“Realizing the Remarkable” was the theme of the Ray and Mary Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service Oct. 30 at USAO. In addition to an evening presentation by activist Jody Williams, an afternoon panel discussion also was featured. An audience of 250 attended the discussion led by moderator Dr. Erik Guzik, assistant professor of economics at USAO. Panelists included Jody Williams, educator Amy Ingram, community leader Bob Dixson, farmer/entrepreneur Robert Wildrop and civil rights activist Marilyn Luper Hildreth.
Urging action rather than talk, human rights activist Jody Williams urged Thursday night’s audience to “choose just one” charity or cause, and to get involved. “If you don’t have time to make a career of it, as I have done,” Williams said, “then choose just one. But don’t whine. And don’t do nothing.” An audience of 350 came to hear Williams lecture Thursday night at USAO’s first Ray and Mary Giles Symposium on Citizenship and Public Service. A separate audience of 250 came to a panel discussion on public service Thursday afternoon.
Stuart Asprey’s “B. Bill” and “Untitled” by Narciso Argüelles are two of the featured pieces during their art exhibition at the USAO Art Gallery Nov. 3-Dec. 12. An artist’s reception is schedule Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in the gallery. Admission to the exhibit is free. Gallery hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The gallery is located in Davis Hall on the USAO campus. Argüelles is a mixed media artist and Asprey works in ceramics.
The image of the late Dan Procter casts an enormous shadow on the screen behind USAO President John Feaver when he accepted Oklahoma’s highest award for academic service this month on behalf of the former president of the Oklahoma College for Women. Feaver has stepped up to accept the Higher Education Hall of Fame award six times for former leaders of the university.
Dr. Jeanne Mather and her team of USAO students and community members have delivered more than 41,000 new books at Christmas time for needy children. Books for Tots volunteers are scheduled to be at the 24th Annual Chickasha Firefighters Chili Cook-Off Oct. 25 at the Grady County Fairgrounds. They will be selling necklaces and baked goods to benefit Books for Tots.
Photos of the little details that may not be apparent to the viewer is how Chase Doctorman of Norman describes his art. Doctorman will join forces with Miranda Wirtz of Chickasha in their show “Come Together” Nov. 3-21 in the Davis Hall Third Floor Gallery at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha. A free opening reception is scheduled Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Gallery hours are weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.