Seven accomplished musicians with serious country music chops and dozens of albums between them have joined as The Former Texas Playboys. Together they will perform for charity here in the first-ever Black Tie & Boots Ball, staged by the USAO Foundation to raise money for scholarships at the University of Science and Arts.
With quiet consistency and deliberate planning, Lonnie and Dell Jourdan have left their mark on the USAO campus – from stained glass windows in the Student Center to the lovingly restored Home of the President. Renamed The Jourdan House, the president’s home has been painstakingly revived to its classic early 20th century design with private gifts from the Jourdan family. Sharing in the unveiling of The Jourdan House was, from left, USAO President John Feaver, Lonnie Jourdan and Marilyn Feaver, first lady of USAO.
With no end in sight to state budget cuts to higher education, the University of Science and Arts will trim benefits for all employees and implement furloughs and salary cuts for the remaining eight months of this fiscal year, which ends in June 2010.