College of Liberal Arts: Links for Students: Scholarships: 2013 Awards

29th Annual Award Ceremony

The Department of Mass Communication award recipients are listed here.

The Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies

The Elizabeth Berger Award

Nan Bowers:

Nan has also been award the Richard P. Rettig Award.

Although born and raised in Oklahoma City, Nan has lived all over the US.  Her major is Substance Abuse Studies and she plans to pursue a Master’s degree following graduation. Nan chose this field because she views the problem of drug and alcohol abuse as a wide spread problem.  Her desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. Her career plans are to help educate, initiate prevention programs, and assist those involved move into recovery, benefiting the abuser as well as the local community.

 


The Sociology Human Services Award

Two students were selected for this award: 

Elizabeth Horn and Christopher Whitehorn

Elizabeth is from Pasadena, CA.  She is a Sociology-Human Services major planning to ultimately seek a Ph.D. in Sociology. Following her graduation from UCO, however, she would like to work in the field of social services for a few years. Elizabeth is an active member of the Sociology Club and has served as the President of the Association of Women’s Studies


Robert C. Jones Award for Outstanding Student in Substance Abuse Studies

Two students have been named for this award:

Jessica Crise and Jessica Helmka

Jessica Crise:  Jessica is a senior obtaining her Bachelor's degree in Sociology-Substance Abuse Studies at the University of Central Oklahoma.  Ms. Crise hopes to help individuals and their families fight addiction and eventually open a treatment facility incorporating individual and family counseling with therapy animals.  Ms. Crise has been involved within Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America) since spring 2011.  She is currently holding the position of President.  Additionally, Ms. Crise is a member of the Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society Chapter at UCO.


Jessica Helmka:  Jessica was born and raised in Bethany, Oklahoma. She is majoring in Substance Abuse Studies and aspires to be a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  She is a member of Tomorrow's Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America (TADCA).  Jessica is a veteran and would like to eventually work with the Department of Veteran's Affairs.


The Gene McBride Community Service Award       

Melissa Neal has been selected for this award. She has also received The Grant Aguirre Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Melissa, a senior, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Sociology Substance Abuse Studies. She is an executive member of Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America (TADCA), which foster’s an awareness opportunity on campus as well as in community outreach centers. She has a passion for helping others and a keen insight into helping those afflicted with disease of addiction. 


Outstanding Student in the Substance Abuse Studies Master’s Program Award

Brittany Conover and Albert Rios are recognized for this award.

Brittany Conover:

Brittany was born and raised in San Diego California.  She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Seattle University and is studying for her Masters in Substance Abuse Studies at UCO. Upon graduation, she plans to become Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor/Mental Health.  Brittany currently works at Mission Treatment Center.


Albert Rios:

Albert is originally from California and relocated to Oklahoma City 4 years ago. He is a graduate student in the Substance Abuse Studies Program and upon graduation, he plans to become a certified LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) Albert would eventually like open his own treatment center.


Outstanding Research in Sociology Award

Shawna Douglas and Jessica Smith have been selected for this award.

Shawna Douglas:  Shawna is from Edmond, OK.  She is a senior sociology-human services major.  She is a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society and the Edmond Suicide Prevention Task Force.  Shawna also serves as a youth mentor for the Touchstone Youth Project and a community innovator for the Possibilities Innovation Program (PIP).  She will work toward obtaining a Masters in Substance Abuse Studies at UCO beginning this fall.  In the future she hopes to open a transitional home for women and children who are affected by substance abuse. 


Jessica Smith:  Jessica hails from Tulsa, OK.   She is currently a senior majoring in Sociology and Humanities with a minor in Religious Studies. Jessica plans to attend a graduate program in social deviance and criminology then move on to a doctorate program. With her doctoral degree she would like to either continue her own research or work for the FBI or CDC.


Outstanding Sociology Student Award

Dalton Stuart is recognized for this award.

Dalton is pursuing a degree in General Sociology and plans a career as a probation and parole officer upon graduation.  He is from Oklahoma City and a senior at UCO.


Outstanding Student in Gerontology

Liliana Brito will receive this honor.

