http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Rick Steves returns to Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/rick-steves-returns-to-oklahoma-christian/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host travel expert and bestselling author Rick Steves March 31.

His presentation, “Europe Through the Back Door,” will feature smooth, affordable tips to help travelers make the most of a European experience.

OC’s director of international programs, John Osborne, said Steves will provide valuable knowledge from his diverse experiences abroad.

“Bringing him here gives our campus and local community the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices in travel and international understanding,” Osborne said. “Rick has an engaging way of pulling his audience into his message.”

In 1976, Steves began Rick Steves’ Europe, which now consists of more than 100 full-time employees at his headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. He produces guidebooks on European travel, a televised travel series, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly column, and travel information through ricksteves.com.

Osborne said Steves can help people open their minds and hearts to different cultures.

“Rick has a unique way of helping people look outside themselves and reach out to someone who comes from a different culture and way of thinking,” Osborne said. “I’m looking forward to being challenged by what he has to say.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring a meet and greet with Steves in the Gaylord University Center. Steves’ lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

When Steves spoke at Oklahoma Christian in 2012, the event sold out weeks in advance. Reserved lecture tickets are available for $17.50 and VIP reception tickets are available for $100 at www.oc.edu/ricksteves.

The VIP tickets include a complimentary lecture ticket with prime auditorium seating, a copy of Steves’ book for signing, and a picture with Steves.

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. 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.

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Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:00:00 CST 9adad5e3-e3f9-4de7-9316-40a3b138caf7
Fourth-annual ‘History Speaks’ features Freedom Rider http://www.oc.edu/news/fourth-annual-history-speaks-features-freedom-rider/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will bring a civil rights hero to the Oklahoma City community for the fourth year in a row.

Diane Nash, who co-founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and led one of the early Freedom Rides to protest segregation, will speak at Oklahoma Christian on Feb. 21.

Her visit is part of OC’s fourth-annual “History Speaks” program. Past guests have included Carlotta Walls LaNier and Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine, bus desegregation activist Claudette Colvin and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, and Olympic heroes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.

Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960, she chaired the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee – the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters – and helped found SNCC.

In 1961, she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a story documented in the recent PBS American Experience film, “Freedom Riders.” Late civil rights activist Julian Bond once said the decision to march in Selma came from Nash rather than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We are extremely excited to have Diane Nash coming to our campus,” said Gary Jones, OC’s multicultural and service learning coordinator. As someone who worked very closely with Dr. King, John Lewis and several other important civil rights figures, Diane Nash is a historical gem that comes along once in a lifetime.”

Nash’s History Speaks keynote, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online at www.oc.edu/historyspeaks. For more information, call (405) 425-5900 or email gary.jones@oc.edu.

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks 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 set a school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 CST 46bfe8e4-8d14-4581-a2cb-da035a848aa1
Rwanda, Oklahoma Christian celebrate 10-year partnership http://www.oc.edu/news/rwanda-oklahoma-christian-university-celebrate-10-year-partnership/ By Collins Mwai
The New Times

President Paul Kagame has hailed the decade long partnership between Rwanda and Oklahoma Christian University, terming it a valuable lesson on the power of human relationships and shared values to drive change and sustain ambitions.

The president was speaking at a dinner reception hosted in celebration of the 10-year partnership with the university. The dinner was also attended by First Lady Jeanette Kagame.

Both the President and the First Lady are honorary alumni of Oklahoma Christian University, having received honorary doctorates from the main campus of the institution.

He termed the 10-year partnership as one of the most meaningful and productive the country has enjoyed with a higher learning institution around the world.

“The relationship with Oklahoma Christian University is without doubt among the most productive and meaningful that we enjoy with institutions of higher learning around the world. In our view, that strength comes from the shared character traits and positive mindsets that we recognized in each other from the onset and which we seek to instill in our young people,” he said.

Over the 10-year period, 421 Rwandan students have had access to education from the American university. Out of the total, 201 have studied in the Oklahoma City campus while 220 students were enrolled in the university’s MBA program in Kigali.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:30:00 CST 0a58862e-dcb6-4656-9706-84cde4b64e96
Love in the air at Valentine Cabaret http://www.oc.edu/news/love-in-the-air-at-valentine-cabaret/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present the 28th-annual Valentine Cabaret performance Feb. 10-14.

The production includes a variety of 30 love songs gathered from Broadway musicals and movies. Some of the songs include “If You Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast, “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, and “It’s Raining Men” from Company Women.

Terry Attebery will direct the Valentine Cabaret for the second year.

“Sometimes love is good, sometimes love is bad, sometimes love hurts, sometimes love is happy, sometimes love is sad,” Attebery said. “So all of those emotions are included, as well as the humor in love.”

The performance will feature a cast of eight male and eight female students as well as piano, bass, drums and saxophone accompaniment.

The 16-member cast includes Tia Allen, Kayti Alvarez, Nathan Binkley, Emily Dick, Daniel Terra Gomes, Sydney May, Peter Miller, Andrea Ochoa, Austin Peace, Corbin Pospisil, Tess Rudasill, Matthew Russell, Megan Suescun, Alex Wiggs, Thomas Winkler and Abby Woodward.

Attebery said the production should appeal to a variety of people.

“A very popular thing of all ages is to incorporate Broadway performances,” Attebery said.

The Valentine Cabaret will take place in Adams Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available for $12 at the OC Box Office or at oc.edu/cabaret.

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.

