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Tue, February 10, 2009

OSU to host award-winning playright
The OSU Theatre Department is proud to host award-winning New York City playwright James Farrell as the department presents a staged reading of two of his short plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, in the Jerry Davis Studio Theatre inside Gundersen Hall. The reading is free and open to the public. Farrell will also lead a series of three writing workshops on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. For more information, click here or contact the Oklahoma State Theatre Department at (405) 744-6094.    

Regents Distinguished Lecture Series to feature former NSF leader
The former director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rita Colwell, will give two lectures at OSU in Stillwater on Monday, Feb. 2.  Colwell will deliver a technical lecture, “Microbial Diversity in the Era of Genomics,” at 10:45 a.m. at 010 Willard Hall, and an evening public lecture, “Climate, Oceans, Global Warming and Cholera,” at 7:30 p.m., in 106 Noble Research Center.

ECO-OSU hosts welcome back meeting
ECO-OSU is inviting all of those interested in making OSU more green to attend its next meeting Monday, Feb. 2, at 5:15 p.m. in the Human Environmental Sciences Skywalk on the second floor of the HES building. Free food will be provided. For more information, contact Brooke Brandon at ecoosu@gmail.com. You’re also invited to attend the kick-off of “Is Our Glass Half Empty?” film series, which will follow in room 207 at the Noble Research Center at 7 p.m. (more details below). 

“Is Our Glass Half Empty?” film series starts Monday
A water film series designed to promote discussion about water resources “Is Our Glass Half Empty?” starts Monday, Feb. 2, with “Blue Gold: Water Wars,” from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 207, Noble Research Center. The film is a documentary about people around the world fighting for their right to water. The public is invited and admission is free. For more information about the five film series, contact Oklahoma Water Resources Research Institute at (405) 744-9994, e-mail owrri@okstate.edu, or click here for the OWRRI Web site. The series is sponsored By OWRRI, Sustainable Stillwater and the OSU Environmental Science Club.

Plan to attend Relay for Life team kick-off on campus
The team kick-off for Relay for Life at OSU is Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in AGH 107. Come learn all you need to know about Relay for Life and how to start a team. Enjoy snacks and great giveaways. Register to participate in this year’s event online at www.relayforlife.org/okstateok. Early bird registration is $5 and ends after kick-off.

Deadline extended for Student Employee of the Year nominations
If you would like to nominate an exceptional student employee for Student Employee of the Year, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Feb. 3. The winner will compete at the regional level for a cash award of $1,000 and could advance to national competition. To learn more about the program, go to www.okstate.edu/finaid/seoty or contact Sonya Kegin at (405) 744-7056.

Group to host scholarship luncheon fundraiser

Stillwater Women-Aid will host its annual Ann Baer Scholarship Luncheon Fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Varsity Room in Gallagher-Iba Arena. The suggested donation for the meal is $5. SWA will also have a bake sale and raffle items. The Ann Baer Scholarship is awarded in honor of the former OSU associate athletic director and senior women administrator who co-founded SWA. It provides $1,500 to a graduating college-bound female senior from the Payne County area who is a role model and actively involved in community service. For more information, contact Joel Atkins at (405) 744-7069 or e-mail joel.atkins@okstate.edu.  


Couples sought for communications study
In a committed relationship? Earn $100 plus up to $35 travel for participating in a 3-hour study at OSU. Researchers in Human Development and Family Science are looking for couples ages 18-35 (married, dating or living together) willing to share thoughts about attending marriage education workshops. They want to know how romantic partners respond to one another as they communicate and problem-solve. Call (405) 848-2171 or toll free 1 (877) 435-8033 to learn more. Please tell friends who may be qualified.

Resolutions for common pet problems
OSU’s Center for Veterinary Health Sciences is offering New Year’s resolutions for your pets at the next Pet Care Seminar on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. in McElroy Hall Auditorium on the Stillwater campus. Dr. Paul DeMars, small animal community practice, will discuss common pet problems that can be controlled with easy, inexpensive and effective changes in your pet’s diet, exercise, dental care, behavior and more. Pet Care Seminars are open to the public at no charge. McElroy Hall is located at the corner of McFarland and Farm Road. Free parking is available. For more information, visit www.cvhs.okstate.edu or call (405) 744-7000.

See you at the Student Union
Join in the fun with SUAB activities this week at the union…
Movie: “Changeling,” Friday, Jan. 30, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Student Union Theater, $2 per person.
Casino: Friday, Jan. 30, 8 p.m., Starlight Terrace, win free prizes.

Relief from credit card debt…
New regulations could help prevent problems caused by credit card companies that don’t keep consumers in mind. Click here for more.

