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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012

Volunteers needed for Engineering Design Challenge

Student participants in the 2011 Engineering Design ChallengeHundreds of Tulsa-area elementary through high school students will test their boat building skills at OSU-Tulsa’s Engineering Design Challenge on Thursday, Feb. 23.

“The Challenge allows us to combine science and engineering education in a fun environment,” said Dr. Carl Latino, OSU associate professor of electrical engineering. “Each team is presented with the simple problem of building the fastest boat. It’s interesting to see the creative solutions the students come up with using the same materials.”

Held during National Engineering Week, the Challenge teams up students to design, build and race a self-propelled, motorized watercraft. Led by the OSU-Tulsa engineering faculty, the challenge provides an opportunity for students to learn the basic principles of engineering design, problem-solving and teamwork.

Volunteers are needed to assist teams during the design and construction phases, providing helpful hints and generally assisting in all aspects of the construction process. To volunteer, sign up at the Engineering Design Challenge website.

The Engineering Design Challenge is sponsored by Spirit Aerosystems of Tulsa.

Events commemorate Black History Month

OSU-Tulsa will hold two events in February to celebrate Black History Month.

Patrick Chalfant and Dr. Wade McCoy will discuss the life of their former professor and mentor, Dr. Henry Kirkland Jr., at a presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. in North Hall 150. Chalfant and McCoy wrote A Rainbow in the Dark based on the life of Kirkland, who overcame poverty and racism in 1940s Oklahoma to become a celebrated educator and the first African American professor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

The OSU-Tulsa African American Student Association (AASA) will host “A Taste of Soul” on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the North Hall Lobby. Participants can sample various soul food cuisines, including fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, sweet yams, corn bread and peach cobbler.

Participants needed for Fitness 101 service learning program

Are you looking for help to start living a healthier lifestyle? The Fitness 101 service learning program for the Health & Human Performance Department at OSU-Tulsa can you achieve your health goals.

The program is currently looking for participants, who will receive free weekly personal training sessions, fitness assessments and health risk appraisals and individualized exercise routines.

“Whether you are a regular exerciser or if you have been relatively sedentary, this program can help you identify potential muscular imbalances and risks to your health and assist you in improving your physiological and mechanical efficiency,” said Dr. Amy Bowersock, program coordinator. “You’ll also be providing valuable experience for our student personal trainers that can’t be learned in a traditional classroom.”

For more information or to enroll, contact Dr. Amy Bowersock at 918-594-8426 or email amy.bowersock@okstate.edu. Orientation sessions begin on Feb. 28 and training session begin March 6. The program runs through April 10.