Dear Fellow Eagles - Wow! What a great attendance at this year’s Homecoming! The Lord was extremely gracious by giving us two beautiful fall days, and I think we made very good use of it. The production of ‘Shrek, the Musical
’ was another blockbuster, bringing three near-sellout crowds, our two decade reunions of the 1960’s and 2000’s were both very well attended, Alpha Gamma Omega celebrated its 40-year reunion with about 150 alumni and family members for a Friday night cookout, the Alumni Banquet seated 435 alumni and friends, and almost 500 attended Saturday morning Chapel to hear Jerry Rushford and Bud Ross from the 50-year class of 1965, AND ... this first sentence is entirely too long! In addition, the student parade and basketball games were pretty well maxed out. Add it all up, and it had to be one of our largest Homecoming crowds ever! I hope each one of you who came had an outstanding time and got to renew some invaluable relationships.
For a look at the gallery of Homecoming pictures, go to photos.oc.edu
Now, to the rest of the news ...
Higher Learning Commission Visits OC in February 2016 - Oklahoma Christian University is seeking comments from our alumni in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. Representatives assigned by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will visit Oklahoma Christian on February 29 and March 1, 2016. OC has been accredited by the Commission since 1968. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation. The public and alumni are invited to submit comments regarding the university by mail to:
Third Party Comment on Oklahoma Christian University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
The public is invited to submit comments on the Commission’s website at: HLC comments
Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.
All comments must be received by February 1, 2016.
OC Bookstore Holiday Gift Ideas
- Looking for a great gift idea for Christmas or birthday? Look no further than the OC Bookstore. The
bookstore offers a diverse selection of OC merchandise, including brands like Nike, Under Armour, and Adidas in men’s, women’s and kids’ sizing. The bookstore also has all OC required textbooks for the price-conscious shopper with used, rental, and dynamically priced textbooks. The OC bookstore is managed by two OC alumni and is staffed by OC student workers. Books, apparel, and merchandise can be purchased at OC Bookstore
, and you can reach the Bookstore at 405.425.5260 or email@example.com
. REMEMBER ... as an alum, you get a 10% discount on these purchases. Just mention that you’re an alum on the phone or type it in the ‘Note’ box online and claim your discount. Order now in time for the holidays!
Vienna Alumni Adventure
- Here’s another reminder that our scheduled alumni trip to Das Millicanhaus in Vienna from April 30 to May 7, 2016,
would make a great Christmas or anniversary gift for someone. We would be happy to do our best to keep it a secret for you if you wish. We’re now about 1/3 booked for the trip, but still have some flexible room plans available. If one week is just not enough for you, you can visit with our trip travel agent, Kate (Millican 01) Hartman
, at firstname.lastname@example.org
and she will help you make arrangements that fit your plans. Airline rates for that period currently run about $500-600 LESS per ticket than for our proposed trip last year in July. To check out the details, you can go to Vienna Alumni Adventure
. Join Ken and Lindy Adams and Judi and I for springtime in Vienna!
Alumni-Hosted ‘Road Shows’ - The week after Homecoming featured two of our Admissions Office ‘Road Shows’ hosted by alumni or friends in Houston and Dallas areas. Mike (78) and Donna Sue (McBroom 77) Arnold hosted about 50 prospective students/parents, alumni and OC reps at their home in Cypress, Texas, just outside of Houston. Randy and Michelle Tucker hosted the same type of event in Plano, Texas, on the north side of Dallas that same week. About 50 folks also attended that event. These low-key programs have proven very effective in converting prospective students to freshmen. Our thanks to our alumni chapters in these areas who assisted us with these recruiting events.
Campus Holiday Schedule - This year’s campus schedule from this point through the holidays is as follows:
Thanksgiving - Campus closed Wednesday, November 25 - Sun, November 29
Lighting of the Commons - Tuesday, December 1
Cocoa and Carols - Thursday, December 3
Graduation - Friday, December 18
Christmas Break - Monday, December 21 - Monday, January 11 (students); Wednesday, December 23 - Sunday, January 3 (staff - offices closed)
Alumni Discounts - Just a reminder that, as mentioned on your alumni discount card, you can receive these discounts when on campus:
Home basketball games - 50% off game ticket (regular season only)
Theater performances - 50% off for each alum
Dining Room (non-event weekends) - 50% off each alum - limit of two per week)
Snack Bar - 10% off for each alum
Bookstore - 10% off purchases (anytime)
Liberty Mutual Insurance - Home/Renter’s/Auto
- to get your OC alumni discount quote, go to www.LibertyMutual.com/OCAlumni
, Client #122913, or call 800.524.9400
Stafford North’s Good News Newsletter
- The November issue of Good News tells of how the Eastern European Mission in Ukraine is bringing Bibles and related material to hundreds of youth and how a small church in Oklahoma has a very successful after-school program. This newsletter also tells how a German church is dealing with the refugees and how missionaries Clyde and Gwen Antwine
had a successful visit there, and about good summer camps in Thailand. For great information and inspiration, read these stories. Remember to forward Good News to your church email list and to your personal email lists. Help spread the good news. Send story ideas to email@example.com
. For the newsletter, go to www.oc.edu/goodnews
Well, that’s it for November 2015. I’ll talk to you in December to finish out 2015! Have a safe and thankful Thanksgiving holiday!