Liliana lives in Norman, OK where she works at Brookhaven Mansions as the administrative assistant and enjoys interacting with seniors every day. She holds a Bachelor of Science from UCO in Biology.  Lilana wants to be an advocate for seniors and teach them about end-of-life services such as palliative care and hospice.  Liliana is the President for the Sigma Phi Omega Gerontology and Professionals Studies Honor Society.


The Judy Leitner Scholarship in Gerontology

Courtney Wood will receive this scholarship. Courtney will receive an additional scholarship from

The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship

Courtney holds a bachelor’s degree in General Studies from UCO and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Gerontology.  She was named to the President’s Honor Roll for Fall 2013.  After graduation, she would like to pursue a career in Gerontology and join the United States Air Force.


The Edmond Senior Community Foundation Scholarship

Grisha Rawal

Grisha, a native of Napal, is pursuing a graduate degree in Gerontology.  She is a member of the Gerontology Honor Society, Sigma Phi Omega and has interned with Habitat for Humanity.  She intends to further her education by applying for a doctoral program related to the field of Gerontology.

 School of Criminal Justice

The William D. Parker Graduate Student Award

Clint Gulley has received this honor.

Clint is from Midwest City, OK and is majoring in Criminal Justice Management and Administration.  Upon completion of his degree, Clint hopes to enter the United States Army. He is active in Broncho Battalion, Student Council as the Vice President, National Society of Pershing Rifles as well as the ROTC Color Guard.


The William D. Parker Undergraduate Award

Andrew Miller is recognized with this award. She has also received The Panera Bread Liberal Arts Student Organization President Scholarship

Andrew is a junior who will obtain a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice next year.  He is currently a member of the President’s Leadership Council and UCO’s Criminal Justice Honor Society, Alpha Phi Sigma.  After graduation, Andrew plans to pursue a career in law enforcement in the metropolitan area.


Dr. Sid Brown Excellence in Criminal Justice Research Award

The winner is Raquel Sweet. 

Raquel graduated Magna Cum Laude in May of 2012 from UCO and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and Administration.  She is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and helps tutor and mentor at-risk youth in the community.

Debate

The Tyler Henry Memorial Scholarship for Debate

Tess Botkin will receive this scholarship.

Tess, a graduate of Moore High School, is a full-time student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in American Indian Studies.  She was the third speaker at the KCKCC tournament and a quarter-finalist in the UCO debate tournament.  After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in American Indian Studies at the University of Oklahoma.


The Doug Duke Scholarship for Excellence in Debate

Austin Vance has been selected for this honor.

Austin is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Economics.  He has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll every semester since Fall 2010, has won numerous speaker awards, and volunteers as a coach of debate at Edmond Santa Fe High School.  He hopes to become a lawyer or to coach debate at the college level.


The Lee Sherman Debate Scholarship

The winner for Fall 2012 was Mike Dickerson.

Mike is from Moore and a freshman.  At Moore High School, he was the president of the Speech and Debate squad, placed third in the state varsity policy debate and competed on the National Circuit.  After graduation, he hopes to obtain an advanced degree in international securities studies and find a career in the national defense or intelligence community.


The H.B. Mitchell Debate Scholarship

The winner for Fall 2012 was Zach Bates.

Zach is a freshman pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy.  He lived in Beirut Lebanon for two years where he was involved in international civil dispute. This involvement led him to have a passion for international affairs and debate.

Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies

The Pandora Everett Scholarship for Spanish Language Education

Kaleb Hood has received this scholarship.

Kaleb, a freshman, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education.  He implemented the current UCO Spanish Club, and currently serves as president.  He is preparing to study abroad in Mexico for the fall semester. His goal is to obtain his master’s degree in Spanish and teach high school students.


Outstanding Student in French Award

Christian Leach has been selected for this award.

Christian is pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in Spanish and French with a minor in Professional Sales.   She is a member of the UCO French Club and has always been interested in becoming a translator.  Her ultimate goal is to learn more languages so that she can become a member of the American Translator Association.


Outstanding Student in Spanish Award

Andrea Pisani  has been selected for this award.

Andrea is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in Art.  At UCO, she is involved in a number of organizations such as the Association of Latin American Students, where she served as Secretary, and the Hispanic American Student Association, where she served as President.  Andrea hopes to continue studying languages and travel the world.


