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Survival Guide Bronchos, This is the beginning of an awesome adventure, an adventure that will truly shape your future. Welcome to UCO and welcome to what we hope will be the best years of your life! This Survival Guide will give you a taste of what this university has to offer. You will find tips, hints and all kinds of useful information to guide you throughout all your years at UCO.

Let’s Get Started! Edition 2


Index Introduction

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Index

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Welcome from the President & Orientation Agenda

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Orientation Floor Plan

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Breakout Sessions

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Immigration Tips & Reminders

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Office of Global Affairs

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Welcome from the Vice President

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Dennis Dunham

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Timothy Kok

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Brandon Lehman

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Jay Shacklett

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Aaron Wheelbarger

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Jalal Daneshfar

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Julia Hicks

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Jared Scism

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Marco Rodriguez

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Weldon Rice

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Janette Wetsel

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Pat Casey

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Mary Edwards

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Student Assistants

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International House

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Glocal

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International Student Council

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My Notes

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Student Affairs departments

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Violence Prevention Project

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Campus Activities & Events

41

Career Services

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Off-Campus Life

43

Disability Support Services

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Diversity and Inclusion

45

Fraternity and Sorority Life

46

Student Conduct Office

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Student Counseling Center

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Student Organizations

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Testing Services

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Volunteer and Service Learning

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Enrollment Management

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Tutoring Central

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Transportation & Parking Services

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Mercy Clinic at UCO

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UCO Wellness Center

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Academic Health Plans

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Safety and UCO Police

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US Banking 101

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Culture Shock

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UCO Directory

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UCO map

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Exhibitors

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Study Abroad

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Welcome from the

President

Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma! We are exceedingly pleased you have chosen Central as the place where you will prepare for a life of learning, which will be essential as you adapt many times to a world of challenge, opportunity and change. Since our founding as the Territorial Normal School of Oklahoma in 1890, Central has been passionate about learning, leading and serving, and about cultivating generations of ethical and engaged citizens and leaders. UCO is the Oklahoma City metropolitan area’s anchor public university, serving more than 20,000 individuals annually. Our intent is to be the metro’s dynamic educational partner in reaching its ambitious goals. We are and have been of this place for nearly 125 years. This place matters. Here at Central you will find an exceptional faculty and resourceful staff focused on creating a transformative learning opportunity for you. We are here to help you learn, persist, achieve and graduate, and we will match your determination to fulfill your aspirations with our passion for teaching and learning. One of the consistent ingredients for persistence and success in college is to get involved. I urge you to discover the abundance of organizations, activities, civic initiatives, sports and other ways that Central students gather together and create memorable results for themselves and each other. We embrace our mission: The University of Central Oklahoma exists to help students learn by providing transformative education experiences to students so that they may become productive, creative, ethical, and engaged citizens and leaders serving our global community. In your success we find great joy. We are here to help you. Welcome to Central! Dr. Don Betz President


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Orientation

Agenda Time

Ori en Ag tation end a

Description

Venue

8:00 - 8:30

Exhibition / Breakfast

Exhibition Alley

8:30 - 8:50

Welcome & Introduction by Dr. Dennis Dunham

Ballroom B&C

8:50 - 9:00

Announcement

9:00 - 9:10

Ice Breaking Game

Ballroom B&C Ballroom B&C

9:10 - 10:00

Breakout Session 1

All Rooms

10:00 - 10:10

Rest / Exhibition

Exhibition Alley

10:10 - 11:00

Breakout Session 2

All Rooms

11:00 - 11:10

Rest / Exhibition

Exhibition Alley

11:10 - 12:00

Breakout Session 3

All Rooms

12:00 - 12:05

Orientation Survey

All Rooms

12:05 - 12:15

Rest / Exhibition

12:15 - 12:30

Adapting to American Culture

12:30 - 12:40

Announcement

Exhibition Alley Ballroom B&C Ballroom B&C

12:40 - 13:00

Parade to the International House

13:00 - 15:00

Luncheon and Carnival

International House


Orientation Floor P


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Plan

Ori e Flo ntatio or Pla n n

Notes: 1. Breakout Sessions in Ballrooms B,C and Heritage Room. 2. Refreshments and Snacks available in Ballroom A


Breakout Sessions Breakout Session Venue: Heritage Room Session Coordinator: Marco Rodriguez Student Health AHP Health Insurance Fitness & Wellness International Student Council Glocal Activities Study Abroad Opportunities

Breakout Ven Ballro Session Co Julia H Maintaining Maintaining Employ Student Edmond Tra Off-Cam

Group

Breakout Session 1

Blue Yellow Black

Ballroom B Ballroom C Heritage Room

(9:10 - 10:00 a.m.)

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Breakout Session Venue: Ballroom B Session Coordinator: Jay Shacklett US Banking 101 Managing Personal Finances Academic Advisement Career Services Tutoring Central

reakout Session 2

Breakout Session 3

Ballroom C Heritage Room Ballroom B

Heritage Room Ballroom B Ballroom C

(10:10 - 11:00 a.m.)

(11:10 - 12:00 p.m.)


Immigration Tips & Reminders Social Security You must have the following to get a recommendation from Global Affairs for a Social Security Number: Two weeks must pass from your arrival in the U.S. You must be enrolled in a full load of classes and get a letter of job offer from an on-campus employer.


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Imm s&R igratio n em ind ers While studying in America, we strongly advise you to file taxes. Regardless of your income situation, you should report your income or lack of income to the IRS. Tax season takes place annually during the first four months of the year. UCO’s College of Business offers a free tax service each tax season. You are also welcome to consult with your own tax advisor that will usually charge a fee.

Tax Filing

Tip

Maintaining F-1/J-1 Status You cannot attend UCO if you are out of status. To maintain your status you should enroll full time each semester (12 hours for undergraduate, 9 hours for graduate students), maintain a valid passport, notify Global Affairs if you transfer to another school or change level or program, apply for an extension of stay before your I-20/DS-2019 expires, you must not work off-campus without authorization, you must attend classes regularly, and notify the Int’l Office of any change of address within 10 days of that change. *Loss of status is not limited to these items. However, these are the most common.*


Off Campus Employment Optional Practical training (OPT ) — OPT allows students to gain practical experience working in their field of study. OPT allows students to work for one year full-time after graduation. This is called Post-Completion OPT. The application must be submitted during your final semester or in the month just after. OPT can also be taken part-time before you graduate, however this time is subracted from the time you are allowed after graduation at half rate.

Severe Economic Hardship Employment authorization can be granted on the basis of unexpected economic hardship. Students can apply only upon completion of one academic year and they must prove to immigration that they and/or their sponsor have experienced unforeseen and severe financial hardship. Applicaton packets are availabe in the OGA, Applicaton fee is $380.


