Dining Services at The Market on Tuesday, April 21, at 5 p.m. for an Indian menu. UDS is bringing more cultural and diversity awareness to campus through such cultural dinners with menus tailored to the various countries and information about the country and its customs. For more information about the cultural dinners, contact University Dining Services at 405-744-4424 or click here.

Faculty Recital Thursday
The OSU Department of Music will present a saxophone recital by Professor Ann Bradfield on Thursday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The recital will feature pieces by composers Debussy, Engebretson, Dubois, Ruggiero and Swerts. This recital is free and open to the public. For more information, call 744-6133.

OSU to host architectural professional
The OSU Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a lecture by Adam Yarinsky, “Dimension and Duration in Architecture,” on Thursday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. in NRC 106. Yarinsky is with the Architecture Research Office in New York,  see their Web site at www.aro.net. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail lectures.aias.okstate@gmail.com.

SODA to host prom
OSU Sexual Orientation Diversity Association will be hosting a formal prom, “Masqueerade,” at Starlight Terrace (fourth floor SU) on Saturday, April 25, from 8 – 11:30 p.m. The cost is $2 or two canned goods with the proceeds going to a local charity. Masks are optional, and everyone is invited. For more information, please contact sodaosu@gmail.com or visit sodaosu.com.

This week at the OSU Student Union in Stillwater…
Strutt your Mutt Dog Show: Friday, April 24, at 4 p.m. on the OSU Library lawn. Please bring your dogs and have fun at SUAB annual Dog Show. There will be inflatables and pet pampering. The Strutt your Mutt Dog Show with fashion show and talent show will start at 7 p.m. The movie “Hotel for Dogs” will be shown at 8:30 p.m. Free food and prizes.
Rock Star Bingo: Friday, April 24, at 8 p.m. in the SU Ballroom. Please bring your friends to play bingo. Win hundreds of dollars worth of prizes. Take advantage of free food and drinks. Feel free dress up like a rock star. For more information, please check out http://suab.okstate.edu.

Payne County Heartwalk set
The 2009 Payne County Heartwalk is scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at 9 a.m. in Couch Park. Heartwalk raises money to fund research that helps fight heart disease, which is the number one killer in America. For more information, go to http://paynecountyheartwalk.blogspot.com.

An Oklahoma coalition is sponsoring Jump$tart Your Money Week
It’s part of Financial Literacy month. Find out more, click here.

WellnessWellness tip: Shorter walks, same results
If an hour of exercise seems daunting, break it up. By taking 10-15 minute walks several times each day, many people can reach an hour. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, these shorter bouts of activity also burn calories and improve aerobic conditioning. 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).

 

Go GreenJoin Senator Coburn for town hall meeting tonight

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will be holding a town hall meeting tonight (Friday, April 17) at 6 p.m. in the Noble Research Center, room 108 in Stillwater. Dr. Coburn will take questions from the audience and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at the meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.


Remember the 10 Run tomorrow – registration still open
The OSU Family will come together tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) for the “Remember the 10 Run,” which will start at 9 a.m. on the south side of Boone Pickens Stadium. The event will feature a 10K, 5K and a one mile fun run. Registration for the run is still available both online and in the Memorial Lobby of Gallagher-Iba Arena until 8 p..m. Friday (tonight) and in the lobby on Saturday before the run from 7 – 8:30 a.m. Registration will also be available in the Memorial Lobby of Gallagher Iba Arena Saturday before the run from 7 – 8:30 a.m.  

Duane Gill to head Department of Sociology
Several personnel actions were approved during the OSU/A&M Board of Regents meeting today (Friday, April 17) on the Oklahoma Panhandle State University campus. Duane A. Gill of Mississippi State University was named professor and head of the Department of Sociology. Gill joined the MSU Department of sociology in 1988, and is currently the associate director and research professor for the Social Science Research Center and professor of sociology at MSU. He received his B.A. from Central College in Pella, Iowa, his M.A. from Kansas State University, and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, College Station, all in sociology. For more information on personnel actions, click here.

President Kamm honored
The late Dr. Robert B. Kamm was recently honored with a special resolution recognizing him as a pioneer of a student affairs association that has now grown to over 9,000 members. The resolution, related to Kamm’s work in the development of ACPA-College Student Educators International, was read aloud by OSU’s Campus Life Director Kent Sampson at the annual American College Personnel Association Meeting, held recently in Washington, D.C. Kamm, OSU’s 13th president, served as president of this major student affairs association from 1957-58.

Vail, Odenyo receive OSU Student-Athlete of the Year Awards

Senior cross-country standout Ryan Vail was honored as OSU’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year, while senior soccer star Yolanda Odenyo received the female award at OSU’s 16th annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Banquet. Both Vail and Odenyo were also recognized as ESPN the Magazine Academic All-Americans in 2008, as well as fellow athletes Danielle Green (women's basketball), Jessica Jarrell (women's soccer) and Jamie Markaverich (women's soccer). OSU had 77 student athletes earn academic all-Big 12 status over the past year and seven sports were recognized as All-Academic teams during that time span. Twelve OSU student-athletes were honored for maintaining perfect 4.0 grade-point averages. For more details, click here.  


Spring football action on Saturday
OSU spring football is underway and Cowboy fans can get a look by attending the orange and white spring game at Boone Pickens Stadium Saturday, April 18, at 6 p.m. See Coach Gundy and watch your OSU Cowboy Football team in action. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and admission is free to everyone.

