OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) family gathered on a picture-perfect Oklahoma morning to dedicate a new outdoor space for rest, recreation and remembrance.
Hartman Place is named in honor of the late Marshall and Dorothy Hartman, who were longtime supporters of Oklahoma Christian, as well as OC alumni Kent and Nancy Hartman, Dale and Sheila Hartman, Luke and Kate Hartman, and other members of the Hartman family.
“The Hartmans have been friends of Oklahoma Christian for 60-plus years,” Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen said. “They helped bring the school to Oklahoma City, and many Hartman children and grandchildren have attended OC.”
Located on the north side of the Mabee Learning Center and next to the Payne Athletic Center, Hartman Place includes a covered pavilion, a rock waterfall feature, a dry riverbed, and a unique space where people can write tributes to lost loved ones in chalk underneath a stainless steel etching of I Corinthians 13:13.
“Everyone on campus has experienced loss,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard said. “This space is meant to be an area where we can reflect and celebrate hope as a community.”
Many OC trustees and other donors combined to fund the project, which HortiCare Landscape Management constructed in just four months under the direction of Jerrod Dean.
“Hopefully, what Jerrod and his crew have done here will make this place feel more like home to those who come in the future and give some pride to those who have done so in the past,” Luke Hartman said at the dedication ceremony. “We hope and pray this becomes a place to rest, pray, read or get to know someone better – a place to remember those who have come before us and anticipate what God will do here in the future.”
In addition to the designated gifts for Hartman Place, 11 projects have been fully funded through OC’s Thrive campaign since its launch in June 2014. More than 7,000 donors have given more than $23 million overall toward Thrive, a student-focused endeavor that emphasizes projects and programs that quickly and directly impact OC’s campus experience and spiritual environment.
Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.
OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.