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January 8, 2008

Wed, January 09, 2008

Fight styles director for Lord of the Rings to lecture Jan. 17
Tony Wolf, fight styles director for the award-winning trilogy “The Lord of the Rings,” will present a lecture on physical theater and film on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. The lecture is free and open to the public. Wolf is best known for his work on “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, working on the epic film from 1998 to 2000. The native New Zealander is a visiting lecturer at OSU and the creator of the Complicite’, a system of movement used in acting. Wolf serves as an adviser for several international martial arts and stage combat organizations and his work has been featured in more than 180 feature films, and in television, theater, opera and ballet productions. For more information, contact the OSU Theatre Department at (405) 744-6094 or go to Wolf’s visit is funded by the Fae Rawdon Norris Foundation, and the OSU Arts and Sciences Arts and Humanities Lecture Series. 


U.S. News and World Report endorses OSU technology
Geothermal technology, a household heating and cooling innovation whose modern development has taken place almost entirely at OSU, is among the “50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2008,” detailed in a Dec. 31 U.S. News and World Report cover story. Jim Bose, professor and head of the Division of Engineering Technology and executive director of the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association at OSU, is quoted in the article that touts the energy- and cost-saving benefits of the technology. For more information go to


OSU alum returns to Oklahoma for a year
OSU alumna Henrietta Mann has taken a year-long leave from Montana State University to serve as the inaugural president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College in Weatherford. Mann, a native of Hammon, Okla., is professor emeritus of Native American Studies at MSU and serves as a special assistant to the university’s president. She is also fundraising for a planned $10 million Native American Studies Center, $2 million of which is targeted as scholarships for Native American students. For more information click on the following link


 OSU reaches a milestone: one million legally downloaded songs from RUCKUS
OSU students recently reached a milestone by downloading more than one million songs legally from RUCKUS, a free and legal music downloading service built specifically for college students. OSU partnered with RUCKUS last semester to ensure students could download music quickly, easily, and legally.  Since then, the number of average new daily downloads is 7,178 with over 25 percent of the total student population subscribed. The RUCKUS service is available to faculty and staff as well, and can be used as a tool for classroom learning. RUCKUS provides unlimited download access to a library of more than three million high-fidelity songs with new music added every week.  RUCKUS also offers a video service with thousands of music clips, documentaries, films, movie trailers, action sports and special interest items including a games channel. For more information, please visit WWW.RUCKUS.COM .


 OSU, MLK hoodies available for Tulsa parade
OSU-Tulsa, OSU-CHS, OSU-Stillwater and their adopted schools, Academy Central and Roosevelt Elementary again will participate in the Tulsa parade honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. OSU hooded sweatshirts are available for purchase for the event, this year on Jan. 21 beginning at 10 a.m. at the corner of Pine and Greenwood near the OSU-Tulsa campus. They are $17.50 and include the theme of the 2008 celebration, “Dr. King’s Dream: Wake Up and Work It Out.” To obtain a hoodie for the parade, orders may be placed at OSU-Tulsa’s information desk in North Hall or with a parade representative, and they must be pre-paid by Monday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Nekki Reagan-Neeley at OSU-Tulsa’s Student Success Center at 918-594-8234 or via email at


 CEAT to host Guaranteed 4.0 Seminar
The College of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology, OSU Campus Life and D.W. Gates Engineering will host a Guaranteed 4.0 Seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. This free seminar will feature guest presenter Donna O. Johnson, author and founder of the Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System. This system provides an easy-to-follow three-step systematic framework that empowers students by enhancing their ability to learn principles and concepts. Seats must be reserved in order to attend the seminar. To sign-up, please register at . For additional information about the Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System, please visit the following site: .


 OSU seeks public opinion on proposed pedestrian trail
The OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and OSU Botanical Garden are hosting a public hearing to propose the implementation of a pedestrian trail throughout the gardens and seek public input on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 4 – 6 p.m. at the OSU Botanical Garden Educational Building, 3425 W. Virginia. The trail will provide a wide variety of horticultural experiences throughout the Botanical Garden and will culminate at the Oklahoma Gardening Studio Gardens. An application for a grant to fund has been submitted to Oklahoma Recreational Trails Program. The OSU Botanical Garden is an oasis of thousands of species of herbaceous and wood plants set on about 100 acres. For more information, contact Mike Schnelle at 405-744-5404.


