University of Central Oklahoma
Volume 3, Number 4 College of Education and Professional Studies
Dean’s Letter Special Commencement Memories
If you notice our students, Inherited Commencement Regalia
faculty and staff members Dr. Pam Kuzminski wears her old graduation regalia
looking weary these days, it is with style and satisfaction. It was first worn in 1951, the
for good reason. As we con- year her father, Dr. John Plunkett, received his Ed.D. from
clude another academic year the University of Colorado.
and celebrate the completion Her parents met at Abilene
of degrees by our students Christian University, where they
participating in Commence- were both cheerleaders. John
ment May 8, it is clear that tried out for cheerleader so he’d
2008-09 has been a success- have a good vantage point to
ful year for our college. see the games, Dr. Kuzminski
The various events re- said.
ported in this edition of The Dr. Plunkett retired from full-
Tower provide you with some time teaching and administration
insight into the many accom- at the University of North Texas
plishments of our students, Dr. John Plunkett and Dr.
(UNT) in 1984, the same year Pam Kuzminski, May, 1984.
faculty and staff members, his daughter, Dr. Pamela Kuz- He’s wearing the family re-
and alumni. I am sure you will minski, earned her Ph.D. at galia.
take pride in learning of the UNT.
many achievements outlined The next year, the first year she wore her regalia as a
in this issue. faculty member, Dr. Plunkett told her not to buy a gown, he
The symbolism related to had something she could wear, and presented her with his gown.
graduation and commence- Dr. Kuzminski wears the regalia with her own hood, because the color of her
ment ceremonies reflect the father’s doesn’t match her alma mater or her discipline. “It’s heavy and made for a man,
significance of these important with hooks to attach it to a tie. Dr. Kuzminski put hooks-and-eyes on the front to keep it
events. We join you in cele- from flapping in the Oklahoma wind. Continued on page 2
brating our graduates and
communicating thanks to their Walking at Commencement,
family members and friends
who provide support and en- 44 Years Later
couragement, and make sacri- It may not sound important to some people,
fices, for a college degree to but to an academic, walking at commencement
become a dream fulfilled. You is an outward testimony to years of hard work
will see just how significant and achievement.
such ceremonies are in the Dr. Charles S. Cook, geologist, graduated
features included on pages 1 from OU in May of 1958. He was one of 8 chil-
and 2. dren and one of the first to graduate from col-
Several of our colleagues lege, and the father of Darlinda Cassel, Ph.D.,
and co-workers including Drs. 2002. As Dr. Cook tells it, all of the graduates
Lori and Stewart Beasley, and were lined up and marching into the stadium
Mr. Jerry Legere, have chil- when the tornado sirens sounded. The speaker
dren graduating from our col- said, “Congratulations and everyone take
lege this semester. cover.” So Charles Cook graduated, received
his diploma, but he missed his walk.
Continued on page 2 Charles Cook, Ph.D., 1958, OU, and
Continued on page 10 Darlinda Cassel, Ph.D. 2002, OU
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Inherited Regalia, continued CEPS Students applying Graduation Reception
After devoting his entire life to teaching, A reception honoring students
Dr. Plunkett told his daughter that his favor- to wear Regalia and walk graduating with bachelor’s de-
ite job had been as principal in an Hispanic at Commencement for Spring, grees will be from 1-2:30 p.m.,
school in a small Texas town. Dr. Plunkett 2009: May 8, in the EDU foyer; com-
died last year on St. Patrick’s Day. Plunkett mencement is at 3:00 p.m.
Park, on campus, is named after Dr. John’s 373 Graduates and A reception honoring students
cousins. Undergraduates graduating with master’s degrees
Dr. Plunkett’s regalia has been worn will be from 5-6:30 p.m., May 8;
proudly for 58 years. commencement is at 7:00 p.m.
