Mass Communication News and Announcements


MCOM's Media Ethics Conference 2014 A Huge Success!

The 2014 Media Ethics Conference came to a close October 9, with nearly 275 conference attendees over the two day event. The event was not only covered by traditional news mediums, but also attendees were able to share their perspective on social media.  Check out the recap of the conference from Storify.

 

Also, coverage from NewsOK.com and The Edmond Sun.

Media Ethics Lanyard


MCOM Corporate Training and Consulting Class Gains Real World Experience with TEEM Organization

Dr. Christy Vincent's Corporate Training and Consulting Class has partnered with TEEM, an organization that focuses on job placement, in developing job training curriculum. Students in Dr. Vincent's class will work throughout the semester in developing the program and materials and will conclude with a presentation to TEEM's leadership. Once the curriculum has been completed, there are plans to present the material to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Read More Here.



UCO to Host Award-Winning Journalists for Media Ethics Conference, Documentary Film Festival

UCO will host Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed.com Kelley Carter, internationally acclaimed photojournalist Monica Morgan, and music entrepreneur and manager Scott Booker as part of its annual Media Ethics Conference October 8-9 in the Nigh University Center.

UCO Media Ethics Confernce

Sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 8 and 9:30 a.m. to noon on October 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 October. 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.



Zimmerman's "A Fragile Existence" Featured in UCO's Melton Gallery

The Melton Gallery will open “A Fragile Existence,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of MCOM Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A. , with a reception from 4-7 p.m. October 2 at UCO's Melton Gallery. “A Fragile Existence” utilizes mirrored wet-plate collodion negatives to document the fight Zimmerman's wife had with breast cancer. The exhibit will be on display until November 2. Read more here

A Fragile Existence Photography Display


MCOM's Allyn Chosen for Leadership UCO XII

 

Leadership UCO welcomed their twelfth class at a reception on September 25 in Evans Hall. The class included Mass Communication's Administrative Assistant I, Andreanna "Andee" Allyn. She was introduced by Leadership UCO Alumni member and Mass Communication colleague Charlotte Waddle. 

The Leadership UCO Class will participate in various events throughout the next year, including a full day challenge course, leadership training sessions, and community service opportunities. Pictured right is Waddle introducing Allyn at the LUCO event. 

 

Leadership UCO Reception


MCOM Attends DISCOvery TECHnology Event

Numerous MCOM Faculty and Staff attended UCO's Discovery Technology event on September 16 in the Nigh University Center. The event updated the UCO Community on many of the new projects underway to engage student learning and improve UCO's overall technology infrastructure. The event featured many hands-on tech activities, including the Disco Tech photo booth. Pictured right are MCOM's Amber Tardif and Andee Allyn and Project Persist Coordinator Jacque Hocking. Click the image for a full view. 

Andee and Amber at Disco Tech Event
Jacque Hocking at Disco Tech



Boathouse District's Finish Line Tower Site For Annual MCOM Retreat

Mass Communication Faculty and Staff held the annual department retreat August 14 at the Chesapeake Finish Liner Tower along the Oklahoma River in Downtown Oklahoma City. The Department officially welcomed new Strategic Communications faculty member Lorene Roberson, Core Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Foster, and Project Persist lecturer Jacque Hocking.

 

2014 MCOM Retreat


Zimmerman Awarded With Vanderford Engagement Award for Research and Creative Achievement

Mass Communication Photographic Arts Assistant Professor, Mark Zimmerman, MFA, was awarded with the Vanderford Engagement Award for Research and Creative Achievement during the 2014 UCO Fall Forum. The Vanderford Engagement Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in support of the Central Six Tenets of transformative learning. Pictured is Zimmerman accepting the award from UCO Provost John Barthell.  

 

 

Yvette Walker and President Betz

Walker Receives Vanderford Initiative Award

Mass Communication Ethics Chair, Yvette Walker, received the Vanderford Initiative Award during the 2014 UCO Fall Forum. The Vanderford Initiative Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in support of the three “Cs” of character, civility, and community and leadership or creativity at UCO. Pictured is Walker accepting the award from UCO President Don Betz.  

