UCO receives EPA award
For the second year in a row, the University of Central Oklahoma is being recognized for using more green power than any other school in its conference. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency named the university the 2011-12 Green Power Champion of the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Per EPA estimates, Central's purchase of green power from Edmond Electric is equivalent to offsetting the carbon dioxide emissions of more than 2,000 average American homes, or nearly 4,000 passenger vehicles, annually.
UCO's relationship with the EPA began in 2006, when the university joined the Green Power Partnership, a voluntary program that encourages organizations to use green power as a way to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity use.
OC chooses new dean
Oklahoma Christian University named Don Drew as associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate schools. Drew takes the post June 1.
Drew joined the OC faculty in 2000 as founding director of the university's MBA program and currently serves as dean of OC's graduate programs. He received the university's Faculty Leadership Award in 2004.
“Don has been an effective leader in building our highly successful graduate programs,” OC President John deSteiguer said. “In this expanded role, he will help lead the university through the expansion and streamlining of all our academic programs and better target them to meet the long-term needs of our students.”