Fine Arts Department Faculty

School of Arts & Sciences

Fine Arts Faculty


Video snippets of the Reichenberger Department of Fine Arts Faculty Recital, Jan. 30, Herod Hall Auditorium

Kimberly Weast

Kimberly WeastKimberly Weast, M.F.A.
Fine Arts Department Chair
Director of Theatre Arts
Professor of Theatre

Office: Ryerson Hall 330   

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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

Thomas Cornell

Thomas CornellThomas Cornell
Assistant Professor of Visual Art
Director of the Museum of Natural History

Office: Jesse Dunn 326 


  • M.F.A. The University of Notre Dame
  • B.F.A. The Univeristy of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • B.S.B.A. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Research Interests

  • Phenomenology and perception
  • Invasive species
  • Lapidary Techniques
  • Fluxus and Correspondence Art of the Americas

Favorite Quote

"Things that try to look like things often do look more like things than things" 

-Terry Pratchett


"Blessed is he who has found his work"

-Thomas Carlyle 

Courses Typically Taught
  • Sculpture I & II
  • Painting I & II
  • Fundamentals of Drawing
  • Fundamentals of Two Dimensional Design
  • Fundamentals of Three Dimensional Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Natural History Drawing
  • Advanced Studio (and Senior Exhibition)
  • Professional Practices and Gallery Administration
  • Visual Arts Major Seminar

Dineo Heilmann

Dineo HeilmannDineo Heilmann, M.E.
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music


  • M.M.E. Wichita State University
  • B.M.E. Oklahoma State University
  • A.A. Northern Oklahoma College

Mickey Jordan

Mickey JordanInstructor of Technical Theatre
Herod Hall Facilities Manager

Office: Ryerson Hall 302 


  • M.A. in American Studies with an emphasis in Theatre
  • B.A.  Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • Associates in Arts Vernon College

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Development of technical theatre
  • Frank Lloyd Wright architecture
  • Museum preservation and studies


  • Travel
  • Studio art
  • Visiting museums

Favorite Quote:

“The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

Favorite Motto:

“Do good, and good will happen.” – LaDell Jordan

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Visit thrift and antique stores searching for my next "best find."

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Theatre Production II
  • Theatre Participation I
  • Co-teaching Scenic Design
  • Co-teaching of Lighting Design 
  • Theatre History II

Ken Kelsey

Ken KelseyKen Kelsey, M.A.
Instructor of History and Fine Arts

Office: Jesse Dunn 319A


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

Karsten Longhurst

Karsten LonghurstKarsten Longhurst, D.M.A. 
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Music

Office: Ryerson Hall 323

Curriculum Vitae


  • D.M.A. University of Southern California
  • M.M.  University of Utah
  • B.A. Weber State University
  • B.M. Weber State University


  • State of Utah,  Vocal Music, German, and ESL Endorsement

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • 20th Century German Choral Composers/Music
  • Recruiting and repertoire for the TTBB/Male choir
  • Prosocial behavior and synchronization through singing

Career highlights:

Conducting Oklahoma Honor Choirs. Having performed with Elton John at the Emmy's on national television and the Rolling Stones on their 50th anniversary tour. Featured tenor soloist with the USC Symphony and Choirs in Vaughan William's Serenade to Music. Teaching and mentoring future teachers and staying in touch with graduates. Performed Benjamin Britten's War Requiem in Disney Hall. Singing in and around Israel. Having auditioned for the television series, the Sing Off, with T Minus 5 Vocal band


  • Traveling
  • Camping
  • Sports
  • Cooking

Favorite Quote:

"Music is the universal language of mankind"

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Favorite Motto:

"Correction does much, but encouragement does more."

("Lehre tut viel, aber Aufmunterung tut alles.")

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Camping with my family

Courses Typically Taught:

  • University Concert Choir
  • University Chorale
  • University Singers
  • Principles of Conducting
  • Choral Conducting
  • Choral Literature
  • Choral Methods & Materials - Secondary Schools
  • Aural Skills
  • Music Theory
  • Music History
  • Music in Life

Eduardo Moreira

Eduardo MoreiraEduardo Moreira, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Piano Studies

Office: Ryerson Hall 314


  • D.M.A. University of Oregon (Piano Performance and Collaborative Piano)
  • M.M. University of Strasbourg (France)
  • B.M. Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil)
  • Artist Diploma (Diplôme de spécialisation) Conservatoire de Strasbourg (France)

Research and Scholarly Interests

  • 20th and 21st Century piano music
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Chamber music with piano
  • Music by women composers
  • Olivier Messiaen’s piano music

Favorite Quote

“What I have in my heart and soul must find a way out. That’s the reason for music.” ~ Ludwig van Beethoven

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Applied Piano
  • Class Piano I-IV
  • Keyboard Pedagogy
  • Keyboard Literature
  • Accompanying

Victoria Moreira

Victoria MoreiraVictoria Moreira
Adjunct Instructor of Music


Department of Fine Arts
Northwestern - Alva

Lawana Newell

Lawana NewellLawana Newell, M.M.
Director of Vocal Studies
Instructor of Music

Office: Fine Arts 315

Curriculum Vitae


  • 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; three grandchildren – Dane, Kyra and James.

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” 

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Applied Voice
  • Language Diction
  • Vocal Pedagogy
  • Vocal Literature
  • Music Form & Analysis
  • Music in Life 

David Poindexter

David PoindexterDavid Poindexter
Associate Professor of Visual Arts

Office: Jesse Dunn Annex 326B


Max Ridgway

Max Ridgway, M.E.Max Ridgway
Guitar and Strings Instructor
Adjunct Instructor of Music


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

Research and Scholarly Interests:

  • Modernism and music
  • World music
  • Jazz improvisation
  • Musical traditions in western culture


  • Painting
  • Recording music

Favorite Quote:

“Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem.” – Woody Allen

Favorite Motto:

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." - Lao Tzu

Favorite Thing to do Outside of Work:

Performance with Jazz Trio

Courses Typically Taught:

  • Music in Life
  • World Music
  • Applied Guitar
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Music Composition
  • Choral Arranging

Zach Tolman

Zach Tolman, DMA
Assistant Professor of Instrumental Music
Director of Bands

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Phone: (580) 327-1700

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