Message from the Dean – September 17, 2018

First some good news:

CFAD and School of Music graduate Madeline Kidwell Romano was recently featured on Oklahoma’s News 4 “Pay it 4Ward” show. She was nominated by a coworker for her compassionate and outstanding work teaching music to students at Ida Freeman Elementary in Edmond. Romano is a 2017 graduate of Dr. Darla Eschelman’s Vocal Music Education program. Congratulations to both Maddie and Dr. Eschelman. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 10, 2018

First some good news:

Onstage Blog recently placed UCO in the “Top 10 B.M. Musical Theater Programs 2018-19”. The blog cited the availability of scholarships and the fact that in 2018, the University of Central Oklahoma was identified as one of the Great Value Colleges for undergraduate music majors.

Now a story:

As the son of a contractor during the housing boom of the 1970’s, my family built, moved into and sold houses at a rapid clip. By my 19th birthday, my childhood CV included 18 addresses. We would live in an apartment while building a house, move into the new home, immediately put the house for sale, then move into another rental when the new house sold. These cycles of uprooting and re-rooting occurred among the black loam fields of the upper Midwest. I remember standing in the freshly dug basement of one of these homesites outside Hutchinson, Minnesota. The striated walls of earth loomed over my head; 6 feet of ruddy clay topped by jet-black dirt. The new Judson Woods subdivision was carved into a virgin section of near-boreal forest. After clearing the trees, the rusted yellow bulldozer sliced into the soil of the lot, exposing more than 24 inches of rich, dark, peaty loam. The smell in the trench was rich with the fecund musk of decomposing leaves, plants and organic matter. The soil itself seemed to hum with the possibility of growth. Growing up in Iowa and Minnesota, the scent of black earth being plowed in spring was part of the progression of the seasons. The aroma of freshly turned, northern fields still has the compass-like power to direct my mind to childhood memories. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – September 4, 2018

First some good news:

Six projects from UCO Design Students will be in the Print Regional Design Annual! This publication features the “best of the best” in graphic design and illustration. For collegiate designers, inclusion is the equivalent of a nomination for the Heisman Trophy.

Now a story:

Growing up in a practical, blue collar family, the notion that a person could earn a living as an artist seemed nearly nonsensical. “Work” involved sweat, muscle and tools, while “art” represented an interesting hobby at best. Even after a three-decade career as a ceramic artist and professor, I have an uncle who routinely asks me if I am still “playing with clay”. I cannot recall a time when I did not love making art. As a child, I would beg for “How to Draw” books, pads of paper and charcoal for birthdays and Christmas. Yet, until I was a couple years into college, it never occurred to me that a professional life as an artist was a possibility. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – August 27, 2018

First some good news:

Dance faculty member Tina Kambour has been accepted as a Fulbright Specialist. The Fulbright Specialist Program allows overseas universities, cultural centers, non-governmental organizations and other institutions abroad to develop collaborative projects which host a leading U.S. academic or professional at their institution to work on diverse, short-term collaborative projects focused on education and training. Congratulations Tina on this much-deserved honor! . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – August 20, 2018

First some good news:

It has been an active summer for faculty and students. A group of nine students under the direction of Kato Buss just returned from a one-week performance run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Musical Theatre students are returning after achieving starring roles in Summerstock productions. Peggy Moran’s horn students played at an international conference in Indianapolis. New Dance majors began lives as working professionals. ACM faculty toured as members of Zhu and The Flaming Lips. Art graduates began M.F.A. programs, and Design graduates continued to win awards and move confidently into the workforce. CFAD Marketing, the Melton Gallery and Development earned 10 awards for excellence, and we were the first college to launch the new website. If the “proof is in the pudding”, we make excellent dessert. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – May 14, 2018

First some good news:
ACM@UCO Business Development Center manager Derek Brown and The Flaming Lips have been nominated for a Tony Award for the SpongeBob Broadway musical!

Department of Art faculty member, Michael Litzau was awarded an Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) Creative Projects Grant!

Now a story:

The most important stories are the ones voiced by our students. Over the course of the last week, as students have mused on the recently completed year, they have posted about their experiences. These unsolicited Facebook posts affirm why working in education is so worthwhile and rewarding. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – May 7, 2018

First some good news:

Summer is here. For many faculty this means an opportunity to reflect, invigorate, and re-engage with personal creative interests. We have dozens of examples, like Eric Hoefer who will attend an artist’s residency in New York, and Emily Heugatter who will be directing summer Shakespeare in Virginia. Faculty and students alike will continue to contribute to the dynamism of the arts in the Metro through an astounding array of events, these include, Summerstock, Shakespeare in the Park, performing in local concert venues, playing at the Lyric, exhibiting in art galleries and directing Painted Sky Opera. CFAD is truly a driving force behind the revitalization of the arts in the OKC Metro. I am proud of who we are, and the value we add to life in Oklahoma. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – April 30, 2018

First some good news:

The UCO Department of Theatre Arts recently completed a successful tour of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) at several area high schools. The UCO students, led by Emily Heugatter, gained valuable touring experience, and the actors and student ambassadors also met with high school students, faculty and parents both pre-show and during “talkback” sessions after each show. “Our students represented all the best things about UCO,” Emily said. . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – April 23, 2018

First Some Good News:

The winners for the Love’s Entrepreneur’s Cup were announced at a gala dinner last Thursday night. In its 14-year history, nearly 2,150 college students have taken the Love’s Cup Challenge. This year, the Department of Design continued their winning ways with students Kenzie McFeely, Amanda Dely, and Hayden Magar winning 1st place in the interview section and 2nd place in the first ever Small Business Division, taking home a significant cash prize in the process. Congratulations! . . .  read more

Message from the Dean – April 16, 2018

First Some Good News:
Department of Art Assistant Professor, David Webber projected his own video work, as well as that of current UCO new media students, on the walls of the world renowned Menil Collection main building in Houston, as a part of this year’s BYOB on April 6. To quote the website describing the event, “BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) will attract a new wave of filmmakers and videographers aiming their “beamers” (or projectors) at the exterior façade of the museum in a free-form display of every imaginable media, creating a dynamic, collaborative experience with moving images and light”. Thank you, David for providing our students with this amazing experience! . . .  read more