In June of 2015, Dr. Mary Brodnax, Department of Humanities and Philosophy, taught a three-week intensive “Hauptseminar” on road movies and fiction at the University of Constance in Germany. The group of German students studied classics of the genre ranging from Easy Rider to Nebraska, and from On the Road to The Road. The Universitä Konstanz is a partner of UCO. Two students from the university are currently studying at UCO and a UCO student will study at Constance in the spring, 2016.
Papers presented this summer by Dr. James Mock included:
"David Hume, Personal and Narrative Identities," Canadian Society for Aesthetics Annual Meeting, Ottawa, Canada, May 2015.
"Making and Matching, or Schema and Correction, E.H. Gombrich's Incorrigible System," Revisions of Modern Aesthetics: International Scientific Conference, Belgrade, June, 2015.
"E.H. Gombrich's Problematic Theories on Art as Linguistic," American Society for Aesthetics, Rocky Mountain Division, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 2015.
"On David L. Hildebrand's 'Art is Not Entertainment: John Dewey’s Pragmatist Defense of an Aesthetic Distinction'," Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 31, No. 2, July, 2015.
Dr. Marc C. Goulding published “Colonial Mutiny and the Black Radical Atlantic: Sierra Leone, 1939” in African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal vol. 8, no. 2 (July 2015): 171-77.
Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen is delivering an invited lecture at the Foundling Museum Fallen Woman exhibition on September 27 in London. Author of Unwed Mothers: Victorian Women and the London Foundling Hospital (2012), Sheetz-Nguyen will discuss the thousands of Victorian working class women who brought their infants to the Foundling Hospital for adoption.
Dr. Katrina Lacher, assistant professor of history in UCO's College of Liberal Arts, was honored with a Canderford Teaching Award at the College's annual back-to-school meeting. Presented by Dr. John Barthell, provost and vice president for academic affaris, the award recognizes Dr. Lacher's tireless dedication to her students and her commitment to the “Central Six” of transformative learning, as well the mission, vision and values of the university.
The Laboratory of History Museum's special 100th anniversary event, An Evening With Thomas Jefferson, drew an audience of more than 250 members to the Nigh University Center on Friday, August 7th. Guests were lulled into an 18th century mood by the beautiful musicals stylings of the Trio Antiqua as they played Trio #4 in G Major, a piece in three movements, by 18th century composer, Joseph Gehot.
The evening's featured guest, Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Steven Edenbo), mesmerized the audience with his knowledge and passion regarding the constitution and such subjects as the separation of church and state and the formation of political parties, while using his sharp wit and humor to further entertain the rapt audience. At the close of his performance, Edenbo was given a well-deserved standing ovation by the audience.
Laboratory of History Museum Director, Heidi Vaughn, spoke to the audience regarding the museum's history and its current role as not only our campus history museum, but also a training tool for students in the History-Museum Studies program. She thanked the sponsors of the evening's program and invited guests to donate to the Dr. Carolyn Garrett Pool Memorial Fund. Following the program, guests attended a reception in the Heritage Room. Light refreshments were served and Mr. Jefferson was available for informal conversation and photographs with guests.
The Trio Antiqua played beautiful music at the reception while guests mingled and enjoyed the evening.
J. Kole Kleeman, Ph.D., professor of mass communication in the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in the Master of Arts program in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, for the 2015-16 academic year.
Kleeman, who is originally from East Alton, Illinois, will teach courses he developed as the director of Central’s media studies minor, as well as specialty courses like “Gender, Race, Class and the Media” and “Gays and Lesbians in Film and Media” for the GEMMA program (Women and Gender Studies) associated with several universities across the European Union.
Gary Steward, Ph.D., dean of Central’s College of Liberal Arts, said that the college is very proud of Kleeman’s honor and noted that the experience will impact students both in Oklahoma and abroad.
“Dr. Kleeman has more than 25 years of teaching and research experience. His expertise in the field of violence and victims in the media will benefit students in the programs at the University of Lodz. Conversely, the teaching experience and dialogue with experts in Poland will add value to the classroom and learning experience of UCO students,” said Steward.
Kleeman called the award a pinnacle accomplishment of his career.
“I look very forward to working with my host department in Lodz in American and Media Studies. I hope to acquire new information and publication opportunities for the new gender and sexuality studies minor at UCO,” said Kleeman.
“This will be due to working with faculty and students in the prestigious GEMMA program associated with seven EU universities. The opportunity to live for a lengthy period of time in another country will be an interesting intercultural exchange of ideas.”
