Good News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC hires Simmons, Buxton http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hires-simmons-buxton/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced the addition of a communications expert and an Air Force officer to its faculty this fall.

Brian Simmons will join the OC faculty as a professor of communication while Col. Brad Buxton has been hired as an assistant professor of engineering.

Simmons graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1987 with a degree in mass communication. He went on to earn his master’s degree in communication from Pepperdine University and a doctorate in mass communication from Purdue University, where he also minored in sociology of religion.

“I believe that the college years are the most important in shaping a person’s life,” Simmons said. “That’s why I am honored to be teaching at Oklahoma Christian, a university that I believe in. For me, it is returning to a community that shaped my Christian faith and set me on a blessed path in life. I am excited to see how God will use me in each student’s life.”

Simmons is the author of Falling Away: Why Christians Lose Their Faith and What Can Be Done about It and Wandering in the Wilderness: Changes and Challenges to Emerging Adults’ Christian Faith.

His dissertation was about “Media Effects on Church of Christ Adolescents’ Perceptions of Sexual Morality.” Simmons has been published in Journalism Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Music and Society, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, and Media Coverage of Terrorism, and Sex, Religion and Media.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Simmons was a communications professor at the University of Portland, where he also served as an assistant coach with the Speech and Debate Union. He previously taught at Cascade College and Saint Joseph’s College. His daughter Madison will be a freshman at Oklahoma Christian this fall.

“Brian Simmons has proven records of accomplishment in the highest levels of the academy and in ministerial leadership,” OC vice president of academic affairs Scott LaMascus said. “I’m really eager to see how his scholarship and leadership skills play out for OC communications majors, Honors students, and for the broader OC and faith communities.”

Buxton holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from Troy State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Col. Buxton has a distinguished career as an engineering leader and mentor of engineers in the Air Force, so I am thrilled he is now turning his talents toward educating Christian engineering students,” LaMascus said. “He also will strengthen the good ties between OC’s three ABET-accredited programs and the Oklahoma City engineering community, including Tinker Air Force Base and General Electric’s new global research center.”

Buxton is a 24-year U.S. Air Force veteran on active duty. His engineering experience covers the product life cycle from basic research in aircraft structures through operational flight testing involving F-15E aircraft and space operations with GPS satellites.

Col. Buxton has served as a Pentagon action officer, group commander, and chief engineer for space superiority. He published his research in computational aeroelasticity and was a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the Aero Engineering Honor Society.

“I am excited about coming to Oklahoma Christian,” Buxton said. “OC has a well-established engineering program, and I am eager to help it be an excellent place to get credentials. OC also has a Christ-centered worldview and I want to be a part of that. If students aren’t taught to respect Christ, all the education in the world doesn’t matter.”

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

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OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-awards-degrees-at-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 198 undergraduate degrees and 39 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on April 25-26.

The undergraduate ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Friday in OC’s Payne Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The undergraduate degree candidates, including 21 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 28 states and 11 countries. They majored in a combined 38 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. 

The master’s degree candidates come from six states and seven countries, and represent 13 graduate areas of study.

Mark Brewer, senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology, LLC, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. William “Chip” Kooi, a professor of theology at Oklahoma Christian, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.

Brewer leads all of Seagate Technology’s information technology operations worldwide and is a member of the company’s Executive Council. 

His area consists of 1,600 IT professionals located in 20 different countries. His responsibilities include all business systems, factory information systems, electronic security, business continuity and collaboration services, as well as other traditional IT support services for Seagate’s 50,000 employees.

Brewer holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He serves as vice chairman of OC’s Board of Trustees and also is on the boards of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and the Missions Resource Network. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Kooi graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1981, then earned his master’s degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian University in 1990, and his doctorate in religion from Baylor University in 1999.

Kooi worked in education, pulpit ministry and inner-city ministry before returning to teach at Oklahoma Christian in 2001. An accomplished theological scholar, he has written for The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell MovementLeaven, and The Christian Chronicle.

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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OC expands to five colleges, appoints new deans http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-expands-to-five-academic-colleges-appoints-new-deans/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.

OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

“Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”

This academic reorganization will not affect degree plans for current students, but will expand students’ opportunities for learning and connecting with experts in their chosen fields.

“Students choose Oklahoma Christian because they are drawn to OC’s vibrant community for faith and learning, led by exceptional teaching faculty who truly care about students,” President John deSteiguer said. “These five colleges will provide further focus for our learning communities as we help students discover their missions in life.”

Dr. Jeff McCormack, a 1983 Oklahoma Christian graduate, will return to his alma mater as the new dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the Lawson Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. McCormack has been on the Lipscomb University faculty since 1999 and is currently associate provost. He also has served as an elder at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn.

He is the son of OC professor emeritus Joe McCormack and his wife, Lottie. Jeff and his wife Tina, also a 1983 OC graduate, have four children: Daniel, an OC alumnus working on his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin; Katie, a Lipscomb graduate and a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Michael, a graduate of Pepperdine University who is in medical school at the University of Tennessee; and Sarah, a sophomore at Lipscomb.

“Dr. McCormack will be a key leader for our revitalization and reorganization,” LaMascus said. “We are poised to build and expand on OC’s legacy of rigorous science education and excellent placement of our graduates in medical schools, graduate studies, and health and science careers.”

Dr. Byron Newberry will serve as dean of OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Newberry is a professor of mechanical engineering and chairs OC’s Graduate School of Engineering.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian in 1991 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Newberry went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He also has served as a senior research engineer and consultant at Shell International Exploration and Production.

Newberry and his wife Tammy have two children, Isaac and Olivia. They worship at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

“Dr. Newberry’s leadership at the helm of our graduate engineering programs has been exceptional, and we know he will be equally successful leading OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science,” said Don Drew, associate vice president for academics. “He has worked closely with Tinker Air Force Base to ensure we are responding to needs in the aerospace industry and advanced engineering education.”

Oklahoma Christian will name a dean for the College of Business Administration later this year. Dr. Alan Martin and Dr. David Lowry will continue as deans of OC’s College of Biblical Studies and College of Liberal Arts (formerly the College of Arts and Sciences), respectively.