Going GreenReduce energy consumption in office areas
Office equipment and electronics use energy even when idle or on stand-by. To save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions at work, always activate the power management features on your computer and monitor, or seek assistance from your IT department to do so.  Unplug laptop power cords when not in use and turn off equipment and lights at the end of each day. For more information, go to: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/wycd/office.html

Storm awareness program this weekend
Everyone is being invited to attend the free Storm Awareness For Everyone (SAFE) Program on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the City of Stillwater Community Center, 315 W. 8th Ave. The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with a display of storm-spotter and emergency management response vehicles until noon. That will be followed by presentations from OK-First and the National Weather Service Office, which will include safety and scientific weather information, between 1 and 3:30 p.m. The program will include question and answer sessions with area experts. For more information contact City of Stillwater Emergency Management at (405) 372-7484 or visit the web site at stillwater.org/seccc.

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Keep your muscles
Did you know that between the ages of 20 and 80, the average person can lose up to 40 percent of their muscle mass? This is important because muscles burn more calories per day than fat. Muscle loss and body fat gain appear to go hand-in-hand. To limit the amount of muscle mass lost as you age, make sure to include free weights and/or weight machines in your fitness program. Their use can slow muscle loss and even build additional muscle. 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).


Regents approve personnel actions
The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents approved several personnel actions during its meeting today in Okmulgee, including naming Brant Adams to head the Department of Music and Phillip Mulder Jr. as head of Entomology and Plant Pathology in the Division of Agriculture. Adams, who also works in the music industry as a producer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, has received several honors for his work. Mulder transferred to the OSU campus in 1995 to assume statewide responsibilities as extension entomologist working on a number of agricultural and horticultural commodities. For more details on personnel actions, click here.    

Students receive data mining certification
Twenty-three OSU students in the Spears School of Business received the SAS/OSU data mining certificate in December. Certification affirms a student’s ability to explore, analyze, extract and manage data to offer employers a competitive advantage in several areas of business. The OSU program is the largest of its kind in the U.S., partnering the university with SAS, a leading provider of data analysis and data mining software. For a list of the students who recently earned certification, click here. For more information on the program, click here.

National Ecological Observatory Network to hold public information session
OSU will host a public information session about the National Ecological Observatory Network, a continental-scale research platform for discovering and understanding the impacts of climate change, land-use change, and invasive species on ecology. Everyone is invited to the session on Monday, Jan. 26, from 1 – 2 p.m. in Case Study Room 3, 416 OSU Student Union. For more information, go to www.neoninc.org. Questions? Contact Steve Hallgren at (405) 744-6805.    

Reitan to speak on “Is God a Delusion?: A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers”
The Friends of the Forms will feature Dr. Eric Reitan, OSU Philosophy Department, on his recently published book “Is God a Delusion?: A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers,” on Monday, Jan. 26, at 3:30 p.m. in Student Union Case Study 1. The book addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs.  The lecture is free and open to the public.

Designer of bombing memorial to speak on campus
The OSU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students will present a lecture by Hans Butzer and Jeremy Gardner of Butzer Gardner Architects of Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in NRC 106. The lecture is titled “Butzer-Gardner: Despite the Current Economy.” Butzer is the award-winning designer of the Oklahoma City National Memorial, and a professor of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma. Questions? Contact Tom Ames at lectures.aias.okstate@gmail.com or phone (918) 808-8218. The event is free and open to the public.

Leadership Speaker Series
The Office of Leadership Development will present Campus Life Director Kent Sampson as the first speaker in a series on Ethical Leadership Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Exhibit Room 1 – Student Union. Sampson’s lecture is titled “Ethical Leadership in a Spiritual World.” For more information, please contact Stephen Haseley in the Department of Campus Life at (405) 744-5485. The series is free and open to the public.

Plan to attend Relay for Life Team Kick-Off on campus

The team kick-off for Relay for Life at OSU is Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in AGH 108. Come learn all you need to know about Relay for Life and how to start a team. Enjoy snacks and great giveaways. Register to participate in this year’s event online at www.relayforlife.org/okstateok. Early bird registration is $5 and ends after kick-off.  


Doel Reed collection on display at museum
A collection of the late Doel Reed’s works in the exhibit “The Life and Legacy of Doel Reed: Master of the Aquatint” is on display at the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum. Reed’s work, his students’ work and an interactive display about his art process will be showcased there until June 30. Reed was the first artist on the faculty at OSU. For more, click here.

