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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, September 8, 2016

Start the semester right with back-to-school tips

Blue, a Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dog, and handler Jessica Bradley, career services coordinator, right, welcomes OSU-Tulsa student Austin Walden back to campus recently in Main Hall Commons.
Blue, a Pete’s Pet Posse therapy dog, and handler Jessica Bradley, career services coordinator, right, welcome OSU-Tulsa student Austin Walden back to campus recently in Main Hall Commons.

It can be tough to get back in the groove after a fun summer. Brush up on your study skills by following a few tips from Nekki Reagan-Neeley, director of the Student Success Center at OSU-Tulsa:

  • Prepare, set goals and plan your time wisely. If possible, use a calendar to mark deadlines.
  • Avoid procrastinating, especially with preparing lengthy assignments and studying for quizzes and exams.
  • Instructors are here to help so take advantage of their expertise. Reach out and utilize their office hours to ensure academic success.
  • Get involved with student organizations to meet others with similar interests and create a more engaging educational experience.
  • Continuously work on your oral and written communication skills. These skills help you succeed in your coursework and are also crucial to future career success. OSU-Tulsa offers tutoring services to help students develop editing and proofreading skills.

The Student Success Center is comprised of the Learning Services Center, Student Disability Services and Minority Student Services. Visit the Tutoring Services website for hours, contact information or to make an appointment.

Seminar to focus on materials for energy harvesting applications


Dr. Parag Banerjee, assistant professor of engineering and applied science at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss the properties of metal oxides, low dimensional nanostructures and thin film at 2 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Helmerich Research Center 153.

He is interested in the electronic and optoelectronic properties of those materials and atomic tailoring of the surfaces for energy harvesting applications. Prior to completing his doctorate in materials science and engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park, Banerjee was a process engineer in research and development at Micron Technology Inc. in Boise, Idaho.

The seminar, presented by the OSU School of Materials Science and Engineering, is free and open to the public.

OSU-Tulsa’s 10th annual writing contest open for submissions

Share your original poetry or short stories by entering the 10th annual OSU-Tulsa Creative Writing Contest. The competition is open to all OSU-Tulsa students.

Poetry entries should consist of no more than three original poems and short stories may be up to 20 pages in length. The entry deadline is Nov. 18. The contest is judged by OSU-Tulsa instructors and Learning Services Center writing consultants. Winners will be announced Dec. 2 and published on the contest website.

Students may submit one entry per category. Entry forms are available at the North Hall Information Center, North Hall 103 or online and may be submitted by email or in North Hall 103. For more information, call the Learning Services Center at 918-594-8232.

'Get Smart, Tulsa!' to present education options

OSU-Tulsa will join 11 other area colleges and universities in the 'Get Smart, Tulsa!' initiative, an effort to provide information about local educational opportunities.

The come-and-go event will be 5-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at 36 North and will include appetizers.

Tulsa Young Professionals and the Tulsa Area Higher Education Consortium are hosting the event. To RSVP, visit Get Smart, Tulsa!. For more information, contact Kendall Craft.