The Edmond Sun


August 17, 2012

Welcome back Bronchos

EDMOND — It’s the most wonderful time of the year

With the kids all returning

And everyone yearning to welcome them here

It’s the most wonderful time of the year


It’s the hap-happiest season of all

With new classes beginning and the Bronchos start winning

The games in the fall

It’s the hap-happiest season of all


There’ll be exams for studying

And new friends for buddying

And hanging out in the UC

There’ll be exciting all-nighters

Looking over papers as writers

Are trying to raise a “C”


It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be many faces beaming

And dreams will be gleaming

When students are near

It’s the most wonderful time of the year


OK, so I know that the song doesn’t really go that way (and that I’m not a talented lyricist) but this week something close to this song has been in my head every day. The reason? Our University of Central Oklahoma students started moving back to campus last week and classes are slated to begin Monday.

Christmas is undoubtedly the happiest time of the year — a time for celebrating with friends, a time for reminiscing about the past, and dreaming about the future. In the world of academia though, the excitement of the Christmas season is rivaled by the excitement of the back-to-school season. It is during this season that we see a new crop of students, eager to live their dreams, walk through our doors. We see returning students growing increasingly confident as they near the completion of their educational goals. We hear the band practicing, we see the faculty preparing, we feel the excitement building.

These days there are a lot of people criticizing America’s higher education system. While the system is not perfect, it is still an amazing transformational force in our society. We take young students, and through the educational process help them learn about new ideas, help them mature into young adults and help them transform into tomorrow’s leaders.

Each year this back-to-school week reignites my passion for serving our students. I know that here at UCO, I am joined by hundreds of colleagues who feel the same way. We’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment for the last three months — to once again be able to say “Welcome Back Bronchos!”

MICKEY HEPNER is the dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Central Oklahoma. Hepner serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for The Oklahoma Academy.

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