Department of Mass Communication at the University of Central Oklahoma

Mass Communication News and Announcements

MCOM Student Mike Ipong Named National Radio Show Scholar

UCO Professional Media major Mike Ipong, a junior from Oklahoma City, was recently named to the inaugural class of Radio Show Student Scholars Program and received a scholarship to attend the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta Georgia. Read more here.

MCOM's Jesse Miller "Lost Light" exhibition Coming Soon to Melton Gallery

The work of Jesse Miller, MFA, MCOM Photographic Arts faculty, is featured in “Perspective: A Photography Exhibit” that opens on September 24 in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design Building.  The opening reception is from 4-7 p.m. Jesse’s exhibit features a series titled “Lost Light.” Read more here.

MCOM Holds Annual Faculty and Staff Retreat

Mass Communication Faculty and Staff held the annual department retreat August 13 at the Edmond Petroleum Club. The department officially welcomed new faculty members Dr. David Duty and Dr. Chad Perry, and looked back on the first ten years of accomplishments within the department. 

MCOM Welcomes Dr. David Duty as Core Curriculum Lecturer

Dr. David Duty joins MCOM as a full-time Lecturer for Core Curriculum effective Fall 2015. He is not a new face to MCOM, as he initially joined the department in August 2010 as an adjunct faculty member teaching public speaking and intercultural communication.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2009.  Dr. Duty’s degree program in Communication focused on Intercultural and Political Communication, and his qualitative dissertation investigated the perceptions of language, identity, and ethnicity among emerging adults in two sites—New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Before joining the faculty at UCO, Dr. Duty was the Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs at Wichita State University, and taught at the University of Oklahoma and Wichita State University.  Dr. Duty’s most recent publications include a book chapter in Cases Studies in Intercultural Dialogue published by Kendall Hunt in Spring 2014, and an entry on cultural identity  in The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction.  Additionally, he has published on the global implications of training international teaching assistants, and a rhetorical perspective on John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis.

He has presented papers related to his research at the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the American Political Science Association conferences.  Dr. Duty’s regional conference presentations include the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, the Kansas Speech Communication Association, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region II conference. In the Spring 2015 College of Liberal Arts Faculty and Staff Awards, Dr. Duty was honored with an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award.

MCOM Welcomes Dr. Chad Perry as New Strategic Communications Faculty Member

Dr. Chad Perry brings a wealth of professional and educational experience to the MCOM Strategic Communications program. He has taught a diverse range of classes including public relations, public relations case studies, media theory, media history, strategic communications, strategic planning, campaigns, writing for media, photojournalism, advertising, and digital media arts. He is moving to UCO after two years at York College of Pennsylvania where he was the primary instructor for their Strategic Communications program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kansas State University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. In Intercultural Communication from University of New Mexico.

 Professionally, Dr. Perry has expertise in diverse media and strategic communications industries.  His range of professional experience includes the following: journalist; photojournalist; copywriter for advertising agencies; public relations writer, consultant, coordinator for agencies, non-profits, and higher education; graphic designer; web designer; radio program director and producer; television commercial producer; and managing social media. He has conducted research for public relations, marketing, advertising, and legislative lobbying campaigns. His most recent professional job was a thirteen-year stint as Senior Public Relations Specialist for The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, prior to transitioning to full-time faculty at York College of Pennsylvania. Not only has Dr. Perry earned APR certification (Accredited in Public Relations), but he was also inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, a prestigious honor with only 325 active fellows in the profession.

MCOM's Dr. Carver Leads Global Women and Leadership Webinar

Dr. Mary Carver, MCOM Assistant Chair, led a women and leadership webinar for a group within the Kurdistan Feminist Party: Finding Motivation and Direction from the Women Who Came Before Us˛She discussed how education about women's history as well as current issues encourages more people to become passionate about womenąs rights and helps sustain the movement when progress is slow.  Participants in the July 23 webinar came from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

MCOM's Dr. Kleeman Named Fulbright Award Recipient

Dr. Kole Kleeman, 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. Read more here.

