University of Central Oklahoma
Volume 3, Number 2 College of Education and Professional Studies
At this mid-point in the fall
semester, it is clear that our year
is off to a productive beginning. In
this edition of The Tower you will
find examples of outstanding ac-
complishments of our talented and
dedicated faculty and students.
We are proud of the increas-
ing number of collaborations and
partnerships with other higher
education institutions, public
schools, and other agencies and
entities. On our cover you will
learn more about our transfer
agreements with OSU-OKC. Other
examples of partnerships in which
we are engaged to help meet the
needs of our region and state can
be found on pages 3, 5, and 8 of Seated: Ms. Kiki McWilliams, UCO President W. Roger Webb, OSU-OKC President
this newsletter. Jerry Carroll, Dr. Kaye Sears. Standing: Mr. Jeff Rosson, Dr. Larry Edwards, Dr.
As I noted in this year’s first Kim Pearsall, Ms. Lisa Dillon, Dr. James Machell, Dr. Lori Beasley, Dr. Donna Guinn
newsletter, those of us who staff
the College of Education and Pro-
fessional Studies are deeply Transfer Agreements with OSU-OKC
grateful for our forerunners who
worked so well and hard to estab-
Two transfer agreements were signed on September 9 at OSU-OKC. The Associ-
lish the exemplary college and ate of Applied Science (AAS) in Early Care-Administration and the Associate of Ap-
programs we enjoy today. On plied Science in Early Care-Master Teacher programs at OSU-OKC will both transfer
page 2 we honor Dr. Virginia Pe- into the Bachelor of Science in Family Life Education-Child Development at UCO.
ters, a colleague who laid a foun- The agreement for the AAS in Early Care-Administration will extend student eligi-
dation of excellence in physical bility for a scholarship from the Department of Human Services to a bachelor’s de-
education and athletics that is gree, and was initiated by the Department of Human Services to help address the
unsurpassed. Today we continue need for educated child care providers in Oklahoma.
to reap the benefits of the excel- The agreements result from close collaboration between Dr. Kim Pearsall, Chair,
lence demonstrated by our past
faculty members like Dr. Peters.
Early Care Education at OSU-OKC, and Dr. Kaye Sears, Chair, Department of Hu-
There are many stories of man Environmental Services, UCO, and are supported and encouraged by the State
transformative learning experi- Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Educa-
ences that occur in our college tion.
and at UCO. On page 2, you will Information and photo provided by Dr. Donna Guinn, UCO, Coordinator of Pro-
learn a bit about the journey of gram Transfer Agreements
Krista Fagala and her life- Transfer agreements in Child Development between five community colleges and
changing summer experiences. UCO have been approved for the scholar’s program. Those institutions are: Northern
Examples of other student and Oklahoma College, Oklahoma City Community College, Oklahoma State University-
faculty accomplishments are in-
cluded throughout this edition. We
OKC, Redlands Community College, and Seminole State College.
are grateful for your continued UCO is also working on transfer agreements in Child Development with the follow-
interest in and support for our col- ing: Rose State College, Western Oklahoma State College, Eastern Oklahoma State
lege and people. College, Carl Albert College, and Connors State College. Some or all of those may
Sincerely, be approved for the scholar's program once finalized.
Jim Machell, Dean
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Dr. Virginia Peters Honored
The Oklahoma Higher Education Heritage Association inducted Dr. Vir-
ginia L. Peters into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, on
Tuesday, October 7, 2008, She was inducted into the University of Cen-
tral Oklahoma Athletics Hall of Fame on October 10, 2008, for her many
accomplishments as a student athlete and coach.
Dr. Virginia Peters is a remarkable individual who has truly made a huge
difference at UCO and in the College of Education and Professional
Studies. First as a student-athlete, later as a faculty member, coach,
and ambassador to the state, region and country in matters related to Virginia Peters,
athletics and physical education, Dr. Peters has left a remarkable leg- freshman, 1954
acy to our campus community.
Dr. Peters came to Central State College as a student-athlete where she earned her bachelor
of science degree in 1957. During her student years, Dr. Peters participated in basketball,
field hockey, swimming and volleyball, earning both the Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete
award, in 1954 and 1957. She was inducted into the Jim Thorpe Athletic Hall of Fame to the “All Time Greats of Okla-
homa—Players of the Decade 1950-1959.”
