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The Vanderford Faculty Awards are given to faculty to honor outstanding work. Recipients receive $1,000 and a plaque funded by the estate of Central alumni Austin and Cleo Patra Vanderford. This award went to MCOM’s Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A., Associate Professor of Mass Communication, for teaching.



The Masonic Endowment for Transformative Learning Award is given to organizations that exemplify the university’s commitment to provide transformative learning experiences to its students. The second-place winner is Hispanic Success Initiative, which promotes a sense of belonging to the UCO and Oklahoma City community. Co-Advised by Dr. David Duty, Lecturer in Mass Communication.


Dr. David Duty Hispanic Student Initiative Award

The Citizen’s Bank Leadership and Civic Engagement Award is given to a faculty or staff member who leads by example and is involved in the community. Each recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved clock. This year’s recipient is MCOM’s Joe Hight, artist-in-residence and E.K. Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics.


Joe Hight with Don Betz

The URS Modeling the Way Award is given to members of the UCO community who consistently lead by example and live the mission, values and goals of the university. Each recipient is awarded a $1,000 check and a Waterford crystal memento, funded by URS. This award went to MCOM ’s Sandy Martin.


Sandra Martin with Don Betz

University of Central Oklahoma senior Kalen Russell, a strategic communications major from Muskogee, Oklahoma, recently earned recognition as one of Campus Compact’s 2018 Newman Civic Fellows.

Campus Compact, a Boston-based nonprofit organization, working to advance the public purposes of higher education, announced 268 students, including Russell, who comprise the organization’s 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.'

Read more here.


TV Newscast Students

The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored University of Central Oklahoma Professional Media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with MCOM students receiving 13 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts.

Twelve Oklahoma universities and colleges participated in the OBEA student competition, which generated nearly 230 entries. Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Enid, Woodward and Lawton media professionals judged the student productions.

Students will be presented with their awards at the Oklahoma Association of Broadcaster’s Annual Conference April 19-20 at the River Casino Resort in Tulsa.

Read the full list of awards that UCO MCOM students received here.


TV Newscast Students

UCO's P2P Team Places First in the Nation

UCO's Peer to Peer (P2P) team recently placed first in the national P2P Challenging Extremism Competition during the fall of 2017.

A second place finisher in fall 2016, the team’s uDefy educational toolkit concept evolved to more specifically address the violent outbursts that have seen an uptick in recent months on U.S. college campuses. Their uDefy concept became uSpeak, as the team developed a campus-based initiative to educate about the freedom of speech and expression.

“Research shows that extremist recruitment online is enabled by environments in which free speech is limited due to intolerance for differing opinions, and college campuses are becoming hotbeds for this recruitment,” said the uSpeak team. Thus, their educational components focused on facilitating civil discussions, signing pledges and other learning experiences such as their Speak Your Peace Forum and partnerships with campus and local organizations to help decrease violent escalations and increase tolerance.

The team is advised by MCOM faculty mentor Sandy Martin. 


UCO P2P Team

MCOM Week 2017: Breaking the Barriers

Over 875 students participated in this year's MCOM Week Activities! A big thank you to all of the MCOM Alumni and guest speakers who lead sessions on the many career opportunities in Mass Communication.

Additionally, faculty and staff held numerous sessions and workshops to help students not only learn about the five degrees within the Department of Mass Communication, but also discussed what to do with a MCOM degree upon graduation.

2017 MCOM Week Logo

MCOM's Dr. Christy Vincent Presents at TEDx UCO

MCOM Professor Dr. Christy Vincent was one of the featured speakers this past spring at TEDxUCO. This year's theme was "Live for Tomorrow, Today". Dr. Vincent presented on how we can catch ourselves before we become our own stumbling block. View her TEDx Talks here.

Dr. Christy Vincent Presents at TEDxUCO Event

NSAC Team Competes in National Competition

Congratulations to MCOM's National Student Advertising Team on competing in the National Student Advertising Competition (NSAC) in New Orleans, Louisiana! The team presented their campaign for this year's client, Tai Pei Frozen Asian Food. The team placed first at the AAF District 10 competition in Fort Worth, Texas in April, competed in a national semi-final round in May, and was selected as one of the top 8 teams in the country to compete at the national competition at the AAF Admerica Convention in New Orleans. Team members that traveled to New Orleans included presenters Tommy Johnson, Ashley Ross, Kyla Carter, and Kaitlyn Britschgi. Also, Yusuf Shurbaji, Account Supervisor; Aryn Robinson, Drew Cockrell, and Sunny Todd.

UCO AAF Team at Nationals

The Vista Takes 1st Place in Oklahoma SPJ Awards

The Vista won best newspaper in the state for newspapers under 25,000 circulation at the annual Society of Professional Journalists ceremony April 22, 2017 in Stillwater.


"This is a direct result of your financial and moral support beginning late last year, our faculty and chair becoming actively involved, the adviser Teddy Burch and — most of all — a fantastic passionate, dedicated and hard-working student staff, led by Editor-in-Chief Kateleigh Mills," said Dr. Terry Clark, professor of Journalism.

Vista Award

MCOM's AAF Team Takes First Place in District 10 Competition

Congratulations to MCOM's American Advertising Federation (AAF) National Student Advertising Competition Team on taking first place in Fort Worth, Texas for the AAF District 10 Competition. The team competed against other universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana and developed a campaign for this year's client, Tai Pei. The team will now compete in a semi-final round with the chance to go to the national competition in New Orleans, Louisiana in June. This is the second year UCO has taken first place in the AAF District 10 Competition. Congratulations to these students and their advisor, MCOM's Sandy Martin, on a job well done!



Dr. Chad Perry Presents at Assoc. for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference

MCOM Strategic Communications Assistant Professor Dr. Chad Perry presented the paper, “Product recall and the homeless: Effective messaging strategies for a marginalized group” at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Midwinter Conference held in March at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Chad Perry

MCOM Ethics Chair Hight Guest Panelist at IAVM

Mass Communication Ethics Chair Joe Hight recently was a guest speaker or panelist at three different events. He was on the closing panel of International Association of Venue Managers' GuestX 2017 on "How Venue Managers Recover and Rebuild After a Tragedy" in Dallas, TX. He also was on the Plenary Panel of NewsTrain during the Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication's regional conference. The panel was on "Fake News and Alternative Facts: Media's Fight for Survival."  And he spoke on the "Numbers Game in Journalism" in John C. Smeltzer's class on community journalism at the University of Oklahoma. 

Joe Hight

MCOM's Dr. Vincent Presents at NSLC Conference

MCOM's Dr. Christy Vincent made a presentation titled "Tracking and Measuring Outcomes of Service Learning: Implications for Student Engagement and Career Preparation" at the 2017 National Service Learning Conference in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Vincent also highlighted her Corporate Training and Consulting students' service learning projects in a conference showcase titled "Students Helping Incarcerated Individuals Prepare for Life after Prison." 

Dr. Christy Vincent

MCOM's Dr. Lawrence Presents in Washington DC

Mass Communication Professor Dr. Sam Lawrence presented the paper “Rhetoric essentials: Craft speeches that ignite, inspire and incite your audience to applause – and laughter” at the Ragan Communications Speechwriting Conference, Washington, DC in March.  The conference is a gathering of professional speechwriters in government, politics, corporations, and academia.

Dr. Samuel Lawrence

MCOM's uDefy Team Places 2nd in National Competition

Congratulations to the uDefy Team for winning 2nd place in the P2P: Challenging Extremism Competition this past week in Washington D.C.

UCO uDefy Group

MCOM's uDefy Team Reception

A reception for UCO's uDefy team was held Monday, January 23, 2017 in the Nigh University Center. The team from the Department of Mass Communication will  travel to Washington, D.C., at the end of the month for the final round of the Department of Homeland Security's national "Peer to Peer: Combating Extremism" competition.

The UCO team is one of only four teams from the nation to be invited to present campaigns to a panel of government, business and nonprofit leaders who are the competition’s final judges.

Team members are Graphic Design major Kaitlyn Britschgi; Strategic Communications majors Thomas Johnson, Ashley Neese and Yusuf A. Shurbaji; and Strategic Communications alumna Laura Goehler. Faculty mentor is Sandra Martin, lecturer of Mass Communication. The campaign addresses and responds to the challenges that extremists pose on and through social media.

UCO uDefy Group

uDefy Logo

MCOM's Lacey Williams Crowned Miss UCO

The University of Central Oklahoma recently crowned Lacey Williams, a junior professional media major from Edmond, Oklahoma, as Miss UCO 2017 on Nov. 12 during the 41st Annual Miss UCO Scholarship Pageant. Williams will compete for the Miss Oklahoma title in June 2017. Read more here.

Miss UCO 2016 Lacey Williams

MCOM Student Essays Featured on Pulitzer Website

Congratulations to Manuelle Arias & Addam Francisco. Their essays from the Pulitzer Centennial are being featured on pulitzer.org. Read more here.

