I'm Bob Lashley, Oklahoma Christian Class of 1974 and the Executive Director of Alumni Relations here at OC.
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Save the Date- November 4th and 5th, 2016. Our Musical will be Music Man.
The two groups that will have reunions are the 70's decade and the 50 year class (1966)
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Jessica (House) Bingham
OC Class of: 1997
Occupation: Deputy District Attorney IV
Employer: Orange County California District Attorneys Office (2000-present)
Family Info: Married for 11 years to Police Sgt Bill Bingham Daughter Ayden Noelle (6 years) Son Austin Samuel (3 years)Education
- History Pre-Law ('97)
- Pepperdine School of Law ('20)
Biggest Challenge/Greatest Achievement:
Balancing career and family. I think women are fed a lie that we can have everything. I don't believe this is true. It's a great idea and I am completely in favor of women having the choice to pursue anything we dream. The reality is that there are 24 hours in a day and you cannot be in two places at once. We have to make choices where we spend those precious hours. A modern career woman has to choose whether she is going to have kids, whether she is going to quit when she has kids, whether she will press on in the rat race or whether she will slow down. No matter what we choose, most of us doubt our decision and wonder if we are doing what is right for our family. There is no right answer except that you do your best to do what is right for your family in your situation.
In 2009 after nearly 9 years as a prosecutor, I became pregnant with my first baby. Unfortunately, about 23 weeks in, some major problems developed and I was abruptly taken from work and home and hospitalized for 11 weeks on the most intense bed rest imagineable. This was life altering to say the least. It made me see my life and career in a completely different way. It brought unexpected perspective and unforeseen struggles. God was loving and gracious and against the odds, I had a healthy little girl. This was a major game changer for me. After a year off work completely, I came back part-time. After working full time and being devoted to my career for nearly 9 years before I had my first child, it was so very hard to come back to work part time. Instead of being on the fast-track, I was in the cul-de-sac. It took me a long time to adjust. I am nearly adjusted now (6 years in). Sometimes I get the urge to join the race again, but in my career I know that the work would bleed into nights and weekends as well as the work days. A sacrifice I am not willing to make right now. When I have doubts about what I am doing, I just ask myself, "WHen I am an old woman looking back on my life, am I going to regret not rising to the top in my office?" I seriously doubt it. Would I regret not spending this time with my kids while they are little? I know I would. This makes the answer for me so clear. Don't misunderstand. I don't think that there is a one-size-fits-all answer. Every family has to do what is right for them.
Best Advice for OC Students:
To the ladies I would say, we need to be love support each other. We judge each other way too much and way too harshly.
I would encourage students to pick careers, as best you can, that support the goals you have for your life. Not just financial goals, but happiness goals. Quality of life goals. You don't have to make a lot of money to be rich and chances are, making a lot of money is not going to make you happy. Find a career that will compliment the life you dream of. And if your path leads you in another direction, make the most of it. Don't lose yourself wallowing in what should-have-beens because you won't see the gifts God has laid at your feet.