The purpose of this award to recognize outstanding Juniors and Seniors who have exemplified leadership on campus by enhancing co-curricular activities and service at USAO. The award is not necessarily given to the student with the most club memberships.
Claremore resident Patsy Jo Heidlage, president of the USAO Alumni Association, presented the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award to Andrea Jones.
Jones graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of art degree in English with minors in Spanish, liberal arts and drama. She is from Covington, Ohio.
While at USAO, she was named a Brad Henry International Scholar in 2010 and spent a semester abroad in Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom. She received several USAO Alumni Scholarships and placed second in the 2009 Oklahoma EPSCoR Research Contest.
Representatives for the USAO Ambassadors deliver food and other goods to Southern Oaks Church of Christ foodbank. The first annual Turkey Classic basketball game raised more than $1,400 and collected nearly 1,000 non-perishable items for donation to local food banks.