News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC well-represented at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-well-represented-at-the-35th-christian-scholars-conference/ Oklahoma Christian University had a strong presence at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference last week with participants in multiple sessions. The annual event was held at Abilene Christian University this year and featured keynote speakers such as authors and professors Phillip Jenkins and Randall Balmer, poet Christian Wiman and public broadcasting host and author Tavis Smiley.

During the conference, more than 100 professors, graduate students and professionals presented peer-reviewed and generative sessions to advance Christian scholarship, collaboration and engaged dialogue. 

This year’s conference theme was "One World."

Gary Jones, OC’s multicultural and service learning coordinator, served as a panelist for the Civil Rights session titled “Selma: Cinematic Past and Social Present Tense.”

Jeff McCormack, OC's dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, was a panelist for the “High Impact Practices in the Sciences” session. OC alumnus Henry Shin presented during the session with a paper titled “Cell Culture Techniques to Fight Blindness: Finding Molecular Mechanism(s) of a Mutant Protein Affecting Vision in Humans.”

OC alumnus Stanley Helton presented during the “American Religious History” session. His paper was titled “Can We Divide? Jesse B. Ferguson: Alone, Neglected, but not Forgotten.” Helton also presented again on the topic of “The Gods of Slavery: The Theologizing of Solomon Northrup.”

Chara Watson, adjunct instructor of communication at OC, presented in the “Creative Writing” session. Her paper was titled “An Exploration of Binding False Narratives and Their Effects on Compassion and Spirituality.”

OC Professor of New Testament John Harrison convened the New Testament session titled “A Consideration of Shelly Matthews’ Perfect Martyr: The Stoning of Stephen and the Construction of Christian Identity.” During that session, OC alumnus Trevor Thompson served as a respondent. 

Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president of academic affairs, served as a reviewer for the first Old Testament session that addressed professor Glenn Pemberton’s new book. Charles Rix, OC’s interim dean of the College of Biblical Studies, was a reviewer for the second session. Rix also presented a paper titled “Trauma and ‘Narrative Wreckage’ in the Story of Hagar.”

OC President John deSteiguer served as a panelist with other Christian college presidents on the session titled “Re-envisioning Christian Higher Education for the Next Century.” Similarly, OC alumnus Andy Benton presented a white paper in the session titled “Charting a Course for the Future of Christian Higher Education: A Three-Year Conversation for Governing Boards.”

Gary Lindsey, professor of history at OC, presented a paper titled “East to West: Christian Missionaries in the Twin Territories.”

Associate Professor of Communication Josh Watson presented in the "Global Business Practices" session. His presentation was titled “A Case Study of CVS Health’s Social Responsibility About-Face.”

OC alumnus Darrly Tippens was a convener for the session titled “Christian Wiman’s ‘My Bright Abyss’: Reflections on One Writer’s Spiritual Journey.”

In addition, Chip Kooi, professor of Bible at OC, presented in the “Bible, Justice and Law II” session. His paper was titled “Gospel as Justice as Gospel: A Christian Grammar of Justice.”

Finally, OC Honors instructor Christopher Shrock presented during the “Faith, Reason and Conflict: American History” session. His paper was titled “Culpability and Conscience: A Philosophical Look at an Early Restoration Theme.” 

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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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:45:00 CDT 608abb9e-980c-470c-ad4a-3751233c4248
OC picks Rix as biblical studies dean http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-picks-rix-as-biblical-studies-dean/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A classical piano virtuoso, experienced minister and respected scholar is the new interim dean of Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Biblical Studies.

Charles Rix, an associate professor of Bible at OC, moves into this leadership role after serving as chair of the university’s undergraduate programs in biblical studies over the past year.

“I like this opportunity to think creatively about how we teach Bible. We want to help students think through how scripture speaks to 21st century challenges,” Rix said. “Our world and culture are changing so fast; there are so many competing voices. We want our programs and the way we teach not just to be relevant, but faith-forming. We want students to grow in their understanding of what it means to be Christians in whatever professions they pursue.”

Rix came to Oklahoma Christian in 2011 from New Brunswick Theological Seminary, where he worked as an associate dean and professor. He also served as the pulpit minister for Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and held financial positions with ExxonMobil Corporation domestically and overseas.

He holds graduate degrees in business, theology and philosophy, and completed his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew Theological School.

An accomplished pianist, Rix has performed around the world and has been a finalist in international competitions.

“Charles Rix is the whole package,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “He is an executive whose success in a global corporation proves his many skills, a minister whose faith and ministry survived the untimely loss of his beloved spouse, a theologian whose scholarship is respected among the best, and a teacher who has a large following among OC students and faculty. Students seem to grow exponentially in heart, soul, mind and strength when they are around Charles.”

Rix’s wife, Jenny, passed away in 2005 after a life devoted to ministry, most notably as a Christian missionary to Singapore and as a teacher of blind and visually handicapped children. Their son, Nathan, worked for Teach For America in the South Bronx, and now works as a senior policy analyst in Oregon. His daughter, Abby Rix Degge, is a hospice social worker and his son-in-law David Degge teaches percussion at the Bard Conservatory of Music in New York.

Rix’s love for his children carries over to the heart he has for students. He hopes to strengthen camaraderie and peer support among students through undergraduate cohorts. He also wants to help facilitate opportunities for student ministry and community in cooperation with OC’s Ethos program for spiritual life.

“I would put my colleagues in the College of Biblical Studies up against any department anywhere. We have a rigorous program with professors who are well connected in their ministries and disciplines,” Rix said. “Building mentoring relationships with students will continue to be key. Our faculty already is involved in mentoring students. We have a campus culture that values relationship building and I want to help that grow.

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, set a school record this past year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Mon, 08 Jun 2015 09:00:00 CDT 92e8bd29-4dd2-4a43-9bbc-f61ecb040557
North hire boosts computer science program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/north-hire-boosts-computer-science-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – David North brings four decades of experience and expertise to his new roles as director of computer science advancement and associate professor of computer science at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

The 1979 OC graduate has held vice president roles with MBO Partners, Netplex and Applied Intelligence Group. He was MBO’s chief operating officer prior to returning to Oklahoma Christian.

North has been a chief technology officer, project manager, system architect and computer systems consultant. He has managed hundreds of software development projects and been involved in the startup of several businesses. He is a noted early adopter and innovator in the areas of software engineering, object-oriented development and Internet application development.

At Oklahoma Christian, North is working to enhance the undergraduate curriculum and add a master’s degree in computer science to the university’s graduate offerings.

OC’s undergraduate program, featuring degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation, will prepare students for careers in a wide range of organizations. The program features core curriculum that provides a foundational knowledge of computer science principles and concepts, plus courses that focus on software engineering and web, security and mobile technologies. Students’ real-world practice opportunities also will grow.

“OC has had a strong computer science program for many years. Our graduates have been very successful in getting great jobs with excellent employers,” North said. “But these changes will strengthen our degree with a focus on technologies that have become popular in the last few years. That’s going to benefit our students as they prepare for successful computer science careers.”

