Tuesday, December 6, 2011

OU-Tulsa Student Affairs Highlight Video

Are you unsure about what we do in Student Affairs?!?  I encourage you to check out this link to see what you're missing!

OU-Tulsa Student Affairs YouTube video

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Coffee with Clancy - Round 2

On Wednesday, November 9th, 7 current OU-Tulsa students joined OU-Tulsa President Gerry Clancy and myself to discuss student issues, concerns, ideas, and anything else (including recent earthquakes, of course).  The seven student attendees represented the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Education, the Organizational Dynamics program, the College of Public Health and the Family Medicine/Psychiatry residency program.  The following bulleted list summarize the primary discussion points from the one-hour meeting:
  • Improve awareness of all available academic programs at OU-Tulsa to all our students, which could serve to improve the interest and application pools for all OU-Tulsa academic programs
    • Participating students reported that they were not aware of some of the academic programs that were represented in our session, much less all the other degree options on campus
    • Several different options were discussed to address this issue:
      • 20x20 presentations from each academic program at New Student Orientation sessions each fall
        • Each program would present 20 PowerPoint slides, allowing 20 seconds per slide, to describe their program in a total of 6 minutes and 40 seconds
      • Student Newsletter that features a different program (or programs) with each issue
        • These could be distributed once/twice per semester to all OU-Tulsa students through a variety of communication outlets on campus
      • Interdisciplinary Brown Bag sessions
        • These could highlight a particular academic program's degrees, ongoing research, its faculty, or its students
        • Utilized in much the same way as Coffee with Clancy to foster further discussions across campus with the intent to improve the overall student experience
  • Increase overall school spirit/identity
    • Hosting watch parties for OU athletics events
      • Student Affairs (thanks two student requests/interest) is already looking into hosting watch parties for various OU sporting events in the coming months
        • These would be open to students and their immediate families
      • Possibly having an OU-Tulsa tailgate on the OU-Norman campus for 1 or more football home games next season
    • Brand OU-Tulsa as a unique part of the University of Oklahoma system
      • Make it clear around campus grounds and within buildings that this is OU
  • Campus Yearbook
    • Print or virtual/online options
    • Students discussed the desire to have a yearbook recognizing their own programs, degrees and accomplishments on the OU-Tulsa campus
  • Lockers for students to have option to store books that they do not need to take home each day
    • A possible location discussed was the Perkins Lounge in Building 3
  • Possibility of long-term reservations of lockers in Fitness Center locker rooms
    • Student Affairs will consider allowing students to register with Student Affairs to use a locker on a semester basis
  • Quiet study hours for new Founders Student Center
    • Proposed quiet study hours from 1am-8am in the soon to be open Founders Student Center
As always, we would love to hear YOUR feedback!  Please feel free to add your comments below to let Student Affairs know what additional ideas, comments, concerns, or suggestions you may have.  Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

OUTSA November General Meeting

All OU-Tulsa students are invited and encouraged to attend the OU-Tulsa Student Association's (OUTSA) November General Meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd at 5:30pm in room LC231.  Food will be provided, while supplies last.

For the November General Meeting's Agenda, click here.
For the October General Meeting's Minutes, click here.
To be redirected to the OU-Tulsa Student Association's website, click here.

I would also like to remind students that OUTSA serves as the student liaison to the OU-Tulsa administration, and strives every day to support the needs of students on this campus.  If you have an issue, concern, new idea, or just want to meet students from other programs, then I would encourage you to join us this Wednesday at 5:30pm.

If you have any questions about OUTSA you can contact me at 918-660-3107 or by email.  Also, feel free to refer your questions to this year's OUTSA President, Emily Cook.  You can email her by clicking here.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Founders Student Center Construction

For the past 2-3 years, OU-Tulsa Student Affairs and OUTSA (OU-Tulsa Student Association) have been leading the effort for the OU-Tulsa campus to have a student union - a space available for students 24/7.  In May 2011 the OU-Tulsa Library moved into their beautiful new building, and turned over their old space to our students.  Construction began over the summer on student union, which has been named the "Founders Student Center" in recognition of our lead donor on the project.  Current construction estimates place our completion date in the March/April 2012 range, and we are excited to open the new space.  Founders Student Center will include the following features:
  • Merkel Family Foundation Lounge - couches, study tables, & more
  • Coffee Shop - made to order speciality drinks or coffee
  • Game Room - pool table, ping-pong tables, TVs and video games
  • Bookstore - 5-times the current space for our campus bookstore
  • OU-Tulsa Student Affairs - improved student access to our office
Below is the architects most recent rendering of the space, and the layout of the different areas in the bullet list above:

The following pictures were taken just before demolition work began and again near the completion of demo.
The old view of the library stacks space.  The game room will
be located between the columnson the left and the wall
on the right.

The old view from the main double-door entrance
of the library.  The main entrance in Founders Student
Center will be open to hallway to be a welcoming space.

Looking from what was the library stacks and will be the new
bookstore space.  A glass wall will go up along the central
columns in this picture to divide the bookstore from the
game room, whilestill maintaining the open feel of the space.

View from the NW corner of what will be the Lounge space,
looking back to the east.  The boxed structure in the middle
of this space will have a electric fireplace on either side,
surrounded by couches, chairs and study tables.

