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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, July 25, 2013

Campus facility damaged during severe weather

CHS campus with visible roof damage
The familiar orange roof on the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center was blown off in a storm early Wednesday morning.

The OSU Center for Health Sciences sustained significant damage during severe weather early Wednesday morning. During the overnight storms, strong winds blew a portion of the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center roof off the building and knocked out power on campus and at the Health Care Center.

OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences President Howard Barnett, OSU-CHS Provost Kayse Shrum, Safety Officer Matt Sharpe, Emergency Operations Manager Dale Chapman and Physical Plant Director Jeff Evans communicated throughout the event to evaluate the extent of the damage.

Back-up generators provided electricity for essential equipment, freezers, refrigerators and incubators. Crews worked to clean up debris from the roof and were able to restore power to campus and the HCC by late Wednesday afternoon.

The distinctive orange-colored upper roof that was blown off was a secondary roof. Crews continue to remove debris from 17th Street, which will remain closed between Southwest Boulevard and Jackson Avenue for construction equipment as workers remove the remainder of the roof and install a temporary replacement.

First-year medical students to receive white coats at ceremony

Whitecoat Ceremony
Incoming medical students will recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment at the White Coat Ceremony.

Students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine Class of 2017 will receive their white coats on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.

Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU Center for Health Sciences, and Kayse Shrum, D.O., provost of OSU-CHS and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will welcome students, family and friends to the 15th annual OSU White Coat Ceremony at the Tulsa Community College VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St.

The ceremony emphasizes the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and focuses on the true meaning of the art and science of medicine. Students will be cloaked with white coats provided by the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. The white coat symbolizes the medical profession, responsibility and compassion.

OSU’s public ceremony for members of the entering class marks their transition into a career of health care delivery. The student doctors will recite the Osteopathic Medicine Oath of Commitment, symbolizing their entrance into the osteopathic medical profession. OSU’s first White Coat Ceremony was in 1998.

OSU Physicians clinic helping families make healthier choices

Families from the Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit program participate in the 2013 Firecracker 5K
Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit participant Ja'ton Stewart runs in the 2013 Firecracker 5K.

The OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic, part of the OSU Physicians system, is changing the way people think about eating and physical activity with Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit.

The program, which targets families with children between ages 10-16, is currently enrolling for a fall session that begins Sept. 10. The 12-week course, set for Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at the Downtown YMCA, helps families take small steps in adopting a healthier diet and increasing physical activity. Participating families are encouraged to eat more servings of fruit and vegetables and participate in a physical activity together every day. They are also urged to limit sugary beverages and time spent watching television or playing video games.

A highlight of the program is participating in a local 5K race. Families train during the weekly sessions and set walking goals for their exercise program. More than 40 participants recently completed the 2013 Firecracker 5K on July 4.

Cowboys Get Healthy, Get Fit is a partnership between the OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU Cooperative Extension Service and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma. Fleet Feet Sports, which also sponsors the program, waives the entry fee for race participants and provides gift certificates as incentives.

For more information or to register, contact the OSU Family Health and Nutrition Clinic at 918-382-3100.