‘Homeward’ sets new record - This year’s Homeward campaign is truly showing our Eagle Spirit. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of graduates worldwide and the epic success of our inaugural Homeward Pride: Club Competition, we have blown past last year’s alumni participation record and we’ve more than doubled what we had two years ago. As of today, 2,042 grads have given in support of Homeward this year. And we have more than a month left in this giving cycle! We can’t thank you enough for this tremendous response.
Senior Sendoff Activities - The senior appreciation program called Senior Sendoff is now complete for the year. Thanks to the
support of generous alumni, the Alumni Office was able to take groups of seniors to two Thunder games with dinner and one senior bowling night. To look at photos from the three activities, go to http://photos.oc.edu/Alumni/Senior-Sendoff-2014.
North Texas Chapter raises scholarship funds with dinner/auction - The annual dinner and auction hosted by the North Texas Alumni Chapter was held on March 29. This is the 11th year for the event, which raises scholarship dollars for OC-bound students from North Texas. When all reports are completed, this year’s event is expected to have raised about $30,000 for Texas scholarships.
In addition to the auction, OC preachers filled 11 pulpits in the D/FW area on March 30. The preaching ‘blitz’ is coordinated by Bob Rowley, Executive Director of Church Relations, and Alan Phillips, Vice President for Texas Operations. Approximately 25% of OC’s students now come from the state of Texas.
Two longtime OC employees step down - Two longtime members of the OC family will ‘retire’ at the end of this school year. Dr. Bailey McBride will retire after 50 years at Oklahoma Christian. While a more complete account of Dr. McBride’s impact on the history of OC will soon be released, I have personally encountered hundreds of alumni over the years who still count Bailey as one of the strongest influences in their lives. Bailey and Joyce have made OC a much better place for all of us. Bailey taught his final class on Friday and left the classroom to be met by a large group of students, administrators, faculty, and staff members who wanted to wish him well as he reached this milestone. Send him your best wishes at email@example.com.
Also leaving will be Judy Davis, who has directed our campus housing for many years. Judy does her work quietly and without fanfare, but always has the students’ best interests in mind. While many will never know the contributions that Judy has made to campus life here, she has made OC a better place. Judy is heading to Indiana to help care for ill family members after serving over 25 years at her alma mater.
Honors Summer Academy - The OC Honors Summer Academy is an annual, one-week or two-week (incoming juniors and seniors) college experience hosted by OC’s Honors Program to encourage the pursuit of excellence by gifted and talented students finishing their freshman through junior years of high school. The sessions are scheduled for July 6-11 and July 13-18. Students can receive two hours of transferrable college credit in Engineering, Science, Humanities, and Bible. The Academy is offering a $50 Child of Alumni Discount for Session One. Hurry, the available spots in these sessions are filling up quickly! More information is available at www.oc.edu/summeracademy.
2014 Homecoming - November 14-15 - This year’s Homecoming will feature the musical version of ”Little Women,” celebration of our 50-year class of 1964, and a special reunion for the 90s decade in the annual Barn Bash. Why not put it on your calendar now.
Tulsa OCWA chapter hosts scholarship run in honor of OC alum - The Judge Morris Memorial Scholarship Run is named for Judge Morris (75), a dear friend of OCWA. Judge was a great inspiration to all, which was seen through his many good works as a youth minister and a pulpit minister in Tulsa. As a husband and father of two, he struggled many years with various forms of cancer and underwent many treatments along the way. However, he always had a cheerful disposition and greeted everyone with a smile. He ran the race and finished the course as he met many challenges in his life. In his honor, we ask that you plan on ‘running the race’ and finishing the course at the Judge Morris Memorial Scholarship Run on Saturday, May 31 at River West Festival Park in Tulsa. To register, or just make a donation to the fund, go to https://oklahomachristian.wufoo.com/forms/judge-morris-memorial-run/.
Stafford North Preaching Scholarship - At the monthly preacher’s luncheon, hosted by our Office of Church Relations, on April 15, Dr. Stafford North was surprised by an announcement of the formation of the ‘Stafford North Preaching Scholarship.’ Funded by Dr. North’s many friends and fans, this special award honors Stafford’s legacy by equipping and empowering young men at OC who are pursuing a life of service in and out of the pulpit. The North Scholarship will make its first awards in the fall of 2015. Please join us in congratulating Dr. North on this great honor and thanking him for his *muffled* years of service at Oklahoma Christian! You can email him your congrats at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stafford North’s ‘Good News’ Newsletter - The April Good News shares stories about a widely-used set of Bible lessons prepared by a missionary in New Zealand, an effort to help a small Oklahoma church, a group producing evangelistic materials, and an outreach at a dog show in Kansas. All interesting, informative, and inspirational stories! To read these stories, go to www.oc.edu/goodnews. To suggest story ideas for Good News, send them to email@example.com.
Till next month …