Feature Story: Academic Affairs’ CeCE Relaunches Operation Degree Completion

Glenda Todd, SPOC and learner experience manager; Chris Palmer, degree completion specialist

Origin of Operation Degree Completion (ODC)

Students may pause their pursuit of a degree for various reasons, including, financial, personal and academic. Sometimes the pause is more extended than initially expected, leading many students to think their opportunity to complete their degree has passed. Over time, this feeling can become more ingrained, with students believing that obtaining . . .  read more

Get-To-Know a Broncho

Tami Jackson, development and marketing coordinator, college of math and science

What is your background? 

I was raised in Anchorage, Alaska. In 2007, my husband’s job transferred us to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where we lived for four years before transferring to Oklahoma. My professional background has been in office management and administrative support in various forms.

Tell me how you first got involved at UCO.  

I started at UCO in late 2017, working for the Foundation. Although I had a wonderful . . .  read more

Leadership UCO (LUCO) Application Now Available and MDP Update

Casandra Robinson, manager of talent acquisition and development

Leadership UCO (LUCO) brings together faculty and staff from across campus to develop their professional and personal leadership qualities, increase their interpersonal skills, and expand their network. This program focuses on five core content areas: Self-Development, Leadership Basics, Communication, Group Dynamics and Problem-Solving. Applications . . .  read more

Title IX Advisory Board

Erin Logan, title IX coordinator

The Office of Title IX is implementing an Advisory Board for the 2022-2023 academic year. The board will meet with core members of the Title IX Team to discuss programming plans, information sharing and ideas to better the educational processes of the Title IX program at UCO. The board will not have decision-making abilities over policies and procedures . . .  read more

Mentorship: Tips on How to Mentor the Whole Person

Jill Lynch-Silva, talent development specialist

The Harvard Business Review revealed while more than 75% of professionals want to have a mentor, only 37% actually have mentors. Unfortunately, the lack of mentors was found to be equal to the lack of impact the mentors are having on their mentees. Whether you’re currently a mentor or have been thinking about how you could develop into one, you . . .  read more

Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Innovation

Robert Wall, assistant director research & development; Liz Crowell, instructional tech manager; Drew Stephenson, instructional tech III

UCO’s IDEA Team was recognized with the 2022 Oklahoma Online Excellence Award for Innovation by the State Regents’ Council for Online Learning Excellence. This accomplishment was awarded to the IDEA Team for their innovative development process and achievements in experiential learning.

A branch of UCO’s Center for eLearning and Connected . . .  read more

Building Inner Strength


Resilience is an “inner strength.” It can help you bounce back after stressful situations without being overwhelmed or acting in a destructive way.

How you think can affect how you feel

Being resilient doesn’t mean that you find it easy to deal with difficult or stressful situations. Or that you won’t feel angry, sad or worried during tough times. But it does mean that you won’t . . .  read more

Pending Job Requisition Procedure Update

Bailey Cheatham, talent acquisition specialist

When a hiring manager submits a job requisition, it may sit in the approval queue for a multitude of legitimate reasons. This can be stressful to UCO hiring managers who may not know the reasons why and need to hire quickly.

Currently, Talent Acquisition sends e-mailed reminders to the members of requisition approval groups when a pending requisition . . .  read more

Policy Changes

Mary Deter-Billings, director of employee relations, talent acquisition and talent development

Employee Relations conducts a review of current UCO policies and updates as necessary in partnership with those who manage the policy. In July 2022, the following policy changes have been made:

The Payment policy was updated:

  • The scope was changed to remove “full-time” from faculty, staff and student employees.
  • Added to the Policy Statement:
    • All terminated faculty, staff and student employees must be paid through the UCO Payroll Department for one year after their termination date.

    The Underground Utilities Identification and Repair policy was updated:

    • Removed information regarding Campus Excavation Permits
    • Added specific digging guidelines regarding clearance of marked utility lines

    Visit the Policy Changes page on The . . .  read more