2014 Student Awards

Each year, the College of Liberal Arts offers thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving students. These students have excelled in their chosen fields and demonstrate a true dedication to academic achievement. The students who received these awards represent approximately three percent of the College of Liberal Arts student body.

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Debate

Tess Botkin is receiving The Tyler Henry Memorial Scholarship for Debate.

Tess Botkin is an Oklahoma City resident majoring in history. Tess is a junior and is planning on pursuing a graduate degree in native American history following graduation. Tess has won numerous debate awards this year including finishing in the elite eight the University of California at Berkeley tournament and was named to the Cross Examination Debate Association’s All American.

Tess Botkin

Michael Yost has been selected for The Doug Duke Scholarship for Excellence in Debate.

Michael Yost is a Tulsa resident majoring in economics. He is a senior and plans to pursue a graduate degree in economics following graduation. Michael is a leader on the UCO debate team. This year he finished in the top 16 at the national championship tournament after defeating schools like Wake Forest and Harvard and was named to the Cross Examination Debate Association’s All American Team.

Michael Yost

School of Criminal Justice

 

Alina Istrate is receiving the William D. Parker Graduate Award.

Alina Istrate is a Romanian resident: is majoring in Crime and Intelligence Analysis. She is a full-time graduate student and plans to pursue a career in the criminal justice field after graduating. She is currently involved in coaching cross-country varsity team here at UCO. She has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, member of the Liberal Arts Student Advisory Board, and officer for the Criminal Justice Club.

Alina Istrate

 

Joyclin Jaksons is recognized with the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Criminal Justice.

Joyclin Jaksons, an Edmond resident, is majoring in Criminal Justice-General and Forensic Science. She is a senior and plans to get a job working for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as an agent following graduation. She is involved in Gamma Beta Phi, and has served as Treasurer of Alpha Lambda Delta. 

Joyclin Jaksons

James Lofton has been selected for the Sid Brown Excellence in Criminal Justice Award.

 James Lofton is a graduate student studying Crime and Intelligence Analysis. He plans to become a Crime and Intelligence Analyst for a large metropolitan police department. He is currently involved in The National Criminal Justice Honor Society and has served as a volunteer for Redeeming the Family’s “Oklahoma Messages Project.”

James Lofton

 

Erin Murray is receiving the William D. Parker Undergraduate Award.

Erin Murray, is an Edmond resident and is majoring in Criminal Justice. She is a junior and plans to pursue her masters in Criminal Analysis following graduation.

Erin Murray

Easton Ramsey has been selected for the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Criminal Justice.

Easton Ramsey, an Oklahoma City resident; is majoring in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement and Forensic Science. He is a sophomore and plans to get a job in law enforcement as a police officer while attending law school following graduation. He is currently involved in Student Academy of Forensic Sciences, has been on both the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll.

Eaton Ramsey

Abigail Wilburn is receiving the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Criminal Justice.

Abigail Wilburn is a Ponca City resident who is junior majoring in Criminal Justice-Police. After graduation she plans to get a job at a medium sized police department somewhere in Oklahoma. She is active in Gamma Beta Phi and has served as a leader for a children’s camp the last five years.


Department of Modern Languages

 

Melody Adams is receiving the Pandora Everett Scholarship.

Melody Adams is a junior Spanish Education major. She is currently involved in the UCO Spanish Club and a Disability Week volunteer. After graduation she wants to immediately find a job as a Spanish teacher. After she teaches for a year, she would like to apply to UCO for her master’s degree.


 

Jacqueline Biheng is recognized with the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Modern Languages.

Jacqueline Biheng, an Oklahoma City resident, is majoring in French/Education. She is a junior who plans to teach French. She is involved in the UCO African Student Association. 

Jacqueline Biheng

 

Valerie Carpenter is receiving the Outstanding German Student.

Valerie Carpenter, a German major, is a senior and plans to teach German and Art History in the secondary school system following graduation. She is currently the Compassionate Service Director at her church. 

