College of Allied Health to host open house

The College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center will host an open house 4-6 p.m. Nov. 8 in Oklahoma City to welcome prospective students to campus to meet the faculty and learn more about the various programs.

The College of Allied Health offers degree programs in health fields including physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, radiation therapy, medical dosimetry, radiography, audiology, nuclear medicine, speech-language pathology and sonography.

For more information, call 271-6588.

OU trombone choir to give public concert

The University of Oklahoma School of Music presents the OU Trombone Choir in a public concert 8 p.m. Tuesday in Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center, 500 W. Boyd St.

The concert will begin with A Chorale and Fanfare by Paul Severson and Mark McDunn, two well-known Chicago trombonists. The rest of the concert features Massaino's Canzona from 1608; Calio Monteverdi's Sinfonie and Chorus of Spirits from his 1607 opera, "Orfeo"; and a Suite for Trombone Choir, written by former choir member Phillip Benson.

Jozef Balogh, former principal clarinetist of the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, will appear with the Trombone Choir. A visiting instructor at the School of Music, Balogh performs clarinet throughout Europe and the United States. Balogh will perform a traditional gypsy composition with the choir for the concert.

The concert is free and open to the public. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call the fine arts box office at 325-4101.

Museum offers classes on climate change

A three-part mini-course offered by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History will examine what climate change is, how changes in the earth's climate affect environments and what this means for humans.

"Global Climate Change: Past ... Present ... and Future!" will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 8 and 15.

The mini-course will be taught by University of Oklahoma faculty and researchers who are involved in studying the Earth's climate.

The workshops will take participants on a journey through time to observe the Earth's major climatic transformations in the past, then look at present and possible future climate changes and their impacts. The workshop also will discuss ways to mitigate the effects of climate change.?

"This is a program for people who want to understand more about our planet's climate, how it has changed over time, and how it affects life on Earth," museum education director Wendy Gram said. "It is geared for non-scientists, and no previous knowledge of climatology is required. We encourage anyone who wants to better understand this important topic to participate in the workshop."

Pre-registration for the mini-course is required. The cost is $35 per person for museum members and $45 per person for non-members. To register or for more information, call the museum education department at 325-4712. Additional information about this and other programs at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is available at

College Republicans set panel discussion on economy

The OU College Republicans will host a panel discussion on "What the Oklahoma Economy Needs" 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Frontier Room of the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Participating in the event will be Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Ivan Holmes, Democratic State Rep. Wallace Collins, Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Director of Marketing Brian Hobbs, and former Republican State Rep. Thad Balkman.

To ensure diversity of thought and an engaging event, the four panelists were drawn from all levels of politics and policy, according to a press release from the College Republicans.

The realm of academia is represented by Dr. Ivan Holmes. In addition to his duties as chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, Dr. Holmes is an adjunct journalism professor. He holds a Doctorate in Journalism from Tulsa University and has had articles published in the New York Times, Journalism Educator, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Columbia Journalism Review, Public Relations Quarterly and Editor and Publisher.

The think-tank policy world is represented by Brian Hobbs from the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs. Hobbs is the director of marketing for OCPA and holds an MBA from Oklahoma City University and a marketing degree from the University of Oklahoma school of business. The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is a non-profit think-tank in Oklahoma City. Its mission is to accumulate, evaluate and disseminate public policy ideas and information for Oklahoma consistent with the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and individual initiative.

Finally, no panel would be complete without a pair of battling politicians. Democratic Rep. Wallace Collins and former Republican Rep. Thad Balkman share more than the distinction of having served in the Oklahoma state legislature. Representative Collins defeated the incumbent Balkman in last year's highly contested House Seat 45 race. This event marks the first face-to-face confrontation between the two political rivals since the election.

"I'm honored to have the opportunity to bring together four respected Oklahomans who, despite their radically different political persuasions, all respect and love this great state," said OU College Republicans President Eli Lavicky.

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