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The Oklahoma State Regents recently approved a new peer group for UCO that "indicates UCO's unique role in Oklahoma's higher education needs" Steve Kreidler, Executive Vice President, said. This new peer group, which includes "metropolitan universities" such as Boise State University and Missouri State University, was developed by UCO and the regents over two years. It was approved by the regents in March of 2009, and by the Regional University System of Oklahoma in summer 2008. "This clearly shows the Regents recognize Photo by Byron Koontz UCO's progression to The UCO campus is changing and continuing to grow. The 2009-2010 school year has an increase in a major metropolitan enrollment and a new peer group as a metropolitan university. university,"said Kreidler enrollment record of 16,040 set in the fall ropolitan areas ranging in population from in an earlier release from Huntsville, Texas' 63,902-Sam Houston University Relations. "We're excited for 1994 may be broken. "I believe we're in a place where we can State, to 5,278,904 in Atlanta's Kennesaw what this means for our students, faculty accommodate 16,000 students," he said. State. and staff as we continue to grow." The number of full-time enrolled stuUCO's previous peer group had some of Dr. Myron Pope, vice president for enrollment management, said that if enroll- dents in the peer institutions ranges from ment continued as it has, then the previous 10,846 at Wichita State University to see METRO, page 9 26,233 at San Jose State University, in met-
Former UCO student embroiled in military controversy Tiffany Brown and Austin Melton .S.talfl I riier.s
Instead of a United States soldier fighting to preserve the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens, one family is fighting for the rights of a soldier and University of Central Oklahoma graduate. On February 27, 2009, UCO graduate First Lt. Michael C. The Vista's exclusive look Behenna was convicted of murder and assault. Behenna was into Old North sentenced to 20 years for killing al-Qaida member Ali Mansour Mohammed. Behenna began his military career at UCO in Fall 2002. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in General Studies and minors • Take a tour through Old North in history and military science. and learn about a UCO icon. "I don't think he wanted a big college atmosphere," Michael's Photo provided Michael Behenna and his girlfriend, Shannon Wahl. mother Vicki Behenna said. "He wanted a smaller university." • View rare photos from inside Behenna was in Army ROTC and received a scholarship for the program. Michael loved ROTC, Vicki Behenna said. the first Normal School buildShortly after graduating in May 2006, Behenna was com"After that incident, Michael read an intelligence report that ing missioned in the army. He was deployed to Iraq in Sept. 2007. identified Ali Mansour as being part of an al-Qaida cell operating Behenna then became an infantry platoon leader of the loft in-his area," Vicki Behenna said. "That al-Qaida cell was responAirborne Division. sible for the explosion." School section On April 21, 2008 Behenna's platoon struck a roadside bomb. Behenna received information from a source on Two soldiers, two Iraqis, and an interpreter were killed during the blast. Also, the platoon sergeant and company medic was seriously see SOLDIER, page 4 injured.
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/;',/i/m. am/ ( .0- dila,. UCO is ranked as the 13t" "greenest" college by the Environmental Protection Agency and has won numerous awards for its sustainability efforts, but just how practically effective are those efforts when it comes to costsavings and real environmental impact? UCO Sustainability coordinator Jay Yowell said the university has a strong reputation for being environmentally friendly and cost effecPhoto by Byron Koontz tive, and its efforts to increase Carl Shortt, Shop Lead, holds a bottle safe and cost effective pracof "greaser tices are being discussed.
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"We're continuing on with the improvements we've done in the past - efficient air conditioning, [UCO] added energy-efficient lighting we hadn't done in the first round," he said. Yowell said most of the energy-efficient efforts are accomplished through performance contracting with Johnson Controls Inc. "With air conditioning a few years back, we couldn't afford to pay for that up front," he said. "What [Johnson Controls] did was essentially pay for it," and we pay them back over these guaranteed cost savings. The university receives a
yearly report on how much money was saved on energy use from Johnson Controls, he said. Yowell also said putting motion sensors in different rooms around the campus is part of UCO's ongoing efforts. "Some professors ... say they don't want sensors in their classrooms," he said. "Certain rooms aren't conducive to it, to have a motion sensor with an override. Like in a classroom, if I'm wanting to show slides and teach, I want to shut the lights off or dim it down. To have that
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We all know how stressful school can be. Choosing classes, buying textbooks, getting money to pay for those classes and textbooks, and the list goes on. To help relieve that stress, how about trying comedy. Somehow our lives seem a little less complicated when we can laugh at other people's mistakes when no one is hurt. I was once told that college is the best place to make mistakes. Well if these headlines that were printed in actual newspapers—back when newspaper weren't scarce—is not proof of that saying, I don't know what is. "Connie Tied, Nude BY TIFFANY Policeman Testifies" "TyphoonRipsThrough Cemetery; Hundreds Dead" "Blind Woman Gets New Kidney from Dad She Hasn't Seen in Years" This short list does not begin to cover the amount of ambiguous headlines that were used. If they are meant to grab attention, then these headlines have achieved that purpose. Although I'm not so sure they will be attracting the right attention. `Man Denies Committing suicide" "Tiger Woods plays with own balls, Nike says." "Iraqi Head Seeks Arms" "Sex Education Delayed, Teachers Request
Training" At least I will be laughing at the mistakes some professional journalist make, especially when their clever headlines become the brunt of the jokes. Here are even more titles that may leave some cringing. `Man Struck by Lightning Faces Battery Charge" "Jane Fonda to teens: use head to avoid pregnancy" "Astronaut Takes Blame for Gas in Spacecraft" "Is There a Ring of Debris around Uranus?" "Panda Mating Fails; Veterinarian Takes Over" "Eye Drops off Shelf' We haven't even made it far into the list. Not to mention the mistakes that can be BROWN found in the classifieds. Such as "Used toilet paper — for sale I have a wide selection of brands and designs..." or the "For sale: one pair hardly used dentures, only two teeth missing..." For more cleverly misconstrued headlines that have taught some, preferably most, young journalists a lesson; check out http://www.mapping.com/headline.html. Though college causes stress, it can also be fun. The thrill of being in a new environment, having the freedom to make decisions for yourself. Even if they are mistakes. As long as those mistakes are not made in the professional world, then you should be covered.
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Obama needs to be bold about Afghanistan
President Barack Obama will soon have a difficult If the answer is more troops, as Gen. Stanley McChrystal choice to make: add more troops to Afghanistan or listen will likely ask for in the next few weeks from the Pentagon PHOTOGRAPHY to his own party and reduce involvement in the conflict. and the White House, then Obama should take a bold He opposed the Iraq "troop surge" proposed by former stand against his own party and do what it takes to win this conflict. Byron Koontz president George W. Bush in 2007, and now has a makeAllison Rathbeger or-break moment in front of him. The Wall Street Journal reports that American ground And that "surge" is what commanders concede the turned the tides of the conTaliban has gained the upper ADVISER flict against al-Qaida. The hand and that strong re-enforcconsequences of Obama's ing is needed to push back and Mr. Teddy Burch decision in Afghanistan will protect the Afghan population. be a defining point in the McChrystal told the Journal legacy of his presidency. combat deaths are going to stay ADMINISTRATIVE So either Obama can high for some time to come. ASSISTANT stand some criticism from Bush took the risk of addthe Democrats and beef ing more troops and what happened? The tide ultimately Tresa Berlemann up the troops and end this conflict in Afghanistan successfully or stand by and let all turned against al-Queda. our efforts there go to waste. Bottom Line: Obama has a moment to be decisive The popularity Obama had during his campaign has and take the right course of action in Iraq. When he seen a twist in recent times with his healthcare proposal makes this decision, he needs to look at what's best for dividing his constituents. this country as whole, not just the Democratic Party. The end outcome cannot be bad for the United States, And what's best for this country is a successful outcome and Obama knows that. So what will it take for the U.S. to in Afghanistan, not just leaving for the sake of pleasing be successful in Afghanistan? certain politicians.
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School of Rock officially opens in Bricktown Nelson Solomon (
About 160 students will embark today on a historic musical adventure at the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in the Oklahoma Hardware Building in Bricktown. "As of today, the sounds of music just got better in Oklahoma City and the energy level in Bricktown went up," President Roger Webb said at the grand opening on Aug. 12. "ACM@UCO is the coolest, most prestigious place that a student can go to get music education, anywhere in the U.S." Webb said the new school will do for Oklahoma what "the ACM has done for London." "ACM@UCO is not your traditional music school. It is different. It is for people who wake up in the morning and go to bed at night thinking about music, thinking about performing, thinking about writing, that have a passion about music," he said. Confirmed to offer master classes during the academy's first year are Lilly Allen producer and member of The Bird and the Bee Greg Kurstin, and Warner Bros. Records General Manager and EVP of Warner Bros. Promotions Tom Biery, as well as members of The Flaming Lips, with additional classes and teachers to be announced later. Photo by Byron Koontz Based on the successful ACM-UK model, the academy will offer a two-year Associates of Applied Science in Contemporary Music degree in either Performance (gui- Phil Brookes, director and founder of the Academy of Contemporary Music in London, speaks at the grand opening of the ACM@UCO in the Oklahoma Hardware Building in Bricktown on Aug. 12. tar, drums, bass and vocal) or Music Production. The ACM@UCO is the only branch of the school out- goal of bringing contemporary music education into the "The school is unique in that it combines both art and side of London. same environment within the music industry, and today business," he said. "Performing music is an art form. Phil Brookes, founder, director and CEO of the ACM at Gilford we've got 1,200 full time students studying for Managing, promoting, selling music is a business. And of London, located in Guildford, Surrey, England, said it diplomas and high diplomas," Brookes said at the grand that's combined here at the ACM." was his goal to bring the music industry and education opening last week. Many of these artists have had to take their talents together when starting the ACM. Brookes said he initially started with 15 full-time stu- to the west coast or to Nashville, and take that revenue "Basically, I started in my mum's garage 15 years ago dents and the school's numbers increased loo percent stream with them, Webb said. with a 3,000 pound loan from Prince Charles with a every year to its current number. "But that will change, because I believe this school is "What I really wanted to going to not only inspire new artists and new fans, but it's do was share that vision also going to create a music industry that will follow here internationally and today is and that will be good for Oklahoma City," he said. Booker said the process really got going when Webb a realization of the vision with the ACM@UCO," he gave the signal last year. "President Webb pushed the button on this in September said. Scott Booker, manager of , but I've been talking to people for a few years the Grammy-winning band about the idea of just the concept of a music business Flaming Lips and execu- program or something like that that's more about rock, tive director of the school, country and the business I deal in," Booker said. Chancellor Glen Johnson of the Oklahoma State said,"A project like this took a leap of faith from a lot of Regents for Higher Education congratulated the university for its new program. people." "From our standpoint, it was no surprise that UCO He credited Webb and the university's regents for brought forth this very innovative program. If you look at "agreeing on a far-reaching, watershed issues such as campus security to being envidifferent kind of program." ronmentally friendly and cost-cutting to make the campus Robert Perry, a drum lean, on issues that are on the cutting edge, UCO leads the student and a former busi- way," he said. "We were pleased to consider the request, and then ness student at OSU-OKC, said he has already made within our criteria make the decision," he said. "We connections at the school, proudly approved two academic programs in applied sciwhen he had the chance ence because we see the opportunities in the music industo set up the drums in the try and the music business for our students." Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins said she firmly drum classroom. "This guy named Mike believed in the program and thanked Phil Brookes and Snyder helped me. His the ACM in London for their vision. album right now is on the "It would not happen without the credibility, the reputop 5o jazz albums. He did tation, the absolute quality of education that ACM in the drums for shows like England has been able to do," she said. Home Improvement and "As lieutenant governor, I have the opportunity to chair Oklahoma's Film and Music Commission. And having had Roseanne," said. Webb said students will opportunities to discuss with Cabinet Secretary Natalie leave the school under- Shirley about how we take those two industries and turn standing music but also them into economic development opportunities for our www.uco.edu/learningcommunities understanding about busi- state, made it easy for me to believe that this was the right ness. thing to do," she said.
