Ground Broken on Major Expansion

Staff, faculty, administrators and friends of the College of Liberal Arts celebrated the first major expansion in the building’s 50-year history on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, when ground was broken on a project that will add 55,000 square feet of classrooms, office space, an auditorium and student meeting spaces.

University of Central Oklahoma President Don Betz, hailed the project as a continuation of the spirit and dedication to learning shown by those who established the Territorial Normal School more than 125 years ago. In addition to President Betz, speakers at the ceremony included Dean Catherine Webster, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and former dean Gary Steward, Provost John Barthell, Chair of the Board of Regents for the Regional University System of Oklahoma Mark Stansberry, principal architect Don Beck and President of Lippert Brothers Construction Tom Lippert.

The $17 million project is expected to take a year and a half to complete.

Student Research Showcase Spring 2018

Chambers Library, in collaboration with the Office of High-Impact Practices (OHIP), will host the 2018 Student Research Showcase on Feb. 21. The event provides an opportunity for students to present new and existing research, creative and scholarly projects.

Ten applications per college will be selected to compete for a cash prize of $100 which will be presented to a winner from each college. Undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines may apply.

For additional information, email Michele Ramsdell at or call 974-2877.