Math educator, cancer survivor and sports enthusiast Dr. Nancy Warden shared lessons from her life with USAO graduates on Friday night. She urged them to dream big, be survivors, show gratitude and give unselfishly in this, the college’s 101st year.
As a mathematician, Dr. Nancy Warden, a professor of mathematics with more than 29 years in the USAO classroom, used math and little humor to share “variables one might observe in an equation for success as a college graduate.” Warden addressed 62 graduates and their families during the fall 2009 Commencement ceremony Dec. 4 at the University of Science and Arts.
Seating is limited for the inventive, Dec. 18 charity event, Black Tie & Boots Ball, conceived by USAO's Joe Settlemires to raise money for scholarships. Settlemires is one of seven country music legends featured. The all-star band, known as The Former Texas Playboys, features Bobby Koefer, Louise Rowe, Chuck Hays and Settlemires, along with Monte Gaylord, Wayne Gasson and Chad Maines. Tickets are $75 to benefit the USAO Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Musician-educator Joe Settlemires must have been a good boy this year. His “perfect Christmas wish” is coming together on Dec. 18 – when he brings to Chickasha The Former Texas Playboys to make the music he loves and raise money to help students get an education.
Maestro and master violinist Yuval Waldman returns to Oklahoma for a holiday concert in a novel venue – the historic Gold Dome in midtown Oklahoma City. Conceived as a bank and constructed as one only five geodesic domes in America in the 1950s, the landmark structure at the corner of 23rd and Classen is a commercial center listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Based in New York City, Waldman travels and performs around the world and is known for imaginative approaches to music presentation.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Violin virtuoso Yuval Waldman is joined by a strings ensemble and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble from the University of Science and Arts for a concert of classical and popular music under the historic Gold Dome during Christmas Under the Dome.
Tickets for Bach to the Future, “the Bach that rocks,” are now on sale at USAO. The jazz combo will perform its quirky, modern arrangements of classical favorites on electronic instruments Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in USAO’s Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are available at the USAO Business Office, 1727 W. Alabama, or by calling 405-574-1213. Tickets also can be purchased online at http://usao.edu/davis-waldorf-performing-arts-series
The innovative and eclectic classic/jazz quartet Bach to the Future comes to Chickasha Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Auditorium on the USAO campus.
"Musician Magazine" named Allan Holdsworth near the top of their “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” He comes to Chickasha Dec. 11 as part of his USA Tour. The concert is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus. Tickets are $25 and will be available at the door.
One of the 20th century's most prominent guitarists is stopping in Chickasha on Dec. 11 as part of his USA Tour. Jazz guitar virtuoso Allan Holdsworth is scheduled to perform in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus at 7:30 p.m. This will be Holdsworth’s first performance in Oklahoma.
Ten USAO students recently were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society, the university’s 85-year-old organization which honors students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. Front row, from left, are Kimberly Williams, Kaycie Ragsdale, Rebekah Murphy, Bled N'guessan, John Fitzgerald and Jorden Wiggins. Upper row, from left, are Quentin Pongratz, Eric Monsebais, Kelly Cosart and Jillian Caldwell.
Ten students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, the USAO honor society.