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World Premiere Play Sells Out Opening Weekend, Attracts National Attention

CHICKASHA – Performing and visual arts fans from across the nation gathered in Chickasha last weekend for one of Oklahoma’s first official centennial events. More than 1,500 spectators from 30 states attended Saturday and Sunday’s performances of the “Te Ata” world premiere and its accompanying Native American Women art exhibit at the University of Science and Arts.DeLanna Studi as Te Ata

Memorial Service Set Saturday for Regent Malyne Hilburn

Memorial services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 3, for devoted career educator Malyne L. Hilburn of Chickasha, a member of the University of Science and Arts Board of Regents.

Hilburn, 78, will be remembered by family, friends and members of the USAO campus family in a memorial service on Saturday in the Ferguson Funeral Home Chapel, 804 Utah Street, with Rev. McCarroll officiating.

Biology Senior Wins State Award for Moth Research

For Rex Moore, research subjects come in small packages … with wings. The biology senior at the University of Science and Arts recently won an award at the State Capitol for his research and presentation of Oklahoma’s moths. The annual Research Day at the Capitol pit undergraduate students from around the state against each other using posters and presentations as the choice media.

High School Seniors Awarded USAO Scholarships

With scholarships in hand, high school seniors across the state are gearing up for college at the University of Science and Arts. High school seniors recently received scholarships from USAO to attend the fall semester. The university awarded multiple types of scholarships, from academic to art talent, from athletic to music.

Nancy Moats, director of financial aid, said this year’s scholarship recipients display high levels of academic and leadership skills.

Te Ata World Premiere Spotlights Native Actors

Native American actors across Oklahoma and the nation are preparing to begin rehearsals for the world premiere of Te Ata. The groundbreaking production, set to debut in August, showcases the life of world-renowned storyteller and actress Te Ata Thompson Fisher (1895-1995); cast members represent tribal nations across the country.

Playwright and acting artistic director JudyLee Oliva (Chickasaw) sees the world premiere as a unique opportunity for Native American performers by offering the rare chance to display their talents as actors, musicians and singers.