The 2015-16 school year is now off and running with another record enrollment year! Given some of the changes in what college-age students are looking for these days in higher education, an increase in enrollment of any amount these days is great news! You should be proud of your Alma mater. The positive impact is growing with each year.
Here's the news........
Field of Flags - The picture above shows the front of the campus on September 11 of this year as we again honored those lost on that tragic day in U.S. history. I suspect that many of you do not know that also on our campus, we have a small memorial that represents both the September 11, 2001 event and Oklahoma's April 19, 1995 bombing. Seen in the photo below, the two smaller trees in the background
are from the two sites. The tree on the left is from the 'Survivor Tree' at the OKC site and the tree on the right is from the World Trade Center site. In the foreground, the rock piece is from the Murrah Bldg. and the small, steel cross on the lower right corner of the rock is steel from the WTC buildings. The ONLY two places in the world that have representations from both of those sites is OC and the WTC memorial in New York City. On our campus, the memorial is conveniently located between the Gaylord University Center (Student Center) and Mabee Learning Center. Be sure to check it out when you're on campus.
Vienna Alumni Experience
- As announced last month, an alumni trip to Vienna and Das Millicanhaus is in the works. I'm pleased to say that of the 16 units that were available in 'the haus', 4 of those are now booked by alumni for the trip with two others pending confirmation. With 9-10 units still available, I hope you'll make plans to join Ken ('69) and Lindy (Scobey- '69) Adams
and Bob ('74) and Judi (Williams- '76) Lashley
in the first week in May, 2016
for spring in beautiful Vienna! To see complete information and make reservations, go to Vienna Alumni Adventure
Stafford North Retires - After 61 years of service to Oklahoma Christian, Dr. Stafford North retired from full-time work at the university on Aug. 31, 2015. There is no way to list all of the contributions Dr. North has made in those 61 years, but suffice it to say.......OC would not be half of what it is today without Dr. North's contributions of talent, time, passion, dedication, planning and service! On Thursday, Sept. 3, Dr. North received a tribute, and standing ovation, at his 36th appearance in First Week Follies.
Dr. North will still direct this year's Lectureship on Oct. 4,5, and 6. He will also continue to teach a couple of his online classes and has a standing invitation from me to appear in First Week Follies for as long as he wishes.
Congratulations, Stafford, on an unprecedented career!
- In just 5 weeks, "A Fairytale Homecoming"
will take over the campus and bring back together hundreds of lifelong relationships begun on this campus! The full, up-to-date schedule is online at Homecoming schedule
, but you will soon receive our homecoming mail piece that will include the schedule and information on our banquet honorees for this year. They are: Distinguished Alumni Award - Bob ('70) and Lynne (Hearn- '71) Rowley; Distinguished Young Alumnus - Amy Hubble ('07); Alumni Missions Award - Bart ('00) and Tamika (Chatmon- '01) Rybinski; Honorary Alumni - 'Special Donors'. The banquet is 6:00 pm - 7:45 pm on Friday night, Nov. 6.
Tickets can now be ordered at Alumni banquet
The whole family
can enjoy Shrek, the Musical
at any of three performances. To reserve your tickets go to Shrek tickets
. As an added bonus, before each night's performance your younger children can enjoy...
Tea with Princess Fiona!
Treat your youngster to a memorable pre-show experience--"Tea with Princess
Fiona!" They will have a RESERVED SEAT at a table setting which includes a drink, cookie, activity sheets, a special appearance by Princess Fiona, along with coffee for parents and escorts! This fun event will take place each evening before the performance of “Shrek, the Musical.” For more info and ticket purchase go to: Tea with Princess Fiona
With reunions for the 60's decade, 2000's decade, 50-year class of 1965, Alpha's 40th Anniversary Reunion and several special groups, there should be plenty of opportunities for all. Add to those activities the picnic lunch, homecoming chapel, parade and basketball games, and it's something you don't want to miss! Call your OC friends and set up your own reunion now for Nov. 6,7!
Honors Summer Academy - The annual Honors Summer Academy will take place on the OC campus July 10-15, 2016. Under the direction of Dr. Jim Baird ('78), this academy offers a session for high school students who thirst for learning. Students entering the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the fall of 2016, and who excel creatively or academically, are encouraged to apply and choose two courses from the following areas: Bible, Engineering, Humanities, or Sciences. Students will earn two hours of transferable college credit, learn from master faculty, live in a dorm at Oklahoma Christian University, make new friends and get a taste of college life.
Interested students should apply early to ensure your two study choices! To find out more or to apply, go to OC Summer Academy
. You can also contact Managing Director Lisa (Fields- '78) Carroll at 405.425.5300
Campus Career Fairs
- OC's Career Services Office
, under the direction of Candace Owens,
hosts at least two career fairs on campus each year. If you work at or own a business, and would like to be invited to these career fairs, you can contact Candace at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at 405.425.5961. We'd love to involve more 'Eagles Helping Eagles
Insurance Discount Through Liberty Mutual Available
- While this information may be most useful to our youngest alumni, there may be some others to whom it may be of benefit, so I'll mention it to all. This summer, our alumni office partnered with the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co
. in their college alumni discount program. Any OC graduate can receive discounting on auto and home/renter's insurance through this nationally recognized company. To see what you might save, you can go to Liberty Mutual for OC Alumni
or call 1.800.524.9400.
2015 Associates Gala
- Over 750 alumni, friends and donors attended last Thursday's annual Associates Gala
! Held at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the large crowd enjoyed hearing from Serge Ibaka of the OKC Thunder
and author Bob Goff ("Love Does"). Ibaka
received the Lee Allen Smith "Spirit of Oklahoma Award"
for his outstanding philanthropic work with orphans in his homeland of the Congo, and Goff
encouraged the audience to not be afraid to do good things for people in unconventional ways.
The OC Associates
program is the premier funding resource group for the university. Some memberships begin at as little as $600 per year. If you would like to know more about how you can get involved, go to Associates
Stafford North's Good News newsletter
- Good News in September has a very useful article by Phil Sanders ('74)
on “Is the Church Dying.” He presents some important studies on this point and not all the news is bad. Another story tells of the Annual Medical Missions Conference for the many involved in that work, where Dr. Kent Brantley
was among the speakers. This month’s Good News also tells of the Alaska Statewide Lectureship, the Central European Retreat, and a great resource for Bible teaching materials which many churches are using free. To reach Good News for September go to Goodnews
. If you have a story for Good News, please contact email@example.com
Oklahoma Christian University Lectureship "Opening Acts" - is Sunday through Tuesday, October 4-6. Alan Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and a long-time preacher will speak Sunday at 7 p.m. Jerry Rushford ('65) will speak at the Dinner Honoring Elders/Preachers and Wives at 5:15 on Monday and Harold Shank ('72) will address the assembly at 7 p.m. on Monday. The theme of the Lectureship is “Opening Acts” and the lessons are based on that important book in the Bible. There are special tracks of lessons for preachers, elders, youth ministers, and women and other tracks on evangelism and textual studies. For a full program go to OC Lectureship.
So, until the month of goblins and ghouls.......stay safe and proud, Eagles!
Bob Lashley (74)