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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Juneteenth celebration includes forums, events at OSU-Tulsa

OSU-Tulsa Campus

Education, media, music and culture are all part of events being hosted at OSU-Tulsa as part of the city’s annual Juneteenth celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the news of slavery being abolished reaching Texas on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in most of the country.

The National Association of Black Journalists will kick off events at OSU-Tulsa with a forum on education tonight at 5:30 p.m. in North Hall 150. The forum panel includes former Tulsa Police Chief Drew Diamond, Tulsa Public Schools board member Dr. Lana Turner Addison, Booker T. Washington High School teacher Dr. Anthony Marshall and Youth Services of Tulsa Director of North Tulsa Programs Eddie Evans.

Following the forum in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium, jazz artist Frank Bates will perform at 7:30 p.m. Pamela Hower, daughter of former KTUL News Anchor Bob Hower, will be honored with the Juneteenth Legacy Award for Good Samaritans. The event also includes a hair show by the Technical Institute of Cosmetology.

Area Juneteenth events will close Greenwood Avenue between Archer Street and the Interstate 244 underpass from 5 p.m. to midnight tomorrow and Saturday. OSU-Tulsa's Larry Cochran will be performing at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Downtown tomorrow night at 7 p.m. as part of the celebration. Saturday’s events include a family picnic and Gospel and Jazz Festival at OSU-Tulsa at 7 p.m.

Familiar tunes help aphasia camp participants with communication skills

Sarah Thomas, left, a recent TCC graduate, plays the violin as Dr. Robert Katz, an assistant professor of music at TCC, plays the ukulele during Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa.
Sarah Thomas, left, a recent TCC graduate, plays the violin as Dr. Robert Katz, an assistant professor of music at TCC, plays the ukulele during Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa.

Mert Fielder might have trouble conversing, but he can still sing his favorite ZZ Top song. Fielder experiences difficulty speaking due to a communication disorder called aphasia he acquired after suffering a stroke in October.

Fielder spent last week at Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa to improve his communication skills. For Fielder and other people affected by aphasia, singing can be easier than talking. Aphasia impairs a person’s ability to speak and understand others.

Music classes have been part of the camp each year, which is organized by the university’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. This year, OSU-Tulsa partnered with the Tulsa Community College Music Department to offer a new experience for participants and students and faculty from both institutions.

Read the full story about Cowboy Aphasia Camp on the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU Legacy Day coming to Philbrook Museum

Future Cowboys and Cowgirls can join the Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association at the Philbrook Museum for OSU Legacy Day on Saturday from 1-3 p.m.  The event is part of the OSU legacy program.

Children and grandchildren of alumni association members will receive a museum activity box, participate in a scavenger hunt and complete an arts and crafts project. Guided tours will be available.

The cost per adult is $5 and OSU legacies are free. Guests are welcome to stay until the museum closes at 5 p.m. For more information or to register, visit the OSU Alumni Association website.

Personal discovery

Personal Discovery

When Jake Cornwell was in search of a new career, he came to OSU in Tulsa to explore his interests. The professors, classes and internship opportunities offered at OSU-Tulsa helped Jake discover his true passions, writing and historical preservation. OSU-Tulsa can help you, too. Whether your goal is personal discovery, lifelong connections or a better quality of life, OSU-Tulsa can help you get there from here.

Learn more about Cornwell’s story in a video on the OSU-Tulsa website.