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Passport UCO Enters Tenth Year with 'Passport to Japan'

Aug. 30, 2013

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma celebrates ten years of the Passport UCO program with the opening of "Passport to Japan" from 2–3 p.m. Sept. 5 in the Nigh University Center’s Will Rogers Room.

The program will feature traditional Japanese taiko drummers and a sword demonstration, among other displays of Japanese culture. Susan Spencer, Ph.D., professor of English and director of global initiatives at Central, will receive a plaque acknowledging her long commitment to the Passport UCO program.

Provost John Barthell, Gary Steward, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts, and Wayne Stein, Ph.D., coordinator of the Passport UCO program, will offer brief comments.

Initiated in 2004, the Passport UCO program selects a country or region to celebrate during the fall semester. Its mission is to inspire unity and understanding and to provide events that are both educational and entertaining for students and the surrounding community. Colleges, departments and student organizations work together to organize events that allow communities surrounding Central to discover cultures around the globe. Most of the Passport UCO events are free of charge.

The "Passport to Japan" series will continue throughout the fall semester. For more information or a listing of events, visit, or e-mail Stein at