http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC places fifth at international aircraft design contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-places-fifth-at-international-aircraft-design-contest/ A team of engineering students from Oklahoma Christian University beat out 29 other student teams from around the world this spring.

The OC team placed fifth in the Society of Automotive Engineering Aero Design West competition in Dallas, defeating schools as large as the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.

Students had to design and fly a radio-controlled airplane that carried 27 tennis balls with a half-pound steel plate in each ball, which represented passengers and luggage. OC’s team also submitted a written report and an oral presentation in the SAE competition.

OC’s Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Brad Buxton advised the team.

“I could not be more proud of our OC engineering students,” Buxton said. “We really enjoyed representing OC with a strong top-five finish.”

Student teams from colleges in the U.S., Canada, Egypt, India, Mexico, China and Poland competed in multiple classes. OC’s team competed in the five-country Regular Class and placed second in the oral presentation, fifth in the written report and sixth for flight performance.

All teams were limited to one kilowatt of power and a runway of 200 feet, which provided difficult design challenges. Students routinely adjusted to obstacles such as loose antenna wires and tough crosswinds to achieve successful flights.

Marina Pendleton led the OC team, and Joshua Hartman served as the technical lead. Other team members included Mitch Barron, Ben Griffith, Layne Hammer, Ian McElfresh, Wesley Shepherd and Jordan VanBuskirk. The team was sponsored by Niagra Bottling through OC alumnus Jim Utley and the OC Student Government Association.

OC’s Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus praised the students and Buxton.  

“We are incredibly proud of these students’ worthy accomplishment,” LaMascus said. “We are thankful for Professor Buxton’s guidance and support for these impressive students.”

Buxton added that a chief engineer from Lockheed Martin attended the competition. He asked for the OC students’ resumes and announced the company will hire 500 new college graduate engineers this year.

SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. This year, SAE offered 12 student competitions with real-life engineering challenges. OC student teams have participated in a number of those competitions in the past, such as the Baja SAE challenge to build and test an operating Baja buggy.

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Mon, 01 May 2017 17:30:00 CDT 14c948ac-654f-492d-80e5-8d8aa012411b
Engineering student named OC’s first Goldwater Scholar http://www.oc.edu/news/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 proud of Parker’s academic accomplishments,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “His pursuit of excellence is a natural fit with his Christ-like spirit, and he serves as an inspiration to students and staff alike.”

Goldwater Scholars have gone on to win other prestigious awards like the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Fellowship, Rhodes Scholarship, Churchill Scholarship, and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

“Parker is such a wonderful student and researcher,” said Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program. “In his application, he emphasized his ongoing wind energy research that is so relevant to Oklahoma and the nation. Parker is a great symbol of the flexibility and specialization that ambitious students have at a small, Christian university.”

The one-year scholarship covers the cost of tuition, fees, books and housing up to $7,500. Scholars are chosen among students from 2,000 colleges and universities, and most recipients plan to obtain a Ph.D.

Byron Newberry, dean of OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, believes LaMascus has a bright future as a researcher.

“Parker has been one of our strongest students from his first day,” Newberry said. “He made a name for himself doing research here and abroad, and he is extremely involved in and out of the department. I could not think of a more deserving individual.”

Congress created the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation in 1986. It serves as a memorial to the work of Goldwater, who served for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the U.S. Senate. Since its first award in 1989, the Foundation has granted 7,921 scholarships worth $63 million.

A previous OC student, Nicholas Conley, was named among 300 honorable mentions for the scholarship in 2012.

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, 12 Apr 2017 10:30:00 CDT e250d398-9f71-456b-9eab-d2221005feed
Enns discusses science, faith at OC lecture http://www.oc.edu/news/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 Eastern University. He has taught undergraduate, seminary and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University.

He speaks and writes regularly about the intersection of the ancient setting of Bible and contemporary Christian faith. His popular blog, The Bible for Normal People, can be found at peteenns.com.

He has written, edited and contributed to nearly 20 books, including The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It; Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament; and The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, which won the 2012 ForeWord Review Book of the Year Award in Religion.

