College of Liberal Arts: Dean's Office: Student Awards 2012

2012 Student Awards

The School of Criminal Justice

The William D. Parker Graduate Student Award is given to an outstanding graduate Criminal Justice student.   These awards are given in recognition of Dr. William D. Parker, who founded the Criminal Justice Program at UCO.

Randy Tyner is the winner for the Graduate Student Award

Randy has in his studies, shown exceptional writing ability.  He is a graduate student in Criminal Justice as well as a Captain for the Ponca City Police Department. Randy holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certification and is Nationally Certified as a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor.  He hopes to one day hold the position of Chief of Police.


The William D. Parker Undergraduate Award is given to an outstanding undergraduate Criminal Justice student.   These awards are given in recognition of Dr. William D. Parker, who founded the Criminal Justice Program at UCO.  

Kaylen Washbourne is the recipient of the Undergraduate student award

Kaylen is a senior Criminal Justice major with a 4.0 GPA.  She is member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honor Society and Eta Tau which is UCO's Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma-The National Criminal Justice Honor Society.  She will graduate in May 2012 and plans to join the Oklahoma City Police Department.


The William S. Myers and Lucille Myers Award is given in recognition of William S. Myers, Jr., a Judge for over 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

Sharla Dollins is this year's recipient.

Sharla will graduate this December with degrees in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.  She plans on beginning her professional career at the Midwest City Police Department as a crime scene technician while attending graduate school to receive a Master's degree in Forensic Science.  Her long term career goal is to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


The Dr. Sid Brown Excellence in Criminal Justice Research Award honors Dr. Sid Brown who, in his twenty years at UCO, was instrumental in developing the program of Criminal Justice.  This award recognizes the best research paper submitted by a Criminal Justice Senior or Graduate student.

This award goes to Christiana Burgess.

Graduating this December, Christiana will receive degrees in both Criminal Justice and Forensic Science.  She is a Charter member and has served as secretary of the Forensic Science Honor Society.  Her many honors and activities include Chair of DDE Forensic Science Educational Conference Steering Committee and the UCO President's Honor Role for many semesters.  After obtaining her undergraduate degree, Christiana plans to attend law school and to eventually become a district attorney at either the state or federal level.


Department of English

Dr. Martin R. Ausmus Outstanding Graduate Student in English Award.  Dr. Ausmus served as chairperson for the Department of English in the 1970s. The award recognizes an English or Creative Writing graduate student.

Michelle Dostal has received this award.

Michelle has also been selected for one of the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships.  These six scholarships were established through the Barbara Kay Gilmore Trust.  Barbara K. Gilmore graduated from Central in 1966 earning a B.S. in Education and later returning to earn a Master's of Education in Language Arts in 1969.


The Dr. Claude Arnold Scholarship is provided by the Everett Family Foundation and honors the memory of a former UCO Professor of English who taught the classics of English literature.  It rewards a student who achieves in the classroom and who shows excellent research ability and potential in the field. 

The winner of this year's scholarship is Briton Heitt.

As a sophomore English major, Briton was recognized as having outstanding research ability and potential.  He holds a GPA of 3.70 and has recently been accepted into the Golden Key International Honor Society.  Briton plans on becoming a secondary English teacher in his hometown of Norman while pursuing his Master's degree and finally a Doctorate degree.


The Clara Kessler Memorial Scholarship honors Ms. Kessler, a graduate of University of Central Oklahoma, who retired after 40 years of teaching English.  This scholarship is given to a student who expresses a desire to teach English.

This year's recipient is Lauren Vandever.

Lauren is pursuing her degree in English Education with a minor in German. She has been named on the President's Honor Roll, is a member of several UCO student organizations and has volunteered for the UCO Endeavor Games. She plans on attending a study tour in Germany. 

Following graduation, Lauren plans on becoming an English Educator and teaching in a middle school or high school in Oklahoma. 


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

This scholarship is presented to Anna Clark.

Anna has also been selected as the Outstanding Student in French by the Department of Modern Languages.

Anna is a junior with double majors in English and French.  She has been involved on campus in many clubs and working full-time while maintaining a high level of academic excellence.  Next Spring, Anna will be participating in the UCO Study Abroad program, living in Amiens France and studying literature and linguistics for six months.


The Professor Grady C. Watkins Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English Award which honors Professor Watkins who taught English at UCO from 1922 until 1959

Corey Hamilton has received this award.

Corey has also been selected for the Dr. Frank Finney Reach for Excellence Award, which honors the memory of Dr. Frank Finney, professor of English and inaugural dean of the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts.   This award recognizes an English major who has a sound GPA and who has shown a determination to succeed.


The Professor Regenia Woodberry Award for Outstanding Work in Women's or Ethnic Studies this award honors Dr. Woodbury whose passion was in the area of Women's Studies and African American Studies.

Jasmine Smith has been selected for this award.

Jasmine is a junior pursuing her degree in English Education.  She has been accepted into the Urban Teacher Prep Academy.  She has had works published in scholarly journals and maintained a high GPA placing her on the Dean's and President's Honor Roll.  She will complete her Oklahoma Teacher's Certificate this next year.  Her post-graduate goals are to pursue a graduate degree with a poetry focus and teach at an inner-city public school. 


The Claudia K. Straw Outstanding Sophomore Scholarship Award honors Ms. Straw who has devoted her career to English Education. The recipient for this award must be nominated by members of the English Department faculty.

The winner of this scholarship is Tyler Talley.

Tyler is a sophomore studying English with a minor in Film Studies.  Upon graduating from high school, he was awarded the Diploma of Distinction from Duncan High School.  Since attending UCO, he has achieved the Dean's Honor Roll and continues to show promise in his chosen field of study.  Currently, his career interests are in writing or editing for a newspaper, magazine or website.


The Dr. Loree M. Rice Scholarship was created to honor Dr. Rice, Professor Emerita of English.  This award is given to a junior majoring in English Education and who shows excellence in academic achievement.

This year's recipient is Nicole Foust.

Nicole has also been selected for the Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies, which scholarship offers its recipient a one year membership in the Oklahoma Council of Teachers of English to one student from each Oklahoma university who is enrolled in the English Education program.

