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UCO To Celebrate Earth Day With Arts and Crafts, Contests and Music

April 10, 2012

Media Contact:  Tiffany Wilson, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


Leading the community in responsible stewardship of the environment, the University of Central Oklahoma will host a full day of activities in observance of Earth Day on April 18.

“For the 21st year, Central welcomes everyone to participate in our Earth Day activities and learn how to make a difference,” said David Bass, Ph.D., chair of the Earth Day Committee and professor of biology at Central.

“When we all do our part, collectively it makes a huge impact.”

The Earth Day Fair will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Broncho Lake, located just north of the Nigh University Center. Local businesses, state agencies and student organizations will pass out goodies and discuss environmental messages with the community.

During the fair, Central’s Student Programming Board will sponsor crafts such as make-your-own bottle-cap necklaces, magnets, canvas bags and potted plants.

Free lunch will be provided around noon, and Earth Day T-shirts will be available for $5.

Later in the evening at 8 p.m., Central’s Campus Activities will host the “Plunkett Past Dark” event, an evening filled with crafts, inflatables, music and more.

All events are free and open to the public.

Outside organizations and Central student organizations interested in setting up a booth at the fair should contact Bass at (405) 974-5772 or

Earth Day is a part of a week of celebratory events surrounding the inauguration of Central’s 20th president, Don Betz, Ph.D., April 16-20. The week culminates in the inauguration ceremony at 2 p.m., April 20 in Hamilton Field House, which is free and open to the public. 

A ticket is required for the ceremony, and ticket holders will be seated on a first-come basis, as space is limited.  Tickets can be picked up in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the information desk inside the main entrance on the east side of the Nigh University Center.

For more information about the inauguration, including a list of other events, visit