An Evening With Thomas Jefferson

jefferson thumbnailThe University of Central Oklahoma Laboratory of History Museum presents An Evening with Thomas Jefferson at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7,in Ballroom C of the Night University Center.

Steven Edenbo has studied and portrayed Thomas Jefferson since 1999. In addition to continuing independent study, he researched Jefferson as a resident fellow at Monticello's International Center for Jefferson Studies in Charlottesville, Va. He appears regularly at such venues as The National Archives in Washington, D.C. and Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Steve has been featured on television as Mr. Jefferson in various History Channel & PBS documentaries, as well as in Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." He has shared Jefferson's life & legacy across the U.S. and in England.

This event is being held in celebration of the Laboratory of History Museum’s 100th anniversary. Founded in 1915 by UCO history professor Lucy Jeston Hampton, the museum preserves and exhibits UCO’s history while serving as a training tool for students in the History-Museum Studies program. Located in historic Evans Hall, exhibits display the history of UCO within the broader context of the community, state, and nation.

The program will include a question-and-answer session with the audience. The Trio Antiqua of the UCO Center for Historical Performance will perform period music at the event. A reception following the program will be held in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is sponsored by the Laboratory of History Museum, Future Museum Professionals Organization, UCO’s College of Liberal Arts, UCO's Department of History & Geography and the Oklahoma Humanities Council.

For more information about this event or the Laboratory of History Museum, please contact the museum’s director, Heidi Vaughn, at or 405.974.5789

Luxenburg Named Interim Dean

Dr. Joan LuxenburgJoan Luxenburg, Ed.D, professor of sociology and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has been named as the interim dean of the college, effective August 1.

Dr. Luxenburg succeeds Dr. Gary Steward as dean. Dr. Steward has been appointed as associate vice president for Institutional Effectiveness.

Dr. Luxenburg joined UCO in 1977 and has been serving as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2013. She previously served as assistant dean (2011-13), assistant department chair (2005-13) and department chair (1996-2002) in the same college. She holds a master's in social work from the University of Oklahoma; a doctorate and master’s in sociology and education, both from Columbia University; a master’s of sociology of education from New York University; and a bachelor's of sociology from Queens College, City University of New York.

She has published one book as well as several book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent work was an article on Medicare, published last year in the Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity.