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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, may 7, 2015

Commencement week activities begin Wednesday with Alumni Breakfast

OSU-CHS students prepare to receive their diplomas at last year's commencement ceremony.
OSU-CHS students listen to a speaker at last year's commencement ceremony.

OSU-CHS will host several events next week to prepare graduates for the commencement ceremony on Friday, May 15 and to recognize the achievements of the Class of 2015.

Events begin Wednesday with the Alumni Breakfast at 9 a.m. in Founders Hall followed by a mandatory Graduation and Exit Paperwork meeting at 10 a.m. in D-107. Graduation rehearsal is mandatory from 12:30-2 p.m. at Tulsa Performing Arts Center downtown.

The Class of 2015 Graduation Party will be from 7 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center’s Sky Room on the 18th floor. The Military Commissioning ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place.

The annual Awards Banquet will be Thursday, May 14 at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place. A reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be at 7 p.m. The Graduate Student Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. Friday, May 15 in Founders Hall.

The OSU-CHS Commencement Ceremony begins at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second Street. Michael Dunlap, Class of 2015 president, will deliver the commencement address. The ceremony will be streamed live on OState.TV.

Research Spotlight: Understanding salt sensitivity


An OSU Center for Health Sciences researcher wants to find out if women are more likely to have health problems due to high salt consumption than men.

“The prevailing philosophy is that a diet high in salt results in high blood pressure. For some people, reducing salt intake will reduce blood pressure; however, it does not work for everyone,” said Alexander Rouch, Ph.D., chair of the OSU-CHS Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and associate professor of physiology.

More specifically, Rouch is looking at the role that testosterone and estrogen play in developing salt sensitivity, a change in blood pressure resulting from a variation in salt intake.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in every three U.S. adults – or 70 million people – has high blood pressure.

To read the full story about Rouch’s research, visit the OSU-CHS website. To view a video of Rouch describing his work, visit the Research Spotlight website.

Ogle, Shrum elected president, vice president of OOA

Ogle, left, and Shrum
Ogle, left, and Shrum

C. Michael Ogle, D.O., director of OSU Physicians Rural Clinics, and OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O., were elected president and vice president respectively of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association during the organization’s 115th annual convention last weekend in Norman.

Both are graduates of OSU-COM. Ogle also is an OSU-CHS adjunct clinical assistant professor of family medicine.

The convention includes a variety of continuing medical education sessions featuring six simultaneous specialty tracks, including anesthesiology and pain management, emergency medicine, internal medicine, neurology and psychiatry, osteopathic manipulative medicine and surgery.

The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association serves more than 2,000 members, including practicing physicians, residents, interns, osteopathic medical students and retired physicians. Nearly all of Oklahoma’s 2,000 doctors of osteopathic medicine are members of OOA.

OSU/A&M Regent Milner named OOA Doctor of the Year


Trudy Milner, D.O., a member of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents, was named Doctor of the Year during the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association’s 115th annual convention last week in Norman.

She is a graduate of OSU-COM and practices family medicine with OMNI Medical Group in Tulsa. She is immediate past president of the OSU-COM Alumni Association and a past president of the Oklahoma Osteopathic Association. Milner also is a former member of the OSU  Foundation Board of Governors and Trustees.

Also at the convention, the Oklahoma Educational Foundation for Osteopathic Medicine awarded three scholarships to second-year OSU medical students Brittany Cross, Caleb Scheckel and Christen Brummett.

Rural Health team sweeps OSU Colorful Choices competition

OSU-CHS employees Lara Brooks, left, Chad Landgraft, Jeffrey Hackler, Corie Kaiser and Denna Wheeler won the OSU Colorful Choices Challenge.
OSU-CHS employees Lara Brooks, left, Chad Landgraft, Jeffrey Hackler, Corie Kaiser and Denna Wheeler won the OSU Colorful Choices Challenge.

A team of OSU-CHS Center for Rural Health employees beat out 53 other OSU teams to win the first Colorful Choices Challenge, an online competition to eat healthy fruits and vegetables.

Members of the winning team include Denna Wheeler, director of rural research and evaluation; Chad Landgraf, GIS specialist; Lara Brooks, rural health analyst; Jeffrey Hackler, assistant to the dean for rural service programs and Corie Kaiser, director of the Oklahoma Office of Rural Health. Hackler also won the top individual prize for eating the most fruits and vegetables.

More than 530 participants across all five OSU campuses, four A&M affiliates and 77 county extension offices participated in the six-week challenge. The competition was sponsored by OSU’s America’s Healthiest Campus initiative.

Registration for the next Colorful Choices Challenge opens on June 8. For more information or to register for the competition, visit the Colorful Choices website.