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Imm s&R igratio n em ind ers For juniors, seniors and graduate students who wish to do an internship in their field of study. For this type of employment authorizaton the student enrolls in an internship or practicum class, and provides a letter from the employer as well as approval from the academic department. These are then presented to the Global Affairs Office Immigraton Advisor. There is no application fee, only the cost of tuiton for the class.

Curricular Practical training

Tip

Unauthorized off campus employment is illegal and could result in arrest and deportation. Questions? Come to OGA.


Office of Global Affairs

Location: Tel: Website: Email: Social Media:

NUC 137 405-974-2390 www.uco.edu/global international@uco.edu UCOOGA @UCOOGA

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) administers a wide variety of services to the international community of UCO. Our mission is to admit international students to UCO and the US, to assist international students transition to life in the United States, to promote interactions between the US and International populations, and to provide services to meet the special needs of international students.


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The Centre for Global Competency sends UCO faculty and students abroad as well as providing a number of services for you the international student. These are as follows: Broncho Buddies, which pairs domestic students with international students for cultural exchange and fun; CRISP, which connects international students with American families; and MERGE, which connects international students with UCO faculty to work together on academic projects for a class in which they are not currently enrolled. The International Student Council (ISC) represents international students on the UCO campus. The ISC welcomes people who want to learn more about the diversity of international students. ISC is also an umbrella organization for all the foreign country organizations on UCO campus. The ISC sponsors international events as well as activities and events held by foreign country organizations. Their goal is to bring and maintain cultural diversity to UCO. Events sponsored by ISC include International Orientation, International Festival, Fall & Spring Break Trips, International Graduation Dinner, International Arts Festival, and the Mr. Ms. UCO International Pageant.

Serving YOU from more than 110 countries


Welcome from the

Vice President Dear Broncho, Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma! We are delighted to have you join UCO’s family away from home. You have travelled from near and far to be with us and we hope this would open up many more new experiences for you here. I encourage you to explore and experience all that the University, the City of Edmond, and the State of Oklahoma have to offer. You will encounter a quality education inside of the classroom – but there is another world to encounter outside of the classroom walls, that includes special events, athletic competitions, concerts and trips in- and out-of-state. On campus, we have many traditional activities, starting next week with “Stampede Week” which offers varieties of opportunities for you to make new connection and learn more about UCO and what it has to offer . Additionally, the Division of Student Affairs entails many different departments which you can find in this Survival Guide that would help enhance your experience here at UCO, and I encourage you to get to know each one of them and see what they have to offer to support you. I want you to know that you are personally supported throughout your time at UCO. If you ever have a question, an idea, or a concern – please come visit with me. We want you to have everything you need for your success while you are here. Congratulations on selecting a superb university for the pursuit of your degree. Remember to seize every opportunity to experience the culture and friendships UCO has to offer. And know that you have a friend in the Vice President’s office. Dr. Myron Pope Vice-President of Student Affairs


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Dennis Dunham

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Position: Executive Director of Global Affairs Tel:

405-974-2373

Email:

ddunham1@uco.edu

Skype:

ddunham102

Hello new friends, You’re going to have a great time here. One thing you’ll see right away is how friendly everyone on campus is. The campus and the Edmond community realize how much you bring us. You bring us your culture, your insights, and your perspectives and we appreciate it. As for me, I’ve been working in the international education field more than 30 years. I’ve traveled to more than 60 countries and worn out that many suitcases, I guess. My wife, Jan and I have several kids, all grown, and a growing number of grandkids. Like every American family we have a dog and a cat. (I didn’t want a cat and my wife didn’t want a dog. So of course the dog follows Jan everywhere, and the cat thinks I’m her pet—go figure.) My advice—stay open. Someone once said that education is learning what you didn’t know that you didn’t know. As long as you know that, you know something.


Timothy Kok Position: Director of International Admissions and Communications Tel: 405-974-2370 Email: jkok@uco.edu Skype: tim2370 I love to meet people, hence, I chose international education by helping UCO to connect with students, parents, institutions and organizations all over the world. As the Director of International Admissions and Communications at UCO, I help provide services to prospective and new students ranging from admissions, articulation of credits, scholarships, orientation and settling to their new life in Oklahoma. Additionally, I assist UCO in establishing contacts with partner universities and organizations in different nations. I enjoy outdoor activities, have strong passion in cooking and eating, swimming, playing and singing Christian music with my guitar and traveling. My advise for students is always to get involved on campus and be proactive in taking part in various volunteering and leadership opportunities. The time is very short as students transition into the working world.


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Brandon Lehman

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Position: Assistant Director of Admissions and Intercultural Activities Tel: 405-974-2448 Email: blehman@uco.edu Skype: brandon.lehman.uco.cgc I am the Assistant Director of Admissions and Intercultural Activities. I currently oversee the CGC’s Glocal programs, including Broncho Buddies, Ignite, CRISP, MERGE and UCO International House. ‘Glocal’ is equal to ‘global’ + ‘local’, and it is simply a word I use to classify the local, global education opportunities we are able to provide through programs for students. I am an advisor for the International Student Council (‘ISC’) as well as several other student organizations. I am passionate about students, and I am interested in both your professional and personal development. love culture, history, and language. I know a little about what you’re going through as an international student. I’m an American. But, I have also had a study abroad experience (in Mexico), and I have had the pleasure of getting to many people from around the world right here at UCO. Welcome to UCO! We’re excited that you are here and a part of a diverse and dynamic student body. I hope that you will choose to get involved with some of our student programs and leadership opportunities.


Jay Shacklett Position: Coordinator for International Admissions and Immigration Services Tel: 405-974-2130 Email: jshacklett@uco.edu Skype: jay2130 Of all the staff members named “Jay� in the Office of Global Affairs at UCO, I am the coolest one. I was born in Florida, raised in Oklahoma and have lived in a total of 8 states around the U.S. I have been with the Office of Global Affairs for about 7.5 years. I have been to about 30 plus countries around the world and love being with international people and, of course, eating international food. I specialize in doing admissions and general advising for Latin American and European countries as well as for Japan, Sri Lanka, India and Nepal! I am the advisor for the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), the Nepal Student Association (NSA) and the European Student Association (ESA).Feel free to stop by my office anytime for assistance or simply to chat! Welcome to UCO!


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Aaron Wheelbarger

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Position: International Admissions Advisor Tel:

405-974-2352

Email:

awheelbarger@uco.edu

Skype:

aaron2352

Hi and welcome to UCO. I am one of the admission advisors who may have helped you get here. I work with many countries and regions like Africa, Middle East, and the Caribbean’s. I have been working at UCO for more than 6 years. I specialize in these regions so I am very knowledgeable about the educational systems, so if you have questions come and see me. I will be one of the most patient advisors you will ever meet, so don’t be scared to say “What’s up Aaron” or ask me about my special powers. When I am not working at UCO I like to do outdoor activities or eat good food while watching sports. I am married to a beautiful Indonesia girl named Caroline. I have been to many countries around the world…maybe even your country? I graduated from UCO with a Bachelors and Masters degree, so if you have questions about how good the school is I am your person to ask. I wish you all the very best and know that you will LOVE UCO!


