Fleeing for a Brighter Future

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA GRADUATE SANG REM WEEPS as she recounts her story. Rem recalls the moment she first imagined the future she is living today. 

The year was 2007. Rem was 14 and her family had just taken the first steps in escaping an increasingly oppressive military regime in her home country of Burma, also referred to as Myanmar. 

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From the President

UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar


The passing of time, anniversaries and significant moments – these are all occasions, which call us to look back. Looking back may be our heart’s response to something we’re feeling today, or it may be the current of life sparking reflection before moving forward. As the torchbearers of transformative learning, we embrace . . .  read more

Cheer and Dance: 25 Years of Central Spirit

During homecoming 1996, on the lawn to the west of the communications building, Central students performed their best stunting, jumping, cheering, tumbling and dancing skills all in the hopes of being declared cheer and dance champions. What originally started as a one-night, homecoming event has now morphed into a two-night, stand-alone event where . . .  read more

20 Years of Live Entertainment in the Heart of Edmond

THE CROWD GATHERS, HUDDLED AROUND TABLES while the lights dim, and the performers take the stage. This scene has been repeating at the University of Central Oklahoma Jazz Lab now for two decades. It took a convergence of dreams that came together 20 years ago to make the UCO Jazz Lab a reality. 

The foundations of these dreams were laid . . .  read more

Lost and Found

Central Alumnus Reunites with Class Ring Missing for 50 Years

FIFTY-FOUR YEARS AGO, HOWARD CAPLINGER WAS LOOKING forward to his future. He was a new graduate of Central State College (CSC) and had recently married his middle school sweetheart. To celebrate his academic achievements, Howard purchased a class ring that he wore with collegial pride as he entered into the . . .  read more

Brains, Books and Bronze

A UCO Alumnus’ Journey to Authorship

WRITING A BOOK CAN BE A LIFELONG ENDEAVOR for many authors— pouring countless hours into writing, editing and publishing their work. This makes UCO alumnus Henry Hoffmann’s story even more incredible. At age 24, Hoffmann has traveled across the globe, earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree and become a published author. 

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Alumni Notes

’69 Steve Shepherd (B.B.A. ‘69) joined The Hughes Group & Associates Inc., an Oklahoma-based business brokerage firm, as a business sales specialist. 

’79 Rev. R.P. Ashanti-Alexander, Ed.D., (B.A.Ed. ‘73, M.Ed. ‘79) was named the Education Committee chair for the Oklahoma State Conference . . .  read more

In Memoriam


  • Marion Curtis Thompson (B.S.Ed. ‘57) 
  • Murl Dean Ergenbright (B.S. ‘59) 
  • Robert Brent Johnson (B.A. ‘62) 
  • Susan Leona (Maurer) Dixon (B.S.Ed. ‘63) 
  • Aletia Darlene (Gregory) Beachler (B.S.Ed. ‘65) 
  • Deborah Jeane (McWhirter) Bruce (B.A. ‘67) 
  • Joseph W. Kelso III (B.A. ‘68) 
  • Velma Grossman Buck Rogers (B.A. ‘70) 
  • George Richard Lineberry (B.B.A. ‘71) 
  • Janelle Elizabeth Ramsey Freeman (B.A. ‘66, M.Ed. ‘72) 
  • Roddie “Rod” Melton McLaren Jr. (B.S. ‘74) 
  • Barbara Jo (Spencer) Kendall (M.Ed. ‘80) 
  • Marilyn (Christy) Smelser Orr (M.Ed. ‘80) 
  • Jo Anne (Cooley) Gulliver (B.A.Ed. ‘82) 
  • D LaPierre Ballard (B.S. ‘87) 
  • Carol Jane (DeFraties) Plumb (B.A.Ed. ‘91) 
  • Delilah Sanderson (M.Ed. ‘03, B.B.A. ‘06) 

Faculty and Staff

  • John Bowen 
  • Ralph M. Wise 
  • Kristy Farris 
  • JoAnn Nelms Adams 

John Maisch, J.D., associate professor of business law at UCO, died March 3. Maisch earned a business degree from Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, and a law degree from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1995. Following a year in private practice, he became an assistant attorney general for the State of Oklahoma. . . .  read more