OSU Authentic tent sale
The OSU Authentic store will hold a tent sale just outside the store on Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18. Caps and Tees are $10. The sale also will feature great deals on sweatshirts, polos and jerseys for $25. The OSU Authentic store is located on the south side of Boone Pickens Stadium and is open Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Bursar payment accepted.

OSU Flying Aggies to host fly-in breakfast fundraiser Saturday
Instead of their usual banquet, the OSU Flying Aggies are planning a fly-in breakfast for their annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 18, from 8:30 a.m. – noon at the Stillwater Airport. The public is invited for breakfast, which includes fresh pancakes, sausage, apple juice, orange juice and coffee. Cost is $5 per person or $3 per person in groups/families of three or more. There will also be a landing competition and a raffle with the chance to win a gift certificate to Sporty’s Pilot Shop. If you have questions or would like more details about the event, contact Zach Countryman at zachary.countryman@okstate.edu or (402) 202-9912.

Area bands to play at outdoor fest tomorrow at OSU
In celebration of the premiere issue of The Oklahoman Review, OSU's undergraduate literary publication, there will be a free outdoor festival on the OSU Library lawn on Saturday, April 18, starting at 3 p.m. and ending at midnight. The public is invited to the festival, which will feature six bands, including Deerpeople, Brotherbear, and Daniel Folmer, in addition to poetry readings. Come see the outdoor art gallery, artisan booths from Exhibit 1 and Project Gallery, the world premiere of Liz Tabish’s “The Angle,” as well as showings of other short films, henna tattoos, and readings by writers published in the magazine. Free refreshments.

See combined choirs performance on Sunday
The OSU Department of Music, along with the OSU Concert Chorale, Women’s Choir and University Singers, will present “Some Old, Some New: A World Perspective on Choral Music” on Sunday, April 19, at 2:30 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature music from America, Austria, Bulgaria, Ecuador, England, Estonia, Germany, Mexico, Russia and Spain. Tickets for the concert are $5 for students/senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available in the Music Office, room 132 of the Seretean Center, and will go on sale at the box office one hour before the performance. For more information, call 744-6133.

Join Dr. Swamy for an armchair conversation on Monday
Professor Emeritus Nyayapathi Swamy will have an informal conversation with the audience about his life and career Monday, April 20, from 6 – 7 p.m. in Case Study 1, room 408, Student Union. Dr. Swamy is going to share the story of his success and his struggles as a student and as a faculty member throughout the years. The event for students, faculty and staff is sponsored by the Inclusion Center For Academic Excellence, which is committed to engaging the campus in the awareness of cultural and academic issues. Questions? Please contact June Golliver at june.golliver@okstate.edu or call the ICAE office at (405) 744-5481.

Speaker to discuss emergency contraception issue
Friends of the Forms will present Taylor Railsback with the OSU Philosophy Department on “Emergency Contraception and Pharmacists' Right to Refuse,” on Monday, April 20, at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union Exhibit Room 2 (fourth floor). Railsback will address how this affects individuals, the latest developments, state provisions and local availability.

Sundaes on Tuesday for new and current S.T.A.T. members
The OSU Student Alumni Board is expressing its appreciation to S.T.A.T. members by inviting them to get a free ice cream sundae next Tuesday, April 21, when they present their membership card near the Chi-O Clock from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. If you are not a current Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow member in the OSU Alumni Association, swing by the clock to get signed up and satisfy your sweet tooth (while supplies last). Bursar is accepted for membership fee. For more information on S.T.A.T., visit orangeconnection.org/stat.

“Positive Thinking and Peak Performance” for administrative professionals
Valerie Kendrick, professional consultant with Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack, will present “Positive Thinking and Peak Performance” for administrative professionals on Wednesday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Seretean Wellness Center Lecture Hall.  The fee is $99 and includes a healthy lunch. Say thank you to your staff with this once-a-year opportunity. Register on the web at http://hr.okstate.edu, or e-mail osu-trng@okstate.edu, or call Training Services at (405) 744-5374.

Concerned about child care? Take this survey
If you are an undergraduate student with children, please click on the link in this announcement to fill out a child care survey. The survey is being conducted by students in a technical writing class and they need your input. The results of the survey will be provided to members of the OSU community studying the need for an on-campus day care. The survey will only take 10-15 minutes of your time. Click here to fill out the survey. Questions? E-mail Cheryl McPherson at cheryl.mcpherson@okstate.edu.

SIFE to elect officers soon
Students in Free Enterprise will be hosting their officer elections for next year on Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. in Business Building room 234. Please visit www.sife.org or contact Cory Steward at cop@okstate.edu for more information.

Researchers seek expectant couples for relationship study
OSU research is seeking expectant women aged 18-35 and their male partners to participate in a study about the maternity experience and the couple relationship. All personal information will remain confidential. Couples will receive $100 for participation. Please contact Dr. Kami L. Schwerdtfeger at (405) 334-7994 for more information about the study and your rights as a participant.

Celebrate Earth Week with ECO-OSU
ECO-OSU's annual Earth Week will be held April 20 - 23 on the OSU campus. Several events are planned for the week including presentations on biofuels and compressed natural gas and Oklahoma's future in passenger railroad transportation. A free luncheon is scheduled with Robert Waldrop, founder of the Oklahoma Food Cooperative. A town hall meeting with State Representative Seneca Scott will be catered by The Rancher's Club. Come to the free Earth Day concert, and plan to attend the outdoor screening of the movie “Baraka.”  For dates and times, visit www.orgs.okstate.edu/ecoosu or email ecoosu@gmail.com.