Jalal Daneshfar Position: Assistant Director Immigration and Retention Tel:

405-974-2377

Email:

jdaneshfar@uco.edu

I enjoy helping International students with their Immigration issues from the first day until the graduation date. I also graduated from UCO. As an International Alumni from Iran, it makes me very happy when I see another International student joining the growing family of UCO International Alumni from all over the world. Additionally, I help students with health insurance concerns, scholarship needs and financial aspects of campus activities. I enjoy Soccer and Tennis.


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Julia Hicks

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Position:

Immigration and Activities Advisor

Tel:

405-974-2362

Email:

jhicks7@uco.edu

Skype:

juliah2362

Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma! I am so glad you have chosen us to help you in your education journey. I am here to help you as one of the Immigration Advisors. You are more than welcome to come to me with any questions you have regarding immigration issues or life in general and I will do my best to help you along the way. A little bit about me‌. I was born and raised in this wonderful state. Although I have been to over two dozen countries all over the world, I have chosen to build my life in Oklahoma where there is a lot to do and everybody wants to lend a helping hand. My passions include: playing outside, making new friends, traveling and most of all helping international students enjoy their stay in Oklahoma! I am so glad you are here!


Jared Scism Position:

International Activities Specialist

Tel:

405-974-2131

Email:

jscism@uco.edu

Skype:

mugisha88

Hello everyone, I am the International Activities Specialist at the CGC. I currently oversee the CGC’s Glocal programs, including Broncho Buddies, Ignite, CRISP, and MERGE. ‘Glocal’ is equal to ‘global’ + ‘local’, and it is simply a word I use to classify the local, global education opportunities we are able to provide through programs for our students. I am also an advisor for ISC. When I was in college, I studied abroad in Japan. After I graduated, I went worked in Japan as a missionary and an English teacher. I have also been to England, Italy, Tanzania, Mexico, China, and Korea. I love music, sports, sports cars, motorcycles, fishing, hunting, traveling the world, spending time with my wife Cassie and helping students in any way I can. I graduated from Oklahoma Christian University. This is my first year at UCO too, so we can learn together! I look forward to knowing you better soon. Feel free to come by my office anytime you need anything! I also hope that you will get involved with some of our student programs and leadership opportunities.


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Marco Rodriguez

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Position: Assistant Director for the CGC Tel:

405-974-2447

Email:

cgc@uco.edu

Skype:

ucocentreglobal

My name is Marco Rodriguez and I am the Assistant Director for the Centre for Global Competency. I manage the Education Abroad Programs that allow students to study abroad in another country for a semester or two. You can contact me at cgc@uco.edu or come visit me in my office. I have passion for music, the arts and I thoroughly enjoy working with students and seeing them realize and succeed their dreams. I am originally from Venezuela and speak Spanish and English. I obtained both my Bachelors degree and Masters degree here at UCO so I have a deep understanding and passion for how UCO strives to help better its students. My personal advise to students is to always strive to be the better you. My favorite quote is one by JFK: “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.�


Weldon Rice Position: Coordinator of UCO Korea’s office Tel:

+82-55-322-5438

Email:

wrice3@uco.edu

Skype:

weldon.kyle.rice

안녕하세요, annyeonghasaeyo, Hello! I am the only staff member located outside the office. I grew up in Marlow, Oklahoma, a small town of 5,000 people. I graduated from UCO and have lived in Korea now for two years. I have worked in the Office of Global Affairs for one year now and am excited to work for my alma mater. As the Coordinator of our Korean office, I help UCO students to have transformational experiences and I also help students from Korea to pursue their goals UCO. I live and work in Busan at Busan University of Foreign Studies. I have also visited Malaysia, Singapore and will also visit Thailand this fall. If you have any questions regarding Korea, or how you can study abroad there, please let me know. Welcome to UCO! UCOae osingosul hwanyeonghabnida! UCO에 오신것을 환영합니다!


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Janette Wetsel Position: Tel: Email: Skype:

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Faculty liaison for the CGC Professor of Early Childhood Education 405-974-2454 jwetsel@uco.edu cgcjan

I’m a Professor of Early Childhood Education, and I work at the Centre of Global Competency. I work with faculty in planning global activities with their students and give the faculty’s point of view at meetings. I love to travel, to read, and I also love scrapbooking and flower gardening. I speak English and some French. My advice is to remember to plan ahead for assignment deadlines - that one thing can reduce a lot of stress for university students. “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.” E.K. Ross


Pat Casey Position:

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Tel:

405-974-2373

Email:

pcasey@uco.edu

Skype:

pat-casey1

I have worked in the Office of Global Affairs for over ten years. So that makes me an expert on how well I know that your advisors take good care of you from the time that you arrived here from the airport to the last day that you leave as you graduate and go on to the next chapter in your academic life. So whether it’s an admission question, immigration concern, a shoulder to cry on, advice needed, your USA/UCO mom or dad, various activities on and around campus, a friend and/or pal, this is the place where you can come and find an answer to your inquiries. If they don’t know the answer needed, then they go beyond the call of duty to help you find the answer or the campus department that can help you with your next challenge. Your advisors take care of you; my job is to take care of your advisor. If I can be sure that they are happy here at UCO Office of Global Affairs, then they will take better care of you. This office is known for the care and expertise that is provided worldwide. So don’t hesitate to come by the office when you need something, want to say ‘Hi,’ bring your parents in to meet us, feel free; our doors are always open to you.


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Mary Edwards Position:

Administrative Assistant

Tel:

405-974-2390

Email:

medwards4@uco.edu

Skype:

mary.edwards2151

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I have 33 years of experience in public education from teacher to high school principal. Do not tell me you cannot learn! Or it is too hard! Everything we have learned was hard at the beginning, the more we practice our skills, the easier it becomes. This is college – you are responsible for yourself – you need to take the initiative and not expect someone to do it for you. Teach someone else and you will learn much more yourself. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste”

Malcolm

X

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” J F K “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops” Henry B Adams “Quit whining and DO IT”

My Mother


Heidi McKee, USA

Lana Koch, South Africa

Joel Darling, Bahamas

Tylar Claypool, USA

Cody Bebout, USA

Khalid Alrasheed, Saudi Arabia

Student Assistants


Estefania Vasquez, Colombia

Victor Silva, Brazil Ben Soumahoro, Ivory Coast

Seliara Ningrum, Indonesia

Nela Mrchkovska, Macedonia

Cyn Sheng Ling, Malaysia

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International House

Address: Tel: Website: Email: S. Media:

912 North Chowning Avenue 405-888-3583 www.uco.edu/ihouse ihouse@uco.edu facebook.com/UCOIHOUSE @UCOIhouse

Are you looking for a place where you can meet new friends from different parts of the world? Are you looking for a place where you can learn about other cultures and share yours with them? The University of Central Oklahoma is proud to announce that it has that place, our one-of-a-kind International House. A place where students meet and share their cultures through various events, such as: cooking lessons, International Movies and World Cup watch parties, board game nights, student organization meetings, cultural dance lessons and so much more. The International house has a variety of accommodations- a flat screen LCD HDTV, DVD/Blu-Ray player, several study areas, sound system, international movie collection, and even a beach volleyball court, add to the unforgettable experience. It is definitely affordable venue for any student, since everything is FREE. Come visit us! The International House is right across the UCO football stadium at 912 Chowning Avenue. It is the place where you can start your UCO adventure, meet new people and share your unique culture.


