Featured Story: GIThrive | Managing Stress through Digestive Health

Sydney Wood, Benefits Manager

Stress and anxiety may lead to digestive symptoms like indigestion, stomach cramps, diarrhea, loss of appetite, emotional eating, or nausea. There’s a powerful connection between your brain and digestive tract, and the gut-brain connection may be why. Your gut is called your “second brain” because of the millions of nerve cells that line . . .  read more

Get-To-Know a Broncho

Sam Washburn, Assistant Professor, Design

What is your background?

I’ve worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for the past decade or so and started teaching about 5 years ago. I’m an illustration fanatic and have done research in the field as well as produced work for clients like The New York Times, Reader’s Digest and Scientific
American. My work has been recognized by associations like Communication . . .  read more

UCO Talent Development Program Naming Contest

Jill Lynch-Silva, Talent Development Specialist

The Talent Development team has been working diligently for these past 8-10 months to create a tailored program geared toward acclimating our new supervisors to their position at UCO. They will be learning the basics on topics like:

  • Introduction to Talent Development
  • FERPA Fundamentals and Advanced Knowledge
  • Environmental Health and Safety
  • P-Card, Requisitions, and Banner Finance
  • Paycom and Payroll Supervisor Basics
  • Working with Minors
  • Investigations and Reporting
  • Holistic Employment, Care, and Support
  • UCO Event Training

Do you have a clever name idea? If so, please leave your top three choices in the form linked here. . .  read more

Human Resources to Host Shredding Event

Allison Penn-Franklin, HRIS Team Lead

Human Resources has arranged for MidCon Data Services to bring a shredding truck to campus from 11am-2pm, May 5th, in parking lot No. 11 (between Hurd and Main).  All files, including personal files from home and work documents, are accepted.

For more information about compliance, call the Office of the General Counsel at 405-974-3377.  For . . .  read more

Tech Corner: Microsoft Outlook Report Message Add-In

Roberta Botello, Executive Assistant to the CIO

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) is happy to announce a more efficient method to report suspicious email and for our users to handle junk emails. The Outlook Report Message button will allow for more efficient handling of suspicious emails and make our systems more secure.

UCO users will be able to report e-mail messages as Junk, Phishing . . .  read more

NEO Dates – June 2022

Jill Lynch-Silva, Talent Development Specialist

Please take notice that UCO will be observing Juneteenth on Monday, June 20th. This means the dates for New Employee Orientation will be on June 6th and June 21st (Tuesday). We look forward to meeting all our latest and greatest additions to the UCO team.

Chosen Name and Pronouns Fields in Paycom

Annabelle Saunders, Assistant Vice President HR Ops & Tech

Faculty, staff and student employees can add or edit their chosen name and pronouns via Paycom Employee Self-Service at any time. Currently, these fields do not connect to Banner or other systems.

Chosen (displayed in Paycom settings as “preferred”) names added to Paycom will be displayed throughout the system where a legal name is . . .  read more

Policy Updates

Mary Deter-Billings, Director of Employee Relations

Paycheck Policy

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

The Paycheck policy was discontinued because it is a replication of the information provided on the annual Payroll Calendar which is released each fiscal . . .  read more

Staff Senate Updates

Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician, Mitchell Hall Theatre

Staff Senate elections were held in March, and we’re happy to announce the election winners:

Academic Affairs

Ellen Schmidt, Gary Parsons, Jennifer Burris, Liliana Renteria Mendoza, Sue Haller and Zachary Hunter

Enrollment and Student Success

Michael Hendricks, Rachel Fairchild and Stepheny Smith

Finance and Operations

Barb Andrews, Beatriz Garcia Bertrand and Teresa Delaney

Information Technology

Julio Mata


Jodi Elderton

To see a list of current . . .  read more