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UCO Dedicates 125th Anniversary Reflection Park

The sculpture “Ubi Motus Est” is the centerpiece of the University of Central Oklahoma’s new UCO@125 Reflection Park. The five-panel, 8-foot-by-20-foot sculpture features more than 2,000 photos ranging from the university’s beginnings in 1890 to as recent as this year.

Nov. 9, 2015

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO DEDICATES 125TH ANNIVERSARY REFLECTION PARK

The University of Central Oklahoma community has a new space to look back on the university’s 125-year history following the dedication of the UCO@125 Reflection Park Nov. 6 on Central’s campus.

UCO President Don Betz dedicated the space and its centerpiece sculpture, “Ubi Motus Est,” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the park located northeast of Central’s Education Building. The park, which also includes a reflection pool and benches, is named for the yearlong celebration of Central’s 125th year.

Betz, along with Chris Domanski, M.F.A., assistant dean for UCO’s College of Fine Arts and Design and lead designer for the project, worked with UCO Architectural and Engineering Services Project Manager Teresa Delaney, UCO Photo Services Director Dan Smith, and UCO Archives Director Nicole Willard over the last year to create “Ubi Motus Est.”

The sculpture features more than 2,000 photographs ranging from the university’s beginnings in 1890 to as recent as this year.

The name “Ubi Motus Est” comes from UCO’s Coat of Arms. The Latin phrase translates to “Where Movement Is,” which made movement a key part of the five-panel, 8-foot-by-20-foot sculpture.

“The pictures at the top of the panels are the most recent, the ones in color. The ones at the bottom are the older, black-and-white photos. We wanted to create a feeling of motion with the fade of color to black and white, but we also felt it was important to signify that everything is sort of stacked on what came before,” said Domanski.

Betz noted that no one person stands as the centerpiece of the sculpture, just as no one person stands as the centerpiece of Central’s 125-year history.

“What I love about this piece is that it’s about all of us. It’s about everyone that has been here and everyone that will come after us. It’s about realizing that in 125 years, people — human talent — continues to be our most sustainable asset,” said Betz.

“We celebrate that here not in a static way, but in a dynamic way. It really is something to celebrate in our 125th year. It’s us, and by us I mean those who came before us and those who will come after.”

Former Regional University System of Oklahoma Regent Belva Howard, Edmond City Council Members Victoria Caldwell and Elizabeth Waner, and Edmond Visual Arts Commission Chairwoman Beverly Chaumont were on hand for the celebration.

To learn more about the UCO@125 Reflection Park and other ways the university is celebrating its 125th anniversary, visit www.uco.edu/125.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/ReflectionPark11.15. (3 photos)

Cutline 1: University of Central Oklahoma Assistant Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Design Chris Domanski, M.F.A., speaks during the dedication ceremony for the UCO@125 Reflection Park and its centerpiece sculpture, “Ubi Motus Est.” Domanski served as the lead designer for the five-panel, 8-foot-by-20-foot sculpture which features more than 2,000 photos ranging from the university’s beginnings in 1890 to as recent as this year.

Cutline 2: The University of Central Oklahoma’s UCO@125 Reflection Park and its centerpiece sculpture, “Ubi Motus Est,” were dedicated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 6. Pictured from left, UCO Vice President for Administration Don Chrusciel, Ph.D., UCO Vice President for Government Relations Mark Kinders, UCO Vice President for Development Anne Holzberlein, UCO Archives Director Nicole Willard, UCO Assistant Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Design Chris Domanski, M.F.A., Edmond Visual Arts Commission Chairwoman Beverly Chaumont, UCO first lady Susanne Betz, UCO President Don Betz, UCO Director of Photo Services Dan Smith, UCO Vice President for Facilities Mark Rodolf, UCO Provost John Barthell, Ph.D., UCO Vice President Charlie Johnson, and UCO Vice President for Student Affairs Myron Pope, Ed.D.

Cutline 3: The sculpture “Ubi Motus Est” is the centerpiece of the University of Central Oklahoma’s new UCO@125 Reflection Park. The five-panel, 8-foot-by-20-foot sculpture features more than 2,000 photos ranging from the university’s beginnings in 1890 to as recent as this year.