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  • OC dedicates Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of Oklahoma Christian University’s Kyle Seitsinger Newsroom, a convergence journalism lab in OC’s Department of Communications. Oklahoma Christian remodeled the office previously used for The Talon, OC’s student newspaper, and made it a combined newsroom and studio for The Talon and Eagle Broadcasting to further integrate their reporting. The room is named in honor of Kyle Seitsinger, an OC student ...

  • OC opens theater season with one-act plays

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will begin its theater season with the production of two one-act plays. “A Marriage Proposal” and “Blind Date” will be held Oct. 2-4. Get Tickets Here The production is directed by Carly Conklin, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2010. Conklin works as a stage manager, actor and director for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company. “A Marriage Proposal,” which first debuted in 1890, is a one-act ...

  • OC students screen film at international festival


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Media students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will screen their independent film “Dispirited!” at the Red Dirt International Film Festival this week in Stillwater, Okla. Dispirited! was created by OC’s 2013 class of Advanced Creative Productions, taught by Eagle Broadcasting Director David Jurney. It will be screened for the public at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Oklahoma State University. This 15-...

  • OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ranks among the top 40 regional universities in the western United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook. Oklahoma Christian rose to No. 40 in this year’s 15-state western rankings and is the No. 2 Oklahoma school in the “Best Regional Universities” category. In addition to having the most National Merit Finalists per capita of all Church of ...

  • OC, Smirk New Media partner to offer social media class


    With the rapid growth of social media as a strategic business tool, communication students in college are expected to have current knowledge about best practices. To that end, Oklahoma Christian University has partnered with Mike Koehler, president and partner at Smirk New Media, to provide students with a strategic social media and reputation management class. Koehler is uniquely qualified to teach the class as his Oklahoma City-based company specializes in social media strategy, online content...

  • 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 hires Simmons, Buxton


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced the addition of a communications expert and an Air Force officer to its faculty this fall. Brian Simmons will join the OC faculty as a professor of communication while Col. Brad Buxton has been hired as an assistant professor of engineering. Simmons graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1987 with a degree in mass communication. He went on to earn his master’s degree in communication from Pepperdine University and a ...

  • Oklahoma Christian honors outstanding faculty, staff

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – At its spring commencement ceremony, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) presented four faculty members with awards for their outstanding accomplishments, service and leadership. Heath Jones and Jeff Simmons received OC’s Faculty Leadership Award; Jeff Price received the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching Award; and Richard Wright received the Jack and Barbara Rowe Distinguished Scholar Award. Jones is a professor of music at Oklahoma Christian, where he ...

  • OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 198 undergraduate degrees and 39 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on April 25-26.The undergraduate ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Friday in OC’s Payne Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.The undergraduate degree candidates, including 21 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 28 states and 11 countries. They majored in...

  • 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 stages ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’


    Surprises abound in Oklahoma Christian University’s production of the classic Shakespearean comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28-March 1. Set in the 1960s, the play includes supernatural elements with more than 20 characters, including humans and fairies. The shows begin at 8 p.m. each night in Judd Theatre on OC’s campus.  The play’s director, Associate Professor of Communication Barrett Huddleston, chose the play, in part, because...

  • Oklahoma Christian presents Valentine Cabaret


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Music Department will present its 25th-annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater Feb. 13-15.The Cabaret theme is “Songs for a New World,” a 1995 song cycle by Jason Robert Brown, a Tony Award-winning composer. The four-person cast will perform 16 musical numbers that combine pop, rock, gospel and jazz elements. Among the songs is “Stars and Moon,” made famous by Tony Award-winning actress Audra ...

  • OC honors student killed serving in Afghanistan


    “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13) That’s what Oklahoma Christian University student Kyle Seitsinger did 10 years ago. Serving as an Army Sergeant in Afghanistan, he died along with seven other U.S. soldiers when a weapons cache exploded. Kyle was less than a year away from graduating with a dual major in journalism and Spanish when he died. On Wednesday, the 10-year anniversary of Kyle’s death, the OC family...

  • OC alumna among featured speakers at TEDxOU


    Oklahoma Christian University alumna Erin Engelke is a featured speaker at the TEDxOU 2014 Conference Friday. Engelke, the vice president of communications and public relations for Feed the Children, will speak about balancing work life with being a parent. Launched in 1984, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At the TEDxOU event, TEDTalks video and live ...

  • Engelke finds great success as PR pro


    By Kaylan Watkins, Courtesy of The Talon A former Oklahoma Christian University student has achieved great success in the Oklahoma City business world. Erin Engelke graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2000 with a degree in public relations and advertising. “When I graduated I had this very clear goal to climb the corporate ladder,” Engelke said. “About six years in, I realized that was actually not where my heart was. I wanted to use the skills that God has given me in a way ...