In addition to teaching, Kleeman will conduct research on violence and the media and give public lectures at his host university and others in Poland through an inter-country grant.
Following his return to Oklahoma, Kleeman says he plans to assist other Central faculty who wish to apply for a Fulbright.
“I spent all last summer making application and finding a host university seeking my expertise. I would like to help others from what I learned from making a successful application and acceptance.”
The Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international educational exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Its mission is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the 150 other participating countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.
Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Approximately 310,000 participants, chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, have utilized the opportunity to exchange ideas and to contribute to finding solutions to shared issues through the Fulbright Program since its inception in 1946.
Joan Luxenburg, Ed.D, professor of sociology and associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, has been named as the interim dean of the college, effective August 1.
Dr. Luxenburg succeeds Dr. Gary Steward as dean. Dr. Steward has been appointed as associate vice president for Institutional Effectiveness.
Dr. Luxenburg joined UCO in 1977 and has been serving as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts since 2013. She previously served as assistant dean (2011-13), assistant department chair (2005-13) and department chair (1996-2002) in the same college. She holds a master's in social work from the University of Oklahoma; a doctorate and master’s in sociology and education, both from Columbia University; a master’s of sociology of education from New York University; and a bachelor's of sociology from Queens College, City University of New York.
She has published one book as well as several book chapters and journal articles. Her most recent work was an article on Medicare, published last year in the Encyclopedia of Human Services and Diversity.
Jaime Burns, Ph.D., assistant professor of Criminal Justice, recently was invited to be a panelist on Oklahoma Forum’s Criminal Justice and Corrections series, which debuted May 17 on OETA. Discussion was on issues and potential solutions in the criminal justice and corrections systems in Oklahoma.
Dr. Mark Silcox, Humanities & Philosophy, has been elected as Vice President of the Southwestern Philosophical Society (SWPS) for 2015. SWPS is the major regional professional association for the American Southwest, publishes the biannual Southwest Philosophy Review, and has been around for 76 years. As Vice President, Dr. Silcox will be responsible for the program of the 77th annual Conference November 2015 in Nashville.
Justin Quinn Olmstead, Assistant Professor, was elected to the Executive Board of the Midwest World History Association for a three-year term. His article -- “Maximum Advantage: Imperial Diplomacy and the United States, 1914-1917” -- was also recently published in World History Bulletin.
The University of Central Oklahoma Debate Team of Derek Hilligoss (So) and Jasmine Stidham (So) qualified for the National Debate Tournament in Iowa City, IA. The National Debate Tournament is the most prestigious event in college debate and pits the top 78 teams in the country from all schools against each other. This is the second year in a row that UCO has qualified a team to the event. Derek and Jasmine also finished as the 22nd seed at the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National Championship tournament March 19-23. Derek and Jasmine beat teams from Rutgers, UNLV, Wyoming, Dartmouth, Kansas, and Lindenwood University before losing in the second elimination round to Arizona State.
The UCO Debate Team was awarded Third Place in the Cross Examination Debate Association’s National Public Debate Award. This award is given to the intercollegiate debate program which, over the course of the past academic year, has best advanced the values of debate in the public sphere through sponsorship of one or more public debate activities including international public debates, multimedia debates, public debates on campus or for community groups, and through general promotion of public discourse to promote critical examination of public issues for diverse and general audiences. The award recognizes the work the UCO debate team has done in service to the College of Liberal Arts through hosting public debate events, in class debates for professors, and furthering the goals of transformative learning through dialogue and argumentation. Over the course of the year, team members have held debates for many classes in the college on a range of issue including alcoholism, immigration, minimum wage reform, and death penalty issues.
Tess Botkin (Sr) and Lexi Frederickson (Fr) qualified for the Lafayette Debates hosted by the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Lafayette Debates is an academic series initiated by the Higher Education Department of the French Embassy in the United States in partnership with The George Washington University and U.S. civil society to promote intercultural understanding and relations by means of public debate on issues lying at the very heart of the Franco-American relationship. The program builds upon the central role of dissent in both the French and American intellectual traditions, as well as the prominence of competitive intercollegiate debate in the United States, to realize the possibilities for public debate as a method for education and diplomacy in a globalized world and digital era. The Lafayette Debates will be held on April 18th & 19th at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a study tour for tournament champions to Paris, France, organized by the Embassy of France. During this study tour, tournament champions will continue their exploration of our tournament topic in meetings with high-level French officials, diplomats and scholars as part of our Young Ambassadors Program.