She began her teaching and coaching careers at Central in 1958. Dr. Peters coached the following teams: girls bas-
ketball from1958 to 1980 including five state championships; field hockey from1958 to 1975 with eight state champion-
ships; track and field in 1965; volleyball from 1958 to 1963 with a state championship in 1962; and men’s and women’s
fencing from 1968-1980 with four state championships. She taught graduate and undergraduate classes in all areas of
health and physical education.
In 1962, Virginia completed her master of science degree from the University of Colorado. In 1965, she became the
Director of Women’s Intramurals on campus. In 1967, she earned promotion to assistant professor and was promoted to
associate professor in 1968, the same year she earned her Ph.D. from Florida State University. Her dissertation cele-
brated the then-director of Women’s Athletics, Dr. Emma Plunkett. It was titled, “The Life, Career, and Professional Con-
tributions of Emma W. Plunkett,” published by the University of Oregon.
Dr. Peters was promoted to professor in 1971 and in 1981 received the Meritorious Service Award. In 1992, Dr. Pe-
ters retired, having completed 34 years of service to Central
State College, Central State University, and the University of
Central Oklahoma. Virginia was named to the Women of
Achievement, Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women in
Dr. Peters’ contributions spanned both the academic and
athletic fields. She has held many leadership positions in the
state and national professional associations, and is a speaker
for civic clubs, an organ-
izer, and fund raiser for
Among her many pub-
lished articles are,
”Pollyanna Had a Good
Thing Going,” Here’s to
a Lifetime, Sport,” and
“Mexico 68 – The Olym-
Virginia remains a
campus leader today, as
a vital member of the
UCO Foundation Board
Dr. Virginia Peters (left) presented the 2008 Dr. Virginia
of Directors. She was Peters Physical Education in Higher Education Teacher of
instrumental in the devel- the Year Award to Dr. Freeta Jones, UCO Kinesiology and
opment of Plunkett Park Health Studies professor, at the Oklahoma Association for
at the heart of campus. Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual
Dr. Peters (left) coaching basketball in
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Student News and Honors
E.C. Hall Award Winner
The Jackson College of Graduate Studies is pleased to
present the 2007-08 E.C. Hall Award to Jennifer Jones of
An outstanding student throughout her undergraduate
and graduate educational programs at UCO, she maintained
a perfect 4.0 GPA, served as a graduate assistant in the
Oklahoma State Department/UCO Preschool for Children
With Hearing Impairment and, according to her adviser Dr.
Scott F. McLaughlin, set the standard for student achieve-
ment in almost every course.
In addition to the Hall Award, she was co-recipient of the
UCO Speech-Language Pathology Outstanding Graduate
Pictured: Krista Fagala, UCO student and Trent Thenhaus, Clinician Award. She has accepted employment with
Chicago Coach for disabled sports, in China. Shawnee Public Schools.
Report from the Paralympics in Beijing
I just wanted to start out by saying thank you to the Uni- Oklahoma Research Day Submissions
versity of Central Oklahoma for choosing me to go and repre-
sent them on this chance of a lifetime. For those of you that UCO submitted 226 abstracts for the 10th
don’t know me, my name is Krista Fagala and I am a Health
and Physical Education Major here at UCO. I was chosen by
Annual Research Day set for November
UCO to go on an all expense paid trip to Beijing, China for the 14, 2008 at Northeastern State University
Paralympic Games. (The Paralympics is people with a physi-
cal disability like missing limbs, being blind, etc. not a cogni-
in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
After working 3 months at the Olympic Training Center in Kinesiology and Health Studies Scholarships
Colorado Springs; I set off to Beijing, China. In China I was
Three Kinesiology and Health Studies students earned
responsible for 25 disabled students ranging from 12-18
years old. They were accompanied by one parent or guardian scholarships from the Oklahoma Association for Health,
and were chosen through an application process from all over Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Randy Trail, Jer-
the United States for the free trip to China for the Paralympic emy Barr (both physical education major's) and Terri Lake
Games. We took the students to the opening and closing (graduate student) .
