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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, July 19, 2012

OSU-CHS, City of Tulsa to host sculpture dedication

ScopeOklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences will host a dedication ceremony for a new sculpture honoring the partnership between OSU-CHS and the City of Tulsa on Tuesday, July 24 at 10 a.m. All students, faculty, staff and community members are invited.

Special guests at the ceremony will include Artist Ralph Helmick and a representative from the Mayor's Office. Howard Barnett, president of OSU-Tulsa and OSU-CHS, and Dr. Kayse Shrum, OSU-CHS provost and dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, will emcee the event.

Helmick designed the sculpture, Scope, to highlight elements and disciplines found in the new Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center at OSU-CHS. The abstract sculpture includes images of DNA, a human brain, police badge, computer code, a neuron, a molecule and cutout of the Tulsa skyline.

The 52.9-foot-tall sculpture was constructed and installed last week by Mike Mancarella and his company, JunoWorks, based in Denver.

As part of the project, smaller art pieces will also be placed in the elevator lobby on each floor of the forensics building. The smaller sculptures will showcase specific elements within the represented disciplines.

First year medical students start off orientation with Dr. Pete’s Big Event

The importance of community service is a value instilled in students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. That’s one reason first-year medical students will spend the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 4 volunteering at Tulsa non-profit agencies as part of Dr. Pete’s Big Event.

“Dr. Pete’s Big Event is a chance for our students to get involved in the community from the beginning of their careers,” said Angela Bacon, OSU-CHS academic skills and career development counselor. “It also is a good chance for our students to build camaraderie as they prepare to spend the next four years together.”

Students will be volunteering at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless and Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club beginning at noon.

The event was organized by a group of second-year medical students who participated in the inaugural event in 2011.

Reservist thanks OSU for support of military employees

BrayfieldSpecialist Dylan Brayfield, a licensed practical nurse at OSU Pediatrics at the Houston Center, was recently recognized by OSU Human Resources for sharing his story about how the university has made a difference in his life.

A member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Brayfield wrote an essay about how OSU goes to great lengths to support employees who are serving in the military. From offering flexible schedules to providing paid time off for military duty, OSU has gone above and beyond what is required.

“I thank OSU for being so flexible and understanding of our employees in the military,” said Brayfield. “I know I speak for all of us that serve when I give a big thank you and say we appreciate all Oklahoma State University does for us.”