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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cowboy Aphasia Camp provides help and comfort

OSU assistant professor Sabiha Parveen, left, asks questions of Karin Henry, who has aphasia, to work on speaking skills.
OSU assistant professor Sabiha Parveen, left, asks questions of Karin Henry, who has aphasia, to work on speaking skills.

Terry Norris remembers the day he lost his speech like it was yesterday.

It was Feb. 7, 2015 and he had a stroke. As lights and sirens blared, the ambulance carried him to a hospital. The paramedics asked him questions. He found that while he could think of the answers in his mind, he could not say them out loud.

Norris is one of nine campers who worked to improve communication skills at the fourth annual Cowboy Aphasia Camp at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa on June 1-5.

Aphasia affects the ability to use and understand words after a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury.

Graduate student clinicians in the OSU-Tulsa Communication Sciences and Disorders Program provided one-on-one therapy for campers. Other activities included pet therapy visits, painting, music for language experiences and computer-based language therapy.

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

Orange Pride


The Orange Pride award recognizes employee excellence among the OSU-Tulsa staff. The May recipient is Gary Windle, network specialist in Information Technology.

What drives you to do your best work? I like the challenge of providing a solution to difficult situations.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you? Most don’t know that I grew up worshipping OU. I finally corrected my ways and see the light.

If you could do anything you wanted right now, what would it be? I would be fishing for tarpon in the Gulf of Mexico.

What is one of your favorite quotes? Hope for the best and expect nothing.

What would you name the autobiography of your life? You are not alone.

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.

Wellness Center offers services for summer semester 

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to renew their Wellness Center membership for the summer semester.

The Wellness Center is offering several summer programs focusing on ‘total wellness,’ which encompasses physical, emotional, spiritual, social and professional well-being.  The center will offer fitness classes, including pilates and yoga, as well as the opportunity to use a variety of exercise machines and free weights to create a personal workout.

Students must activate their membership each semester by filling out the online Wellness Center enrollment form. For additional information and a complete calendar of activities, visit the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center website

Tulsa Tough Cycling Festival begins Friday

The Saint Francis Tulsa Tough cycling festival is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in the Blue Dome District downtown.

Each day, the festival’s epicenter will move with a variety of rides and races, with Saturday’s activities in the Brady Arts District. Festival-goers may park at OSU-Tulsa on Saturday. Sunday’s activities will be at River Parks at 15th Street and Riverside Drive.

For more information about the event, visit the Tulsa Tough website.