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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers to host ‘Secret Life of Bees’ author


The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa will present “Up Close and Personal with Sue Monk Kidd” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at Cascia Hall Performing Arts Center.

Kidd is the author of the bestselling novels, “The Secret Life of Bees,” “The Mermaid Chair” and “The Invention of Wings,” the top selling book on Amazon in 2014 and an Oprah Book Club Selection. She will be sharing insights from her work and doing selected readings, followed by a question and answer session. Immediately after her presentation, she will be available to autograph books, which will be on sale at the event.

The event is presented in partnership with Tulsa Town Hall as part of Tulsa Reads. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online or by phone at 918-596-7111. Discounts are available for teachers, students and Center members. Kidd is set to present the Tulsa Town Hall lecture the next morning.

Supplies needed for elementary students at Partner in Education school

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Help children start the school year a step ahead by donating school supplies to Academy Central Elementary, OSU-Tulsa’s Partner in Education school.

Needed supplies are notebook paper, pencils, colored pencils, crayons, spirals, two-pocket folders, glue sticks, pens, markers, tissues and hand sanitizer.

Items will be collected in North Hall 130, North Hall 204 and OSU-Tulsa Police in Main Hall Commons through Friday, Aug. 14.

OSU-Tulsa tutoring program supports struggling readers

Several Tulsa area children participate in a reading activity with OSU-Tulsa graduate student and tutor Suzanne Randolph.
Several Tulsa area children participate in a reading activity with OSU-Tulsa graduate student and tutor Suzanne Randolph.

Nine-year-old Tiah is learning strategies that will help her read better when she enters fourth grade at a Tulsa elementary school this fall.

At the same time, her reading tutor, Lindsey Watts is learning to teach those strategies as part of her coursework toward a master’s degree in reading and literacy at OSU-Tulsa.

“The tutoring helps graduate students with their educational goals because they are completing the necessary coursework to become reading specialists and literacy instructional coaches in their schools and districts,” said Faryl Kander, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa assistant professor of literacy.

Each fall, spring and summer, the program serves 90 to 120 children in first through eighth grades in Tulsa and Stillwater. This summer, eight OSU-Tulsa master’s students and 27 Tulsa area children participated in three weeks of small group tutoring sessions.

“It is good. I like it,” said Tiah about the reading program as she wrote down clues about herself for Watts during a reading activity called Mystery Detectives.

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

Orange Pride award recognizes staff excellence

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OSU-Tulsa is seeking nominations for Orange Pride, an initiative to recognize and celebrate staff members who have demonstrated outstanding customer service skills and efforts above and beyond in service to the university.

Orange Pride provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to submit nominations for the award to celebrate members of the OSU-Tulsa staff who embody the Cowboy spirit. Orange Pride winners are highlighted each month in The Current and receive a framed certificate and $100.

To submit a nomination for the Orange Pride award, visit 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.