USAO Kicks Off Spring Classes Friday
Although the temperature doesn’t reflect it, spring is returning to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – spring classes that is.
Classes begin Friday at Oklahoma’s public liberal arts university in Chickasha.
In addition to offering more than 350 classes in 23 fields of study, USAO’s spring calendar is filled with a number of musical and theatrical events. Drover basketball hits high gear as Sooner Athletic Conference play is underway now. Softball and baseball get things started in late January and February and the massive Spring Triad – an all-day academic, art and music festival that welcomes more than 3,000 to campus – is planned for April 2.
A spring class schedule is available from the USAO Admissions Office, 574-1204, or on the Internet at www.usao.edu/schedules. Classes continue through Spring Commencement on April 17.
USAO’s website also offers a full course catalog, event calendars, sports news and sections on art shows and fine arts events. Persons who wish to get e-mail updates about USAO news, events and sports can sign up for the Alumni News Hotline at www.usao.edu/alumni/getmorenews.htm.
The university’s basketball teams continue Sooner Athletic Conference play with a home game on Jan. 3 against St. Gregory’s at 6 and 8 p.m. and on Jan. 5 at Oklahoma Baptist at 6 and 8 p.m.
The next event in the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is the Daddy Mac Blues Band, who visits the campus Feb. 6 for a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
Beginning Jan. 12, the USAO Art Gallery will display the Oklahoma Centerfold Show. Hosted by USAO and the Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery in Lawton, this show features the work of top artists from throughout the state and nation. The Gallery is open weekdays 8:30-4:30. On Feb. 15, the USAO Gallery welcomes Blanchard artist and USAO alum Paul Mays. A full schedule of art shows is available at www.usao.edu/gallery.
The conclusion of the Five B’s Festival is scheduled Feb. 23-28. Composer Leonard Bernstein will be featured. Beginning in 2007, USAO has sponsored a Festival of Music and Ideas centered on the life and times of five major composers – Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Bela Bartok and Bernstein. A week-long festival of lectures, movies and concerts are scheduled each trimester focusing on one composer.
The 2009 Emerson-Weir Liberal Arts Symposium is scheduled March 26. Edward O. Wilson, one of the world’s most distinguished biologists, will be the featured speaker. Wilson was named one of America’s Most Influential People by Time magazine and is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
Now entering its 13th year as a hub site in the state’s telecommunication network, USAO will import nearly two dozen courses this spring. Among all colleges in Oklahoma, USAO is the leader in providing imported courses.
By importing only courses that complement USAO’s curriculum, not duplicating it, students gain learning options. Graduate level telecommunication courses are offered in guidance and counseling, education administration and business administration.
The telecommunication courses are delivered in interactive television classrooms in USAO’s Nash Library. Students in Chickasha not only see and hear the teacher at the sending institution, but with video technology, they also are seen and heard during classroom discussion, along with other students at various sites across the state.
Fields of study available at USAO are American Indian studies, art, biology, business (with concentrations in accounting, business administration and management), chemistry, communication, computer science, deaf education, drama, early childhood education, economics, elementary education, English, history, mathematics, music, natural science, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and speech pathology. Students can pursue a bachelor of art, bachelor of science or bachelor of fine arts degree with teacher certification in several areas.
The university welcomes new students and non-traditional older students who wish to continue or finish their degrees. The enrollment process takes about an hour, according to the admissions office.