<p>Honored as the Staff Employee of the Year is Monica Park, center, who manages the Lawson Court apartment complex at the University of Science and Arts. She was presented the honor, which includes a plaque and a $500 stipend, by Regents Chairwoman Leslie Hudson in last week’s meeting of the USAO Board of Regents.</p>
Taking bold steps to cover more than $549,000 in state funding cuts projected for the coming year, and more than $186,000 in higher insurance, energy and other “mandatory costs,” the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents met on Tuesday to approve a $12.3 million budget for the year ahead.
Verlie V. Born, 95, of McAlester, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at McAlester Regional Health Center.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chaney’s Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial will be at Memory Gardens Memorial Park Cemetery in McAlester. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Chaney-Harkins Funeral Home of McAlester.
She was born Nov. 18, 1915, in Rush Springs, and later attended Chickasha Oklahoma College for Women.
A memorial service for Laron Short of Chickasha will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Davis Little Theatre on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Short, 24, died May 24 from injuries sustained in the tornado that touched down in Chickasha. A December graduate from USAO with a B.A. in communication, Short was pursuing a career in journalism. She lived in Melbourne, Australia, for five months after graduation and had planned to return.
Goldia Ann McCortney Knudsen, 90, of Ammon, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. Goldia was born Feb. 14, 1921, in Fox, Okla., to James Edward McCortney and Vera Velma Pruitt. She graduated from Fox High School in Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma College for Women, and Central State University in Edmond, Okla., where she obtained a bachelor's degree in English and business. She married John George Knudsen on March 7, 1946, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.
Elizabeth Emenhiser Fischer, long time Dallas resident and wife of the late James Lee Fischer, died May 31, 2011 at Texas Health Presbyterian after a brief illness. Elizabeth was born in Hollister, Oklahoma to Roy W. and Blanche Wolfe Emenhiser. She graduated from Frederick High School, attended Oklahoma College for women, now USAO in Chickasha, Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Art Education. She also was a student at the Chicago Art Institute.
<p>The USAO Honor Roll recognizes students whose grade point average is 3.5 or higher for 12 or more hours of class work (seven or more in the summer term). The Regents Honor Roll recognizes those who have been named to the USAO Honor Roll for three or more consecutive trimesters. The honor rolls were created to recognize and encourage academic excellence.</p>
More than 220 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the spring 2011 trimester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, USAO records officials have announced.