Cameron University continues its Centennial Celebration with the School of Liberal Arts Week featuring a jam-packed schedule of events from October 30 through November 7. The departments of Art, Communication, Criminal Justice & Sociology, English & Foreign Languages, History & Government, Music, and Theatre Arts have planned an exciting roster of events that will appeal to CU students, alumni and all residents of the southwest Oklahoma. All events are open to the public; most are free of charge, although space limitations may require a reservation or ticket. Admission/ticket prices for applicable events are indicated below.
"The Lawton/Fort Sill and Duncan communities have always been strong supporters of events sponsored by the various departments from the School of Liberal Arts," says Dr. Von Underwood, Dean. "We invite everyone in southwest Oklahoma to join our continuing Centennial Celebration. We've planned something for everyone - whether you're a music lover or a connoisseur of art, a history aficionado or a book lover, or are interested in politics, current events or criminal justice. We hope the events bring together current Cameron faculty and students with alumni, emeritus faculty and members of the community to enjoy the celebration as we enter a bright and exciting new phase of our history."
Thursday, October 30
Country Jazz Fusion with The Dave Alexander Band and the CU Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Moots, Professor of Music, CU Theatre, 8 p.m. $10 per person; CU faculty, staff and students admitted free with proper identification.
The Dave Alexander Band will headline the 28th annual Cameron University Country Jazz Fusion, joining the CU Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Moots, professor of music. Dave Alexander combines the heritage and success of yesterday's great western swing music with the fever and excitement of his own compositions and today's hottest musicians. The multi-talented performer has assembled one of the finest western Big Bands in the music world today. His star performers include guitar great Tommy Nash, formerly of the Dixie Chicks; three time World Champion fiddle player Randy "Snuffy" Elmore, and Maurice Anderson on steel guitar. Tickets are available at the CU Administration Building's Business Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. To reserve tickets, call 580.581.2129 or 580.581.5501.
"Convergence Print Media: Indigenous Perspectives from North America" printmaking workshop with CU alumnus John Hitchcock. For Cameron students only. Also held on October 31.
Artist and Lawton native John Hitchcock, Associate Professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches screen-printing, relief cut, digital mixed media prints and installation art. His work is a blend of printmaking, photography, video and installation that depicts personal, social and political views. Hitchcock is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the American Photography Institute, National Graduate Seminar Fellowship at New York University, Tisch School of Arts; Jerome Foundation grant; and the Vilas Associate Grant, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from CU in 1990.
Friday, October 31
Country Jazz Fusion with The Dave Alexander Band and the CU Jazz Ensemble, directed by John Moots, Professor of Music, Simmons Center, Duncan, 8 p.m. $10 per person; CU faculty, staff and students admitted free with proper identification.
See October 30 for details. Tickets are available at the Simmons Center box office or by calling 580-252-2900.
"Cameron and Oklahoma in the 1920s", Shepler Ballroom; Noon; free.
Join CU faculty members from the Department of History and Government Dr. Suzanne Crawford, Dr. Melody Huckaby and Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda, who is writing a history of Cameron for the Centennial, for this panel discussion focusing on Cameron University during the 1920s. Lunch will be served prior to the discussion. Seating is limited; to reserve a seat, please call 581-2491.
Saturday, November 1
"The Unveiling"; Luncheon event; Shepler Ballroom; Noon. $20 per person.
Join faculty members from CU's Department of Art as they host a luncheon for alumni, students and friends of CU to accept a commemorative work of art and celebrate the contributions of retired Department founder/chair Jack Bryan. Seating is limited; to reserve a seat, call 581-2450.
Opening reception, "Forty Years and Counting." Fine Arts Courtyard; 7 to 9 p.m. Free.
CU's Department of Art celebrates 40 years in existence with an exhibit of original art by CU alumni. The department's current faculty has invited more than 50 artists, including at least one from each graduating class since the program's inception to exhibit their works. A visual feast featuring paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, 3D representational pieces and more will be on display throughout November in the Art Department Gallery.
"An Evening of Opera Scenes," University Theatre, 8 p.m. $6 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, military, students; CU faculty, staff and students admitted free with proper identification.
CU's Music Department will present "An Evening of Opera Scenes" featuring CU opera workshop students Sonja Detweiler, Jasmine Glass, Sabrina Harrell, Erin Hoff, Anjelika Ramsdell, Matt Armstrong, Eli Ramirez, Jonathan Phelps, and Robert White, all of Lawton/Fort Sill. The recital will be co-directed by Jan Logan and Dr. Earl Logan, music professors of vocal performance. Selections will include scenes from Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" and "Don Giovanni," Niccolai's "Merry Wives of Windsor" and Puccini's "Turandot." Holly Hill-Le, CU adjunct music instructor, will provide accompaniment on piano. Financial assistance for this event has been provided by the Southwest Oklahoma Opera Guild.
