OC students get $275K for Thrive project

OC undergrads wearing free t-shirts the student body received as part of the “Students Pick” celebration.
OC undergrads wearing free t-shirts the student body received as part of the “Students Pick” celebration.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students have the opportunity to decide how the school will spend a new six-figure gift.

At Friday’s Chapel service, OC president John deSteiguer announced that students have $275,000 to allocate to one of six projects in the university’s Thrive campaign.

The projects on the student ballot include the construction of a campus coffee shop, expansion of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative, investment in new fitness equipment across campus, renovation of the campus dining hall, renovation of a facility for OC’s School of Nursing, and renovation of student apartments.

“No students I’m familiar with anywhere have had this opportunity,” deSteiguer said. “We’ve designed the Thrive campaign for our students and worked hard to make sure it benefits them. We couldn’t think of a better way to do that than to place $275,000 in their hands to do with as they please.”

Online voting runs through 8 a.m. on Nov. 21, with the winning project to be announced at that morning’s Chapel service.

Including this six-figure gift for the “Students Pick” initiative, more than 1,500 donors have pledged $7.27 million since Oklahoma Christian launched the Thrive campaign in June.

Five Thrive projects are fully funded and three others are more than halfway toward their fundraising goals.

“We’re grateful for the many friends and alumni who have come alongside us and supported Thrive,” deSteiguer said. “There’s a good chance this ‘Students Pick’ initiative will fully fund another project, or at least get the students’ chosen project really close to its goal. We’re also encouraging students to submit their ideas for future Thrive projects.”

More information about OC’s Thrive campaign is available at www.oc.edu/thrive.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

Oklahoma Christian has experienced 10 straight years of the highest enrollments in school history and has almost tripled the number of alumni giving back to the university since 2011.