Valerie Carpenter

 

Lindsey Chadwell has been selected for the Nollert Family Scholarship in German Studies.

Lindsey Chadwell is junior majoring in English-Creative Studies and minoring in German. She plans to become an author following graduation. She is actively involved in the UCO German Club and has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll four semesters.

Lindsay Chadwell

Shannon Hoyle is recognized with the Samuel Henry and Elizabeth P. Mitchell Scholarship.        

Shannon Hoyle is majoring in French. She is a sophomore and plans to teach French at the high school level. She is involved in the National Residence Hall Honorary, and has served as a UCO Housing and Dining Resident Assistant at Central Plaza.


 

Christian Leach is receiving the Outstanding French Student.

Christian Leach is a double major in French and Spanish. She is a sophomore who plans to use her language degrees to interpret and translate for companies, hospitals and courtrooms. She is involved in French Club and has volunteered with Broncho Buddies.

Christian Leach

Heidi McKee has been selected for the Cathy Stults Scholarship in French Studies.

Heidi Mckee is majoring in Interpersonal Communication. She is a junior and plans to do humanitarian work overseas following graduation. She is currently involved in Leaders of Tomorrow and Broncho Buddies and has volunteered teaching English to international refugees at the Spero Project.


 

Cynthia Perez is recognized with the Outstanding Spanish Student.

Cynthia Perez, an Edmond resident, is majoring in Forensic Science/Criminal Justice and minoring in Spanish. She is a freshman and plans to pursue a career with a local police department or work as a school officer.


Department of Humanities and Philosophy 

 

Kristen Bolek is recognized with the Outstanding Tutor Scholarship and the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy.

Kristen Bolek, is an Edmond resident and is majoring in Philosophy. She is a senior and plans to become an attorney following graduation. She is currently involved in the UCO Academic Team and has served as a participant at the 25th annual Liberal Arts Symposium.

Kristen Bolek

Zachary Crouch has been selected for the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Humanities and the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Humanities.

Zachary Crouch, is a Oklahoma City resident and is majoring in Humanities. He is a sophomore, plans to work at the orphanage near Rosarito, Mexico following graduation, and volunteers weekly at Sister BJ’s Pantry for the Homeless.


 

Jordan Davis is receiving the Outstanding Academic Achievement in Applied Liberal Arts Award.

Jordan Davis, is an Edmond resident and is majoring in Philosophy. He is a senior and plans to get a doctorate degree following graduation. He is currently involved in the UCO Academic Team and has served as Chairman of Academic Affairs for UCOSA.

Jordan Davis

 

Travis Drew is recognized with the Vivian Lanier Scholarship.

Travis Drew, is a Oklahoma City resident and is majoring in Philosophy and Humanities. He is a junior and plans to enter the business world following graduation. He is currently involved in the Philosophy Club and has served as a tutor.


 

Clinton Farmer has been selected for the Alumni and Faculty Scholarship for Philosophy.

Clinton Farmer, is a Oklahoma City resident and is majoring in Philosophy. He is a junior and plans to attend graduate school following graduation. He is currently involved in Philosophy Club and has been on both the President’s and Dean’s Honor Roll. 


Jenna Jones is receiving the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Philosophy.

Jenna Jones, is an Edmond resident and is majoring in Philosophy. She is a sophomore and plans to attend graduate school following graduation. She is currently involved in Faith Works Children Program.

Jenna Jones

Department of History and Geography


 

Joanna Butterworth is recognized with the Building Traditions, Educating Generations-Museum Studies Award.

Joanna Butterworth, is an Edmond resident and is a graduate student studying Museum Studies. She plans to work in a museum in Oklahoma following graduation. She is currently involved in Future Museum Professionals Organization and has served as a teaching assistant for the UCO Laboratory of History Museum.


 

David Cea is receiving the Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

David Cea, originally from New Jersey, David Cea is an Oklahoma City resident; He is majoring in History-General. He is a senior and will pursue a Master of Arts in Social Science at the University of Chicago following graduation.  He is currently involved in Phi Alpha Theta, the history honor society, and has served as vice president during the 2013-14 academic year. 


