OC honors outstanding faculty, staff, students Roper, Smith earn faculty honors

May 10, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) presented awards to two faculty members and 10 exceptional students at its spring commencement ceremonies.

Dr. Kerianne Roper, professor of marketing and electronic business in OC’s College of Business Administration, earned the Faculty Leadership Award. Recipients are honored for their exceptional work, professional achievements, and leadership activities with students and other faculty members.

Roper has served as faculty advisor to OC’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association for more than a decade. Under her mentorship, OC’s students win awards for excellence at the AMA’s International Collegiate Conference almost every year.

In addition to encouraging more undergraduate business majors to present their research, Roper earned “Best Faculty Paper” at this year’s conference for her research, “The Role of Bloom’s Higher Level Cognitive Processes in Real World, Higher Learning Student Projects.”

Roper also hosts a weekly Bible study for female students. Beyond the university, she serves on the board of Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care.

Pat Smith, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, earned the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching. The award recognizes teaching excellence as well as innovation, creativity and effectiveness in working with students both in and out of the classroom.

OC vice president for academic affairs Dr. Scott LaMascus said Smith is unwavering in his commitment to educating, mentoring and enriching students. He said Smith is known for fun, out-of-the-box thinking that transforms the classroom into an engaging experience.

Beyond the classroom, Smith strives to have every OC electrical and computer engineering student into his home many times for games and meals during their college years.

Oklahoma Christian also honored Bill Arbuckle as the Staff Employee of the Year at an event for faculty and staff in May.

Arbuckle is an educational technologist for the North Institute, which provides key technology services for OC’s students and faculty.

He helps faculty with educational technology needs, including training on diverse technologies to help teachers serve students better. Arbuckle also has helped professors transfer their courses from paper-based and/or Scantron-based testing to online testing in Blackboard.

In addition to faculty and staff awards, Oklahoma Christian honored four noteworthy biblical studies students at its spring commencement ceremonies.

The outstanding Bible students who did not major in biblical studies were Erin Harvill and Ryan Jones. Harvill is a nursing major from Clawson, Michigan, who also participated in OC’s Honors Program. She will work as an intensive care nurse at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Jones, from Edmond, is a biology major with a minor in Spanish. He and his wife, India, plan to spend a year teaching English in Spain before attending medical school.

David Paul Kritz, a Bible and ministry major from Coffeyville, Kansas, earned the McCord Bible Award, given to a senior Bible major who shows the most promise in Christian ministry. He and his wife, Blake, will serve at The Haven in Zambia, Africa, for a year before he starts law school.

Ben McCoy, a vocational ministry and Bible major from Catoosa, Oklahoma, earned the Kelcy Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding Christian leadership. He is enrolled in the master of divinity program at Southern Methodist University in his quest to become a hospital chaplain.

The awards are named for Dr. Hugo McCord, the first chair of OC’s Bible Department, and Dr. Raymond Kelcy, a longtime chair of the Bible Department.

In addition, OC presented the President’s Medal to nine graduating seniors with a 4.0 grade point average: Abby deSteiguer, Hunter Edwards, Madison Hughes, Jean Paul Iradukunda, Ryan Jones, Ryan Lutterloh, Rose Schaefer, Jacky Shan and Madison Talley.