Author Archive for Mark Walvoord

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 […]

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. […]