Month: July 2021

New College of Education and Professional Studies Faculty – Fall 2021

Several new faculty members will be joining the Broncho family this fall across several departments within the College of Education and Professional Studies. Below are the names of the new faculty within each department.

Adult Education and Safety Sciences

  • Dr. Marcio Bezerra, Assistant Professor

Donna Nigh Department of Advanced Professional and Special Services

  • Ms. Shannon Dunn, Instructor
  • Dr. Kari Dyer, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. Dawn Pearce, Assistant Professor
  • Dr. David Rehfeld, Assistant Professor

Educational Sciences, Foundations and Research

  • Dr. Alicia Welch, Assistant Professor

Kinesiology and Health Studies

  • Ms. Megan Bolin, Instructor
  • Dr. Kara Stone, Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Ms. Leslie Vick, Visiting Lecturer

Psychology

  • Dr. Margaret Horner, Lecturer

 

Fashion with a Mission

Student working on sewing project

Audrey Estes, junior fashion marketing major, sews her Dress a Girl dress as part of her final class project.

With social distancing measures in place during the spring 2021 semester, UCO fashion marketing adjunct instructor Marsha Swift needed a new final project idea for her Basic Clothing Construction course. In a normal year, students would sew items based on their own measurements with the assistance of classmates, but the pandemic presented challenges to the traditional curriculum.

“Due to social distancing, I needed a project that avoided fitting a student’s individual clothing project on him or her,” said Swift.
“This is how Dress a Girl fit our needs by completing a project that utilized sewing techniques we learned earlier in class.”

Dress a Girl is an international nonprofit that provides new, hand-sewn dresses to women and girls around the world through donations from various organizations. The dresses are adjustable in size and must fit several pattern guidelines as outlined on the organization’s website.
With the new project in mind, Swift was able to secure the needed resources and even relate it directly to several of UCO’s central tenets of transformative learning.

“Phi Upsilon Omicron [National Honors Society in Family and Consumer Sciences] generously gave me money to purchase fabric for our dresses, and each student contributed color coordinated bias tape and thread,” said Swift.
“This project addressed two of UCO’s Transformative Learning Tenets: Global and Cultural Competencies and Service Learning and Civic Engagement.”

Student stands with completed dresses.

Fashion marketing student Yareli Ramirez with several completed dresses.

In total, Swift’s students sewed eleven new dresses in various colors and styles to donate to the organization which they learned will be delivered to girls in El Salvador later this summer. A memorable project for students that combined their craft with the chance to make an impact on people they may never meet.

“To sum up my students’ comments, they were grateful to actually get to complete a dress for someone else. So many students could not believe this might be the only dress a girl would have to wear. The Dress a Girl label, sewn on the pockets, was a lesson about empowering a young girl’s future.”

Summer 2021 UCO Reach Higher: Reconnect Week

UCO GraduatesFinish What You Started! 

Complete your college degree 100% online through the Reach Higher – Organizational Leadership program at the University of Central Oklahoma. Reach Higher: FlexFinish is a program for BUSY ADULTS that uses your existing college credits to develop a personalized degree completion program at an AFFORDABLE TUITION rate.

Summer 2021 Reach Higher: Reconnect Week –
July 19-23, 2021

Join program representatives for any of the special events below during Reach Higher Week to learn more about the program and an opportunity to receive a tuition stipend during your first semester!

1. RECONNECT WEBINAR: Tune in to an informational webinar where program representatives will cover the application process, financial breakdown, course requirements, and will answer your questions about going back to school!

    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 22
    • Pre-Registration is required – REGISTER NOW!

2. MEET WITH AN ADVISER – Win an Amazon Gift Card! Schedule a time to meet virtually with one of our program academic advisors to ask specific questions and see what your degree plan will look like. The first 20 students to schedule appointments will receive $20 Amazon gift cards. Schedule your appointment time.

3. GET ENROLLED – Win a Tuition Stipend! The first student to meet with an advisor and enroll in the Reach Higher – Organizational Leadership program during Reach Higher Week will receive a $250 tuition waiver during their first semester at UCO.

For more information about Reach Higher Week, email the program coordinator Trevor Cox, Ph.D., tcox18@uco.edu