Oklahoma Christian University’s McGaw Lectures are made possible by an endowment fund created by the late Mary and Foster McGaw through the National Education Program.

Past McGaw speakers include Christian authors Miroslav Volf, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, N. T. Wright and Ravi Zacharias, plus civil rights pioneers Claudette Colvin, Fred Gray, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Diane Nash, Terrence Roberts, Tommie Smith and John Carlos.

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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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:30:00 CDT 5a23769d-230c-486e-9479-885aefaafd87
Thompson, Reagan take final bows http://www.oc.edu/news/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 concert as director.

Since announcing her retirement, Thompson said directing her final concert has provoked a unique, emotional experience compared to past performances.

“Rehearsals and performances this year have definitely been more emotional for me,” Thompson said. “I have had such a wonderful career here and I have enjoyed working with OC students in various ways for the past 30 years.”

Along with several serenades from composers such as Mozart and Luigi Boccherini, the concert will feature 24 OC alumni performing with the current orchestra.

Thompson said she looks forward to showcasing both her current and previous students’ musical talents.

“I love the teamwork that directing a music ensemble demands,” Thompson said. “I love sharing what we have spent much time rehearsing to others. In this particular concert, I’m looking forward to directing an orchestra of students from the last 24 years coming together to do what they enjoy doing.”

The Chamber Orchestra concert is April 9 at 2:30 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall, followed by the Chorale concert on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Garvey Center, and the Band concert on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

Along with the musical performances, OC’s theater program will say farewell to longstanding director Phil Reagan with the production of The Servant of Two Masters, scheduled for April 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

Combining elements of traditional Italian comedy and postmodern vaudeville, “The Servant of Two Masters” features the main character, Truffaldino, navigating masters, mistresses, lawyers and “twenty-seven plates of meatballs.”

Even though he’s retiring, Reagan said directing this show has been no different than past performances, and he hopes it will give audience members comic relief during a difficult time of the school year.

“College can be stressful, especially at the end of the semester,” Reagan said. “This play will make you laugh and relax for a couple of hours.”

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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Hays receives coaching award at Final Four http://www.oc.edu/news/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 one of those fellows who spent decades here and made this place better because he made individuals better,” deSteiguer said in the video. “Coach Hays will never be forgotten here at OC.”

The positive influence of Hays, who stepped down in February 2016 after 33 seasons at OC and 38 as a head college coach, has spread far and wide – not just through the players he coached, but also through his work at OC Cage Camps and USA Basketball as well as numerous community service projects, such as free clinics he and his staff conducted for underprivileged children and at juvenile facilities.

Previous winners of the service award include Kansas coach Bill Self, Brigham Young coach Dave Rose, former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, Wright State coach Scott Nagy, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter and Towson coach Pat Skerry.

Click here for a feature about Hays’ prestigious honor on oceagles.com

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Mon, 03 Apr 2017 09:00:00 CDT 62c0bea8-7303-47f2-a034-ec61370fb2b2
Millican testifies on Capitol Hill http://www.oc.edu/news/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 poverty — a child who did not choose the circumstances of his or her birth,” said Millican, chief financial officer of Kaiser-Francis Oil Co. and board member for Tulsa Educare.

Tulsa represented two of the four positions on the panel before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies, which is led by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma.

Also featured were Steven Dow, executive director of the Community Action Project of Tulsa, which administers the local federal Head Start grant; actress Jennifer Garner, representing Save the Children; and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, professor of child development and education at Columbia University.

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Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:30:00 CDT 9948c6a4-a600-4c41-9936-0dd3e3a3be09
OC grad named president at Seminole State College http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-grad-named-acting-president-at-seminole/ 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 or university president in OC’s alumni ranks, joining Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Allison Garrett (Emporia State University), Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College), Bill Pink (Grand Rapids Community College) and Harold Shank (Ohio Valley University).

“The future of Seminole State College is in excellent hands,” Utterback said. “Over the years, I have seen Lana serve this institution with integrity, dedication and hard work. It is undeniable that she has a love for the college and the skills to make the college excel. I believe her passion for SSC, combined with her vast experience and knowledge of our campus and community, will make her an extraordinary leader – one we are extremely fortunate to have.”

Reynolds has served at Seminole State College for more than three decades. She started as an English instructor in 1984. From there, she has worked as public information officer, director of public relations and assistant to the president. She served as associate vice president for business and community relations prior to being named vice president for institutional advancement in 2005. In 2014, that title was changed to executive vice president for institutional advancement.

Reynolds’ responsibilities have included the oversight of public relations, the SSC Educational Foundation, legislative relations, the Business and Industry Training Program, and the President's Leadership Class. She has also taught leadership courses at the college.

Reynolds is a past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and the Seminole Rotary Club. She has served as chair of the Oklahoma State Regents Communicators Council and is a past president of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association.

A founding board member of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Reynolds has served as president of the museum’s governing board multiple times.

“I have had the privilege of working with Lana on Chamber activities and projects, as well as Seminole Rotary Club projects,” said Melvin Moran, founder of the Children’s Museum. “I am especially grateful for her dedication and work for the benefit of the Children’s Museum. She is a wonderful woman and has helped and elevated our community repeatedly, and in so many ways.”

She is currently chair of the Seminole Tourism Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the area Salvation Army. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Reynolds is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XVII and serves on LOK’s statewide Board of Directors. She was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy for State Goals.

In 1991, she was selected as Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year.” In 2008, the OCPRA named her “Communicator of the Year.” She was also named as one of the Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference” in the State of Oklahoma in 2000, 2012 and 2013 – bringing her into the “Circle of Excellence” for her three-time selection.

Click here to read the original Shawnee News-Star article about Reynolds becoming SSC's acting president.

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Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:00:00 CDT 7b07ea03-c170-4adc-9e05-3dc082bc8217
Gaming and Animation program earns prestigious national ranking http://www.oc.edu/news/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 game design degree programs. The survey gathered data on each institution’s game design academic opportunities, lab facilities, starting salaries for graduates and graduate career achievements.

Technological advancements allow OC’s gaming and animation program to stand out at the national level. Recent enhancements in the university’s Advanced Visualization Lab allow students to enhance their abilities with augmented reality, virtual reality, and motion tracking.

“We have really great facilities for students to come and work,” Art and Design chair Jeff Price said. “We have all the latest technology that a lot of schools aren’t even doing yet. Our students learn programs to enhance their artwork and creativity, which allows them to incorporate artistry, technology and creativity.”

Oklahoma Christian was also recognized among the top 10 universities in the southwest for animation by Animation Career Review.

Price said OC’s gaming and animation program offers a unique perspective to provide students the skills they need to develop successful careers.

“We focus on the whole artist,” Price said. “It isn’t just a tech program. We look at innovation, traditional media and traditional technique, and weave them together. Our students come out with a broad understanding of what it truly takes to make art.”

Since its began seven years ago, OC’s gaming and animation program has grown from 15 to 85 students. Recent graduates are active in successful careers ranging from movie production and architectural visualization to design education.

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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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:15:00 CDT fc4d148e-e57a-4b8e-bec9-e4e691edd9f7
OC to honor Greens at Associates Gala http://www.oc.edu/news/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 out of their home. That small business grew into Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer.

Hobby Lobby has 32,000 employees working in 750 stores across 47 states. In addition to its 9.2 million-square-foot corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, the company has offices in Hong Kong and China.

“David and Barbara Green can be examples to us all,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “David’s mom told him, ‘Just look for what you can do for the Lord,’ and he has made that his mission by humbling serving his employees and by spending millions to share the Gospel all over the world. Despite being wildly successful, David and Barbara want God calling the shots. And that’s true for the Green family as a whole.”

The Greens’ children have carried on the family’s dedication to spiritual entrepreneurship and ministry. In 1981, Mart Green founded Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, a chain of Christian education stores. He also produced the films End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

Steve Green, author of Faith in America and The Bible in America, became president of Hobby Lobby in 2004. He also serves as chairman of the board for Museum of the Bible, home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare biblical artifacts. The 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible will open later this year in Washington, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Darsee Green Lett is vice president of art and creative at Hobby Lobby. Her husband, Stan Lett, is Hobby Lobby’s executive vice president.