Nicole has been chosen to receive the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarship.

Nicole is a junior who maintains a full time job while attending classes as a full-time student.  She has been named on the President's Honor Roll in the Spring and Fall 2011.  She serves as an active member and part of the leadership team for Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for educators. Nicole will be doing her student teaching through Urban Teachers Prep Academy for this next year.  Her goal following graduation is to be a highly effective, motivational high school Language Arts teacher.


The Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship was created in honor of a long time UCO English and humanities instructor. The student who receives this scholarship shows outstanding scholarship and is active in university wide events.

This year's winner is Caitlin Lawson.

As a graduate student, majoring in English- Film Studies, Caitlin has been on the President's Honor Roll each semester of her attendance at UCO.  In April, she will attend the Popular Culture Association's National Conference to present a chapter from her thesis. She has been involved in the leadership of the UCO Film Society and has been instrumental in reinvigorating the club.  Caitlin plans to pursue a doctoral degree in order to teach at the college level in the area of film studies.


The Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships were established to by the Barbara K. Gilmore Trust. Barbara K. Gilmore graduated from Central in 1966 earning a B.S. in Education and later returning to earn a Master's of Education in Language Arts in 1969. Six scholarships were awarded this year to Junior and Senior English majors who have shown academic excellence and financial need.  

Jennifer DuBois is a recipient of this award.

Jennifer attends graduate school part-time and is pursuing her Master's degree in English-20th and 21st Century Studies:  Literature.  She holds a 4.0 GPA and works full-time.  It is through her membership in Sigma Tau Delta that Jennifer has had an opportunity to showcase her scholarly work at the annual convention.  She has the honor of being invited back for the convention this year.   Jennifer plans to continue her education and earn a doctoral degree in order to teach at the university level. 


The Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships were established to by the Barbara K. Gilmore Trust. Barbara K. Gilmore graduated from Central in 1966 earning a B.S. in Education and later returning to earn a Master's of Education in Language Arts in 1969. Six scholarships were awarded this year to Junior and Senior English majors who have shown academic excellence and financial need.  

Theresa Hammill is a recipient of this award.

Theresa attends UCO as a part-time undergraduate student.  She is an English major with a minor in Women's Studies.  Her educational goals are to complete her degree so that she can work full-time as a teacher.


The Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships were established to by the Barbara K. Gilmore Trust. Barbara K. Gilmore graduated from Central in 1966 earning a B.S. in Education and later returning to earn a Master's of Education in Language Arts in 1969. Six scholarships were awarded this year to Junior and Senior English majors who have shown academic excellence and financial need.  

Allen Jenkins is a recipient of this award.

Additionally, Allen has received The Creative Studies Program award which is named for distinguished past Artists in Residence: The Geoffrey Bocca Outstanding Graduate Student in Creative Writing Award


Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship was established by the McConathy family to honor Dale Edward McConathy  who was a UCO Distinguished Alumni and founder of New York State's Art Park.  The scholarship is given to an English major who displays promise in Writing.

This scholarship is presented to Lindsey Hursh.

Lindsey is a full-time graduate student and a mother of two young children.  During her undergraduate studies, she graduated as Class Marshall in 2009 and Summa Cum Laude.  She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her academic career.  She was also honored at the National College English Association 2012 Conference by receiving the Most Outstanding Graduate Paper award.  Lindsey plans on obtaining her PhD and teaching at a university.


The Marilyn Harris Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing Award

The award is presented to Sarah Jackson.

Sarah is actively involved as a member of the Library for the Blind in Oklahoma City and the School for the Blind in Muskogee, OK. She is a single mother of a child with special needs.  A junior studying Creative Writing, Sarah plans on becoming a writer following graduation.


The Adam Luke Worden Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of the late Adam Luke Worden who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with minors in Religious Studies and Philosophy from UCO.  Adam was known as an outstanding student who loved learning.  The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate English or Creative Writing major who is gifted in the discipline.

This year's recipient is Alexandra Bohannon.


Department of History & Geography

The Building Traditions, Educating Generations Museum Studies Student Award presents an award to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in History-Museum Studies who have participated in professional associations, conferences and presentations of scholarly papers relating to museum studies.

This award is presented to Sarah Ann Webb.

Sarah has also been selected for two more scholarships:

The Everett Museum Studies Graduate Scholarship which is provided by the Everett Family Foundation.  The scholarship is based on academic achievement and the promise of professional excellence in the Museum Studies field.

The Dr. John Osburn Scholarship which recognizes the History or Geography student who shows outstanding achievement in academics and activities as it relates to the study of History or Geography. 


The Building Traditions, Educating Generations Museum Studies Student Award presents an award to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in History-Museum Studies who have participated in professional associations, conferences and presentations of scholarly papers relating to museum studies.

This award is presented to Stephanie Diaz.

Stephanie plans on graduating this Spring with her Master's in History-Museum Studies.  As a graduate student, Stephanie's ultimate goal is to gain acceptance into a doctoral program focusing on Latin American History and Public History.  She currently serves as a Teaching Assistant for courses in Historical Research in the Department of History and Geography at UCO. 


The Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in History is named for Dr. Stan Hoig who taught Journalism at Central for more than 20 years and is the author of 25 books published and listed with the Library of Congress.  Dr. Hoig deeply believed in higher education and desired to establish scholarships in both History and Mass Communication departments.  The scholarship for History is awarded to a student with an outstanding research paper, with preference given to papers featuring the American West.

The recipient is Alyce Vigil.

Alyce's paper titled "The American Indian Women" will be submitted for publication as a result of this scholarship.  Alyce has been frequently placed on the President's Honor Roll and is concurrently enrolled as a graduate student in History-Museum Studies holding a 4.00 GPA.  She volunteers at the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum in Pawnee, OK where she is involved in special programs including the annual re-enactment of Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show in June. Following graduation, Alyce plans to work in a museum in Northeastern Oklahoma seeking opportunities to enrich her career through planning volunteer services and planning exhibitions.


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

This year's awardee is Jessica Jones.