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Mohammed's whereabouts. On May 5, The platoon found Mohammed at his home. Mohammed was blindfolded and detained, and Behenna's platoon escorted him to Forward Operating Base Summerall. After being in custody it days Army Intelligence Officers released Mohammed and another detainee into the custody of Behenna's Platoon, and ordered them to escort both individuals to their homes. On May 16, 2008, Behenna's platoon escorted one detainee home. Mohammed remained with the platoon. Soon after, the platoon stopped in a desert miles outside of Iraq. Behenna escorted Mohammed and the translator into the culvert and Staff Sergeant Hal Warner who was a member of the platoon followed. Behenna sat Mohammed on a rock to further interrogate him. While Warner stood near. The events that followed are in dispute. What is not in question is, Behenna being the soldier who shot and killed Mohammed. Warner placed a grenade on Mohammed's body after he was dead. Whether Warner did this without being told is disputed. Mohammed's body was found naked and badly burned. Days after the event, Michael was due to return home for "rest and relaxation" on May 18 or May 19, but his flight was delayed. Behenna returned to the states on June 1, 2008. When he went back to Iraq on June 18, 2008 he told his mother Vicki Behenna over the phone there was an investigation pending. "I didn't know what the facts and circumstances were so I asked him not to discuss it with me over the phone," Vicki Behenna said. "He said Mom but if they just knew what happened it would be okay." Vicki Behenna said, she was advised to get her son a civilian lawyer. She told her son "Just let those facts come out at a trial." "Let your lawyer deal with those facts." Formal charges were filed on July 1, 2008. Initially the military charged Behenna and Warner with assault, pre-meditated murder, making a false official statement and obstruction of justice. In addition, Warner was also charged with accessory after the fact. "Both my husband and I are career law enforcement, so to even have an investigation of my son is very very difficult," Vicki Behenna said. "But we believe in the process," she said. "I believe that trials are the search for the truth and I believe that prosecutors for the most part are trying to get to the truth." Vicki Behenna was one of the leading prosecutors in the Timothy McVeigh case. The assault charge was filed, due to Behenna allegedly hitting Mohammed when they were taking him into custody on May 5, 2008. According to Associated Press, "Witnesses for the prosecution said Behenna's first contact with Mohammed came May 5, when he tracked him down at his home, beat him severely in the back with his helmet and then detained him." "When the soldiers went to pick up Mohammed from his home, Harry [the interpreter] said he watched Behenna repeatedly strike Mohammed on the back with his helmet during an interrogation. Warner, who also testified Wednesday, confirmed that he saw Behenna strike Mohammed, but said he was only struck once." The making a false official statement charge was filed, due to Behenna saying he dropped a detainee off when he was asked about Mohammed by another lieutenant. According to Vicki Behenna, since Michael had two detainees to release there was some confusion about which detainee the lieutenant was asking about. The obstruction of justice charge was filed due to Michael allegedly telling soldiers in the platoon to lie about the events that occurred. Vicki Behenna stated, the obstruction of justice charge against Michael never made it out of the preliminary hearing. It was dropped. In February 2009, before he went to trial, Warner took a plea deal. He pled guilty to assault, maltreatment of a subordinate and making a false statement. Warner testified against Behenna and was sentenced to 17 months in prison. On February 23, 2009 the trial for Behenna began in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. During the trial, the government's theory was, Michael executed Mohammed out of retaliation for the events that occurred April 21st. The prosecutor argued Mohammed was first shot in the head while he was sitting on the rock and shot again through the body. Warner said he ran to the scene after the first shot. He testified that he seen Behenna fire a second shot. Warner also testified that after Mohammed was dead,
UCO graduate and First It. Michael C. Behenna was convicted of murder and assault and is awaiting an appeal while serving his 20-year sentence.
Michael told him to throw a grenade on Mohammed's
body. Vicki Behenna said other soldiers testified Michael did not tell him to do it. The translator who was there said he did not give that order she said. Michael testified his actions were in self-defense. He said Mohammed's arms were out stretched as if he were reaching for his gun or going to attack Behenna. When he shot Mohammed. Behenna admitted that he should not have been interrogating Mohammed with a loaded weapon since he was not an Intelligence Officer. Vicki Behenna reported that Michael said, "I should not have done it, I just didn't know what else to do with him." Vicki Behenna said Michael did not understand why the intelligence team let him go after as short period of t ime. The prosecutors relied on the testimony of the translator, since they were the only two at the scene when Mohammed was shot. "Nobody was actually there except the interpreter and Michael," Vicki Behenna said. Warner was nearby at the time of the incident, but not close enough witness the events that led up to Mohammed first being shot. Defense attorneys argued that since it was dusk, no lights were in the culvert, and it was dusty, the interpreter could not have actually seen anything and could not be a credible witness. "There's always two sides, that's why you have a trial." Vicki Behenna said. "I remember telling Michael..." "Michael it's going to be okay because trials are the search for the truth and that will be known to this jury and they will decide accordingly." On March 20, 2009 the seven panel military jury convicted Behenna of murder instead of premeditated murder and assault. Behenna was found not guilty on the making a false official statement charge. The case went through a clemency hearing and the general made the decision to reduce Behenna's sentence from 25 years to 20 years. If the general had felt the sentence was too harsh, he could have lowered it even further. Although the jury was convinced of his guilt, Behenna's family is convinced of his innocence. "The whole issue with this case is the forensics," Vicki Behenna said. "What they ignored of course is the forensic evidence." The prosecutor did not reveal to the defense team that their expert witness Dr. Herbert MacDonnell corroborated Behenna's testimony. MacDonnell was sent home and not allowed to testify. "I think the jury if they had heard that the government's own expert agreed with the defense theory and the defense experts I think it would have been a totally different outcome," Vicki Behenna said. The defense team received the information too late.
MacDonnell sent an email to prosecutors advising them to inform the defense of his statement. Behenna's lawyers never had the opportunity to present MacDonnell's evidence to the jury. "While it was stressful and sickening and hard for the family I really believed in the system until I saw what happened with Dr. MacDonnell," Vicki Behenna said. The defense team wanted a new trial based on the prosecutions withholding of evidence. According to Vicki Behenna, not only is it a constitutional obligation under due process for prosecutors to provide defense lawyers with all the evidence they need to defend their client, but also it is an ethical responsibility. It doesn't matter if that evidence is good, bad, or indifferent. When the judge was presented with information that concluded the prosecutor withheld information, the motion for a new trial was denied. "I felt sure that the judge was going to grant a new trial but he did not," Vicki Behenna said. "It's like a bad dream or nightmare. You just keep thinking..." "Well around the corner somebody's going to understand what happened and their going fix it for you, but nobody is," she said. Vicki Behenna said the judge denied the motion for a new because he felt the jury could have found that Behenna lost his right to self-defense. Based on this he assumed a new trial was not necessary. "The proper obviously remedy in my opinion would have been stop the proceedings, order a new trial, let the jury hear it," Vicki Behenna said. "If they convict so be it. There's nothing anybody can do about it, but if they feel with that added evidence that corroborates Michaels testimony that he was acting in self defense it's for the jury to decide not for the judge." After a soldier is found guilty in a murder trial, military procedures grant an automatic appellate process. Vicki Behenna said her son's case is now in the appellate court. Behenna's lawyers are appealing on the grounds of a Brady Violation. In Brady vs. Maryland the Supreme Court ruled it was unconstitutional for prosecutors to withhold favorable evidence from the defense. "[Michael] continues to hope and pray that the appellate courts will see that this was a constitutional violation and will reverse the conviction," Vicki Behenna said. "It's important not only for Michael my son but soldiers who fight for this country and the constitutional rights we believe in should be the first people entitled to all the constitutional protections." Behenna is now serving his sentence at a military prison in Kansas, where the family visits him. As long as people continue to sign the petition online, we will continue to petition for Michael, Vicki Behenna said. "I just want people to know that he's a person of honor," she said. "He served his country...""Any steps that he took in Iraq were done solely for the purpose of protecting those soldiers."
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Mass Communications Department ushers in new chair Nelson Solomon Co-Editor
Students in the mass communications department will see new faces in leadership roles this fall as faculty members have changed positions. Dr. Rozilyn Miller spent many years in the halls of the mass communications building as a student, award-winning coach and a professor. As of August 1, Miller has a new title to add to her resume: department chair. After Dr. Terry Clark stepped down as chair following his 19th year in the role, Miller, a communications assistant professor, was elected by the faculty into the position. Dr. David Nelson, associate broadcast professor, was elected as assistant chair. Miller and Nelson will serve a four-year term as chair and assistant chair and then new elections will be held. Clark will continue as a journalism professor in the department and will oversee the expansion of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Miller's experience at UCO began as an oral communications student and she graduated in 1980 from what was then Central State University. After graduation from CSU, she went on to work in education and then attended graduate school. "I came back here as an adjunct in January 1998 and then went into a temporary full time position in August 1998. From there, I became full time. So, I've been in this building a good portion of my life," she said. From 1997 to 2004, Miller was coach of the Individual Events Forensics Team, which won national championships in three events in 2004. When the journalism and communication departments merged in July 2005, she ran for and won the position of assistant chair. Miller said she foresees obstacles ahead in her new position. "I think my greatest challenge is trying to figure out with limited funding and limited resources, how we make this the best department of mass communications regionally, and how we prepare our students to compete on the national scene in whatever career they choose to go into," she said. "The bottom line is, we are here for students; that is the only reason we are here," she said. "The challenge lies in, 'how do I find the best opportunities for our faculty, which will lead into the best opportunities for students?'" Nelson, recently given tenure and named an associate professor, spent years in the television and radio industries before starting to teach in 1996. He started teaching at UCO in 2004, after obtaining a doctorate in education from Oklahoma State University. Nelson said his new assistant chair role will essentially mean more paperwork. "I'll be an assistant to Dr. Miller in getting certain programs updated, such as advertising. My duties won't change anymore than what I've done in the past than being more involved in administrative policies and procedures and that type of thing," he said.
"Other than that, teaching will be my main priority." He said the department's goals involve staying on top of the latest industry innovations. "I think the big goal for us is to maintain and keep with the technological advances, make sure you guys have the right tools, focus on the students with proper curriculum and the most recent and up-to-date courses." Dr. Terry Clark, a veteran journalist and professor, is eagerly anticipating the next phase of his career. "I look forward to spending more time on my classes with my students and I'm going to begin working on improving the Journalism Hall of Fame by moving it to the [Nigh] University Center on the third floor where it will have more prestige, structure and visibility," he said. The hall of fame project will likely take two years as Clark will work with interior design and design students to design the area and establish an office. He plans for the hall of fame to have more of an outreach to the state press, as well as video and oral histories. The expansion of the hall of fame will be in time for its 40th anniversary, Clark said.
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Dr. Rozilyn Miller took over as Mass Department Chair on August 1. Dr. Terry M. Clark, the former chair, plans to teach Feature Writing and America's Wars in the 20th Century class with Dr. James Baker for the upcoming semester.
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In the quiet corner office of the always-bustling newsroom, Teddy Burch sits and listens to jazz while helping The Vista staff complete whatever task is necessary to put the paper to bed. His mannerisms, like his humor, are subtle but speak volumes. His voice, a calm southern drawl, is only raised when talking about his passion; journalism. Burch, as The Vista's new adviser, is in the same situation many other journalists face today; incorporating the tradition of print and modernizing it to make a product that people not only trust, but also want to read. "The message, and that is `good journalism,' regardless of the medium is not going to change one bit, but the method has changed tremendously," he said. "There's still going to be a
journalist and they're still going to have to have a thorough, unbiased approach to every story they take. So, while the mediums may have changed a little bit, the standards have not," Burch said. The standards he speaks of are the standards taught to him while he was a student at UCO from professors like Dr. Terry Clark, Dr. Mark Hanebutt and Mark Zimmerman. As a 2007 photojournalism graduate, Burch has found the transition from behind the desk to in front of the classroom to be relatively easy. "In a way, it's like I never even left," he said. "[The faculty and I] always had an open channel of communication. It's really like there was no break and it's working really well." During his sophomore year, at Burch's insistence, he began working for The Vista as a sports writer. "I kept hounding Zimmerman for a position and none were available," he said. "Finally one day, I was given a chance to cover the women's softball game
just for the heck of it, maybe just to get me to leave him alone." His persistence lead him through his time on The Vista staff and eventually earned him a spot as editor for his senior year. After Burch left The Vista, he worked as the managing editor of monthly magazines. He soon learned to be successful; he'd have to go above and beyond typical reporting duties. "I did everything, from writing, to photography, to layout, to edit, to selling ads, to designing covers, to meeting the delivery guy, to bookkeeping and budgeting," Burch said. Perhaps his dedication to knowing the world of journalism stems from his father's knowledge of jazz. "My dad's a writer, but he's been a jazz musician for 52 years," Burch said. "When he was 13, living in New Orleans, he was touring the world. They were playing international tours in a jazz band and he was the drummer in the 5os. He plays everything from drums, to piano, to
guitar, to percussions, to everything, he's been [a musician] for over 50 years now and he's a mighty good one at that." With the creative genes and ink in their bloodlines, the Burches have written a book together. The story is about a 70 year old man who gets a phone call from himself 45 years earlier and the adventure he embarks on from picking up the receiver. "We've written it together and it's grown to shouting matches and 'forget it, I ain't messing with it no more' all the way to 'yeah, it's really good.' We've bounced it off each other now for literally, it could be lo years." His father, Daryl, originally intended the book "The Rat and The Frog" to be a movie, but after constant difficulty to get someone to even look at the screenplay, his son suggested converting it to a book. "One day I said, 'Let's get this into novel form and take different approaches to it, if nothing else we can be self-published. â€” He paused momentarily,
squinted under his brown wiredframed glasses and shook his head, "Maybe I should have never said those words, because that's what got it started and it's been a lot of work since then. It's done, but it's not complete, we still have to clean it up," Burch said. Though he has always had a way with words, and the ability to paint with words, Burch attributes his creativity to a former teacher. "Feature writing, with Dr. Clark, was the best class," he said. "That guy is off the wall, you don't know what's coming next. There was one assignment where it was raining outside, we all went out in the rain, picked a color and wrote a story about one particular color. It was just kind of an oddball assignment on an oddball day. It's still my favorite kind of writing." While the quiet office has one cinderblock wall and three other barren, balanced-beige colored walls, Burch is finally back home at The Vista.
