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Community first on Drover Difference Day

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February-27-2012
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Shane Hagan (left), a junior from Oklahoma City, works with USAO Health Services Director Chris Basco (right) at the Chickasha Sports Complex on Drover Difference Day in 2011. The day of volunteerism is entering its second year with a new round of projects on March 2.

Students, staff and faculty are doubling down on their commitment to making Chickasha a better place to live as Drover Difference Day enters its second year at the University of Science and Arts.

Fowler keynotes symposium on social networks, media at USAO

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February-24-2012
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Best-selling author, Guggenheim Fellow recipient and one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” Dr. James Fowler is the keynote speaker for the sixth annual Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium at the University of Science and Arts.

In a time when Facebook users can be thought of as citizens of the third-largest country in the world and political revolutions are driven by 140-character “tweets,” the role of social networks and social media have become issues of vital importance.

Clean eating enthusiast promotes wellness at USAO

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February-15-2012
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Caitlin Scheppke, a freshman English major from Blanchard, shares nutrition and wellness expertise with the community in a presentation on clean-eating at noon on Feb. 21 in Station 82 on the campus of USAO. The presentation is free and open to the public.

If Caitlin Scheppke has anything to say about it, the next time we all sit down to eat, we’ll take a moment to ask, “What exactly am I putting into my body?”

Scheppke, an English major from Blanchard and wellness advocate, is scheduled to share her experiences with the clean eating lifestyle at noon on Feb. 21 in Station 82, located on the bottom floor of the Student Center on the campus of the University of Science and Arts.

Black history celebrated at USAO in February

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February-14-2012
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Dr. Stephen Kandeh (second from right), associate professor of sociology, will host an Africa Symposium on human rights beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Davis Hall amphitheater at the University of Science and Arts. The symposium is one of several events celebrating Black History month at the university.

Two events featuring state leaders or experts in human rights from Langston University and Oklahoma State University, plus documentaries on the African American experience, will highlight Black History month at USAO.

Valentine’s themed Festival of Arts and Ideas begins Monday

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February-09-2012
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Student performers embrace period costuming as they recreate 16th century love songs in French, Italian, German and English. Their performance will be part of the upcoming Festival of Arts and Ideas focused on the theme of Contemplating Beauty at the University of Science and Arts. The Festival is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday in the USAO Ballroom and will feature presentations, demonstrations and performances exploring the idea of beauty through the ages. Pictured here are (seated, left to right) Crystal Davis, Olen Cox, (standing, left to right) Alexandria Neighbors, Tyler Heilaman, Amanda Whitchard, Jessie Merritt, Somer Ogburn and (kneeling) Mac Stephenson. The octet will be accompanied by Joe Settlemires (not pictured), an adjunct instructor in music and director of the USAO Showband. Both nights are free and open to the public. For more information, call 574-1318.

The bi-annual Festival of Arts and Ideas kicks off at 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the USAO Ballroom on the second floor of the Student Center. This season’s festival, focused on a theme of Contemplating Beauty will feature presentations, performances and demonstrations from USAO faculty, staff and students addressing the topic through a variety of disciplines.

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National acting company raises 'Doubt' at USAO

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February-09-2012
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Father Brendan Flynn (left, portrayed by Brendan Shanahan), Sister James (center, portrayed by Caitlin McRae) and Sister Aloysius Beauvier (right, portrayed by Suzy Hunt) form the nexus of Doubt, a play about the power of accusation and the burden of responsibility. The Montana Repertory Theater will stage Doubt as part of the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $12 with discounts for students and seniors and can be purchased by calling (405) 574-1213.

An adult is accused of violating a child’s innocence while hidden behind the veil of authority.

It is a story that is echoed too often in the news whether the alleged perpetrator is a pop star, a religious figure or the coach of a celebrated athletics program. With the urgency of protecting children also comes great responsibility. Once the accusation of such a vile crime is made, it can never be taken back.

When the safety of a child is at stake, is there room for doubt?

Montmartre 2012 Rules

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February-03-2012

USAO releases 2011 Fall honor rolls

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February-01-2012
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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 240 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the fall 2011 trimester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, USAO records officials have announced.

USAO mourns death of Bill Wallace

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January-31-2012
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Bill and Carol Wallace of Chickasha were inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008. They both graduated from the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts in the early 1970s. Bill died this week at the age of 64.

Noted author and USAO Alumni Hall of Fame member Bill Wallace has died at the age of 64.

Festival celebrates, questions 'Beauty'

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January-30-2012
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Botticelli's Venus assumes the pose of Rodin's Thinker as a symbol of USAO's Spring 2012 Festival of Arts and Ideas: Contemplating Beauty. The two-night festival begins at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 and 14th in the USAO Ballroom will feature dynamic presentation, performances and demonstrations from faculty across every discipline. The second night will conclude with a dance energized by music performed by an all-star band of veteran USAO faculty and musicians.

For some, it may be in the eye of the beholder or only skin deep but come Feb. 13 and 14, “beauty” will be under the microscope as the Festival of Arts and Ideas gets underway at the University of Science and Arts.


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