2019 Summer e-newsletter - UCO College of Education and Professional Studies
UCO College of Education and Professional Studies
Summer 2019 Newsletter www.uco.edu/ceps
CEPS Names Interim Dean's Office Leadership 

CEPS Dean's Office Leadership
Beginning Aug. 1, Donna Cobb, Ed.D., former kinesiology and health studies professor and college associate dean, was named interim dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies. Bryan Duke, Ph.D., education professor and former assistant dean, has been named the interim associate dean and Mike Nelson, Ph.D., professor and chairperson of the Department of Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research, was named interim assistant dean. Darla Fent-Kelly, Ed.D., will remain in her role as an assistant dean. Our college looks forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of developing individuals and delivering programs to meet the needs of our community, and we are confident in our future as this new leadership team prepares to guide us through this interim period. 

Pictured from left to right: Darla Fent-Kelly, Mike Nelson, Donna Cobb and Bryan Duke. 

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Troops to Teachers Jump School Seminar
Troops to Teachers Event
This summer, UCO partnered with Oklahoma's Troops to Teachers to host the 2019 Jump School professional development program. The three-day seminar was open to veterans who are currently teaching or planning to enter the education profession. Over thirty veterans attended the sessions which focuesd on how to develop a positive classroom learning environment, design engaging instruction, integrate technology into the classroom and meaningfully assess student learning. Participants also attended a special ceremony in Old North with former UCO President Don Betz and current UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar. Special thank you to professors from the Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research department for helping to plan and lead this event. UCO will once again host the Jump School program in June 2020. Visit the Oklahoma Troops to Teachers website to learn more.
James Machell
Thank you from
Dean James Machell

Dear Friends and Colleagues of the College of Education and Professional Studies, 

My purpose in writing is to express my most sincere appreciation to all of you who make our college a great community of leading, learning, and serving. It has been a great privilege to serve as dean for the past 14 years, and I could not be more proud of all we have accomplished. We continue to succeed in our mission because of our incredible students, talented and dedicated staff and faculty members, and passionate and generous friends, alumni and community partners. Our college is in great condition as we enter the 2019-20 academic year and I urge you to continue to show your support for our people and programs under the leadership of President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar and Dean Donna Cobb. I feel very fortunate to remain in the college as a professor in the Educational Leadership graduate program and would look forward to hearing from you at any time.

Best regards,
Jim Machell

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Education Students Surprise Metro Teachers with Classroom Supplies
Members of the CEPS student organization Central Association for Responsive Educators (CARE) surprised metro teachers with classroom supplies as part of its Adopt-A-Teacher program. The student organization is led by early childhood and elementary education majors. 

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UCO Industrial Safety Field Trip
Industrial Safety Program Receives National Accreditation
The UCO industrial safety program has earned accreditation as a Graduate Safety Practitioner (GSP) Qualified Academic Program from the National Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). The degree program prepares students for a career in the safety, health and environmental professions.

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Student Spotlights

Mary Peasean elementary education major from Shelbyville, Indiana, was named a 2019 DaVinci Scholar by the DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma's Creativity Think Tank. Pease received a $1,000 grant for her project proposal that will introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based learning to upper-elementary level students in Oklahoma City.

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Mary Pease 
Eric Sample, a senior majoring in Industrial Safety, was chosen to serve the State of Oklahoma as a youth judge for a statewide video contest, “Speak Out for Workplace Safety.” As a judge, Sample worked with a panel of judges to narrow down the 51 video entries to one that would be used to teach teens about workplace safety. The contest was hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Labor (ODOL) and the Oklahoma Safety Council (OSC).
Fashion marketing students recently visited Italy, France and London on the Europe A La Mode Study Tour led by Human Environmental Sciences professor, Dr. Susan Miller. Students visited several museums, enjoyed a pasta making class, took a cruise on the Seine River, rode the London Eye and attended a tea at Kensington Palace!  Europe A La Mode Study Tour
Donovan Cousan, a community/public health major, interned this summer with Project IMHOTEP, which is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Donovan was selected as one of seven students from Project IMHOTEP to present his poster at the CDC Headquarters. The title of his presentation was: The Progression in Biodefense: Exploratory Analysis of the National Biodefense Strategy. Presentations were given to the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars (CUPS) and the Dr. James A. Ferguson emerging Infectious Diseases Graduate Fellows, along with program coordinators and CDC staff. Donovan Cousan Presentation

Faculty Spotlight: Rachelle Franz

Rachelle Franz Award
Rachelle Franz, Ed.D., associate professor in the department of kinesiology and health studies, was recognized by the Oklahoma City Fire Department for her assistance with the OK CHILD Injury Prevention Program. This program was created to educate children and families across Oklahoma to prevent unintentional child injuries and deaths. UCO students and Franz developed all lesson plans utilized in the program.
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Coming Soon: Upcoming Events
CEPS Fall Open House The fall CEPS Open House is a great way for incoming freshmen and current students to learn more about degree programs, receive some free CEPS giveaways and network with faculty and staff.  More Info 
Fall Semester Begins All classes for the fall 2019 semester are back in session.
UCO Homecoming, Old, New, Bronze & Blue On Saturday, Oct. 5, all Bronchos are invited to come to campus for the 2019 University of Central Oklahoma Homecoming events! Festivities will include  the annual homecoming parade at 10 a.m., the alumni family tailgate at 10:30 a.m. and will conclude with the homecoming football game at 1 p.m.  More Info 
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