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USAO Inducts 15 Into Hypatia Honor Society


Fifteen USAO students recently were inducted into the Hypatia Honor Society, the university’s 85-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 Rani Eisenhour, Katherine Johnson, Kayla Butler, Autumn Fosburg, Emily Kirk, Lisa Prather and Cori Marsala-Quintero. Back row, from left, are Christopher Kiefer, Brittany Thomas, Lindsey Bagley, Jessica Frizzell, Amy Lemons, John Gardner and Rebecca Moore. Not pictured is Jeffrey Eike.

USAO Inducts 15 Into Hypatia Honor Society

 

 

Fifteen 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 March 30.

 

Dr. Sanders Hugenin, vice president for academic affairs at USAO, shared remarks at the ceremony. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President Corey Coles, a biology major from Oklahoma City, Vice President J.C. Benda, a biology major from Union City and Secretary John Fitzgerald, a bachelor of fine arts major from Moore. Dr. Mike Mather, professor of biology at USAO, gave the closing comments.

 

Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include Dr. Nancy Warden, professor of mathematics; Dr. Nancy Hector, associate professor of education and coordinator of field-based experiences; Mather; Kent Lamar, professor of art, and Huguenin.

 

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 86 years ago.

 

These initiates were honored: 

Lindsey Bagley is working towards a degree in speech-language pathology. She is from Mountain View. Her USAO activities include the Student Activities Board, Baptist Collegiate Ministries Leadership Team, USAO Ambassadors and the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA).  Bagley participates in intramural sports and serves as student clinician in the John A. Morris Speech and Language Clinic, located on the USAO campus in Gary Hall.

 

Kayla Butler is a Claremore native and is pursuing a double major in psychology and political science.  Butler is a member of the Psi Chi honor society and is associated with ongoing psychology research at USAO.  She also works as a chiropractic assistant.

 

Jeffrey Eike is working towards degrees in computer science and music performance.  He is from Blanchard.  His activities at USAO include serving as a senator in the USAO Student Government Association. He was recently elected the president of the SGA. Eike also is a member of the University Musicians and the USAO Wind Ensemble.

 

Rani Eisenhour is a history major from Minco.  Eisenhour is a student workstudy assistant in the USAO information services office.  She is a member of the USAO History Club and the Zombie Survivalists Club.

 

Autumn Fosburg is a business administration major from Wagoner.  She is a member of Chi Alpha, the USAO Ambassadors, the Volunteer Action Council and Alpha Lambda Delta.  Fosburg also is a volunteer for Assemblies of God youth events.

 

Jessica Frizzell is an art major, originally from Claremore, but now calls Chickasha her home. She is a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministries and University Musicians.

 

John Gardner is pursuing a double major in business administration and physical education.  He is from Liverpool, England.  Gardner is captain of the USAO men’s soccer team.  He also is a soccer coach at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City.

 

Katherine Johnson is a biology major from Tulsa. Her USAO activities and honors include being a Regents Baccalaureate Scholar and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, USAO ASL Club, Beta Beta Beta and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries. During the summer, she volunteers at First Baptist Tulsa's Caring Center where she helps homeless and nearly homeless citizens of downtown Tulsa meet their clothing needs.

 

ChristopherKiefer is a history and pre-medicine major from Yukon. Kiefer is a member of the USAO Ambassadors, the Student Government Supreme Court and performed in the USAO drama productions of Westside Story and Not So Far Away.  He is a member of the Back Up Improv Group and a member of Victory Church Traveling Tutors.

 

Emily Kirk is an art major from Oklahoma City.  Kirk is active in the USAO Student Government Association, the Student Activities Board and the President’s Leadership Council.  She also serves as vice president of the Sierra Club.

 

Amy Lemons is pursuing a degree in business administration. She is from Ninnekah. Lemons is member of Phi Theta Kappa and has been named to the USAO Honor Roll.

 

Cori Marsala-Quintero is a psychology and sociology major from Yukon.  She is a member of the executive council for the USAO Student Government Association and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council and chairman of the USAO Volunteer Action Council.

 

Lisa Prather is a history major from Oklahoma City.  Prather is the vice president of the History Club and a member of the USAO Volunteer Action Council and the Zombie Survivalists Club.

 

Brittany Thomas is a speech-language pathology major from Frederick.  Thomas is a member of the USAO chapter of the National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and a member of the USAO chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

 

Rebecca Moore is a computer science major from Purcell. Moore contributes her educational software (that she creates) to a daycare center.  She was selected for Hypatia in Spring 2009 and was initiated this spring 2010.