USAO kicks off Spring classes
Though plunging temperatures insist that Oklahoma is in the grip of winter, the University of Science and Arts is getting its traditional jump on things with the launch of the Spring 2014 trimester.
Classes begin Friday at Oklahoma’s public liberal arts university in Chickasha. The first day of classes is also enrollment day at the college.
A spring class schedule is available from the USAO Admissions Office, 405-574-1204, or online at usao.edu/academics.
In addition to offering more than 410 classes in 22 fields of study, USAO’s spring calendar is filled with a number of musical, academic and theatrical events.
Classes continue through Spring Commencement on April 25.
The university will host the second annual Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Ballroom. The keynote speaker is Dr. William Cavanaugh of DePaul University, who will deliver a presentation titled, “What Would You Kill For?: Religious and Secular Violence.” The event is free and open to the public.
The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series kicks off 2014 with Ryan and Ryan, a dynamic father-son piano duo who blend jazz, soul and rhythm and blues into one memorable brew. The duo is scheduled to perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 in the Alumni Chapel.
The season concludes on March 7 with a performance of Ain’t I a Woman, a chamber music theatre work that celebrates the life and times of four powerful African-American women.
The Davis-Waldorf Performing Arts Series is sponsored by USAO with major funding support from the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Chickasha Public School Foundation.
Ticket information is available at link.usao.edu/dwpas14.
Beginning Jan. 18, the Nesbitt Gallery will exhibit work from the permanent collection, along with selections from Ardmore’s Goddard Center, highlighting the influence of postmodernism. The show, titled Subjectivity, runs through Feb. 8. The Gallery is open weekdays 8:30-4:30 p.m.
The university’s basketball teams continue Sooner Athletic Conference play with home games against Wayland Baptist at 1 and 3 p.m. on Jan. 18. Drover baseball and softball begin in February. Fans interested in watching Drover athletics online can catch a live stream of events at usao.edu/sports.
On Feb. 17 and 18, USAO will present the Festival of Arts and Ideas looking at the phenomena of polymathy, or mastery of different skills and bodies of knowledge. This Festival will incorporate presentations and performances to look at polymaths throughout history as well as the social and cultural conditions that allow them to flourish.
Dr. Erik Kandel, author and Nobel prize-winning neuropsychiatrist, is scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the 2014 Emerson-Wier Liberal Arts Symposium on March 13. Kandel’s studies of the molecular basis of learning and memory underpin much of what is known about how events are recorded by the brain, processed by individual nerve cells, and etched in gray matter.
April will feature numerous highlighted events on the campus including the Spring Triad on April 3, a celebration of arts and smarts that combines a state-wide scholastic meet with the Montmartre chalk art festival, a drama competition and the popular music festival, Droverstock. The Triad takes place on the first Thursday of April every year.
USAO’s Theatre Arts department will be hosting a two-weekend Festival of One Acts that will feature the directorial skills of upper division students. Also included in the festival will be one short play directed by Katie Davis, associate professor of theatre arts, and a one-act piece directed by Callison Vaughan, USAO’s alumna. The festival is scheduled to run April 4, 5, 10 and 11, beginning each night at 7 p.m.
The close of the trimester also will bring concerts from the USAO music department’s performance groups – the Concert Choir, the Concert Wind Ensemble, the Key Players, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble and the Showband. With one of Oklahoma’s longest running music departments, USAO’s music degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, an organization of which the university has been a member since 1956.
Becoming a Drover
Students can apply to USAO online for free. The process takes about 20 minutes and students will need their ACT scores, household income and GPA/class rank. Prospective students can apply at usao.edu/apply.
Prospective students interested in enrolling for the summer or fall trimesters are invited to call the Admissions Office for more information about Drover U, a spring preview event scheduled for Feb. 8.
Drover U is open to students interested in attending USAO. The afternoon will feature a team-teaching demonstration, a financial aid panel and campus tours.
Fields of study available at USAO are American Indian studies, art, biology, business (with concentrations in accounting, business administration and management), chemistry, communication, deaf education, theatre arts, early childhood education, economics, elementary education, English, history, mathematics, music, natural science, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and speech pathology. Students can pursue a bachelor of art, bachelor of science or bachelor of fine arts degree with teacher certification in several areas.
The university welcomes new students and non-traditional older students who wish to continue or finish their degrees. The enrollment process takes about an hour, according to the admissions office.