Pulitzer Website

Hocking Receives Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communication Educator Award

Ms. Jacque Hocking, Lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication, received the Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communication Educator Award by the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association (OSTCA) at their annual convention in September in Tulsa. Before bestowing the award, the presenter stated that Ms. Hocking epitomized the pedagogical traits of passion, communication, and caring. Way to go Jacque!

Hocking Receives Fred Tewell Outstanding College Communication Educator Award

MCOM's Dr. Kleeman Named UCO Professor of the Game

Congratulations to Mass Communication Professor Dr. Kole Kleeman on being named the UCO Professor of the Game for the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Kleeman was chosen by UCO student athletes and received recognition at the UCO football game October 8 against Northwest Missouri. 

Dr. Kole Kleeman Professor of the Game

MCOM Student Named National Radio Show Scholar

Mass Communication student Albert Hellebuick, a junior professional media major from Oklahoma City, recently attended the 2016 Radio Show, a National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) industry conference for radio professionals in Nashville, Tennessee as a member of the second class of the Radio Show Student Scholars Program.

Hellebuick currently works as a morning show producer at Wild 104.9 FM (KKWD) and plans to continue in the radio industry following graduation.

Read more here.

Albert Hellebuick

MCOM Holds 2016 Faculty/Staff Retreat

The Department of Mass Communication recently held its annual retreat August 18, 2016. The Department officially welcomed its newest members:  Core Curriculum lecturers Jennifer Manuel and Sean Carroll, Student Success Advisor Laura Donner, Media Ethics Chair Joe Hight, and welcomed back Dr. Kole Kleeman as he returned from serving as a Fulbright Faculty Scholar in Poland. 

2016 MCOM Retreat

Carver Receives Citizens Bank Leadership and Civic Engagement Award

Congratulations to MCOM Chair Dr. Mary Carver who was awarded with the Citizen's Bank Leadership and Civic Engagement Award. The award is given to a faculty or staff member who leads by example and is involved in the community. Dr. Carver was recognized for her work with UCO's American Democracy Project Voter Registration Initiative. 

Dr. Mary Carver

Gaddis Gallery Presents "Connect" National Photo Contest

The Woody Gaddis Gallery's National Photo Contest: "Connect" is up and open to the public to view!

This is the second year of the Photographic Arts Program to host a national photography contest. Thirty-five photographic prints out of 136 entries were selected to be displayed.

The theme of this exhibition corresponds with the University of Central Oklahoma’s recent re-branding campaign “Connect to Central”. To connect is to bring together, relate in some respect, link to a power supply, provide access and communication… We looked for photographic works that related to the idea or embraced the definition of the word “connect”.

The show will be up August 8th - 31st.

Connect Photo Gallery in Mass Communication Building

MCOM's Dr. Clark Honored by State Press Association 

The Oklahoma Press Association (OPA) has recognized MCOM journalism professor Terry M. Clark, Ed.D., with the H. Milt Phillips Award, the association’s highest honor. Clark is only the second professor selected for the annual award since its inception in 1978.

The OPA board of directors selects the H. Milt Phillips Award recipient based on publishing a high-quality newspaper; contribution to the profession and the newspaper industry; years of service to the community, state and nation in a variety of volunteer activities; and strong love and dedication to the family.

Pictured right is Dr. Clark receiving the award from UCO alumnus Robby Trammell, news director for The Oklahoman at the OPA Convention June 11 in Oklahoma City.

Read more here.

From right, UCO alumnus Robby Trammell, news director for The Oklahoman, presents University of Central Oklahoma professor Terry Clark, Ed.D., with the Oklahoma Press Association’s (OPA) H. Milt Phillips Award on Saturday, June 11, at the OPA Convention at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. The award is the association’s highest honor.

The Vista Takes Home 5 SPJ Awards

Congratulations to multiple MCOM students for picking up 5 state awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists at the annual award ceremony this past Saturday, April 30 in Midwest City. 

Pictured right are Daltyn Moeckel, Vista Advisor Teddy Burch, Alex Brown, Ryan Naeve, Adam Ropp, Jessica Phillips, and Eriech Tapia. 

Society of Professional Journalists Award Winners

Hight Named E.K. Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics

Joe Hight has been named the new E.K. Gaylord Endowed Chair of Journalism Ethics for the Department of Mass Communication.

Joe graduated with a B.A. In Journalism from UCO and was an editor of The Vista during his time here. He brings a great deal of experience to the department as a columnist, writer, consultant and bookstore owner. His newspaper career as an editor, director, managing editor or reporter has spanned for 35 years. Among Joe’s many accomplishments, he recently served on the Associated Press Media Editors board and was involved in the efforts that won The Oklahoman the Innovator of the Year Award. He served for two terms as president of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, and won two SPJ awards for his work as a victims’ team leader of the Oklahoma City bombing coverage. Joe was the Editor of the Gazette in Colorado Springs when it won the Pulitzer in national reporting in 2014.

Joe Hight

MCOM's AAF NSAC Team Takes First Place at District 10 Competition

MCOM's American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition Team (AAF NSAC) recently took home the first place trophy in their regional competition in Lubbock, Texas. The team presented their advertising and media plan for this year's client, Snapple.

Additionally, the team won best media plan, and AAF Advisor Sandra Martin took home the district's Educator of the Year Award. UCO's team competes in District 10, which includes universities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. The team will compete in the semi-finals round of the national competition during the first week of May. Congratulations to all the students and their hard work on the campaign.

Jessi Sanchez and Kateleigh Mills at New York Times

MCOM Students Attend New York Times Student News Editors Workshop

Congratulations to MCOM students Kateleigh Mills (left) and Jessi Sanchez (right) who attended the New York Times Student News Editors workshop. They were able to meet with New York Times editors and develop their writing and journalistic skills. 

Jessi Sanchez and Kateleigh Mills at New York Times

Tardif Named Outstanding Staff for College of Liberal Arts

Congratulations to UCentral Administrative Secretary Amber Tardif for being named the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Staff member for 2016. Pictured left is Tardif with Liberal Arts Assistant Dean, Dr. Rudi Nollert at the recent awards ceremony.

Amber Tardif - Outstanding Staff College of Liberal Arts

Strategic Communication's Stromski Awarded Outstanding Advertising Student and Scholarship

UCO senior Strategic Communications major Meredith Stromski was named reverie the of the Oklahoma City Ad Club's Outstanding Advertising a Student Award and Scholarship. Competition for the award included students at universities throughout the state. This is the second consecutive year that the top scholarship has gone to a UCO student.


Meredith Stromski

UCentral to Offer Super Tuesday Primary Coverage

UCentral News will offer live coverage of Super Tuesday results beginning at 6 p.m. March 1 on Cox Cable channel 125.

The UCO community is encouraged to follow UCentral’s coverage on Twitter at @UCOelections as well as with the hashtag #UVote2016.


UCentral Election 2016

UCO Wins 11 OBEA State Awards

The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored University of Central Oklahoma Pro-Media students at its annual student broadcast competition by awarding UCO students with 11 awards for their student-produced radio and television broadcasts.

“Our students always do well at the state level competition, which suggests we are doing well in preparing our students for a media career,” said David Nelson, Ed.D., professor of Mass Communication and OBEA representative for Central.

Fourteen Oklahoma universities and colleges participated in the OBEA student competition, which generated 240 entries. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Lawton media professionals judged the student productions.



ProMedia's Reed and Miracle Awarded OAB Scholarships

Professional Media Majors Justin Reed of Edmond (left) and Derrick Miracle of Oklahoma City (right) were both named Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Scholarship Winners for 2016. Both will receive a $2000 scholarship from the OAB at the awards ceremony March 31, 2016 in Tulsa.


Justin Reed and Derrick Miracle

New MCOM Scholarship Announced from Price Lang Consulting

UCO alums Charlie Price and Emily Lang, from Price Lang Consulting, have established the Price Lang Scholarship for Communications Excellence. The scholarship will be awarded twice a year to a junior or senior level student in the Mass Communications Department. The purpose of the scholarship will be to highlight the importance communications and media have in shaping public policy. Through the UCO Foundation, Price Lang will award one, $500 scholarship each semester for the next five years.


Price Lang Scholarship
Photograph taken from the open house: Lea Morgan (Development Manager, College of Liberal Arts), Emily Lang, Mary Carver (Interim Chair, Mass Communication), Chelsi Dennis (Development Coordinator, College of Liberal Arts), and Charlie Price.

ProMedia's Desiree Hill Presents in Sweden

MCOM Professional Media Faculty Member Desiree Hill traveled to Lund University in Helsingborg, Sweden in October to present two papers at a crisis communication conference. Hill's topics covered Young Adults' Media Consumption Habits during Tornado Alley Disasters and Diversity and Danger: Risk Communication in the Heartland. Pictured right is Hill with Lund University's Chief of Security.

Desiree Hill in Sweeden

MCOM's Dr. Miller Named Assistant Dean for College of Liberal Arts

MCOM faculty member Dr. Rozilyn Miller has been appointed assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, effective January 4, 2016.