Vegetarian cooking series coming to Seretean Wellness Center
If your impression of vegetarian cooking means tofu and protein patties, this cooking series will change your mind. Learn the basic concepts behind vegetarian cooking and discover the endless creativity of everyday vegetarian. The following classes have been scheduled:  Jan. 10 – grains, legumes, and condiments; Jan. 17, stews and chili; and Jan. 24, casseroles and one-pot wonders.  All classes are from noon – 1 p.m. and will be held at the Seretean Wellness Center demonstration kitchen, 1514 W. Hall of Fame.  Cost of each class is $15 per person. Class size is limited. Each class involves a taste testing, but not a complete meal. Menu is based on availability of fresh fruits and vegetables and may change without notice. For questions, the complete menu, or to register for any of these classes, contact the Seretean Wellness Center at 744.WELL (9355) or e-mail


Nominations requested for “Student Employee of the Year”
Do you know a student who best embodies the contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college? Nomination materials and guidelines are available at . The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 1. Questions?  Contact James Rupp, (405) 744-7056, The contest is sponsored by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and OSU Career Services in conjunction with the National Student Employment Association’s National Student Employee of the Year contest. The winner of the national contest will receive a $1,000 cash award.


A note about BlueCross BlueShield identification cards
If you enrolled in the BlueChoice PPO or BlueEdge HSA, you should have received a BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) identification card at your home address. All cards display the member’s name only and can be used by you and/or your covered dependents.  Providers are used to seeing only the member’s name on a BCBS identification card.  You can request additional cards by calling BCBS at 1-877-258-6781, or you can use BlueAccess for Members, . If you enrolled in BlueLincs HMO, you will receive identification cards for yourself and each covered dependent.  If you wish to change the Primary Care Physician as stated on the ID cards, immediately contact BlueCross BlueShield at 1-877-258-6781.  New cards reflecting the change in PCP will be mailed to your home address. 


How much water should you drink?
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Kick the habit – new help available

The Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has developed a new interactive web site which provides free coaching sessions and offers personal tracking tools and discussion forums. Access is granted to this website by calling 1-800-784-8669.  For a limited time, Oklahomans who call the telephone coaching service will also receive a free two-week starter kit of nicotine patches or gum sent to their homes.  Call 1-800-784-8669 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., seven days a week.  If you need additional assistance, please contact the Seretean Wellness Center at 744.WELL (9355). 
Wellness Wednesday - resolution or real solution?
2008—different year, same resolution.  Eat right, lose weight, quit smoking, work out, be less stressed, blah, blah, blah.  What does it take for a resolution to become a real solution?  Join the staff of the Seretean Wellness Center as they discuss the health and wellness services available to you at the SWC, and the obstacles you may face when making your resolution become a real solution.  The program will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, from noon - 1 p.m. at the Seretean Wellness Center, 1514 W. Hall of Fame.  A free, heart healthy lunch will be served. The program is free, but you must register by Monday, Jan. 14, at noon.  To register or for questions, contact the Seretean Wellness Center at 744.WELL (9355) or
OSU community invited to Noon Lions “Green Speaker Series”
Environmental Science doctoral student Jane Talkington is inviting OSU students, faculty and staff to attend one or more meetings of the Stillwater Noon Lions Club this month, which she organized for its Green Speaker Series. Lunch is $8 from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursdays at the Best Western at McElroy and Perkins. Speakers include Mack Caldwell of Ideal Homes (Jan. 10) to talk about Zero Energy Homes, Kelly Parker of Watt Saver (Jan. 17) on how to retrofit existing houses to reduce energy bills, and Todd Stevens of Tulsa Biofuels (Jan. 24) on how vegetable oil is being used to produce diesel fuel. RSVP to Jane Talkington at (405) 714-1919.
Attention Cowgirl Basketball fans
Help “pack the house” for the Cowgirl basketball team this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m. at it faces the University of Oklahoma in the Pack the House Challenge! YOU can help pack Gallagher-Iba Arena in orange and help the Cowgirls win the NCAA/ BIG 12 Pack the House Challenge! They will be competing with other schools in the Big 12 to see who can bring the most fans. Tell your friends and family to wear orange, be loud and come cheer on the Cowgirls to beat the Sooners this Saturday, Jan. 12, at 6 p.m.
Wellness tip: Considering group exercise?     
If group exercise classes are new to you, take it slow. Jumping into an intermediate or advanced class can be too difficult, both physically and emotionally. This may leave you injured and/or discouraged. It is a good idea to start with introductory classes. Arrive early and tell the instructors you are new. Your instructors can provide you with special guidance and answer any questions you have. They can help you get started safely. 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).