HAB is the organization that plans, organizes, and facilitates Homecoming on UCO's campus. We begin planning Homecoming in March, and work through the summer and beginning of the fall semester to insure that UCO has the best homecoming experience possible! We coordinate with Alumni, Athletics, Student Affairs, and many other organizations to make Homecoming Week a campus-wide collaborative effort that will have the greatest impact on the greatest number of people, leaving all participants with memories that will long outlast their years at UCO. My favorite part of being on HAB is seeing our campus come together to celebrate Central! It's a beautiful sight to see! I love knowing that I helped facilitate and plan those experiences that students, faculty, staff, and alumni talk about for years to follow!
After being HAB Chair, I will take away the ability to lead a board through our campus's largest event! I will leave HAB with the capability to be the leader of a major organization and I will know how to delegate efficiently and effectively! I am thankful for opportunity that the Campus Activities office has provided me, I am now a better leader than I ever thought I could be!
WinterGlow is an event that is open to both UCO and Edmond Community members. For one magical night, we transform the Nigh University Center into a Winter Wonderland. Children get to participate in games, crafts, take their picture with Santa, and much more. My favorite part of this event is getting to see the joy from the children as they play the holiday themed games or the excitement they have from getting a picture with Santa. I love giving back to the community and what a better group than kids!
WinterGlow is one of those things that you work hard for but when the event is over you are very glad that you participated. I think that anyone that participates in WinterGlow will not leave with disappointment because the kids have a wonderful time and you know that you were a part of making their holiday celebrations special.
Pom supports UCO in athletics, students, and community events. We cheer on our Bronchos at every game while behind the scenes we are working hard to prepare for the National Cheer Association Championships. Nationals takes place during April in Daytona Beach, Florida. This past summer, we attended Cheer Camp with other schools from throughout the country and won first in Team Routine, Game Day Dance, as well as taking the title of Most Collegiate and Best All Around. We also received a Gold Paid Bid, which is the highest award you can receive and pays for our Nationals registration fees. My favorite thing about being a part of the Pom Squad is seeing how far we have come and all of our accomplishments. As a student athlete, it is hard to balance school, work, and an organization. But when our hard work pays off it makes it all worthwhile.
After college I will use the skills I learned from being a leader and a part of a team. It takes commitment and passion to be a part of this Squad and I will always remember to never give up and to give 100% no matter what I am doing.
Big Pink Volleyball is a philanthropic event that organizes a charity volleyball tournament played with a, you guessed it, a big pink volleyball. The organization hopes to raise awareness and money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in order to fight breast cancer. My favorite part of being involved with Big Pink was having the opportunity to visit every Greek house at UCO and spread Big Pink Volleyball's message. Breast cancer affects one out of every eight women. At UCO, that translates to 1,172 people potentially being diagnosed with breast cancer. Through Big Pink, I was able to help spread awareness and helped to rally the Central community around a very worthy cause.
This organization has allowed me to make friendships that I would not have otherwise made. Also, the public speaking experience and knowledge of breast cancer was invaluable.
The cheerleaders cheer at football and basketball home games. We also make appearances at special events around campus and the community. We encourage students, fans, and alumni to attend events at UCO and become part of the activities. My favorite part of being a cheerleader for UCO is attending the sporting events and helping the Bronchos win a victory. Leading the crowd in cheers and performing the fight song after winning a game is an incredible feeling.
Being a leader at UCO has helped me learn how to be a leader for the rest of my life. I plan on becoming a teacher which requires being a leader to my students and the entire school. It has also showed me how to work well with others.
Old Blue Crew is a group of men that come together to support Central Athletics. Throughout the year, we run the giant UCO Flags at football games, cheer on our Broncho basketball teams, and are always on hand to get the crowd pumped up to support Central. It’s a great opportunity to meet a lot of people and hang around a group of guys that are just as fun, exciting, and pumped as you are to support our Broncho athletes. My favorite thing about this organization is traveling to different places to support our athletes in competitions throughout the country.
Being a leader has taught me many things that I will use for the rest of my life. It has also challenged me to go beyond the expectations and make better changes for a better future.
The President's Club is responsible for putting on the President's Club Children's Christmas Party each December and the Campus Leadership Awards in April. During the President’s Club Children’s Christmas Party, local children get paired with student mentors from UCO and spend the afternoon playing games and receive a gift bought especially for them by their assigned mentors. In April, President’s Club comes together to recognize all of UCO’s outstanding leaders in a ceremony that recognizes organizations, individuals, commitment to community service, commitment to diversity, and more.
My favorite part of being a part of President's Club, especially during the Christmas Party, is being able to see the look on the children's face when they open up their presents. It is an awesome feeling to make a positive impact in a child's life even just for one afternoon. I believe I will take away a better understanding of the importance of making time for children and making myself available as a role model for those younger than me.
The Miss UCO Pageant is a preliminary competition to the Miss Oklahoma and Miss America pageant. The Pageant consists of competitions in interview, talent, and modeling an evening gown and swimsuit. The woman selected to be Miss UCO is involved in many campus activities as well as community service activities. Each contestant competing chooses a platform issue relating to issues they want to be an ambassador for in their community. My platform is called Basket of Hope and it is a national nonprofit organization that delivers baskets of toys to children in our local hospitals with cancer or other serious illnesses. I have the honor of being the director for the Oklahoma branch of this great organization.
Through being Miss UCO and being involved in pageants, I have been blessed to have learned so much! I have gained the confidence to help me do well in my future career as well as have confidence to speak publicly. I would encourage anyone to get involved in pageants, and Miss UCO is a great place to start!
New Student Orientation is for any New Bronchos and New Broncho Parents & Family to learn about UCO through a fun and interactive day. The New Student Orientation team plans New Broncho Orientation, Parent and Family Orientation and the events that go on during Stampede Week. I love being a part of New Student Orientation because it is one of the first thing you do as being a new Broncho. I believe that college is where you learn about who you are and what you want to do for the rest of your life. It is so exciting to be the start of their UCO journey and see where they will go as Bronchos.
As a student leader I will take away the knowledge to lead a group of students and overcome good times and adversity. After UCO, I hope to achieve my masters in Student Affairs and being a part of New Student Orientation has taught me to be flexible and realize that you can make a difference in a student's life.
SPB is the premier student programming group on campus that brings 50+ events to campus each year, including concerts, the Stampede Week Foam Party, a murder mystery dinner, comedy shows, and much more. We consist of an executive board and four committees, which include concerts, special events, recreation, and daytime events. I would have to say my favorite part of this organization is the overall interaction that I get to have with students on campus. I can see that the work I've done brings happiness to them and they are able to have a good time.
I think I will really take away the concept of working with others for the greater good of students on and off campus. What we do really helps to define students’ experiences here at UCO and we often times get to help create some of their fondest memories through the programs that we plan and implement on a weekly basis.