October 2012

Winningest coach in Illinois has roots at USAO

Date Published: 
10/31/2012
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CHICKASHA – Coaching, Chicago and community. These three words represent the cornerstones of Robert Smith’s hugely successful career.
 
The 1996 USAO graduate achieved a milestone this past spring when he became the winningest high school coach in Illinois history, compiling a career record of 230-37 at Simeon High School in Chicago.

Women’s basketball hopeful in transition

Date Published: 
10/31/2012
Ndeye Ngom

CHICKASHA – Steadily improving and keeping grades high will be the focuses of the 2012-13 women’s basketball team as they continue to transition with new Head Coach Jennifer Hayden.

“Certainly a goal for me coming in is to bring the team up and make it to the conference tournament,” Hayden said. “We always set an academic goal as well. We want to achieve a higher than 3.3 GPA.”

HOME: Men's Soccer

Conference Tournament First Round

v. Oklahoma City

Noon | Drover Pitch

Date: 
11/03/2012 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

HOME: Women's Soccer

Conference Tournament First Round

v. Lubbock Christian

2 p.m. | Drover Pitch

Date: 
11/02/2012 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

USAO takes regular season title

Date Published: 
10/30/2012
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CHICKASHA – The Drover men continue to make history each year, coming in at the end of the regular season this year undefeated for the first time and take yet another Sooner Athletic Conference regular season title.

It is also the second time the Drovers (13-0-3, 7-0-1) have ended without suffering a conference loss.

The Drovers, still ranked third in the NAIA, will host eighth-seed Oklahoma City in the first round at noon Saturday.

Drovers earn second seed, host first round

Date Published: 
10/30/2012
Calli Cooper

CHICKASHA – A win and a tie in the final two games of the season secured the Drovers’ spot at second in the conference going into the conference tournament.

Winning the conference tournament would send the Drovers to the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in school history.

The Drovers will host seventh-seed Lubbock Christian in the first round at 2 p.m. Friday. USAO battled LCU just last week in Lubbock, finishing tied 1-1 after two overtime periods.

Simpson receives Staff Achievement award

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October-30-2012
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Bobbie Jo Simpson (left), director of Sparks Residence Hall and admissions counselor, receives her Staff Achievement award from Jessica Jackson (right), sports information manager and the 2011-12 Employee of the Year.

Currently fulfilling two full-time positions on staff, Bobbie Jo Simpson was awarded the Regents Staff Achievement Award. Simpson was named honoree for the first quarter of the 2012-13 year at a meeting of the USAO Staff Association.

Alumni, students join for homecoming recital

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October-30-2012
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Three USAO alumni, Shane Harris (left), Michelle Skinner (center) and Steve Sanders (right) return to campus for a recital with current students as part of the Alumni Homecoming festivities this weekend. The recital begins at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

A joint recital featuring alumni, students and the university chamber choir is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Alumni Chapel as part of the Alumni Homecoming festivities.

KAISER opens Nov. 9

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October-30-2012
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KAISER, a surreal but timely adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, runs at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 and 10 in the Davis Hall Little Theater. The show is free to USAO students, staff and faculty. Tickets are $10 at the door with a $5 discount for students. The play is appropriate for audience members over 13; younger audiences may be disturbed by nightmarish makeup and stylized violence.

During this hotly contested presidential election, fueled by a sluggish economy and a polarized electorate, Katie Davis, associate professor of theatre arts, feels like the time is right for some political commentary from long ago.

“I want to present a play that reminds audiences of the importance of the thinking voter - while giving them a theatrical experience that will surprise and delight them,” Davis says.

“What we created is KAISER.”