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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, may 19, 2016

Wellness Center offers free classes, new summer workout schedule

Student intern James Davis lifts weights at the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center.
Student intern James Davis lifts weights at the OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center.

The OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center has scheduled activities and programs for the summer as part of its ongoing effort to enhance the quality of life for students, faculty and staff.

Jeremiah Watkins, wellness coordinator, encourages people to take advantage of the quality services and comfortable facility to improve both physical and mental health. Summer yoga classes will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 12-1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The Wellness Center also will promote monthly activities for bicycle travel and safety awareness.

The Wellness Center has numerous treadmills, recumbent bikes and weights that OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff may use free of charge. An enrollment form must be completed each semester to use the facility. For additional details, visit the Wellness Center website.

STATE Magazine: Fighting child sex trafficking begins with education

Denni Blum, associate professor of social foundations and qualitative inquiry, standing right, speaks during the first meeting of the Child Sex Trafficking course at OSU-Tulsa.
Denni Blum, associate professor of social foundations and qualitative inquiry, standing right, speaks during the first meeting of the Child Sex Trafficking course at OSU-Tulsa.

An Oklahoma teenager was sold for sex for three years by her aunt in exchange for drug money. Another teen, arrested during a prostitution sting, admitted she had been trading sex for money and attention from men since she was 13 years old.

These are just two of the growing number of news accounts about Oklahoma youth who are being lured into the commercial sex trade at an alarming rate, says Dr. Denni Blum, associate professor of social foundations and qualitative inquiry at OSU-Tulsa.

Blum and fellow members of the members of the education training subcommittee of the Tulsa Child Trafficking Task Force launched a new effort to fight back against child sex trafficking by expanding education for school teachers and administrators in a new course offered at OSU-Tulsa. The Child Sex Trafficking course is the first offering of its kind in the OSU System. The course prepares educators and raises awareness about the prevalence of the crime. Students in the course are trained to give presentations to students, faculty and administrators in area schools. Read more.

Energy Conservation Program reaches about $4 million in savings 

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OSU-Tulsa has saved $2.2 million in energy costs as part of the university’s green initiative, an increase from about $1.9 million last year. Together, OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS energy conservation efforts have resulted in savings of about $4 million since 2007.

The program was designed to limit utility energy consumption primarily when buildings and spaces are unoccupied. It utilizes standardized best practices and guidelines to promote responsible energy management and encourages students, faculty and staff to be energy savers as well as energy consumers, said Angelyn Holmes, assistant director of facilities management.

Some of the tips provided to help the university save energy costs are shutting off lights, powering off computers and monitors when not in use, keeping windows closed and lowering blinds on south and west sides of buildings. To learn about additional steps to conserve energy, view Go Pokes! Go Green! Tip Sheet.

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