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Category: Department of Language & Literature Stories

  • OC welcomes Nicholas Sparks for McBride Lecture


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will be the featured speaker at the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Nov. 21. Sparks will speak in Hardeman Auditorium, then sign his new book, “The Longest Ride.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Entry to the book signing is $50, which includes the cost of the book. Pre-registration for the book signing is available at oc.edu/sparks. “It is impossible to ...

  • OC set to honor Coale, Ross at Associates Gala


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two University of Oklahoma coaches will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Associates Gala Thursday. Sherri Coale, the head women’s basketball coach at OU, and Jan Ross, an assistant coach for the Sooners, will be the first OC alumni to receive the award, which honors individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma. The award is named for Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma ...

  • 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 ...

  • Longtime professor Elmo Hall passes away


    The Oklahoma Christian University community mourns the loss of longtime professor Dr. Elmo Hall, who passed away on May 13 with his loving family at his side. Hall was born August 2, 1930, in Fulton County, Arkansas. He received a bachelor’s degree from Harding University in 1953, a master’s degree from Texas Christian University in 1965, and a doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 1977. His heart for teaching took him into ministry in his early 20s. He preached at ...

  • 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 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 students chosen for Teach For America


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two Oklahoma Christian University (OC) seniors have earned selection to the competitive Teach For America program. Katelyn Jackson is a psychology major from Jonesboro, Ark., and Hannah Ketring is an English/writing major from Nashville, Tenn. They are part of OC’s Honors Program and will both graduate this spring. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits professionals and recent college graduates to teach for at least two years in low-income public schools....

  • Academic departments honor outstanding alumni

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend. OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; ...

  • OC hosts 'An Evening with C.S. Lewis' Oct. 24


    Oklahoma Christian University invites the community to spend an evening with C.S. Lewis on Oct. 24. Professional actor David Payne will present his acclaimed one-man show based on the life of the famous apologist, poet and author. The one-night performance begins at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. OC’s theater program hosted Payne four years ago, and again in 2010 for the world premiere of his show, “A Christmas with C.S. Lewis.” Originally from Britain, Payne specializes in works that...

  • McBride celebrates 50th year on faculty


    When Oklahoma Christian University kicked off its 64th year on Monday, Dr. Bailey McBride began his 50th year as a faculty member at the university.McBride was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. He has held many key roles at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, initial chair of the Department of Language and Literature, and chief academic officer from 1975 through 1996. He also served as director of OC's Honors Program.OC’s McBride Center for ...

  • OC Honors grad takes the world by storm


    Ashleigh Hess, a 2009 Oklahoma Christian University Honors Program graduate, has left Oklahoma to explore the Spanish world. Ashleigh began learning Spanish as a second language when she was 12 years old … and soon fell in love with the culture. During her time at Oklahoma Christian, Ashleigh taught English to several Spanish-speaking staff members and helped start Spanish Chapel. She was involved in numerous educational and cultural organizations, including Teaching English as a ...

  • OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year


    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year. The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13. “Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate ...

  • OC alumni compete in Syfy reality series


    The original version of this article and a video interview with Kyle Roberts appears on Look at OKC Oklahoma City filmmaker Kyle Roberts is proof that when you work hard at what you love, you’ll get noticed. Roberts, 28, owner of Reckless Abandonment Pictures, was selected to participate in the new reality competition series “Viral Video Showdown.” His team’s appearance on the show is scheduled to air during a marathon beginning at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Syfy. The...

  • OC hosts Vanderzee album premiere


    Oklahoma Christian University will host the release party for Brett Vanderzee’s debut album, “On the Low Sky,” on Friday, Dec. 7 in the Adams Recital Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the free event. CDs and t-shirts will be available for purchase afterward. Vanderzee is a senior English major at Oklahoma Christian and a frequent performer on OC’s stages. His album of original songs began as an assignment in Dr. Rebecca Briley’s Creative Writing class and developed ...

  • Oklahoma Christian names LaMascus to academic post


    Dr. Scott LaMascus will become Oklahoma Christian University’s new vice president for academic affairs in January. The 1984 Oklahoma Christian graduate chaired OC’s Department of Language and Literature from 2000 to 2006 and has directed OC’s Honors Program since 2009. LaMascus helped establish OC’s McBride Center for Public Humanities, which brings high-profile writers and speakers to Oklahoma, and helped the university secure a $200,000 grant from the National ...