STLR Scholarship for STEM Students

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For the inaugural year of our STLR Scholarships, we decided to focus on underrepresented students in STEM. What a joy it was to read over all the applicant statements where they revealed their struggles as underrepresented students but also their passion for each of the scientific fields they were pursuing.

Fatima Alconz, a UCO biology student, was . . .  read more

UCO-STLR Receives $85k from NSF

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The University of Central Oklahoma recently received an $85,335 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a federal research grant that supports research and development across areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. This portion . . .  read more

UCO’s Transformative Learning Attracts Indonesian Scholar

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by Sanam Bhakta — 

Rifka Fachrunnisa traveled all the way to Edmond, Oklahoma from her home in Indonesia to gain knowledge about how we do transformative learning through the campus-wide STLR framework. She had a fruitful visit for the entire month of September 2021. How did this all happen? Rifka explained the process:

“My department received . . .  read more

Celebration of Growth in UCO Spring Graduates

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by Maiana Wise

On the spring weekend of May 7th, 2021, hundreds of UCO seniors and graduate students celebrated their degree completion together during graduation ceremonies on campus. While all students had accomplished a great feat, only a fraction had the honor of wearing special cords as “STLR Transformation Graduates.” . . .  read more

Embracing Experiences and Differences

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by Maiana Wise – 

One of our STLR students, April, recently met – socially distant – with AJ Griffin, the Director of Government & Community Affairs for Paycom. Griffin approached the topic of UCO students preparing to step into any field for employment with thorough and sound advice.

“We need individuals . . .  read more

STLR Grows in Ireland

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In the same way that STLR grew at the University of Central Oklahoma through collaboration across campus units, we have continued to be thrilled at the opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world. One of the most fruitful interactions to date has been our interactions with Technological University Dublin (TUD), in Blanchardstown, . . .  read more

Stand Out to a Tax Commissioner

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We recently sat down with Clark Jolley, Oklahoma Tax Commissioner, to discuss what it takes for a UCO student to stand out to him, and other state agencies, as a work-ready employee. He had some great advice, so view the video below for the full interview (it’s only 6-minutes and could really help you out!).

Here are a couple excerpts:

“One . . .  read more

Getting Out of My Brain to Do Something Transformative

Photo of MA graduate, Jacob Jardel

[by Jacob Jardel]

Whenever anyone asks what degree I graduated with this semester, the answer is easy: I got a Master of Arts degree in English with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric. The question that usually follows is some form of “What does that even mean?” I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this every time I get that question. And . . .  read more