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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

OSU-Tulsa begins planting 60 trees as part of Signature Gateway project

Workers begin planting trees on Standpipe Hill as part of the Signature Gateway project.
Workers begin planting trees on Standpipe Hill as part of the Signature Gateway project.

OSU-Tulsa contractors have begun planting more than 60 trees around the Signature Gateway located on Standpipe Hill between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Detroit Avenue.

The landscaping is part of the Signature Gateway project that began more than a year ago to increase OSU’s visibility in downtown Tulsa, said Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance. The project’s final phase will include street improvements and the addition of pedestrian lighting by the City of Tulsa.

When the planting is completed, there will be approximately nine Golden Rain trees, 17 Chinese Pistache, seven Nuttal Oaks and 34 Loblolly pines on Standpipe Hill.

STATE Magazine: A Rich Literary History

Pulitzer-winning poet Rita Dove, right, meets Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, at the 2010 Celebration of Books.
Pulitzer-winning poet Rita Dove, right, meets Carlotta Walls LaNier, the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, at the 2010 Celebration of Books.

Maya Angelou’s powerful voice filling the Brady Theater that evening almost 17 years ago. Teresa Miller remembers it vividly. The acclaimed poet and author had become ill prior to her keynote address at the 1997 Celebration of Books, and there were fears that she would be unable to take the stage.

“When she walked on stage, people were standing and weeping because they were so overcome by the historical significance of that moment,” recalls Miller, the executive director of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers. “And when she began to speak, her voice echoed loudly through the theater. You would never have known she was ill. It was really a powerful evening.”

The evening with Maya Angelou is one of many magical moments for Miller and the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Read the full story from the Winter 2014 edition of STATE magazine on the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-Tulsa shows pride and unity at Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.

Students, faculty and staff from OSU-Tulsa march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday
Students, faculty and staff from OSU-Tulsa march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade on Monday

Carlandra Smith was thrilled to show her belief in the power of unity by marching with Oklahoma State University-Tulsa in Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.

“This is something I absolutely believe in, and that is diversity,” said Smith, who is a new student at OSU-Tulsa.

A large group of OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff marched with Pistol Pete and BOB, the Big Orange Bus, along the parade route through campus and the Greenwood District. Among those marching were OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, Raj Basu, OSU-Tulsa vice president for academic affairs and Ron Bussert, OSU-Tulsa vice president for administration and finance.

“Every year, our students, faculty and staff show OSU-Tulsa’s commitment to diversity and our community by marching in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade,” said Barnett. “Our participation is a reminder of the power education plays in uniting our community.” 

Wellness Center to host array of fitness and health events

The OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center will offer several events during the spring semester to enhance the health of students, faculty and staff.

The Wellness Center has treadmills, weights, incumbent bikes and more and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Meet at the center at 12:10 p.m. on Jan. 28 for a brisk walk to Guthrie Green for Food Truck Walk Wednesdays.

Sign up to become a team member for a two-week Social Sweat Program challenge. Each team will complete a list of six team-based workouts. The first challenge begins Monday. Register through email or in person by Friday to participate.

Stress Relief Breaks will be offered in the North Hall lobby Feb. 23 and 25 and in the Main Hall Commons on Feb. 24 and 26 from 3-5 p.m. The events will feature five-minute task-based games designed to relieve stress before heading to class.

For a complete lineup of wellness events, visit the Wellness Center website. Wellness Center membership is free for all OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff. Complete the enrollment form to get started.

Journal Club to discuss childhood obesity during Wednesday meeting

Jennifer Van Cleave, D.O., OSU Center for Health Sciences resident, and Sally Eagleton, graduate student in human development and family sciences at OSU-Tulsa, will discuss obesity in children during the Journal Club meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday in D-007 at OSU-CHS.

The meeting is open to all OSU-Tulsa students and faculty. Colony Fugate, D.O., clinical associate professor at OSU-CHS, will facilitate the discussion. The goal of the discussion is to introduce participants to new concepts, theories and methods for community intervention in childhood obesity.

The Journal Club is co-sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and OSU-CHS. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist.

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