Dottie Smith, administrative assistant of the physical plant at USAO, received the Regents Staff Achievement Award for the fourth quarter of 2008-09. The Regents Staff Achievement Award is presented quarterly to one outstanding staff member. From these award winners, an Employee of the Year recipient is selected. Presenting the award is Jim Hopkins, database administrator at USAO and recipient of last year’s Employee of the Year Award.
A budget deal that prevents any tuition increases this year was announced June 9 at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The USAO Board of Regents approved a new $13.1 million budget that is mostly unchanged from last year.
“This is effectively a standstill budget,” said Regent John Nelson of Chickasha, who chairs the Regents Finance Committee.
The new budget reflects an unusual partnership between local, state and federal agencies, said USAO President John Feaver.
More than 210 students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or greater during the spring 2009 semester and were named to the university’s honor rolls, USAO records officials have announced.
University records show 149 students were named to the USAO Honor Roll and 65 students were named to the Regents Honor Roll. Honor roll students represent nine countries and 10 states.
Although the Rock Island Arts Festival in Chickasha isn't scheduled until October, a call for photographers, potters, painters, jewelry makers, sculptors and other artisans to participate is underway during the month of June.
Chickasha's first-ever Rock Island Arts Festival is scheduled Oct. 2-3 at the Rock Island Depot in downtown Chickasha. The Chickasha Area Arts Council is spearheading the event.
String players of all ages will have an opportunity to work one-on-one with one of the world’s premiere violinists at “Fiddle Fun” this summer at the University of Science and Arts. Internationally known violinist and conductor Yuval Waldman will teach the violin, viola and cello camp, scheduled July 13-17 at USAO.
Chickasha Lumber donated several items to help support the Habitat for Humanity Independent Study Project at USAO in May. Students worked on various projects in the Oklahoma City metro area. Pictured are (front row, left) Sara Cox, a psychology major from Chickasha; Haley Moss, an English major from Norman; Callie Castor, a physical education major from Pocasset, and Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education. Back row: Weston Denny, a business major from Cashion; Dusty Emerson of Chickasha Lumber; Thomas Parker, and Tim Nelson, a physical education major from Houston.