UCO’s AAUP chapter honors faculty for service
The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the American Association of University Professors recently recognized five award recipients at a recognition ceremony in the Robert S. Kerr Room located in the Nigh University Center.
Kindergartners say they are ‘Ready for first grade’
As more than 1,600 Edmond Public School kindergartners await their graduation to first grade they have mixed feelings, much like their senior counterparts graduating this month.
“My graduating kindergartners told me they were scared, proud, happy and nervous,” said Karen McBride, one of six Centennial kindergarten teachers. “After we looked at our slide show yesterday, two of my boys came up to me and said the slide show made them want to cry.”
UCO names new provost
University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz has announced John Barthell will serve as the university’s next provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.
Barthell, who currently serves as the dean of Central’s College of Mathematics and Science, will officially take the position July 1 upon current Provost William Radke’s retirement.
UCO summer science program seeks applicants
Incoming freshmen and transfer students at the University of Central Oklahoma who plan to major in science-, technology-, engineering- or math-related fields can get ahead in their studies this July while also earning stipends to assist their education.
UCO is now accepting applications for its Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP@UCO). The free, intensive, four-week enrichment experience bridges the gap between high school or community college and UCO for students with activities to improve research and introduce students to a network of faculty, staff and fellow students.
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Boulevard Academy examines healthy choices
During the school year, Boulevard Academy students have learned some healthy lessons.
On Aug. 17, the first day of school this year, Christy Prather-Skinner, one of the faculty members, took a fast-food cheeseburger, an order of fries and a peach and set them out to see what would happen. Last week, the students saw the result.
University of Central Oklahoma lists Edmond-area graduates
The University of Central Oklahoma celebrated the achievements of about 2,092 graduates, including 461 summer graduates, during the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremonies Friday and today in Hamilton Field House.
Commencement ceremonies scheduled for today are as follows:
Record number of teachers, support personnel retire
Although this is not the largest group of retiring certified teachers, this year’s total of 49 certified teachers and 22 support personnel is the largest group of retirees in the history of Edmond Public Schools to date.
3 Edmond students earn National Merit $2,500 scholarships
Edmond students Stone T. Hendrickson, Christian Heritage Academy in Edmond; Qiyuan Sun, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics in Oklahoma City; and Julia D. Zhu, Edmond Santa Fe High School have been named recipients of National Merit Finalists scholarships.
School’s butterfly garden flourishes
Retired special education teacher Cheryl Coffelt-Kern planted the first trees in Washington Irving Elementary’s Butterfly Garden, and although she has left her indoor classroom, she is still teaching in the outdoor classroom she started 16 years ago.
Wednesday she was outdoors with the members of Watching Outdoor Wonders (WOW) club, an organization for fifth-grade students who excel in their classrooms as well as take on leadership roles within the school.
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