Fall 2016 Graduation
Happy 2016 Fellow Eagles! While we close the book on 2015, we open the first of 12 chapters of 2016! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday season.
Now, to the news...
Vienna Alumni Adventure - IS ON! We now have enough reservations to make our first spring/summer alumni trip to Vienna. And yet.......we do still have room for more. So, if you've been thinking about it, you still have a couple of weeks to join the group. All of the information is available at Vienna Alumni Adventure so check it out and make the call. In a couple of weeks, we will be sending some additional information and suggestions to those signed up to help them prepare for the trip. Our stated deadline for final payment is February 1. Why not come along and join Ken ('69) and Lindy (Scobey '69) Adams and Judi (Williams '76) Lashley and I, to see beautiful Vienna in the spring We'd love to have you.
Upcoming Campus Speakers and Events - We have some notable events coming up on campus for which you might want to mark your calendars.
**Judah & the Lion on Saturday, Jan. 30 -PLC (President's Leadership Council) is excited to present the group Judah & the Lion. They are an americana-folk band from Nashville, TN that opened for Ben Rector this past fall at OC. They will be back on the Hardeman stage from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at Judah and the Lion.
**2016 IFC Dialogues on Monday, Feb. 1-The International Faith Center of Oklahoma Christian University will host the 2016 Dialogues in Adams Recital Hall at 7:00 pm. Our keynote presenter will be John Roberto, President of Lifelong Faith Associates. John works as a consultant to churches and national organizations, teaches courses and conducts workshops in faith formation, and has authored books and program manuals in youth ministry, family ministry, and intergenerational faith formation.
**History Speaks on Monday, Feb. 8 -In the 1968 Olympic games, two U.S. athletes used that world stage to make a bold statement for injustice. Tommy Smith and John Carlos stood on the winners platform after their race and raised their fists and lowered their heads during the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustice in our nation and the world. While an outrageous gesture at the time, and extremely polarizing for our country, that statement may be seen somewhat differently today. You are invited to come and hear their side of that story as the main feature for our History Speaks program this year. The lecture in Hardeman Auditorium at 7:00 pm, Feb. 8, is free, but you must claim a ticket to attend due to seating limits. To claim your ticket(s), go to History Speaks.
**2016 Athletic Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Feb. 23 - The honorees for this event will be Mike Baldwin ('78), Lauren Decker ('06), Tom Heath ('71), Ron Stangeland ('77), Jason Taylor ('10), Clint Vaughn ('00), and Steve Wolfe ('77). Dinner will be in Gaylord University Center at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $50 per person, with sponsorships also available. Go to Athletic Hall of Fame for more info and call OC Events at 405-425-6300 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
**Spring Sing on Friday and Saturday March 4,5 - This annual student tradition is still going strong after almost 50 years! With more than 400 students participating yearly, this program draws more visitors to campus each year than any other event. It's a great time for our alumni to bring prospective students from their respective areas to see OC students having a good time. Tickets to the public go on sale on Tuesday, Feb. 9 and you can reserve your tickets online or by phone. For online reservations, go to Spring Sing. For phone reservations, you can call 405-425-6310 after the sale date above.
**McGaw Lectures on Tuesday, April 12 - Dr. Miroslav Volf, noted theologian, will speak in Hardeman Auditorium at 7:30 pm on April 12 on the topic of "Do Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?" Attendance is free, but you must claim a ticket due to limited space. For information on when and how you can claim your ticket(s), go to Miroslav Volf.
New Alumni Discounts Coming - For several years now, the Alumni Office has offered several campus discounts to you as alumni. These are listed on the back of the individual alumni discount cards that were sent to all alumni about six years ago and continue to be sent to our new graduates.
Within the last year, we added an off-campus discount with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. for 10% discounts on home, renter's and auto insurance to OC alums. Visit www.libertymutual.com/ocalumni and use client #122913.
We are now near closing an agreement with a company called HotelStorm which will offer our alums from 10-60% discount on a wide variety of hotels around the world. The company has a large number of university clients and offers personal support to all alums using the service. By the February newsletter we should have the contract in force, but I will likely send out an Eagle Alert before then notifying you that the service is active. It might be a helpful option leading into Spring Sing weekend in March. Watch your email for the notice.
Salute to North Texas Alumni Chapter - I want to offer a special salute to the alumni volunteer workers in the North Texas area who serve and have served on our alumni chapter there. Now in operation for over 12 years, this group, while turning over periodically, has met almost monthly during those years to plan and support OC activities in that area of Texas. Currently, about 1/3 of OC's student body comes from the state of Texas. While covering all of their operating costs, they also have awarded almost $150,000 dollars in student scholarships over that time to prospective students in the North Texas area from proceeds of their annual dinner and auction. The group is now working on this year's auction scheduled for Saturday, April 2, at the Omni Hotel, Park West.
The university thanks this group, and all previous volunteer North Texas alums, for their continued work on behalf of their alma mater. You're making a difference!
Stafford North's Good News Newsletter - January Good News has stories about growth among churches of Christ in the French-speaking world, an encouraging report from a church in Pretoria, South Africa, the stories of several converts during 2015 in Campinas, Brazil, and an International Thanksgiving Dinner in Oklahoma City. You will be encouraged by these stories so give them a look. If you have a case of good news, contact firstname.lastname@example.org so he can follow up on the story.
To reach the January newsletter click here on Good News and don’t forget to forward the Good News link to those on your church email list, to those on your own email list, and to any others who would find it helpful.
Again, watch for the email announcement about new hotel discounts through OC and HotelStorm.
Bob Lashley ('74)
Executive Director, OC Alumni Relations