Dr. Miller, an associate professor of Mass Communication, has been serving since 2009 as chair of the Department of Mass Communication and director of the Leadership minor.

Miller's teaching expertise is focused on gender studies, organizational communication and leadership. She was honored with the 2008 Liberal Arts Outstanding Service Award, the 2003 Oklahoma Speech Theater Communication Association Fred Tewell Outstanding Communication Professor Award and the 2002 Liberal Arts Outstanding Creative Activity Award. Her students have presented research papers at the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, the Sooner Communication Conference, the Central States Communication Association and the Theodore Clevenger Jr. Undergraduate Honors Conference at the Southern States Communication Association Convention.

Dr. Rozilyn Miller

MCOM Adjunct Adrienne Nobles Honored

The Oklahoma College Public Relations Association recognized University of Central Oklahoma Assistant Vice President for University Relations and MCOM Adjunct Faculty Member Adrienne Nobles, APR, with the Natalea Watkins Higher Education Communicator of the Year Award and Communications and Marketing Coordinator Lindsay Thomas with the Randy Talley Rising Star Award during the association’s fall workshop held Nov. 18 in Oklahoma City. Read More Here.

MCOM Adjunct Adrienne Nobles Honored

UCentral Radio To Ring In The Holidays

The Department of Mass Communication's student radio station, UCentral Radio on 99.3 FM, will soon ring in the season when it plays nonstop holiday music, beginning November 23. The Department of Mass Communication and the UCentral student media network launched its low-power FM radio station earlier this semester. The station’s signal covers all of Edmond. Pictured left is Aryn Robinson, Professional Media major from Oklahoma City. 


Aryn Robinson in UCentral Radio Studio

MCOM Student Daniel Woods Named 2015 UCO Homecoming King

University of Central Oklahoma students Daniel Woods and McKenzie Hodge were named the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen during Central’s Homecoming football game on Nov. 7. Woods, a strategic communications major and Westmoore High School graduate, represented Hooves Up, a student organization that supports UCO Athletics. Hodge, an elementary education major and Moore High School graduate, represented Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.


2015 UCO Homecoming King and Queen

Strategic Communications Heads To Dallas Agencies

MCOM Strategic Communications Students recently headed to Dallas, Texas to tour multiple Advertising Agencies. Students were able to visit Tracy-Locke, Golin, Moroch, and Fleishman-Hillard (pictured right).

Strategic Communications Students at Fleishman-Hillard

MCOM Getting Into the Halloween Spirit

Keeping his tradition alive of poking fun at current events and personalities, MCOM Professional Media Professor Dr. Terry Clark celebrated this year's Halloween as Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.  Thanks to MCOM's Mark Zimmerman for the photo!

Dr. Terry Clark as Donald Trump for Halloween

MCOM Student Mike Ipong Named National Radio Show Scholar

UCO Professional Media major Mike Ipong, a junior from Oklahoma City, was recently named to the inaugural class of Radio Show Student Scholars Program and received a scholarship to attend the 2015 Radio Show in Atlanta Georgia. Read more here.

Mike Ipong


MCOM's Jesse Miller "Lost Light" exhibition Coming Soon to Melton Gallery

The work of Jesse Miller, MFA, MCOM Photographic Arts faculty, is featured in “Perspective: A Photography Exhibit” that opens on September 24 in the Melton Gallery, located in the Art and Design Building.  The opening reception is from 4-7 p.m. Jesse’s exhibit features a series titled “Lost Light.” Read more here.

Jesse Miller


MCOM Holds Annual Faculty and Staff Retreat

Mass Communication Faculty and Staff held the annual department retreat August 13 at the Edmond Petroleum Club. The department officially welcomed new faculty members Dr. David Duty and Dr. Chad Perry, and looked back on the first ten years of accomplishments within the department. 

MCOM Faculty and Staff

MCOM Welcomes Dr. David Duty as Core Curriculum Lecturer

Dr. David Duty joins MCOM as a full-time Lecturer for Core Curriculum effective Fall 2015. He is not a new face to MCOM, as he initially joined the department in August 2010 as an adjunct faculty member teaching public speaking and intercultural communication.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in 2009.  Dr. Duty’s degree program in Communication focused on Intercultural and Political Communication, and his qualitative dissertation investigated the perceptions of language, identity, and ethnicity among emerging adults in two sites—New Mexico and Oklahoma.

Before joining the faculty at UCO, Dr. Duty was the Assistant Director of the Office of International Programs at Wichita State University, and taught at the University of Oklahoma and Wichita State University.  Dr. Duty’s most recent publications include a book chapter in Cases Studies in Intercultural Dialogue published by Kendall Hunt in Spring 2014, and an entry on cultural identity  in The International Encyclopedia of Language and Social Interaction.  Additionally, he has published on the global implications of training international teaching assistants, and a rhetorical perspective on John F. Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis.

He has presented papers related to his research at the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the American Political Science Association conferences.  Dr. Duty’s regional conference presentations include the Oklahoma Speech Theatre Communication Association, the Kansas Speech Communication Association, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region II conference. In the Spring 2015 College of Liberal Arts Faculty and Staff Awards, Dr. Duty was honored with an Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Award.

Dr. David Duty

MCOM Welcomes Dr. Chad Perry as New Strategic Communications Faculty Member

Dr. Chad Perry brings a wealth of professional and educational experience to the MCOM Strategic Communications program. He has taught a diverse range of classes including public relations, public relations case studies, media theory, media history, strategic communications, strategic planning, campaigns, writing for media, photojournalism, advertising, and digital media arts. He is moving to UCO after two years at York College of Pennsylvania where he was the primary instructor for their Strategic Communications program. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Kansas State University, a MFA in Creative Writing from Wichita State University, and a Ph.D. In Intercultural Communication from University of New Mexico.

 Professionally, Dr. Perry has expertise in diverse media and strategic communications industries.  His range of professional experience includes the following: journalist; photojournalist; copywriter for advertising agencies; public relations writer, consultant, coordinator for agencies, non-profits, and higher education; graphic designer; web designer; radio program director and producer; television commercial producer; and managing social media. He has conducted research for public relations, marketing, advertising, and legislative lobbying campaigns. His most recent professional job was a thirteen-year stint as Senior Public Relations Specialist for The University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, prior to transitioning to full-time faculty at York College of Pennsylvania. Not only has Dr. Perry earned APR certification (Accredited in Public Relations), but he was also inducted into the PRSA College of Fellows, a prestigious honor with only 325 active fellows in the profession.

Dr. Chad Perry

MCOM's Dr. Carver Leads Global Women and Leadership Webinar

Dr. Mary Carver, MCOM Assistant Chair, led a women and leadership webinar for a group within the Kurdistan Feminist Party: Finding Motivation and Direction from the Women Who Came Before Us˛She discussed how education about women's history as well as current issues encourages more people to become passionate about women's rights and helps sustain the movement when progress is slow.  Participants in the July 23 webinar came from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East.

Dr. Mary Carver

MCOM's Dr. Kleeman Named Fulbright Award Recipient

Dr. Kole Kleeman, professor of Mass Communication in the University of Central Oklahoma’s College of Liberal Arts, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach in the Master of Arts program in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland, for the 2015-16 academic year. Read more here.

Dr. Kole Kleeman

MCOM Celebrates 10 Years on July 1, 2015

The Department of Mass Communication officially formed July 1, 2005. The department has seen 1453 graduates since its beginning 10 years ago! The MCOM website has also seen a lot of changes in the last decade. The image at right was the first inception of the site in 2005. 

UCO MCOM Website in 2005

MCOM Alum, Jennifer Pearsall Leads Red Cross Workshop for Children and Weather Preparedness

MCOM Alum, Jennifer Pearsall (Public Relations 2012) recently was featured for her work with the American Red Cross and leading a disaster preparedness workshop for young children. The pillowcase project helps children prepare their own emergency kit for when they seek shelter. Read more here. 

American Red Cross Logo

Woody Gaddis Gallery Photo Exhibition: The State of Being Human

The Photographic Arts Program within Mass Communication held a national photography contest, which culminates with a show titled The State of Being Human, on display June 9-25 in the Woody Gaddis Gallery and neighboring hallway. The Woody Gaddis Gallery is located in the Communications building.

The State of Being Human contains works that focus on the expression or examination of humanity through portraits, self-portraiture, documentary, fashion imagery, experimental, or any other photographic representation connected to what it means to be human.

UCO Photo Contest

MCOM's Palmer Creates "I Am a Life" Empowerment Video

Professional Media Assistant Professor Jeff Palmer’s latest work entitled "I Am a Life" seeks to empower Native American women.

Jeff Palmer

MCOM Faculty and Students Travel to Italy for Study Tour

MCOM Photographic Arts Associate Professor Jesse Miller and Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman traveled with several MCOM students for a two week photography and video study tour of Italy.