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

“OC’s computer science degree produces graduates that are in demand as the technologists of the future,” North said. “With their foundation in computer science principles, concepts and current technologies, OC graduates can quickly contribute to a company’s operations.”

In addition to the rigorous curriculum, OC students will benefit from mentoring relationships with instructors like North and other expert alumni who are leaders in various fields.

Recent OC graduates have computing jobs at NASA, ESPN, the FBI and a host of other companies and organizations. Alumnus Richard Lawson, a member of OC’s board of trustees, founded Lawson Software and built it into a $2 billion business with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

“David North has been a national leader in computer science and brings many years of graduate computer science study and an understanding of Christian higher education. He will mentor students from across the U.S., inspire innovation teams in capstone projects, and set high standards for those projects, too,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “North is the perfect answer to what our College of Engineering and Computer Science dean Byron Newberry has heard from our industry friends nearby in the Tinker Air Logistics community. We hear it from corporate America, too. They need more computer science graduates than they can get. OC graduates bring the full package of character, competence and leadership.”

North’s accomplished career actually began when he created technology solutions for Oklahoma Christian as an undergraduate student. He went on to lead the team of computer experts that developed innovative exhibits at OC’s Enterprise Square in the 1980s.

He currently directs the Capitol Hill ministry at Memorial Road Church of Christ, where he serves as a deacon. He and his wife Beverly, also a 1979 OC graduate, have three children and five grandchildren. David’s father, Stafford North, is a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame and is retiring this spring after 61 years at 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, Oklahoma Christian set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Fri, 08 May 2015 13:30:00 CDT 0d311416-1311-4e65-8d0a-fb86a2e5a139
OC communication students, alumni win national, state awards http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-communication-students-alumni-win-national-state-awards/ Communication students and alumni from Oklahoma Christian University continue to produce award-winning work at the national and state levels.

In April, four public relations students placed in the 2015 Zenith Awards, a nationally recognized public relations competition for undergraduate students studying strategic communications. 

Four OC students received one of the competition’s 15 awards. Senior Karly Monday, from Billings, Montana, received first place for Social Media, and senior Jessica Thompson, from Edmond, received third place for PR Campaigns. Seniors Jake Whiteley and Michaela Lawson, from Crandall, Texas and Oakley, California, respectively, received second and third place for PR Writing.

The Zenith Awards contest is one of the top national public relations competitions for undergraduate students.

OC students also received seven awards in the student competition co-hosted by the Oklahoma Broadcast Educators Association and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. OBEA hosts an annual student competition that draws more than 300 entries from public and private colleges across Oklahoma.

Senior Geoffrey Fogle, from Keller, Texas, placed first for Music Video, and junior Travis Pauley, from Frisco, Texas, placed first for Long TV Narrative. Spring graduate Nehemiah Knox, from Wylie, Texas, placed second for TV Directing, and senior Micah Woodberrry, from Oklahoma City, placed second for Sports Story. Mitch Allen, from Clarkston, Michigan, placed third for Music Video, and senior Morgan Lindsay placed third for Scriptwriting. Finally, junior Sierra Cleverdon and senior Cheryl Jorgensen placed third for Long Radio Narrative.

“These students and their award-winning work represent some of the best from our department,” said Dr. Larry Jurney, chair of OC’s Department of Communication. “We are proud of them, and we know their work helps even more of our students continue to aspire to excellence.”

In addition, OC’s communication alumni have received recognition in the last few weeks. Bobby Ross, a 1990 OC graduate who serves as the chief correspondent for The Christian Chronicle newspaper, received four awards from the Associated Church Press. Ross received first and second place for Feature Article, first place for News Story, and he shared first place with his Chronicle colleagues for Best In Class – International or National Newspaper.

Murray Evans, OC’s assistant athletic director for media relations and a 1989 OC graduate, was recognized for his oversight of OC’s 2014 women’s and men’s cross country media guides. The guides received “best cover” honors for college division cross country brochures in the annual publications contest conducted by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The covers were designed by 2002 graduate Judson Copeland, who serves as OC’s director of creative marketing, and featured photographs by Steven Christy, a 2001 grad who is a systems administrator for OC’s information technology office.

“Bobby and Murray have repeatedly made OC proud,” Jurney said. “Their national awards continue to reflect well on their work and on OC.”

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Fri, 08 May 2015 12:30:00 CDT 26083898-3ddb-4703-8ba4-26347edf659f
Christian Chronicle named top newspaper by Associated Church Press http://www.oc.edu/news/r/christian-chronicle-named-top-newspaper-by-associated-church-press/ TORONTO, Canada – The Christian Chronicle, operated on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University, won Best in Class at the Associated Church Press’ annual awards banquet May 1.

This designation in the National/International Newspaper category is the second for the Christian Chronicle, which also earned the award in 2012.

In all, the Chronicle brought home nine awards. Chief Correspondent Bobby Ross, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1990 with a journalism degree, took first place in both the feature article and news story categories. Ross also placed second in the feature article category.

The Chronicle’s series, One Nación Under God, also took first place in the Theme Issue category.

“Every member of the Chronicle organization, from the writers and support staff to the Board of Trustees shares in this accomplishment,” said President/CEO Lynn McMillon, a 1963 Oklahoma Christian grad who continues to serve his alma mater as a distinguished professor of Bible. “I am thankful for and proud of everyone who made this honor possible. May this bring honor to our Lord and strengthen his kingdom.”

Here is a list of awards the Chronicle won. Click here for a report on the Christian Chronicle website.

Award of Excellence (1st Place)

BEST IN CLASS/PRINT: National/International NewspaperThe Christian Chronicle: Lynn McMillon, president/CEO; Erik Tryggestad, editor; Bobby Ross, Jr., chief correspondent; Tonya Patton, advertising manager; Kimberly Mauck, reviews editor; Lynda Sheehan, administrative assistant; Joy McMillon, administrative assistant; Laura Akins, editorial assistant; Kelcy Nash, advertising assistant

FEATURE ARTICLE: Newspaper The Christian Chronicle for Inside the ‘Duck Dynasty’ Church by Bobby Ross, Jr.

NEWS STORY: NewspaperThe Christian Chronicle for Worship Is Our Protest by Bobby Ross, Jr.

THEME ISSUE, SECTION, OR SERIES: Newspaper – The Christian Chronicle for One Nación Under God by Erik Tryggestad, Bobby Ross, Jr., Lynn McMillon and Amanda Jordan

PHOTO SPREAD W/ARTICLE OR CUTLINE: Newspaper/News Service/Newsletter/ Website/Blog – The Christian Chronicle for I’m Getting More Than I Give by Erik Tryggestad

Award of Merit (2nd Place)

FEATURE ARTICLE: Newspaper/NewsletterThe Christian Chronicle for A Child Molester’s Son Shines a Light by Bobby Ross Jr.

