Graduate Open House Dates for 2015

If you are looking for an event to attend where you can get graduate program information, there will be a few open house sessions next year. At these sessions, you can learn about the outstanding opportunities and boundless future that only Oklahoma City University can provide!

Please be watching for more specifics regarding our Graduate Open House events. The dates/times have been set and they are:

March 12th, 2015  ::  5:30 - 7:30pm

June 11th, 2015   ::   5:30 - 7:30pm

Teachers of the Year

Two OCU alumni in the Putnam City School District were named Teachers of the Year at their respective schools.

Lindsey Williams Cofer, BS Elem. Ed. ’10, was honored at Tulakes Elementary; and Ashley Cain, BFA Acting and Education ’11, was honored at Capps Middle School.

2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Help us congratulate Peter Markes, Oklahoma Teacher of the Year! You are invited to a reception honoring Peter Markes, '01, 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year hosted by OCU President Robert Henry, The Petree College of Arts and Sciences and the The Wanda L. Bass School of Music. Today, Tuesday the 29th from 4:30 to 6:00pm. The reception will be located in the atrium of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music. Light refreshments will be served.

Professor Presents at European Reading Conference

Professor Elizabeth (Liz) Willner, working with colleagues from the University of Oklahoma, MidAmerican Christian University, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, presented a peer-reviewed session at the European Reading Conference in Jonkoping, Sweden in August. The session was titled "Active Learning in the University Classroom."

Alumna Success

OCU alumna Katie Alsup is pictured on the front page of The Oklahoman. Alsup is a teacher at Belle Isle Enterprise Middle School.

Montessori Students at the Paseo

You are invited to a special showing of the 2013 Oklahoma City University Montessori Graduate Students year long project as well as two group projects. This is part of the First Friday Art Walk on the Paseo. There will be art, food and a chance to take in works of various Galleries up and down the Paseo. If you have never been you are in for a treat. Children are welcomed. This event will be on Friday, June 7th from 6-9pm.
OCU Student Named DaVinci Scholar

Education and history/political science major Katie Alsup was named a 2013 DaVinci/Martin Scholar. She will receive $1,000 for her first year of teaching in Oklahoma.

Alsup will complete her student teaching session this semester and will begin teaching secondary social studies in the fall. She will graduate in May from the OCU Honors Program.

As a teacher candidate, Alsup pursued her interest in using active learning strategies with secondary students. She has already developed plans to include centers and community-based projects in her future teaching. Last fall she worked with colleagues in history and art education to teach during the intercession at Taft Middle School.

For her DaVinci Scholar consideration, she wrote a five-page proposal for a curriculum project that demonstrated creativity, service learning and community connections. The project was for middle school students and was titled “Location, Location, Location: Mesopotamia’s Contribution to Geography, Agriculture and Society.”

The DaVinci Institute is an organization of leaders in higher education who are committed to nurturing the arts, sciences, humanities and education in Oklahoma. Its scholars program began in 2003.

Scholars are chosen based on their willingness to advance their teaching careers in Oklahoma. According to the organization’s criteria, the recipients practice interdisciplinary instructional methods in the classroom, recognize and support the value of multiple intelligences, individual learning styles, and foster creativity and critical thought in students.

Connecting Across Cultures 2.0 Workshop

The Connecting Across Cultures 2.0 Workshop will be held on February 8, 2013, in the Great Hall from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. For more information contact or 208-5371.



Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Education

Kappa Delta Pi is accepting applications. This organization is a dynamic community of exceptional educators committed to promoting excellence in the education profession by recognizing and advancing scholarship, leadership, and service. There are many benefits of belonging to KDP: subscription to journal, networking with other teachers, scholarships and much more.

If you are interested go to the Education office in Walker Center.

If you have questions please contact Lisa Lawter at

Students Research Education Facility

Students from the Oklahoma City University Early Childhood Education program took a field excursion to Educare of Oklahoma City. Educare serves 200 disadvantaged children, ages birth to 5 years old, with year-round early childhood education programs. Educare helps young children grow up safe, healthy and eager to learn, providing outcome-based learning environments for families and their children who are at-risk for school failure.

The OCU students toured the facilities with a special interest in the play areas. They are researching different types of playground structures and how childrens’ play improves cognitive, social and psychomotor learning domains.