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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, june 9, 2016

OSU-Tulsa Cowboy Aphasia Camp brings hope to those with language disorder

Molly Ogden, 19, left, plays brain games with the guidance of graduate student clinician Mary Aboud during the 2016 Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa.
Molly Ogden, 19, left, plays brain games with the guidance of graduate student clinician Mary Aboud during the 2016 Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa.

Nineteen-year-old Molly Ogden often finds when she communicates that words are just out of reach. Like feathers on a breeze, they float away before she can grasp them.

The teen is one of an estimated two million people in the U.S. who have aphasia, a language disorder that affects the ability to use and understand words after a stroke, brain tumor or other head injury. Most of those with the condition are older adults. Ogden’s aphasia was caused by a stroke at age 16 after a head injury during a powder-puff football game. Three years later, the teen’s mother, Alison Ogden, of Prague, was thrilled to find that one of the best therapy options for her daughter is close to home.

In its fifth year, the 2016 Cowboy Aphasia Camp at OSU-Tulsa provides an intensive week-long treatment program that pairs each client with a graduate student clinician. Activities include pet therapy, yoga, music, brain games, painting, in addition to more traditional therapy. Read more.

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Jeremiah Watkins, Wellness Center coordinator, is the recipient of the Orange Pride Award. The quarterly honor recognizes outstanding OSU-Tulsa employees.

Jeremiah Watkins

Jeremiah Watkins is known around OSU-Tulsa for fitness and wellness, but he first pursued a different direction.

Right out of high school, the Lubbock, Texas native was lead singer and guitarist for a professional rock-and-blues band, Lowdog. The group traveled throughout Texas and the U.S. for two years promoting an album.

“Traveling and performing took its toll,” Watkins said. “I was 19 and felt like I was 50.” Read more.

Summer is great time for online professional development

More than 3,000 online courses are available for OSU-Tulsa employees to learn new skills, techniques and strategies to enhance the ability to perform their job, said Tina Tappana, director of human resources and Title IX coordinator for OSU in Tulsa.

“It’s a convenient way to advance your knowledge at your own pace and on your own schedule,” Tappana said. “Employees are able to apply concepts to their everyday work while developing their personal and professional goals.”

The Learning Management System also provides job skills material and learning aids to use as a reference. Topics range from customer service to safety training to management skills and software training in Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat and more. In addition, there are numerous types of compliance training, including Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Title IX.

Managers have the ability to select and assign relevant topics for their employees to complete and employees may browse the training sessions and choose those of interest. Supervisor approval is recommended and required for some courses. To learn more about the courses, visit the LMS website.

OSU Alumni Association to host Legacy Day at Philbrook Museum

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association will host its annual Legacy Day from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at Philbrook Museum.

OSU families and friends are invited to the interactive event. Children’s activities include a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, a photo booth and more. The cost is $5 for adults and free for registered Legacies, children under age 17 whose parent or grandparent is an OSU Alumni Association member.

The OSU Legacy program is a free member benefit of being an OSU Alumni Association member. To make reservations, visit the association’s website. For more information, email Amber Hinkle.