Jessica Jones is a History major. She developed an interest in history when she visited the United Kingdom after high school. In the summer of 2010, she was awarded the Research Creative and Scholarly Activities Grant. Her research project required her to travel to London and visit the London Metropolitan Archives. She then presented her research at several regional conferences. Jessica is the Treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society Rho Lambda Chapter.  After graduation in May, she plans to take a couple of years off from school, so she can save money for graduate school. She would like to have her Master's Degree in Early Modern History. 


The Emeritus Scholarship is the top award given by the Department of History and Geography to an outstanding undergraduate student. The award this year is given in honor of Dr. James Baker.

The Emeritus Scholarship is being awarded to Kamiar Mehrabian.

Kamiar is a junior at UCO studying History Education.  He expects to graduate in the Spring of 2014.  In the Fall of 2011, Kamiar was named on the Dean's Honor Roll.  His career goal after graduation is to teach World History or Ancient History in a middle school or high school.


The Pugh Family Pioneer Endowed Scholarship for Geography honors the family heritage of Dr. Ed Pugh who taught Geography at UCO and is given to a sophomore or junior geography major.

The Geography student accepting this award is Sara Hawk.

Sara plans to graduate in May 2013 with a degree in Geography.  She currently serves as a Senator for the Geography Student Organization where she attends monthly meetings and field trips.  Sara would like to receive a Master's Degree in Geography and also has applied to work as a mission intern for the summer in L'Viv, Ukraine.


The outstanding graduate student in history receives the Edward Everett Dale Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Criteria include grade point average and evidence of involvement and growth in the history profession. The award was named for Edward Everett Dale, noted Oklahoma and Western American historian who earned his credentials as a school teacher from Central Normal School. After receiving a Ph.D. at Harvard under famed historian Frederick Jackson Turner, Dale became a nationally known historian and college professor.

The award goes to Justin Burch.

Justin will defend his thesis in the Summer of 2012 and will graduate with a Master's in History with honors.  During his time as a graduate student, he was chosen as a Teaching Assistant were he assisted the Department of History and Geography in core classes.  Justin's papers and contributions have been published in scholarly journals such as the Chronicles of Oklahoma. He has also guest lectured on early American history, the Cold War, and European history for various professors within the department.  His future goal is to pursue a PhD degree and to continue teaching, writing and researching.


The Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award recognizes the senior geography student who exemplifies the high standard of the discipline of geography. 

This year we recognize Traca Wolfe.

Traca is a senior geography major, history minor student who will be graduating in May 2012. Currently, she is serving as president of the Geography Student Organization. Traca also holds an undergraduate degree in pre-medicine and her career goal is to use my degree in the health and medical geography field.


The David Webb Scholarship is given to an undergraduate or graduate student who is majoring in History or Geography.  This student must show financial need and demonstrate academic promise through improved grades, by seeking academic support or by participating in student organizations or conferences.

The David Webb is presented to Stephanie Wooley.

Stephanie is a double major:  Museum Studies and German.  She is an active member of Phi Alpha Theta and The German Club.  She is also actively involved in the Sierra Club.  Her career goal earn a PhD and to become a curator of a museum in Europe (London or Germany). 


The Kenneth R. Rees Endowed Scholarship in American History was established by Eloise Rees, Kenneth's mother and is given to a History major with an emphasis in American History. The recipient must demonstrate an outstanding academic record and provide three letters of recommendation.

The student receiving the Rees Scholarship is Sherri Duncan.

Sherri is a graduate student in the History-Museum Studies program.  She has held numerous offices within professional organizations and currently holds an Oklahoma Teaching Certificate in American History, Geography Government and Economics.  Sherri plans to pursue a career as a registrar in a museum whose primary focus is centered around art and collections of the American West.


Department of Humanities & Philosophy

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, preference is given to a student who plans on becoming an educator, and who has served as a tutor.

The Vivian Lanier Scholarship is awarded to Jonathan Cox.

Jonathan is a senior and plans to graduate next Spring with a degree in Humanities and Philosophy.  He also has a minor in History.  Jonathan has been listed on the Dean's Honor Roll multiple times, is a member of the UCO Medieval Club, Chess and Games Club and is a member of the UCO Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society.  Jonathan plans to continue his education by gaining a Master's degree in Philosophy, Classics or Medieval Studies and to teach in one of those subjects.


The Outstanding Academic Achievement in Applied Liberal Arts Award is sponsored by Dr. Richard Peters, Emeritus Professor of History and Herman Fulgraf . The award is given to the Applied Liberal Arts major who graduates with the highest GPA in the major. 

This year's recipient is Abigail MacIvor.


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.

Randell Baze is our recipient.

Randell has also been name the Outstanding Tutor by the Department of Humanities and Philosophy.

Randell is a member of the Medieval Society at UCO and works as a tutor for the Humanities Department.  Following graduation this Fall, Randell intends on applying for graduate school in order to receive a degree in Library Science/Information Technology and eventually working for a university library or government archives.


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

This award is presented to Jennifer Colvert.

Jennifer has maintained a 3.97 GPA at UCO and has served the Humanities and Philosophy Department as a philosophy tutor for 3 years. She is the President of the Symposium of Philosophy. Jennifer plans to attend law school and has accepted at both OU Law and OCU Law for Fall of 2012. 


The Alumni and Faculty Scholarship for Philosophy provides a scholarship for a Philosophy student who demonstrates high academic promise and was founded by UCO Professor Dr. Luis Montes.

The scholarship recipient is Samuel Merchant.

Samuel is a junior majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Political Science.  He has maintained a 4.0 GPA since declaring his Philosophy major.  He serves as a Philosophy Department tutor. Following graduation, his goal is to gain a Master's and eventually a PhD in Philosophy.


Department of Mass Communication

Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship is named for Dr. Stan Hoig who taught Journalism at Central for more than 20 years and is the author of 25 books published and listed with the Library of Congress.  Dr. Hoig deeply believed in higher education and desired to establish scholarships in both History and Mass Communication . The Mass Communication scholarship is awarded to the best media sample suitable for publication or broadcast; with preference given to the submission that features an aspect of the American West.

The recipient is Kelsey Powell.

Kelsey is pursuing her degree in broadcasting with a minor in Theater Performance.  She is a member of several organizations including Sigma Alpha Lambda leadership Honors Society, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association and has been involved in many campus activities.  Kelsey plans to continue her broadcasting career and eventually become an international reporter.

