UCO College of Education and Professional Studies 
www.uco.edu/ceps Spring 2019 Newsletter

Message from the Dean

Dean James R. MachellDear Friends of the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies,

In this issue of our college newsletter you will find information about some of the accomplishments of community members and important events taking place in the college.

In the first article focusing on Ms. Susan Hanny and the Italian study tour led by Dr. Lori Risley in which she engaged, you will see a great example of some of the life-changing Transformative Learning opportunities our faculty and staff are providing for our students. It is noteworthy that Ms. Hanny and Dr. Risley were able to develop a scholarly manuscript that has been accepted for publication and that Ms. Hanny now has plans to pursue doctoral studies, largely as an outcome from this international study tour experience. Over the past several years, many of our faculty members have developed similar opportunities for our students.

You will also read about the 36th Annual Multicultural Education Institute, recently hosted on our campus. This event has become one of the most important ways for us to bring together professional educators from area public and private schools, other universities, and various state agencies and organizations dedicated to the proposition of supporting equity in educational opportunities. I would like to thank Dr. April Haulman, who is the champion of this event and our Bilingual/Teaching English as a Second Language program, Drs. Regina Lopez and Angela Mooney, who provide incredible support, and many other area educators and leaders who guide this important learning event in our community.

Finally, this edition of the newsletter highlights Dr. Susan Scott who is being honored this year by The DaVinci Institute – Oklahoma’s Creativity Think Tank as a DaVinci Fellow for her outstanding contributions to the education profession and our education program at UCO.

Please know how much we appreciate your ongoing support for and interest in our work.

Sincerely,
Jim Machell

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Study Tour Captures Power of Transformative Learning

Susan HannyWhen Susan Hanny began her graduate degree at UCO in 2016, the notion of studying abroad did not seem possible. Hanny was a nontraditional, adult student with two children and a full-time job; however, when she heard about a spring break study tour to Italy through the Adult Education and Safety Sciences department in March of 2017, her longtime love of travel and desire to visit Europe led her to accept the opportunity. The study tour, titled, “An Italian Experience,” was led by UCO professor Lori Risley, Ed.D., and centered on the themes of culture, education and leadership. The trip proved to be a transformational experience for Hanny who decided to develop her own research plan to show the relationship between studying abroad and the transformative learning concept. Read Hanny's full story and about the results of her research.

36th Multicultural Education Institute

MEI Award WinnersThe 36th annual UCO Multicultural Education institute (MEI) was held on Central’s campus on Feb. 22-23. Nearly 200 students and educators from around Oklahoma attended the two-day conference to learn the latest strategies and practices to help improve educating increasingly diverse communities in the state. The 2019 MEI awards were presented at the opening banquet, and Jahree Herzer, Principal of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, was named the UCO MEI Multicultural Citizen of the Year. Possibilities, Inc. was selected as the Multicultural Organization of the Year. View the full story and all award recipients on the CEPS Website.

Susan Scott named 2019 Davinci Fellow

Susan ScottSusan Scott, Ed.D., professor in the Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research, was selected as a 2019 DaVinci Fellow by the Oklahoma DaVinci Institute. DaVinci Fellows are nominated and chosen among Oklahoma’s higher education faculty whose accomplishments reflect a high degree of extraordinary scholarship, invention, teaching and performance. Scott is being honored for her excellent accomplishments in recruiting new teacher candidates to campus, mentoring students and promoting the teaching profession. As a recipient of this award, she will receive a $1,000 grant to apply toward a creative project of her choice. Scott is the third DaVinci Fellow recipient to be selected from the College of Education and Professional Studies.

CEPS Scholarships

The UCO Scholarship portal opened for three weeks from Jan. 7 – Feb. 1. The College received a record number of applications with 2,356 total applications submitted by students.

Thanks to the help of generous donors, over 100 students have been selected to receive financial assistance for the upcoming fall semester. These donors and students will be recognized at the Honors and Awards Reception on April 19.

Interested in supporting the college through scholarships? Learn how by visiting the UCO Foundation website!

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In the News

Upcoming Events

Inez Miller Conference on Communication Sciences & Disorders

Date Icon March 30 Featured speaker, Dr. Barry Guitar, will present on The Treatment of Stuttering at All Ages. The conference is open to Speech-Language Pathology students and professionals. Visit the event website for registration information.

Date/Time: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Saturday, March 30
Location: Nigh University Center, Constitution Hall


CEPS Honors and Awards Reception

Date Icon March 30The annual CEPS Honors and Awards banquet will recognize over 75 students who have been awarded scholarships for the upcoming semester, honor the many generous donors to the college and celebrate various faculty and staff awards.

Date/Time: 4:15 - 6 p.m., Friday, April 19
Location: Nigh University Center, Grand Ballrooms


Kinesiology and Health Studies Symposium

Date Icon March 30 The KHS symposium will highlight the transformative accomplishments of KHS students throughout the spring semester. Presentations will include, posters, discussions, papers and table displays.
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 24
Location: Wantland Hall Gymnasium and HPE Building


CEPS Retirement Reception

Date Icon March 30Date/Time: Thursday, April 25
Location: Nigh University Center, Heritage Room 326
 

Spring Commencement and Graduation Receptions

May 10Graduation receptions to honor spring 2019 graduates will be held from 1–2 p.m. for undergraduates except psychology and 5–6 p.m. for graduate students and psychology undergraduates. For a schedule of commencement ceremonies, visit www.uco.edu/graduation

Date/Time: Friday, May 10
Location: Nigh University Center, Carl Albert Room 300

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