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USAO Art Gallery shows treasures from Nesbitt collection

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July-19-2011
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Albrecht Dürer’s “Allegorical Subject on the Christian Knight” is one of many masterworks on display in an exhibition of the Nesbitt collection through Aug. 5 in the USAO Art Gallery.

Picasso. Whistler. Dürer. Matisse. Toulouse-Lautrec.

These are names of famous artists one might expect to see when visiting the Museum of Modern Art or the Smithsonian but local residents can view their works in person at the USAO Art Gallery through Aug. 5.

USAO Staff Association donates to Christmas in August

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July-06-2011
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<p>Members of the USAO Staff Association present Eileen Thomas, a representative of the Christmas in August committee, with a donation to help offset the cost of school supplies for area children. Pictured (from left to right) are Julie Stockstill, Linda Williams, Eileen Thomas and Paula Brashears.</p>

The Staff Association at the University of Science and Arts recently made a donation of $200 to Christmas in August, an annual event designed to deliver school supplies to area children.

In the early 1970s, Johnnie Pearl Coffey, a retired educator, had a vision to provide children in Chickasha with school supplies. Her vision became known as Christmas in August, an event in which the business community, civic leaders, educators and local churches unite to provide school supplies to children who attended Chickasha Public Schools.

Incoming freshmen awarded new scholarship

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July-05-2011
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<p>Alicia Working of Mustang (above) and Zachery Geary of Okeene (below) are the 2011-12 recipients of the William Neill Scholarship.</p>

Alicia Working of Mustang and Zachery Geary of Okeene have been awarded the William Neill Scholarship at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma this fall.

The scholarship covers the cost of room, board, books, tuition, and related fees for the recipient minus the amount applied to these costs through other University, state, and/or federal grant and scholarship sources. In short, it covers most things not covered by other aid.

Regents approve $12.3M budget, students pay more

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June-21-2011
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<p>Honored as the Staff Employee of the Year is Monica Park, center, who manages the Lawson Court apartment complex at the University of Science and Arts. She was presented the honor, which includes a plaque and a $500 stipend, by Regents Chairwoman Leslie Hudson in last week&rsquo;s meeting of the USAO Board of Regents.</p>

Taking bold steps to cover more than $549,000 in state funding cuts projected for the coming year, and more than $186,000 in higher insurance, energy and other “mandatory costs,” the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents met on Tuesday to approve a $12.3 million budget for the year ahead.

USAO announces Spring 2011 Honor Rolls

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June-15-2011
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<p>The USAO Honor Roll recognizes students whose grade point average is 3.5 or higher for 12 or more hours of class work (seven or more in the summer term). 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.</p>

More than 220 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the spring 2011 trimester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, USAO records officials have announced.

USAO earns Tree Campus USA designation

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June-09-2011
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Students worked together with faculty member Dr. Nancy Osborn, professor of physical education, to qualify USAO to earn the "Tree Campus USA" designation.

Long advertised as “located on a heavily wooded national historic district,” USAO has now earned a national distinction -- “Tree Campus USA” -- from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, for nurturing its healthy trees.

The award, which recognizes tree care, was awarded to university representatives at the State Capitol. This is the first year USAO has participated in the program.

Masonic Charities Adds $100K to Festival of Arts/Ideas

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June-06-2011
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A new $100,000 endowment created by the Masonic Charities of Oklahoma will support USAO’s creative Festival of Arts and Ideas project, now in its fourth year. From left are John Logan, executive director of the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma; Dr. Michael Nealeigh, vice president for university advancement at USAO; Glenn Almy of Manford, grand master Mason; USAO President John Feaver; and MCF Board Members Richard Massad of Oklahoma City and Robert Davis of Guthrie.

They dreamed it. They built it. And now the Masons are helping to fund it.

When a team of faculty joined with the USAO Foundation four years ago to create a festival merging arts and ideas into an engaging format that educates while it entertains, they started something that is gaining real momentum this month through a $100,000 gift from the Masonic Charity Foundation of Oklahoma.

Lam showcases USAO for area fine arts students

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February-24-2011
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A group of students from Harding Fine Arts Academy in Oklahoma City visits the USAO campus in February, led by Dr. Irene Lam of Oklahoma City (second from left). Lam, an optometrist in the metro, also owns and operates the restored, historic Gold Dome building at 23rd and Classen.

Students from the Harding Fine Arts Academy recently visited the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, accompanied by Dr. Irene Lam, who serves on Harding's board of directors.

USAO sheds pounds, adds dollars to scholarship fund

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April-26-2011
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Students, staff and faculty at the University of Science and Arts come together to lose more than 400 pounds and add $4177.50 to the scholarship fund in the Make Marble Pay program. Student Taryn Mazur and staff member Cynthia Richardson posted the biggest losses, both winning a 42” flat screen television for their efforts.

Having accepted the challenge to lose weight in order to generate monies for the scholarship program, student Taryn Mazur and Sodexo manager, Cynthia Richardson each brought home the grand prize of a 42” flat screen television. They were competing against 54 students and staff in the Make Marble Pay program at the University of Science and Arts.

USAO community mourns passing of alumna, educator

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April-26-2011
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Alecia Gonzales pauses for a photo, while filming the companion video for her groundbreaking Kiowa language textbook.

Known for her lifelong devotion to teaching and preserving the Kiowa language, author and educator Alecia Keahbone Gonzales, a great friend and longtime employee of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, died on April 22.


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