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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, March 3, 2016

IBC Bank pledges support for new Frank Keating Endowed Scholarship

Andy Levinson, regional president of IBC Bank-Tulsa, left, and Bill Schonacher, president and chief executive officer of IBC Bank-Oklahoma, right, present a donation to OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, center, for the Frank Keating Endowed Scholarship.
Andy Levinson, regional president of IBC Bank-Tulsa, left, and Bill Schonacher, president and chief executive officer of IBC Bank-Oklahoma, right, present a donation to OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett, center, for the Frank Keating Endowed Scholarship.

IBC Bank recently donated $5,000 to the OSU Foundation to fund scholarships for OSU-Tulsa students through the Frank Keating Endowed Scholarship.

Bill Schonacher, president and chief executive officer of IBC Bank-Oklahoma, and Andy Levinson, regional president of IBC Bank-Tulsa, presented a check to OSU-Tulsa President Howard Barnett during a special event last Thursday.

The scholarship was established during the OSU-Tulsa 15th anniversary celebration in 2014 to honor the contributions of former state governor and OSU-Tulsa Founder Frank Keating, who signed the legislation that created OSU-Tulsa in 1998.

OSU-Tulsa Engineering Design Challenge sparks curiosity among local children

Ayana Simon, left, and Lyrique Armstrong, both eighth-graders at KIPP Tulsa Academy, work on wiring the motor for their boat at the Engineering Design Challenge last Thursday.
Ayana Simon, left, and Lyrique Armstrong, both eighth-graders at KIPP Tulsa Academy, work on wiring the motor for their boat at the Engineering Design Challenge last Thursday.

When the team from Holy Family Cathedral School began building an electrical circuit to power their small boat, eighth-grader Alex-Marie Constable focused her full attention to the task.

“I want to be an electrical engineer when I get older so I am pretty excited,” she said. “Building this boat is very interesting and I am learning a lot.”

About 200 students from local elementary, middle and high schools worked in teams of four to design, build and race motorized boats during the OSU-Tulsa Engineering Design Challenge last Thursday.

The annual event is aimed at stimulating students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on activities. Teams worked together to solve problems related to stability, thrust, buoyancy, electronics, propeller design and other criteria. Like engineers, students had to work within time and materials constraints to complete the project. Read more.

OSU-Tulsa hosts Heels for Words Walk to benefit Cowboy Aphasia Camp

Imagine that saying your own name is harder than walking a mile in high heels.  Having aphasia is like that.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa will host the fifth annual Heels for Words Walk on Saturday, April 16 to benefit Cowboy Aphasia Camp, a weeklong treatment experience for those with the language disorder.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will start at 9 a.m. in Lot A at OSU-Tulsa.

Aphasia limits the ability to understand, speak, read and write in the aftermath of a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury. Read more.

Spring Health Fair offers brain games, health screenings

Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to get health screenings and nutritional information during the OSU-Tulsa 2016 Spring Health Fair on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the Main Hall Commons.

Other services include cholesterol screenings, spinal screenings, brain games, Pete's Pet Posse Tulsa pet therapy and a DUI check-point simulator.

Light snacks and beverages will be available and participants may register to win door prizes. For more information about the fair, contact OSU-Tulsa wellness coordinator Jeremiah Watkins.

Spring Break advice on avoiding Zika virus

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take basic precautions against the Zika virus or other infectious diseases if traveling outside the U.S. during Spring Break.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health recommends that travelers wash hands often, use insect repellent, be aware of germs, stay well-rested and drink plenty of bottled water. Be sure to bring an adequate supply of medications.

To check on current information about common diseases and food and water safety by country or region, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. For travel information, visit the CDC’s travel health notice website.

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