May 2010

Staff Association Meeting

Emerson Room, Austin Hall

Date: 
06/17/2010 - 10:00am

Opinions Needed for Droverstock 2011

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Published: 
May-21-2010

Although April 2011 is a long way off, organizers of USAO's day-long music festival 'Droverstock' need student and fan opinions on which bands to feature during the 16th year of the event.

Printing Services Manager

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First Name: 
Adam
Last Name: 
Heilman
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1280
Bio: 

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.

Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
124

Assistant Men's Soccer Coach

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-8
First Name: 
Alexis
Last Name: 
Vizarelis
Sports Coach: 
Athlietic Staff: 
Yes
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1370
Bio: 

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.

Campus Building: 
Physical Education Building
Office Location: 
115

Gear Up

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First Name: 
Tammy
Last Name: 
Swinburne
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Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1351
Bio: 

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.

Campus Building: 
Gary Hall
Office Location: 
118

Administrative Assistant for Education & Speech Language Pathology

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-9
First Name: 
Eileen
Last Name: 
Thomas
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1328
Bio: 

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".

Campus Building: 
Gary Hall
Office Location: 
106A

Admissions Counselor

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First Name: 
Bobbie
Last Name: 
Shores
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1272
Bio: 

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.

Campus Building: 
Troutt Hall
Office Location: 
225

Assistant Softball Coach

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-8
First Name: 
Ken
Last Name: 
Richardson
Sports Coach: 
Athlietic Staff: 
Yes
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Education: 

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Phone Number: 
405-574-1261
Bio: 

Ken Richardson, a distinguished junior-league coach, officially joined the softball team as an assistant coach in 2009. He spent the three season previous as a volunteer assistant coach.

He began with the program under former coach Taralee Pringle but took over as assistant coach when Coach White-Cody asked him to stay on.

His favorite part about coaching at USAO, he said, is to watch the student-athletes improve their softball abilities while they continue their education and earn their degree.

Richardson has coached the 18-under OKC Ultimate for the better part of two decades qualifying for ASA National Tournament 18 times.

During his coaching career, Richardson has coached about 150 future collegiate softball players, including two NCAA Division I All-Americans.

Campus Building: 
Physical Education Building
Office Location: 
109

Theater Facilities Manager

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First Name: 
Martin
Last Name: 
Reding
Professional Type: 
Faculty
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Education: 
  • BS, Biology, Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, 1970
  • BA, Technical Theatre, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, 1980
Phone Number: 
405-574-1223
Bio: 

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.

Reding owns and operates Showtec, Inc.

Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
202b

Assistant Women's Soccer Coach

Weight: 
-8
First Name: 
Tony
Last Name: 
Orsi
Sports Coach: 
Athlietic Staff: 
Yes
Professional Type: 
Staff
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Phone Number: 
405-574-1308
Bio: 

Tony Orsi is one of the assistant coaches for the Drovers' women's soccer teams. He has been with the program since 2007.

He is currently the head coach for Deer Creek high schools and has been a part of the Oklahoma Football Club since 2004. He earned a National “C” coaching license.

Orsi was a four-year starter at Southwestern Oklahoma State University and was named captain and second team All-Lone Star Conference as a senior.

Campus Building: 
Physical Education Building
Office Location: 
115