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Category: Department of Language & Literature Stories

  • Record number of students accepted to national conference

    Dr. Cami Agan, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature, sends this announcement: It is my sincere pleasure to report that we’ve had a record number of eleven students accepted to the Sigma Tau Delta National conference to be held in Minneapolis this March. This marks the seventh year that our students have attended, and in that time every student that has applied has been accepted to the conference. I think this success truly speaks to the kind of intellectual community we ...

  • Students shine at regional conferences

    By Emmalee Mattern for The Talon Amongst a sea of graduate students and faculty, six Oklahoma Christian University undergraduates presented their literature research papers. Amid such pressure the students were able to share papers at two conferences, the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature and the Midwest American Society for 18th Century Studies conference. The conferences were held on Oct. 2-4 and Oct. 9-11 respectively. “We felt very young and very honored to be ...

  • Nash to present at TESOL convention

    Congratulations to Gail Nash, Assistant Professor of English, upon the acceptance of her paper, “Final Draft Feedback and Instructive Possibilities: More Than Justifying Grades,” to be presented at the 2009 TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) Convention.  Only 19% of submissions were accepted to present at this conference, so this is an honor and testimony to the level of Nash’s scholarship.  The TESOL conference will be in Denver, Colorado ...

  • Noted environmentalist speaks at McBride Lecture

    Bill McKibben, noted environmentalist and author, spoke at the 4th annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on October 3.  Use the link below to hear McKibben’s speech in its entirety.  Click here to view a photo gallery from the event. Click here to learn more about the McBride Center for Faith and Literature.

  • Oklahoma Christian Hosts Author, Environmentalist

    Best-selling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will deliver the fourth annual McBride Lecture for Faith & Literature at 7:00 p.m. on October 3 in Oklahoma Christian University’s Gaylord University Center.  The lecture will be followed by a book-signing reception.  Both events are free and open to the public. McKibben is author of the national bestseller Deep Economy:  The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future as well as books such as The End of ...

  • Annual faculty honors announced

    At the Oklahoma Christian University spring commencement exercises on Friday, April 25, 2008, the annual honors bestowed upon faculty members were also announced.  Dr. Ken Adams, Professor of Music, received the Gaylord Teaching Award. Dr. Scott LaMascus, Professor of Language and Literature, received the University Leadership Award. Dr. Bill Luttrell, Professor of Chemistry, was selected as the first recipient of the newly inaugurated Rowe Faculty Award for Scholarship. Dr. Adams, ...

  • Alumnus receives prestigious teaching honor

    Travis Montgomery, a 2002 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University, was recently awarded a prestigious teaching honor from the University of Mississippi, as well as a highly competitive doctoral fellowship for the 2008-2009 academic year.  Nominees for the award included not only other graduate students, but professors as well, so this was quite an honor.  Such a fellowship means he will focus on completion of his dissertation and will receive a stipend rather than teaching. For ...

  • Arts and Sciences Dean's Award recipients

    Dr. David Lowry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announces the recipients of this year’s Dean’s Award.  The Dean’s Award is given at the end of the school year to recognize outstanding students from each department.  A small reception for faculty, family, and friends was held on Friday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. to honor these students.  Art & Design The Art & Design Department has selected two recipients to receive the 2008 Dean’s Award.&...

  • Recent faculty publications

    Dr. Cami Agan, professor of Language and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University, will have an article entitled “Song as Mythic Conduit in The Fellowship of the Ring” published in the peer reviewed journal Mythlore in the Spring 2008 volume. This paper, in an earlier form, also won the faculty colloquium in 2007. Its focus and ideas grew out of two excellent “Studies in Tolkien” classes offered at OC in the summers of 2004 and 2006. The volume should be available by ...

  • Soundings wins national honor

    Oklahoma Christian’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English Honor Society, received the 1st place award for Best Literary Journal at the Sigma Tau Delta Annual Conference on Saturday.  Please take a few moments to congratulate Soundings editors Kate Long and Amy Hardin and advisor Dr. Peggy Gipson on winning this prestigious national award.

  • Student studies abroad in Costa Rica

    Oklahoma Christian University student Luke Roe is spending the semester studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica through a program with the CCCU. Roe, a junior Spanish major from Franklin, TN, sends this excerpt from his journal: After we left the coffee plantation we drove through some of the most beautiful rain-forest landscapes. I was sitting on the bus with a faculty member from the school who is a biologist, and she filled me in on every type of plant we passed. It’s incredibly ...

  • Writer's Block to receive major overhaul

    by Jessica Fuller, with contributions from Dave Seat - Courtesy of the Talon OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Feb. 10, 2005 - Oklahoma Christian University's (OC) writing center, The Writer's Block, is undergoing major construction and expansion. The OC writing center offers assistance to all OC students in any area involving writing. Students receive free help with their writing from English majors and other student workers. The Writer's Block Web site (http://ed.oc.edu/writersblock/grammar.htm) allows ...

  • Open Mic Night a success

    by Jessica Fuller Oklahoma Christian University’s (OC) Rho Mu chapter of Sigma Tau Delta hosted an Open Mic Night Feb. 8. Students performed original songs and literary works. Sigma Tau Delta historian Wes McGee, a musician and writer himself, planned the Open Mic Night. From monologues to bongo drums, students from all different departments came to perform or watch fellow students. “Overall, it went really well. We had a lot of talented people. I was happy that so many people...

  • Students, faculty to present at national conference

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Jan. 26, 2005 - Seven Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students will present their works at a national literature conference in March. Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society with more than 600 active chapters, accepted works by OC students Lauren Bruner, Jessica Fuller, Wes McGee, Heather Meyer, Kristina Riggs, Spencer Stevens and Amy Thomson. Submissions for the conference, to be held March 16-20 in Kansas City, Mo., were open to all members nationwide. ...

  • OC announces endowment for faith and literature center

    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Dec. 9, 2004 - Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced today an endowment to establish and support the Bailey B. and Joyce McBride Center for Faith and Literature. Family, friends and admirers of the McBrides are funding the endowment in their honor. The ultimate goal for the new center, which will feature the McBride Scholars Program and the McBride Lectures, is one million dollars in endowment funding. "The McBrides are living legends at Oklahoma Christian and have ...