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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Orange Pride award celebrates staff excellence

Orange Pride

OSU-Tulsa is launching an initiative this year to recognize staff excellence. The Orange Pride award is presented monthly to a member of the OSU-Tulsa staff who demonstrates outstanding customer service skills and efforts above and beyond in service to the university.

“We regularly hear about members of the OSU-Tulsa staff who go the extra mile to help our students and colleagues achieve success,” said President Howard Barnett. “Orange Pride enables us to recognize those individuals who embody the Cowboy spirit and make OSU-Tulsa a one-of-a-kind place to work.”

Orange Pride winners will be highlighted each month in The Current and receive a framed certificate and $100. In addition, a plaque recognizing all Orange Pride recipients will be displayed on campus.

Current OSU-Tulsa staff can submit a nomination for the Orange Pride award on the OSU-Tulsa website. Submissions will be kept under consideration for six months. For more information, contact Karen Castle, executive assistant in the Office of the President.

Bussert honored with Bixby chamber’s Citizen of the Year award

From left, Billie Barnett, OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, Bixby Citizen of the Year Ron Bussert and Ellen Bussert at the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards gala on Friday.
From left, Billie Barnett, OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, Bixby Citizen of the Year Ron Bussert and Ellen Bussert at the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards gala on Friday.

Dr. Ron Bussert, vice president for administration and finance, was honored as Citizen of the Year at the Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce Awards annual gala on Friday.

The event also kicked off his tenure as 2015 chairman of the chamber’s Board of Directors. The board is the policy-making body for the chamber and represents business and professional leadership of the community.

A lifelong Cowboy, Bussert graduated from OSU with degree in accounting and an MBA. He earned his juris doctorate from Oklahoma City University and is a certified public accountant. Prior to joining OSU-Tulsa in 2005, he served in banking, state government and higher education positions including a stint as executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

The Bixby chamber has been recognized by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives as one of the top 10 chambers of its size in the number of new members and number of new member dollars.

OSU in Tulsa Research Day highlights student, faculty projects

OSU-Tulsa student Lana Zemlyanskaya, right, and graduate Jesse Chaffin, discuss research with Dr. Amy Bowersock, clinical assistant professor of health education and promotion, during the 2014 OSU in Tulsa Research Day.
OSU-Tulsa student Lana Zemlyanskaya, right, and graduate Jesse Chaffin, discuss research with Dr. Amy Bowersock, clinical assistant professor of health education and promotion, during the 2014 OSU in Tulsa Research Day.

With the deadline for submitting abstracts for the 2015 OSU in Tulsa Research Day approaching, many OSU-Tulsa students and faculty are preparing for the annual research celebration and competition.

Industrial wastewater treatment and an examination of the relationship between declining language skills and health in older adults are two of the research projects that will be presented during the event.

Students and faculty still have an opportunity to sign up for the event. Abstracts should be submitted online by Friday, Feb. 13.

Research Day will be in Founders Hall at the OSU Center for Health Sciences campus on Feb. 20. For more information, contact Amanda Benn at 918-561-1402 or visit the Research Day website.

OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center provides resource to students and community

Sultan Magruder, left, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, discusses clinical techniques to determine suicide risk with Tara Brim, a mental health counseling graduate student.
Sultan Magruder, left, a doctoral student in counseling psychology, discusses clinical techniques to determine suicide risk with Tara Brim, a mental health counseling graduate student.

The OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center is a distinct combination of student service, community resource and training ground for the next generation of counselors.

The counseling center’s services are available to students, faculty and staff and also to individuals and families in the community. Sessions are on a sliding fee scale for the community and $5 for students, faculty and staff after five free sessions.

The counselors are master’s or doctoral students and are supervised by faculty members. About 30 percent of the center’s clients are OSU-Tulsa students, with the majority of clients coming from the community.

The center is particularly beneficial to families and individuals who have no insurance or whose insurance does not sufficiently cover their mental health needs, said Dr. Al Carlozzi, director of the counseling center and OSU professor of applied health and educational psychology. He also is president of the board of directors of the Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

For more information, visit the OSU-Tulsa Counseling Center website. To read the full story, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

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