Oklahoma Christian’s previous Lee Allan Smith honorees include: Oklahoma City mayors Mick Cornett, Kirk Humphreys and Ron Norick; former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry; Oklahoma City weathermen Gary England, Damon Lane and Mike Morgan; University of Oklahoma basketball coaches (and OC alumni) Sherri Coale and Jan Ross; and former Oklahoma City Thunder star Serge Ibaka.

The Associates Gala is a thank-you dinner for annual donors of $1,000 or more to OC’s unrestricted scholarship fund, which helps make a first-class Christian education more affordable for students from Oklahoma and beyond.

OC Associates receive two complimentary tickets to the event and may buy extra tickets for $100 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance; they are available by calling (405) 425-5094 or via email at advancement@oc.edu. More information is available at oc.edu/associates.

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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Lowry leaves dean post after successful 12-year tenure http://www.oc.edu/news/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 the colleagues and students that have blessed my life during my 12 years serving as dean. It’s been an honor,” Lowry said. “My passion for teaching has driven my professional life for four decades, and I look forward to working more with students and tackling the new challenges ahead as a professor.”

Lowry first taught at Oklahoma Christian from 1980 to 1985, helping launch the popular radio station KOCC-FM in addition to his classroom work. He went on to serve as an award-winning professor at Pepperdine University for 20 years before returning to OC.

Highlights of his tenure as dean include the upcoming launch of a new criminal justice major and the development of OC’s gaming and animation program into one of the best in the nation.

“Liberal Arts is the heart of an exceptional undergraduate experience. Dr. Lowry’s leadership has been a season of growth at OC and an era of high achievement by the faculty and students of the college’s many disciplines,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Even as Dr. Lowry moves into this new role, I will continue to seek his counsel because he is a highly-experienced academic leader who is known for his commitment to learning assessment and academic success.”

An expert in accreditation practices, Lowry co-chaired the university’s Higher Learning Commission Steering Committee, which successfully earned OC its reaffirmation of accreditation.

“I appreciate Dr. Lowry’s assistance in the university’s visit by the Higher Learning Commission,” said Lee Anne Paris, associate dean for academic affairs and director of institutional effectiveness. “His years of experience serving as an HLC reviewer made him an invaluable resource as Oklahoma Christian prepared for our comprehensive evaluation visit last year.”

OC’s College of Liberal Arts houses the departments of Art and Design, Communication, Education, History and Political Science, Language and Literature, Music, Physical Education, and Psychology and Family Studies.

Along with the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Liberal Arts hosts the majority of OC’s general education curriculum offered to make graduates stronger lifelong learners, deeper critical thinkers and more effective communicators.

LaMascus said Fletcher will begin working with Lowry immediately to create a smooth and seamless transition. Fletcher, a 1982 Oklahoma Christian graduate, joined the faculty at his alma mater in 1987.

“John Fletcher is a beloved teacher and OC legend in his own right,” LaMascus said. “He has served in many roles – professor, band conductor, Department of Music chair, and Faculty Association president – just to name a few. He also twice authored the department’s accreditation self-studies with the National Association of Schools of Music. OC will be in great hands during this transition.”

Dr. Jeff McCormack, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, will chair the search committee for the new Liberal Arts dean. The university will begin accepting applications soon.

“We anticipate having an internal candidate search only,” LaMascus said. “We have many wonderful leaders in the Liberal Arts, so I’m confident this college is ready to raise up one of its own who is respected as a scholar, cherished as an excellent teacher, and proven as a leader, too.”

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Mayor Cornett, OC students highlight the importance of mental health http://www.oc.edu/news/mayor-mick-cornett-and-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 Christian University wants to make mental health as important as physical health. They reached out to Mayor Cornett because of his credibility and dedication to improving Oklahoma City’s health. He will speak at OC’s daily chapel on behalf of the students’ Not OK is OK campaign, which addresses the five signs of emotional suffering: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness.

As Fitness Magazine’s 2010 Champion of Health and Fitness and Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Champion of Oklahoma Health, Mayor Cornett has made great strides to make Oklahoma City healthier. In his recent State of the City address, he challenged Oklahomans to take mental health more seriously.

