USAO Alumni Association prepares for 100th birthday celebration

Graphic announcing the 100th Birthday Celebration of the USAO Alumni Association, November 2-5, 2017

USAO Alumni Association prepares for 100th birthday celebration


To celebrate a century of diverse history, the USAO Alumni Association has prepared a busy schedule of events for this year’s homecoming. Alumni from all years are encouraged to return to campus for a variety of fun activities, great food and friends Nov. 2-5.

To kick-off homecoming weekend, Presido Brass, a combination brass quintet from San Diego, Calif., will perform Sounds of the Cinema Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Alumni, students of all ages, parents, and our friends will enjoy some of the finest jazz, classical and original compositions written specifically for the movies. These five young men will present film music with a good dose of wit and humor that together have become hallmarks of every Presidio Brass performance. Audiences and music critics agree, Sounds of the Cinema is “Two Thumbs Up” and a “Must See!” Buy tickets online at

Friday evening the Green & Gold Scholarship reception will be held at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

The reception will be followed by the traditional singing on the steps of Troutt Hall where alumni gather to sing the college hymn. The unique layout of campus allows voices from the steps to be echoed back across the oval from Nash Library. The singing will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Also on Friday, alumni of all ages are invited to a cocktail hour and mixer at 7 p.m. at Interurban of Chickasha.

Saturday’s events begin at 8:30 a.m. with the ‘Come Together, Move Together Walk.’ Students and the public are invited to join alumni at Stevens Alumni House for the free walk around campus.

The annual Hall of Fame Luncheon begins at noon, and will celebrate the 100th inductee in to the Hall of Fame – Brisco McPherson. Jacqueline Evans will also be honored as this year’s Young Alumni award recipient. Registration is required to attend the luncheon.

Saturday afternoon, there are a number of activities for alumni, students and the public to enjoy:

Afternoon Music Recital, 4 p.m.: USAO students will perform a special homecoming recital during this year’s festivities at 4 p.m. in the Alumni Chapel on campus. The recital will feature a variety of vocal and instrumental performances. Performers include Denise Kimball, Wagoner, junior music education major; Allison Oliver, Jones, sophomore vocal music education major; Alexandra Smith, Pauls Valley, sophomore instrumental music education major; Christina Bevien-Guevarra, Del City, senior music education major; Devon Hinds, Claremore, sophomore vocal performance and sociology double major; Rebekah Willoughby, Chickasha, sophomore music business and sociology double major; Madalyn Estes, Marlow, senior vocal music education major; and Garrett Stancil, Lawton, senior Instrumental music education major. This event is free and open to the public.

Women’s and Men’s Basketball: Come cheer on the Drovers as they face off against Tabor College. The women’s game begins at 5 p.m. The men play at 7 p.m. and the homecoming king and queen will be crowned during half-time. The games will be in the USAO Fieldhouse. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for non-USAO students and seniors over the age of 60. USAO students, staff and faculty receive free admission to the game with current USAO ID.

“Chroma” Opening Reception, 7 p.m.: Five Bachelor of Fine Art students will present their final exhibition, “Chroma,” before graduation. The opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. in the Nesbitt Gallery. This event is free and open to the public.

The homecoming weekend will come to a close Sunday at 9 a.m. as alumni join together to honor past friends and classmates during a memorial service and dove release at the USAO Alumni Chapel.

To view the full schedule of events, register for the reception or awards luncheon, or sponsor a student at homecoming, visit or call (405) 574-1290.

The institution now known as USAO has always held a unique place within Oklahoma’s higher education system. Founded in 1908 as the Oklahoma College for Women, it was the first college created by Oklahoma’s first Legislature. In 1965, the Legislature reorganized the institution as the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, a coeducational college of distinction. While retaining its mission, the name changed once again in 1975, this time to its current form: University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.