USAO inducts 16 students into honor society
Sixteen 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 Nov. 8.
Dr. Dex Marble, vice president of academic affairs shared opening remarks at the gathering. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President Travis Bates, a biology major from Idabel, Vice President Tashina Ototivo, a music major from Walters and Secretary Molly Tracy, a political science major from Middletown, R.I.
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 and Kent Lamar, professor of art.
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 89 years ago.
These initiates were honored:
Sky Corby is from Norman. She is pursuing a psychology major. Corby’s USAO activities include membership in the Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), the Psychology Club and the Literature Club.
Matthew Crow is from Collierville, Tenn. He is working towards a major in biology with pre-med emphasis and minors in French & chemistry. He is member of the leadership team for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and serves as treasurer for the Drovers against Cancer. Crow is member of Biology & Associated Sciences Club and the USAO men’s cross country team. He works as tutor in the Math & Science lab and preaches at the Chickasha Nursing Center.
Lisa Fruit is from Mustang. She is working towards a major in speech language pathology. Fruit is member of the leadership team for the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and leads a small group, weekly Bible study. She is a member of the National Student Speech & Language Hearing Association and is a volunteer with her local church’s youth group.
Shane Hagan is from Oklahoma City. He is working towards a major in business administration with a minor in liberal arts. Hagan serves as secretary of the USAO Ambassadors and is a leader for Freshman Orientation.
Megan Harris is from Oklahoma City. She is working towards a major in business administration and a minor in English. Harris is a Regents’ Scholar. She also makes and sells jewelry and bath & body products, both online and commissioned for Oklahoma City shops.
Stephanie Hart is from Mustang. She is pursuing a major in psychology. Hart works with the youth group at her local church. She is a member of Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans and she has spent four summers overseas doing cross-culture work, mostly with immigrant and minority populations.
Jacob Hollenbeck is from Dickson. He is working towards a major in biology with a minor in both history and liberal arts. Hollenbeck is member of the Biology & Associated Sciences Club, the USAO Ambassadors, Drovers against Cancer and a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Team.
Bryan Hutchinson is from Oklahoma City. He is pursuing a double major, one in history and the other in business administration. While at USAO, Hutchinson has been active in the Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.
Stacy Lamb is from Chandler. She is working towards a major in speech language pathology. Lamb serves as president of the National Student Speech and Language Hearing Association and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council (PLC).
Kelsea Mallette is from Midwest City. She is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts degree. Mallette is president of the President’s Leadership Council. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Student Activities Board and the Sigma Psi Omega Sorority (where she is public relations and fundraising chair).
Calandra McCool is from Norman. She is pursuing a major in history with a minor in professional writing. McCool serves on the editorial board for The Accent, USAO’s annual creative writing & art anthology. She will be the 2013 co-chairman for Droverstock and she works as tutor in the USAO Writing Center.
Allyson McMahon is from Pink, Oklahoma. She is working towards a major in psychology and a minor in English and liberal arts. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Psychology Club, Inter-Tribal Heritage Club, Literature Club and has been named to the Regents’ Honor Roll.
Dominique Midgett is from Enid. She is pursuing a major in art. She is a member of the Gay/Straight Alliance and a member of the Art Club. Midgett is employed at Harbor Freight in Lawton.
Emily Potter is from Locust Grove. She is working towards a major in deaf education. Potter is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, the American Sign Language Club and the Student Government Association.
Paige Pulliam is from Chickasha. She is working towards a biology major with pre-med emphasis and a minor in Chemistry. Pulliam is three-year member of the USAO Women’s Basketball team. She is also a member of Biology & Associated Sciences Club, Drovers against Cancer and Women in Science.