 

Yvette Walker and President Betz



Zimmerman's Contemporary Tintypes on Display at State Capitol

Mass Communication Photographic Arts Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman has numerous of his tintype portraits featured in the north gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The portraits feature the wet plate collodion process which gives each portrait a very unique look compared to the digital photography of today. Zimmerman's work will be on display until September 21 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Read More Here.

 

Zimmerman's Gallery was also featured in The Oklahoman. Read the article here.

 
Lestari by Mark Zimmerman

MCOM Department Chair Highlights UCO's Positive Work Environment

Mass Communication Department Chair, Dr. Rozilyn Miller, was a handful of UCO faculty, staff, and students featured in a new UCO campaign highlighting Central as a great place to work. The Chronicle of Higher Education named UCO as one of the top universities to work for for the sixth time since 2008 and placing UCO on its Honor Roll for 2014. Dr. Miller was also featured in The Daily Oklahoman discussing UCO's collaborative and exciting work environment. Read the article here.

 
Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll

MCOM Welcomes Roberson as Strategic Communications Instructor

Mass Communication welcomes Lorene Roberson as an instructor in Strategic Communications. Prior to coming to UCO, Roberson served as a communications officer in higher education including stints at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City University and Walden University. Prior to an academic career, Roberson worked for newspapers in Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida. Her most recent published work was for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times.

Roberson began her career as an assistant media buyer in Dallas. She worked for Popejoy & Fischel Advertising Agency and later for TracyLocke on accounts that included La Quinta Inns & Suites, Pepsi and Taco Bell.

Roberson is a first-generation college graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from OSU where she was one of several editors for The Daily O'Collegian. In 2005, she earned a master's degree in mass communications from the University South Florida at St. Petersburg where she served as student newspaper adviser and attended The Poynter Institute focusing on social justice and race issues. 

Lorene Roberson

MCOM Welcomes Hocking as Project Persist Lecturer

Mass Communication welcomes Jacque Hocking. Hocking is serving as MCOM's lecturer for Project Persist. Project Persist is a Student Support & Success program that follows students from their freshman year to graduation. Jacque will server as an instructor, mentor, and coach in helping students continue to work towards finishing their college degree. Hocking worked within MCOM previously as an adjunct faculty member teaching multiple sections of Fundamentals of Speech

Jacque Hocking


Professional Media Video News Course Concludes With Live Newscast

Desiree Hill, Professional Media faculty member, concluded her Video News I summer course with students in the course executing a live newscast on UCentral TV. Aligned with UCO's mission of transformative learning, students gained hands-on experience with all facets of developing a traditional television newscast over the month long course. One of the highlights of the summer semester was student coverage of the Oklahoma Democrat and Republican primary elections. Pictured left is Hill with students from the course.  

 

Desiree Hill's Video News I Course

Photographic Arts Holds First Photography Camp for High School Students June 9-13, 2014


The faculty and staff of MCOM's Photographic Arts program held the first annual UCO Photography Camp for high school students.  Faculty members Jesse Miller and Mark Zimmerman and Photographic Arts Coordinator Angela Cejda worked with high school students from Edmond North, Putnam City North, and Westmoore.  Alexandria Bond, Edmond North participant, said "I just have to say how much fun I had at UCO's Photography Camp last week! I learned so much from Photoshop techniques, portrait photography, studio lights, collodion photography, pinhole photography, street photography, film and developing the film in a darkroom, and cyanotypes! The teachers were amazing and I made some great friends too! (Not to mention how good the free cappuccinos were!) Wish the week never ended!" The camp will become an annual summer event. Click to view more images from UCO Photography Camp.

 

 

UCO Photography Camp Participants

Rachael Owens, Org Comm Major, Selected for Peer Health Leader for 2014-15


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center recently selected 18 students to serve as Peer Health Leaders for the 2014-15 academic year, including MCOM student Rachael Owens.

As Peer Health Leaders, Central students help their peers discover and adopt healthy lifestyles through educational programs and campaigns like grocery store tours, Campus Cook, dorm room workouts and “Dog-Gone Stress.”

Peer Health Leaders gain skills in program planning, public speaking and personal communication as they increase their knowledge of health and wellness. Read more about the program and the 2014-2015 Peer Health Leaders. 

