College of Liberal Arts: Dean's Office: Student Awards 2011

2011 Student Awards

The School of Criminal Justice

The William D. Parker Graduate Student Award is given to the outstanding criminal justice graduate student.  This award is given in recognition of Dr. William D. Parker, who founded the criminal justice program at UCO.

This year's recipient of the award is Lacey Elmange. Lacey is completing the criminal justice master's program this semester and will be graduating in May.  Since transferring to UCO in 2008, she has maintained a 4.00 GPA.  Lacey has capitalized on numerous opportunities to attend and present at university, statewide, and national conferences.


The William D. Parker Undergraduate Award is given to the outstanding undergraduate criminal justice student. 

This year's recipient of the award is Jordan Crump. Jordan is currently an undergraduate student who will obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice this year.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in criminal justice management and administration at UCO.  Jordan is an intern with the Oklahoma City Police Department, and works as an intern for Dr. Rashi Shukla in the School of criminal justice at UCO. 


The William S. Myers and Lucille Myers Award is given in recognition of William S. Myers, Jr., a judge for more than 25 years in the District Court of the State of Oklahoma and his wife, Lucille, who taught English at UCO in the late 1960s.  This award recipient is selected by the faculty for having high scholastic attainment and strong writing skills. 

This year's recipient is Kevin Ward. Kevin is an Edmond resident and has been accepted to the University of Oklahoma School Of Law for the fall 2011 semester.  Kevin's activities and awards include: Gamma Beta Pi Honor Society, Dean's Honor Roll, and the President's Honor Roll.


Department of English

The winner of the Dr. Martin R. Ausmus Outstanding Graduate Student in English Award is Sarah Blackburn.

Sarah is from Poteau and is currently pursuing a master's degree in English at UCO.  She has served as a teaching assistant at Northeastern Oklahoma State University and as a peer consultant in the Upward Bound Math and Science Program, and she has been named to the President's Honor Roll.


The winner of the Grady C. Watkins Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in English is Alexandra Bohannon. 

Alexandra, who grew up in Chickasha, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with minors in leadership and theatre arts.  A member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Sophomore Honor Society and the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, she hopes to pursue graduate study and to teach at the university level.

The Dr. Dean Everett Outstanding English Student Award, presented by the Everett Family Foundation to a student who has excelled academically and has contributed to the campus community, has also been awarded to Alexandra.


The winner of the Professor Regenia Woodberry Award for Outstanding Work in Women's or Ethnic Studies is Catrina Cantwell

Catrina, from Moore, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in women's studies.  She has served as co-president of UCO's Association for Women's Studies and as an officer of the Language Society and the English Society.  After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate study and to teach women's literature at the university level.


The Dr. Claude Arnold Scholarship honors the memory of a UCO Professor of English who taught the classics of English literature and is generously provided by the Everett Family Foundation. 

The winner of this year's scholarship is Megan Connell. A native of Cashion, Megan has traveled to Mexico, Tanzania, and Kenya and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education.  Her career goal is to teach adolescent English language learners in inner-city middle schools.  She has presented her work at the Liberal Arts Student Symposium, and she coordinates two after-school programs for Novo Ministries.


The Dr. Frank Finney Reach for Excellence Award honors the memory of Dr. Frank Finney, professor of English and inaugural dean of the UCO College of Liberal Arts and is provided by the Everett Family Foundation.

This year's award winner is Tiffany Leach. Tiffany, a native of Guymon, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education and plans to teach English at the high school level in the Oklahoma City area.  She serves as the corresponding secretary of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and as president of the English Graduate Organization, and she has been actively involved in UCO's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, a local food drive, and The Big Event.

Tiffany is also the recipient of The Dr. Loree M. Rice Scholarship which was created to honor Dr. Loree M. Rice, Professor Emerita of English. The scholarship assists an outstanding junior English education major.  


The recipient of the Claudia K. Straw Outstanding Sophomore Scholarship is selected on the basis of academic record, involvement in professional and co-curricular activities, and writing ability as demonstrated by a required writing sample.  This scholarship, which is generously provided by her husband and alumnus Joe Straw, honors Claudia K. Straw, who has devoted her career to English education. 

Our scholarship winner is Anna Lisa Clark. Anna, from Oklahoma City, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in French.  At UCO, she participates in the Central S.T.A.F. program and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and of the Sigma Phi Lambda sorority, and she has been named to both the Dean's and the President's Honor Rolls. 


The Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) presents the Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies to one English student from each college or university in Oklahoma.

This is presented to Kasey Lawrence. Kasey is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education.  She is a graduate of Harrah High School and works part-time on the Oncology floor at Mercy Hospital.  She has published work in New Plains Review, the College of Liberal Arts' literary journal, and will be presenting a paper this spring at the national conference of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.


The Creative Studies Program presents the Geoffrey Bocca Outstanding Graduate Student in Creative Writing Award named for distinguished past Artists in Residence.

The winner of the Geoffrey Bocca Outstanding Graduate Student in Creative Writing Award is Adam Michael Wright. Adam, a native of Stillwater, holds bachelor's degrees in English, history, and broadcast journalism from Oklahoma State University and is currently pursuing the master of fine arts degree in creative writing at UCO.  He has presented his creative work at readings in Edmond and Stillwater and at the national conference of the Popular Culture Association in San Antonio, Texas.

Adam has also received the Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship.  This scholarship was established by the McConathy family to honor their brother Dale Edward McConathy, UCO alumnus and founder of New York State's Art Park.  The McConathy scholarship is presented to a student who displays promise in writing.


The Carol Hamilton Creative Writing Scholarship honors Carol Hamilton, who has been recognized as Oklahoma's Poet Laureate and as a UCO Distinguished Former Student.

The winner of the Carol Hamilton Creative Writing Scholarship is Joshua Franklin. Joshua, from Barryton, Michigan, holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Knox College and a master's degree in the same field from Central Michigan University.  He is pursuing the master of fine arts degree in creative writing at UCO and serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of English.  He has published his work in Central Review and Cellar Door.


The Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship was created by Ms. Bell's former Crooked Oak High School students to honor her and her teaching career. Ms. Bell retired from UCO in 1974 and the scholarship is awarded to an outstanding English scholar who has supported departmental activities and participated in university-wide events.

