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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, december 1, 2016

Tips for tackling stress during Finals Week

Massage therapist Claire Fey gives an OSU-Tulsa student a free chair massage on Wednesday in the North Hall Lobby.
Massage therapist Claire Fey gives an OSU-Tulsa student a free chair massage on Wednesday in the North Hall Lobby.

The flurry of exams and projects that must be completed during Finals Week can be challenging. But experts say that making a study plan and staying positive are good ways to reduce stress. OSU-Tulsa offers a number of services aimed at helping students complete the semester successfully:

  • Recharge and take breaks to refresh your mind and body. Treat yourself to free coffee or tea Monday through Thursday in the Main Hall Commons or North Hall Lobby from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Visit with Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa therapy dog, Fern, at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Monday; P3T dog, Blue, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; and P3T dog, Diesel, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. All dogs will be available in the North Hall Lobby. Petting a dog can help alleviate stress and encourage relaxation.
  • Exercise, eat healthy food and get enough sleep to prepare your brain for exams. OSU-Tulsa’s Wellness Center offers fitness classes, exercise equipment and health expertise to help enrolled students be healthy and successful.
  • Schedule a study room, equipped with computers and a printer, at the OSU-Tulsa Library to ensure you have a quiet place for your work. To reserve a study room, call 918-594-8130. The library also offers free earplugs and the use of puzzles, coloring books with crayons or markers, portable dry-erase boards, Etch-a-Sketch toys, dry-erase columns and instant reference, research and citation assistance during library hours. The library also will be serving free popcorn beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

To view the finals exam schedule, visit the OSU-Tulsa website.

OSU-Tulsa to host book signing for former Oklahoma congressman


Wes Watkins, former U.S. congressman from Oklahoma, will sign copies of his new biography “Making Things Better: Wes Watkins’ Legacy of Leadership” from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 in the North Hall Lobby.

Watkins was elected to Congress as a Democrat in 1976, succeeding the late Carl Albert who as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives reached the highest political office of an Oklahoman in the state’s history. Watkins came out of retirement in 1996 and was elected as a Republican in the district still heavily populated by Democrats.

All proceeds from book sales during the signing event will go to OSU’s Wes and Lou Watkins Matthew 25:40 International Studies Scholarship. Each year, the scholarships are awarded to OSU students willing to travel to participate in community improvement projects in developing countries. Read more.

Applications open for MSE summer research program

OSU-Tulsa is accepting applications from undergraduate college students interested in materials science and entrepreneurship to participate in a special nine-week interdisciplinary research program in summer 2017.

The Research Experience for Undergraduates program will run from May 30 to July 28. The program is open to undergraduate college students currently enrolled at an accredited institution and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Students with a major in engineering or science will be given preference.

REU will immerse participants in research ranging from composite materials, nanocomposites, laser-based materials processing, 3-D printing, energy storage and energy generation,  biomaterials, combustion, aerospace materials and entrepreneurship that is taking place at OSU-Tulsa’s Helmerich Research Center.

Veterans, students from minority groups or students who attend institutions with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information or to apply visit the program website at http://mse.okstate.edu/reu/  or email mse-reu@okstate.edu.