USAO Math Professor to Address Commencement Ceremony Friday

Dr. Nancy Warden (left), professor of mathematics, will address the fall commencement at the University of Science and Arts on Dec. 4. Warden is a 29-year veteran of the university’s faculty.

USAO Math Professor to Address Commencement Ceremony Friday


The Math Lady has entertained and informed children for years with creative approaches to learning. Now she takes on a tougher audience: college graduates at the Dec. 4 fall commencement of the University of Science and Arts.

A respected professor and mentor, Dr. Nancy Warden has earned numerous teaching awards, including her selection this year by readers of the Chickasha Express-Star as Favorite University Educator.

Warden will address 62 graduating seniors and their families at 8 p.m. in Te Ata Memorial Auditorium. Admission is free but tickets are required.

Tickets are available to graduates in advance and remaining tickets will be available to the public at the door.  For everyone else, overflow seating will be provided in the Davis Hall Amphitheatre as needed. The ceremony also will be televised live on USAO Channel 18.

Warden received the Outstanding Service Award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 2008 and received a Present Service Award from the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1999.

She received the USAO Regents Award for Superior Teaching in 1984 and 1988 and was awarded the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation's State Alumni Hall of Fame Recognition in 2006.

In addition to research projects and publications, Warden makes presentations at professional meetings and schools that include The Math Lady is a MathMagician!; Optical Illusions: Mathematical Applications; Make and Take Origami -- A Monster Stellated Icosahedrom; Careers in Mathematics; Optical Illusions and Standards; Math Magic in the Classroom; Testing Hypotheses in Elementary Statistics; Mathematics and Communication and others.

A professor of mathematics at USAO, Warden has has served on the faculty for 29 years. Before coming to USAO, she was a teacher and chairman of the Secondary Mathematics Department at Chickasha High School for two years, a math teacher at Minco High School and a teaching assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

She received a bachelor's degree from East Central University, a master's degree from the University of Oklahoma and her doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Warden is a member of the American Mathematics Competitons, Mathematical Association of America, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics.

Outside of the classroom, Warden is seen frequently at Drover basketball games, softball games, baseball games, at music concerts and other college events. Warden, along with Dr. Linda Crumb and Fred Kemper, wrote words to the Drover Fight Song played at basketball games today.

She has served many years as a Grady County 4-H Volunteer Leader and continues to host the annual Grady County Speech and Illustrated Presentations event on the USAO campus. Warden is a member of the Circle of Champions for the Oklahoma 4-H Foundation and served a four-year term on the foundation's Board of Directors.

She is a member of the Chickasha First Baptist Church and the FBC Worship Choir. Warden has been married for 34 years to Richard Warden, who is the director of surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital. She has a daughter and son-in-law, Jeanna and Todd Smith, and a grandson, Cade Michael Smith, who is 15 months old.

A DVD of the event will be available through the Office of Media and Community Relations for $15 plus tax ($3 extra if mailed). The DVD can be ordered by calling 574-1318.