Kelsey has is also the recipient of the Jack Deskin Broadcasting Scholarship which is given to a junior or senior Broadcast major.  Dr. Jack Deskin was involved with this 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.


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.

This award goes to Brittany Dalton.

Brittany has been named on the Dean's Honor roll for nine consecutive semesters. She has been involved with the Vista for about one year and currently serves as copy editor.  She credits her involvement with the Vista for her developing passion for her chosen field of studies as a Mass Communication major.  Brittany hopes to continue her education in the field of arts coverage as she has a specific interest in the Oklahoma music scene.  She plans to write and photograph in this area in the future.


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. 

This award goes to Christie Southern.

Christie is a senior Journalism major. She serves as the Managing Editor of the student newspaper, The Vista. After graduation Christie will intern at The Oklahoman for the summer.  Following that, she hopes to be working for a local newspaper or magazine.

Christie has also been selected for 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 a student who has exhibited professionalism in a work environment and internships. 


The Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship recognizes the work of the founder of the Mass Communication Department's photography program.  Dr. Gaddis is credited with building the program from a single class offering in 1969 to the premier four-year photography program in the state of Oklahoma.

The Woody Gaddis Photography Scholarship is awarded to Garett Fisbeck.

Garret works as the photo editor and staff photographer for The Vista/UCO360.com while attending UCO as a full-time student.  He is majoring in Photographic Arts with a minor in Journalism and plans on graduating in December 2013.  Following graduations, Garett would like to pursue a career as a multimedia photojournalist in Oklahoma.


Mr. 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 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

Elizabeth Torres is a recipient of the Daniel Smith Scholarship.

Elizabeth has been named on the Dean's Honor Roll for multiple semesters in her four years at UCO. She is majoring in Mass Comm-Photography with minors in Spanish and Art History. Elizabeth's photographic image submission was selected to be used on the UCO Liberal Arts Symposium flyers this year which are displayed all around campus. Following her graduation, she plans on working on a project called "Kallos Models" which promotes and represents photographers and models. Her long term goal is to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


Mr. 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 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

Alyssa Humphreys is a recipient of the Daniel Smith Scholarship.

Alyssa will graduate in December with a degree in Photographic Arts and a minor in Advertising.  She is a member of Golden Key International Honors Society, Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society and has been on the President's and Dean's Honor Roll frequently.  Alyssa hopes to open her own business upon graduating-Alyssa Humphrey's Photography

Alyssa, has received two other awards. The Joe Hight Award is named for veteran journalist and UCO alumnus Joe Hight.  It honors his world-wide service to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and his promotion of sensitive media treatment of victims of trauma.  The recipient must be a junior or senior in journalism who exhibits outstanding promise in ethical journalism and whose faculty-selected research paper is germane to the practice of ethical sensitive journalism.

Finally, Alyssa has been chosen as the Outstanding Photography Student by the Department of Mass Communication. 


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

This year's winner is Danielle Hernandez.

Danielle has also been selected for the Outstanding Organizational Communication Award which recognizes a junior or senior who possesses an overall grade point average of at least 3.0.  The winner must also have provided a definite contribution to the department, as well as has shown leadership qualities through department and campus organizations.


The Barbara Norman Scholarship for Communications honors Dr. Norman who was a faculty member at UCO for 35 years.  This award is given to graduating students to help them transition into their professional lives.

The winner of the Barbara Norman Scholarship is Emily Corral.

Emily will graduate this Spring with a Mass Communication Photographic Arts degree.  She would like to join the organization "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep". The mission of this organization is to introduce remembrance photography to parents suffering the loss of a baby with the free gift of professional photography.  Emily is dedicated to community work as well as to her photography.


The Outstanding Broadcast News Award goes to a junior or senior who possesses a grade point of at least 3.0 and who has participated in broadcast activities for two full semesters while at UCO.

Ryan Wolf is receiving this award.

After receiving an associates degree from Redlands Community College, Ryan transferred to UCO to complete a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication - Broadcasting. He has been participating in UCO broadcast news for the past two semesters. After graduating, Ryan hopes to get a job as a television news reporter/anchor.


The Outstanding Broadcast Production Award goes to a student who possesses an overall grade point average of at least 3.0 and who has participated in broadcast activities for two full semesters while at UCO.

Lauren Greene is receiving the award this year.


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.

This year's winner is Christina Beverage.

Christina Beverage is an Interpersonal Communication major with a minor in Spanish. During her time at UCO she has been involved in over 15 student organizations including President's Leadership Council, WinterGlow Executive Board, and Homecoming Activities Board. Some of her awards include the John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gold Medal Award, Sigma Phi Lambda Sister of the Year, and the Outstanding Interpersonal Communication Award for 2011-2012. After graduation, Christina plans on searching for a Human Resources or Ministry job and plans on eventually returning to school for her Master's.


The Outstanding News Editorial Student Award, the Outstanding Photography Student Award recognizes a junior or senior who has been selected by the Mass Communication faculty for their academic achievements, as well as for their talent, promise and service to their majors.

Cody Bromley will be receiving this award.

Cody is a senior journalism major. He is a member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and of Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society.  Cody serves as Editor-in-Chief of UCO's student newspaper, The Vista.  Post graduations, he would like to obtain a position in media or publishing in hopes of one day working for a National Public Radio affiliate station.


Robert J. Illidge Outstanding Advertising Student Award  also goes to a junior and senior  selected by the Mass Communication faculty and recognizes this student's academic achievements, as well as for their talent, promise, and service in their majors.

This award is given to DeOren Robinson.

DeOren has been a member of the American Advertising Federation competition team for the National Student Advertising Competition team at UCO for two years.  He was associate account executive for the first year and for the second year he serves as the creative director.  DeOren has been on the presentation team both years.  He plans on working on the east coast before attending graduate school.


The Outstanding Public Relations Student Award is awarded to a Public Relations major who shows exceptional academics, talent and dedication.

Jennay Lutomski is recognized for this award.