OSU study shows conservation dollars benefit economy and environment
Nearly $76 million annually is spent on conservation in Oklahoma, but it is worth much more in terms of both dollars generated and widespread positive effect, according to an OSU study. The dollars represent injections into regional economies across the state that generate additional economic activity and help to stabilize key industries vital to local communities. For more details, click here.

Tax credits available for home energy improvements
Find out how you can benefit, click here.

Don’t waste money on fad diets
Find out what constitutes a “fad diet” and how to avoid it. Click here.

Go GreenEarth Day history
The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, thanks to U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin who proposed the designation to promote environmental education and awareness. OSU will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the library lawn at EarthFest 2009, sponsored by ECO-OSU. The OSU Energy Conservation Program invites you to stop by its booth, meet the OSU energy managers and get a free flying disc made of recycled material plus handouts with energy tips specific to OSU.

WellnessWellness tip: Hail to kale
Did you know that kale, a variety of cabbage, is low in calories, and high in antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C? It's also very low in sodium. Kale can be consumed in soups, salads, with other greens, or by itself as a side dish or garnish. If kale doesn't interest you, consider trying other dark leafy greens, such as spinach or romaine lettuce. 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).


Join Senator Coburn for town hall meeting on Friday

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn will be holding a town hall meeting this Friday, April 17, at 6 p.m. in the Noble Research Center, room 108 in Stillwater. Dr. Coburn will take questions from the audience and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at the meeting. Everyone is invited to attend.


Trailblazer in career issues to lecture at OSU
Anita Bruzzese, a nationally syndicated columnist for Gannett News Service and USAToday.com, will deliver the 22nd annual Paul Miller Lecture at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, in the SU Theater. Bruzzese has covered workplace and career issues since 1992. She will share her common-sense ideas combined with encouragement about the workplace. To learn more, e-mail Melissa Powers at melissa.powers@okstate.edu or phone (405) 744-6357.

Bennett Jam this week
This year’s Bennett Jam 2009, “All Patched Up,” is set for Thursday, April 16, starting at 6 p.m. on Bennett Hall’s front lawn. All proceeds raised through T-shirt and food sales at this 29th annual Jam will go to the Patch Adams Children's Hospital Foundation (http://www.patchadams.org/). The event includes performances from the bands Ghost Town Gypsies, 86 After, Ali Harter, HipHopotamus, and Deerpeople with comedians Derek Smith, Leah Kayajanian and Brad Porter. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, visit the facebook event by clicking here.

OSU Chamber Choir Performance Thursday
OSU’s Department of Music and the OSU Chamber Choir will present a concert, “Mostly Music of the Renaissance,” at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Thursday, April 16, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students/senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Tickets are available in the music office, room 132 of the Seretean Center, and will go on sale at the front entrance of the church one hour before the performance. For more information, call (405) 744-6133.

Freshman Research Program on display Friday

The public is invited to review the result of the Freshman Research Program this Friday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in the SU Centennial Lounge in Stillwater. Come see the efforts and accomplishments of some talented freshmen. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Phone (405) 744-7313 for more information.  


Relay for Life is this week
Relay For Life of OSU will be this Friday, April 17, at OSU Kaye Barrett Droke Track and Field starting at 7 p.m. and lasting until 7 a.m. on Saturday, April 18. It will be a $3 entry fee for those who are not on a team. The events for the night include live bands and DJ, dodge ball tournament, locks of love, guest speakers, multicultural performances, prize drawings, survivor, luminaria and fight back ceremonies, and queen of relay. There will also be tons of food for all participants. For more information go to www.relayforlife.org/okstateok.

Battle of the Bands to raise money for OSU scholarships
The OSU Student Foundation will host “Cowboy Spirit: Battle of the Bands 2009” on Friday, April 17, at Tumbleweed from 9 p.m. to midnight. This concert is part of the organization’s “by the students, for the students” annual scholarship campaign, and all proceeds will be donated to student scholarships. Bands include Another Round, Bo Phillips, Mitch Hull Band, My Solstice, The Nightlife and Two Steps Back. Concert tickets are available online at www.OSUStudentFoundation.com or at Chi-O Clock on weekdays between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Each $15 ticket comes with a free T-shirt. For more information, contact Abby Fox at (405) 385-5603.

Outdoor Stillwater festival this weekend offers entertainment and art
This year’s City of Stillwater Arts and Heritage Festival is bigger than ever with lots of free entertainment in addition to the arts show, all scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Couch Park, 12th Avenue and U.S. 177. The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature authentic western themed re-enactments, a living history encampment, live music, Native American and Irish dancing, a food court, children’s activity area, and more. Festival hours are Saturday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 19, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Click here for all the details.

Speaker to address the importance of spelling
Dr. Kenn Apel from Florida State University will present a lecture on the importance of spelling as an essential communication skill on Monday, April 20, at 4 p.m. in room 303 CLB at OSU-Stillwater. The lecture is free and open to the public. IT is funded by the OSU Arts and Sciences Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. For more information, phone (918) 594-8306.

WellnessWellness tip: Beating nausea
Ever get a queasy stomach? When feeling nauseous try the following tips: Sip on clear liquids including broths at room temperature and clear carbonated drinks. Try cold foods, including crackers (aromas from hot foods may aggravate nausea). Avoid sweet, greasy or fatty solid foods and warm beverages. 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).


