Community Stories

  • OC alumni and students in Acappella bring “Good News” to prisoners


    Oklahoma Christian University is proud of its extensive ties with Christian signing group Acappella. The group enjoyed a special experience performing for the second year in a row for an audience hungry for the Good News. Acappella performed at the Grimes Correctional Facility in Newport, Arkansas this week. “While it was bittersweet to see familiar faces from our prior visits, there's a sweet, sweet spirit in that place,” bass singer and OC employee Wes McKinzie said. A member of ...

  • Families from 43 countries attend Global Reunion 2014 at OC


    For the ninth year in a row, OC will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014. The camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus from July 23-27.  The camp is for children aged 13 and older who are known as Third Culture Kids, though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that ...

  • OC Honors Summer Academy hosts 97 students from 24 states


    Ambitious high school students from 24 states are at Oklahoma Christian University this week and the next for an academically challenging preview of college life. Whether seeking to solve a cold case, build robots or study the evolution of video games and animation, the 97 students in OC’s Honors Summer Academy will stay busy learning. “The Honors Summer Academy is a great way for determined high school students to learn more about Christian higher education,” said ...

  • Wilburn's company ranked eighth by Forbes


    Just Between Friends, a company co-founded and run by Oklahoma Christian University (OC) trustee Shannon Wilburn ranks No. 8 on Forbes’ list of top franchises in the United States. Wilburn is now the sole owner of Just Between Friends, the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event. The company has 141 franchises in 29 states and one in Canada. Gross sales topped $24 million in 2013. Just Between Friends has been featured in “Entrepreneur&rdquo...

  • OC alumni buck trend with another giving record


    Alumni participation rates are going down nationwide. Fewer and fewer graduates are giving back to their alma maters each year … except at Oklahoma Christian. In 2012-2013, Eagles bucked the trend through Homeward. A record-shattering 1,479 grad givers grew OC’s alumni participation base by more than 500 and rocketed Oklahoma Christian past the national average.This success presented a tough question for 2013-2014: “Could the Homeward lightning strike twice?”“A ...

  • OC up for 'Favorite College' honors in Readers' Choice Awards


    Oklahoma Christian University is a top 5 finalist in the “Favorite College” category in The Oklahoman’s Readers’ Choice Awards. You can vote for Oklahoma Christian once a day by going to http://newsok.com/readerschoice and clicking on the “Just For Fun” category tab toward the bottom of the page. It’s another chance to rally around our alma mater! Voting closes at midnight on Monday, June 23. Recognized as one of the best universities in the western...

  • OC grad's movie wins top honors at festival


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A movie directed by Oklahoma Christian University (OC) graduate Kyle Roberts won the award for “Best Oklahoma Film” at the deadCENTER Film Festival Saturday. Roberts’ film, “The Posthuman Project,” is about a group of high school friends who go on a rock climbing trip to celebrate their graduation. On the trip, they receive a genetic boost that gives them superhero abilities. Roberts calls the movie a cross between “The Breakfast Club...

  • OC launches 'grand experiment' with new campaign


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) kicked off June with a new fundraising initiative. “Thrive: The Complete Campaign” will raise approximately $30 million to fund near-term, high-impact projects in around 30 strategic areas by May 31, 2017. Unlike most university fundraising campaigns, Thrive had no silent phase and will be public from start to finish. “This is an exciting grand experiment,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Most ...

  • Bald and Beautiful - Alum writes books to help kids with cancer


    Brianne (Lytton 01) Banning will always remember an education class with Dr. Robyn Miller (85). Brianne learned about writing a children’s story, but didn’t think she had the creativity to achieve it. Today, inspired by her daughter’s cancer battles, the author of two children’s books finds that day humorous. “I really thought I didn’t have any story to tell, and that I probably wouldn’t have one in the future to tell,” Brianne said. A few years ...

  • Salvador Cariaga: Turning tragedy into triumph


    Oklahoma Christian University graduate Salvador Cariaga (83) is the executive director of ministries for Shepherd’s Hill International. OC president emeritus Mike O’Neal (68) is on the board of trustees for the ministry, which includes the Give A Goat initiative in Salavdor’s home country, the Philippines. On November 7, Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines with the strength of a Category 5 hurricane, claiming almost 4,000 lives and injuring more than 12,000 people. In the ...