Dean’s Message, continued
I know you join me in offering special and to Dr. Debra Traywick, chosen as join me in congratulating General
congratulations to Jerel Cowan, a faculty the Outstanding Mentor of the Year, Rita Aragon who served Okla-
member in our Department of Kinesiology by the National Association for Sport homa schools for many years as
and Health Studies, who recently completed and Physical Education. a teacher, counselor, and princi-
his doctoral degree, and to several other In addition to the fine academics pal before going on to a most dis-
faculty members in the final stages of their included in our college community, we tinguished career in the military.
doctoral programs. We look forward to help- benefitted from the expertise of two General Aragon, who earned two
ing them celebrate their accomplishments. visiting scholars in recent weeks. Dr. education degrees from our col-
One of the hallmarks of our college is the Bert Hayslip, regent’s professor of lege, was recently inducted in the
special attention and personal interest pro- psychology from the University of Oklahoma Women’s Hall of
vided to students by our talented and dedi- North Texas, made a presentation on Fame.
cated faculty and staff members. While Custodial Grandparenting as part of Our faculty members continue
some teachers are mentors and vice versa, the conference held in conjunction to be highly involved in various
this is not always true. As a part of our 7th with National Careers in Aging Week areas related to service, both to
Annual Symposium: Celebrating Mentors on April 15. Dr. Hayslip is an experi- our campus and the broader com-
and Mentoring which was held on April 23 mental / developmental psychologist munity. On April 24, Dr. Cobb and
and is reported on page 3, we focused at- who has earned an international repu- the faculty members of our Kinesi-
tention on some special individuals who tation for his research and publica- ology and Health Studies guided
served as our mentors. The focus on men- tions related to adult development, our students in working with hun-
tors is appropriate at this time since the stu- aging and related topics. The Depart- dreds of 4 - and 5 -grade stu-
dent research, scholarly and creative activi- ment of Occupational and Technology dents from the Edmond Public
ties presented at the symposium would not Education hosted this event and Schools in the Move More, Watch
have occurred without excellent mentoring thanks go to Dr. Doug Reed, Dr. Glee Less event. In this program the
provided by college faculty to these stu- Bertram, Dr. Kaye Sears, and Dr. children engaged in a variety of
dents. It is remarkable to see the positive Candy Sebert for providing this out- events involving physical activity.
energy contained in the mentoring experi- standing learning event to our com- This provided a great opportunity
ence being handed down through several munity. for our college students to have
generations in our college. On April 17, our Psi Chi student some hands-on experience under
Many of our students have been hon- organization hosted the statewide the tutelage of our faculty. Addi-
ored in various ways. Congratulations to conference of the Oklahoma Psycho- tionally, the faculty members and
Meredith Scott, named the CEPS Out- logical Society. The featured keynote students in the Athletic Training
standing Undergraduate Student; Mekay speaker was Dr. Dan McAdams, pro- program participated in this event
Reaves, named CEPS Outstanding Gradu- fessor of psychology at Northwestern and also provided service during
ate Student; and Kelly Schon, Bobbie University in Evanston, Illinois. Dr. the Annual Oklahoma City Memo-
Gower, and Tracy Hull, all of whom received McAdams in considered a leading rial Marathon this past weekend.
Martin-DaVinci Scholarships. Special con- expert in personality psychology and As always, we appreciate
gratulations to Kathryn Comtois, named has conducted research and pub- your interest in and support for
Class Marshal for CEPS this semester, after lished extensively in the area of narra- our college and students. It is only
having earned the highest grade point aver- tive psychology. Special thanks go out through the efforts of many that
age among our graduating students. to Dr. Robert Mather and Dr. Alicia we are able to fulfill our academic
Our faculty members are recognized as Limke, faculty members in our psy- mission of helping students learn
among the best in their field. Congratula- chology who worked with our students so that they may become produc-
tions to Dr. Mary Sweet-Darter, selected as to coordinate this event. tive, creative, ethical, and en-
the Outstanding School Psychologist, by the Alumni from our college continue gaged citizens and leaders.
Oklahoma School Psychologist Association, to make a major impact. I know you Best regards, Jim Machell, Dean
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On April 23, the College of Educa-
tion and Professional Studies (CEPS)
held the 7th Annual Student Sympo-
sium: Celebrating Mentors and Mentor-
ing. This year’s event featured presen-
tations of research, scholarly and crea-
tive activities by more than 200 stu-
dents and, for the first time, included a
special luncheon where three special
mentors were honored.
Faculty members and colleagues
from the various professional commu-
nities with which college programs are
connected served as moderators and
assessors for the sessions of student
presentations. Dr. Lowell Caneday, above, and Dr.
Courtney Vaughn, right, received the
The symposium was coordinated
first CEPS Distinguished Mentor
by Dr. Paulette Shreck, chair of the
Awards at the Symposium, April 23.
