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Students in the college are deeply engaged in many transformative learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. In the 2010-11 academic year more than 200 undergraduate and graduate students in the college attended regional, state, national, and international professional conferences to present original scholarly work and/or to serve in leadership roles within various professional organizations.
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Alumni & News
The College of Education and Professional Studies Newsletter, produced by CEPS Office of Development, is proudly presented for alumni, friends, students, faculty, and staff of the College. To view or download back issues of the college Newsletter, see our archive section on the left side of the screen.
We want to hear news about the milestones in your life (promotions, new business ventures, marriage, new family members, honors and awards) to include in the Alumni and Students section of the College of Education and Professional Studies newsletter and future magazine. We hope to produce and deliver an annual magazines starting this fall.
Submit your news via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Courtney Keck - Teacher of the Year for PCW
Congratulations to Courtney Keck for being selected Teacher of the Year for Putnam City West High School! She is a Graduate of the UCO Master’s Degree program in Bilingual/TESL program. We are proud of you!
CEPS Faculty Member Awarded by The DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma
Dr. Sunshine Cowan (Kinesiology & Health Studies) was recently recognized by The DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma as a 2013 DaVinci Institute Fellow. The prestigious award recognizes higher-education faculty who creative, innovative accomplishments have made a significant contribution to their academic disciplines. She is one of five individuals across the state to receive the award. Read more here.
UCO and Linwood Elementary School Establish Classroom Partnership
Dr. Regenia James (Educational Sciences, Foundations & Research) establishes a new partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools that allows her students real-world experience and training while assisting with the academic needs of elementary school students. Read the full story in The Oklahoman here.
Jesse Hilley, Safety Manager - OKC Utilities Dept.
Jesse has been a safety professional for 10 years. He received his B.S. in Industrial Safety from UCO, and started his career as an Asbestos Compliance Inspector at the OK Dept. of Labor. His current responsibilities at the City of OKC Utilities Department include seven lines of business that involve Water, Waste-water, and Solid Waste. Read more
Congratulations, Genny Stidham!
Veteran Central softball coach Genny Stidham was recently named NCAA Division II South Central Region Coach of the Year by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Stidham is the winningest softball coach in school history with a 424-278-2 record in 15 years at the helm. An All-American for the Bronchos during her playing days and a member of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame, she's led the Bronchos to six national tournament appearances, and has had a record five winning seasons. Read more
Congratulations, Billy McBride!
"Billy took over a very badly failing safety program and turned it into the best in the state. That speaks volumes to his professionalism and devotion," Benson said. "Clearly, it takes all hands, it’s an all-employee effort. But if I had to cite one person for success, it’s clearly Billy McBride." Read more
UCO recognized for outstanding child abuse prevention program
The Oklahoma State Department of Health named the University of Central Oklahoma’s family life education — child development program an Outstanding Child Abuse Prevention Program award winner at its annual Child Abuse Prevention Day at the Capitol in late April. Read more
UCO Honors Top Academic Achievers as Spring 2012 Class Marshals
The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as Class Marshals of their respective colleges, recognizing their academic excellence during Central’s Spring 2012 Commencement ceremonies May 4-5 at the university’s Hamilton Field House.
Class Marshals are recognized for achieving the highest academic records within their colleges during their time at Central.
Sarah Tehga De Toy, a native of Luther, is an elementary education major. De Toy will represent the College of Education and Professional Studies with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in elementary education and begin teaching upon graduation.
“My goal is to be my best for my students by being open to new ideas and learning opportunities,” De Toy said. Read more
Presidential Partners 2012 Leadership Awards
The college is pleased to congratulate the following students who received Presidential Partners Scholarships at the annual luncheon, April 19th. Read more
American Democracy Project Conference Awards
The following posters were awarded $300, $200, and $100 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the ADP Conference:
- 1st Place: The Wayward Ways of Campus Politics by Cody Brown, CEPS (Psychology Department)
- 2nd Place: Know2Grow by Lauren Craig, Jenna Sinclair, Mamie Ball, and Deni Napier, CEPS (Psychology Department)
- 3rd Place: Spreading Critical Thinking via Peaceful Protesting by Arpana Dalaya, Matt Korstjens, Casey Wilmot, Kyle Brower, Dale Newby, Weston Dattilo, and Jacoba Biggers (Interdisciplinary)
Annual Fish Fry
The Industrial Safety Majors wish to thank all who joined the students at the annual fish fry Tuesday, April 17th . It is always exciting to have industry professionals, campus leaders, and friends of the program join the students for an informal gathering. Dr. Robin Lacy extends his appreciation to all for their support of the students and program. A special thank you to Keeton Hill and Environmental Management Inc. for sponsoring the event and providing the gift baskets as door prizes and Mr. Carl Breazeale who serves on the College's Advocacy Council for providing and cooking the fish.
Congratulations, Jason Burkhart!
Congratulations, Miles Flusche!
Miles Flusche, Industrial Safety senior, was presented with a $1000 scholarship from the Oklahoma City chapter of The American Society of Safety Engineers at the Professional Development Conference on Friday, April 13.
Congratulations, Sarah DeToy!
Sarah DeToy was a recipient of the DaVinci Scholar Award which provides her with a $3000 check during her first year of teaching in an Oklahoma school.
On April 2, 2012, the College of Education and Professional Studies hosted five international guests as part of the American Language: Connecting English Teachers to U. S. Society and Culture program... Read more
Congratulations, Dr. Laressa Beliele!
The entire College of Education and Professional Studies congratulates Dr. Laressa Beliele, program coordinator of the Guidance and Counseling program in the Department of Advanced Professional and Special Services, for the successful defense of her dissertation which completes the requirements for her doctoral degree. Congratulations, Dr. Beliele.
Congratulations, Dr. Donna Kearns!
Dr. Donna Kearns has received a $4,200 award from autismoklahoma.org for a grant she submitted in December entitled “UCO Peer-Directed Support Group for Young Adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders”.