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Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:30:00 CST c0d1376d-0837-4afa-b0f9-6c5251d52b8f
OC event probes faith, tolerance, culture http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-event-probes-faith-tolerance-culture/ -- OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons will visit Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on February 6 to discuss engaging a culture that sees Christianity as irrelevant and extreme.

Sponsored by OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center, the authors’ “Good Faith Live” seminar will present groundbreaking research and reveal significant cultural trends that create both obstacles and opportunities for Christians.

The conversation is rooted in their latest book, Good Faith: Being a Christian When Society Thinks You’re Irrelevant and Extreme, a guide to help Christians understand the heart behind opposing views and show them how to be loving friends despite profound differences. Kinnaman and Lyons previously coauthored the bestselling book, unChristian.

“We have had Kinnaman and Lyons on our campus before. They bring great insight about the current culture as it mixes with religion and church. I hope many church leaders take advantage of this opportunity to get close and get informed,” said Dudley Chancey, professor of Bible at Oklahoma Christian and director of OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center.

Kinnaman is the author of You Lost Me and the president of Barna Group, a research and communications company that works with churches, nonprofits and businesses ranging from film studios to financial services. He has directed interviews with nearly one million individuals and overseen hundreds of U.S. and global research studies.

Lyons is the author of The Next Christians and the founder of Q, a learning community that educates and mobilizes Christians to think well and advance good in society. He is an expert speaker on cultural issues where faith intersects public life.

The “Good Faith Live” seminar starts at 7 p.m. on February 6 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets are available for $5 (plus fees) at oc.edu/goodfaith.

This will be the fifth installment of the IFC Dialogues and the second visit to Oklahoma Christian for both Kinnaman and Lyons. Kinnaman worked alongside OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center to launch the first-ever IFC Dialogues in 2011. Lyons keynoted the event in 2012.

John Westerhoff and Holly Allen were the featured speakers in 2014 and John Roberto keynoted the Dialogues in 2016.

Launched in 2011, OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center assists and equips families and faith-based institutions in spiritual formation through techniques borne out of current, relevant research and practice. For more information, visit oc.edu/ifc.

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks 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 set a school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 CST 295830db-d101-45ca-836b-6d021170ebe6
Former Seagate exec to succeed Millican as OC board chair http://www.oc.edu/news/former-seagate-exec-to-succeed-millican-as-oc-board-chair/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Mark Brewer, the outgoing senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology, will become the 13th chairman of Oklahoma Christian University’s board of trustees in April.

Brewer joined the OC board in 2003 and has served as vice chairman since 2006. He succeeds Don Millican, OC’s board chair since 2002. Millican, the chief financial officer for Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, became an OC trustee in 1996 and will remain on the board.

Brewer’s board leadership includes his service on OC’s external relations and finance committees and his prior roles on the resources and advancement committees. The support of Mark and his wife Beth has been integral to OC’s campus dining enhancements, its innovative Ethos spiritual life initiative, and many other projects.

“Dr. Mark Brewer has served as an OC trustee with distinction and will be a outstanding chairman,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Wise, smart, articulate, spiritual, loyal, visionary, generous – he possesses all the attributes an ideal leader needs. Mark and Beth are dear friends, and they are, and will continue to be, a great blessing to the Oklahoma Christian community.”

Brewer stepped down from Seagate this month after leading all information technology operations worldwide for the company’s global operations. His organization at Seagate consisted of 1,800 IT professionals located in 13 countries in 44 locations.

His responsibilities included all business systems, factory information systems, electronic security, business continuity, and collaboration services, as well as other traditional IT support services for the company’s 50,000 employees.

Brewer previously was based in Singapore, leading Seagate’s IT operations in the Asia/Pac region. He also worked for AT&T Network Systems and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Brewer earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and serves on its Strategic Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and Missions Resource Network.

He has spoken in several forums on privacy and security topics related to information technology, and has extensive experience with enterprise level security issues, challenges and operations.

The Brewers attend Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, where Mark is a deacon. Beth serves on the board for Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care. Their children, Allison Dinse and Clayton Brewer, both attended Oklahoma Christian.

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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:00 CST ef32e14a-4b6e-4d7b-a03f-ea0e2524d1b9
OC presents degrees at winter commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-presents-degrees-at-winter-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 182 graduate degrees and 92 undergraduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 16.

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates come from 17 states and five countries, and majored in 33 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and three countries and represent 15 graduate areas of study.

Graduation Day will feature two separate ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The morning ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from the Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Theology, plus bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The afternoon ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science and bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Liberal Arts.

OC professor of music Dr. Heath Jones will deliver the commencement address at both gatherings. Jones teaches applied saxophone, music education, music technology, world music, and jazz improvisation, and also directs OC’s Jazz Ensemble and Sweat Band.

An OC graduate, Jones joined the university’s Department of Music in 2000. He has served as president of the Oklahoma Chapter of the International Association for Jazz Education, and was named University Jazz Educator of the Year in 2008 and 2013.

He has performed and given master classes in Europe, China, Thailand, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Russia. He has professional performance experience with The Temptations, The Four Tops, Frankie Avalon, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and many others. He recently released his third jazz album.

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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:15:00 CST d9fc02f8-91d9-4057-bcc5-29745d4e5df0
OC board of trustees expands to 38 members http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-board-of-trustees-expands-to-38-members/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) elected four new members to its board of trustees at its annual fall meetings.

The addition of Gene Humphrey, Amy Roberts, Jack Rowe and Dr. Michelle Tucker increases OC’s board membership to 38 trustees.