Department of Curriculum and Instruc-
Photos provided by Dr. Dana Owens-Delong.
tion, with the assistance of many, in-
cluding members of the college asses-
Dr. Lowell Caneday, professor in
the College of Education at Oklahoma
State University, and Dr. Courtney
Vaughn, professor in the Jeannine
Rainbolt College of Education at the
University of Oklahoma, were pre-
sented with the college’s first Distin-
guished Mentor Awards.
Drs. Vaughn and Caneday have
been pivotal to the careers of nearly 20
CEPS faculty members, having taught
courses in doctoral programs, served
as research and dissertation advisors
and committee members, and gener-
ously shared their time and talent to
invest in the professional careers of
others. Faculty members who have
been mentored by Jan Tuepker, above, received the CEPS Outstanding Mentor Award. Present-
ing the award are Dr. James Machell, Dean of the college, and Dr. Bill Pink,
Drs. Caneday and Vaughn heard Associate Dean of the college. More photos of the luncheon, page 11
personal testimonials about the impact
they have made on many professional
careers and personal lives. has become a major influence in the organizational life of the college and pro-
vides key leadership and guidance for other staff members in the college.
Ms. Jan Tuepker, executive assis-
tant to the dean, was presented with Dr. Joan Smith, dean, and Dr. Mike Langenbach, emeritus professor and
the college’s first Outstanding Mentor- associate dean, both from the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the
ing Award. In her career in the college University of Oklahoma, and Dr. Bob Davis, associate dean of the College of
that spans more than 30 years, Jan Education at Oklahoma State University, also attended the event.
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Student Awards and Honors
Meredith Scott, pictured right, was selected as the Outstanding
Undergraduate Student for 2008-2009.
Miss Scott was also awarded the first Provost’s Civic Engage-
ment Award, at the American Democracy Project Awards Recep-
tion, April 22, for her work with the American Democracy Project
Student Board and other activities.
Dr. William Radke, Provost and Vice President for Academic
Affairs, is pictured presenting Meredith with the award.
Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Associate Professor, History and Geogra-
phy, donated a portion of her royalties for the book Building Tradi-
tions, Educating Generations, co-authored with Bob Burke, to fund
Meredith is a graduating senior with a community health major,
and the daughter of Dr. Susan Scott, Professional Teacher Edu-
Miss Mekay Reaves was selected as the Outstanding Gradu-
ate Student in the College of Education and Professional Studies
for 2008-2009. Photos provided by Jonathan Smith.
Three C’s Award Outstanding Sophomore Awards-- petition at the Oklahoma Psychologi-
Bethany Scott, pictured, sopho- Elizabeth Le of Mustang, Speech- cal Society conference at UCO, in
more Mass Communication and Language Pathology major. April.
Journalism major, and daughter of Outstanding Senior Awards-- Other Awards are: Graduate
Dr. Susan Scott, Professional Meredith Scott of Midwest City, Com- Posters, 2nd Place, Megan Tibbits &
Teacher Educa- munity Health major Jaya Paily.
tion, is the recipi- Vice President's Award--Audrey Graduate Papers, 3rd Place,
ent of the $1,000 Criner of Fort Gibson, Speech Lan- David Melton, 4th Place, Kristin
Stephanie Driver guage Pathology major. Woods.
Three C's Stu- Healthy Campus Initiative Award-- Undergraduate Papers, 3rd
dent Scholarship, Community Health Club. Place, Natalie Deitz-Bales, 4th
for her service The President's Club and the Divi- Place, Doug Preddy, Aaron Likens, &
and interactions sion of Student Affairs also sponsored Robert DiGiovanni.
on campus and the event. UCO’s Psi Chi College Bowl team
in the local com- was undefeated in a double elimina-
munity. Miss Scholarship and Service Award tion tournament. Team members are:
Scott exemplifies Robin Chipman, a community Tyler Burns, Brandi Striegel, Bren-
UCO's "Three C's" of Character, health major, received the Oklahoma non Godwin, and Lauren Johnson.