Faculty, staff, students honored with environmental awards

The Institute for Sustainable Environments at OSU recognized students, faculty, staff and community members for their work promoting sustainability in Oklahoma during the seventh annual Environmental Awards Reception held March 26 in Stillwater.  The ceremony was made possible through financial support from the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, which has sponsored the last six receptions. The awards provide recognition and serve as a vehicle to inspire others to achievement. Click here for information on all the winners.

Hear OSU UML interview
The OSU University Multispectral Laboratories will be featured this month on Sky Radio’s “Industry Innovators” program. Sky Radio is an in-flight service airing worldwide on more than 29,000 American Airlines flights. The “Industry Innovators” program focuses on prominent associations and organizations, and how they achieve their given missions. Click here to go to the link to listen to Dr. Stephen McKeever, OSU vice president for research and technology transfer, discuss the UML’s status as a “trusted agent” and its mission of advancing new technologies to war fighters, first responders, and others who need them. For more information on the UML, visit http://okstate-uml.org/.

HES Week coming up
The College of Human Environmental Sciences Student Council is putting the finishing touches on plans for HES Week, April 13-17. A cookout and a fashion show are among the highlights designed to attract students throughout campus to see what the college has to offer them. Click here for a complete schedule.

April 13-17 is Student Employee Appreciation Week at OSU

Everyone is encouraged to join in the spirit of the week by doing something special for their student employees. The highlight of the week is the annual awards ceremony honoring OSU’s Student Employee of the Year. This event, which is co-sponsored by OSU Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid and OSU Career Services, will be held Thursday, April 16, at 2:30pm in the ConocoPhillips Alumni Center. Nominees and finalists will be recognized, and this year’s “OSU Student Employee of the Year” will be announced. For more information, please contact Sonya Kegin at 744-7056, sonya.kegin@okstate.edu.


Reception for student organization leaders set for April 14

All student organization leaders at OSU are invited to attend an informal come-and-go “Evening with the Stars” reception on Tuesday, April 14, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Lounge, SU room 301. The event is hosted by Kent and Shelia Sampson to honor and thank OSU student leaders for their dedication and hard work to student organizations. For more information, please contact Shana Kaufman, Campus Life, at (405) 744-5486.


Graduate Student Appreciation Week is April 13 – 17
Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in Graduate Student Appreciation Week, April 13 – 17. Highlights will include an open house on Monday at the Graduate and Professional Student Government Association offices in room 264 of the SU. A panel session on Wednesday on "How to become an effective researcher" in the library browsing room. The Phoenix Awards, Research Symposium and Teaching Assistant Awards Reception, on Thursday, April 16, and a barbecue party on Friday, April 17. Visit the GPSGA Web site http://gpsga.okstate.edu for more details or contact Hendratta Ali, hendrat@okstate.edu at the GPSGA office, phone (405) 744 3419.

“Peace by Piece: The Writing on the Wall”—coming next week
OSU Housing and Residential Life members are organizing a project to spread awareness of words that convey oppression, prejudice and discrimination by asking people to paint such words on a wall for three days, April 13 – 16. On the final day, the wall will be physically pulled down into pieces to symbolize the removal of these words and their impact at OSU. The goal is to increase knowledge of such behaviors and gain overall tolerance and acceptance of others. The program, “Peace by Piece: The Writing on the Wall,” is presented by the Social Justice and Inclusion Committee of Housing and Residential Life at OSU. For more information, contact Tanya Arflin Massey at (405) 744-5592.

Aging topics scheduled for next week
The OSU Gerontology Institute in the College of HES has scheduled three events as part of National Careers in Aging Week next week. Anyone interested in grand parenting, aging well or preparation for retirement is welcome to attend the events. Custodial grand parenting will be the topic at a presentation on the UCO Campus Wednesday, April 15. The Georgia Centenarian Study will be presented by Drs. Leonard Poon and Peter Martin, Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the Wes Watkins Auditorium on the OSU campus and Dr. Eileen St. Pierre will present a retirement seminar Friday, April 17, on the 4th floor of the OSU Student Union. For more details please go www.ches.okstate.edu or contact Dr. Whitney Brosi at 405-744-3350.

Students participate in D.O. Day at Capitol
Twenty-two OSU medical students participated in D.O. Day at the Capitol in Oklahoma City recently. The students provide service to the State Capitol’s first aid station during the legislative session. The program gives the medical students the opportunity to bring osteopathic medicine to the legislators, as well as see their leaders at work. This is the 35th year that the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association sponsored the program. To learn more about programs at the OSU Center for Health Sciences visit www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.

Wheelchair Basketball Bash on Tuesday
Watch OSU varsity basketball players take on our official wheelchair basketball team, the OSU Spokes, on Tuesday, April 14, starting at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. See the game and a demonstration of competitive wheelchair basketball as well as exhibits from sponsors. The annual Wheelchair Basketball Bash is the Spokes’ major fundraiser and tickets are only $5. For more information, click here.

(NOTE: BANQUET HAS BEEN POSTPONED) Fans invited to basketball banquet, register now
The OSU men’s basketball team is inviting fans to participate in a banquet honoring the Cowboys' 2008-09 season on Friday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets for the banquet are $40 per person or $1,000 for a table of 10 which will receive preferred seating. Pre-registered is required by noon on Wednesday, April 15, and no tickets will be sold the day of the event. To make reservations or for any questions, please contact Haley or Caroline in the men's basketball office at (405) 744-8948 or (405) 744-5845. Opportunities are also available to sponsor meals for student athletes for $40 per meal. If interested, please specify when making reservations.