IN-DEPTH COVERAGE: Newspaper/NewsletterThe Christian Chronicle for Persecution and the Church by Erik Tryggestad

COLUMN: Newspaper/News Service/Newsletter/Website/Blog – The Christian Chronicle for Inside Story by Erik Tryggestad

Honorable Mention (3rd Place)

SINGLE PHOTO W/ARTICLE OR CUTLINE: Newspaper/News Service/Newsletter/ Website/BlogThe Christian Chronicle for God Will Make a Way - and a Baptistery by Mark Adam

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Fri, 08 May 2015 11:45:00 CDT 4b933ff0-d86b-49a8-9917-c294157484b7
OC alum chosen to lead Alberta Bible College http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-alum-chosen-to-lead-alberta-bible-college/ CALGARY, Alberta – Alumni from Oklahoma Christian University continue to make a difference around the world. One alumnus in particular, Dr. Stanley Helton, will soon help lead Christian higher education in Canada.

Helton, a 1988 OC graduate, will become president of Alberta Bible College in Calgary on July 1. ABC was founded in 1932 and the school’s roots and identity are in the Restoration Movement. He previously worked as a dean at Western Christian College in Saskatchewan.

“I see God bringing the pieces of my life together in this position: education, ministry and church care,” Helton said.

Before joining Western Christian, first as a Bible professor, Helton was a student at Oklahoma Christian University. With the help of esteemed faculty such as Howard Norton and Bailey McBride, Helton enrolled after completing the Preston Road School of Preaching in Dallas.

“A number of OC professors had a profound impact on the course of my life,” Helton said. “Among those were the late Elmo Hall and John Thompson. From Elmo I learned to write, and from John I learned to live. Perhaps the greatest influence on my life from my time at OC was the late Raymond Kelcy.”

Helton was twice awarded the McCord Greek Scholarship as OC’s outstanding undergraduate Bible major. After he graduated from OC, he attained multiple graduate and doctoral degrees. He has served churches as a minister in Chicago, New Orleans, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Canada.

Oklahoma Christian became a family affair for Helton. His wife Pat (80) and his daughter Rachel (11) also are OC alumni.

“I’m proud to be an alumnus of OC,” Helton said. “I have aspired to be the gentle, guiding kind of teacher and minister that Raymond Kelcy was. I am grateful for how God has brought me to Alberta.”

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Tue, 05 May 2015 15:15:00 CDT 6d96e9a5-1152-45e1-8f12-83151318e648
Once again, OC has the largest group at the OKC Memorial Marathon http://www.oc.edu/news/r/once-again-oc-has-the-largest-group-at-the-okc-memorial-marathon/ With more than 500 runners, Oklahoma Christian University once again had the largest group of runners at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. This is the eighth year in a row that OC has been among the top three groups represented. OC has now sent more than 4,000 runners to the annual race since 2006.

Now in its 15th year, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Run to Remember is a celebration of life. The race serves as the main fundraiser for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, which commemorates the lives lost in the Murrah Federal Building bombing in 1995.

The marathon is the primary focus of OC’s campus fitness initiative known as TeamOC. Runners have their own t-shirt and facebook page, and this year, participants were called to a “choose your K” challenge in increments of 5 kilometers. President John deSteiguer and 15 others committed to the 15K level, which is a half marathon. Many thanks go to TeamOC Director Darci Thompson and Dean of Students Neil Arter for helping organize runners each year. We are proud of all alumni, students, staff and faculty who ran this year!

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Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:00:00 CDT e78370a1-cec1-4788-a116-89f2fda2114e
Stafford North to speak at OC’s spring commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/stafford-north-to-speak-at-oc-s-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Stafford North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker for the spring commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) this Friday, April 24.

Oklahoma Christian will present 265 undergraduate degrees and 78 graduate degrees in two ceremonies.

The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will feature graduates from OC’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will include graduates from OC’s College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, and College of Engineering and Computer Science, as well as master’s candidates from the university’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering, and Graduate School of Theology.

Both events will be held on campus in the Payne Athletic Center.

The undergraduate degree candidates, including 27 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 26 states and nine countries. They majored in a combined 51 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian.

The master’s degree candidates come from four states and eight countries, and represent 15 graduate areas of study.

North, a distinguished professor of Bible, is retiring this spring after 61 years at Oklahoma Christian. He first joined the school’s faculty in 1952, and also served as OC’s academic dean and executive vice president.

He played a key role in the development of Oklahoma Christian’s campus and its facilities, from the school’s 1958 move to Oklahoma City up through 1995, when he transitioned from administration to fulltime teaching.

As an educational technology pioneer, North made Oklahoma Christian a hub for college administrators and professors from around the nation who wanted to learn more about the use of technology in college instruction.

North also has preached throughout the United States and abroad since 1948. He has served as an elder at Memorial Road Church of Christ since 1972. He and his wife Joanne have four children, 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 21 Apr 2015 11:15:00 CDT afe55cd1-df93-4933-b463-f10145e5345e
Joyce McBride passes away http://www.oc.edu/news/r/joyce-mcbride-passes-away/ We mourn the passing of Joyce McBride, who passed away Thursday. Joyce was a beloved Christian teacher and wife of longtime professor and administrator Dr. Bailey McBride.

All three of their children graduated from OC and met their spouses here. Melissa is married to OC trustee Phil Roe (82), Lynette (86) is married to Patrick Brown (86), and Mike (91) is married to Karen (Cloud 87). Three of the McBrides’ grandchildren, Luke, Kailey and Jennifer, also attended OC.

Joyce was an indispensable leader at Memorial Road Church of Christ, where her pre-kindergarten class became a revered institution. Many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm as children in her Bible class. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents.

Joyce’s memorial service will be this Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m. at Memorial Road. There will be a viewing and family visitation at Matthews Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Thank you for keeping Bailey and the McBride family in your prayers.

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$2M challenge pledge strengthens Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/r/2m-challenge-pledge-strengthens-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A new $2 million challenge pledge will boost the impact of unrestricted gifts to Oklahoma Christian University through the 2016 fiscal year.

The pledge will match unrestricted gifts up to $250,000 per household until the $2 million threshold is reached.

“We are so grateful for this anonymous donor. I believe this donor is a gift to us from God,” President John deSteiguer said. “We’re receiving this gift because this donor loves OC and the life-changing power of this university. This donor believes in our faculty and staff, and the impact they make on our students. This donor thinks OC is worth it.”

Appropriately, $500,000 of the challenge pledge is supporting faculty and staff benefits. It also enables Oklahoma Christian to grow its budget margin and invest in programs that will attract more students to the university.

While the challenge pledge applies to all new unrestricted gifts, its impact on alumni donations through OC’s Homeward campaign could be especially significant; alumni can essentially double the size of their gifts thanks to this pledge.

Through Homeward, the number of alumni givers has grown from 940 to 2,278 since 2012. With almost 20 percent of alumni now supporting the university financially, Oklahoma Christian outpaces the national average by about eight percentage points.

“Many colleges are facing financial hurdles because of the macro forces in our economy and society. We really can’t predict the future, but in some ways, we can create the future because there is much under our control,” deSteiguer said. “This donor was motivated by our willingness to think creatively and boldly about everything we do at OC, and by our willingness to make decisions today that will make our tomorrow better and more secure.”