ceremonies; they attended certain events, had athlete speak-
ers, and enjoyed a cultural experience. UCO Students Respond to E Coli Outbreak
My favorite part about China was working with those stu- Students in Dr. Diane Rudebock’s community health
dents. To be 12-years-old and know that you will never be courses responded to an urgent request from the Oklahoma
able to walk again would be incredibly hard. When we went to
State Department of Health to assist with the E Coli outbreak
the Great Wall of China one of our students in a wheel chair
told us that he wanted to go to the top. The top was about a investigation in the Northeastern part of Oklahoma. The stu-
mile and a half hike, a 45 degree incline, steep uneven stairs, dents assisted in the investigation by the Epidemiology Divi-
and not accessible at all. So one of the leaders and I looked sion at the Oklahoma State Health Department. They were
at each other and he said that he’d carry Stephen if I carried trained in interview techniques, confidentiality, and reporting
the wheel chair. I said, ‘Let’s do it.’ When we finally reached procedures, and will be valuable human resources as this
the top and Stephen looked around he had the biggest smile investigation continues. When students become engaged in
on his face and he turned to us and said, ‘thank you.’ He community efforts, they have a transformative experience
knew that he couldn’t get up there by himself, but he was and have the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills
determined to do it, and with a little help he achieved his goal.
learned in the classroom to a community need.
I could tell you story after story of the impact these kids
made on my life. They have been told ‘you can’t’ a lot in their
life and yet they keep going. Twenty-one million Americans Community Collaboration
have a physical disability, 5% are physically active, leaving Students in Dr. Diane Rudebock's Introduction to Community
95% not active at all. My dream is to spread the word and let Health class are working in a collaborative project this fall
people know about the Paralympics and the positive impact with the City of Edmond Office of Planning and Community
they are making on the US today. By sharing this story the Development. Students will be completing Windshield sur-
word can easily be spread. veys to gather data from neighborhoods in the Edmond Com-
This trip was a chance of a lifetime and I loved every min- munity. This date will be utilized to target specific needs in
ute of it. Thank you again for changing my life. Sincerely,
these neighborhoods which will assist in future planning for
Krista L. Fagala
targeted needs of Edmond residents.
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Dr. Fred's (William A. Frederickson) Mentorship
Endowed Fund CEPS Scholarships
Dr. Frederickson’s widow, Patsie Frederickson, has A feature of the Tower includes information about schol-
established a scholarship fund to mentor students by arships available to our students. CEPS Development Direc-
providing research assistantships. tor, Judy Reyes-Henderson, has been working to update our
From Mike Knight scholarship files.
Bill and I talked often of an endowed chair for the
psychology department and it is certainly a laudable Jessie M. Nelson (Mom’s) Scholarship
goal. However, Bill’s goals for the department were
always visionary and learning-centered. I think, then,
you will agree that he would prefer being remembered This scholarship was established in memory of Ms.
as a mentor who found a way to continue supporting Jessie Nelson, the mother of UCO professor Frank Nelson,
students. To honor Bill I propose endowed research by Ms. Pat Bolt, an alumnus of the University of Central
assistantships for undergraduates and graduate stu- Oklahoma’s College of Education and Professional Studies,
dents—that would appeal to his stubborn streak and adult education program. Ms. Bolt became acquainted with
his belief that the university is greater than only one of Jessie through Bolt’s volunteerism with senior citizens. She
us. Bill was an artist—a wood carver who released listened to stories of how Jessie, a young woman during the
strange and beautiful faces from gnarled tree roots—he period of the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, and
also released intellects from the gnarled roots of fuzzy worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II.
thinking and immaturity. Here follows one example. Jessie Nelson had little opportunity for formal education
This story is about John an undergraduate student, herself, but encouraged her son to learn. This scholarship is
one of hundreds of students Bill mentored. John did not designed to honor all mothers and others who encourage
know what he wanted to be when he grew up, became loved ones to seek higher education. The scholarship is
an adult, and left the academy. He pursued architec- open to undergraduate students or graduate students pursu-
tural design studies in high school and his first two ing course work in Career-Tech Education and/or Adult Edu-
years of college but ended that relationship because of cation. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on avail-
irreconcilable differences with calculus. Then he found able funds.
