With three books and hundreds of journal articles to his credit, writer Rob Vollmar joined the USAO Communications and Marketing Office in October 2010 as staff writer. Besides working with words, his favorite other pursuit is music.
Vollmar has written for numerous print magazines including World Literature Today, where he serves as an associate contributing editor. He has written extensively on and for the Internet but has focused his attention in the last couple of years on writing about classic literature and literacy issues on his website, Liberal Artistry.
Vollmar also is the co-author of several graphic novels including Bluesman and The Castaways, which was nominated for a Will Eisner Comics Industry Award in 2002. His latest book, Inanna’s Tears is due out from Archaia Comics in March 2011.
As a comics scholar and historian, Rob has given countless presentations in libraries and public schools all over Oklahoma and considers public education to be one of a writer’s most important social obligations.
In addition to his career as a writer, Rob has worked as a professional musician and has played most styles of music in venues all over the state. His other interests include classical history and ethnomusicology.
With more than 25 years of videography experience, Oklahoma native David Duncan does all things video-related and multimedia at USAO. In addition to filming campus events and activities, he writes, directs, produces and films “Studio 18,” a bi-weekly comic variety show featuring B-movies, comedy sketches, guest interviews and prize giveaways hosted by a cast of USAO students and staff members. The award-winning show is broadcast on USAO’s public access channel and Podcasts worldwide.
His experience spans multiple fields and genres, including commercial, corporate, documentary, news and public affairs, classified military, radio and television advertising and feature film production.
David’s family consists of “two beautiful sisters, one incredibly talented brother and two wonderful parents.” Most of his family members have careers in the creative arts.
Taylor Preston is a graphic designer and photographer based out of Chickasha, OK.
She is a proud USAO 2013 alum, who earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in photography. Her passion for photography began in high school and continued on through college. While in college, she took a great interest in the graphic arts as well.
Taylor is also an adjunct faculty member, teaching an evening B&W film photography class.
In the fall of 2013, after two years graduating from the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Andy Morphew has returned to the Sports Information office.
Morphew served as a student work-study while attending USAO from August of 2009 to December of 2011. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication, and while attending, he was the sports reporter, photographer and editor for the student magazine, The Trend.
Along with being the sports editor for the magazine, he interned at The Duncan Banner in the summer of 2011 and covered Friday Night Football during the fall.
Additionally, he was the News/Sports Editor for The Marlow Review before returning to USAO as the Print Shop assistant. Morphew is married to Heather Morphew (Broyles), a 2010 USAO alum and a fifth grade teacher at Duncan Public Schools.
A native of Atkins, Ark., Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Ark., and her master’s in administrative leadership from the University of Oklahoma.
She was hired as director of Communications and Marketing in July of 2013.
Kelly started her career in broadcast journalism in the Little Rock market before taking a position with Tyson Foods, where she managed public relations for their charitable giving division for eight years.
Kelly moved to Oklahoma City in 2005 and was hired by Canadian Valley Tech Center in Chickasha as its Communications & Marketing Director.
Since then, Kelly has been involved heavily in the Chickasha community. She served on the Chickasha Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board and completed the Leadership Chickasha program in 2006. She currently serves on the Festival of Light Board.
Kelly also earned her national accreditation in public relations (APR) by the Universal Accreditation Board in 2011.
Kelly lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Travis Arnold, COO of Feed The Children and President of FTC Transportation. Kelly has one son who attends OCCC, three step-daughters and six step-grandchildren.
Katey Chambers has been a team member of the USAO Communications and Marketing office since June 2013.
Katey graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in May 2013 with a major in Mass Communications and minor in Multidisciplinary Education Studies.
As a student at SWOSU, she worked for The Southwestern, the university newspaper, where she wrote and edited many news stories and worked part time as a staff photographer.
Before SWOSU, she worked for and attended Western Oklahoma State College where she received an Associates degree of Arts in Behavioral Science.
Katey loves spending time with her husband Cody and enjoys traveling to Altus to see her parents. She enjoys playing golf, likes going to the movies, and enjoys taking photographs because she is able to capture special memories, people, and places.
Adam Heilman has been the printing services manager at USAO since 2010. He is a 2004 graduate of USAO with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design.
Before coming back to USAO, he was the copy and print center specialist at Staples in Chickasha. He also worked for the Chickasha Express-Star.
Heilman says that his main interest outside of the office is his wife and children. "We are usually doing some kind of art project or playing at the park." He also enjoys drawing, painting, creating, and winning all card games against his wife.
In a field dominated by men, Jessica Jackson brings a completely unique blend of arts perspective and creative muscle to her position in sports media at USAO.
An Oklahoma native, Jackson is the first female sports information coordinator at USAO. She began work in October 2009 — right in the middle of soccer season. You might see her running around snapping photos at games or helping coordinate various sporting events around campus. She also contributes to media projects, feature writing and admissions marketing.
Jackson graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008 with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
Previously, she has been a news reporter for both The Oklahoman and the Stillwater NewsPress.
In her spare time, she loves baking, running triathlons, scrapbooking, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Cody is the Web Developer for the college. He started working for USAO after his graduation from the university in 2008. He majored in computer science.
Cody was instrumental in moving the 10,000 plus web presence into Drupal -- a content management system that would allow faculty, staff and students more flexibility in updating and maintaining their portion of the website. The transformation is an on-going process and Cody said he has learned a lot about Drupal while on the journey.
Cody is part of the Media and Community Relations Team and does occasionally leave his computer to help with public events and teach web training classes.
In addition to working and graduating from USAO, Cody has one more tie to the university -- his wife Amanda -- who is a 2007 USAO alum.
Before Amanda and he were married, Cody Dracars was known as Cody Weeks. When the couple wed, they both changed their name to Dracars to dispel the myth that marriage meant ownership of a wife or spouse. Dracars means 'Dragon Art' or 'Art of the Dragon.'