Alumni Banquet kicks off Homecoming celebration

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma Christian University will honor accomplished graduates and friends at the annual Alumni Banquet this Friday, Nov. 8.

The honorees include: Lon and Jane Winton (Distinguished Alumni); Meagan Hawley (Distinguished Young Alumna); James and Frank Davis (Legacy Award); Pete, Mike, Paul and Mark Brazle (Missions Award); and Becky Durham and Carla Merideth (Honorary Alumni).

The banquet, scheduled for 6 p.m. in OC’s Gaylord University Center, will help kick off an eventful Homecoming weekend at Oklahoma Christian. Banquet tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling (405) 425-5110 or emailing dana.holley@oc.edu. Discounted prices are available for a table of eight.

“With so many of our alumni doing outstanding and amazing things throughout the world, it’s always difficult to narrow it down to just a few for this event,” said Bob Lashley, executive director of alumni relations. “This year’s slate of honorees totally fulfills the purpose for which these specific awards were created. We’re thrilled to able to honor them in this way.”

The Wintons, this year’s distinguished alumni honorees, have served Oklahoma Christian in many ways since graduating in the late 1960s. Lon, a former executive with Chesapeake Energy and SandRidge Energy, has been on OC’s Board of Trustees since 2005. Jane is an advocate for all things OC and is constantly spreading the word about the good things happening at her alma mater. Throughout their lives, they have exemplified OC’s desire to see students go on to be better adults and Christians who are grounded in their professions.

Hawley, the distinguished young alumna honoree, graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2003. She is the medical and developmental advocate for children at the Haven on the Namwianga Mission near Kalomo, Zambia, Africa. Every day, she strives to show the love of Christ to precious children living in the orphanage.

Legacy Award honorees James and Frank Davis earned degrees from Oklahoma Christian in 1962 and 1963, respectively. The Davis brothers met their wives, Judy Watson and Karen Oller, while attending the college, and that began a legacy that lives on today. Both couples have watched their children and grandchildren follow in their footsteps; a Davis child or grandchild has been an OC student or employee almost every year since 1958.

The Brazle brothers will receive the Missions Award for a lifetime of service in many corners of the world – from the Florence Bible School in Italy and a year in India, to summer trips in Belgium and multiple campaigns with Let’s Start Talking.

Durham and Merideth, the distinguished honorary alumni, have been involved with the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association for decades. Durham is a former OCWA coordinator and Merideth is a longtime volunteer.

In addition to the Alumni Banquet, Homecoming weekend will feature OC’s production of the musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts for groups, senior citizens, and OC students, faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at oc.edu/fallmusical and on weekdays at the OC Box Office or by calling (405) 425-5540.

Other big events include Homecoming Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Carnival/Lunch. The Homecoming Chapel service will feature a message from President John deSteiguer, a devotional, a performance by the OC Chorale and recognition of OC’s 50-year class from 1963.

OC’s season-opening basketball games against York (Neb.) tip off on Saturday at 1 p.m. (women) and 3 p.m. (men) in the Payne Athletic Center, with the coronation ceremony for this year’s Homecoming Queen and King between games. The “80’s Back to the Barn Bash” for 1980s-era alumni begins at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Dave Smith Athletic Center, fondly known as “The Barn.”

Numerous reunions, receptions and other Homecoming events will bring alumni from all eras back home to Oklahoma Christian. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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