May 2009

Vibrant, Colorful Cuban Art Featured Thru May 30

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May-28-2009

 

Regents Approve Green Energy Lab, Housing and Food Rates

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May-26-2009
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A group of fourth graders from Lincoln Elementary in Chickasha join college students in a special community garden project at USAO, one of several green initiatives at USAO. Also under construction this summer at USAO is a new, faculty-designed alternative energy laboratory to give college students and community visitors a first-hand look at green energies — how they’re made and used.

A new lab that gives students hands-on experience with alternative energy sources is under construction this summer at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The USAO Board of Regents approved this faculty-designed project when they met recently on campus to consider a range of issues including campus housing and food contract rates and personnel matters.

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Coponiti Honored for Service

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May-19-2009
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Laura Coponiti, assistant director of financial aid at USAO, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators during its Spring Conference. Coponiti has served OASFAA as president, treasurer and has chaired several committees. She also has been active in the regional and national associations. OASFAA President Andrew Hammontree presented the award.

Laura Coponiti, assistant director of financial aid at USAO, recently received statewide recognition for her work in the profession of financial aid with the OASFAA Distinguished Service Award.

Coponiti was honored during the Spring Conference of the Oklahoma Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. Andrew Hammontree, president of OASFAA, presented the award.

Cuban Art, Food and Culture Subject of Art Show Reception

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May-19-2009
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"Callejon de Carniceria" by José Aguilera Vicente offers a glimpse into a culture that very few know about in the United States. Vicente is just one of several artists from Cuba featured in "Cuba Oriente" on display in the USAO Art Gallery. A closing reception featuring authentic Cuban food and a special lecture by award winning María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda is scheduled May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Hall Amphitheater.

The vibrant, colorful Cuban art that is on display in the USAO Art Gallery will be moving out soon, but not without a closing reception featuring authentic Cuban food and a special lecture by award winning journalist, author, columnist and editor María de Lourdes Ruiz Scaperlanda.

The closing reception of "Cuba Oriente" is scheduled May 27 at 7 p.m. in the Davis Hall Amphitheater on the USAO campus. The art and food will follow the lecture by Scaperlanda.

Psychology Students Present Research at State Conference

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May-18-2009
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A team of USAO psychology students recently presented research at a statewide psychology conference, earning a second place award in the undergraduate competition as a result. From left are Melody Dobbins, Shireen Abbaszadeh, Cori Marsala-Quintero, Tara Zindel, Libby Brakefield, Katie Goldsmith, Veronica Miller and Ashley Hyde.

Psychology students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently had a chance to compete against 10 other schools and approximately 100 undergraduate and graduate students during the 27th Annual Oklahoma Psychological Society Research Conference. Ashley Hyde, a psychology major from Altus, placed in the top five for undergraduate research posters.

It's Not Too Late to See Cuba Art Show

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May-15-2009

"Untitled" by Yendi Tomás Estrada Cancino is one of the many portraits of Cuban life through its art on display at the University of Science and Arts. "Cuba Oriente" continues through May 30 in the USAO Art Gallery. The Gallery is located on the first floor of Davis Hall on the USAO campus. "The exhibition features vibrant works from what is often described as the heartland of Cuban culture," said Layne Thrift, assistant director of the gallery. For additional information, call 405-574-1239.

Space Still Available for Artscope

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May-14-2009

Space is still available for Artscope -- Chickasha's premiere arts camp. In its 11th year, Artscope is scheduled June 15-26 on the USAO campus. Tuition for the two-week, all day camp is $150 per child ages 8-12. Campers will be able to study drawing, painting, sculpting, theatre, dance and/or music, as well as experience presentations from guest artists. More information is available from Susan McCaughtry at 405-224-1284 or Mary Jeffries at 405-224-0040 and by e-mail at smccaughtry@live.com.

USAO Faculty Members Honored for Classroom and Research Work

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May-13-2009
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The USAO Board of Regents honored recipients of the 2009 Regents Award for Superior Teaching and Research in April. From left are Dr. John Bruce, Dr. Linda McElroy and Dr. Stephen Kandeh. Bruce and McElroy received the Superior Teaching Award while Kandeh received the Superior Scholarship/Research Award. Honorees receive a plaque signed by members of the board and a $1,000 stipend.

Three faculty members were honored recently at the University of Science and Arts – two for teaching and one for research.

Dr. Linda McElroy and Dr. John Bruce received the Regents Award for Superior Teaching. Dr. Stephen Kandeh received the Superior Scholarship/Research Award. The USAO Board of Regents honored the recipients in April. Honorees receive a plaque signed by members of the board and a $1,000 stipend.

Offices Closed on Fridays Through Aug. 7

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May-11-2009

Most campus offices will close on Fridays this summer to save energy and give employees more time with their families, it was announced recently at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Work schedules will return to normal after August 7.

The change does not apply to every office on campus, as essential functions in security, maintenance, food service and campus housing will observe regular hours through the summer. Each department will set its own schedules in order to best serve students and the public.