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USAO musicians shine at state gathering

Three members of the concert band at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma joined elite musicians from around the state in Tulsa to perform with the 2014 Oklahoma Music Educators’ Association Concert Band in mid-January.

Saxophonist Olen Cox, a senior from Hugo, trombonist Christopher Jordan, a senior from Ardmore, and flautist Lindsay Robbins, a senior from Moore, were nominated for the honor by Dr. Dan Hanson, director of the USAO Concert Band and professor of music.

Robbins took second chair in her section after competing against dozens of flautists from private and public universities around the state.

Chalk art festival sends out call to Oklahoma artists

Oklahoma artists are invited to participate in the annual Montmartre judged sidewalk chalk art festival on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha on April 3.

The Nobbs Wellness Center (pictured here) serves the headquarters for Make Marble Pay, a wellness initiative designed to raise money for the general scholarship fund at USAO. The program, now entering its fourth year, has raised more than $13,000.

University weight-loss initiative launches Jan. 20

A scholarship drive designed to promote healthy eating and wellness launches its fourth year with a lunchtime get together, beginning at noon on Jan. 20 at Dusty’s in the Student Center at the University of Science and Arts.

Te Ata statue installed on USAO Oval

In 1919, Mary Thompson graduated from the Oklahoma College for Women, located in Chickasha, and set out for New York, determined to fulfill her dream of becoming a stage actress.

On Jan. 9, 2014, she returned to the campus now known as the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, immortalized in monumental bronze in her legendary incarnation as Te Ata, “Bearer of the Morning.”

Members of the campus community braved the chilly winds for several hours to watch as installation technicians worked with ropes and even a crane to carefully place the statue of one of USAO’s most celebrated alumna on her pedestal just outside of Troutt Hall.

A formal dedication ceremony for the monument is tentatively scheduled for later this spring.

Tom Coker (left), computer technician at USAO, receives his Staff Achievement award from Adam Heilman, USAO Print Shop manager and the 2012-13 Employee of the Year.

Coker receives Staff Achievement award

With a skill set that brings timely technical assistance to staff, faculty and student alike, Computer Technician Tom Coker was awarded the Regents Staff Achievement Award. Coker was named honoree for the second quarter of the 2013-14 year at the Staff Association holiday potluck lunch last month.