Category: UCO

Oklahoma National Guard tuition program takes effect to boost recruitment – Sen. Kim David and Rep. Nicole Miller issue praise (The Oklahoma City Sentinel)

Oklahoma City – State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that went into effect July 1, providing a more affordable pathway for Oklahoma National Guard members to pursue a higher education.

Senator Kim David, R-Porter, and Representative Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, authored Senate Bill 1418 to help not only honor these heroes’ service but to help improve guard recruitment and retention.

The new program provides a tuition waiver for active Guard members to all Oklahoma colleges and universities, and also covers any mandatory and academic service fees.

“We’re so thankful to the men and women of our armed forces, especially those in the Oklahoma National Guard, who volunteer to serve their state and country outside of their normal careers. It takes a lot of courage and patriotism to voluntarily step up in times of crisis to help those in need in our state and around the world,” Sen. David said.

Read more at city-sentinel.com.

State budget agreement reached. Republicans prioritize savings, inflation relief, police, economy & more (Senate press release)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Historic state savings deposits and more money returned to taxpayers highlight the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget agreement, which also funds law enforcement at record levels, eliminates the years-long developmentally disabled services waiting list, fights federal overreach, and makes generational investments in economic development.

Legislative leaders on Tuesday announced plans to send the agreement, which continues to fund education at the highest levels in state history, to Gov. Kevin Stitt this week for approval.

Read more from the Senate press release. 

UCO Receives Supercomputer Donation from Tinker Air Force Base

UCO Receives Supercomputer Donation from Tinker Air Force Base

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Mathematics and Science, in coordination with Tinker Air Force Base (TAFB), is set to receive a Haise Supercomputer cluster through an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA).

With the use of thePicture of Representatives from UCO and Tinker Air Force Base Haise Supercomputer cluster, TAFB has been able to advance the art of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and cluster computing, which is a set of computers that work together and can be viewed as a single system.

The new supercomputer will be incorporated with UCO’s existing supercomputer cluster, known as Buddy, to expand computing capabilities for research and education across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This includes engineering simulations, data science and artificial intelligence research, genomics and assisting the development of a new platform called Computing Oklahoma – a Python Platform for Education and Research (COPPER)

Read more about the Supercomputer here.

UCO Earns ‘Military Friendly’ Gold Designation

UCO Earns ‘Military Friendly’ Gold Designation

The University of Central Oklahoma has received national recognition for its commitment to military-connected students, according to Viqtory Media’s just-released 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list. Central was named a gold-level Military Friendly School in the category of public universities with more than 10,000 students.

Military Friendly School Institutions earning this designation are evaluated based on academics, student retention, campus resources, flexibility, graduation rates, tuition assistance and job placement for military-connected students.

Read more here.

To view the complete list of 2022-23 Military Friendly School recipients, visit http://militaryfriendly.com

Oklahoma Seniors Slow to Apply for College in Wake of Pandemic (Oklahoma Watch)

Many Oklahoma seniors have yet to take an admissions test or apply for college as they begin their final semester in high school.

“I know it has everything to do with the pandemic,” said Christopher Lynch, vice president for enrollment and student success at the University of Central Oklahoma.

COVID-19 put students out of the classroom and parents out of work. It severely limited access to the ACT college admissions test and gutted the traditional college campus experience.

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2020 General Election is Tomorrow – State Election Board Offers Election Day Tips (Oklahoma State Election Board)

(Oklahoma City) – Polls across the state open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, November 3 for Election Day voting.

The State Election Board says this is a unique election year for many reasons – the pandemic, a recent ice storm, and a surge in voter registration numbers.

State Election Board Secretary, Paul Ziriax, says Oklahoma county election boards are prepared.

“Our county election boards are facing challenges they’ve never experienced before, but they have been preparing for this election for months. We want to assure Oklahomans that every registered voter that wants to vote will be able to vote. This election will be conducted safely, fairly, and securely. We ask that voters be patient and courteous not only to other voters, but election workers as well,” Ziriax said.

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Important Information for Absentee Voters (Oklahoma State Election Board)

NOTICE: The following procedures are in effect for the November 3 General Election.

Due to the governor’s COVID-19 state of emergency that was in effect 45 days prior to the General Election, Senate Bill 210 provides an alternate option for absentee voter verification.

For standard absentee ballot affidavits (yellow stripe), the affidavit may be notarized OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID.

For “physically incapacitated” absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe) or caretaker absentee ballot affidavits (pink stripe), the affidavit may be witnessed by two people OR the voter may submit a copy of a valid ID.

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