 

 



Mass Communication Welcomes New Core Curriculum Coordinator


Ms. Jennifer Foster joined the Department of Mass Communication as a public speaking adjunct faculty member in fall 2008 and was selected to serve as the full-time Core Curriculum Coordinator beginning in fall 2014. She has taught traditional face-to-face, hybrid online, and 100% online sections of MCOM 1113 Fundamentals of Speech, the required public speaking course in core curriculum. She redesigned the public speaking course for online delivery and was selected by CeCE to serve as the online teaching mentor for MCOM beginning in Fall 2014. In Spring 2014, she was awarded Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for the College of Liberal Arts. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Foster was active on the UCO Individual Events Forensics team, winning multiple awards including national championships in impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, and reader's theatre. She earned her B.A. in Communication Education and her M. Ed in Education Administration from UCO. After graduating with her BA, she  taught Competitive Debate and Public Speaking at Norman North High School for 5 years.  She lives in Edmond with her spouse, Steven, and their children.

 

 

Jennifer Foster

Dr. Kleeman Published in We Are What We Sell


Dr. Kole Kleeman, Professor of Interpersonal Communication and Director of the Media Studies minor published a book chapter "Commodification of the Counterculture" an article concerning advertising in the 1960s through the mid- 1970s. The article was published in the book:  We are what we sellHow advertising shapes American life...and always has.  Volume 2:  Advertising at the Center of Popular Culture 1930s-1975.  D.S. Coombs and Bob Batchelor (Eds.)  Praeger Press (2014):  Santa Barbara Ca. pp. 136-149.

 

Dr. Kole Kleeman


UCO Photography Professor Curates Exhibit for Oklahoma City Museum of Art


University of Central Oklahoma assistant professor of photography Mark Zimmerman curated a mock darkroom as a part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s photography exhibits featuring the work of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston. Read more about the darkroom exhibit here. 

Darkroom at OKC Museum of Art

Marcia Simpson is Recognized With the 1st Place Award for the College of Liberal Arts 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. Pictured with Simpson is her mentor for this paper, Dr. Merry Buchanan, Interpersonal Communication professor.

 

Marcia Simpson and Dr. Merry Buchanan

Fisbeck Published in The New York Times


Garett Fisbeck, Mass Communication Photographic Arts Major, had multiple photos published in The New York Times covering the devastating tornadoes north of Little Rock, Arkansas. Read the article and see the images here.



Wheeler Honored With Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award

Mass Communication Senior Kimberly Wheeler has been honored with the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award. The KTA Award is presented by each chapter to the graduating senior or graduate student with the highest grade-point-average. Each Top Scholar receives a plaque and a KTA medallion.

Kimberly Wheeler

UCO's Central Edge Team Competes in Austin


UCO's Central Edge Advertising Team and Strategic Communication faculty recently traveled to Austin, Texas to compete against 18 other universities in the American Advertising Federation's NSAC District 10 Competition. The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Although UCO did not win, the judges had numerous superlative remarks for the students' work, praising the team's strategy, research and presentation skills. One judge went so far as to say that he would hire the team as consultants if the plan had been presented to him in a non-academic environment.

UCO Central Edge AAF Team


The Vista Wins 7 Awards From Oklahoma Collegiate Media Awards


The staff of The Vista took home seven awards at the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Awards on April 4 at Oklahoma State University. Students competed against entries from 11 other colleges and universities in the state. Read more

The Vista Award Winners

MCOM Adjunct Faculty Member Wins Investigative Award


Robby Trammell, MCOM media ethics adjunct faculty and news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, won First Place in the First Amendment investigative reporting category sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists chapter in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More Here.



Curating Photography Collections Students Assisting with Downtown OKC Show


The MCOM 3990 Curating Photography Collections class is assisting Jon Burris, Photography Society of America curator and MCOM adjunct faculty member, with a photographic exhibit titled INDIGENE.  This is the premiere exhibition for a new "pop up gallery" concept in downtown Oklahoma City at 824 N. Broadway.  The exhibit opens April 25 and runs through May 5. This is an exciting opportunity for UCO students to practice the skills they are learning in class!

Indigene Logo


Mass Communication Faculty/Staff Award Winners

The Department of Mass Communication won two awards in the College of Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Awards!