Outstanding Student in German Award

Valerie Carpenter will be receiving this award.

Valerie, from Oklahoma City, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in German and a minor in Art History.  She has visited Germany several times and was enrolled in the 2012 UCO Study Abroad trip to Austria and Germany.  After graduation, she hopes to teach German at the high school level.


Dr. Cathy Stults Scholarship in French Studies

Jeff Fuller is the recipient.

Jeff, from Edmond, serves as the Treasurer for the UCO Democratic Socialists, is a member of the Chess Club, and has been named to the President’s Honor Roll every semester since 2009.  After graduation, he plans to continue his studies to obtain a Ph.D. in French studies.


Samuel Henry and Elizabeth Mitchell Scholarship

The recipient is Anna Clark . Anna also received the Adam Luke Worden Memorial Scholarship and Dr. Frank Finney Reach for Excellence Award

Anna is from Oklahoma City and is pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in English and French.  She has been a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society since 2012 and received the Outstanding French Student award in 2012.  After graduation, Anna plans to attend graduate school to obtain a doctoral degree in Linguistics to teach at a university level.

      

The Department of Humanities and Philosophy

Outstanding Academic Achievement in Applied Liberal Arts Award

Travis Drew has been named for this award and also receives a Finney Scholars award from the Department of Humanities and Philosophy.

Travis, from Oklahoma City, is a junior studying Applied Liberal Arts. He has been a part of the UCO Film Society since 2011.  In 2012 he was awarded the Gilman academic scholarship to study abroad in Poland.  He is currently pursuing his global competency certificate through the Centre for Global Competency at UCO.


Outstanding Academic Achievement in Humanities Award

The winner is Sarah Chandler. 

Sarah is a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Humanities and two minors in History and Spanish.  She has been named to the Dean’s honor roll three times and serves as an officer in the UCO Spanish club.  Her goal, after graduation, is to apply for positions in Humanities and return to UCO to continue her education.

      

Outstanding Academic Achievement in Philosophy Award

This year Samuel Merchant  has been selected.

Samuel is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science.  At UCO, he is a philosophy tutor and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha.  He plans to attend law school at the University of Oklahoma, practice law, and teach at the collegiate level.


Outstanding Tutor Award

Jonathan Cox  has been recognized for this award.

Jonathan, from Edmond, is pursuing a dual major in Humanities and Philosophy.  He is currently the president of the Medieval Society.  After graduation, he hopes to gain a fellowship to teach in Athens, Greece for nine months.  He eventually plans to apply for graduate school in 2014 and go on to teach at the collegiate level.


Alumni and Faculty Scholarship for Philosophy

Laura Caroselli has received this scholarship and also receives a Finney Scholars award from the Department of Humanities and Philosophy.

Laura is a junior studying Political Science and Philosophy and is an active member of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.  After graduation, Laura plans to attend law school. She is currently studying for the LSAT and plans to take the exam this summer. Laura has also received the Carl H. Guild and Thomas E. Guild Scholarship and the Outstanding Junior Political Science Student Award.


Vivian Lanier Memorial Scholarship

Rebecca Brown will be receiving this scholarship.

Rebecca, a native of Chandler, is a UCOSA representative for the Medieval Society and has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for the past two semesters.  Her goals are to attend graduate school and become a college professor.

The Department of History and Geography      

Dr. Stan Hoig Endowed Memorial Scholarship in History

Cheryl Caffee  has been selected for this scholarship.

Cheryl has also been selected for the Russ Goodno History Scholarship

Cheryl is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in General History.  While attending UCO she has been named to the President’s Honor Roll every semester since 2010.  She plans to pursue her master’s and docorate in Women’s History so that she can teach at the university level.

      

Building Traditions, Educating Generations Museum Studies Award

Stephanie Wooley is the recipient of this award. Stephanie has also been awarded The Everett Museum Studies Graduate Student Scholarship

Stephanie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies and a minor in German.  She plans to go to London for special research.  She hopes be to accepted into a graduate program and later obtain her Ph.D. to work for the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany.


Emeritus Scholarship honoring the memory of Dr. Carolyn Pool

Katie Kerns has been named for this scholarship.

