Well, OC Homecoming #63 is in the books, and it was a doozie! We had outstanding crowds at every event throughout the weekend. Almost 600 at the Friday night banquet, 550 in Saturday morning Chapel, a packed house in the Eagles’ Nest for the basketball doubleheader, and more than 200 at the 80s Barn Bash made for a fantastic weekend! Of course, not to be underappreciated was an absolutely gorgeous weather day on Saturday! All-in-all … it was quite a gathering of Eagles. If you couldn’t come, I’m sorry you missed it, but make your plans for next year. For those of you who were here in the 90s, as well as our next 50-year class of 1964, start making your plans now for early November 2014. It will be YOUR special years!
For a look at the weekend activities, go to photos.oc.edu/Alumni/Homecoming-2013.
Honors Summer Academy - Looking for a great stocking stuffer for your high school student this Christmas? Please consider adding OC’s Honors Summer Academy to your student’s gift list. For more information, click here.
“Lighting of the Commons” - On Tuesday, December 3, OC hosted the annual “Lighting of the (Lawson) Commons,” with hot chocolate, pictures with Santa, holiday songs under the McGraw Pavilion, and the lighting of the campus lights. This has proven to be an extremely popular event over its six-year history. It’s always hard to tell how many students, campus family, and area alumni and friends attend the festivities, but IT’S A BUNCH! The event takes place on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving break each year. For pictures on the event, go to: www.oc.edu/santapics
OC’s Holiday Hustle - This annual 5k run will be this Saturday morning, December 7on the OC campus. Proceeds from Holiday Hustle benefit OC’s Cross Country teams and the OC Wellness program. Get more info at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle.
We are aware of the Winter Storm Forecast and warnings, and we will be watching the weather closely between now and Race Day to determine whether alternate plans need to be made.
- Canceling or Postponing to a later date will be considered only due to slick or hazardous running surfaces (i.e. not for cold temperatures).
- Please be prepared for frigid temperatures and dress accordingly. The forecast calls for 10-15°F at race time.
- Updates will be posted to the Holiday Hustle site.
Alumni “Homeward” 2014 Underway - Our first “Homeward” alumni participation effort last year proved what we had suspected - that OC Eagles are AWESOME! We thought we were pushing the envelope with our record 1,300 grad giver goal, but you blew that away with 1,479 grads joining in! This takes OC from a previous annual alumni participation rate of 9.4% to 13.6%. We’re now 2 points above the national average for colleges and universities our size! In one of our National Alumni Council meetings almost two years ago, we presented the national statistics on alumni giving across the U.S. and said we’d like to be a national frontrunner in this category. In only our first year, and thanks entirely to you, OC took a HUGE jump toward that goal. We can’t thank you enough.
And speaking of thanks, our celebratory Homeward tees have been a HUGE hit. For breaking last year’s record, we offered free tees to all grads … and more than 2,000 Eagles have taken us up on the offer. That’s a lot of maroon and gray! If you’ve received a tee, don’t forget to snap a photo and Instagram yourself using the hashtag #OCHomeward. (See the “how to” video below from Drs. North and McBride for more details.) Also, don’t forget to join in for this year’s Homeward effort. We’ve taken our goal to 1,700 grad givers in 2013-2014 and we’re almost to 800 already. You can get involved and check our patented “Alumnometer” anytime at www.oc.edu/homeward. Thanks for showing your OC pride!
Stafford North’s Good News newsletter for November tells of a disaster in India that has given the church opportunities to serve, good church activities in Greece, what many congregations in Latin America are doing, a campaign in a Pennsylvania church, and a program to help returning missionary children adapt to being back “home.” The stories show the widespread efforts of many to spread the Word in effective ways. To reach good news, go to www.oc.edu/goodnews. If you know of a story that would be good to share, send it to email@example.com.