 

Ms. Jennifer Foster (left) – Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Ms. Andreanna Allyn (right) – Outstanding Staff Member Award

MCOM Award Winners

MCOM Adjunct Awarded Edmond Public Schools District Teacher of the Year


Ms. Elanna Killackey (Communication Education 2002)  was named Edmond School District Teacher of the Year on April 4, 2014! In addition to her teaching and coaching achievements at Edmond Memorial High School, Elanna began teaching public speaking for the Department of Mass Communication last summer and will return this summer. During her time at UCO, Elanna was a member of the Individual Events Competitive Team (coached by Dr. Rozilyn Miller) and brought home multiple awards. The department is very proud of her success then and now!

Edmond Public Schools Logo

Jesse Miller's Observed on Display in Gaddis Gallery  


 

Mass Communication's Associate Photography Professor Jesse Miller's ongoing body of work, Observed, will be up through April 18th in the Woody Gaddis Gallery.

"Observed is part of an ongoing body of work exploring visual effect techniques used in advertising photography and motion pictures to express a personal narrative about mortality," Miller stated. 

The set of photographs pays homage to a cultural icon of the 20th century, the large metal signage that was a predominant aspect of cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles as well as points along Route 66. 

The Woody Gaddis Gallery is located in room 104 of the Communications building. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Observed by Jesse Miller, MFA


MCOM Student Presents Service Learning Project Over Body Image


Jerrah Conley, Organizational Communication major, developed a service learning project in her Health Communication course (taught by Dr. Christy Vincent) focused on healthy body image. 

"Fat Talk" focused on how to boost body image and how body image is perceived in society. Conley presented the project April 9 to the UCO Community.

 

 

 

UCO Fat Talk Presentation

MCOM Partners with American Democracy Project for Death Penalty Debate


UCO's American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Mass Communication, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies, and UCO-AAUP will host a debate entitled, "Why and How to Eliminate the Death Penalty in Oklahoma." The Debate will focus on recommendations of the Oklahoma Justice Commission which calls for a number of reforms to protect innocent people form being convicted and sentenced to death. The free event will be held in UCO's Constitution Hall on April 12 at 4:30 PM. Read more.

Following the debate, at 6:00 pm the American Democracy Project and the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will host their annual banquet in Ballrooms A & B. Renowned guest speaker, Rob Warden will speak during the banquet.

 

 

Rob Warden

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced


 

Mass Communication professor, Dr. Terry Clark, Journalism Hall of Fame director, announces new inductees for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon to be held April 24 at UCO.

Read more about the 2014 Inductees here.

 

OK Journalism Hall of Fame


Photographic Society of America Collection Premiers at UCO

 

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Max Chambers Library will host an exhibition of the Oklahoma City-based Photographic Society of America’s (PSA) collection April 3 through May 31 in the south elevator lobby on the library’s main floor. Read More Here.

Photographic Society of America Collection Exhibition Premiers at UCO


Photographic Arts Students Attend Ansel Adams and Brett Weston Exhibit  

 

Photographic Arts faculty member, Mark Zimmerman, and his Darkroom Photography class recently attended the Ansel Adams and Brett Weston exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

 

 

 

Photographic Arts Students

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event 


 

Mass Communication Faculty and Staff attended the UCO Appreciation Ice Cream Social at Buddy's on Friday, March 14.
Pictured from Left to Right are Amber Tardif, UCentral Administrative Secretary; Andreanna Allyn, Mass Communication Administrative Assistant; Maggie Melssen, The Vista Administrative Assistant; Buddy the Broncho; Charlotte Waddle, Mass Communication Executive Office Assistant; and Angela Cejda, Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities. 

 

 

 

MCOM Staff with Buddy Broncho

Mass Communication's Palmer Premier's Kiowa Documentary at Canadian Film Festival 


 

Jeffrey Palmer, Professional Media Assistant Professor, premiered his documentary, "Origins," March 19 at the Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec in Montreal. Read more

 

 

 

Palmer Documentary


Mass Communication's Cejda's Work on Display at Gallery 123


 

Angela Cejda, Mass Communication's Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities, has multiple photographs on display at Gallery 123 in Downtown Norman throughout the months of March, April, and May as part of Gallery 123's 2nd Friday Art Walks. See more of Cejda's work and read more here.

 

 

 

Cejda Photo


Professional Media Students Win Big at State Broadcast Showcase

 

The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored 16 University of Central Oklahoma Professional Media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with UCO students receiving 19 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts. Read More Here.

