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USAO Featured in Upcoming News9 Special


Two alums, a faculty member, a current student and USAO President John Feaver will appear in the upcoming TV special "Building Your Future: Educational Opportunities in Oklahoma," which is scheduled to air Jan. 6 on KWTV Channel 9 at 7 p.m. Several universities are featured in this program designed to engage high school students and their parents in thinking ahead about college. Along with Feaver (right) are Richard Hunter (upper left), J.C. Benda (upper right), Jacquelyn Knapp (lower left) and Susanna Hayworth (lower right).

USAO Featured in Upcoming News9 Special

Two alums, a faculty member, a current student and USAO President John Feaver will appear in the upcoming TV special Building Your Future: Educational Opportunities in Oklahoma, which is scheduled to air Jan. 6 on KWTV Channel 9 at 7 p.m.


Several universities are featured in this program designed to engage high school students and their parents in thinking ahead about college. Oklahoma City TV personality Jennifer Eve hosts the one-hour special.

The program features Jacquelyn Knapp, USAO alum and associate professor of art, who chats about her experiences in the classroom and beyond.  Biology student and future medical doctor J.C. Benda, a junior from Union City, talks about why she chose to attend and medical school ahead.  Former Showband sax player Richard Hunter of Anadarko, who graduated in 2005 and now is a third-year law student at Oklahoma City University, recalls his days at USAO. And, Susanna Hayworth, a 2008 graduate with ambitions in aviation, remembers finding her niche.

Eve talks with John Feaver about the special nature of Oklahoma’s public liberal arts college and why its future seems bright. Feaver has been president since 2000. In addition to his service to USAO, he also serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, the Oklahoma Heritage Association, and more.

Knapp received a master’s of fine arts degree from Texas A&M University in 1993. She has served as a faculty member beginning part-time in 1988. She participated in the Oklahoma Arts Institute for three years and the Chautauqua Institute in New York for one year. Two of her sculptures are part of the Griffis Sculpture Park in Ashford Hollow, New York.

Benda is serving as president of the President’s Leadership Council and treasurer of Women in Science. She is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Volunteer Action Council, Ambassadors, Biology and Associated Sciences Club, Student Activities Board, College Republicans, Women in Science, Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity.  In 2008, she was a freshman orientation leader, was named to Hypatia, and was named the George and Donna Nigh Scholar in 2008.

Hunter is president of the OCU Native American Law Student Association. He is American Indian, of Delaware descent, and a busy single father of two children, 10 and 9. Hunter graduated from USAO with a degree in political science. He was named outstanding graduate in the USAO Division of Business and Social Sciences in 2005.

A musician who also loves aviation, Hayworth is currently serving as an airman in the U.S. Air Force. Her undergraduate research on military aviatrix Paula Ruth Loop in 2007 led to her own interest in women in aviation. She bought a plane and hopes to finish Loop’s famed, ill-fated journey of 1944. She is the daughter and granddaughter of USAO alums.