Helping companies recruit students
OSU Career Services, which works to help employers fill job openings with students, is getting some national exposure via a newsletter for career service professionals. The newsletter, Campus Career Counselor, outlines two innovative workshops that OSU offers employers to make the most of their on-campus recruitment efforts by offering best practices and a better working profile of today’s students. The Recruiting 101 and 201 workshops are offered periodically throughout the year. For more information, contact Lanie James, employer development coordinator by e-mail at lanie.james@okstate.edu.

You’re invited tonight as the Student Union Activities Board presents…
The movie, “High School Musical 3”  at 7 and 9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater. Admission is $2. Play bingo from 8 – 9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Psi Chi sponsoring free GRE prep workshops in February
The OSU Chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is sponsoring three workshops to help students prepare for the Graduate Record Examination on Wednesdays in February from 5-6 p.m. in CLB 101. The first topic Feb. 11 is “Preparing for the Verbal Sections,” followed Feb. 18 with “Preparing for Quantitative Sections,” and finally Feb. 25 with “Preparing for the Analytical Section.” Students do not need to sign up and can come to as many or as few meetings as they would like. For more information, contact the Psi Chi faculty adviser Shelia Kennison at shelia.kennison@okstate.edu.

Mothers needed for survey
Mothers who are 18 years or older with toddlers between 18 and 30 months of age are being asked to participate in a moms and tots study at Oklahoma State University. Mothers will receive $60 each to tell researchers how they handle their toddler’s misbehaviors.  Please contact Dr. Bob Larzelere at (405) 744-2053.

Students, faculty and staff with prior or current military service…
In an effort to support veterans, OSU is asking for input from those who have prior or current military service as well as their family members. You’re invited to fill out a survey by clicking here and attend a meeting set for Monday, Jan. 26. Contact one of the following to let them know you’ll be attending: Mike Shuttic at m.shuttic@okstate.edu or Lynn Malley at lynn.malley@okstate.edu.
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ChakrabortyWellness tip: Sleep well
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each year more than 100,000 car accidents are attributed to sleepy drivers. Just a one-and-a-half-hour sleep deficit can reduce alertness the following day by one-third. Increasing your physical activity throughout the day, cutting back on late-night eating, and avoiding alcohol can help you get more quality sleep. 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).


Digital media expert to speak on “The 4 Winners Marketplace”
An expert on change in the media marketplace and digital media, Andrew W. Thornhill, will present “The 4 Winners Marketplace” on Thursday, Jan. 22, from 7–9 p.m. in room 101 of the Paul Miller Building. Thornhill, founder of The Digital Television Report, will address research, public policy, the consumer and the media industry, including the upcoming government-mandated switch from analog to digital television. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, phone (405) 744-6354 or visit http://journalism.okstate.edu.    

“Women Who Reached for the Stars” Mercury 13 Seminar tomorrow
Women in Engineering, Architecture & Technology  is hosting the Mercury 13 Seminar “Women Who Reached for the Stars,” Thursday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in room 106 of the Noble Research Center. Martha Ackmann, Mercury 13 author, and OSU alumna Wally Funk, youngest Mercury 13 member, will speak. Questions? Contact Angie Bale at angie.bale@okstate.edu . Please RSVP at  http://weat.okstate.edu/. For more information on the speakers, go to http://marthaackman.com/ and http://www.ninety-nines.org/funk.html.

“Graphic Journaling” to be published this week
Architecture professor Mohd Bilbeisi’s new book “Graphic Journaling” will be published and available by the end of the week. The book is the only one of its kind to provide a critical academic view of the act of graphic journaling as an analytical and creative tool. The book is the summary of twenty years of research in the field of graphic communication and analysis which took Bilbeisi to more than 14 countries and afforded him interactions with hundreds of students throughout the world. For more information, go to: www.kendallhunt.com.    

Brown Bag Series to start with Ketterer
Associate Professor Stan Ketterer will discuss the Elaboration Model from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, in Room 208 of the Paul Miller Building as part of the Brown Bag Series in Mass Communication Research. Ketterer will discuss “Using the Elaboration Model to Explore Relationships and Learn Advanced Statistics.” Bring your lunch and participate in the discussion. For more information, contact Ketterer at (405) 744-8270 or stan.ketterer@okstate.edu.

Dallas Brass Quintet to perform Saturday
The Department of Music will present the Dallas Brass Quintet in concert on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. in the Seretean Center for the Performing Arts concert hall. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. The concert is part of the OSU “Brass Day” which will bring high school students on to campus for a day of instruction by the OSU brass faculty and the Dallas Brass. For information, contact Dr. Jonathan Martin at (405) 744-3964 or jonathan.martin@okstate.edu.

