Our faculty, staff and students make us proud to be Bronchos! Take a look at some of our most recent points of pride.
Wall Street Journal Names UCO to ‘Top Engagement’ List
UCO earned national recognition for its dedication to student engagement, ranking No. 6 on the list of ‘Top Schools for Engagement,” in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings.
Dedication to Veterans
The Military Times ranked UCO No. 21 among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on its 2017 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list. Central was the only Oklahoma school recognized. Also, Victory Media named UCO to its 2017 “Military Friendly Schools” list for the fifth consecutive year.
‘Top Workplace’ in Oklahoma
The Oklahoman named Central one of the state’s “Top Workplaces” for the third consecutive
year. UCO ranked No. 12 in the large business category, which includes businesses with at least 350 employees, on the Top Workplaces 2016 list. UCO was the only university included on the list.
Professors Awarded Grants for Excellence
The Oklahoma Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) awarded College of Mathematics and Science professors Morshed Khandaker, Ph.D., associate professor of engineering and physics, and Lillian Chooback, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, each with a 2.5-year, $200,000 Research Project Investigator grant.
UCO-Based Paralympians Get the Gold
The U.S. Women’s Sitting Volleyball Team, based at UCO, won the team’s first-ever gold medal, defeating China at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In addition, the team was named Best Team of the Paralympic Games at the 2016 Team USA Awards, the United States Olympic Committee’s annual award ceremony. UCO has served as an official Paralympic Training Site for the U.S. Olympic Committee since 2005 and as an Olympic Training Site since 2009.
‘Great College to Work For’
The Chronicle of Higher Education named UCO as one of the “2016 Great Colleges to Work For.” Central was the only public higher education institution in the state recognized on the list, and one of only a handful of institutions in the nation given the distinction of being named to the “Honor Roll” for being cited most often among the recognition categories.
Top Alma Mater for Board Certified Teachers
The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards recognized Central as one of the top 50 alma maters in the U.S. for National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) with 444 total certifications.
Kudos President Betz
The World Experiences Foundation named UCO President Don Betz the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship for his inclusive leadership and his work with diversity and inclusion at UCO, as well as his work with the United Nations.
The 17th annual UCO Endeavor Games wrapped up June 2016 in Edmond after welcoming more than 330 athletes from 40 states, Puerto Rico and Canada for the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability event. The 2016 games were powered by 240 volunteers and stretched across five sites with athletes ages 4 to 73 competing in ten sports.
Kudos College of Business
UCO College of Business undergraduate entrepreneurial team Heart Optic LLC took first place in its division at the Tri-State Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan Competition held in May in Las Vegas, bringing home a $30,000 cash prize and increasing the team’s total winnings to $42,000.
Track & Field National Champ
UCO sophomore student-athlete Mariah Garcia became Central’s first-ever outdoor national track and field champion as she captured the discus title at the NCAA Division II Outdoor National Track and Field Championships held in May 2016 in Bradenton, Florida. Garcia broke the school record for discus throws of more than 40 feet and qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trails.
For the sixth consecutive year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named UCO in 2016 as Individual Conference Champion of the College and University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Cheer Wins Nationals
UCO Cheer captured its 10th national championship with a first-place finish in Intermediate All-Girl Division II at the National Cheerleaders Association College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2016.
UCO professor of biology Chris Butler, Ph.D., received a Fulbright award to Botswana for the 2016-17 academic year. He will be based out of the University of Botswana where he will teach courses in biometrics and geographic information systems, conduct collaborative research on the effects of climate change on birds in southern Africa, and work to develop a new course to be offered simultaneously at Central and the University of Botswana.
Forensic Science National Recognition
The W. Roger Webb Forensic Science became the only university in North America with three accredited undergraduate forensic science programs — forensic molecular biology, forensic chemistry and digital forensics. Central is the only institution in Oklahoma with undergraduate level Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission accreditation and joined Eastern Kentucky University as the first two universities in the nation to receive accreditation for an undergraduate digital forensics program.
Athletics Receives Largest Ever Donation
UCO alumnus and former student-athlete Chad Richison, founder and CEO of Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software Inc., pledged $10 million to UCO Athletics as part of its $15 million “Complete the Dream” campaign in November.