Katie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History Education and a minor in Geography.  She is a student worker in the Political Science Department and achieved the Student Athlete Academic Excellence Award in 2011 and 2012.  She hopes to teach history at the high school level.


Edward J. Pugh Outstanding Graduating Geographer Award

Sarah Hawk will receive this award.

Sarah will be graduating this May with a B.A. in Geography. During her time at UCO, she has served as the UCOSA representative for the Geography Student Organization and worked as the tutor for Geography. She plans on attending graduate school in the Fall of 2014 to work towards a master's degree in Geography.


The David Webb Scholarship

Jason Hadley has received this and two other awards. 

The Dr. John Osburn Scholarship and the Phi Alpha Theta Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award.

Jason, from Pryor, Oklahoma, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History.  At UCO, he is a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society and has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll four times.  After graduation, he plans to attend graduate school at UCO or OSU.


Edward Everett Dale Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Stephanie Diaz will be recognized for this award.

Stephanie Diaz received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Oklahoma in fall 2007.  She began graduate school at the University of Central Oklahoma to pursue a M.A. in History-Museum Studies in fall 2009 and will graduate this summer.

Stephanie has been active in the local museum community as an intern and volunteer during her time at UCO. After graduation, Stephanie hopes to publish three journal articles and pursue a job in the museum field before eventually returning to school for a Ph.D. in Latin American/Borderlands history.


Pugh Family Pioneer in Geography Scholarship

Keana Dixon is the winner.

Keana, a sophomore, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Geography. She is currently the secretary of the Geography Student Organization and works with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry.  She values the diversity of a career in geography and plans to excel at whatever path she chooses.


The Kenneth Rees Scholarship in American History

Tony Freitas has been selected for this scholarship. Tony also received The Nathaniel Martinez Scholarship.

Tony, a graduate of Edmond Santa Fe High School, is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language Education as well as a History Education degree.  He has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll twice and serves as the UCOSA Representative for the Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society.  His goal is to become a culturally competent leader and serve many communities and countries.

The Department of Political Science

The Political Science Undergraduate Paper Award

Eunju Mo has received this award.

Eunju, a native of Korea, is an undergraduate student who will obtain a bachelor’s degree in Political Science this year.  She plans to pursue a career in Global Studies or Journalism.  She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha and the Korean Student Association.


Political Science Graduate Paper Award

Cassandra Eads has received this award as well as another award:

The Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award –International Relations

Cassandra, a graduate student from Claremore, is pursuing her graduate degree in International Affairs.  At UCO, she is a full-time teaching assistant in the Political Science Department.  During the week, she volunteers by reading to second graders at an elementary school in Oklahoma City.

      

Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Award

Calvin Bell has been named for this award.

Calvin holds a bachelor’s of Science in General Studies from UCO and is currently pursuing the Masters of Arts degree in Political Science-International Affairs. He serves as the Vice President of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.  His career goal is to attend Oklahoma City University to study tribal law and provide legal services to Native Americans.

      

Political Science Leadership Award

Raisha Rawal will be recognized for this award.

Raisha is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in International Relations and Global Studies.  At UCO, she is a member of the Nepal Student Association and the international Student Council.  After graduation, she hopes to work for the United Nations or begin a career in a non-profit organization.


Professor Leroy Crozier Internship Scholarship in Political Science

Deja Mitchell was named for this scholarship.

Deja is a senior and is pursuing her degree in Political Science with a minor in Sociology.  She is currently involved in an internship with the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s Anti-Fraud Unit in Oklahoma City.  Upon graduating next year, Deja hopes to attend UCO Jackson College of Graduate Studies to obtain a Master’s degree in General Political Science and to ultimately attend law school. 


Outstanding 1st Year Graduate Student Scholarship

Kurt Fifelski has been recognized for this award.

Kurt, a native of Michigan, holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Social Sciences from Emporia State University and is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration.  He is an active member within the community tutoring high school students.  In the future, he hopes to earn a Ph. D. in Urban Development and Planning.

  

Undergraduate Transfer Student Scholarship

Ashley Meyers is named for this award.

