The spring trimester at the University of Science and Arts will feature the conclusion of the Five B’s Festival Feb. 23-28. Composer Leonard Bernstein will be featured. Beginning in 2007, USAO has sponsored a Festival of Music and Ideas centered on the life and times of five major composers – Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Bela Bartok and Bernstein. A week-long festival of lectures, movies and concerts are scheduled each trimester focusing on one composer (photo courtesy of CBS).
At a time in her college career when most students worry about grades, exams and tuition costs, Maya Torralba, a senior political science major at USAO, has taken on the challenge of empowering the lives of young women in her hometown of Anadarko.
Freelance writer and USAO graduate Shanna Bartlett Groves will discuss her first novel Lip Readers during a book discussion book Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. at Panera Bread, 10600 S. Pennsylvania Avenue in Oklahoma City. Groves based the novel on her own experiences with hearing loss. “I wrote Lip Reader to tell a story of a family dealing with hearing loss. This is a story that not only tells about their experiences with being hard of hearing in a hearing world, but also some of the reactions that other people have had with their deafness.”
Although traditional carillons use real bells to play their music (above), the carillon at USAO uses advanced electronics that can play bells on the hour, play up to 1,000 stored songs, broadcast a live keyboard performance and be used for security announcements.
A jubilant Paulo Kubis, carrying the flag from his native country, Brazil, accepts the Distinguished Graduate Award from Judy Ford of Shawnee, president of the USAO Alumni Association. Kubis graduated cum laude from USAO on Friday night. During his years at USAO, he scored many scholarships and academic awards and earned scholar-athlete awards for his performance on the soccer field.
USAO student volunteers sort through donations to Books for Tots. In Dec. 2007, the organization distributed more than 6,300 new books to Oklahoma children in 14 Oklahoma counties, as well as more than 700 used books to organizations serving children. Donations are still needed for this year’s distribution. Pictured are (from left) Lindy Reynolds, an elementary education major from Tuttle; Tiffany Gann, an elementary education major from Duncan; Ellen Fitzwater, an early childhood education major from Ninnekah; Stephanie Grille, an early childhood education major from Chickasha; Lacey Wade, an elementary education major from Blanchard; Monica Rempe, an elementary education major from Chickasha, and Connie Hamilton, an early childhood education major from Norman.