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 14 Apr 2015 10:00:00 CDT e3ec8328-b36f-4bc4-9b08-26338920a900
OC welcomes Jennifer Gray as associate dean http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-welcomes-jennifer-gray-as-associate-dean/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has named Jennifer Gray as associate dean for its College of Natural and Health Sciences.

Gray comes to OC after more than 20 years at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she last served as associate dean and chair of the graduate programs in the College of Nursing. While there, Gray received multiple teaching awards and was named to the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

“Jennifer brings exemplary academic accomplishments and a professional skill set that is exactly what OC needs to grow and mature our nursing program,” said Jeff McCormack, dean of OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences. “She is an excellent cultural fit with OC who will also help advance our spiritual goals.”

Gray has helped secure $2 million in nursing education funding, written more than 60 research articles and book chapters and delivered more than 65 conference presentations. In addition, she is a lead or co-author on multiple nursing education textbooks.

Gray has served as an editor or on editorial boards for multiple nursing research journals. She is also a member of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Texas Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In 2013, she was one of 172 leaders from across the United States to be inducted into the American Academy of Nursing Class of Fellows.

“I’ve been blessed with a diverse career, and I’ve been able to teach at every level of nursing education,” Gray said. “I am so glad to join the hard-working and committed faculty at OC. The future is very bright here.”

Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president of academic affairs, said Gray’s talents will have a direct impact in the classroom.

“Dr. Gray is an amazing alumna whose accomplishments illustrate that OC has a legacy of exceptional strength in natural and health sciences,” he said. “She will help us build on that legacy as the foundation for OC’s strategic focus on growth in training new generations of Christian leaders.”

Given Gray’s extensive research accomplishments, she looks forward to helping OC’s School of Nursing grow even more.

“I am a strong believer in integrating research with course theory, helping nurses to learn how to best provide evidence-based care,” she said. “OC is perfectly located and suited to do just that.”

LaMascus also said that Gray is the perfect person to help cultivate OC’s strong relationship with the Oklahoma City metro healthcare community.

“That our campus is near top-tier hospitals, biotechs and research institutions is a boon for OC students, who have established themselves as leaders in undergraduate research compared to students from across the region,” he said. “Dr. Gray’s leadership and Christian ethos will have a significant impact on the faculty and students she mentors and will enhance our natural and health sciences initiatives as a distinctive of OC for generations to come."

Another way Gray will contribute to Oklahoma Christian is through her dedication to missions. After earning her undergraduate degree, she served as a nurse in Cameroon. She helped on multiple mission trips to Belize and Trinidad and has made annual mission and professional service trips to Uganda and Tanzania.

“Jennifer’s commitment to missions in Africa will be an excellent complement to our existing projects in places like Honduras,” McCormack said. “As our nursing program continues to grow, we have a need for additional mission opportunities. Dr. Gray’s work in Africa will help us offer even more options for our students.”

Gray’s impressive career started at Oklahoma Christian. She attended for two years before graduating from Central State University (now UCO) in Edmond with her first nursing degree. She earned her master’s degree from UTA and her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University.

Gray served as a founding board member of OC’s North Texas Alumni Association and has served on OC’s National Alumni Council. Her daughter, Jenny Jones, is a 2008 OC graduate and is married to OC alumnus Alex Jones, a 2010 graduate. After graduation, Jenny served for two years as a missionary in Australia. Gray’s son, Eric, is an assistant baseball coach for York College in Nebraska.

“I really believe that OC is home, especially being an alumna,” Gray said. “I lived on campus even as I took my nursing classes. My husband, Randy, is a graduate, and we are thrilled to be coming back to Oklahoma.”

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 14 Apr 2015 09:30:00 CDT e3804ccb-08a2-4219-ad62-0f95a3841967
Music Department ends year with spring concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/r/music-department-ends-year-with-spring-concerts/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will close the 2014-15 academic year with their upcoming Spring Concerts.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall. The concert will feature three student conductors: Aaron Kooi, Marissa Madison and Lauren Smith.

The wind and percussion sections from OC’s Symphonic Band will join the Chamber Orchestra to perform a full orchestra piece entitled “Finlandia.” The piece was composed by Sebelius; one of its main melodies is also used in the hymn, “Be Still My Soul.”

Kathy Thompson, chair of OC’s Department of Music, said she hopes the audience will enjoy the enthusiasm of the students performing in the Chamber Orchestra.

“I think it’s just fun to see young people involved in making music,” Thompson said. “The music is exciting itself, and to see young people performing it and the eagerness with which they do it, I think is a plus.”

The Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble will present their Spring Concert on Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The concert will feature music the groups performed on their recent Texas tour, as well as music from the Jazz Ensemble’s recent Royal Caribbean cruise ship performances.

The Symphonic Band, directed by Professor of Music John Fletcher, will perform five pieces, including “Irish Tune from County Derry” and “Shepherd’s Hey” by Percy Grainger, Samuel Barber’s “Commando March” and Eric Whitacre’s “Ghost Train.” OC student Daniel Griffin will be featured on clarinet for “Adagio and Tarantella,” composed by Cavallini.

Under the direction of Professor of Music Heath Jones, the Jazz Ensemble set will include “In the Mood,” “Almost Like Being in Love” and Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” A number of student soloists will be featured, including vocalist Nathan LaValley on “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead!”

Admisison is free for both concerts. For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Opera Scenes set for April 3-4 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/opera-scenes-set-for-april-3-4/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its 2015 Opera Scenes program this Friday and Saturday.

This year’s theme is “The Beaumarchais Figaro Trilogy,” featuring scenes from plays by Pierre Beaumarchais. The performance will incorporate Beaumarchais’s famous works, including “The Barber of Seville,” “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

The Opera Scenes event is directed by Laura Rucker Coale and features 16 student vocalists: Kirby Allen, Emily Dick, Hannah Duvall, Jolie Rae Gasper, Jabbarri Jones, Emily Miller, Steven Moore, Taylor Murphy, Andrea Ochoa, Megan Reed, Julia Roehrkasse, Matthew Russell, Tess Rudasill, Sean Steele, Lauren Wheeler and Thomas Winkler.

Both performances are free to the public and begin at 7:30 p.m. each night in Adams Recital Hall.

For more information, go to www.oc.edu/music.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 31 Mar 2015 10:30:00 CDT 15ceeb03-165a-4aeb-a576-2a120e7893ad
Ravi Zacharias at OC on March 30 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/ravi-zacharias-at-oc-on-march-30/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host best-selling author and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias for a free public lecture next Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

The event, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, is sold out, but free overflow tickets for a live closed circuit broadcast are available at www.oc.edu/ravi. Zacharias’ lecture topic is “Secularization and the Death of Absolutes.”

Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 42 years. He has twice spoken at the Annual Prayer Breakfast at the United Nations in New York. As the 2008 Honorary Chairman of the National Day of Prayer, he gave addresses at the White House, the Pentagon, and The Cannon House.

