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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sallam, Urich selected as 2015 graduation grand marshals

Sallam, left, and Urich
Sallam, left, and Urich

Dr. Khaled Sallam and Dr. Tara Fitzgerald Urich have been chosen to lead the faculty and student procession as grand marshals during OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony on Monday, May 11.

Sallam, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the 2014 President's Outstanding Teaching Award from OSU-Tulsa. After earning his bachelor’s degree and his Master of Engineering in mechanical power engineering from Cairo University, Sallam attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he received his Master of Science in Engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy in Aerospace Engineering. He began teaching at OSU in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology in 2003 and received the 2007 Halliburton Excellent Young Teacher Award. Sallam also was presented the W.R. Marshall award from the Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems for North and South America in 2006 and the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Teaching Excellence Award by the OSU College of Engineering in 2014.

Urich, lecturer in the  Department of Economics and Legal Studies, was an attorney with Kavesh, Minor and Otis, Inc. in Torrance, Calif. before becoming research specialist at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at OSU as an adjunct instructor in 2001 before moving full time to OSU-Tulsa in 2002. After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Urich graduated from Boston University School of Law with a Master of Laws in Taxation and Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles with a Juris Doctorate degree. She was named Outstanding Instructor at OSU-Tulsa in 2004. Urich has published a number of articles in national and international law journals.

OSU-Tulsa’s graduation ceremony begins with a concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavilion at Expo Square. Dr. Leigh Goodson, Tulsa Community College president, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Keep stress away for Finals Week success

OSU-Tulsa senior Randall Grier finds a quiet place to study Tuesday for finals.
OSU-Tulsa senior Randall Grier finds a quiet place to study Tuesday in Main Hall Commons for finals.

With Finals Week beginning Monday, it is best to have a plan to study for exams, finish papers and keep stress low. OSU-Tulsa offers many services to help students finish out the semester. Use the following tips to help:

  • Treat yourself to breaks. Take a walk around campus or grab yourself a free coffee or tea in Main Hall Commons or North Hall Lobby.
  • Relax as much as possible. It is important to take breaks from studying to recharge mentally and physically.
  • Take care of your body. Exercise, eat healthy and get enough sleep so your brain will be rested and ready to go. Students have free access to the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center.
  • Schedule your study time and stick to the plan. Visit the library, reserve a study room by calling 918-594-8130 or find a quiet place in Main Hall Commons to prepare for exams.

If you have questions about any subjects, ask your professor or a fellow student. Staying positive, persistent and relaxed will go a long way toward success during Finals Week.

Orange Pride


The Orange Pride award was established to recognize employee excellence among the OSU-Tulsa staff. The March recipient is Marcia Winder, administrative assistant in Faculty Support Services. This monthly series spotlights Orange Pride recipients and lets you learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s outstanding employees.

What drives you to do your best work? It was the way my parents raised me. They expected all of us to do our best – not for a reward, but because it is the right thing to do. I grew up in a family of seven siblings and we didn’t have much of anything. But we had each other.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? I own a Harley-Davidson Softtail Deluxe motorcycle and have ridden to the Sturgis motorcycle rally several times over the past 10 years. The first time was on my little Sportster. You haven’t lived until you are riding at a 45-degree angle due to 40 miles-per-hour winds. It was also 105 degrees out. There is nothing like the freedom that comes from riding on a motorcycle on twisting, winding roads through beautiful scenery.

What do you like to do in your leisure time? My husband and I love spending time with our four grandchildren. They keep us busy, but we hope they will also keep us young(ish).

To nominate an OSU-Tulsa staff member for the Orange Pride award, complete the nomination form. Orange Pride recipients are selected each month and receive a framed certificate and $100.

OSU-Tulsa Library hosts stress relief through fun and games

Library technical assistants Candace Butcher, left, and Jacob Wilson play a game of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots as part of the OSU-Tulsa Library’s stress relief games.
Library technical assistants Candace Butcher, left, and Jacob Wilson play a game of Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots as part of the OSU-Tulsa Library’s stress relief games.

Relieve the stress of finals week at the OSU-Tulsa Library by playing a game of putt-putt golf or creating a work of art on an Etch-a-Sketch. The library is hosting the games this week and during Finals Week for all students.

Games available also include playing cards, Rubik’s Cube, Settlers of Catan, Uno, Zombie Dice, Spirograph, Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and Brain Flakes. Students also will have access to coloring pages and crayons, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, sudoku, origami paper and art projects.

The games and activities will continue to be available to check out at the library throughout the academic year. For more information about the event, contact the library at 918-594-8130.

Sold-out crowds, heavy traffic around ONEOK Field for Bedlam baseball

The OSU Cowboys will meet the University of Oklahoma at 7 p.m. tomorrow in a Bedlam baseball game at ONEOK Field.

Tickets are nearly sold out. All reserved seating has been sold, with only general admission lawn seats remaining. Those seats cost $8 and can be purchased at ONEOK Field or online at the Tulsa Drillers website

Traffic around campus will be heavy due to expected large crowds. Driller fans are permitted to park on campus for Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday games. OSU is first place in the Big 12 Conference standings. OSU beat the Sooners earlier this month 24-2 in a nonleague game.