psychological science, especially statistics and re-
search, and most importantly, Dr. William A. Frederick- Sue McCauley Leadership Award
son. Established 2001
Dr. Frederickson knew that mentoring is not just This cash award was established in honor of Sue
dispensing knowledge and honing skills—he felt that McCauley, and is intended for an outstanding graduate stu-
mentors and students transform through learning in the dent majoring in Family and Child Studies in the Human En-
same way artist and wood transform through carving. vironmental Studies department. Sue received her Bache-
Dr. Frederickson and John spent hours together de- lor’s and Master’s of Science in Early Childhood Education
signing experiments, collecting data, analyzing the re- from UCO. She devoted her personal and professional life to
sults—transforming each other. I think he would say the care and nurturing of young children. Sue served as di-
something about never being able to enter the same rector of the UCO Child Study Center from 1985-2002, and
river twice or when the student is ready the teacher will was a member and leader of the Early Childhood Associa-
appear but I am not that wise. Bill Frederickson in- tion of Oklahoma.
tended that John go to graduate school and become an The Sue McCauley Leadership award is given to a de-
academician. When John presented a cumulative GPA serving graduate student in the amount of $300.00, and is
of 1.39, Dr. Frederickson put pencil to paper and calmly announced at the annual College of Education and Profes-
announced, “You cannot make another grade below sional Studies honors and awards banquet.
‘A’”— John never did.
You can make a donation to any of the scholarships
Sometimes that is all it takes, someone believing in available to University of Central Oklahoma College of Edu-
you more than you believe in yourself, someone who cation and Professional Studies students online using your
writes a story of you at your best and imparts a matter MasterCard or Visa by clicking the “Give Now” button located
of fact confidence that that is who you really are. But on the foundation website at http://www.ucok.edu/foundation.
Dr. Frederickson’s quiet confidence in you came with You can also print the online giving form, complete the infor-
an expectation you had to live up to. He was resolute mation and mail your credit card information or a check
and honest. You always knew when you had not done made out to the UCO Foundation (not UCO, as we will not
your part and he had this uncanny ability to always hold be able to process the check) to the UCO Foundation office
the bar just a little higher without you realizing it. The at 100 N. University Dr., Box 133, Edmond, OK 73034.
time he spent with John is but a sliver of a fraction of You may also call Judy Reyes-Henderson at the UCO
the time he dedicated to students, and each sliver inter- Foundation at 405.974.2763.
twined in a fractal, cascading into the future.
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Faculty News and Honors Alumni News
Teacher of the Year
Of the 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year for
Healthy Choices 2008-09, three are UCO graduates. Sherilynn Admire,
UCO Passport: China and UCOHealthyCampus.com an elementary teacher in the Mid-Del Schools and
presented "Chinese Cuisine: Healthy Choices and Dim Mandy Rowley, an elementary teacher in the Wood-
Sum" on Sept. 4. ward School District both earned bachelor's degrees at
Tiffany Schlinke, dietetic internship director at UCO, UCO. Debbie Flowers, an elementary teacher in the
taught cooking methods and ingredients used in Chinese Meeker School District earned bachelor's and master's
cuisine. Schlinke also is the media spokesperson for the degrees in our college.
Oklahoma Dietetic Association and has been a registered
dietitian for 16 years. The Oklahoma Teacher of the Year in 2005, 2006 and
2007 all have completed or are working toward com-
Dr. Marilyn Waters serves on the UCO Academic Appeals pleting master of education degrees in education ad-
Board. ministration in our college (Susan Illgen, Linda Hassler-
CEPS Academic Affairs Curriculum Council Reid, and Robyn Hilger).
