For the fourth year in a row, freshmen and seniors at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma have the opportunity to participate in a national survey in which they can rate the university on academic challenge, active learning and student-faculty interaction.
Students have until April 12 to complete the online survey. The assessment is part of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE – commonly called 'nessie'). It is an assessment that focuses on how effectively universities engage their students in academic endeavors by going to the source -- the students.
Under normal circumstances, if a group of 11 USAO graduates are together, there must be an Alumni Association event. But this happens everyday at Tate Publishing in Mustang, where more than 10 percent of the publishing company’s workforce are alums of the University of Science and Arts.
"I don't know what you guys are doing at USAO, but you need to bottle it. You are turning out top-tier talent with a great work ethic," said Dave Dolphin, director of book production at Tate.
Student Elizabeth Sellers will take the stage for the last time at USAO as a student as she presents her senior recital March 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel. The performance is free and the public is invited.
"It is sad to leave USAO and all of the people that have helped me through these last four years," Sellers said. "Doing a senior vocal recital is like taking a bow and realizing that the college experience is almost over. It is nerve-wracking and exciting all at the same time."
A person's signature is defined as a distinctive form of identification in authorizing a check or document. Two USAO graduates and five graduating fine arts majors at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will let their art define them during Signature, the spring bachelor of fine arts art exhibit at the university.
Nine students at the University of Science and Arts were honored March 11 as they were initiated in Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education.
"We are proud of these initiates," said Dr. Jeanne Mather, sponsor of the group and professor of education at USAO. "Each has excelled in college, understands the importance of being a life-long learner, and is expected to be an outstanding educator, one who will truly make a difference in her students’ lives."
Generally in southwestern Oklahoma the term 'fencing' refers to the containment of livestock in a field or pen. But on April 9, fencing involves foils, lunges and a lot of fun at the University of Science and Arts.
Children and adults alike are invited to take a stab at swordplay when the USAO fencing class presents Foils and Fun, an evening of fencing at 7 p.m. in the Davis Hall Theatre.
Fifteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, the USAO honor society.
The students were inducted during an awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members March 9.
Dr. John Feaver, president of USAO, shared remarks at the ceremony.
More than 100 students faced off recently for an annual high school art competition at the University of Science and Arts. Students from 22 high schools around the state competed in Innovations, an art exhibit held exclusively for high school juniors and seniors.
Alva High School student Megan Schwahn won the Best of Show award for her mixed media "Kindred Spirits." Brook Hoover, an Elgin High School student, received the People's Choice Award.