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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Nov. 7, 2013

Sister Rosemary featured guest at OSU-COM's 25th anniversary event

Sister Rosemary, right, with Luanne Vo, MS-II, during a recent trip to Uganda.
Sister Rosemary, right, with Luanne Vo, MS-II, during a recent trip to Uganda.

OSU-CHS will host Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe for a special event on Thursday, Nov. 21 at noon in Dunlap Auditorium celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery becoming part of Oklahoma State University.

The presentation, sponsored by the Student Pros for Africa Club, will focus on Sister Rosemary's work to help women and children affected by the civil war in northern Uganda and South Sudan and the partnership with Pros for Africa. With two schools in place, she invites young women who were abducted and abused by the Lord's Resistance Army to learn the skills needed to provide for their families.

Sister Rosemary's work is supported by Pros for Africa, a volunteer-led, nonprofit organization based in Oklahoma City that encourages professionals to help children in Africa. Earlier this year several students, faculty and staff from OSU-CHS visited one of Sister Rosemary's schools in Uganda during a medical mission trip sponsored by Pros for Africa and DOCARE International.

The event is open to all OSU-CHS students, faculty and staff. Lunch will be provided for a minimum donation of $5 to support Sister Rosemary's work in Uganda.

OSU-CHS is also hosting a thread drive in conjunction with Sister Rosemary's visit. Thread, which will be used by Sister Rosemary's students, can be donated in the student lounge, the Barson Building ground floor and the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center ground floor.

OSU in Tulsa Health Fair offers free flu shots, screenings

2012 Health Fair participantsOSU-CHS and OSU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff can take advantage of several free services during the OSU in Tulsa Health Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. in OSU-Tulsa Main Hall Commons.

Participants can receive a flu vaccination, enjoy healthy snacks and donate blood to the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Blood donors will receive a free T-shirt and be entered in a drawing to win tickets to the Bedlam football game on Dec. 7. Cholesterol, audiology and body fat screenings will be offered. Students can enter to win a Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale and faculty and staff can register for a drawing to receive OSU gear. My Fit Foods will offer free samples during the fair.

The OSU-CHS Health Care Center, OSU-Tulsa Wellness Center and OSU Medical Clinic will share information about services available for students, faculty and staff. For more information about the health fair, contact Jeremiah Watkins, OSU-Tulsa wellness coordinator, at 918-594-8147.

Cooper, Carlozzi to present national webinar on gender transition

Sandy Cooper, J.D., OSU in Tulsa Human Resources director, and Al Carlozzi, Ph.D., OSU-Tulsa professor of counseling psychology, will present a national webinar on transgender issues in the workplace for college and university human resources professionals next week.

The College and University Professional Administrators of Human Resources and the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education are offering the webinar, "The Transgender Transition in the Workplace," to offer guidance and resources to assist colleges and universities with employees who are undergoing gender transition.

The webinar will focus on diversity training in this emerging area, dispelling common misconceptions of gender transitions, describing steps universities can take before, during and after an employee's transition, and discussing legal issues and public relations situations that may arise.

Cooper and Carlozzi authored an article on gender transition for CUPA-HR last year and presented on gender transition issues in the workplace at state and regional human resources conferences earlier this year.

Experience different cultures at SNMA's Multicultural Food Festival

Students, faculty and staff can learn about different cultures and sample ethnic cuisine during the annual Multicultural Food Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5-8 p.m. in Founders Hall.

Presented by the OSU-CHS Student National Medical Association chapter, the event features home-cooked dishes and food from local ethnic restaurants. During the festival, participants can share their culture through song, dance, traditional clothing or a presentation about their heritage.

Tickets are $5, but free admission is available to those who donate food for the festival. Proceeds support SNMA Thanksgiving baskets for families at Eugene Field Elementary School, OSU-CHS' Partner in Education school, and the Eugene Field Community Health Fair. For more information, contact SNMA President Sarah Souvannachak.