Ashley, from Guthrie, holds an Associates of Arts in Social Science from Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington, California and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.   Her interests include creative writing and engaging in discussions of international affairs.


Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award– General Political Science

Randal Mitchell has won this award.

Randal is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.  He serves as the senator of UCO’s Model United Nations organization and has received the Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research and Creative Activity.  After graduation, his career goal is to be a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department.


Outstanding 2nd Year Graduate Student Award– Master of Public Administration

Fredrick Oballa has won this award.

Fredrick holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics and a minor in History from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.  Fredrick is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration.  He is the founder and CEO of Hope Fountain Foundation International, an organization that aids in the relief of distressed and underprivileged individuals in Kenya, Africa.


Dr. James Caster Scholarship in Legal Studies

Hiba Jameel has received this scholarship.

Hiba is pursuing a master’s degree in International Relations.  At UCO, she works as an adjunct Arabic professor.  She also serves as the PR officer for the Management Club and served as the vice president of Golden Key International.  She plans to open a firm to serve victims of international conflicts.

The Department of English

Professor Grady C. Watkins Outstanding Undergraduate Student in English Award

Paul Travis will receive this award.

Additionally, Paul has received The Dr. Loree M. Rice Scholarship, The English Department Scholarship in Honor of Francis Coram Oakes and The Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarship for a full-time undergraduate student

Paul is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Education.  He serves as the secretary of the UCO English Graduate Organization, is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.  Paul aspires to obtain a master’s degree in Library Sciences and to become a public or academic librarian.


Professor Regenia Woodberry Award for Outstanding Work in Women’s or Ethnic Studies

Briton Heitt has been selected for this award.  Briton has received two other honors:

The Dr. Claude Arnold Scholarship and The Geraldine Burns Award for Excellence in English Studies

Briton, who is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in English Education.  After his graduation in the spring of 2014, he plans to pursue a Master of Arts in English at UCO and eventually obtain a professorship at a university in Oklahoma.


Dr. Dean Everett Outstanding English Student Award

Kaycee Chance will receive this award.

Kaycee is a sophomore who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a minor in French. She is also involved in the campus organization Leaders of Tomorrow, a group that has allowed her to give back to campus and the Edmond community. Her ultimate career goal is to teach overseas at a university.  


The Marilyn Harris Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Creative Writing Award

Emily Shorter has received this award as well as the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarship for part-time undergraduate in English

Emily, a senior in Creative Writing, has a passion for reading and writing. After graduation, she plans to apply to the Master’s program at UCO. Her long-term goals are to work at a publishing company and pursue her career in writing.


The Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship

Adam Ferrari will be recognized for this scholarship as well as for the Barbara Kay Gilmore Endowed Scholarship for full-time graduate in English

Adam is a creative writing instructor at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond where he teaches teens the fundamentals of telling a story in various formats. He also serves the community through his work with the YMCA. Adam hopes to one day teach freshman composition as a full-time professor and plans to enroll in a Ph. D. program after completing his Master’s degree.


Clara Kessler Memorial Scholarship

Samantha Elliott has been selected for this scholarship.

Samantha, a native of Midwest City, has been a member of the UCO Women’s Rowing team since 2011 and is currently serving as the team captain. She also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. After graduation, Samantha plans to spend many years teaching high school students in Oklahoma.


Geoffrey Bocca Outstanding Graduate Student in Creative Writing Award

Teresa Mirll will receive this award

Teresa graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2011 from UCO and was on the President’s Honor Roll multiple times.  She currently is the secretary for the Creative Studies Writers Institute of Edmond.  Teresa plans to continue her education experience by submitting her writing to professional magazines and journals for publishing.


Carol Hamilton Creative Writing Scholarship

Laura Gilby has received this scholarship

Laura received her Bachelor’s degree from UCO in 2012 and is now a graduate student studying English.  Her dream is to become a professor of creative writing and to influence students through leadership and creativity.  In the future, Laura plans to publish various types of creative works that will impact people in a humorous, artistic and positive way.


The Lorraine K. Bell Scholarship

Dorothy Cady has been selected for this scholarship

Dorothy is a graduate student working on her Master’s degree in Creative Writing. After graduation, she plans to travel the country on behalf of A Million Stories, Inc., a non-profit corporation that she and her husband started last term.  She will promote the value of capturing personal life stories through writing.


