Dottie Smith, administrative assistant of the physical plant at USAO, received the Regents Staff Achievement Award for the fourth quarter of 2008-09. The Regents Staff Achievement Award is presented quarterly to one outstanding staff member. From these award winners, an Employee of the Year recipient is selected. Presenting the award is Jim Hopkins, database administrator at USAO and recipient of last year’s Employee of the Year Award.
Dr. Grant Evans, a captain in the United States Army and a third year urology resident at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, credits his liberal arts education from USAO as his foundation for his career choice. "I think USAO does an outstanding job of preparing individuals to be very successful in whatever career they choose but especially if they choose to go into some kind of scientific field like medicine or dentistry," Evans said.
In the U.S. Army, they call him captain. In the medical profession, they call him doctor. On the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, they call him alum and friend.
Describing his decision to come to USAO as "one of the best decisions I ever made," Dr. Grant Evans continues to sing the praises of his Chickasha alma mater. He is a 2003 graduate of the college.
Three campus beautification projects were approved by the Regents in the June 9 meeting. One of these projects is a decorative base for the restored Verdin clock recently erected east of Sparks Hall. For the past 15 years, the clock stood west of Nash Library before it was removed -- to make way for the bronze sculpture, “Flight” -- and meticulously restored. The clock will get a brick and mortar base that eventually will be extended as a plaza area between Sparks and the Student Center.
A budget deal that prevents any tuition increases this year was announced June 9 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The USAO Board of Regents approved a new $13.1 million budget that is mostly unchanged from last year.
“This is effectively a standstill budget,” said Regent John Nelson of Chickasha, who chairs the Regents Finance Committee.
The new budget reflects an unusual partnership between local, state and federal agencies, said USAO President John Feaver.
More than 210 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the spring 2009 semester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, USAO records officials have announced.
University records show 149 students were named to the USAO Honor Roll and 65 students were named to the Regents Honor Roll. Honor roll students represent nine countries and 10 states.
The historic Rock Island Depot in downtown Chickasha will be the center of the Rock Island Arts Festival Oct. 2-3. A call for photographers, potters, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors and other artisans to participate is underway during the month of June. The artisan booth application is available on the festival website at www.rockislandartsfestival.org. Applicants also can request a booth application by leaving a message at 405-574-1320.
Although the Rock Island Arts Festival in Chickasha isn't scheduled until October, a call for photographers, potters, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors and other artisans to participate is underway during the month of June.
Chickasha's first-ever Rock Island Arts Festival is scheduled Oct. 2-3 at the Rock Island Depot in downtown Chickasha. The Chickasha Area Arts Council is spearheading the event.
Internationally recognized violinist and conductor Yuval Waldman will direct “Fiddle Fun,” a music camp designed for violinists, violists and cellists July 13-17 at USAO. Registration is available for musicians of all levels and ages.
String players of all ages will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with one of the world’s premiere violinists at “Fiddle Fun” this summer at the University of Science and Arts. Internationally known violinist and conductor Yuval Waldman will teach the violin, viola and cello camp, scheduled July 13-17 at USAO.
Chickasha Lumber donated several items to help support the Habitat for Humanity Independent Study Project at USAO in May. Students worked on various projects in the Oklahoma City metro area. Pictured are (front row, left) Sara Cox, a psychology major from Chickasha; Haley Moss, an English major from Norman; Callie Castor, a physical education major from Pocasset, and Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education. Back row: Weston Denny, a business major from Cashion; Dusty Emerson of Chickasha Lumber; Thomas Parker, and Tim Nelson, a physical education major from Houston.