The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is the only comprehensive academic health center in Oklahoma training physicians, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, public health specialists, allied health personnel and research scientists.
The campus is home to seven colleges, all within walking distance of each other. Intermingled among the colleges are OU Physicians, OU MEDICAL CENTER, Dean McGee Eye Institute, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma State Department of Health, the Veteran's Hospital and numerous other health related entites.
More than 3,500 OUHSC support staff work on the campus within the academic, medical, research and clinical areas.
Every spring the Staff Senate sponsors various daily activities for the staff during Staff Week, with special events and activities designed to thank the Staff for all they do throughout the year. Proceeds from sales of items throughout the year provide the funding for the food and celebrations sponsored by Staff Senate during this special week.
During Staff Week, the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon is held at which individual employees are recognized for their dedicated years of service to the university. Also recognized are the outstanding employees who were named Employees of the Month during the year. Awards are also presented for Regents Award for Superior Staff and the Staff Senate Appreciation Award.
The Staff Senate sponsors several special projects throughout the year to raise funds to support staff activities. The Staff Senate also offers opportunities for staff to assist and support several charitable projects throughout the year.
In 2009, the Community Outreach committee was formed to
identify community service projects that employees, led by the Staff Senate, can participate in and work together to benefit local organizations and causes. Projects on campus include the Christmas Tree Lighting and Reception, a Christmas project such as a food-drive, toy-drive, etc., as well as raising funds to benefit a nonprofit organization on campus (i.e., United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Cavett Kids).
One of the activites led by the Community Outreach Committee is the annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Reception, a joint event with the Easter Seals Oklahoma Private Preschool , a unique school within walking distance of the campus. Preschool is an educational setting that provides learning and play experiences for young children, ranging from 2-5 years old. These programs offer opportunities to gain early physical, social, and intellectual skills through play and creative activities. Preschools have a range of approaches, from open play to highly structured. Parents can ask the school for it's philosphy in order to decide which program is the best fit for their child.
As part of the students' art classes, they make the decorations for the tree. Additionally, students are given the opportunity to attend the Christmas Party and sing carols and enjoy visiting with Santa.
During the Summer, the committee collects arts and crafts supplies for The Cavett Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that provides
diversionary play for children with life-threatening and chronic illnesses while promoting character, coping skills and connection.
In the Fall, the committee typically serves a meal at the Ronald McDonald House which
provides a 'home away from home' for families with seriously ill or injured children receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area. By providing lodging, meals and laundry facilities, the House helps relieve some of the financial burdens and stress for families during difficult times. The supportive and positive environment at the House allows families to focus on helping their children heal.