Author Archive for Mark Walvoord

Changes in Service – for the Better!

[by Nicole Doherty, Director, Community Engagement] Over the past few months, you might have heard the saying, ”The only constant is change” and while this is more than true for our current world, it also applies to the Office of Community Engagement! Now, you might be thinking to yourself—I’ve never heard of that office. No […]

Transformative Service in Uganda and Guatemala

[by Jordan Hill] Have you ever wanted to travel abroad and gain valuable, life-long experiences while doing so? Drs. John Wood and Jarrett Jobe, both from the University of Central Oklahoma, have worked hard to create short term study abroad opportunities for students through which they can gain significant growth and transformative experiences. So far, […]

STLR Grows in Ireland

In the same way that STLR grew at the University of Central Oklahoma through collaboration across campus units, we have continued to be thrilled at the opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around the world. One of the most fruitful interactions to date has been our interactions with Technological University Dublin (TUD), in Blanchardstown, Ireland. After […]

Changing the ConversAsian

[by Amanda Ables] Meet Amanda Siew, a transfer student to UCO from Malaysia, majoring in Professional Media with a minor in Public Relations. She is an active member in both the Malaysian Student Association and the International Student Association. Amanda has been a STLR student in more ways than one with her STLR-funded projects that […]

Seeing Immigration in a New Light

[by Amanda Ables] After attending a STLR faculty training, Stacy Southerland, a Spanish professor here at UCO, had the motivation and the tools to enhance one of her assignments for her introductory classes. She wanted to give students the opportunity to reach their personal academic goals, reach a course learning objective, and earn STLR credit. […]

Changing the Way We Do Work, and Who We Become Along the Way

We heard from another of our awesome STLR Employer Advisory Board members, Charles Gosset, a certified Life Purpose Coach (ACC) and the founder of Full Integration Coaching. His focus is on empowering passionate difference-makers to lead courageous, authentic lives so that they can find and fulfill their purpose — whether that’s the purpose of a […]

Stand Out to a Tax Commissioner

We recently sat down with Clark Jolley, Oklahoma Tax Commissioner, to discuss what it takes for a UCO student to stand out to him, and other state agencies, as a work-ready employee. He had some great advice, so view the video below for the full interview (it’s only 6-minutes and could really help you out!). […]

Sexuality in the Jewish Community

[by Amanda Ables] Jakey Reavis is an undergraduate student at UCO majoring in History with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and he has worked on several STLR projects. One research project, under the supervision of Dr. Lindsey Churchill, the founder and director of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor, analyzed the 1980’s […]

Getting Out of My Brain to Do Something Transformative

[by Jacob Jardel] Whenever anyone asks what degree I graduated with this semester, the answer is easy: I got a Master of Arts degree in English with a focus on Composition and Rhetoric. The question that usually follows is some form of “What does that even mean?” I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about […]

Mentorship and Networking for Future Career Success

This week, we visited with another of our STLR Employer Advisory Board members, Rhae Lynn Hyde, and got her take on how UCO students and graduates can tackle the job market! Rhae Lynn is the Corporate Recruiter for Good Shepherd Hospice. Good Shepherd Hospice is a leading provider of hospice care with a clear vision […]