USAO inducts 15 students into 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 April 11.
Dr. John Feaver, president of the university, shared remarks at the ceremony. New members were initiated by Hypatia officers that included President Travis Bates, a biology major from Idabel, Vice President Molly Tracy, a political science major from Middletown, RI., and Secretary April Lawrence, a busines major from Oklahoma City.
Faculty sponsors for Hypatia include committee chairwoman, 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. James Vaughn, assistant professor of psychology 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 the 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 90 years ago.
These initiates were honored:
Daniel Bokemper is from Moore and working toward an English major with a French minor. His advisors are Dr. Shelley Rees and Dr. Meagan Rodgers. Bokemper served as the chairman of Droverstock 2013. His other USAO activities include serving as vice president of the Student Activities Board, vice president of the Sigma Tau Delta fraternity and president of the Secular Student Alliance. Bokemper presented at the South Central Modern Language Association in San Antonio, Texas, and, more recently, at USAO’s Festival of Arts and Ideas. He is also a tutor in the USAO writing lab.
Elizabeth Chambers is from Claremore. She is pursuing a major in art under advisor Kent Lamar. Chamber is an active member of the USAO Art Club.
Megan Check is from Chickasha. She is working toward the bachelor of fine arts with a major in art and a concentration in photography. Steve Brown is her advisor. She has served many years as a volunteer for the annual USAO Montmartre, a chalk art event. Check’s work was displayed in the Senior BFA show, Quirks, and she has participated in numerous trimester art shows.
Erin Coggan is from Cedar Hill, Texas. She is working toward a double major in elementary education and early childhood education with Dr. Linda McElroy as her advisor. Coggan’s USAO activities include membership in Kappa Delta Pi and the Student National Education Association. Coggan has played for the USAO women’s soccer team for four seasons and was named a Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete in fall 2012.
Joshua Cook is from Yukon and is pursuing the bachelor of fine arts with emphasis in jewelry and metal-smithing. Jacquelyn Knapp is his advisor. He has served many years as a volunteer for Montmartre. He has participated in numerous USAO Spring and Holiday Art shows. Cook volunteers for the many art shows on campus. He received the Regents’ Baccalaureate scholarship.
Kathryn Daniels is from Oklahoma City. She is working toward a double major in elementary education and early childhood education and a minor in liberal arts. Her advisor is Dr. Jeanne Mather. Daniels is a member of the Leadership Council, Alpha Lambda Delta and the SNEA. She has served as president and vice president of the USAO Student Activities Board.
Audrey Dixon is from Yukon. She is working toward a major in psychology with a minor in philosophy. Dr. Chris Walker is her advisor. Audrey serves as president of the USAO Garden Club, a community organic and sustainable gardening project. She is also an active member of the Secular Student Alliance and the PsiChi Honor Society.
Robin Francais is from Chickasha. She is working toward a business administration degree with two minors, psychology and liberal arts. Wendi Ferrell is her advisor. Francais serves as the Treasurer for the USAO Psychology Club and is employed in the USAO Assessment Office. She is a volunteer at the Moore-Lindsay House in Norman and is the board secretary for the Heart 4 Children Ministries, a charity for children affected by natural disaster and abuse.
Kerye Hartzell is from Moore. She is pursuing a bachelor of fine arts with emphasis in jewelry and metal-smithing. Jacquelyn Knapp is her advisor. Hartzell has served many years as a volunteer for the annual USAO Montmartre festival. She has participated in numerous trimester art shows and is a work-study employee in the art offices. She is a member of the USAO Art Club.
Jamie Harvey is from Chickasha. She is working toward majors in early childhood education and elementary education. Dr. Nancy Hector is her advisor. Harvey serves as the historian for Kappa Delta Pi and is a member of the SNEA. She participated in Read Across America as a volunteer reader for Chickasha schools. She is employee at the Liberty Drug Pharmacy in Chickasha.
Samantha Lightfoot is from Mountain View and is working toward a degree in computer science with a liberal arts minor. Dr. Richard Tan is her advisor. Her USAO activities include the Literature Club, the Zombie Survivalist Club and the Movie Club. Lightfoot is a volunteer at her hometown library and its summer reading program.
April Self is from Mannford and is pursing a bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in art education. Jacquelyn Knapp is her advisor. Self is member of the USAO Kappa Delta Pi and SNEA.
Kylee Taylor is from Tulsa and is working toward a major in psychology. Dr. James Vaughn is her advisor. Taylor is a resident assistant at the Sparks Hall housing facility. She is vice president of the USAO Student Government Association and vice president of the USAO Psychology Club.
Aubrey Van Tassell is from Tulsa and pursuing a degree in art. Kent Lamar is her advisor. She is a member of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and USAO Share Dancers.
Logan Wilsie is from Tecumseh and is working toward a degree in history. Dr. Kevin Crow is his advisor.