Artists and admirers mingle on the campus of USAO as part of the Spring Triad, an event that includes the Montmartre Chalk Art Competition, the Scholastic Meet and the Droverstock music festival. Campus officials estimate that more than 2,000 people visited the campus April 7 to take part in the competitions and festivities.
With near-perfect spring weather, more than 2,000 people flocked to the USAO campus for the Spring Triad on April 7. Students from more than 75 high schools across Oklahoma visited Chickasha.
USAO Physical Plant workers Jacob Pike and Kent Klingman work with a team of staffers to install the new crown molding on USAO’s oldest building, Troutt Hall, built in 1910. Contractors had estimated the job for more than $100,000, but Physical Plant Director Tim Stiger managed the project in-house and accomplished it for about $55,000. This is one of a dozen cost-saving strategies developed by USAO faculty and staff that have netted more than $368,000 so far this year.
Responding to painful budget cuts with characteristic ingenuity, USAO staff and faculty are imagining new ways to harness available dollars. The school shaved $350,000 a year off its energy bills by creating Oklahoma’s first energy performance contract in higher education back in 2001, but now more state budget cuts are requiring even more imagination.
Recognized for 50 years of service, USAO friend Jim Ruff was honored by the Oklahoma Officials Association in July.
He's been an athletic official for five decades, a lifetime resident of the Chickasha area and a friend to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma for many years. And this year, the Oklahoma Officials Association honored Jim Ruff for meritorious service as an athletic official.