1995 was a challenging year for the Institute. A devastating fire destroyed the Quartz Mountain Lodge, the library, and some of the student artwork housed in the lodge. The tragic fire was nonetheless an opportunity to rebuild Quartz Mountain State Park to suit the Institute’s programs. The Summer Institute returned to a new and improved Quartz Mountain in June of 2001. The rebuilt facility includes a 700-seat performance hall, a state-of-the-art darkroom, and the Beverly Badger Memorial Library. The Quartz Mountain Arts and Conference Center is now owned and operated by the State Regents for Higher Education.
Today, the Oklahoma Arts Institute continues to recruit the nation’s
top artists to teach the programs. Actors Jane Alexander and Richard
Thomas, Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday, Grammy Award winner
Leona Mitchell, dancers Maria and Marjorie Tallchief, Academy Award
winning director Ross Kauffman, and visual artists Fritz Scholder,
Robert Zakanitch, and Richard Avedon have all taught at Quartz
Mountain. Alumni of Arts Institute programs, such as Megan Mullally and Tim Blake Nelson,
enjoy successful careers in the arts, while alumni who stay closer to
home enrich the cultural landscape of Oklahoma and the region.
It seems like Emily Claude has fun,
Julie Cohen has the Job well done,
Carson Misner joins them anew,
Mary Fallin decides to do the arts and dine
It takes ages to redo the map,
the hotel from Altus, Elk city, and Vernon are cool,
Jackson county folks sit well,
Meredith Blecha, Dennis McClurg, Eric Garcia, and Jason Grife, wow.
the weather is fair
the sun is gentle
the air is perfect
the music sings jolly
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Congratulations to the following parents who were elected to serve as officers of the Parent Association--OSSM for the 2016-17 school year:
Co-Vice Presidents--Jason Benge and Scott Westfahl
Events Coordinator--Wendi & David Knowles
Memorabilia Coordinator--Belinda Slavic
In addition, we had a parent, Grace Cai, who volunteered to be secretary. However, she didn't come forward until after the meeting was adjourned. So she is going to function as the secretary and will be officially elected at the next General Parent Meeting, which may not happened until in the Fall.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Black & White Wednesday ~ Winter's Kiss
Funny [Friday My Town Shoot Out Link-Up]
Six for Wednesday –
mind blowing escapes
hats off to new year
jillian hart book
slow moving stream
humor, jokes, funnies,
a pile of peanuts and peanut butter sandwiches
pushed deep into woods
soul searching moments
autumns' ripen fruits
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|Eastern Finals||Cavaliers defeated Hawks, 4–0|
|Western Finals||Warriors defeated Rockets, 4–1|
The Warriors were led by 2014–15 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) Stephen Curry, while the Cavaliers featured four-time league MVP LeBron James. Both teams entered the series with title droughts of four decades, with the Cavaliers having never won a title since their 1970–71 inception and the Warriors' last title having been in 1975. This was also the first time that both participating teams had first-year head coaches since the inaugural league finals in 1947, when the NBA was known as the Basketball Association of America (BAA). It was the fifth consecutive finals appearance for James who played for the Miami Heat the previous four seasons, making him the first NBA player since the Boston Celtics dynasty of the 1960s to achieve this accomplishment.
James also became the first player in NBA Finals history to lead both teams in points, assists and rebounds for the entire series. He averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists for the series, although he shot 39.8% throughout the series. 
For the second straight year, the Finals was played in the 2–2–1–1–1 format (Games 1, 2, 5, and 7 were at Golden State, games 3, 4, and 6 were at Cleveland). The series began on June 4, 2015, and it ended on June 16, 2015, and in the United States, it was televised on ABC and in Canada, it was televised on TSN.
Main article: 2014–15 Cleveland Cavaliers seasonThe Cavaliers entered the 2014–15 season after firing Mike Brown and replacing him with David Blatt as head coach, signing free agent forward LeBron James, and trading for forward Kevin Love. James previously played for Cleveland from 2003 to 2010, leading the Cavaliers to their only previous Finals appearance in 2007. James then played for the Miami Heat from 2010 to 2014, leading the Heat to two NBA championships in 2012 and 2013. During the 2014 NBA draft on June 26, 2014, Cleveland held the first overall pick and used it to select Andrew Wiggins. Later on August 23, a three-team trade was completed involving the Cavaliers, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the deal, Cleveland dealt Wiggins and Anthony Bennett and received Love.
James, Love, and guard Kyrie Irving became dubbed nationally as the "Big Three". The Cavaliers got off to a shockingly bad start that led to intense media scrutiny and caused many to question David Blatt's job security. The team got off to a 19–20 start in their first 39 games, which included a stretch where they were 2–10 in 12 games that began with a road loss to the Miami Heat on December 25. Injuries to LeBron James and "chemistry issues," with James "still learning how to play with his new teammates and vice versa," were considered to be the primary reasons for the underwhelming start. However, a number of trades turned the season around. The Cavaliers acquired J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from the Knicks in exchange for draft picks while sending Dion Waiters to the Thunder. The Cavaliers then acquired Timofey Mozgov. James's return to the Cavaliers' lineup (following a 2-week layoff) on January 12 completed the turnaround. The Cavaliers closed out the season on a high note, going 34–9 as Cleveland compiled a 53–29 regular season record to win the Central Division title, and the second best record in the Eastern Conference behind the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavaliers advanced to the Finals after sweeping the Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs, defeating the Chicago Bulls in six games during the second round, and sweeping the Hawks in the conference finals.