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COPONITI HONORED FOR SERVICE

A staff member at the University of Science and Arts has earned a prominent award for success and potential in the field of financial aid.

Laura Coponiti serves as assistant director of financial aid at USAO. She recently earned the Philo Bratcher Award and a scholarship to attend the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (SWASFAA) conference which was held in Little Rock, Ark. For USAO, Coponiti received a $500 scholarship from the organization.

Regents Raise Tuition, Faculty Pay

Approving a new $9.5 million budget for the upcoming year that barely covers fixed-cost increases like insurance, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Board of Regents has agreed to raise tuition this fall, and to grant the first pay raise in three years for faculty and staff.

The average student will pay about $289 more per year – or about the price of an MP3 player.

USAO President John Feaver called the increases “necessary under difficult budget constraints.”

History of Rock Examined in New Course

From the time a British quartet and a country boy from Memphis made appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the early 1950s, the American music scene was forever changed. The Beatles, Elvis Presley and many other artists brought “rock and roll” music to America’s teenagers.

ALL MEMBERS OF THE CAMPUS and COMMUNITY:

Join President John Feaver tonight (May 26) at 9 p.m. to welcome home the Drover Softball Team. Refreshments will be served in Scooters (in the Student Center Terrace Room). Come show your support for an amazing team with spirit and ambition, having earned a school record 49 wins this season!

BOLLINGER HOPES TO ENERGIZE STUDENTS AT USAO

She imagines herself in international relations one day, but for now, Mellody Bollinger plans to work hard as the new president of the USAO Student Association, building bridges, fighting apathy and hoping for the safe return of her fiancé from Iraq.

Bollinger took office in April as student president at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. She graduated from Broken Arrow High School in 2001. She is now, at 21, a senior at USAO with a double major of political science and history. She expects to graduate next spring.

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