The prices include a three course meal and are $13 per person for lunch and $30 for dinner. No, it still isn't priced like McDonald's Value Menu, but it's a great opportunity to try some of Tulsa's great restaurants and spend a special night with your student.
We have a meeting tonight at 6 in the OMM Lab. Dr. Thai will be giving a demonstration on OMM and then we will have a 30 minute meeting. I have cookies for a snack! Some students and/or members will be taking care of childcare.
I hope everyone has settled down and gotten into the swing of things now that school is well underway. The Meet and Greet turned out great; we have had five first years sign-up so far, bringing our total to eighteen. Be sure to let your med school friends know that it isn’t too late to sign-up.
SAA is going to be busy in the next coming months so hopefully you can find plenty of activities to be involved with. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:00 pm in the OMM Lab. We have a special guest speaker, Dr. Mark Thai, who will be demonstrating OMM techniques and discussing the differences between a DO and a MD. This is a great way to get more acquainted with the other members and the first years will undoubtedly go home with more OMM skills than their students. Childcare will be provided.
This month we also have a Vice President’s Welcome Luncheon, a zoo play day, and a social night out at Dave and Buster’s. Be sure to sign-up with the Google Calendar so you can keep track of all the great things we are doing. Next month we will have two big events--the Oktoberfest parking fundraiser and Spookoween.
I need a volunteer to help Ginny and Beverly Harjo with the All School Thanksgiving Dinner and I need someone to help with the Spookoween night. Remember, involvement will allow us to get to know each other better, show the school and community how dedicated we are to the Osteopathic profession and it makes the time go by faster! Hope to see you soon.
Tulsa Zoo invites all our rockin’ Tulsa Zoo Friends to an evening especially for you! Member Appreciation Night will take place September 10, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. This annual event provides a special evening for all Tulsa Zoo Friends members, with behind-the-scenes tours, zookeeper chats, live entertainment and more! Also enjoy FREE train and carousel rides, and FREE wagon and stroller rental all night long, even a special discount at the gift shop. This event is FREE for Zoo Friend Members, so anyone who signs up for a membership before or during the event, gains FREE admission.
If anyone plans to go, let me know and we can meet up there! I plan to go at 5:30...
So the semester is in full swing, and you have time on your hands without your student... Maybe you're even new in Tulsa... what to do while your student is in the library all day (and all night, and all weekend?) Over the past year, Alex (now 17 months) and I explored (and fell in love with) Tulsa! Here are our recommendations:
In addition to many day trips by ourselves or with friends, one of the great benefits of having a pass was being able to rescue my husband from the library after a big exam - even if only for an hour or two - and go to either the zoo or aquarium (which stays open late on Tuesdays).
2) Library story time.
Tulsa has an excellent library network and we often went to story time. Just pick your nearest library and search for "storytime". Our home library was Hardesty, which has an amazing children’s center.
3) Sanity Saver?
I found that the YMCA Childwatch program offered the most reasonable childcare (FREE with family membership) and allowed me to work out in peace! They offer assistance for families who qualify (if you’re living on med school loans, you probably do!)
4) Cultural Excursions
We took advantage of last-minute free tickets to the Tulsa Ballet (keep an eye on your student’s email!) The Philbrook Museum is free the 2nd Saturday of every month – the museum is wonderful, but the outdoor gardens are even more impressive. The Gilcrease Museum offers free admission on the 1st Tuesday of each month, but I haven’t been yet – want to join me?
I know warm weather is fading fast, but I can’t help mentioning the amazing parks on Riverside. There are playgrounds at 19th, 41st, and 96th street on the east banks and 21st street on the west bank. Our favorite by far is at Riverside and 41st. In addition to its awesome family friendly playground and unique fountain / water displays that are kid friendly even for the littlest ones, the location is not far from the medical school, which again, makes for a great place to pull off a short kidnapping of your medical student. If you have more time, check out one of the pink bicycles you can “rent for free” by swiping your credit card. We also love Hunter Park, west of Sheridan on 91st (playground, splash park, and dog park), La Fortune Park, north of 61st on Yale (playgrounds and walking trails), and Woodward Park, 21st & Peoria (picnicking and rose gardens).
I know this only skims the surface of what there is to do in Tulsa, but these are awesome opportunities for outings with the kiddos OR just some one on one couple time (well, except for maybe story time…it’s up to you!)
What are some of your top places to go in and around Tulsa?
We want to wish everyone a great weekend as we all enjoy summer's last hurrah. The past few weeks have been quite crazy and we hope you get to spend some unhindered time with your student--no pressure to return to studying, at least for a couple hours :)
If you're staying around town and looking for things to do, Urban Tulsa has a great columnist that does an awesome job summarizing each weekend's events. Or, if you're going away, let us know where you went and if you would recommend it to fellow SAA members (especially weekend escapes).
Beverly Harjo with the AOOA is going to help us plan the All School Thanksgiving Dinner. The AOOA is giving us $1000 for the dinner. Beverly has asked me to get a couple of members together to be on the dinner committee so she can start planning. If you would like to help plan the dinner, I would be very greatful. Let me know soon so I can give her your information.
I think this would be a fun committee to be on. You get to plan a big dinner and spend someone else's money in the process. I plan on helping as much as I can, also!
Just wanted to invite everyone to the Vice President's Luncheon on the 12th. Please find the invitation attached and let me know if you will be attending. The AOOA is hosting and will be having door prizes for those who have signed-up and paid their dues. For directions, please click here.
Also, we will have a meeting on Tuesday the 8th at 6:00 pm upstairs in the OMM lab (in hallway by Dunlap). At this meeting we will discuss our first fundraiser, the social night out, etc. and have a guest speaker who will demonstrate and teach some OMM.
Even if you haven't signed-up you are still welcome to come to both of these events. It's never too late to join.
The Student Advocate Association (SAA) is an organization whose main objective is to support the friends and family of OSUCOM students. In addition to social events and service projects, SAA works hard to support the entire student body and further promote Osteopathic medicine.
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