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Current programs at the International House International House High Tea Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 pm- 7 pm - free Oolong & Green Tea. International Movies Watch Parties Every Sunday Night Korean Dance Lessons Wednesdays at 11:00 am Volleyball, Ping Pong and Board Games Weekend Parties During the weekends Study Broncho Buddies Parties During mid-term and final’s weeks For more information about these events, and many more- visit our website and Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter.


Glocal

Location: Tel: Website: Email:

NUC 137L 405-974-2131 www.uco.edu/glocal glocal@uco.edu

Glocal is a set of programs tailored to educate students about each other’s cultures from each other, concept birthed from UCO’s transformative learning.Glocal Programs: Broncho Buddies International students paired with American students Events occur at least once per month. www.facebook.com/BronchoBuddies www.facebook.com/UCOihouse CRISP International students paired with American families Events occur at least once per month. www.uco.edu/crisp www.facebook.com/UCOCRISP MERGE International students are paired with UCO teachers


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Glocal Calendar of Events 2013-2014 Fall 2013

Spring 2014

8/23 Navigating your community

1/27 to 31 Broncho Buddies Kick-offs

9/6 CRISP Kick-Off Party #1

2/7 CRISP Family Bowling Night

9/7 CRISP Kick-Off Party #2

2/8 Broncho Buddies Professional Bull Riding

9/9 to 13 Broncho Buddies Kick-Off #1-5

2/22 Broncho Buddies Indian Excursion

9/21 Broncho Buddies OKC Museum of Arts

3/8 Broncho Buddies Brazilian Excursion

9/28 Broncho Buddies Sports Day

3/29 CRISP Zoo Day

10/3 CRISP Pumpkin Carving

4/19 CRISP Family Picnic

10/5 Broncho Buddies Korean Excursion

4/26 Broncho Buddies Glocal Wrap-up Potluck Party

10/31 Broncho Buddies Scary Movie Night 11/2 CRISP UCO Homecoming Breakfast 11/16 Broncho Buddies Middle Eastern Excursion 11/23 Broncho Buddies Glocal Wrap-up Potluck Party 12/3 CRISP UCO WinterGlow

*dates subject to change


International Student Council

Meetings: Website: Orgsync: S. Media:

NUC - Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the semester. www.uco.edu/isc orgsync.com/47384/chapter facebook.com/UCOISC

The International Student Council (ISC) strives to increase international students’ involvement within the University of Central Oklahoma. The organization builds a dialog for cross cultural communication, encourages an understanding of various democratic processes, and cultivates internship and scholarship opportunities for international students. Furthermore, ISC also addresses international students’ concerns and represents them in committees (if any) in the university. The International Student Council holds meetings on Mondays at 4:00pm throughout the semester in Room 300 or 301 of the Nigh University Center.


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In Stu terna den tion Every semester, the International Student t C al oun Council and its country associations make every cil effort to organize events for international students. These events promote the identity of ISC and its country associations at the University of Central Oklahoma. They also serve as bridges that connect international students to each other, to the rest of the university, as well as to the surrounding communities. Activities Sponsored by ISC and/or Global Affairs

Student Associations within ISC

African Student Association

International Festival

Chinese Student Association

Basant Kite Festival

Indian Student Association

Mr. and Ms. International UCO Fall and Spring Field Trip

European Student Association Iranian Student Association Japanese Student Association Korean Student Association

International Student Awareness Day

Latin American Student Association

Graduation Banquet

Malaysian Student Association

4th of July Parade New Student Orientation Scholarship Reception

Nepali Student Association Pakistani Student Association Saudi Arabian Student Association Taiwanese Student Association Vietnamese Student Association


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Violence Prevention Project

Location: NUC 406 Hours:

M-F 8am - 5pm

Tel:

405-974-2224

Fax:

405-974-5825

Website:

www.uco.edu/vpp

Who we are: UCO promotes a campus culture that fosters healthy relationships, embracing its core values of Character, Civility and Community. The Violence Prevention Project (VPP) is an essential part of encouraging this culture; making it known that violence toward any UCO community member is not condoned. The VPP is staffedby trained volunteers who help insure that if a violent act occurs against a member of the UCO community, the university will respond appropriately to the needs of the survivor, while pursuing justice for the individual. Through various resources that include information and support, both the survivor and the community have the opportunity to regain their health. The VPP office is located in the Nigh University Center, next to the College of Graduate Studies, in room 406. Hours vary each semester, depending upon volunteer staff availability. When closed, please come to the Student Counseling Center, room 402. Who We Help: The VPP assists UCO students, faculty, and staff. VPP volunteers provide assistance to both males and females. Services are provided to people of all races, ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. The VPP assists survivors of: • Dating/Domestic Violence • Sexual Assault/Rape • Stalking If you are not sure you have experienced one of these issues, please come visit the office or call. Team members can help you decide what actions you may wish to take. Assistance We Offer: The Violence Prevention Project is a volunteer campus-based program that helps survivors obtain confidential services. VPP volunteers will work with survivors to help meet their needs, advise them about available options,and allow them to determine the level of assistance they would like. Examples of areas addressed by the VPP: • Medical needs • Counseling (on and off campus) • Housing/relocation needs • Legal issues (e.g., Victim’s Protection Order) • Concerns and issues specific to faculty/ staff • Accessing UCO’s Student Conduct System • Other services as needed


Campus Activities & Events

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Location: NUC 424 Website: S. Media:

www.uco.edu/cae UCOCampusActivities @UCO_CA UCOCampusActivities

Welcome to Campus Activities at the University of Central Oklahoma! Our mission is to “guide students to discover their highest potential through leadership experiences, memorable programs and cultivating lasting relationships. The Campus Activities staff offers a safe outlet and an inclusive environment that celebrates tradition while taking pride in a spirit of exemplary service.” We are here to help you get involved and leave your mark at UCO, so feel free to come visit us. We look forward to meeting you and connecting you with great experiences at Central. Organizations and Events • New Broncho Orientation • Homecoming • President’s Club Children’s Christmas Party • Parent & Family Programs • Miss UCO • Student Programming Board • Big Pink Volleyball • WinterGlow • Cheer & Pom • Buddy the Broncho • Campus Leadership Awards • Stampede Week • Freshman Activities Board • Freshman King and Queen Please check out the Campus Engagement Calendar on our website for more details.