MCOM Celebrates 10 Years on July 1, 2015

The Department of Mass Communication officially formed July 1, 2005. The department has seen 1453 graduates since its beginning 10 years ago! The MCOM website has also seen a lot of changes in the last decade. The image at right was the first inception of the site in 2005. 

MCOM Alum, Jennifer Pearsall Leads Red Cross Workshop for Children and Weather Preparedness

MCOM Alum, Jennifer Pearsall (Public Relations 2012) recently was featured for her work with the American Red Cross and leading a disaster preparedness workshop for young children. The pillowcase project helps children prepare their own emergency kit for when they seek shelter. Read more here. 

Woody Gaddis Gallery Photo Exhibition: The State of Being Human

The Photographic Arts Program within Mass Communication held a national photography contest, which culminates with a show titled The State of Being Human, on display June 9-25 in the Woody Gaddis Gallery and neighboring hallway. The Woody Gaddis Gallery is located in the Communications building.

The State of Being Human contains works that focus on the expression or examination of humanity through portraits, self-portraiture, documentary, fashion imagery, experimental, or any other photographic representation connected to what it means to be human.

MCOM's Palmer Creates "I Am a Life" Empowerment Video

Professional Media Assistant Professor Jeff Palmer’s latest work entitled "I Am a Life" seeks to empower Native American women. See the video in its entirety here.

MCOM Faculty and Students Travel to Italy for Study Tour

MCOM Photographic Arts Associate Professor Jesse Miller and Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman traveled with several MCOM students for a two week photography and video study tour of Italy.

Pictured right are Miller and Zimmerman with students from the course outside of Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) in Naples, Italy.

The Vista Wins at Annual SPJ Awards

Professional Media majors Daltyn Moeckel and Tyler Tally were recently recognized at the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalist Banquet in Tulsa, OK. Moeckel received Best Graphic Designer and Tally placed third for Best Government Reporter. Pictured with Tally and Moeckel, is student media adviser to The Vista, Teddy Burch. 

MCOM's Palmer Wins Sundance Film Festival Contest

Jeffrey Palmer, Professional Media Assistant Professor, was recently featured in the Oklahoma Gazette for honors he received for his short film Isabelle's Garden. 

The film will be screened at Oklahoma City's Dead Center Film Festival on June 13 and 14. The film received honors earlier this year as one of the top five films in the Sundance Film Festival Contest. Isabelle's Garden follows the story of a young girl who lives in poverty but shares what she has with her community. 

Read the full article here.

MCOM's Vincent Featured in Transformational Teaching Article

Dr. Christy Vincent, Organizational Communication Professor, was recently featured in The Oklahoman for her emphasis in using one of the Central Six tenets, service learning and civic engagement, within her coursework. Students in her class developed numerous training materials for a local non-profit organization that works with job placement of individuals after incarceration. Read the article here.

Robby Trammell, News Director for The Oklahoman & MCOM Media Ethics Adjunct Faculty, Inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Congratulations to MCOM Adjunct Faculty member Robby Trammell as he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame April 30, 2015.

Robby Trammell, news director for The Oklahoman and was editor of the paper at Seminole High School and Seminole Junior College. Earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, he worked full time covering Edmond for The Oklahoman. He was reporter and managing editor of the Seminole Producer for 15 years and led The Oklahoman’s Tulsa bureau in 1987-1990.

As an award-winning investigative reporter, he exposed Seminole County’s county commissioners bid-rigging, opening a statewide federal inquiry and public corruption scandal; the secret indictment of an Oklahoma governor; also probing the Oklahoma City bombing. He has a master’s from the University of Oklahoma. He is on the Oklahoma Press Association board.

Journalism Hall of Fame Awards Walke Scholarship

MCOM Student Alexandria Fisher was awarded the Brian J. Walke Scholarship for Ethics in Journalism at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Pictured with Fisher are MCOM Professional Media Professors Dr. Terry Clark and Dr. Sherri Johnson. 

