History students at the University of Science and Arts Oklahoma are taking their studies out of the classroom to help bring a Civil War battlefield in Oklahoma alive for visitors.
More than 25 gifted area students took part in classes designed to introduce them to the liberal arts experience over the last two weeks at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The day camp, called Brain Waves, placed students between the third and seventh grades into classrooms with faculty from a variety of disciplines at the state’s only public liberal arts university.
With students having just returned from a whirlwind tour of Vienna, Berlin and Prague, plans are already underway for a trip next year to Rome and Florence at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
The trip will include five nights in Rome and four nights in Florence, Italy.
In a move reflecting nationwide concerns over the cost of a college degree, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma’s Board of Regents approved a new flat rate tuition and mandatory fee structure for the 2014-15 academic year.
What began as admiration for a friend’s skill as a painter has turned into a passion for Dr. John Bruce, professor of language and literature at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Bruce had the opportunity to spend time with painter Cruz McDaniels, of Anadarko, in his studio.
“I don’t want to say he taught me, but I watched him,” Bruce said. “I picked up some techniques and it definitely set something in motion.”
Five years later, several of Bruce’s own paintings are on display in a show titled Conspicuous Caffeination at Gray Owl Coffee through June 30.