The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management offers a number
of organizations to help encourage students to learn more about their individual
areas of interest.
Students of Arts Management (SAM) was created in 1993 by a group of graduate
and undergraduate arts management students for the purposes of enhancing
professional knowledge, encouraging professionalism, networking with arts
management professionals, and creating a community of students interested
in management careers in the performing arts and entertainment industries.
This organization contacts industry experts and coordinates meetings,
panel discussions and entertainment industry conferences facilitating the
opportunities for our students to be introduced to the wide and varied
professionals in entertainment. The list of their guests have included
producers, designers, talent agents, film executives, event coordinators,
executive directors of nonprofit performing arts organizations, stage managers,
performers, casting agents, writers, tour managers, business executives,
chamber of commerce representatives, government officials, museum and gallery
owners and directors, marketing specialists, public relations specialists,
bankers, image developers, board of director members, and certified meeting
and special event professionals.
The organization coordinates workshops, seminars and focus
groups to study industry trends, professional expectations and consumer
issues. The purpose of these activities is to bring the professional world
of the entertainment life style to the forefront as discussion.
SAM is responsible for producing the school’s "Tribute to the Stars" Awards
Banquet at the end of every year. This is comparable to a “red carpet”
awards program that you might see on television. It is fully designed,
written, fundraised and produced by the students.
SAM meets regularly
during the school year. Activities include:
- Guest expert speakers from various entertainment fields
- Workshops on professional development
- Seminars on business comportment
- Focus group discussions on entertainment trends and issues
- Panel discussions on the value and availability of internships in the
arts and entertainment
- Fundraising activities to support SAM activities
- Educational trips to "entertainment hot spots" throughout
Networking is an integral part of this degree program and
a pivotal element within the proven success of our students.
Spirit of Grace Liturgical Dancers, under the direction of Kelli Stevens,
performs in the Oklahoma City University chapel and at churches throughout
The OCU Pep Dancers perform at home basketball games under
the direction of Alana Martin.