At the invitation of Billy Graham, Zacharias was a plenary speaker at the International Conference for Itinerant Evangelists in Amsterdam in 1983, 1986, and 2000. He has addressed writers of the peace accord in South Africa, the president’s cabinet and parliament in Peru, and military officers at the Lenin Military Academy and the Center for Geopolitical Strategy in Moscow.

Zacharias has appeared on CNN, Fox, and many other international broadcasts. His weekly radio program, “Let My People Think,” airs on 2,087 outlets worldwide; his television program of the same name is broadcast in several countries.

He has authored or edited more than 20 books. Can Man Live without God? was awarded the Gold Medallion for best book in the category of doctrine and theology, and Jesus Among Other Gods was nominated for a Gold Medallion.

Born in India, Zacharias received his Master of Divinity from Trinity International University and held the chair of Evangelism and Contemporary Thought at Alliance Theological Seminary. He also has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and currently serves as senior research fellow at Oxford University’s Wycliffe Hall.

In conjunction with his visit to Oklahoma Christian, a seven-day Bible reading plan, What Jesus Has Done For Us, features devotional thoughts taken from Zacharias’ books. It is available in the YouVersion app and at www.oc.edu/youversion.

Past McGaw Lecture speakers at Oklahoma Christian include civil rights pioneers Claudette Colvin, Fred Gray, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts, plus Christian author Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and noted theologian N. T. Wright.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 CDT 9e7fa73f-175b-419a-9b06-40212f580e95
Oklahoma Christian students revive debate team http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-students-revive-debate-team/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) debate team has been revived after 23 years.

The team currently consists of 10 students and is led by Brian Simmons, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Honors Program.

Simmons was a member of Oklahoma Christian’s debate team during his time as a student. At one point, the team was ranked as high as third in the entire United States.

Sophomore Megan McKinley approached Simmons about reestablishing the team in fall 2014. McKinley now serves as the president of the team.

“We threw the door open and said ‘If anyone is interested, come and join us,’” Simmons said. “There are no auditions and no tryouts; we want to make it accessible to all students.”

The students interested in the program worked with Simmons to organize the team and determine its goals.

“We quickly decided that we wanted to compete in a college tournament, we wanted to try and do some debate related things on campus, and then we also wanted to create some debate workshops to offer to homeschool students or to private schools in the Edmond area that don’t have a debate opportunity,” Simmons said.

On Feb. 6 and 7, the team participated in its first collegiate debate tournament since its reinstatement. Sophomore Cody Milner tied for fifth place against 21 competitors from Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Four students from the team – McKinley, Jenna Khazoyan, Kevin McGuire and Sean Van Dyke – demonstrated a debate during Honors Symposium on Feb. 2.

The team recently began holding a monthly debate over a religious topic that students can attend for Ethos credit. The debates take place in room 108 in the Garvey Center.

According to Simmons, the debate process is beneficial to students learning at a Christian liberal arts institution like Oklahoma Christian.

“I think there is always a benefit for Christian college students to develop the skills to defend what they believe in and being able to critique what others believe,” Simmons said. “If ever there is a context that demands there be a debate team, it’s this one.”

For more information, email brian.simmons@oc.edu.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 17 Mar 2015 10:00:00 CDT a9ca91cd-59b3-4472-8643-31f359ff9f98
OC hosts screening for superhero film http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-screening-for-superhero-film/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The award-winning independent superhero film “The Posthuman Project” has announced plans for a special screening at Oklahoma Christian University.

The family-friendly comic-book-styled film has played across the U.S. and in Europe to sold-out crowds as part of its festival circuit, winning nine awards, including five for best feature.

The film opened to sold-out crowds in Oklahoma City, and now OC is having a one-night special screening to honor alumni involved in the film, including director Kyle Roberts and actress Alexandra Harris.

The film will screen in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium at 7 p.m. on March 26 at 2501 East Memorial Road. The screening is open to the public. Tickets cost $5 and are available in advance at www.oc.edu/posthuman.

The film was directed by OC graduate Kyle Roberts and stars Kyle Whalen, Collin Place, Lindsay Sawyer, Alexandra Harris, Josh Bonzie, Jason Leyva and Rett Terrell. Producers include Vahid Farzaneh, Wendy Parker and Sha’ree Green; John Scamehorn is executive producer. The film was written by Matthew Price and Sterling Gates.

Roberts majored in broadcast journalism at Oklahoma Christian. The filmmaker has won two Emmy awards since 2013. “The Posthuman Project” is his first feature film.

“I’m excited to be able to bring this film back to my alma mater,” Roberts said. “My college experiences at OC were a huge influence on me and this project, so I’m excited to bring it back to where it all started for me.”

Former OC student Alexandra Harris will be on hand to answer questions following the film with Roberts.

“OC has a special place in my heart,” Harris said. “The most important people in my life today are people I met, and grew close to while at the university. I’m thrilled to be coming back with ‘Posthuman.’”

So far, critics are calling “The Posthuman Project” “an indie-epic” and “a superhero origin story ala John Hughes.”

In the film, Denny Burke is finally about to graduate high school. Senior year has been one bad thing after another: a broken leg, a broken heart, and – worst of all – a broken home.

With four of his closest friends, Denny goes on one last rock-climbing trip to prove he’s ready to start his adult life. On their trip, the five teens receive a genetic boost and Denny is soon faced with the first big decision of his adult life: does he give up these powers and stay a normal teenager, or does he keep them … and graduate from the human race?

Oklahoma Christian University is recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. With a record enrollment of almost 2,500 students, OC 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.

More info about the film: www.posthumanmovie.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/posthumanfilm
Twitter: posthumanprojct
Instagram: posthumanprojct

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:00 CDT d9aae2d7-122d-48f1-804d-5fb6c66ca859
Rwandans earn MBA degrees from Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/r/rwandans-earn-mba-degrees-from-oklahoma-christian/ KIGALI, Rwanda - Oklahoma Christian University awarded graduate business degrees to 42 Rwandans on March 13.

The graduates earned their master of business administration degrees in fields such as accounting, finance, leadership and project management.

OC’s Graduate School of Business began an onsite MBA program in Rwanda in 2012 to expand on a 2006 partnership that brought some of that nation’s brightest students to Oklahoma Christian through the Rwandan Presidential Scholars program.

This is the second batch of students to graduate from the institution in Rwanda; 38 students graduated last year.

Click here to read an article from The New Times in Rwanda and watch a video feature about the commencement ceremony.

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:00:00 CDT 2c06911b-e34f-4028-9bf7-74c55114e8f3
Kappa kinged as 2015 Spring Sing champs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spring-sing-2015/ The men of Kappa Sigma Tau captured first place in Spring Sing 2015 with their "Robin Hood and Little John" show.

This marks Kappa's first Spring Sing title since 1999; it's the ninth all-time championship for the perennial contender.

