USAO inducts 13 students into honor society

Thirteen USAO students recently were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society, the university’s 88-year-old organization which honors students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. Front row, from left, are Norma Jones, Lindsey Cathey, Genevieve Cagaoan, Victoria Petrosky and April Lawrence. Back row, from left, are Leslie Bross, Maegan Womble, Tashina Ototivo, Kale Barnett, Ashley Paxton, Taylor Peterson, Nicole Duncan and Elizabeth Stevens.

USAO inducts 13 students into honor society



Thirteen students at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma were honored recently for their academic achievements and community and campus activities as they were initiated into Hypatia, USAO's only campus-wide honor society.


The students were inducted Nov. 10 during an awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members.


Dr. Dex Marble, vice president for academic affairs at USAO, and Eric Feuerborn, director of alumni development, shared remarks at the ceremony. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers who included President Christopher Kiefer, a senior chemistry major from Yukon, Vice President Travis Bates, a senior biology major from Idabel, and Secretary Emily Kirk, a senior art major from Edmond.


Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include Committee Chair Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics; Dr. Nancy Hector, associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences; Dr. Erik Guzik, assistant professor of economics; Kent Lamar, professor of art and Marble.


The Hypatia Honor Society was founded in 1923 to honor students for their high academic achievements, character and integrity and service to the university and their community. The honor society was named after Hypatia, the famous Greek female mathematician. A faculty committee selects students for Hypatia. It is not possible for any student to apply for membership in the honor society.


Additionally, every student inducted into Hypatia is a multiple-trimester member of the USAO Honor Roll and/or the Regents Honor Roll.


One of the features of the annual initiation luncheon is the signing of the Hypatia member book, a book that contains the signatures of every member of the elite honor society since its inception more than 88 years ago.


These initiates were honored:


Kale Barnett is working towards a double major in business administration and political science.  Barnett is a volunteer for his hometown of Blanchard where he has helped his neighbors after the recent natural disasters.  He participates in volunteer activities through his local church and across the state.  Barnett plays the piano, sings and shares these talents at weddings, funerals and through numerous ministry activites.   


Leslie Bross is a biology major from Yukon.  She is president of the USAO student organization Colleges Against Cancer.  Bross is a member of the USAO women’s soccer team.


Genevieve Cagaoan is a speech pathology major from Honolulu, Hawaii.  She is a member of the speech pathology student organization, NSSHLA, and the Gay Straight Alliance.


Lindsey Cathey is working towards a major in English, a minor in Psychology and a minor in Spanish.  Her hometown is Tulsa.  Cathey is a member of the USAO Teacher Education Committee.  She is also a member of the Sprench Club and Student National Education Association (SNEA).  She serves as vice president of the teacher education honor society, Kappa Delta Pi.

Nicole Duncan is pursuing a major in psychology.  She is from Minco.  Duncan is a member of the USAO concert band.  She is a member of the student organizations, Psi Chi, Chi Alpha and Pi Gamma Mu.


Norma Jones is an elementary education from Tuttle.  Jones has served on the USAO Teacher Education Committee and she was a member the USAO Think Tank that met during the summer.  She serves as president of Kappa Delta Pi, a member of SNEA and a volunteer for “Books for Tots.” In her community of Tuttle, she is a member of the basketball booster committee and active in her local church.


April Lawrence is from Oklahoma City and is working towards a double major, one in business administration, and the second one in economics.  Lawrence is a member of the USAO President Leadership Council and is a USAO Ambassador.  Her USAO activities include Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, the American Sign Language Club, where she is the treasurer, and the Student Activities Board.  She volunteers for One Church, One Child.


Tashina Ototivo is a psychology major from Walters.  Ototivo is president of the USAO graduating class of 2013 and has served as treasurer of the USAO Student Government Association.  She is currently playing her third year on the USAO Women’s Basketball team and played one year on the USAO Softball team.  Ototivo’s other USAO activities include Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, The Haven Bible Study and the Student Activity Board Culture Committee.


Ashley Paxton is working towards a major in biology with emphasis in pre-physical therapy.  Her hometown is Piedmont.  Paxton’s USAO activities include the Student Activities Board, Women in Science, Colleges Against Cancer and Biology & Associated Sciences Club.  She has participated in the Relay for Life.


Taylor Peterson is pursuing a major in speech language from Moore.  She is a member of the speech pathology student organization NSSHLA and is a volunteer at the regional food bank.


Victoria Petrosky is working towards a major in history, a minor in liberal arts and a minor in French.  She is from Yukon.  Petrosky has served as president of the USAO Sprench Club and as campus coordinator and co-coordinator for the Spring 2011 and Fall 2010 “Democracy Matters.” She is a member of the USAO History club and was a team captain for Relay for Life.  Petrosky is a volunteer for Pets & People and for the baseball and softball teams.


Elizabeth Stevens is from Frederick and is pursuing a major in business.  Her academic advisor is Dr. Jennifer Long.  Her USAO activities include Colleges Against Cancer and Women in Science.  


Maegan Womble is working towards a major in history, a minor in liberal arts, a minor in Spanish, and a minor in English.  Her hometown is Oklahoma City.  Womble’s USAO activities include Sigma Psi Omega, the History Club and Pi Gamma Mu.