Wednesday, April 18th

Civic Engagement and service learning is central to the mission, educating the next generation of college students to serve as active, ethical and engaged citizens within their local communities, the nation and the world.


Earth Day Celebration

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Broncho Lake

The Earth Day celebration was a campus-wide event that brought numerous on- and off-campus groups of environmentally minded organizations together to inform the University community about environmental concerns and how they could make a difference.

Leadership UCO (LUCO) Graduation

In response to our charge to educate ethical and engaged citizens and leaders, we celebrated those employees at UCO who have stepped up to accept the role and responsibilities of leaders in our community and on our campus by participating in a year of leadership education and experience.

LUCO Alumni Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
Heritage Room, Night University Center

Graduation Ceremony

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Heritage Room, Nigh University Center

Central Fun Run & Walk

2 to 3 p.m.
Plunkett Park
Amy Rogalsky, Enrollment Management at arogalskly@uco.edu or 974-5376; or Dr. Trey Cone, KHS at tcone@uco.edu or 974-5237

Participants chose to run and/or walk 1.5 miles or 5 kilometers. Team leaders were available to answer questions about fitness and health and to guide participants through the various campus trails.

American Democracy Project Conference

11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Nigh University Center

The conference celebrated ten years of the American Democracy Project in partnership with The New York Times. We heard from civic leaders and campus teams about innovative projects and collaborations that benefit citizens of our state. President Betz was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee that guided the development of ADP, and the University of Central Oklahoma played a key role as a charter member of ADP and host to the first regional conference in 2004.

Those who contributed state and national perspectives included: President Don Betz, University of Central Oklahoma; Debbie Terlip, Assistant Director of Oklahoma Campus Compact and Student Relations Liaison, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education; George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and founder of the American Democracy Project; Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times; Paul Wilson and Norm Wave, The New York Times.

The conference featured a student poster session that showcases student civic engagement in Oklahoma. Student representatives from campuses across the state presented posters that reflect their civic activities.

Welcome Lunch with Provost William J. Radke and Opening Conversation 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Carl Albert Room (300), Nigh University Center

In March 2008, Provost Radke hosted "Democracy and Civic Engagement: A Call to Action," a civic engagement conference with 160 participants from Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, and institutions throughout Oklahoma. In partnership with AASCU's American Democracy Project, The New York Times, and Oklahoma Campus Compact, the conference was a wonderful opportunity to showcase student civic engagement, programming and research. During the opening lunch session, campus teams had the opportunity to share their civic engagement achievements.

Spotlight on Student Civic Engagement in Oklahoma
1 to 2 p.m.
Room 314, Nigh University Center

Student representatives from campuses across the state presented posters that reflected their civic activities.

Continuing the Civic Work: Statewide Collaborations and Partnerships
2:00-3:45 p.m.
Carl Albert Room (300), Nigh University Center

In celebration of ten years of the American Democracy Project, we heard from civic leaders and campus teams about innovative projects and collaborations that benefit citizens of our state. Then, we discussed the challenges ahead: how can we continue this meaningful civic work through intentional collaborations and partnerships in Oklahoma? We highlighted successful collaborations such as the Oklahoma Civic Health Index and partnership with Oklahoma Campus Compact and member campuses.

George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, "The Citizenship Imperative of the 21st Century"

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center

George Mehaffy, Vice President for Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and founder of the American Democracy Project, explored the challenges of citizenship in a new era. Since 2003, ADP has nurtured a variety of national and local civic engagement projects and initiatives across the United States. President Betz was one of the founding members of the Steering Committee that guided the development of ADP, and the University of Central Oklahoma played a key role as a charter member of ADP and host to the first regional conference in 2004. Now as we neared the 10th anniversary of ADP, George Mehaffy looked back at the most prominent accomplishments of the project and the lessons learned, as well as the challenging road that lies ahead. 

Reception in Honor of President Don Betz

5 to 6 p.m.
Rooms 201 and 202, Nigh University Center

Hosted by The New York Times

Michael Slackman, Deputy Foreign Editor of The New York Times, "Arab Spring: The Call for Change"

6 to 7:30 p.m.
Constitution Hall, Nigh University Center

Following the presentation, President Betz joined Michael Slackman for dialogue and a Q&A.

Michael Slackman is deputy foreign editor of The New York Times where he oversees global coverage with an emphasis on the Middle East. Slackman covered Bahrain's pro-democracy demonstrations in February 2011. Prior to this, he served as a correspondent, most recently as the Berlin Bureau Chief. He has also spent eight years based in Egypt, three for the Los Angeles Times and five for the New York Times. In that time he reported from every country in the region, from Morocco to Iran. He covered Iraq before and after the invasion, documenting the tremendous changes sweeping the Arab world as a reporter and editor. Slackman was also Newsday's Moscow Bureau chief for three years covering the economy and social chaos that swept post-Soviet Russia and the transition from Yeltsin to Putin.

Plunkett Past Dark

8 p.m.
Plunkett Park, UCO Campus

The evening featured lots of fun activities for all ages including food, crafts and inflatable games!