Rhonda Mayo (right), a reserve clerk for the Nash Library, receives her Staff Achievement award from Monica Park (left), manager of the Lawson Court facilities and the 2010-11 Employee of the Year.
For her steadfast service in the campus library, Rhonda Mayo capped her 13th year at the University of Science and Arts this month with the Regents Staff Achievement Award. Mayo was named honoree for the final quarter of the 2011-12 year at a meeting of the USAO Staff Association.
CHICKASHA – Sometimes the impact one man can make on the lives he touches is immeasurable.
That is certainly true for long-time USAO baseball coach L.J. Powell, who retired from coaching in 2009. Powell was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame this month. He previously was named to the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
The Media and Community Relations team at USAO returns from a recent conference with seven awards for media excellence. The team includes (front, left to right) Kellie Driscoll, Jessica Jackson, Shayna Pond, Randy Talley, (back, left to right) Cody Dracars, Adam Heilman, Rob Vollmar and David Duncan.
Competing against a record number of entries, the Media and Community Relations department at the University of Science and Arts brought home seven awards for media excellence from the 2012 Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA) conference.
Coach Jaydn Smith took over as head coach in 2012.
She is a former NCAA Division I athlete who played four years for Patty Gasso at the University of Oklahoma. After graduating from OU, Smith went back to her high school alma mater, Newcastle, where she served as an assistant for two years. She joins USAO directly from Sooner Athletic Conference rival Oklahoma Baptist, where she served as pitching coach.
In addition to her assistant coaching duties at OBU and previously at Newcastle, Smith has had a pitching and skills clinic for 40 athletes a week for the last four years.
She also has helped with the Josh Heupal ‘Day of Champions,’ where she has taught leadership skills and establishing trusting relationships since 2007.
Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from OU.