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A final farewell to three fallen Bronchos James Hammett
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James Corey Hammett„ 19, of Piedmont, OK, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 after being involved in a fatal car accident. He was a resident of OKC until moving to Piedmont his sophomore year of high school. Corey was a 2008 graduate of Piedmont HS where he lettered in football his sophomore through senior years. He had a love for music, motorcross and spending time with family and his many friends. During his freshman year at the University of Central Oklahoma, he was a proud brother of the Sigma Nu Fraternity. Corey was preceded in death by grandparents, Velma Sue & Paul Goode of Chesnee, S.C. and James C. Hammett Jr. of Cowpens, S.C. Corey was the son of Beth Parrett and her husband David of Piedmont; his father Chuck Hammett and his wife Cathey of Spartanburg, S.C. He was the grandson of Diane & Leroy Daniels of Spartanburg, S.C. He was the loving brother of Austin & Brett Parrett. Corey is also survived by many aunts & uncles, Brent Hammett, Mike Daniels, Vicki Greene, Anne & Cliff Parrett, Ann & Steve Goode, plus multiple cousins. Services to celebrate his life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 8 at Piedmont First United Methodist Church. There will also be a funeral Service on Saturday, July 11 at 11:oo a.m. at Southside Baptist church in Chesnee, SC. The family will receive friends and loved ones an hour prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall. A Graveside service will immediately follow the funeral at Spring Hill Memorial Gardens in Chesnee, S.C. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Corey Drama Hammett Memorial Scholarship Fund, Union Bank, PO Box 12669, Okla. City, OK 73157. It would be Corey's wish to help another Sigma Nu brother in need. Buchanan Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements in Oklahoma City, and Graceland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements in Chesnee, S.C.
Emily Michelle Gibson, a 2o—year-old UCO student, was killed in a single-car crash on May 24, 2009. Gibson was driving northbound on Interstate 235 early Sunday morning when she hit a bridge pillar between 36°' street and 50°1, police reports indicate. Police believe excessive speed could have been a factor. Gibson was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. "Emily was a genuine, warm hearted and compassionate person," said Gibson's younger sister, Robin Gibson. "We all love and miss her so much." Gibson graduated from Edmond Santa Fe High School were teachers remembered her as a lover of French culture and a talented painter, family members said. She also had a love for animals and traveling Europe. Gibson's friend, Kaitlin Nowell, spent last summer visiting sites across Europe with Gibson and recalls, "Emily was very culturally diverse. She loved spending time in Paris, and she had a great love for high renaissance and post impressionistic art." While in college, Gibson joined Delta Zeta. Her Greek sisters said Gibson was the type of friend who "could reach for your hand but touch your heart." "She was the best. She treated everyone like royalty. She was full of love, and her inner and outer beauty was unparallel," said Gibson's close friend, Robert Flynn. Gibson's previous dorm-mate, Chelsea White said, "Emily was always the peace maker, always the positive one. She wanted people to get along and except each other for what they were. She was also very eccentric and truly one of a kind." "Not only was Emily an awesome person," said Kyle Hart, previous UCO classmate and friend, "she was able to bridge social groups that normally would not hang out with each other." Emily Gibson is survived by her mother Victoria J. Gibson, father and step mother Keith R. Gibson and Brandi D. Gibson, sister Robin B. Gibson of Boulder, CO, brother Kyle R. Gibson, stepbrother Ethan Cope both of Edmond, Norma Eastep of Oklahoma City and Keith and Rhetha Gibson of Oswego, NY.
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coupled with motion sensors can get kind of sticky. Certain classrooms would need multiple sensors, which gets expensive." The parking lot, sidewalk and some building lights have been switched to LED lights, which are even more efficient than fluorescents, Yowell explained. With university landscaping, Yowell said he is looking at ways to save water. "We've done a lot of great things, and now we have a task force trying to meet soon to see what can be done with transportation and food services," he said. "We got two more awards in the last year for efforts we've already done. So now we're in this wave of, what do we do next?" Yowell said he hopes to fill the gap of student involvement in energy-saving and cost-saving efforts and recently met with leaders of student organizations to focus on getting students involved in energysaving efforts. "How do we get students involved? We've been doing a lot of stuff behind the scenes, such as chillers and air conditioning, but students don't really know about all that," he said. "But how do students appreciate that? You appreciate it because it's saving the university money, but how do we get students involved? Do we have a fun transit system? Does storm water management become a Biology Club project?" Yowell said the university is also making sure their energy and cost saving efforts are actually saving money with a device, called a "Kill-a-watt meter," that shows the energy saved when items are turned off for periods of time. "We keep hearing that if you turn off your [computer] monitor, you're going to save so many dollars per year," he said. "If you unplug your printer or turn it off, you're going to save money. We keep hearing this stuff but we're skeptical about the ideas." Yowell said he and his supervisor, Robert Nall, are intent on seeing results with their efforts instead of simply being green for the sake of being green. Yowell said their department had been told if your phone charger's plugged in but not charging, that it's still sucking electricity. By plugging the "Kill-a-watt meter" in, a person can see if such cost-saving claims are true instead of simply doing it with no results. "We start to see realistically, does this even matter?" he said. Yowell said he found out by unplugging his printer, he saved one watt per week. "It doesn't sound like a lot but multiply that by 5o, one person, one printer, with about a thousand people, now we're saving about 50,000 watts per year. That's thousands of dollars being saved," he said. Yowell added that he hopes to use transformative learning to have students help out in this area. "We can say to students, 'Look what we've done. You unplug your iPod charger or you turn off your monitor, you can save about $50 per student, multiply that by 16,000 students, and there you go, - he said. "We've almost maxed out with what the university can do to start saving energy. But if we can educate every student that graduates, now they know these basic
energy we are actually saving." Efforts to make the Transformative
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skills and start educating their friends and family." President Roger Webb signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and has become a member of the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, accordifig to ucosustanability. corn. "What we had to do last September and see what our carbon footprint is. This year, we've been meeting with our sustainability taskforce and saying, 'Here's our carbon footprint compared to these east coast schools,' and seeing where we're deficient." Yowell said UCO's big gap is transportation. "A lot of that is culture. In Oklahoma, you have to drive. You don't have a transit system like Harvard and Berkeley or even Boise State University," he said. Since UCO is more of a commuter school, most students work, which makes carpooling very difficult to encourage, he said. Yowell said he was discussing one potential idea with Tim Tillman, alternative transportation coordinator, about an on-campus taxi service. "Imagine taking an old Honda Element, putting a big UCO logo on it, and it would almost be a taxi but it's free. Then you can say, 'Hey I have to work at the Jazz Lab or Hideaway, can you come get me?' That way you don't have to bring your car around, and we'd be using our greasel, something like that, which is fun and innovative, not just efficient to be efficient." "We're looking at projects that gets the students and gets the students excited," he said. "Everybody's starting to look at UCO a little bit differently now. It's kind of this recruitment of 'Hey this is kind of a cool place to be where we're doing stuff for the students and saving tuition costs, which makes sense," he said. Yowell said he also recently met with the UCO police department and found out that two emergency telephones on campus are solar powered.
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"The stuff we're doing is to save money" he said. Yeah, it's great to be green on top of that, but what can we do to save costs and not have to deal with that stuff? This tiny university in Edmond, Oklahoma is winning all these awards, which is very cool." Yowell said his office is discussing major projects, but funding is limited at the moment and maintaining current efforts is ongoing as well. Potential projects include solar-paneled golf carts, he said. The next step required by the university's Climate Commitment is to have "tangible actions" on which to follow through. Yowell said the food services on campus are already doing great things with being green. "The chef over there is very open to local foods on the menu and certified organic coffees," Yowell said. "You know, these things that we read about that Berkeley's doing, so is UCO." UCO's use of biodiesel has caught the attention of many, but the term causes confusion because "biodiesel" also refers to production with corn. "I like to call it "greasel" because we take our grease from the student union and also St. Anthony's Hospital. The guys in the motor pool figured out how to convert that grease into diesel," he said. "The biggest myth I've heard is that we produce tens of thousands of gallons of it," Yowell said. "We got a phone call last summer from the Dave Mathews Band. They were in WWn and heard what we have greasel. But they needed around 3,000 gallons. Yowell found that UCO produces only 25o gallons a year. He said part of the reason for the limited production is the location of the conversion process and the fire hazard because of the location. He said the school only uses it four vehicles as a result: a forklift, two trucks and a John Deere tractor. "One of the byproducts of transferring that grease into fuel is glycerin, which they use to make soap and a degreaser. We jokingly call it `mansoap,"' Yowell said. "They use that soap to wash their hands and it's a degreaser for the equipment." As a result, the department does not have to buy degreaser and saves about $1,500 from this waste product that is a byproduct of grease, Yowell said. The entire biofuels project saves the university just over $2,300 per year, according to a UCO sustainability Yowell would like to expand the building where the process takes place, but space is an issue. "The big question mark is, `Where?' I don't see any free land available. We don't âˆŽvant it clear across the campus or close to students because it's IlleSSV and hazardous," Yowell said. "But We know, because of the interest of the Dave Matthews Band, who is part of a group called Rock Reverb, which represents Jason Mraz and Ben Harper among other artists, all of their tour buses could utilize this 'greasel.' If we had it, we'd be the only large one in the state," he said. Yowell said his department is looking into getting more "vending misers," which help lessen the energy used by vending machines. "Right now, a typical vending machine is running nonstop at a constant temperature, no matter what," Yowell explained. "What these v ending misers do is .., off all the lights until the sensor recognizes a person and regulates the temperature of the drinks, keeping them cold but not a constant cold," he said. "But we're wanting to see how much
Learning Center and the Forensic Science Institute LEED certified, both under construction currently, failed due to budget cuts and certain people reviewing the plans. "They may be built according to those standards, but they're not going after the paperwork," he said. "We looked at it and said, 'what do we get from that? We get a plaque that says it's a LEED-certified building. But if we build it wisely, as they're tying into our advanced chillers, then it'll work. Further down the road, if a larger monitoring system were put in place, students could go online and see what the water and energy usage is for each building," he said. "We've tried to make them greener, but [building green] just hasn't quite caught on. To make a contractor do green, they're charging us more. Well, if its not worth it, we just want a building that looks good, functions, and gets out of the ground. But they're trying to do whatever they can," he said. Yowell brifely discussed the Sloan Waterfree Urinals on campus. "We're looking at monitoring if they've worked. What's the company doing now, what's the latest technology," Yowell said. "We put [the Waterfree urinals] in three or four years ago. What's the newest, best thing?" Yowell said there are no monetary benefits as of yet to the many awards the university has received for their energysaving efforts, but grants could come in the future Yowell, an architecture professor at the University of Oklahoma, said UCO's efforts are much better than OU's or OSU's. "Here, President Webb and [Steve] Kreidler allow for new ideas to be discussed and attempted," Yowell said. "What's interesting is how we are now focusing on behavior modification and they are focusing on what we've done," he said. "Well go up there and take a tour. They want to learn from us, we want to learn from them." "The smartest thing we've done is put in this position [sustainability coordinator] and a lot of the efforts in this department. Say at another university a professor comes up with an idea for waterless urinals and they go to their provost or president and present the idea. They don't know the ins and outs of it," he said. "Here, between myself, Mark Rodolf, Mr. Nall, our plumbers and electricians, the people doing the work here, we can plug this in and see if it works." At a conference held in Biloxi, Miss., where UCO won an award for its efforts, representatives from South Carolina wanted to come and tour the Edmond campus, Yowell said. "And so, nationwide, this 'tiny' school is noteworthy. In fact, I think more people know us outside the state than inside the state," he said. The school has won at least 10 local, national and international awards for its efforts, Yowell said. Yowell said students he talked to recently were amazed when he pointed out that UCO's carbon footprint was better than Berkeley or Cornell's, despite being just in Edmond, Okla. "These awards may not get us a cash. prize, but it gets us exposure. It gets us merit when applying for grants," he said. Yowell's position as sustainability coordinator is the first in the state. "OU and OSU are scrambling to get this position, just to coordinate the efforts, which I think is a testament to where UCO wants to be," he said. "If there's a way, and it's hard when you're a metropolitan school, but to produce our own electricity," he said. "You know, right now, we purchase l00% wind power from Edmond Electric. That's a wind farm out in western Oklahoma that Edmond Electric that sets part of their utilities aside for and essentially gives us credit, is the way I see it." Whether that means solar powered golf carts or small vertical windmills is still up in the air. He also mentioned the possible use of windmills near Lake Arcadia instead of relying on the ones in western Oklahoma. "If you go to windmills that generate energy, it's like coal that you're burning off, the energy is stored in these large transformers until consumers turn it on," Yowell said. "Transmission lines for wind energy right now is $1 million a mile." Before ,Time 2008, UCO was spending h) claim ilselfas a "green" unkersitv,
between $20,000 and $30,000 "As of June 2008, Edmond Electric told us we are saving significant money or at the very least paying the same if we were burning coal," he said.
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The Nigh University Center as it was June 9,2009 (left) and as it stands today (right).
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UCO rings in the new year with a back-to-school bash Kaylea Brooks StaffiVriter
Applebeeis will be welcoming back students with a Back to School Bash on the Aug. 20 with happy hour starting at 10 p.m., live music, prizes and more. Edmond Applebeeis manager Stephen Maw said that the festivities were the beginning of many to come that will cater to UCO students and hopefully boost Broncho school spirit. Maw said that he would like to establish a stronger connection with the school. II took over the store in March,i he said. II thought it would be good to be more closely affiliated with UCO. We want to help out at fundraisers; we have a deal with the hockey team. But I want to do more than that.i
Applebeeis will be hosting three bands including The Morning West, The Relief, and Elevator Magic along with a live DJ, Marshall Smith. Among the giveaways are signed posters, Red Bulls, t-shirts and more. There will be an appearance from the 94.7 Buzz Van and the Coors Light truck. Live music will be inside Applebeeis, but there will also be entertainment outside with games and prizes. Specials on drinks are $3 well drinks, $2.50 domestic drafts, $2 Miller/Coors cans, and $i Jello shots. The bash will begin at 9 p.m. and last until 2 a.m. Maw said that Applebeeis has a Facebook and Twitter to notify students of upcoming events or fundraisers. Applebeeis was also a part of the annual Wake Up in Wantland event that took place on Aug. 15.
