**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Liberal Arts Department Moving Ahead
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 07-15-05
by Scott Puryear
Goodwell, OK - There are some great things happening this summer in the School of Liberal Arts at Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Faculty members Tito Aznar, Brent Shoulders, Yvonne Sangster, and David Elder are spending the summer months in pursuit of advanced degrees. Aznar is doing his work at Fort Hays State in Hays, Kansas and the rest are studying at West Texas A&M University in Canyon.
Tracey Gregg Boothby is in the Pacific Northwest participating in the International Bach Festival.
The always active Dean of Liberal Arts, Dr. Sara Jane Richter, has also been very busy. In addition to her academic and administrative duties at OPSU, Richter is the Oklahoma delegate to the Santa Fe Trail Association.
Also, Richter is working closely with the "History Alive" program for the Kansas Humanities Council. She is planning a one woman show on Laura Ingalls Wilder, the noted Kansas author who wrote Little House on the Prairie.
A native Kansan herself, Richter said, "Once I learned how and why Mrs. Wilder wrote the "Little House" stories, I was struck by the importance of the strength of the pioneer women. They are so very important to our heritage."
In addition to Richter's show in Kansas, plans are underway to offer the production on the OPSU campus.
The School of Liberal Arts offers majors in History, Psychology, Social Studies, English, Spanish, Art, and Music as well as minors in several other areas.