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President's Message - Dec. 11, 2007

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

To the OSU Campus:
 
As this fall semester draws to a close and the holiday season is upon us, I want to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all of the members of the Oklahoma State University community who have been so very helpful and supportive during this leadership transition period for our university.  
 
The appointment of Mr. Burns Hargis to the presidency marks only the second time in the history of Oklahoma State University that one of our own graduates will lead the university.  I look forward to working closely with our new president and I am confident the university community will continue on a path of excellence. I extend my most sincere congratulations to him and his wife, Ann, as they assume these responsibilities.   
 
During the past few months OSU has embarked on two important initiatives, both expected to have a significant impact on our community.  The first is related to our goal to become the ‘healthiest campus in America’. During the summer we began a year-long program to move the campus toward a tobacco-free environment.  
 
With the guidance of the Health Care Task Force, the university is undertaking a series of wellness initiatives identified and requested by the campus community. Recently your participation in an on-line survey of wellness related information and programming needs was requested.  I encourage your participation in completing this survey so we can identify those initiatives that will be most helpful to your own individual health and contribute to the fulfillment of our campus-wide goal.  
 
A second major effort is one of energy education. The university has employed several new members to our community who are assisting our various colleges, administrative units, student life residences and offices, and other university facilities to identify ways energy consumption and costs can be contained and potentially reduced.  
 
Early indications from several ‘pilot projects’, including a significant energy reduction trial over the Thanksgiving holiday period, reflect substantial savings across the campus from these changes. I encourage each of you to continue your own personal attention to energy savings in your place of work and to work with the energy education managers to help to identify even more areas in which savings can be achieved.  
 
This coming weekend will mark the completion of degree programs for more than 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students.  As the family and friends of our graduates join in the celebration of the accomplishments of these students, we are clearly reminded of the fundamental mission of our land-grant university – to provide educational opportunity and access to ‘the people’. We extend to each of our graduates our most sincere congratulations and best wishes for their success.
 
May each of you, your family and your friends have a blessed and joyous holiday season!
 
Marlene Strathe

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