A new $100,000 endowment created by the Masonic Charities of Oklahoma will support USAO’s creative Festival of Arts and Ideas project, now in its fourth year. From left are John Logan, executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma; Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement at USAO; Glenn Almy of Manford, grand master Mason; USAO President John Feaver; and MCF Board Members Richard Massad of Oklahoma City and Robert Davis of Guthrie.
They dreamed it. They built it. And now the Masons are helping to fund it.
When a team of faculty joined with the USAO Foundation four years ago to create a festival merging arts and ideas into an engaging format that educates while it entertains, they started something that is gaining real momentum this month through a $100,000 gift from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma.
A native of Texarkana, Texas, Dr. Sharon Brickman lived in many states and countries, "due to being an Army brat and an Army wife," she recalls. She is a mother of three and grandmother of five. Brickman earned her associate's degree from Cameron University, a bachelor's from Cameron, a master's degree from Austin Peay State University, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma. She joined the USAO faculty in 2006.
A group of students from Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City visits the USAO campus in February, led by Dr. Irene Lam of Oklahoma City (second from left). Lam, an optometrist in the metro, also owns and operates the restored, historic Gold Dome building at 23rd and Classen.
Students from the Harding Fine Arts Academy recently visited the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, accompanied by Dr. Irene Lam, who serves on Harding's board of directors.