Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Information for 2021

Katie Saylor, Senior Benefits Specialist 

New year, same virus—one that continues to upend our faculty and staff members’ daily lives. With that in mind, campus leadership has decided to extend the expanded Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) benefits, originally provided through the Families First Coronavirus . . .  read more

Community: The Heart of the Matter

Saasha Reese, Talent Development Specialist

According to a recent report by Qualtrics (Herbert, 2020), “Belonging has emerged as the top employee experience driver linked to engagement and well-being.”Is anyone really shocked that people are longing for belonging and community?  

We are all essential contributors when it comes to building . . .  read more

Dos and Don’ts of Job Advertisements

Paige Buchanan, Recruitment Specialist

UCO’s job advertisements, job descriptions and even the application process have an impact on the number of candidates we attract to apply. It also impacts the quality of the applicants. ERE, a recruiting intelligence blog, recommends the following items are reviewed when posting job ads.

 Job Titles and SEO 

If you were to go to Google, LinkedIn, Indeed, etc. to search . . .  read more

Positive Reinforcement Guidelines Policy Discontinued

Mary Deter-Billings, Senior Employee Relations Specialist 

The Positive Reinforcement Guidelines policy has been discontinued as of January 11, 2021. The purpose of this policy was to provide guidelines for positive reinforcement in the workplace and highlight Human Resources recognition programs. This information is subjective and ever-changing, . . .  read more

Upcoming New Employee Orientation Dates

As a reminder, here are upcoming start dates for hires. These dates apply to all hire types, from new hires to transfers and promotions. If you need an alternative hire date that isn’t listed below, you will need to provide VP approval for an ‘off cycle’ date.   

 Upcoming NEO dates: Feb. 15, March 1, March 15, March 29, April 12 . . .  read more

January New Faculty and Staff

Emily Ayers
Student Success Advisor
College of Business

Justin Comeau
Student Success Advisor
Student Success (COB)

Abigail Lowrie
One Stop Service Representative
One Stop

Andrew Rice
Assistant Football Coach
Athletics

Yaniv Cohen
Lecturer
Biology

February Years of Service

33 Years

Carole Sites-Walker

27 Years

Nicole Willard

21 Years

Benjamin Hardwick
Mark Scott

17 Years

Rosario Riley

14 Years

Patricia Hogg
Howard Durham

12 Years

Bucky Dodd

10 Years

Katherine Brashears

9 Years

Renteria Mendoza
Edgar Miraku
Sarah Ward
Eric Rogers
Niccole Miller

8 Years

David Krone
Kadee Bramlett

7 Years

James West
Laura Butler

6 Years

Thomas Poston
Bobbi Tehrani
Anita Schroeder
Katherine Brown
Michael Liskey
Summer Galbraith
George Wheelan

5 Years

Kristopher . . .  read more

UCO Plans In-Person Classes for Fall 2021

The University of Central Oklahoma plans to hold classes in-person for the fall 2021 semester. A significant part of those plans includes continued adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and encouraging all students, faculty and staff to get the COVID-19 vaccination when eligible.

“We’ve committed to creating an environment that supports in-person learning while simultaneously limiting the spread of COVID-19. As the state and nation’s vaccination programs ramp up, we anticipate a fall semester that will be closer to our traditional balance of in-person and online classes,” said UCO President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar.

“Our faculty, staff and students exhibited creativity, dedication and resiliency as we adapted to changes brought on by the pandemic. We’re grateful to have the technology and expertise to deliver quality instruction in virtual and online formats; we are also looking forward to expanding our in-person offerings in and outside of the classroom.”

Central completed the fall 2020 semester with no disruption. The university adopted a robust set of COVID-19 protocols that included a mask requirement for all students and employees, physical distancing and a push for hand hygiene. UCO also invested in improved air filtration across campus and revamped course offerings to include online and extended classroom courses.

The university started the spring semester virtually as the state experienced a significant surge in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. UCO recently announced that courses planned for in-person instruction would return to the in-person format beginning Feb. 8.

Central will release the fall 2021 and summer 2021 class schedule in March, with enrollment opening shortly after.