Emily Franklin has been selected for the Emeritus Scholarship.

Emily Franklin is from Shawnee. She is a junior and majoring in History.


 

James Gregory is recognized with the Russ Goodno History Scholarship.

James Gregory, is a Oklahoma City resident. James is majoring in History-Museum Studies and is a sophomore. He plans to work at museum cleaning and restoring artifacts following graduation. He is currently involved in the Medieval Society and has been on the Dean’s Honor Roll.

 


Jason Hadley has been selected for the John Osburn Scholarship, the Kenneth Rees Scholarship in American History, and the David Webb Scholarship.

Jason Hadley, is an Edmond resident; is a graduate student studying History. He plans to pursue a PhD in History following graduation. He is currently the President of Phi Alpha Theta.


 

Neal Hampton is receiving the Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in History.

Neal Hampton, is a Oklahoma City resident and is a graduate student studying History. He plans to earn a doctorate in Native American History following graduation. He is currently involved in the National Organization for Women.

 Neil Hampton


 

Katie Kerns is recognized with the Finney Scholars Scholarship in History and Geography.           

Katie Kerns, is an Edmond resident; is majoring in History Education. She is a senior and plans to get her master’s degree in History or Geography then a professor/coach at the college level following graduation. She is currently involved in the UCO Geography Student Organization, and has served as captain of the cross-country team.

 Katie Kerns


Sam LaSala is receiving the Edward Everett Dale Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Sam LaSala is an Oklahoma City resident completing his Masters in History. After he graduates in May 2015, he plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Modern U.S. History. He is currently involved in Phi Alpha Theta, has served as a Graduate Assistant for Historical Research, and has taught two semesters of a freshman US History survey course. 

Sam LaSala

Jacob Roe has been selected for Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award.

Jacob Roe, is an Oklahoma City resident; is majoring in Geography. He is a senior and plans to pursue Real Estate following graduation. He is currently involved in the Geography Students Organization and Gamma Theta Upsilon.


 

Noelle Scarfone is recognized with the Everett Museum Studies Scholarship.

Noelle Scarfone, a Geronimo resident; is a graduate student studying Museum Studies. She plans to work as a collections manager in a museum dealing with Native Americans following graduation. She is currently involved in Oklahoma Museum’s Association, has served as a volunteer at the Fort Sill National Landmark and Museum.

 Noelle Scarfone


 

Tyler Allbery is recognized with the Outstanding Sociology Student Award.

Tyler Allbery is a Fort Gibson native who is majoring in Sociology. He is a senior and plans to attend law school for a career in constitutional law.

 Tyler Allbery


Department of Sociology, Gerontology,
and Substance Abuse Studies 

 


 

Sandra Bennett has been selected for Richard P. Rettig Award.

Sandra Bennett is a senior and resident of Edmond majoring in Sociology. She plans to work in adult protective services following graduation. She is currently involved in FY 2013-2014 UCO’s Big Event.


 

Janna Blumenberg is receiving the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies Scholarships.

Janna Blumenberg is a sophomore Sociology-Human Services major. She is currently a driver and soon-to-be mentor for women at The Branch (home for women coming out of sex trafficking).  She plans to get a master’s degree in social work and then become a case manager for those struggling against homelessness.


 

Ryan Booher is recognized with the Judy Leitner Scholarship in Gerontology and the Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship in Gerontology.

Ryan Booher is a graduate student in the Gerontology Program. He is an Oklahoma City resident who maintained a 3.5 GPA his first semester in the program. He would like to establish a plan that helped seniors with day-to-day activities. Keeping them active and mobile is one of his top priorities.

Ryan Booher

 

Melissa Brown has been selected for the Gene McBride Community Service Award and the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies Scholarships.

Melissa Brown is a Midwest City native majoring in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies. She is a senior who plans to work as a Case Manager II while pursuing a master’s in Substance Abuse Studies to obtain her Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential.