"Mental illness is not being adequately addressed," said Mayor Cornett. “And that is a nightmare."

The OC group is working with the national Campaign to Change Direction to change the culture of mental health in communities across the nation. The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit organizations and private sector leaders who have come together to make mental health as important as physical health.

“We are thankful that Mayor Cornett will speak on this important topic and encourage students to know the five signs,” said OC student Kaitlin Allen, director of the Eagle PR team leading the campaign on campus. “We want to help people be more aware of emotional suffering in their own lives or the lives of others. We also want to connect people with resources for help.”

The students are encouraging members of the community to take the pledge to learn the five signs. Through a core message that it is OK to not be OK, OC students are partnering with various on-campus organizations, including the Eagles Health Initiative club and U!Shine, an organization dedicated to building resilient minds on college campuses to improve mental health. Activities include pledge drives, presentations on the five signs to diverse groups in the community, events to celebrate encouragement and positivity and high profile guest speakers advocating to change the culture of mental health. For more information, visit www.notokisok.org and www.changedirection.org.

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Belles of the Ball: Iota wins first Spring Sing crown http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-sing-2017/ The women of Iota Kappa Phi are Spring Sing champions.

Performing a “Beauty and the Beast” routine, Iota followed up last year’s strong second-place finish by claiming its first-ever Spring Sing crown Saturday night.

The men of Kappa Sigma Tau, champions in 2015, placed second to extend their run of top three finishes to four straight years.

Phi Omega Nu earned its highest finish ever in third while Theta Theta Theta placed in the top four for the first time since 2003.

In a Spring Sing first, a silent auction raised $7,082.55 for Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village. Many OC students serve as mentors at Stanley Hupfeld, and children from the school visit campus each year during Earn Your Wings to fly kites and spend the day with OC students.

1st - Iota Kappa Phi - “Beauty and the Beast”
2nd - Kappa Sigma Tau - “Jokers and Riddlers” from Batman
3rd - Phi Omega Nu - “Mulan”
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th - Theta Theta Theta - “A Bug’s Life”

Faculty/Staff Favorite - Iota Kappa Phi
Student Favorite - Kappa Signma Tau
Audience Favorite - Theta Theta Theta
Most OriginalPhi Omega Nu
Best BannerGamma Rho
Best ChoreographyIota Kappa Phi
Best CostumeIota Kappa Phi
Best LyricsPhi Omega Nu
Best VideoPsi Epsilon
Best VocalsPhi Omega Nu
Unity AwardPi Zeta Phi

For more about OC Spring Sing, click here to read a preview of this year’s show and click here to see past videos and results.

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Oklahoma Christian hosts STEM event http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-hosts-stem-event/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) College of Engineering and Computer Science will host its first STEMinar lecture for the Oklahoma City metro community on March 23.

The keynote speaker is computer science pioneer Mary Sue Moore, the principal business architect for Asurion in Nashville, Tennessee. Her experience includes work as a process definition consultant, project manager, systems engineer, software engineer and developer.

Moore is passionate about encouraging women in computer science, and mentors women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

“Central to most every success is an individual bold and determined,” said Byron Newberry, dean of OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Such individuals can inspire all of us to see the possible, not just the simple or typical. I pray Mrs. Moore will serve as such an inspiration to our students – women and men alike.”

Newberry said Moore has deep understanding of life as a female in a career field dominated by males.

“I anticipate Mrs. Moore will offer unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing diversity in STEM,” Newberry said. “Secondhand knowledge takes a backseat to firsthand experience.”

Moore also will address how technology, software and big data affect society. Newberry said students need to be aware of the power technology holds.

“How data is used and how software interfaces with people impacts each and every one of us,” Newberry said. “The severity of that impact is growing at an alarming rate. I want talented, diverse, faith-filled men and women shaping that future.”

The free lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 23 in Hardeman Auditorium. More information is available at www.oc.edu/steminar.

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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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:45:00 CST 091507b8-e8cf-4fc5-b406-42913db0beb2
Spring Sing rewinds the clock http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-sing-rewinds-the-clock/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The 49th-annual Spring Sing production is traveling back in time with performances from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) social service clubs March 2-4.