Jennay will graduate from UCO this Spring. She has been named on the President's and Dean's Honor Rolls throughout her college career.  Jennay serves as President of PRSSA and a member of Gamma Beta Phi, Sigma Alpha Lambda and Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Societies.  She plans to work with a non-profit in a public relations role following graduation


Department of Modern Languages

The Dr. Cathy Stults Award is supported by alumnus Ben Odom and honors the memory of UCO French professor Dr. Cathy Stults for her exceptional dedication to her students.  The French major or minor who receives this award shows strong academic achievement and be active in support of the French Club or the French-speaking community.

This year's recipient is Linh Thai.

Linh is a senior studying International Business with a minor in French. Linh speaks Vietnamese, English, French as well as some Spanish.  In the Spring of 2011, she studied abroad in La Rochelle, France for six months.  Her goal is to work for a successful French-based company in the fashion or apparel industry.

The Pandora-Everett Award  for Spanish Language Education is provided by the trust of 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 rewards a Spanish Education Major who is nominated by Modern Languages department faculty and who will be a returning student in the fall.   

The winner of the Pandora-Everett Scholarship is Joanna Couch.

Joanna is a junior studying Modern Languages Education-Spanish.  She currently works for the Oklahoma City Public Schools as a Bi-lingual Assistant.  In January, Joanna was awarded a Great Idea Grant from the Foundation for Oklahoma City Schools.  The grant she authored named "In Your Own Words" will help Spanish language speakers have access to books and literature in the Spanish language.   Her future goal is to work as a Language Teacher in the Oklahoma City School System.


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

Christy De Lara has received this award.

Christy is also the recipient of the Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship. This award is based largely upon the student's academic achievements.   Student(s) receiving these awards have transferred in from another institution as a Political Science major.


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 recipient is Casey Cook.


The Samuel Henry and Elizabeth P. Mitchell Scholarship is awarded to recognize students of the Modern Languages Department who are accomplished in several languages.

The student who was selected for this year is Christine Pham.

Christine is studying Spanish Education with a minor in English.  She plans to graduate in Spring 2013.  Her first objective, following graduation is to obtain a job teaching Spanish in a public school or in an immersion school.  She also would like to work in Spain or France as an English Teaching Assistant and plans on completing an Associate's degree in French once she is employed professionally.


Department of Political Science

The Randall J. Jones, Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award in Political Science, supported by Mr. Ben Odom, 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. 

The Randall Jones Award goes to Michael Crook.

Michael Crook has an associate's degree from Oklahoma City Community College, was awarded Who's Who among political science majors in 2011.  He was selected for the Dean's Honor Roll for Fall of 2011, along with being invited to become a member of Golden Key. Michael plans on either joining the Air Force or pursuing a master's degree in Global Security Studies after obtaining his undergraduate degree. Ultimately, Michael wants to work in a federal law enforcement agency such as the FBI or the Department of Homeland Security.


The Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student Scholarship rewards a 1st year graduate student who shows excellent academic achievement.

The winner of this award is Paul Foster.

In his first semester as a graduate student, Paul received a 4.0 GPA which placed him on the President's Honor Roll. He is studying International Relations and would like to use his degree to become a teacher in Oklahoma Schools.  Paul is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and has volunteered for the Easter Egg Hunt which is held on campus each year.


The Political Science Leadership Award honors a student, undergraduate or graduate, who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities, as evidenced by his or her campus and/or community activities.

Zachary Hurley has been selected for this award.

Zachary is a junior Political Science major.  He represented UCO at the AMUN Model U.N. Conference last Fall and has been a participant in the Hatton W. Sumners Student Leadership Conference.  Zach is an active member of the Leaders of tomorrow Council where he has served as New Member Chair, Nice President and President.  Following graduation, Zach hopes to continue his education and pursue a law degree in order to enter the U.S. Naval Judge Advocate General Corp to serve as a Navy JAG.


The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Political Science 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.

The Undergraduate Paper Award goes to Allison Cid.

Allison's paper examines the alliance between Great Britain and the United States in countering terrorism.  In doing so, she blended both the history and the politics of the two countries artfully by first showing how they dealt with terrorism in World War II and then comparing that to the current counter-terrorism doctrine.  This paper was written for an International Cooperation class taught by Dr. Loren Gatch.


The Undergraduate and Graduate Student Political Science 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.

The Graduate Paper Award goes to Scott D'Amico.

Scott's paper looked at politics from a different angle by analyzing the connection between sports and the Obama presidency.  He shows how President Obama has been able to use sports to appeal and communicate to both his prospective voters and his constituents not only during the 2008 presidential election, but also his reliance on sports metaphors to convey messages to the public and his use of sporting events to connect with the electorate.  This paper was written for a Scope of the Discipline class taught by Dr. Kenneth Kickham.  

Scott and his wife are currently both attending graduate school full-time.  He works as a Graduate Student Blogger for UCO.  Scott's long term career goal is to obtain a doctorate in Political Science and teach at the university level.

Scott has also been selected for the Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student in Public Administration.


The student selected for Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student in General Political Science is Jared Bowyer.

Jared maintains a 4.0 GPA in his last year of graduate school.  He will graduate with a Master's in Political Science-General in December.  His career goals following graduation are to serve as a facilitator for Secondary Education and to eventually run for a Political Office.


And the student selected for Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student in International Relations is Marija Naumoski.

Marija has maintained a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student studying International Affairs.  She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society and was a Panelist at the 2012 Annual Conference at the Midwest Political Science Association.  Marija works as a Teaching Assistant for the Department of Political Science.  She would like to continue her education and receive a PhD in Political Science.


The Outstanding Junior in Political Science Scholarship recognizes academic achievement in a Political Science major who has reached junior status

The recipient is Armando Ramirez.

Armando is a Political Science major with minors in History and Spanish. After completing his Bachelor's degree he plans to attend graduate school in Latin American Studies which focuses on research in US-Mexico Border Issues and Mexico and Cuban Political History. In the future, Armando plans to become a professor in Latin American History and Latin American Politics.


The UCO Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award recognizes the most outstanding member of Pi Sigma Alpha each semester. 

The winner for the Fall 2011 semester was Mamdouh Shouman.

Mamdouh is second year graduate student in political science from Saudi Arabia.  He is now serving as a teaching assistant in the department who is teaching his own class in American government while at the same time finishing his M.A. thesis on consociational democracies and corruption.