The winner of the Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship is Jennifer Dubois. Jennifer, a resident of Edmond, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English and plans to enroll in the graduate program in English at UCO.  She has served as assistant editor, fiction editor, and poetry editor of New Plains Review, the College of Liberal Arts' literary journal, and she will be presenting a paper this spring at the annual conference of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. 


Through the generosity of the Gilmore Family, the Barbara K. Gilmore Endowed Scholarship for English provides several scholarships for English majors.  These scholarships, which honor UCO alumna Barbara Kay Gilmore, are available to full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students majoring in English, with a 3.0 GPA or higher, and who have completed at least 60 credit hours.      

The winners of the Barbara Kay Gilmore Scholarship are:

Sun Min Chong, a native of Seoul, South Korea, who has studied in both China and India and is now pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education at UCO, was also UCO's 2010 Global Education Award recipient and has been named to the President's Honor Roll. 


Brian Collins, a native of Coleman, holds a bachelor's degree in English education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University and has taught English in the Silo, Public Schools.  He is currently pursuing a master's degree in English and is the President of the UCO Film Society.  Brian received the Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies in 1999 and the Mickey Toler Memorial Award for TKE Alumni Volunteer Service in 2010.


Jennifer Dubois, a resident of Edmond, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English and plans to enroll in the graduate program in English at UCO.  She has served as assistant editor, fiction editor, and poetry editor of New Plains Review, the College of Liberal Arts' literary journal, and she will be presenting a paper this spring at the annual conference of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. 


Ashley Ingalsbe, who grew up in Blue Springs, Missouri, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education and has been named to the Dean's Honor Roll. A member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, she currently serves as a teaching assistant at the First Christian Church's Child Care Center in Edmond.  She hopes, after graduation, to teach English at the high school level.


Caitlin Lawson, who lives in Yukon, holds a bachelor's degree in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Oklahoma and has studied at the University of Oxford.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in English at UCO and has served both as a teaching assistant and a writing consultant for the Department of English.   She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta Honor Societies.


Samantha Lewis, a resident of Oklahoma City, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English and plans to attend the Publishing Institute at the University of Denver this summer in order to begin an editorial career in the publishing industry.  A graduate of Eufaula High School, she has also studied at Rogers State University and has served an intern with the Eufaula Area Arts Council.


Lindsey O'Connor, who lives in Yukon, received her bachelor's degree in English, summa cum laude, from UCO and was the College of Liberal Arts' Class Marshall in the fall of 2009.  She is currently pursuing a master's degree in English and serves as a teaching assistant in the Department of English.  She was the recipient of the College English Association's Most Outstanding Graduate Paper Award in 2010.


Department of History & Geography

The Building Traditions: Museum Studies Student Award is presented to an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in history-museum studies and with a 3.5 GPA or higher.  These awards are made possible by proceeds from the state centennial publication, Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma by Dr. Patricia Loughlin and Bob Burke. 

The winner this year is Abigail Jones. Abigail grew up in Oklahoma City where her interest in the arts and history developed through the Oklahoma City Arts Center.  In 2009, she received a degree in mass communications-photographic arts from UCO and is currently working on her graduate degree in history-museum studies. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta's Rho Lambda Chapter, The Pat Beard Society, and the provincial senator for the upcoming club Future Museum Professionals Organization. Recently she attended Museum Advocacy Day in Washington DC on behalf of Oklahoma Museum's Association where she received training in advocating museums to the community and spoke to the state's representatives about the current needs of Oklahoma museums.

She has also been selected for the Everett Museum Studies Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is generously provided by the Everett Family Foundation.  Students receiving this scholarship must have a 3.5 GPA or higher, demonstrate participation in professional development opportunities and scholarly activities. 


The Emeritus Scholarship Award is the top award given by the Department of History and Geography to an outstanding undergraduate student. Each year, the award is presented to a student in honor of a recently retired history or geography professor.  The award this year is given in honor of Dr. Richard Peters.

The winner of this award is Hannah Powell. Hannah, originally from Ponca City, is a graduating geography major. She has an overall GPA of 3.96 and is secretary of the Geography Student Organization. After graduation, she plans on continuing her education in graduate school and hopes to establish a career in environmental geography. 

Hannah has also received the Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award.


The outstanding undergraduate member of the Rho Lambda Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta each year receives the Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

Matt Leeper has been selected for this award. Matt is from Edmond and is a junior majoring in history general and geography.  He has a minor in classics.  He plans to attend graduate school at UCO, and wants to be a professor of history.


The Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award honors the family heritage of Dr. Ed Pugh, former UCO geography professor.  The award is presented to a UCO sophomore or junior with proven campus involvement, financial need, GPA, and number of hours worked. 

An additional recipient of this award is Traci Ferguson. Traci Ferguson is a senior double-majoring in geography and education and holds a BA from UCO in criminal justice.  She is president of the Geography Student Organization and member of Gamma Theta Upsilon.  After graduation she plans to teach social studies and geography at the elementary level.  Traci lives in Oklahoma City with her husband Craig and daughter Cassidy. 


The Dr. John Osburn Scholarship is given to a history or geography major who is an active part of the department, including volunteering throughout the year and at events.  The recipient is also chosen based on his or her aspirations for the future and financial need.

Our winner is Jessica Paxton. Jessica is a senior majoring in general history.  Originally from Southern California, she made her way to UCO following in her parents' and uncles footsteps. Jessica plans on completing her doctorate in European history. She is a member of the history honor society and Phi Alpha Theta. 

Jessica is also receiving the Dr. David Webb Scholarship. The Dr. David Webb Scholarship was created to honor Dr. David Webb, beloved UCO history professor.  Recipients are selected on academic promise, financial need and participation in student organizations or conferences.


The Dr. David Webb Scholarship was created to honor Dr. David Webb, beloved UCO History Professor.  Recipients are selected on academic promise, financial need and participation in student organizations or conferences.

Chelsea Fitzgerald is a recipient of the award. Chelsea is a junior majoring in history education.  Chelsea transferred to UCO in Spring 2010.  She has made the President's Honor Roll each eligible semester since coming to UCO and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi and Sigma Alpha Lambda.


The Dr. David Webb Scholarship was created to honor Dr. David Webb, beloved UCO History Professor.  Recipients are selected on academic promise, financial need and participation in student organizations or conferences.