Community and Civility. Business Ethics Foundation Scholar-
ship, as well as the UCO Student As- Senior Recognition
Campus Student Leadership sociation Kimber Chessmore Service
Awards Award for outstanding service to the Nicole Gibbons,
UCO celebrated outstanding stu- university community. psychology
dent leaders at the annual Campus major and
Leadership Awards ceremony in Oklahoma Psychological Society graduating sen-
April. Awards ior, was recog-
College of Education and Profes- Psi Chi hosted the Oklahoma Psy- nized at the
sional Studies student recipients are chological Association statewide con- American De-
as follows: ference on April 17th. Ten other univer- mocracy Pro-
Outstanding Community Service sities attended the conference and stu- ject reception
Award--Bethany Scott of Midwest dents presented their research either on April 22.
City, Mass Communication major. through poster or paper presentations. Nicole is a
Outstanding Freshmen Awards-- Aaron Likens, first year graduate member of the
Kaitlin Clark of Edmond, Psychol- student in psychology at UCO, won ADP Student
ogy major. first place in the Graduate Paper Com- Board.
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Student Awards and News
2009 DaVinci Scholar,
Kelly A. Schon, secondary Eng-
lish education major, was named a
DaVinci Scholar by Dr. Wayne Stein,
2008 DaVinci Fellow. As a DaVinci
Fellow, Dr. Stein selected a pre-
service teacher who has distinguished
himself through research or perform-
ance, accomplishment or service
learning. Kelly is doing much to pre-
pare himself for teaching by being a
peer tutor, student assistant and resi-
Bobbie E. Gower is a biology
education major in the College of
Math and Science. Her project “The
Clay of Biology: Molding Young Sci-
entists” provides fifth grade students
with the opportunity to experience Class Marshalls for commencement are selected from among the third-year
positive role models among high students most successful academically. This year, three of the five marshalls
school biology students. are working toward careers involving education.
Tracy R. Hull is a non-traditional Pictured from left are: Dr. Bill Pink, Associate Dean, Russell Wayne John-
student who served in the United son, College of Liberal Arts, Spanish Education major; Lorryn Kathryn Finnel,
States Navy for more than 11years, College of Arts, Media, and Design, Theater Communications Education major;
two on an aircraft carrier. Her service Kathryn S. Comtois, College of Education and Professional Studies, Elementary
learning proposal, Math Game Ma- Education Major; Dr. James Machell, Dean. Photo provided by Dan Smith.
nia,” will encourage students to con-
nect creativity to what is sometimes
referred to as dry, boring math. Education Students Create Lesson Plans
Each will receive a certificate and Teacher education students are assisting the Oklahoma State Stroke Systems
$3,000 in September of their first Advisory Committee, a group consisting of numerous state stroke foundation
teaching year. These scholars are representatives, by creating stroke awareness lesson plans to be uploaded to
chosen from applications, and are pre their website. The purpose is for teachers across the state to be able to
-service teachers whose academic download lesson ideas on how to teach stroke awareness and response to
accomplishments and service to the their K-12th graders with the aim that these young learners will, in turn, teach
university are deemed most notable. their parents, guardians, and grandparents. Approximately 120 UCO teacher
Winners demonstrated the ability candidates and M.Ed.-Secondary Education candidates participated and sub-
to integrate content into relevant ap- mitted 33 lessons. Drs. Scott, Endicott, James, Hammond, and Duke, all in
plications through a service learning Professional Teacher Education, worked with the students on this project.
Dean of the CEPS, Dr. James Ma-
chell, acknowledged Dr. Susan International Q Symposium
Scott’s efforts. She “has been tireless Dr. Mike Knight and several students made presentations at the International
in her efforts to mentor, cajole, en- Q Symposium at OSU on March 27: “Making Sense: A Study of the Dialogical
courage, pester, etc. our students so Nature of Consciousness in Creative Writing, ”Christopher Copeland & Mike
that they apply for these Martin DaV- Knight; “Use of Intensive Q-sort for One on One Therapy, ”Victoria Jean
inci scholarships.” Gaetan & Mike Knight; “Stories about Jane: Q-Sort Methodology in I-Spi Psy-
chometrics, ”Elizabeth Peters & Mike Knight; “Q-sort methodology using Idio-
graphic-Self Perception Imagine (I-SPI),” Jinling Zhao & Caroline Wiegman.
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wore clunky shoes in her honor as Peggy and sev- Publications
eral others said she wore clunky shoes. I never
Dr. Mike Knight and Han-
knew her but she must have been a character,” Dr.
nah Thomas Holloway’s review
of Chance, Character, and
Change by John Mattausch was
National Outstanding published in the April 22, 2009
issue of PsycCritiques.
