Oklahoma Christian University welcomes this year’s new students starting Saturday during Earn Your Wings.
The week of activities help new students meet new friends and learn about Oklahoma Christian’s history and spirit. Activities include inspirational speakers, small discussion groups, a camp trip and entertainment.
According to Amy Roberts, director of freshman experience, EYW is an intentional effort to help students start with a strong foundation.
“Earn Your Wings is a week of activities designed to help students acclimate to the college atmosphere and adjust to settling in their new home,” Roberts said. “We want them to have fun and celebrate this next chapter in their lives, but we also want them to understand the skills needed to thrive in college.”
The first event is Move-In Day on Saturday. Faculty, staff and existing students volunteer throughout the day to help new students move into their dorm rooms. Students will also register for classes and receive their new laptops.
After the weekend, students will travel to the Dry Gulch Camp in Pryor, Okla., for a few days of small group activities.
On Wednesday, new students participate in Kite Day, when children from Oklahoma City’s Stanley Hupfield Academy at Western Village come to campus to fly kites. This is one of the first opportunities for Oklahoma Christian students to give back to the greater Oklahoma City area. Many of the college students become volunteer mentors for the year at the elementary school.
Students will fly kites from 9:30 to noon, followed by lunch on the lawn at Oklahoma Christian. In addition, a hypnotist will perform Wednesday night.
While Roberts oversees EYW, the week is a team event with assistance from OC's Student Life staff and select upperclassman students.
The first day of classes at Oklahoma Christian is August 27, which also features the inauguration of OC’s new president, John deSteiguer.