The Bob Burke Endowed Scholarship in Creative Writing

Angela Morris will receive this honor.

Angela is currently a staff writer for the UCO College of Fine Arts and Design and a graduate student working on her Master’s in Creative Writing.  Her long-term goal is to obtain her doctoral degree and become a college professor.

      

Dr. Martin R. Ausmus Outstanding Graduate Student in English Award

Lindsey Hursh has been recognized for this award. She also received The Mary Elizabeth Morelli Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Lindsey was the recipient of the Dale Edward McConathy Scholarship for 2012/2013 and has written many publications and presentations, including her published book chapter, “Curiosity” for Poe in Context. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Ph.D. in English with a focus in Modern American poetry.

College of Liberal Arts

The Womack Investment Advisors Outstanding Undergraduate Leadership Award

Kimberly Wheeler will be receiving this award.

Kimberly is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Photographic Arts and a minor in Strategic Communications.  She has been involved in a number of honors groups including:  Delta Epsilon Iota, Golden Key International, Sigma Alpha Lambda, and Gamma Beta Phi.  She volunteers frequently at the Regional Food Bank and Infant Crisis Center.


The Womack Investment Advisors Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award 

Romario Holland will receive this award and has also received a Finney Scholars awards

Romario, from Chandler, Oklahoma, is pursuing a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Management and Administration.  He is a member of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization and was selected for the STARS Multicultural Honor Society. His goal is to work for the state or federal government in the field of criminal justice.  He would also like to teach for the School of Criminal Justice at UCO.


Liberal Arts Civic Engagement Scholarship

Jerrah Conely has been selected for this scholarship and receives a Finney Scholars award froom the Department of Mass Communication.

Jerrah, a native of Oolagah, currently works as an office assistant for the UCO Academic Advisement Office.  She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Interpersonal Communication and two minors-Spanish and Leadership.  She has been on the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll every semester since Fall 2010.  Jerrah hopes to remain in higher education and continue to work for UCO after graduation.


Liberal Arts Student Organization Officer Scholarship

Taylor Campbell will receive this scholarship.

Taylor, from Moore, Oklahoma, is pursuing dual bachelor’s degrees in Modern Languages Spanish Education and Biology.  She has served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Spanish Club and a member of the Biology Honor Society. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies and to establish a career in animal training and behavior.


Finney Scholars award

Frankie Templar receives the award from the Department of History and Geography

Frankie, a native of Norman, holds an Associates of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Rose State College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in History Education.  After graduation, Frankie hopes to enter the work force as a History Teacher and Coach at the secondary school level.

      

Finney Scholars award

Clarissa Everley receives the award from the Department of History and Geography

Clarissa is a junior, studying Geography. She is a member of the UCO Geography Club and in involved in the Girl Scouts. After attending UCO, Clarissa hopes to obtain a Ph.D. and hold a career in the field of research.

      

Finney Scholars award

Shannon Hoyle receives the award from the Department of Modern Languages

Shannon is a freshman and a member of the National Residence Hall Honor Society.  She plans to graduate from UCO with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Language Education for French and eventually obtain a Ph. D. so that she can go to France and teach English.


Finney Scholars award

Mary Deter-Billings receives the award from the Department of Political Science.

Mary, a native of Guthrie, is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration.  She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, a member of Camp Fire USA and teaches dance at a local studio.  After graduation, she plans to work as a director for a non-profit organization with the hope of starting a business which provides art education to children.


Finney Scholars award

Shelley Smith receives the award from the Department of Sociology, Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies.

Shelley is a Graduate student in the UCO Substance Abuse Studies program.  She is a member of Tomorrow’s Alcohol and Drug Counselors of America and a sign language interpreter, volunteering her time to her church and local 12 Step meetings for the deaf and hard of hearing.  Shelley plans to become a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Counselor and combine both of her skill sets to provide counseling  and mental health services.


Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity awards three scholarships for the top three papers as well as several special category submissions.

