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Why is USAO ranked third in the nation by Washington Monthly for promoting upward social mobility? Meet Bailey Grogg. Her single mom worked hard, but Bailey Grogg knew that her college dreams would require scholarships, good grades, state grants and her own sweat equity. She’s on her way up, she’s not afraid of a challenge and she’s absolutely typical.

The theme for this year’s Alumni Homecoming is “Harvest: Knowledge, Loyalty, Friendship.” Four generations of my family have received a harvest from the university in all three areas. How many of you are thankful for the education you received at the college, for the friendships that have endured a lifetime and the loyalty and dedication you have for your alma mater?

Fall classes are underway, the calendar is filled with great events and more national headlines are pointing people to Chickasha. I love this time of year!

From a USAO mathematics major to working in meteorology, USAO Alum Sean Crowell’s life since graduation has been filled with interdisciplinary activities. 

Although much has been written and recorded on the life of Chickasaw storyteller Te Ata, USAO’s Kelly Brown is literally following in the footsteps of the Oklahoma College for Women alumna with a trip to Loon Island in New Hampshire. She visited the island in Oct. 2010 as part of her ongoing research into Te Ata’s life.

Brown is determined to explore places Te Ata visited and lived.  “Her love of geography got me interested.  She and I share similar things. She had a love of nature and a desire to be one with nature.”

Teacher and USAO graduate Andrea (Wood) Brock may be spending part of her summer expanding her trophy case after being named the OK-AR MAA Oklahoma Middle School Teacher of the Year and the Moore School District 2012 Teacher of the Year.

Although the Stevens Alumni House renovation project was complete in 2009, work continues at the historic structure to improve the function and appearance of the building with two new projects announced in January.

Calling running for public office “one of the best experiences of my life,” Brittany Novotny, a 2002 sociology graduate from the University of Science and Arts, came back to the college in the fall to speak to USAO students during the first in a series of alumni speakers this fall.

Although it is several months until the next USAO Alumni Hall of Fame and Young Alumni awards ceremony, the search is already underway for this year’s recipients. Nominations will be accepted through April 1.

USAO alumna Ashley Hyde has a longer-than average card list during the holidays. In addition to family and friends, her list includes more than 20,000 cards to VA hospitals and care centers throughout the United States.

Members of the Robertson Hall class of 1964 gathered at St. Augustine Beach, Florida in 2010 for a mini-reunion at the home of Carol Fitzpatrick Toman. Attending the reunion were (front, from left) Mary Carol Phillips Scholz, Wendy Schneck Bartos, (back, from left) Liz Davis Madigan, Carol Fitzpatrick Toman and Sally Yengo Gutowsky. Plans were made for another gathering in 2012 at the home of Liz Davis Madigan and for the 50th reunion in 2014 at the university.

We chose GIVING BACK as the theme for this year’s USAO Magazine because we see so many USAO alumni, students, faculty and staff active in their communities.

Representatives from 10 different nonprofit organizations spoke last December in the Symposium on Africa hosted by the University of Science and Arts.

Having accepted the challenge to lose weight to generate monies for the scholarship program, student Taryn Mazur and Sodexo manager Cynthia Richardson each brought home the grand prize of a 42-inch flat screen television.

The William Neill scholarship was founded in honor of Kay Neill Wint’s brother, a successful attorney who had to overcome considerable adversity in order to put himself through law school.

In a post-Enron, post-Bernie Madoff world, the phrase “creative economist” is almost always followed by discussion of a trial and a lengthy prison term. When applied to Dr. Erik Guzik, associate professor of economics at the University of Science and Arts, however, it is in recognition of his journey to understand the mechanisms of creativity as well as his mission to improve the way that children are educated in the 21st century through a revolutionary technology known as Virtual Problem Solving (VPS).

“I’ll do it later.” But sometimes later is too late.

At 5:10 a.m. on a quiet Thursday morning in November, a charter bus full of soccer players and coaches pulled out of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma parking lot and into a still-sleeping Chickasha.

Tentative schedule of events for November 3-6, 2011

Phillip and Kay Neill Wint have established two new scholarships at USAO for the 2011-12 term, one in the name of William Neill and the other in honor of Dollie Fortenberry McDonald.

Several OCW, OCLA and USAO alumni received a call from the college in the spring and summer of 2011. That call may have been from one of the members of the Student Advancement Team at USAO. The SAT was formed to boost alumni giving to the university. Four students worked the Call Center tirelessly over the course of the trimester to raise more than $11,000 from 145 donors.

The USAO Alumni Association is giving individuals another way to honor friends, professors, classmates and family who have passed away with the Memorial Scholarship.

Click here for an overview of Drover sports in 2010-11.

Faculty dreamed it. They built it. And now the Masons are helping to fund it.