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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

MLK Boulevard, westbound I-244 on-ramp to close Tuesday

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The City of Tulsa will close Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard between Jasper Street and the Westbound I-244 service road beginning Tuesday, impacting how many students, faculty and staff leave campus. Southbound traffic will be diverted to Detroit Avenue, which will be converted into a two-way street from the service road to where it merges with MLK to the north.

A portion of John Hope Franklin Boulevard west of Detroit Avenue also will be closed along with several side streets north of I-244 along the west side of MLK. The westbound I-244 on-ramp will be closed during this phase of the project. To reach westbound I-244 and US 412, the city recommends drivers turn right on Detroit Avenue from John Hope Franklin Boulevard, travel north through the merger with MLK Boulevard, turn left on Pine Street and get on the southbound L.L. Tisdale Parkway to the Inner Dispersal Loop.

Tuesday’s street closings will launch the first phase of an 18-month road construction project near the main campus entrance. In addition to rebuilt streets, the project will include new sidewalks, improved lighting and streetscaping for increased pedestrian traffic between campus and downtown.

Cowboy Guardian provides extra layer of safety on campus

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OSU-Tulsa is one of the safest campuses in the area and Police Chief Melvin Murdock believes in going the extra mile to keep it that way.

Nearly a year ago, OSU-Tulsa launched the Cowboy Guardian program, a free smartphone app that connects users with the OSU-Tulsa Police Department. The program utilizes the Rave Guardian Campus Safety program to provide users several layers of protection while on campus. It can be downloaded to iPhone or Android devices.

The Cowboy Guardian app includes a safety timer that users can activate when leaving or walking to a car or another area on campus. Users deactivate the timer once they have made it safely to their destination. If the timer goes off without being deactivated, an OSU-Tulsa Police dispatcher will contact the user to verify his or her safety. The dispatcher is able to locate the user via GPS. Read more.

Tulsa Rotary history books donated to OSU-Tulsa Library

Author Tim Colwell, left, presents a copy of “Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa” to OSU-Tulsa Library Director Sarah Peterson and Librarian Mary Hujsak.
Author Tim Colwell, left, presents a copy of “Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa” to OSU-Tulsa Library Director Sarah Peterson and Librarian Mary Hujsak.

A photo from the OSU-Tulsa Library’s Cyrus S. Avery Collection is featured in a new commemorative book celebrating the history of the Rotary Club of Tulsa. A copy of the book “Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa” was donated to the OSU-Tulsa Library on Friday by the book’s coauthor, Tim Colwell.

Colwell, a member of the Tulsa Rotary Club and Public Outreach Business Partner for Williams, presented the books to Library Director Sarah Peterson and Librarian Mary Hujsak in appreciation for the use of a photograph of Cyrus Avery, known as the ‘Father of Route 66’ and a former Tulsa Rotarian.

Only 1,000 copies of the book celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Tulsa were printed and are being distributed to Rotary members and local dignitaries. The book may be viewed at the OSU-Tulsa Library. Read more.

Oklahoma! screening free at Guthrie Green tonight

The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa will present a showing of the movie musical Oklahoma! at 8:30 p.m. tonight at Guthrie Green.

The musical is based on Green Grow the Lilacs, a play written by Oklahoman Lynn Riggs. The movie screening is part of Guthrie Green’s Movie in the Park series.

Prior to the screening, the Mike Cameron Collective will provide live instrumental music beginning at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a contest for the most impressive cowboy hat. The event is free to the public and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs or other amenities.

Conserve energy over Labor Day weekend

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Help OSU-Tulsa save energy over the long weekend by following a few easy tips when you leave for the holiday:

  • Turn off lights, lamps and fans when leaving an empty office, classroom, study room or break room.
  • Shut down computers and electronic devices, including monitors, speakers and printers.
  • Unplug appliances, such as mini-refrigerators, televisions, stereos and coffee pots.
  • Close blinds by tilting upward to reduce energy loss.

Every little bit helps and can free up funding for other vital programs. OSU-Tulsa has saved $1.8 million in energy costs since the launch of the OSU conservation program in 2007.