Passport takes students to Turkey Austin Melton Staff I 'fifer
UCO is preparing to host another version of its annual Passport programâ€” this time to Turkey. Over the next semester, UCO students will have the opportunity to experience the culture of Turkey. Various UCO departments and professors will be partnering to bring a unique cultural experience to students. Students are encouraged to take part in the events offered. Events will cover
various cultural elements including food, the woman's role in Turkish culture and the history of Turkey. Students who attend ten events become eligible to win a three hour tuition waiver. The program has been around since 2 oo4. Previous countries have been Italy, Egypt, and India, Mexico and Central America, and China. For more contact information please see http:// bronze.uco.edu/passport/.
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Joe the painter Caleb McWilliams (op) Editor
Though some may see little difference between a balanced beige classroom and kilm beige classroom, Joe Pardi takes no time in identifying one from the other. "I know these colors by heart," he says. His quick yet calm responses underneath a perpetual smile indicate a passionate and sharp man, in love with his job and always anxious to please. Pardi has been working at UCO since December 1982 and has been at the paint shop almost as long. He is deeply acquainted with the colors of the university, and though he said he had to be like a politician and couldn't pick a favorite, he did have a least favorite. "Red. The reds are so awful," he said. "You have to prime them with a gray primer and the coat them with three coats. Though Pardi openly talks about his job and family, it seems to take a reminder to get him to talk of his medical problems in 2003 that he now says he doesn't really remember. "I just enjoy life now," he said. "The little things don't bother me anymore now, except for maybe a lost paycheck." In 2003, at a yearly physical, Pardi was told that his liver was failing. "I thought I was in perfect health...maybe a little heavy," he said. "After th'it, I starter feeling METRO
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match." He takes eight pills a day, including anti-rejection medication to keep his body from rejecting the liver. Though that medication usually has a lot of side effects, Pardi said he's never really bothered by it. For a painter, Pardi's clothes are surprisingly free of paint, and his dark complexion highlights his smirk as he talks about the different paint colors around the university, including UCO President W. Roger Webb's office. "It's kind of a harvester kind of yellow," he said. "And nobody else can get that color. It's one of a kind." For the energetic 55-year-old, working and painting on the campus is a pleasure every day. "I really enjoy my job," Pardi says with satisfaction. "I enjoy the people I work with, and I get to meet students and faculty here everyday." Though his strong work ethic shows through his knowledge and understanding of his job, he smiles a sheepish grin as he explains his home's paint job. "There's an expression that the mechanic's car runs the worst and the painter's house needs painting." Pardi laughs softly as he careffill-, finishes. "I probably need to do some more work on mine." Continued from page 1
the same institutions, but also included larger schools such as the University of North Texas, which had an enrollment of 31,958 in 2006, and smaller schools such as Purdue-Calument, which had 9,303. In 2006, the peer group comparison listed some of UCO's peers as remote towns, fringe towns to large cities. Only Sam Houston State is listed in this new peer group as a rural setting, while the other settings are either urban or suburban. Peer groups are used Ito place heavy emphasis on benchmarking, performance indicators and strategic planning activities,i UCOis Institutional Researchis website states. The peer groups are chosen based on criteria Isuch as enrollment, full-time faculty, student/ faculty ratio, location and overall 'fit.' Though there is no national classification for metropolitan universities, Photo by Byron Koontz Kreidler said the Carnegie UCO may break its enrollment record if enrollment Foundation is reviewing the trend continues as it has. creation of a national category for that group. The reclassification by the ulty members, the lowest number in the regents will impact UCO as Oklahoma leg- group. The next lowest is 476 at Wichita islators and the regents will now consider State, followed by 498 at Sam Houston UCO in its own group separate from OU State. The highest members in the group and OSU, the other Oklahoma regional are at Texas State-San Marcos which has universities and then USA() in Chickasha, 870 and San Jose State with 753. Kreidler said. Two institutions in the list have a highUCO's new peer group includes Boise er full-time enrolled student to full-time State in Idaho, California State-Fresno, employee ration than UCOis ratio of Kennesaw State near Atlanta, Missouri California State-Fresnois ratio is 11.1 and State, Sam Houston State in Texas, San San Jose State's is 12.5. Jose State in California, Texas StateAverage salary for full-time faculty averSan Marcos near Austin, Towson near ages $65,347 across the group, while that Baltimore, Wichita State in Kansas and salary is $61,582 at UCO. Youngstown State in Ohio. Only Boise State's graduation rate has a Core expenses for UCO, $120.71 million, lower graduation rate than UCO's 31% in are the least in the peer group, followed by the group, while the average of the group, $153.91 million at Youngstown. The high- excluding UCO, is 45%. est core expenses in the group are $333.01 Similarly, only San Jose State's transfermillion at San Jose State. out rate is higher than UCOis 35%. The UCO has 429 full-time instructional fac- group's average is at 27%.
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Cancer survivor wants to help others Steve Vidal and Tiffany Brown Sutliff/titers
Today 19-year-old UCO nursing student Trevor Duhon is living what most people would consider to be a fairly normal life. However, life hasn't always been normal for him. In December 2001, at age 11, Duhon was diagnosed with primitive neuroectodermal tumors, a type of brain and spinal cancer. "I barely knew what cancer was or how it affected the body," Duhon said. His tumors were in thin layers like icing. That meant brain surgery to remove those tumors was not an option. Duhon began to undergo a series of chemotherapy treatments. "The radiation I received caused my thyroid to fail, and for the most part affected my pituitary gland," Duhon said. On more than one occasion he had chemotherapy several times a day. Duhon's treatment continued for six months. "I was not mad or upset," Duhon said. "I just really knew this was something I had to cope with." He didn't have to travel far for treatment, receiving all of them at Children's Hospital at OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Duhon said he didn't have to miss many days of school. It all depended on how well he felt during the treatment process. But he did not have to go through the ordeal alone. "My church was a great support system," Duhon said. "There were also a few times when a good family friend would take me to treatment so Mom could have a break." Although young, several of Duhon's school friends were by his side. "Having cancer at 11 was hard for my friends to understand," Duhon said. "But I also had great support from my friends." "Many were given permission from their parents to
miss a day of school and come to treatment with me and that meant a lot," he said. Duhon gave one person special credit. "I also had a great friend by the name of Carla Atchley," Duhon said. Atchley attend the same church as he did. "She had already fought a malignant brain tumor and knew pretty much everything I would have to go through, so she prepared me immensely," Duhon said. By December 2002, Duhon's cancer was declared in remission, yet his journey was not over and his story had not yet ended. "After I was declared in remission, though, she relapsed and unfortunately lost her battle with cancer." Duhon said. Atchley had battled cancer for 20 years before she died. Once again he had to cope with more than one of cancer's side effects. "I have to watch out for colon cancer and I already have some hearing loss," Duhon said. "I was on growth hormone for about a year and a half, and take a supplemental hormone for my thyroid." "I will never have a full head of hair," he added. Duhon recalled the care he received from the nurses while he was hospitalized. "I was so touched by the care and compassion I received while I was in treatment that I want to return that to future cancer patients," he said. That is what led to Duhon becoming a nursing student with a scholarship at UCO. "When you have to be at the hospital every day for a certain period, it really eases the burden when you have truly caring people that are treating you," he said. The compassion they showed towards the kids when . he was battling his cancer is something he would like pass on to kids in a situation like his when he becomes a nurse, Duhon said. "Life does change when you face your own mortality at the age of 11," he said. "I am more serious about some things than my friends are, and I think that stems [from] cancer." "I believe that I was forced to grow up before I would have without having cancer," Duhon said. Nearly seven years after his major treatments have
been over, he is in full remission. "I also am in a new era of survivors because more and more young adults are surviving into adulthood and doctors watch latent side effects," Duhon said. Other than taking thyroid medication, he is basically healthy. He gets a thorough check up from his doctors once a year. Being a Cancer survivor is something Duhon uses to his advantage. "I just know that I have my story, and through that, I try to educate others as much as I can," Duhon said. "I always tell people that I am very open when it comes to my survivor story because the more people that are aware, the more that can do something about it." Duhon has also used his circumstances to encourge other students who may be in similar situation. "Do not lose hope," Duhon said. "People look at it as a death sentence but it's not." He advises people dealing with cancer to keep a good background and never give up. "The last parting words for advice come from the children that deal with this on a daily basis," Duhon said. "When you think that you are having a bad day... look at these kids, some are even 2 years old, and when you just had a bad day, that child has been enduring chemo, throwing up, treating mouth sores, watching hair fall out, etc. The list goes on. Bottom line though is your day is not going so bad after all."
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Freshmen leave the nest, flock to UCO Nelson Solomon and Ryan Saylor
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The number of on-campus residents has increased this year as UCO is near capacity in all on-campus housing. Josh Overocker, director of housing for UCO, says that as of Aug. 11 , 1,735 residents were living in on-campus housing, leaving only 6 available spots available in campus housing. "The only building that is cornpletely full is Murdaugh, but every other building has like one space," Overocker said. iWeire at that point in time where if somebody decides theyire not going to come to UCO and they cancel, weill have a space open." Overocker said prior to opening Central Plaza in 2005, campus housing was pretty full, and almost 300 spaces were added through the remodeled hotel. "From that point forward, we didnit ever really get truly ful1,1 he said. "We're up a little over 200 from where we were at this point last year. There were a little over 1,500 residents last year." Overocker said he thinks the increase is the result of a "perfect storm."
"We had 42o students sign on to Overocker said, adding that there are Incoming freshman return to campus housing at the end no immediate plans to expand cam- • Shannon Porter fills of the spring semester. That plus the pus housing, although the possibiliout some paperwork increase in freshman and internation- ties could arise if the numbers of onbefore moving into al students meant that we were going campus students stays steady. West Hall with the to be full," Overocker said. Although the housing staff hopes assistance of her When asked why students might for tability in the numbers, there are parents. Freshmen choose to live on campus, Overocker changes in leadership to be expected. students were first said that many chose to do it because With the departure of former allowed to move into it is convenient and because students Commons Hall Director Todd Smith their dorm rooms who live on campus generally do bet- last spring, Rodney Bates moved beginning August 8. ter in school. from Murdaugh Hall to Commons, They have until the Overocker has been at UCO since Overocker said. start of school to be 2005, and has seen resident numbers The new Murdaugh Hall Director fully moved into their stay steady over the semesters since is Justin Grimes, who has a masteris new homes. then at around 1,500. in human resources education from "For the last three years, we've had the University of Arkansas. Photos by Allison Rathgeber spaces available," he said. Grimes said the best part of the The price to live on campus has •job for him is "meeting the new group increased overall during the last four coming in, networking, building years, and Overocker said that is a friendships and bonds with the stureflection of prices across the board dents." going up, such as electricity. "Having completed a bachelor's This appears to resonate with stu- and a master's, I've gone through the dents who chose to move in to cam- college process, so sharing my knowlpus housing on August 9 and la On edge and experiences to help them in those two days, almost 1,00o students their quest to get a degree is part of moved on to campus, many of them my job," he said. living away from home for the first "Sometimes being their support time. system might be being their father With all of the new students living figure or sometimes it might be being on campus, the thought of additional their disciplinarian. Whatever the housing has started to arise. need might be I'll fill that gap for the A student recieves assistance moving in Murdaugh Hall from members of a local church. "We're always looking at the best student," he said. way to meet the needs of students,"
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Campus Notes: Events Happening This Week Nontraditional, Transfer Student Student Involvement Fair from Orientation from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday, Aug. 15. Contact Nathan Aug. 19, at Broncho Lake. Visit Box at 974-3655 or nbox@uco. http://www.uco.edu/orientation/sif . edu . html. Stampede Week begins Saturday, Aug. 15. Visit http://www.uco.edu/ orientation for a list of events. Call Campus Activities and Events at 974-2363.
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The Physical Plant and Facilities Ma .nagement won the golden spoon for this year's chili cookOff that took place earlier this month. Every fall, the different departments decide on a certain dish to cook and then prepare dishes, with judges from other departments deciding the winner. "Fifty to sixty employees get a free dinner, which is good for morale," said Robert Nall, assistant vice president of facilities. Around 10 to 15 Crock-Pots of chili were served for the cookoff.
Group fitness classes at the Wellness Center begin Monday, Aug. 17. Students and employees are invited to attend free "preview" weeks through Aug. 29. Visit http:// www.ucogroupfitness.com or contact Cassie Armstrong at 974-3136 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Professional Development Series sessions for 2009-10 are now open for registration. Visit http:// administration.uco.edu/viewPage . php?d=erd&p=trainingpds or call 974-2655 for more information. UCO Career Services is hosting the Business Expo on Aug. 20 during Stampede Week. Contact Career Services at 974-3346 or email@example.com for more information.
