Fine Arts Department Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Fine Arts Faculty


Kimberly Weast

Kimberly Weast, M.F.A.

Fine Arts Department Chair and Director of Theatre Arts
Professor of Theatre


  • M.F.A.  Lindenwood University
  • M.A. COMM.  Southwest Baptist Theological Seminar
  • B.S.  Southwestern Oklahoma State University


  • Oklahoma Teaching Certificate

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Leadership in the arts
  • X and Y Generation
  • Theatre for Young Adults


  • Traveling
  • Reading
  • Attending live theatrical productions
  • ​Working out in the summer

Favorite Quote:

"Spectacular success in life is always and only preceded by unspectacular preperation"

-Dr. Kenneth Mcfarland

Favorite Motto:

"Perfection is our goal, excellence will be tolerated"

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Spend time with family and friends and volunteer with Samaritian's Purse Disaster Relief.

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Acting I
  • Acting II
  • Lighting Design
  • Scenic Design
  • Senior Capstone
  • Stage Makeup
  • Theatre Appreciation
  • Theatre Practicum
  • Theatre Practicum II
  • Theatre Production I
  • Theatre Production II
  • Theatrical Directing I
  • Theatrical Directing II

Marc Decker

Marc Decker, D.M.A.

Director of Instrumental Music and Music Education
Assistant Professor of Music


  • D.M.A.  The University of Iowa
  • M.A.  The University of Iowa
  • B.M.E.  The University of Illinois


  • Michigan Teaching Certificate, K-12 Instrumental Music

Favorite Quotes:

  • "Don't put off till tomorrow what can be done today"
  • "Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time"

Favoriate Things to Do Outside of Work:

  • Spending time with family
  • Cooking
  • Traveling

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Ranger Marching Band
  • Symphony Band
  • Community Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Instrumental Music Education and Methods Courses
  • Instrumental Conducting

Susan Duell

Susan Duell, M.M.

Piano Instructor and Accompanist
Adjunct Instructor of Music


  • M.M.  Kansas State University
  • B.A.  Kansas State University

Classes Typically Taught:

  • Class Piano
  • Applied Piano
  • Choir Accompaniest
  • Studio Accompaniest

Dineo Heilmann

Dineo Heilmann, M.E.

Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music

Ken Kelsey

Ken Kelsey, M.A.

Instructor of History and Fine Arts


  • M.A.  Oklahoma State University
  • B.A.  Oklahoma State University

Kyle Larson

Kyle Larson, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Art


  • M.F.A. Boston University
  • M.A. California State University
  • B.A. California State University

Karsten Longhurst

Karsten Longhurst, D.M.A. (ABD)

Director of Choral Studies
Instructor of Music


  • D.M.A. (ABD) California State University
  • M.M.  University of Utah
  • B.A. Weber State University
  • B.M. Weber State University

Lawana Newell

Lawana Newell, M.M.

Director of Vocal Studies
Instructor of Music


  • M.M.  New England Conversatory of Music
  • B.A.  Pfeiffer College

Scholarly interests:

  • Art Song
  • Lieder
  • Mélodie

Career highlights:

Solo performances with orchestras; numerous performances with the Enid Symphony Orchestra including the soprano solos in Brahms, A German Requiem, Mendelssohn, Elijah, Mozart, Exsultate jubilate, Mahler, Symphony No. 2,Ressurection; with the Charlotte (NC) Symphony Orchestra, Bernstein, Chichester Psalms; with the New England Conservatory Orchestra, Menotti, Steal me, sweet thief. Choral highlights: singing soprano solos in Mozart, Vesperae solemnes de confessore with the Pfeiffer Choir in Europe (three-week tour); choral performance with Boston Symphony Orchestra, under Claudio Abbado in performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, soloists Jesse Norman and Barbara Hendricks. 

Family information:

Married to Douglas Newell; four children – Lauren, Lindsey, Leslie, and Christian; two grandchildren – Dane and Kyra. 

Motto I live by:

Do all the good you can, in every way you can, for everyone you can, for as long as you can. 

Favorite thing to do outside of work:

Relax and watch “The Big Bang Theory” 

Max Ridgway

Max Ridgway, M.E.

Guitar and Strings Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music


  • M.E.  Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.M.  Berklee College of Music
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