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Fall term filled with campus, community events underway

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August-22-2012
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Tashina Ototivo (extreme upper right), a senior music major from Walters, enjoys a playful moment between events with new freshmen during USAO’s Freshmen Orientation week. Classes begin Aug. 27 with enrollment continuing through Aug. 31.

After another summer of soaring temperatures, students will be greeted by unseasonably cool weather as they return for the fall trimester at the University of Science and Arts. Classes begin Aug. 27 with enrollment continuing through Aug. 31.

Spectacle, superb performances await performing arts series supporters

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August-08-2012
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Four outstanding performances continue the legacy of the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series at the University of Science and Arts as its twelfth season opens this fall. Performers scheduled for the series include world music ensemble Sangeet Millennium (top left), the Chicago Tap Theatre company (top right), the Texas Boys Choir (bottom left) and the Ying String Quartet (bottom right). Season tickets for the series can be purchased online at usao.edu/dwpas or through the USAO business office, 405-574-1213.

1964 The Tribute. Chinese Dragon acrobats. Celtic Spring. Jami Smith.

Over the past eleven years, the University of Science and Arts has played host to international superstars thanks to the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series (DWPAS). Now, as the series is poised to open its twelfth season, DWPAS coordinator Dr. Ken Bohannon is as proud of the program’s past as he is enthusiastic about its future.

Tutoring program sharpens student reading skills

Published: 
August-01-2012
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Dr. James Finck (right), assistant professor of American history, confers with Jordyn Yates (center), senior elementary education major from Waxahachie, Texas about his daughter, Savannah’s (left) progress during a summer reading program. The program concluded with a parent-tutor conference on July 26.

Parents, children and university tutors met together last week at the University of Science and Arts to discuss progress made during the course of an eight-week reading improvement program.

Feaver to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Published: 
July-26-2012
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In October, USAO President John Feaver will be named among 10 prominent educators to the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

College president, outspoken historic preservationist and education reformer John Feaver will be inducted to the Higher Education Hall of Fame in October, joining a very short list of living presidents ever selected for the honor.

Mayo receives Staff Achievement award

Published: 
July-25-2012
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Rhonda Mayo (right), a reserve clerk for the Nash Library, receives her Staff Achievement award from Monica Park (left), manager of the Lawson Court facilities and the 2010-11 Employee of the Year.

For her steadfast service in the campus library, Rhonda Mayo capped her 13th year at the University of Science and Arts this month with the Regents Staff Achievement Award. Mayo was named honoree for the final quarter of the 2011-12 year at a meeting of the USAO Staff Association.

USAO wins state-wide recognition for media excellence

Published: 
July-24-2012
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The Media and Community Relations team at USAO returns from a recent conference with seven awards for media excellence. The team includes (front, left to right) Kellie Driscoll, Jessica Jackson, Shayna Pond, Randy Talley, (back, left to right) Cody Dracars, Adam Heilman, Rob Vollmar and David Duncan.

Competing against a record number of entries, the Media and Community Relations department at the University of Science and Arts brought home seven awards for media excellence from the 2012 Oklahoma College Public Relations Association (OCPRA) conference.

Teacher education forum finds new life online

Published: 
July-11-2012
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Dr. Vicki Ferguson (standing, right), director of teacher education at USAO, brainstorms with fellow and future educators at a USAO ThinkTank event from 2011. Ferguson announced a new online forum for members of the public to offer their input on teacher education this week.

A new initiative allowing the public to review and comment on changes being made in teaching education programs across the state has been launched at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

USAO hosts core standards workshop for teachers

Published: 
July-02-2012
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USAO’s Gary Hall served as the meeting place for an Oklahoma Writing Project workshop that offered educators a variety of workshops designed to bring state writing curriculum in line with the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

The Oklahoma Writing Project held a workshop for 79 teachers from more than 25 school districts on June 22 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

USAO goes tobacco free July 1

Published: 
June-28-2012
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USAO joins all other state agencies in establishing a policy banning tobacco. The policy took effect July 1.

Campus visitors and students can breathe more freely than ever as the University of Science and Arts joins all state agencies in banning tobacco, effective July 1. Among its other health initiatives underway, USAO plans to open the Nobbs Wellness Center for all students in the fall.

Eleven recognized as leaders with four-year scholarship at USAO

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June-19-2012
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The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma awards eleven Oklahoma students with the President’s Leadership scholarship.

Eleven 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.


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