The UCO Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award recognizes the most outstanding member of Pi Sigma Alpha each semester. 

The Spring 2012 award goes to Rusty Olson.

Rusty is a graduate student in Political Science.  He has been involved and successful academically since joining Pi Sigma Alpha and has served as a panelist at the Liberal Arts Symposium. He is also involved in the UCO Young Democrats.  Rusty would like to become an adjuncts professor at UCO while working on a PhD.


Department of Sociology and Substance Abuse Studies

The Judy Leitner Scholarship in Gerontology was established by alumna Patricia Bolt as a Scholarship for Adult Education-Graduate students who show intent to work in the field of Gerontology.

Patsy Blackmon will be receiving this scholarship.

Patsy is a graduate student in the Gerontology program with a 4.0 GPA.  She currently works at a local retirement village where she recently helped lead a successful fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society. She hopes to work with Adult Protective Services in the future.  Her desire to work "hands on" with her elders in their daily needs influenced her in selecting the Gerontology program.

Patsy, has also received The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship provides assistance to graduate students within the College who are majoring in Gerontology with the intent to work in the field of Gerontology


The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship provides assistance to graduate students within the College who are majoring in Gerontology with the intent to work in the field of Gerontology

Myklee William is receiving one of the two scholarships.

Myklee graduated with honors from Rose State College with an Associate in Psychology in December 2000 and from the University of Central Oklahoma in the Summer of 2003 with a Bachelors in Psychology. She is working towards a Master's Degree in Gerontology and will be graduating in May 2013. Myklee would like to specialize and work with the Aging Services of Oklahoma, or with the state of Oklahoma


The Outstanding Student in Gerontology Award is recognizes the student who has attained academic excellence, contributed to the gerontology field, and serviced  the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, the national honor society for Gerontology.

This award goes to Alyssa Kenworthy.

Alyssa will graduate with a Master's in Gerontology in May, holding a 4.0 GPA.  She has served as the President of Sigma Phi Omega-A Gerontology Honor Society.  She plans to work in the field of Gerontology where she can work with the population that she loves to serve.


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

Kathryn Letourneau is the winner of this award.

Kathryn will graduate this fall and is planning on applying to a Physical Therapy program.  She currently volunteers at a hospital in Edmond and at the Veteran's Hospital in Oklahoma City.  Kathryn serves as a tutor for Sociological Statistic classes here at UCO.  She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi and Golden Key Honor Society both of which allow her to volunteer and help improve the community.


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. This student is honored for his/her personal journey and/or contributions the field of Substance Abuse Treatment.

Robert Capps will be receiving this Award.


The Gene McBride Community Service Award honors Dr. McBride who was the first chairperson of the Sociology Department at UCO and is given to graduate or undergraduate students who has volunteered time and service to the community.

Jessica Crise is a winner of this year's award.

Jessica is a senior within the Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies undergraduate program.  She has received academic recognition for Dean's Honor Roll in the fall 2011 semester.  Jessica has been involved within Tomorrow's Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America (TADCA) since spring 2011 and is currently President of the organization.  She has been involved in Safe Fall and Spring Break and has volunteered time to Four Winds and Eagle Ridge substance abuse treatment facilities. 


The Gene McBride Community Service Award honors Dr. McBride who was the first chairperson of the Sociology Department at UCO and is given to graduate or undergraduate students who has volunteered time and service to the community.

Sonja Dubrow is a winner of this year's award.

Sonja is a senior pursuing her degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  She has served as a panelist advocating Disability Services, a member of Students for an Accessible Society.  Upon graduation, Sonja hopes to use her background and experiences to serve as a liaison to victimized women. 


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

Rana Rachidi is the winner of this award.

Rana is a transfer student from Tarrant County College and started her first semester at UCO in Fall of 2010.   She has maintained 4.0 GPA and been listed on the President's Honor Roll since attending UCO.   Rana presented two papers at 2012 Liberal Arts Symposium this Spring.  Additionally, she is a member of Gamma Beta Phi (UCO chapter). Rana serves as a member of a small group enrolled in Workshop in Sociology, this group helps the Institute of Hope promote awareness on social issues through educational programs.  Rana has been accepted into the Jackson College of Graduate Studies at UCO in the Master's of Science -Family and Child Studies Program


The Elizabeth A. Berger Award is given to the outstanding Substance Abuse Studies student in recognition of the work of Dr. Elizabeth Berger who developed and implemented the Substance Abuse Studies program.

The winner of this award is Christopher Wood.

Christopher has served four years in the U.S. Navy. He transferred to UCO from OSU-OKC after completing an Associate of Science in Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling Degree.  This is his last semester as an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies.  Chris has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his studies at OSU and a 3.92 at UCO, making the President's Honor Roll seven times and the Dean's list once as an undergraduate. He plans to pursue a Master's Degree at UCO to become a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and work with clients that suffer co-occurring disorders (substance abuse and mental disorders).


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.

The Sociology student given this award is Alleta Raines.

Alleta earned an Associate's degree in Health Care Administration from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa as well as being involved on campus with Volunteer Services and Service Learning .She currently volunteers at Calm Waters as a group facilitator and at Infant Crisis Services. She is also a Case Aid for the Department of Human Services. Alleta has been listed on the Dean's Honor Roll. She will graduate this Fall with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology- Human Services. In the near future plans to pursue a master's degree and work with at risk children and abused women. 


The Outstanding Student in the Substance Abuse Studies Master's Program Award is presented to the student who shows academic excellence in his/her graduate work within Substance Abuse Studies .

This award will be presented to Janis Frazier.

Janis Frazier is seeking a Master's degree in Substance Abuse Studies and greatly values her experiences and her interactions with her professors within UCO's SAS program. 


The Outstanding Research in Sociology Award is presented to two students for their excellence in research.

Tyler Butler has been selected for this award.

During Tyler Butler's college career she has been on the Emerging Leaders council as a freshmen, then was on the President's Leadership Council the remainder of college. Tyler served as treasurer, then later secretary of G.I.V.E. (Global Impact Volunteer Efforts). She also served as president, then vice-president of Student Mobilization. Tyler lived on campus throughout college and was Vice-President of the dorm council. Through her experiences Tyler had the opportunity to travel to India for six weeks upon graduation, she will return to India were she will remain for three years.


