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May 24, 2011

Association Launches Life Membership Student Program
The OSU Alumni Association is launching the new Life Membership Student Program, available to incoming freshmen and current students. Instead of waiting until graduation or years after to get a life membership, students can now opt-in for a $75 per semester charge, resulting in a fully-paid life membership after four years in school.

Alumni Association membership provides hundreds of discounts and opportunities for graduates at key times in their lives. To ensure we are supporting our new graduates exactly when they need the most help, the Life Membership Student Program will save students up to $400 off the regular Life Membership price and you will never have to pay dues.

Life Membership Student Program Enrollment
New freshmen can learn more at New Student Orientation sessions this summer and sign up at enrollment.
Current students can sign up anytime on the Student Information System.
Instructions and more information at orangeconnection.org/studentlife!

Did Your Story Begin at OSU?
This year's Homecoming theme is 'Where Your Story Began' and the Alumni Association wants to hear how your story began at Oklahoma State! Please submit your story in a few sentences or paragraphs to mystorybegan@okstate.edu. Stories can include information about the start of a career, meeting a significant other or other first milestones. Pictures and video may also be included.

Stories will be published on the Homecoming website and a select few will be published in the 2011 Homecoming Publication. Now is your chance to tell your OSU story - share it with the OSU family today!

Distinguished American Indian Alumni Award Nominations Due
The OSU American Indian Alumni Association and the OSU Alumni Association are collecting nominations for the 2011 OSU Distinguished American Indian Alumni Award. Nominations may be submitted by anyone and are due by June 10. Recent winners of the OSU Distinguished American Indian Alumni Award include Edwin Stanton Moore, 2010; Walter Echo-Hawk Jr., 2009; and Dr. Henrietta Mann, 2008.

Click here to download a nomination form and visit orangeconnection.org/aiaa for more information.
Podcasts  Orange Connection Podcast - May 23, 2011
Cowboy Golf and Cowgirl Softball advance, OSU spring honor rolls, COE announces Hall of Fame, American Indian Alumni Award nominations due and Chapters events.

Texas Panhandle Chapter Meeting
The Texas Panhandle OSU Alumni Chapter is hosting an Orange Power Supper and Quarterly Business Meeting on Saturday, June 11, in Amarillo. Join the chapter to review its recent membership survey and discuss activities for the upcoming year while dining on the best fajitas in the Texas panhandle!

Tulsa Cowboy Stampede Approaching
Less than three weeks remain until the Tulsa Chapter's annual Cowboy Stampede event on June 11 at the K-Bar Ranch in Mounds, Okla. OSU alumni and families are invited to enjoy a tasty BBQ supper along with Jupiter Jumps, hay and pony rides, door prizes, mementos and more. Online registration is open with discounts for members.

Cleveland County Hosting Summer Picnic
Join the Cleveland County OSU Alumni Chapter for a summer picnic with Pistol Pete! The chapter will be gathering on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Andrews Park in Norman. The cost is $5 for individuals or $10 for family tickets (two people or more) and attendees are encouraged to register online. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided and Pistol Pete will be available for pictures with alumni and friends. Be sure to wear orange!

2011 Cowboy Caravan Continues June 1
The 2011 Cowboy Caravan tour continues Thursday, June 1, when several OSU coaches will visit alumni and fans in Woodward, Okla. This year, the caravan has made stops in Enid, Houston, Tyler and North Texas. Locations remaining include Bartlesville, Altus, Wichita, Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is also looking for volunteers to represent OSU and pass out admissions materials to interested students and parents at the Altus, Bartlesville, Wichita and Woodward caravans. Materials would be provided. Please contact Melissa Mourer if you are interested.
Big 12 Alumni Night in New York City
The New York City OSU Alumni Chapter will be attending Big 12 Alumni Night with the Staten Island Yankees on July 22. For every $25 ticket sold, the chapter will receive $7 for its scholarship fund. Tickets include all-you-can-eat items, drinks, a Staten Island Yankees cap and game program.

