We are very thankful for the rain that has replenished many of our lakes and ponds in the state, but are still aware of some property damage and personal losses sustained by some. Fortunately, the majority of the storms have not produced the tornadoes that they could have. Hopefully, the rest will keep that number low.
Here's the news.....
Milestones/Legacy Gifts - Just our periodic reminder that we're always hoping for you to send us notes on your family additions, job promotions, marriages, passings, etc., for the 'Milestones' section of our Vision magazine. A new edition is now in the works, and another will come out in the fall. Why not update your files and let us let your friends know what's happening with you through that magazine?
Also, throughout the year, we send Oklahoma Christian University gifts to children of alumni as the kids reach certain ages, or as they're born. If you have a family addition, let us know and we'll send a toddler 'Lil Eagle' shirt.
For kids 5-6 years old, we send a back sack for use as they start school. The other gift of a lanyard and key chain is for 15-16 year old kids, as they start driving. The school and driving gifts are based on us having the birth dates and expected graduation year for each of your kids. If we don't have that, they are missed as we pull the lists. So-o-o-o.....we hope you will give us that information for your file so we don't miss them. Later on, that will also help our admissions team get information to them about OC for their college consideration.
The other part we'd like your submissions for is the 'Where in the World is OC' section of the magazine. On your world travels, just put on some OC gear, take a picture and let us know where you were in the picture. We want the world to know about OC!
Homecoming 2015 - "A Fairy Tale Homecoming" - Lest it be said that "I didn't know when homecoming was or I would have come", you will continue to see monthly reminders about dates and programs for next fall's homecoming on Nov. 6,7. The 'Fairy Tale' theme is from the story of Shrek, which will be the musical production for that weekend. Our special reunion groups are: Class of 1965 (50 year), 60's decade and 2000's decade. If you're a member of one of those groups, be watching for more specific information on each as it's decided.
Summer Study Abroad in Vienna began May 19th! - At noon on Tuesday, many faculty, staff and families gathered to send off 41 Summer Euro participants. Jim ('78) and Yodie ('77) Baird, and Bill and Kathy Thompson, are the faculty sponsors. They would appreciate your prayers over the next six weeks. You may follow this group's adventures on Facebook by "liking" the OC Study Abroad Programs page or by following on Twitter at #OCStudyAbroad.
North Texas OC Office Hosts OC Night at Texas Rangers - The Texas OC office, under the guidance of Alan Phillips ('76), VP for Texas Operations, will again host a night at the Texas Ranger/Oakland A's game on Tuesday, June 23rd. Whether you live in the area, or are planning to be there at that time, you are welcome to take advantage of a great value package by ordering tickets online. The $30 ticket price includes your seat in the right field corner, an OC/Ranger Night t-shirt and a ballpark food buffet that's OC's exclusively. Last year, about 350 alums and friends took part in a beautiful and fun evening, with Acapella singing the national anthem at the game.
Speaking of Baseball......
In our last season, as a part of the National Christian College Athletic Association, the Eagles Baseball is again heading to the NCCAA World Series under the helm of coach Lonnie Cobble. Coach Cobble was also named the NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year for the second time in three years. Next year, as OC becomes a 'full fledged member' of the NCAA, any post-season play will be within that organization. The NCCAA offers an opportunity for non-NCAA Christian schools, as well as Christian schools in their transition period to have post-season play.
Lady Eagle Softball - also made a run for the NCCAA title over the weekend, earning Runner-up honors for the second straight year under coach Tom Heath ('71). The Lady Eagles held the lead in the title game until the final 9 outs. That game was their 3rd game of that day. Congratulations to Coach Heath and the Lady Eagles on another outstanding season!
For more information on each of those teams/tournaments and any other OC athletics, go to oceagles.com.
Summer Athletic Camps (ages 5 years to 12th grade) - In addition to OC's outstanding basketball camps, we will also offer camps in baseball and softball early in the summer. Those dates are coming up soon, but there are still openings.
Baseball - Starting May 26. Call 405-478-2868, or sign up on line at
Softball - Starting May 26. Call 405-478-2868,or sign up on line at
Randy Heath Retires from Coaching - While Randy Heath ('69) has now officially retired from coaching OC's track and cross country programs, he will continue to Chair of OC’s Sports & Wellness program and teaching some classes in physical education. Coach Heath was recently honored in the Daily Oklahoman newspaper with a large article on his accomplishments while at OC. To read the complete article, click here.
There will be track/cross country reunion this summer honoring Randy. He would love to have as many of his former athletes back for that program. If you would like to register for that, go to oc.edu/heathreunion
Congratulations, Randy, on an outstanding coaching career!
Stafford North's 'Good News Newsletter' - The May Good News newsletter is filled with great stories: providing relief to storm victims in Vanuatu and two very encouraging stories from Ukraine about the power of the Christian living. The newsletter also provides the account of a beautiful funeral and word of a new ministry of encouragement which anyone could do. The final story is about two churches of primarily different races working for unity. These stories will lift your spirits, strengthen your commitment, and provide ideas about how you can serve the Lord. Go to www.oc.edu/goodnews. Send your new story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Consider forwarding Good News to your church email list or your own email or Facebook list.
Well, that's about it for this month. Hope your summer months are not too hot, not too dry/wet, safe, and relaxing. Talk to you in June.
Bob Lashley (74)