Lucretia "Cricket" Scott is the Head Groundskeeper at USAO. Crickett and her team of groundskeepers keep the campus landscaped and beautiful. She has been a member of the USAO staff since 2005.
Crickett and her crew of groundskeepers are responsible for the 75-acre college campus. The crew trims trees, takes care of the lawns, keeps the trash under control, cleans up after storms, helps the other Physical Plant crews and does about a million other tasks.
Dottie Smith is the administrative assistant for USAO's Physical Plant and is a security office. She has been with the staff since 2006.
The Physical Plant is responsible for groundskeeping, building maintenance, carpool and carpentry. The Security Team is part of Student Services at USAO. The Student Services Office is responsible for housing, career services, counseling services, disability services, health services, orientation, recreation, student development and security.
In addition to directing the Art Gallery at USAO, Layne Thrift teaches in the art department at the college. He served as the assistant director of the gallery until 2010. He was the assistant to the director from 1998-2001 while a student at USAO.
Before coming back to USAO, Thrift was an adjunct professor of visual art at Oklahoma City Community College and a graduate teaching assistant at Texas Tech University. He also was a ceramic technician and a graduate assistant at Texas Tech.
Thrift received the USAO Alumni Distinguished Graduate Award and was named the Outstanding Graduate by the USAO Division of Arts and Humanities. He is a member of the National Council on Education of Ceramic Artists; Potter's Council, American Ceramic Society and the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition.
He has participated in exhibitions in Chickasha and in Slaton, Lubbock, Denton, Marfa, Houston and Rockport, Texas. He has attended workshops by William Haver, Tom Bartell, Ken Little, Jesus Morales, Robert "Boomer" Moore, Mo Neil, Ken Price, James Surls, Elmer Taylor and James Watkins.
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