USAO Gold team plays ‘Mind Games’ on KSBI Wednesday

The USAO Gold Team works in a study session between classes before their Mind Games competition against Northeastern A&M College. Pictured are (clockwise from left) Ismael Lawrence, Shaylea Shebester, Jessica Gray, Veronica Fennell and D.J. Nye. The show airs at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on KSBI 52.

USAO Gold team plays ‘Mind Games’ on KSBI Wednesday



The Gold Team is set to represent the University of Science and Arts in the second week of Mind Games, a collegiate academic quiz show scheduled for at 8 p.m. on Wednesday on KSBI 52.


Billed as a “21st century Oklahoma academic competition,” Mind Games pits teams of students from Oklahoma colleges and universities together in a weekly battle of the brains.


USAO’s Green Team suffered a tight loss against Rogers State University in the first week of play but brought $1,250 in scholarship monies home for USAO in the process.


USAO’s Gold Team is Veronica Fennell, Jessica Gray, Ismael Lawrence, D.J. Nye and Shaylea Shebester. They will face Northeastern A&M College.


Fennell is a senior English major from Valliant. She is an avid reader and has three cats.


Gray is a senior drama student from Comanche. Though only 19, she is scheduled to graduate this academic year and is applying to graduate schools to continue her studies in theater.


Lawrence is a senior communication major from Rush Springs. He is the student assistant in the video lab of the communication department and the video editor for online version of The Trend, USAO’s student newspaper.


Nye is a freshman communication major from Bradley. He is passionate about photography, arts, journalism and is a contributing writer on The Trend.


Shebester is a senior biology major from Bridge Creek. She is in the Women in Science Club and also supports Colleges Against Cancer, which includes organizing fundraiser “Pink Basketball” games.


Lawrence was disappointed to see the Green Team come up short in the opening round of the competition but is grateful for the experiences that they had to share with his team.


“It was tough for them being the very first team to have to go out there and compete,” Lawrence said.


“The Green Team has given us a lot of helpful information about what it is like to be out in front of the cameras competing and we plan to put it to good use.”


The USAO Mind Games teams are being coordinated by Katie Davis, associate professor of drama. The teams are receiving additional coaching from faculty and staff.


Coaches include: Dr. J.C. Casey, professor of communication; Dr. Jeannette Loutsch, assistant professor of biology; Layne Thrift, director of the USAO Art Gallery; Melissa Rickman, reference/instruction librarian; Dr. J.C. Sanders, assistant professor of physics; Dr. Quan Tran, assistant professor of mathematics; and Rob Vollmar, writer for the media and community relations department.


Dillon Robbins, a freshman from Chickasha, is assisting the coaches.


USAO will air Mind Games in the Davis Hall Amphitheater so that the campus community can cheer on their representatives.