CHICKASHA – Plans are underway for more than 300 guests at this year’s Alumni Homecoming at the University and Science of Arts. Beginning Nov. 3, USAO alums from 10 states and even foreign nations will gather on the university campus for a weekend of traditions and memory making.
Alumni President Angie Burruss said that USAO grads are in for an exciting weekend.
CHICKASHA – Most artists “discover” art within themselves at a young age. For Mary Ellen Thomas, it happened a bit later.
“I found ceramics, or ceramics found me, at the age of 60,” she said.
The 81-year-old University of Science and Arts alumna recalled about her 20-year artistic journey, which culminated with award-winning stoneware and a ceramics glazing technique that has caught national attention.
CHICKASHA – Karen Brady is a nontraditional student. At 55, she is taking “nontraditional” to another level. As a communication senior at the University of Science and Arts, Brady is giving her senior project a different twist. She is displaying original art collages October 13 at the USAO Art Gallery. That’s right, Friday the 13th.
Brady, who lives 10 miles west of Minco, said she loved the idea for the dark date.
John Lennon impersonator Bill Kropinak joins Billy Joel and Elton John impersonator Lee Alverson for a night of rock music Oct. 12. The 7:30 p.m. concert takes place in the Te Ata Memorial Auditorium on the USAO campus. Tickets for the concert are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. USAO students, faculty and staff get in for $10 when purchased at the university. Tickets are available at the USAO Box Office, as well as several Chickasha businesses. A portion of the proceeds benefits the USAO Concert Band.
CHICKASHA – Arias, accordions and “chopsticks” are on the menu for the music faculty’s fall concert at the University of Science and Arts. The public is invited to the free concert Oct. 9 that showcases faculty members on piano, voice and even accordion.
Dr. Jan Hanson, professor of music and choir conductor, said the 7:30 p.m. concert in the Alumni Chapel serves as a rare chance for the community to see the music faculty in action.