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Egypt Businesswoman, CEO Joins USAO Hall of Fame

CHICKASHA – International business CEO Ann Marie Hooper Harrison may have had humble beginnings as a singer at the Oklahoma College for Women (OCW), but today, she is the only foreign woman to head a major corporation in Egypt.

The chair of Egypt-based International Business Associates is being inducted into the University of Science and Arts Hall of Fame Nov. 3-5 during the annual Homecoming activities.

Following her marriage to William Harrison, the couple moved to Cairo, Egypt when William accepted a senior position with the Ford Foundation in 1966.

Honors Recital Features Arias, Showtunes, Jazz

CHICKASHA – With the fall semester in full swing, the University of Science and Arts is showcasing a host of student vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists. The USAO music department will present a free Student Honors recital Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel.

Dr. Stephen Weber, associate professor and coordinator of music, said the concert spotlights some of the university’s best singers and musicians.

Betty Burns Named to USAO Hall of Fame

CHICKASHA – A music scholar turned urban housing revivalist in Cincinnati is being honored by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Betty Remy Burns, Oklahoma College for Women class of 1956, will be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame as part of the annual Homecoming activities planned Nov. 3-5.

Originally from Ft. Cobb, Burns received training in piano and music theory. When she married in 1960, she joined her husband, Gerry, in Cincinnati and began revitalizing homes in their neighborhood in the late 1960s.

High School Singers Invade Chickasha

CHICKASHA – Nearly 700 high school students are scheduled to descend upon the University of Science and Arts campus Oct. 28. The university will play host to the Oklahoma Music Educator’s Association All-State Choir regional auditions, an event drawing high schools in the Chickasha, Norman, Moore, Lawton and Duncan areas.

High school students from across the southwest region of Oklahoma will compete for the chance to join the OMEA All-State Choir, which will rehearse and perform at the OMEA annual convention in Tulsa next January.

Music Professor Recognized for Public Performances of Original Works

CHICKASHA – Dr. Stephen Weber could easily be called one of the most published composers around, and not without good reason. The University of Science and Arts associate music professor recently won his 12th consecutive award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The nationally-recognized performance rights organization keeps records of public performances of composers who have registered original works with them and, in Weber’s case, awards them each year accordingly.