Dr. James Machell, Dean or Dr. Bill Pink, Assoc. Dean
Dr. Kathy Brown, Dr. Candy Sebert, Dr. Darla Fent. Repre- Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
senting the Faculty Senate, Dr. Cheryl Evans. UCO is a partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
(COV) project, a statewide digital storytelling initiative
Dr. Dan Vincent is newly elected to serve on the UCO empowering learners to become digital witnesses, ar-
Faculty Merit-Credit Committee. chiving local oral history and sharing that history safely
on the global stage of the Internet. The Oklahoma Heri-
Community Outreach tage Association is the lead non-profit organization sup-
Dr. Donna Kearns and Bruce Young from Edmond porting and facilitating the work of the COV. The project
Public Schools work together on a community outreach started in the fall of 2006 as a collaborative professional
project. Dr. Kearns engages five high-school students in development initiative involving Oklahoma educators
transition services at UCO. The high school students spend and Wesley Fryer, at the time the Director of Education
one hour in Dr. Kearns' Secondary Special Education Advocacy for AT&T in Oklahoma. In the fall of 2007, a
course where UCO students provide tutoring. Later in the project advisory council was created and work began to
semester, the Edmond students will be assigned to various seek additional project partners and funding support. As
departments across the UCO campus to obtain work ex- a result of these efforts, a partnership was formed be-
periences. tween the COV project and the University of Central
Oklahoma's College of Education and Professional
Well-Rounded Election Education Studies (CEPS). Led by Dr. Dana Owens-DeLong, pro-
In current Elementary Education core courses, the fac- fessor and director of technology for the UCO College,
ulty frequently extol the virtues of unit teaching. Three Ele- funding was obtained to provide "digital backbacks" of
mentary Education faculty members, Dr. Pam Kuzminski, equipment for workshop participants. "Digital backpack"
Dr. Darlinda Cassel, and Dr. Dan Vincent, will model a co- equipment includes a portable digital audio recorder, a
operative unit in which various aspects of the election proc- digital camera, a USB headset and microphone, and a
ess will be explored simultaneously in different core USB flash drive. As a statement of support and endorse-
courses with elementary students. Thus, a partnership has ment, the Instructional Technology division of the Okla-
been developed among faculty and with the public schools. homa Department of Education released an RFP for
In math, the students will deal with election and polling new competitive grants funded with federal Title IID
data. Social studies will focus upon the election process funds in August 2008. Oklahoma schools receiving 2008
and significant historical perspectives while the science -2009 competitive Title IID educational technology
aspect will involve the “green” issue. In the literature grants are eligible to have Celebrate Oklahoma Voices
course, students will be exposed to a number of children’s professional development workshops presented for their
trade books with corresponding activities in a “stations” ap- teachers at a local location. This translates into multiple
proach. The language arts course will be on site at Chis- training opportunities across the state of Oklahoma for
holm Elementary producing election newspapers featuring the COV project and direct financial support of the joint
stories composed with third and fourth graders as part of initiative.
their Writing Buddies activity.
The 2008 Oklahoma Women in Higher Education Annual Conference is set for November 21, 2008, at the University
of Central Oklahoma. Registration and conference information is available online at: www.okwhe.org. Deadline for reg-
istration is November 7.Graduate Student Conference Fee Waivers -- Apply for a conference registration fee waiver.
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Bill Frederickson, continued from page 4
Bill Frederickson was the epitome of the life
-long learner, a consummate student who
never left the academy. Neither did John. This
story ends by revealing that my first name is
John, though I have always gone by Mike. Bill
always called roll in his classes and on the offi-
cial roster, I was “John” so to him my name
was John. For years after I joined the faculty at
UCO he still called me John. It did no good to
correct him: he knew who I was.
I am telling you all of this because for 20
some years now I have been carving a statis-
tics textbook from the principles of data analy-
sis and experimental design that he taught me.
Bill was not given to sentimentality but the book Student News and Honors, continued from page 3
was published this summer and I was so look-
ing forward to seeing his reaction to the dedica- Social Norming
tion, The Health Assessment & Evaluation course under Sunshine Cowan
For Bill Frederickson, received IRB approval to begin holding focus group sessions with
from John UCO students. The qualitative research will be paired with existing
National College Health Assessment (NCHA) research and used to
If you would like to help us pay it forward developing a social norming campaign. Community Health students in
you can make a contribution by continuing to the Spring 2009 Community Intervention class will carry out the social
this web site http://ceps.ucok.edu. Click on the norming campaign. The social norming segment of the research in-
“Pay it Forward” tab. Sincerely, Mike Knight, volves UCO students’ perceptions of behavior among their fellow stu-
Department of Psychology, (405) 974-5455 dents, and facts about what is actually reported. For instance, the
Fax (405) 974-3851 average UCO student believes that "the average UCO student" is
drinking, smoking, and having more sexual partners than they actu-
ally are. The social norming campaign is an attempt to spread this
awareness which, especially for incoming freshmen, may help lower
some health risk behaviors. Social norming is working to help rede-
fine what's "normal" or typical within a given population.
