This is the fifteenth week of the fall 2014 semester. Alerts

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This is the fifteenth week of the fall 2014 semester. 





  • Today (Monday, 11/24) will be the only day for walk-in hours this week.   

  • There are no classes Wednesday (11/26) – Sunday (11/30), due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  All campus offices will be closed 11/27-11/30.

  • Final Exams for the fall 2014 semester begin two weeks from today.  Go here: for the rules and regulations governing finals, and to access the fall 2014 Final Exam Schedule. 

  • Ecology of Lakes is a new course offered this spring.  Please see the attached flyer for details.  If you do not have the listed pre-requisites, you might still be able to enroll in this course, as other courses are often excellent substitutes; please contact Professor Dave Hambright at or at 325-7435 for permission. 

 Congratulations, Ariel!

Heartiest congratulations to Ariel Ray the 2014-2015 recipient of the $1,000 John T. Snow Study Abroad Scholarship.  Ariel is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Sustainability with a focus in Culture and Society, and a second major in Anthropology through the College of Arts & Sciences.  She will be studying abroad in Brazil this spring, where she plans to focus on learning about sustainable development.  She has already contacted several organizations about volunteer opportunities and internships in the region. 
By the way, Ariel is also enrolled in UNIV 3000, “Lost in Translation” this fall, a pilot version of Interim Provost Kyle Harper’s vision of OU pursuing greater community engagement.  The course explores the weather readiness of the Spanish-speaking population in the greater Oklahoma City metropolitan region.  Ariel is the public face of this effort, which marks the first step that the College of A&GS has taken in this direction.  Check out the interview with Ariel and Dr. Darren Purcell (one of the course’s instructors) on OKC’s Cada Semana here (at about the 24-minute mark):
Fall 2014 Degree Candidates
If you are completing a bachelor’s degree this fall, would you please take a few moments to fill out the College’s Exit Survey here?  The survey is completely anonymous and will greatly help A&GS faculty and staff  to determine what is going well in the College and what we need to improve.  Just an FYI:  If you don’t have any comments when the survey prompts you for some, just write “No Comment” to continue on.  Thanks in advance!

Dissertation Defense today

Ashton Robinson, doctoral degree candidate in the School of Meteorology, will present his dissertation defense, The Relation of Winter and Early Spring Tornado Outbreaks to El Niño Southern Oscillation at 1:00 PM today in the National Weather Center, Room 5820

Teach For America
Educational opportunities should not be determined by a family’s income or the neighborhood in which they live.  That’s why Teach For America is growing the force of leaders committed to ensuring that all kids have an education that expands their opportunities and gives them more choices in life.  Leadership through Teach For America begins in the classroom, where corps members spend at least two years in low-income communities teaching students and helping them reach their full potential.  Through teaching, they develop the skills, mindsets, and relationships necessary to become lifelong advocates for students and join a nationwide network of change-makers.
This year, 11,000 corps members are teaching in 50 regions across the country, while nearly 37,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the changes necessary to make a great education a reality for allYou have the power to help kids get a great education that will give them choices in life!   Apply to the 2014 Teach For America corps.   The next application deadline is  Friday, December 5th  Want to learn more? Email to sign up to meet with a Teach For America representative.

Multimedia Lab


With Final Exams on the horizon, just a reminder that the Multimedia Lab, a part of the College’s Research Computing Services, is here to serve the computing needs of ALL A&GS students.  Need a poster printed?  Trouble with your computer and you need to check e-mail?  Can’t figure out to transfer a file or alter a chart?  The M-Lab is here to help!  The M-Lab is located in the National Weather Center, Room 3650 – right down the hall from the Dean’s Office (NWC 3630).  The M-Lab is open from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday and is very well equipped with the following:



HP DesignJet 800ps 42" Poster Printer

Microtek ScanMaker 1000 XL (large format flatbed)

Dazzle Video Creator Platinum

Sony Hi-Fi Super VHS S-Video VCR / DVD

Panasonic 50" Plasma TV

HP Color LaserJet 5550dtn Printer

HP LaserJet 4050N Printer

7 Dell Precision PCs

1 20" iMac

1 Toshiba Tecra Laptop

Epson LCD Projector

Canon Powershot G12

Primera DVD / CD Duplicator

Memory Card Readers

If you have any announcement you would like posted in Monday Memo (e.g., meetings, seminars, jobs, internships or just some great news) please send it to Asst. Dean Hempe ( by Friday at noon to appear in the next week’s edition. 

On this Day in History:
In 1859, British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species,” in which he explained his theory of evolution through the process of natural selection.
In 1871, the National Rifle Association (NRA) was incorporated in the U.S.
In 1903, the first U.S. patent for an automobile electric self-starter was issued to Clyde J. Coleman of New York City.  The self-starter took a few years to perfect (it didn’t start appearing in cars until 1911), but when it did, women began driving in greater numbers since they no longer had to worry about the dangerous job of hand-cranking a car to get it started.
In 1932, the FBI’s first Crime Lab (now known as the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory) opened.  The lab, which was chosen because it had the necessary sink, operated out of a single room and had only one full-time employee, Agent Charles Appel.
In 1947, the "Hollywood 10," were cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about alleged Communist influence in their industry.  The ten men (Albert Maltz, Dalton Trumbo, John Howard Lawson, Samuel Ornitz, Ring Lardner, Jr., Lester Cole, Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Edward Dmytryk, and Robert Adrian Scott) denounced the questions as violations of their First Amendment rights. They were all sentenced to one year in jail. The Supreme Court later upheld the contempt charges.
In 1952, Agatha Christie’s play “The Mousetrap” opened in London’s West End.  It has been running continuously since then, making it the longest-running play ever, anywhere.  There’s never been a movie version, because the original contract stipulated the play must be closed for six months before a movie can be made. 
In 1954, the first presidential plane, Air Force One (#1) was christened. 

In 1963, Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald on live national television.
In 1966, a killer smog descended on New York City; between then and November 30, an average of 24 people died each day, due to respiratory failure and heart attacks.
In 1971, hijacker Dan Cooper, known as D.B. Cooper, parachuted from a Northwest Airlines 727 over Washington state with $200,000 in ransom ($1,160,000 today).  It remains the only unsolved case of air piracy in US aviation history. 
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