Sunday, November 2
Messiah Open Rehearsal Alumni Event, McCutcheon Recital Hall, 2 - 4 p.m. Free.
Conductor Doris Lambert invites alumni of the CU Civic Chorale and interested members of the community to join the open rehearsal for the Civic Chorale's upcoming performance of "The Messiah." For more information, contact the CU Music Department at 581-2440.
The Leta Mae Smith Guest Artist series presents Christian Logan Morren in Recital, McCutcheon Recital Hall, 8 p.m. Free.
Guest vocalist Christian Logan Morren, accompanied on piano by Doris Lambert, will perform Mozart's "Exsultate, Jubilate," a set of Brahms lieder (art songs), "The Shining Place" by Lee Hoiby, and "Susanna" by Carlisle Floyd. This recital is presented as part of the Leta Mae Smith Guest Artist Series, recognizing the continued artistry of Cameron University graduates. Ms. Morren, a 1997 graduate of Cameron University, is currently finishing her DMA at the University of Oklahoma where she is a student of Metropolitan Opera baritone Kim Josephson. Well-versed in both oratorio and opera, she has appeared as a soprano soloist with the Wyoming Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Utah Festival Opera Company and the Tulsa Opera Company. She is a two-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions, won first place in the Naftzger art song competition, has earned a University of Oklahoma Dame Eva Turner award for excellence in singing and is a two-time Benton Schmidt vocal award winner.
Monday, November 3
"Drugs & Crime in Oklahoma"; guest lecture by R. Darrell Weaver, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs, Shepler Ballroom, 10 a.m. Free.
CU's Department of Criminal Justice is pleased to present CU alumnus R. Darrell Weaver, Director of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs and co-chairman of the groundbreaking anti-meth campaign, Crystal Darkness Oklahoma. Weaver earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree from CU in 1986, then attended the FBI National Academy. In 1987, he was commissioned as an Agent with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. In September 2006, Weaver was named Director of the Bureau and is now in his 22nd year as a commissioned law enforcement agent. He is a trustee of the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Retirement System (OLERS) and is a member of the Council on Law Enforcement Training (CLEET) governing council, in addition to serving on numerous law enforcement councils/boards. Weaver is an active member of the FBI National Academy Associates, the Association of Oklahoma Narcotics Enforcers, the Oklahoma Sheriff's and Peace Officers Association, the Oklahoma Police Chief's Association and the Cameron University Alumni Association
"Delighted: A Conversation with Theodore Roosevelt," presented by David Byland; and showing of the 1908 film "The Wolf Hunt", Shepler ballroom, 7 p.m. Free.
Join Theodore Roosevelt impersonator David Byland as he relives the 26th President's 1905 trip to Frederick, Oklahoma, where he went wolf-hunting with "Catch ‘Em Alive" Jack Abernathy, a local legend renowned for catching wolves with his bare hands. Byland, an associate professor at Oklahoma Baptist University, presents this one-man show based on Roosevelt's speeches while visiting Oklahoma Territory, Roosevelt's letters, and newspaper accounts of his trip. Roosevelt later commissioned the Oklahoma Natural Mutoscene Company to film a re-enactment of the hunt, resulting in the 1908 one-reeler, "The Wolf Hunt." The film, featuring Abernathy, was screened in the East Room of the White House in 1909. Byland will remain in character during a meet and greet reception. Excerpts from "Unbreak-a-bull," CU's 2006 student documentary, will also be shown to highlight the Cameron film program and open a discussion of filmmaking in 1908 and in the present day.
Tuesday, November 4
An Election Evening Escape featuring the CU Percussion Ensemble, University Theatre, 8 p.m. $6 for adults; $4 for senior citizens, military, students; CU faculty, staff and students admitted free with proper identification.
Escape from the Election Day media blitz with this vibrant performance of the CU Percussion Ensemble, comprised of CU percussion majors and conducted by Dr. James Lambert. A reception hosted by Friends of Cameron Percussion will follow the concert in the University Theatre foyer. The ensemble will present an eclectic repertoire consisting of "Teamwork" by Lynn Glassock, "The Gilded Cage" by Susan Powell, "Concerto for Timpani" by John Beck featuring Jeremy Toombs on timpani, "Concerto for Marimba" by Ney Rosauro featuring Grant Johnson on marimba, "La Llorona" arranged by Ruth Jeanne, "Alabama Moon" by George Hamilton Green arranged by William Cahn featuring Grant Johnson on xylophone, and "Techno-Pop" by Nathan Daughtrey. The Cameron steel drum ensemble, Cameron University Pan Express, will present "Oye Como Va" arranged by Diane Downs, "Ritmo Suave" by Lalo Davila, "Fiesta Latina" by Lalo Davila, and "Brazil" by Barroso and Russell and arranged by Diane Downs.