UCO Student Documentary Film Festival Tackles Oklahoma's Past, Present and Future

MCOM students will present the UCO Documentary Film Festival from 7-9 p.m. May 5 in the Bob Burke Film Screening Room, COM 120. The festival is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q-and-A with participating students

This is the third film festival produced by students enrolled in Jeff Palmer’s Introduction to Cinematography course, or its sister class, Nonfiction Cinematography. In fall 2014, the festival was a part of Central’s annual Media Ethics conference.

MCOM Holds 3rd Annual Student Recognition Ceremony

The Department of Mass Communication held the annual Student Recognition Ceremony honoring student awards, achievements, and scholarships this past Saturday, April 25. 

Events included the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society induction, American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition recognition, department scholarships and awards, Professional Media Awards, and Photographic Arts Awards. 

Click here to see the award winners and evening events on MCOM's facebook page. 

MCOM's Kasi Bowker Honored with Department and College Awards

Kasi Bowker, Interpersonal Communication major, recently won two awards (1) Mass Communication Top Research Paper for Liberal Arts Symposium, and (2) Best Symposium Paper for the College of Liberal Arts. Kasi’s paper was titled “Golf (Dis)course: Patterns of Speaking between Golfers and the ‘Bev Cart Girl’”.

She was  mentored by Dr. Merry Buchanan, Interpersonal Communication professor.  Dr. Buchanan’s students have been honored with multiple outstanding research paper awards. Congratulation to Kasi Bowker and Dr. Buchanan!

MCOM Student Shares Transformative Learning Experiences in Old North Publication

MCOM Strategic Communications Senior, Sarah Neese, was recently featured in Old North, sharing her  numerous transformative learning experiences while at UCO. Read the article here.

UCO PRSSA Tours Corporate Comm/Marketing Departments in Dallas

MCOM's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter recently toured multiple Corporate Communication and Marketing Departments in Dallas, Texas April 23-24. Students were able to visit: Texas Instruments, AT&T, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Pictured right are UCO students along with PRSSA advisor and MCOM Faculty member Mike Breslin. 

Professional Media Class To Host Fundraising Telethon April 23

Students in Desiree Hill's News Anchoring Class will be producing a four hour "Change for Hope "telethon Thursday, April 23 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the UCentral TV Channel (COX Digital 125 Edmond) to benefit two non-profit organizations that specialize in assisting adults and children with special needs, Wings OK and Special Care. Read more about the event here.

MCOM's Central Edge Communications Heads to Dallas for Pizza Hut Campaign

UCO's Central Edge Advertising Team and Strategic Communication faculty recently traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete against other universities in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition for District 10. UCO Competed against schools from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Lousiana.The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Pizza Hut.

Congratulations to PRSSA Officers

Congratulations to the UCO PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) officers board on an outstanding 2014-2015.  

College of Liberal Arts Awards - MCOM Faculty and Staff Recipients

Dr. David Duty - Outstanding Adjunct Faculty  

Angela Cejda, MFA - Outstanding Staff in the College of Liberal Arts

Mr. Mark Zimmerman, MFA - Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activities

MCOM Students Encourage Transforming Student Health at Liberal Arts Symposium

Students in Dr. Christy Vincent's Health Communication class presented various Student Health Service Projects during the 2015 Liberal Arts Symposium.

MCOM students who presented included: Yehoda Ashong-Lamptey, Kelsey Cavin, Bayleigh Cramer, Sherry Darrow, Justin Gray, Jennifer Hasel, Chisholm Holland, Kayla Johnston, Shahada Kari, Talitha Kathol, Adison Ketchum, Harley Lovato, Kailey Marcum, Vincent Pecheco

MCOM Faculty Attend Transformative Learning Conference

MCOM Faculty members Dr. Sherri Johnson, Dr. Sam Lawrence, Dr. Jill Lambeth, and Dr. Christy Vincent were 4 of the nearly 300 attendees at this year’s Transformative Learning Conference. The  Transformative Learning Conference challenges participants to demonstrate evidence-based classroom practices. Pictured right is Dr. Christy Vincent at the conference. 

