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OSU-Tulsa News

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Pet therapy program expands to OSU’s Tulsa campuses

The first class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dogs recently graduated during a special Barkalaureate ceremony. From left are Sandy Cooper and Lily, Amanda Sumner and Lucy, Pistol Pete, Jerrie Hall and Jake, Kayse Shrum, D.O., and Deuce and Megan Whitehead and Diesel.
The first class of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa recently graduated during a special Barkalaureate ceremony. From left are Sandy Cooper and Lily, Amanda Sumner and Lucy, Pistol Pete, Jerrie Hall and Jake, Kayse Shrum, D.O., and Deuce and Megan Whitehead and Diesel.

Students, faculty and staff at OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS now have some four-legged friends to visit on campus to aid in wellness and stress relief efforts.

“The benefits of pet ownership have been well documented,” said Sandy Cooper, assistant vice president for human resources at OSU in Tulsa and coordinator of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa (P3T). “It makes sense that allowing therapy animals in the workplace will have the same benefits as living with a pet.”

P3T is an expansion of the Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dog program launched by OSU-Stillwater in 2013 as part of the university’s American’s Healthiest Campus initiative. The first P3T class of five dogs graduated from training during a “Barkalaureate” ceremony on Oct. 15 at OSU-CHS. Watch a video featuring the first class.

The first P3T class includes Deuce, an 11-year-old yellow lab, and his handler, Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU-CHS president and dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine; Diesel, a 7-year-old chocolate lab, and his handler, Megan Whitehead, clinic coordinator for the communication sciences and disorders department; Jake, a 10-year-old red heeler mix, and his handler, Jerrie Hall, associate library director at OSU-Tulsa; Lily, a 7-year-old cockapoo, and her handler, Cooper; and Lucy, a 5-year-old black lab, her handlers, OSU-CHS Registrar Amanda Sumner and her husband Phillip Sumner. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa students learn by teaching dental health to kids

 OSU-Tulsa health education and promotion students Taylor House, left, Shawnda Jones, Danielle Givens, Laseandra Dewberry and Emma Bridges perform a skit for children at CAP-Tulsa’s Skelly Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday.
OSU-Tulsa health education and promotion students Taylor House, left, Shawnda Jones, Danielle Givens, Laseandra Dewberry and Emma Bridges perform a skit for children at CAP-Tulsa’s Skelly Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday.

‘Tonya the Tooth’ got too close to the ‘Candy Monster’ and ended up covered in sugar, but ‘Tina Toothbrush’ stepped in to save the day by brushing it all away.

The cast of characters, which also included three ‘Sugar Bugs’ and two referees, broke into a song and dance about brushing your teeth for a crowd of 3- and 4-year-olds at Skelly Early Childhood Education Center on Wednesday morning.

The presentation was created and performed by Oklahoma State University-Tulsa health education and promotion students as part of an outreach project for the School Health Programs course.

Kerry Morgan, clinical instructor of health education and promotion at OSU-Tulsa and certified health education specialist in the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, said the event is a vital part of her students’ educational journey. Read more.

Orange Pride

Jensen
Jensen

Ryan Jensen, graphic designer in marketing and communications services, is the recipient of the September Orange Pride award. This monthly series spotlights Orange Pride recipients and lets you learn more about OSU-Tulsa’s outstanding employees.

What drives you to do your best work?
My kids. I try to teach them to find something they enjoy doing and do it the best they can.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
When I pitched on my high school baseball team, Albert Pujols hit a grand slam off of me.

Name one thing you are most proud of about OSU-Tulsa.
I am proud of the profound impact of what we do and offer here and how it affects the lives of so many.

What is one of your favorite quotes?
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game –  Babe Ruth

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.

Undergraduate research video competition accepting submissions

OSU Research is calling for submissions from students and faculty revealing how undergraduate research impacted their life or career. The deadline for entry is Nov. 1.

Videos should be two to three minutes in length and respond to the prompt “Undergraduate research has changed my _____!” The clips do not have to be elaborate productions, just creative. There are categories for submissions from undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty. Winners will receive $750 to be used for travel to a professional conference.

To enter, participants must sign a submission and photo/video release form. For additional details, visit the OSU Research website or contact the OSU Office of the Vice President for Research.

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