Wednesday, November 5
"Solving Crime by Examining Skeletal Remains" by Harvey Pratt, Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, Shepler Ballroom, 1 p.m. Free.
CU's Department of Criminal Justice presents forensic artist Harvey Pratt, who will speak on solving crime by examining skeletal remains. One of the leading forensic artists in the United States and the only full-time police forensic artist in Oklahoma, Pratt has spent more than 42 years in law enforcement, completing thousands of witness description drawings and hundreds of soft tissue reconstructions. His expertise in witness description drawing, skull reconstruction, skull tracing, age progression, soft tissue postmortem drawing and restoration of photographs and videos have aided law enforcement agencies both nationally and internationally. A Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal member, he is also an award-winning Native American artist. Pratt has been recognized by the Cheyenne People as an Outstanding Southern Cheyenne and received one of the tribe's highest honors with induction in the Southern Cheyenne Chief's Lodge as a traditional Peace Chief.
Thursday, November 6
Political Science Forum: Panel Discussion of the Nov. 4 Election. Shepler Ballroom, Noon.
Don't miss this exciting panel discussion of the outcomes of the 2008 election with distinguished guests including Ed Apple, former legislator and retired chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission; former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Loyd L. Benson, a CU alumnus; Dr. Rick Farmer, Director of Committee Staff, Oklahoma House of Representatives; Jan Stratton, veteran news anchor at KSWO and member of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame; and Randy Swanson, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Republican Senatorial Committee. Presented in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA). This is the second session of the Cameron Centennial Political Science Forum. Seating is limited; to reserve a seat, call 581-2491.
"The Future of Higher Education in the Changing Political Context" by Glen D. Johnson, Chancellor of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Shepler Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
Join CU President Cindy Ross and attendees of the OPSA annual meeting as Chancellor Glen Johnson discusses the issues that impact higher education. Presented in conjunction with the OPSA annual awards ceremony. Seating is limited; to reserve a seat, call 581-2491.
Friday, November 7
"The Meaning of Reform, 1908 and 2008" by Michael Kazin, Shepler Ballroom, Noon. Free.
Noted historian Michael Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown University, will address some of the deeper political currents of the elections of 1908 and 2008. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements in the 19th and 20th centuries and is currently working on a history of the American left. His most recent book is "A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan." He is the recipient of numerous academic honors, including Guggenheim Fellowship; Senior Faculty Research Fellowship, Georgetown University; Research Fellowship, The Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.; Fellowship for University Teachers, National Endowment for the Humanities; Distinguished Lecturer in History and American Studies, Fulbright Program, Japan; John Adams Chair in American Studies, Distinguished Lectureship, Fulbright Program; and Post-Doctoral Fellowship, National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institution). Lunch will be served prior to the presentation. Seating is limited; to reserve a seat, call the School of Liberal Arts at 581-2491.
Rilla Askew book reading, Shepler Ballroom, 7 p.m. Free.
Rilla Askew, award-winning novelist and Oklahoma native, will read selections from her critically acclaimed novels, which include "Harpsong" and "Fire In Beulah." Askew sets her work in the Sooner State, using Oklahoma as the canvas on which she depicts stories that are quintessentially American in nature and in which she explores the complex forces of race, class and societal opinion. Askew's first novel, "The Mercy Seat," received the Oklahoma Book Award and the Western Heritage Award in 1998. Her novel "Fire in Beulah," set during the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, received the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation and the Myers Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights. Her latest novel, "Harpsong," received the Oklahoma Book Award and and the Western Heritage Award for Best Novel of 2008.
Bunraku Bay Japanese Puppet Theatre, University Theatre, 8 p.m. Free.
The Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe features life-sized traditional Japanese puppets developed in the Meiji era, accompanied by a samisen player and a narrator. Sponsored by the Japanese Studies Program at the University of Missouri, the troupe is the only traditional Japanese puppet troupe active outside of Japan. The performers have been trained in Japan by artists from the 170-year-old Tonda Puppet Troupe and the Imada Puppet Troupe and Kuroda Puppet Troupe, both more than 300 years old. Under the direction of Professor Martin Holman, the troupe has performed in Japan and across the U.S., including venues in Florida, Virginia, New York, as well as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
October 22, 2008