 

 

 

OBEA Logo

Mass Communication's Dr. Samuel Lawrence Recognized


 

Dr. Samuel Lawrence, Mass Communication Assistant Department Chair, was recently recognized for his transformative learning efforts and active learning instructional strategies in modeling classroom learning. Read more about Dr. Lawrence's classroom initiatives in the Transformative Teacher-Scholar. Pictured left is UCO Provost Dr. John Barthell presenting the award certificate to Dr. Lawrence.

 

 

 

Dr. Lawrence Award


Scholarship Opportunity for Mass Communication Students


The Oklahoma City Chapter of the Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is offering scholarships to women pursuing communications-related degrees at Oklahoma colleges or universities. Click Here for Application and selection criteria.

Application and materials must be postmarked by Friday, March 14, 2014 consideration.

 

 

 

Women in Communication

'Juvenile in Justice' Photographer, Exhibit to Come to UCO


UCO will host California photographer, researcher and professor of art Richard Ross for a reception and lecture on his “Juvenile in Justice” series at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Communications Building, Room 120. An exhibit of photos from the series will be on display throughout the building, including Central’s Woody Gaddis Gallery, Feb. 12-March 12.

 

 

Richard Ross

'The Death of True Love' Exhibit Opening

"The Death of True Love," a photography exhibit by senior Photography major Howard Mapson, is on display through February 8 in the Woody Gaddis Gallery, Room 104, Communications. It critiques societal pressure to marry fast and marry young. Concerned that young people may be too focused on reaching the milestone of marriage, rather than finding a healthy relationship, Mapson created a series of work that illustrates marriage as a façade of happiness. Desaturated color and faces hidden behind gauze emphasize the emotional distance between the subjects.

 

 

Photo by Howard Mapson


Mass Communication's Clark Featured in Mentors Matter


Dr. Terry Clark, Mass Communication Professor and Journalism Hall of Fame Director was recently Honored in UCO's "Mentors Matter".   

 

Dr. Clark Mentor



Student Work Featured in Gaddis Gallery


Central’s Woody Gaddis Gallery features new exhibitions on a monthly basis. To learn more about this exhibit and upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/ucophoto.

 

Gaddis Gallery

Advertising Students Called 'Rising Stars' of the Industry


Three University of Central Oklahoma students have been awarded Oklahoma City Ad Club scholarships totaling $6,000. Kenna Baker of Yukon, Laura Lynch of Edmond and Darrell Potter of Agra each received a $2,000 cash scholarship on Nov. 13 during the club’s annual Career Day.

Lynch and Potter, senior strategic communications students, received Journalism Art Communication (JAC) awards, scholarships reserved for students majoring or minoring in a communications-related field. Baker, a senior graphic design student, received the inaugural Jeanie Ruedy Commercial Art/Graphic Design Scholarship. The scholarship is reserved for students majoring or minoring in an art-related field. Ruedy has been a member of Ad Club for more than 50 years and self-funded the scholarship. Read More Here.

 

UCO Homecoming


'Altered Perfection' Exhibit Now Open

The Woody Gaddis Gallery has opened the new photography exhibit "Altered Perfection" by Photographic Arts Major, Ashley Riddle. "Altered Perfection" explores the artist’s need for perfection in a society that encourages us to put up facades. The exhibition will run through the end of December. The gallery is on the first floor of the Communications Building.

 

 

Ashley Riddle Photo


Mass Communication's Vincent Burr Named 2013 UCO Homecoming King


University of Central Oklahoma seniors Vincent Burr and Jillian Goodman were named the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen during Central’s Homecoming football game on Nov. 2, 2013. Burr, a broadcasting and public relations major and Broken Arrow High School graduate originally from Kansas City, Mo., represented Diversity Round Table. Goodman, a history major and Southmoore High School graduate from Moore, Okla., represented Alpha Gamma Delta.

 

UCO Homecoming

Professional Media Students Take Part in UCO Homecoming Parade


Mass Communication Professional Media Majors recently participated in UCO's Annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The float was themed after UCentral Media, the department's student media outlet. The float featured a news anchor desk and live music being mixed by UCentral Radio personalities.