Several faculty, instructors, and students from the English Department attended and presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in New Orleans April 1-4.
Dr. Youngtae Shin, professor of Political Science, published her book, Protest Politics and the Democratization of South Korea: strategies and roles of women (Lexington Books), and she held a book signing event in January, which received enthusiastic reception for the fun and scholarly atmosphere with more than 70 attendants. Dr. Shin was also invited to present her book at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, May 20-22, 2015.
Dr. Shin also learned that her proposal to the annual conference of American Political Science Association was accepted and she is looking forward to presenting her paper on democratic theories and social changes in September 2015. Dr. Shin thinks the combination of the two events (book presentation at the University of Zurich and the paper presentation at the APSA) would help people be more aware of UCO at the global level.
Vanderbilt University Press recently informed Lindsey Churchill, Ph.D., assistant professor of History and Geography, that it would release in the fall a paperback version of her book titled Becoming the Tupamaros: Solidarity and Transnational Revolutionaries in Uruguay and the United States.
Using social and cultural history, Churchill examines the relationship between state repression and revolutionary resistance, the transnational connections between the Uruguayan Tupamaro revolutionaries and leftist groups in the U.S. as well as issues of gender and sexuality within radical movements.
Lindsey Churchill is the faculty sponsor of UCO-National Organization for Women and the Director of the Women’s Studies Minor and the Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor on campus. Her research interests include revolution, the Cold War, pro-violence groups, the New Left, gender, and sexuality. Past and future classes include: History of Sex in the Americas, History of Latin America, Revolution and Christianity in Latin America, Violence in Latin America, Intro to Gender Studies, and Maya, Aztec, and Inca Culture.
Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activities: Dr. Xiao-Bing Li and Mr. Mark Zimmerman New Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Marc Goulding Outstanding Service: Dr. Lindsey Churchill Outstanding Staff: Ms. Barbara Jones and Ms. Angela Cejda Outstanding Lecturer: Mr. John Murphy Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Members: Dr. David Duty, Ms. Mary Vick and Ms. Julia Daine Outstanding Teaching: Dr. Katrina Lacher Faculty Member of the Year: Dr. Mark Silcox
The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Jamie Mock.
The Years of Service to the College of Liberal Arts pins awarded are as follows:
5 Years: Dr. Michelle Brym, Ms. Leeda Copley, Ms. Barbara Jones, Dr. Sarah Kyle, Dr. DeWade Langley, Ms. Jeannine Nyangira, Dr. Elizabeth Overman, Ms. Heather Peck, Mr. Tony Telemeco 10 Years: Dr. Rick Chew, Mr. Art Christie, Dr. Ken Kickham, Dr. Mark McCoy, Dr. Jessica Sheetz-Nguyen, Dr. Christy Vincent 15 Years: Dr. Deborah Brown, Dr. Rozilyn Miller, Dr. Brett Sharp, Dr. Theresa Vaughan 20 Years: Dr. Jan Hardt 25 Years: Dr. Terry Clark, Dr. David Ford, Dr. Siegfried Heit And for 30 Years: Ms. Evelyn Roman Nose
Xiaobing Li, Ph.D., professor of history at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently elected as president of Chinese Historians in the United States (CHUS), an affiliated society of the American Historical Association and the Association of Asian Studies.
“As the 2015-17 CHUS president, I will continue the tradition of serving members, promoting historical scholarship and academic exchange and developing CHUS into a vibrant academic community,“ Li said.
Li, who joined Central’s faculty in 1993, currently serves as the director of the Western Pacific Institute and director of the Confucius Classroom Project and served as the chair of the Department of History and Geography from 2009 to 2014.
“Professor Bing Li is a prolific scholar of modern Chinese military history and history of the Cold War. We are so pleased that he will represent the University of Central Oklahoma as president of the Chinese Historians in the United States. He is an asset to the state of Oklahoma,” said Patricia Loughlin, Ph.D., chair of the Department of History and Geography.
Li is the only member of CHUS from an Oklahoma institution.
“It’s going to be part of my plan that we should recruit some new members from our state,” Li said.
The Oklahoma Political Science Association (OPSA) recently recognized four members of the University of Central Oklahoma community for excellence.
