Staff Senate Updates

Ellen Schmidt, Master Electrician, Mitchell Hall Theatre 

staff senate update

At our March meeting, the Staff Senate passed SSR-2021-2022-003 – Staff Senate Shared Governance Definition. President Neuhold-Ravikumar shared it with the Cabinet, and the Staff Senate Executive Committee met with President Neuhold-Ravikumar, VP Feinberg, and VP Freeman to start talking about what that definition looks like in practice. 

Staff Senate will be meeting April 5th, May 3rd, and June 7th, 2022, from 2-4pm. Meetings are currently scheduled to take place in FSI 106, but that is subject to change. Check the Staff Senate website for updates about meeting location and guest speakers. 

Staff Senate Information 

If you’re reading this, you’re probably the kind of employee who likes to know what’s happening around campus. Staff Senate meetings are a great place to get information from various campus leaders because we have at least one guest speaker at our meetings. While you can read meeting minutes after they’re approved at the following meeting, you can also attend our meetings to get the information firsthand. (You don’t even have to stay for the rest of the meeting if you don’t want to!) Here are the types of guest speakers we’ve had over the past couple of years: 

President and President’s Cabinet 

  • President 
  • Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs 
  • Vice President of Finance and Operation 
  • Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services 
  • Chief Information Officer 

Department Heads and Campus Leaders 

  • Assistant Vice President for Education Strategy and Innovation 
  • Benefits Specialist 
  • Director of Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Director of Talent Development 
  • Inclusive Community Officer 
  • Legislative Liaison 
  • Payroll and Compensation 
  • Public Affairs Specialist 
  • Vice President, University of Central Oklahoma Student Association (UCOSA) 

Faculty and Staff Associations and Affinity Groups 

  • President, 2SLGBTQIA+ Faculty and Staff Association 
  • President, African American Faculty and Staff Association (AAFSA) 
  • President, Empowerment for Excellence (E4E) 
  • President, Latino Faculty and Staff Association (UCO LFSA) 
  • President, Native American Faculty and Staff Association (NAFSA) 
  • President, UCO Young Professionals Faculty Staff Association (UCOYP) 

For more information regarding the roles of senators, meeting agendas, minutes, how you can bring legislation topics to the Senate, or to learn who your Staff Senate representatives are, please visit the UCO Staff Senate website

Buddy Broncho made his first appearance in UCO's own newspaper The Vista. It was the October 3, 1932, issue where a Broncho appears wearing a UCO football uniform. He has appeared numerous times throughout the years from local Edmond papers in the 60's to state-wide papers in the 80's. The commissioning of the first ever live mascot appears in UCO's 1979 Bronze Book where Buddy Broncho made his first public appearance at Homecoming. Since that time, Buddy has been a fixture at UCO events and in the hearts of UCO students.