Feaver: 'Graduates face complex world but ready'

Feaver: 'Graduates face complex world but ready'

Graduates can face a complex world with confidence argued President John Feaver on Friday night as he addressed fall commencement at the University of Science and Arts. Families and friends filled Te Ata Memorial Auditorium to honor 75 graduates in the college’s 103rd year.

 “The world we live in is terribly complex, full of contradiction and paradox, full of mystery,” Feaver said. “In order to deal best with its complexity, contradiction, paradox and mystery, it will be necessary to continue to learn anew everyday for the rest of one’s life.

 “With your degree and the skills and abilities that it represents, I ask each of you to emerge as one within the community in which you choose to work and live -- to lead in the effort to improve not only your life and that of your family and friends, but to improve also the quality of life for those who are your neighbors, the fellow citizens of your community and beyond.”

Eric Feuerborn, director of USAO Alumni Development, presented the USAO Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award to Patrick Davis.

Davis graduated cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in elementary education. He is from Verden and completed an associate of arts in general studies from Redlands College.


“He (Patrick) sets high standards for all of his work and completes all assignments in a professional manner,” said Dr. Linda McElroy, associate professor of education at USAO. “He never settles for anything less than his own personal best.”

While at USAO, he was named to both the USAO honor rolls and Regents honor rolls. He served as vice president of Kappa Delta Pi, as a member of the Student National Education Association and was nominated for the outstanding graduate award from the division of education and speech language pathology. He participated in Books for Tots and received the Mark Walter Howery scholarship twice from the USAO Alumni Association. While at Redlands, he was named to the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.

As part of an independent study project, Davis worked with Relay for Life. He helped paint murals at John Adams elementary in Oklahoma City and participated in a community service project during the spring convention of the Student Oklahoma Education Association. He volunteers for his church as a vacation Bible school teacher.

“I believe Patrick will bring a good sense of empathy to any setting where he is working with children. He possesses a good knowledge of strategies that will help him to be effective in the instruction he provides,” McElroy said.

Davis has already been hired by the Mustang Public School system and will begin teaching after graduation.

Last week, four graduating seniors were recognized as the Fall 2011 Distinguished Graduates for the college’s four academic divisions.

Communication major Rachael Brown, of Chickasha, received the distinction of outstanding graduate from the division of arts and humanities. Quinton Talley, a business from Cookeville, Tenn., was named the outstanding graduate from the division of business and social sciences. The division of education and speech pathology bestowed their distinction on Kelsey Jones, a deaf education major from Sulphur. The outstanding graduate award for the science and physical education division was awarded to Deborah Stone, a biology major from Chickasha.


The evening ceremony began with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” processional performed by Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music and chairman of the arts and humanities division. Graduating music majors Joshua Smith, of Blanchard, and Stephanie Goodwin, of Midwest City, performed Johannes Brahms’ First Sonata, Op. 120, No.1 Allegretto Grazioso as a piano and clarinet duet.


Weber, Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music and music department coordinator, and Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music, led graduates and guests in singing “The College Hymn.” Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music, performed the recessional, the “Grand March” from Verdi’s Aida.

Copies of the ceremony will be available on DVD in the USAO Media and Community Relations office or by phone at 405-574-1318.

Feaver issued 55 bachelor of science degrees and 20 bachelor of arts degrees.


Receiving bachelor of science degrees were:

Alex: Seanan Tao Anderson

Anadarko: Kellie Anne Moser

Blanchard: Priscilla René Craig, Amanda Lynelle Smith, Emily Elizabeth Yeo

Chickasha: Juliana Xavier Bassetto, David Aaron Buchanan, Nikola Cakarevic, Terra Doan, Frank Bernard Gibson, Nicholas Allen Lovell, Kyle Austin Mottinger, Regulo Moises Moy, Debora Dourado Mendes Pereira, Gretchen Nicole Phelps, Angela Ann Rangel, Danilo Rasovic, Dusan Rasovic, Monet Free Rounds, Ashley Lynn Sanders, Deborah Ann Stone, Kirstin Elizabeth Toland

Dibble: DaRae Nichole Crawford

Duncan: Vincent Kyle Linke

El Reno: Luanna José

Fort Cobb: Kearsten Dianne Williams

Foster: Teresa Lynn Pruett

Lawton: Mary Alice Rios

Lindsay: Shelly Ann Tarver

Mannford: Samantha Raquel Fowler

Midwest City: Kayla Antoinette Locke

Minco: Jordan Wesley Langford

Mustang: Brittany Danielle Faye Bollinger

Ninnekah: Shelby Alexander Hurst

Norman: Amy Jo Pennington

Oklahoma City: Chase Webster Ainsworth, Kristina Michelle Boehlke, Desiree Dawn Dicharry, Tiffany Michelle Fleming, Sarah Denise Hurt, Gavin Otieno Ochieng, Cassandra Ann Stroup, Lauren Ashley White

Purcell: Austin Lorann Muncie

Rush Springs: Trent Dean Parrish

Sapulpa: Kristin Leigh Bowen

Sulphur: Kelsey Donell Jones

Tuttle: Stephanie Kay Conner

Verden: Patrick Lane Davis


Out of State

Porterville, Calif.: Rosalinda Campos

Cookeville, Tenn.: Quinton Brice Talley

Dallas, Texas: Ashley Desiree Browder

Denton, Texas: Rachel Elizabeth Moulden

El Paso, Texas: Brenda Jeanette Portillo

Bow, WA: Conner Mark Bridgman


Out of Country

Belgrade, Serbia- Danilo Rasovic, Dusan Rasovic


Receiving bachelor of arts degrees were:


Anadarko: Marcenella R. LaFerr, Kellie Anne Moser

Blanchard: Joshua Stephen Smith

Chandler: Stephanie Anne Blank

Chickasha: Nashae Nicole Billinger, Rachael Stella Brown, Lindy Marie Gibson, Jeremy Shane Stapp, Robert Ryan Newbrough, Shannon Mika Wares

Marlow: Andrew Joel Morphew

Midwest City: Stephanie Amber Goodwin

Moore: Beatrice Lee Mitchell

Newalla: Robin Renee Mosher Teeter

Noble: Whitney Page Story

Paoli: Miranda Lynn Chandler

Valliant: Veronica Nicole Fennell

Vinita: Trey Elliott Moss

Yukon: Victoria Danielle Petrosky 

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