Pictured right are Miller and Zimmerman with students from the course outside of Castel Nuovo (Maschio Angioino) in Naples, Italy.

MCOM Faculty and Students in Naples, Italy

The Vista Wins at Annual SPJ Awards

Professional Media majors Daltyn Moeckel and Tyler Tally were recently recognized at the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalist Banquet in Tulsa, OK. Moeckel received Best Graphic Designer and Tally placed third for Best Government Reporter. Pictured with Tally and Moeckel, is student media adviser to The Vista, Teddy Burch. 

SPJ Awards

MCOM's Palmer Wins Sundance Film Festival Contest

Jeffrey Palmer, Professional Media Assistant Professor, was recently featured in the Oklahoma Gazette for honors he received for his short film Isabelle's Garden. 

The film will be screened at Oklahoma City's Dead Center Film Festival on June 13 and 14. The film received honors earlier this year as one of the top five films in the Sundance Film Festival Contest. Isabelle's Garden follows the story of a young girl who lives in poverty but shares what she has with her community. 

Read the full article here.

Jeff Palmer

MCOM's Vincent Featured in Transformational Teaching Article

Dr. Christy Vincent, Organizational Communication Professor, was recently featured in The Oklahoman for her emphasis in using one of the Central Six tenets, service learning and civic engagement, within her coursework. Students in her class developed numerous training materials for a local non-profit organization that works with job placement of individuals after incarceration. Read the article here.

Dr. Christy Vincent

Robby Trammell, News Director for The Oklahoman & MCOM Media Ethics Adjunct Faculty, Inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame

Congratulations to MCOM Adjunct Faculty member Robby Trammell as he was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame April 30, 2015.

Robby Trammell, news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com was editor of the paper at Seminole High School and Seminole Junior College. Earning his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma, he worked full time covering Edmond for The Oklahoman. He was reporter and managing editor of the Seminole Producer for 15 years and led The Oklahoman’s Tulsa bureau in 1987-1990.

As an award-winning investigative reporter, he exposed Seminole County’s county commissioners bid-rigging, opening a statewide federal inquiry and public corruption scandal; the secret indictment of an Oklahoma governor; also probing the Oklahoma City bombing. He has a master’s from the University of Oklahoma. He is on the Oklahoma Press Association board.


Robby Trammell with Dr. Terry Clark

Journalism Hall of Fame Awards Walke Scholarship

MCOM Student Alexandria Fisher was awarded the Brian J. Walke Scholarship for Ethics in Journalism at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Pictured with Fisher are MCOM Professional Media Professors Dr. Terry Clark and Dr. Sherri Johnson. 


Dr. Terry Clark, Alexandria Fisher, and Sherri Johnson.

UCO Student Documentary Film Festival Tackles Oklahoma's Past, Present and Future

MCOM students will present the UCO Documentary Film Festival from 7-9 p.m. May 5 in the Bob Burke Film Screening Room, COM 120. The festival is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q-and-A with participating students

This is the third film festival produced by students enrolled in Jeff Palmer’s Introduction to Cinematography course, or its sister class, Nonfiction Cinematography. In fall 2014, the festival was a part of Central’s annual Media Ethics conference.


Documentary Festival

MCOM Holds 3rd Annual Student Recognition Ceremony

The Department of Mass Communication held the annual Student Recognition Ceremony honoring student awards, achievements, and scholarships this past Saturday, April 25. 

Events included the Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society induction, American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition recognition, department scholarships and awards, Professional Media Awards, and Photographic Arts Awards. 

Click here to see the award winners and evening events on MCOM's facebook page. 

MCOM Awards

MCOM's Kasi Bowker Honored with Department and College Awards

Kasi Bowker, Interpersonal Communication major, recently won two awards (1) Mass Communication Top Research Paper for Liberal Arts Symposium, and (2) Best Symposium Paper for the College of Liberal Arts. Kasi’s paper was titled “Golf (Dis)course: Patterns of Speaking between Golfers and the ‘Bev Cart Girl’”.

She was  mentored by Dr. Merry Buchanan, Interpersonal Communication professor.  Dr. Buchanan’s students have been honored with multiple outstanding research paper awards. Congratulation to Kasi Bowker and Dr. Buchanan!

Kasi Bowker and Dr. Merry Buchanan

MCOM Student Shares Transformative Learning Experiences in Old North Publication

MCOM Strategic Communications Senior, Sarah Neese, was recently featured in Old North, sharing her  numerous transformative learning experiences while at UCO. Read the article here.

Sarah Neese

UCO PRSSA Tours Corporate Comm/Marketing Departments in Dallas

MCOM's Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) chapter recently toured multiple Corporate Communication and Marketing Departments in Dallas, Texas April 23-24. Students were able to visit: Texas Instruments, AT&T, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Pictured right are UCO students along with PRSSA advisor and MCOM Faculty member Mike Breslin. 

PRSSA Dallas Trip Students

Professional Media Class To Host Fundraising Telethon April 23

Students in Desiree Hill's News Anchoring Class will be producing a four hour "Change for Hope "telethon Thursday, April 23 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM on the UCentral TV Channel (COX Digital 125 Edmond) to benefit two non-profit organizations that specialize in assisting adults and children with special needs, Wings OK and Special Care. Read more about the event here.

Change For Hope Logo

MCOM's Central Edge Communications Heads to Dallas for Pizza Hut Campaign

UCO's Central Edge Advertising Team and Strategic Communication faculty recently traveled to Dallas, Texas to compete against other universities in the American Advertising Federation's National Student Advertising Competition for District 10. UCO Competed against schools from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Lousiana.The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Pizza Hut.

Advertising Team 2015


Congratulations to PRSSA Officers

Congratulations to the UCO PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) officers board on an outstanding 2014-2015.  

UCO PRSSA Officers

College of Liberal Arts Awards - MCOM Faculty and Staff Recipients

Dr. David Duty

Dr. David Duty - Outstanding Adjunct Faculty  

Angela Cedja

Angela Cejda, MFA - Outstanding Staff in the College of Liberal Arts

Mark Zimmerman

Mr. Mark Zimmerman, MFA - Outstanding Scholarly/Creative Activities

MCOM Students Encourage Transforming Student Health at Liberal Arts Symposium


Students in Dr. Christy Vincent's Health Communication class presented various Student Health Service Projects during the 2015 Liberal Arts Symposium.

MCOM students who presented included: Yehoda Ashong-Lamptey, Kelsey Cavin, Bayleigh Cramer, Sherry Darrow, Justin Gray, Jennifer Hasel, Chisholm Holland, Kayla Johnston, Shahada Kari, Talitha Kathol, Adison Ketchum, Harley Lovato, Kailey Marcum, Vincent Pecheco

Liberal Arts Symposium

Liberal Arts Symposium

LA Symposium


MCOM Faculty Attend Transformative Learning Conference


MCOM Faculty members Dr. Sherri Johnson, Dr. Sam Lawrence, Dr. Jill Lambeth, and Dr. Christy Vincent were 4 of the nearly 300 attendees at this year’s Transformative Learning Conference. The  Transformative Learning Conference challenges participants to demonstrate evidence-based classroom practices. Pictured right is Dr. Christy Vincent at the conference. 

Dr. Christy Vincent

MCOM Pro Media Students Win Multiple State Broadcasting Awards


MCOM Professional Media Students were presented with multiple awards at the annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Awards Luncheon held March 26, 2015 at the Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. UCO placed in 14 of the categories, including 7 first place awards.

OBEA Student Group

Desiree Hill with Student

MCOM's Richardson "Grows His Garden"


MCOM adjunct faculty member Timothy Richardson was recently featured in The Oklahoman as he shard his passion for gardening and advice for the upcoming planting season. Read the article here.


Tim Richardson


MCOM's Jesse Miller to Speak at PhotoCon 2015


Photographic Arts Associate Professor Jesse Miller will be one of the featured speakers at PhotoCon 2015. The event will take place March 20-21, 2015. Miller will be presenting upon "The Basics of Proper Workflows and Editing in Digital Photography." at 12:45 PM on March 20. 

UCO students are encouraged to attend the two day event at a special pricing of $49.99 with a student ID when purchased at Bedford Camera and Video. For more information contact Jesse Miller




Professional Media Student Receives National Recognition


Scott Martin, Senior Professional Media Major, was recently recognized by the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) as one of the top collegiate news anchors in the country. Scott received honorable mention from BEA in the 2015 Student Awards Competition for Television News Anchor. Scott competed against other students from universities across the United States. Congratulations to Scott on this honor!

Scott Martin

MCOM's Cejda Featured in Upcoming Photography Exhibits


MCOM Photographic Arts Facilities Manager Angela Cejda will have her work showcased in three upcoming shows across the United States, including locally in Oklahoma City. The Momentum Exhibit will showcase work from Cejda's Graduate Thesis from Cranbook. 

  • Making Faces, David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI, January 24 - February 28.
  • Momentum OKC, a show by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition, Farmer’s Public Market, OKC, OK, March 6 & 7 (8-11pm) and March 8 & 9 (2-7pm).
  • H2O (Water), The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, April 24 - May 30.