Nov. 5-8 Dr. Atkins, Sears, Wetsel and Shreck will be taking 33 stu-
dents to the National Association for the Education of Young Children
conference in Dallas.
Nov. 5-8 Dr. Bertram will be taking 12 students to Little rock, Arkan-
sas to a National Council on Family Relations conference.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education-sponsored, re-
gional university cooperatively shared Bachelor of Science in Organ-
izational Leadership program has completed its first year. There are
currently over 150 students enrolled in the program throughout the
state and UCO has 60 majors. UCO anticipates its first graduates
Dr. Bill Frederickson and Dr. Darlinda Cassel, 2006 during the spring 09 semester and several additional graduates in the
fall 09. This unique baccalaureate program has already earned na-
tional recognition through receipt of the “Exceptional Program Award
Student Affairs initiative: After Hours/On-
2008” from Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE),
Call Campus Care program
Great Plains Region. UCO’s program is led by Christopher K.
This program serves as a contact for faculty,
staff, and students to contact Student Affairs Bray, Department of Occupational and Technology Educa-
staff members on a 24-hour basis in order to tion.
receive support for students and others in the
greater UCO community during a time of crisis Voter Registration a Success on Campuses
or need. The number is (405) 200-3004. Sixteen college campuses across Oklahoma registered 5,331 new
student voters, according to Oklahoma Campus Compact, sponsor.
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Dr. Susan Scott received a 2008 Minority Teacher Recruitment grant from the OSRHE. She has been receiving this
funding since 2004. Her program has impacted a large number of middle and high school students enrolled in a LEAP or
ACE program. The LEAP program is based on an academic success idea, while students enrolled in the ACE program
have indicated an interest in becoming a teacher.
Research and Grant News
Be a Part of Research TRAINING OPPORTUNITY
Dr. Michelle Gray, Department of Kinesiology and Health Tuesday October 28, 2008
Studies, is conducting a study to examine the relationship SEARCH AND SELECT WORKSHOP – 9 am to noon
between knowledge of osteoporosis and bone mineral BEGINNING GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP – 1 to 4
density. This project is of great importance since there is pm
currrently no cure for osteoporosis, and one of every two Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
women will be affected by this disease. Dr. Gray is solicit- Regents Conference Room, 655 Research Parkway,
ing volunteers to participate in the project. Women over OKC
the age of 18, with no history of bone disease, no previ- No registration fee. Register by sending an email to
ous bone scans, and not currently pregnant are eligible. firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24. Videoconferencing
Please contact Dr. Gray at email@example.com or ext. is available with arrangements made by October 24.
5274 if you are willing to participate.
Research Advisory Council tional format. Participants will be brought back to campus
CEPS Research Advisory Council members are Dr. Doug for four follow-up sessions during the school year.
Reed (term ends May 2009) and Dr. Susan Scott (term
ends May 2010). Grants Submitted: Drs. Cassel and Lucas submitted a No
Child Left Behind grant proposal for the Center for Geomet-
No Child Left Behind Workshop ric Thinking and Algebraic Reasoning on October 1.
Dr. Darlinda Cassel, Curriculum and Instruction, and Dr.
Carol Lucas, Mathematics and Statistics, conducted a Dr. Janette Wetsel submitted a three-year proposal to the
workshop for 23 mathematics teachers (grades 4 through Smart Start Foundation titled, “Better Together, Oklahoma
10) in August. This workshop was the result of the State Ready Schools Initiative
Regents’ “No Child Left Behind” grant. Participants were .
actively involved in making geometric and algebraic con- Grants Funded: Dr. Cheryl Steele, Vice President for
nections with focus on the underlying concepts of why Leadership Central, and Dr. Kathy Brown, Professional
mathematics works the way it does. Manipulatives, group Teacher Education, received a Minority Teacher Recruit-
activities, and technology were all included in the instruc- ment grant from the OSRHE to bring Dr. Ron Clark to the
UCO campus on October 23.
