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Students, alumna inducted into theatre arts honor society


Theatre students pose with their sponsor in front of the Greek Theater.
Six recent Alpha Psi Omega inductees celebrate with sponsor Katie Davis (back), associate professor of theatre arts, in front of the Greek Theater at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The inductees are (from left) Tasha Youngblood, Alicia Working, Cynthia Cunningham, Ford Filson, Arlisa Good and Eva Wilcox.

Students, alumna inducted into theatre arts honor society

 

Six USAO theatre arts students were honored for scholarship and contributions to the university theatre as they were inducted in April into the Alpha Psi Omega chapter at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

New inductees include Cynthia Cunningham, senior music and theatre arts major from Tulsa; Ford Filson, senior theatre arts major from Chickasha; Eva Wilcox, a senior deaf education and theatre arts major from Norman; Alicia Working, a senior communication and theatre arts major from Mustang; and Tasha Youngblood, a senior theatre arts major from Edmond.

The new members were initiated and welcomed to the organization by the current members of the chapter and their advisor, Katie Davis, APO member and associate professor of drama.

Davis has sponsored the APO chapter at USAO since 2008.

Membership in the Alpha Psi Omega honor society is earned by excellent academic performance and hours of contribution to onstage, backstage and administrative service in the theatre.

“I am pleased to add six more USAO students to the national register of our honor society,” Davis said. “ USAO’s Theatre Arts program offers students the chance to gain valuable experience in the classroom and in our laboratory, the Davis Hall Little Theater. Alpha Psi Omega recognizes both areas as important to the development of excellence in the theatre.”

Also inducted, as an honorary member, was USAO alumna and adjunct instructor of scene technology, Carrie Chavers.

Chavers is an adjunct instructor of scene technology at USAO, teaching model making, scene painting, scene and costume rendering and stagecraft.

She has been the designer and set painter for 11 productions at USAO and has recently opened the Chickasha Art Center, where she teaches art, hosts gallery shows and invites performance of all kinds.

Chavers was the art teacher at Chickasha High School for decades, providing scenery and support to plays of the Community Theatre and Red Silo productions and a master teacher for more than a decade at ARTScope, the summer theatre/art/and dance/music camp hosted each year by the Chickasha Area Arts Council.

Davis said that Chavers has been a tireless supporter of theatre and arts education in Chickasha for more than 20 years.

“She is a perfect example of an artist who loves the theatre and ‘Seeks A Life Useful’ – the motto of APO,” Davis said.

All inducted into APO Honor Society will be lifetime members, benefitting from scholarships, mentorship, and the connected community of more than 600 casts or chapters.

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

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.

More information about Alpha Psi Omega, including the national roster of chapters, is available at alphapsiomega.org.