Humphrey, who owns degrees from the University of Texas and Stanford University, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former executive for Citibank and Enron. He and his wife Diana serve on the development board of Lifeline Chaplaincy, a ministry that serves patients at the Texas Medical Center. The attend Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, where he serves as an elder.

Roberts owns a bachelor’s degree and master of business administration degree from Oklahoma Christian. She worked in OC’s Office of Student Life for 12 years, including five years as director of freshman experience. She and her husband Daniel, also an OC graduate, now live in Garland, Texas, where he serves as youth minister at Saturn Road Church of Christ.

Rowe originally served on OC’s board of trustees from 1999 to 2010, when he became a Life Trustee. A former U.S. Navy officer, Rowe is a certified public accountant who has helped build and operate retirement facilities that have served thousands of people and families. OC’s Rowe Academic Enhancement Endowment, named in honor of Jack and his late wife Barbara, supports general university needs as well as academic and faculty enrichment.

Dr. Tucker owns and operates Castle Hills Pediatrics in Carrollton, Texas. A former assistant to the city manager in Garland, Texas, Tucker has served on the board for the ChristianWorks for Children adoption, counseling and grief support non-profit since 1994. She serves as medical director for Prestoncrest Church of Christ’s mission efforts in Guatemala and also has provided medical consultations in Ghana. Her husband Randy is an elder at Prestoncrest, where the Tuckers mentor engaged and young married couples.

“We’re blessed to have Jack return as an active trustee, and it’s a joy to welcome Amy back home in this new role,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Gene and Michelle also bring great experience and hearts for ministry that will be huge assets to the board. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with these accomplished men and women, who love God and love OC.”

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks 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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:00:00 CST 5de64141-85bc-4a51-bdec-a6ec1c4d79ea
Student programmers place first at regional site, 11th overall http://www.oc.edu/news/student-programmers-place-first-at-regional-site-11th-overall/ An undergraduate team from Oklahoma Christian University placed first among all Oklahoma universities in a computer-programming contest featuring the largest schools in the region. The OC team placed first at its site and 11th overall among universities competing in four locations. 

The South Central Regional of the Association for Computing Machinery Programming Contest involved 67 teams, with Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma in partnership with Southern Nazarene University serving as host sites.

Oklahoma Christian finished first in the Abilene contest and among all universities from Oklahoma. Across the region, OC’s teams placed second out of the 23 teams with undergraduate students only. Oklahoma Christian has placed in the top three in the undergraduate category as well as in the top three for Oklahoma universities overall in four of the past five years.

“It is remarkable that a school of our size can compete on an even basis with the largest universities in the region,” said David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement. “We’re very proud of our students and the way they represent OC.”

OC has a long tradition of excelling in this contest. No one involved with this competition is surprised when a team from Oklahoma Christian shows up near the top of the leaderboard.

“For years, our teams have placed high in the open classification as well as other specialized classifications,” North said. “Our goal next year will be to win the South Central Regional and move on to the World Finals.”

The region’s top 10 teams, which all included graduate students, came from the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Texas in Dallas, Baylor University, Rice University and LeTourneau University.

OC’s top team was comprised of junior Alexander Edwards from Lucas, Texas; junior Thomas Hartnett from McKinney, Texas; and senior Jonathan Hartnett from McKinney, Texas.

Each team of three programmers was given 11 problems to solve correctly in five hours by writing a computer program. OC’s team correctly solved seven of 11 problems and missed making the top 10 due to time.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:15:00 CST f3bc597b-a652-4895-801a-5afacb9a1fda
OC grad named president of Michigan college http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-grad-named-president-of-michigan-college/ GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumnus Bill Pink has been named president of Grand Rapids Community College.

Pink has been an educator for more than 25 years, with teaching, coaching and administrative roles in Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oregon. He joins Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Allison Garrett (Emporia State University) and Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College) as OC alumni who currently serve as college presidents.

“I’m honored and humbled to be named the 10th president of Grand Rapids Community College, and I’m grateful to the institutions that played a role in my development as a person and as a leader,” Pink said. “I value my days at OC both as a student and as a faculty member. I treasure those days, and the people who blessed my life there.”

A native of Abilene, Texas, Pink graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1990 with an education degree, earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors as a senior on the OC basketball team.

He went on to coach basketball and tennis at York College in Nebraska, then served as athletic director, assistant to the president and head men’s basketball coach at Cascade College in Portland, Oregon.

He returned to his alma mater in 1998 and spent six years teaching in OC’s Department of Education before joining OC alumna Sherri Coale’s coaching staff at the University of Oklahoma. He served as the Sooners’ director of basketball operations for two years.

Pink worked as the associate dean in UCO’s College of Education and Professional Studies until December 2011, when he was named vice president of academic affairs for Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City. He also served as a worship leader at Alameda Church of Christ in Norman.

He moved to Michigan in March 2015 to become the vice president and dean for workforce development at Grand Rapids Community College.

“As a board, we are pleased to name Bill Pink to this position,” board chairperson Bert Bleke said in GRCC’s release. “Throughout the extensive interview process, it became clear that he has the level of expertise and vision necessary to take the college to the next level.”

Pink has an associate degree from York, a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian, a master’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

He serves on the board for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids, Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids, and West Michigan Works.

He is a former member of the National Selection Committee for the National Merit Scholarship Council and former national conference co-chair for Dream Deferred: The Future of African-American Education.

