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Dragon acrobats, talented performers fill upcoming Davis-Waldorf season

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August-21-2013
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Four outstanding performances continue the legacy of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma as its thirteenth season opens this fall. Performances scheduled for the series include The Golden Dragon Acrobats (left), Two Part Invention (top right), Ryan and Ryan (middle right) and Ain’t I a Woman? (bottom right). Season tickets for the series can be purchased online at usao.edu/dwpas or through the USAO business office, 405-574-1213.

The electrifying Golden Dragon Acrobats make a triumphal return to Chickasha this fall as part of the thirteenth season of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Coming off of a stellar season that featured a sitarist, a tap-dance troupe, a world-renowned boys choir and a ground-breaking string quartet, Dr. Ken Bohannon, coordinator for the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS), knew he had his work cut out for him.

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.

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.

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. 

Vollmar earns Staff Achievement Award

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July-09-2013
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Rob Vollmar, media and community relations writer, receives his Staff Achievement Award from Jessica Jackson, the 2011-12 Employee of the Year. (Shayna Pond/USAO)

USAO News Writer Rob Vollmar was awarded the Regents Staff Achievement Award for the fourth quarter of 2012-13.

Three faculty members promoted

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July-01-2013
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Dr. Donna Gower (left), associate professor of education, Dr. Lee Hester (center), professor of American Indian studies and Dr. John Bruce, professor of language and literature were promoted recently at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Three faculty members at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma recently earned promotions.

Arnold hired as USAO media director

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June-27-2013
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Officials at the University of Science and Arts have hired Kelly Arnold, APR, as the new director of media and community relations.

Looking for someone with the right combination of experience, skill and approach, officials at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma have hired Kelly Arnold, APR, as the new director of media and community relations after an extensive, three-month search.

USAO releases 2013 Spring honor rolls

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June-25-2013
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The USAO Honor Roll recognizes students whose grade point average is 3.5 or higher for 12 or more hours of class work. The Regents Honor Roll recognizes those who have been named to the USAO Honor Roll for three or more consecutive trimesters. The honor rolls were created to recognize and encourage academic excellence.

More than 210 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the spring 2013 trimester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, the USAO registrar has announced.

Twelve recognized as leaders with four-year scholarship at USAO

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June-18-2013
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The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma awards 12 Oklahoma students with the President’s Leadership scholarship.

Twelve students from across Oklahoma have been awarded the President’s Leadership Scholarship at the University of Science and Arts where they plan to attend this fall.

USAO education department transitions to innovative co-teaching approach

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June-14-2013
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The USAO education department is making a transition to an innovative co-teaching approach to teacher education that enhances student and prospective teacher learning.

After two years of exhaustive research and collaboration, the teacher education program at the University of Science and Arts is launching a new approach to teacher preparation called co-teaching.


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