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It has indeed been more than six months since I sat down to write for any publication, and it is a matter of great joy that I am penning this column for a student audience in a country that I have been deeply associated with for over two decades or for DR. SRIDHAR KRISHNASWAMI a good part of my adult life. Naturally for someone who has been in the profession of journalism for close to 25 years it is delightful to stay in touch with the Youth of Today, and especially to those school going graduates who are destined to be leaders in their own right. A little bit of myself—I was a print and agency journalist for more than two decades and as a Foreign Correspondent in Singapore for four years and in Washington for close to 14 years, the last of my longish posting perhaps being the turning point in my career and for many and different reasons. But my introduction to the United States was not in 1995 but in 1976 when I, like so many other foreign students coming to that country, first set foot in New York on my way to Columbus, Ohio en route to Ohio University
in Athens Ohio. The start of my Graduate studies there later took me to the Miami of Ohio where I parked myself for five long years successfully completing my PhD in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics. Heading back home in the first week of January 1984 I had the faintest notion that I will be settling in Journalism. But soon there was a job at one of the first rate papers—The Hindu—that eventually took me to Singapore as a South East Asia Correspondent and eventually to Washington DC as a Special Correspondent for North America, covering not only the United States but also Canada and the United Nations. When I first arrived in DC in the Summer of 1995 little did I realize that I was going to be in a place and in a country where so many things were going to happen domestically and internationally. But in a span of some 14 years, I was going to see some of the best and the worst things that happened in a country that is still by far the most sought after. From the heady days of the Clinton Impeachment Trial to being a first hand witness in New York to the horrific terror attack on American soil on September 11, to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, I was simply amazed at the speed of events not realizing that I was a witness to history at any given point of time. Which brings back the central theme of this exercise and for a university audience: the criticality of seeing
where others are "coming from", an essential ingredient in understanding what this world is all about. In fact in our Journalism Department here at the University I teach we have fashioned a course for entry level students titled "Understanding The World". One does not have to be a whiz kid or a Nobel Laureate to come to the conclusion that much of the problems of modern day diplomacy stems from a lack of understanding of where others are coming from. If America or India are being liked or disliked in certain parts of the world, to what can we attribute these perceptions to? I think it is critical for young students to get a perspective of how others perceive events—that is from the most educated to the least; and if indeed there are remedial steps that could be taken to set right the perceptions and misperceptions, more so the latter. In my writings that are to follow I will try to analyze from an Asian perspective, sometimes from an Indian perspective of the goings on in the international system so that the young student at UCO can get a better handle of the surrounding and international environment. The bottom line is to start a debate, an intellectual and a healthy one at that and not to be distracted by the noise that may come about in the process. After all, when we talk of two great democracies—America and India—the accent is as much on a healthy difference of opinion as it is on the unison of views.
Professional and Distance Education to launch leadership seminars The University of Central Oklahoma's Center for Professional and Distance Education (CPDE) and Central Rural Electric Cooperative (CREC) have partnered to launch the new seminar series "Being Accountable to Lead," offering Oklahomans multiple opportunities to further develop their leadership skills this fall. "The new series will be beneficial to anyone who would like to develop their leadership skills and abilities regardless of what organization they work for or what position they hold," said director of Professional Education at UCO's CPDE Kati Schmidt. The next seminar in the series, "Defining Today's Leader," will be held from 2 to 4 p.m., Sept. 10 at the CREC Training Center located at 3304 S. Boomer Rd. in Stillwater. Led by Dr. Lee Tyner, UCO assistant professor of Management at UCO, the seminar will cover the many factors impacting today's leaders, and how leadership is increasingly defined not as what the leader does, but rather as a process that stimulates. "This year's series of seminars will encompass topics for leaders facing unprecedented challenges. We feel this series will encourage partnerships and inspire leaders from all walks of life," said CREC Chief Executive Officer David Swank. The seminar series will also address many topics including education, business, non-
profits and religious sectors. Future seminars will be led by other experienced Central faculty including Dr. Christy Vincent, Dr. Renee' Warning, Dr. Cheryl Steele, Dr. Lon Dehnert, Dr. Darian De Bolt, UCO's Executive Vice President Steve Kreidler and former Oklahoma Governor George Nigh, who is a former UCO President, as well. Nigh will lead the seminar "Lunch With a Leader" on Nov. 12 giving participants a chance to get "up close and personal" with him while he addresses his personal insight on leaders and leadership throughout his career, followed by an open question and answer forum. The seminar series is offered through LeadershipSource, developed by CREC to build leadership in organizations and individuals. Leadership Source has partnered with UCO to offer this seminar series focused on leadership called LeadershipSource University. Each seminar costs $75 to attend, and anyone interested in attending can register online at www.leadershipsource.coop. The fee includes instruction and materials. For more information, contact UCO's CPDE at (405) 974-2420 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Alb
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 15 Wantland Stadium 9pm-2am Wake Up in Wantland In its fourth year, Wake Up in Wantland kicks off Stampede Week with a bang! From laser tag to intramurals, crafts to free food and t-shirts, you will want to stay all night- rain or shine!
SUNDAY, AUGUST 16 4:30-7pm "Help! Where are my classes?!" Library/Blue Tent In collaboration with the UCO Library, the Orientation Leaders will help students find their classes, explore the library, and find out about IT services, ending with an ice cream social under the Blue Tent.
MONDAY, AUGUST 17
HES/Liberal Arts 7:30am-1 pm Information Tables Blue Tent 8am-5pm Homecoming Activities Board Poster Sale Broncho Lake 10am-2pm Greek Fair UCO is home to 4 Panhellenic sororities, 6 NIC fraternities, and 9 NPHC/MGC fraternities/ sororities. Come out to meet them and learn more about how to join. NUC Ballrooms 7pm Michael Kent: Magician
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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19 9am-1 pm Information Tables HES/Liberal Arts 8am-5pm Homecoming Activities Board Poster Sale Blue Tent 9:30am-2pm Student Involvement Fair Broncho Lake The Student Involvement Fair is the largest fair, featuring almost all of our over 200 student organizations. Getting involved is THE thing to do at UCO, so start your time off right by joining a student organization. Also, campus departments and businesses will be on hand with lots of free giveaways. 3pm-5pm Your Guide to Study Abroad Great Room, Evans Hall The Centre for Global Competency will provide detailed information regarding how to participate in a Study Abroad Program. All UCO students are welcome and encouraged to travel and study for one semester. We will be talking about financial aid, transferring courses, visa application, housing and much more. Also, you will be able to meet and talk to Kyle Dillingham, our UCO Musical Ambassador. Refreshments will be served. 7pm Comedians Brandon Vestal and Sheng Wang NUC Ballrooms
Michael Kent became interested in magic at the age of three, when he learned he could make himself disappear by covering his eyes. This was just the first in a lifetime of amazing accomplishments. Michael spent his younger years performing magic to make friends and meet girls. After graduating from college, it became his job. He's performed all over the country, met lots of people -- even wrote a book. After all this, he still feels like more of a Professional Smartass than a Magician. In a style reminiscent of a late-night talk show, Michael invites the audience to laugh with him at the absurdity of a modernday magician. He combines his sarcastic and irreverent sense of humor with mind-blowing magic in a way that seems to let the audience "in on the joke." As he tours college campuses all over the country, Michael's audiences are experiencing what it's like when a stand up comic performs (and occasionally pokes fun at) the art of magic.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 20
Broncho Lake Area 8am-1pm Business Expo 9am-1 pm Information Tables HES/Liberal Arts 3pm Surviving Life Off Campus Room 301, NUC Surviving Life Off Campus is a program hosted by the City of Edmond and the Office of Commuter Student Services. It takes place during Stampede Week and seeks to educate students about services and programs offered by the City of Edmond, as well outlining rules and guidelines to enjoying their stay in Edmond. Blue Tent 5:30pm IFC Meet and Greet The IFC Meet and Greet serves as a chance for interested students to learn more about the rush process and meet men who are currently members of our IFC fraternities. The IFC fraternities include Acacia, Kappa Sigma, Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Nu, Sigma Tau Gamma and Tau Kappa Epsilon. NUC Ballrooms 6pm Broncho Difference The 2009 Broncho Difference service project will include assembling back-to-school backpacks with school supplies for Edmond elementary children in need. We will provide the supplies and need your help in assembling! The project represents a partnership with Northern Hills Elementary School, and will benefit children in their district who may not have supplies they need to head back to school in the fall.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
HES/Liberal Arts 9am-1 pm Information Tables Broncho Lake 10am-2pm ROTC Picnic Constitution Hall 6pm Panhellenic Orientation This event is the segue to Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment and will help women prepare for the next four days of the Recruitment process. Women who have registered for recruitment must attend this event. .
Brandon Vestal started his comedy career in Oklahoma City. After graduating from college and wasting four and a half years of his parent's money, he packed his bags and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in stand-up comedy. Brandon has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing and was recently named "Best of the West" at the Detroit Comedy festival. Brandon is quickly establishing himself as one of best young comic talents in the country. He puts on one hell of a show and is a definite must see. Taipei born, Houston raised and Bay Area based, Sheng Wang performs comedy inspired by personal experiences with intense honesty and ill logic. His refreshingly affable stage presence combined with a healthy penchant for absurdity and self deprecation make his comedy universally hilarious. He is the recipient of last year's "Dan Crawford Scholarship" award from the SF Puncliline and is featured in the second season of "Live from Gotham" on Comedy Central.
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Three UCO graduate find themselves in 'unique situations' Since the four hours were waived Ray had only 42 hours. The policy states 45 UCO hours are required to 1 rite,' achieve honors status. However, the policy does not specifically state that waived hours does not count as UCO Many students look forward to graduation. As some hours. According to a July 3o Edmond Sun article, "Todd joke about the blood, sweat and tears being shed to experience that glorious moment; their accomplishments are Milam, associate registrar in degree certification, said celebrated. While some may have happy memories, oth- he believed there were at least three incidents of degrees being issued that were incorrect during the spring semesers are left confused about their diplomas. Johnna Ray, journalism major, was told she graduated ter. Vice President of Enrollment Management Dr. Myron May 2009 with honors. While working to maintain her GPA and earn a Bachelor's degree with Honors, Ray's Pope said the article was inaccurate. Even with possibly three degrees with similar situaHusband suffered from a heart attack. Ray continued to tions called into question, Pope said the mishaps were take classes while taking care of her family obligations. "Although my daughter...had to have gall bladder not mistakes. Although Ray said she was told there was removal surgery in April 2008 and my husband suffered six or seven. "This was not a mistake on our part," Pope said. "This a major heart attack and almost died Nov. 22, 2008," Ray said. "I maintained a 4.o average each semester since was part of a regular process we go through." Charlie Johnson, executive director of University 2005 when I began full-time enrollment at Rose State." Ray checked with several faculty members to make Relations, said, "Mistakes were made, and we need to sure she would graduate on time and receive Magna Cum work hard at tying to improve on that," Johnson said. Laude. Ray said she was informed she would receive the "This kind of thing needs to be examined." He agreed that it was excessive to have three diploma title. After being recognized with honors at the ceremony mistakes such as this. Pope defended the current degree audit system. and receiving a Diploma with Magna Cum Laude recognition printed on it, Ray was sent a letter on July 1, 2009 "Essentially, Johnna Ray's situation is very unique," Pope informing her that she did not meet the requirements to said. "No formal system was put in place when this happened" receive honors from the university. Pope said Ray received conflicting messages due to the Originally the university wanted the degree back, but it lack of communication of when the waivers were made. was decided that Ray could keep it. The mix-up was a result of Ray having four credit hours The responses were contingent upon whom Ray talked waived. Journalism students at the University of Central to first. Oklahoma are required to take at least one credit hour of "Its just how the dominoes fell," he said. "With all our polices we realize there are unique situaNewspaper Participation. These hours were waived due to Ray serving as an editor at Rose State's student newspa- tions," Pope said. While those situations placed graduates in a situation they would prefer not to be in, the university per, 15th Street News. "In certain circumstances, it is appropriate for the made it clear that it stuck to policy. Department Chair to substitute for waive requirements," The current "system" used at UCO is similar to other Mass Communications Department Chair Roz Miller universities, he said. "There is very little we can do to improve the current system." said.
Pope encouraged students to speak with their advisors to avoid this from happening to them. He also said students should regularly receive degree checks. "It seems to me that, given universities are in the business of granting degrees, they should make issuing correct ones," Ray said. "Understanding policies regarding even the most unique situation [should be] their utmost priority," she said. Ray said she received a degree check and spoke to her advisor, Heather Kelle. "[Kelle] told me that it was not her department and therefore, she could not say with any level of certainty," Ray said. Kelle referred Ray to the department that handled graduation degrees. It was then that other university faculty members, gave answers that conflicted the school's policy. "I also do not fault my advisor, Heather Kelle, as she was very helpful in keeping me on track for graduation and was very upfront with me when I asked her about honors credits needed," Ray said. "I appreciate all she did for me during my time at UCO." Pope said the university offered Ray a tuition waiver to complete the hours in question as an Independent study. "We did give her the option of coming back," Pope said. Ray said she never received that offer, but the university said she could come back at her own expense. Ray will keep her diploma with honor's designation, but Pope said the school will not recognize her as an honor student. Vista Reporters made several attempts to contact Milam in his office and over the phone, however he did not respond to clear the situation for the paper. Kelle said the department was not allowed to comment on the situation.
