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OSU-Tulsa News

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

President Barnett teaching graduate course in nonprofit fundraising

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett introduces a guest panel of speakers during his fall course on nonprofit fundraising for graduate students. From left are Barnett; Phil Lakin, Tulsa City councilor; Ken Levit, director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation; Alana Hughes, chief operating officer for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation; and Tim Colwell, Tulsa community outreach business partner at Williams Companies Inc.
OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, left, introduces a guest panel of speakers during a recent session of his class, including Phil Lakin, chief executive officer of the Tulsa Community Foundation and Tulsa city councilor, Ken Levit, director of the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Alana Hughes, chief operating officer for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and Tim Colwell, Tulsa community outreach business partner at Williams Companies Inc.

OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett is helping graduate students learn the ins and outs of nonprofit fundraising through a course offered at OSU-Tulsa this fall.

“Nonprofit organizations are integral to the quality of life in a community yet they are heavily reliant upon the generosity of donors,” said Barnett. “Students learn how to interact with stakeholders and establish the fundraising skills necessary in providing support for these endeavors.”

The Fundraising for Nonprofits management course is offered through the Spears School of Business as part of the graduate certificate program in nonprofit management. Students in the course learn about fundraising from Barnett and a guest panel of fundraising experts each week.

As a longtime Tulsa businessman, Barnett has been involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Leadership Oklahoma, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Center for Nonprofits, Philbrook Museum of Art, Youth Services of Tulsa, Oklahoma Academy, Tulsa Ballet and Salvation Army. Barnett is past-president of the Board of Directors for the National Council of Nonprofits, the nation’s largest network of nonprofit organizations.

OSU-Tulsa to close for Thanksgiving holiday

OSU-Tulsa will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the national Thanksgiving holiday.

No classes are scheduled tomorrow and academic services and businesses offices, including the Bursar Office, Prospective Student Services, Advising, Financial Aid and Campus Life, will close at 5 p.m. tomorrow and resume regular hours Monday.

The Main Hall Commons will reopen Friday for students who wish to study. The OSU-Tulsa Library and Computer Lab will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and resume regular hours Saturday.

The Information Center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday. The OSU-Tulsa Bookstore will close at 3 p.m. and Subway will close at 6 p.m. tomorrow. All will resume normal hours on Monday.

Cowboy Tree to brighten holidays for Academy Central Elementary students

Cowboy Tree

Students, faculty and staff can brighten the holidays for a child from Academy Central Elementary, OSU-Tulsa’s Partner in Education school, by adopting a cowboy or cowgirl from the Cowboy Tree.

To participate, select a paper cowboy boot from the tree located in the North Hall Lobby. Register your name, along with the name of the student you select at the Information Center. Toys, clothing and other gifts should be wrapped and taken to the Information Center with the child’s boot attached.

Gifts are due to the Information Center by 5 p.m. on Dec. 16 so they can be delivered to Academy Central Elementary School before the winter break.

Mechanics of falls among elderly topic of CFR seminar


Aditya Jayadas, Ph.D., assistant professor of design, housing and merchandising at OSU-Stillwater, will examine how slips and falls occur among the elderly at a seminar at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 5 in North Hall 226.

The lecture, “Slips and Falls: Biomechanics and Usability,” will focus on the mechanics of a slip and fall accident and strategies to reduce the likelihood of falls.

Jayadas’ research has relevance for populations at risk of falling, including elderly and hospitalized patients. The seminar is presented by the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa. A light lunch will be served.

Campus streets closed on Thanksgiving Day for Turkey Day 5K

The 2014 Turkey Day 5K and Fun Run will loop around the OSU-Tulsa campus early Thursday, blocking traffic for about three hours.

A fun run kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 9 a.m.  Both races begin and end at Guthrie Green and travel down Greenwood Avenue and John Hope Franklin Boulevard on campus and Boston Avenue and Archer and Brady streets off-campus.

OSU-Tulsa will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. The proceeds from the race benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

Turkey Trot will impact traffic near campus on Friday

The 2014 Fleet Feet Turkey Trot will affect traffic on Elgin Avenue between John Hope Franklin Boulevard and Archer Street on Friday. The campus entrance from Elgin Avenue will be closed during the race.

The 5K race will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. at the BOK Center downtown to kick off Winterfest at Third Street and Denver Avenue.

OSU-Tulsa will be closed, but Main Hall Commons will open that morning for students who wish to study.