“Drs. Lowry and Martin are excellent leaders who have helped us make great strides in adding and developing programs that support OC’s mission,” LaMascus said. “Our programs in the liberal arts, fine arts, humanities and biblical studies have outstanding placement and student success records. All of our programs seek to be best-in-class among Christian universities, and no university is exceptional without valuing all of these learning communities.”

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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Renowned scholar N.T. Wright to speak at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/renowned-scholar-nt-wright-to-speak-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – One of the world’s premier theologians will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) March 24-25. 

N.T. Wright is a best-selling, award-winning author and professor who holds dual doctorates from Oxford University. He will lead a panel discussion on March 25 titled “Paul and the Faithfulness of God.” The event begins at 10 a.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/ntwright.

Wright is research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. He holds a doctorate in divinity and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. 

He has written more than 60 books, including his best-selling “Simply Christian,” “Simply Jesus” and “How God Became King.” He also is known for his multi-volume work “Christian Origins and the Question of God,” of which volume four, “Paul and the Faithfulness of God,” has recently been released. 
 
In addition to the panel discussion, Wright will speak the night before to a sold-out crowd of 2,700 on the topic of “The Strange Challenge of Truth.”

John Harrison, professor of New Testament and Ministry at Oklahoma Christian, said hosting Wright for the university’s latest McGaw Lecture is a significant honor.

“N.T. Wright is our generation’s foremost expert on New Testament studies, especially in regard to postmodernity and the reliability of the Biblical narrative,” Harrison said. “He combines scholarship and applied insights in an understandable way that resonates with audiences, as evidenced by his sold-out public lecture.”
 
Those interested in hearing Wright can still attend the panel discussion the next day.
 
“Fortunately, the panel discussion presents another opportunity to hear from this distinguished scholar,” Harrison said. “In addition, Wright will be joined by three scholars in the study of Paul who will critique Wright's new book on Paul. This is truly a rare and unique opportunity to hear from established New Testament scholars.”
 
Accomplished professors Richard Hays, Jerry Sumney and James Thompson will join Wright for the panel discussion. 

Hays is the dean of Duke University’s Divinity School and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament. Sumney teaches New Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary and is the chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thompson is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University and the editor of Restoration Quarterly.

In conjunction with Wright’s lecture, all OC students, faculty and staff members received a free copy of “Simply Christian,” and the book has been integrated into the curriculum of a number of classes. 

This outreach builds on the university’s commitment to spiritual growth. Earlier this semester, OC launched “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan” through the Edmond-based YouVersion Bible app, which is used on more than 100 million devices around the world.

OC’s McGaw Lectures exist to increase national awareness of three of America’s founding core values: faith in God, constitutional government and private enterprise. The lectures are made possible by an endowment fund created by the late Mary and Foster McGaw. Just last month, OC hosted two members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts, for the university’s most recent McGaw Lecture.
 
About Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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OC's ethics team places fifth in the nation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-ethics-team-places-fifth-in-the-nation/ By Tori Jones, Courtesy of The Talon

Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition Feb. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The ethics team debated on topics such as in-vitro fertilization, outsourcing surrogate mothers, the morality of FBI involvement in potential cases of terrorist coercion, and the use of off-label prescriptions with anti-psychotic drugs.

The top eight teams from the round-robin matches advanced to the quarterfinals, where it is win or go home.

The Eagles, who defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University on their way to winning the state championship in October, squared off against the University of Montana in their quarterfinal match. Montana, the eventual national champions, won by a two-point margin.

Sophomore Gabriel Gasiorowski is a first-time ethics team member. He said, going into the competition, the team put in the hours poring over cases.

“We discuss questions based off a series of cases that we receive before the case,” Gasiorowski said. “We don’t know the questions or which case until we get to each match, and so we must be well prepared for the dimensions of each case.”

According to Jeff Simmons, an associate professor of business and the team’s faculty sponsor, the team practiced every Tuesday and Thursday for about two hours.

“Unfortunately, the only time we could find to meet on Thursday was at 6:00 a.m.,” Simmons said. “At first, we discuss the moral issues involved with each case and the possible viewpoints one could take towards the ethical dilemma presented in the case. In subsequent meetings, we practice by actually presenting and debating our arguments amongst ourselves.”

Additionally, the team works on other debate skills – such as being able to present your argument in one minute, 30-second and 10-second intervals.

Personal bias made going on the offensive challenging, according to junior Jasper Bawcom.

“One of the things the judges look at in the competition is your ability to poke holes in the other team’s arguments, and this was sometimes difficult to do – especially in situations where you agreed with the other team,” Bawcom said.

Gasiorowski admitted that the biases made even establishing the team’s position on a case more of a process.

“We must be cohesive as a team of three people all with different ideas,” Gasiorowski said. “There is a lot of real debate and discussion on these cases in each of our practices when we are searching for our team’s position.”

Simmons said that the team had some tough competitors, including the University of Montana, the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma.

“We are developing quite the rivalry with OU,” Simmons said. “In the past two years, we have beat their team four times and lost three.”

The most challenging opponents, in Gasiorowski’s opinion, were St. Petersburg College and the University of Nebraska.

“Both matches were extremely close point-wise,” Gasiorowski said. “While we won against St. Petersburg and unfortunately lost against Nebraska, both were very well fought on both sides.”

According to Simmons, there are usually 15 cases that a team has to prepare for the national championship. Most other teams have five members that assign and divide the cases amongst the team members so that they have case experts.

“Instead, I have every member involved in every case by making each one responsible for addressing the dilemma through the perspective of a specific moral philosophy, such as deontology, utilitarianism or Aristotelian ethics,” Simmons said. “This way we are assured of not having some of our stronger presenters idle during the match simply because their case wasn’t discussed.”

Bawcom didn’t know what to expect going into the competition, but he is content with the squad’s performance.

“I think we did well, especially considering that it was the first time on the team for each of us,” Bawcom said. “Hopefully next year we can do even better.”

According to Simmons, the next step for the ethics team is getting some much-needed rest. After that, he is pushing to add some strong new members who have an interest in moral philosophy and/or debate.

