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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sell: How 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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.
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'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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Strategic Communications Faculty: Mike Breslin, Jill Lambeth, Sandy Martin, Moose Tyler, and Christy Vincent
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.
Mark Zimmerman MFA, Photographic Arts faculty, with OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant! Assisting with a professional photography shoot has benefits!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.