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Employee Spotlight: Vince Norman

In this edition, we learn more about Vince Norman, director of the music school's jazz band:

Years at OCU: One

Where did you attend college, and what type of degree did you earn?: Masters of Jazz Studies/Music Production at the University of Central Oklahoma

In what city did you grow up?: Del City

Why is helping students important to you?: I want to give back what was so graciously dealt out to me.

What’s one piece of advice you’d give to an incoming OCU student?: Don’t procrastinate!

What are some of your favorite things to do in your free time?: Spend time with my lovely wife Penny and do much of the same kinds of things I do at my jobs since music is also my hobby.

You’re going to be stranded on a deserted island and you can only take one movie and one TV show/series to watch. What would you take?: "It’s a Wonderful Life" and "The Muppet Show"

Favorite flavor of ice cream?: Chocolate almond

What’s something you like about working at OCU?: Hearing the jazz band, get better and better at swinging

Do you have any recent professional achievements you’d like to share?: My Afro Cuban project with Joe McCarthy, based on Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker suite, has been well received nationally and internationally.

What’s one country you’d love to visit, and why?: Ireland, because it’s one part of Europe I’ve never seen but would like to.

What’s your top-rated metro-area pizza place?: Empire Slice

Early riser or night owl?: Early riser

You’re going to attend an OCU event – do you pick music, dance, theatre or athletics, and why?: Music, it’s what I do.

What’s your best one-sentence sales pitch for why a student should attend OCU?: If you want to learn jazz from me, OCU is the place to do it.

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