OC Icons to Exit - While several people on campus will be retiring at the end of this month, there are three in particular that demand mentioning …
Totaling almost 150 collective years of service to Oklahoma Christian, Harold Fletcher, Joe McCormack (59), and Bob Rowley (70) will be exiting our work force at the end of this month. I’m not overstating when I say this is the end of another era in OC history. The contribution of these three men in the classroom and in recruiting and fundraising has been mammoth! We congratulate them and wish them enjoyment in their retirements. Click here to see some of the extensive media coverage of Dr. Fletcher’s retirement and legacy as the very first professor hired by our alma mater.
We still hope to see much of them around the campus. Bob Rowley asked specifically to include his new email in for any who would like to stay in contact with him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recent Campus Events - As always, we’ve been a busy campus this semester. Besides the great Homecoming we had in November, here’s a list of other big events we’ve enjoyed over the past few months.
- McBride Lecture - A packed house shared a dinner honoring Bailey and Joyce McBride, followed by a session with bestselling author Nicholas Sparks. The dinner crowd said ‘Thank You’ to the McBrides for their many years of service after Bailey’s retirement earlier this year. Sparks, author of popular books like “The Notebook,” was a tremendous hit with the sellout crowd in Hardeman Auditorium.
- Ben Rector Concert - The popular singer/songwriter from Tulsa also performed to a sellout audience in Hardeman. Check out OC president John deSteiguer’s video interview with our new friend, Ben.
- Lighting of the Commons - The seventh year of this annual event drew another large crowd to the Gaylord University Center for hot cocoa, carriage rides, and a visit with Santa (complete with kids wailing in terror for their Santa pics). Our thanks to the Events Office for their work on this great tradition. Check out the video highlights here and see the ever-popular Santa pics here.
- Cocoa & Carols - Could it actually be 38 years? This tradition, begun by Dr. Ken Adams (69) and now continued by Dr. Kyle Pullen, remains a great annual holiday event for our community. It not only features outstanding music featuring our music department groups, but yet MORE cocoa. ’Tis the season …
Vienna Alumni Trip Update - Details are still being assembled for the July 2015 trip to Das Millicanhaus, OC’s facility in Vienna, Austria. Hosting our alumni guests will be Ken (69) and Lindy (69) Adams along with my wife Judi (76) and I. We chose to wait until after the holidays to open the online registration so watch for that in January. The trip dates are July 3-10. Pricing options will be included in the registration information. We’ll have 14 rooms available.
Homeward - Coming off two years of record-breaking alumni participation, we’re excited to be in the thick of Homeward once more ... and to be doing things just a little bit differently. By now, you should have received your OC notebook and presidential pen. Enjoy them on us!
If you didn’t receive yours, please contact our office to update your mailing address. With the notebook, we’re asking you to write and send in your OC stories. We’re already seeing some good ones, and we’re excited to hear yours. You can read the latest submissions and follow our drive to 2,300 grad givers live at www.oc.edu/homeward. Help us further defy national trends and set a three-peat record!
Holiday Campus Schedule - This year’s campus holiday campus schedule will have all offices closed from December 19 to January 1. We’ll be back on campus January 2 and students will start the spring semester on Monday, January 4.