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OSU-Tulsa News

THURSDAY, April 28, 2011

Grand Marshals selected for OSU-Tulsa Graduation

Bliss and MertenDr. Timm Bliss and Dr. Michael Merten have been selected as grand marshals for OSU-Tulsa’s 2011 Graduation Ceremony on May 9. The honored faculty members will lead the procession during the ceremony.

Bliss is as an associate professor of aerospace administration and operations and was appointed the Roger Hardesty Endowed Chair in Aviation Science in 2008. His research interests include the economic and fiscal aspects of the U.S. airline industry and airline labor relations. He is the co-author of a new textbook, “Labor Relations in the Aviation and Aerospace Industries,” scheduled for publication in fall 2011.

Merten, assistant professor of human development and family science, has taught at OSU-Tulsa since 2005. His research interests focus on the health risk behaviors, mental and physical health, psychosocial outcomes and interpersonal relationships of adolescents and young adults. He was the 2010 recipient of the President’s Outstanding Faculty Award, the highest honor awarded to faculty at OSU-Tulsa.

OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony begins at 7 p.m. in The Pavilion at Expo Square. Lt. Governor Todd Lamb will serve as the keynote speaker.

OSU Creativity Festival contest
winners announced

Two members of the OSU-Tulsa community placed in the OSU Institute for Creativity and Innovation’s third annual creativity contest this month. Students, faculty and staff were invited to answer the question: “What world record would you break to make the greatest social impact?” 

Dakota Koenig, an OSU-Tulsa undergraduate business administration student, won second place and $500 for his entry on having the most cars using alternate fuels.
 JJ Smith, assistant director for recruitment and student development at OSU-Tulsa, won third place and $300 for her entry for breaking the record for largest number of blood donor’s (to be done at the bombing memorial).

Visit news.okstate.edu for a complete list of winners and their creative ideas.

Mayfest 2011 poster to be unveiled
at OSU-Tulsa

The original artwork for the Mayfest 2011 poster, created by local artist Michelle Firment Reid, will be unveiled Wednesday, May 4 at 5:30 p.m. at OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center.

Now in its 39th year, Mayfest is Tulsa’s annual outdoor fine arts and music festival. More than 350,000 people are expected to attend the family-friendly event set for May 19-22 in downtown Tulsa.

Mayfest posters will be available for purchase at the unveiling for $25 if signed by the artist and $15 for unsigned.

Tips for a stress-free finals week

Finals begin next week and OSU-Tulsa’s Learning Services Center offers several ways students can reduce stress and prepare for the end of the semester.

Study Tips and Stress Busters

  • Use a planner or “to-do” lists to manage your time.
  • Avoid multitasking - focus on one thing at a time.
  • Start early - don't wait until the last minute to cram information.
  • Find a quiet place to focus and avoid distractions.
  • Read material more than once and don't just skim.
  • Take little breaks to recharge mentally and physically.
  • Eat a balanced diet, exercise and try to get at least six hours of sleep each night.

Still feeling overwhelmed? The OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center offers confidential counseling services for stress and other related issues. To learn more, call 918-594-8568.