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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Reception to celebrate National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day Logo

OSU Center for Rural Health will host a reception on Thursday, Nov. 21 to celebrate National Rural Health Day and the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery becoming part of Oklahoma State University. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event from 3:30-5 p.m. in the Executive Board Room in the Barson Building.

Gov. Mary Fallin’s Rural Health Day proclamation will be on display, as well as photos submitted to the Rural Oklahoma Photo Contest. President Kayse Shrum, D.O., and William Pettit, D.O., interim senior associate dean and associate dean of rural health, are scheduled to speak during the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health created National Rural Health Day in 2011 as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness of rural health-related issues.

OSU-CHS hosts conference for pre-med, pre-health advisors

Vivian Stevens, Ph.D., left, associate dean for enrollment management, and Lindsey Kirkpatrick, director of admissions and recruitment, discuss trends in pre-med enrollment at the conference.
Vivian Stevens, Ph.D., left, associate dean for enrollment management, and Lindsey Kirkpatrick, director of admissions and recruitment, discuss trends in pre-med enrollment at the conference.

Pre-health advisors from undergraduate institutions across Oklahoma met Friday at OSU-CHS for the 32nd annual Oklahoma Society of Physiologists Conference. The day-long event, “Trends in Undergraduate Education and Preparation for Medical School,” included guest speakers, a student panel, posters, lunch and tour of the medical school.

Bruce Benjamin, Ph.D., interim vice provost for graduate programs, provided participants with an overview of OSU-COM’s new medical curriculum.  Guest speakers Cynthia Bauerle, Ph.D., and Katerina Thompson, Ph.D., discussed the National Experiment in Undergraduate Science project, a multi-institutional collaboration supporting the development of competency-based curricular approaches in undergraduate science education.

Doctoral student Alexis Jones and second-year medical students Carley Booher, Heather Hardebeck and Levi Garrison participated in the student panel. They reflected on their undergraduate studies, discussed their biggest surprises in medical and graduate school and advised attendees on how they can help students prepare for classes.

Community service projects to benefit Eugene Field families

OSU-CHS is hosting a pair of community service projects to support  the families of students at Eugene Field Elementary School, the university’s Partner in Education school, during the holiday season.

Students, faculty and staff may donate non-perishable food items to help stock the Eugene Field pantry. OSU-CHS is collecting canned vegetables, fruits, soups, meat, pastas, dry goods and self-serve snacks through Monday, Nov. 25. Collection boxes are located at the ground levels of the Barson Building and the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center.

The OSU-CHS Student National Medical Association chapter is assembling 15 Thanksgiving baskets for families at Eugene Field Elementary. Proceeds from SNMA’s Multicultural Food Festival on Tuesday benefit the annual project. SNMA students will deliver the baskets on Nov. 25.

QuikTrip opens next to OSU Health Care Center

QuikTrip’s newest “Generation 3” store opened this morning next to the OSU Health Care Center.A new QuikTrip ”Generation 3” store opened this morning at 1202 W. 23rd St., north of the OSU Health Care Center. QuikTrip purchased the land at the corner of West 23rd Street and Southwest Boulevard from OSU-CHS in 2012.

Construction on the 5,700 square foot store began during the summer. The store features a 16-vehicle gasoline service area. Inside, customers can choose from self-service areas for drinks and food or a full-service area with special foods and hot drinks prepared upon order.