 Additionally, select MCOM Photographic Arts students and alumni will have their work showcased at the Momentum OKC exhibit.

Making Faces Gallery Show


MCOM Alum to CNN


Jennifer Matthews (MCOM graduate, Broadcasting 2012) was hired as theCross Platform Associate Producer for CNN and will be relocatingto CNN headquarters in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations, Jennifer!"

  Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer Matthews

MCOM Alum Featured in UCO@125 Campaign


Tammy Payne, an Emmy nominated news anchor nationally recognized for investigative reporting, is an alum of the UCO broadcasting program. Watch her share her experiences at the 4:11 mark of the  UCO@125 eleven minute video.  The MCOM television studio, control room, and UCentral Media students are also featured!

Watch the video on YouTube Here.

Tammy Payne


MCOM's Ipong OETA Scholarship Recipient


MCOM Professional Media major Mike Ipong, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, recently was named the recipient of one of four $1,000 William "Bill" Thrash and Gene Dillehay Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) scholarships during the 2014 Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association seminar in Oklahoma City. Ipong currently works for the Jack and Ron Morning Show on 98.9 KISS FM and hopes to continue his career in the radio industry following graduation. The scholarship, which will be applied to his tuition, will allow him the flexibility to attend an industry conference in Las Vegas in 2015.

Mike Ipong

UCO Wins Campus Compact's Voter Registration Contest

UCO won the Campus Compact's Voter Registration Contest in the large school division for the fifth year in a row.  This year's contest was held July-October, and included the efforts from the American Democracy Project with Dr. Janelle Grellner, Dr. Mary Carver (MCOM Assistant Department Chair) and Dr. Susan Scott; students in the Leadership Minor; and Dr. Jan Hardt and her Political Science students.

MCOM Corporate Training Class Develops Multiple Training Materials for TEEM Organization

Lauren Hatfield and Vincent Pacheco Harley Lavato (left) and Kayla Johnston (right). Kelsey Cavin (front) and Adison Ketchum

Dr. Christy Vincent's Corporate Training and Consulting Class participated in a semester long service learning project in which they created training materials for TEEM, The Employment and Education Ministry.

The students coordinated with the TEEM staff, one of whom is a UCO Organizational Communication graduate, Ms. Becca Barsetti, to assess the training needs of the TEEM participants. The students then conducted interviews with TEEM members and created a survey to assess the participants' knowledge of important job training topics. Using the knowledge gained from the needs assessments, pairs of students created two-hour training sessions on topics related to preparing TEEM members to get a job after incarceration. 

TEEM Group Photo

As a result of this service learning project, TEEM now has 20 hours of new curriculum and training that they can use going forward. The students created the materials so that the TEEM staff trainers and other volunteers can pick up the materials and use them in any training class that is appropriate for these topics. 

Pictured above are: Lauren Hatfield and Vincent Pacheco (LEFT), Harley Lavato and Kayla Johnston (CENTER), and Kelsey Cavin and Adison Ketchum (RIGHT)

MCOM's Carver Participates in "Sorry, NOT Sorry" Awareness Panel


MCOM Assistant Chair, Dr. Mary Carver, was one of four panelists who participated in "Sorry NOT Sorry Day" on November 19. The panel discussed over apologizing on a daily basis and taking action to improve self-confidence and self-esteem. Other panelist included: Dr. Elizabeth Overman, Political Science Associate Professor; Dr. Lorry Youll, Psychology Professor; and Benisha Young Graduate Student in the Master of Adult and Higher Education Program.

Sorry, Not Sorry Panel

MCOM's Alyson Acklin Wins 2015 Miss UCO


Alyson Acklin, a senior Professional Media major from Yukon, won the Miss UCO 2015 title on November 22. Acklin, a graduate of Mustang High School, will compete for the Miss Oklahoma title in June 2015.

Alyson Acklin Miss UCO 215


MCOM's Zimmerman Featured as News 9 Investigates The Phenomenon Of RODS 


MCOM Assistant Professor of Photography, Mark Zimmerman, was recently featured on KWTV, News 9 as they investigated the occurrence of RODS streaks that have appeared in various photographs. Watch the story here.  

Mark Zimmerman on KWTV

Four MCOM Majors in Miss UCO 2015 Pageant


Four MCOM Majors have been selected to compete for the title of Miss UCO:

  • Alyson Acklin - Senior, Professional Media
  • Danielle Kimbley - Junior, Interpersonal Communication
  • Elizabeth Roberts - Sophomore, Journalism
  • Lacey Williams - Freshman, Professional Media

The University of Central Oklahoma will host the Miss UCO 2015 pageant at 4 p.m. November 22, 2014 in Constitution Hall, located in the Nigh University Center.

Miss UCO 2015 is an official preliminary for the Miss Oklahoma and Miss America pageants. Winners are eligible for cash scholarships and Central tuition waivers totaling $6,600.




MCOM Miss UCO Contestants

MCOM's Dr. Lawrence Presents in Canada 


Dr. Sam Lawrence presented at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Quebec City, Canada in October 2014.




Dr. Sam Lawrence in Quebec

Mass Communication's Matt Frech and Shelby Allen Win UCO Homecoming King and Queen 2014


University of Central Oklahoma seniors Matt Frech and Shelby Allen were named the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen during Central’s Homecoming football game on Nov. 1. Frech, an Interpersonal Communication major and Woodward High School graduate, represented Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Allen, a Dance Performance and Strategic Communications double major and Putnam City West graduate from Bethany, represented Sigma Kappa sorority. Congratulations Matt and Shelby!




UCO Homecoming King and Queen, Matt Frech and Shelby Allen

Strategic Communications Students Visit Dallas Advertising and Public Relations Agencies

MCOM Strategic Communications students toured multiple Advertising and Public Relation Agencies in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex October 23-24. Students were able to meet with industry professionals and tour Slingshot, Moroch, Golin, and TracyLocke agencies.  



UCO Students at Dallas Ad Agency

MCOM's Media Ethics Conference 2014 A Huge Success!

The 2014 Media Ethics Conference came to a close October 9, with nearly 275 conference attendees over the two day event. The event was not only covered by traditional news mediums, but also attendees were able to share their perspective on social media.  

Also, coverage from NewsOK.com and The Edmond Sun.

Media Ethics Lanyard

MCOM Corporate Training Class Partners With TEEM Organization

Dr. Christy Vincent's Corporate Training and Consulting Class has partnered with TEEM, an organization that focuses on job placement, in developing job training curriculum. Students in Dr. Vincent's class will work throughout the semester in developing the program and materials and will conclude with a presentation to TEEM's leadership. Once the curriculum has been completed, there are plans to present the material to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections

UCO to Host Award-Winning Journalists for Media Ethics Conference, Documentary Film Festival

UCO will host Emmy Award-winning journalist and senior entertainment editor for BuzzFeed.com Kelley Carter, internationally acclaimed photojournalist Monica Morgan, and music entrepreneur and manager Scott Booker as part of its annual Media Ethics Conference October 8-9 in the Nigh University Center.

UCO Media Ethics Confernce
Sponsored by the Department of Mass Communication, the conference will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on October 8 and 9:30 a.m. to noon on October 9 in the Nigh University Center ballrooms on Central’s campus. Registration is open to the public for $25, and the conference is free for students as well as Central faculty and staff. Lunch is included. Both paid and free attendees must register by October 3.

Conference keynote addresses and sessions will focus on issues surrounding media ethics in entertainment journalism, celebrity photography, news, public relations, advertising and more. New for 2014, the conference will host a documentary film festival featuring the work of students. A panel will follow to examine the making of the films as well as ethical challenges faced during production.

Zimmerman's "Fragile Existence" On Display in Melton Gallery

The Melton Gallery will open “A Fragile Existence,” a photography exhibit featuring the work of MCOM Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman, M.F.A. , with a reception from 4-7 p.m. October 2 at UCO's Melton Gallery. “A Fragile Existence” utilizes mirrored wet-plate collodion negatives to document the fight Zimmerman's wife had with breast cancer. The exhibit will be on display until November 2. Read more here

A Fragile Existence Photography Display

MCOM's Allyn Chosen for Leadership UCO XII


Leadership UCO welcomed their twelfth class at a reception on September 25 in Evans Hall. The class included Mass Communication's Administrative Assistant I, Andreanna "Andee" Allyn. She was introduced by Leadership UCO Alumni member and Mass Communication colleague Charlotte Waddle. 

The Leadership UCO Class will participate in various events throughout the next year, including a full day challenge course, leadership training sessions, and community service opportunities. Pictured right is Waddle introducing Allyn at the LUCO event. 


