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Marotte to be inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame


Dr. Dorothy “Dot” Marotte will be inducted into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame as part of the Alumni Homecoming festivities, which run from Nov. 7-9. Additional information, including registration, is available online at usao.edu/alumni.

Marotte to be inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame

 

For the influence she exerted on thousands of students’ lives, Dr. Dorothy (Dot) Marotte will be honored this year as one of the inductees into the USAO Alumni Hall of Fame.

The Alumni Hall of Fame and Young Alumni ceremony is part of the Alumni Homecoming festivities, scheduled for Nov. 7-9.

Registrations are being accepted at the USAO Alumni Development Office, (405) 574-1290. An all-inclusive registration package is available for $65 per person through Oct. 25, which includes all meals.

Additional information, including registration, is available online at usao.edu/alumni.

Marotte was a part of the faculty at OCW/OCLA/USAO from 1960-1974.

She taught theory and activity classes, introduced gymnastics to the curriculum, supervised student teachers and served as the chairperson of the health, physical education and recreation department.

Marotte was the president of the OCW Faculty Association and Faculty Senate at the time the college transitioned to OCLA.

She said the hard work and frustration during this change were necessary in providing a base for what is now USAO.

After a tour of duty with the Women’s Army Corps, Marotte earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston in 1955. She taught in Springfield, Massachusetts, and earned her master’s degree from Springfield College in 1958.

Marotte completed her doctorial degree from Vanderbilt (Nashville) University in 1975.

After leaving the USAO faculty, she taught at the University of Central Oklahoma until her retirement in 1992.

While at UCO, Marotte developed a nationally-recognized program of developmental adapted physical education. She structured and taught a core of courses that included Gross Motor Assessment, Perceptual Motor Assessment, Therapeutic Recreation and others.

She has worked with clients from 10 months to 22 years of age who are blind, deaf, mentally challenged, emotionally disturbed, physically handicapped, neurologically impaired or multiple handicapped.

Marotte has been recognized as the primary state expert in developmental adapted physical education and is one of the founders of the Oklahoma Task Force for Adapted Physical Education.

She has worked with public and private schools to provide special programs for special needs children.

Marotte has set up therapeutic recreation programs for senior citizen centers and epilepsy foundation centers. She continues to speak to various organizations and associations throughout the state and nation.

She has been a member of the Oklahoma Education and National Education associations and the Oklahoma Southern District and American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

She has served as president, vice president and chairperson of the Adaptive and Division of Girls’ and Women’s Sports Sections and on various committees of the Oklahoma Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Marotte is a member of the Association for Learning Disabilities of America.