Career Services

Location: Tel: Website: Email: S. Media:

NUC 338 405-974-3346 www.careers.uco.edu careers@uco.edu UCOCareerServices @UCOBronchos

UCO Career Services leads and empowers current and former UCO students in their career development. The staff and services are available to help students choose plans of study (i.e. majors), to find internships, and to ultimately find fulltime employment upon graduation. The Career Counseling staff hold appointments and walk-in sessions for students and advise on issues such as selecting majors, identifying careers related to majors, writing resumes, and searching for internships and jobs. Career Services also offers Career Chats, an educational seminar series, to discuss topics such as resume writing, interviewing, job and internship searching, graduate school applying and networking. Those seeking internships or full-time employment opportunities will find HireBronchos.com especially helpful. It is a database from which students may conduct local, national, and global internship and job searches; resumes are electronically referred upon employers’ requests; and interviews are scheduled when recruiters come to campus. UCO Career Services also hosts Fall and Spring Career & Internship Fairs, a Grad & Professional School Fair, a Career Quest: Discover Your Major Fair and a Teacher Job Fair.


Off-Campus Life

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NUC 212 405-974-3654 www.uco.edu/ucommute ucommute@uco.edu ucooffcampuslife @ucommute

Who we are: The UCOMMUTE Student Council will serve as an advocate for commuter, off campus and nontraditional students’ issues, while providing the necessary resources to ensure that they become more active and engaged participants within their community. What we do: We offer many resources and services to assist students on campus. We want the time you spend at UCO to be great and filled with very few obstacles. • Baby Broncho Book – An informational handout about finding childcare in the area, as well as tips for parents • Off-Campus Housing / Roommate website – A list of rental properties in the Edmond area and tips for renters. A place where you will be able to find new roommates. • City of Edmond Resources & UCOMMUTE Rental Advisory • GreenRide – A service to encourage environmentally responsible commuting decisions and promote carpooling, walking/biking, public transit, etc. (uco.greenride.com) • Commuter Meal Plans • Mass Transportation Information: Citylink & METRO Transit • UCOMMUTE, Bronchos with Kids & Non-Traditional Student Association – Student groups targeting Commuter, Off-Campus, Non-Traditional students (each group has monthly meetings & events) • Events to look for: Non-Traditional & Transfer Student Orientation, UCO Night Out, Fall Family Day, Commuter, Off-Campus & Non-Traditional Student Week, Commuter Student Housing & Living Fair, Cinema Sundown, Local Alternative Fall Break & Spring Break, Bronchos with Kids Lunch, Parent’s Night Out, Relationship U, Financial Sanity Seminar, Surviving Life Off Campus, Brighten the Night


Disability Support Services

Location: NUC 309 Tel:

405-974-2516 (w/tty)

Website:

www.uco.edu/student-affairs/dss/

Email:

dss@uco.edu

405-562-8874 (vp)

The mission of the Office of Disability Support Services provides and coordinates mandated support services, auxiliary aids, and accommodations for students with disabilities, which allow them to gain equal access to an education. This office also serves as a resource to the University community and promotes awareness so that these students can participate in all facets of University life. The University of Central Oklahoma complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students with disabilities who need special accommodations must make their requests by contacting Disability Support Services at (405) 974-2516. The DSS Office is located in the Nigh University Center, Room 309. Students should also notify the instructor of special accommodation needs by the end of the first week of class. Students may qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act based on individual needs and requirements for the following disabilities: • • • • • • •

Learning Attention (ADD/ADHD) Physical/mobility/medical Psychiatric or psychological Visual Deaf/Hard of hearing Traumatic brain injury

Students have access to a variety of assistive technology including, but not limited to, text scanning and reading programs, screen readers, Braille translation and embossers, e-text and audio books, screen magnification and speech recognition software, and computer display customization while on campus at ADA workstation locations available around campus. Once your class schedule is finalized, contact DSS in order to schedule an appointment with a disability provider for determination of accommodations.


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Diversity and Inclusion

Location: Tel: Website: Email: S. Media:

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NUC 211 405-974-3588 www.uco.edu/diversity odi@uco.edu UCO.Diversity.Inclusion @ucoodi

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion promotes an educational en-vironment that recognizes and celebrates the diverse culture of the University of Central Oklahoma. The focus of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is on researching, designing, and imple-menting unique programs that promote the pursuit of academic success, encourage retention, and enhance graduation rates of stu-dents. These programs serve to expand students’ cultural hori-zons, cultural competence, and individual perspectives while honoring their respective cultural experiences. Office of Diversity and Inclusion Programs

Multicultural Student Orientation Asian Moon Festival Unity Fest R.E.A.L. Talk Dinner Dialogues Miss Asian UCO Native American Heritage Month Powwow Martin Luther King Oratory Competition Black History Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Tunnel of Oppression Miss Black UCO Women’s History Month Miss Hispanic UCO Multicultural Leadership Institute Peer Mentoring Program Sushi Night Annual Soccer Tournament Ebony Gospel Choir Extravaganza

Office of Diversity and Inclusion Organizations Asian American Student Association , Black Student Association ,Hispanic American Student Association , Native American Student Association , Ebony Gospel Choir ,W.O.M.E.N., Diversity Round Table


Fraternity and Sorority Life

Location: NUC 424 Tel:

405-974-2580

Website:

www.uco.edu/greek

Email:

jlutz1@uco.edu

UCO has over 20 fraternities and sororities that are a part of the National Panhellenic, Interfraternity, National Pan-Hellenic or Multicultural Greek Council. Twenty diverse organizations from four different governing councils call Central’s campus home.

IFC Fraternities Acacia Kappa Sigma Pi Kappa Alpha Sigma Nu Sigma Tau Gamma Tau Kappa Epsilon Alpha Tau Omega NPHC Fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Phi Beta Sigma

Panhellenic Sororities Alpha Delta Pi Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Xi Delta Delta Zeta Sigma Kappa

NPHC Sororities Alpha Kappa Alpha Delta Sigma Theta

MGC Council Sigma Lambda Gamma Omega Delta Phi

If you are interested in finding out more please contact UCO Fraternity and Sorority Life!


