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Graduation Edition The Tower University of Central Oklahoma Spring 2009 Volume 3, Number 4 College of Education and Professional Studies Dean’s Letter Special Commencement Memories Dear Colleague, 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 T h e Towe r Page 2 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- th th 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 T h e Towe r Page 3 Student Symposium 7th Symposium Celebrates Mentors 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- sement committee. 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. T h e Towe r Page 4 Student Awards and Honors Outstanding Students 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 the award. Meredith is a graduating senior with a community health major, and the daughter of Dr. Susan Scott, Professional Teacher Edu- cation. 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. T h e Towe r Page 5 Student Awards and News 2009 DaVinci Scholar, Martin-DaVinci Scholars 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- dent assistant. 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. proposal. 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. T h e Towe r Page 6 Faculty Honors 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 Sweet-Darter said. 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- gram coordinator 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 Outstanding Men- 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. university community. 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. Studies. -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 T h e Towe r Page 7 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 Less. 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. T h e Towe r Page 8 Faculty News 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 for 2009–2011. (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. T h e Towe r Page 9 Grant News 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 15 10 faculty submission rate this year. See faculty chart at right. 7 10 CEPS students submitted 28 proposals for on- 6 9 11 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 below. Outreach 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- 28 30 tion. Educare Oklahoma City is part of a national movement to 22 identify at-risk families and provide intervention services from 20 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- 0 ment. 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- Library. firstname.lastname@example.org by June 11, 2007. There is no fee but par- ticipants must register. T h e Towe r Page 10 Grant News 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. cation. 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. Fee: $250 To access these grant opportunities, contact Gerry Cherry, This Institute will bring together faculty and adminis- Grants Facilitator, at email@example.com, 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) ‘pick’. “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 T h e Towe r Page 11 Alumni News Distinguished Mentor Luncheon Hall of Fame Selects Aragon 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 Library. 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. materials” 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. www.tatepublishing.com/ lege of Education at Okla- Bill Pink, Associate bookstore/ homa State University. Dean, CEPS.
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