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

Relationships Matter

Reasons Relationships Impact Leadership Development

HAS A KID EVER ASKED YOU why they had to learn something in school when they could just Google it? When information is available at the push of a button, what we learn and how we learn it should be reevaluated and reimagined. But as any seasoned educator could tell you, learning is more complicated than completing . . .  read more

Bronze and Blue Through and Through

Impact of Leroy Coffman

THE TRADITION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA was a deeply rooted one for Leroy Coffman. From his early days in Cement, Oklahoma, he was a strong believer in learning and sought to remove barriers to education. Those principles only strengthened during his lifetime. 

Coffman came from a family that included several Central graduates, . . .  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

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. 

Hoffmann . . .  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

When Art Meets Science

WHEN THE DONALD BETZ STEM RESEARCH and Learning Center opened on the Central campus in 2018, the building made an immediate impact for two distinct reasons. First, it became a think tank for the university’s interdisciplinary research efforts, housing the UCO College of Mathematics and Science programs . . .  read more