 

UCentral Homecoming Float


Dr. Sherri Ward Selected for Educators' Leadership Outstanding Professor Academy for 2013-14


Mass Communication Professional Media Faculty Member Sherri Ward has been selected for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Professors' Academy. Read more the Academy and Dr. Ward's 20 years of service to UCO.

 

 

Professor's Academy Logo

Rushing Keynote Speaker at Ethics Conference


The third annual Media Ethics Conference was held September 25 and 26 in the Nigh University Center. The conference was planned by Mass Communication's Ethics Chair Yvette Walker and the Mass Communication Media Ethics Conference class. Keynote speaker was JJosh Rushing, a correspondent with the news network Al Jazeera America. Students from across the state attended multiple sessions regarding covering breaking news to how ethics plays a role in advertising and public relations. Read more about the event here.

 

 

Josh Rusing

Strategic Communications Hosts Fusion Conference


The Strategic Communications Faculty and Advisory Board recently hosted the first Strategic Communications "Fusion" Conference on September 20, 2013 for Strategic Communications Majors. The conference had many student geared sessions to market themselves after graduation. The conference featured the Strategic Communications Advisory Board: 

  • Debbie Anglin - Principal, Anglin PR
  • Jennifer Arlan - Public Relations Director, Northcare
  • Gean Atkinson - Principal, Atkinson Advertising
  • Jami Cummings - Public Relations Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
  • David Kimmel - Communications Director, Sandridge Energy
  • Jose Ortega - Act. Executive - Inspire Advertising, Dallas

Strategic Communications Faculty: Mike Breslin, Jill Lambeth, Sandy Martin, Moose Tyler, and Christy Vincent

 

 

Fusion Conference


MCOM Faculty and Staff Hold Annual Retreat


The Department of Mass Communication recently held its annual retreat August 15, 2013 in Edmond. The Department officially welcomed its newest members:  Albani Milton-Smith, Student Success Advisor; Angela Cejda, Photographic Arts Facilities Coordinator; and Jeff Palmer, ProMedia faculty member.

 

 

2013 Mass Comm Faculty and Staff



Mark Zimmerman MFA, Photographic Arts faculty, with OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant! Assisting with a professional photography shoot has benefits!

 

 

Mark Zimmerman with Kevin Durant


Dr. Vincent Honored With Prestigious Neely Award

Dr. Christy Vincent, Associate Professor in Organizational Communication, was honored with the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award at the Faculty & Staff Fall Forum on August 13, 2013.  This award is the most prestigious award for teaching at UCO.  Pictured left are Dr. Christy Vincent receiving the award from Dr. J. Neely. Photo provided by UCO Photographic Services. 

 

Vincent receiving Neely Award

On-Air Presentation Students Learn from Television Industry Professionals

Mass Communication Professional Media students had the opportunity to sharpen their reporting and anchoring skills during On-Air Presentation taught by MCOM Professional Media Faculty member Mark Scott during the August intersession. Students witnessed two live newscasts at KFOR and KWTV and toured both facilities. Students also heard from and networked with various UCO Professional Media Alumni working within the Oklahoma City television market.  

Students at News 9 KVSP's Terry Monday

 




MCOM Students Gain Transformative Learning Through OKC Media Tour

Dr. David Nelson's OKC Media Tour class was held during the August intersession. Nelson said, "The class was an effective and transformative learning experience for the student. Through exposure to media professionals and the work environments they experience on a daily basis, students gathered in information on salaries, the job outlook in the media, contracts, technology and history of Oklahoma City media.  The plethora of information either reinforced the student's career path or forced them to reevaluate the career choices they have made at this point." In the end, the students had to share their feelings and experiences from what they heard and saw in the OKC media tour class via a blog. Some of the highlights below: (Left) Perry Broadcasting Vice President of Operations Terry Monday discusses radio promotions and programming. (Middle) Students learn the dynamics of covering breaking news and severe weather with KWTV pilot Jim Gardner. (Right)

Students at News 9 KVSP's Terry MondaySkyNews 9 Helicopter

 





Palmer Attends Creative Producing Summit

Kudos to Jeff Palmer, MFA and new Professional Media faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication for a successful Creative Producing Summit with the Sundance Institute

 

Palmer at Summit

Mass Communication Welcomes New Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities

The Department of Mass Communication welcomes Angela Cejda as the new Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities in the Department of Mass Communication. She is an artist and photographer from Norman, Oklahoma. She attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for her Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). Cejda received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art (B.F.A.) with an emphasis in photography from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a minor in art history. She has worked with and assisted artists such as Alec Soth, Liz Cohen, and Jesse Sugarmann. The Cranbrook Art Museum selected Cejda as 1 of 5 artists nominated for the Cranbrook Art Museum Committee Purchase Award of 2013. Her work is represented through the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI.


