Author Archive for Mark Walvoord

STLR Scholarship for STEM Students

For the inaugural year of our STLR Scholarships, we decided to focus on underrepresented students in STEM. What a joy it was to read over all the applicant statements where they revealed their struggles as underrepresented students but also their passion for each of the scientific fields they were pursuing. Fatima Alconz, a UCO biology […]

UCO-STLR Receives $85k from NSF

The University of Central Oklahoma recently received an $85,335 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program, a federal research grant that supports research and development across areas of science and technology helping companies de-risk technology for commercial success. This portion of the project is being managed by […]

UCO’s Transformative Learning Attracts Indonesian Scholar

by Sanam Bhakta —  Rifka Fachrunnisa traveled all the way to Edmond, Oklahoma from her home in Indonesia to gain knowledge about how we do transformative learning through the campus-wide STLR framework. She had a fruitful visit for the entire month of September 2021. How did this all happen? Rifka explained the process: “My department […]

Creation through Innovation at the UCO Library

by Sanam Bhakta and Mark Walvoord —  The UCO Library’s Innovation Studio is available for free to all current UCO students, staff, and faculty, and it offers 3D printing, a recording studio, virtual reality, Circuit cutting, large format printing, robotics, and equipment checkout. It is the newest STLR Location, and it exists on the first […]

STLR Film Premiere Anniversary – The Panelists Speak

by Maiana Wise —  August 27, 2021 marked the one-year anniversary of release and premiere of our STLR short film titled, “More Than A Degree: UCO’s Student Transformative Learning Record.” This student-produced project, funded by UCO’s Student Transformative Learning Record, was created to convey the importance and innovation of Transformative Learning at the University of […]

Fitness for the Future

by Sanam Bhakta —  Dr. Trey Cone, a UCO professor of Kinesiology and Health Studies, gives his students a chance to grow in the STLR tenet of Health & Wellness through a Fitness Testing Assignment. This assignment requires students to complete fitness testing and write a thorough reflection on what their results mean to them. […]

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 […]