The history of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO) influences the current philosophy and purposes of the institution.
The first Oklahoma Legislature established the College in 1908 as the Industrial Institute and College for Girls. The first session at the College began in September, 1909, and the first degrees were conferred in 1915. The first building, which is now Troutt Hall, was completed in 1913.
Five scholarships have been established with the USAO Alumni Association to honor members of the Good family by Yoshie Good of Chickasha. The Goods were early residents of Chickasha where they have served as civic, art and church leaders for more than a century.
The Barbara Faith Cunningham Forsythe Scholarship was established by her husband Homer to honor the 1961 OCW graduate. It is a tribute to her dedication and excellence as a teacher and for her inspiration to her students in their academic pursuits.
Dr. James Finck (right), assistant professor of American history, confers with Jordyn Yates (center), senior elementary education major from Waxahachie, Texas about his daughter, Savannah’s (left) progress during a summer reading program. The program concluded with a parent-tutor conference on July 26.
Parents, children and university tutors met together last week at the University of Science and Arts to discuss progress made during the course of an eight-week reading improvement program.
The OCLA Scholarship was established by 13-member committee that planned the 2010 OCLA Reunion for students majoring in one of the fine arts. The scholarship is to honor the great experiment that was the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts. In addition to the scholarship, several OCLA graduates also have worked to restore the lodge at the College Farm.
Angelina Merenda O’Bar and her husband Jesse established this scholarship for students enrolled in USAO’s early childhood education program. Preference is given to students involved in USAO’s Student National Education Association (SNEA).
Angelina “Ann” O’Bar devoted her career to working with young children and their families as a child and parenting specialist.