MCOM Pro Media Students Win Multiple State Broadcasting Awards

MCOM Professional Media Students were presented with multiple awards at the annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Awards Luncheon held March 26, 2015 at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. UCO placed in 14 of the categories, including 7 first place awards.

Click here to see the full list of winners from UCO.  

MCOM's Richardson "Grows His Garden"

MCOM adjunct faculty member Timothy Richardson was recently featured in The Oklahoman as he shard his passion for gardening and advice for the upcoming planting season. Read the article here.


MCOM's Jesse Miller to Speak at PhotoCon 2015

Photographic Arts Associate Professor Jesse Miller will be one of the featured speakers at PhotoCon 2015. The event will take place March 20-21, 2015. Miller will be presenting upon "The Basics of Proper Workflows and Editing in Digital Photography." at 12:45 PM on March 20. 

UCO students are encouraged to attend the two day event at a special pricing of $49.99 with a student ID when purchased at Bedford Camera and Video. For more information contact Jesse Miller


Professional Media Student Receives National Recognition

Scott Martin, Senior Professional Media Major, was recently recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) as one of the top collegiate news anchors in the country. Scott received honorable mention from BEA in the 2015 Student Awards Competition for Television News Anchor. Scott competed against other students from universities across the United States. Congratulations to Scott on this honor!

MCOM's Cejda Featured in Upcoming Photography Exhibits

MCOM Photographic Arts Facilities Manager Angela Cejda will have her work showcased in three upcoming shows across the United States, including locally in Oklahoma City. The Momentum Exhibit will showcase work from Cejda's Graduate Thesis from Cranbook. 

 Additionally, select MCOM Photographic Arts students and alumni will have their work showcased at the Momentum OKC exhibit.

MCOM Alum to CNN

Jennifer Matthews (MCOM graduate, Broadcasting 2012) was hired as theCross Platform Associate Producer for CNN and will be relocatingto CNN headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations, Jennifer!"


MCOM Alum Featured in UCO@125 Campaign

Tammy Payne, an Emmy nominated news anchor nationally recognized for investigative reporting, is an alum of the UCO broadcasting program. Watch her share her experiences at the 4:11 mark of the  UCO@125 eleven minute video.  The MCOM television studio, control room, and UCentral Media students are also featured!

Watch the video on YouTube Here.

MCOM's Ipong OETA Scholarship Recipient

MCOM Professional Media major Mike Ipong, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, recently was named the recipient of one of four $1,000 William "Bill" Thrash and Gene Dillehay Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) scholarships during the 2014 Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association seminar in Oklahoma City. Ipong currently works for the Jack and Ron Morning Show on 98.9 KISS FM and hopes to continue his career in the radio industry following graduation. The scholarship, which will be applied to his tuition, will allow him the flexibility to attend an industry conference in Las Vegas in 2015.

UCO Wins Campus Compact's Voter Registration Contest

UCO won the Campus Compact's Voter Registration Contest in the large school division for the fifth year in a row.  This year's contest was held July-October, and included the efforts from the American Democracy Project with Dr. Janelle Grellner, Dr. Mary Carver (MCOM Assistant Department Chair) and Dr. Susan Scott; students in the Leadership Minor; and Dr. Jan Hardt and her Political Science students.

MCOM Corporate Training Class Develops Multiple Training Materials for TEEM Organization

Dr. Christy Vincent's Corporate Training and Consulting Class participated in a semester long service learning project in which they created training materials for TEEM, The Employment and Education Ministry.