His wife Lori is a Michigan native and U.S. Air Force veteran who works for the Federal Aviation Administration. They have two children: Lance and Lydia. The Pinks attend Grandville Church of Christ.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:00:00 CST 24b20a93-29dc-4a11-b226-0e1a2306f2d0
OC rings in the season with holiday events http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-rings-in-the-season-with-holiday-events/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Christmas season brings with it many traditions at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

OC will host the ninth-annual Lighting of the Commons on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center.

Santa Claus will make an appearance for photos with children and families. Hot cocoa and special edition mugs will be available for purchase. Other activities include free sleigh rides, a Christmas train and performances by the Wings Bell Choir. There also will be a short fireworks display on Lawson Commons following the debut of this year’s Christmas lights across campus.

Soundings, OC’s nationally recognized literary and visual arts journal, will feature a Christmas Market in the nearby McGraw Pavilion. Students, campus organizations and local shops will host nearly 20 booths selling a variety of Christmas gifts, ornaments and decorations. Products such as knitted goods, jewelry, photography prints and homemade baked goods will be available.

Booth highlights include the Society of Women Engineers, who will sell 3D printed ornaments, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, selling “Dates with a Book.” Each book is wrapped and has only a few descriptive words written on the outside. Customers will choose a book at random and expand their reading interests by trying a new style or genre.

The holiday festivities will continue on Thursday, Dec. 1 with the 40th-annual Cocoa and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The evening will open with the traditional processional “Personent Hodie,” a 14th-century carol, performed by the University Chorale and Orchestra. The program will continue with a set of Christmas carols by more than 200 students and faculty from OC’s Department of Music.

Dr. John Fletcher, Professor of Music and Symphonic Band conductor, says the 40-year tradition of Cocoa and Carols began with now-retired music professor Dr. Ken Adams.

“We referred to the program as our ‘Christmas Card’ to the campus and community,” Dr. Fletcher said. “It’s evolved substantially through the years, but remains a labor of love for everyone in the Music Department.”

Complimentary hot cocoa and cider will be served in McIntosh Conservatory during intermission, with seasonal music provided by the Chamber Orchestra. Following intermission, the program will continue with music provided by the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra and Collegiate Choir.

The event includes holiday favorites such as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silver Bells,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and many more.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information about Cocoa and Carols, call (405) 425-5530. Questions about the Lighting of the Commons can be directed to OC’s Office of Events at (405) 425-6300.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 CST 28a53cff-e84b-4411-b39c-fa5d93747ca2
Oklahoma Christian ethics team earns fifth national bid http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-ethics-team-earns-fifth-national-bid/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) advanced to its fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl with a third-place finish at the regional competition in San Antonio.

Oklahoma Christian, which has won five consecutive state championships, is the only Sooner State school to qualify for five straight national tournaments. OC placed third in the nation at this past February’s competition and fifth in 2014.

Both of OC’s entries won all three of their matches at Saturday’s Texas Regional Ethics Bowl. Case topics included the ethics of 3-D printed weapons, unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, treatment of mental disorders, food taxes, waste disposal, and modesty laws.

OC’s third-place squad of Preston Coleman, Hadley LaMascus and Brendan McKinley defeated the University of Oklahoma, St. Mary’s (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist.

OC’s fifth-place team of Tyler Clark, Megan McKinley and Seanhenry Vandyke beat Cameron, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City.

Judges’ scores were used to break ties between the six undefeated teams at regionals. The top four schools – Central Oklahoma, St. Mary’s, OC and OU – qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on February 26 in Dallas.

“It’s exciting to go undefeated at the regional level and advance to a fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl,” said Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration and sponsor of OC’s Ethics Team. “I’m proud of our students for their hard work and commitment to each other through weeks and weeks of 6 a.m. practices. We look forward to contending for the national championship again.”

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks 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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:00:00 CST 64de86bc-6813-4c25-ab97-3b7363971769
Four OC alumni elected to state legislature http://www.oc.edu/news/four-oc-alumni-elected-to-state-legislature/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Four OC alumni will represent their districts in the Oklahoma state legislature next year.

Newly-elected state representative and 2012 OC graduate Tess Teague has public service in her blood. Her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father is a retired Army officer. During her time at OC, she spent several summers doing mission work in Africa.

Teague graduated from OC with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. For five years, she has served as the Legislative Report Manager for the Journal Record’s Legislative Reporting Service at the Oklahoma Capitol. Throughout her time there, she oversaw coverage of the entire legislative process. She has also worked in the office of Gov. Mary Fallin and the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C.

Teague earned 65 percent of the popular vote to win the seat for House District 101, which covers portions of Choctaw, Midwest City and Oklahoma City.

Tahlequah native and 1990 OC grad Mike Osburn is the new state representative for House District 81, the district Oklahoma Christian resides in. Osburn gathered 62 percent of the vote.

Osburn graduated magna cum laude from OC with a bachelor’s degree in history and political science. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he received awards for professional responsibility and ethics.

He served as Gov. Frank Keating’s campaign manager and deputy chief of staff. He also served as state director for U.S. Senator Don Nickles before being named state director for Americans for Prosperity, Oklahoma. In 2006, he began a consulting firm specializing in public affairs, association management and event management.

Osburn also worked as the president’s chief of staff at Oklahoma Christian, overseeing and directing the development, public relations and alumni relations departments.

A 1997 OC graduate, Mike Sanders ran unopposed in House District 59. A native of western Oklahoma, Sanders graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in history and pre-law before attending Georgetown University to earn his master’s degree in government.

Sanders worked on George W. Bush’s presidential campaign and has served in the Oklahoma State House since his election in 2008. His 2012 election set a state record when he received 95 percent of the vote from his district.