Runnerup Psi Epsilon earned its highest finish ever in placing for the third time overall. Chi Lambda Phi placed third to have a five-year winning streak snapped while Gamma Rho snagged its 14th straight top-four finish.

1st - Kappa Sigma Tau - "Robin Hood and Little John"
2nd - Psi Epsilon - "Han Solo and Chewbacca"
3rd - Chi Lambda Phi - "Lewis and Clark"
4th - Gamma Rho - "Pineapples and Strawberries"

Faculty/Staff Favorite - Kappa Sigma Tau
Student Favorite - Pi Zeta Phi
Audience Favorite - Theta Theta Theta
Most Original
 - Psi Epsilon
Best Banner - Psi Epsilon
Best Choreography - Kappa Sigma Tau
Best Costume - Gamma Rho
Best Lyrics - Kappa Sigma Tau
Best Video - Psi Epsilon
Best Vocals -  Kappa Sigma Tau
Unity Award - Pi Zeta Phi
Tealridge Golden Cane Award - Psi Epsilon

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

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Sat, 07 Mar 2015 23:15:00 CST 51658bbb-99ae-4418-be46-dcb7f552c70b
Six-figure gift revitalizes OC fitness center, equipment http://www.oc.edu/news/r/six-figure-gift-revitalizes-oc-fitness-center-equipment/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A six-figure gift from an alum and trustee will provide Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students with a renovated fitness center and new fitness equipment all over campus.

Greg and Valari Wedel’s donation is the anchor gift for the campus-wide fitness equipment overhaul, one of the projects in OC’s Thrive campaign. It also will fund an extensive renovation of the university’s primary fitness center, now known as “The Dub.”

Valari Wedel is a 1982 OC graduate with a degree in computer science. Her husband Greg joined OC’s Board of Trustees in 2009. In 2012, they gave the lead gift for OC’s Eagle Trail in honor of their parents, Tom and Judy Boker and Mack and Sue Wedel.

“Greg and I firmly believe we are just stewards of God’s money, challenging ourselves to satisfy God’s desires for us,” Valari Wedel said. “We were excited about this opportunity to help fund a new workout facility and equipment. It allows us to serve our Lord, support the school we love, and provide for the well-being of young adults for years to come. For us, it was a perfect fit.”

Construction on the fitness center renovation will begin after OC’s spring semester and will be completed this summer. The Dub, plus all the fitness centers in student housing, will feature new treadmills by SportsArt, new strength equipment by Hoist, and ellipticals by Octane Fitness.

This project is the latest initiative of TeamOC, which began 10 years ago as a group of OC alumni and staff members participating in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

Since then, TeamOC has grown exponentially. At more than 500 strong, Oklahoma Christian regularly has the largest group of participants in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

TeamOC sponsors multiple running events each year and offers classes in kickboxing, water aerobics, yoga, Zumba, and strength and flexibility training through Body and Soul. TeamOC also provides nutritional training and weight-loss programs.

Earlier this year, the statewide organization Shape Your Future awarded Oklahoma Christian with Certified Healthy Campus status for actively creating a safe and healthy environment for faculty, staff, students and visitors.

“Without the Wedels’ support, TeamOC initiatives would not be possible. They were with us from the beginning of TeamOC and have continued to offer support and encouragement on a consistent basis,” Director of Wellness Darci Thompson said. “They also have been great examples of making fitness a priority in our lives. It’s incredibly important for a college campus to provide opportunities for their students, faculty and staff that support and encourage healthy lifestyles. It helps bring us together and create camaraderie in our community.”

To date, 3,724 donors have combined to give almost $10.5 million and have fully funded eight projects – including the campus-wide fitness equipment overhaul – in OC’s Thrive campaign.

Funding also is complete for: the launch of OC’s reorganized College of Engineering and Computer Science; Das Millicanhaus, OC’s living-learning facility in Vienna, Austria; the renovation of Cail Auditorium in OC’s Davisson American Heritage Building; renovation of select student apartment suites; high-definition projection systems in Hardeman Auditorium and Judd Theatre; the 2014-15 general scholarship fund; and a strategic planning fund.

“OC is so blessed to have the involvement of the Wedel family. The Wedels not only support our students financially; they continue to be loving mentors and examples for our young people as they graduate into working individuals,” Major Gifts Officer Gary Mason said. “The Wedels are an important part of OC’s success producing skilled students with hearts for service.”

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 set a school record this year. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Preview: Spring Sing brings OC home http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spring-sing-brings-oc-home/ OC social clubs and the freshman class are ready to break a leg after preparing for the 47th-annual Spring Sing show since January. They will finally compete for the trophy on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

There’s much to be said for the feeling of accomplishment – hours upon hours of learning songs, working out choreography, nailing harmonies.

Longtime fans of OC Spring Sing may encounter a few surprises this year. Clubs like Kappa Sigma Tau and Delta Gamma Sigma are breaking from some of their traditional choreography to bring something new to their shows. Kappa is excited to feature some moves that have never been used before in any Spring Sing routine.

Along with some new moves, most clubs will keep with tradition and incorporate their signature moves. Theta Theta Theta is even bringing back an old tradition that has been missing from their show for a few years.

This year’s performance will feature more than 600 students, the largest group to ever take the OC Spring Sing stage. The audience will see a few traditionally small clubs take the stage in notably larger numbers.

Even with new variety incorporated into the show, many Spring Sing participants look forward to carrying on an iconic OC tradition. To the executive staff, Spring Sing is special because of the way it delivers on OC’s promise to be different.

“We are called to a higher standard. We want people to be able to come here and see that we’re different from what’s out there on TV, and that we’re having fun,” staff advisor Amanda Watson said.

Reece Kingcade, band and vocal director, said Spring Sing is the perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to be involved in campus life, no matter what their skills are.

“I’ve made some of my best friends here; we spend hours putting this stuff together and working hard,” he said. “That’s the impact for me. I’ve been able to establish and continue relationships working on Spring Sing.”

For more information about the show, and to see videos of years past, visit oc.edu/springsing.

Alpha Gamma Omega
Theme: Will Turner and Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean)
“We have one our most fun and entertaining shows this year. Everyone has worked really hard, and all the participants are ready to see their hard work pay off.” – Josh Rodman

Chi Lambda Phi
Theme: Lewis and Clark
“I’m really excited for everyone to see our show. It’s gonna be a good one. Get ready.” – Bryan Leftwich
Twitter: @ChiLambdaPhi

Delta Gamma Sigma
Theme: Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza (Seinfeld)
“We have a lot of new choreography this year along with some of the classic Delta moves. We can’t wait to show people what we’ve been working on. Fourth place or bust.” – Nick Thomas
Twitter: @DoseofBull

Freshmen
Theme: Barbie and Ken
Twitter: @OCFreshExp

Gamma Rho
Theme: Strawberries and Pineapples
“Gamma is continuing the legacy of excellence in Spring Sing this year. We are very excited to see all our hard work come together, not only by Gamma, but by the other clubs as well. It’s going to be a great show!” – Kelcy Nash
Twitter: @GammaRho