“I already have a few students on the radar but am always willing to consider more,” Simmons said. “We'll take the summer off but hit the road running next fall, holding tryouts at the start of the semester.”

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OC student gets to bottom of 500-year-old mystery http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-gets-to-bottom-of-500-year-old-mystery/
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Amelia Hamrick appears to have unlocked a 500-year-old musical mystery. 

    The 20-year-old junior from Bedford, Texas, identified and transcribed a song based on an overlooked section of the famous painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” European artist Hieronymous Bosch created the painting around the year 1500.
     
    Hamrick, a student in OC’s Honors Program, is attending Oklahoma Christian on a music scholarship and plays the baritone, bass trombone and tuba. She is believed to be the first person to transcribe and play the song. 

    Hamrick learned about the painting in her OC Honors course, Western Thought and Expression.
     
    “Another OC student and I were looking at the painting one night,” Hamrick said. “We noticed, much to our amusement, music written on the posterior of one of the characters, in an area that’s easy to overlook. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants from that time period.”
     
    After recording the song, Hamrick posted the audio file on her personal blog, where it began to gain a lot of attention online and around the globe.
     
    “I still can’t believe this took off like it did,” Hamrick said. “I just threw it together in 30 minutes at one in the morning.”
     
    Hamrick is recording a second version of the song with assistance from Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher, who is quite proud of Hamrick.
     
    “It does not surprise me at all that she would jump in and do this,” Fletcher said. “She was simply interested in the joy of discovering something new.”
     
    According to Hamrick, the Music History course taught by Professor Emeritus Harold Fletcher helped her compose the song.
     
    “We read about Gregorian notation and notation for other types of music during that period,” Hamrick said. “We were tested over a lot of recordings, so I had to listen to quite a bit of music that is very different from how music sounds today.”
     
    Music has always played a big part in Hamrick’s life, despite her reverse-slope hearing loss. Her parents both earned music degrees from Oklahoma Christian. Her father has a doctorate in musicology and both are librarians. 

    Hamrick is following in their footsteps; she is double-majoring in music and information sciences, and hopes to become a librarian herself. Her parents are continuing to help as she makes a new recording of the song.
     
    “I am pretty lucky that my dad’s specialty was music from the 1500s and 1600s,” Hamrick said.
     
    Hamrick hopes to expand the project for additional academic and entertainment purposes. She would love to have the Oklahoma Christian Chorale and Band record the song. In addition, there are other unrecorded songs in Bosch’s paintings, though they’re located in less amusing places.
     
    “I hope to transcribe those songs as well,” Hamrick said. “Plus, as an Honors student, I think this experience might make a great capstone catalyst project for research and creative activity.”
     
    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.
     
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    Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:00 CST 7c71cb94-6055-4c3f-a80d-e92e3c0af528
    OC maintains affordability with 2014-15 pricing http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-maintains-affordability-with-2014-15-pricing/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After keeping undergraduate prices flat for three years, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has announced a small increase for 2014-15.

    OC’s cost of attendance will move to $25,790 per year (including tuition, room and board). That will represent a 3.26 percent increase over 2011-12, the last time Oklahoma Christian raised prices.

    Oklahoma Christian’s approach contrasts with the nationwide trend; according to the College Board, the average cost of attendance at private colleges rose 7.9 percent during OC’s multi-year price freeze, including an increase of almost 4 percent this year. Total charges at private schools averaged $40,917 this year while public schools cost an average of $31,701 for out-of-state students.

    “Our commitment to affordability makes OC a tremendous value for students seeking premier academic programs in a supportive Christian environment,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “We’re dedicated to holding prices down, even as we’re faced with higher operating expenses like rising healthcare costs. We know students and families will appreciate that OC is bucking the trend of the large price increases seen at many colleges nationwide.”

    Oklahoma Christian is continuing its policy of not charging undergraduate student fees. This allows students and families to better compare Oklahoma Christian with schools that charge numerous fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” Differential tuition will continue for students participating in nursing clinicals or taking private music lessons.

    OC students can take up to 17 hours per semester for the base tuition price, and can further shape their costs with on-campus housing choices that best fit their budgets and needs.

    More than 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

    OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. Oklahoma Christian also offers significant scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has 37 National Merit Finalists in its student body, the third-most per capita in the state of Oklahoma and the most per capita among all Church of Christ universities.

    On the graduate level, OC’s tuition will remain flat for all students in the Graduate School of Theology ($400 per credit hour) and Graduate School of Engineering ($495/hour), and for returning students in the Graduate School of Business ($470/hour). New graduate business students who enroll this fall will pay $484 per credit hour.

    Complete pricing information is available at www.oc.edu/costs.

    “We’re able to make a first-rate education affordable at Oklahoma Christian through our location in Oklahoma City, which boasts one of the nation’s strongest economies, and through the enthusiastic support of our alumni and donors,” deSteiguer said.

    An unprecedented 1,479 Oklahoma Christian graduates gave to their alma mater last year, helping OC’s alumni participation rate (13.6 percent) eclipse the national average (11.2 percent).

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

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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    Fri, 14 Feb 2014 8:00:00 CST 902a492f-af5b-4d64-b027-8493471e44cf
    Oklahoma Christian hosts pioneers of integration http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-pioneers-of-integration/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host two members of the “Little Rock Nine” for a special event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 24.

    Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts were two of the nine teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 25, 1957. They were confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on that historic day.

    “In the midst of one of the most turbulent times in this country’s history, it’s amazing that we found strength in the unlikeliest of places – in a group of nine kids,” said Gary Jones, OC’s Multicultural and Service Learning Coordinator. “Even in the face of injustice, prejudice and inequality, their story of perseverance will live forever. The Little Rock Nine helped lead the charge of equality in education and opportunity for education in America.”

    At age 14 in 1957, LaNier was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. She went on to graduate from Central High School in 1960 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State College, now known as the University of Northern Colorado.

    She worked for the YWCA as a program administrator before beginning a successful career as a real estate broker. She continues to operate LaNier and Company, the firm she founded in 1977.

    She serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and speaks across the country about her experiences as a pioneer of school integration. Her memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School, offers an inside look at this significant civil rights battle.

    Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High School. He completed his junior year, then moved to California and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles in 1967, a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970, and a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.

    He now serves as chief executive officer of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm. He also maintains a private psychology practice and speaks on a wide variety of topics across the country. His memoir, Lessons from Little Rock, came out in 2009.

    Both LaNier and Roberts have been honored with the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.

    History Speaks: Little Rock Nine starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium, Though admission is free, pre-registration is required at www.oc.edu/littlerock9.

    The event is part of Oklahoma Christian’s McGaw Lecture Series.

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


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    Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:25:00 CST d14ba800-ebc6-4fd1-b93d-8198d06a5303
    OC partners with YouVersion for Bible reading plan http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-partners-with-youversion-for-bible-reading-plan/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) unveiled a new Bible reading plan on YouVersion this week.

    The plan allows anybody with access to the YouVersion app or online site (bible.com) to read through the entire New Testament by the end of the spring semester.

    Along with a daily Bible reading, OC’s plan features devotional thoughts written by Oklahoma Christian students, faculty and staff members.

    “We are so thankful to YouVersion for their willingness to partner with us,” Campus Minister Summer Lashley said. “I believe that great things can happen when a community commits to reading God’s word together. I hope that others are blessed by reading alongside our campus community.”

    The plan is titled “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan.” Readers can search for and subscribe to the plan for free in YouVersion online or on their smartphones or tablets. More information is available at oc.edu/youversion.

    “This is a great opportunity to share a common goal to read the New Testament this semester. We hope this becomes a yearly endeavor that encourages our campus to read the Bible daily,” Associate Dean of Spiritual Life Chance Vanover said. “One of the difficulties of trying to start a new habit of reading our Bible is knowing when and where to begin. That is why we are excited to partner with YouVersion, which has made this project so accessible for anyone interested in joining the journey with us.”

    YouVersion is the No. 1 Bible app in the world, used on more than 100 million devices around the globe. The free app, created by LifeChurch.tv, offers the Bible in hundreds of translations and in almost 150 languages. 

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

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    Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:32:00 CST dbfec219-ef09-4f65-9051-2121c5c49063
    OC awards degrees at Winter Commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-awards-degrees-at-winter-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13-14.

    The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries, and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.

    Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of OC’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.

    In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.

    Jim Baird graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and English, received his theology degree from the Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1982, and earned his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in 1992.

    He has taught in OC’s College of Biblical Studies since 1992. He won the 2001 Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes teaching excellence, innovation and effectiveness in working with OC students in and out of the classroom.

    His Honors Program course with Professor of Physics Len Feuerhelm, “The Bible, Science and Human Values,” won a $10,000 prize from the John Templeton Foundation.

    Newberry serves as a professor of mechanical engineering at Oklahoma Christian. He also uses his expertise to teach high school students taking engineering courses in OC’s Honors Summer Academy.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma Christian in 1991 before going to the University of Michigan, where he earned his master of science in engineering degree and doctorate.

    He teaches Bible classes and helps with the missions and media ministries at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

    “It’s a great thrill to have two of our finest professors sharing their wisdom and experience with these outstanding graduates,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

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

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.

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    Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:32:00 CST 134c7527-36da-4e15-a8eb-e6d5d21d4325
    OC students chosen for Teach For America http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-students-chosen-for-teach-for-america/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two Oklahoma Christian University (OC) seniors have earned selection to the competitive Teach For America program.

    Katelyn Jackson is a psychology major from Jonesboro, Ark., and Hannah Ketring is an English/writing major from Nashville, Tenn. They are part of OC’s Honors Program and will both graduate this spring.

    Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits professionals and recent college graduates to teach for at least two years in low-income public schools.

    “Students at any age level need people in their lives to support them and tell them that they’re competent and capable so they don’t get trapped in these patterns of failure,” Ketring said. “I’m looking forward to being that voice in their lives and saying that you can be more than what other people have told you that you are. You can rise above that.”

    Both Jackson and Ketring needed government assistance when they were growing up as their parents dealt with the economic challenges of pursuing school later in life. They hope their experiences help them connect with their students.

    “I grew up on food stamps and welfare. That gives me an idea of what my potential students are going through,” Jackson said. “I’m excited to let them know that their situations do not determine how well they’re going to do in their lives. I want to offer opportunities and help every child know that education is their right.”

    Jackson will teach secondary science at a yet-to-be-determined school in Oklahoma. Ketring will teach English for elementary school students back home in Tennessee.

    They will continue a new OC tradition. Oklahoma Christian graduates Henson Adams and Wil Norton joined the program when Teach For America expanded into Oklahoma City in 2011.

    Adams taught mathematics at Douglass High School while Norton taught English at Douglass Mid-High. They are now in law school at the University of Texas and Georgetown University, respectively.

    Through Teach For America, approximately 11,000 corps members currently teach in 48 urban and rural regions across the country. More than 300 of those corps members now teach in Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

    -OC-

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    Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:27:00 CST 22f76c73-c98e-4558-bb9c-3732b5e8a8db
    OC’s McBride Lecture welcomes Bellwether winner http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-mcbride-lecture-welcomes-bellwether-winner/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Award-winning novelist Naomi Benaron will deliver the ninth-annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on Oct. 18 at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

    The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. A panel discussion and free book-signing reception will follow. Lecture seating is free, but should be reserved at www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter.

    Benaron received the Bellwether Prize for social justice in fiction in 2010. Her bestselling novel, Running the Rift, tells the coming-of-age story of a young athlete named Jean Patrick during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

    “Naomi Benaron’s story takes readers along on a boy’s journey from innocence to experience during a time of unspeakable violence, so readers who take this journey with Jean Patrick grow, too, as many of us did the first time we read The Diary of Anne Frank,” said Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs. “This journey makes me determined to be part of a better way.”

    During her visit, Benaron will join in discussions with OC’s Rwandan Presidential Scholars, promote critical thinking about social justice themes, and conduct a workshop for fiction and nonfiction writers.

    “Attendees of the McBride Lecture will certainly experience and possibly come to share Benaron’s deep respect and appreciation for Rwanda’s culture and people,” Associate Professor of English Gail Nash said. 

