Respiratory Therapy Open House


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor 

The Respiratory Therapy program held their first open house April 30 in the Health Sciences Annex. The program’s current students initiated the idea of an open house so that applicants, pre-program students and family members could see what a respiratory therapist does everyday.

(Left to right) Kayla Jarman, Katie Johnston, Lisa Mace, Edward Benton, Learn to preform a procedure on a manikin.

(Left to right) Kayla Jarman, Katie Johnston, Lisa Mace, Edward Benton, Learn to preform a procedure on a manikin.


Attendees had the opportunity to watch various procedures and talk to the program director, professors, and students.

Katie Johnston, one of many applicants in attendance, watched current students perform an intubation on a manikin and then jumped in and tried the task herself. She was successful on her first attempt and delighted in her accomplishment.

When asked why she chose the respiratory therapy program, she answered, “I had asthma as a kid and went to school for physical education to help people like me, but I don’t want to be a P.E. teacher and I still want to help people.”

Although Katie outgrew her asthma when she was 19 years old, her six-year-old son has respiratory problems that require a nebulizer. She said helping people breathe and enjoy their life are issues very close to her heart.

Lisa Mace, a current student in the program, entered the program for an entirely different reason.

“I was an English major and I wanted something to challenge myself,” she said. Her mom suggested a health sciences career. After eliminating nursing, Lisa decided on respiratory therapy. “I love working with patients and getting the feeling that I’m really helping somebody.”

Respiratory Therapy is one of the fastest growing health related occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a growth rate of 28% from 2010-2020, which is twice the 14% average growth rate expected for all occupations.

This year, 24 applicants will be accepted into the two-year degree program that starts in August. Currently more than thirty people have applied for those positions. For program advisement, call 405-733-7361.


Department heads in need of bail money

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Have you ever wanted the chance to bail your Dean out of jail? The March of Dimes event “Jail and Bail” is a great opportunity to spring the powers that be from the pokey and raise money for a good cause.


This friendly fundraising competition between departments will provide much needed funds to the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the health of mothers and babies.


Each department has a donation jar to collect money and they have until March 27 to raise at least $100.


The “prisoners” this year are Dr. Bret Wood, Dr. Wayne Jones, Mr. Chris Meyer and Ms. Lori Morrow. They will report to the Wellness Center gym floor on the last day of the competition. If their department has not raised enough funds, they must serve their prison sentence, 15 minutes in “jail”.



This year the campaign hopes to add some more fun to the FUNdraiser by having orange jumpsuits on hand for any “prisoners” that are unable to post bail.


All proceeds from this event go directly to the March of Dimes, where 77 cents of every dollar raised is used to support research and programs that combat birth defects and infant mortality.


By 15th Street News Posted in Health, Raider Life Tagged Birth Defects, Birth Nonprofit, Fundraising, Infant, Infant Mortality, Jail And Bail, March of Dimes

Sports festival educates OKC metro in health and wellness *

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


The third Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival will be held Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City. Attendance is free.


A variety of events will take place including several health and fitness related booths offering information on exercise, sports, health care and nutrition. Various health screening booths will offer smoking cessation information, dental screenings and general physical fitness assessments.

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival

Indoor rowing and kayaking are two activities featured at the Bart and Nadia Sports and Health Festival


Many of the weekend’s activities are geared towards children. The Perfect 10 Fitness Challenge will award kids a gold medal upon completion of ten fun fitness activities, such as kayaking, archery, basketball, and volleyball.


Kids can also participate in the Bart Conner Gymnastics Academy activities, play hockey games with the OKC Barons, shoot baskets with the OKC Thunder Girls and run the bicycle safety obstacle course. All children that complete the obstacle course will receive a free helmet.


Attendees who stop by the OU Athletics Trailer can sign up to win an iPad or play Xbox Kinect games on the 60” TV. Kids will have the chance to get their picture taken with Boomer and Sooner from the University of Oklahoma while learning about fitness fun, academics and sportsmanship.