Emily Ward with Emmy Award


Mass Communication Welcomes New Professional Media Faculty Member

The Department of Mass Communication welcomes Jeffrey Palmer, MFA, as Assistant Professor in Professional Media. Palmer will teach editing, media production, documentary, and film techniques courses. With his leadership and expertise, the department plans to expand and fully develop a documentary film program to complement existing programs and offer students film opportunities.    Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. As a Dean's Fellow at the University of Iowa, he received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2012, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. He was selected in the spring of 2012 to participate in the Sundance Institute Native Laboratory to work on his feature documentary entitled “Honor Beats.” In the fall of 2012, he worked as a visiting professor at Cornell University. In 2013 he became a fellow for the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit. He received his M.A. in Native American Studies, focusing on Native American exploitation in early cinema and his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

Emily Ward with Emmy Award

Mass Communication Alumni Win's Emmy Award

Mass Communication Alumni Emily Ward (Broadcasting, 2008) recently received a Heartland Emmy Award for her work with KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City. Ward won News Promotion - Single Spot for a promo she produced for a follow up story that News 9 did in February of 2012 with the infant that was found face down in the mud in the wreckage of the May 3rd 1999 tornado outbreak. Ward competed against nine other entries in her category. The Heartland Emmy's cover 11 television markets across the Central Plains and Rocky Mountains regions.  Emily Ward with Emmy Award

Kudos to Mass Communication's Andreanna Allyn

Mass Communication's Andreanna Allyn recently celebrated her one year anniversary with the department on July 2 as Administrative Assistant I. "Andee" continues to wear multiple hats in serving both faculty and staff in the department and keeping things running smoothly. Congratulations! Andreanna Allyn

Mass Communication Students Named Central Standouts

The Alumni Association recently honored a group of freshmen and seniors at its annual Central Standout reception. Five seniors named Central Standouts are, from left, Will Heckenkempe, Management major; Joshua Lim, Mass Communication-Public Relations major; Danielle Hernandez, Organizational Communication and Spanish major; Amanda Davis, Organizational Leadership major; Sara Watkins, Mass Communication-Public Relations major; and Sam Moses, Mass Communication-Public Relations major, who was named a Presidential Standout.

2013 Central Edge Team


Central Edge AAF Team heads to Tulsa

UCO Strategic Communication majors and faculty recently traveled up the the turnpike to participate in the American Advertising Federation NSAC District 10 Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Glidden Paint. 

2013 Central Edge Team

Scott Awarded OAB Lisa John Faculty Fellowship 

The OAB Education Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee congratulates Mark Scott, University of Central Oklahoma, on his selection as the 2013 Lisa John Faculty Fellowship.

The $3,000 Fellowship is a four-week work program at an Oklahoma radio or television station. It provides an opportunity for faculty members at Oklahoma's broadcast schools to update their skills and develop closer relationships with radio and television broadcasters. Scott will serve his fellowship at an Oklahoma City television station.


Dillingham Awarded Stuart Scholarship from Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

Heather Dillingham, a junior Mass Communication major, won the Oklahoma Association Broadcaster's $2000 Harold & Frances Stuart scholarship. The OAB scholarship is awarded annually to students who are majoring in broadcasting and plan a career in broadcasting after graduation. "This scholarship will go a long ways in obtaining my degree at UCO,  I'm so thankful," said Dillingham. She will receive her scholarship award at the OAB/OBEA Student Day luncheon held at the Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City on March 13, 2013.


Professional Media Major Named 2013 Miss Black UCO

Mass Communication Professional Media Major, Jeanee' Canada has been named 2013 Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma. Canada, a junior from Lawton, will receive a $1600 tuition waiver along with her title. Canada is actively involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and serves as a news producer for the department's student produced daily newscast, UCentral News.