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Dental Hijinks

OC student Abbie Kritz had an interesting experience recently after she had her wisdom teeth removed. The “Murdered My Wisdom Teeth” video of her dental adventure went viral on YouTube, and she’s been interviewed by ABC’s Good Morning America and Jimmy...

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The Big Show

ESPN, the sports media giant, has 7,000 employees worldwide. One of them – OC alumnus Jonathan Taliaferro – works from home in Olathe, Kansas. After eight years as a software engineer for Garmin International, Jonathan got a call from an ESPN headhunter. A successful...

AT&T Oklahoma awarded $15,000 to Oklahoma Christian to help fund the Bridge Program, which provides academic and emotional support for underprepared freshman students. AT&T also gave $15,000 to the Bridge Program in 2011. “We are incredibly appreciative of AT&...

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Nursing Gifts Bless Students

Two new endowments are funding scholarships for OC’s nursing students. A $10,000 gift from Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City helped meet the $50,000 fundraising goal for the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing, with a matching gift from an anonymous donor boosting...

It began in Japan almost 40 years ago. Joe McCormack (59) led a small group of OC students to Ibaraki Christian College for a summer program in 1977. It went very well. So there were subsequent trips, including a yearlong stint with his family working with the college and the ...

Those who sat in Dr. Mike Gipson’s biology classes at Oklahoma Christian will appreciate the tongue-in-cheek humor he used in explaining how he set the university’s career scoring record for men’s basketball during the 1960s. “I shot a lot,” Gipson...

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Das Millicanhaus Enhances Study Abroad Programs

A $1 million gift from OC board chair Don Millican and his wife Donna allowed Oklahoma Christian to purchase the Hotel Deutchmeister in Vienna, Austria, as the permanent facility for its European Studies Program. OC representatives gathered with Vienna officials and the fall European...

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The Man Makes the Clothes

Retired theater professor Dr. Darrel Alexander, one of OC’s beloved teachers, has been named to the Master Teacher Hall of Fame. Alexander joined OC in 1962, hired by Dr. Stafford North to help teach speech classes and direct plays. Except for two years earning his Ph.D....

Oxford-educated professor Dr. Jim Baird is the new director of OC’s Honors Program. Baird, a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian, succeeded Dr. Scott LaMascus, OC’s new vice president for academic affairs. LaMascus had directed the Honors Program...

Benton and Paula Baugh have pledged $1.7 million to establish an endowed chair in OC’s College of Biblical Studies. The Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching will allow Oklahoma Christian to add a faculty member who will specialize in preparing preachers. This...

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OC Among Top Video Game Design Schools

Oklahoma Christian earned honorable mention on The Princeton Review’s just-published list saluting the best undergraduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. OC is the only Oklahoma university and one of just two schools in the southwestern United States...

At Oklahoma Christian University, saying the name “Lou” has the same effect as saying “Cher” or “Elvis” to music fans. No last name is needed because everyone knew “Lou.” She was a friend of OC in every sense of the word. Longtime...

On the heels of a unique tuition freeze, Oklahoma Christian is offering students a way to find more scholarships and manage their money. OC has partnered with American Student Assistance to provide free access to SALT. This online site enables students to search for thousands of...

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Boomtown

With Oklahoma City’s exploding job market, OC public relations graduates continue to find career opportunities throughout the metro, including the booming downtown area. Kaylee McDaniel (10) works for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber as a public relations coordinator. ...

Dr. Max Dobson was honored as a Devon Community Hero on New Year’s Eve for his decades of work with special- needs children. Dobson, who began teaching at Oklahoma Christian in 1966, was presented with the honor at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Oklahoma City Thunder...

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Scott LaMascus

Vice President for Academic Affairs! You took the helm in January. After your first semester, are you settling into the role? No question, but it is a big job. It really is a dream job for me, so I look forward to each day when I arrive on campus. It is exciting work to support...

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Alumna Sings Her Way to Success

When Halie (Swan) Hilburn came to Oklahoma Christian University in 2004, she had no idea the music career born in college would take her to one of the most- watched TV programs ever. In fact, coming to OC was as much of a surprise as her sudden fame on American Idol. “I ...

No two days are alike for Meredith Lynn. In her job as Orange Leaf’s director of public relations, the 2011 OC grad works with the national media, trade publications and social media promoting and managing the brand for one of the fastest-growing frozen yogurt companies ...

Three giants of OC’s faculty joined Max Dobson and Darrel Alexander in retiring this spring. Dr. Dwayne Cleveland (70), Ralph DeBoard (68) and Merle Gatewood have touched the lives of thousands of OC students. Dr. Cleveland, professor of education, mentored numerous students...

Ashleigh Hess, a 2009 OC Honors Program graduate, has left Oklahoma to explore the Spanish world. During her time at Oklahoma Christian, Ashleigh taught English to several Spanish-speaking staff members and helped start Spanish Chapel. She was involved in numerous educational and...

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Six Inducted Into Athletic Hall of Fame

Three basketball standouts, a top sprinter, a four-time tennis All- American and the OC golfer with the most career wins were inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in February. Bruno Buccolo (08 - men’s golf), Mike Gipson (66 - men’s basketball...

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Climbing Higher

Greg Wedel and his wife Valari (Boker 82) have logged countless miles on OC’s new Eagle Trail, the three-mile course that winds around campus. Greg might even have the most sweat equity among all of the OC board members, as he helps Valari train for her mountain climbing ...