Mentor of the Year
The National Disability Awareness Week
Association for Awards
Sport and Physical Students for an Accessible So-
Education ciety (SAS), an organization that
(NASPE) recently supports UCO students with
named Dr. Debbie disabilities, honored faculty,
Traywick, pictured staff and students during Dis-
Outstanding Oklahoma right, Physical ability Awareness Week's Din-
School Psychologist Education Pro-
ing in the Dark Banquet on April
2. SAS members voted for the
of the Year and associate following recipients: Jerel
professor at the Cowan, a Kinesiology and
The Oklahoma School Psychology University of Cen-
Association presented Dr. Mary Sweet- Health Studies instructor, recipi-
tral Oklahoma, the
Darter with the 2009 Fay Catlett Award ent of the Excellence in Integrity
for Outstanding School Psychologist at Award; Kimberly Quigley, Ph.D.,
tor of the Year for
the Spring Conference. The award’s her accomplishments as a leader in teacher educa-
assistant professor in the Kine-
purpose is to recognize outstanding tion. siology and Health Studies De-
Oklahoma School Psychology practi- partment, recipient of the Con-
tioners for their advancement of Traywick was selected for her display of role tinuous Improvement Award.
School Psychology and to increase model professionalism and leadership, constantly
public awareness of the profession. encouraging her students to get involved in profes-
sional opportunities and continually providing exem- Calling Dr. Jerel Cowan
Dr. Sweet-Darter said, “Each plary academic and professional preparation advise-
year the Oklahoma School Psychologi- Mr. Jerel Cowan, Kinesiology
ment to her students as well.
cal Association names a School Psy- and Health Studies, success-
chologist of the Year. The award is "This award is designed to recognize one fully defended his dissertation
named in memory and honor of Faye higher education faculty member for their specific on April 22. He will officially be-
Catlett, who started school psychology efforts to mentor undergraduate and/or graduate come Dr. Cowan when his tran-
in Oklahoma and was a revered faculty students pursuing a degree in physical education,
script is posted in a few weeks.
at UCO for years. While at UCO she sport, kinesiology or exercise science," said Fran
Congratulations from the entire
started the Special School Services Cleland, NASPE president.
Clinic which continues to this "Dr. Traywick has shown a tremendous com-
day. That clinic was very precious to mitment to her students and UCO, and plays an
Faye Catlett and she was a champion essential role in their success. We are very happy to Educators Leadership
advocate for children with learning name her as the winner of this award." Academy
disorders. "Dr. Traywick opened my eyes to the need for The University of Central Okla-
“I think she would be pleased to physical education, and I only hope that I can con- homa-based Educators Leader-
know that after all these years, the tinue to be a light unto others as she has been to
ship Academy (ELA) recently
clinic she started serves about 200 me," said Krista Rice, Physical Education/Health
recognized 24 professors from
children and college students a year, junior at UCO.
with assessment, diagnostic, and ad-
across the state as graduates of
"I am very honored to receive Mentor of the the 2008-09 Outstanding Pro-
vocacy services. Year Award from NASPE. My students and my col- fessors' Academy. The CEPS
“The program Faye Catlett began leagues have made my job very enjoyable over the
graduate is Ms. J. Sunshine
is now a nationally accredited training years, and to know that they nominated me for this
Cowan, Kinesiology and Health
program for Master’s Degree specialist award makes it even more special," said Traywick.
-level school psychologists. Traywick received the Outstanding Mentor of
“For this award to go to a UCO the Year Award during the national convention of the
faculty was particularly gratifying. I American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
was humbled and honored. I even Recreation and Dance in Tampa, Florida in April.
—Continued on page 8
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Move More, Watch Less
Hundreds of students from Edmond 4th and 5th grades participated in
National "Turn Off" Week, Friday morning in Wantland Hall. The activities
were part of a day-long event , “Game On! The Ultimate Wellness Chal-
lenge,” organized by
Oklahoma Action for
Healthy Kids (OAHK).
UCO Kinesiology and
Health Studies students
and faculty organized
and supervised the ac-
tivities. Each elemen-
tary school will receive
ReCharge! Kits with
activities and educa-
tional information to
Move More, Watch
Former University of
Oklahoma and Tennes-
see Titans linebacker
Rocky Calmus spoke to
the students about exer- Dr. Jerel Cowan, left, and Dr. Trey Cone, Kine-
Even the Plunkett Park gateway on campus cise and fitness. siology & Health Studies faculty members look
was used for the event over the event schedule.