Public invited to legislative reception
The public is invited to a legislative reception tomorrow (Thursday, Jan. 22) in the auditorium of the Stillwater Public Library (1107 S. Duck St.) from 5 to 7 p.m. State legislators including Representatives Lee Denney and Cory Williams and Senator Jim Halligan have been invited along with school board members, the school superintendent, county commissioners and officials as well as the city council and city management team. For more information, contact Lynda Reynolds at (405) 372-3633.

Details and updates on reconstruction project available online

Detailed information about the ongoing reconstruction of University Avenue, including schedule, phasing and updates is at http://vpaf.okstate.edu/LRFP/projectschedule.htm.  


Series explores moving organizations from good to great
Business and government professionals are encouraged to attend “Leadership: Good to Great” on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the CREC Training Center, 3304 S. Boomer Road in Stillwater. The seminar, featuring Ken Eastman, head of the OSU Department of Management in the Spears School of Business, is based on a book by Jim Collins titled “Good to Great,” which explores how to take organizations to greatness. The seminar is part of the LeadershipSource Professional Development Program. For more information, click here.

Microsoft Office 2007 training available
Information Technology and Human Resources is offering new training for Microsoft Office 2007 for OSU faculty, staff and students. If you are interested in enrolling in a training class, please visit the Computer Training Programs Web page. For questions, please contact HR Training Services at osu-trng@okstate.edu or (405) 744-5374.

Students: consider counseling in a group setting
The OSU Student Counseling Center is offering several counseling group options for OSU and NOC-Stillwater students this semester. Counseling in a group setting can offer several advantages. The specific groups include anger management, biofeedback/stress management, general therapy, self-esteem, and undergraduate student support. For specifics about each of these groups, go to http://www.okstate.edu/ucs/groups.html.

Connect with Christian graduate students…
Come share and study with Christian graduate students every Thursday from noon – 1 p.m. in Student Union room 419. If you would like more information about the group, please send an e-mail to osugradstudy@gmail.com.

You’re invited as the Student Union Activities Board presents…
The movie, “High School Musical 3”  at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, in the Student Union Theater. Admission is $2. Play bingo on Friday from 8 – 9:30 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.  

Learn more about the Student Union Activities Board…
Visit the information table in the Student Union Atrium on Friday, Jan. 23, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Bluegrass concert this weekend
A who's who of bluegrass musicians is coming to the City of Stillwater Community Center (315 W. 8th Ave.) for a concert called “Pickin' A Bluegrass All-Start Jam,” starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, as part of the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $20 for adults and $12 for students. A bluegrass workshop will be held before the concert for mandolin, resophonic guitar and songwriters for an additional fee. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tickets.stillwater.org or at the box office in the City of Stillwater Community Center (corner of 8th and Duck Streets).

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Healthy hummus recipe
Here's a quick and healthy hummus (chickpeas) recipe for your next social event or party. Blend or food process chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) and 1/4 cup reserved liquid from the chickpeas, two tablespoons lemon juice and two tablespoons minced garlic. Spread onto a whole-wheat pita and top with shredded carrots, sliced olives, grilled eggplant, and roasted red peppers for a delicious and healthy appetizer, snack or light meal. 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).


MLK celebration and march planned for Stillwater
The City of Stillwater’s Community Relations Committee is coordinating “March for Change: Promises Realized” on Monday, Jan. 19, starting at 5 p.m. with food, music and fellowship at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center at 7th and Duck. A commemorative freedom march will start at 6:45 p.m. from the church and be followed with a celebratory service at Mt. Zion Baptist Church at 902 S. Knoblock. Four spirited choirs and a diversity poster contest with entries from Stillwater Middle School students will be on display. For more information, click here.    

MLK parade and rally set for Tulsa
“Living the Dream: Standing Together-Transforming Lives!” is the theme for Tulsa's 22nd annual MLK Commemorative Parade which begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. Students from OSU-Tulsa's Partners in Education schools will join Pistol Pete and students, faculty and staff from all of the OSU campuses to march in the parade. The parade will form at Pine Street and Greenwood Ave, continue through Tulsa's historic Greenwood District and end at the OSU-Tulsa campus. A MLK Rally will follow the parade. Individuals who are interested in participating should call Nekki Reagan-Neeley at (918) 594-8234.

Before leaving for the MLK weekend…
OSU Energy Conservation Management is reminding all faculty, staff and students to conserve energy by turning off lights, computers, TVs, and stereos before leaving for the MLK weekend. Lower blinds and anticipate lower temperatures in many areas.    