Haley Oliver is a recipient of this award. Haley is a senior at UCO majoring in history education. Her future plans include teaching world history and to complete her master's degree in history. Haley is the 2010 Emeritus Scholarship and Transfer Leadership Scholarship winner and a member of Phi Theta Kappa


Department of Humanities & Philosophy

The Outstanding Academic Achievement in Applied Liberal Arts Award is sponsored by Dr. Richard Peters, emeritus professor of history and the UCO Foundation. The award is given to the applied liberal arts major who graduates with the highest GPA in the major. 

This year's winner is Abigail MacIvor. Abigail is a 2008 homeschool graduate whose UCO major is applied liberal arts, with an emphasis in music. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and has a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, she plans to travel and pursue her interests in sustainable farming and music.


The Outstanding Academic Achievement in Humanities Award is awarded to the student who, in the estimation of the faculty, has shown significant academic potential in the area of the interdisciplinary humanities.

Spencer Alkire is the recipient of this award. Spencer "Spike" Alkire is a 2007 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School. Majoring in humanities with minors in English and classical studies, he was the winner of the 2010 Vivian Lanier Scholarship in Humanities and a 2007 Freshman Merit Scholarship. He has served this year as President of the UCO Medieval Society and treasurer of NOW.

Spencer has also been awarded The Outstanding Tutor Award which is awarded to an advanced student in humanities or philosophy who has demonstrated excellence in tutoring for some of the core courses beginning students find most difficult.


The annual Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy Award is awarded to a student majoring in philosophy who, in the estimation of the faculty, has shown significant academic potential in several areas of philosophical reasoning.

The winner of this award is Steve Schaben. Steve has served as vice president and senator of UCO's Symposium of Philosophy. He was on the President's Honor Roll and was a 2010 recipient of the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate study in philosophy.


The Philosophy Leadership Award is awarded to a junior or senior majoring in philosophy who has made significant practical contributions to the social and intellectual fabric of our campus and community.

The winner is Jennifer Colvert. Jennifer is a philosophy major with 3.96 GPA; she is the current president of UCO's Symposium of Philosophy and was a 2010 recipient of the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy. She was a presenter at UCO's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and a departmental tutor. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate study in philosophy.


The Humanities Leadership Award is awarded to a junior or senior humanities student who has made significant practical contributions to the social and intellectual fabric of our campus and community.

This year's winner is Jessica Valadez. Jessica, a humanities major with a minor in women's studies, is this year's president of the Association for Women's Studies and a member of Alpha Chi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and the President's List. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate study in gender and cultural studies.


The Vivian Lanier Memorial Scholarship was created by alumnus Craig Morin and is awarded to a humanities major who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and potential in the humanities. In honor of Professor Lanier's dedication as an exemplary educator and faculty member in the UCO Department of Humanities and Philosophy, preference is given to a student who plans on becoming an educator, and who has served as a tutor.

Jonathan Cox is a recipient of this award. Jonathan is majoring in humanities and philosophy and he is an officer in the Medieval Society and the Chess and Games club. Jonathan has also served as a departmental tutor for humanities and is accomplished in martial arts. After graduation, he plans to pursue a graduate degree and focus on the medieval period.


The Vivian Lanier Memorial Scholarship was created by alumnus Craig Morin and is awarded to a humanities major who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and potential in the Humanities. In honor of Professor Lanier's dedication as an exemplary educator and faculty member in the UCO Department of Humanities and Philosophy, preference is given to a student who plans on becoming an educator, and who has served as a tutor.

Samantha Rusk is a recipient of this award. Samantha is a humanities major with a minor in economics/public administration, Samantha is also a goalkeeper for UCO's soccer team, a recipient of the Julian and Irene Rothbaum Student Achievement Award, and a member of Alpha Lambda Delta. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate study and travel abroad.


Department of Mass Communication

To be considered for the Outstanding Broadcast News Award, a student must attain junior or senior standing, possess an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, be currently enrolled in at least nine semester hours of academic credit, and have participated in broadcast activities for two full semesters.

This year's winner is Christopher Wescott. Christopher is a senior broadcasting major.  He is a member of OBEA and has received various awards from that organization in the last three years.  Christopher would like to become a multimedia beat journalist for a professional sports team.  Eventually, he would like to serve as the director of communications or as general manager of a professional team.


To be considered for the Outstanding Broadcast Production Award, a student must attain junior or senior standing, possess an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, be currently enrolled in at least nine semester hours of academic credit, and have participated in broadcast activities for two full semesters.

Our winner is Kenneth Mason. Kenneth, a broadcasting major in his senior year, is from Tulsa.  Kenneth has been on the Dean's Honor Roll and received the Broadcast Production award in 2010.  After graduation, he plans to go into the production side of broadcasting developing high quality work at a station or production company.


The Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Award recognizes superior endeavors of the interpersonal communication student who greatly exceeds requirements and shows outstanding levels of creativity, skill, initiative and effort above and beyond class assignments and projects.

Timothy Deffebaugh is the recipient this year. Tim is a senior in the interpersonal communication program.  He is married to Bailee and is quite involved in UCO activities; including serving as a peer leader for Success Central, working and the Civic Engagement Assistant for the American Democracy Project, and participating on the President's Leadership Council.  Tim also serves as public speaking tutor for mass communication and plans to pursue further education while serving in the ministry.


To be considered for the Outstanding Organizational Communication Award a student must attain junior or senior standing, possess an overall grade point average of at least 3.0, be currently enrolled in at least nine semester hours of academic credit, have provided a definite contribution to the department, and show leadership qualities in departmental and campus organizations. 

This year's winner is Amanda McKeown. Amanda, an organization communication major from Edmond, is a senior at UCO.  With plans to be a children's minister, Amanda has been on either the Dean's Honor Roll or the President's Honor Roll every semester.  Her goal is to help increase the functionality and efficiency of the church.


The Outstanding Service to The Vista Award goes to individuals who have gone beyond the routine in publishing student publications through their leadership, dedication, and journalism skills. 

Ryan Costello is this year's recipient. Ryan is a senior journalism major.  Ryan is on the Vista staff and serves as an intern with the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation.  After graduation, he would like to work in a metropolitan area as a sportswriter for a daily newspaper.  Ryan is from Enid.


The Outstanding News Editorial Student Award, the Outstanding Photography Student Award, and the Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award go to junior and senior students selected by the mass communication faculty for their academic achievements, as well as for their talent, promise, and service in their majors.