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continued from page 6
OCTED and HES welcome Speaker
As a part of National Careers in Aging Week, Dr. Bert Hayslip, University of
North Texas, gave a presentation on “Custodial Grandparenting—What We
Know and What We Need to Know” on April 15, at UCO.
The departments of Occupational and Technology Education and Human
Environmental Sciences participated, in collaboration with the Oklahoma Geriat-
ric Education Center, Oklahoma State University, and the Autumn Life Center of
Edmond Hospital, sponsors of the event with UCO. The UCO Campus Council
on Family Relations served as the student organizational host for the
event. Sixty-six students, faculty and community participants attended.
Human Environmental Science
Drs. Darlene Kness and Susan Miller took 40 fashion marketing students to Dal-
las Career Day on April 16-17
Conference at NSU-Broken Arrow
Faculty presenting at the April, 2009, Oklahoma Higher Education Teaching
and Learning Conference at Northeastern State University are: LaDonna Atkins Joshua Brandeberry, webmaster in the
and Nate Cottle, Human Environmental Science; J. Sunshine Cowan, Kinesiol- Instructional Technology Center, CEPS,
ogy and Heath Studies; Brent Wendling, Sherry Ward, Cheryl Evans, and Patsy was recognized for his work with the
Couts, Advanced Professional Services. American Democracy Project webpage.
African American Faculty/Staff Association Announces New Board ADP Recognizes Students,
Dr. Frederick Hammond, assistant professor, Professional Teacher Education, Faculty, Staff
was elected to the African American Faculty/Staff Association executive board
The American Democracy Project
(ADP) awards and recognition reception
was held April 22.
Academic Affairs Council Dr. Janelle Grellner, Psychology de-
Ms. Lea Garcia will serve on the Academic Affairs Council beginning Fall,
partment, gave an update on the Delib-
2009. Her name has been forwarded to Academic Affairs.
erative Polling Initiative, which began
Faculty and Students attend conference
this year as part of a student Master’s
Donna Cobb, Trey Cone, Darla Fent, Michelle Gray, Melissa Powers, Freeta project. The program involves hearing
Jones, Debra Traywick, Jerel Cowan, and Susan McLemore took 19 KHS stu- the voices of students and allowing their
dents to the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, voices to influence the decisions of the
and Dance convention in Tampa, FL, on March 31-April 4. administration.
Recognized at the event were: Dr.
Volunteers Joanne Necco, who was presented with
The following faculty members and 250 UCO student volunteers worked at the Distinguished Service Award for
the Capital Area Special Olympics on April 7 at Putnam City High School: Kirby being the founding director of the ADP,
Moss, Paul House, Brady Redus, Darla Fent, Greg Farnell, Sunshine Cowan, as well as CEPS students Meredith
Trey Cone, Ed Sunderland, Susan McLemore, Debra Traywick, Gary Howard, Scott and Nicole Gibbons.
Kim Quigley, and Jerel Cowan. Provost Dr. William Radke presented
the first Provost’s Civic Engagement
Reach Higher Award to Meredith Scott (story on page
156 students claim UCO as their home site for the Regents’ Reach Higher 3)
adult completion program. Two years ago, when the program began, the college
had three participants. The program is administered by Christopher Bray in the
Occupational and Technology Education department.
Final exams will be May 4-8;
grades are due by noon on
Tuesday, May 12.
