Hello, Fellow Eagles! I have to say that I never cease to be amazed at how fast the school years pass these days. In actuality, they pass exactly as fast as they always have - so it must have something to do with getting older. Surely not! Nevertheless.......another one's on the verge. So, on we go.
Here's the news...
Hartman Place Dedication - On Friday, April 8th, a newly landscaped area on campus was dedicated. The land immediately north of the Mabee Learning Center has long been a 'forgotten' area when it comes to landscaping beauty. That is the case no more as the area has been beautifully transformed into a place of gathering and remembrance. With a water fall, canopy and added trees and shrubs, Hartman Place promises to be popular for small events or just visiting with friends.
In addition, the area features a memorial where visitors can remember loved ones that have passed away with messages in chalk. About 75 workers, students, board members and friends joined in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The renovation was made possible by members of the Hartman family, originating out of Sayre, OK.
Two Alumni Receive Special Honors - Two of our alumni have recently been honored in special ways.
Ken Parker ('83) is the co-founder and CEO of NextThought, a Norman, OK - based education technology company started in 2011, building a connected learning platform to help change the world. Ken recently was added to the Oklahoma Creativity Ambassadors at their recent Gala. The presentation was made to the recipients by Governor Mary Fallin. Other recipients this year were:
-Governor Bill Anoatubby, Governor of the Chickasaw Nation
-Pete Delaney, Retired Chairman & CEO, OGE
-Toby Keith, World-Renowned Singer/Songwriter
-J. Michael Prince, President, COO & Board member at Cole Haan
Ken Parker will also be OC's graduation speaker at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm on Friday, April 29th.
Julie Flegal-Smallwood ('85) - Julie was honored on April 14 at Oklahoma Christian's chapel program with OC's President's Medal of Distinction for saving a young boy's life in Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France. She was there attending a weekend training session for taking college students on a study abroad program. Julie spotted a 5-year old boy lifeless and not breathing and immediately began CPR and revived him. Dr. Flegal-Smallwood is a professor at Redlands Community College in Oklahoma and was presented with a citation from the the state Senate by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. She received a standing ovation at the presentation.
The OC President's Medal of Distinction, an award instituted just over two years ago, is meant to recognize an alumnus performing an extraordinary single act on behalf of others. We're proud to add Julie as our fourth recipient of this award.
OC Spring Break Missions - As has been the case for many, many years at OC, a significant number of our students bypass the beaches and pleasure travels each year during our spring break to assist others and teach the Gospel. During the week of March 14-18, our students went on campaigns to the following:
-Siem Reap, Cambodia
-San Antonio, TX (Habitat for Humanity)
-Medina, TX (Bole's Children's Home)
-Houston, TX (Impact Church of Christ)
New OC Suites - As a service to the Oklahoma Christian family, OC now offers 3 guest rooms in Tealridge, adjacent to the campus, for OC family visitors. As you can imagine, the rooms book up very quickly around our event dates. So, if you would like to book a room, you can call 405-425-1010. For full information on the rooms and amenities, go to The Suites at OC.
Vienna Alumni Adventure Launch - In just a couple of weeks, 27 alumni will converge on beautiful Vienna, Austria for an awesome week in this historic city. Most all of the group met on campus, or called in, to our orientation meeting on Monday, April 11. They are now about as 'briefed' as they can be and pumped for the experience. I look forward to having some pictures in our next EE issue in mid-May. You might be thinking now about joining us next year.
Homeward/Homeward Pride - As we approach the close of the school year, we sprinted to the finish line of Homeward Pride. Perhaps you recall these words, but in case it slipped your mind: Every new grad giver helps raise our alma mater's ranking in US News & World Report. A higher ranking means more partnership opportunities for faculty and students, more grant dollars for academic and service projects, and a higher valued degree for our grads -- you! Any amount. Any OC project. You give, you count. Check out the great progress our clubs made these last two months at www.oc.edu/homeward.
As introduced in our last Excerpts, Aimee Furrie ('12) is now our new coordinator of this program on campus. Homeward Pride Club Competition was just completed on Friday, April 15, with this year's winner being-- Psi Epsilon for the second year in a row.
Stafford North's Good News Newsletter - The April issue of Good News has stories you will not want to miss. They tell how a four-year old girl led her father to Christ and of a new broadcasting station that, from Madagascar, is carrying the gospels to parts of the world previously unreachable. In addition, there are stories about a hospital and mission effort in Tanzania, about OC students on Spring Break campaigns, and about MRN, LST, and Sunny Glen. So, lots of Good News in April. Just go to www.oc.edu/goodnews to connect. If you have story ideas, send them to email@example.com.
So, I'll visit with you again 'post-Vienna'. To those of you alums who may have a graduate (or more) in this graduation class, CONGRATULATIONS on a job well done!
Bob Lashley ('74)