Cody Bromley is our winner of the Outstanding News Editorial Student Award. Cody is a senior journalism major from Broken Arrow. He is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society, Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, and is also a staff writer for UCO's student newspaper The Vista. After graduation, Cody wishes to obtain a career in radio journalism working for an NPR affiliate station.


The Outstanding Photography Student Awards go to junior and senior students selected by the mass communication faculty for their academic achievements, as well as for their talent, promise, and service in their majors.

Caitlin Lindsey is a recipient of this award. Caitlin is a senior photographic arts major.  She is on the President's Honor Roll and has presented at the Liberal Arts Symposium the last two years.  After she completes her degree, she will continue to build her portfolio and would like to go to graduate school; all this in the pursuit of her dream-to have her pictures displayed in galleries around the world.


The Outstanding Photography Student Awards go to junior and senior students selected by the mass communication faculty for their academic achievements, as well as for their talent, promise, and service in their majors.

Kurt Nagy is a recipient of this award. Kurt is a junior photographic arts major and works in the mass comm photo lab.  Once Kurt gets his degree, he plans to pursue a career as a police officer.  Someday, he hopes to combine that career with his passion:  fine art photography.


Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award goes to a junior or senior student selected by the mass communication faculty for academic achievements, as well as for talent, promise, and service in the major.

The Robert Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award is being presented to Scott Whisenhunt. Scott, a senior advertising major, is the director of the UCO AAF team and the Ad Club's social media director.  Scott would like to work for a nationally or globally recognized advertising agency as an account service director.

Scott has also been selected as this year's recipient of the Gean B. Atkinson Scholarship for Advertising Excellence.  This scholarship has been generously created by alumnus Gean Atkinson to be awarded to a journalism major with emphasis on advertising who is an active member of the professional community.


The Milton R. Reynolds Most Professionally Advanced Student Award which is named after Milton Reynolds, who was the pioneer publisher of the Edmond Sun.  This award goes to students who have exhibited professionalism in their work and internships. 

This year's recipient is Kory Oswald. Kory is a journalism and political science major in his senior year.  He is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and Pi Sigma Alpha, national honors societies in his two degree programs.  Kory would like to work his way up from a small community media outlet to ultimately covering global politics at an international level


The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma endowed the Joe Hight Award for veteran journalist and UCO alumnus Joe Hight to honor his world-wide service to the Dart Center and for promoting sensitive media treatment of victims of trauma.  The recipient must be a junior or senior in the major who exhibits outstanding promise in ethical journalism and whose faculty-selected research paper is germane to the practice of ethical sensitive journalism.

This year's winner is Tessa Burris. Tessa is a junior public relations major.  Tessa is a member of PRSSA, Sigma Kappa, and the AAF Competition team.  After graduation, she would like to continue her education and help Native American organizations with their involvement in gaming enterprises.


The Jack Deskin Broadcasting Scholarship is given to a junior or senior student studying in the broadcast major in the mass communication department.  Dr. Jack Deskin was involved with the mass communication department and UCO for over three decades.  This award is given to the student displaying excellence in his or her study of the broadcasting profession to recognize Dr. Deskin's contributions to broadcasting. 

Taylor McElhaney is this year's recipient. Taylor is a senior pursuing two degrees: photographic arts and broadcasting.  Taylor is a member of Photo Club and OBEA and has been on the Dean's and President's Honor Roll many times.  After graduation, Taylor would like to combine her love of photography and her passion for video; she desires that people feel good about themselves when they see their own photo.  Taylor is from Mustang.

Taylor is also this year's winner of the Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship which honors the beloved founder of the mass communication department's photography degree, Woody Gaddis taught at UCO for more than three decades.


Dr. Daniel Smith serves as UCO's Director of Photographic Services and the Daniel Smith Scholarship honors his contributions to the campus over the decades and for his work on the publication, Building Traditions, Educating Generations: A History of the University of Central Oklahoma The recipient must be a junior or senior who is majoring mass communication photography and holds at least a 3.0 GPA and is active in mass communication activities.

This year's recipient is Meagan Ward. Meagan, an Edmond native and a junior in the photographic arts program, is also working on a graphic design minor.  She is a new member of the UCO Photography Club.  After graduation, Meagan would like to be her own boss; creating personalized announcements that combine her skills in design and photography. 


The Reba Collins Scholarship which is provided by noted Oklahoma attorney Bob Burke, is awarded to a student who shows outstanding achievement and promise in print journalism. Recipients are evaluated on their writing skills, academic achievement, and campus and community service. 

This year the Reba Collins is awarded to Jennay Lutomski. Jennay, a public relations major in her junior year, graduated from Shawnee High School in 2009.  Her post-graduation plans include working with at-risk children in a nonprofit organization and continuing her education.  She is currently a member of the Gamma Beta Phi and Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Societies, as well as Emerging Leaders and PRSSA.


The Pauline and Wendell Simmons Memorial Scholarship was endowed by John Wendell Simmons, Jr. and Polly Graham to honor their parents and to recognize mass communication students who have shown passion and commitment to their major as evidenced by their strong academic performance.

Our winner is Natasha Irons. Natasha, a public relations major in her senior year, is very involved with UCO activities.  She is the chapter president of Alpha Gamma Delta, has served as the UCO Student Ambassador, and was selected as Miss Congeniality at the 2010 Miss UCO Pageant.  Her ultimate goal is to strive for a position that serves a greater purpose than just financial benefit.  She hopes to work as a communications director for a church.


The Outstanding Service to the Mass Communication Department Award is selected by faculty for students, who make exceptional contributions of time, service, and talent to the entire department for the benefit of other students.

Brice Lettkeman is the recipient this year. Brice is a photographic arts student in his senior year at UCO.  Brice is a member of Sigma Tau Gamma, UCOSA, and STUMO.  He hopes to open his own photo studio specializing in fashion and fine art photography.  Brice is a student worker in the mass communication department.


The Outstanding Public Relations Student Award is being awarded to Jill Harrison.

Jill, a public relations major in her senior year, is a very involved student.  Jill has been an officer and member of PRSSA, participates in several campus volunteer activities, and was a member of the UCO Women's Rowing team for two years.  After graduation, she wants to work for an organization that makes a difference in people's lives and make her family proud.


Department of Modern Languages

The Outstanding Student in French Award acknowledges a UCO undergraduate or graduate French language student with a 3.5 GPA or greater who has made consistent academic progress in his or her studies.

