USAO Kicks Off Spring Classes Jan. 8
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 Jan. 8 at Oklahoma’s public liberal arts university in Chickasha. Jan. 8 also is enrollment day at the college.
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 1.
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 23.
Students can apply online to USAO for free. The process takes about 20 minutes and students will need their ACT scores, household income and GPA/class rank. Go to the USAO website -- www.usao.edu -- and click the 'APPLY!' button.
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 home games on Jan. 4 against St. Gregory’s, Jan. 9 against Oklahoma Christian, Jan. 11 against Southern Nazarene and Jan. 14 the Drover teams take on Wayland Baptist and Mid-America on Jan. 28. All games start at 6 and 8 p.m. The Drovers also host Lubbock Christian on Jan. 16 at 1 and 3 p.m.
The next event in the Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is the Post Comedy Theater, who visits the campus Feb. 23 for a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Ticket information is available at www.usao.edu/dwpas.
Beginning Jan. 8, the USAO Art Gallery will display the landscape paintings of Regina Murphy and the earthy sculptures of Howard Koerth during the exhibit Murphy & Koerth. The show runs through Feb. 15 with an artist's reception on Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. The Gallery is open weekdays 8:30-4:30. On Feb. 19, the USAO Gallery welcomes artist Catherine Prose. A full schedule of art shows is available at www.usao.edu/gallery.
On March 4-5, the USAO Symposium on Africa and the second installment of the Festival of Arts and Ideas join for two days of events. The symposium provides a multidisciplinary look at African issues.
In conjunction with the symposium, the USAO music and drama departments present the Festival of Arts and Ideas. The festival includes two concert-plus-ideas events that are scheduled to feature Native African music and Africa's influence on American music such as jazz, ragtime, soul, blues and more.
The 2010 Emerson-Weir Liberal Arts Symposium is scheduled April 8. Experimental psychologist Steven Pinker will be the keynote speaker. Pinker conducts research on language and cognition, writes for publications such as the New York Times, Time and The New Republic, and is the author of seven books.
Now entering its 14th year as a hub site in the state’s telecommunication network, USAO will import 19 courses this spring from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Among all four-year 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 college doesn't offer the courses, but provides them as a service to the community.
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.