Seventeen Students Join Hypatia Honor Society

Seventeen Students Join Hypatia Honor Society


CHICKASHA – At a recent awards luncheon attended by faculty and family members, 17 students were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society at the University of Science and Arts. The Nov. 2 initiation featured comments by current Hypatia officers, as well as USAO administration.

Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics and chairman of the Hypatia committee, said she enjoys spotlighting the selected students.

“Recognizing students through the Hypatia Honor Society is a highlight for me, because these students don’t always get the recognition they deserve for being outstanding students,” Warden said. “I am thrilled to be the faculty chairman who gets to let the students know they’re being honored and then be a part of honoring them the day of the luncheon.”

The Hypatia Honor Society was founded in 1923 to honor students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. The honor society was named after Hypatia, the famous Greek female mathematician. Students are selected for Hypatia by a faculty committee, and it is not possible for any student to apply for membership in the Honor Society.

Additionally, every student inducted into Hypatia is a multiple trimester member of the USAO honor roll and/or the Regents honor roll.

One of the features of the annual initiation luncheon is the signing of the Hypatia member book, a book that contains the signatures of every member of the elite honor society since its inception more than 70 years ago.

The following students were inducted into Hypatia:

Lauren Biddy is a Seminole fine arts senior with an emphasis in photography. Biddy is a member of the Art Club, the International Student Association and is the photo editor for the Trend, USAO’s campus newspaper. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Regent’s honor roll.

Brady Crane is a chemistry senior from Piedmont with a pre-dental emphasis. Crane is a member of the USAO Biology Club and is a math and science tutor.

Jessica Darling is a Healdton computer science senior working towards a double major in management information systems and business administration. For the past two years, Darling was a member of the USAO softball team, a team that made back-to-back trips to the NAIA National Championships.

Julie Fowler is a Chickasha business senior with a minor in mathematics. Her USAO activities include sponsoring a weekly movie night and game night on campus.

Natalie Grounds is a physical education senior from Moore.

Amy Harwell is a senior elementary education senior from Tuttle. She is a member of Student National Education Association (SNEA) and Kappa Delta Pi, USAO’s Education Honor Society. Harwell also is a member of the Tuttle PTO.

Michael Morris is an English senior from Chickasha with a liberal arts minor. He is a member of Student Government, the Literary Initiative Team (L.I.T.) club, the Feminist Collective, the Art Club and the Gay-Straight Alliance. He has served as co-director of The Vagina Monologues and a Freshman Orientation leader. Moore also volunteers at the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center in Chickasha.

Sabrina Myrick is a fine arts senior from Poplarville, Miss. with an emphasis in painting. Myrick is member of the USAO Art Club, the International Student Association, Phi Theta Kappa and is listed in Who’s Who Among American Colleges/Junior Colleges. She is a member of the Hickory Springs Baptist Church in her hometown.

Stacy Neely is a Pryor senior majoring in English with a liberal arts minor. She is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and the Literature Club.

Cody Peacock is a business administration and management senior from Covington. He has been a member of the USAO baseball team for four years.

Riley Prather is a Chickasha senior working towards a major in business with an emphasis in administration. Prather is an active member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry. He also serves as the student minister at First Baptist Church of Minco. Before attending USAO, Prather studied and played varsity golf at Seminole Junior College.

Amy Widener is a Chickasha art senior. She is the historian of the Art Club. In the community, she has served in the March of Dimes and has donated a t-shirt design to the First Lutheran Church. Widener has two young daughters, Gwyndalyn and Sophia.

Donald Hoyt Jr. is a speech and language pathology junior from Duncan. He is a member of the National Speech, Language & Hearing Association and Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. He has served as a Lawson Court Resident Assistant and is active with the Lawton-Fort Sill Youth Coalition.

Carissa Jones is a communication junior from Union City. Jones is an active member of the Baptist Student Union and serves on its leadership team as a freshmen Bible study leader and secretary. She also is a member of the USAO Communication Club and is a copy editor, columnist and writer for the Trend. Her community activities include serving as a co-leader for the middle school Bible study at Heritage Family Baptist Church in Tuttle. She is a member of Chisholm Heights Baptist Church in Mustang.

Jonathan Roberts is a Goldsby chemistry junior. He has served as president of the USAO chapter of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.

Brittany Schultz is a deaf education junior from Tulsa with an emphasis in elementary education. Her campus activities include Em Hi Sorority, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, the Drama Club, the Volunteer Action Counsel, SNEA and College Republicans. She also is involved in the drama department’s productions each trimester, behind the scenes as well as on stage. Schultz is serving on the Teacher Education Committee and is a Regent’s Baccalaureate Scholar.

Laura Schultz is a Tulsa early childhood education junior with a psychology minor. She is active in the several USAO campus organizations, including Em Hi Sorority, the BSU drama club, Student Activities Board, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and SNEA. During the coming spring trimester, Schultz will serve as a copy editor for the USAO campus newspaper, the Trend. She also is involved in the drama department’s productions each trimester.

Officers for the fall initiation were Edmond chemistry senior Courtney Foley, president, Oologah business senior Benjamin Bauer, vice president and Norman political science senior Erika Cerda, secretary.

Hypatia sponsors include Dr. Nancy Warden, chairman and professor of mathematics; Dr. Mike Mather, professor of biology; Dr. Kent Lamar, professor of art and Dr. Nancy Hector, assistant professor of education and Dr. Sanders Huguenin, vice president of academic affairs.

Guest speakers Huguenin and Dr. John Feaver, USAO president, each delivered special comments during the luncheon.

A photo gallery from the event is available online at