Six USAO students enter drama honor society
Six USAO students were honored for scholarship and service as they were inducted on April 9 into the Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Sigma Xi is the USAO chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre honor society. With more than 600 casts, the organization is the largest national honor society in America. Its goal is to acknowledge those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and to encourage a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre.
New inductees include Tiffiany Crow, a senior drama major from Chickasha; Brian Coburn, a junior drama major from Chickasha; Lucia Martinez, a junior art major from Oklahoma City; Kayla Hurd, a sophomore drama major from Oklahoma City; Montania Mae Lightfoot, a junior with double majors in drama and business from Mountain View; and J.D. Meyer, a sophomore drama major from Mustang.
The new members were initiated and welcomed to the organization by the 15 current members of the chapter and their advisor, Katie Davis, APO member and associate professor of drama.
“It is always exciting to welcome new students to this prestigious society,” Davis said.
“The Sigma Xi Cast was charted at OCLA in 1966 and the chapter was re-instated in the spring of 2008. This spring, seven APO members will graduate from USAO, including Jessica Gray, a drama major, who is the Distinguished Graduate for the Division of Arts and Humanities. Membership in this chapter is a goal that each drama major strives for and we are proud to reflect the interdisciplinary mission of the institution by having several members who major is not drama.”
In an address to the initiates, Davis shared a message from the National Business Manager, Dr. Bret Jones of Wichita State University, explaining the significance of the chapter’s name.
“Alpha Psi Omega teaches nothing new in saying that you will be rewarded according to the quality of your performance. This is the Alpha and the Omega of this society – the beginning and the end.”
“To be an artist in any line requires infinite capacity for hard work and attention to detail. Our motto: ‘Seek a Life Useful’ means not only that we strive to be artists, but that we endeavor to seek the highest goal of any artist, service.”
To qualify for the organization, students must demonstrate academic excellence and must have earned 75 points by participating in college theatre productions. It is required that production points be earned in more than one of the following categories -- performance, production, dramaturgy, playwriting or service.
As part of the initiation, each student must complete an examination and publically perform 12 lines from a Shakespeare monologue from memory.
The six initiated students were officially recorded in the register of the national organization and paid dues that guarantee lifetime membership in the society.
Those interested in more information about the national organization are invited to visit www.alphapsiomega.org online.