OC’s fourth alum to secure a position in the Oklahoma legislature is Dr. George Young. Young earned a master of arts degree in ministry from Oklahoma Christian in 1998, graduating magna cum laude, and a master of business administration in 2006, graduating cum laude.

First elected in 2014, Young will continue to represent House District 99, which covers portions of Nichols Hills and Oklahoma City. He won reelection with an overwhelming 81 percent of the vote.

Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Young retired in 2013 after serving as a pastor for 30 years. In addition to representing his district, he serves as chief executive officer of Young Management Consulting, a mediation and nonprofit management and leadership development firm.

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OC students to perform seasonal music concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-to-perform-seasonal-music-concerts/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Students at Oklahoma Christian University will showcase their musical talents at the university’s upcoming fall concerts. The concerts are free and open to the public.
 
The Department of Music’s choirs will perform on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in  McIntosh Conservatory. The seasonal instrumental concert will take place a week later in Hardeman Auditorium on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
 
The vocal concert will feature performances by the OC Chamber Singers and Chorale. The groups will perform a variety of styles, including George Frideric Handel, John Rutter and more.
 
The seasonal instrumental concert will present numbers by the Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.
 
The Symphonic Band’s portion of the Fall Concert will feature a number of songs, including “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” by Eric Whitacre. Dr. John Fletcher, Professor of Music, will direct the number and said it’s “about as bizarre as you might expect from the title.”
 
The Chamber Orchestra consists of 21 students and is conducted by Dr. Kathy Thompson. Their selections include Irish fiddle tune “The Cliffs of Moher,” featuring soloist Marina Pendleton. The Jazz Ensemble will perform six short numbers, including “America the Beautiful.”
 
For more information, call OC’s Department of Music at (405) 425-5530.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:00:00 CST 1c67ea00-1435-46a6-93fa-dd8b92d84ee2
OC honors outstanding grads at Alumni Banquet http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-honors-outstanding-grads-at-alumni-banquet/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A championship coach at Oklahoma State University headlines the award winners at Oklahoma Christian University’s Alumni Banquet.

Chris Young, a 2000 OC graduate who coaches women’s tennis at OSU, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award during the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in OC’s Gaylord University Center.

After playing tennis at Oklahoma Christian, Young served as an assistant coach at his alma mater and helped lead the OC men’s team to a national championship in 2003.

He became a head coach at Wichita State University in 2004, taking a women’s team that had never held a national ranking and turning it into a group that was ranked for 43 straight weeks.

Since moving to OSU in 2009, Young has transformed the women’s tennis program into a national powerhouse. Last year’s team advanced to NCAA national championship match. Young was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cowgirls to their first league title in 13 seasons.

A graduate of Norman High School, Chris credits Oklahoma Christian with impacting his life for the better.

“OC has been a part of my family for a long time,” he said. “OC has impacted my life in a lot of ways, with mentors and people that have inspired me. I owe a lot to the people there and the education I received there.”

Scott Filleman, a 2005 music education graduate, will receive OC’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award.

In 2007, he started the band program at Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma City, where almost every student qualified for free or reduced-price lunches. He had no budget and just a few instruments, but his pursuit of grants and donations paid off. Less than five years later, more than 300 students had joined the program and received a free instrument. His students achieved an average GPA of 3.7.

Last year, he received one of two Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Turnaround Management Association, which honors teachers who have changed the outcome of students’ lives. He recently began a new chapter in his career as the director of fine arts at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

“My time at OC was invaluable. My professors made me realize the story of education is not in a textbook or a test,” Filleman said. “I want to recognize where students are and take them forward. I tell them every year that if you have passion for what you do, you will be successful.”

OC also will honor Scott and Sonya Young as Distinguished Honorary Alumni. Sonya has been an administrative assistant to Dean of Students Neil Arter since 2008. Scott, the worship minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ, is heavily involved in campus ministry at Oklahoma Christian.

“We’ve just tried to throw ourselves in. When we can help, we help,” Scott said. “I see students embrace people who don’t have anything. I see them wonder how they can help and what they can do. It makes you proud to be part of a community that fosters that and promotes that, and then watches as they go and do that successfully.”

OC’s 2016 Missions Award will honor a collective group of missionaries to Africa for their service there. OC students, faculty, staff and alumni have led mission campaigns and ministry efforts in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and other African countries.

Ben Langford, a 1998 OC graduate who served as a full-time missionary in Uganda for six years, facilitates many of OC’s current efforts in his role as director of the university’s Center for Global Missions.

“For decades, OC alumni and students have followed God’s lead into Africa with passion and love, often risking their own well-being to do so,” Langford said. “We pray and anticipate the next generation of OC alumni and students will have the courage to follow God’s lead to Africa.”

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:00:00 CDT ef0848e2-2577-48a1-84a8-5c6039e406b4
OC celebrates Homecoming with ‘The Music Man’ http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-celebrates-homecoming-with-the-music-man/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – “The Music Man,” a production loved by people of all ages, kicks off the annual Homecoming weekend at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

The show will run Nov. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/musicman.

The Broadway performance of “The Music Man” has won five Tony Awards. Written by Meredith Willson, the musical focuses on Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who plans to con citizens into paying him to create a boys’ marching band before skipping town with the money and without a band.

Alex Wiggs, a junior youth ministry and communications major from Cumming, Georgia, will portray Hill. Andrea Ochoa, a senior vocal music education major from Houston, Texas, will perform alongside Wiggs as Marian Paroo. Wiggs and Ochoa also are members of OC’s elite Chamber Singers chorus.