Student Union to host inauguration watch party next Tuesday
History will be made on Tuesday, Jan. 20, as the United States witnesses the swearing-in of Barack Obama as its 44th President. The Student Union will have all of its televisions tuned to the inauguration on Tuesday.  The ceremony also will be broadcast on the projection screen in the Student Union Theater. All students, staff, faculty and guests are invited to share in this historic event.

OSU is looking for outstanding student employees
Do you have an exceptional student employee?  The OSU Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, in collaboration with the OSU Office of Career Services, is seeking nominations from employers who believe their student employee should be recognized as part of the annual Student Employee of the Year reception this spring. To learn more about the program, go to www.okstate.edu/finaid/seoty or contact Sonya Kegin at (405) 744-7056. The deadline for nominations and recommendation letters is Friday, Jan. 30.

Thomas named president of Jarvis Christian College
Dr. Cornell Thomas, VP for Institutional Diversity at OSU, has been named president of Jarvis Christian College, which is located in Hawkins, Tex.  Thomas came to OSU in February of 2005 from Texas Christian University, where he was the assistant professor of educational foundations and administration. OSU President Burns Hargis said, “We appreciate all Dr. Thomas has done for OSU.  He helped us move forward in our efforts to celebrate and draw upon the diverse individuals and ideas on the OSU campus.  OSU remains committed to creating a more inclusive campus and world.”

Planning to study abroad this summer?

Need help to make your dream a reality? Don't miss the Cycle II opening on Wednesday, Jan. 21, for the Provost's Study Abroad Office Scholarship. Administered on a first-come, first-served basis, the scholarship provides one-time funding for degree-seeking OSU students participating in credit bearing programs and activities abroad. Applications will be accepted for summer and fall 2009 and academic year 2009-2010 starting at 8 a.m. on the 21st in the office at 060G Student Union. For more information and an application, click here or drop by the office.  


CoStart helps faculty researchers launch start-up companies
OSU researchers who want to establish companies and commercialize the technologies they have developed in the laboratory have more options with CoStart, a new program offered through the OSU Office of Intellectual Property Management. CoStart provides qualified OSU faculty with a selection of leave options to reduce or eliminate their regular faculty duties for periods of time up to one year so they can establish a start-up company using OSU-licensed intellectual property. Options range from a simple reduction of departmental/university responsibilities to full-year sabbatical leave or leave without pay. For more information on CoStart, contact OIPM at (405) 744-6930.

Former senator to speak on impact of chicken processing plants in Oklahoma
Retired Senator Paul Muegge will speak about the environmental impact of chicken processing plants in Oklahoma as part of the Sustainability Speaker Series on Tuesday, Jan. 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon in room 105 in the Spears School of Business. Senator Muegge appeared in the DVD documentary "Shall We Gather at the River?" produced by former Oklahoma state legislator Don McCorkell. For a trailer go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sPNFudpj7o. The series is hosted by Jane Talkington. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Live supercomputing lecture
In addition to the “Supercomputing in Plain English” Webcast series, the High Performance Computing Center is hosting a live supercomputing lecture by Henry Neeman from the University of Oklahoma on Wednesday, Jan. 28, from 3-4 p.m. in Student Union Case Study 2 (Room 412). For more information about the live lecture or the Webcast series, please contact Dana Brunson at dana.brunson@okstate.edu or phone (405) 744-4455.

Study on pregnancy and the couple relationship
An OSU research study is welcoming expectant women, ages 18-35, and their male partners to participate in a study about the maternity experience and the couple relationship. All personal information will be confidential. Each couple will receive $100 for participation. Please contact Dr. Kami L. Schwerdtfeger at (405) 334-7994 to find out more about the study and your rights as a participant.

Book signing on Saturday
Dr. Eric Reitan, associate professor of philosophy at OSU, will sign copies of his new book “Is God A Delusion?: A Reply to Religion’s Cultured Despisers,” on Saturday, Jan. 17, starting at  1 p.m. at Hastings  in Stillwater. He is also scheduled for a book signing at Borders in Tulsa on Sunday, Jan. 25, starting at 2 p.m. The book is receiving praise from critics who describe it as: “Clear, penetrating, and thought provoking” and “Elegantly argued (and) refreshing.”

A&S Student Council applications now available
New membership applications for the Arts and Sciences Student Council are now available from the Arts and Sciences Student Success Center (213 Life Sciences East) and 060 Student Union. Completed applications are due no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28 in the Student Success Center. Questions? Contact Emily.schoeb@okstate.edu or phone (405) 664-1197.

Pick up law fraternity applications at Student Union
Applications are now available for Phi Alpha Delta, OSU’s only pre-law fraternity. Please pick up an application in the informational turn style located in the Student Union basement. Membership includes a one-time fee of $100. Phi Alpha Delta brings guest lawyers from law schools around the country to inform students. Join today. Questions? Contact Sadie Stockdale (417) 861-5233.

