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Debate Team Places 10th Nationally

Central's debate team recently placed 10th at the 71st Annual National Debate Tournament hosted by the University of Kansas in Overland Park, Kansas. The team won an elimination round at the tournament for the first time.

Derek Hilligoss, a senior Political Science major from Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and Jasmine Stidham, a senior Political Science major from Couer d’Alene, Idaho, had the best showing in UCO history at that particular tournament. Stidham also was named the 19th speaker overall.

A total of 156 debaters from 44 universities competed at this year’s tournament. It is the oldest collegiate policy debate in the United States.

UCO Student Advertising Team
Dominates District Competition

AAF teamMCOM's American Advertising Federation (AAF) National Student Advertising Competition Team took first place in Fort Worth, Texas for the AAF District 10 Competition, April 5-7, 2017. The team competed against other universities within AAF’s District 10 states of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The team developed a comprehensive advertising campaign for this year's client, Tai Pei frozen foods. The team will now compete in a national online semi-final round with the chance to go and present at the national competition in New Orleans, Louisiana in June. This is the second year in a row UCO has taken first place in the AAF District 10 Competition. The team is advised by MCOM’s Sandy Martin who has advised the team since its inception in 2011.

Spring Commencement, May 5-6

Following is the schedule of spring 2017 commencement ceremonies at Hamilton Field House:

  • 3 p.m. Friday, May 5, College of Education and Professional Studies (except Psychology majors);
  • 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, Jackson College of Graduate Studies and Psychology majors;
  • 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6, College of Business and the College of Fine Arts and Design; and,
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, May 6, College of Liberal Arts and College of Mathematics and Science.

For more information, contact Ryan Brendle at or 405-974-2392, or Lori Beasley, Ph.D., at or 405-974-2535.