Adam Heilman has been the printing services manager at USAO since 2010. He is a 2004 graduate of USAO with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design.
Before coming back to USAO, he was the copy and print center specialist at Staples in Chickasha. He also worked for the Chickasha Express-Star.
Heilman says that his main interest outside of the office is his wife and children. "We are usually doing some kind of art project or playing at the park." He also enjoys drawing, painting, creating, and winning all card games against his wife.
Alexis Vizarelis is an Assistant Coach for the men's soccer teams. He has been with USAO's soccer program since it began in 1998, first as one of the school’s best goalkeepers and then as an assistant under Head Coach Jimmy Hampton.
While coaching at USAO, Vizarelis has helped develop players to become NAIA All-Americans and serves as recruiting coordinator and goalkeeper coach for the programs.
His goalkeeping ability and defensive philosophy is almost unprecedented. Hampton has said Vizarelis is one of the best goalkeepers he’s seen and someone who has made a difference coaching USAO goalies.
As a player, Vizarelis is one of the most decorated goalkeepers in USAO’s history. At one time, he has held every school goalkeeping record.
Vizarelis’ best overall season came in 1998 when he collected 202 saves, a 1.32 goals against average and 17 wins to go along with six shutouts. That year, he helped the Drovers to an 11-5 record in the team’s first season.
His final season, he allowed 27 goals on 168 shots against him while starting in nearly every game.
For his career (1998-2001) Vizarelis notched 21 shutouts, which is also a school record. He posted a 1.41 career goals against average.
In addition to his coaching position at USAO, he is currently the director of goalkeeping for the Oklahoma Football Club, the largest club in the state.
In February 2007, Vizarelis was inducted into the USAO Athletic Hall of Fame.
Vizarelis is a native of Chemsford, Essex, near London. He and his wife, former USAO basketball star Janice Corkery, live in Edmond. The couple has one son, Dimitri.
Tammy Swinburne is a trainer/coordinator for the Gear Up program from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.
The primary goal of Gear Up is to ensure all students in Oklahoma are prepared to succeed in postsecondary education. The Gear Up program is built on two broad college access components: scholarship funding and early intervention initiatives.
Oklahoma was one of 21 states to receive a Gear Up state grant in 1999. The state grant is distinct from the Gear Up partnership grants awarded to local school districts and higher education institutions throughout Oklahoma; however, both the state grant and the partnership grants work in concert to enhance opportunities for students.
Several local school districts and higher education institutions throughout Oklahoma have been awarded partnership grants. While the state grant is distinct from the partnership grants, both the state grant and partnership grants work together to enhance opportunities for students.
Eileen Thomas is the Administrative Assistant for the Division of Education & Speech-Language Pathology at USAO. She has been a member of the staff since in 1982.
She has been very active in the Staff Association Council. She has served as Chair of Staff Association for the past two years -- fighting on behalf of the staff at USAO. She also participates annually in the American Cancer Society - Relay For Life where she has served as Team Captain for the past 4 years for "Team USAO".
Bobbie Jo Shores is a 2008 graduate of USAO. She majored in communication at the college and has been a member of the staff since 2009. Simpson worked as an assistant director of Sparks Hall while a student at USAO.
Before coming back to USAO, she worked as a teller for First National Bank in Chickasha and as a retail banker for City National Bank in Chickasha and Duncan.
Shores worked as an integral part of the Student Services office at USAO for three years before assuming her current position as admissions counselor.
Admissions Counselors are responsible for recruiting students; representing the university when counseling prospective freshmen and transfer students through enrollment; responding to admissions inquiries via phone, letter, e-mail and social networking; giving campus tours; traveling to represent the university at college fairs and programs; assisting in planning and organizing prospective student events; and building relationships with prospective students, current students, parents, high school counselors.
Ingrid Shafer, Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Religion and Mary Jo Ragan Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies, is the Editor of Crosstimbers, a biannual multicultural interdisciplinary journal of arts and ideas published by the USAO Foundation. Dr. Shafer joined the USAO faculty (then called Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts) in 1968 and was deeply involved in developing and implementing the innovative IDS program.
Dr. Shafer retired from her USAO teaching position in 2009 in order to devote more time to writing and publishing. Since 1998 she has also taught, and continues to teach, an online graduate course on Global Ethics and World Religions for the University of Oklahoma.
She is the author/editor/translator of several books, three of which focus on Father Andrew Greeley who is considered to be one of the most influential Catholic thinkers, writers, priests, sociologists, authors or journalists of recent times. She is the official translator of the Oberammergau Passion Play (2000 and 2010) and has served as consultant to the play’s producers along with representatives of Jewish groups. With Alan Race she co-edited Religions in Dialogue: From Theocracy to Democracy(Ashgate 2002). Her articles have appeared in professional journals, especially Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, as book chapters, and encyclopedia entries. For more than two decades she has been Area Chair of the Religion and Culture section of the National Popular Culture Association (PCA) and chaired panels at conferences in New Orleans, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, San Diego, San Antonio, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Chicago, Louisville and Toronto.
Shafer was a finalist for the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Administration in 2001 and was honored in 2002 with the State of Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in College/University Teaching. At the time she was the first and woman to receive that award and the first person not associated with one of Oklahoma’s comprehensive universities. In 2003 she received the distinguished alumna award from the OU College of Arts and Sciences.
In 2001, Shafer received the Star Award in Recognition of Meritorious Work to Promote Peace and Harmony from The Association for Communal Harmony in Asia. She received USAO Regents’ Research Awards in 2000 and 1991 and received the USAO Regents’ Superior Teaching Award in 1981.
NEH Summer Institute: "Religious Studies and Liberal Education: Opportunities and New Directions" (part of the multi-year Berkeley/Chicago/Harvard Summer Institutes: "The Study of Religion in the Liberal Arts: Towards a Global Perspective"), University of Chicago, June 18-July 30, 1986.
Ph.D. (Philosophy, 1984) University of Oklahoma (Dissertation:
"The Infinite Circle: The Chiliastic Soul in Hegel, Jung, and Hesse with Particular Emphasis on Hesse's Glasperlenspiel."
M. A. (Human Relations, 1975) University of Oklahoma
M. A. (German Literature, 1967) University of Oklahoma
Thesis: "Between God and Demon: Else Lasker-Schüler: A Dialectical Interpretation."
Ph.D. Candidate (American Literature, 1960) University of Innsbruck
Dissertation topic: "Suffering of the Righteous. From Tabu-utul-Enlil to Archibald MacLeish's J.B."
Martin Reding is a graduate of two institutions on one campus. He graduated from USAO before the institution's name was changed in the 1970s and also graduated after the name change. He has been instrumental in gathering graduates and students from OCLA for reunions at the college.
Recently Reding, with the help of OCLA classmates and others, worked to restore the lodge and recreation area at the USAO College Farm. In addition to his work at USAO, he also volunteers for the Chickasha Community Theatre. Before coming back to USAO, he was a master carpenter for United Artists and a stage tech for Walt Disney World in Florida.