Business Student Council applications available next week
Business Student Council Applications will be available starting Tuesday, Jan. 20, in 060 Student Union. All freshmen business majors are encouraged to apply to compete for 10 class representative positions. There is also one sophomore class opening, so sophomore business students are encouraged to apply as well. Completed applications are due in 060 SU by Wednesday, Feb. 4. Applicants will be contacted for interviews to follow the application process. Questions? E-mail aubrey.gooden@okstate.edu.

You’re invited tonight as the Student Union Activities Board presents…
The movie, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Student Union Theater. Admission is $2.

Classic film series returns with “Nosferatu”
History Club’s Classic Film Series returns this semester with the film, “Nosferatu,” on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m. in 313 Classroom Building. Based on the novel Dracula, “Nosferatu” has been described as the most frightening version of the Bram Stoker legend ever produced. The chilling experience is free and open to the public.

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Cowboys on the move
The Seretean Wellness Center proudly presents the new COWBOYSONTHEMOVE website, created to help you track your activity minutes and provide tips to keep you motivated. Help us kick off COWBOYSONTHEMOVE at this month’s Wellness Wednesday, Jan. 21, from noon – 1 p.m. and learn all about the program. Also, hear from a panel of busy professionals, who will share with you their strategies to stay motivated to incorporate physical activity into their daily routine.  The presentation is free, along with a heart healthy lunch, but you must pre-register by Monday, Jan. 19, at 5 p.m. Call 744.WELL (9355) or e-mail wellness@okstate.edu to register.

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Sponges and hidden kitchen germs
Did you know that sponges are great places for bacteria to grow even after they dry? Keep your kitchen sanitary. Wash sponges carefully and replace them regularly. The bacteria found in dirty sponges can contaminate your dishes and countertops. Wash sponges in the hot cycle of your dishwasher, or disinfect them in a chlorine bleach solution. Whatever your personality, try to find activities that keep you motivated. 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).


Watch parties set for tonight during “Crystal Darkness Oklahoma”
Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and Tulsa as well as the OSU Institute of Technology in Okmulgee will host watch parties tonight to show the documentary “Crystal Darkness Oklahoma.” The events are set for 6:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater in Stillwater, North Hall 140 in Tulsa, and the cafeteria at OSUIT in Okmulgee. The 30-minute documentary followed by discussion with a guest speaker is part of a statewide campaign led by Oklahoma First Lady Kim Henry and former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane. For more information, visit www.crystaldarknessoklahoma.org.    

University Avenue reconstruction project groundbreaking tomorrow
The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the University Avenue Reconstruction Project tomorrow (Wednesday, Jan. 14) at 9 a.m. on the southwest corner of Hester Street and University Avenue. Work is currently underway for phase I of the project. Phase II will start with the completion of phase I sometime before Feb. 1. The project is jointly funded by the City of Stillwater’s half cent sales tax and OSU. For more information, click here.

Share insights, questions and concerns about OSU energy conservation
Are you interested in energy conservation at Oklahoma State University?   Add your questions, comments or ideas to a new Facebook group page under “energy conservation at Oklahoma State University.” If you have questions or comments for the energy managers at OSU, send an e-mail to energy@okstate.edu. Find out more about the OSU Energy Conservation Program at www.pp.okstate.edu/eem.

Calling those on campus with prior or current military service (students, faculty and staff)

A group interested in supporting veterans is asking for input from those who have prior or current military service as well as their family members. The group is considering the need for providing resource information and support via a website or flyers, peer group, etc. Military personnel, veterans and family members are invited to provide direct input at upcoming meetings and/or fill out a survey by clicking here. The meeting dates are Jan. 21, 22 and 26. Contact one of the following to let them know you’ll be attending: Mike Shuttic at m.shuttic@okstate.edu or Lynn Malley at lynn.malley@okstate.edu.  


“Supercomputing in Plain English” workshop series offered
The OSU High Performance Computing Center is hosting a “Supercomputing in Plain English” workshop series beginning Tuesday, Jan. 27, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Classroom Building Room 106B on the OSU-Stillwater campus. Everyone is welcome. For more information or to attend, please contact Dana Brunson at dana.brunson@okstate.edu or (405) 744-4455.

OSU-Tulsa to host high school student leadership forum
OSU-Tulsa will help high school students in the area celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, Jan. 16, with a student leadership forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Conference Center. Ahmad Daniels, an educational trainer in the areas of diversity, race relations and African-American history, will facilitate the forum. The event is sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration Society, Reciprocity Restaurant Group and OSU-Tulsa.  