Iota Kappa Phi
Theme: Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller (A League of Their Own)
“It’s been a lot of fun, and we’re so happy with the way our show turned out. We’re ready to be in front of people and show everyone what we’ve been working on!”
Twitter: @IotaKappaPhi

Kappa Sigma Tau
Theme: Robin Hood and Little John
“Kappa’s Spring Sing theme is Robin Hood and Little John. We have a great song selection this year, and some great original moves that haven’t been seen in Spring Sing before!” – Scott Ulrich
Twitter: @KappaSigmaTau

Pi Zeta Phi
Theme: Anastasia and Drizella (Cinderella)
“Pi’s theme is the wicked stepsisters from Cinderella. Our show is quirky, silly, and downright sassy. Our sisters have worked so hard to bring life to our entertaining show, and we can’t wait for everyone to see it!” – Lauren Smith
Twitter: @PiZetaPhi

Psi Epsilon
Theme: Chewbacca and Han Solo (Star Wars)
“Psi has a show that only Psi could pull off. We hope to encourage and lift people’s spirits every night we perform!” – Sean Steele
Twitter: @PsiSamurai

Theta Theta Theta
Theme: DJ Tanner and Kimmy Gibbler (Full House)
“Our show is really cute this year, and we’re bringing back an old Theta Spring Sing tradition. Our girls have worked so hard, and we can’t wait to perform for a ‘Full House’ of friends, family and alumni!” – Allyson Stewart
Twitter: @TriThetaDoves

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OC announces pricing for 2015-16 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-announces-pricing-for-2015-16/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will raise undergraduate costs for just the second time since 2011 this fall.

Full-time tuition will rise 4 percent to $19,890, with OC’s total cost of attendance moving to $26,920 per year (including tuition, room and board).

Oklahoma Christian also will continue its policy of not charging undergraduate student fees.

“With 10 straight years of our highest enrollments ever, students and families continue to choose Oklahoma Christian for a first-rate education at an affordable price,” President John deSteiguer said. “We’re honored that more and more students are making OC home, and we want to make college affordable for them.”

On average, OC students will pay a net cost of just $11,500 for tuition, room and board in 2015-16 thanks to scholarships, need-based grants and government assistance. More than 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students receive financial aid.

OC’s scholarship opportunities include academic merit awards of up to $11,000 per year for students with high ACT/SAT scores and grade point averages, plus full tuition, room and board for National Merit Finalists. The 38 National Merit Finalists in OC’s student body represent the third-most per capita in the state of Oklahoma.

OC’s commitment to affordability contrasts with the nationwide trend; according to the College Board, the average cost of attendance rose 12 percent at private schools and 10 percent at public schools over the past three years. OC’s price went up just 3 percent in that span.

Compared to OC’s current $25,790 cost of attendance, total charges at private schools averaged $42,419 this year while public schools cost an average of $18,943 for in-state students and $32,762 for out-of-state students.

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

Graduate tuition will range from $420 to $580 per credit hour based on a student’s residency and area of study. Degree completion tuition in OC’s Online RN to BSN program is now $440 per hour.

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

“Our high placement rates for jobs, graduate school and medical school show that OC graduates are prepared to make a living, but we’re also committed to preparing our students for life,” deSteiguer said. “We’re invested in our young people, and we’re proud of the return on investment they get from their OC experience.”

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 set a school record this year. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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, 03 Mar 2015 09:00:00 CST 20d61c7b-3c43-4a18-b1e6-f3f538b0decb
Oklahoma Christian wins golds at Oklahoma City ADDYs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-wins-golds-at-oklahoma-city-addys/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won honors for all of its entries at the 2015 Oklahoma City ADDYs, highlighted by two gold awards.

OC’s Marketing Office took top honors for its admissions campaign and the launch of the new Ethos spiritual life program, winning in the “Campaign 3-D” and “Cross Platform Campaign – Consumer, Local” categories, respectively.

Oklahoma Christian earned silver awards for its public website redesign (in the “Websites, Consumer Products” category) and the Thrive fundraising campaign website (in the “Micro Sites Products” category).

The humorous “Enthusiastic Spectators” video chronicling a group of OC students cheering at a University of Oklahoma women’s basketball game won bronze in the “Video Webisodes” category.

“Working with the professionals in OC’s Marketing and Communications Office is a joy. I’m not surprised this team was rewarded again at the ADDYs,” Vice President for Admissions and Marketing Risa Forrester said. “I’m also thrilled that this team is about much more than creative that looks great. They understand how design, messaging and strategy impact the bottom line, and they’ve consistently contributed to OC’s 10-year enrollment growth.”

This was the fifth year for OC’s marketing team to compete in the Oklahoma City ADDYs, sponsored by the Oklahoma City Advertising Club. Oklahoma Christian has won multiple awards, including at least one gold, each time.

Under Forrester’s leadership, OC’s marketing team includes directors Judson Copeland and Wes McKinzie, marketing services coordinator Jana Miller, designers Jonathan Curtis, Adam Weiss and Tessa Wright, videographer/editor Kris Strobeck, and web developer Kendra Ribble. Former staffers Stephen Bell and Micah Domina also played key roles in OC’s award-winning marketing services.

Other OC alumni winning gold this year included Steve Jones, who won multiple awards as video director for Digital DK, Resolute Visuals, Robot House Creative and Third Degree Advertising, Blake Jackson for his work on a campaign for Saxum, Christy Watson for her work on a multimedia project for the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. Watson is the director of communications for the OSSBA while Jackson is now the director of digital channels and platforms for Wal-Mart.

ICG also won multiple awards, including four golds, with a team that features OC alumni Brandon Anderson, Jonathan Hord, Amy Nickerson and OC MBA grad Bobbie Earles.

Another OC alumna, Holly Arter, won bronze for a point-of-purchase trade show exhibit as director of media and planning with Third Degree Advertising.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

OC 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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Mabee Foundation issues $1M challenge grant for dining facilities http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mabee-foundation-issues-1m-challenge-grant-for-dining-projects/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Mabee Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant toward two student-centric projects at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

A new campus café and new coffee shop are two of the big-ticket menu items in OC’s Thrive campaign. If donors give $4,647,209 toward those projects by January 22, 2016, the Mabee Foundation will kick in the final $1 million to help bring those two new student spaces to life.

“Many of Oklahoma Christian’s most important academic and student-centric facilities have been generously funded by the Mabee Foundation, including our library, chemistry labs, and communications studios,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Mabee’s significant impact on the OC campus continues with this meaningful investment in our student dining facilities.”

To date, donors have given almost $3.3 million toward the campus café, good for 77 percent of the Thrive funding needed. Included in that total is $1 million from food service provider U Dining and $275,000 allocated by OC’s student body, which chose which Thrive project that six-figure anonymous gift would support.

The coffee shop will cost $551,000. With another $850,000 projected for maintenance endowment, the cost of the two projects totals about $5.6 million.