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Student Conduct Office

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Location: Lillard Administration Building Hours:

M-F 8am - 5pm

Tel:

405-974-2361

Fax:

405-974-3817

Website:

www.uco.edu/conduct

The mission of the Office of Student Conduct at UCO is to enlighten the campus community about conduct regulations and responsibilities and enforce the social guidelines necessary to maintain a conducive atmosphere for living and learning amongst the University and the surrounding community. Furthermore, the intent of the Office of Student Conduct is to ensure that students’ rights are protected and to encourage students to accept their responsibilities and obligations as ambassadors for UCO. The Office of Student Conduct shall aim to balance the best interests of the students, faculty, and staff through honest and objective procedures, timely notice, and a practice of equity. Any University Community member may file a complaint on a student or student organization. Complaint forms are available within the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Student Conduct, accessible online at the beginning of each academic year at uco.edu/conduct. Assistance we offer: •Investigations, upon receipt of filed complaints and/or reports; •Policy Enforcement through appropriate and developmental sanctions; •Disciplinary Background Checks of current students, former students, and transfer students; upon official release and request; •Faculty advisement and interpretation assistance of policies and procedures within the Code of Student Conduct; •Student advisement and interpretation assistance of policies and procedures within the Code of Student Conduct; •Preventative and Informative Initiatives on alcohol abuse, drug abuse, academic misconduct, sexual assault, and hazing; •Contributions to the Clery Act report compilation process with the UCO Police Services (UCOPS); and •Arrangement and facilitation of Student Conduct Hearings and Appeal Hearings •Presentations on the various topics, including, but not limited to C.A.R.E. Team Operations, Classroom Management with Disruptive Students, F.E.R.P.A., Hazing, OSC Services/ Policy Enforcement, and Sexual Harassment. •Behavior Policy Presentations for Faculty, Study Tour Orientations, and Study Abroad Orientations


Student Counseling Center

Location: NUC 402 Hours:

M-F: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tel:

405-974-2215

Website:

www.uco.edu/scc

The UCO Student Counseling Center exists to help the University of Central Oklahoma achieve its mission of enabling students to achieve their intellectual, professional, personal, and creative potential. The Student Counseling Center offers free counseling to UCO students ranging from homesickness, stress management, academic concerns, and depression to other issues such as sexual assault. All counseling services are confidential by law; other student or no school official will know if you decide to visit the student counseling center. Our offices are located on the fourth floor of the Nigh University Center in Suite 402. if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment. We care for you!


Student Organizations

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NUC 414 M-F: 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. 405-974-2625 www.uco.edu/studentorgs UCO Student Orgs @studentorgs

Involvement in student organizatons gives you the opportunity to positively impact the University of Central Oklahoma. With over 200 recognized student organizations, it’s easy to find your fit here at Central! From academic professional, religious, honorary to cultural, social, recreation, and special interest, there is something for everyone. If no organizations peak your interest, create your own new student organization. It is important to become an engaged student on campus, and joining a student organization is key to being successful outside the classroom.

OrgSync is a centralized Campus Engagement Network that connects students to organizations, programs, and departments on campus. OrgSync has been built using the latest technologies to create an online community for UCO to improve communication, information sharing, and collaboration between students, faculty and staff.


Testing Services

Location: Thatcher Hall 307 Tel:

405-974-2388

Website:

www.uco.edu/testing_services

Email:

testingservices@uco.edu

Testing Services is dedicated to providing alternatives to on-campus course work that will assist students with their educational goals. We offer services that can accelerate any degree program by offering credit by examination. Credit by Examination Extra Institutional Examinations enable students to earn college credit based on knowledge and experience acquired outside the classroom. At the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO), two kinds of examinations are used to evaluate proficiency: nationally standardized tests (CLEP and DSST) and departmental exams. UCO encourages current and prospective students to earn extra institutional credit. UCO Testing Services is a National Test Site and is open to the public. Departmental Exams Students are permitted to take departmental approved exams in courses that are offered on campus. Tests are equivalent to a comprehensive final examination, and may include a combination of objective, essay and performance. Standardized Programs (CLEP and DSST) Testing Services at UCO is a national test site for the College Board programs. Two types of examinations are used to evaluate college level experience and knowledge areas. They are the College Level Exam Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST).


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Location: NUC 212 Tel:

405-974-2621

Website:

www.uco.edu/volunteer

Email:

volunteer@uco.edu

At UCO, we encourage students to be involved as active and engaged citizens through participation in our campus, local, national and international communities. We also work to provide both volunteer and service learning experiences both on and off campus that will help to facilitate this active and engaged citizenship. At UCO, service Learning is a pedagogy that exposes students to the needs of the larger society by combining service with explicit learning objectives and deliberate reflection, giving equal benefits to both the provider of the service and the recipient to ensure equal focus on both the service being provided and the learning that is occurring. In addition to working with individual student volunteers, faculty who are incorporating service learning into their respective courses, and linking to community agencies in the OKC metro area, we also sponsor several special events that have a service focus. Central Pantry is located in the Nigh University Center Room (NUC) 203. If a volunteer is not present, please come to The VSLC, NUC Room 212 and we will assist you. You may also email centralpantry@uco.edu for assistance.


Enrollment Management The Division of Enrollment Management houses many offices that are very helpful to students. The Bursar’s Office is located on the first floor of the Nigh University Center. This is where you pay your tuition, fees and other campus charges. They can also help you with your Broncho Spirit Card. We also have a Campus Tours Office if you would like to take an official tour of UCO’s beautiful campus. In our Office of Undergraduate Admissions you can register for classes, have your enrollment at the university verified and pick up a copy of your transcript. In our Office of First Year Experience is where you take your Course Placement Test if you need to, this includes the administration of the CLM test to get into advanced mathematics courses. You can also get your UCO ID card here and receive customer service for your Broncho Spirit Card. This is the Office that offers the Success Central course. Only students who have taken this course are eligible to apply for the First-Year Excellence Scholarship offered by this office.


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En Ma rollm One office we would really like you nag ent em to get familiar with is our Center for ent Undergraduate Advisement. Many of our advisors are housed in the Nigh University Center in room 121. All of our freshmen, College of Mathematics and Science, College of Education, College of Fine Arts and Design advisors are housed here. Our academic advisors for the College of Liberal Arts and Business are housed out in their colleges. You can make an appointment by calling our Call Center at 974.2727 or you can even make an appointment with us on-line here: www.uco. edu/myadvisor . We even have Live Chat availability to students. You can find us here: http://www.uco.edu/ em/chat . Advisors help guide you through your degree programs here at UCO to help you reach your academic goals. We perform degree checks and help get your transfer work evaluated through our Articulation Office. We can help you decide which classes might be best for you to take for that semester determine where you are as far as reaching your graduation goals, and we are very good resources for academic information and decision making strategies for you as a student while you are at the university.