You’re invited as the Student Union Activities Board presents…
The movie, “Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist,” at 7 and 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Student Union Theater. Admission is $2.

The Hot Club of San Francisco to jazz it up in Stillwater
The Hot Club of San Francisco will perform their distinctive Gypsy jazz swing music on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. in the Seretean Center Concert Hall. The group will feature music from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli who propelled Gypsy jazz to popularity in 1920s Paris. Tickets are available at the Student Union Hub or phone (405)744-7400. For information, please call (405)744-7509 or click here.

Volunteer of the Week” application
Do you volunteer? Give yourself a chance to be chosen for “Volunteer of the Week” honors. Just fill out the application online by clicking here or stop by the Volunteer Center at 030 Student Union. Awards are made weekly and look great on a resume.

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Trimming down on “waist”
Did you know that carrying too much weight around your middle is a risk to your health? Measuring your waist is a simple way to gauge your risk. Place a tape measure around your bare abdomen just above your hip bone, or about one inch above your belly button.  If your waist measures more than 40 inches (men) or 35 inches (women), look for healthy ways to trim the “waist,” such as cutting calories and increasing physical activity. 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).

OSU remains among “100 Best Values in Public Colleges”
Kiplinger magazine has once again ranked OSU in its top 100 list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2009. The rankings are based on a number of factors including student/faculty ratio, cost, quality measures and financial aid. For more information, click here.    

OSU sustainability efforts get radio time – listen online
OSU’s sustainability efforts were recently highlighted on Oklahoma Innovations, a radio program produced by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Drs. Will Focht and Toni Shaklee explained many of the university’s new and ongoing sustainability initiatives including the switch to CNG vehicles. Focht is director of the Institute for Sustainable Environments and Shaklee is assistant vice president for sponsored research. To listen, click here and then click on the show for Dec. 28.

Newman honored for innovation
Computerworld, a leading technology industry news source, has selected OSU Institute of Technology’s Dr. Scott Newman as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2009. The designation honors the nation’s most innovative information technology executives. Newman, who joined OSUIT in 2000, oversaw the formation of the Information Technologies Division and has been a leader in innovation and collaboration. The division’s baccalaureate program was one of the first in the U.S. and was recognized with a national award for diversity in 2007. For more OSUIT news, click here.

OSU fans win Bedlam food drive for second straight year in record-breaking effort

For the second consecutive year, OSU won in the record-breaking Bedlam Canned Food Drive benefitting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The goal was to raise 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, but that was far exceeded with a total of 13,680 pounds collected. OSU Cowboy fans won by donating 7,065 pounds of food items. The drive was sponsored by the Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association, the OU Club of Tulsa and Arvest Bank. For more, click here.  


Reminder: THE BUS and BOB operating in new location
OSU Parking Services has moved to the new Multi-Modal Transportation Terminal at the corner of Monroe and Hall of Fame. Additionally, the BOB shuttle, which runs between Tulsa and Stillwater, now operates from the new terminal. The new terminal also serves as the hub for THE BUS community transit system. Seating areas and vending services are provided inside the terminal. All BOB reservations can be made by calling 744-7100 or in the BOB office at the MMTT. For more information, go to www.transit.okstate.edu.

OSU-Tulsa to host special enrollment day

OSU-Tulsa will host a Special Saturday Enrollment Day on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advising and enrollment counselors will be on hand to help current and prospective students get admitted, enroll in classes, verify financial aid and scholarships, and purchase books. In addition, new undergraduate students can learn about OSU-Tulsa’s new “Cowboy Commitment” program that provides a $650 tuition waiver to new transfer students for up to three semesters. OSU-Tulsa is located at 700 North Greenwood Avenue, near I-244 and Detroit Avenue. For more OSU-Tulsa news, click here.  


Superintendent to speak at Lahoma Club

The Lahoma Club invites all OSU women to come to its luncheon meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at Meditations featuring Dr. Anne Caine, superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools. Meditations is located west of Stillwater on Country Club Road. Reservations are required. The luncheon cost is $12.50 per person. Checks, made payable to Lahoma, may be mailed to Lahoma, P.O. Box 2704, Stillwater, OK 74076. New members and guests are always welcome to attend meetings. For reservations and membership information, phone (405) 743-4120 or visit Lahoma Club.


Want your W-2 by e-mail?

OSU employees have until Jan. 10, to decide if they want their W-2 income tax information sent to them via e-mail instead of receiving a printed copy. To select the e-mail option, Go to Web for Employees by clicking on the following link http://webemp.okstate.edu/ then go to “payroll services” and click on the “W-2 print/no print option flag” to go to the appropriate page to make your decision. You must pick the “no print” option in the drop down box before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, in order to receive your W-2 information by e-mail. For information to help you make a choice, click on the following link http://vpaf.okstate.edu/PayrollServices/Documents/Online%20Form%20W-2%20Notification%202.doc  

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Garlic and cholesterol
Several research studies have looked at garlic’s impact on blood pressure and cholesterol. While the evidence is mixed, a recent study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine casts doubt on garlic’s ability to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. Eating garlic is considered safe for most adults and may offer other health benefits. To be safe, let your health care provider know if you are taking garlic or other dietary supplements since they can interact with some medicines. 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).

OSU remains among “100 Best Values in Public Colleges”

Kiplinger magazine has once again ranked OSU in its top 100 list of Best Values in Public Colleges for 2009. The rankings are based on a number of factors including student/faculty ratio, cost, quality measures and financial aid. For more information, click here.    

OSU sustainability efforts get radio time – listen online

OSU’s sustainability efforts were recently highlighted on Oklahoma Innovations, a radio program produced by the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology. Drs. Will Focht and Toni Shaklee explained many of the university’s new and ongoing sustainability initiatives including the switch to CNG vehicles. Focht is director of the Institute for Sustainable Environments and Shaklee is assistant vice president for sponsored research. To listen yourself, click here and then click on the show for Dec. 28.

Newman honored for innovation

Computerworld, a leading technology industry news source, has selected OSU Institute of Technology’s Dr. Scott Newman as one of its Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2009. The designation honors the nation’s most innovative information technology executives. Newman, who joined OSUIT in 2000, oversaw the formation of the Information Technologies Division and has been a leader in innovation and collaboration. The division’s baccalaureate program was one of the first in the U.S. and was recognized with a national award for diversity in 2007. For more OSUIT news, click here .

OSU fans win Bedlam food drive for second straight year in record-breaking effort

For the second consecutive year, OSU was victorious in the record-breaking Bedlam Canned Food Drive benefitting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The goal was to raise 10,000 pounds of non-perishable food items this year, but that was far exceeded with a total of 13,680 pounds collected. OSU Cowboy fans scored the most points by donating 7,065 pounds of food items in the battle which was fought in Tulsa this year. The drive was sponsored by the Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association, the OU Club of Tulsa and Arvest Bank. For more, click here .  

OSU-Tulsa to host special enrollment day
OSU-Tulsa will host a Special Saturday Enrollment Day on Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Advising and enrollment counselors will be on hand to help current and prospective students get admitted, enroll in classes, verify financial aid and scholarships and purchase books. In addition, new undergraduate students can learn about OSU-Tulsa’s new “Cowboy Commitment” program that provides a $650 tuition waiver to new transfer students for up to three semesters. OSU-Tulsa is located at 700 North Greenwood Avenue, near I-244 and Detroit Avenue. For more OSU-Tulsa news, click here .  

Superintendent to speak at Lahoma Club
The Lahoma Club invites all OSU women to come to its luncheon meeting on Monday, Jan. 12, from 11:45 to 1 p.m. at Meditations featuring Dr. Anne Caine, superintendent of Stillwater Public Schools. Meditations is located west of Stillwater on Country Club Road. Reservations are required. The luncheon cost is $12.50 per person. Checks, made payable to Lahoma, may be mailed to Lahoma, P.O. Box 2704, Stillwater, OK 74076. New members and guests are always welcome to attend meetings. For reservations and membership information, phone (405) 743-4120 and visit Lahoma Club .

Want your W-2 by e-mail?

OSU employees have until Jan. 10, to decide if they want their W-2 income tax information sent to them via e-mail instead of receiving a printed copy. To select the e-mail option, Go to Web for Employees by clicking on the following link http://webemp.okstate.edu/ then go to “payroll services” and click on the “W-2 print/no print option flag” to go to the appropriate page to make your decision. You must pick the “no print” option in the drop down box on that page before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 10, in order to receive your W-2 information by e-mail. For information to help you make a choice, click on the following link http://vpaf.okstate.edu/PayrollServices/Documents/Online%20Form%20W-2%20Notification%202.doc  

ChakrabortyWellness tip: Garlic and cholesterol

Several research studies have looked at garlic’s impact on blood pressure and cholesterol. While the evidence is mixed, a recent study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine casts doubt on garlic’s ability to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. Eating garlic is considered safe for most adults and may offer other health benefits. To be safe, let your health care provider know if you are taking garlic or other dietary supplements since they can interact with some medicines. 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).