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On Campus Proposals Submitted
Ten CEPS faculty members submitted on-campus 30 Faculty 2009‐10
proposals to the Office of Research and Grants for
2009-2010. In the other colleges, Arts, Media, and De- 25 Faculty 2008‐09
sign submitted one, Business Administration submitted 19
six, Liberal Arts submitted seven, and Mathematics & 20
Science submitted 19. CEPS has the second-highest
faculty submission rate this year. See faculty chart
at right. 7
CEPS students submitted 28 proposals for on- 6
campus funding this year, the highest number of stu- 5 1 7
dent submissions of any college. Arts, Media and 3 3
Design submitted 7; Business Administration submitted 0
five; Liberal Arts submitted 10, and Mathematics & Sci- CAMD CBA CEPS LA CMS
ence submitted 22. See Student Submissions chart
A team of three UCO professors were selected to serve
as Local Evaluation Partners for Educare, Oklahoma
50 Students 2009‐10 City. The team consists of Dr. Mary Sweet-Darter from
School Psychology, Dr. LaDonna Atkins from Family and
40 Students 2008‐09
Child Studies, and Dr. April Haulman from Bilingual Educa-
Educare Oklahoma City is part of a national movement to
22 identify at-risk families and provide intervention services from
10 birth through age 5, with the intention of seeing if this level of
10 19 intervention truly prepares the children to enter kindergarten
7 5 10
3 3 7 with the skills needed to succeed in an academic environ-
CAMD CBA CEPS LA CMS The Oklahoma City center is in South Oklahoma City and
Brian Mangus, a 2009 graduate of UCO’s school psychology
program, will be the resident school psychologist for the Edu-
National Education Association care Center.
Learning & Leadership Grants
Purpose: Grants support faculty and staff in public in-
stitutions of higher education. Search and Select Workshop
Grant funds may be used for fees, travel expenses, June 16, 2009 – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
books, or other materials that enable applicants to Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Regents
learn subject matter, instructional approaches, and Conference Room, 655 Research Parkway, Oklahoma City
skills. Recipients are expected to exercise professional This workshop is an overview of how to search for grant
leadership by sharing their new learning with their col- opportunities. You will learn:
leagues. How to select the right grant program and agency
Amount: The grant amount is $2,000 for individuals How to find appropriate information about the grant pro-
and $5,000 for groups. gram
Applications may be submitted at any time. How to make a search strategy to maximize your time
http://www.neafoundation.org/grants.htm The agencies want to give you money to accomplish
their goals, and you want the money to accomplish your
goals, so it is critical that you find the best information possi-
ble about the grant agency goals and priorities.
Bring a laptop computer to maximize your success in this
President Mitchell confers workshop; the room is set up for wireless internet access.
a degree in 1920. Also, bring your grant funding project idea and grant agen-
Photo courtesy of Chambers cies you have in mind. To register, send an e-mail to lma-
email@example.com by June 11, 2007. There is no fee but par-
ticipants must register.
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No Child Left Behind
Over the length of the school year, 23 teachers and 3
faculty members were involved in Dr. Darlinda Cassel’s No
Child Left Behind grant. Teachers and facilitators all met for
one week during August and had 4 follow-up days during
the school year, with the last follow-up day April 25, with
eight teachers attending.
Minority Teacher Recruitment Grants
The Minority Teacher Recruitment Center annually sponsors The teachers received professional development as
programs and grants which help support its objectives to recruit, well as materials for their classrooms to help them under-
retain and place teachers in Oklahoma K-12 schools, as well as stand and better teach mathematics concepts. The teach-
provide vital interaction among colleges and universities from ers were from low-performing schools in Oklahoma, teach-
around the state. There are two competitive grant categories: ing grades 4-8.
College Connection Grants are one year grants to help in
the recruitment and retention of teachers in Oklahoma.
Dr. Susan Scott has won this grant for several years. Minority Teacher Recruitment Grant Results
Funds support pre-collegiate student visitations to colleges Through Dr. Susan Scott’s Minority Teacher Recruit-
of education; visitations of higher education representatives to K ment Grant funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for
-12 schools; student tutoring and college preparation sessions;
Higher Education, 15 Midwest City High School students
and professional development for current teachers.
This grant is awarded to eligible colleges and universities. and their teacher came to UCO for a day. They talked
Award not to exceed $10,000. about college success, how to read a degree sheet and
Special Project Grants support “one time” events such as mock enroll, and teacher education; had lunch with college
a one or two day conference, and provide programs that high- students; and took a campus tour with a focus on scholar-
light the teaching profession and place a positive focus on edu- ship and diversity engagements.
The office of Leadership Central and Dr. Kathy Brown,
Professional Teacher Education, have won this grant for OSRHE Summer Grant Writing Institute
the past three years, to host the Distinguished Lecture Se- July 20-24
ries in 2006 and 2007, and Especially for Educators in 2008. Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, 655
Program participants include community leaders, pre- Research Parkway
collegiate students, collegiate students and administrators, and
educators from all levels. Award not to exceed $7,000.