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productions. "What was going to limit Summerstock was our energy and ability to sustain it. We needed a larger and more professional base of workers - who were not all volunteers," Theresa Nelson, one of Summerstock's founding members, said in UCO's press release. Although the organization had approximately 200 volunteers each season, even less volunteers were available year round to assist the company. Due to its popularity, the organization needed more resources. "It was our hope and our choice that UCO would partner with us. We had such a nice working relationship with people involved with UCO. It made sense to us to expand and continue that relationship," Diane Ravitz, also a founding member of
Summerstock said in UCO's press release. Susan Parks, UCO College of Arts, Media & Design Marketing and Communications Manager, said, "Our students have been consistently involved with Summerstock since its inception, and we anticipate that involvement to flourish under this new partnership." Many of UCO's faculty members will be on the organizations board in Sept. However, UCO has not made plans to hold any of Summerstock's Musicals at the school. "The musicals will continue to be held at the Mitch Park Amphitheatre in Edmond," Parks said. "This has been a great venue for Summerstock and we look forward to returning there next summer."
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Once removed from everything they knew, many American Indians felt as if their lives were being torn apart by outsiders. They didn't trust white settlers. After having their own race nearly depleted, would the Cherokee Indians allow another minority race to suffer? During the 10th annual Faculty Enhancement Center Day, Dr. Tiya Miles told UCO faculty how her research on one of wealthiest Cherokee families in America gave her students the opportunity to discover learning at a new level. Miles, an assistant professor of American Culture, and her undergraduate students examined the historical journey of black slaves owned by James Vann. Vann was a Cherokee Indian who owned Diamond Hill Plantation in Chatsworth, Ga. At least 100 black slaves worked at the plantation. After James Vann passed away, Joseph Vann, his son, took over the plantation. Joseph Vann was more successful than his father, but lost the plantation due to a violation of the law. In 1829, Georgia developed a "Red Code. - When Joseph Vann violated the code by hiring a white overseer without clearing it with the state, his home was taken. While Joseph Vann fled to Tennessee where he owned another plantation, the land was given to a white land lottery winner in 1834. Eventually it was abandoned, being only inhabited by animals. The house and its grandeur presence faded as time passed. Thieves had vandalized it and destroyed the architecture. The house was later restored in 1958 and the past melded with the present. Moravian missionaries recorded the lives of the Vann Family
and their slaves. James Vann was not religious, but he allowed the Christian missionaries to educate his people. Although the Moravian diaries were being translated for the present day Chief Vann House museum, the history of the slaves on the plantation was not. Miles described the process of getting students in her, "Blacks, Indians and the Making of America" and "Re-envisioning American Slavery" classes involved in the field research of the plantation began when the University of Michigan held a staff meeting. Miles recalled how her colleagues spoke about student's unmet needs. After Miles suggested a capstone class be taught to meet those needs, she was entrusted with the task of instructing that class. She described how she was faced with many challenges along the way, including fear and doubt. Besides her occasional hand gestures, Miles stood still behind the wooden podium and continued her presentation. Miles received a $10,000 grant to complete the research at the Chief Vann House. Part of the study focused on the diversity of slaves and the representation of those slaves in today's society. Miles said without money she wouldn't have been able to do this. Along with the studies done in the classroom and at the Chief Vann House, the students in both classes had the opportunity to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio. Approximately 30 students had the opportunity to visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Students had the opportunity to get an in-depth perspective of slavery, not only as it was more than 100 years ago, but also the paradox of slavery, as it exists in the United States and other
cultures around the world. Miles said she worried about how the students from both classes would interact. While one class was filled with black students, the other was much more diverse. It was comprised of blacks, American Indians, Caucasians and Asians.
Although Miles and her students were hundreds of miles away from Georgia, the class environment was not. Miles said she organized a voluntary class to facilitate discussions among the group. Miles said she was surprised by how well her students did. The knowledge acquired by the students was presented in the classrooms. Students wrote research papers about the black slaves who were once ignored through the interpretation of many. The study culminated after the works of the students were complied into a booklet titled "African American History at the Chief Vann House." Miles said she was surprised by how well her students did. Due to the research of the students, the museum changed. The story of those once deemed as property has been told through an exhibit added to acknowledge their existence. At the Chief Vann House, visitor's of the museum can hear their stories at the "Patchwork in the Quilt" exhibition. After Miles concluded her presentation, faculty members were given the opportunity to attend other sessions. Also, they were given the opportunity to come back and ask Miles about her award winning research and work with students. FEC Day was held to give faculty techniques to scholarly engage their students. It was also held to enhance faculty experience at the university.
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Dr. Tiya Miles, a professor of American Studies at University of Michigan, spoke to UCO faculty members on August 12 to relate her experiences of integrating students into field work. Miles spoke at Constitution Hall in Nigh University Center about her course "Blacks, Indians and the Making of America."
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Students and post-secondary teachers had the opportunity to learn how to teach their students the importance of civic and service-learning skills through a teacher's institute. The Teaching Civic Engagement and the Politics of Democracy: Environmental History, Land and Energy Stewardship and Community in Oklahoma Institute was hosted by The University of Central Oklahoma along with the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. More than 20 participants were chosen from around the state to attend the interdisciplinary teachers' institute. The school received two grants from the Oklahoma Humanities Council to host the four-day event. It was the first time the institute was held, Dr. Patti Loughlin, associate professor of History and coordinator of the American Democracy Project, said The institute was taught by five UCO scholars: Dr. Gloria Caddell, Dr. Bill Caire, Dr. Patti Loughlin, Prof. Susan Scott, Dr. Brett Sharp; one Rose State College scholar Dr. John Wood; and one Wayland Baptist University scholar Dr. Kevin Sweeney. Participants were shown how to incorporate civic engagement into their curriculums by addressing Oklahoma environmental issues. Also included in the institute was a trip to UCO's Selman Living Laboratory outside of Freedom, Okla. The outdoors lab is part of the historic Selman Ranch. The ranch was originally a homestead in the early lgoos. Mrs. Betty Selman donated some of her land to UCO. "For the past several years, I've heard about the Selman Living Laboratory, but I didn't realize what an incredible resource it is, " Sharp said. Nearly 320 acres of prairie land and habitat remained open and unconstructed by human activity. Late afternoon Wednesday, Caire and Caddell led students on a tour through the prairie. During the excursion Caddell showed several species of plants, microorganisms, and animals that are native to the prairie. Ironweed, gypsum and milk thistle were apart of those species. Caire led students on an excursion through the Selman Cave system. Located in the Cimarron Gypsum Hills; the cave is typically home to bats including some that are endangered species. Caire said he has been in a "couple hundred caves" in Oklahoma alone. Muddy blue and gold UCO t-shirts, jeans, cargo pants, hiking boots, tennis shoes and other articles became evident of the groups adventures in a cave. "It was a good experience," Zellan Conley, a teacher at Roger's Middle School, said. "Now that its over its exhilarating." Cindy Riedl said, "Going through the cave was just amazing." After the cave tour, scholars and experts addressed the opportunities, as well as the challenges and consequences of transforming parts of Oklahoma into an energy state partly by the use of "green" wind turbines. Proponents for and against renewable wind energy were given the opportunity to debate the issue, giving participants the opportunity to objectively determine their stance. Included in the panel discussion were Candyce Kline, private land owner and local rancher; Sue Selman, a rancher whose family previously owned the Selman Ranch; Mike Caywood, Manger of Alabaster Caverns State Park; Jay Pruett, director of Conservation for the Nature Conservancy; and Wayne Walker, director of business development for OG&E. "They have endangered animals, how come they don't
have endangered land?" Selman asked. "There is only 2% of native prairie left in the U.S." "It should be guarded, protected and loved but it is under siege by the wind developers," she said. Wayne Walker said the goal of OG&E was to "work with energy development companies and assist them to where our climate would not be affected." OG&E is "rying to do wind development in a responsible way," he said. According to Wayne, the reason climate changes have had a negative impact around the world was "the speed of science cannot move as fast as the speed of business." Although the institute focused on wind turbines and its effects on the ecosystem in Oklahoma, several students took away more than a new perspective on wind energy. "I hope that people don't leave with just the topic on their mind," Riedl said. "It's the process." "To learn how to emulate the process, introducing it and experiencing it is something that could be used in the classroom," she said. Tracy Hull, an UCO Elementary Education student, was in the Navy for ii 1/2 years. Having traveled to various places around the world Hull said she had met other people, who were just as concerned about natural resources as the UCO community and Oklahoma residents were. Yet there were people who were oblivious to what is happening to the world due to pollution and destruction caused by humans, she said. "I don't think we need to do anything radical, but I do think we need to slow down and think about what we are doing." "I feel like if everybody did their part we would be better off for it," Hull said. On a Navy ship, the priorities of resources such as fresh water first went to power the planes the military used for surveillance Hull explained. Often the soldiers had to live with limited resources. They were given only a small portion of supplies such as washing powder and soap that an average household would use in the U.S. "Maybe you don't know unless it really affects you," Hull said. "I think everybody should be placed in a situation with limited resources." The lessons taught in the classroom two days before the trip to Selman Lab resonated with others also. Pamela Duncan, a Mustang Middle School teacher, explained how Dr. Sweeney's lecture about Easter Island could be used as a lesson in society today. More than 125 years ago, Easter Island's ecosystem was primarily destroyed by its people. Species of trees had been depleted and have. Today, many traditions have been lost and forgotten due to massive population loss in the past. The island has not grown to be what it was in the past. "We need to be more self-conscious about the footprint we leave," Duncan said. Political Scientist Dr. Wood said, "[environmental] problems persist because people are not working together. "These problems are interdisciplinary...they require expertise on all sides." This is why it is very important to understand and facilitate discussions on these issues, Woods said. Loughlin said to have biologists, political scientist, historians, and teacher education professionals come together to for a single purpose is something that is amazing. "We hope this is the first of more elaborations," she said. As the group gathered for breakfast Thursday morning, Scott said she hoped the institute provided participants with skills they can use in their classrooms. "I hope they will think about ways to implement service learning," she said.
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Broncho Summer Stories Compiled by Chris Wescott
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Early on in the summer, Sporting News tabbed the UCO Bronchos football team for a top ten ranking. The Bronchos were voted number nine in the nation, above all other Lone Star Conference teams. Abilene Christian is the only other LSC team in the top 25 rankings. The defending Lone Star Conference North champions face a tough season ahead where they face seven teams on the road.
UCO Goffer wins OGA title
In a more recent story, UCO Golfer Colby Shrum claimed victory in the Oklahoma Golf Association Stroke Play Championship. The now senior star clinched the win with a birdie on the final hole. Shrum will enter this season as one of the best golfers in NCAA Division II. The golfer has started since his freshman year.
UCO Athletics names a new Strength Coach
Mike Wojciechowski was named UCO's new strength and conditioning coach in the beginning of August. Wojciechowski worked at Ohio University and was in charge of men's and women's basketball, wrestling, softball and volleyball while assisting with football. Before that, he worked with UCO as a graduate assistant.
UCO Hockey schedule a big-time home opener
While a schedule release is not much of a headline, the Bronchos hockey team scheduled a game for their home opener that is worthy of primetime television. On September i8, the Bronchos will square off, in Edmond, with the 2008 National Champions; Lindenwood University. As a national tournament team themselves, the Bronchos will be looking to make a statement come September 18th. It will be a battle of two highly ranked and highly talented teams. They play a second match vs. Lindenwood in Edmond the following night to make it a two game series.
Former UCO player makes it big
Former UCO linebacker, KC Asiodu signed with the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League earlier in the summer. Though the first cuts have yet to come, Asiodu has lasted through training camp and into the start of preseason. On a team that has youth at linebacker, but little in the way of good depth, Asiodu is looking to be one of the 53 players kept heading into the season.
The 2008 UCO football team won their final seven regular season games and won the LSC North title. The 2009 squad is looking to return as champions.
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The excitement surrounding the 2009 University of Central football team continues to heighten as the offseason rolls on. The Bronchos are coming off a season ending seven game win streak and the Lone Star Conference North Division title. The Bronchos hope to repeat their title season, and are picked to do so. The Lone Star Conference preseason poll was announced at the end of July. The Conference preseason polls are the opinions and predictions of head coaches in the LSC, sports information directors and media representatives. That group thought high of UCO, as they picked the Bronchos to win the North division again. Central Oklahoma received a landslide majority of the first place
that we can go out and win." The Bronchos face a very tough schedule. UCO plays seven games on the road, and only four at home. To start the season the Bronchos face three Division II and LSC powerhouses in Pittsburg State, West Texas A&M and Texas A&M in Kingsville. All three of those games are on the road. "We recognize the challenges that are in front of us," UCO head coach Tracy Holland said. "It's the same tough schedule we had last year and most of it is on the road. That's going to create some huge challenges, but our players are not intimidated by it." The Broncho players are eyeing a National Championship and the high pre season ranking means the polls are thinking the same. UCO begins the season Aug. 29, against Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan.
votes. The Bronchos received 12 of i6 first place ballot votes. UCO received a total of 90 points in the poll. It is not just the local and regional polls that are buzzing about the Bronchos. UCO received some national honors in the Sporting News Preseason poll. Picked above all other LSC foes, the Bronchos sit at number nine in the top 25 rankings. The only other team in the conference ranked among the nation's best is Abilene Christian. With all the fuss over the Bronchos, it may be hard to stay focused. However quarterback Brandon Noohi thinks the Bronchos are just that; focused. "I would just say that we are going to take this season and take it in stride," Noohi said, "and take it game by game. We are going to make ourselves fully prepared so
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UCO is a well known sports power house in the Lone Star Conference. Almost every team the Bronchos put on the field has some chance at a top ten finish. For this fall, it is the women's sports that are lighting up the ranking lists. UCO Soccer has been tagged for a thirdplace Lone Star Conference finish. The LSC Women's Soccer Poll was released a few weeks ago, and the voters like what they see in Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos soccer team finished 13-63 overall last season, with a 6-3-1 conference record. In the Lone Star Conference Tournament, they beat Abilene Christian in the first round, but lost to West Texas A&M in the second, 5-1. The Bronchos kick off this season in Austin, Texas vs. the University of the Incarnate Word on Aug. 28. The Central Oklahoma Cross Country team also got some good votes. They have received a fifth-place ranking in the LSC
LONE STAR CONFERENCE pre-season poll. UCO finished in fourth place last year and return three starters from that team. The Cross Country team starts their season on Sep. 5, participating in the UCO Land Run in Edmond. UCO Volleyball rounds out the top ten women's fall rankings. The team has been voted for a seventh place finish this season. The Bronchos finished 13-21 overall last season. They finished 6-7 in conference play. The Bronchos lost in the LSC post season tournament first round, 3-1 to eventual 2008 champs West Texas A&M. The Broncho Volleyball team plays their popular Bronze-Blue Intrasquad game to kick off the season on Aug. 22.