“Ethics in Climate Change” on Tuesday
The OSU Leadership Speaker Series will feature Jane Talkington on “Ethics in Climate Change” in exhibit room 1 (room 413) Student Union from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of a series on “Ethical Leadership” sponsored by the OSU Office of Leadership Development. For more information, please contact Stephen Haseley in the Department of Campus Life at (405) 744-5485.

Are you coping with the death of a loved one?
The Student Counseling Center is sponsoring an information booth on “Coping with Loss” on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the SU Atrium area. Stop by to visit briefly with a counselor or to pick up booklets and pamphlets on the grieving process. Resources provided by funds from Remember The Ten Run. For more information, contact Cindy K. Washington, MS, LPC at 744-5472 or e-mail cindy.washington@okstate.edu.

Eat at Cici’s on Thursday (today) for Relay for Life
Eat at Cici’s Pizza anytime from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 9 (today), please tell them you’re there to support Relay for Life of OSU. If you do, Relay for Life will receive 10 percent of proceeds. Questions, contact Hanna Kelley at hanna.kelley@okstate.edu or phone (405) 517-7825.

Habitat for Humanity talk set for Wellness Wednesday, register now
Ron Beer, an active member of the local Habitat for Humanity building crew and board of directors, will present an overview of what Habitat does in the Stillwater Community and how individuals from all walks of life can get involved. The program is set for Wednesday, April 15, from noon – 12:45 p.m in the Seretean Wellness Center Lecture Hall. The presentation is free and includes a heart healthy lunch (vegetarian option available upon request), but you must register by Monday, April 13, at 5 p.m. to reserve your spot. To register, call (405) 744-WELL (9355) or email wellness@okstate.edu

Wellness“Going green”
What does “going green” mean?  The definition is: “The social phenomenon describing individuals who use their consumer voice to increase sustainability and decrease their impact on the environment.” How is OSU “going green?”  Through education and opportunities for energy savings and waste reduction. What small changes are you making everyday to “go green for a brighter orange”? https://www.wecanlivegreen.com/greenliving/goinggreen.html

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. Most non-meat eaters who follow these guidelines will get enough iron. 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).


Short seminars for students on preparing for exams, managing stress

University Counseling services will be holding short seminars for students to discuss study strategies in an informal small-group setting every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Resource Center, Student Union 308.  This week’s topic is “Preparing for Exams.” Next Wednesday is “Managing Stress.” For more information, go to www.okstate.edu/ucs/cssc2.htm. Questions? Contact Alicia Severe at (405) 744-6434.

OSU Jazz Festival Thursday
The OSU Department of Music will present the OSU Jazz Festival on Thursday, April 9, in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The festival will include performances by high school jazz groups from across the state beginning every hour from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.—all free and open to the public. There will be a jazz master class by renowned trumpeter Bobby Shew at 2  p.m. and the event will conclude with an 8 p.m. concert featuring Shew and the OSU Jazz Ensembles. Tickets for the evening concert are $5 for seniors/students and $7 for general admission. For more information, contact Dr. Jonathan Martin at 744-3964, or check-out: http://www.bobbyshew.com.

Honor society banquet this week

The Spring 2009 Banquet and Initiation for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will be held Thursday, April 9, in the SU Ballroom, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Approximately 160 undergraduate and graduate initiates will be honored by chapter officers and college representatives.  The OSU Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the oldest in the state, was founded in 1920.  Degree candidates in the top 10 percent of their college or graduate group are invited into membership.


Your Student Union Activities Board invites you to…
Community Easter Egg Hunt: Wednesday, April 8, starting at 6 p.m. at the Student Union West Porch. Bring your kids to the Easter Egg Hunt. There will be two age groups: zero – five, and six and up. There will be more than 2,000 eggs. Hunting will continue until all the eggs are found. The Easter Bunny will be there, please arrive on time.
Campus wide Easter Egg Hunt: Friday, April 10, OSU campus wide from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Join in SUAB campus wide Easter Egg Hunt and win big prizes. Video clues will be uploaded on www.youtube.com/okstatesuab at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 10. 1st prize:  Nintendo Wii;  2nd prize: 4GB iPod Shuffle; 3rd prize: Candy assortment. Bring your egg to 030 Student Union to claim your prize.  

Still time to sign up for Relay for Life
It is not too late to sign up for the annual Relay For Life at OSU on April 17, from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Register at www.relayforlife.org/okstateok by either starting your own team of 8 to 15 members or by joining an already existing team that is not filled. Registration is $10 per participant and the money goes to the overall event. If you do not want to join a team, but would like to attend the event, you can with a $3 entrance fee. You can also make a donation to the event at the same Web site listed above. Questions? Contact emily.van_zant@okstate.edu.  

You can help with Open House
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is planning to host an OSU Open House for prospective students and their families on Saturday, April 25, on the OSU Stillwater campus. The event will start with registration and a student life browse session at 9 a.m. in the SU Atrium. Future students will have the opportunity to explore the academic colleges, as well as a variety of other offices on campus. If you would like to volunteer or participate in the open house, please contact Erin Penry, event coordinator, at 744-7265 or erin.armstrong@okstate.edu.
If you know of a student who would like to attend, event details and registration information can be found by visiting http://admissions.okstate.edu/openhouse.html.

Know a future Cowboy or Cowgirl we should contact?
Know a Future Cowboy or Cowgirl that OSU should be contacting? The OSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions is seeking leads on junior high, high school and transfer students who are a good fit for OSU. You can help by filling out contact information online at http://admissions.okstate.edu/onlineinquiry.html. OSU will mail recruitment materials and add them to our calling list. For more information about this new recruitment initiative, please contact Kari Alldredge, assistant director of communications for Undergraduate Admissions at kari.alldredge@okstate.edu or (405) 744-9342.