View from the NW corner of what will be the Lounge space,
looking to the south.  Through the walkway to the left of the
equipment will be the game room and bookstore spaces.

View from the west side of the game room looking back to
the east/southeast into what will be the game room to the
left of the columns and the bookstore to the right, divided
by a glass wall, to carry on the openness of the space.

If you have any questions or comments about the Founders Student Union, please ask post them in the comments section below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.  Or you can always stop by our current office in room 1C53.  We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

OU-Tulsa Supported "Turn Tulsa Pink" Today!

Approximately 200 OU-Tulsa students, faculty and staff made a vibrant statement of support for the Turn Tulsa Pink initiative.  To learn more about Turn Tulsa Pink, please visit their website.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Walk-Up Flu Shot Clinics

Student Health and Student Affairs are providing free flu shots for OU-Tulsa students.  Flu season will likely be in full swing before we know it, so we want all of our students to have access to the flu vaccine.  Our next walk-up flu shot clinic will take place Tuesday, October 25th from 9am-11am in Founders Hall.  You do not need an appointment for this walk-up flu shot clinic.

Future walk-up flu shot clinics (all in Founders Hall):
  • Thursday, November 3rd, 8-10am
  • Tuesday, November 8th, 11am-1pm
  • Tuesday, November 15th, 9-11am
If it is not possilbe to make it to one of these walk-up clinics, please call Student Health at 918-619-4565 to schedule your individual appointment.

In addition to providing free flu shots, Student Health also provides standard health services to all OU-Tulsa students.  To find out more about Student Health, visit their website here.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Turn OU-Tulsa PINK

In a statement of solidarity and support for the Turn Tulsa Pink iniative, President Gerry Clancy has declared Tuesday, October 25, 2011 as Turn OU-Tulsa Pink day at OU-Tulsa.  President Clancy is encouraging all OU-Tulsa students, faculty, staff and residents to wear pink to raise awareness for the women and children that are affected by cancer in the greater Tulsa area.  You will also notice large pink bows going up on light posts on and around campus, plus our large Seed Sower statue at the intersection of 41st & Yale will be decked out with pink pumpkins and a large pink sash to support Turn Tulsa Pink.

Picture Time!
We would also like everyone wearing pink to join us for a picture at the Seed Sower statue at 41st & Yale at 10am.  The photo will appear in an ad in the Tulsa World on Thursday, October 27th and feature our OU-Tulsa programs and our community impact.

FREE Lunch for Student Wearing PINK!
Those students wearing pink clothes (prominently) are invited to Student Affaris at Noon for a free lunch from Chick-fil-A (while supplies last).

I hope to see you in the hallways Tuesday decked out in PINK!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

OUTSA Happy Hour

The second OU-Tulsa Happy Hour of the semester will take place tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 4:30pm in Founders Hall.  We will have drinks, chips, salsa, queso, and pizza......all for FREE!  Also, a variety of board games, video games, and ping pong will be available for all to enjoy

OU-Tulsa Student Affairs and OUTSA began hosting Happy Hours on the OU-Tulsa campus in November 2009, and they have been a big hit since then.  Happy Hour's are open only to OU-Tulsa students (no guests), and are meant to provide an outlet for social interactions across all OU-Tulsa academic disciplines.

We hope to see you there!

**Do you have an idea for future Happy Hours?!?  Write a comment for us below...we would love your feedback!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Coffee with Clancy" a Success

This morning five OU-Tulsa students (representing 4 different academic programs) had the opportunity to sit down with President Gerry Clancy and myself to discuss the student experience inside and out of the classroom at OU-Tulsa.  Some of the topics discussed included the construction of the Founders Student Center, the employment outlook for our soon-to-be graduates, faculty accessibility, the size and focus of our campus, housing options, meal plans and dining options on and around campus, and campus security.  The discussion lasted over an hour and seemed to give all involved parties an opportunity to better understand one another and learn something new about our campus/community in the process.

We are happy to announce that the Coffee with Clancy program will continue once per month throughout the fall and spring semester, as an opportunity for our students to discuss pertinent issues with Dr. Clancy in a relaxed, conversational setting.  More information will be coming soon regarding our next scheduled date and time.

Also, I would like to encourage all of our students to utilize the comments section below to provide advice and additional ideas for how the office of Student Affairs and campus administration can better serve your needs as an OU-Tulsa student.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Student Rights & Responsibilities Code

In September 2011, the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents instituted the new Student Rights & Responsibilities Code and the associated Student Rights & Responsibilities Code Procedures documents.  These two documents make up the rights and responsibilities of every student on the OU-Tulsa campus, in addition to those on the OUHSC and OU-Norman campuses.  I encourage all OU-Tulsa students to review these documents and use them as a resource throughout their time at OU-Tulsa.  Please stop by Student Affairs, room 1C53, if you have any questions about these documents.

Welcome to our new blog!

We hope to use this blog to keep all of our students updated on the most current "happenings" on the OU-Tulsa campus and specifically programs and services provided by OU-Tulsa Student Affairs and OUTSA. 

As always, be sure to visit our website for more detailed information regarding our services.
OU-Tulsa Student Affairs Website