USAO commencement honors 132
More than 1,500 people attended Friday night’s commencement in two ceremonies at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma – the fifth time a two-ceremony schedule has been used to alleviate overcrowding in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium.
Presiding over the ceremony was Dr. John Feaver, president of the university.
Referencing a recent survey of business leaders conducted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, of which USAO is a member, Feaver asserted the value of the liberal arts degree.
“Over 90 percent of those surveyed agreed that an employee’s particular degree was less important than the ability to think critically, solve complex problem and communicate clearly,” Feaver said. “This type of college confers degrees on individuals we hope will carry with them a great understanding of skill sets these industry leaders believe are necessary qualities.”
Nancy Powell of Midwest City, president of the USAO Alumni Association, presented the Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award to Walters native Tashina Ototivo.
Ototivo graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in psychology. She is a 2009 graduate of Walters High School.
She played for the USAO Drovers women’s basketball and softball teams. She was a freshman senator and treasurer for the Student Government Association, was involved in several clubs and organizations on campus, was a three-time orientation leader, served as vice president of the University Musicians and was a Chi Alpha student representative and a part of the Chi Alpha leadership team.
Ototivo also was involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Drovers Against Cancer and the Droverstock music festival. She volunteered in the Chickasha community at The Resurrection House, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Festival of Light and the First Baptist Church Food Pantry and College Ministries.
She received numerous athletic honors, including the Bill and Pat Smith Scholar-Athlete Award. Ototivo was named to Alpha Lambda Delta, Hypatia Honor Society, Psi Chi and was a part of both the USAO and Regents Honor Rolls.
She has participated in several mission trips, led worship for the FBC Collegiate Ministry and volunteers as a substitute Sunday School teacher.
Four graduating seniors were recognized by the college’s four academic divisions as Distinguished Graduates for spring 2013.
English major Sara Rowe, from Mustang, received distinction from the Division of Arts and Humanities. April Lawrence, a business major from Del City, was named the outstanding graduate for the Division of Business and Social Science.
Lisa Fruit, a speech language pathology major from Mustang, was distinguished by the Division of Education and Speech Language Pathology. Travis Bates, an Idabel resident and biology major, was named the outstanding graduate for the Division of Science and Physical Education.
The evening ceremony began with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance” processional performed by Dr. Stephen Weber, professor of music.
The USAO Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music, performed Billy Joel’s “And So It Goes” at both ceremonies.
Weber, Hanson and Dr. Ken Bohannon, associate professor of music, led graduates and guests in singing “The College Hymn.”
Dr. Dan Hanson, professor of music, performed the recessional, “I Dreamed a Dream,” from the musical Les Miserables.
Copies of the ceremony will be available on DVD in the USAO Media and Community Relations office or by phone at 405-574-1318.
Feaver issued 81 Bachelor of Science degrees, 49 Bachelor of Arts degrees and five Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.
Receiving Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees were:
Harrah: Taylor Glenne Preston
Lamont: Jordan Anthony Kistler
Norman: Sarah Jane Job
Oklahoma City: Kari Ann Kuzniar
Wilson: Megan N. Check
Receiving Bachelor of Science degrees were:
Alex: Nathan James Bauman, Jentri Shan Foster, Shannon Renée Horner
Anadarko: Kevin Bliss Botone Jr.
