Update on Breaking the Barriers Conference

The conference planning group is on its way to finalizing many of the details and are beginning to fall into place. On April 3, our class finally got to formally introduce ourselves to the rest of the University of Central Oklahoma Mass Communication faculty and staff, in which they went over the details of upcoming reception on […]

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Cycling

by: Kyle Factor When you think of a great workout, you may think it has to be done formally in a gym. on the treadmill, weight training, or doing yoga or aerobic fitness classes. One type of recreational activity that may not have grabbed your attention is cycling. Getting out there on your bike and […]

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A group of UCO students stands in front of a library in Gulu, Uganda.

Reading Rainbow: Spreading Joy Through Literacy

As a college student in America, at any given moment, there is probably at least one book in your backpack, not to mention the countless books on shelves in your home. Now, imagine wanting to read, but not having the resources to do so. This summer, as part of a study tour, a group of […]

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Week 5 Blog- Senator Adam Pugh

Senator Pugh discussed the importance of mentorship, hard work, servant leadership and civic engagement. Reflecting on conversations discussing how one sacrifices their opinion/ voice by not civically engaging and societies who do not have these opportunities, how will you be an active and engaged participant in your current and future communities? Additionally, what will continue […]

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cover of book Neuroteach by Whitman and Kelleher

Transformative Education – It’s Not Just for Our Students

Written by Rachelle Franz, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies – Nearly three years ago, I bumped into two colleagues at the shared-office printer, and we began a casual conversation about Mind Brain Education (MBE). The term was fairly new to me, but my colleagues had already begun exploring this concept and […]

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Why include Health and Wellness in the Central Six tenets of Transformative Learning? (Part 1 of 2)

Written by Christy Vincent, Ph.D., Professor, Organizational Communication –  My students are stressed out. They do not get enough sleep; they do not eat nutritional foods; they rarely exercise; they suffer from illnesses, many of which are stress-related; they worry about not having enough money; they attempt to balance full-time jobs with 15, often 18, […]

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Week 4 Blog- Lessons in Leadership – Dr. Raul Font

Dr. Font addressed traits of a great leader and the importance of continuing to ask questions while maintaining our individual strengths. Discuss which of the outlined trait(s) you aspire to develop and your perception(s) of how it may make you a more engaged leader in your current and future communities.

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Dorm Room, Sweet Dorm Room

Every summer, new students prepare for their first year here at the University of Central Oklahoma. Students search the depths of Pinterest, looking for the perfect packing list, dorm hacks, and most importantly, dorm decor. Decorating the perfect dorm is no small task and can often require hours of research, shopping and labor. Students spend […]

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Week 3 Blog – Lessons in Leadership – Sharra Hynes

Dr. Hynes discussed the philosophy of shifting one’s paradigm to focus on enhancing natural strengths as opposed to focusing on weaknesses. Discuss one of your identified strengths you will focus on enhancing and how this may impact your leadership roles in the UCO community.

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Week 2 Blog – Lessons in Leadership – President Betz

During President Betz’s comments he mentioned the “Power of Persistence.” Discuss what this means to you and your academic, personal and professional pursuits, making note of how to respond to potential road-blocks and challenges to maintain this persistence.

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Diagram showing the interplay of student background characteristics, school and classroom context, and socio-cultural context. The factors in this triad mix are: Academic Mindsets, Academic Perseverance, Academic Behaviors, Academic Performance, Social Skills, and Learning Strategies

The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance

A Hypothesized Model of How Five Noncognitive Factors Affect Academic Performance within a Classroom/School and Larger Socio-Cultural Context From Teaching Adolescents to Become Learners: The Role of Noncognitive Factors in Shaping School Performance: A Critical Literature Review (2012), Fig. 2.1, p. 12: A Hypothesized Model of How Five Noncognitive Factors Affect Academic Performance within a […]

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Student Engagement, Critical Reflection, Transformative Learning: What’s the Key?

Student engagement is a good thing. We’ve heard that for decades. Alexander Astin asked the question, “What matters in college?” then answered by saying a big percentage of what matters is student engagement (Astin, 1997). Pike & Kuh (2005, p. 186) agree in a summary statement about this issue, saying, “. . . students learn […]

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