A 1980 graduate of the University of Science and Arts, U.S. Navy Captain Bradford Edward Ableson of Belle Vue, Neb., died Feb. 17 following a battle with cancer. Many members of Ableson's family were on hand in November when Brad was inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame. He was named a distinguished alumnus of Yale, receiving the prestigious Lux et Veritas award in 2008.
Mountains, rivers, jungles, a multitude of countries, and destinations in the United States including Mount Sopis (pictured), have been included in some of the adventures of USAO student Mike Friend. Friend is an extreme adventure photographer and a communication major at the college. He held a silent auction during his senior communication project. Proceeds from the sales benefitted the travel fund for the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Communication Scholarship at USAO.
As part of the national V-Day College Campaign, the student-led Feminist Collective will stage “The Vagina Monologues” at 8 p.m. March 5 and 7 in USAO’s Davis Hall Theatre. A donation of $10 per person will be accepted at the door. Proceeds benefit the Grady County Women’s Service and Family Resource Center. Due to language and content, the play is intended for mature audiences. On the front row, right side, is Jamie Lindenmeier. Second row, from left, is Melody Dobbins, Sarah Powers and Rhonda Baughman. Third row: Megan Solomon and Bridgette Bullock. Fourth row: Leah Oxenford and Whitney Whitaker. Fifth row: Dr. Jeannette M. Loutsch and Dr. Shelly Rees. Sixth row: Zachary McGrew. Not pictured are Jessica Anthony, Carlena Murray-Davis, Nikki Garland, Michelle Bivins and Tegan Switzer.
Pianist Andreas Klein has performed on stages in Germany, Rome, Milan, Bern, and across the United States. On March 10, he is scheduled to take the stage at the University of Science and Arts at 7:30 p.m. in the USAO Alumni Chapel. Klein is the final performance in the eighth season of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the university.
The Wall Street Journal has called her a forensic science legend. Nationally known forensic sculptor and Norman resident Betty Pat Gatliff is scheduled to speak March 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Norman Public Library as part of Women's History Month in March. Gatliff is one of 10 women honored in the exhibition "Preparing the New Woman at the Oklahoma College of Women: Expectation and Reality" on display in the library's Gallery Room March 6-16. Gatliff is a 1951 graduate of the Oklahoma College for Women (now USAO).
Friends gathered on Sunday to honor the life of longtime Chickasha leader Curtis Brooks, center, who helped to establish the USAO Foundation in 1977. From left are Dr. Michael Nealeigh, USAO vice president for advancement and executive director of the USAO Foundation; Donna Settlemires, manager of the USAO Showband; Brooks; and Joe Settlemires, Grammy-nominated composer, guitarist and director of the USAO Showband. The event was a surprise party for Brooks’ 88th birthday on Jan. 9.
The cast of West Side Story in rehearsal. The Feb. 27-28 production is free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre on the USAO campus. West Side Story is a part of The Bernstein Festival Feb. 23-28 at USAO. The music of Bernstein will be featured for five nights that include two concerts, a showing of the classic movie On The Waterfront, and concluding with West Side Story. Each event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in different locations on campus.
USAO’s Spring Triad, a combination of the Montmartre Chalk Art Contest, the Droverstock music festival and the statewide high school Scholastic Meet, is scheduled for April 2 on the USAO campus. Thousands of students of all ages are anticipated to participate in the day’s events. The Spring Triad is open to the public.