The Division of Enrollment Management also has a Graduation Support Services Office that processes your graduation applications when you are ready to receive your diploma. The Division of Enrollment is very involved in your educational journey here at UCO. We are glad to have you here.


Tutoring Central

Location: Hours:

Tel: Website: Appointments: S. Media:

NE Corner of West Hall M– Th: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. F: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. S: 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 405-974-2487 tc.uco.edu uco.mywconline.com @UCOENGLISH

•TC English and Writing: Covers all stages of the writing process including brain-storming, outlining, researching, and preparing the rough and final drafts of your paper. •TC Math (lower levels): Covers Math Fundamentals, Math for Gen. Ed., College Algebra, Structures of Math & Trig. •TC Biology/Chemistry: Covers Biology I, Biology II, & Introduction to Chemistry. •TC Conversation Group: International and non-native speakers of English should come and have fun practicing their conversational skills by learning common slang and phrases used in everyday conversation.


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Transportation &ParkingServices

Location: Hours: Tel: Website: Email:

NUC 309A M-F: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 405-974-2780 www.uco.edu/parking parking@uco.edu

CAR POOLING Commuters, Faculty, and Staff may park in Parking Lot 10 if they drive in with a passenger. A current parking decal must be displayed and there must be at least 2 people in the vehicle. Parking Lot 10 is also known as the Visitor Pay Lot and is located on the east side of the Nigh University Center. The Carpool entrance and exit is on the northeast corner of Parking Lot 10. You will be given a Carpool ticket upon entering and you will give it back to the booth attendant upon exiting. CITYLINK TRANSIT UCO has partnered with the City of Edmond to provide free bus services throughout the city. The Broncholink route services nearby apartment complexes and circles UCO every 30 minutes from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. Please go to www.citylinkedmond.com for specific routes and schedules. BICYCLE PROGRAM Our Bum-A-Bike program allows you to check out bikes free of charge for up to two weeks at a time. You may check out the bikes at the on-campus Cycology bike maintenance shop located at the southeast corner of Murdaugh Hall. It’s a great way to get around, get some exercise, and improve your health. Cycology also offers full-service maintenance for your personal bikes at reasonable rates. For more information, please call Cycology at 405-509-3934. CONNECT BY HERTZ Connect by Hertz provides short-term vehicle rentals to any UCO ID card holder that is at least 18 years of age. There are two vehicles on campus to choose from and membership information may be obtained at www. hertzondemand.com/universityofcentraloklahoma.


Mercy Clinic at UCO

Location:

Wellness Center 105

Hours:

M-F: 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Tel:

405-974-3115

Website:

www.mercy.net/practice/mercy-clinic-primary-care-uco

The quality care you’ve come to know at Mercy is now available on the University of Central Oklahoma campus. The clinic is open to students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public. Skilled Mercy providers can take care of your medical needs at your convenience. We offer a full range of primary-care services, including: • Sports physicals • Wellness exams and medical evaluations for children and adults • Diagnostic X-ray • Laboratory services • Treatment of minor illnesses and injuries for adult and pediatric patients • Flu shots and other immunizations

Call for appointment.  Walk-ins accepted as schedule permits.


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UCO Wellness Center

Tel:

405-974-2000

Website:

www.ucowellnesscenter.com

S. Media:

https://www.facebook.com/UCOWellnessCenter @UCOwc

The Wellness Center at the University of Central Oklahoma is committed to encouraging the life-long pursuit of healthy lifestyles and provides quality recreational opportunities to meet the ever-changing needs of a diverse community. We strive to link positive healthy lifestyles and intellectual growth, so that participants can reach their full potential.

Fall/Spring Semester:

Summer Semester:

Winter Intersession:

M - Th:   5:00 am - 12:00 am M - Th:   5:00 am - 9:00 pm

M - F: 5:00 am - 8:00 pm

F:   5:00 am - 8:00 pm

F:   5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Sat: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sat:   8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sat:   8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Sun: Closed

Sun:   1:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sun: Closed


Academic Health Plans All International students taking one (1) or more credit hours at UCO are required to purchase the Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is furnished to Global Affairs Office prior to the waiver application deadline. If you choose to purchase your Health Insurance from the company UCO works with, it would be Academic Health Plans (AHP). Health Insurance ID card Once you have paid for your insurance through the UCO Bursar Office, you may pick up your card at the Office of Global Affairs. You will be informed via email once your card is available. * Remember to take your medical insurance ID card for each doctor visit.


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Plan Basics This is for informational purposes only and is neither an offer of coverage nor medical advice. It contains only a partial, general description of plan benefits and programs and does not constitute a contract. Covered Expenses are subject to plan maximums, limitations, and exclusions as described in the Policy. The Network Provider is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Blue Choice速 PPO Network. Benefit Category

MERCY HEALTH SERVICES

Network Provider

Out-of-Network Provider

Payments are based on the Allowable Charge

Deductible

No Deductible Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable

"$150 per Covered Person per Policy Year" 80% 80% 80% 80%

"$250 per Covered Person per Policy Year" 60% 60% 60% 60%

Hospital Expense Doctor Visits Surgical Expense Day Surgery Miscellaneous Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy "Emergency Room Expenses, $100 copay per visit" "Diagnostic X-rays & Laboratory Procedures" Tests & Procedures Prescription Drugs

Not Applicable

80%

60%

Not applicable

80%

60%

Not applicable

80%

60%

100% Not applicable

80%

60%

"At pharmacies participating in the Prime Therapeutics Network 100% of Allowable Charge after a $15 copay per Generic Drug $40 copay per Brand Name Drug"

"60% of Allowable Charge after a $15 copay per Generic Drug $40 copay per Brand Name Drug"

Preventive Care Services

Not applicable

100%

70%


Safety and UCO Police

Emergencies: Non-Emergencies: Fax: Campus Safe-Walk: Broncho Five-O: Edmond Police Dept:

9-1-1 974-2345 974-3872 974-WALK (9255) 974-FIVE (3483) 330-3200

“Our mission is to serve, support and protect the University of Central Oklahoma community� How to find us? The police services building is located west of the Education building, along University Drive, on the west side of the main campus.