Adults will have plenty to keep them busy as well. OKC Riversport is sponsoring the RUNderground, a 5k run in OKC’s underground. Other activities include the USTA tennis challenge, UCO’s powerlifting competition, and four gymnastics meets.


“We are not only excited to be hosting a weekend full of gymnastics, but we are thrilled to be providing Oklahomans with a day of free health information and fun fitness activities to promote and encourage healthier lifestyles,” Olympic Gold Medalist and legend Nadia Comaneci said.


Since 2011, The Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival, in association with The Oklahoman, has encouraged families to take ownership of their health through activities that embrace Olympic and Paralympic ideals with an emphasis on sports, nutrition and wellness.



By 15th Street News Posted in Health, Raider Life Tagged Activities, bart conner gymnastics, bart conner gymnastics academy, Bart Conner Nadia Comaneci, Basketball, Bike Safely, Exercis, festival, Fitness, Gymnastics, , , Helmets, Kayaking, Kids, OU Athletics, Rowing,

National Condom Week Tips

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

Feb 14 – 21 was National Condom Week in the United States.  Started by University of California-Berkley students in 1978, National Condom Week has become a nation wide awareness campaign and is always celebrated during the week of Valentine’s Day.

Colleges, universities, high schools, AIDS organizations, STD organizations, family planning organizations and pharmacies across the country have embraCondomced this week as a prime opportunity to teach young adults the importance of safe sex.

Many schools and organizations sponsor various events across the country to promote condom use. Many of these entities emphasize the importance of using humor to help educate. Coming up with funny, and attention grabbing, slogans is one of the more popular activities. The famous “no glove, no love” slogan came from National Condom Week participants.

According to, “humor is used to help provide education, National Condom Week has become a tool to help educate young adults about serious risks involved with unprotected sex. This includes the risk of catching and spreading sexually transmitted diseases including AIDS as well as helping to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”

Here are some tips on using condoms correctly.

  • You must use a new condom before each sex act.
  • Open the package carefully. Never bite it or use scissors.
  • If you use lubricants, you must use only water-based lubricants with latex condoms.
  • Avoid oil-based lubricants like cold cream, mineral oil, petroleum jelly, body lotions, massage oil, or baby oil that can damage latex condoms.
  • You must store condoms in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Don’t keep condoms in temperatures above 85 degrees. Note their expiration date and heed it!
  • Immediately throw away used condoms- don’t flush them in the toilet.

Condom testing is rigorous and goes above and beyond adequate safety measure testing. They are proven to help stop the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. According to, knowledge and practice lead to consistent condom use which reduces the risk of HIV transmission by 85-100%. Consistent use is 85%-98% effective in preventing unintended pregnancy.


By 15th Street News Posted in Health Tagged AIDS, choice, Condoms, HIV, latex, , pregnancy, safe sex, UC Berkley

Fab ab February


Jennifer Byrd

News Editor


Would you like to have fabulous abdominal muscles by the end of February? Then stop by the Wellness Center and sign up for “Fab Ab February.”

This challenge will start on Feb 1 and ends Feb 28. Once you register, you will receive a calendar with the daily challenge requirements. The workouts start at a beginner level, only requiring 10 sit ups, 4 push-ups and 10-second planks.  By the end of the month, you will be amazed how toned your abs have become.

There are no prizes or giveaways for this challenge, but an increased metabolism and stronger core muscles will be your reward.

The CrossFit workout seems intimidating but it’s actually not

The staff here at 15th Street News recognizes the importance of being healthy and physically fit. In an effort to boost participation and give moral support to others participating in Fab Ab February, a few us are accepting the challenge.

Skylar Wright, Features Editor, Bryan Mangieri, Reporter, and myself, Jennifer Byrd, News Editor will keep you updated on our progress throughout the month. Look for our blogs on




By 15th Street News Posted in Features, Health Tagged abdominal muscles, Abdominals, Bathing Suit Season, Fab AB Challenge, Fitness, , , increased metabolism, muscles, push ups, RSC Wellness Center, six pack Abs