This year's winner is Rachel Powell. Rachel grew up in Midwest City and graduated from Carl Albert High School in 2008. She is now a French major at UCO who lives in Edmond and wishes to translate books after college.


The Outstanding Student in Spanish Award is given to a UCO undergraduate or graduate Spanish student with a 3.5 GPA or greater who has achieved proficiency both in Spanish language use and in the study of Spanish and hispanic cultures and literatures.

Katie Bain will be receiving the award this year. Katie is currently a sophomore at UCO and will be returning for the fall 2011-spring 2012 year as a second-year resident assistant of West Hall.  She plans to graduate in the spring of 2014 with a bachelor's degree in nursing and a minor in Spanish.


The Outstanding Student in German Award goes to a UCO undergraduate or graduate German student with a 3.5 GPA or greater who has acquired an excellent command of the German language and has developed an insight onto German-speaking cultures.

The Award goes to Alexander Ervin. Alexander was born in Michigan.  His father joined the Air Force when he was four, and since then he has lived in California, Oklahoma, Okinawa, Korea and most recently Germany.  It is there, less than three years ago, that he started studying German.  He is also studying Spanish and has been playing the viola for 8 years.


The Cathy Stults Award in French is provided by UCO alumnus Ben Odom and honors Dr. Cathy Stults who joined the UCO faculty in August 1990.  After guiding many French students through their studies, she retired in 2004.  The French major or minor who receives this award should have a strong GPA of 3.5 of higher in the modern languages department, be active in support of the French Club or the French-speaking community.

Akofa Ihou is a recipient of this award. Akofa is currently enrolled in her third semester as a full time graduate student with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 in the master of education program at the University of Central Oklahoma.  With a concentration in French, her goal is to pursue a career in the promotion of adult literacy programs in developing francophone countries.  Akofa is currently a French tutor with the Department of Modern Languages.


The Cathy Stults Award in French is provided by UCO alumnus Ben Odom and honors Dr. Cathy Stults who joined the UCO faculty in August 1990.  After guiding many French students through their studies, she retired in 2004.  The French major or minor who receives this award should have a strong GPA of 3.5 of higher in the modern languages department, be active in support of the French Club or the French-speaking community.

Nisrine Slitine is a recipient of this award. Nisrine Slitine El Mghari was born in Morocco in 1975. She is married and a mother of three.  Nisrine graduated with a BBA from UCO in 2003 and has worked for the family advertising agency in Morocco and taught English part time.  She returned to UCO for a master in education specializing in French at UCO in 2010.  Nisrine works as a teacher assistant on campus. 


The Pandora-Everett Award - Spanish Language Education is given by Dr. and Mrs. Dean Everett to help a future teacher obtain the education he or she needs to promote the Spanish language and culture in Oklahoma schools.  This award honors a Spanish education major who is nominated by modern languages department faculty and who will be a returning student in the fall. 

Lourdes Velasco is this year's recipient. Lourdes was born in Mexico but has been a US resident since she was seven years old. She hopes to be an inspiration to other children who may feel discouraged by a lack of opportunity to achieve their goals. A Spanish education major with a UCO GPA of 4.0, Lourdes plans to teach when she graduates from UCO in 2012.


Department of Political Science

The political science department annually honors its most outstanding undergraduate major with The Randall J. Jones, Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.  This award is provided by UCO alumnus Ben Odom and is based upon the student's academic achievements in their major and in their overall undergraduate career, as well as their contributions to the department, college, and university. 

This year's winner is Cierra Maddox. Cierra Maddox is a Senior at UCO.  She has achieved the President's honor roll and is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. She plans on attending law school after she graduates and hopes to create a non-profit organization in the field of homelessness as an advocate for those living in poverty. 


The Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.  Students receiving this award are nominated by members of the political science faculty. 

The winner of the Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship is Jessica Norris. Jessica is a 2010 graduate of Redlands Community College and is a transfer student to UCO.  She is a political science major and a history minor.  After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to work on her Master's degree and move on to obtain her PhD.


The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.  Students receiving this award are nominated by members of the Political Science faculty. 

The Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student Award is Marija Naumoski. Marija is a first-year graduate student in International Relations and currently resides in Bethany.  She maintains a 4.0 GPA.  After graduation she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in order to teach at the university level.

Marija is also the winner of the 2nd Place Undergraduate Student Paper Award.


The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.  Students receiving this award are nominated by members of the political science faculty. 

The Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in Public Affairs goes to Aaron Wilkerson. Aaron is a graduate student currently enrolled in UCO's political science program.  He has worked as a teaching assistant since his first semester all the while maintaining his standing on the President's Honor Roll.  Aaron chose to specialize in public administration so that he may pursue a career in civil service in dedication to the community that raised him.


The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.  Students receiving this award are nominated by members of the political science faculty. 

The Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in General Political Science goes to Paul Bashline. Paul is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in political science.  He is currently pursuing a master's degree in political science at  UCO.  He has maintained a 4.0 GPA and after graduation, he plans to either seek a political science office or teach American National Government.


The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.  Students receiving this award are nominated by members of the political science faculty. 

The Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in International Relations goes to MaThinn Martin. MaThinn Martin is originally from Burma.  She is a graduate at UCO majoring in international affairs.   She currently has a 4.0 GPA and expects to graduate from the master's program in December 2011.


The political science department annually honors a student, undergraduate or graduate, who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities, evidenced by his or her campus and/or community activities with the Leadership Award.

Jeffery Babbit is this year's winner. Jeffery is currently a senior studying political science with a focus in international relations. Jeffery is a member of ROTC and serving as the Battalion Executive Officer.  After graduation he plans to get a job in the Department of Defense or Department of State.


The Undergraduate Student Paper Awards recognize exceptional effort in research and writing.  First place awardees automatically become entrants for the Oklahoma Political Science Association student paper awards at the organization's annual fall conference.    

1st Place Undergraduate Student Paper Award goes to Joseph Graves. Joseph is a UCO Senior who as obtained the Dean's Honor Roll.  He is currently a political science major and hopes to look into the nonprofit management masters program at OKC University.  He would like to move into a director of management position within a nonprofit organization.


The Undergraduate Student Paper Awards recognize exceptional effort in research and writing.  First place awardees automatically become entrants for the Oklahoma Political Science Association student paper awards at the organization's annual fall conference.   

