May 2011

Drovers sign Class 6A star with men’s basketball

CHICKASHA – Adding to a forming 2011-12 squad, the Drover men’s basketball team recently signed Mustang High School all-star Ben Berry.

Two Drovers earn national academic honors

CHICKASHA – Two well-rounded Drover softball seniors were honored nationally this week for strong performances both on the field and in the classroom.

INNIS, Mary A. (Haigh)

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April-17-2011

Mary Ann Haigh Innis, 83, returned to her Lord on April 17, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Born January 7, 1928, the youngest of the Haigh Triplets, to Harry and Ethel Haigh of Durant, Oklahoma. She began her music career early in life when she and her brothers began dance and piano lessons and started entertaining the masses with piano trios, song and dance. She attended Durant Public Schools and graduated early to attend college, majoring in music.

JUDKINS, Kathy Elizabeth (Banks)

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March-23-2011

Kathy Elizabeth Judkins, 54, of Rush Springs died Saturday, April 23, 2011, in Oklahoma City.
A memorial service is planned for Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Rush Springs High School auditorium, with the Rev. Jason Arnold officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Callaway-Smith-Cobb Funeral Home in Marlow.

KERTH, Cathryn R. (Case)

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April-17-2011

Cathryn R. Case Kerth passed away April 17, 2011 at the Northern Nevada Regional Hospital. She was born March 21,1926 in Gordon, Nebraska to Wayland S. and Elsie Case. At an early age she displayed outstanding musical talent, coming home from Sunday School and playing the hymns by ear. Her parents started professional piano lessons for Cathryn at the age of 5. She soon was playing the hymns for Sunday school.

Assistant Professor of Education

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Layman
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma, 2009
  • M. Ed., Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, University of Oklahoma, 2002
  • B.S., Elementary Education, University of Oklahoma, 2000
Phone Number: 
405-574-1231
Bio: 
Dr. Sarah Layman joined the USAO faculty in 2011. She is an assistant professor of education.
 
Previously, Layman was an adjunct faculty member and graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma. She has teaching experience in public schools teaching third grade and serving as a gifted resource coordinator.
 
She has been a recipient of the Young Educator Award in 2007 and was named Teacher of the Year in 2008. Additional, she was a Summa cum Laude honors graduate in 2000 and was a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society.
 
Layman has given several professional and community presentations. She is a member of the National Council for Social Studies, Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies, International Visual Literacy Association and Oklahoma Association for the Gifted, Created and Talented.
Campus Building: 
Gary Hall
Office Location: 
206D

Assistant Professor of American History

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James
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Finck
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., History, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 2008
  • M.A., History, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2002
  • B.A., History, College of William and Mary, 2000
Phone Number: 
405-574-1229
Bio: 
Dr. James Finck has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011. He is an assistant professor of history.  Finck teaches the American History courses at USAO, but his specialty is the Civil War and Political History.
 
Before joining USAO, Finck was a lecturer at the University of Texas-Pan American for four years. He’s also served as an adjunct professor at Northwestern Arkansas Community College and a master lecturer at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
 
Finck has authored several publications and papers and has received the Kentucky Historical Society Research Fellowship, the Gordon G. McNeil Paper Award, the Roop Fellowship and the Laurie Atkinson Scholarship.  Among his publications are Divided Loyalties: Kentucky's Struggle with Armed Neutrality During the Civil War; Chickasha; and "The Unwaged War: the 1857 War Against the Mormons".
 
Finck is also the co-founder and co-chair of the Summer History Symposium.  The Symposium was meant to bring important historians to the campus of USAO for the benefit of the students and the community.  It was also meant to excite high school students to learn more about history.  As part of the Symposium high school students can apply for a scholarship to spend the evening on campus to hear the speakers as well as spend the night on campus and have a special breakfast the the featured speaker.  Students interested in applying for the scholarship can apply at usao.edu/summer-history-symposium/history-symposium-scholarship.
 
He is a member of the Society of Civil War Historians, Phi Alpha Theta and The Southern Historical Association.
Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
219B
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Assistant Professor of Psychology

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James
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Vaughn
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University, 2011
  • M.S., Oklahoma State University, 2009
  • M.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2007
  • B.A., University of Central Oklahoma, 2004
Phone Number: 
405-574-1327
Bio: 
Dr. James Vaughn has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011 and is an assistant professor of psychology.
 
Before taking the position at USAO, Vaughn had been an adjunct instructor at Langston University Oklahoma City campus and a graduate instructor at Oklahoma State University.
 
He is a member of Oklahoma Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology and several other professional organizations.
Campus Building: 
Davis Hall
Office Location: 
219A
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Chair of the Division of Science and Physical Education & Assistant Professor of Physics

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J.C.
Last Name: 
Sanders
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Faculty
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Connecticut, 2011
  • M.S., Physics, Unviersity of Connecticut, 2007
  • M.S., Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering, The George Washington University, 2004
  • B.S., Physics, The College of New Jersey, 2002
Phone Number: 
405-574-1258
Bio: 
Dr. J.C. Sanders has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011. He is an assistant professor of physics.
 
Before USAO, Dr. Sanders was an instructor at the University of Connecticut, where he completed his Ph.D.  In 2008 and 2009, Dr. Sanders was named Outstanding Teaching Assistant of the Year and was given the Marshall Walker Teaching Award and Roy Lawrence Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Dedication.
 
Additionally, Dr. Sanders is a member of three professional societies: the American Physical Society, the American Association of Physics Teachers and the Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society. He has also authored several publications.
Campus Building: 
Austin Hall
Office Location: 
211A
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Famous Quote: 

"I know that the molecules in my body are traceable to phenomena in the cosmos. That makes me want to grab people on the street and say: Have you HEARD THIS?” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson

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JC, Jerome, J.C.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

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Quan
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Tran
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Education: 
  • Ph.D., Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2011
  • M.A., Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, 2008
  • B.S., Computer Science, University of Oklahoma, 2002
Phone Number: 
405-574-1276
Bio: 
Dr. Quan Tran has been a member of the USAO faculty since 2011 and is an assistant professor of mathematics.
 
He received a bachelor’s degree in computer science, then, changing his focus, earned a masters and doctorate in mathematics, all from the University of Oklahoma. Tran has been a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, preparing and teaching lectures on precalculus, college algebra and calculus for business and social science. Tran was also an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. His research interests lie in areas of geometry, particularly geometric group theory, geometric algorithms and computations as well as the areas where mathematics intersects with the visual arts.
Campus Building: 
Austin Hall
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210B
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One of David Hilbert's students stopped showing up to classes. Upon inquiring the reason, Hilbert was told that the student had left the university to become a poet. Hilbert: "I can't say I'm surprised. I never thought he had enough imagination to be a mathematician."