First Class 2015 Group at Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria
Greetings, Fellow Eagles, from the OC campus! Just a few short, but BIG, bits of information for you this month. Let’s get to it.
President John deSteiguer Launches ‘First Class’ Program - As this newsletter is being assembled, incoming OC freshmen are with President deSteiguer and Dean of Spiritual Life, Jeff McMillon (87), at the university’s Das Millicanhaus in Vienna, Austria. First Class is a new one-week program for one OC credit hour. If you’re interested in finding out more about this program, go to OC’s First Class.
The Alumni Office announces the 'OC Vienna Alumni Adventure'- NEW AND IMPROVED! - Though we introduced the idea of hosting an alumni group in Vienna last year, airfare costs in July and short notice to alums may have been the prime reasons the trip didn’t materialize. Well, we hope we have that problem solved with next spring’s offering.
Whether you’re returning to Vienna to relive your college experience, or going for the first time, if this type of trip appeals to you, then mark these dates and consider joining us: April 30-May 7, 2016.
By all accounts, this is a wonderful time of year to visit Vienna, before the heat of summer and the rush of tourists arrive. Also, airfares, on average, are significantly lower than in July. Vienna, Austria, is considered one of the most beautiful, historic cities in Europe. In addition, this year we’re partnering with alumna Katie (Millican 01) Hartman, at KaliKosmos Travel, to help accommodate you in making flight arrangements.
We will have our revised package costs available by mid-August, at which time reservations may begin. The package price will include: seven nights in Das Millicanhaus, a “welcome” reception and dinner on April 30, daily continental breakfast, Vienna transportation pass, daily excursions in the morning, and a “farewell” dinner with the group at one of Vienna’s most famous restaurants. In addition to the planned outing each day guided by Dr. Ken Adams, optional afternoon outings will be offered, or you can explore on your own.
Homecoming 2015 Reunion News - Our two decade reunion groups are meeting locally each month to plan their homecoming weekend. These reunions are set for Saturday, November 7 at 6:00 pm. The 2000’s Millennium Mash will hold their reunion in the Summit building at Memorial Road Church of Christ. The 1960’s Decade Barn Bash will meet at the “Barn,” now known as the Dave Smith Athletic Center.
"Barn Bash" Planning Meeting
The 50-year Class of 1965 will also be featured throughout the weekend with activities especially for them.
At least two Vienna reunion groups plan to meet during this year’s Homecoming weekend, November 6-7. Dr. John (82) and Cynthia (Palmer 79) Fletcher will host the 15-year Vienna reunion group (2000 trip) and Dr. Ken (69) and Lindy (Scobey 69) Adams will host the 25-year (1990) Vienna group. Not all details are available at this time, but will be listed on our complete Homecoming schedule.
Alpha Gamma Omega will have a 40th Anniversary Celebration that weekend. For more information, contact Josh Bailey or Dr. Bobby Kern
Our online homecoming schedule is continually updated at Homecoming 2015. Details will be posted at that site as they become available.
There’s a list of convenient hotels in the Edmond area that is attached to that website, as well. We hope this helps you plan a visit to this area during Homecoming, or any time!
Next Vision Magazine - With our summer Vision magazine now in your homes, the fall version is already in the works. Two of the most popular sections in the magazine are ‘Milestones’ and ‘Where in the World is OC.’ If you’ve had recent additions or changes in your family, your classmates want to know about it. To submit entries and/or pictures to either of these, email your information to the Alumni Relations Office or sign up on our website at AlumNews. We’d love to have you in our next issue!
Annual ‘Prayer Muster’ - OC Prayer Muster 2015 will be Sunday, August 30. Wherever you may be, we hope you’ll spend time in prayer for the upcoming OC school year.
OC classes begin the evening of Sunday, August 30. We covet your prayers for our students, faculty, and staff as we seek God’s guidance in all we do entering the 2015-16 school year. OC Prayer Muster encourages, enables, and empowers all who love OC to join with us as we spend time in prayer for the university we love. Last year, several Sunday night small groups in Oklahoma and Texas joined our Prayer Muster.
If you’re able to get a photo or post online about the time - you, your family, your church, your small group, and your friends - are spending in prayer for OC, please use the hashtag #OCprayermuster and/or #OCisHome in your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Vine posts.
Thank you for joining us in prayer!
Stafford North’s Good News Newsletter - The July issue of Good News has a story about thousands of solar players being delivered to Africa so people can hear the Bible and other good information and a story about hundreds of baptisms and other good news from India. This issue also offers news about a walk for the Village of Hope, a new youth conference in Arizona, and a church member who has started a business to help inner city residents. Also, there is a note about the upcoming OC Lectureship. To offer your ideas for “Good News” stories, contact Stafford North. Read these great articles and share with others by forwarding them to your personal or church email list. The next issue of Good News will be in September. To reach the July issue, go to Good News.
That’s all for this month. Talk to you in August as school starts, when year #65 is about to begin!
Bob Lashley (74)