3rd Place Undergraduate Student Paper Award goes to Ashley Schubert. Ashley is a 2005 graduate of Gracemont High School and a 2009 College graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  She is currently a graduate student at UCO and has a 3.75 GPA.  She currently works for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and hopes to continue serving Oklahoma throughout her career.


 The UCO Pi Sigma Alpha Outstanding Student Award recognizes the most outstanding member of Pi Sigma Alpha each semester.  A Pi Sigma Alpha national grant allows the department to offer a prize to each recipient of this award.

The winner of this award is Da'Mon Smith. Da'Mon is a 2003 graduate from Putnam City High School and a 2010 graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at UCO and the president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society.  After graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy.


Department of Sociology and Substance Abuse Studies

The Elizabeth A. Berger Award is given to the outstanding substance abuse studies student in recognition of the work of Dr. Elizabeth Berger.  Dr. Berger developed and implemented the substance abuse studies option.

This year's winner is Debra Franklin. Debra is from Shawnee; a senior with a 3.84 GPA majoring in the substance abuse studies program with plans to graduate May, 2012.  Her career goal is to help those with substance abuse problems and/or to work with children who are sick or abused.


The Outstanding Sociology Student Award is given to the sociology student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the field of sociology.

Tamara Green is a recipient of this year's award. Tamara is a resident of Edmond; a senior with a 3.68 GPA majoring in sociology with plans to graduate in May 2011.   She is a Sociology Club member, was on the Liberal Arts' Dean's Honor Roll, and is currently on the President's Honor Roll.  Upon graduation, she plans to continue with her education.


The Outstanding Sociology Student Award is given to the sociology student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the field of sociology.

Kevin Ward is one of two recipient of this year's award. Kevin is an Edmond resident and has been accepted to the University of Oklahoma School Of Law for the fall 2011 semester. Kevin's activities and awards include: Gamma Beta Pi Honor Society, Dean's Honor Roll, and the President's Honor Roll.


The Gene McBride Community Service Award is given to the graduate or undergraduate student who has volunteered time and service to the community.  Dr. McBride was the first chairperson of the sociology department at UCO, and he served in that capacity for 18 years.

This year's recipient is Fidel Hinojos. Fidel is a senior majoring in the substance abuse studies program with plans to graduate this May, 2011.  He is concurrently enrolled in the substance abuse studies master's program.  He is president of TADCA [Tomorrow's Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America] and has been a senator in UCOSA [UCO Student Association] for four semesters.  His career goal is to help those with addiction become better people for a better tomorrow.


The Robert C. Jones Award for Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies is given in memory of Dr. Robert Jones, past coordinator of substance abuse studies. Until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Jones worked tirelessly for the students who, upon graduation, have become the nucleus of the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors in Oklahoma. This student is honored for his/her personal journey and/or contributions the field of substance abuse treatment.

Nan Bowers is a recipient of this year's award. Nan is a resident of Oklahoma City; a senior majoring in the substance abuse studies program.  After graduation, she would like to work with women at-risk in substance abuse /domestic violence to make her community safer for women in general.


The Robert C. Jones Award for Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies is given in memory of Dr. Robert Jones, past coordinator of Substance Abuse Studies. Until his retirement in 2003, Dr. Jones worked tirelessly for the students who upon graduation have become the nucleus of the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors in Oklahoma. This student is honored for his/her personal journey and/or contributions the field of substance abuse treatment.

Melissa Haynie is a recipient of this year's award. Melissa is a resident of Oklahoma City; a senior majoring in the substance abuse studies program with plans to graduate May 2012.  She is a Phi Theta Kappa member and was on the Dean's Honor Roll for the 2009 Fall and 2010 Spring semesters.  After graduate school, she would like to work with incarcerated adults and work on reforming drug laws and alternative sentencing of drug offenders.


The Sociology Human Services Award is given to the sociology student who has demonstrated academic excellence in the sociology/human services major.

Sarah Cummings is the winner this year. Sarah is from Yukon; a senior majoring in sociology-human services with plans to graduate May 2012.  She received the 2008-09 Sociology-Human Services Award and was on the Dean's Honor Roll for the 2006 fall semester and on the President's Honor Roll for the 2007 spring semester.  Upon graduation, she plans to continue with her education.


The Richard P. Retting Award is given in recognition of the human spirit's will to face life's challenges and commitment to strive for a better and positive tomorrow. 

Sonja Dubrow is one of two recipients of this year's award. Sonja a resident of Oklahoma City; a junior majoring in sociology with plans to graduate May 2013.  Upon graduation, she plans to serve in a position as a liaison for victimized women and she would like to participate in programs that focus on challenges that face youth daily with intent of arming them with personal prevention plans.


The Richard P. Retting Award is given in recognition of the human spirit's will to face life's challenges and commitment to strive for a better and positive tomorrow. 

Cora Bradley is one of two recipients of this year's award. Cora is a resident of Choctaw, pursuing a master's degree in criminal justice management and administration with a 3.88 GPA. Ms. Bradley has received a UCO Student Research, Creative, and Scholarly Activities Grant and the National Project Grant Award for Literacy from Sigma Tau Delta.  She received an associate's degree from Rose State College, then came to UCO. She holds bachelor's degrees in criminal justice, and English, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master's degree in English-creative studies.  She has been a teaching assistant, research assistant, and tutor at UCO.  Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a career in research as well as obtain a PhD.


The Outstanding Student in Gerontology Award is given to a student who is recognized as having attained academic excellence, contributed to the gerontology field, and for service to the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the UCO chapter of the national honor society for gerontology.

This year's winner is Djuana King. Djuana is a graduate student with a 4.00 GPA majoring in adult education-gerontology with plans to graduate May 2011.  She has been on the Dean's Honor Roll, President' Honor Roll, and is the 2010-11 president of Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega.  After graduation, she plans to continue her job in adult protective services while working on her license for assisted living administrator, focusing on the senior population.


The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship which provides scholarship assistance to graduate students within the College Liberal Arts who are majoring in gerontology, with the intent to work in the field of gerontology.

One of the two award winners this year is Irene Makendo. Irene Makendo is a UCO student pursuing a master's degree in health studies majoring in gerontology.  As a women coming from the minority and underprivileged group in her country of Kenya, pursuing graduate studies has been her long term dream.  Her plans after graduation are to hold an administrative position in the field of gerontology.


