Mass Communication News and Announcements


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 percieved 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 Adminstrative 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, Cordinator 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 Facilties, 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's 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 Josh Rushing, a correspondent with the news network Al Jazeera America. Students from across the state atteneded muiltiple 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


Mass Comm 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 Mass Comm Professional Media Faculty member Mark Scott during the August intersession. Students witnessed two live newscasts at KFOR and KWTV and toured both facilties. 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

 




Mass Comm 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 KTWV 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 recieved 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 Communcation'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 travled up the the turnpike to participate in the American Advertising Federation NSAC District 10 Compeition 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 Assocation 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 recieve 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.