 Melissa Brown


Bennett Bustin has been selected for Robert C. Jones Award for Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies.

Bennett Bustin is a senior from Harrah. He plans to pursue his master’s in Substance Abuse Studies to obtain his Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor credential. He is currently UCOSA Senator.

Bennett Bustin

Melissa Hildebrant is recognized with the Robert C. Jones Award for Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies.

Melissa Hildebrant is a senior from Moore who is majoring in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies. After graduation she plans to pursue a master’s in Substance Abuse Studies. She is a member of Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America.

Melissa Hildebrant

Alexandra Holmes is receiving the Outstanding Research in Sociology Award.

Alexandra Holmes is from Piedmont and now residing in Bethany. She is a senior Sociology-Human Services. She plans to get a master’s degree and pursue a career specializing in disaster relief.

Alexandra Holmes

 

Sabina Kadariya has been selected for Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship in Gerontology.

Sabrina Kadariya is a graduate student in the Gerontology program. She has volunteered many places including the Social Welfare and Elderly Home, Polio-plus Program in National Immunization Day and Diabetes Screening Camp for Elderly. She plans to be a geriatric nurse who can provide care to the older people focusing on all aspects of aging.

 

 Sabina Kadariya


 

Alana Lawson is recognized with the Odom Outreach Scholarship.

Alana Lawson is a junior majoring in Substance Abuse Studies. She is a Guthrie resident and involved in Alcohol Awareness Week, Spring Break Awareness, and Recovery Day Balloon Releasing. She hopes to become a drug and alcohol counselor and work with young drug addicted women.

Alana Lawson

 

Ellison Darling is receiving the Richard P. Rettig Award.

Ellison Darling is an Oklahoma City resident majoring in Sociology. She is a senior who plans to pursue a master’s in Gerontology and eventually a Ph.D. in Sociology.

Ellison Darling

 

Grisha Rawal has been selected for Outstanding Student in Gerontology Award.

Grisha Rawal is a graduate student from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is studying Gerontology and plans to pursue a Ph.D. degree to teach within the classroom. 

 Grisha Rawal


 

Regina Ann Riley is recognized with the Odom Outreach Scholarship.

Regina Riley is majoring in Sociology and she is a junior. She hopes to work for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Regina is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota, participated in Operation Christmas Child, and has received a Governor’s Commendation for her work with Native American children in diabetes prevention.


Shelley Smith is receiving the Outstanding Student in the Substance Abuse Studies Master’s Program Award.

Shelley Smith is a graduate student in Substance Abuse Studies who plans to obtain her LADCHS license to pursue a career as Interpreter for the deaf and hard-of-hearing in the substance abuse and mental health area after graduation.

Shelley Smith

 

Heather Stack has been selected for Gene McBride Community Service Award.

Heather Stack is from Paducah, Kentucky. She is a senior majoring in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies who plans to pursue a master’s in Criminal Intelligence and Analysis at UCO. Her goal is to have a career as a Forensic Interviewer and work with missing and exploited children.

Heather Stack

 

Taylor Thomas is recognized with the Elizabeth Berger Award.

Taylor Thomas is an Oklahoma City resident majoring in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies. She is a senior who plans to pursue a master’s degree in Substance Abuse Studies after graduation. She is currently a member in Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America.

 Taylor Thomas


 

Jo Whitney has been selected for Outstanding Student in the Substance Abuse Studies Master’s Program Award.

Jo Whitney is a resident of Choctaw majoring in Substance Abuse Studies and plans to pursue a career as a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.

Jo Whitney

 

Rebecca Williams is receiving the Outstanding Student in Sociology Human Services Award.

Rebecca Williams is a Del City resident majoring in Sociology-Human Services. She is a senior who plans to work with at-risk youth in the Human Services field.

Rebecca Williams

 Department of Political Science

Mary Deter-Billings is recognized with the Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in General Political Science.

