Alpha Psi Omega Chapter Inducts Four

Jessica Ferguson, Roberta Lake, Sachelle Story and Jefferson Gray with Alpha Psi Omega flag
The Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma initiated four new members into their local chapter April 5. Initiates include (from left) Jessica Ferguson, Roberta Lake, Sachelle Story and Jefferson Gray (click the above photo for a slide show).

Four drama majors were honored April 5 as they were inducted into the Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.


Sigma Xi is the USAO chapter of Alpha Psi Omega -- a national theatre honor society.


With more than 600 casts, the organization is the largest national honor society in America. Its goal is to acknowledge those demonstrating a high standard of accomplishment in theatre and to encourage a wider fellowship for those interested in theatre.


New inductees include Jessica Ferguson, a drama major from Oklahoma City; Jefferson Gray, a drama major from Comanche; Roberta Lake, a drama major from Yukon, and Sachelle Story, an English major from Amber. The new members were welcomed by the nine current members and Katie Davis, assistant professor of drama at USAO and advisor of the group.


"The initiation ceremony is one of celebration and fellowship," Davis said. "We try to make this a memorable occasion for the students who are entering a lifetime membership into this society."


"Alpha Psi Omega teaches nothing new in saying that you will be rewarded according to the quality of your performance. This recognition demands that you are capable of even better work. To be an artist in any line requires an infinite capacity for hard work and attention to detail," said instructions from Bret Jones, national business manager for Alpha Psi Omega.


In a message to the initiates, Davis reads from the new member pledge "we seek to become artists by the one and only road of labor and service."


The prestigious organization first received an official charter for the chapter at OCLA in May 1966. But it was short lived. The last official initiation ceremony for the original chapter was held in November 1968. Today, more than two dozen APO members exist among the alumni of OCLA and USAO.


The USAO chapter was reinstated in 2008 with the official initiation of nine pledges to the honor society.


To qualify for the organization, students must demonstrate academic excellence and must have earned 75 points by participating in college theatre productions. It is required that production points be earned in more than one of the following categories -- performance, production, dramaturgy, playwriting or service. As part of the initiation, each student must complete an examination and publically perform 12 lines from a Shakespeare monologue from memory.


The four initiated students were officially recorded in the register of the national organization and paid dues that guarantee lifetime membership in the society. For more information about the national organization, go to


"Special recognition goes out to Kasey Sams, who is completing a double major in drama and English and wears her APO cords as she graduates this year," Davis said.