College of Liberal Arts Awards Celebrate Student Accomplishments

On April 22, the College of Liberal Arts held a scholarship awards luncheon and an evening ceremony to recognize students who have excelled in their chosen disciplines and to recognize the generous donors who provide thousands of dollars each year to help students pursue a UCO degree.

Each department in the College of Liberal Arts annually selects students who have performed exceptionally well, not only in their academic fields, but also in their communities. The awards presented to the students recognize these achievements and assist students in paying for their educations.

Find out who won 2015-2016 scholarships at the Student Awards page.

Find out more about scholarships available in the College of Liberal Arts at the Scholarships page.

UCO Alumnus Named E.K. Gaylord Endowed Chair for Journalism Ethics

Joe HightUniversity of Central Oklahoma alumnus Joe Hight is returning to Central as the E.K. Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics for the UCO Department of Mass Communication.

Hight brings significant experience to the department following a 35-year newspaper career that included posts as an editor, director, managing editor and reporter. He is now president and co-owner of Edmond’s Best of Books and a weekly columnist for The Journal Record.

“We are very excited to have Joe as a full-time faculty member in the department, and know he will be a great addition to all we do here,” said Mary Carver, Ph.D., department chair.

Hight, a 2013 inductee to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame, earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from then-Central State University in 1980. His newspaper career began with posts at the Guthrie News Leader, Lawton Constitution and the Shawnee News-Star before arriving at The Oklahoman in 1985 where he rose from a city and suburban reporter to the newsroom’s director of information and development.

Hight left the state’s largest newspaper after nearly 30 years to serve as editor of The Gazette, a daily newspaper based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. While there, Hight oversaw the team of journalists that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting for its multimedia series “Other Than Honorable.”

Hight’s many additional accomplishments include serving on the board of directors for the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) from 2011-15, two terms as president of the Columbia University-based Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and numerous awards for his work as victims’ team leader of The Oklahoman’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. He was named a UCO Distinguished Alumni in 2000.