Mary Deter-Billings is a graduate student from Guthrie who is studying Political Science. Her future plans include opening her own non-profit for art education and eventually go back to school to get her PhD in Non-profit Management. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and Camp Fire USA.

Mary Deter-Billings

 

Kurt Fifelski is receiving the Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in Master of 
Public Administration.

Kurt Fifelski is from Wayland, MI and is a graduate student in Masters of Public Administration. In 2013 his paper on tribal energy and federalism won the OPSA award for Best Graduate Student Paper. He will be presenting his research on MPA programs and community engagement at the ASPA conference in Washington, DC. He also serves as a debate coach and plans to enroll in a PhD program in order to study public policy. He hopes to work for a think tank or teach at a university.

Kurt Fifelski

 

Christian Hood has been selected for Dr. Randall Jones Outstanding Political Science Student.

Christian Hood is a junior from Tulsa who’s majoring in Public Administration. He is leader of the UCO football team, member of President’s Leadership Council and on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He plans to continue his football career as an assistant coach at a university while obtaining his master’s in Public Administration.


 

Peyton Howell is recognized with the Outstanding Junior Political Science Student.

Peyton Howell is junior from Edmond who is majoring in Political Science. He plans to go to law school following graduation.

Payton Howell

 

Taro Iwase is receiving the Finney Scholars Scholarship in Political Science.

Taro Iwase is an Oklahoma City resident who is a graduate student in Masters of Public Administration. He was on the President’s Honor Roll in 2010 and is also a part of the Japanese Student Association. His career goals include joining an international institution or NGO to combat poverty, support women’s rights and prevent international conflicts.

 Taro Iwase


 

Hyo Hyan Lee has been selected for Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship 

Hyo Hyun Lee is a senior Political Science major who is currently active in the International Christian Student Organization and wants to be a senior researcher for the Korean Embassy.

 


Cierra Maddox is recognized with the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award.

Cierra Maddox is a graduate student from Oklahoma City who’s studying Political Science. She is the UCO Pi Sigma Alpha Vice President, a Positive Tomorrows’ Volunteer and a member of Georgia Brown Metro Federation of Democratic Women. After graduation she plans to pursue her doctorate in Political Science and teach at the university level.

Cierra Maddox

 

Javonte Mayberry is receiving the Dr. James Caster Scholarship in Legal Studies.

Javonte Mayberry is senior from Oklahoma City majoring in Political Science. He plans to get an entry-level position and attend law school. He also would like to become a judge.


 

Tobiah McConnell has been selected for Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student Scholarship.

Tobiah McConnell is a graduate student in Public Administration who is an Oklahoma City resident. He is a member of the City Managers Association of Oklahoma, volunteer and member at Frontline Ministries and a member of the Oklahoma State Student Alumni Association.  After graduation he hopes to enter state, municipal, or nonprofit management preferably in the area of education.

Tobiah McConnell

 

Zachary Milvo is recognized with the Political Science Leadership Award.

Zachary Milvo is a senior Political Science major from Moore.  He is the Vice President of Leaders of Tomorrow and Co-founder and Director of Bronchos Helping Bronchos. He has been accepted to the University of Notre Dame School of Law for August 2014. After he obtains his JD he plans to enter private practice.


 

Deja Mitchell is receiving the Political Science Undergraduate Paper Award.

Deja Mitchell is a graduate student from Edmond who’s studying Public Administration. She was the Club President of Circle K International and CASA Oklahoma County Advocate Volunteer. She is interested in creating a local nonprofit organization to benefit foster care children and obtain a Juris Doctorate degree from a law school.

Deja Mitchell

 

Kayley Norman has been selected for Political Science Graduate Paper Award.

Kayley Norman is a graduate student from Oklahoma City who is studying Masters of Public Administration. She has been on the President’s Honor Roll. Following graduation she hopes to work in nonprofit or in evaluations of nonprofit and state-funded programs.

 


Cody Woods is receiving the Political Science Graduate Paper Award and the Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award in International Relations.