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Fallin Challenges OSU Graduates to Serve Others
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin encouraged Oklahoma State University graduates to explore the unlimited opportunities before them and challenged grads to serve others during commencement remarks Saturday, May 7, at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Saturday morning's ceremony was one of five Friday and Saturday in which OSU awarded an estimated 3,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Fallin spoke at the first of three undergraduate ceremonies Saturday and Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb spoke at the other two. The OSU Center for Veterinary Health Science held a hooding ceremony Saturday evening. Master’s and doctoral degree ceremonies were held Friday evening.

Spring 2011 Honor Rolls
A total of 4,045 students were named to the 2011 spring honor rolls at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, including 1,411 students who received all “A” grades and were named to the President’s Honor Roll. Full-time undergraduate students who completed 12 or more hours with a grade point average of 4.00 were placed on the President’s Honor Roll, and students with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher with no grade below a “C” were placed on the Dean’s Honor Roll.

New Graduate College Dean Named
Following a nationwide search, OSU has named Sheryl Tucker dean of the OSU Graduate College. Tucker has been serving as the Program Director for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program with the National Science Foundation in Washington D.C. She will assume her role as graduate dean on August 1 and also will hold a tenured appointment as professor of chemistry in the College of Arts & Sciences.

OSU Rolls Out Cowboy Boot Topiary for Commencement
OSU dressed up campus for this semester’s commencement ceremonies with a large Cowboy boot topiary at the southwest corner of Theta Pond near the intersection of University and Monroe streets. The unique topiary is more than seven feet tall and is a combination of six unique plants that create the textures and designs of a boot and spur.

Women for OSU Names Student Philanthropist of the Year
Four OSU students who spend countless hours helping others were named Student Philanthropists of the Year at the sold-out Women for OSU Symposium on April 21. The event also featured a keynote speech by journalist and author Lisa Ling, a guest appearance by Gov. Mary Fallin and the naming of the Philanthropist of the Year among the highlights.

Podcasts  KOSU  Campus Connection Podcast - May 18, 2011
President Hargis discusses the end of another semester at OSU, potential budget cuts for higher education, student recruitment activities and a Branding Success campaign update. Campus Connection with OSU President Burns Hargis airs every Wednesday at 7:35 a.m. on KOSU.

Videos  Inside OSU  OSU Institute of Technology 
OSU President Burns Hargis makes a trip to Okmulgee and the OSUIT campus to check out some of its programs. Inside OSU features President Hargis and a series of conversations with faculty, staff, students and campus figures about the innovative activities they are involved in at the university.

CAS  Networking Opportunities for Air Force ROTC Alumni
The new Air Force ROTC Alumni Chapter invites alumni and friends to join them on new networking pages on Facebook and LinkedIn. Be sure to "Like" us on Facebook for updates and join our subgroup on LinkedIn. Information about the new Air Force ROTC Alumni Chapter is available at orangeconnection.org/arotc or by emailing arotc@orangeconnection.org.

CASNR  Botanical Garden at OSU Grand Opening
One of the best kept secrets in Stillwater soon will be much easier to find. The Botanic Garden at OSU will officially open the new entrance off of State Highway 51 west of Stillwater on June 18. The grand opening will be held in conjunction with the 10th Annual GardenFest, slated 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CEAT  2011-2012 Wentz Project Awardees
OSU chemical engineering students Katie Haning and Maria Vera completed their Wentz projects this year and presented posters at the annual recognition program. Katie’s project title was “Investigating How Drug Properties Play a Role in the Release Characteristics from Drug Delivery Systems” and Maria’s was “Preliminary Cell Testing for a 3D Lung Tissue Model”.

COE  College of Education Announces 2011 Hall of Fame Class
The OSU College of Education has announced that four individuals will be inducted into its Hall of Fame on Friday, June 3, inside Willard Hall on the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater. Dr. Mary Bonner, OSU wrestling coach John Smith, and Dr. William “Bill” White will be formally inducted and Dr. Thomas Smith, a two-time graduate and former director of education extension, will receive the honor posthumously.

