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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Memorial service to honor victims of OSU Homecoming tragedy

Stillwater Strong

OSU will honor the victims of the homecoming parade tragedy during a community-wide memorial service set for Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. in Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.

OSU President Burns Hargis, Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble and Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, an OSU graduate, will speak at the service. The service will be live streamed on OState.TV.

Four people died and more than 40 others were injured in last Saturday’s parade incident. Killed were retired OSU Regents Professor Dr. Marvin Stone; his wife and OSU employee Bonnie Stone; two-year-old Nash (Strauch) Lucas, son of OSU student and employee Nicolette Strauch; and University of Central Oklahoma MBA student Nakita Prabhakar Nakal.

The members of Pete’s Pet Posse Tulsa traveled to Stillwater this week to assist with therapy services for grieving students, faculty and staff.

A link to the online memorial page is located on the OSU-CHS website. The memorial is an opportunity to remember the victims and share condolences. The site also contains a message from OSU President Burns Hargis and updated information on other memorial services and fundraisers for the victims.

OSU-CHSI hosts event to brainstorm ways to improve rural health care


OSU Center for Health Systems Innovation is taking a fresh approach to improving rural health care by bringing together aspiring entrepreneurs from different professions for a special event in November.

Rural Healthcare Innovation Weekend, set for Nov. 13-15 at Fly Loft in downtown Tulsa, aims to develop new products or services that will benefit rural health care.

Participants will pitch rural health care issues they want to address and recruit other entrepreneurs in attendance to work as part of a team to develop novel approaches and prototypes to address those issues. At the end of the weekend, teams will present their findings to a panel of judges and awards will be presented to the teams with the best ideas. Read more.

Deadline approaches for rural Oklahoma photo contest

Windmill Sun was submitted last year by  Colette Pipkin.
Windmill Sun was submitted last year by Colette Pipkin.

The OSU Center for Rural Health is accepting photo submissions that demonstrate the beauty of rural Oklahoma until 12:59 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19.

Photos of life in rural Oklahoma, including animals, landscapes and community events, will be accepted in one of two contest categories – public or OSU-CHS students. One winner from each category will be selected and announced no later than Dec. 3 via Facebook and email.

Submit photos by posting entries to the OSU Center for Rural Health Facebook Page with "Photo Contest: (photo title)" in the caption with the eligibility category (OSU-CHS student or public) or email photos to the OSU Center for Rural Health and they will be posted. The location of the photo should also be included with the submission. The OSU Center for Rural Health will select the favorite submission in each category and display them on the Rural Health Blog. Winners will also be featured in The Center.

Breaking Ground for a Healthier Oklahoma

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Advertisement by OSU Marketing and Communications Services in Tulsa

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences broke ground on a new training facility that will enhance health care education opportunities in Tulsa and Oklahoma. Due to the generous investments from our donors, the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building will be a one-of-a-kind medical education facility utilized by OSU College of Osteopathic students, residents, doctors, first responders, nurses, athletic trainers and other allied health professionals. The facility will provide state-of-the-art training experiences, ensuring Oklahomans have greater access to health care opportunities and creating a healthier future for our state.

To learn more about the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Medical Academic Building and view a video about the project, visit the OSU-CHS website.

CFR conference to focus on family caregiving

Parish, left, and Qualls
Parish, left, and Qualls

Registration is open for the seventh annual Chautauqua Conference on Family Resilience set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 29 in North Hall at OSU-Tulsa. The event will be hosted by the Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience.

“Family Caregiving: Fostering Resilience across the Life Course” will focus on families who provide care for adults with developmental or physical disabilities, mental illness, chronic or terminal illness as well as those facing normal aging processes.

Keynote speakers will be Sara Honn Qualls, Ph.D., Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and gerontology center director at the University of Colorado, and Susan Parish, associate dean for research at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

The cost is $20 for students and $40 for clinicians, academicians and others interested in the topic if paid by Dec. 23. Breakfast and lunch are included. To register, visit the Chautauqua registration website.

SNMA’s annual Multicultural Festival recognizes diversity

Students, faculty and staff are invited to the Student National Medical Association’s annual Multicultural Festival at 5 p.m. in Founders Hall on Thursday, Nov. 5.

The event celebrates the different ethnicities among the student body and introduces future physicians to different cultures. A variety of ethnic foods will be served and there will be live entertainment.

Cost is $8 per person, but those who bring a family-sized dish will get free admission. All are invited to bring family and friends.