1st place goes to Nicole Sutton  for her paper titled

Honey, Sweetie, Dear:  Perceptions and Use of Diminutives by Younger and Older Adults   

This quantitative study in Interpersonal Communication explores the use and perceptions of diminutives in both younger and older adults. The researcher designed and administered a survey to measure intergenerational use and perceptions of diminutives amongst strangers. Results indicate that although strangers are perceived as well-meaning in their use of diminutives, their use generally elicits an indifferent or uncomfortable feeling from addressees.


Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

2nd place goes to Jessica Smith for her paper titled

Demonic Possession:  The Role View of the Self, Group Influence, and Ritualism have on Those Who are Dealing with Demons

Her paper is the culmination of a year's research into understanding the sociological processes potentially at play among people who believe themselves to be tormented by demons.  What makes this paper truly groundbreaking is that no sociologist has ever studied demonic possession as a social phenomenon; in essence, for people who BELIEVE themselves possessed, through their actions and the reactions of others, the state of being "possessed" becomes reality.  Jessica, in collaboration with her classmates, conducted exploratory research and statistically demonstrated that religious group influence does predict beliefs about possession but views of oneself and ritualism surprisingly do not.


Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

3rd place goes to Grace Garcia for her paper titled

Fueling Our Own Death

In Grace Garcia’s paper we face what consumer society sows, an unhealthy system that prefixes dietary madness compounded by sedentary lifestyle. Garcia delivers a keen, popular interest piece surmising outcomes of continued participation in our own untimely and unnecessary demise. We, as readers, are faced with employing our free will to better survival means.


Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

Best Paper in Modern Languages

Jason Robletto’s  paper titled

“La personalidad cremeriana”

His paper deals with the post-Spanish Civil War poetry movement that took place between 1940 and 1975, known as Spanish Social Poetry, with a main focus on the poetry of Victoriano Cremer.  During that difficult time, many regular people struggled and were forced to work in inhumane ways just to survive.  Cremer’s poems depict these unprivileged citizens, and at the same time represent the poet’s social and political beliefs.  In Cremer’s words, “Poetry is always, always, always a form of biography.”  Cremer continued to write poetry and support the common man until he died at the age of 102.


Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

Best Honor Society Paper

Phillip Harvey’s paper titled

“Pride: the Nature of Satan in Inferno and Paradise Lost,”

His paper compares the role of Satan in the first canticle of Dante’s Divine Comedy, Inferno (ca. 1308), with his role in John Milton’s Protestant epic, Paradise Lost (1667). The figure of Satan teaches the reader about the mortal sin of pride in both epic poems. Harvey argues that Satan becomes a didactic tool through the authors’ different uses of the felix culpa, or the motif of the hero’s “fortunate fall”. A narrative that employs the felix culpa casts the hero's pride as a catalyst for a negative turn in his fortunes, but, as the narrative progresses and the hero struggles through challenges that test his mettle, this turn will eventually become “fortunate”. Ultimately, by providing an opportunity for growth, the hero’s fall will save him. Harvey notes that although the felix culpa cannot be applied to Satan, since he did not learn from his fall and so remains condemned, Milton and Dante use Satan's fall to inspire their readers to seek the road to salvation.

      

Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

Best Paper Written by a Non-Native Speaker

Wynn Nguyen’s paper titled "Windows"

Chapter One of this in-progress memoir is a terrific, keyhole view into the life and times of a young girl, coming of age, in her homeland, Viet Nam. The subtle beauty of Nguyen's prose is delightful and offers distinct sensory engagement coupled with evocative challenges she faces in coming to terms with family illness, storms, neighborhood fires and leaving home, moving far enough away to witness snow for the first time and learn a new geography. The characterization of self is entirely sincere and utterly intriguing. 

Dean’s Symposium Award for Excellence in Research or Creative Activity

Be The Light Symposium Award

Whitney Dinger’s paper won this award.

Cooperation in an Era of Globalization   

Whitney Dinger's paper examines the issue of sex trafficking as a problem of international cooperation. In her paper she outlines the contours of the problem, and identifies those international agreements that have sought to promote multilateral responses. The role of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) in combatting sex trafficking has been crucial. She concludes by calling for the United States to play a more assertive role in mobilizing NGOs, particularly in order to provide aid and support to the victims of this crime.


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