Okay, there isn't an official 'alumni week,' but next week two alums from the school come back to Chickasha -- one an author and the other an opera singer.
Shanna (Bartlett) Groves is in town on Monday, July 20, to sign her new novel "Lip Reader." She will be at Java Dave's from 6-9 p.m. Java Dave's is at 1724 South Fourth Street. Shanna has dealt with progressive hearing loss since she was 27.
In the book, a rural Oklahoma family faces hearing loss, deafness and communication challenges in the early 1980’s. Twelve-year-old Sapphie Traylor describes her relatives with vivid detail -- her mother who lives in a fantasy world, a grandmother born deaf, a stern preacher-grandfather, and an aunt fluent in sign language but lacking in social graces. It is up to Rea's young daughter, Sapphie, to solve the mystery of her mother's secret life while finding the courage to forgive.
On Tuesday, 1988 graduate David Settle returns for a recital in the Alumni Chapel at 7:30 p.m. The performance is free and will be a fun time. Dr. David will perform numbers by Johannes Brahms, Giacomo Puccini, Francis Poulenc, Cole Porter and Nicolas Slonimsky.
David is an instructor of voice at Sterling College in Sterling, Kans. He received a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from USAO. He earned a master's degree in opera performance from Oklahoma City University and received a doctor of musical arts degree in vocal performance from the University of Oklahoma.
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