The Broncho Beat: October 2020

Feature Story: Benefits Open Enrollment is Almost Here

Katie Saylor, Senior Benefits Specialist

It’s the best time of year—your annual benefits open enrollment!

I know, I know, most of you view this as a necessary evil, as insurance can be overwhelming and scary. But this is my Superbowl, and it’s the goal of the benefits team to have all employees on campus know when open enrollment is (Oct. 26 – Nov. 11, 2020), what . . .  read more

Get to Know a Broncho

Angie Austin-McCourtie, Administrative Assistant I, Office of Diversity and Inclusion

What is your background?

I attended university at Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma (Central State when I attended) studying Interior Design and Business. I got married at 20 and worked as a freelance Make-up Artist for 6 years. After having my first child I was a stay at home Mom and volunteered . . .  read more

Unconscious Bias in Recruiting

Paige Buchanan, Recruitment Specialist

We may not be consciously bias, aware and intentional about our biases, but we are all unconsciously bias. Unconscious bias is social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. Unconscious bias happens any time we make snap judgments based on readily available criteria rather than objective . . .  read more

A Note on Networking

Saasha Reese, Training and Development Specialist

Personal and professional relationships have changed dramatically over the past 20 years and one of the most daunting areas of development for many employees is building a network. However, you are most likely further ahead than you imagine.

To begin building a strong, diverse, intentional network, start by considering your pre-established relationships and . . .  read more

Save the Date: Annual Years of Service Celebration

Jill Robertson, Employee Experience Specialist

Just because 2020 looks different than any other previous year does not mean it will stop us from celebrating our employees’ milestone anniversaries. Save the date for the virtual event which will be 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Keep your eye on Centralities for upcoming information.

Tech Corner: October is Cybersecurity Month!

Stephanie Edwards, Manager of Web Strategy and IT Communications

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and UCO’s Office of Information Technology wants you to stay cyber aware.  

With the 2020 theme, “Do Your Part, #BeCyberSmart” Cybersecurity Month encourages everyone to do their part in protecting cyberspace. “If you connect it, protect it” is the key message this year to help make our . . .  read more

Staff Senate Update

Zachary Hunter, Graduate Admissions Specialist II

The UCO Staff Senate held meetings Tuesday, Sept. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 6. The primary order of business was new legislation.

The Staff Senate will meet again Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 via Zoom. Special guest speakers will include Inclusive Community Advocate MeShawn Green, and the presidents of the African American, Latino, LGBTQIA+ and Native American . . .  read more