July 2013

Young alums coach new generation of athletes

Date Published: 
07/31/2013
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By Special Contributor Jeremiah Lane

Special Contributor Jon Singer
CHICKASHA – It’s commonly heard that many great athletes play for the love of the game. However, it’s not common to hear about the mentors of these athletes who coach and teach for the love of the game.

USAO Regent Bill Lance

pillar of the Chickasaw business community, Bill G. Lance, Jr., will bring his expertise to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of the Regents.

Gov. Mary Fallin appointed Lance, the administrator and chief executive officer of the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, to the board for a seven-year term, replacing retired physician and Oklahoma civic leader Leslie Hudson.

Songwriting class scores big hit with students

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July-22-2013
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James Harper, a music senior from Comanche, performs an original song for his songwriting class at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Harper will be one of fourteen students to perform in an upcoming recital for the class. The recital is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Thursday in room 124 of Davis Hall on USAO’s campus.

James Harper has thoughtfully listened through this class lecture but now, it’s time for the class to share their homework and he is eager to go first.

He walks to the front of the room, making certain his guitar doesn’t bang against a desk along the way, and takes his spot at the front of the class.

Without another word, Harper, a music senior from Comanche, leans over his guitar and begins presenting his assignment. It’s a jaunty blues riff accompanied by lyrics tinged with surrealism.

Three minutes and some change later, the song is over and Harper’s smile beams out at the class as he is quizzed about the inspiration for his lyrics and some of the specifics of his chord choices.

No one complains about homework in songwriting class.

Woody Guthrie Hootenanny

USAO’s Woody Guthrie Hootenanny is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. July 23 in the Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

In alternating strokes of the pen, Woody Guthrie is Oklahoma’s favorite son or one of her most dogged critics. To some, he was the voice of the oppressed — an eyewitness to Oklahoma’s darkest days and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Others argue he drew unneeded attention to the poor treatment of the common laborer at the expense of American unity during the Great Depression.

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07/23/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Bill Lance joins USAO's Board of Regents

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July-11-2013
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Bill Lance, chief executive officer for the Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce, is the newest member of the Board of Regents at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Lance was appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to replace former regent Leslie Hudson whose term expired this year.

A pillar of the Chickasaw business community, Bill G. Lance, Jr., will bring his expertise to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of the Regents.

7th Seven State Biennial Exhibition

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Guthrie celebrated at USAO July 23

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July-09-2013
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Woody Guthrie is the subject of an upcoming event at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as faculty, staff and friends celebrate his life and legacy in word and song beginning at 7 p.m. July 23 in the university’s Ballroom.

CHICKASHA -- In alternating strokes of the pen, Woody Guthrie is Oklahoma’s favorite son or one of her most dogged critics. To some, he was the voice of the oppressed — an eyewitness to Oklahoma’s darkest days and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Others argue he drew unneeded attention to the poor treatment of the common laborer at the expense of American unity during the Great Depression.

Guthrie is the focus of an upcoming event at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma that will examine his legacy and his music through presentations and performance.