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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, May 28, 2015

New member of OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees named


Pete Patel, president and chief executive officer of Promise Hotels, has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin as a member of the OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees for a term ending June 30, 2019.

He is succeeding former trustee Glenda Love, who spent nearly 10 years as an OSU-Tulsa trustee.

Patel joins OSU-Trustees Henry Primeaux, chair, Robyn Ewing, Charles Ford, Ed Keller, Sean Kouplen, Brett Lessley, Tucker Link and Dr. Trudy Milner. Link and Milner are also on the OSU/A&M Board of Regents.

The trustees advise OSU-Tulsa on administrative and student services, facilities management and academic offerings and assist with fundraising efforts. 

OSU-Tulsa to host screening of documentary on language disorder


Students, faculty and staff are invited to a screening of the documentary film, “Speechless” on Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. in North Hall 150.

The hour-long film focuses on people with aphasia, a language disorder that affects the ability to use and understand words after a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury. More than two million people in the U.S. are estimated to have some form of the disorder.

The screening coincides with Cowboy Aphasia Camp set for June 1-5 at OSU-Tulsa. The camp offers people with aphasia an opportunity to improve communication skills through therapy and provides graduate student clinicians with professional-level experience.

The free event is sponsored by OSU-Tulsa’s Communication Sciences and Disorders program.

STATE Magazine: Learning through Service to Community

OSU-Tulsa junior Noah Elias counts the number of situps completed by a McKinley Elementary School third-grader as part of the service-learning portion of the Health Education and Promotion program.
OSU-Tulsa junior Noah Elias counts the number of situps completed by a McKinley Elementary School third-grader as part of the service-learning portion of the Health Education and Promotion program.

When OSU-Tulsa student Shawnda Sweger was performing fitness assessments on Tulsa elementary school children last fall, she was learning and giving back to the community.

“Any time you get to have an experience in the field, it puts you a step ahead of people who just learn in the classroom,” she says. “It also gives you a jump on your peers when you begin to look for a job in your field.”

Community service is an essential element of OSU-Tulsa’s Health Education and Promotion program, which prepares graduates for careers in wellness, public and community health, medical-based and community fitness, corporate wellness and graduate study in areas such as public health, exercise science or the allied health fields.

“Our philosophy for our students is to ‘learn about learning’ through community service,” says Amy Bowersock, Ph.D., clinical assistant professor of health education and promotion. “Our students are going to be health educators, fitness professionals and physical therapists so they need to understand the processes people go through in order to learn.”

In addition to volunteering at community fairs and helping physical education teachers assess children’s fitness, OSU-Tulsa health promotion students have the opportunity to teach elementary school classes about fitness and nutrition, conduct “Lunch and Learn” workshops targeting employee wellness for local nonprofits, volunteer with local aging organizations and other activities.

To read the full story about the HEP program, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

Seminar to focus on employee motivation in hospitality industry


Catherine Curtis, Ph.D., OSU assistant professor of hotel and restaurant administration, will detail her research on organizational behavior within hospitality organizations at a seminar on Friday, June 19 at 12:15 p.m. in North Hall 222. A light lunch will be available.

“Service with a Smile: A Critical Look at Workplace Relationships in the Hospitality Industry” will focus on the constructs of motivation and positive and negative deviance related to frontline employees in the industry.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa and the College of Human Sciences. For additional information, email Amanda Harrist, Ph.D., professor of human development and family science.