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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Welcome Week marks the beginning of the fall semester

Cari Klarich, testing specialist, hands out T-shirts to students during the Spring 2015 Welcome Week.
Cari Klarich, testing specialist, right, hands out T-shirts to students during the Spring 2015 Welcome Week.

OSU-Tulsa will host Welcome Week on Monday through Thursday to welcome students to campus for the Fall 2015 semester.

Campus ambassadors will be available each day at building entrances from 3:45-5:15 p.m. to help locate classrooms and university services. Campus ambassadors also will distribute OSU-Tulsa promotional items to students.

Beginning at 3 p.m. each day, Campus Life will provide free pizza and T-shirts for students in the North Hall Lobby. Information about a variety of campus services, such as OSU-Tulsa University Police, OSU-Tulsa Medical Clinic and the Wellness Center, will also be available from 3-5 p.m.

In North Hall 130, Career Services will host an open house from 4-5:30 p.m. to highlight the employment resources and services available at OSU. Students may register for door prizes and will receive a free HireOSUGrads.com T-shirts will be available while supplies last.

The Information Center in the North Hall Lobby will have extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Students may stop by the Information Center or call 918-594-8000 for assistance locating classrooms or services or to make a reservation for BOB, OSU’s Big Orange Bus.

Labyrinth near library to provide stress relief

Candace Butcher, OSU-Tulsa Library technical assistant, walks one of the six labyrinth designs near the library on Wednesday.
Candace Butcher, OSU-Tulsa Library technical assistant, walks one of six labyrinth designs near the library on Wednesday.

OSU-Tulsa is hosting the Sparq Labyrinth in the Main Hall Commons near the library during the fall semester as part of a campus wellness initiative.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to walk any of the six available pathways. Walkers may use any one labyrinth as long as they like. Posters are available to provide context for each pathway.

The labyrinth can be used as a wellness break, to help reduce stress, to refocus one’s academic and professional efforts, to reconnect with one’s thoughts and emotions or to add a few minutes of movement throughout the day.

The Department of Health Education and Promotion will gather data from users of the labyrinth as part a research study on the use of mindfulness practices and its impact on health. To learn more about the labyrinth, email Amy Bowersock, clinical assistant professor of health education and promotion.

Tulsa’s OSU Alumni Association named Chapter of the Year

Chapter of the Year

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association has been named the 2015 Chapter of the Year.

The chapter represents more than 40,000 OSU alumni and friends in the Tulsa area. The OSU Alumni Association supports scholarship programs for OSU students, plans a variety of events throughout the year and hosts the annual Vintage O-State event.

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association meets the third Tuesday of every month at noon at OSU-Tulsa. To learn more about the local chapter, visit the Tulsa chapter website.

Wellness for older adults is focus of fall conference

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Logo

The sixth annual Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics conference, “Wellness: Building Capacity for Tomorrow’s Older Adults,” is set for Sept. 24-25 at OSU-Tulsa.

The conference will feature keynote speakers Dan Timmel, LCSW, who is responsible for coverage policy for long-term care benefits and preadmission screening for nursing facilities with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Carol D. Ryff, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the university’s Institute on Aging.

The two-day event is open to behavioral health, human services and health professionals working with older adults, as well as the public at large. The conference will be in North Hall.

Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics is presented by the OSU Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa, the Department of Human Development and Family Science and the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation.

To register for the event, visit the Linking Gerontology & Geriatrics conference website. For more information, contact Nancy Van Winkle, Ph.D., Linking Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee member and OSU-CHS professor of behavioral science.

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