The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship which provides scholarship assistance to graduate students within the College Liberal Arts who are majoring in gerontology, with the intent to work in the field of gerontology.

One of the two award winners this year is Ann Goolian. Ann is a recent transplant to the state of Oklahoma (from Michigan. She is studying in the field of gerontology after working for more than thirty years in the field of interior design.  She has recognized the need for more trained professionals in gerontology for more than ten years now, ever since caring for her mother as she aged.  Once she completes her master's in gerontology, she hopes to combine that knowledge with her background in interior design, and contribute to the development of exceptional housing for older adults.

Ann has also received the Judy Leitner Scholarship. The Judy Leitner Scholarship in gerontology was established by alumna Patricia Bolt in honor of Ms. Judy Leitner. The scholarship provides assistance to students majoring in gerontology with an intent to work in the field of gerontology.   

The Judy Leitner Scholarship in Gerontology  was established by alumna Patricia Bolt in honor of Ms. Judy Leitner. The scholarship provides assistance to students majoring in gerontology with an intent to work in the field of gerontology.   

Our second winner of the Judy Leitner scholarship is Matthew Parker. Matthew is currently enrolled in his first semester as a student in the gerontology master's program.  He has more than fifteen years of experience in the hotel and hospitality industry.  He hopes that this experience will benefit him in pursuing a career in the gerontology field so that he can make a positive impact on the lives of the elderly population. 


College of Liberal Arts

The two highest awards presented by the College of Liberal Arts are the Grant Aguirre LA Outstanding Undergraduate and Mary Elizabeth Morelli LA Outstanding Graduate Awards. Students who receive these awards are nominated by their departments and exemplify the ideals of leadership, scholarly achievement, community service and character. 

The winner of the Grant Aguirre Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is Alexandra Bohannon. Alexandra, who grew up in Chickasha, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English with minors in Leadership and Theatre Arts.  A member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Sophomore Honor Society and the Alpha Psi Omega Theatre Honor Society, she hopes to pursue graduate study and to teach at the university level.


The two highest awards presented by the College of Liberal Arts are the Grant Aguirre LA Outstanding Undergraduate and Mary Elizabeth Morelli LA Outstanding Graduate Awards. Students who receive these awards are nominated by their departments and exemplify the ideals of leadership, scholarly achievement, community service and character. 

The winner of the Mary Elizabeth Morelli Outstanding Graduate Award is Amanda Biles. Amanda holds a 4.0 GPA with a major in history.  She is from Fort Worth, Texas, and is the daughter of Steve and Tammy Terry. Amanda is a teaching assistant in the Department of History and Geography teaching her own section of the U.S. History Survey.  Her experience as a teaching assistant has prepared her to continue her graduate work in a PhD program in the near future. 


The Nathaniel Martinez Scholarship honors the courageous life of Central political science sophomore Nathaniel Martinez, who lost his battle in 2009 to a rare form of brain cancer.  Tim and Cathy Tillman founded this scholarship to honor Nathaniel's life.  The scholarships are awarded annually to a full-time, undergraduate liberal arts major with at least a 3.0 GPA, who is registered with Disability Student Services.

Xavier Jackson is this year's recipient. Xavier is a sophomore majoring in journalism with a minor in theatre arts. He is an active member of the Gay Alliance for Tolerance and Equality, Students for an Accessible Society and Mega League.  After he graduates he plans on using his journalism degree to tell the stories of people who are attempting to overcome adversity.


The Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Undergraduate Award is underwritten by Womack Investment Advisers.  The awards represent leadership and community involvement on the part of these excellent students who serve as role models for future generations.  As a locally owned company involved in the community, Womack Investment Advisers places a high importance on leadership and leadership development.

Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership Award winner is Natalie Houtz. Natalie is a junior majoring in sociology-human services with a minor in public administration. She is from Stroud. She has been on the President's Leadership Council, G.I.V.E., and the Dean's Honor Roll.  She also has served as a New Broncho Orientation Leader and been a presenter at the Liberal Arts Symposium.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree and work with women's shelters in an administrative role.


The Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Graduate Award  is underwritten by Womack Investment Advisers.  The awards represent leadership and community involvement on the part of these excellent students who serve as role models for future generations.  As a locally owned company involved in the community, Womack Investment Advisers places a high importance on leadership and leadership development.

The Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Graduate Award winner is Ashley Schubert. Ashley is a 2005 graduate of Gracemont High School and a 2009 College graduate of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.  She is currently a graduate student at UCO and has a 3.75 GPA.  She currently works for the Oklahoma House of Representatives and hopes to continue serving the state throughout her career.


The Liberal Arts Civic Engagement Award is given to a student who represents leadership and community involvement and who serves as a role model for future generations.

This year's winner is Amanda Gamble. Amanda is from Choctaw.  Amanda's many campus involvements and awards include the Oklahoma Campus Compact Voter Registration Award, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society, Order of Omega Greek Honor Society.  She also has been involved in a social sorority, Sigma Kappa and the American Democracy Project, the UCO Jr. City Council and has served as a student ambassador.  Upon graduation Amanda plans to attend law school. 


The Liberal Arts Honors Society Student Officer Award is presented to a junior who is liberal arts major and a liberal arts honor society student officer with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Corey Hamilton is this year's winner. Corey is a senior who is majoring in English.  He is from Edmond.  Corey is the treasurer and a senator of Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society's Chi Gamma Local Chapter.  He is the president of the UCO English Society and the treasurer of the UCO Symposium of Philosophy.  Corey's goal is to get a PhD in composition and rhetoric in hopes of teaching at the college level.


The Citizens Bank Liberal Arts Student Organization Scholarship is presented to a sophomore majoring in liberal arts and serving their first term in a leadership role as a liberal arts student organization officer, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

This year the scholarship goes to Tiffany Leach.  Tiffany, a native of Guymon, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in English education and plans to teach English at the high school level in the Oklahoma City area.  She serves as the corresponding secretary of the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority and as president of the English Graduate Organization, and she has been actively involved in UCO's Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, a local food drive, and The Big Event.