Oklahoma Gardening promotes “Plant a Row for the Hungry”
Kim Rebek, host of the popular television program Oklahoma Gardening, is promoting “Plant a Row for the Hungry” as a people-helping-people approach to addressing hunger and malnutrition. The program was started in 1995 by the Garden Writers Association of America and this season Rebek is encouraging gardeners to plant an extra row of produce and donate their surplus to food banks, soup kitchens and other services organizations in their communities. Rebek plans to do the same with the studio garden. Oklahoma Gardening airs on local OETA stations every Saturday at 11 a.m. and every Sunday at 3:30 p.m. For more, click here.

Safety is vital when traveling with your pet
Air bags and safety ratings rank high on the list when it comes to shopping for a car. Unfortunately, many people who travel with their pet do not put that much thought into the pet’s safety. Click here to find out considerations you need to make for your pet.     

WellnessWellness tip: Back pain? Stretch your hamstrings.
Many adults complain about lower-back pain. One cause is tight hamstring muscles. Here’s a safe, simple way to stretch them. Lie face-up on the floor. Bend your knees keeping your feet on the floor. Reach under the right knee with both hands and pull your knee toward your chest; hold the stretch for 15–30 seconds. From this position, loop a towel around the ankle or calf, and extend your leg toward the ceiling. Keeping your leg straight, slowly pull the towel towards your face. Hold for 15–30 seconds. Switch sides and repeat. Stretch each leg four–five times, three days per week. This wellness tip is brought to you by 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).


President’s Leadership and Service Recognition Set for next Wednesday
Students, faculty and staff of Oklahoma State University will be recognized for outstanding leadership and service during the annual President’s Leadership and Service Recognition Reception, set Wednesday, April 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium. OSU President Burns Hargis and Kent Sampson, director of Campus Life, will welcome the recipients and guests. A reception will be held in the Atrium following the ceremony.

ISO elections set, apply now
Elections for a position on the International Student Organization’s leadership committee will be held Thursday, April 14, in Student Union room 270 from 6 to 8 p.m. Applications are available online by clicking here. To run for election to a position, you must fill out an application form and drop it in the application box at ISO in the basement of the Student Union by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8. For additional information, contact iSo 076 Student Union,  phone: (405) 744-6506.

CEO Day is April 7 at OSU
Three chief executive officers will visit with OSU students and participate in a public forum on "Keys to Success in the Current Economy” from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in the Student Union Theater. The forum is part of the eighth annual Spears School of Business CEO Day and will feature Keith Geary, chairman, president and CEO of Capital West Securities, Inc.; Steve Irby, president and founder of Stillwater Designs in; and Terry London, president of London Broadcasting Co. For more information, phone (405) 744-5064 or visit www.spears.okstate.edu.

Spring Family Weekend at OSU

The OSU Office of Parent and Family Relations will host Spring Family Weekend and the 2nd Annual Mom’s Day Craft Fair, this Saturday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium on the OSU Stillwater campus.  Other events such as an evening street party in downtown Stillwater, campus tours, Cowboy baseball, concerts, Africa Night, and Spring Sing are also planned. For more information, click here.


Spring Sing to benefit Coaches vs. Cancer
This year’s Spring Sing “Sweet Emotion” is scheduled for this Saturday, April 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena. Each group involved must incorporate an Aerosmith song into their performance. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at the Chi-O Clock and the Student Union Hub through April 3. Tickets may also be purchased at the door the day of the performance for $12. All proceeds from Spring Sing will benefit the OSU Coaches vs. Cancer Campaign. Since 2005, Spring Sing has donated over $30,000 to the American Cancer Society through OSU Coaches vs. Cancer.  

Flame and Fortune: A Brief History of Fire in America
Dr. Stephen Pyne will offer “Flame and Fortune: A Brief History of Fire in America” on Friday, April 10,  at 2 p.m. in 101 Agriculture Hall. Pyne, Regent’s Professor of Environmental History at Arizona State University, teaches courses on wildland fire and is the author of 20 books, including the Cycle of Fire suite of books which survey the global history of wildland fire. His unique and extensive knowledge has been enhanced by 18 fire seasons spent with the National Park Service. For more information about Pyne, please visit the following websites: http://www.public.asu.edu/~spyne/ and http://sols.asu.edu/people/faculty/spyne.php.

Legislative leader and alum to deliver keynote at OSU-Tulsa graduation
Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge will serve as the keynote speaker for OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony on Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. in The Pavilion at Expo Square. Benge, who graduated from OSU-Tulsa in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, will return for the second anniversary of his own graduation to address the university’s 2009 graduates. A Tulsa native, he worked for 17 years at his family-owned painting and construction business. Benge was first elected to the State Legislature in 1998. For more click here.  

OSU-OKC offers special scholarship
In an effort to provide financial relief for college students, OSU-Oklahoma City has launched a Buy 2-Get 1 Free scholarship program. Students who commit to two consecutive semesters get their third semester totally free. Full- or part-time students qualify for the scholarship, which covers 100 percent of the cost of tuition, fees, required books and materials for their third consecutive semester. Current and potential students can visit www.Buy2-Get1Free.com to learn more about the scholarship.