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Broncho QB aims for championship Chris Wescott Sports Editor
Of all the stars in UCO athletics this year, the spotlight may be brightest on Brandon Noohi. Noohi is the starting quarterback of the University of Central Oklahoma football team. He is also the incumbent starter, and has a lot of pressure on him to build off of a solid 2008 season. The signal caller played football at Mount Saint Mary High School in Oklahoma City. He lettered in three sports total, playing football, baseball and basketball. He was District 2A-2 Offensive Player of the Year and All-State in his senior year. Noohi began his college career at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He was redshirted in 2005, but played in two games in 2006. In 2007 Noohi played in all io games for SOSU and completed 49 of 93 attempts, for 746 yards and four touchdowns. He scored three more times running the ball. In 2008 Noohi journeyed to Edmond to begin a more successful career with the Bronchos. Last season Noohi split play-time through the first four games in which the Bronchos went 0-4. In the fifth game however, Noohi would take over in the second half against Texas A&M Commerce leading them to a 21-13 victory. In the next seven games as the UCO starter Noohi went a perfect 6-0, and the Bronchos finished the season 7-4 and Lone Star Conference North Division Champions. That isn't good Brandon Noohi enough for the senior, as he sets his goals high for the upcoming season. "My personal goal is to win the National Championship overall as a team," Noohi said. "I want to win the Harlon Hill and I expect to be the National Player of the Year." The Harlon Hill award is the NCAA Division II equivalent to the highly touted Heisman Trophy of Division I. It is given to the best player in Division II football. Noohi wants that award, to prove to everyone it isn't the size of the player, it is how they perform. At 5'11" and 210 pounds, Noohi knows he isn't the prototypical QB, but lets his play do the talking. Noohi compares his own style of play to two recognizable former college quarterbacks. "Well, people always say they compare me to Chase Daniels. They always compare me because I'm stocky and short, and I just throw the ball around. But, I would say Troy Smith because that is my favorite player." If the senior can play like either this season, the Bronchos, and Noohi with them, will go places. Chase Daniels, former Missouri quarterback, threw for 4,335 yards and 39 touchdowns in his final year in college. Troy Smith won the Heisman.
Noohi knows there is room for improvement off of last season. In 2008 Noohi threw for just under 2,000 yards and ii touchdowns. However he was smart with the ball and turned it off only three times. This season, Noohi wants to increase his stats big-time. "There will be more opportunities to score, I plan on throwing for 35 touchdowns, and over 4,000 yards. I plan on getting that. That's been my goal, and I know we can do it." Said Noohi. Although he is anything but self- goal oriented. He gives his teammates a lot of credit for any success he has had, or will have in the future. He knows that he has a talented offensive arsenal and he cannot wait to play with the likes of Ryan Gallimore, Ben Birmingham, Kendall Hendricks and a cast of talent running backs. "My go to guy is Ryan Gallimore. Hes coming back off of surgery, I mean he's in the best shape of his life." Noohi said. "Ben Birmingham helps out a lot being back also, and those running backs can really help because we can help keep it more balanced." "Gallimore stretches the field, and we can move him around. They also moved Kendall Hendricks to wide, which is Photo by Byron Koontz a big boost for us. So we made some changes." In summer practices, Noohi has turned heads. He has constantly hooked up with his receivers for touchdowns, and has shown better accuracy than a year ago. His fundamentals and throwing mechanics seem to be at an all-time best, and he has never been more excited for an upcoming season. The senior gunslinger has not played a single game in the 2009 football season, but is creating a buzz on campus. NFL scouts have been watching the practices, including representatives from the Detroit Lions and San Fransisco 49ers to observe many of the talented UCO players, with Noohi a common interest. Noohi is just looking forward to playing some more football and continuing his education at UCO. The senior is double majoring in Broadcasting and Criminal Justice. Although he's planning on attempting a career in professional football, Noohi has two backup plans. He either wants to be a sports analyst on television, or do some detective work. Noohi leads UCO onto the field for their first game on Aug. 29, against Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kan.
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Welcome to another great year at the University of Central Oklahoma! Nearly 50 full and part-time staff of UCO Safety and Transportation Services, as well as numerous other campus offices, will work diligently this year to help ensure that you are safe, that your property is secure and that you can get to and from and around campus as easily and safely as possible.
Welcome to the University of Central Oklahoma. For the many of you who are returning,welcome back. What a great choice you have made for your education. UCO has a talented and caring faculty, small classes, and big opportunities. UCO faculty members are engaged in the scholarship of teaching and learning and are committed, along with the staff of Student Affairs, Administration, Office of Information Technology, Enrollment Management, Leadership Central and the UCO Foundation, to providing transformative experience for you.
Parking availability is a frequent topic of discussion on campus, particularly in the first weeks of the fall semester. Despite the loss of parking lots for new construction in the past year, the university anticipated this loss and has created or leased parking to accommodate students, faculty and staff parking needs. In fact, we have more parking spaces available now than we did two years ago. I encourage you to seek parking in parking lots located in the northern part of campus. These parking areas are only five or so minutes walk from the center of campus and almost always have parking spaces available. If you feel uncomfortable walking between these parking lots and other campus buildings, we encourage you to use our Safe Walk program by calling Police Services at 974 -2 345, or by using one of the Safe Walk intercom phones located in academic buildings campus wide. You may also borrow a bike for free via our innovative Bum-A-Bike program for up to two weeks at a time by stopping by the Police Services building located on the west side of campus.
We know that you are likely to change careers several times during your working life so we want to be sure that in addition to an excellent experience in your subject that you will leave us with leadership and problem solving skills, connections to your community and your world and an understanding of health and wellness. These skills will serve you regardless of the career path on which you find yourself. UCO calls this Transformative Learning or "the Central Six." You will have a stellar undergraduate experience at UCO and I want you to be aware that the great faculty members you will have for your undergraduate program are the same ones who teach in our graduate programs. We have goo talented, engaged and caring faculty members ready to change lives and they are waiting for you.
Of significant importance to all community members is Central Alert. This program allows university officials to communicate directly to all community members via e-mail, phone and text messaging in the event of an emergency. To receive text messages in the case an emergency you must provide us your cell phone number.
Our mission at UCO is helping students learn by providing transformative experiences so that they may become productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders contributing to the intellectual, cultural, economic and social advancement of the communities they serve. Welcome to your University. Welcome to UCO.
William Radke Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Remember, safety and security are everyone's business at Central. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need assistance or information. Have a great year!
Jeff Harp, Chief of Department of Public Safety
Greetings UCO Bronchos! Whether you're returning to UCO or this is your first semester, I want to welcome you on behalf of all the faculty and staff who are here to serve you. Right now is an amazing time to be a member of the UCO community and the future is bright for all of you. We want to make your college experience all that it can be, so that when you leave here, you will be prepared to make the most of your life's journey. UCO is constantly moving forward and all around campus and the community you can see the evidence. We recently celebrated the opening of the Academy of Contemporary Music in the Oklahoma City downtown entertainment district, Bricktown. The Forensic Science Institute and the Transformative Learning Center are currently under constructed to be open for business in the next year. During your time with us, I encourage you to take advantage of the full-college experience available to you. Decide now the areas that interest you, and work to find ways that you can be involved in those areas in more ways than just attending class. Look for avenues to expand your interests and abilities. Seek out lectures, attend plays, go to ballgames with friends, sign up for a volunteer effort, ask a friend to attend a campus event, join a club, run for office or volunteer to organize a special project. I encourage you become familiar with UCO's articulated values of Character, Civility and Community, what we call the Three C's. Integrating these values in your daily routine will enrich your life, and the world's. I also urge all of you to consider some type of international travel program during your college experience — our Centre for Global Competency can help you get there. We are living in an increasingly global community, and these are excellent ways to prepare yourself for the many opportunities now available as well as those in the future. Again I welcome you. Study hard, enjoy life and plan now to make this year one of positive personal growth and change. President Roger Webb
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Hello Fellow Bronchos, It's that time again! Where we reminisce summer, and look gleefully to the oncoming semester. Fall at UCO is a wonderful time of year. We celebrate the beginning of a new collegiate experience as we welcome first year students into campus life, and we shake hands and exchange smiles as we see those faces we've known now for a few years.
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On behalf of the UCO Dining team -- Welcome! We are proud to have the opportunity to serve you. UCO Dining is committed to providing quality food, value for your dollar and exceptional service. Our 9 locations around campus offer a wide variety of exciting, fresh and innovative menu selections in a comfortable, traditional "southern hospitality" environment.
Notice the conglomerate of students, from all different walks of life, from over 8o different countries around the world, and see the boundaries melt away as they discover that here, in this place, there's no room for any of the normal animosity. Rather, we are all joined together by the ideas of higher education and advancement. In the excitement of our new year I hope that each of you can find an opportunity to invest yourselves in a worthy cause.
Fall 2009 will mark the completion of our renovation of UCO Dining facilities. The brand new fully licensed Starbucks in the Nigh University Center is a wonderful addition and has quickly become a comfy gathering place with wireless internet access. The implementation of "Pulse On Dining" at the resident dining hall called "Buddys" has been an exceptional hit with students, staff, faculty and parents. Pulse On Dining is a cooking and eating style that brings the cooking out to the front of the house so everyone can watch the food being prepared in front of them. The newly renovated food court offers 5 food options; Mamma Leone's, a handmade pizza and pasta venue, Quizno's, Yan Can Cook, an Asian stir fry venue based on Chef Martin Yan's signature recipes, Coyote Jack's, a southwestern grill venue and we kept ChicFil-A due to it's popular appeal. The new convenience store in the Nigh University Center called "OUTTAKES" offers traditional convenience items but features out chefs daily prepared quick cuisine sandwiches and salads for carry out.
Central is an opportunity-rich place. Here, you will find more than 200 student organizations, at least one of which will surely match your interests. The Volunteer Service Learning Center, or the VSLC, also connects the Central community to volunteer opportunities. I encourage you to register with the VSLC at www.uco.edu/ volunteer to stay informed of the volunteer needs.
Our chef has created an amazing new catering menu that has already received great reviews. The Legends restaurant underwent a renovation in decor, menu and service style. The Legends restaurant is open Sunday through Friday from 11am tc 2pm. The menu style is eclectic and creative. Our Legends servers are the best in the business.
There's opportunity at every corner here at Central, not just to simply be involved, but to also develop the leader in you. Our core values at UCO are Character, Civility, and Community, or the Three C's. I challenge you to not just give lip service to these values, but to strive to make them each a part of your life here at Central.
Again, on behalf of UCO Dining, welcome and we look forward to seeing you soon!
With the beginning of a new semester, there is an ENERGY in this place that is felt by all — faculty, staff, and students alike. These buildings come alive, and our sidewalks are once again trampled under the feet of over 16,000 students, ready to take on the next sixteen weeks with vigor and vitality. This energy, this undeniable force at UCO is an incredible site to see, and I implore you to notice.
