CHICKASHA – Performing and visual arts fans from across the nation gathered in Chickasha last weekend for one of Oklahoma’s first official centennial events. More than 1,500 spectators from 30 states attended Saturday and Sunday’s performances of the “Te Ata” world premiere and its accompanying Native American Women art exhibit at the University of Science and Arts.DeLanna Studi as Te Ata
Memorial services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, for devoted career educator Malyne L. Hilburn of Chickasha, a member of the University of Science and Arts Board of Regents.
Hilburn, 78, will be remembered by family, friends and members of the USAO campus family in a memorial service on Saturday in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, 804 Utah Street, with Rev. McCarroll officiating.
For Rex Moore, research subjects come in small packages … with wings. The biology senior at the University of Science and Arts recently won an award at the State Capitol for his research and presentation of Oklahoma’s moths. The annual Research Day at the Capitol pit undergraduate students from around the state against each other using posters and presentations as the choice media.
With scholarships in hand, high school seniors across the state are gearing up for college at the University of Science and Arts. High school seniors recently received scholarships from USAO to attend the fall semester. The university awarded multiple types of scholarships, from academic to art talent, from athletic to music.
Nancy Moats, director of financial aid, said this year’s scholarship recipients display high levels of academic and leadership skills.
Native American actors across Oklahoma and the nation are preparing to begin rehearsals for the world premiere of Te Ata. The groundbreaking production, set to debut in August, showcases the life of world-renowned storyteller and actress Te Ata Thompson Fisher (1895-1995); cast members represent tribal nations across the country.
Playwright and acting artistic director JudyLee Oliva (Chickasaw) sees the world premiere as a unique opportunity for Native American performers by offering the rare chance to display their talents as actors, musicians and singers.
In a historical first, the Rapp Foundation of Oklahoma City recently created a $25,000 endowment for music scholarships at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The first scholarship generated from the gift has been awarded to music junior Gina Curtis of Chickasha.
Curtis is a vocal music education major at USAO. A non-traditional student with three children, Curtis came to USAO in 2004 to complete a bachelor of arts degree in music. By becoming an elementary school teacher, she hopes to introduce music into the lives of young children.
CHICKASHA -- International artist Archie Held synthesizes Oklahoma’s natural fauna and native culture in a new sculpture to be unveiled this fall at the University of Science and Arts.
Oklahoma’s public liberal arts college has teamed up with the new Office of Oklahoma Art in Public Places to bring new art to the state. After a search that produced submissions from 82 artists around the world, USAO announces Archie Held as the winner.
Artscope – Chickasha’s creative summer camp for children – is quickly approaching. A unique summer arts day camp for children ages 8-12, Artscope will be held on the University of Science and Arts campus June 12-23.
Tuition is $150 per child, and a limited number of spaces and scholarships are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The original scholarship deadline of April 30 has been extended until all scholarships have been given out.
“USAO has always and will always attract the brightest minds,” said Dr. Sanders Huguenin to a record-breaking crowd of 1,600 at the University of Science and Arts spring commencement. On Friday night, Huguenin, vice president of academic affairs, addressed the audience during the university’s first outdoor commencement in nearly 50 years. His message was one of student achievement. (read full Huguenin address here)
More than 100 graduating students will receive their degrees during an outdoor commencement ceremony at the University of Science and Arts on April 21. At 8 p.m., the university will hold its first outdoor graduation service in nearly 50 years.
The ceremony takes place south of the flag plaza on the oval and will accommodate 1,500 guests. Overflow seating is available in the Davis Hall Amphitheater, where the televised event will be shown on a 12-foot screen. A live broadcast also is scheduled on USAO Channel 18.