Author Archive for Mark Walvoord

Celebration of Growth in UCO Spring Graduates

by Maiana Wise — On the spring weekend of May 7th, 2021, hundreds of UCO seniors and graduate students celebrated their degree completion together during graduation ceremonies on campus. While all students had accomplished a great feat, only a fraction had the honor of wearing special cords as “STLR Transformation Graduates.” While UCO is proud […]

Big Service Peppers the Community

by Sanam Bhakta —   The University of Central Oklahoma’s Big Event is one of the biggest events at UCO. This “day of service” has a 19-year tradition at UCO, having spread nationwide after starting at Texas A&M in 1982. Throughout the years, Big Event has sent out thousands of volunteers to the Edmond area, positively […]

BMI Brotherhood

by Maiana Wise – In February, I had the opportunity to interview Ms. Liz Tabak, advisor of the Black Male Initiative (BMI), to inquire about their group’s activities and successes. BMI not only supports young African American men, but also serves as an encouraging program to build a pathway towards overall success in academic areas […]

Nusing’s Covid Capstone Project

 – by Sanam Bhakta and Maiana Wise The mission of the University of Central Oklahoma, Department of Nursing is to provide transformative educational experiences that promote a culture of excellence in the art and science of nursing. That aligns perfectly with what the Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR) offers to UCO! The traditional undergraduate and […]

World Experiences: UCO iHouse Style

by Sanam Bhakta –  The University of Central Oklahoma’s International House is a bridge that facilitates global engagement and intercultural proficiencies by bringing together Central’s students, staff, faculty, and community to create opportunities for transformative learning. Because of that, they are an official STLR-tagged location. Their mission is to provide international opportunities to every UCO […]

Embracing Experiences and Differences

by Maiana Wise –  One of our STLR students, April, recently met – socially distant – with AJ Griffin, the Director of Government & Community Affairs for Paycom. Griffin approached the topic of UCO students preparing to step into any field for employment with thorough and sound advice. “We need individuals that … are really […]

Social Responsibility in 2020 Conference

What is your social responsibility in this year of pandemic, a national election, more calls for social justice, and more? UCO’s annual Media Ethics Conference, in collaboration with the Fusion Conference, will offer opportunities to hear from and discuss this very topic. Even better news? The event is FREE and is available virtually through Facebook […]

Forging Ahead with Freshman Orientation

[by Amanda Ables] New Broncho Orientation, or Forge, is usually a summertime, overnight event for incoming freshmen. Attendees have fun while also learning about everything UCO has to offer including housing, scholarships, safety, financial aid, and more. Campus offices and organizations, including the STLR staff, also come to welcome the students and describe the special […]

STLR Short Film Premiere

Kyle Tangco, senior Mass Communications major, may not have realized what he was getting himself into when his professor, Mark Scott, asked him to start working on a STLR-funded project called, “STLR Short Film.”  Nonetheless, he jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this project, from start to finish!  Through conversations with the client (the […]