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.
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.
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.
Carving a canoe out of a tree are USAO students from the Return of Lewis and Clark class. The students are presenting life on the frontier through the eyes of early American travelers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark on Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m. The annual Lewis and Clark exhibit, held in Nash Library on 17th Street, includes several presentations, such as tipi making, Native American jewelry and the final version of this handmade canoe. The presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
CHICKASHA – Historical sojourners Lewis and Clark are making a Chickasha appearance in the form of a special presentation Dec. 7 at the University of Science and Arts. From 1-2:30 p.m., the public is invited to take part in the free festivities in Nash Library on 17th Street.
Dr. Nancy Osborn, associate professor of physical education, teaches the Return of Lewis and Clark class that puts on the production each year.