Ardmore: Keith Aaron Townley
Blanchard: Kale Michael Barnett, Ethan Vance Foust, Jennifer Lynne Morris, Angie Skye Spears, Lawrence Harvey Spitzer
Cache: Sarah Nalley
Chandler: Megan Nicole Battershell, Stacy Leanne Lamb-Jones
Chickasha: John Arthur Brown, Cameron Tyme Horton, Christopher Thomas Jeffries, Jerry Mosqueda Muñiz, Rikki Leeann Norton, Ashley Nicole Rasovic, Zachary Garrett Robbins, Gregory L. Watts, Angela Sade Williams
Cyril: Shannon Lee Gibson, Zachary Garrett Williams
Edmond: Elizabeth Jane Martinez
Enid: Zachary Warren Kenneth Gonzalez
Geronimo: Lindsay Nicole Smith
Gracemont: Laura Elizabeth Sage
Heavener: Whitney Blair Clark
Hobart: Victoria Leigh Russell
Holdenville: Laci Amber Thomas
Idabel: Travis Carl Bates
Konawa: Kellie Nicole Snow
Laverne: Ashley Ranae Brown
Lawton: Brandon J. Cutler, Taylor Lanman McLain
Lexington: Kayla Raylynn Woody
Marlow: Kennith Dean Nash, Kara June Price
Midwest City: Tiffany Alexis Cordova
Mountain View: Montania Mae Lightfoot, Samantha Lynell Lightfoot
Mustang: Graham Bradford Faulkner, Lisa Marie Fruit
Ninnekah: Jessica Tichelle Hartsburg-Graham, Lindsay Renae Johnson
Noble: Robert Francis Summers IV
Norman: Amanda Rochelle Northcutt, William Michael Reilly
Oklahoma City: Kathryn Anne Daniels, Christina Alyssa Edwards, Shane Riley Hagan, Neyda E.A. Hermosillo, Lisa Renea James, April Rhodona Lawrence, Ana Christina Moreno
Pryor: Nicole Marie Oldham
Purcell: Kasi Layne Snow
Seminole: Karlie Ann Campbell
Skiatook: David Nathan Slezak
Texhoma: Beatriz Rey
Tuttle: Nathan Leo Samples
Walters: Tashina Angeline Ototivo
Yukon: Leann Michelle Tapp, Jane Frances Wall
Out of State
Fruitport, Mich.: Kevin Richard Schultz
Albuquerque, N.M.: David Garcia
Portland, Ore.: Chance Logan Hill
Cedar Hill, Texas: Erin Caitlin Coggan
Greenville, Texas: Marissa Medrano, Rocio Medrano-Lopez
League City, Texas: Austin Michael Ardrey
Mansfield, Texas: Kelli Marie Korleski
Waxahachie, Texas: Jordyn Marie Yates
Wichita Falls, Texas: Michelle Christina Evans
Melbourne, Australia: Celeste Hazel Smith
Nassau, Bahamas: Alicia-Marie Felice Musgrove
São Paulo, Brazil: Marcelo Scherer Crivellente
Montreal, Quebec: Simon Mitchell
Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Anthony Nesbit
Porto Cabello, Venezuela: Eilyn Y. Flores
Receiving Bachelor of Arts degrees were:
Alex: Heather Whitney Clarkson
Altus: Taylor Leigh Finley
Anadarko: Courtney Diane Mayall
Ardmore: Keith Aaron Townley
Bethel Acres: Amanda Nicole Acklin
Blanchard: Kale Michael Barnett, Amanda Faith Burnside, Dylan Reece Nagode, Stephen Dale Thorne
Chickasha: Curtis W. Awbrey, James Matthew Dead, Cheryl Rene Music-Sweeden, Stephanie Marie Smith, Thomas James Wood
Choctaw: Shauna Marie Chavez
Clinton: Alena Rae Leonard
Enid: Ariel Rebecca Morgan, Seth Dalaine Sturgeon
Hydro: Chisum Braden Lane
Lawton: Callison Marie Vaughan
McLoud: Haley Kathryn Hughes
Mountain View: Montania Mae Lightfoot
Muskogee: Amanda Kathleen Whitchard
Mustang: Sara Ashleigh Rowe
Ninnekah: Kristina Ellen Brown, Tommy Joe Haile, Jana Randalin Mitchell
Norman: Megan Leann Bell, David Thomas Burke, Michael Keith DeFord, Carly Michelle Eikel Ford
Oklahoma City: Amanda Renee Andrews, April Rhodona Lawrence, Gina Ariel Romberg, Darrell Dean Toquinto, Maegan Diana Womble
Pocasset: Chad Austin Wollenberg
Shawnee: Jared Clark Coon
Tulsa: Lindsey Nicole Cathey, Jacquelyn Michell Tideman
Tuttle: Randie Michelle Lee, Paige Kristine Simpson
Union City: Morgan Lindsey Faye Kirkes
Valliant: Veronica Nicole Fennell
Wellston: Jennifer Ashley Hammersberg
Yukon: Jessica Erin Fowler, Stephanie Ellen Thompson
Out of State
Middletown, R.I.: Molly Katherine Tracy
Trinidad: Krystal George