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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Commencement regalia, announcements available for class of 2014

Graduates listen to the keynote speaker during the 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
Graduates listen to the keynote speaker during the 2013 Commencement Ceremony.

OSU-CHS will honor the achievements of the Class of 2014 with a week of commencement activities in May.

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony is at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. Brock Wilson, class of 2014 president, will deliver the commencement address. Graduates can order academic regalia and announcements for the ceremony from the Herff-Jones website through Sunday, April 20.

The annual Awards Banquet is set for Thursday, May 15 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa-Warren Place. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m.

For a complete schedule of graduation week events, visit the OSU-CHS Commencement webpage.

Smith named national SOMA Board’s political affairs director


The Student Osteopathic Medical Association appointed Matthew Smith, MS-II, political affairs director on the national organization’s board of directors earlier this month. SOMA is the nation’s largest network of osteopathic medical students.

In his new position, Smith will follow relevant political developments and work with the American Osteopathic Association to keep SOMA members across the U.S. informed about proposed legislation. He is responsible for federal SOMA legislative advocacy efforts and working with the AOA, the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine and the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents.

Smith is president of the OSU-COM SOMA chapter, a member of the Political Action Committee and secretary of the Wilderness Medicine Club. He was recently inducted into Omega Beta Iota, the national osteopathic political action honor society.

Oklahoma Office of Rural Health seeks fall conference presenters

Office of Rural Health

The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health are seeking presenters for the 2014 Joint Fall Rural Health Conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Norman on Sept. 16-18.

“The Rural Health Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together for Oklahoma” focuses on viable solutions to help improve the rural health delivery system and build collaborative relationships.

Presentations on specialties or unique programs should be related to rural health in the area of reform implementation, administration or clinical system development, behavioral health or public health. Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should submit an abstract by Wednesday, April 30 through the conference website.

The conference is hosted by the Oklahoma Primary Care Association, the Rural Health Association of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health. A portion of the funds raised through the conference support OSU-COM scholarships.

Re-energize at the Spring Staff Conference

OSU in Tulsa staff and faculty can get re-energized at the Spring Staff Conference, “Put on Your Oxygen Mask First,” on March 26-27 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the OSU-Tulsa Helmerich Research Center.

The conference will kick off with a special welcome from OSU's First Cowgirl Ann Hargis on Wednesday. The keynote presentation on Wednesday and Thursday will feature Tracy Freudenthaler, OSU-Tulsa health and human performance instructor, discussing ways to revitalize your health and wellness. Additional workshop topics include the seven habits of highly effective people, dealing with conflict, stress management and self-defense.

Lunch will be provided for registered participants. For the complete conference schedule and to register, visit the Spring Staff Conference webpage.