CHICKASHA – It’s no surprise that after breaking almost every pitching record at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, senior Nate Hammons would be considered for a professional baseball draft.
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.