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October 28, 2013

How do we ensure that Oklahoma’s best and brightest students have access to its most rigorous and innovative college?

How do we ensure that Oklahoma’s best and brightest students have access to its most rigorous and innovative college?

October 28, 2013

The Ready, Set... Now Campaign, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, has been working quietly since November 2012 and is about to go public.

The Ready, Set... Now Campaign, the University’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, has been working quietly since November 2012 and is about to go public.

“The goal for the first year of the campaign has been to enlist strong leadership and to secure leadership gifts,” said Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement.

October 24, 2013

It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

It’s been 40 years of blood, sweat and tears. Forty years of struggles and forty years of success. Forty years of Shining Moments.

USAO celebrated its 40th Anniversary of Drover Athletics in November 2012, tagging along the same weekend as USAO’s annual Alumni Homecoming.

October 24, 2013
October 23, 2013

After more than two decades at the helm of the Drover basketball team, Coach Brisco McPherson is retiring from coaching but will stay on with the Drovers as the athletic director, a position he’s held since 2002.

After more than two decades at the helm of the Drover basketball team, Coach Brisco McPherson is retiring from coaching but will stay on with the Drovers as the athletic director, a position he’s held since 2002.

“I have loved my time at USAO, but after 22 years, it’s time to let someone else — someone with new energy and enthusiasm — take over the Drovers,” McPherson said. “I want to thank the university for allowing me to be a part of Drover Nation for all these years.”

October 22, 2013

Eight new scholarship opportunities are available to USAO students thanks to an anonymous donor. Eight graduates of the Oklahoma College for Women were honored in the process.

October 22, 2013

A  pillar of the Chickasaw business community, Bill G. Lance, Jr., will bring his expertise to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of the Regents.

A  pillar of the Chickasaw business community, Bill G. Lance, Jr., will bring his expertise to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of the Regents.
Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Lance, the administrator and chief executive officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce (CNDC), to the board for a seven-year term.
“As a life-long resident of Oklahoma, I am deeply interested in the continued improvement of education and commerce in our great state,” Lance said.

October 22, 2013

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The former Virginia Voigt was married on Oct. 4, 2012, to Ralph L. Cobb, retired vice president of General Foods and president of the Post Cereal Co., General Foods, Food Service and Gaines Foods Co. The bride was 85, and the groom was 88. They plan to travel extensively.

1972

Jerry Wormington happily retired after 35 years with the Social Security Administration.

October 22, 2013

Class of 1958 Honors 50th Reunion with Establishment of a Scholarship

Although it’s been five years since the OCW class of 1958 celebrated its 50th reunion, they will have something permanent to remember that gathering – the Class of 1958 Scholarship.

October 22, 2013

USAO's eight athletic programs served the university proudly during the 2012-13 season with programs taking teams to the national tournaments and producing several All-Americans and Scholar-Athletes.

USAO's eight athletic programs served the university proudly during the 2012-13 season with programs taking teams to the national tournaments and producing several All-Americans and Scholar-Athletes.

October 22, 2013

During a planning retreat early this year, the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors asked the question “what do we want to look like by our 100th anniversary (2017)? How do want to change the landscape of this great institution?” The answer was simple – invest in the students of today.

During a planning retreat early this year, the USAO Alumni Association Board of Directors asked the question “what do we want to look like by our 100th anniversary (2017)? How do want to change the landscape of this great institution?” The answer was simple – invest in the students of today.

October 22, 2013

The quest to memorialize one of the university’s most beloved alumna in monument form took bold steps forward this year.

The quest to memorialize one of the university’s most beloved alumna in monument form took bold steps forward this year.

In February, the Te Ata statue committee selected sculptor Jon Hair from a competitive pool of 30 artists to helm the project.

October 22, 2013

The Massachusetts Constitution of 1780 declares “the body politic is … a social compact by which the whole people covenants with each citizen and each citizen with the whole people.”

In an age characterized by a deeply polarized electorate and a nation defined by the rugged individualism of its citizens, does this notion still stand?

October 22, 2013

Although the media spotlight on the May tornado devastation has faded somewhat, the recovery continues and will continue throughout the foreseeable future.

Although the media spotlight on the May tornado devastation has faded somewhat, the recovery continues and will continue throughout the foreseeable future.

On May 20, 2013, an EF5 tornado swept through the city of Moore, killing 23 people and injuring 377 others. More than a thousand homes were destroyed, with an estimated $2 billion in damages, as well as numerous businesses and other buildings. Among the hardest hit areas were two Moore public schools: Briarwood Elementary and Plaza Towers Elementary. At Plaza Towers, seven children were killed.

October 22, 2013

With three new books – on the Civil War, local history and aesthetic living – plus scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, faculty at the University of Science and Arts are engaged in research when not in the classroom.

