Summer Activities Planned at USAO

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Children who need academic or athletic challenges this summer can find them at the University of Science and Arts. Among the summer activities being offered on campus are sports camps, Artscope, a reading program and swimming lessons.

USAO men’s basketball coach Brisco McPherson will host his annual basketball camp July 10-14 at the USAO Fieldhouse. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 6-16, with a mini camp for students age 6-11 for $60 and a day camp for students age 12-16 for $110, including lunch. Enrollment information is available from McPherson at (405) 574-1249.

Dr. Nancy Osborn, a physical education professor at USAO, is giving summer swimming lessons for children ages four and up (must be 3.5 feet or taller). Lessons take place June 5-16, June 19-30 and July 3-4. The classes meet for one hour Mon.-Fri. at 10 and 11 a.m. Enrollment is already closed. More information is available from Osborn at (405) 574-1246.

Artscope, an annual summer arts program, is scheduled for June 12-23 on the USAO campus. Students age 8-12 are invited to participate in Artscope, which is Mon.-Fri. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Artscope enables children to experience the arts from professional artists and have fun while learning how artists think and create. Day campers study a combination of drawing, painting, sculpting, theatre, dance or music.

Tuition is $150 per child, and a limited number of spaces and scholarships are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The original scholarship deadline of April 30 has been extended until all scholarships have been given out. More information is available from Mary Jeffries at (405) 224-0040 or online at

The USAO education department is sponsoring a free tutoring program for local elementary students who need additional help learning to read. The tutoring sessions, supervised by Dr. Linda McElroy, Assistant Professor of Education, are scheduled for 9 a.m. each Tuesday and Thursday from June 6 to July 27 in Gary Hall. Enrollment in the tutoring program is closed.