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Te Ata statue installed on USAO Oval

In 1919, Mary Thompson graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women, located in Chickasha, and set out for New York, determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a stage actress.

On Jan. 9, 2014, she returned to the campus now known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, immortalized in monumental bronze in her legendary incarnation as Te Ata, “Bearer of the Morning.”

Members of the campus community braved the chilly winds for several hours to watch as installation technicians worked with ropes and even a crane to carefully place the statue of one of USAO’s most celebrated alumna on her pedestal just outside of Troutt Hall.

A formal dedication ceremony for the monument is tentatively scheduled for later this spring.

Tom Coker (left), computer technician at USAO, receives his Staff Achievement award from Adam Heilman, USAO Print Shop manager and the 2012-13 Employee of the Year.

Coker receives Staff Achievement award

With a skill set that brings timely technical assistance to staff, faculty and student alike, Computer Technician Tom Coker was awarded the Regents Staff Achievement Award. Coker was named honoree for the second quarter of the 2013-14 year at the Staff Association holiday potluck lunch last month.

USAO kicks off Spring classes

Though plunging temperatures insist that Oklahoma is in the grip of winter, the University of Science and Arts is getting its traditional jump on things with the launch of the Spring 2014 trimester.

Classes begin Friday at Oklahoma’s public liberal arts university in Chickasha. The first day of classes is also enrollment day at the college.

Cavanaugh disputes religious violence ‘myth’ in upcoming lecture

Dr. William Cavanaugh will deliver the keynote address for the Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture, which is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Ballroom at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

The event is free and open to the public.

Cavanaugh is a professor of theology at DePaul University. His lecture will be based upon his book The Myth of Religious Violence: Secular Ideology and the Roots of Modern Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2009).

Hester represents Choctaw Nation for 'code talker' honors

A professor at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma was part of a historic delegation that ended multiple generations of silence and brought recognition to the sacrifices and heroism of American Indians who served as code talkers in two world wars.

In November of this year, congressional leaders met with delegates from 34 American Indian nations at Emancipation Hall in Washington, D.C., to issue Congressional Gold Medals to each in honor of their contribution to American military history.

Dr. Lee Hester, professor of American Indian studies, was part of the Choctaw delegation.