Wiggs said people should come see the show not just for the entertainment factor, but for the lesson it provides.

“The show is really fun and entertaining, but I also think it offers a lot of almost satirical insight into some of the things society buys into,” Wiggs said. “It’s really easy for us to get caught in the trap of something that’s flashy and exciting and fun, and the show pokes fun at how we can get caught up in something that looks nice, but might not have any meaning.”

This production is directed by Barbara Berard, who has choreographed more than a dozen OC productions as well as a number of other productions in the Oklahoma City area.

For more information, contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310.

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Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:45:00 CDT 3e84bc4a-652f-4fe6-a1dc-8369e7193764
OC beats OU, wins fifth straight state ethics title http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-beats-ou-wins-fifth-straight-state-ethics-title/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – They’ve defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for five straight years in head-to-head competition.

But winning state championships definitely hasn’t gotten old for the students on Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team.

For the fifth consecutive year, a team from Oklahoma Christian swept its competition and won the Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge. OC’s “Aguilas” defeated two teams from OU and a squad from the University of Central Oklahoma to capture the state title.

OC advances to the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 12 in San Antonio hoping to claim a third straight regional championship. If the team performs well, it will compete in February’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Dallas. OC’s teams have placed third, fifth and eighth nationally during this run.

Sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, an ethics contest consists of several rounds, with each round focusing on a specific dilemma. Unlike a traditional debate competition, both teams can agree on what the outcome of the case should be. The participants are charged with discussing why that outcome is best according to ethical and moral philosophical reasonings.

OC’s success is built on sound ethics and hard work; the students practice at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for weeks in advance of each contest because they can’t use notes in competition.

Dr. Jeff Simmons serves as dean of OC’s College of Business Administration and has sponsored the ethics team since its inception six years ago.

“Ethics is the favorite part of my job,” Simmons said. “I’m always so thoroughly impressed by the students because they do a phenomenal job, and they even challenge me. It’s an honor to work with them.”

For the first time, OC’s team has a pair of siblings competing together: Brendan and Megan McKinley. Brendan, a freshman electrical engineering major, and Megan, a junior political science and English major, hail from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“The McKinleys are incredibly supportive of each other, which is really neat,” Simmons said. “There’s no sibling rivalry. When one is giving the other constructive criticism, they know it’s only in the other’s best interest.”

Megan and Brendan agree those crack-of-dawn Ethics practices are often the highlight of their days.

“It’s just fun,” Megan said. “I like the clash and the intellectual argument. It forces you to be on your toes all the time and thinking about why you actually believe what you do and the valid reasons behind that.”

This is Megan’s third year on OC’s ethics team. She competed with Sean Vandyke and Tyler Clark on OC’s winning “Aguilas” team.

Brendan, who won the national championship in his division as a high school senior last year, competed as part of OC’s Eagles Team with Preston Coleman and Hadley LaMascus. The trio, all new to collegiate ethics competition, finished 1-2 with narrow losses to OU and Oklahoma State University.

“Through ethics, I gain a more robust, moral analysis of different issues that are facing us as adults,” Brendan said. “We really develop that by thinking about and debating ethical issues. In doing so, sometimes we change our own opinion.”

Oklahoma Christian annually ranks 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 set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university 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.

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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:30:00 CDT 9318fd1a-700e-48f6-aa80-c7040a8ba4c4
OC providing new resources for students and professionals http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-providing-new-resources-for-students-and-professionals/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is providing new resources to allow students of all ages to succeed.

High school and middle school students will compete in OC’s Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition on October 29.

The first-year contest, sponsored by OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, allows students to compete in teams to design, test and present alternative means to wind energy.

Kelly Cox, assistant to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the contest is important in encouraging students to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

“I think the competition’s been really beneficial for schools that need opportunities in STEM programs, but don’t necessarily have the financial means to do so,” Cox said. “Students are motivated to face problems and create ways to do it better.”

For more information about the Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition, call (405) 425-5467.

On Oct. 28-29, OC’s Eagles Health Initiative (EHI) will host the inaugural “Community” conference, where students and experts will speak on health-related issues. Topics include health disparities related to race or socioeconomic status, public health, and local and overseas mission work.

Guest speakers include Kelly Fry, editor and vice president of news at The Oklahoman, Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president of Integris Mental Health, Dr. Lynn Mitchell, an OC alumna and trustee who serves as chief medical officer for OU Physicians, and Jim Priest, chief executive officer for Sunbeam Family Services.

OC students founded EHI last year to bring together conversations about mental, physical and spiritual health on OC’s campus and in the community. The club is comprised of more than 60 members, with students from a variety of majors.

“A lot of students know that health is important, but the conversation only goes as far as easting healthier and exercising,” said EHI president Jackson Higginbottom, a senior biology major at OC. “Students at the conference will be given the opportunity to grow not only in learning, but also professionally through exposure to different opportunities within our community.”

To register for the Community conference, go to www.oc.edu/community. Admission is $5.

OC’s graduate students also enjoy many benefits, including the opportunity to attend a number of free seminars.

On Nov. 8, students and alumni interested in pursuing startup opportunities can attend OC’s Graduate Business Entrepreneur Seminar. Russ McGuire, the entrepreneur in residence for OC’s MBA program, will lead the seminar.

Last year, OC’s Graduate School of Business hosted a seminar on LinkedIn. Graduate admissions counselor Angie Ricketts said the purpose of the annual seminars is to continually be there for students and graduates.

“They don’t just get a degree and they’re done,” Ricketts said. “We want to continue to be involved in their careers and their lives.”