Cody Woods is from Oklahoma City. He is a graduate student who is studying International Relations. He is a graduate teaching assistant, Delta Mu Delta-Business Honor Society, and was on the Dean’s Honor Roll for five consecutive semesters. He is the founder and past President of UCO Cycling Club. After graduation he plans to pursue his PhD in political science-political economy. He would also like to pursue his research interests of international monetary economics and market structure.

Cody Woods

Department of English

Dorothy Cady has been selected for the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships for English and the Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship.

Dorothy Cady is a Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing student from Edmond. She is a graduate student and plans to travel the country to fulfill her duty as an invited speaker and spread the word about A-Million-Stories, Inc., a non-profit organization, following graduation. She is a volunteer for Story of My Life Foundation and she has served as Treasurer of Pen & Keyboard Writers and Chief Operations Officer of A-Million-Stories, Inc.

Dorothy Cady

  

 

Kaycee Chance has been selected for the  Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships for English, the Professor Regenia Woodberry Award for Outstanding Work in Women’s or Ethnic Studies, and Adam Luke Worden Memorial Scholarship

Kaycee Chance is a junior from Oklahoma City who is majoring in English. She plans to pursue graduate school here at UCO. She is involved in the Language and Linguistics Society, has served as a volunteer with Free to Live Animal Sanctuary, OK Humane Society, and OKC Regional Food Bank.

Kaycee Chance

Ashley Constable has been selected for Clara Kessler Memorial Scholarship.

Ashley Constable is a senior who is majoring in English Education. She plans to teach English she graduates. She is currently involved in Kappa Delta Phi Honor Society, has served as volunteer for the Hugs project, Feed the Children, and Walk for Wishes.

Ashley Constable

 

Jeffrey Degginger is recognized with the Geoffrey Bocca Outstanding Graduate Student in Creative Writing Award.

Jeffrey Degginger is a Broken Arrow resident. He is a graduate student studying Creative Writing. He plans to publish novels and short stories and teach Creative Writing at the university level. He has volunteered for the Animal Rescue Foundation, Inc., The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges, Tulsa Performing Arts Center and the Tulsa Garden Center.


 

Kellyn Eaddy is receiving the Marilyn Harris Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing Award and the Francis Coram Oakes Scholarship in English.

Kellyn Eaddy is from Tecumseh and is majoring in Creative Writing. She is a sophomore who also plans to get a book published following her graduation from UCO. She has served as a volunteer for Northwest Classen Piano Department and Northwest Classen High School Library.

Kellyn Eaddy

 

Adam Ferrari is recognized with the Francis Coram Oakes Scholarship in English.

Adam Ferrari, an Oklahoma City resident, is a graduate student studying English Composition and Rhetoric. He plans to teach English Composition as an adjunct and then apply for a PhD program. He is currently a teaching assistant in the English Department and serves as a kindergarten teacher during school breaks.

 Adam Ferrari


 

Jennifer Friend is receiving the Dr. Loree M. Rice Scholarship.

Jennifer Friend is a Yukon resident and is majoring in English Education. She is a junior and plans to pursue teaching high school English in the Oklahoma City area while furthering her education after graduation. She would also like to start a poetry team with her future students and is currently involved in the English Society at UCO.

Jennifer Friend

 

Corey Hamilton has been selected for Dr. Martin R. Ausmus Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship.

Corey Hamilton, an Edmond resident, is graduate student in English Composition and Rhetoric. He plans to pursue his PhD in English Composition and become a university professor following graduation. He is involved in the Language and Linguistics Conference. He has served as a tutor for the Department of Humanities and Philosophy and is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Corey Hamilton

 

Phillip Harvey is receiving the Dr. Dean Everett Outstanding English Student Award and the Professor Grady C. Watkins Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

Phillip Harvey is a senior English major. After graduation he plans to pursue teaching English in South Korea in association with the EPIK program and then will return to the U.S. to pursue graduate degrees in Linguistics. He is currently involved in Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Delta Iota Epsilon Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. In addition he has participated in the Big Brother and Big Sisters of Oklahoma organization.