Barbecued meat judging class set, register now
The Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center at OSU is hosting a class to teach participants how to judge barbecued meats. The event will take place Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the second floor of the FAPC. Ed Roith of the Kansas City Barbeque Society will teach the class, which is $60 for KCBS members and $85 for non-members. To register for the event, call or e-mail Karen Smith at (405) 744-6071 or karenl.smith@okstate.edu, or register online at www.fapc.biz/bbqclass.html. The registration deadline is Monday, April 13.

City invites cell phone users to sign up for emergency notifications
OSU students are among those being encouraged to make sure their cell phone numbers are registered in the Payne County CodeRED systems, so they can receive emergency notifications. Required information includes first and last name, street address and primary phone number. The information supplied will only be used for emergency notification purposes. Land line residential customers are already in the system. Go to stillwater.org/seccc to register. Those who do not have Internet access, may call the Emergency Management Office at (405) 372-7484.

Heritage week kicks-off with pageant on Saturday
The Miss American Indian OSU pageant will be this Saturday, April 4, at 2 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom, tickets are $4. Heritage events next week include: Indian Taco sale Monday during lunch - Chi O clock; Native Spirituality Night at 7 p.m. Monday -SU exhibit room 415; Cultural Leadership Night Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. - SU Theater; Native stickball Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. - OSU soccer fields; Native Voices Art Show Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  - SU #290 (Suite 1600); Native American Awards Banquet Thursday  7 p.m. - Oklahoma Room, SU.     

Your Student Union Activities Board invites you to…
Greek Cultural Dinner: Thursday, April 2, SU Ballroom, only $6 per person, cash, meal plan, bursar accepted.  
Movie: Valkyrie on Thursday April 2 and Friday April 3, at 6 and 9 p.m. in the Student Union Theater - $2 each.
Casino Cashout: Free to play and free food and drinks on Friday, April 3 in the Starlight Terrace (fourth floor SU). For more about SUAB, click here.

Osteopathic Scrub Run on Saturday
The OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine will present the Osteopathic Scrub Run to support Lifeshare on Saturday. April 4, at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine campus on the corner of W. 17th St. and Southwest Blvd. in Tulsa. There will be three races, a 5K starting at 8 a.m.; 10K at 9:15 a.m. and the one mile fun run starting at 9:20. Run one or run all the events. All races are walker friendly. For race registration information, click here.  

Film on growing privatization of water set for Monday
“Flow” a film about the growing privatization of water will be shown on Monday, April 6, from 7 – 9 p.m. in the OSU Noble Research Center, room 207. It is the last in the “Is Our Glass Half Empty?” film series offered by the Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute at OSU and the OSU Environmental Science Club. For more information, contact the OWRRI at (405) 744-0004 or go to http://environ.okstate.edu/owrri/.

Golf expo at OSU
OSU Leisure Studies is hosting a Play Golf America University Golf Expo on the OSU Library lawn on Tuesday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come participate in activities such as golf lessons with pros, caddy obstacle course or play a round of miniature golf. For more on PGAU, click here.

OSU to host architects for lecture
The OSU Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will host a lecture by Hans Butzer and his partner Jeremy Gardner of Butzer Gardner titled “Despite the Current Economy” on Thursday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. in EN 108. Both speakers are architects from Oklahoma City. Butzer is the designer of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial. Their Web site is www.butzergardner.com, the lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail lectures.aias.okstate@gmail.com.

Entry forms available for charity basketball tournament
Junior Greek Life will be hosting the annual Scott Carter Basketball Tournament Sunday, April 19, starting around noon in the Colvin Annex. The tournament will include two brackets: men and women, and is a five-on-five set up.  Entry forms are available in 060 Student Union and are due Thursday, April 9, at 060 SU. Entry fees are $10 per team member. All the proceeds from the tournament go to the Scott Carter Foundation for Cancer Research. For more information, contact Steffi Krull at (913) 221-3630.

Wheelchair Basketball Bash coming
The 7th OSU Wheelchair Basketball Bash is set for Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena as an All-Star team of OSU Varsity Cowboys and Cowgirls play the OSU Spokes, the Wheelchair Basketball team. The bash is to help raise funds to benefit the team and fund travel to games. Tickets are just $5. For more information, contact Stacy Pinney at (405) 744-8538 or e-mail stacy.pinney@okstate.edu. Find out more about the team, click here.

Delicious seafood dishes made easy – Heart Healthy Cooking Demo
Join professional Chef Lisa Becklund as she shares her recipes bursting with flavor and good for the heart at the OSU Seretean Wellness Center for a Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration, Thursday, April 16, from noon – 1 p.m.  The $20 registration fee includes the demonstration, recipes, and taste testing of each meal. The menu includes stuffed tilapia, baked fish and chips, and seafood paella. To register, please call the OSU Seretean Wellness Center, (405) 744-WELL (9355) or e-mail wellness@okstate.edu. Click here for the Spring 2009 Heart Healthy Cooking Demonstration Schedule.

WellnessCheck that thermostat setting
At home, the office, or in residential life areas, set the thermostat as high as comfortably possible in the summer. The less difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the lower your overall cooling bill will be. For more information, go to http://www.energy.gov/applianceselectronics.htm.

WellnessWellness tip: Improve your golf game
Can you picture sinking a tricky putt when you have the caffeine jitters? Improve your golf game by limiting alcohol and caffeine. These substances can negatively affect your play. Alcohol reduces coordination and caffeine can over stimulate you when you need to be calm. Drink plenty of water instead to stay well hydrated and delay premature fatigue. 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).