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SafeWalk A 24/7 free service provided to students, faculty and staff by Police Services. The aim of this service is to help people feel comfortable when moving to their cars or between buildings on campus. Central Alert Central Alert is the emergency notification system that allows UCO officials to send news and instructions simultaneously to individuals through landline phones, text messaging, and e-mail. Sign up today through UConnect! Safety Tips Edmond and UCO are safe communities but as with all places, anything can happen at any time. You can prevent most crime by taking some simple precautions: - Never leave your personal property (book, bags, computers, etc.) unattended. - Always keep your residence locked. The only time the door(s) to the exterior should be locked is when you or someone you know is walking through it. - If you have a car, keep the windows and doors locked at all times and keep valuables concealed in the trunk. - Be alert to your surroundings. If something doesn’t feel right, trust that instinct and move to where there are other people or take action to get to a location that makes you feel safe. - Record serial numbers along with brand name and model numbers for any items of value that you own such as electronic equipment (computers, TV’s IPods, DVD players, Etc.). - Put identifying information on the same page in every text book you own. - UCO Police can loan you an electronic engraver to mark your property with an identifying number. Just stop by during business hours for more information or call us at 9742345. - Never give out personal information to anyone you don’t know, even if they say they need it for banking purposes, that you are the winner of a prize, etc. - Be careful what you do on the Internet and what information you provide to websites holding contests or asking for survey information. - NEVER give anyone your debit/credit card number unless you initiated the call. If you have blank checks for your checking account, keep them locked away or well hidden at all times.


US Banking 101 What kind of bank account should I get? Your local banker can explain types offered and help you decide the best for you. Below are basic types. Checking Account Store money in a safe place to assist you in managing your daily/monthly finances. Savings Account Store money for life’s emergencies and build a good life habit of saving for later. How to write a check?


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What are some products and services banks offer? Monetary Instruments (Cashier’s Checks, Money Orders) Something the bank writes using your money to pay someone you owe. Many places like UCO and apartments prefer this over cash or a personal check. Wire Transfer Send money to family/friends electronically instead of mailing a check. Get instructions from your bank. ATM/Debit Card Get cash from your account using any ATM machine. Use your bank’s ATMs to avoid fees. Use to buy items at stores and restaurants. Keep track of your spending to not overdraw your account! MidFirst Bank is the only bank that offers UCO debit cards! Online Banking Monitor your transactions and balances online and transfer funds between accounts. Use bill pay service to pay bills such as electric, gas, water or cell phone. Learn more about how a bank works or the products and services offered at MidFirst Bank by visiting us inside the Nigh University Center, Room 218.


Culture Shock Cultural Tips for International Students • Professors really like you to participate in class. It is okay to ask questions. This surprises many international students. The American educational experience is interactive and the University of Central Oklahoma educational philosophy is called “Transformative Learning.” This means that you will find yourself in many situations where the professor is asking you to find the answers. • Individuality: U.S. born Americans are encouraged from childhood to be independent. For example, many parents give their children an allowance (an amount of money) each month. Children usually have to work around the home in order to earn this allowance. This teaches them to plan, budget, and develop their own goals in life. • Time: U.S. Americans take pride in making the best use of their time. In the business world, “time is money”. Being “on time” for class, an appointment, or for dinner with your host family is important. U.S. Americans apologize if t hey are late. Some instructors give take off points to students who are late to class.


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• Appointments: Likewise, most Americans are very faithful about keeping appointments. Someone who says they are going to be somewhere and then doesn’t show up is considered very rude. One must call in advance, with a polite apology, if one isn’t able to keep an appointment. • Direct & Assertive: U.S. born Americans are very much into face-to-face communication. If they have a problem with someone else, the polite thing in America is to talk directly to the person. People, who complain about someone else without talking to him or her, are often considered dishonest, or gossipy. Don’t worry too much. Remember, that Americans love to learn about your culture. If there is something you don’t understand, be direct and honest with the American. He or she will appreciate that and enjoy explaining it to you.


UCO Directory Campus Main Number Enrollment Management Web Page UCO Web Page UCONNECT campu Web Portal

Name of the Service

(405) 974-2000 www.uco.edu/registrar www.uco.edu uconnect.uco.edu

Location

Tel

Graduate

NUC 404

974-3341

Undergraduate

NUC 121

974-2342

Adult

NUC 124

974-2338

Graduate

NUC 404

974-331

International

NUC 137

974-2390

Undergraduate

NUC 124

974-2338

Academic Support Center

THH 106

974-2520

Athletic Academic Eligibility

NUC 124B

974-2310

Campus Activities and Events

NUC 424

974-2363

Campus Tours

NUC 136

974-2248

Career Services

NUC 338

974-3346

Cashier's Counter

NUC 134

974-2228

Center for Professional & Distance Education

NUC 341

974-2420

Centre for Global Competency

NUC 137

974-2447

Graduate Degree

NUC 404

974-3341

Undergraduate Degree

NUC 121

974-2392

Teacher Certification

EDU 207

974-5710

Commuter Student Services

NUC 115

974-3655

Correspondence Education

THH 315

974-2393

Degree Audit Office

NUC 121

974-2356

Disability Support Services

NUC 309

974-2516

Employee Relations

NUC 317D

974-2664

Academic Advisement

Admissions

Professional Programs

Certification


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Name of the Service

U Dir CO ect ory

Location

Tel

Financial Aid

NUC 141

974-3334

Greek Life

NUC 212

974-2580

SHC

974-4000

Housing Information Technology Help Line

974-2255

Global Affairs

NUC 137

974-2390

Jazz Lab

100 E. 5th

974-7989

Job Line Library Services

974-3089 LIB

974-3361

Multicultural Student Services

NUC 211

974-3588

Parent Programs

NUC 424

974-2433

PSB

974-2345

LIB175

974-5711

Scholarships

NUC 124

974-2610

Speech and Hearing Clinic

LIB 157

974-5705

Stampede Week

NUC 424

974-2363

Student Activity Fee Budget Manager

ADM 211C

974-3515

Student Affairs

ADM 213

974-2361

Student Conduct

ADM 211

974-2361

Student Counseling Center

NUC 402

974-2215

Student Health Center

WEL 105

974-2317

Student Life, Office of the Director

ADM 213

974-2364

Student Organizations

NUC 150

974-2625

Testing Services

THH 302

974-2388

Transportation and Parking Services

NUC 309

974-2780

UCO Student Association

NUC 148

974-2249

Veteran Services

NUC 121

974-2578

Wellness Center

WEL

974-3150

Violence Prevention Project

NUC 113

974-2224

Volunteer and Service Learning Center

NUC 212

974-2621

Public Safety Department Reading Clinic

Closing Information Line

974-2002


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Study Abroad

International student, Ms. Linh Thai, from Vietnam, studied French in La Rochelle for one semester. The Centre for Global Competency (CGC) is the first of its kind. We are committed to provide exciting education abroad programs such as international internships, short term study tour courses, and meaningful study abroad programs in more than 21 countries in various parts of the world. Just because you are an international student does not mean that your education abroad ends in Oklahoma. You can study in another country with the assistance and guidance of the CGC. We have had many international students who have studied their majors in another country and even learned a third language. With more than 30 programs, you have a vast array of opportunities to choose from.

Marco Rodriguez Assistant Director, Centre for Global Competency Centre for Global Competency – NUC 137 email: cgc@uco.edu web: www.uco.edu/cgc tel: 405-974 - 2447



International Student Survival Guide :: Fall '13