USAO Announces OCLA Mini-Reunion Aug. 22-23

Students who graduated from USAO between 1965 and 1974, when the institution was named the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts, are holding an OCLA mini-reunion Aug. 22-23 at USAO. The 'Exploding Square,' shown here, was a logo adopted to represent freedom and innovation at OCLA. This image was taken from the 1972 Argus yearbook.

USAO Announces OCLA Mini-Reunion Aug. 22-23


CHICKASHA -- The University of Science and Arts is celebrating its liberal arts heritage with a special mini-reunion for its OCLA graduates. Graduates of the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts from 1965 through 1974 are invited to attend the mini-reunion Aug. 22-23 on the USAO campus.

Originally the idea of 1970 OCLA graduate Martin Reding, the mini-reunion culminates with an indoor live music festival.

" Music was an important part of campus life at that time, and that is why we are pulling together a music festival featuring OCLA alumni," said Reding.

The concert is scheduled 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium, followed by a banquet in the Student Center Ballroom.

" I think it's exciting that the OCLA alumni have a chance to get together and visit," said Julie Bohannon, director of alumni development. " It was an exciting time at the college and I'm looking forward to hearing their stories."

Bohannon said the mini-reunion banquet will include a video presentation featuring photos of OCLA campus life and students. The Alumni Development office is requesting additional OCLA photos for the presentation; alumni may contact Kathy Ambrogi at for more information.

Originally founded as a women's college in 1908, the university's name was changed from the Oklahoma College for Women to the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts when it became a coeducational institution in 1965. State regents changed the college's name once more in 1974 to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

Additional information about the OCLA mini-reunion is available by phone at (405) 574-1320.