For more information about OC’s Graduate School of Business, go to www.oc.edu/gsb or call (405) 425-5562.

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.

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Wed, 19 Oct 2016 13:30:00 CDT e2917925-c22c-4f1e-95cb-4dc4304751a8
OC graduates first class in Master of Science in Computer Science program http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-graduates-first-class-in-master-of-science-in-computer-science-program/ Oklahoma Christian University’s first graduating class of computer science graduate students recently received their diplomas. 

Thirty-seven students earned their Master of Science in Computer Science degree in just one year. David North, OC’s Director of Computer Science Advancement, said the class is the first of many to come.

“We are proud of our first group who finished our masters program in one year,” North said. “Our graduate degree and night classes, which are geared toward working adults, have been a great fit with these graduates and the new students we are attracting.”

OC also offers a flexible graduate program that can be completed in one or two years with most of the courses offered in the evening. The evening program has been popular among software engineers working at Tinker Air Force Base. That cohort is expected to graduate next summer along with the newest group of students in the one-year program. OC’s current graduate computer science enrollment includes 76 students from the United States, India, Pakistan and Rwanda.

Yamlakfekad Eyerusalem, who works at Tinker Air Force Base, was pleased with his experience in OC’s graduate program.

“The computer science curriculum gives students a broad exposure to the subject matter in the field,” Eyerusalem said. “The professors are experts in their fields, highly regarded and take their jobs seriously. I was able to get a job before I graduated.”

Housed in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, OC’s Master of Science in Computer Science is one of the most affordable MSCS programs in the state. Nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the MSCS program features a software engineering track, with future tracks in development.

Oklahoma Christian also offers a BS/MS option that allows aspiring professionals to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science in just five years.

The MSCS program builds on the growth of OC’s undergraduate programs in the field, which focus on new, popular technologies and feature degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation.

Computer science is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing job fields. CNN, Money Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report list multiple computer science professions – including computer systems analysis, database development, information security analysis, software architecture, software development, and video game design – among the nation’s top 10 jobs in salary and availability.

More information about OC’s master of science in computer science program is available at www.oc.edu/mscs.

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Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:30:00 CDT 925ff704-6dbc-4be1-af94-c4f946a16c32
‘Charles Darwin’ visits Oklahoma Christian University http://www.oc.edu/news/charles-darwin-visits-oklahoma-christian-university/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host “Mr. Darwin’s Tree” on Monday, Oct. 24.

The acclaimed British one-man play focuses on the faith of Charles Darwin, an esteemed scientist who is credited with proposing the theory of evolution.

Written and directed by Murray Watts and starring British film, TV and theatre actor Andrew Harrison, the Oklahoma City showing of Mr. Darwin’s Tree is presented by OC’s Science and Religion Club (SouRCe).

Dr. Amanda Nichols, an associate professor of chemistry at Oklahoma Christian, is SouRCe’s sponsor. She received a grant to start the club, in which students explore how science and faith are intertwined, after participating in the Scholars and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program at the University of Oxford.
 
Dr. Nichols, a 2003 OC graduate, said SouRCe and “Mr. Darwin’s Tree” are essential in encouraging students to consider how science and faith can work together in the world.
 
“For the most part, the show is really focused on Darwin and his development of the evolutionary theory, but it also tackles his struggle with faith during his life,” Dr. Nichols said. “It highlights that he didn’t necessarily lose his faith over evolution, but he had some things happen to him in his life that were pretty tragic, and he didn’t know how to navigate those in his spiritual life.”
 
The production begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Judd Theatre. Following the show, there will be a discussion panel with a number of scholars. Audience members may ask questions about the play and the different issues that arise when discussing the coexistence of science and religion.
 
“Mr. Darwin’s Tree” is produced by SCIO, the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and underwritten by the Templeton Religion Trust. The CCCU, of which Oklahoma Christian is a member, also sponsors the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian.
 
To purchase tickets for “Mr. Darwin’s Tree,” go to www.oc.edu/darwinstree or contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310. Admission for OC students and employees is free with an OC ID. For more information about SouRCe, contact OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences at (405) 425-5401.

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.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 13:00:00 CDT a48c2af5-c880-4fa7-b2f3-f46e0bc1f2b7
OC theater production shines light on mental health http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-theater-production-shines-light-on-mental-health/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will take to the stage to explore mental health issues in the fall play, “Tigers Be Still.”

The play, which runs Oct. 13-15, is presented by U!Shine, an Oklahoma nonprofit that exists to shine a light on mental health issues within university communities.

“Tigers Be Still” is a comedy written by Kim Rosenstock and directed by Scott Hale. The show follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her master’s degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes.

Ady Wessel, a junior mass communication-creative media major from Fort Worth, Texas, is the assistant director and stage manager for the show. She said the show stands out because it talks about depression in a unique way.

“The show has an important message about depression and mental health,” Wessel said. “It’s something our community needs to start discussing. It’s worth seeing the different perspectives on different issues.”

The production begins at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Judd Theatre. Tickets are $5 for OC students and $15 for the general public. U!Shine will have an information booth onsite and will provide concessions during intermission.

For more information about U!Shine, go to www.ushine.org. To purchase tickets for the show, go to www.oc.edu/tigersbestill or call (405) 425-6310.

“When asked why she wrote Tigers Be Still, Kim Rosenstock said she wanted to write a play about joy. In the process of trying to explore the topic of joy, she found you really have to write about the journey towards joy,” Hale said. “Collaborating with these students over the past few weeks has truly been a joyful journey. If you are in a dark place in your personal journey, I hope this play shines a bit of light your way.”