Leadership UCO Reception

MCOM Attends DISCOvery TECHnology Event

Numerous MCOM Faculty and Staff attended UCO's Discovery Technology event on September 16 in the Nigh University Center. The event updated the UCO Community on many of the new projects underway to engage student learning and improve UCO's overall technology infrastructure. The event featured many hands-on tech activities, including the Disco Tech photo booth. Pictured right are MCOM's Amber Tardif and Andee Allyn and Project Persist Coordinator Jacque Hocking. Click the image for a full view. 

Andee and Amber at Disco Tech Event Jacque Hocking at Disco Tech

Boathouse District's Finish Line Tower Site For Annual MCOM Retreat

Mass Communication Faculty and Staff held the annual department retreat August 14 at the Chesapeake Finish Liner Tower along the Oklahoma River in Downtown Oklahoma City. The Department officially welcomed Core Curriculum Coordinator Jennifer Foster, and Project Persist lecturer Jacque Hocking.


2014 MCOM Retreat

Zimmerman Awarded With Vanderford Engagement Award for Research and Creative Achievement

Mass Communication Photographic Arts Assistant Professor, Mark Zimmerman, MFA, was awarded with the Vanderford Engagement Award for Research and Creative Achievement during the 2014 UCO Fall Forum. The Vanderford Engagement Award recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in support of the Central Six Tenets of transformative learning. Pictured is Zimmerman accepting the award from UCO Provost John Barthell.  



Yvette Walker and President Betz

Walker Receives Vanderford Initiative Award

Mass Communication Ethics Chair, Yvette Walker, received the Vanderford Initiative Award during the 2014 UCO Fall Forum. The Vanderford Initiative Award recognizes faculty who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in support of the three “Cs” of character, civility, and community and leadership or creativity at UCO. Pictured is Walker accepting the award from UCO President Don Betz.  


Yvette Walker and President Betz

Zimmerman's Contemporary Tintypes on Display at State Capitol

Mass Communication Photographic Arts Assistant Professor Mark Zimmerman has numerous of his tintype portraits featured in the north gallery of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The portraits feature the wet plate collodion process which gives each portrait a very unique look compared to the digital photography of today. Zimmerman's work will be on display until September 21 at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Read More Here.


Zimmerman's Gallery was also featured in The Oklahoman. Read the article here.

Lestari by Mark Zimmerman

MCOM Department Chair Highlights UCO's Positive Work Environment

Mass Communication Department Chair, Dr. Rozilyn Miller, was a handful of UCO faculty, staff, and students featured in a new UCO campaign highlighting Central as a great place to work. The Chronicle of Higher Education named UCO as one of the top universities to work for for the sixth time since 2008 and placing UCO on its Honor Roll for 2014. Dr. Miller was also featured in The Daily Oklahoman discussing UCO's collaborative and exciting work environment. Read the article here.

Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll

MCOM Welcomes Hocking as Project Persist Lecturer

Mass Communication welcomes Jacque Hocking. Hocking is serving as MCOM's lecturer for Project Persist. Project Persist is a Student Support & Success program that follows students from their freshman year to graduation. Jacque will server as an instructor, mentor, and coach in helping students continue to work towards finishing their college degree. Hocking worked within MCOM previously as an adjunct faculty member teaching multiple sections of Fundamentals of Speech

Jacque Hocking

Professional Media Video News Course Concludes With Live Newscast

Desiree Hill, Professional Media faculty member, concluded her Video News I summer course with students in the course executing a live newscast on UCentral TV. Aligned with UCO's mission of transformative learning, students gained hands-on experience with all facets of developing a traditional television newscast over the month long course. One of the highlights of the summer semester was student coverage of the Oklahoma Democrat and Republican primary elections. Pictured left is Hill with students from the course.  


Desiree Hill's Video News I Course

Photographic Arts Holds First Photography Camp for High School Students June 9-13, 2014

The faculty and staff of MCOM's Photographic Arts program held the first annual UCO Photography Camp for high school students.  Faculty members Jesse Miller and Mark Zimmerman and Photographic Arts Coordinator Angela Cejda worked with high school students from Edmond North, Putnam City North, and Westmoore.  Alexandria Bond, Edmond North participant, said "I just have to say how much fun I had at UCO's Photography Camp last week! I learned so much from Photoshop techniques, portrait photography, studio lights, collodion photography, pinhole photography, street photography, film and developing the film in a darkroom, and cyanotypes! The teachers were amazing and I made some great friends too! (Not to mention how good the free cappuccinos were!) Wish the week never ended!" The camp will become an annual summer event. Click to view more images from UCO Photography Camp.



UCO Photography Camp Participants

Rachael Owens, Org Comm Major, Selected for Peer Health Leader for 2014-15

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Wellness Center recently selected 18 students to serve as Peer Health Leaders for the 2014-15 academic year, including MCOM student Rachael Owens.

As Peer Health Leaders, Central students help their peers discover and adopt healthy lifestyles through educational programs and campaigns like grocery store tours, Campus Cook, dorm room workouts and “Dog-Gone Stress.”

Peer Health Leaders gain skills in program planning, public speaking and personal communication as they increase their knowledge of health and wellness. Read more about the program and the 2014-2015 Peer Health Leaders. 



Mass Communication Welcomes New Core Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Jennifer Foster joined the Department of Mass Communication as a public speaking adjunct faculty member in fall 2008 and was selected to serve as the full-time Core Curriculum Coordinator beginning in fall 2014. She has taught traditional face-to-face, hybrid online, and 100% online sections of MCOM 1113 Fundamentals of Speech, the required public speaking course in core curriculum. She redesigned the public speaking course for online delivery and was selected by CeCE to serve as the online teaching mentor for MCOM beginning in Fall 2014. In Spring 2014, she was awarded Outstanding Adjunct Faculty for the College of Liberal Arts. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Foster was active on the UCO Individual Events Forensics team, winning multiple awards including national championships in impromptu speaking, extemporaneous speaking, and reader's theatre. She earned her B.A. in Communication Education and her M. Ed in Education Administration from UCO. After graduating with her BA, she  taught Competitive Debate and Public Speaking at Norman North High School for 5 years.  She lives in Edmond with her spouse, Steven, and their children.



Jennifer Foster

Dr. Kleeman Published in We Are What We Sell

Dr. Kole Kleeman, Professor of Interpersonal Communication and Director of the Media Studies minor published a book chapter "Commodification of the Counterculture" an article concerning advertising in the 1960s through the mid- 1970s. The article was published in the book:  We are what we sellHow advertising shapes American life...and always has.  Volume 2:  Advertising at the Center of Popular Culture 1930s-1975.  D.S. Coombs and Bob Batchelor (Eds.)  Praeger Press (2014):  Santa Barbara Ca. pp. 136-149.


Dr. Kole Kleeman

UCO Photography Professor Curates Exhibit for Oklahoma City Museum of Art

University of Central Oklahoma assistant professor of photography Mark Zimmerman curated a mock darkroom as a part of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s photography exhibits featuring the work of Ansel Adams and Brett Weston. Read more about the darkroom exhibit here. 

Darkroom at OKC Museum of Art

Marcia Simpson is Recognized With the 1st Place Award for the College of Liberal Arts Best Paper Symposium

“Sharing of the Peace: Communication of Lutheran Fellowship” by Marcia Simpson is an analysis of Lutheranism and its benefits to the greater community. In this paper, Simpson provides an ethnography or analysis of Lutheran traditions using oral interviews – that explicitly explored speech patterns and social behaviors. Within three social settings, she analyzes activities such as the sharing of the peace, comprised of a greeting and handshake – an act that bespeaks a request for forgiveness and an extension of good wishes. Simpson’s work builds a foundation for considering faith or social communities in light of social practices within various settings. Pictured with Simpson is her mentor for this paper, Dr. Merry Buchanan, Interpersonal Communication professor.


Marcia Simpson and Dr. Merry Buchanan

Fisbeck Published in The New York Times

Garett Fisbeck, Mass Communication Photographic Arts Major, had multiple photos published in The New York Times covering the devastating tornadoes north of Little Rock, Arkansas. Read the article and see the images here.

Wheeler Honored With Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award

Mass Communication Senior Kimberly Wheeler has been honored with the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar Award. The KTA Award is presented by each chapter to the graduating senior or graduate student with the highest grade-point-average. Each Top Scholar receives a plaque and a KTA medallion.

Kimberly Wheeler

UCO's Central Edge Team Competes in Austin

UCO's Central Edge Advertising Team and Strategic Communication faculty recently traveled to Austin, Texas to compete against 18 other universities in the American Advertising Federation's NSAC District 10 Competition. The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Mary Kay Cosmetics. Although UCO did not win, the judges had numerous superlative remarks for the students' work, praising the team's strategy, research and presentation skills. One judge went so far as to say that he would hire the team as consultants if the plan had been presented to him in a non-academic environment.

UCO Central Edge AAF Team

The Vista Wins 7 Awards From Oklahoma Collegiate Media Awards

The staff of The Vista took home seven awards at the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Awards on April 4 at Oklahoma State University. Students competed against entries from 11 other colleges and universities in the state. Read more

The Vista Award Winners

MCOM Adjunct Faculty Member Wins Investigative Award

Robby Trammell, MCOM media ethics adjunct faculty and news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com, won First Place in the First Amendment investigative reporting category sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists chapter in Fort Worth, Texas. Read More Here.

