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Calendar of Events

Commencement

April 28-10:30 am/2:30 pm

OKC Memorial Run w/Team OC

April 30

OC Genesis/Cornerstone/Zenith Camps

June 10-30

Cage Camp

6/26-29, 7/10-13, 7/17-20

Baseball/Softball Camps

month of June

Honors Summer Academy

July 9-14

Links

Fields of Flags

Well, we're on the cusp (don't get to use that word enough) to yet another launch of Eagle alumni. It's also (as shown above) our time on campus to display our annual 'Field of Flags' honoring those lost in the April 19 OKC bombing. This attraction has been, and is, a community bridge for the university.


Now, to the news...

Spring Graduation

On Friday, April 28, almost 300 new alumni will be added from our two graduation ceremonies in the Payne Field House. As is the case with every graduating class, the world will be a better place for the things many of them will accomplish for the kingdom and the world. Our Eagles in the field are doing great things!


ALS Sufferers Get Help From OC Students

As mentioned above, OC grads are doing great things in the world! However, they don't always wait until they're graduates to make their mark. Under the coaching of Russ McGuire (MBA '16), Entrepreneur in Residence and Steve Maher, Assoc. Professor of Electrical Engineering, four of our engineering and computer science students developed a software program to aid ALS victims in communicating with their eyes. The program was first presented to an ALS patient in Chickasha, OK, with whom the students visited and used as a test subject. The ultimate product was entered in and won first place in the Oklahoma competition formerly called the Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup, now the Love's Entrepreneur's Cup
President John deSteiguer featured this student accomplishment at our annual Associates Gala on April 6. We have attached a video segment of that part of the program.  To see it click here. The 3rd story told by President deSteiguer begins at 2:24.

Hotel Storm

Hotel Storm - Whether you're coming to OKC for graduation or preparing for your summer travels, don't forget to check out hotel savings through OC here and use the password EAGLES. I would still enjoy receiving any comments about this service from those of you who have used it. Just send me your comments at alumni@oc.edu. It may be helpful for others.


2017 Associates Gala

OC's annual Associates Gala on April 6 was, by many counts, our most lauded Associates Gala to date. Featuring comments by the Green family of Hobby Lobby, Mardel's and Museum of the Bible, this amazingly generous family inspired the audience of over 700 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. You may recall that this family took one of the highest profile leads in the fight against the government's mandate that all employers must offer contraceptives as a part of their company health coverage. Hobby Lobby (the Green family) took it to the Supreme Court and won the battle for religious exemption. It should also be noted that our own VP for Academic Affairs at that time, Dr. Allison Garrett ('84), also testified to the high court on the same matter. 
Governor Mary Fallin and former governor Frank Keating also attended the event.
(Photo) President deSteiguer Interviews Green Family at Associates Gala

Summer Camps on Campus

A number of camps and clinics take place every summer on the OC campus. Here's a list of those coming up and how to enroll or get more information:

'Adulting 101' Classes Continue from Alumni Office

Having begun last spring, our office again hosted a number of 'Adulting 101' sessions to help juniors and seniors ready themselves for graduation by offering information on subjects like: personal budgeting, shopping for insurance, establishing GOOD credit, income taxes, and job search and interviewing tips. For many years now, alumnus Kent Hartman ('77) has offered an elective class on personal finance for college credit. Many of those able to take that class laud it as the most valuable 'non-major' class that they took here at OC. Since all are not able to work that class into their schedules, we hope to offer a 'crash course' on some of those same topics covered much more in depth in Kent's classes. Most of our guest presenters are OC alums within the topics covered.


OC Students Receive Prestigious Fellowships

OC senior student Parker LaMascus, son of OC VP of Academic Affairs, Scott LaMascus ('84),, has been awarded the prestigious 'Goldwater Scholar' Fellowship - the first OC student to ever receive this award. LaMascus was just one of two Oklahoma college students, and one of 240 college students from 2000 universities nation wide to receive the award. The Goldwater award is the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. Parker won the award for his wind energy research.


Student Cody Milner, Honored

OC junior, Cody Milner, is named as a 'Newman Civic Fellow'. One of ten Oklahoma college students named, these recipients are recommended by their university presidents as inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. Cody is currently focusing on economic solutions for inner-city poverty and criminal justice reform to put non-violent offenders back into the work force, and persistently involving himself in local and national politics and government.


OC Summer Honors Academy

There is still space available this summer for this outstanding program. Here's information on the program from Lisa Carroll ('78), Managing Director of Summer Honors Academy. 

Honors Summer Academy, HSA, at OC is July 9th-14th for High School Freshmen through Juniors:

"Leaving Oklahoma Christian University, and I have honestly never wanted to stay somewhere this bad. I had the best experience of my life, and it really feels like home. I'm gonna miss everyone so much♥" Geneva, FL - Sophomore

"HSA has been an incredible experience. I’ve discovered a love for writing and debate, as well as met some amazing people… Best week in years!" Edmond, OK – Junior

 "I accomplished more than I could have ever imagined and made memories to last a lifetime."  Senior, Texas

 "I now have insight to what I potentially want to do with my life. The students are all friendly and love God and the RA’s were very personal and caring. It exceeded my expectations." Senior, Texas

There are still spots available for Honors Summer Academy this July 9th-14th! It is an outstanding college preparatory week where students can earn two hours of transferable college credit from the areas of Engineering, Sciences, Bible, and Humanities. Students live on campus and “get to test drive college” according to the director, Dr. Jim Baird ('78). More information with course descriptions and an online application can be found at www.oc.edu/hsa. Please call Lisa Carroll at 405-425-5300 or email at lisa.carroll@oc.edu for more information.  (Alumni children receive a $50 discount for the week.)


Alumni Provide Funding for Senior Sendoff Program

The alumni office staff continued coordinating three events this year totally free of charge to our graduating seniors. Two of the events were OKC Thunder games w/dinner provided (total of about 120 seniors), and an outdoor food truck picnic on campus to all seniors. IT IS IMPORTANT to note that this program is totally funded by alumni donations specifically to this program. Without that help, this program could not exist. Our sincerest THANKS to those involved in letting this program continue. 
If you would like to add your financial assistance to ensure the future of this program, you can do so from OC's main page under the tab 'Give to OC' or by clicking here. Look for the box 'Giving Area' and type in "Senior Sendoff". We'd love to have your help sending our seniors out in style.
and finally....

Stafford North's 'Good News' Newsletter-

Good News for April tells of the Mission UpReach work in Honduras which is having great success in starting new congregations and about NewLife Behavior which provides instruction for people in prison and through thousands of instructors throughout the world.  There is also a story about a great twenty-year-old hospital ministry and about students from Oklahoma Christian who took an unusual spring break mission trip without leaving town.  Read these stories for information and inspiration and be sure to send story ideas to stafford.north@oc.edu.  To reach Good News go to www.oc.edu/goodnews.

 

For information on the OC Lectureship which will be October 1-3, check the March Good News at www.oc.edu/goodnews.

 


Talk to you again in May....post 'Vienna Alumni Adventure'!

In Him,
Bob Lashley ('74)