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OC hosts Rwandan debate team http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-hosts-rwandan-debate-team-to-discuss-forgiveness-and-justice-on-oct-12/ Five students from more than 8,000 miles away are in Oklahoma this week thanks to the power of debate. The students represent the organization iDebate Rwanda, and they will debate and visit with students at Oklahoma Christian University on Oct. 12.

While at OC, the iDebate Rwanda team will hold a demonstration debate for students in the class Argumentation and Debate. Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Honors Brian Simmons was honored to host the team in his class.

“The students will debate whether forgiveness is more important than justice in regard to genocide,” Simmons said. “This is such an intriguing topic for a Christian university, and the team’s credibility as survivors of genocide is very impressive.”

iDebate Rwanda is a nonprofit organization started in 2012 to give students tools to change their own world by teaching them how to think critically and solve problems creatively. Idebate Rwanda’s founders believe debate transforms the disengaged learners into confident students who achieve higher test scores, become school leaders and are likely to become more successful in their professional careers.

OC’s Director of International Programs, John Osborne, helped bring the iDebate Rwanda team to OC.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the Rwandan government that has resulted in many Rwandan students coming to OC,” Osborne said. “iDebate Rwanda members reached out to us about hosting them while visiting the U.S. this fall. I knew this would be an excellent cross-cultural learning experience for everyone.”

In an effort to reach even more students, OC reached out to OU officials about co-hosting the Idebate Rwandan team. The team will visit with students at the University of Oklahoma on Oct. 13.

“OC is providing housing and transportation, while OU helped with the team’s travel fee,” Osborne said. “It has been a truly collaborative partnership.”

The iDebate Rewanda team has been invited to talk with classes at a both universities about topics such as the Rwandan genocide, education, female empowerment, the role of the United Nations, international peacekeeping, reconciliation and forgiveness.

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Chick-fil-A opens at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/chick-fil-a-opens-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On September 12, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) debuted its newest on-campus dining option: Chick-fil-A Express.

Kurt Hermanson is the owner and operator of U Dining, which provides OC’s meals. He began the process to get a Chick-fil-A Express about three years ago and is pleased with student reaction.

“The reception has been really good. It’s been very busy so far. I think it’s been good for the campus and the students love it,” Hermanson said.

OC’s Chick-fil-A Express is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day but Sunday. Members of the public are welcome. OC students can pay for meals with Eagle Bucks.

The addition of Chick-fil-A Express in the Gaylord University Center has increased the number of on-campus jobs. The new location employs more than 50 students to work in part-time jobs throughout the week.

More on-campus dining enhancements will arrive soon. In 2017, OC and U Dining will unveil Alfredo’s Express, a first of its kind, as another option for students. OC’s new coffee shop, “The Brew,” also will open in the coming months.

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.

Chick-fil-A, Inc., is a family-owned and privately-held restaurant company devoted to serving the local communities in which its restaurants operate. Known for its original chicken sandwich and unique franchise model, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and in Washington, D.C.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:00 CDT 2566adb8-36c5-4206-a461-1d5180e6c7de
OC merges science and faith in new club http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-merges-science-and-faith-in-new-club/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma Christian University (OC) club that encourages students to consider how science and religion are intertwined has big things planned for its second year on campus.

SouRCe is sponsored by Dr. Amanda Nichols, a 2003 OC graduate and an associate professor of chemistry here. Nichols received a grant to start the club after participating in the Scholars and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program at the University of Oxford.

“There are a lot of different questions that arise in the area of science, but they’re not questions that science can necessarily answer,” Dr. Nichols said. “One of the nice things about OC is that there are a lot of different areas where these conversations are already taking place. SouRCe is another area where students can talk about their questions and their doubts, and it’s important to have those venues.”

Senior Lauren Bellcock, a cellular and molecular biology major from Little Rock, Arkansas, serves as president of SouRCe. Bellcock said the club’s goal is to show students science and religion can coexist and compliment one another.

“I believe science points to religion because science tries to explain the order of the world,” Bellcock said. “The more you study something, the more complex and beautiful it is. The more I learn, the more I realize our world couldn’t have been an accident.”

Bellcock is also grateful that SouRCe is helping further her relationship with God.

“Because I want to grow my relationship with God, I’m very curious and I have lots of questions,” Bellcock said. “Learning more about science grows my faith because I see and attempt to understand the complexities of the world, and that helps me know God better.”

SouRCe regularly hosts evening movies and discussions, along with a special Chapel every other Tuesday. On October 24, SouRCe will host a one-man play called “Mr. Darwin’s Tree.” The play focuses on Charles Darwin’s struggles with faith throughout his career. Following the play, there will be a scholarly discussion panel.

For more information about SouRCe, contact OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences at (405) 425-5401.

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The concert will feature performances by the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

“Listening to music brings great joy to many people, and we hope – through the Grand Concert – to introduce our audience to some of the types of music we’ll present throughout the remainder of the school year,” said Professor of Music John Fletcher, conductor of the Symphonic Band. “It’s always fun to approach the first concert of the season and to share the new version of our ensembles with the audience. We hope all the students, faculty and staff, along with anyone from the community, will come check us out.”

The concert precedes the start of the annual OC Lectureship, which features an opening keynote address by Dr. Kent Brantly at 7 p.m.

The Grand Concert is free and open to the public. A live stream of the concert will be available here. For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 CDT 4f3ea760-e43c-4f0b-acae-ab359123cd39