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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

OSU-Tulsa offers new accelerated route to special education certification

Dr. Christine K. Ormsbee explains the new special education certification program available at OSU-Tulsa at an information session.
Dr. Christine K. Ormsbee explains the new special education certification program available at OSU-Tulsa during an information session.

In an effort to combat the state's severe shortage of special education teachers, OSU-Tulsa will begin offering a nontraditional special education certification program beginning in January 2014.

The Nontraditional Special Education Certification Program enables qualified individuals with a bachelor's degree to enroll in a two-phase program that will prepare them to be a special education instructor.

The nontraditional certification program, authorized by the Oklahoma Legislature in May, creates a two-phased process where students will complete a "boot camp" at OSU-Tulsa one night a week and three Saturdays during the semester. The OSU bootcamp consists of three graduate-level courses, two on campus and one online, that provide a foundation for special education teachers.

Nontraditional certification program students may be eligible for financial assistance through TEACH Grants and the OSU-Tulsa Educators' Scholarship.

For more information or to enroll in the program, contact Ormsbee at 405-744-3471 or ormsbee@okstate.edu.

PSO to honor OSU-Tulsa’s record-breaking conservation efforts

Energy Conservation
Paul O'Neill, OSU-Tulsa Physical Plant assistant director, and Angelyn Holmes, OSU in Tulsa energy education manager, inspect the new chillers in Main Hall.

Public Service Company of Oklahoma will make a special presentation for OSU-Tulsa’s record-breaking conservation efforts on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 11 a.m. in the North Hall Lobby. The event is open to all OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff.

The presentation is in honor of OSU-Tulsa’s recent energy conservation efforts. PSO and OSU-Tulsa have worked together to reduce energy consumption on campus, which helps keep utility costs lower for everyone. The retrofit project included updated light and water fixtures on campus that have helped reduce utility costs on campus.

Since the university’s energy conservation program was implemented in 2007, OSU in Tulsa has saved more than $2.7 million in utility costs. That’s environmental impact equivalent to planting 704,169 tree seedlings, removing 4,941 passenger cars from the road for one year or reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 27,530 metric tons.

To attend the event, please RSVP by Monday, Nov. 4 at 5 p.m. to annette.morey@okstate.edu or 918-594-8291.

Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame to honor Anna Myers, Woody Guthrie

Meyers and Guthrie
Myers, left, and Guthrie

The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame will honor award-winning author Anna Myers and legendary troubadour Woody Guthrie on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium.

Myers will be inducted into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame. She earned the Oklahoma Book Award for Red Dirt Jessie, Graveyard Girl, Assassin and Spy, and recently received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor presented by the Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Guthrie will be honored with a memorial tribute by his daughter, Nora Guthrie, and best-selling author Michael Wallis. Special guest and Guthrie scholar Will Kaufman will perform some of Guthrie’s signature songs. Kaufman has proclaimed Guthrie, known for such classic anthems as “This Land is Your Land,” as the representative voice of America.

The Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame program is presented by the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa in partnership with the Woody Guthrie Center and the OSU-Tulsa Library. Tickets to the event are $10 and may be purchased online at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111. Special discounts are available for students, teachers and Center members.

Transfer Day offers students easy transition process to OSU-Tulsa

OSU-Tulsa will host Transfer Day on Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Dec. 17. Transfer Day offers new students the opportunity to complete admission, apply for financial aid and enroll for Spring 2014 classes.

Students can check in at the Administration Hall Lobby from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Students can learn about OSU-Tulsa's programs, visit with academic advisors and take a tour of campus.

For more information about Transfer Day, contact Prospective Student Services at 918-594-8355 or email tulsa.info@okstate.edu.