Phillip Harvey

 

Teresa Mirll is receiving the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships for English and the Martin,  Wilson, and Associates Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing.

Teresa Mirll is a Creative Studies student. She is a graduate student and plans to pursue a doctoral degree following graduation. She is involved in Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega Society. She has served as Secretary of the Creative Studies Writer’s Institute and Treasurer of Media, Entertainment, Gaming, and Animation Group.

 Teresa Miril


 

Jami Mumford has been selected for Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarships for English.

Jami Mumford is a senior and plans to pursue graduate school here at UCO following graduation. She is an Oklahoma City resident who is majoring in English Education. She is currently involved in SOEA and has served as an English tutor.

Jami Mumford

Emily Shorter is recognized with the Dr. Frank Finney Reach for Excellence Award.

Emily Shorter is a Choctaw resident and is an English Creative Studies major. She is a senior and plans to pursue a master’s degree and hopes to become a published writer. She is involved in Sigma Tau Delta and both of the English and Language Societies. She was published in the April 2013 issue of WRIST Magazine.


 

Paul Travis is receiving the Dr. Claude Arnold Scholarship and the Finney Scholars Scholarship in English.

Paul Travis Jr. is an Edmond resident majoring in English. He is a senior and plans to get a master’s degree in Library Sciences following graduation. He is currently involved in the English Graduate Organization, Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society. He has served as the President of the English Graduate Organization.


Jade Vafadar is recognized with the OCTE Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies.

Jade Vafadar is majoring in English Education. She is a junior who will pursue teaching English at the high school level. She is currently involved in the UCO English and Language Societies and was a Foster Parent in summer of 2013.


College of Liberal Arts 


 

Kory Atcuson is recognized with the Panera Bread Liberal Arts Student Organization President Scholarship.

Kory Atcuson is a graduate student in Master of Public Administration who is an Edmond resident. He is currently active in UCOSA, is a member of the University Wide Appropriations Committee and President of the Student Alliance for Equality. His goal after attaining his degree is to continue his education and pursue a Ph.D. in Public Administration and use that degree to teach at the university level.

Kory Atcuson

 

Logan Bidack is receiving the Dean Pamela Washington Scholarship for Liberal Arts Outstanding Sophomore.

Logan Bidack is a Noble resident majoring in Organizational Communication. She is a sophomore and plans on utilizing her leadership skills and work for a nonprofit organization that promotes the health, success and emotional well-being of women. Logan was UCO’s 2013 Freshman Queen, and is involved with President’s Leadership Council and Sigma Kappa sorority.


 

Corey Hamilton has been selected for Mary Elizabeth Morelli Outstanding Graduate Student Award and the Womack Investment Advisors Graduate Scholarship.

Corey Hamilton, an Edmond resident, is graduate student in English Composition and Rhetoric. He plans to pursue his PhD in English Composition and become a university professor following graduation. He is involved in the Language and Linguistics Conference. He has served as a tutor for the Department of Humanities and Philosophy and is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Corey Hamilton

 

Phillip Harvey is receiving the Grant Aguirre Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

Phillip Harvey is a senior English major. After graduation he plans to pursue teaching English in South Korea in association with the EPIK program and then will return to the U.S. to pursue graduate degrees in Linguistics. He is currently involved in Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Delta Iota Epsilon Honor Society and Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society. In addition he has participated in the Big Brother and Big Sisters of Oklahoma organization.

Phillip Harvey

 

Joyclin Jaksons has been selected for Womack Investment Advisors Undergraduate Scholarship.

Joyclin Jaksons, an Edmond resident, is majoring in Criminal Justice-General and Forensic Science. She is a senior and plans to get a job working for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation as an agent following graduation. She is involved in Gamma Beta Phi, and has served as Treasurer of Alpha Lambda Delta. 

Joyclin Jaksons

 

Cierra Maddox is recognized with the Liberal Arts Honor Society Student Officer Scholarship.