Randall Jones, Ph.D., professor emeritus, was awarded the Robert Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award, and Brett Sharp, Ph.D., professor of political science, was named the 2014 Oklahoma Political Science Scholar of the Year. Cody Woods, a second year graduate student from Oklahoma City, was awarded Best Graduate Paper, and Deja Mitchell, a fall 2013 alumna from Oklahoma City, was awarded Best Undergraduate Paper.
“Professors Jones and Sharp were recognized for their contributions to the discipline over their distinguished careers,” said Louis Furmanski, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Political Science.
“Professor Jones, a 41-year veteran of UCO, retired this past year and his receipt of the Lifetime Achievement award was a well-deserved and fitting tribute to his dedication to his students and colleagues.”
The OPSA’s lifetime achievement award honors an individual who has made significant and lasting contributions to the association in the areas of leadership, research and mentorship. Jones was previously named Oklahoma Political Science Scholar of the Year and Oklahoma Political Science Teacher of the Year by the association. His work on forecasting political elections has earned him worldwide recognition in his field.
The OPSA’s Scholar of the Year award recognizes a professor at an Oklahoma college or university who has made significant scholarly contributions to political science. The award marks Sharp’s third recognition from the association — he was named Scholar of the Year in 2005 and Teacher of the Year in 2003.
“Professor Sharp’s Scholar of the Year award recognized his ongoing academic work in the field of public administration, which directly supports the growing Masters of Public Administration program at UCO,” Furmanski said.
Furmanski noted that the OPSA’s only awards given to students — Best Graduate Paper and Best Undergraduate Paper — went to Central’s Woods and Mitchell.
Woods’ paper, “The Global Currency War,” analyzed the current monetary policy of the U.S., China, Japan and Euro Zone to determine if a currency war exists among the countries and how it affects the global economy.
Mitchell’s paper, “Race and Democracy: Racial Profiling of African-Americans in the United States,” focused on the history of racial profiling in the U.S., political ideology and traditions, as well as the consequences of racial profiling today.
“Their awards are a reflection of their hard work and the quality mentoring they received as students at UCO,” Furmanski added.
The awards were given at the association’s annual conference held in November at Redlands Community College in El Reno.
The University of Central Oklahoma will host Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed.com Kelley Carter and internationally acclaimed photojournalist Monica Morgan as part of its annual Media Ethics Conference Oct. 8-9.
Sponsored by Central’s Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 8 and 9:30 a.m. to noon on Oct. 9 in the Nigh University Center ballrooms on Central’s campus. Registration is open to the public for $25, and the conference is free for students as well as Central faculty and staff. Lunch is included. Both paid and free attendees must register by Oct. 3 at www.uco.edu/ethics.
Conference keynote addresses and sessions will focus on issues surrounding media ethics in entertainment journalism, celebrity photography, news, public relations, advertising and more.
New for 2014, the conference will host a documentary film festival featuring the work of students. A panel will follow to examine the making of the films as well as ethical challenges faced during production.
“As journalists use technology to bring news and information to people quickly, we occasionally observe shortcuts and a lack of ethics in news production,” said Yvette Walker, Edith Kinney Gaylord Endowed Chair for Journalism Ethics at Central and Night News Director for The Oklahoman.
“Everyone who attends this conference will take away a profound understanding of the importance of ethics in today’s entertainment world,” she added.
Additional speakers include Scott Booker, CEO of the Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO; Warner Brothers record executive Rick Gershon (via Skype); local broadcast and print journalists including Griffin Communications’ Alex Cameron; public relations and advertising representatives; and award-winning Central professors Terry Clark, Ed.D.; Mark Hanebutt, J.D.; Desiree Hill, Kole Kleeman, Ph.D.; Jill Lambeth, Ph.D.; Sandra Martin; Jesse Miller; Jeff Palmer; and Mark Zimmerman.
Dr. Doug Reed, Department of Sociology, was elected to serve as Member-At-Large of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Executive Committee. He will serve for a two-year term beginning in March 2014. Congratulations!
In Becoming the Tupamaros, Dr. Lindsey Churchill explores an alternative narrative of US-Latin American relations by challenging long-held assumptions about the nature of revolutionary movements like the Uruguayan Tupamaros group. The book has now been published by Vanderbilt University Press and is available at www.vanderbiltuniversitypress.com or call 800-627-7377 to order your copy. For more information, contact Dr. Churchill at 405-974-5671, or email@example.com.