To access these grant opportunities, contact Gerry Cherry, This Institute will bring together faculty and adminis-
Grants Facilitator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or go online to: http:// trators from public and private higher education insti-
www.okhighered.org/grant-opps/osrhe-grants.shtml#mtrc tutions interested in preparing proposals for submis-
All applications are to be postmarked by the deadline - July 15, sion to external funding agencies.
2009. Grants will be awarded September 2009.
The five-day institute will consist of one-on-one work
with a mentor, small group discussions, writing and
Walking at Commencement, continued critiquing of proposals, and plenary sessions.
His daughter, Dr. Darlinda Cassel, tells the rest of the The Grant Writing Institute is not a conference but a
story. “In 2002, when I was graduating from OU with my participatory workshop where applicants attend all
Ph.D., I inquired about the possibility of my dad walking sessions and work during all scheduled work times.
with me. My mom and dad had been huge supporters all The schedule is intense and extends all day into
through my Ph.D. program and my dad helped with all of early evening. The purpose of the Institute is to com-
the editing. For all of his hard work and as a surprise, I plete a grant proposal by the end of the Institute.
wanted him to walk with me. Applicants will be notified if they are selected.
“As more people found out about it, the plan grew.
The geology department (his major) asked that he come
Use control + click to access the invitation and in-
to their Friday night ceremony as well. When we arrived I structions, and the application.
handed my dad his gown and said, “Finally, you will walk.
The geology department arranged for dad to be first to Invitation to Participate (PDF, 101k)
walk across the stage and receive his official geologist Institute Application (DOC, 37k)
“Saturday morning all of the graduates lined up to Application Deadline: June 8, 2009
march. When it was my turn to walk on stage, dad walked
with me. He still tells the story with a huge smile.”
Preliminary Workshop: June 19, 2009
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Alumni News Distinguished Mentor Luncheon
Hall of Fame Selects
General Rita Aragon has
been selected for the Okla-
homa Women’s Hall of
Fame. She earned a master
of science in education de-
gree in 1970, and a master
of education degree in guid-
ance and counseling in
1974, both from our CEPS at
UCO. Induction ceremony
was in April.
Left, Dr. Paulette Shreck, Chair of the
Alumna wins Bookapa- Department of Curriculum and Instruc-
looza From left, Dr. Dan Vincent, Dr. Bill Pink, and Dr. Court- tion, and organizer of the symposium,
The Association for ney Vaughn, one of the honorees at the Symposium and Dr. Malinda Green, Professor, Pro-
Library Service to Children Luncheon. fessional Teacher Education Department
(ALSC), division of the
American Library Associa- Photos provided by Dr. Dana Owens-Delong
tion (ALA), selected the win-
ners of the Bookapalooza
prize. The Oklahoma library
is Fletcher Public School
Each year the ALSC,
home of the Newberry and
Caldecott awards, receives
almost 3,000 newly pub-
lished books, videos,
audiobooks and recordings, Dr. Diane Jackson, left, Chair of the Pro-
for award and notables con- fessional Teacher Education Department,
sideration. At the end of the UCO, and Lori Blevins, President of the
year, ALSC selects three Student Education Association.
libraries nationwide to re-
ceive a Bookapalooza col-
lection of these materials
(estimated to be worth
$10,000 each) .
Debbie Arthur, UCO Left to right: Dr. Freeta Jones, Kinesiology and
graduate, 2008, Fletcher Health Studies (K&HS); Dr. Lowell Caneday,
librarian said, “Acquiring this College of Education at Oklahoma State Univer-
collection will create excite- sity, Dr. Donna Cobb, Chair of K&HS and Assis-
ment among the students tant Dean, College of Education and Profes-
and community, and spark sional Studies; Jerel Cowan, K&HS, and Sun-
their interest in reading new
shine Cowan, K&HS.
CEPS Alumna is Author
Karen Ponder (Cross), From left, Dr. James
a 1976 UCO graduate and Machell, Dean, College
elementary teacher, special of Education and Pro-
education, held a book sign- fessional Studies, Dr.
ing for her book, “If I Had Courtney Vaughn pro-
Known,” April 2. fessor in the Jeannine
The book can be or- Rainbolt College of Edu-
Above, Dr. Bob Davis, as- cation at the University
dered from the following sociate dean of the Col-
wesite. http:// of Oklahoma, and Dr.
lege of Education at Okla- Bill Pink, Associate
bookstore/ homa State University. Dean, CEPS.