The Outstanding Research in Sociology Award is presented to two students for their excellence in research.

Sean Rose has been selected for this award.

Sean Rose is a senior sociology major, minoring in public administration that has maintained 3.4 GPA.  He has been honored on both the President and Dean's honor roll multiple times through his career at UCO.  Sean is also a member of the American Sociological Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, where he has served as both President and Vice President, and Sigma Alpha Lambda, the national honors and leadership organization. He also serves with the Institute of Hope at UCO assisting the Programming Coordinator with planning and programming ideas.  Currently he is an intern with the Journal Record Legislative Report covering the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature. 


Debate

The Tyler Henry Memorial Scholarship for Debate was established to honor the memory of Tyler Henry and to assist a student who has completed 12 hours at UCO and is a member of the Debate Team.

The recipient of the scholarship this year is Tess Botkin.

Tess is currently in her second year at UCO.  She is a double major in History and Philosophy with a minor in American Indian Studies.  Tess has received numerous Debate awards including top speaker at the UMKC tournament, semifinalist at the University of Texas at Dallas, and placed 5th at the National Junior Debate Tournament.  Tess plans to continue her education to receive a Master's degree in Native American Studies  and use her degree in helping American Indian youth with an improved quality of life through education.


  

The Doug Duke Scholarship for Excellence is named for the legendary UCO debate coach who passed away in the Spring of 2010. The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding debater who demonstrates a commitment to excellence in debate as well as academics and has a demonstrated financial need. 

The recipient of the Doug Duke Scholarship is Austin Vance.

Austin has been involved in UCO Debate since its return to campus.  He is a sophomore studying Economics. He has volunteered as an assistant coach for debate at Edmond Santa Fe High School.  As a debater for UCO he has attended every tournament available since the Debate program's return in august 2011.  He has received multiple speaker awards, placed first at the UMKC tournament, and placed 33rd at the national championship tournament out of 165 other teams .  He hopes to become an attorney and serve as a debate coach or judge

College of Liberal Arts

Class Marshalls for the College of Liberal Arts were named at the awards program.

Class Marshall for Fall 2011 is Samantha Lewis.

Class Marshall for Spring 2012 is Kaylen Washbourne.


The Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Graduate Award and 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 Allex Tarr.

Allex has been a member and has served as an officer for many campus organizations including President's Leadership Council.  She is currently a co-founder of the UCO Rotaract Club, a division of Rotary International, which begins on campus Spring 2012.  She has a passion for community service and philanthropy.  Following graduation, Allex hopes to work for a Public Relations firm or an Advertising Agency and to begin law school.

The Womack Investment Advisers Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award winner is Joncia Johnson.

Joncia is pursuing her graduate degree in Public Administration.  She works with a non-profit agency and attends school full-time.  She volunteers as a Bell Ringer for the Salvation Army and with the Alzheimer's Association of Central Oklahoma  Following graduation, she plans to pursue her PhD in Gerontology/Non-profit Management in order to teach and do research.   


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 Danielle Hernandez.

Danielle will graduate in May with a dual degree in Organizational Communications and Spanish.  She is a member of the George Nigh Leadership Academy, President's Leadership Counsel and a McNair Scholar.  As a Civic Scholar, Danielle helped write the Oklahoma Civic Health Index 2012.  She also served as a researcher for the UCO Healthy Campus Initiative.  She plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2013 with a desire to join the Navy Judge Advocate General's office (JAG) and to serve as a US Senator.


The winner of the Mary Elizabeth Morelli Outstanding Graduate Award is Michelle Dostal

Michelle attends UCO as a full-time graduate student studying for her Master's in English, Traditional Studies.  She commutes to UCO from her hometown of Woodward, OK.  Michelle's desire is to continue her studies and to obtain a PhD in English in order to teach at the university level.


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 winner of the Grant Aguirre Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award is Corey Hamilton.

Corey is a senior who is majoring in English with a minor in Philosophy.  He has served in a leadership capacity for many student organizations in his undergraduate career; currently as President of the UCO Language Society.  Corey's career goal is to become a professor of English at the university level.  He will graduate this May and attend graduate school, pursuing a Master's in English Composition and Rhetoric at UCO.


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 scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time, undergraduate Liberal Arts major with at least a 3.0 GPA, who is registered with Disability Student Services.

Sonja Dubrow is this year's recipient.

Sonja is a senior pursuing her degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  She has served as a panelist advocating Disability Services, a member of Students for an Accessible Society.  Upon graduation, Sonja hopes to use her background and experiences to serve as a liaison to victimized women.


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.  

Andrew Miller is this year's winner

Andrew is a first generation college student; one of eight children in his family.  He is a member of the President's Leadership Council and has been named as a Freshman Central Standout.  Andrew has worked with CJ faculty along with other students to reactivate the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Eta Tau, for which he serves as President.  He also serves as president of the CJ club, Delta Tau Chi.  His career aspirations are to work with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation following graduation.


The 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 Allen Jenkins.

Allen attends UCO as a full-time graduate student studying Creative Writing.  He has served as President and Senator of the Creative Writer's Institute here on campus.  He works as a writing/reading consultant in the university dorms and in Tutoring Central. Following graduation, Allen plans on working towards a PhD in Creative Writing.


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. 

1st Place

Michael Molina

Hysterical Reactions:  Governor JBA Robertson and the First Red Scare in Oklahoma

Since starting at UCO in the Fall of 2006, Michael has achieved a BA in History and looks forward to completing a MA in History in the Summer. He has received several honors here, including being placed on the President's Honor Roll, as well as several best paper awards at UCO and at conferences across the state.  Michael is actively involved in the History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta where he serves as an officer, as well as the Geography Student Organization, the Graduate History Honor Society, and The Pat Beard Society. Michael's career goal is to receive his PhD and to research.


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

Sean Rose

The Necessity of Engagement:  Measuring Civic Engagement, via Electoral Engagement, of the Millennial Generation at the University of Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts

Sean Rose is a senior sociology major, minoring in public administration that has maintained 3.4 GPA.  He has been honored on both the President and Dean's honor roll multiple times through his career at UCO.  Sean is also a member of the American Sociological Association, Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society, where he has served as both President and Vice President, and Sigma Alpha Lambda, the national honors and leadership organization. He also serves with the Institute of Hope at UCO assisting the Programming Coordinator with planning and programming ideas.  Currently he is an intern with the Journal Record Legislative Report covering the 52nd Oklahoma Legislature.

