Biology is the study of life from the cellular structure of plants and animals to the environmental issues of a local or global nature. A biologist investigates how organisms are structured, how they evolve, how their life processes function and how they interact with the rest of the environment.
Located between the Five Civilized Tribes to the east and the Plains Indian Tribes of the west, the region around USAO is home to more than 40 federally-recognized Indian tribes. USAO has long attracted a large number of American Indian college students (13% of enrollment).
USAO’s Bachelor of Science degree in business combines the practical procedure of the discipline with the people-oriented aspect of the liberal arts. Business students find an emphasis on effective evaluation of factual information, working efficiently with others, the promotion of moral and ethical values within the business community as well as sound and creative decision making. Business majors have a 33-hour business core designed to ensure student success i
As the advisor of the student newspaper, The Trend, USAO’s Dr. J.C. Casey has an opportunity to work with students both inside and outside the classroom. Casey also has worked with students and staff to produce television shows, documentaries, reader’s theatre and public relations campaigns at the university. Casey has been a faculty member at USAO since 1992. Before coming to the college, she was a lecturer with Stephen F. Austin State University and Angelina College in Texas. She was a graduate teaching assistant for the University of Maryland, an adjunct instructor with Northeast Louisiana University and a graduate teaching assistant with Northwestern State University in Louisiana.
Casey has worked with Oklahoma companies and organizations on public relations, television, radio, magazine publication and newspaper publication. Her research interests include grant writing for communication projects, effects of non-human teaching environments on human communication skills, the figure of the cowboy in American mythology and the development of rodeo in America and its effect on American culture. She is a member of the National Speech Association, American Culture Association, Popular Culture Association and the Oklahoma Speech-Theatre-Communication Association. She also has been a member of several USAO committees. Casey received the Regents Superior Teaching Award in 2007.
Katie Davis has more than 20 years of experience in professional, academic, and community theatre and has been the coordinator of the USAO Theatre Arts Program since 2006. Before coming to Chickasha, she was the artistic director and business manager for Corinth Theatre-Arts in Corinth, Mississippi.
Katie was a graduate instructor at the University of Mississippi and at the University of Texas at El Paso. She began her teaching career as a Visiting Instructor and Director of Theatre at Juniata College in 1996.
Katie has worked with The People's Light and Theatre Company in Philadelphia and with The Hangar Theatre and Rockwell Productions, both based in New York. She was the artistic director of the Women’s Theatre Ensemble Project in El Paso, Texas, and performed with the El Paso-based touring company, Theatre, Inc. Her areas of research and interest include Creativity, Drama Therapy, Womens Studies, Philosophy, and Mixed Martial Arts.
Concert band director, concert pianist, and composer Dr. Dan Hanson has been a member of the faculty at USAO since 1988. He teaches music theory, composition, percussion, music methods courses, and directs the USAO Concert Band. In 2006, Hanson launched a new performing ensemble called The Key Players of USAO, a unique synthesizer keyboard group (with guitar, bass guitar & drums) that explores various musical styles and travels for public events. Hanson, who plays more than a dozen different musical instruments, recently added the accordion to his repertoire. Hanson earned the Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 2005 and in 2007. He was named twice to the Outstanding Young Men of America, twice to the Texas All-State Band and was a first prize winner of the Lubbock Music Composition Contest.
Hanson is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfMe), Oklahoma Music Educators Association, The College Music Society, the Oklahoma Music Theory Roundtable Conference, The Society Of Composers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Lions Club International. He produced the orchestration for the World Premiere of Bill Mays' "Suite for Flute and Piano," has performed as a percussionist in Japan, and toured both Europe and Mexico. Before coming to USAO, Hanson was an assistant professor of music at Southern Plains College, director of jazz studies at Lubbock Christian University, instructor of music theory at the Texas Tech University Band Camp, and director of music for the Miss Lubbock Scholarship Pageant.
Dr. Jan Hanson, Professor of Music, joined the USAO faculty in 1987. She serves as the conductor of the USAO Concert Choir and teaches courses in music history/literature, conducting and music methods. Dr. Hanson has extensive conducting experience in choral, opera, oratorio and music theatre. She serves as an adjudicator with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, the American Choral Director’s Association and the Quartz Mountain Arts Institute. Dr. Hanson has appeared as a guest conductor for the Oklahoma Choral Director’s Association, the Tri-State Music Festival, Circle the State With Song Festival and the Mid-Del Choral Music Festival. Prior to her appointment at USAO, she was a teaching fellow at the University of North Texas, an instructor of voice at Southern Plains College, an associate instructor of music at Indiana University and a teaching fellow at the Aspen Choral Institute.
Dr. Hanson maintains professional memberships with the Music Educator's National Conference, Oklahoma Music Educator's Association, Oklahoma Choral Director's Association, American Choral Director's Association and Sigma Alpha Iota, a professional music fraternity for women. She was named to Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Pi Kappa Lambda and Outstanding Young Women of America. Dr. Hanson is a member of the advisory board of the Oklahoma Arts Institute.