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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

OSU-Tulsa Police receive OACP recertification

OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock, left, and President Howard Barnett, right, present Officer David Pillars with a certificate from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police commending his leadership in certification process.
OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock, left, and President Howard Barnett, right, present Officer David Pillars with a certificate from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police commending his leadership in certification process.

The OSU-Tulsa Police Department was recognized on Tuesday for achieving recertification from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police.

“The OSU-Tulsa Police Department is dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus,” said OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett. “This process recognizes their commitment to training and professionalism and further exemplifies commitment to campus safety.”

OSU Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock formally assigned Officer David Pillars as the certification manager. As the manager, Pillars was charged with examining the OSU-Tulsa Police policies, procedures and employee training to ensure that they met the rigorous standards established by the accrediting agency.

The process included an on-site evaluation, led by a captain from the Claremore Police Department with assistance from a sergeant from the Broken Arrow Police Department. The evaluation included a review of arrest procedures, evidence processing, record keeping and budgeting.

Joy Harjo to be inducted into Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame

Harjo
Harjo

The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa in partnership with the Route 66 Alliance and the OSU Library will induct Joy Harjo into the Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the OSU-Tulsa Auditorium. Special guests at the event include authors and Writers Hall of Fame members Rilla Askew and Michael Wallis.

Harjo is a native Tulsan and member of the Mvskoke Nation. She is an award-winning author, poet and musician. She has received the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas and the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. Most recently she was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

Tickets are $15, plus handling charges, and may be purchased at myticketoffice.com or by calling 918-596-7111. For more information, contact Teresa Miller, executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers.

Submit poetry, short stories in eighth annual writing contest

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OSU-Tulsa writers and poets have the opportunity to submit short stories and poetry in OSU-Tulsa’s eighth Annual Creative Writing Contest this semester. The contest is open to all OSU-Tulsa students.

Poetry entries should consist of three original poems and short stories should be 20 or fewer pages in length. Winners will be honored during the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers' event with author Neil Gaiman on March 10 and published on the OSU-Tulsa Creative Writing Contest website.

Entries are due Nov. 21 and winners will be announced Dec. 5. Entry forms are available at the Information Center in the North Hall Lobby, North Hall 103 or online. For more information, call the Learning Services Center at 918-594-8232.

Fire drills successful training exercise, says OSU-Tulsa Police, Campus Safety

OSU-Tulsa Police Chief Melvin Murdock and OSU in Tulsa Safety Officer Matt Sharpe praised the efficiency of students, faculty, staff and visitors during a fire drill in early August. Buildings were evacuated and the drills were completed in less than 15 minutes.

The training exercise provided the campus an opportunity to evaluate familiarity with evacuation plans in the event of a fire. Sharpe said the drill is important to prepare departments in the event of a real emergency.

Murdock reminds faculty and staff to be aware of those who are at work each day, so that they can be accounted for in the event of a fire and you can alert first responders if someone is trapped inside.

For more information about fire safety, including safety and fire prevention tips, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-Tulsa to provide parking for TU game Saturday

Parking for the University of Tulsa football game against the University of Oklahoma on Saturday will be available at OSU-Tulsa.

A shuttle service will be running between Lot A at OSU-Tulsa and H.A. Chapman Stadium every 15 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding about two hours after the game.

Students, faculty and staff visiting campus on Saturday are advised to provide extra travel time for traffic and parking.

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