Vienna Alumni Adventure group at Das Millicanhaus
Hello, Fellow Eagles! I hope wherever you are the weather hasn’t been too harsh this year. Many areas of the country are getting hit pretty hard. On campus, we have been fortunate, so far. However, heavy rains did force us into our rain plan on graduation day. Regardless, another group of new alumni are now among us, and we welcome you!
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The first Vienna Alumni Adventure is now in the books, and was an awesome experience! The picture below shows our group at the Schonbrunn Palace on one of our first group outings. Vienna is all it’s hyped up to be. Beautiful!
OC’s Das Millicanhaus deserves its due as well. It’s a totally accommodating housing facility just 1 1/2 short blocks from the subway station, from which you can be virtually anywhere in the city area within 30 minutes or so. There are now a half-dozen or so universities renting our facility at different points throughout the year.
Dr. Ken Adams (’69) and wife Lindy (Scobey ’69) led a beautifully coordinated and educational week as we took group outings along with plenty of time to explore on our own. My wife Judi (Williams ’76) and I just hung on to the Adams’ coattails. We also enjoyed worshiping with one of the Vienna congregations on Sunday - with our Vienna alumni Bart Rybinski (’00), Will Kooi (’10), and Don Roehrkasse (’81) leading the service.
Our group included travelers from 5 years old to ... several years older. We’ve now booked April 29-May 6, 2017, for our next trip. We’ll send out cost details in late summer or early fall. We have decided to limit our groups to 30 per year, so you might plan your Vienna reunion soon.
Graduation - Rain may have altered the plans for the day, but almost 300 new Eagles took flight on Friday, April 29. Ken Parker (’83), a member of our Board of Trustees, was the keynote speaker.
Ethos and Thrive Receive Recognition - Some representatives from the CCCU (Council of Christian Colleges and Universities) recently visited the campus to learn more about our Ethos program, the system by which our students now receive their Chapel credits, and Thrive, our current, multi-year fundraising campaign. After learning the details of each program, they were so impressed that they invited each program ‘architect’ - Summer (Sehon ’00) Lashley for Ethos and Will Blanchard (’07) for Thrive - to present their respective programs to the CCCU national convention in San Diego next February. Congratulations to Summer and Will!
Homecoming 2016 - With our next school year being our 66th of operation, our theme for the weekend of November 4-5 will be "Get Your Kicks in Year 66" (Get it? Route 66? Oh, well ...) The musical will be "The Music Man," with reunions for the 50-year class of 1966, the decade of the 70s, a special salute to Hardeman Auditorium during its 50th ‘birthday’ of service, our alumni achievement awards, and our annual alumni banquet to present our overall alumni awards. Again, the dates are NOVEMBER 4-5, 2016. Please, mark it on your calendars now!
Bringin’ the Brains to OC – Honors Summer Academy - OC will welcome about 100 gifted and talented high school students to Honors Summer Academy July 10-15. Honors Summer Academy is a week-long academic immersion, where high school students just finishing their freshman, sophomore, or junior years get a real taste of university life. They take classes with some of OC’s best professors, attend daily Chapel, live in the dorms, eat at the Caf, and get to know current OC Honors students, who serve as RA’s. Students earn two hours of transferable college credit in classes like Introduction to Cell Biology, where they learn basic lab techniques and culture human HeLa cells, and History of the Bible, which includes a trip to Museum of the Bible’s Green Collection, where students get a tour behind the scenes to see archivists and scholars working with the massive collection of artifacts related to the Bible.
- Join us in applauding the men of Psi Epsilon
as they took first place in the Homeward Pride Club Competition
for the second year in a row. The entire campus was invited to take part in our first Homeward Pride Celebration by enjoying tasty food truck treats and sharing an overwhelming sense of gratitude to everyone that supports the OC family. If you are ready to make your transition to be a monthly supporter for our OC family, please visit www.oc.edu/homeward
and choose to “Give Monthly” today! We cannot thank you enough.
And finally ...
Stafford North’s Good News Newsletter
- This month’s issue features an article on how teaching agriculture in Africa can open doors for spreading the gospel as well as information on some important meetings of Christians in Brazil. It also has a story about how a widowed preacher is helping others who have lost mates and a story on the progress of Ohio Valley University. Help us spread Good News by sending it to your own email list and to the email list of your congregation. To suggest stories for Good News, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To reach May Good News, go to www.oc.edu/goodnews
Safe summer travels to all. Talk to you in June.
Bob Lashley (’74)