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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, April 3, 2014

TPS teachers tour the Helmerich Research Center

Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering, gives TPS teachers a tour of his lab at the Helmerich Reach Center.
Tulsa Public Schools teachers tour a lab at the Helmerich Research Center.

The OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center and Tulsa Public Schools have partnered to increase interest in engineering careers among Tulsa’s youth. As part of the ongoing effort, a group of 17 TPS teachers toured the HRC and met with faculty and student researchers last week during a professional development session.

Dr. Raj Singh, Williams Companies Distinguished Chair in Energy Technology, hosted the group and introduced the teachers to OSU-Tulsa’s materials science and engineering research. The group toured his lab with Dr. Nirmal Govindaraju and students, as well as those of Dr. Raman Singh, Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan and Dr. Pankaj Sarin. They also visited the Advanced Materials Characterization Center and the HRC’s core labs and clean room with Zach Carpenter, lab manager.

Since joining the OSU-Tulsa faculty as head of the School of Materials Science and Engineering in 2012, Singh has worked to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. HRC faculty host tours and work with high school students and teachers in the Tulsa area to build interest in engineering careers.

Learning Services Center offers free workshop series for students

Presentation skills, APA style and reducing stress while studying are the focus of a special workshop series offered by the OSU-Tulsa Learning Services Center this month.

Improving Presentation Skills, set for Tuesday, helps build good presentation skills by focusing on preparation, organization, audience rapport, delivery and the use of visual aids. The APA Style Writing workshop on Tuesday, April 15 provides an overview of the essentials on citing references, formatting citations and building a reference list for research papers. The Art of Stress-Free Studying workshop on Tuesday, April 22 offers strategies for recognizing triggers and reducing stress.

Sessions run from 3-4 p.m. in North Hall 219 and are free for all OSU-Tulsa students. For more information, contact the Learning Services Center at 918-594-8232 or tulsa.lsc@okstate.edu.

Hispanic Health Fair to provide free screenings, services

The OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and OSU Center for Health Sciences will be working with Hispanic families in the Tulsa area to increase access to health care and provide information on community services at a special event on Saturday.

The Hispanic Health Fair will offer free medical screenings and information about community health services from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Garnett Road Baptist Church, 620 S. Garnett Road.

A variety of information and services will be available, including blood pressure, obstetrics and gynecology, respiratory, body mass index, diabetes, vision and dental screenings. Health care professionals will provide consultations, answer questions and share information on community resources.

The event is sponsored by OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Community Health Connection and the Coalition of Hispanic Organizations.

Receptions set for Graduate Student Appreciation Week

Graduate students attend a past orientation in the Main Hall Commons.
Graduate student services staff Aaron T. Christensen and Sarah Vizza visit with OSU-Tulsa students in the North Hall Lobby.

OSU-Tulsa Graduate Student Services will host daily Graduate Student Appreciation receptions beginning Monday and running through Thursday, April 10 in Main Hall 1101.

Students may visit the Graduate Student Services Center from 4-6 p.m. daily for free refreshments and networking with OSU-Tulsa representatives.

The receptions are in conjunction with Graduate Education Week at OSU-Stillwater, April 7-11. For more information, contact the OSU-Tulsa GSSC at 918-594-8445.

Drillers home opener, parade bring large crowds to campus tonight

OneOK Field

The Tulsa Drillers begin their 2014-15 season tonight at 7:05 p.m. at ONEOK Field against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Crowds of 7,500 are expected to attend the Opening Night Parade, which kicks off at 6:15 p.m.

Greenwood Avenue will be closed from approximately 5-7 p.m. as the parade travels from OETA Tulsa, adjacent to Lot A, south to Archer Street. Traffic around campus will be heavy and students should schedule extra time to find parking on campus or to catch BOB, the Big Orange Bus, for the ride to Stillwater.

Drillers fans are only permitted to park on campus for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday games. No fan parking is allowed Monday through Thursday.

Campus roads closed Saturday evening for Luchador Run

Main streets around OSU-Tulsa will be closed Saturday night for the Fourth Annual Elote Luchador Run. John Hope Franklin Boulevard, Elgin Avenue and part of Greenwood Avenue will be shut down from approximately 5-7 p.m. for the event.

Students, faculty and staff visiting campus will be able to access campus from the north on Greenwood Avenue. Proceeds from the run will benefit the YMCA's Kids to Camp program.