    Beyond the McBride Lecture, Oklahoma Christian provided Running the Rift free as an e-book to each incoming first-year student and will use it throughout the academic year as OC’s “freshman book.” Campus book groups will discuss the novel, and professors will use it in various courses, including the Symposium class in OC’s Honors Program.

    Hannah Bingham, a senior English major from Edmond, was selected as the McBride Center’s undergraduate fellow to coordinate book discussion groups, panel discussions and other events throughout the year.

    "By giving Running the Rift to all new freshmen, OC offers students a unique opening to their time here, because the novel provides a look into another culture and gives students insight into some of their peers they might not have understood before,” Bingham said.

    Top students from Rwanda are selected each year to study at Oklahoma Christian in the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program. This program was established in partnership with the Rwandan government to provide educational opportunities in science and technology for qualified citizens of Rwanda to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at Oklahoma Christian.

    The McBride Center is named for Bailey and Joyce McBride, who have been academic leaders in OC’s campus community and Oklahoma’s higher education community since the 1950s. Bailey McBride is a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

    Endowment and operational funding for the McBride Center is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities through its matching grants. Additional support for the center’s endowment and programs comes from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Inasmuch Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Past guests for the McBride Lecture include: bestselling novelist Kathleen Norris (2005); U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (2006); Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson (2007); best-selling religions author Dr. Charles Kimball (2008); environmentalist and bestselling author Bill McKibben (2009); past national chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and poet Dana Gioia (2010); bestselling novelist Alice McDermott (2011); and Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (2012).

    For more information about the McBride Lecture, call (405) 425-5330 or go to www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter.

    -OC-

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    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:54:00 CDT 00216082-27ac-45da-8d8e-4e4583344921
    Oklahoma Christian shatters enrollment record http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-shatters-enrollment-record/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set a new school record this fall, with 2,424 students making OC their college home.

    That represents a jump of almost 7 percent over the previous high, set last year with 2,271 students enrolled. The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest enrollments ever.

    OC’s graduate enrollment is up 26 percent over last year. The 455 graduate students enrolled also sets a new school record. All four master’s programs – business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity – have record enrollment this fall. Oklahoma Christian will add a master of accountancy degree program in January.

    Undergraduate enrollment stands at 1,969 students, an increase of 3 percent over last year. OC’s 676 new undergraduates compose the second-largest class of new students in school history.

    “Our professors are first-rate. They’re dedicated to helping students grow inside and outside the classroom. Their teaching is leading to successful outcomes that make an OC education more and more valuable. Students see what’s happening here and they want that,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I applaud the work of our Student Life and Admissions offices. They connected with students and supported them in ways that improved retention and boosted new student enrollment. We’re also seeing the benefits of our commitment to affordability for students and families.”

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and an undergraduate Honors Program in addition to its graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    -OC-

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    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:41:00 CDT 0ad57bd4-e9fa-48cb-a346-d22dbdf24e17
    U.S. News & World Report ranks OC among west's best http://www.oc.edu/news/r/u-s-news-world-report-ranks-oc-among-west-s-best/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University rose in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the best universities in the western United States, published Tuesday.

    Oklahoma Christian is 42nd in the region and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category.

    This is the 15th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. Last month, the Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list.

    “OC’s reputation as a first-rate university is well-established, but it’s gratifying to be recognized for the great things happening here, especially as we make a high-quality Christian education affordable for talented students,” President John deSteiguer said.

    Institutions that appear in the “Best Regional Universities” category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. These universities are ranked against peer institutions in one of four geographic regions because they generally draw students most heavily from the surrounding states.

    Almost 60 percent of OC’s student body comes from Oklahoma or from neighboring Texas, with significant numbers of students also coming from Kansas, Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest. Overall, Oklahoma Christian attracts students from all 50 states and almost 50 countries.

    The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students this fall. Oklahoma Christian has more than 30 National Merit Finalists enrolled, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    The U.S. News & World Report rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates.

    Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    The Princeton Review and PC Gamer recently ranked OC’s game design program among the top 30 in the nation. OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 17 straight years.

    OC’s academic reputation is further seen in placement rates at or near 100 percent for accounting, communication design, history, interior design, language and literature, nursing, and political science graduates seeking jobs or acceptance into graduate school and law school.

    OC biology graduates have a 95 percent medical and graduate school acceptance rate, and 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past four years.

    Oklahoma Christian is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with ABET accreditation for three engineering programs. OC boasts the second-highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

    -OC-

     

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    Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:05:00 CDT 8a7795b5-b859-4aa8-9aa0-2be25caab689
    McBride celebrates 50th year on faculty http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mcbride-celebrates-50th-year-on-faculty/ When Oklahoma Christian University kicked off its 64th year on Monday, Dr. Bailey McBride began his 50th year as a faculty member at the university.

    McBride was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. He has held many key roles at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, initial chair of the Department of Language and Literature, and chief academic officer from 1975 through 1996. He also served as director of OC's Honors Program.

    OC’s McBride Center for Public Humanities and its annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature are named in honor of Bailey and his wife Joyce. This year’s lecture, featuring Bellwether Prize-winning author Naomi Benaron, will be held on Oct. 18 at Oklahoma Christian.

    This is the inscription on the plaque that hangs outside the McBride Center, located in the Mabee Learning Center on the OC campus:

    In 1956, a very young alumnus of Central Christian College arrived back on campus as an English teacher. Since that time, no single person has been more loved and revered by alumni than Bailey McBride. As a friend and mentor, he is legendary. He remembers alumni by name and knows their children, careers, and concerns.

    Returning to campus after doctoral studies, Bailey and his bride, Joyce Warren, settled down to raise a family, model Christian living, and teach students. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms have comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents. Many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm because she has been a tireless kindergarten Bible class teacher.

    Bailey’s career has included nearly every role available to faculty at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, department chair, chief academic officer, and provost. He also is the leader of the Honors program and The Christian Chronicle.

    Bailey’s mantra to faculty members has been to read new books in the subject matter, regardless how many times they have taught the course. His love of important books and ideas has influenced generations of Oklahoma Christian students.

    The McBride Center celebrates their legacy by championing what they have loved and by nurturing Christian young people for generations.

