USAO Physical Plant workers Jacob Pike and Kent Klingman work with a team of staffers to install the new crown molding on USAO’s oldest building, Troutt Hall, built in 1910. Contractors had estimated the job for more than $100,000, but Physical Plant Director Tim Stiger managed the project in-house and accomplished it for about $55,000. This is one of a dozen cost-saving strategies developed by USAO faculty and staff that have netted more than $368,000 so far this year.
Responding to painful budget cuts with characteristic ingenuity, USAO staff and faculty are imagining new ways to harness available dollars. The school shaved $350,000 a year off its energy bills by creating Oklahoma’s first energy performance contract in higher education back in 2001, but now more state budget cuts are requiring even more imagination.
The fourth Festival of Arts and Ideas (FAI) is scheduled Nov. 1-2 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Faculty and guest artists will explore The Creative Process in this two day multidisciplinary event, organized much like previous FAI events at USAO and featuring music, art, drama, academic insights and more.