The AT&T Foundation, the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T Inc., recently awarded a grant to the USAO Foundation to purchase and implement a new emergency information delivery system at key campus locations this summer. At a recent luncheon, Jan Moran, AT&T area manager for external affairs, shared the grant announcement with USAO President John Feaver and other campus officials.
More than 830 artists competed for top honors and bragging rights in this year's Montmartre Chalk Art Festival at USAO, including Altus High School student Jessica Zuccarelli, who won a Judges Choice award in the high school division. The chalk contest was part of the annual Spring Triad, which includes the statewide high school Scholastic Meet and Droverstock music festival. This year's event drew more than 2,500 visitors.
Artscope, Chickasha's two-week summer art camp, currently is accepting registration forms and scholarship applications for the 2008 session. Last year, theatre students performed 'Edward and the Pirates.' In its 10th year, Artscope will be held June 9-20 on the USAO campus.
USAO welcomed international artist Archie Held to the campus April 4 during the installation of a new bronze sculpture in front of Nash Library. Titled 'Flight,' Held's large bird-like sculpture is inspired by Oklahoma's state bird, the wide-open possibilities of life after college and the artwork of Native American artist Acee Blue Eagle, who painted murals in 1935 on the walls of the original gymnasium building on campus. An official dedication ceremony is scheduled for May 16 when USAO celebrates Founder's Day as part of its centennial celebration. From left are USAO President John Feaver, Archie Held and Julie Bohannon, director of alumni development and centennial chairperson.
A previous news release about the sculpture and artist is available here.
Chickasha native Bill Wallace returns to his roots for a free writer's workshop April 12 at USAO. Registration is limited and available only to high school juniors to adults by reservation. The free workshop is hosted by the Chickasha Area Arts Council. Photo courtesy of Creative Image Studios in Chickasha.
The USAO ShowBand combines blues, big band, pop and more with its annual spring concert April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Special guest jazz guitarist Clint Strong joins the student band during the evening. The concert is free and open to the public.
USAO students recently were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta, a scholastic honor society for freshmen. The national honor society selects students based on their academic achievement. These 20 students represent communities in Oklahoma, Texas and the Ivory Coast.
The new USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble performs April 5 in the Alumni Chapel at 7:30 p.m. with a concert highlighting ragtime, swing and blues selections, as well as popular tunes. The spring concert is free and open to the public.