I look forward to a fantastic year here at Central. If there is ever anything you need please do not hesitate to contact me UCOSA office at 974- 2249. In Broncho Pride, Daniel Stockton 2009-10 UCOSA President i"-
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Burgers Flatire Burgers-318 E. Ayers, 405/359-2006, $$ www.flatireburgers.com Freddy's Frozen Custard-1925 E. 2nd St., 405/216-1514, $$ www.freddysfrozencustard.com Pops-660 W. Highway 66, 405/928-7677, $$ www.pops66.com
Deli Hobby's Hoagies-222 S. Santa Fe Ave., 405/348-2214
Asian Kang's Asian Bistro-2080 E. 2nd St., 405/330-1668, $$$, C www.kangsasiankitchen.com Panda Express-2nd & Bryant, 405/359-1396, $$ www.pandaexpress.com Pei Wei-1185 E. 2nd St., 405/341-6850, $$, C www.peiwei.com Tao Cafe-331 S. Blackwelder, 405/348-7777, $
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Java Dave's Coffee-9 S. Broadway, 405/340-1693, $ www.javadavescoffee.com McAlisters Deli-1021 E. 2nd St., 405/340-3354, $$, C www.mcalistersdeli.com Panera Bread-1472 S. Bryant Ave., 405/844-5525, $$, C www.panerabread.com Planet Sub-410-A S. Bryant Ave., 405/340-7782, $$, C www.planetsub.com Pita Pit-128 E. 5th, 405/340-7482, $$, C www.pitapitusa.com Which Wich-309 S. Bryant, $$, C 405-471-5363 www.whichwich.com
Mexican Alvarado's-1000 E. 2nd St., 405/359-8860, $$, C Chipolte's-1569 S. Broadway, 405/341-6765, $$ www.chipolte.com Qdoba Mexican Grill-2nd & Bryant, 405/359-1396, $$, C www.qdoba.com Ted's Escondido-801 E. Danforth Rd., 405/810-8337, $$, C www.tedscafe.com
Pizza Falcone's Pizzeria & Deli-180 W. 15th St., 405/471-6868, $$, C www.falconesokc.com Hideaway Pizza/UCO Jazz Lab-116 E. 5th St., 405/348-4777, $$, C www.hideawaypizza.com
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Student Clubs and Organizations Broncho Bass Sports/Recreation Adviser: Fred Fieth 974-3139 email@example.com Purpose: To unite men and women through the common bond of fishing. To educate anglers and develop angling skills, and to strengthen student F-64 Society Academic/Professional Adviser: Mark Zimmerman and Jesse Miller 974-5124 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To associate members of the academic and professional photographic communities. To promote society within which will be fostered the sharing of ideas and knowledge. International Messenger Cultural/Ethnic Adviser: Dr. David Bridge 974-5386 email@example.com Purpose: To create a network for students of all different cultures by creating and doing some activities between UCO students. Kappa Kappa Psi Special Interest Adviser: Dr. Brian Lamb 974-5686 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote the existence and welfare of the college and university bands, and to cultivate at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievements. Language Society Cultural/Ethnic Adviser: Dr. Amy Carrell 974-5609 email@example.com Purpose: To facilitate cross-cultural conversation and study related to all aspects of language from the written and spoken word to visual signs and the interpretations, theory around the globe. UCO Film Society Academic/Professional Adviser: Dr. John Springer 974-5515 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To provide a better understanding andappreciation of film and its history.
African Student Association Cultural/Ethnic Adviser: LaKeisha Bryant 974-2434 Ibryant3@uco.edu Purpose: To act as an official participating body in enriching cultural exchange in the University and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence among the Association's members. Advertising Club Academic/Professional Adviser: David Bennett 974-5111 email@example.com Purpose: To provide and promote a better understanding of the functions of advertising and its values, to stimulate and encourage the interest and consideration of its members, and to apply the skills, creativity, and energy of advertising to it members. Army Blades Special Interest Adviser: Christian Johnson 974-5170 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To assist in activities that show support and stimulate interest in the Army ROTC program and participation in service/philanthropic projects that contribute to the prestige and welfare of UCO, OKC Metro, U.S. Army and Army ROTC. Cornerstone Religious Adviser: Danielle Dill 974-3140 email@example.com Purpose: To lead students to become fully devoted followers of Christ. To bring in, build up, train and send out. Association of Latin American Students Cultural/Ethnic Adviser: Glenn Freeman 974-2131 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To enrich the University community by emphasizing the culture, heritage, language, and traditions of Iberian-American countries and cultures.
Biology Club (Tri-Beta) Honorary Adviser: Dr. Brooke Stabler 974-5777 Istabler@uco.edu Purpose: To provide students access to leading biologists in Oklahoma, career opportunities in biology, information on conservation projects, to encourage campus-wide participation, and to instill a professional pride in biology as a career. Budo Society Sports/Recreation http://www.libarts.ucok.edu/organizations/budo/ Adviser: Dr. Wayne Stein 974-5618 email@example.com Purpose: To act as a community within UCO where students, faculty members, and other people can study, practice, and learn the art of Aikido; to instill a sense of confidence and balance in the practitioners of Aikido. Community Health Club Academic/Professional Adviser: Dr. Diane Rudebock 974-5216 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To assist members in developing their profession as a health educator, to provide opportunities for students to volunteer in the community, to introduce students to the network of health education professionals in the community, and to raise the level of awareness of upcoming health related events. Creative Studies Writer's Institute Academic Adviser: Dr. Cinthia Squires 974-5616 email@example.com Purpose: To provide social, educational, and cultural opportunities for creative writers. English Society Academic/Professional http://www.libarts.uco.edu ./english/ta/ jmulliken/englishsociety Adviser: Dr. Amy Carrell 974-5609 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To stimulate interest in literature and encourage creative writing.
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Fashion Troupe Academic/Professional Adviser: Dr. Darlene Kness 974-5785 email@example.com Purpose: To enlarge the students' understanding of the present and future scope of careers in the fashion merchandising area. Fencing Club Sports/Recreation Adviser: Dr. John Bowen 974-5723 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To promote the sport of fencing and to give students the opportunity to participate in the U.S. Fencing Association tournament and championship competition on district, sectional, and national levels.
Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality (GATE)
Special Interest Adviser: Dr. J David Macey, Jr. 974-5641 email@example.com Purpose: To provide support and promote tolerance and equality on campus and in the wider community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning students and their allies. Native American Student Association Cultural/Ethnic Adviser: MeShawn Conley 974-5949 firstname.lastname@example.org Purpose: To educate the UCO community about Native American history and culture.
Student Academy of Forensic Sciences Academic/Professional Adviser: David L. Von Minden 974-5467 email@example.com Purpose: To stimulate the intellectual stimulation that results from professional association; to gain knowledge of the field through contact with professionals in the community; to foster a professional spirit among the members. For a complete list of student organizations and clubs, visit: http://www.uco.edu/student_life/ orgs/index.htm
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Edmond Bus Routes For all students needing a I bus ride to classes , these are the routes and route times to transfer you to UCO.
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EXPRESSLINK Edmond to Oklahoma City AM Service - Monday-Friday
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Depart Festival Market Place (Edmond) 5:50 AM 6:45 AM 7:15 AM 8:15 AM 9:15 AM 10:50 AM
UCO Ayers & University 1 5:53 AM 6:50 AM 7:20 AM 8:20 AM 9:20 AM 10:55 AM
St Johns Church 2 5:58 AM 6:56 AM 7:26 AM 8:26 AM 9:26 AM 11:01 AM
Southern Hills Church 3 6:00 AM 6:58 AM 7:28 AM 8:28 AM 9:28 AM 11:03 AM
6th & Robinson (OKC) 4 6:23 AM 7:23 AM 7:53 AM 8:53 AM 9:53 AM 11:28 AM
Robinson Sheridan (OKC) 5 6:28 AM 7:28 AM 7:58 AM 8:58 AM 9:58 AM 11:33 PM
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6th & Robinson (OKC) 4 1:00 PM 2:30 PM 3:35 PM 4:15 PM 5:15 PM 5:45 PM
Sheridan (OKC) 5
SO Metro Transit Transfer Ctr Sheridan 5th & NE 10th & State Walker Oklahoma Stonewall Capitol 6 7 8 9
1:05 PM 2:35 PM 3:40 PM 4:20 PM 5:20 PM 5:50 PM
1:08 PM 1:13 PM 1:18 PM 1:24PM 2:40 PM 2:46 PM 2:51 PM 2:57 PM 3:45 PM 3:51 PM 3:56 PM 4:02 PM 4:24 PM 4:30 PM 4:36 PM 4:42 PM 5:24 PM 5:30 PM 5:36 PM 5:42 PM 5:54 PM 6:00 PM 6:06 PM 6:12 PM
Metro Transit Transfer Ctr 5th & Walker 6 6:31 AM 7:32 AM 8:02 AM 9:02 AM 10:02 AM 11:37 PM
Sheridan Oklahoma 7 6:37 AM 7:37 AM 8:07 AM 9:07 AM 10:07 AM 11:42 PM
33rd & NE 10th & State Boulevard Stonewall Capitol (Edmond) 8 9 10 6:42 AM 6:47 AM 7:07 AM 7:42 AM 7:48 AM 8:07 AM 8:14 AM 8:20 AM 8:40 AM 9:14 AM 9:20 AM 9:40 AM 10:14 AM 10:20 AM 10:40 AM 11:48 PM 11:54 PM 12:12 PM
Arrive Festival Market Place (Edmond) 7:13 AM 8:15 AM 8:48 AM 9:48 AM 10:48 AM 12:20 PM
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33rd & Boulevard (Edmond) 10 1:44 PM 3:17 PM 4:22 PM 5:02 PM 6:02 PM 6:32 PM
6th & Robinson (OKC) 4 1:00 PM 2:30 PM 4:10 PM 5:10 PM 5:45 PM
Put your mailbox to good use... Use it to receive college cred UCO Correspondence Education has dozens of courses you can take anytime, from anywhere. Stop by our office, or log-on to www.uco.edu/cpde today for more information!
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BADM 1103 Introduction to Business ECON 2103 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2203 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 3103 Money and Banking FIN 2313 Personal Finance FIN 3413 Real Estate Principles FIN 3563 Business Finance FIN 3603 Financial Statement Analysis LS 3113 Legal Environment of Business MRKT 3013 Marketing FACS 3633 Problems of Today's Consumer FACS 4513 Resource Management NTRN 1513 Nutrition NTRN 3633 Lifespan Nutrition ART 1112 Introduction Art History ART 1153 Art History I ART 2403 Art History II CJ 3643 Administration of Justice CJ 3653 Police Administration & Organization CJ 4003 Police & Community CJ 4603 Innovations in Penology & Corrections CJ 4703 Administration of Correctional Institutions ENG 1113 English Composition ENG 1213 English Composition & Research ENG 2653 English Lit Since 1800 ENG 3013 Shakespeare HIST 1483 American History to 1877 HIST 1498 American History since 1877
HIST 3303 Oklahoma History GEO 1103 Intro to Geography GEO 2203 Regional Geography of the World POL 1113 American National Government POL 1203 State & Local Government SOC 2103 Sociology SOC 2203 Social Problems SOC 2303 Social Psychology SOC 3103 Juvenile Delinquency SOC 3203 Minorities SOC 3403 The Family SOC 3633 Criminology SOC 4443 Social Stratification SOC 4693 Sociological Theory SPAN 1114 Elementary Spanish BIO 1114 General Biology CHE 1003 Chemistry in Society CHE 3303 Organic Chemistry I CHE 3323 Organic Chemistry II FNRL 3483 Psychology of Grief FNRL 3513 History of Funeral Directing MATH 1113 Math for General Education MATH 1453 College Algebra for Business MATH 1513 College Algebra MATH 2053 Calculus & Stats for Business MATH 2313 Calculus I MATH 4483 History of Math NURS 2113 Individual and Family Development
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Sports Schedules UCO Football 2008-2009 Schedule 8/29/2009
Pittsburg State University
West Texas A&M University
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Texas A&M University - Kingsville
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Tarleton State University
Texas A&M University - Commerce Commerce, Texas
6:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.
Southwest Baptist University EDMOND (Homecoming) Southeastern Oklahoma State Durant, Okla. University Southwestern Oklahoma State EDMOND University
Midwestern State University
Wichita Falls, Texas < 7:00 p.m.
East Central University
Northeastern State University
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UCO Volleyball 8/22/2009
Bronze-Blue Intrasquad EDMOND 2:00 p.m.
9/19/2009 East Central UniversityAda, Okla. 2:00 p.m.
St. Mary's University (TX)San Antonio, Texas 7:oo p.m.
9/24/2009 Tarleton State UniversityEDMOND 7:00 p.m. 9/26/2009 Texas A&M University-KingsvilleEDMOND 2:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Invitational 8/28/2009 Florida Southern College San Antonio, Texas 12:15 p.m.
Arkansas Tech Invitational
8/28/2009 Metropolitan State CollegeSan Antonio, Texas 4:45 P.m. 8/29/2009
10/3/2009 University of Arkansas-Monticello Russellville, Ark. 9:oo a.m.
Millersville University San Antonio, Texas 12:15 p.m.
10/3/2009 Arkansas Tech University Russellville, Ark. 3:oo pâ€˘m.
Midwestern State Invitational 9/4/2009
Henderson State University Russellville, Ark. 5:00 p.m.
10/8/2009 Eastern New Mexico UniversityPortales, N.M. 8:00 p.m.
Northwood University Wichita Falls, Texas 11:00 a.m.
West Texas A&M UniversityCanyon, Texas 2:oo p.m.
9/4/2009 Southwest Baptist University Wichita Falls, Texas 4:oo p.m.
9/5/2009 Drury UniversityWichita Falls, Texas 11:30 a.m.
10/15/2009 Abilene Christian UniversityEDMOND 7:00 p.m.
9/5/2009 Emporia State University Wichita Falls, Texas 2:00 p.m.
Broncho/Fairfield Inn & Suites Invitational
9/12/2009 Truman State University EDMOND 4:00 p.m.
Newman UniversityEDMOND 7:00 p.m.
10/22/2009 Texas A&M University-CommerceCommerce, Texas 7:00 p.m.
9/11/2009 Missouri Southern State University EDMUND 3:3o p.m. 9/11/2009 Saint Edward's University EDMOND 7:30 p.m.
Angelo State UniversityEDMOND 2:00 p.m.
10/24/2009 Texas Woman's UniversityDenton, Texas 2:00 p.m. 1 110/27/2009 East Central University EDMOND 7:00 p.m.
9/12/2009 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith EDMOND 8:oo p.m.
10/29/2009 Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityEDMOND 7:00 p.m.
9/15/2009 Oklahoma City University EDMOND 7:00 p.m.
11/5/2009 Cameron University (Senior Night) EDMOND 7:00 p.m.
9/17/2009 Southeastern Oklahoma State UniversityDurant, Okla. 7:00 p.m.
11/7/2009 Midwestern State UniversityEDMOND 7:00 p.m.
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