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USAO joins America's elite 19 for 'A-grade' curriculum

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Working in a lab with students is Dr. Peter Thomas, associate professor of education and science. USAO's faculty-student ratio 15-1, among the lowest in Oklahoma.

Only 19 universities in America scored an ‘A’ grade in the national What Will They Learn? project, aimed at improving essential core curriculum. That list includes the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha.

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) unveiled its 2011 list on Tuesday.

Former OCLA president Dr. Robert Martin dies at 85

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USAO President John Feaver (left) shares a moment with the late Robert Martin, the institution's president from 1967 to 1972, at a gathering in 2010 to celebrate legacy of the Oklahoma College for Liberal Arts.

Presiding over one of the most innovative and tumultuous periods in university history, Dr. Robert Martin shepherded the establishment of many of the institutions that make the University of Science and Arts what it is today in his four-year tenure as president. Martin died May 27 at his home in Norman. He was 85.

Lamar retires: "This has never been a job for me"

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Chickasha native, OCLA alumnus and professor of art Kent Lamar retires after 38 years of teaching at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Every trimester’s end brings on a time of transition as students receive their grades and, in some cases, their diplomas. This past spring’s conclusion in the April 19 commencement marked more than just the passage from one term into the next.

As the second ceremony of the night reached its conclusion, a familiar figure rose with the rest of the faculty and lifted the staff that he had meticulously carved from its perch next to the university president on stage.

An earthy cry of celebration rose from the audience. Angus Kent Lamar, long-time professor and chairman of the art department, gave a wry smile before joining the procession of faculty off of the stage.

With that, Lamar officially had retired and his 38-year tenure at the University of Science and Arts came to an end.

USAO, EDC, city earn Regents Business Award


EDMOND – The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education honored the Chickasha Economic Development Council, the city of Chickasha and the University of Science and Arts with the Regents Business Partnership Excellence award for forging a cooperative relationship that will make meaningful contributions to the economy and quality of Chickasha’s community.

Olympic sculptor to memorialize Te Ata

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Sculptor Jon Hair presented this maquette of Te Ata Fisher as part of his winning bid to memorialize the celebrated storyteller in monumental form on the campus of the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha. Hair was chosen from a pool of more than 30 artists after an extensive nationwide search.

CHICKASHA -- With more than 75 sculptures gracing the campuses of 30 universities, Jon Hair is bringing his artistic mastery to Oklahoma to capture the likeness of “Oklahoma treasure” Te Ata Fisher in monumental bronze on the campus of the University of Science and Arts.

USAO faculty dig into research; new books out

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Dr. Zach Simpson (left) and Dr. James Finck (right) both saw new books published in 2012. Several other members of USAO’s faculty published articles, book chapters and presented at conferences throughout the year.

With three new books – on the Civil War, local history and aesthetic living – plus scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals, faculty at the University of Science and Arts are engaged in research when not in the classroom.

Public relations pioneer to be inducted into hall of fame

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Dr. Vincent Hazleton, professor and acting director of the school of communication at Radford University, returns to his alma mater to be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame on Nov. 3. The annual reunion, scheduled from Nov. 1-4, is open to all USAO/OCLA/OCW alumni. Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290.

An author and educator, Dr. Vincent Hazleton is recognized as a trailblazer in the field of public relations.

Hazleton will be inducted into the USAO Hall of Fame in a ceremony that will also honor Young Alumni Award recipient April Doshier on Nov. 3.

USAO joins elite 'A' list nationally

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Freshmen from the Class of 2016 exit Troutt Hall after a formal Matriculation ceremony confirming them as students of the University of Science and Arts. Maintaining the highest admission standards in the state, USAO received more national acclaim this week as the American Council of Trustees and Alumni awarded Oklahoma’s only public liberal arts university with an ‘A’ grade for the strength of its core curriculum.

Of more than 1,000 universities surveyed nationwide, only 21 scored an ‘A’ grade for the breadth of courses required for graduation – an elite list which, for the second year in a row, includes the University of Science and Arts.

USAO Regents approve $12.3M budget, students to pay more as state budgets flat

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USAO President Dr. John Feaver (left) presents outgoing Chairwoman Molly Tolbert (right) with a gavel in honor for her leadership as chair of the USAO Board of Regents. Tolbert is succeeded by John Nelson (not pictured) of Chickasha.

Regents approved a new $12.3 million budget for the coming year at the University of Science and Arts that is virtually unchanged from last year’s budget. Approved by the State Regents in their June 21 meeting, the new USAO budget includes a 7.1 increase in student tuition and mandatory fees to cover mandatory cost increases, mostly in health insurance and utilities, of nearly $196,000.

Nesbitt legacy celebrated in gallery opening

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Charles and Margôt Nesbitt’s legacy of generosity is celebrated with an inaugural reception at the newly christened Nesbitt Gallery at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4 in Davis Hall at the University of Science and Arts.

Rechristened to honor a prominent Oklahoma family whose generous donations form the spine of its permanent collection, the Nesbitt Gallery is celebrating the change with an inaugural reception at the University of Science and Arts.

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