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USAO ShowBand to Share the Stage with Platters on New Year’s Eve

CHICKASHA – While many will ring in the New Year in the comfort of their homes, the ShowBand of the University and Science and Arts will be rockin’ the stage with legendary pop sensations, the Platters. On Dec. 31, the USAO ShowBand will open for the Platters at 8 p.m. in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium in Troutt Hall.

Joe Settlemires, director and music arranger for the USAO ShowBand, said his ensemble of college students is one of a kind.

USAO Seeks High School Artists for ‘Innovations’ Contest

CHICKASHA – Cash prizes, public exhibition and multiple awards are up for grabs for the winners of next year’s Innovations high school art competition at the University of Science and Arts. The liberal arts university is announcing registration for the annual art contest at the end of February.

Chancellor Johnson Tells USAO Grads: ‘Dream, Work, Give’

CHICKASHA -- Urging graduates to dream big, work hard and give charitably, Oklahoma’s new chancellor of higher education addressed an overflow crowd at fall commencement ceremonies on Friday night at the University of Science and Arts.

Dr. Glen Johnson addressed 80 graduates and their families in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on a stage decked in poinsettias and lighted fresh pine boughs. More than 1,300 guests saw the event on campus and the ceremony was televised on the USAO Channel.

USAO Alumna Patricia Morgan Awarded OVAC Grant

CHICKASHA – Chickasha artist Patricia Morgan recently was selected by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition to receive a Professional Basics Grant. Morgan, an alumna from the University of Science and Arts, said she will use the grant funds to cover costs associated with the photo processing of her new body of work, which she will exhibit at the USAO Art Gallery Feb. 18-March 16, 2007.

Inspired by the land’s pattern, texture and color, Morgan said she plans to compose oil paintings, which sometimes combine locations or distort the horizon.

Pulitzer Prize Winning Author to Visit USAO April 10

CHICKASHA – An author of Pulitzer proportions is planning to visit the University of Science and Arts on April 10, 2007. As part of the Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium, special guest author Dr. Jared Diamond will address students, faculty, staff and community members in a public forum about past civilizations and implications for current and future ones.

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