The Panera Bread Liberal Arts Student Organization President Award recognizes the outstanding leadership and efforts of a liberal arts student organization president.  The recipient must be classified as a liberal arts major, appointed president of a liberal arts student organization for the upcoming year, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

The Panera Bread Liberal Arts Student Organization President Scholarships go to Da'Mon Smith. Da'Mon is a 2003 graduate from Putnam City High School and a 2010 graduate from the University of Central Oklahoma.  He is currently a graduate student in the Department of Political Science at UCO and the President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society.  After Graduation, he plans to pursue a PhD in jurisprudence and social policy.


The Dean's Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity recognizes exceptional effort in research, writing and creative activities.  Students receiving the award presented their papers to an audience during the Liberal Arts Student Symposium.  The first place award was generously underwritten by OG&E for $1000. 

1st Place goes to Sarah Foster for her paper: Artemis and Her "little Bears"

This paper was very interesting to read and had something to say that contributed to our understanding of the Cult of Artemis in the ancient world. This paper contributes to the study of mythology, ancient religious culture and women's studies.  The paper wove together both primary dramatic sources and contemporary scholarship to create a new perspective on this ancient subject.


The Dean's Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity recognizes exceptional effort in research, writing and creative activities.  Students receiving the award presented their papers to an audience during the Liberal Arts Student Symposium. 

2nd Place goes to Meghan Murphy for her paper: The Gendered Role of Magical Realism in Dreaming in Cuban and One Hundred Years of Solitude.

I was most impressed with how this paper compared and contrasted a well known work by  Gabriel Garcia Márquez with a lesser known work by Cristina García to show how two authors who seem to be writing in the same genre were using elements of that genre differently.  This work used genre theory and scholarship on both authors to build a cogent argument. 


The Dean's Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity recognizes exceptional effort in research, writing and creative activities.  Students receiving the award presented their papers to an audience during the Liberal Arts Student Symposium. 

3rd Place goes to Randy W. Mitchell for his paper: Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in South Africa

I was very impressed with the sheer number of sources consulted to construct this paper and in how the author used the various sources to build the argument for democratic consolidation  in South Africa. The paper did a thorough historical survey of politics in the country then predicted future political activity. 


Best Paper Sponsored by an Honor Society

Thomas Burgett (Pi Sigma Alpha)

On Democracy and Legal Origins


Best Paper in Foreign Language

Wilvia Wong-Plum

Europa e Hispanoamerica:  un analisis comperativo del romanticism en Maria d Jorge Isaac


Best Paper by a Non-Native Speaker

Solange Clery-Wells

My Career in Public Administration


The Finney Fund Scholarship honors Dr. Frank Finney, Jr., who served as the first dean of the UCO College of Liberal Arts.  His belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of all learning led the way in establishing a college that is still strong and serves all students who pursue their degree at UCO. The Finney Scholars represent this high ideal of learning. The Finney Scholar must be a liberal arts major, have a 3.5 GPA in the major and a 3.5 GPA overall, be a currently enrolled, full-time student in good standing with the university/college and provide practical evidence of excellence in the discipline as defined by their department.


2011 Finney Scholars

Kaylen Washbourne - Criminal Justice

Kaylen is a criminal justice major and hopes to work at either a state or federal law enforcement agency.  She is the daughter of Steve and Tracy Washbourne .


Sharla Dollins - Criminal Justice

Sharla is a junior who is pursuing degrees in both criminal justice and forensic science.  She is from Oklahoma City.


Melissa Smith - Criminal Justice

Melissa is studying for her master's in criminal justice. She maintains a 4.0 GPA while working an average of 40 hours each week. 


Zacharia Rupp - English

Zacharia spent the early years of his life on the Navajo Reservation.  He received his bachelor's degree in English from UCO and is currently pursuing the master of fine arts degree in creative writing.  He is the managing editor of the Minco Millennium and an adjunct instructor at Redlands Community College, and he plans to pursue a career as a writer, editor, and teacher.


Emily Corral - Mass Comm

Emily is a photographic arts major in her senior year.  From Broken Arrow, she was selected for the Dean's Honor Roll this Fall, is a UCOSA senator, and is the secretary for the UCO Catholic Student Center.  Once she completes her degree, Emily would like to do remembrance photography to help parents with the grieving process after the death of a child.


Brooke Larson - Modern Languages

Brooke is a French major from McAlester. After graduating in December, she plans on moving to Luxembourg, where her father lives and applying for the master's program at the University of Luxembourg


Ramsey Payne - Political Science

Ramsey is currently a political science major with a minor in leadership.  While at UCO, he has been active in many campus organizations, including the President's Leadership Council and G.I.V.E., an organization he co-founded.  Ramsey is also interning in the Lt. Governor's office.  He was the UCO representative for the 2010 Nigh Leadership Academy. After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school. 


Jordan Crump - Criminal Justice

Jordan is currently an undergraduate student who will obtain a bachelor's degree in criminal justice this year.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in criminal justice management and administration at UCO.  Jordan is an intern with the Oklahoma City Police Department, and works as an intern for Dr. Rashi Shukla in the School of criminal justice at UCO. 


Haley Oliver - History & Geography

Haley is a senior at UCO majoring in history education. Her future plans include teaching world history and completing her master's degree in history. Haley is the 2010 Emeritus Scholarship and Transfer Leadership Scholarship winner and a member of Phi Theta Kappa


Jennifer Colvert - Humanities & Philosophy

Jennifer is a philosophy major with 3.96 GPA; she is the current president of UCO's Symposium of Philosophy and was a 2010 recipient of the award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy. She was a presenter at UCO's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference and a departmental tutor. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate study in philosophy.


Jessica Valadez - Humanities & Philosophy

Jessica, a humanities major with a minor in women's studies, is this year's president of the Association for Women's Studies and a member of Alpha Chi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and the President's List. After graduation, she plans to pursue graduate study in gender and cultural studies.


Abigail Maclvor - Humanities & Philosophy

Abigail is a 2008 homeschool graduate whose UCO major is applied liberal arts, with an emphasis in music. She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta and has a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, she plans to travel and pursue her interests in sustainable farming and music.


Marija Naumoski - Political Science

Marija is a first year graduate student in international relations and currently resides in Bethany.  She maintains a 4.0 GPA.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in order to teach at the university level.


Jessica Norris - Political Science

Jessica Norris is a 2010 graduate of Redlands Community College and is a transfer student to UCO.  She is a political science major and a history minor.  After graduating, she plans to attend graduate school to work on her Master's degree and move on to obtain her PhD.


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