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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012

OSU-Tulsa sets winter holiday hours

OSU-Tulsa, including academic advising, student services and the Bursar Office, will be closed for the winter holiday break Dec. 22-Jan. 1. However, a few campus venues will be open to students, faculty and staff at select times. All campus offices will reopen on Jan. 2 and spring semester classes begin Jan. 7.

View a detailed list of winter holiday hours at the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-CHS Behavioral Health Services offers resources to cope with Newtown school shooting situation

In light of the recent events in Newtown, Conn., many organizations are making an effort to help people better manage the distress related to this incidence. Teri Bourdeau, Ph.D., director of behavioral health services at OSU-CHS, offers some helpful information for coping with the tragedy.  

"Schools are normally very safe places for children and these types of situations are rare," said Bourdeau. "Communication and collaboration among schools, parents and communities are critical to ensure that students continue to view schools as safe, caring and supportive environments. How adults react to this tragedy can shape the way children and youth react and their perceptions of safety."

Bourdeau recommends the following resources to learn more about coping in the aftermath of a school shooting:

Spring orientation sessions scheduled for students

New Student OrientationOSU-Tulsa will host several orientation sessions in January to prepare students for university life. Students can learn how to navigate the OSU-Tulsa campus, discover the services and opportunities that are available to them, meet fellow students and learn about systems and processes they'll use at OSU.

New undergraduate students can choose from sessions scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 3 at noon and 6 p.m. or Saturday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m. Each session will take place in North Hall 150. Online registration is available.

New International Student Orientation is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8 at noon in the Graduate Student Services Center/International Student Services Office, Main Hall 1101. The mandatory session for new international students will be led by Thomas Wallis, graduate admissions officer and international student services representative. For more information, contact Wallis at 918-594-8445 or thomas.wallis@okstate.edu.

Graduate Student Orientation is set for Saturday, Jan. 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons. Current and new students can meet fellow graduate students and professors while learning about the various workshops, resources and services available through OSU-Tulsa's Graduate Student Services Center. For more information, call Aaron Christensen at 918-594-8445 or osutgssc@okstate.edu.

All orientation sessions offer students the opportunity to tour campus and provide information about campus life activities, student organizations and other valuable services.  Participants also will learn about OSU-Tulsa drink cups that allow students to get $.25 refills at the Subway and MoJoe's on campus. In addition, most sessions offer giveaways or door prizes.

OSU in Tulsa to walk in MLK Day Parade

MLK Day Sweatshirt DesignStudents, faculty and staff at OSU-Tulsa and the OSU Center for Health Sciences are invited to join Pistol Pete and BOB, the Big Orange Bus, to march in the 2013 Martin Luther King, Jr. parade on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m.

This year's theme is "Celebrate Diversity 2013: Let Hope Inspire the Dream." The parade will start at Detroit Ave. and John Hope Franklin Blvd. and proceed east through the OSU-Tulsa campus and the historic Greenwood District.

Hooded sweatshirts with the OSU in Tulsa event logo are available for preorder from the Information Center in the North Hall Lobby through Jan. 11. Sweatshirts will be available for pick-up on Jan. 18 after 3 p.m. For more information, contact Nekki Reagan-Neeley at 918-594-8234 or emonica@reagan@okstate.edu.

Help the OSU Alumni Association Tulsa Chapter win the 2012 Food Bowl Challenge

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association needs your help in its competition with the Oklahoma Cornhusker Club to collect food and cash donations for the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

The Food Bowl Challenge, which ends Dec. 27, seeks donations of canned food and cash. Cannned goods can be delivered to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Okoahoma at 1304 N. Kenosha Ave.  Those making donations should specify they are for the OSU Alumni Association.

To make a cash donation, contact Steve Jacoby at steven.r.jacoby@saic.com, Lindsey Smith at lindsey.h.smith@jpmorgan.com or LouAnn Smith at louann.smith@nabholz.com.

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