Curating Photography Collections Students Assisting with Downtown OKC Show

The MCOM 3990 Curating Photography Collections class is assisting Jon Burris, Photography Society of America curator and MCOM adjunct faculty member, with a photographic exhibit titled INDIGENE.  This is the premiere exhibition for a new "pop up gallery" concept in downtown Oklahoma City at 824 N. Broadway.  The exhibit opens April 25 and runs through May 5. This is an exciting opportunity for UCO students to practice the skills they are learning in class!

Indigene Logo

The Department of Mass Communication won two awards in the College of Liberal Arts Faculty/Staff Awards!


Ms. Jennifer Foster (left) – Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award

Ms. Andreanna Allyn (right) – Outstanding Staff Member Award

MCOM Award Winners

MCOM Adjunct Awarded Edmond Public Schools District Teacher of the Year

Ms. Elanna Killackey (Communication Education 2002)  was named Edmond School District Teacher of the Year on April 4, 2014! In addition to her teaching and coaching achievements at Edmond Memorial High School, Elanna began teaching public speaking for the Department of Mass Communication last summer and will return this summer. During her time at UCO, Elanna was a member of the Individual Events Competitive Team (coached by Dr. Rozilyn Miller) and brought home multiple awards. The department is very proud of her success then and now!

Edmond Public Schools Logo

Jesse Miller's Observed on Display in Gaddis Gallery  


Mass Communication's Associate Photography Professor Jesse Miller's ongoing body of work, Observed, will be up through April 18th in the Woody Gaddis Gallery.

"Observed is part of an ongoing body of work exploring visual effect techniques used in advertising photography and motion pictures to express a personal narrative about mortality," Miller stated. 

The set of photographs pays homage to a cultural icon of the 20th century, the large metal signage that was a predominant aspect of cities such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles as well as points along Route 66. 

The Woody Gaddis Gallery is located in room 104 of the Communications building. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

Observed by Jesse Miller, MFA

MCOM Student Presents Service Learning Project Over Body Image

Jerrah Conley, Organizational Communication major, developed a service learning project in her Health Communication course (taught by Dr. Christy Vincent) focused on healthy body image. 

"Fat Talk" focused on how to boost body image and how body image is perceived in society. Conley presented the project April 9 to the UCO Community.




UCO Fat Talk Presentation

MCOM Partners with American Democracy Project for Death Penalty Debate

UCO's American Democracy Project, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Mass Communication, Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Substance Abuse Studies, and UCO-AAUP will host a debate entitled, "Why and How to Eliminate the Death Penalty in Oklahoma." The Debate will focus on recommendations of the Oklahoma Justice Commission which calls for a number of reforms to protect innocent people form being convicted and sentenced to death. The free event will be held in UCO's Constitution Hall on April 12 at 4:30 PM. Read more.

Following the debate, at 6:00 pm the American Democracy Project and the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty will host their annual banquet in Ballrooms A & B. Renowned guest speaker, Rob Warden will speak during the banquet.



Rob Warden

Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame 2014 Inductees Announced


Mass Communication professor, Dr. Terry Clark, Journalism Hall of Fame director, announces new inductees for the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame luncheon to be held April 24 at UCO.


OK Journalism Hall of Fame

Photographic Society of America Collection Premiers at UCO


The University of Central Oklahoma’s Max Chambers Library will host an exhibition of the Oklahoma City-based Photographic Society of America’s (PSA) collection April 3 through May 31 in the south elevator lobby on the library’s main floor. Read More Here.

Photographic Society of America Collection Exhibition Premiers at UCO

Photographic Arts Students Attend Ansel Adams and Brett Weston Exhibit  


Photographic Arts faculty member, Mark Zimmerman, and his Darkroom Photography class recently attended the Ansel Adams and Brett Weston exhibition at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.




Photographic Arts Students

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event 


Mass Communication Faculty and Staff attended the UCO Appreciation Ice Cream Social at Buddy's on Friday, March 14.
Pictured from Left to Right are Amber Tardif, UCentral Administrative Secretary; Andreanna Allyn, Mass Communication Administrative Assistant; Maggie Melssen, The Vista Administrative Assistant; Buddy the Broncho; Charlotte Waddle, Mass Communication Executive Office Assistant; and Angela Cejda, Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities. 




MCOM Staff with Buddy Broncho

Mass Communication's Palmer Premier's Kiowa Documentary at Canadian Film Festival 


Jeffrey Palmer, Professional Media Assistant Professor, premiered his documentary, "Origins," March 19 at the Festival International du Film Ethnographique du Québec in Montreal. Read more




Palmer Documentary

Mass Communication's Cejda's Work on Display at Gallery 123


Angela Cejda, Mass Communication's Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities, has multiple photographs on display at Gallery 123 in Downtown Norman throughout the months of March, April, and May as part of Gallery 123's 2nd Friday Art Walks. See more of Cejda's work and read more here.




Cejda Photo

Professional Media Students Win Big at State Broadcast Showcase


The Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (OBEA) recently honored 16 University of Central Oklahoma Professional Media students at its annual student broadcast competition, with UCO students receiving 19 awards for student-produced radio and television broadcasts. Read More Here.





Mass Communication's Dr. Samuel Lawrence Recognized


Dr. Samuel Lawrence, Mass Communication Assistant Department Chair, was recently recognized for his transformative learning efforts and active learning instructional strategies in modeling classroom learning. Read more about Dr. Lawrence's classroom initiatives in the Transformative Teacher-Scholar. Pictured left is UCO Provost Dr. John Barthell presenting the award certificate to Dr. Lawrence.




Dr. Lawrence Award

'Juvenile in Justice' Photographer, Exhibit to Come to UCO

UCO will host California photographer, researcher and professor of art Richard Ross for a reception and lecture on his “Juvenile in Justice” series at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Communications Building, Room 120. An exhibit of photos from the series will be on display throughout the building, including Central’s Woody Gaddis Gallery, Feb. 12-March 12.



Richard Ross

'The Death of True Love' Exhibit Opening

"The Death of True Love," a photography exhibit by senior Photography major Howard Mapson, is on display through February 8 in the Woody Gaddis Gallery, Room 104, Communications. It critiques societal pressure to marry fast and marry young. Concerned that young people may be too focused on reaching the milestone of marriage, rather than finding a healthy relationship, Mapson created a series of work that illustrates marriage as a façade of happiness. Desaturated color and faces hidden behind gauze emphasize the emotional distance between the subjects.



Photo by Howard Mapson

Mass Communication's Clark Featured in Mentors Matter

Dr. Terry Clark, Mass Communication Professor and Journalism Hall of Fame Director was recently Honored in UCO's "Mentors Matter".   


Dr. Clark Mentor

Student Work Featured in Gaddis Gallery

Central’s Woody Gaddis Gallery features new exhibitions on a monthly basis. To learn more about this exhibit and upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/ucophoto.


Gaddis Gallery

Advertising Students Called 'Rising Stars' of the Industry

Three University of Central Oklahoma students have been awarded Oklahoma City Ad Club scholarships totaling $6,000. Kenna Baker of Yukon, Laura Lynch of Edmond and Darrell Potter of Agra each received a $2,000 cash scholarship on Nov. 13 during the club’s annual Career Day.

Lynch and Potter, senior strategic communications students, received Journalism Art Communication (JAC) awards, scholarships reserved for students majoring or minoring in a communications-related field. Baker, a senior graphic design student, received the inaugural Jeanie Ruedy Commercial Art/Graphic Design Scholarship. The scholarship is reserved for students majoring or minoring in an art-related field. Ruedy has been a member of Ad Club for more than 50 years and self-funded the scholarship. Read More Here.


UCO Homecoming

'Altered Perfection' Exhibit Now Open

The Woody Gaddis Gallery has opened the new photography exhibit "Altered Perfection" by Photographic Arts Major, Ashley Riddle. "Altered Perfection" explores the artist’s need for perfection in a society that encourages us to put up facades. The exhibition will run through the end of December. The gallery is on the first floor of the Communications Building.



Ashley Riddle Photo

Mass Communication's Vincent Burr Named 2013 UCO Homecoming King

University of Central Oklahoma seniors Vincent Burr and Jillian Goodman were named the 2013 Homecoming King and Queen during Central’s Homecoming football game on Nov. 2, 2013. Burr, a broadcasting and public relations major and Broken Arrow High School graduate originally from Kansas City, Mo., represented Diversity Round Table. Goodman, a history major and Southmoore High School graduate from Moore, Okla., represented Alpha Gamma Delta.


UCO Homecoming

Professional Media Students Take Part in UCO Homecoming Parade

Mass Communication Professional Media Majors recently participated in UCO's Annual Homecoming Parade on Saturday, November 2, 2013. The float was themed after UCentral Media, the department's student media outlet. The float featured a news anchor desk and live music being mixed by UCentral Radio personalities.


