For any of you who may not have heard, Joyce McBride, wife of Dr. Bailey McBride passed away on Thursday, April 16, after a brief hospital stay. She was surrounded by all of her family at the time.
On the same day, April 16, one of our students, Joe deSteiguer, son of President John and Darla deSteiguer, passed away on campus. The loss of one of our students is always particularly hard and we have been greatly blessed over the years with so few such situations. Nevertheless, each and every one is very painful to such a close community.
For more information on services and memorial gifts, please visit oc.edu/news.
One of the greatest blessings we share as extended family is the love and support of so many. May our love and prayers continue to be with these two families in this difficult time.
Graduation - On Friday, April 24th, almost 350 new graduates will celebrate with their families and friends on that day at two separate ceremonies. Due to our growing number of graduates and guests, we are dividing our graduates by degrees and having two ceremonies on that day - one at 10:30 am and one at 2:00 pm. Both ceremonies will be in the Payne Athletic Center. By adding a second program, it allows us to NOT limit the number of guests accompanying each graduate. Both ceremonies will be streamed live at oc.edu/live. If you have a question about which ceremony you may want to attend or watch online to see your graduate, you can go to oc.edu/graduation and look under the graduate's college/department.
Dr. Stafford North will be the speaker. Dr. North has recently announced on campus that he will retire from full-time work at OC at the end of August of this year. This commencement speech will represent his last 'official' Oklahoma Christian University speech as a full-time employee. The contribution he has made to this university cannot be adequately put into words. It will truly be the end of an era.
Alumni Office Update - As of the sending of this newsletter, we have a new face in the Alumni Office. Kim (Bean) Reiter (Ree-ter) '91, has joined our work this week replacing Dana (Holley) Hinkle, who was married in December and moved elsewhere in Oklahoma. Kim has two sons currently at OC and another that we hope to have here in a couple of years. Kim has been the administrative assistant in our Campus Police office for the last several years. We are happy to have her on our team!
Our special thanks to Kaye Wilkerson from our Church Relations Office who has graciously carried us through the transition period.
Homeward Pride Completed/Homeward on 'Home Stretch' - This year's version of Homeward Pride, the club competition of the overall Homeward program ended recently with a new champion! Meanwhile, the quest for 2,300 alumni donors this year will continue through the end of May. For a complete report on the club competition and Homeward progress, go to oc.edu/thrive and click on the "Homeward" tab.
North Texas Alumni Chapter Dinner/Auction Completed - Last Saturday, April 11, marked the 11th annual N TX Chapter Dinner and Auction to fund scholarships for incoming freshmen from the North Texas area. Over 200 alumni gathered at the Omni Hotel Park West for the event and reunion. The special guests of honor this year were Ken & Lindy Adams (years?). A special invitation was given to area Chorale alums, who then closed the program with Dr. Adams leading them and the audience in "The Lord Bless You and Keep You".
With over $20,000 raised that evening, that brings the 11-year total given to scholarships to $230,000! Congratulations and thanks to the committee there for their tremendous work and success on that most beneficial event for the university.
Help Our Students! Jobs/Internships - It seems that more and more of our alumni, who have the opportunity to do so, are helping us place an increasing number of students into jobs or internships within their respective companies. What a blessing that is to our students!
I would like to encourage any who are able to help in this way either now or as we go into next school year to contact Candace Owens in our Career Services Office, or the Alumni Office with the information needed for us to search for candidates. The contact information for those offices are: firstname.lastname@example.org, 405-425-5052; or, email@example.com, 405-425-5110.
Stafford North's 'Good News' Newsletter - April Good News tells of a minister's great trip to churches along the Amazon River in Peru, a heart-touching story about starting a church in India, a Christian College in Africa, and about Christian ties to an excellent movie and to a dog show in the U.S. To read these good stories, go to www.oc.edu/goodnews and to submit story ideas send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will really appreciate your help in learning about good news stories. Consider forwarding Good News to your church email list or your own email or Facebook list.