    The dedication of The Bailey and Joyce McBride Center for Faith and Literature is made possible by the generosity of many alumni, friends, and family who love these two special Christian teachers.

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    Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:54:00 CDT 1d1d635e-a6a5-4ba5-8fe3-0fc70460dfb0
    OC among top colleges for future service members http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-among-top-colleges-for-future-service-members/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The College Database has recognized Oklahoma Christian University as a top college in Oklahoma for students interested in military service.

    Oklahoma Christian ranks in the top five schools for future service members in the state of Oklahoma. Each college or university on the list offers at least two ROTC programs to active students, as well as in-state tuition below $20,000 per year.

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    OC’s undergraduate tuition is $18,800 per year, with charges for the typical student (including room and board) totaling $24,975. That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by financial aid that makes OC’s nationally-recognized education competitive with many state-supported institutions.

    “With the cost of college a concern for many families, it’s important for students to find an affordable post-secondary option with demonstrated academic excellence,” said Matt Davis, managing director of communication and partnerships for The College Database. “It’s equally important that students interested in service have the opportunity to explore military programs while working toward a degree. Oklahoma Christian is a fantastic education option for future service members.”

    The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about educational options both nationally and locally to students, parents, and other interested parties.

    “Everyone talks about service members using their GI Bill to go back to school, but rarely do people discuss current students using college to join the service,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “Colleges with ROTC programs give students a great opportunity, not only to explore military service, but to gain valuable leadership skills coveted by employers.”

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.
     
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    Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:37:00 CDT 210c3483-703c-4a72-a179-55f2c708cd9d
    OC named one of region's top colleges http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-named-one-of-region-s-top-colleges/ Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is one of just six schools in Oklahoma to be named one of the best colleges in the western United States by The Princeton Review.

    The 124 best western colleges are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

    The listing places Oklahoma Christian among the top 25 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide.

    “We’re honored to earn this distinction from The Princeton Review again this year,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Our students, faculty and staff make Oklahoma Christian one of the best colleges in the country. Rankings and recommendations like this show that OC is a great place to call home.”

    Other Oklahoma universities on the list were the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oral Roberts University, and the University of Tulsa.

    “We’re pleased to recommend these colleges to users of our site as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose these as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

    The schools in The Princeton Review’s “2014 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website section are determined through institutional data, campus visits, college counselor recommendations, and independent student surveys.

    In their responses, students praised Oklahoma Christian for being a college home with a strong focus on God, a family atmosphere, accessible professors, and an attractive location in metropolitan Oklahoma City and adjacent to suburban Edmond.

    The Princeton Review’s full list is available at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

    Earlier this year, The Princeton Review honored OC as one of the top 30 undergraduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. Oklahoma Christian was the state’s only university and one of just two undergraduate schools in the southwestern United States to be honored.

    Oklahoma Christian also is recognized as a “Best University – Master’s” in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

    Oklahoma Christian University offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    The last eight years have featured OC’s eight highest total enrollments ever, including a record 2,271 students in 2012-13.

    Oklahoma Christian is the only university in Oklahoma and the only school in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities to hold the cost of attendance, which includes tuition and room and board, steady for two straight years.

    -OC-

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    Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:48:00 CDT 51b5faa8-1bae-4d45-99de-9ac61600e5a4
    OC student in first Summer Policy Institute http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-in-first-summer-policy-institute/ The Oklahoma Policy Institute has accepted Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Tyler Parette into the first Summer Policy Institute in August.

    At the Summer Institute, 45 of the state’s top undergraduate and graduate students will gather to discuss Oklahoma policy issues and prepare for their future studies and careers.

    The event, to be held Aug. 5-7 in Tulsa, will include seminars, panels, workshops and keynote addresses by leading policy experts from government, academia and community organizations.

    One of the panels will include OC business professor Ken Miller, who serves as Oklahoma’s state treasurer. OC board chair Don Millican will moderate the panel. He also serves on the board of the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

    Parette is an Honors Program student from Coweta, Okla., who serves on OC’s Honors Advisory Council. He is also a member of OC’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honors society. Parette was on the OC team that won Overall Outstanding Delegation at the 2012 PSA Southwest Regional Conference.

    OC’s vice president for academic affairs, Scott LaMascus, encouraged Parette to apply and was not surprised he was accepted.

    “Tyler is a truly amazing young man who has thrived at OC,” LaMascus said. “This event is yet another experience that will contribute to his success as a student and after graduation.”

    The Summer Institute, which will be an annual event, is hosted and led by the staff of the OPI, a Tulsa-based think-tank that produces timely and credible information, analysis, and ideas on state policy issues, guided by core commitments to the fair and adequate funding of public services and the expansion of economic prosperity for all Oklahomans.

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    Thu, 25 Jul 2013 9:27:00 CDT d6b61fcb-e36f-412d-967e-7f31f011886e
    Honors Academy hosts students from 16 states http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-honors-summer-academy-hosts-students-from-17-states/ Gifted high school students from 16 states come to Oklahoma Christian University this week for a preview of college life.

    Whether culturing cells from Henryetta Lacks, volunteering in a summer literacy program or programming a microprocessor for light displays set to music, the 72 students in OC’s Honors Summer Academy will stay busy learning in an academically challenging environment.

    “The Honors Summer Academy brings in very bright high school students and gives them a taste of Christian higher education,” said Dr. Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program. “They take courses for college credit, experience life and engage each other an their professors intellectually and spiritually.”

    The annual, seven-day college experience encourages the pursuit of excellence by gifted and talented students finishing their freshman through junior years of high school.

    By the end of the program, students will have developed the confidence to continue their academic pursuit of excellence, link academics to their faith and demonstrate the impact of experiential learning and service to others. Each participant may earn two hours of university credit.

    Students stay in OC’s Honors House at Davisson Hall, which offers the opportunity to live in a community dedicated to equipping Christian students for the pursuit of academic excellence.

    This is the fourth year that OC has hosted the Honors Summer Academy, and all 72 openings were filled before the end of May.

    Exactly half of the students are from Oklahoma. According to Baird, one student raised the funds to attend through an informal Facebook campaign, and another did so by hosting a series of car washes.

