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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, April 24, 2014

OSU-CHS partner Sister Rosemary named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Sister Rosemary, left, President Kayse Shrum and Reggie Whitten discuss the Time magazine honor.
Sister Rosemary, left, President Kayse Shrum and Reggie Whitten discuss the Time magazine honor.

OSU-CHS partner Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe was named today to Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2014. The Tulsa-based OSU medical school has worked with Sister Rosemary for more than two years in her mission to support the women and children who have been affected by the wars in Uganda and South Sudan.

“Sister Rosemary stands as an inspiration to our students and to millions of others around the world for her bravery in standing up to rebel leaders and her service to the people of Uganda,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., OSU Center for Health Sciences president. “Everything Sister Rosemary does is in service of others and that’s a value we instill in our students as they prepare to be physicians and community leaders in Oklahoma.”

Academy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker profiled Sister Rosemary for the list, which can be viewed on the Time website. The list of 100 Most Influential People in the World was announced on NBC’s Today Show and includes world leaders, artists, actors and icons who are shaping our world and culture.

In November 2013, Sister Rosemary was the special guest at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 25th anniversary celebration. During the trip, she shared her inspirational message with students, faculty and staff and solidified a partnership between OSU-CHS and Sister Rosemary. View a video featuring Shrum, Sister Rosemary and Reggie Whitten discussing what the partnership means to the people of Uganda and the education of OSU medical students.

Cooper recognized by national higher ed human resources organization

Deborah Benton, right, chair of the CUPA-HR Southern Region Board of Directors, presents Sandy Cooper with the Meritorious Service Award.

The College and University Professional Administrators of Human Resources recently honored Sandy Cooper, OSU in Tulsa Human Resources director, at the organization’s Southern Region annual conference in New Orleans, La.

Cooper received the Meritorious Service Award for service and commitment to the university human resources profession, OSU in Tulsa and CUPA-HR. With Al Carlozzi, Ph.D., professor of counseling psychology, Cooper developed a CUPA-HR webinar on assisting transgender employees in the workplace.

For nearly 17 years, Cooper has been with the Human Resources department at OSU in Tulsa. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science in Human Resource Development from OSU and a juris doctorate from the University of Tulsa.

CUPA-HR provides leadership and resources to more than 1,900 higher education institutions and member organizations and more than 16,000 human resources professionals around the world.

OSU-COM student employees honored in Stillwater

Peter Sullivan and Carley Booher were recently honored for their work as student ambassador coordinators.
Peter Sullivan and Carley Booher were recently honored for their work as student ambassador coordinators.

Carley Booher and Peter Sullivan were recognized for their exceptional work as OSU-COM student ambassador coordinators during a special ceremony on April 16 in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater.

Lindsey Kirkpatrick, director of admissions and recruitment, nominated the second-year medical students for the OSU Student Employee of the Year contest. Outstanding student employees throughout the OSU system are recognized during National Student Employment Week. Booher and Sullivan each received a plaque in recognition of their nomination.

“Peter and Carley have shown remarkable leadership as they balance the rigors of medical school with a part-time job,” said Kirkpatrick. “They have been instrumental in planning and implementing our major recruitment events and played a key role in the success of our inaugural Operation Orange summer camps.”

As coordinators, Booher and Sullivan manage 65 OSU-COM student ambassadors who assist with applicant interviews, recruitment events and campus tours. They also respond to recruitment emails and assist in the Admissions office.

Laureate researcher to discuss brain’s response to food


Cognitive neuroscientist Kyle Simmons, Ph.D., will discuss how the brain reacts to food during a seminar tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. in North Hall 222 at OSU-Tulsa.

An assistant professor at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Simmons will present “Mapping the Neural Systems Supporting Food Motivation and Reward Inferences in Healthy and Depressed Adults.” Attendees will learn how regions of the brain respond to the smell and sight of food and how responses of healthy individuals compare to those who are depressed. Simmons will explain how advanced imaging technologies can identify underlying positive responses to food cues and triggers.

The seminar is sponsored by the OSU-Tulsa Center for Family Resilience and OSU Center for Health Sciences. A light lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Amanda Harrist, Ph.D.