Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins (left) inducted nationally recognized children’s authors Bill and Carol Wallace (center) into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame Nov. 8. Longtime residents of the Chickasha area, the Wallaces were educators in the Chickasha Public School system for many years. With the Wallaces is Dr. John Feaver, president of USAO.
USAO guitar instructor Joe Settlemires was recently named twice in the official 51st Grammy Entry List. Settlemires was listed in the “Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group” with his jazzy version of the country instrumental Sugarfoot Rag. Settlemires was also listed with Vince Gill and Harold Bradley in the “Best Country Instrumental Performance” category for Sugarfoot Rag.
The USAO ShowBand combines blues, big band, pop and more with its annual fall concert Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Special guest guitarist Rick McRae joins the student band during the evening. The concert is free and open to the public.
Incoming Alumni President Judy Ford of Shawnee, (left) class of 1963, presents a plaque to honor Paulette Pogue of Tulsa, who has served as president of the USAO Alumni Association for the past two years. Pogue is a 1960 graduate of OCW. During her tenure, alumni tackled the Stevens Alumni House project, raised nearly $300,000 to remodel it, and dedicated it in a ceremony Nov. 8.
“A delightful hour of distinctively rousing, raucous and unusual entertainment” is how Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music at USAO, describes the Fall Concert of the Droverspirit Wind Ensemble and Key Players Nov. 24 in USAO’s Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
The Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet Theatre of Marina Medvetskaya’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” helps kick off the holiday season in Chickasha. The ballet is scheduled Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Tickets are available at the USAO Business Office or by phone, 405-574-1213. The production is part of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series sponsored by USAO and the USAO Foundation Inc.
USAO’s liberal arts mission is what Wendi Ferrell says drew her to the university this fall. Ferrell joined the USAO faculty team in August. She replaces Dr. Linda Crumb, who retired from USAO in April after 26 years of teaching.
BETHANY – It was an all too familiar scene for the University of Science and Arts as they had to watch No. 20 Southern Nazarene and their fans celebrate an automatic berth into the national tournament with a 1-0 win Thursday night in the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
CHICKASHA – Second-half goals by Antonio Junior and Daniel Gibson helped the University of Science and Arts cruise to a 2-0 win over Oklahoma Christian Tuesday afternoon at Drover Field. The Drovers, who started the season 8-0, snapped a two-game winless streak and are just one game out of first place in the league.