Dr. Zach Simpson (left) and Dr. James Finck both saw new books published in 2012. Several other members of USAO’s faculty published articles, book chapters and presented at conferences throughout the year.

October 22, 2013

USAO is a unique place where zeal for learning and academic ambition is rewarded; a place where students become part of a community of life-long learners; a place where they will not be asked to narrow their passions to a skill-set designed for a job that may not exist in five years; a place where their curiosity will meet a dynamic faculty who shares one occupation and preoccupation – teaching the curious mind.

A Unique Place

USAO is a unique place where zeal for learning and academic ambition is rewarded; a place where students become part of a community of life-long learners; a place where they will not be asked to narrow their passions to a skill-set designed for a job that may not exist in five years; a place where their curiosity will meet a dynamic faculty who shares one occupation and preoccupation – teaching the curious mind.

October 17, 2012

Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers to name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

Richard Nixon was President of the United States. The Vietnam War was winding to a close. The Price is Right began challenging viewers to name the price of regular household items. And Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” topped the charts.

It was 1972, and the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts took the athletics program to a new level by adopting the name “Drovers,” and engaging in formal athletics conference membership and competition.

October 17, 2012

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Founder of CA Youth in Theatre, Gai Jones has been installed into the following Halls of Fame: Outstanding Arts Educator for Orange County; CETA Outstanding Educator; CA State Thespians; EdTA Hall of Fame, CA; has been granted a Theatre In Our Schools Award with AATE; PTSA Service Award; she is a member of DAR, Zeta Phi Eta, AATE, EdTA. While teaching eighth grade speech/drama in Fullerton, Calif., she completed a master’s in theatre as the first woman to receive the degree at CA State University, Fullerton in 1968. She taught theatre at El Dorado High School, Placentia, Calif., for 34 years. Upon retirement, the Black Box Theater was named The Gai Jones Theater. Gai lives with husband Dr. Wendell Jones in Ojai, Calif., and is supportive of daughters Marcie Jones, elementary educator; Karyn Carney, educator; son-in-law Michael, who recently returned from service in Iraq, and grandson Laith.

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October 17, 2012

Alumni find ways to reconnect around the state and nation.

Robertson Hall Class of 1964
Members of the Robertson Hall class of 1964 gathered at St. Augustine Beach, Fla., 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.
 

October 17, 2012

New this year: ALL registration for events will take place in the Stevens Alumni House. Before attending your first event, you must stop by the Alumni House to pick up your registration materials. Volunteers will be available if you would like to do a ‘drive thru’ registration. There will not be a registration table in the Student Center or any other location.

New this year: ALL registration for events will take place in the Stevens Alumni House. Before attending your first event, you must stop by the Alumni House to pick up your registration materials. Volunteers will be available if you would like to do a ‘drive thru’ registration. There will not be a registration table in the Student Center or any other location.

October 17, 2012

Because it is traditional for 50th anniversary classes to present a gift to the university, the OCW class of 1964 plans to expand and rename the Kathryn Quattlebaum Scholarship to the Kathryn Quattlebaum and OCW Class of 1964 Scholarship by their 50th reunion in 2014.

Because it is traditional for 50th anniversary classes to present a gift to the university, the OCW class of 1964 plans to expand and rename the Kathryn Quattlebaum Scholarship to the Kathryn Quattlebaum and OCW Class of 1964 Scholarship by their 50th reunion in 2014.

As an incentive to give, the class of 1964 has individuals who will match donations of any amount up to $8,000. Their hope is that all classes of OCW, OCLA and USAO will give to the scholarship to benefit future students at USAO.

October 16, 2012

April Doshier embodies the call to service that is implicit in the liberal arts mission. A 2002 graduate with a bachelor of science in psychology, Doshier invested her required practicum hours at the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center in Chickasha. A founding member of the Feminist Collective on USAO’s campus, she worked tirelessly to organize campus activities as well as collaborating with the student services staff to make awareness regarding women’s issues and safety part of the Freshman Orientation curriculum.

April Doshier embodies the call to service that is implicit in the liberal arts mission. A 2002 graduate with a bachelor of science in psychology, Doshier invested her required practicum hours at the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center in Chickasha. A founding member of the Feminist Collective on USAO’s campus, she worked tirelessly to organize campus activities as well as collaborating with the student services staff to make awareness regarding women’s issues and safety part of the Freshman Orientation curriculum.

October 16, 2012

The 2011 Drover women’s soccer team has gone down in the USAO record books as one of the best team’s the program has seen. With the program’s best record at 15-6, the women went on the collect the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament Championship for the first time in school history.

October 16, 2012

Estate gifts from Dr. Wyvona Alexander Lane (’38) and Susie Beatrice Nelms (’39) lead this year’s top gifts.

The Lane Gift