CHES  Students, Faculty Honored by Campus Organizations
Several CHES students and faculty members were honored by campus student organizations at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year. Nine CHES undergraduate students were inducted in the OSU chapter of the Mortar Board Honor Society. The Mortar Board chapter also honored Design, Housing and Merchandising associate Professor Ted Drab with the Golden Torch Award for CHES.

OSU-CHS  Degrees Conferred at OSU-COM
Eighty-seven medical students received their Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degrees from the OSU Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tulsa on May 13. Seventeen graduate degrees in biomedical sciences and forensic sciences and a D.O./Master of Business Administration also were presented.

OSU-IT  Partnership with Muscogee Nation Recognized
The OSU Institute of Technology was among twenty-one business and higher education partnerships throughout the state recognized for their innovative collaborations that further the education of Oklahoma’s workforce. The partnership between OSUIT and the College of the Muscogee Nation has included professional development and training for tribal employees, summer programming for youth, business assistance and various economic development projects.

OSU-OKC  Natalie Shirley Named New OSU-OKC President
Oklahoma State University has named successful business and civic leader Natalie Shirley as president of OSU-Oklahoma City, subject to the approval of the OSU/A&M Board of Regents. Shirley served as Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and was executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce from 2007-11 under Governor Brad Henry.

OSU-Tulsa  A Stately Affair Honors First Icon Award Winners
OSU-Tulsa recognized the inaugural Icons for OSU in Tulsa at "A Stately Affair in Tulsa" last night. The event was hosted by Mary Shaw, Billie Barnett and Howard Barnett, and recognized Robert McCullough II, D.O., Tulsa business executive Michael P. Johnson, Ebb Reeves, D.O. and the H.A. and the Mary K. Chapman Charitable Trust for their significant contributions to the community and state.

SSB  58th Annual Awards and Honors Banquet
The OSU Spears School of Business recognized student and faculty excellence at the college’s 58th annual Awards and Honors Banquet on March 31, 2011. The event was sponsored by Business Student Council and the Spears School of Business and recognized 2010 Raymond D. Thomas Award winner Amalia Deines, 11 Spears School Outstanding Senior Award, Gold Key and Beta Gamma Sigma inductees and others.

Softball  NCAA Super Regionals Set
Oklahoma State's 22nd-ranked softball team will host the Houston Cougars this weekend in the NCAA Super Regional. Game times are set for 6 pm on Friday, May 27, and 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 28, with an if-necessary game scheduled for 4 pm on Saturday.

A limited number of standing room only tickets are available for this weekend's games. Contact the OSU Athletics Ticket Office at 877-ALL-4-OSU for more information.
Golf  Cowboy Golf Wraps Up Regional Title
Oklahoma State's men's golf team posted a closing 282 on Saturday to wrap up its third-straight NCAA Regional title at Colorado National Golf Club, finishing 18 shots ahead of the field.

Tickets are also now available for the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships at Karsten Creek. All-session tickets for the event, which runs May 31-June 5, are $50, while single-session tickets are $10. Kids 12 and under get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Baseball  Cowboys Return To Big 12 Baseball Championship
Oklahoma State returns to the Big 12 Conference Baseball Championship for the first time since 2008 after finishing fourth in the 2011 league standings. The Cowboys completed conference play with a 14-12 mark and bring a 34-21 overall record into the postseason. As the fourth seed, OSU opens play in the two-division, double-elimination conference tourney Wednesday at 9 a.m. against Baylor at RedHawks Field At Bricktown in Oklahoma City.

The Cowboys will be the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 Baseball Tournament in Oklahoma City and will face No. 5 seed Baylor on Wednesday, May 25, at 9 a.m. Tickets are available through the Oklahoma City Redhawks online or by calling 405-218-1000.

May 24, 2011
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For a safer barbecue, consider the following tips to prevent food borne illness: (1) Never return cooked meats to the raw meat plate. (2) Do not use the same utensil on both raw meat and any other foods unless you wash the utensil first. (3) Do not taste food with a utensil, and then return it to the food. (4) Store leftovers in the freezer or refrigerator immediately after eating. (5) Eat leftovers within a few days or discard.
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