    “The demand for the Honors Summer Academy is very strong, and these students are committed to learning,” he said. “They really have a lot of fun in an excellent learning environment.”

    A few of the week’s highlights include:

    • A cellular biology lab in which students will culture cells from Henryetta Lacks.
    • A community service project with the Lighthouse Medical Clinic and Capitol Hill Church of Christ’s Book Buddy literacy program (Academy students will select, read and give away books to elementary through junior high students in the Capitol Hill area of Oklahoma City).
    • A meeting with Holocaust writer Michael Korenbilit, whose book highlights his parents’ survival in concentration camps, in the Holocaust Literature class.
    • Programming a microprocessor for custom light displays set to music in the Introduction to Engineering class.
    • A visit to Devon Energy’s headquarters as part of the Introduction to Math and Computer Science class.
    • A field trip to see and handle relics from Greece and Rome as part of the class on the Greek poet Homer, and to see one of Galileo’s books.
    • A visit to the Green Collection of historical Bibles at the Hobby Lobby headquarters.
    • A music class project produced through one of OC’s Macintosh computer labs using multiple instruments and GarageBand software.

    The Honors Program at Oklahoma Christian includes more than 130 students and continues to grow each year.

    According to Baird, the average ACT score for honors students is 31, and more than a quarter of these students are National Merit Scholars. Admission is highly selective, but not solely exam-based.

    Accomplished alumni have gone on to attain professional degrees in business, law and medicine, and many others have received scholarships to prestigious doctorate and post-doctorate programs across the United States.

    Most OC Honors students study abroad in the fall or summer of their sophomore year (Vienna, Austria, or Pacific Rim). All Honors students participate in Symposium each Monday; past Honors Symposium speakers have included Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray, astronaut Douglas Wheelock and Constitutional Historian Rufus Fears. More information is available at www.oc.edu/honors.

    About Oklahoma Christian University

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

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price in that time. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.

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    Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:16:00 CDT 667e1787-977a-4161-bcbd-2b4023b6bada
    OC faculty, students present at Christian conference http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-faculty-and-students-present-at-christian-scholars-conference/ Once again, OC was honored to have faculty and students present at the 2013 Christian Scholars Conference over the weekend.

    Formally titled the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, scholars present more than 90 peer-reviewed and generative sessions to advance scholarship, collaboration and engaged dialogue.

    This year’s conference theme was "Crises in Ethics: Theology, Business, Law and the Liberal and Fine Arts."

    Key speakers included ethics author John Dean, religious studies professor and author Charles Matthews, and David Miller, the founding director of Princeton University’s Faith & Work Initiative. 

    Below is a list of OC faculty and students with the title of their presentations:

    • Graduate students Robert Davis and Freddie Lorick, Jr., were respondents for the “Civil Rights and the Churches of Christ" session.
    • John Harrison, professor of New Testament, presented on “The History and Practice of New Testament Interpretation.”
    • James Baird, professor of Bible and philosophy and director of OC’s Honors Program, was a panelist on the session titled, “The Value of High School Research for Universities, Students, and Secondary Educators.”
    • Phil Lewis, dean of OC’s College of Professional Studies, was a panelist on the session titled, “Business Deans Speak Out: Teaching in Business Schools.”
    • Dan Sorensen, assistant professor of business, presented on “An Accounting Ethics Intervention Based on the Moral Philosophy of Adam Smith.”
    • OC Bible professors Charles Rix and James Dvorak were co-conveners of the session titled, “Bahktinian Readings of Cain and Abel and other Narratives in Jewish and Christian Scriptures.”
      • Rix presented on “Who is Watching the Children? Ethics of Responsibility in the Story of Cain and Abel.”
      • Dvorak presented on “Not Like Cain: Marking Moral Boundaries Through Vilification of the Other in 1 John 3:1-18.”
    • Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication, participated in the Theatre and Ethics Session. He presented on “The First Condition: Censorship in Contemporary Value Based Production.”

    The Christian Scholars Conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with Churches of Christ. 

    The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. 

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    Tue, 11 Jun 2013 16:42:00 CDT baf2c81d-440c-4a01-ad68-9debbd13dc47
    OC joins Red Cross to help communities http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-joins-red-cross-efforts-in-helping-communities-needs/ by Patty Miller, Courtesy of the Edmond Sun

    Families displaced by the May 19-20 storms have been living on the Oklahoma Christian University campus waiting for permanent lodging to be made available.

    According to Neil Arter, dean of students, OC has hosted as many as 50 family members displaced from those storms.

    As of Monday, OC is hosting 34 family members from about six families while they work to secure more long-term housing.

    “Just last night, OC took in a family with a special needs child that had been without a home since May 20,” said Josh Watson, OC spokesman.

    In addition, OC’s Honors House, which has 82 beds, has stayed at capacity for a week and a half now as OC has hosted a number of volunteers helping with clean-up and recovery.

    Volunteer groups include the Austin Disaster Relief from Austin, Texas, and the Disaster Response Communications team out of Minnesota.

    The groups were assisting victims of the tornado with paperwork at Westmoore High School on Wednesday and Thursday.

    The Oklahoma Christian campus is busy this week with 200 additional students on campus attending a Love OKC Service Camp. Watson added while the camp was scheduled before the storms, it has become a storm-focused service week.

    This weekend, officials expect 75-100 students to join faculty and staff for OC’s Love Your Neighbor storm recovery efforts June 7-11.

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    Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:50:00 CDT bcdbc705-13be-472f-8136-42b32e10a7fb
    KFOR features OC game design program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/kfor-features-oc-game-design-program/

    KFOR recently featured Oklahoma Christian University professor Jeff Price in its "Is This a Great State or What?" series.

    Price leads OC's gaming and animation program, which earned Oklahoma Christian national recognition from The Princeton Review. OC received honorable mention on The Review's list saluting the best undergraduate schools in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design.

    Price also has vintage arcade games like Space Invaders, Pong, Defender and Centipede in his OC office. He uses them as teaching tools and, of course, to have some fun along the way.

    Read more on KFOR.