The students coordinated with the TEEM staff, one of whom is a UCO Organizational Communication graduate, Ms. Becca Barsetti, to assess the training needs of the TEEM participants. The students then conducted interviews with TEEM members and created a survey to assess the participants' knowledge of important job training topics. Using the knowledge gained from the needs assessments, pairs of students created two-hour training sessions on topics related to preparing TEEM members to get a job after incarceration. 

As a result of this service learning project, TEEM now has 20 hours of new curriculum and training that they can use going forward. The students created the materials so that the TEEM staff trainers and other volunteers can pick up the materials and use them in any training class that is appropriate for these topics. 

Pictured above are: Lauren Hatfield and Vincent Pacheco (LEFT), Harley Lavato and Kayla Johnston (CENTER), and Kelsey Cavin and Adison Ketchum (RIGHT)

MCOM's Carver Participates in "Sorry, NOT Sorry" Awareness Panel

MCOM Assistant Chair, Dr. Mary Carver, was one of four panelists who participated in "Sorry NOT Sorry Day" on November 19. The panel discussed over apologizing on a daily basis and taking action to improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Other panelist included: Dr. Elizabeth Overman, Political Science Associate Professor; Dr. Lorry Youll, Psychology Professor; and Benisha Young Graduate Student in the Master of Adult and Higher Education Program.

MCOM's Alyson Acklin Wins 2015 Miss UCO

Alyson Acklin, a senior Professional Media major from Yukon, won the Miss UCO 2015 title on November 22. Acklin, a graduate of Mustang High School, will compete for the Miss Oklahoma title in June 2015.

MCOM's Zimmerman Featured as News 9 Investigates The Phenomenon Of RODS 

MCOM Assistant Professor of Photography, Mark Zimmerman, was recently featured on KWTV, News 9 as they investigated the occurrence of RODS streaks that have appeared in various photographs. Watch the story here.  

Four MCOM Majors in Miss UCO 2015 Pageant

Four MCOM Majors have been selected to compete for the title of Miss UCO:

The University of Central Oklahoma will host the Miss UCO 2015 pageant at 4 p.m. November 22, 2014 in Constitution Hall, located in the Nigh University Center.

Miss UCO 2015 is an official preliminary for the Miss Oklahoma and Miss America pageants. Winners are eligible for cash scholarships and Central tuition waivers totaling $6,600.



MCOM's Dr. Lawrence Presents in Canada 

Dr. Sam Lawrence presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Quebec City, Canada in October 2014.



Mass Communication's Matt Frech and Shelby Allen Win UCO Homecoming King and Queen 2014

University of Central Oklahoma seniors Matt Frech and Shelby Allen were named the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during Central’s Homecoming football game on Nov. 1. Frech, an Interpersonal Communication major and Woodward High School graduate, represented Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Allen, a Dance Performance and Strategic Communications double major and Putnam City West graduate from Bethany, represented Sigma Kappa sorority. Congratulations Matt and Shelby!



Strategic Communications Students Visit Dallas Advertising and Public Relations Agencies

MCOM Strategic Communications students toured multiple Advertising and Public Relation Agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex October 23-24. Students were able to meet with industry professionals and tour Slingshot, Moroch, Golin, and TracyLocke agencies.  


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 and The Edmond Sun.

MCOM Corporate Training Class Partners 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 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.

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   

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 "Fragile Existence" On Display in 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

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. 


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. 

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 Core Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Foster, and Project Persist lecturer Jacque Hocking.


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.  



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.  


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.


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.


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

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.  


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.



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.



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.


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. 

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.


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.

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.

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

MCOM Adjunct Faculty Member Wins Investigative Award

Robby Trammell, MCOM media ethics adjunct faculty and news director for The Oklahoman and, 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!

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 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!

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. 

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.




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.



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.


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 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.




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. 




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




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.




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.




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.




'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.



'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.



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".   


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


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.


'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.



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.


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.


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.



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.



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: 

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



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.



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



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. 


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.  



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)



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


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.

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.

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. 

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!

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.

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. 

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.

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