Message from the Dean – November 5, 2018

First some good news:

UCO Musical Theatre Major Greg Gore has recently been cast as The Man in the Yellow Hat in Lyric’s upcoming Theatre for Young Audience production of Curious George: The Golden Meatball. The production will also feature UCO Musical Theatre graduates Justin Larman and Bailey Maxwell. Congratulations!

Now a story:

“When you believe in things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.” – Stevie Wonder . . .  read more

Question and Answer with Painter, Erica Bonavida

"The Dressing Room" by Erica Bonavida

Written by Kyle Cohlmia, curator of the UCO Melton Gallery

One of my favorite parts of the role of curator at the Melton Gallery is working with living artists. I love the way in which each artist is different; hearing about their unique approaches to the craft is an exciting experience. Additionally, it’s always an honor working with University of Central Oklahoma alumni who know the art department (many of whom comment on the once again experiencing the distinct smell of the paints from the painting room) and received instruction and inspiration from our very own faculty. . . .  read more

Wow Your Future Employers with Your Official STLR Parchment


The University of Central Oklahoma has become known worldwide for its Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) program. The U.S. Department of Education awarded UCO with a $7.8 million grant to kick-start STLR, because UCO’s idea to help students addressed a need within the education community. Everyone is familiar with college transcripts, which can be certified and copied or digitally sent to future employers or graduate schools. However, college students grow and transform through both academic and non-academic experiences while at UCO. Through STLR, students now can display not only their aptitude in their discipline knowledge but also their growth in other important areas. STLR acts as a second transcript that records a student’s Transformative Learning at UCO. Transformative Learning is about how you grow and transform into a productive, ethical, engaged citizen, ready to take on the world after college. . . .  read more

Week 10 – Lessons in Leadership – Chris Benge

Chief of Staff Benge focused his message on pragmatism and working with individuals who may not always agree with your views. What are you doing now, or what can you do, to engage with those who may view things differently, and what strategies or practices can you use to try and find solutions to challenges.