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Music Professor Recognized for Public Performances of Original Works

CHICKASHA – Dr. Stephen Weber could easily be called one of the most published composers around, and not without good reason. The University of Science and Arts associate music professor recently won his 12th consecutive award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The nationally-recognized performance rights organization keeps records of public performances of composers who have registered original works with them and, in Weber’s case, awards them each year accordingly.

'The Man Who Came to Dinner' Opens October 27

USAO is debuting its first major theatre production of the schoolyear with “The Man Who Came to Dinner.” The Broadway comedy runs Oct. 27 and 28 at 8 p.m. in the Davis Hall Little Theatre with a 2 p.m. matinee on Oct. 29. Tickets at the door are $5 for adults and $2 for high school students 18 and under. USAO students, faculty and staff get in free with a USAO ID. Cast members from left are Marlow communication junior Meagan Peters, deaf education senior Diana Steinhauser of Savannah, Ga., Tulsa drama senior DeeDee Beard, Duncan communication sophomore C.W.

Art Seniors Show Photographs, Ceramics in ‘Smoke’

CHICKASHA – Three local women are using art to preserve life, one moment at a time. The bachelor of fine arts seniors will display their unique photographic and ceramic pieces Oct. 25 through Thanksgiving at the University of Science and Arts.

The Davis Hall Third Floor Art Gallery will play a temporary home to the seniors’ original artwork in an exhibit entitled, “Smoke.” The public is invited to attend a free reception Nov. 4 from 2:30 - 5 p.m. during which they can meet the artists and partake of refreshments.

Alumni Art Show Features Paintings, Stoneware

CHICKASHA – In conjunction with its annual Alumni Homecoming, the University of Science and Arts is hosting a gala exhibition featuring the artwork of two alumni artists. Beginning Oct. 23, USAO alumna Mary Ellen Thomas will collaborate with alumnus Brandon Wood in their joint exhibit on display at the USAO Art Gallery.

The art exhibit runs through Nov. 4. As part of the Homecoming festivities, the art gallery will host a public reception that day at 2 p.m. during which visitors can meet the artists.

Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition Wins Prestigious Economic Development Award

CHICKASHA – The Southwest Oklahoma Impact Coalition took top honors among more than 450 economic development organizations from the United States and Canada at a recent forum in Chicago.

The SOIC won the “Raising the Bar” 2006 Synchronist Award at the annual Synchronist User’s Forum, hosted by Blane, Canada Ltd., for its front line team’s work on collecting and compiling information based on approximately 150 interviews with southwest Oklahoma manufacturers.

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