April 2009

USAO Gets New Representative on State Grantsmanship Board

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April-23-2009
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Melissa Howe (front row, left) was one of 15 university officials to attend the spring Council on Grantsmanship and Research (CGR) meeting on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University April 2. The mission of the Council is to provide a network of support to advance grantsmanship and research among Oklahoma’s undergraduate institutions of higher education. Howe is the director of annual giving and grants at the University of Science and Arts.

When the Council on Grantsmanship and Research (CGR) met on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University April 2, they welcomed a new member -- Melissa Howe, director of annual giving and grants at the University of Science and Arts.

OCU Takes Home Run Fest

CHICKASHA – Eight home runs left Bill Smith Ballpark, but five errors did the real damage as the University of Science and Arts was unable to knock off No. 2 Oklahoma City in the series opener Thursday. OCU hit six homers in route to a 20-4 win.

USAO’s Coponiti Part of Leadership Oklahoma

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April-22-2009
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USAO’s Mike Coponiti will graduate next month from Leadership Oklahoma. He joined a class representing 21 Oklahoma communities that includes administrators, executives, writers, dentists, optometrists, educators, small business owners, state officials, judges and tribal officials.

When the 22nd class of Leadership Oklahoma met for the first time, a familiar face to the Chickasha area was a part of the respected state group. Mike Coponiti, vice president for business and finance at USAO, was named to the Leadership Oklahoma class last year.

In addition to Leadership Oklahoma, Coponiti serves as chairman of the 2009 Chickasha Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the USAO Foundation Board of Trustees. He is a 1992 graduate of USAO.

Hot Bats Help Drovers to Split

BETHANY – Everything came together for the University of Science and Arts in Tuesday’s 13-1 game-two win over Southern Nazarene. One of the best offenses in school history exploded, and freshman pitcher Presley Tepe posted a four-hitter for her fifth win of the season.

Summer Trip to Texas and Louisiana Underway for USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble

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April-21-2009
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The Vocal Jazz Ensemble of the University of Science and Arts is planning a spring concert tour that is scheduled to include junior colleges, community colleges, schools, churches and end up at the birthplace of jazz -- New Orleans. They departed Chickasha April 20.

It may not be as big as Britney's Spears "Circus" tour, but the Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the University of Science and Arts is mapping out its own mini tour of Texas and Louisiana. The trip started April 20.

The group is planning performances in Tyler, Texas and New Orleans and are scheduled to end up at the New Orleans Jazz Festival April 25.

‘Pursue the Impossible Dream,’ Shafer tells USAO Grads

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April-17-2009
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Concluding a 41-year career at USAO, Dr. Ingrid Shafer told 142 graduates, their friends and family “that it is not folly to pursue the impossible dream and that love is stronger than death.” Shafer told of her own story of growth and change and how her history was intertwined with the story of the college. More than 1,500 people attended Friday night’s commencement in two ceremonies. Shafer is a professor of philosophy and religion and Mary Jo Ragan Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the college.

So intertwined is her life with the college that her memoir about this institution is subtitled, “A Love Story.” Sharing pieces of her life, global travels and passion for teaching, Dr. Ingrid Shafer recounted her personal and professional journey during the spring commencement ceremony at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma on Friday night.

Hammons, Krobath Highlight Split with SNU

CHICKASHA – It was a bittersweet day for the University of Science and Arts as more records fell, and the team convincingly upset 18th-ranked Southern Nazarene 5-1 in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Drovers Give Up Two Run Lead in Series Opener

BETHANY – In a series that may define the season, the University of Science and Arts came up one run short in Thursday’s game one against No. 18th-ranked Southern Nazarene. USAO held a 2-0 lead for six innings, but a four-run seventh lifted SNU to the 6-5 home win.

Alpha Psi Omega Chapter Initiates Nine

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April-15-2009
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For only the second time in 40 years, the Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma initiated nine new members into their local chapter April 5. Current members include (front row, left) Katie Davis, faculty sponsor; C.W. Bardsher, Skye Austin, Michelle Bivins and Kasey Sams. New initiates include (back row, from left) Rhonda Baughman, Roderick Kohl, Audrey Hodges, Paige Simpson, Andrea Jones, Casey Wright, Whitney Whitaker, Nicole Garland, RayNelle Freeman.

For only the second time in 40 years, the Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma initiated nine new members into their local chapter April 5.

Sigma Xi is the USAO chapter of Alpha Psi Omega -- a national theatre honor society. With more than 600 casts, the organization is the largest national honor society in America. Its goal is to acknowledge those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and to encourage a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre.

Carby Homers Three Times, Drovers Sweep HBC

CHICKASHA – Led by three home runs and eight RBIs from senior Kevin Carby the University of Science and Arts took both games of Monday’s doubleheader against Hillsdale College by run-rule. With the 15-1 and 10-0 victories, USAO improved to 31-10 on the season.