USAO inducts 14 students into honor society
Fourteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, USAO's only campus-wide honor society.
The students were inducted during an awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members March 30.
Dr. Dex Marble, vice president for academic affairs at USAO, shared remarks at the ceremony. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President John Fitzgerald, a bachelor of fine arts major from Moore, Vice President Bled N’guessan, a chemistry major with a pre-pharmacy emphasis from Abidjan, Ivory Coast and Secretary Jorden Wiggins, history and psychology major from Oklahoma City.
Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include committee chair, Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics; Dr. Nancy Hector, associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences; Dr. Erik Guzik, assistant professor of economics; Kent Lamar, professor of art, and Marble.
The Hypatia Honor Society was founded in 1923 to honor students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. The honor society was named after Hypatia, the famous Greek female mathematician. A faculty committee selects students for Hypatia. It is not possible for any student to apply for membership in the Honor Society.
Additionally, every student inducted into Hypatia is a multiple trimester member of the USAO Honor Roll and/or the Regents Honor Roll.
One of the features of the annual initiation luncheon is the signing of the Hypatia member book, a book that contains the signatures of every member of the elite honor society since its inception more than 88 years ago.
These initiates were honored:
Travis Bates is a biology major with a pre-med emphasis. He is from Idabel, and Dr. Jeanette Loutsch is his advisor. Travis is science and mathematics tutor in the USAO math and science lab. His USAO activities include Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, and Special Olympics.
Kristina Boehlke is pursuing a business administration major with a liberal arts minor. She is from Midwest City and Wendi Ferrell is her advisor. Kristina is a volunteer at a community garden, where the focus is on donating different vegetables and other nonperishable goods to underprivileged families.
Christopher Bennett is an English major from Moore. He is working towards a minor in drama. Both Dr. John Bruce and Katie Davis are his academic advisors.
Adam Bryant is from Oklahoma City and is working towards a double major in music and theatre. Dr. Dan Hanson and Katie Davis are his academic advisors. Adam is a participant in the USAO spring theatre production, H.M.S. Pinafore. His other USAO activities include the University Musicians, the Drama Club, the Key Players, and being the bass guitarist for the USAO Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Chelsea Davis is pursuing a psychology major with a liberal arts minor. She is from Norman and Dr. Chris Walker is her advisor. Her USAO activities include the Psychology Club, the GSA and Feminist Collective, and the Sierra Club. She participated in the Vagina Monologues and is a tutor in the USAO writing lab.
Jesse Eaton is completing his major in mathematics with a minor in Education. He will also complete the requirements for secondary teacher certification in mathematics. Jesse is from Newcastle and Dr. Nancy Warden is his advisor. Jesse is a member of the Student National Education Association and the Regent’s Honor roll.
Lacey Gillis is working towards a major in business administration with an emphasis in management, and a minor in liberal arts. She is from Oklahoma City, and Wendi Ferrell is her advisor. Her USAO activities include Em-Hi, Student Activities Board, and the USAO Cheer for 3 years.
Brittany Gotcher is a communication major. She is also working toward a liberal arts minor. Her hometown is Oklahoma City and Dr. J.C. Casey is her advisor. Brittany is a member of the Trend Staff, USAO’s student newspaper, and she is an intern at the KOCO, channel 5 news studio.
Jessica Gray is a drama major from Chickasha. Katie Davis is her academic advisor. Jessica serves as the treasurer of the USAO Drama Club. She has frequently been involved with numerous USAO Theatre productions.
Chelsea LaGace is an Art major from Wayne. Her academic advisor is Steve Brown. Her USAO activities include the USAO Student Association, the President’s Leadership Council, Sigma Psi Omega, and the Volunteer Action Committee.
Trey Moss is working towards a history major. He is from Vinita, and Dr. Kevin Crow is his advisor. Trey is a member of the USAO President’s Leadership Council and the Student Ambassadors, and he is President of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries.
Kyndra Spaulding is from Norman and is pursuing a major in English. Dr. Shelley Rees is her advisor. She is a tutor in our USAO writing lab. Her other USAO activities include membership in Baptist Collegiate Ministries, the LIT Club, and Sigma Tau Delta.
Debbie Stone is working towards a major in biology and a minor in chemistry. She is from Chickasha, and Dr. Jeanette Loutsch is her advisor. Her USAO activities include membership in the Biology and Associated Sciences Club, Women in Science, and the American Sign Language Club.
Quinton Talley is from Cookeville, Tenn. He is a business administration major and Dr. Craig Elder is his advisor.