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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012

OSU-Tulsa study examining emotional resilience in teenage girls

MorrisDr. Amanda Morris knows that being a teenage girl isn’t easy. “Girls reach physical maturity earlier than boys, and they don’t reach emotional maturity until late adolescence,” says the OSU-Tulsa researcher. “Because of this gap, teenage girls are at a high risk of emotional difficulties and are more likely to suffer from depression than teenage boys.”

Morris, a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, is taking a unique approach in her latest research project by examining the interpersonal relationships between teenage girls, their mothers and friends to identify the factors that result in positive self-image and help them avoid risky behaviors.

The National Institutes of Health awarded Morris a three-year, $490,000 grant to conduct the research with teenage girls living in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Tulsa to understand how peer and family relationships factor into emotion regulation (the ability to control emotions) and reduce risky behaviors. These risky behaviors can include underage drinking, smoking, substance abuse and unprotected sex.

The project, titled “Understanding Resilience in Adolescent Girls: Parent, Peer, and Emotional Dynamics,” seeks to identify parent and peer emotion-related behaviors and the relationship qualities that help girls be more emotionally resilient and engage in healthier decision-making.

Read the full STATE magazine article on the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-Tulsa to kick off joint United Way Campaign Monday

OSU in Tulsa employees at the United Way Day of Caring kick off at the new Guthrie Green downtown.OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences will partner again this year for the university’s annual United Way fundraising effort, which runs Sept. 17-Oct. 24. The campaign will kick off Monday with a lunch in the B.S. Roberts Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be provided by Baxter’s Interurban Grill. Dr. Leigh Goodson, vice president for research and institutional advancement, will announce the 2012 fundraising goal. Activities are planned throughout the campaign to raise money for United Way, ranging from jeans passes to luncheons to email bingo.

United Way is recognized as the official charitable organization of OSU-Tulsa. Last year, OSU’s two Tulsa campuses raised a combined total of more than $53,000 for the Tulsa Area United Way.

Registration open for OSU-Tulsa’s Fit 101 Program

OSU-Tulsa’s FIT 101 is currently seeking students, faculty and staff to participate in the health assessment and fitness-training program.

FIT 101 is a free service learning program that pairs clients with student trainers. The target clientele are those new to exercise or those getting back into a routine, however all levels of fitness can be accommodated and are encouraged to participate. 

Participants go through assessment and five weeks of exercise programming; each week the exercise focus shifts slightly but still allows the client to engage in a full body workout session.

The program runs every Monday night from 5:30–6:30p.m. between Oct. 8 –Nov. 12. Space is limited. Contact Dr. Amy Bowersock for more information or to register at amy.bowersock@okstate.edu.

Hispanic Student Association event to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, OSU-Tulsa's Hispanic Student Association (HSA) will host a Hispanic food sampling at 4 p.m. on Monday in the North Hall Lobby.

The event, which is free and open to OSU students, faculty and staff, will feature food catered by Qdoba, Hispanic culture information and music.

OSU-Tulsa to provide parking for Komen Race for the Cure participants Saturday morning

OSU-Tulsa will provide free parking for participants of the Susan G. Komen Tulsa Race for the Cure on Saturday. The event is scheduled to take place in downtown Tulsa from approximately 6 a.m. to noon.

All entrances to campus will be open. Parking Lots B and E will be reserved for OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff. Those visiting campus Saturday morning are encouraged to arrive early and anticipate traffic delays.

Building leaders, serving the community

Alpha Phi Omega student member unloading truckWhen wildfires struck the state in August, students from Oklahoma State University-Tulsa's Alpha Phi Omega acted quickly to organize a collection drive to help victims and their pets. OSU in Tulsa develops leaders committed to helping our community and creating a brighter future for Oklahoma.

To view a video of Alpha Phi Omega members discussing about how they want to create a brighter future for Oklahoma through community service, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.