On Saturday, January 25, the State Conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) elected officers and nominated a representative who will vote on Oklahoma’s behalf at the June 2014 annual Washington, D.C. National Meeting of State Conferences. Professor Leeda Copley (Sociology) was elected to serve as Oklahoma’s representative. State Conference officers are: President, Dr. Elizabeth Overman (Political Science); Treasurer, Dr. David von Minden (Chemistry); and Secretary, Leeda Copley. Issues discussed included the threatened reform of the Oklahoma Teachers’ Pension System and situational variables impacting adjunct professors. The next meeting will be held on Saturday, February 15 in LAR 225 at 12:00 pm. All faculty are welcome. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Overman, 405-974-5530, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Catherine Webster, associate professor in the Department of Modern Languages, was recently recognized by the DaVinci Institute of Oklahoma as a 2013 DaVinci Institute Fellow. The award recognizes higher-education faculty whose creative, innovative accomplishments have made a significant contribution to their academic disciplines. Both she and Dr. Sunshine Cowan, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, are two of the five professionals selected as 2013 Fellows. They will be recognized at a Spring Awards dinner.
Congratulations to Dr. Patricia Loughlin on her grant award of $500 from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. Loughlin received the Scholar Research Grant to conduct research for her article titled, “Collaborative Storytelling: Alice Marriott, Maria Martinez, Margaret Lefranc and the Making of Maria: The Potter of San Ildefonso (1948)”.
The Institute of Hope is a faculty-directed and student-led institute within the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Liberal Arts. Keeping with the educational philosophy of transformative learning and exemplifying the "Central Six" the institute give the opportunity for students to plan and partake in progressive societal change.
The institute's goals are fighting prejudice poverty, abuse and other social injustices. This is achieved through educational programing, student financial aid and civic engagement. In addition to partnering with other local and national organizations, the institute sponsors book reviews, lecturers, films and discussion panels as well as other annual student events and activities.
This year the students focus is "Children in Peril." Students collected 1,300 pounds of food for UCO's newly opened food pantry. The director is Dr. Brenda Chappell and the students currently in the program are: April Payne, Selena Elzy, Telana McCullough, Amir Shams, Sarah Murphy, Ann-Marie Imperto and Samantha Wayland.
The College of Liberal Arts welcomed Professor Marija Knesevic, University of Montenegro, who provide an insightful look into the life of D.H. Lawrence, an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. D.H. Lawrence's collection of works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. While visiting UCO, Dr. Knezevic met with representatives from UCO's academic community, including Dr. Pamela Washington, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Dr. Mickey Hepner, dean of the College of Business.
Rilla Askew - Artist In Residence, English, was recently honored with the College of Liberal Arts Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with students, faculty, and guest writers. And for acting as a liaison between campus creative and community working writers. She is also the author of three novels and a collection of stories.
Recently, Dr. Myungsook Jung, Assistant Professor Pusan University of Foreign Studies, Busan South Korea visited UCO. As a renowned professor in the field of Korean Phonology & Phonetics and Korean Language Education, she helped the Modern Language faculty in designing the Korean culture and language curriculum, construct syllabi, and the instruct on the best pedagogies for teaching the Korean language.
Congratulations to Dr. Constance Squires, Assistant English Professor and Director of the M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, on the of Along the Watchtower. Dr. Squires was featured in both the Oklahoman and Oklahoma Gazette. A book launch reading and book signing was held at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City on July 7 with interviews on local TV stations. The book details the life of an Army family stationed on an American Army base in Germany and at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Information is available at http://constancesquires.com and on Facebook. Reading group guides will be available at riverheadbooks.com after the publication recent publication of the book. Dr. Pamela Washington, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Rilla Askew, artist-in-residence, recently presented Dr. Squires with a poster based on the cover of her novel.
On March 22, 2012, Dr. Catherine Webster will receive the 2012 Community Leadership Award from the Oklahoma Humanities Council (OHC). The OHC will recognize Dr. Webster, an associate professor of French, for the development and coordination of French cultural and education programming for children and adults through the nonprofit organization L'Alliance Francaise d'Oklahoma City.
Recently, the President and CEO of the Institute of International Education and the Fulbright Program's sponsor, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, notified President Don Betz that the University of Central Oklahoma was recognized as one of this year's Fulbright Scholarship "top producers". Both Dr. Amy Carrell and Dr. Siegfried Heit, Fulbright Student Program Advisers, were recognized for their strong contributions to the program's success at the University of Central Oklahoma.