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Project Helps the Freshman Freak
This project, a combination of research, a transformative experience for Master's in Counseling Psychology Students,
and mental health support for freshmen challenged to adapt to college life, therefore, at risk of dropping out of school.
Freshman Freak was started by Dr. Janelle Grellner and several graduate students meeting weekly since Fall, 2007,
to plan, organize, and implement this project. The graduate students are Iona Daniel, Janice Imel, Kris Bryant, and Mel-
ody Hansen. Without them and other dedicated students, this project would not have been possible.
In early September, the team and other Counseling Psychology Graduate students manned four tables across cam-
pus for three days, asking Freshmen to fill out a survey about how they are coping with college life. During these three
days, 586 surveys were collected; about 33 percent of the Freshman class.
Research 1: These surveys will provide information about the struggles freshmen have during their first semester
and may help us understand the reasons some don't return to UCO.
On the survey, first-year students indicated whether they were interested in participating in Freshman groups; ap-
proximately 100 were interested, a great response rate. These students have been contacted and Dr. Grellner’s group
are conducting screenings to either place the student in a group or refer them to other services. In the future referrals
will be requested from faculty, staff, RAs, advisement, student services, the counseling center, etc., who identify students
who may be at risk due to withdrawal, getting in trouble, or otherwise struggling socially or emotionally.
Mental health service for Freshmen: Beginning the week of October 6, weekly group sessions will be a combination
of skills training (communication, assertiveness, relaxation, and cognitive training) and group process (how to connect
with others, trust, listen, give and receive support) consisting of 5-8 students for eight weeks. Session contents are
based on empirically validated treatments modified to fit a group format, across 8 weeks.
Transformational Experience-Group facilitation for the Master's in Counseling Psychology Students: The Masters
level counselors-in-training in the Competency Based Counseling course will co-facilitate the groups. These counselors-
in-training are preparing to go out into the community for practicum/internship experiences. In the past, they have had
pre-practicum experiences here in the Psychology Department Counseling Clinic treating individuals, couples and fami-
lies while under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Now, they will have the additional experience conducting
freshman groups. This will be a transformative learning experience that will better prepare them for the next step in their
Research 2: In addition to the survey research, we will be doing pre and post measures of the group members to
assess the benefit of the groups across time and compared with a control group who did not participate in the groups.
Dr. Grellner applied for two internal and one external grant. They secured a research assistant for 5 hours a week,
tuition, and a $500 materials grant from the Office of Research and Grants, and an additional $1,000 grant from the UCO
Foundation Presidential Partners Top 10 grant funds, with the assistance of Judy Reyes-Henderson, CEPS Develop-
ment Officer. These funds will allow the continuation of this project through the Spring, 2009 semester.
Teacher-to-Administrator Program Expands
The College of Education and Professional Studies at UCO’s Education Administration program, which began in Fall
2007 with the Mid-Del School District, expanded this year to include Oklahoma City and Edmond School Districts. The
program is a partnership of faculty from the College of Education and Professional Studies and school district leaders, to
offer the master of education program in educational administration to aspiring principal candidates chosen by district
The Mid-Del cohort includes 17 students who completed the first 18 hours of the 34 hour program during the 2007-08
year. Rose State College partnered with the Mid-Del Schools and UCO to provide learning space so that the program
could be offered at a location convenient to program participants, who are all personnel in the Mid-Del Schools. This co-
hort of students will complete the program in July 2009.
The Oklahoma City Public School District and Edmond School District began their participation in the partnership this
semester, with 20 and 13 students respectively. The candidates were selected by school district leaders for demon-
strated instructional excellence and leadership potential. These cohorts of students will enroll in two courses each se-
mester for two academic years (summers included), and will complete the program in July 2010.
This program was developed in response to the needs of area schools for a larger pool of high- quality candidates for
administrative positions. The master of education in educational administration degree program at UCO is nationally rec-
ognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council as a part of the ongoing accreditation process through the
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and considered the gold standard for validation of
teacher education programs nationally. The UCO teacher education program has been continually accredited by NCATE