May 2013

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The Bill & Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship

The Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award seeks to recognize and honor students who excel in combining scholastic and athletic achievement while studying and competing at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The award also aims to inspire future generations of student-athletes to achieve high standards in scholarship, sportsmanship, and citizenship.

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Enrollment for summer swim lessons begins May 30

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Local children are invited to register for swimming lessons this summer at USAO’s indoor pool. Lessons are $45 per student, and enrollment runs May 30 and 31. Students can pick from four two-week programs running throughout June and July. Lessons are instructed by Dr. Nancy Osborn, professor of physical education, shown in back.

Nothing goes together like a hot Oklahoma summer and time spent at the lake or a pool. Parents can gain an added sense of comfort knowing that their children have learned the basics of water safety and swimming proficiency from an experienced professional.

USAO plans 27th annual basketball camp

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CHICKASHA – For the 27th straight year, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will be hosting a youth summer basketball camp aimed at local and area children ages 6-16.

Hosted and directed by Brisco McPherson, USAO head men’s basketball coach and athletic director, the camp helps attendees hone basketball skills, such as shooting and teamwork.

Five Drovers named All-Conference

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CHICKASHA – The Sooner Athletic Conference named five Drovers All-Conference this month after solid performances on the field.

Brooke McLeod, Taylor Smith, Ashley Rasovic, Katie Jirak and Chelsea Zuchnik were named All-Conference Second Team. Zuchnik also earned Gold Glove honors.

All-Conference athletes are voted on by conference coaches based on their performances on the field throughout the season.

Chelsea Zuchnik

PURSWELL, Virginia F. (Martin)


Virginia Frances Martin Purswell Virginia Frances Martin Purswell, 89, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2013. She died with the same courage and grace with which she lived, surrounded by family at her home. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Mt. Carmel Christian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Art Stansberry will be officiating. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral from 1:00-3:00 PM at the church. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery in Atlanta.

In the Saddle — Assistant Coach Sam Hayden

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CHICKASHA – The Drover baseball season, complete with broken records and national tournament invite, turned out to be the best season in school history, something Assistant Coach Sam Hayden was excited to see his first season back at the university.

“The season was unbelievable. From the start of the fall, we knew what kind of team we had,” Hayden said. “They were ready to go from the very beginning until the very end, so it was an unbelievable season, unbelievable group of guys. It was something very special.”