UCentral Homecoming Float

Dr. Sherri Ward Selected for Educators' Leadership Outstanding Professor Academy for 2013-14

Mass Communication Professional Media Faculty Member Sherri Ward has been selected for the 2013-2014 Outstanding Professors' Academy.



Professor's Academy Logo

The third annual Media Ethics Conference was held September 25 and 26 in the Nigh University Center. The conference was planned by Mass Communication's Ethics Chair Yvette Walker and the Mass Communication Media Ethics Conference class. Keynote speaker was JJosh Rushing, a correspondent with the news network Al Jazeera America. Students from across the state attended multiple sessions regarding covering breaking news to how ethics plays a role in advertising and public relations. Read more about the event here.



Josh Rusing

Strategic Communications Hosts Fusion Conference

The Strategic Communications Faculty and Advisory Board recently hosted the first Strategic Communications "Fusion" Conference on September 20, 2013 for Strategic Communications Majors. The conference had many student geared sessions to market themselves after graduation. The conference featured the Strategic Communications Advisory Board: 

  • Debbie Anglin - Principal, Anglin PR
  • Jennifer Arlan - Public Relations Director, Northcare
  • Gean Atkinson - Principal, Atkinson Advertising
  • Jami Cummings - Public Relations Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture
  • David Kimmel - Communications Director, Sandridge Energy
  • Jose Ortega - Act. Executive - Inspire Advertising, Dallas

Strategic Communications Faculty: Mike Breslin, Jill Lambeth, Sandy Martin, Moose Tyler, and Christy Vincent



Fusion Conference

MCOM Faculty and Staff Hold Annual Retreat

The Department of Mass Communication recently held its annual retreat August 15, 2013 in Edmond. The Department officially welcomed its newest members:  Albani Milton-Smith, Student Success Advisor; Angela Cejda, Photographic Arts Facilities Coordinator; and Jeff Palmer, ProMedia faculty member.



2013 Mass Comm Faculty and Staff

Mark Zimmerman MFA, Photographic Arts faculty, with OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant! Assisting with a professional photography shoot has benefits!



Mark Zimmerman with Kevin Durant

Dr. Vincent Honored With Prestigious Neely Award

Dr. Christy Vincent, Associate Professor in Organizational Communication, was honored with the Neely Excellence in Teaching Award at the Faculty & Staff Fall Forum on August 13, 2013.  This award is the most prestigious award for teaching at UCO.  Pictured left are Dr. Christy Vincent receiving the award from Dr. J. Neely. Photo provided by UCO Photographic Services. 


Vincent receiving Neely Award

On-Air Presentation Students Learn from Television Industry Professionals

Mass Communication Professional Media students had the opportunity to sharpen their reporting and anchoring skills during On-Air Presentation taught by MCOM Professional Media Faculty member Mark Scott during the August intersession. Students witnessed two live newscasts at KFOR and KWTV and toured both facilities. Students also heard from and networked with various UCO Professional Media Alumni working within the Oklahoma City television market.  

Students at News 9 KVSP's Terry Monday


MCOM Students Gain Transformative Learning Through OKC Media Tour

Dr. David Nelson's OKC Media Tour class was held during the August intersession. Nelson said, "The class was an effective and transformative learning experience for the student. Through exposure to media professionals and the work environments they experience on a daily basis, students gathered in information on salaries, the job outlook in the media, contracts, technology and history of Oklahoma City media.  The plethora of information either reinforced the student's career path or forced them to reevaluate the career choices they have made at this point." In the end, the students had to share their feelings and experiences from what they heard and saw in the OKC media tour class via a blog. Some of the highlights below: (Left) Perry Broadcasting Vice President of Operations Terry Monday discusses radio promotions and programming. (Middle) Students learn the dynamics of covering breaking news and severe weather with KWTV pilot Jim Gardner. (Right)

Students at News 9 KVSP's Terry MondaySkyNews 9 Helicopter


Palmer Attends Creative Producing Summit

Kudos to Jeff Palmer, MFA and new Professional Media faculty member in the Department of Mass Communication for a successful Creative Producing Summit with the Sundance Institute


Palmer at Summit

Mass Communication Welcomes New Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities

The Department of Mass Communication welcomes Angela Cejda as the new Coordinator of Photographic Arts Facilities in the Department of Mass Communication. She is an artist and photographer from Norman, Oklahoma. She attended Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan for her Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.). Cejda received her Bachelor’s of Fine Art (B.F.A.) with an emphasis in photography from the University of Oklahoma, as well as a minor in art history. She has worked with and assisted artists such as Alec Soth, Liz Cohen, and Jesse Sugarmann. The Cranbrook Art Museum selected Cejda as 1 of 5 artists nominated for the Cranbrook Art Museum Committee Purchase Award of 2013. Her work is represented through the David Klein Gallery in Birmingham, MI.

Emily Ward with Emmy Award

Mass Communication Welcomes New Professional Media Faculty Member

The Department of Mass Communication welcomes Jeffrey Palmer, MFA, as Assistant Professor in Professional Media. Palmer will teach editing, media production, documentary, and film techniques courses. With his leadership and expertise, the department plans to expand and fully develop a documentary film program to complement existing programs and offer students film opportunities.    Palmer is an Indigenous (Kiowa) filmmaker and media artist. As a Dean's Fellow at the University of Iowa, he received his M.F.A. in Film and Video Production in 2012, with an emphasis in documentary film and video installation. He was selected in the spring of 2012 to participate in the Sundance Institute Native Laboratory to work on his feature documentary entitled “Honor Beats.” In the fall of 2012, he worked as a visiting professor at Cornell University. In 2013 he became a fellow for the Sundance Institute Creative Producing Summit. He received his M.A. in Native American Studies, focusing on Native American exploitation in early cinema and his B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oklahoma.

Emily Ward with Emmy Award

Mass Communication Alumni Win's Emmy Award

Mass Communication Alumni Emily Ward (Broadcasting, 2008) recently received a Heartland Emmy Award for her work with KWTV News 9 in Oklahoma City. Ward won News Promotion - Single Spot for a promo she produced for a follow up story that News 9 did in February of 2012 with the infant that was found face down in the mud in the wreckage of the May 3rd 1999 tornado outbreak. Ward competed against nine other entries in her category. The Heartland Emmy's cover 11 television markets across the Central Plains and Rocky Mountains regions.  Emily Ward with Emmy Award

Kudos to Mass Communication's Andreanna Allyn

Mass Communication's Andreanna Allyn recently celebrated her one year anniversary with the department on July 2 as Administrative Assistant I. "Andee" continues to wear multiple hats in serving both faculty and staff in the department and keeping things running smoothly. Congratulations! Andreanna Allyn

Mass Communication Students Named Central Standouts

The Alumni Association recently honored a group of freshmen and seniors at its annual Central Standout reception. Five seniors named Central Standouts are, from left, Will Heckenkempe, Management major; Joshua Lim, Mass Communication-Public Relations major; Danielle Hernandez, Organizational Communication and Spanish major; Amanda Davis, Organizational Leadership major; Sara Watkins, Mass Communication-Public Relations major; and Sam Moses, Mass Communication-Public Relations major, who was named a Presidential Standout.

2013 Central Edge Team

Central Edge AAF Team heads to Tulsa

UCO Strategic Communication majors and faculty recently traveled up the the turnpike to participate in the American Advertising Federation NSAC District 10 Competition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team presented their advertising plan for this year's client, Glidden Paint. 

2013 Central Edge Team

Scott Awarded OAB Lisa John Faculty Fellowship 

The OAB Education Foundation Fellowship Selection Committee congratulates Mark Scott, University of Central Oklahoma, on his selection as the 2013 Lisa John Faculty Fellowship.

The $3,000 Fellowship is a four-week work program at an Oklahoma radio or television station. It provides an opportunity for faculty members at Oklahoma's broadcast schools to update their skills and develop closer relationships with radio and television broadcasters. Scott will serve his fellowship at an Oklahoma City television station.

Dillingham Awarded Stuart Scholarship from Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

Heather Dillingham, a junior Mass Communication major, won the Oklahoma Association Broadcaster's $2000 Harold & Frances Stuart scholarship. The OAB scholarship is awarded annually to students who are majoring in broadcasting and plan a career in broadcasting after graduation. "This scholarship will go a long ways in obtaining my degree at UCO,  I'm so thankful," said Dillingham. She will receive her scholarship award at the OAB/OBEA Student Day luncheon held at the Will Rogers Theater in Oklahoma City on March 13, 2013.

Professional Media Major Named 2013 Miss Black UCO

Mass Communication Professional Media Major, Jeanee' Canada has been named 2013 Miss Black University of Central Oklahoma. Canada, a junior from Lawton, will receive a $1600 tuition waiver along with her title. Canada is actively involved in Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and serves as a news producer for the department's student produced daily newscast, UCentral News.