Cierra Maddox is a graduate student from Oklahoma City who’s studying Political Science. She is the UCO Pi Sigma Alpha Vice President, a Positive Tomorrows’ Volunteer and a member of Georgia Brown Metro Federation of Democratic Women. After graduation she plans to pursue her doctorate in Political Science and teach at the university level.

 Cierra Maddox


 

Regina Ann Riley is receiving the Nathanial Martinez Scholarship.

Regina Riley is majoring in Sociology and she is a junior. She hopes to work for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Regina is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota, participated in Operation Christmas Child, and has received a Governor’s Commendation for her work with Native American children in diabetes prevention.

 


 

Misty Shortt has been selected for Liberal Arts Civic Engagement Scholarship.

Misty Shortt is a senior majoring in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies. She is member of Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America and has volunteered many hours with the United States Navy Reserve on projects including building a home with Habitat for Humanity, cleaning and restoring elementary schools in the Oklahoma City area and helping the cities of Moore and Newcastle clean up debris after the May 2013 tornado. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school to receive her master’s degree. She wants to work with military members and their families who suffer from addiction.

Misty Shortt

Forrest Paige is recognized with the Best Paper by Honor Society Member.

This award honors the best paper submitted from a member of an honor society. This year the award goes to Forrest better known as “Bill” Paige for his analysis of Hawaii’s ancient society. In this research, Bill challenges socialist theories of imperialism, which argue that in the nineteenth century, captains of finance and industry appropriated natural resources and territories of less developed regions to serve the interests of capitalism. Paige presents an alternative argument, asserting that indigenous Hawaiians actually engaged in social revolution that resulted in Western acquisition of their territories. 


 

Jordan Davis has been selected for Be the Light.

This award is made to the paper that best exemplifies a vision for positive social change and has been awarded to Jordan Davis for his analysis of John Rawls’s “Difference Principle.” The paper wrestles with the intellectual underpinnings of social equity and justice. Davis tackles Rawls’s theory of justice by addressing the proposition that “social and economic inequalities” should be re-calibrated to everyone’s advantage and open to all. Davis ably explains that justice is the first virtue of social institutions and that justice in society equals fairness.

Jordan Davis

 

Marcia Simpson is recognized with the 1st Place for the Best Paper Symposium.

“Sharing of the Peace: Communication of Lutheran Fellowship” by Marcia Simpson is an analysis of Lutheranism and its benefits to the greater community. In this paper, Simpson provides an ethnography or analysis of Lutheran traditions using oral interviews – that explicitly explored speech patterns and social behaviors. Within three social settings, she analyzes activities such as the sharing of the peace, comprised of a greeting and handshake – an act that bespeaks a request for forgiveness and an extension of good wishes. Simpson’s work builds a foundation for considering faith or social communities in light of social practices within various settings.

Marcia Simpson

 

Kelly Beck is receiving the 2nd Place for the Best Paper Symposium.

The second place paper, “Maoism and Black Radicalism in the United States, 1962-1972” by Kelly J. Beck, explores the significant influence of Maoism in the African American activist communities of the 1960s and 70s. Beck explains the connections between the ideas of the Chinese leader Mao and their influence on parts of African American movements against racism.  Mao’s use of “soft power” in part leveraged international exposure into radical social changes in the United States.


 

Laura Caroselli has been selected for 3rd Place for the Best Paper Symposium.

The third place paper by Laura Caroselli explores the thorny issue of “Immigration Policies and the Muslim Population in Scandinavia.” Fascinating and provocative, Caroselli’s study uses Scandinavian countries, recognized for their welfare assistance and application of democratic principles, as exemplary states for the analysis of immigration policies . Caroselli clearly outlines the history of immigration policy, the challenges of integrating Muslim cultural traditions with liberal democratic states, and most significantly, how right-wing politics sensitize an indigenous population to problems of integration. For the non-indigenous population, Caroselli raises more questions than can be answered within the scope of her paper about the intersection of “cultural threats” and efforts at assimilation.