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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, september 29, 2016

Submit your FAFSA early for fall 2017 scholarships, grants

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Students can fill out their 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) earlier for a better chance to receive grants, work-study and priority consideration for scholarships for next year. FAFSA will begin accepting submissions for the Fall 2017 semester on Saturday. Students may file using their 2015 income tax returns.

Eligibility for the Pell grant for undergraduate students and student loans for all students is determined only when a FAFSA is filed. The federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) and the Oklahoma Tuition Aid Grant (OTAG) and federal work-study programs have limited funding so students are encouraged to apply early for consideration.

To submit a FAFSA, visit the Federal Student Aid website. The OSU-Tulsa/Stillwater Federal School Code is 003170. For information about financial aid or to get help filling out your FAFSA, stop by the financial aid office in North Hall 130, call 918-594-8273 or visit the OSU-Tulsa financial aid website.

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OSU-Tulsa Police first group recipient of Orange Pride Award

Members of the OSU-Tulsa Police Department accept the quarterly Orange Pride Award. From left are Officer Chris Mackey, Chief Melvin Murdock, Officer Hossein Kalami, Ron Bussert, vice president of administration and finance, Officer David Pillars, dispatcher Brittany Wilson, Officer Christian McMurtrey, Raj Basu, interim vice president of student affairs, and Pam Jackson, police administrative assistant.

In 10 years as head of the OSU-Tulsa Police, Chief Melvin Murdock counts his department’s selection for the campus Orange Pride Award among the highlights.

Recently, Dr. Ron Bussert, OSU-Tulsa vice president for administration and finance, on behalf of President Howard Barnett and his executive group, presented the department with the award, which recognizes employees who go above and beyond their normal job duties in service to OSU-Tulsa.

Typically an individual honor, the department was the first group to be recognized with the quarterly award. The executive group’s vote to break that tradition was unanimous.

“The fact was really heartening to me,” Murdock said. “Our officers work long hours to ensure that the campus is safe. But they wouldn’t be able to do that without the strong support of our civilian personnel.” Read more.

OSU-Tulsa honors Hispanic Heritage Month

Enjoy free food from Qdoba Mexican Eats from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesday in the North Hall Lobby to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and provides the U.S. an opportunity to recognize the heritage and culture of Hispanic and Latino Americans and their contributions to America.

Five Latin American countries gained their independence on Sept. 15, 1821, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days.

All OSU-Tulsa students are invited to learn more about Hispanic culture and develop new friendships by joining the Hispanic Student Association. Students interested in participating in the club may contact the organization’s adviser, Dr. Claudia Maldonado-Otto, for information.

Feed the giraffes at the Tulsa Zoo for Pistol Pete’s ‘Giraffic’ Birthday

The Tulsa Chapter of the OSU Alumni Association invites students, faculty, staff and friends to feed the giraffes as part of a special celebration for Pistol Pete’s ‘Giraffic’ Birthday at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Tulsa Zoo.

Pick up a wristband for entrance to the zoo and the Giraffe Encounter any time after 3 p.m. Giraffe feeding begins at 5 p.m. and birthday cake will be served at 5:30 p.m. with Pistol Pete. The event closes at 6:30 p.m. The Tulsa Zoo opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m.

OSU Alumni Association members may attend the event for $15. Non-members may attend for $20. Children under age 3 are free. To register for the event, visit the association website.