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Journal Record heralds USAO's creativity

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April-06-2012
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Mary Mélon (center), president and publisher of the Journal Record, and USAO President Dr. John Feaver (right) congratulate Dr. Erik Guzik (left) for his groundbreaking research that was honored with the Creativity Award during the Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year awards banquet on April 5 at the Renaissance in Tulsa.

CHICKASHA -- An innovative program to connect Oklahoma schools and improve problem-solving skills reached another milestone on April 5 as the Journal Record recognized the University of Science and Arts with its yearly Creativity Award.

Oklahoma mag labels USAO 'a great place to work'

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January-11-2012
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Dr. Zach Simpson, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, elects to teach class at The Circle, an outdoor art installation and meeting area, on a beautiful spring day. Smaller classes sizes and a focus on teaching are just two of the reasons why USAO was described as a “Great Place to Work” in higher education by Oklahoma Magazine.

Oklahoma Magazine has selected the University of Science and Arts as one of four Oklahoma universities providing outstanding work environments.

Creative Oklahoma salutes USAO innovator

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November-15-2011
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Dr. Erik Guzik works with local students to demonstrate the creative tools in the Virtual Problem Solving program. Guzik was recently awarded the Great Inspirations award by Creative Oklahoma for his work on VPS and Oklahoma A+ schools.

For his work in problem-solving software innovation, Dr. Erik Guzik earned the Great Inspirations Award at the Oklahoma Creativity Forum Nov. 1.

NYC tour announced for May 2012

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November-14-2011
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Students, faculty and friends plan to spend six days and five nights taking in the sights of New York City. For more details, contact Jacquelyn Knapp at (405) 574-1303 or visit the tour’s information page online at usao.edu/news/trips-tours/new-york-2012

CHICKASHA – The University of Science and Arts is sponsoring a six day, five night art and theatre tour to New York City that is planned for May 22 through May 27, 2012. The tour will be led by emeritus faculty member Roger Drummond and Jacquelyn Knapp, associate professor of art.

Campus mourns death of Mark Owens

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November-05-2011
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Mark Owens addresses the crowd assembled for the 2003 dedication of the Owens Flag Plaza at USAO. Beside him is Caroline Owens, his partner in every endeavor.

Mark Owens, 63, a visionary entrepreneur and designer of the Owens Flag Plaza at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, died Nov. 1, at his home in Castle Rock, Colo.

He will be remembered for generations by alumni and friends of USAO as the “imagineer” behind the Owens Flag Plaza, which he designed as three interlocking circles to harmonize its unique three-part history.

USAO Finds New Peers in U.S. News

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September-15-2011
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Named this week to the prestigious “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category in "U.S.News & World Report," the University of Science and Arts fields much tougher competition this fall, according to USAO officials. This puts USAO in the company of hundreds of nationally respected private liberal arts colleges in the exclusive rankings.

A quiet change happened in the national rankings this year, a change that could easily go unnoticed since Oklahoma’s usually highest ranked public university has disappeared from its familiar spot on the “Baccalaureate Colleges” list in U.S.News & World Report.

Dr. Sharon Brickman: A career of service

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July-27-2011
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<p>Bethany Wray, a junior mathematics major from Chickasha, (pictured on left) consults Dr. Sharon Brickman (right) about student teaching. Brickman retired from USAO this spring.</p>

For decades, Sharon Brickman would issue the same challenge to each new set of potential teachers who came under her care:

“If you don’t believe that you can effect change in your students’ lives, change your major.”

Rios wins Miss Deaf Oklahoma title

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July-25-2011
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Mary Rios, a senior deaf education major at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, begins her two-year tenure as the Miss Deaf Oklahoma Ambassador. Rios will go on to compete for the Miss Deaf America at the National Association of the Deaf conference in 2012.

Mary Rios, a student at the University of Science and Arts, has been awarded the title of Miss Deaf Oklahoma Ambassador at the recent Oklahoma Association of the Deaf Conference.

Dr. Shawyi Kao- A study in improbabilities

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June-30-2011
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<p>Dr. Shawyi Kao leaves&nbsp;the University of Science of Arts of Oklahoma&nbsp;with a three-decade legacy of high standards in the classroom. He retired from teaching at USAO this spring.</p>

Though it took a winding series of hard decisions to bring him to the campus, Dr. Shawyi Kao taught mathematics at the University of Science and Arts for more than 29 years. He retired this spring.

Kao (pronounced “gow”) never planned to teach in Oklahoma for three decades, but he encountered friendly people here who won him over.

Miller legacy: understanding history

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May-13-2011
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Dr. John Miller enjoys a moment entertaining students. Miller retired at the end of the spring trimester after more than 20 years of service teaching history at USAO.

Dr. John Miller didn’t just teach history. He lived it.


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