 


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

Mary Goff

The Supreme Court's Role in American Democracy

Mary is a Political Science major with a minor in English.  She plans to attend Oklahoma City University School of Law in Fall 2012.  Mary is currently employed at a NW Oklahoma City law firm and finds her experience there as a valuable as she moves toward her desire to become an attorney.  Mary's parents are Gary and Carol Goff, both of Oklahoma City. 


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. 

Best Paper in Modern Languages

Lourdes Velasco

Survey of Spanish Literature to 1800

Lourdes is a non-traditional student; married with three daughters. She comes from a large Hispanic family and will be the first in her family to graduate from college. Lourdes will graduate this May and become a Spanish teacher in order to share her love for language and culture with students.


Best Paper Sponsored by an Honor Society

Alexandra Bohannon

Less Like "Marriage a la Mode" and more Like Divorce

Alexandra is a junior studying English with minors in Theater Arts and Leadership.  She is active in campus organizations and will serve as an intern at Girl Scouts of America this summer.  Alexandra plans to attend graduate school for Composition and Rhetoric, then to get a doctorate.  She would like to be a college professor with a focus on research.


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. 

Andrew Miller   - Criminal Justice

Andrew is a first generation college student; one of eight children in his family.  He is a member of the President's Leadership Council and has been named as a Freshman Central Standout.  Andrew has worked with CJ faculty along with other students to reactivate the Criminal Justice Honor Society, Eta Tau, for which he serves as President.  He also serves as president of the CJ club, Delta Tau Chi.  His career aspirations are to work with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation following graduation.


Dorothy Cady   - English

Working full-time and attending UCO as a part-time graduate, Dorothy is pursuing her Master's degree in Creative Writing.  After graduation, she plans to travel the country speaking to people over 30 about the value of capturing their life stories in writing.


Sarah Ann Webb    - History & Geography

Sarah is attending UCO as a first year graduate student in the Museum Studies Program.  She has worked is the past as an archeologist and will dedicate her thesis work to pioneer women of the American West.  Recently Sarah has been involved as an assistant to the Senator for the Future Museum Professionals Association which is a student organization on the UCO campus.


Sonja Dubrow    - Sociology

Sonja is a senior pursuing her degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice.  She has served as a panelist advocating Disability Services, a member of Students for an Accessible Society.  Upon graduation, Sonja hopes to use her background and experiences to serve as a liaison to victimized women.


Nicole "April" Allen    -Humanities & Philosophy

April is a senior graduating in the Fall with a degree in Humanities and a minor in Art History.  She has served as a Residence Hall Honors list as well as the President's Honor Roll, Vice President's Honor Roll and named as an Emerging Leader.  April plans on continuing her education by seeking a Master's in Museum Studies and then to go on to her PhD in Art History.  Her dream is to work in a museum, developing public programs which highlight the significance and overall impact of art and the importance of education.


John Curtis    - Humanities & Philosophy

John is studying Philosophy as a junior.  He has been named on the Dean's and President's Honor Roll while working part-time throughout his academic career.  Following graduation, John plans to either attend law school or to work towards a graduate degree in Philosophy.


Elizabeth Torres    - Mass Communication 

Elizabeth has been named on the Dean's Honor Roll for multiple semesters in her four years at UCO.  She is majoring in Mass Comm-Photography with minors in Spanish and Art History.  Elizabeth's photographic image submission was selected to be used on the UCO Liberal Arts Symposium flyers this year which are displayed all around campus.  Following her graduation, she plans on working on a project called "Kallos Models" which promotes and represents photographers and models.  Her long term goal is to attend the School of Visual Arts in New


Jerrah Conley    - Mass Communication

Jerrah is a sophomore studying Interpersonal Communication with double minors in Spanish and Leadership.  She has been listed on the Dean's and President's Honor Roll and continues to maintain a high GPA.  She has been involved in many on campus activities such as Winter Glow, Peer Leaders, and as a Broncho Buddy.  Following graduation, Jerrah hopes to work as a translator helping impoverished Hispanic communities in the US and Mexico.


Danielle Hernandez    - Modern Languages

Danielle will graduate in May with a dual degree in Organizational Communications and Spanish.  She is a member of the George Nigh Leadership Academy, President's Leadership Counsel and a McNair Scholar.  As a Civic Scholar, Danielle helped write the Oklahoma Civic Health Index 2012.  She also served as a researcher for the UCO Healthy Campus Initiative.  She plans to attend law school in the Fall of 2013 with a desire to join the Navy Judge Advocate General's office (JAG) and to serve as a US Senator.


Sarah Foster   - Political Science 

Sarah holds a 4.0 GPA as a graduate student in Political Science-International Relations.  She is the past President of the National Organization for Women (UCO Chapter) and has served as president of Alpha Chi Honor Society in the past.  Sarah works full-time and maintains full-time status as a student.  Following her graduate degree, she plans to pursue a doctorate in International Studies.


Christy DeLara   - Modern Languages 

Christy will graduate this Fall with two degrees:  Political Science and Spanish.  She volunteers as a mentor in the Hispanic community to promote a future for them through education.  Following her graduation, Christy will apply to graduate school in hopes of going to law school and becoming an immigration attorney. 


Allison Cid    - Political Science

Allison will graduate this December with a degree in Political Science.  She has been named on both the Dean's and President's Honor Roll and is a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honor Society.  Allison volunteers for the Ministries of Jesus in Edmond and is a former Mrs. Edmond International.  Following graduation, she plans to work for Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a Childcare Licensing Specialist


Abigail MacIvor   - Humanities & Philosophy

Abigail is a senior, planning on graduating in the Fall with a degree in Applied Liberal Arts with a focus in Music. She holds a 4.0 GPA. She has been named on the President's Honor Roll from 2008-2011.  Following graduation, Abigail plans to continue her current employment at a physical therapists clinic while working on recording a music project.


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