USAO News Bureau

USAO Spring Classes Begin Friday

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

CHICKASHA – With residence halls opening in anticipation of returning students, spring classes begin Friday at the University of Science and Arts in Chickasha.

In addition to offering more than 300 classes in 23 fields of study, USAO’s spring calendar is filled with a number of musical and theatrical events. Drover basketball hits high gear as Sooner Athletic Conference play is underway now. Softball looks for more national rankings as it begins play Feb. 13. Baseball kicks off Feb. 10 and the massive Spring Triad – an all-day academic, art and music festival that welcomes more than 3,000 to campus – is planned for April 5.

A spring class schedule is available from the USAO Admissions Office, 574-1204, or on the Internet at www.usao.edu/schedules. Classes begin Jan. 5 and continue through Spring Commencement on April 20.

USAO’s website also offers a full course catalog, events calendars, sports news and sections on art shows and fine arts events. Persons who wish to get e-mail updates about USAO news, events and sports can sign up for the Alumni News Hotline at www.usao.edu/alumni/getmorenews.htm.

The University’s basketball teams continue Sooner Athletic Conference play with home games on Thursday against Oklahoma Baptist at 6 and 8 p.m. and on Saturday evening against St. Gregory’s at 6 and 8 p.m.

The next event in the Davis Waldorf Performing Arts Series is opera baritone Jeffrey Snider, who comes to campus on Jan. 23 for a 7:30 p.m. concert in the USAO Alumni Chapel.

Beginning Jan. 14, the USAO Art Gallery will display the biennial Centerfold Show. Hosted by USAO and the Leslie Powell Foundation and Gallery in Lawton, this show features the work of top artists from throughout the state and nation. The Gallery is open weekdays 8:30-4:30. On Feb. 18, the USAO Gallery welcomes Chickasha artist and USAO alumna Patricia Morgan. A full schedule of art shows is available at www.usao.edu/gallery.

Now entering its eleventh year as a hub site in the state’s telecommunication network, USAO will import nearly two dozen courses this spring. Among all colleges in Oklahoma, USAO is the leader in providing imported courses.

By importing only courses that complement USAO’s curriculum, not duplicating it, students gain learning options. Many telecommunication courses are offered in counseling, education administration, occupational safety and computer science from several state universities.

Graduate level courses are delivered in interactive television classrooms in USAO’s Nash Library. Students in Chickasha not only hear the teacher at the sending institution, but with video technology, they are seen and heard in the classroom discussion, along with other students at various sites across the state.

USAO offers courses in 23 fields of study and seven non-degree, pre-professional fields to choose from. Fields of study available at USAO are American Indian studies, art, biology, business (with concentrations in accounting, business administration and management), chemistry, communication, com­puter science, deaf education, drama, early child­hood education, economics, elemen­tary education, English, history, mathematics, music, nat­ural science, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, sociology and speech pathology.

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.