Working with Glover Smith Bode and CMS Willowbrook, Oklahoma Christian has identified the northwest corner of the Gaylord University Center as the location for the new campus café. The 15,872-square-foot facility will feature modern food stations and diverse seating options for students in a scenic, open space that looks out on Lawson Commons, the McGraw Pavilion and the Freede Centennial Tower.

The project will allow Oklahoma Christian to preserve its existing banquet hall, which hosts special events for the university and the surrounding community throughout the year.

The new coffee shop will be located in the second floor atrium of the Mabee Learning Center and Beam Library. It will feature a relaxing gathering area combined with collaborative study rooms.

“We are thrilled and honored that the Mabee Foundation has blessed OC with this $1 million challenge grant,” said Kent Allen, vice president for advancement. “Over the years, the Mabee Foundation has been an important partner in furthering OC’s desire to provide quality facilities for our students, faculty and staff.”

Eight initiatives have been fully funded since Oklahoma Christian launched the Thrive campaign in June. A $1 million commitment by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, provided the startup capital for OC’s reorganized College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Funding also is complete for: Das Millicanhaus, OC’s living-learning facility in Vienna, Austria; the renovation of Cail Auditorium in OC’s Davisson American Heritage Building; high-definition projection systems in Hardeman Auditorium and Judd Theatre; an overhaul of fitness equipment throughout the campus; renovation of select apartment suites; the 2014-15 general scholarship fund; and a strategic planning fund.

In addition, an anonymous $2 million gift is helping fund multiple Thrive projects, including the launch of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative. More information about donating toward Thrive initiatives is available at oc.edu/thrive.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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 science professor chosen for prestigious Oxford program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-science-professor-chosen-for-prestigious-oxford-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – It may take half a day to fly to Oxford, England, but an Oklahoma Christian University (OC) chemistry professor is more than happy to make that trip.

Amanda Nichols was one of just 25 scholars from around the world chosen for two summers of study in the Scholars and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program at the University of Oxford.

An associate professor of chemistry at OC, Nichols was selected for her proposal to study the aesthetics and functions of molecular symmetry.

“We classify molecules in inorganic chemistry based on symmetrical look and function,” said Nichols, a 2003 Oklahoma Christian graduate who joined OC’s faculty in 2008. “These classifications are worthy of additional research because the symmetry suggests a design, which also suggests a designer.”

During her two summers at Oxford, Nichols will research literature overviews and case studies of specific molecules. According to Jeff McCormack, dean of OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences, Nichols’ accomplishment is a reflection of excellence in her work.

“Dr. Nichols is a dedicated teacher and researcher who truly serves OC’s students,” McCormack said. “It is a great honor to have Amanda representing Oklahoma Christian alongside such esteemed colleagues.”

In addition to funding her research and travel to Oxford, the SCIO program will fund an undergraduate research assistant position for Nichols at OC. Nichols will mentor the student, who will serve as a co-author for Nichols’ published research. In addition, Nichols will receive a stipend to help fund a science and religion club at Oklahoma Christian.

“My selection by the SCIO program will enhance how we integrate faith and science in our classes at OC,” Nichols said. “The research assistant position and the new club will provide significant career- and faith-building opportunities that students simply don’t receive at other universities.”

Nichols teaches chemistry classes in OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences as well as a course in OC’s Honors Program on science and Christianity. Her recent research is focused on science education and mentoring female undergraduates studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects. She is a member of the American Chemical Society and has served as a section chair in recent years.

While the SCIO program is new this year, Nichols was encouraged to apply by two OC professors who were chosen for a similar experience a few years ago.

Professor of Physics Len Feuerhelm and Professor of Bible and Philosophy Jim Baird, a graduate of Oxford and OC’s Honors Program director, attended a similar program on the intersection of faith and science at Oxford. That experience led the professors to further enhance their Honors Program course, “The Bible, Science and Human Values.”

“I am incredibly thankful for the encouragement I received from Dr. Baird and Dr. Feuerhelm,” Nichols said. “Their guidance was extremely important throughout this process. I am honored to follow in their footsteps.”

The SCIO program is a research and educational institute at the University of Oxford. It serves as the British subsidiary of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an association of 181 Christ-centered colleges and universities around the world. 

The Templeton Religion Trust, which funds the SCIO program, is a charity established by British stock investor John Templeton that encourages the study of religion and science.

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 set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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Spring Sing 2015 features duets, club performances http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spring-sing-2015-features-duets-club-performances/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Hundreds of Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students will come together to perform in the 47th-annual Spring Sing show March 6-7.

Spring Sing features vocal performances by student hosts and hostesses backed by a live band, plus choreographed presentations by OC’s social service clubs and the freshman class. More than 600 students will be involved in this year’s show, themed “Just Duet.”

“Spring Sing is a variety show,” said Amanda Watson, Spring Sing staff advisor. “Each club picks a theme and songs, then they write new lyrics and add choreography for a five-minute set.”

The organization and production of Spring Sing is done entirely by students through club leadership and an executive committee. Junior Brandyn Treat is the executive director for this year’s Spring Sing and has high hopes for the show.

“The main thing I’m excited about is seeing the unique aspects of this year’s show when they finally come to life,” Treat said. “I’m very excited to see how a show of strictly duets goes and is received by the audience. There are a few other surprises, too.”

This year’s participants include Alpha Gamma Omega, Chi Lambda Phi, Delta Gamma Sigma, Gamma Rho, Iota Kappa Phi, Kappa Sigma Tau, Pi Zeta Phi, Psi Epsilon, Theta Theta Theta, and the freshman class. Chi Lambda Phi has captured first place the past five years and in 11 of the last 13 years.

The hosts and hostesses are: Kirby Allen, a junior music education major from Plano, Texas; Morgan Barnett, a senior early childhood education major from Shawnee, Oklahoma; Ty Belt, a senior social studies education major from Mesquite, Texas; Kennedy McAlister, a freshman music and English major from Ardmore, Oklahoma; Krystal Rodriguez, a senior public relations major from Carrollton, Texas; Hayley Waldo, a junior communication design major from Edmond, Oklahoma; Lane Wheeler, a junior computer science major from Wichita, Texas; and Brandi Williams, a junior Spanish major with a minor in vocal performance from Charlotte, North Carolina.

Spring Sing coincides with OC’s Spring Visit weekend for prospective students, giving visitors an opportunity to experience the event.

“I think it is a pretty cool thing is that we make our Spring Visit the same weekend as Spring Sing,” Watson said. “Our Friday night show has a ton of prospective students who come and think ‘I want to be a part of that.’”

Students began working on the show at the beginning of the spring semester. Clubs are allowed to practice a total of 40 hours throughout the semester preparing for the production. Treat said the effort of the students is worthwhile, because it unifies the OC community and appeals to alumni.

“Spring Sing is OC’s biggest production, and it brings a lot of people back on campus, which is great for OC,” Treat said.

There will be three performances open to the public: Friday, March 6 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. All performances will be in Hardeman Auditorium.

Tickets are available online for $16.50 apiece at www.oc.edu/springsingtickets.

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, set a school record this year with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university 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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