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  • Engineering student named OC’s first Goldwater Scholar


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A mechanical engineering major’s wind energy research gave Oklahoma Christian University its first Barry Goldwater Scholar. A student in OC’s Honors Program, Parker LaMascus, was one of just two students selected from Oklahoma and among just 240 sophomores and juniors honored nationwide. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. “We are incredibly impressed and ...

  • Enns discusses science, faith at OC lecture


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Biblical scholar Pete Enns will speak on the relationship between science and religion at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 11. Enns’ presentation, “Science, Faith, and What’s At Stake,” is part of the university’s McGaw Lecture Series. The event begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free. Enns, who has a doctorate from Harvard University, is the Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at ...

  • Thompson, Reagan take final bows


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music is closing the curtain on the school year. The Chamber Orchestra begins a series of musical events on April 9, followed by an OC Chorale concert on April 11 and a concert by OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Band on April 13. Department chair and professor of music Dr. Kathy Thompson will conduct the Chamber Orchestra in what is not only its final concert for the school year, but also Thompson’s final ...

  • Hays receives coaching award at Final Four


    PHOENIX – Longtime Oklahoma Christian men’s coach Dan Hays was honored Sunday night by the National Association of Basketball Coaches with a prestigious “Guardians of the Game” award for service.Before the award was presented at the Orpheum Theater, a three-minute video was shown featuring photos and highlights from Hays’ career at OC, along with interviews with Hays and OC president John deSteiguer.“Coach Hays is one of the university’s icons, and he is...

  • Millican testifies on Capitol Hill


    Invoking chapter 58 of the Book of Isaiah, Oklahoma Christian University board chair Don Millican spoke to a congressional committee on behalf of the George Kaiser Family Foundation on the importance of funding early childhood programs, particularly those targeted to low-income families. “It tells me all of my religious practices are worthless if I do not break the yoke of oppression. In my opinion, there is no greater yoke of oppression than that laid upon a child born in generational ...

  • OC grad named president at Seminole State College


    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumna Lana Reynolds will become president of Seminole State College when current president Dr. Jim Utterback retires June 30. The Seminole State College Board of Regents had previously announced that Reynolds would serve as “Acting President,” but made the appointment permanent at their March board meeting. Utterback named Reynolds, a 1981 Oklahoma Christian graduate, as executive vice president in January. She will become the sixth active college ...

  • Gaming and Animation program earns prestigious national ranking


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) again landed a high ranking on The Princeton Review’s list of top universities to launch a career in gaming and animation. At No. 31 on the list, OC is Oklahoma’s highest-ranked institution and ranks above schools like Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to The Princeton Review, schools were chosen based on a 2016 survey of 150 domestic and international universities offering...

  • OC to honor Greens at Associates Gala


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will honor the Green family of Hobby Lobby fame at the 14th-annual OC Associates Gala April 6. The family will receive the university’s “Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award,” named for an OC friend, civic leader and tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. David and Barbara Green, the patriarch and matriarch of the Green family, took out a $600 loan in 1970 to begin making picture frames ...

  • Lowry leaves dean post after successful 12-year tenure


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) dean David Lowry will return to his “first love” as a communication professor this fall. Lowry has served as dean since 2005, first for OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, then for the College of Liberal Arts after the university expanded to five academic divisions in 2014. Professor of Music John Fletcher will serve as interim dean during the search for the college’s new leader. “I’m thankful for ...

  • Mayor Cornett, OC students highlight the importance of mental health


    Mayor Cornett will join students’ Not OK is OK campaign to emphasize the five signs of emotional suffering  According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 73 percent of college students have experienced one mental health crisis while on campus. Given that reality, and in light of the work he has done to highlight physical health, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will speak to college students about the importance of mental health on March 8. A group of students at Oklahoma ...