Students took the spotlight April 9 during USAO's annual awards convocation ceremony. More than 100 students, most of them seniors, received recognition in a variety of fields, from honor societies to research, creative expression and athletics to campus leadership and works of distinction. These students were recognized for their inclusion in Who's Who in American Colleges & Universities. Back row, from left, are Wesley Costa, Paulo Kubis, Ryan Bell, Cody Stull and Kyle Dake. Middle row, from left, are Meredith Shaw, Elizabeth Sellers, Lauren Greenfield, Lonnie Iannazzo and Carissa Jones. Front row, from left, are Sarah Powers and Scotti Parker.
USAO President John Feaver welcomed guests from the university's past and present to the dedication of a new bronze sculpture in front of Nash Library as part of the Centennial Founders Day celebration May 16. A crowd of nearly 300 gathered for the afternoon's festivities, which included a special ceremony marked by comments by state and local officials on the college campus.
Local children are invited to register for swimming lessons this summer at USAO's indoor pool. Lessons are $45 per student, and enrollment runs May 28-29. Students can pick from four two-week programs running throughout June and July. Lessons are instructed by Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education, shown in back.
Bob Summers of Norman added $10,000 to the scholarship he created last year in memory of his late wife, Lorene Smith Summers, whose birthday was May 22. They began their marriage in Chickasha in 1948 and eventually settled in Norman.
An aerial photo from 1922 shows a handful of buildings on a dusty, treeless plain south of Chickasha, flanked on the south by a dirt road that will become Grand Avenue. Members of the Centennial Planning Committee at USAO meet with President John Feaver, center, to discuss six capital projects underway and how the campus will change during this centennial year. Among the many projects and events marking this important milestone is Centennial Founders Day on May 16, a celebration of USAO's history and future. Admission is free to the 3 p.m. dedication of 'Flight' and 4 p.m. public ceremony in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. The 25-member Centennial Committee includes alumni, faculty, students and staff.
Flanked by mysterious masked entities, USAO students recently were initiated into Alpha Psi Omega, a national theater honor society that hasn't seen campus activity at USAO in 40 years. The society also was reinstated during the initiation ceremony April 11 on the university campus. From left are Adeel Siddiqui, Kasey Sams, Katie Davis, Michelle Bivins, C.W. Bardsher, Matt Lane, Brittany Schultz, Laura Schultz and Marcie Price. Not pictured are Michael DeFord, Schuyler Austin, and Robert Story.