April 2013

USAO inducts 15 students into honor society

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April-18-2013
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Fifteen USAO students recently were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society, the university’s 90-year-old organization, which honors students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. Front row, from left, are Audrey Dixon, Megan Check, Aubrey Van Tassell, Samantha Lightfoot, Robin Francais, Jamie Harvey and Kathryn Daniels. Back row, from left, are Kerye Hartzell, April Self, Kylee Taylor, Logan Wilsie, Daniel Bokemper, Joshua Cook, Erin Coggan and Elizabeth Chambers.

Fifteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, USAO’s only campus-wide honor society.

USAO Minerva Awards highlight student achievement

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April-17-2013
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A total of 13 seniors graduating with honors were recognized during the 2012-13 Minerva Awards held on April 9 at USAO. They are (from left, front row) Lindsey Cathey, Stacy Jones, Shane Hagan, April Lawrence, Sara Rowe (from left, back row), Seth Sturgeon, Kale Barnett, Travis Bates, Lisa Fruit, Tashina Ototivo and Maegan Womble. Not pictured are Samantha Lightfoot and Lawrence Spitzer. The Minerva Awards provides public recognition for outstanding students at USAO.

Students at the University of Science and Arts were honored for a variety of achievements during the seventh annual Minerva Awards Ceremony at the USAO Ballroom April 9.

Talley retires from USAO Media

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April-17-2013
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USAO President John Feaver (left) celebrates outgoing Director of Media and Community Relations Randy Talley (right) for his 27 years of service to the university. Talley retired this week.

 One of the most enthusiastic voices for USAO’s unique mission is retiring this month after 27 years in the business of telling the university’s story.

Randy Talley will step down as director of media and community relations on April 30. He has led the school’s public relations efforts and assisted in building a media department that serves all campus constituencies.

Summer reading program for kids begins June 4

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April-16-2013
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Dr. James Finck (right), assistant professor of American history, confers with Jordyn Yates (center), a senior elementary education major from Waxahachie, Texas about his daughter, Savannah’s (left) progress at the conclusion of last year’s summer reading program. Registration for the free summer reading program is now open. Space is limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Upper level education majors will tutor area elementary students in reading for eight weeks this summer at the University of Science and Arts. Students who have completed kindergarten through seventh grade are eligible for the free service.

USAO initiates 21 into freshman honor society

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April-16-2013
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A total of 21 first-year students were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta April 2 at the University of Science and Arts. ALD is a national scholastic honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students. Initiates included, front row, from left: Ashlee Brown, Christine Butler, Jennifer Cornett, Sarah Dreschler, Britni Ford, Sara Fugate, Shelby Hoover, Allison McGlothlin, Linda Savinova, Amanda Zink and Jennifer Stewart . Back row, from left: Conner Cheek, Jordan Danser, Johnathon Riel, Maïte’ Miller, Dao Thong Lim, Braxdan Turner, Lauren Rickman, Taylor Smith and Magdalene Tsonetokoy. Not pictured is Ryan Clougherty.

CHICKASHA -- Exceptional first year students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored April 2 as they were initiated into Alpha Lambda Delta -- a national honor society for college freshmen.

No. 20 Cavaliers overtake the Drovers

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04/14/2013
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CHICKASHA – Playing their final Top 25 team of the regular season, the Drovers struggled to overcome the powerful Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers in USAO’s third annual Pink Out Cancer game Sunday afternoon.

First baseman Sara Reeves came out with a strong first game, scoring both USAO’s runs after going 2-for-3 from the plate. She scored first in the bottom of the fourth inning off an RBI single by left fielder Katie Jirak.

Reeves scored again two innings later off a hit by right fielder Markie LaFerney.

USAO splits Cavs in Pink Game

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04/12/2013
Daniel Edwards

CHICKASHA – In their second ever Pink Out Cancer game, the Drovers (30-14) split against the Saint Gregory’s Cavaliers on Friday afternoon at Bill Smith Ballpark.

The first game was a pitching battle that went into the eighth inning. USAO pitcher Blake McMullen (8-2) threw nine strikeouts total in his eight innings on the mound. The Drovers fell 1-0.

Game two saw more action at the plate for both teams. After giving up two in the first inning, the Drovers needed some runs, which they got with a strong third inning.

BERNDT, Erma Jean (Moore)

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April-12-2013

Erma Jean Berndt August 26, 1921 - March 15, 2013 Erma Jean Berndt went home to be with her Lord on Friday, March 15, 2013, in Beaumont, Texas. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 19, at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco. Visitation will be Monday, March 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. Erma Jean was born August 26, 1921, in Mangum, Oklahoma, to Judson and Jennie Moore. She spent her early years in Granite, Oklahoma, where she graduated from high school.

KNUDSEN, Ellen (Stoltenberg)

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April-12-2013

Ellen Stoltenberg Knudsen passed away in Orem, Utah, on March 15, 2013, surrounded by her adoring family. Ellen was born on a farm outside Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, on July 8, 1925, to Richard Heinrich Stoltenberg, a German immigrant, and Grace Talbot, a school teacher who instilled a love of good books. Ellen earned a degree in English from Oklahoma College for Women and then moved to Utah, where her sister, Marian Wright, introduced her to a strapping young dairy farmer, Albert Andrew Knudsen, at the milk parlor of the Knudsens' Lake Front Jersey Farm on the lower Provo River.

VIGIL, Thaymeus B.

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April-12-2013

Thaymeus Bitseedy Vigil was born on April 17, 1928 in the country near Fort Cobb, Oklahoma to Clayton and Catherine Bitseedy as one of 11 children. She graduated from the Riverside Indian School in 1947, studied voice and earned a degree at Bacone College and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from the Oklahoma College for Women in 1954. After graduation Thaymeus moved to New Mexico to teach elementary school where she met her husband Charlie Vigil with whom she had five children, who, in turn gave her eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.