Feature Story: Building Better Futures Through Talent Development

Casandra Robinson, manager of Talent Acquisition and Development

In 1985, a catastrophic event would uproot the life of my mother and her 3 kids. My 5 year old sister sustained 3rd degree burns over more than 60% of her body during a tragic accident in our home. She would need care around the clock for several years to come. Recently divorced and now caring for a special needs child, my mother would somehow need . . .  read more

Get-To-Know a Broncho

Timothy Dwyer, funeral instructor and medicolegal death investigator

What is your background? 

I was born in Michigan, but really grew up in Wisconsin. I moved to Oklahoma in the mid 90’s and have been here ever since. I worked for eighteen years as a medicolegal death investigator prior to my employment here at UCO. I still try and work a shift or two a month when there is an opening in the schedule and I can help out. I really enjoy the . . .  read more

Participants for Holiday Helping Hands Wanted

Mary Deter-Billings, director of Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition and Talent Development

UCO Employee Relations is seeking sponsors and nominations for participants for the Holiday Helping Hands program. Holiday Helping Hands anonymously matches sponsoring departments/individuals from the UCO community with faculty and staff who need a little extra help this holiday season. Nominees provide Employee Relations with a wish list, which . . .  read more

Equal Opportunity November Events

David Ball, Title IX program specialist

The UCO Equal Opportunity office has several events planned during the month of November for the Central community.

These events include:

  • Title IX Table in NUC: Visit members of the Equal Opportunity office to learn about Title IX from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28, on the second floor of the Nigh University Center;
  • Coffee Conversation: Enjoy coffee and making connections from 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the Max Chambers Library, Room 414, and Friday, Nov. 11, in the building Education, Room 214;
  • Title IX Employee Training: Will be providing in-person Title IX training on Nov. 17 to meet annual training requirements. The training session will be from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in Bausher 209J

Title IX Community

Join the Equal Opportunity office in volunteering at the YWCA! Equal Opportunity will be assisting the YWCA with sorting through donations from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Nov. 18th.

Register . . .  read more

Paycom Requisition Submission Process Changes

Bailey Cheatham, Talent Acquisition specialist

UCO Human Resources is working alongside Paycom to sunset the “Job Template” functionality that hiring managers were instructed to utilize prior to this transition. This change is system-wide for all Paycom clients.  

“Job Templates” were designed to provide hiring departments with a baseline job description, position title and wage . . .  read more

Indigenous Peoples Garden Dedication Ceremony

Natalie Panther, assistant professor of History

The UCO Office of Inclusive Community and Office of the President invites the Central community to the dedication ceremony of the UCO Land Acknowledgement plaque and Indigenous Peoples Garden. The ceremony will be held on Buddy’s Lam on Nov. 10th at 2 p.m.

TechCorner: Staying Successful While On-the-Go

Amanda Keesee, manager of Academic Technology & Training

The holidays are fast approaching, meaning more of the university will be taking vacation time, working remotely or traveling. With so many people going in so many different directions, it can feel like workflows get bogged down and collaborative work comes to a halt! However, UCO teams that take advantage of Microsoft Office 365’s on-the-go collaboration . . .  read more

Food safety, a responsibility to share

Brandy Kemp, safety officer, Risk Management and Safety Operations

There is generally no shortage of excellent food while celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, and the cuisine is often the first thing that comes to mind when you think about the celebration itself. On the other hand, food safety is another issue to consider when celebrating the holiday.

According to the CDC, about 1 in 6 Americans (48 million individuals) . . .  read more