USAO inducts 13 students into Hypatia Honor Society

Thirteen USAO students recently were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society, the university’s 89-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 Sara Rowe, Rachel Sears, Allyssa Roeske, Crystal Davis, Gennifer Majors, and Lauren Stoll. Back row, from left, are Cheyenne Wollenberg, Molly Tracy, Dakota Webster, Kristoffer Keepers, Tyler Porter, James Pendley and Niall Crick.

USAO inducts 13 students into Hypatia 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 during an awards luncheon attended by faculty, staff and family members April 12.


Eric Feuerborn, director of USAO Alumni Development, shared remarks at the ceremony. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President Christopher Kiefer, a chemistry major from Yukon, Vice President Travis Bates, a biology major from Idabel and Secretary Tashina Ototivo, a music major from Walters.


Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include committee chair, Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics; Dr. Dex Marble, vice president of academic affairs; Dr. Nancy Hector, associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences; Dr. Erik Guzik, assistant professor of economics and Kent Lamar, professor of art.


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:


Niall Crick is working toward a major in communication with Dr. J.C. Casey as his academic advisor. Crick is the sports editor for The Trend, the university’s student-run newspaper, and plays on the varsity soccer team. His hometown is Edinburgh, Scotland.

Crystal Davis is from Buffalo. She is pursuing a major in music with teacher certification. Dr. Jan Hanson is her academic advisor. Davis is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and active in Epworth Methodist Church’s worship choir and praise team.

Kristoffer Keepers is from Blanchard and is working toward a major in history with a liberal arts minor. Dr. Kevin Crow is his academic advisor. Keepers recently presented a paper at Phi Alpha Theta and the Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians Conference. He is a resident assistant for the Sparks Hall dormitory and is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Leadership Team.

Gennifer Majors is pursuing two majors, physics and history with minors in French and liberal arts.  Dr. Kevin Crow and Dr. J.C. Sanders are her academic advisors. Her USAO activities include membership in Pi Gamma Mu, the USAO Ambassadors, Women in Science, the Sprench club— where she serves as secretary — and the Zombie Survivalist/History Club. She participated in Habitat for Humanity and Drover Difference Day. She has volunteered her time at the Nash Library Archives, the Grady County Museum and the Old State House Museum. Majors is a member of the Epworth Methodist worship choir and is from Morrilton, Ark.

James Pendley is pursuing a major in biology with a pre-med emphasis. Dr. Roch Chan-Yu-King and Dr. Jeanette Loutsch are his academic advisors. James is from Rush Springs. He enjoys playing at fundraising softball tournaments. He also is an interpreter for those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing at his local church.

Tyler Porter is from Little and is working toward two majors, one in economics and the other in political science. Dr. Erik Guzik and Dr. Aleisha Karjala are his academic advisors. Tyler is a member of the USAO Baptist Collegiate Ministries.

Allyssa Roeske is a Chickasha resident pursuing a major in history and a minor in liberal arts. Dr. Kevin Crow is her academic advisor. Her USAO activities include membership in the Zombie Survivalist/History Club and serving as an officer in the Oklahoma chapter of Pi Gamma Mu. She recently attended the Phi Alpha Theta conference for history.

Sara Rowe was selected for Hypatia in Fall 2011 but was unable to attend the initiation.  She is an English major from Mustang and Dr. John Bruce is her academic advisor.  Sara was selected for Who’s Who Among American College Students.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Tau Delta and the Literature Club.  Sara is also an assistant teacher at Epworth Christian Day School.

Rachel Sears is from Oklahoma City and working towards a major in biology with Dr. Jeannette Loutsch as her academic advisor. Rachel’s USAO activities include membership in the USAO Ambassadors, the Biology & Associated Sciences Club, and Women in Science.

Lauren Stoll is from Oklahoma City and working toward a major in psychology. Dr. Chris Walker is her academic advisor. Stoll’s community activities include serving as youth leader at LifeChurch. She is a senior independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay and is planning a December wedding.

Molly Tracy is the vice-president of USAO’s Student Government Association. A native of Newport, R.I., Tracy is a political science major with a communication minor. Dr. Aleisha Karjala is her academic advisor. She served as intern for the USAO chapter of Democracy Matters. Tracy was a leader for USAO freshman orientation.  In addition, she was vice chair and southwest regional director for the Oklahoma Student Government Association and was a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Oklahoma State Regents.

Dakota Webster is pursuing a major in biology with minors in chemistry and liberal arts.  Dr. Jeannette Loutsch is his academic advisor. Webster is member of the Biology and Associated Sciences club, the Colleges Against Cancer student organization and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. He volunteers at Monos Juntas medical clinic and King’s Klinic and the Special Olympics. Webster is an active member of the USAO intramural volleyball, football, and basketball and works as a lifeguard at the USAO pool.  He is a member of Britton Christian Church and is from Oklahoma City.

Cheyenne Wollenberg is from Maysville and working toward a major in economics with a liberal arts minor.  Her USAO activities include membership in Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Alpha Lambda Delta, the President’s Leadership Council and the Student Activities Board.