Community Stories

  • 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 ...

  • OC students serve globally this summer


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – More than 50 Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students will serve around the world this summer, exemplifying the university’s motto of “OC is Mission.” In addition to mission trips within the U.S., Oklahoma Christian students will serve in 15 countries in Europe, Africa, South America and Oceania. “Short-term mission projects change lives – not just the lives of those whom students serve, but the lives of our students as well,&...

  • May 9 deadline for Four Star Leadership applications


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The May 9 deadline for applications to the General Tommy Franks' Four Star Leadership Institute draws near for high school students seeking entry to the prestigious leadership program.Only 50 students will be chosen to participate in the program, hosted on the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) campus July 13-19. They will meet with authors, politicians and global thought leaders, and participate in leadership training, policy debate and speech competition. Students ...

  • OC presents band and orchestra concerts

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its final instrumental concerts of the school year next week. The Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m., with a concert featuring OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble slated for Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m. Both concerts will be held in the Adams Recital Hall in the Garvey Center on the OC campus. Admission to both concerts is free. ...

  • OC presents 'The Importance of Being Earnest'

    Oklahoma Christian University will stage its last play of the spring with Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” April 10-12. Wilde’s final play is considered to be his masterpiece. Though written for the London stage more than 100 years ago, the comedy is one of the most-produced plays in England and the United States. OC’s production will be directed by senior theater major Wesley Aspey, who has added his own touch to the comedy. “Wesley&...

  • OC presents Opera Scenes program


    The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its 2014 Opera Scenes performance April 4-5. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Adams Recital Hall. The scenes feature a variety of composers and musical styles, including familiar music like the famous “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and popular songs from commercials and movies. Featured composers include Cimarosa, Menotti, Mozart and Rossini. “The Opera Scenes program makes ...

  • OC hosts advance screening of Rich Mullins film


    Rich Mullins was a contemporary Christian singer who penned the popular worship song “Awesome God.” Mullins passed away in 1997 in a car accident, but his inspirational life has been captured in the new film “Ragamuffin – The True Story of Rich Mullins.”  Oklahoma Christian University and The House FM are hosting an advance screening of the movie April 3 at 7 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online at ...

  • OC hosts noted authors for intergenerational faith event


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two leading experts in spiritual development will be the featured speakers at the third-annual Intergenerational Faith Center Dialogues at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 1. John Westerhoff, author of the classic book, Will Our Children Have Faith?, and Holly Allen, author of Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, will share their insights at this special event, which is free and open...