Spring Sing is a longstanding university tradition, bringing together clubs, the freshman class, and hosts and hostess performers on a stage of friendly musical competition. The theme for the 2017 production is “Rewind the Clock.”

Executive director David Paul Kritz, a senior from Coffeyville, Kansas, contemplated various concepts before deciding on a 90s theme. He said his goal is to allow both current OC students and audience members of all ages to reflect on fond memories from the 90s.

“My biggest hope is that this show will throw everyone back to a time they enjoyed, whether that was early childhood or early retirement,” Kritz said. “The 90s were years that created things we can all look forward to experiencing once more – this time under the lights of the Spring Sing stage.”

Each year, Spring Sing is put together by a student-led executive committee and individual club directors who choreograph each performance, design costumes and write lyrics. A team of hosts and hostesses perform throughout the show between club performances.

Andrea Ochoa, a senior from Houston, will debut as a hostess for Spring Sing 2017.

“I love performing in any setting,” Ochoa said. “I have performed in lots of music department productions at OC, and this was one on my list. I love singing pop music for fun, so I’m really excited to perform it on stage.”

Joining Ochoa as fellow hosts and hostesses are Kendall Allen from Oklahoma City, Faith Fugar from Cypress, Texas, Peter Miller from Decatur, Illinois, Josiah Tie from Malaysia, and Lane Wheeler from Wichita, Kansas.

The show features Alpha Gamma Omega as the Warner Brothers Animaniacs, Delta Gamma Sigma as Space Jam Looney Tunes, the freshman class as the wizards and witches of Harry Potter, Gamma Rho as Cruella De Vil and her 101 Dalmatians, Iota Kappa Phi as Beauty and the Beast, Kappa Sigma Tau as Batman villains Joker and Riddler, Phi Omega Nu as Mulan, Pi Zeta Phi as the Powerpuff Girls, Psi Epsilon as the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and Theta Theta Theta as Flick and Princess Atta of A Bug’s Life.

OC’s 2017 Spring Sing production also includes a new philanthropic element. During performance week, students and audience members have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction benefitting Stanley Hupfeld Academy.

Spring Sing features three open performances – Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – plus a show for OC’s faculty, staff, and families on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online for $15.50/$17.50 each.

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, 01 Mar 2017 08:00:00 CST a380418c-f8a7-4ec3-a95c-93b4f0bfc64a
OC students raise money for Stanley Hupfeld Academy http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-raise-money-for-stanley-hupfeld-academy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student body is preparing for the 49th-annual Spring Sing show, but this year they decided to integrate a philanthropic component to the event. The students voted and collectively agreed to raise money for the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village.

The academy, which is operated by INTEGRIS Health, was chosen because many of the university’s students already serve as mentors at the school and because of the Earn Your Wings program, in which Stanley Hupfeld Academy kids have the opportunity to fly kites and spend the day with new OC students as part of the freshman orientation process.

“Almost everyone on campus has met a kid from Stanley Hupfeld through kite day or tutoring,” sophomore Paige Arter said. “So to have a beneficiary this close to the OC community is great because we are able to put a face with the cause.”

The generous contributions from the Spring Sing will greatly impact the students and teachers of Stanley Hupfeld Academy said the school’s Principal Ruthie Rayner. “Our target is to provide technology to our classrooms that can prepare our students for the 21 st century. We are so thankful to the Oklahoma Christian students for their continual support and commitment to the Stanley Hupfeld Academy community.”

This year’s show, themed “Rewind The Clock,” will feature popular songs from the 1990s performed by six student hosts plus choreographed routines by nine of OC’s social service clubs and the freshman class. Each club is required to contribute a basket for the silent auction, and all the donations will go to Stanley Hupfeld Academy.

The Spring Sing show runs March 2 - 4. There will be nightly shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in addition to a Saturday matinee. Tickets go on sale Feb. 7 at oc.edu/springsing.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 CST 0a1f3ea9-5c8b-46de-b960-63c268ebf75a
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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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), Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College), and Harold Shank (Ohio Valley University) 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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