The Effects of Music on Physical Activity

by: Emily Lopez

Do you usually listen to music while working out? If so, why? The most common reason to do this is usually because it motivates people throughout their exercises. Listening to music is a great way to start off the day. It can lighten up one’s mood and can also make anything you do much more fun. Music also plays a big role in how . . .  read more

From the Desk of the Dean 2021

Dear CMS Alumni & Friends,

Before I sat down to write this today, I took a break and walked around campus.  I saw the redbud and maple flowers starting to open, the pine trees forming new cones, and the saucer magnolias in bloom.  Although I also saw my favorite bur oak tree whose towering shape had been devastated by the recent ice storm, I . . .  read more

Student Highlight- Maggie Ward

My name is Maggie Ward, and I’m currently a third-year chemistry major here at UCO. I graduated from Broken Arrow High School and started my undergraduate education as a forensic science and biology major. However, as I started doing research in inorganic chemistry as a freshman, I soon discovered my love for research. Now, I intend to go to graduate . . .  read more

Program Highlight- PSM

Computational Problem Solving: Engineers’ soft skill for the 21st Century

Engineering is defined as the application of math and science to solve problems and engineers are often defined as critical thinkers. Transformational changes in computer technology and extensive use of computers may expand this definition to computational thinkers and computational . . .  read more

Student Highlight: Mukesh Tumbapo and Matthew Henry

Two Engineering Physics Master’s Recipients Present Research on Phosphorene and Silicene:

Mukesh Tumbapo and Matthew Henry both completed Master’s degrees in Engineering – Physics last December. Their research was conducted under the direction of UCO Associate Professor Dr. Benjamin Tayo. Ever since the isolation and controlled exploration . . .  read more

Student Highlight- Jordan Gray

Jordan Gray has been serving as a tutor for the nursing department since January 2020. She states “during my time as a tutor I have enjoyed developing close relationships with the faculty and staff as well as making connections with students. My favorite part about my job is helping students achieve their goals and watching them grow as a student . . .  read more

Featured Faculty- Steve Smith M.S. Lecturer

Steve is a full-time lecturer in Human Anatomy and has been teaching in various capacities at UCO for over ten years. His Master’s degree is in Biology with a specialization in Human Anatomy. Steve has taught as an assistant for five different human anatomy instructors. He absorbed as much knowledge as possible from each of his mentors (also considered . . .  read more

Featured Faculty- Dr. Chad King

Dr. Chad King, associate professor of Biology, was recently recognized by the City of Edmond Urban Forestry Commission for his work over the past eight years in research and education about the Cross Timbers forests in Edmond. Edmond Urban Forestry commissioned an educational plaque that is located at E.C. Hafer Park in Edmond, Oklahoma that highlights . . .  read more

Featured Faculty- Dr. Weldon Wilson Retires After 29 Years of Service to UCO

Dr. Weldon Wilson, professor, and longtime graduate coordinator is retiring at the end of this semester after 29 years at UCO. Dr. Wilson earned a bachelor’s degree in physics in 1973 and a doctorate in physics in 1980, both from Oklahoma State University. Prior to coming to UCO, Dr. Wilson served on the faculty of the University of Central Florida, as well as working a number of years in energy research for both Occidental Oil and Gas Company and Cities Service Oil Company.
Dr. Wilson’s skills and experience in the energy industry proved most beneficial when he served as coordinator for the department’s senior engineering design capstone experience. Dr. Wilson has also served as assistant chair and was crucial in the initial ABET accreditation of the department’s engineering physics and biomedical engineering programs. He has been a key contributor in nearly every one of the department’s improvement initiatives since his arrival at UCO. His thoughtful analysis and ability to push discussion outside of conventional thought patterns will be sorely missed.
While Dr. Wilson will no longer be with us full-time, he plans to continue teaching as an adjunct, and we will certainly continue to pester him for his valuable input on department initiatives moving forward.

Featured Faculty- Diane Gaston, MS, CCRN-K, RN

During my nursing career experience of over 40 years, I have worked in the hospital setting as a staff nurse, charge nurse, supervisor, manager, critical care educator, and house supervisor. In the academic setting, I have taught various classes and clinical practice at the associate and baccalaureate levels. I am a member of the national and local chapter of American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and a national and local chapter member of Sigma Theta Tau (Honor Society of Nursing).

I am passionate about honoring and being responsible for the students’ future patients. Seeing that the students develop their critical-thinking skills as well as their bedside skills is the highest priority for me so that they can provide the excellent quality of care their future patients deserve.

I have had the privilege of teaching the following courses in my career: Foundations of Nursing (class, lab and clinical), Health Assessment (class and lab), Critical Care Nursing (class and clinical), Introduction to Nursing, Medical-Surgical (class and clinical), and Clinical – Leadership and Community.

I received my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1977 and my Master of Science in Nursing from Southern Nazarene University in 2010. I was certified as a Critical Care Registered Nurse from 1988-January 2018, and currently, I have the following certifications: Critical Care Registered Nurse – Knowledge (January 2018-present), Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider (1987-present), and Healthcare Provider BLS (CPR) for the American Heart Association (1977-present).

My areas of expertise include: Critical Care Nursing, Rapid Response Assessment, and Clinical Critical-Thinking Exercises and Hospital Administrative Skills – House Supervisor.

I have had the honor to work in a variety of settings in nursing, including Medical-Surgical Nursing and Post Coronary Care Nursing for 6 years, Critical Care Nursing Experience as a staff nurse, lead nurse, supervisor, nursing manager, clinical nurse educator, and clinical instructor and faculty for over 30 years.

My awards and honors include Deaconess Hospital Servant Leader Council Member, 1998-2007; Deaconess Hospital Exemplary Nurse Program, 2007; Summa Cum Laude, Southern Nazarene University, 2010; and 21st Century Pedagogy Institute New Teacher-Scholar, 2019.

When I have time to reflect, I like to write poetry and have had a poem published in “On the Wings of Poetry”, 2004 by Famous Poets Press.