Opera singer, former area newspaper publisher and USAO graduate Dr. David Settle returns to Chickasha for a recital July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the USAO Alumni Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public.
The recital will include numbers by Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Francis Poulenc, Cole Porter and Nicolas Slonimsky.
The finale of the program includes five advertising songs by Slonimsky including Make This a Day of Pepsodent, And Then Her Doctor Told Her, Snowy -- White, No More Shiny Nose, and Children Cry for Castoria.
Although it has been told in area classrooms, the Christmas story "Juniper" is being published and will be available to the rest of the world in August. But the children's book will be available this month for those who attend a book signing July 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the USAO Bookstore. The Bookstore is located at 17th and Alabama in Chickasha.
Author Nancy Hector will be on hand to sign copies of the books. Dr. Hector is an associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences at USAO.
Forget the assumption that people go to college to keep from getting their hands dirty. Helping the community – and getting dirty if necessary – is the aim of the Service Learning/Civic Engagement program at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The mission of the Service Learning/Civic Engagement (SLCE) program at the college is "to inspire the next generation of Oklahomans to become social entrepreneurs, leaders who apply creative problem solving skills to address the needs of underserved populations in our communities.
Dealing with progressive hearing loss since she was 27, USAO graduate Shanna (Bartlett) Groves did what any good writer would do -- she wrote a novel. Groves' experiences inspired her novel, Lip Reader. She returns to Chickasha in July for a book signing and reading.
A book signing featuring Lip Reader is scheduled July 20 from 6-9 p.m. at Java Dave's Coffee House, 1724 South Fourth Street. Groves will sign and sale copies of the novel, as well as read from the book. Groves is a 1996 graduate of USAO and a 1992 graduate of Prague High School.
Another year of performing and visual arts events at the University of Science and Arts will be made possible thanks in part to the Oklahoma Arts Council.
USAO has been awarded a matching grant from the OAC to assist in funding the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series, spring Art Gallery events, the Seven-State Biennial Juried Regional Art Exhibit and the Artscope Summer Arts Camp. The USAO Foundation, Inc. was awarded $20,000 for support of these events.