Lectures set on Israel-Palestine conflict and academic freedom
The Friends of the Forms will feature Norman G. Finkelstein as the spring 2009 Philosopher-in-Residence with lectures set for April 1 and 2. Finkelstein will present “The Israel-Palestine Conflict: What we can learn from Ghandi,” in the Noble Research Center, Room 106, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, and “Civility and Academic Freedom,” in the Student Union, in Case Study 1 (fourth floor) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2. For more details, click here.  

Former Poet Laureate to hold reading
Former Poet Laureate Charles Simic will read poetry at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, at the Stillwater Public Library Reception Room. Simic has published more than 60 books in the United States and abroad since 1967, 20 titles of his own poetry among them. He is emeritus professor of the University of New Hampshire where he has taught since 1973. The presentation is made possible by the Arts and Humanities Lecture Series in the College of Arts and Sciences at OSU, and the Arrington Creative Writing Fund. To learn more, phone (405) 744-9474 or click here.

Angie Debo and Federal Writer’s Project subjects of presentation
Dr. Patricia Loughlin (UCO) and Dr. Glenna Matthews will discuss Angie Debo, her contributions to scholarship, and the Federal Writer's Project at a “Soul of a People” event on Thursday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room at the OSU Library. The library is presenting a series of programs this spring which examine the WPA, the Federal Writers’ Project and Depression-era Oklahoma. The series, based on the upcoming documentary “Soul of A People: Writing America’s Story,” is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Be an OSU star
Students interested in modeling for OSU brochures, posters and other promotions are invited to OSU marketing’s open casting call on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Student Union French Lounge (Room 270). Students will spend a five-minute photo session with university photographers and provide contact information so they can be notified when future projects arise. For more info, call (405) 744-6262.

Staff Appreciation Annual Picnic Thursday
Don’t forget your free lunch on Staff Appreciation Day, Thursday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on the Willard lawn and terrace (SU 265 Ballroom if rain). Highlights will include a color guard presentation at noon by the OSU Air Force ROTC to honor all OSU family members who are serving, have served and those who have fallen in service to our country. Staff Advisory Council invites all OSU staff to come by and get freebies offered by Stillwater businesses at information booths as well as a chance to win either a Tailgater or Dream Package raffle.

“A Noteworthy Evening” registration deadline tomorrow

The fourth annual event to raise funds for the Friends’ Music Collection Endowment is Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m. in the Peggy V. Helmerich Browsing Room at the OSU Library. “A Noteworthy Evening,” will feature a variety of musical performances by students of the OSU Music Department. A dessert reception will follow. Dress is business attire. Tickets are $30 and the reservation deadline is Wednesday, April 1. Proceeds go to the Friends’ Music Collection Endowment which supports the purchase of Library materials for the study of music.


College of Education to host National Teacher of the Year April 6
The College of Education welcomes current National Teacher of the Year Michael Geisen on Monday, April 6, as part of the 19th annual Celebration of Teaching. Geisen will give the keynote speech “Children as Complete Human Beings: Going Beyond a Narrow Approach to Measuring Student Achievement” at 9 a.m. in the Student Union Theater. The OSU community is invited to attend. For more information about the Celebration of Teaching, visit: www.okstate.edu/education/celebration

ECO-OSU to meet about Earth Fest
ECO-OSU is inviting anyone who wants to be a part of Earth Fest 2009 to join in the group’s next meeting on Monday, April 6, at 5:15 p.m. in Stout Coffee Shop, located in the basement of Stout Residence Hall. This year’s theme is “The Green Generation” and ECO OSU will partner with The Earth Day Network on April 22 to join millions of people around the world in Earth Day celebrations. For more information about how to get involved, please e-mail ecoosu@gmail.com.     

Stan Clark to speak, RSVP requested
Come hear Stan Clark, OSU's very own entrepreneur’s story of success, on Thursday, April 9, at 7:15 p.m. in the Jones Seminar Room at the Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center. Clark is CEO of Stan Clark Companies and founder of Eskimo Joe’s. Check-in from 6:45 p.m. to 7:10 p.m., hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Due to limited seating, please RSVP to Michael Freeman at (405) 650-9601 or michael.freeman10@okstate.edu by Tuesday, April 7. Brought to you by The "E" Club and HRMA.

Locks of Love donation day soon
The Locks of Love Program, which collects donated hair to create wigs and hair pieces for children who have lost their hair due to illness or medical treatments, is set for Tuesday, April 7, from 2-4 p.m. in the Student Union atrium. Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that collects a minimum of 10 inches of donated hair from each donor. All donors will receive a free professional hair cut from volunteers from Stillwater salon Hello Gorgeous! and a chance to win a mini computer.  Questions?  Want to sign up?  E-mail Andrea at reger@okstate.edu or check out the Facebook event: Locks of Love donation day at OSU. Find out more at www.locksoflove.org.

Stillwater Trash-Off rescheduled
Due to the weather, the City of Stillwater has rescheduled the Stillwater Trash-Off for Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Environmental Program Manager Lou Ann Snoddy encourages individuals, groups and organizations to contact her at (405) 533-8482 or lasnoddy@stillwater.org by April 27 to RSVP. She will need the name of the organization, phone number and the number of people participating. If your group volunteered before, please let her know if you can make the new date.

WellnessWellness tip: Healthy incentives to exercise
Help stick with exercise by rewarding yourself at special milestones. If you've made a personal best or continued exercising when you might have given up before, consider treating yourself to a reward. Try non-food rewards such as a massage, pedicure, concert, CD or some new workout clothes! 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).