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    Fri, 10 May 2013 11:34:00 CDT 33d12112-4d30-43f8-85f8-9f668fc372d4
    Oklahoma Christian celebrates 319 graduates http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-celebrates-319-graduates/ OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Microsoft’s chief operating officer and a respected minister and missionary will speak to the graduates at Oklahoma Christian University’s spring commencement ceremonies on April 26-27.

    Oklahoma Christian will present degrees to 265 undergraduate candidates from 61 majors on Friday and to 54 master’s degree candidates from 13 areas of study on Saturday.

    Kevin Turner, who is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft’s worldwide sales, marketing, and services organization, will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday.

    Along with Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer and other senior executives, Turner serves on the Senior Leadership Team, which sets Microsoft’s overall strategy and direction. Prior to Microsoft, Turner worked nearly 20 years at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. His honors include selection as one of Time magazine’s People To Watch In International Business and Fortune magazine’s No. 4 Top 10 Most Influential on 40 Under 40.

    Oklahoma Christian will welcome alumnus and current trustee David Duncan to speak at Saturday’s 10:30 a.m. graduate commencement ceremony.

    Duncan is the pulpit minister at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, Texas. He previously served as the outreach minister at Edmond Church of Christ and as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian from 1999 to 2006.
     
    He and his wife, Barbara, helped plant a church in Vitoria, Brazil, and served as missionaries there from 1992 to 1999. He has had speaking engagements in Chile, Honduras and South Africa, and serves on the board for Continent of Great Cities.

    Duncan earned two degrees from Oklahoma Christian: a B.A. in Bible in 1988 and an M.A. in Ministry in 1991. He received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2010.

    “We are proud of our graduates and the way they live out the idea that ‘OC is Mission.’ They are prepared for success in their lives and careers, and we can’t wait to see what God has in store for them,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Both of our commencement speakers have had a significant influence around the world. They embrace the need for teamwork, innovation and servant leadership, and we’re happy to have them at OC to share those values.”

    Oklahoma Christian will present an honorary doctorate to board member Richard Lawson, a 1966 OC graduate, during Friday’s ceremony. He founded and built Lawson Software into a respected worldwide enterprise, which he sold for $2 billion in 2011.

    He and his wife Pat, a 1967 Oklahoma Christian graduate, gave their alma mater a gift worth almost $30 million in 2004. In 2008, OC honored them by dedicating Lawson Commons, which features the McGraw Pavilion and 100-foot Freede Centennial Tower.

    The Lawsons helped start OC’s North Texas Alumni Chapter and were integral in OC’s partnership with the Rwandan government that has brought more than 100 Rwandan Presidential Scholars to the United States to pursue their education at Oklahoma Christian.

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    Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:28:00 CDT 2b04568a-13d3-45e9-99e7-db13eed3cf10
    Karl Rove, Tommy Franks welcome high schoolers http://www.oc.edu/news/r/karl-rove-tommy-franks-welcome-high-schoolers/ OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Fifty top high school students from across the country will be chosen to participate in the General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership summer program July 14-20 in Oklahoma City.

    The 50 selected students will meet with authors, politicians and global thought leaders, such as Karl Rove, former presidential adviser, author and FOX News commentator.

    Oklahoma Christian is the primary host for the all-inclusive program (tuition, room, board, travel and fees), which is free to the 50 selected students.

    This year's Four Star Leadership Congressional Debate competition offers students expert policy briefings so they may address those issues in persuasive speech and editorial contests, while collaborating in a model Student Congress. Students will investigate contemporary policy controversies ranging from energy policy to human rights.

    Excursions during the week will provide participants with opportunities to further develop leadership skills and employ them through cultural experiences and service projects.

    General Tommy Franks, former commander-in-chief of American and coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, hosts the program, with OC, the National Center for Policy Analysis and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs as partners.

    Since 2008, Four Star Leadership has welcomed 206 American high school students from 42 states and 32 international students. Kings, governors, senators, Olympic gold medalists and top national policy experts have mentored students in developing and demonstrating the core leadership principles of the program: character, common vision, communication, and caring.

    To apply, go to http://fourstarleader.com. The application deadline is May 15. For more information, call (580) 726-5900.

    Any of the 50 students who choose to pursue their college education at Oklahoma Christian will receive a $1,000-per-year scholarship for up to four years.

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    Oklahoma Christian University (OC)
    Oklahoma Christian, which set an enrollment record with 2,271 students this year, is recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and graduate programs in business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. For more information, go to www.oc.edu.

    National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
    With offices in Dallas and Washington, D.C., the NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA’s goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector. For more information, go to www.ncpa.org.

    Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA)
    With thousands of members across the state and a staff based in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs operates as an independent, nonprofit public policy research organization - a think tank - focused primarily on state-level issues. Throughout its 20 years of existence, the primary purpose of OCPA has been to educate the citizenry to equip them for self-government. They want to empower Oklahomans to lead the nation in the defense of freedom by providing fact-based public policy analysis that promotes free markets, limited government and entrepreneurial opportunity. OCPA publishes the conclusions from its research in the monthly policy journal Perspective and online at www.ocpathink.org. Within the arena of public policy and politics, OCPA is regarded as the flagship of the free-market movement in Oklahoma.

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    Thu, 28 Mar 2013 10:14:00 CDT 6843c6a8-88df-4204-9fea-de68a67245fe
    Duck Dynasty's Jase Robertson at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/duck-dynasty-s-jase-robertson-at-oc/ Jase Robertson from A&E's Duck Dynasty spoke for a standing-room-only crowd at Oklahoma Christian University's Chapel service on Monday.

    Jase came to OC with his wife, Missy, and their three children. Prior to Chapel, he did a video shoot with Oklahoma Christian president John deSteiguer ... standing in the OC Pond. (Click here to watch the video.)

    "The Bible is a weapon of mass instruction, and a love letter from God Almighty. And the message is clear - He is for you, not against you," Jase said during his Chapel talk. "The power is in the message. Share the message and let God water the seed."

    Duck Dynasty is the most-watched program in the history of the A&E Network. The premiere of its third season on February 27 was the No. 1 cable show of the week.

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    Wed, 13 Mar 2013 17:17:00 CDT 51b59039-7237-46fd-87e1-325a16a1d6a1