News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Ebola survivor Brantly highlights 2016 Lectureship http://www.oc.edu/news/ebola-survivor-brantly-highlights-2016-lectureship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch its 66th lectureship next Sunday with a keynote address by Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly.

Brantly contracted the Ebola virus while serving as a medical missionary in Liberia in July 2014. He made a miraculous recovery and was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year along with four other medical professionals who treated Ebola patients.

Brantly and his wife Amber, with biographer David Thomas, coauthored Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us Into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic. A graduate of Abilene Christian University, Brantly now lives with his family in Texas and serves as the medical missions advisor for Samaritan’s Purse.

The OC Lectureship, which runs through Oct. 4, features more than 40 speakers, concerts and other special events. This year’s theme is “To God’s Elect,” and lectures will focus on selections taken from 1 Peter.

“1 Peter was written at a time when Christians were under a lot of pressure, and persecution was beginning,” Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North said. “Peter writes about what we need to be able to do under those circumstances. We can learn about many of the issues he brings up and live in the way the Bible recommends.”

Brantly’s keynote opens a Sunday schedule that begins with OC’s Grand Concert at 2 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. The concert will feature the Chorale, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and other groups from OC’s Department of Music.

The lectureship begins at 6:20 p.m. with worship led by Acappella Ministries founder Keith Lancaster. Two special events follow the opening keynote: Brantly will sign books in the Garvey Center Art Gallery while Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella will be in concert in Hardeman Auditorium at 8:15 p.m.

The annual Women’s Day program starts Monday morning at Memorial Road Church of Christ. The activities will focus on 1 Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” Elaine Denman and Bonnie Miller will lead the program.

Other Monday events include another talk by Brantly during OC’s daily Chapel time, plus lectures from Tom Alexander and Wissam Al-Aethawi and an open forum hosted by the OC’s biblical studies faculty. Jerry Rushford, director of the Churches of Christ Heritage Center at Pepperdine University, will speak at a dinner honoring preachers, elders and their wives at 5 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday’s sessions will feature Chris McCurley, Mike Arnold, Randy Roper and Barbara Price. The lectureship concludes Tuesday afternoon.

“1 Peter is full of very practical suggestions and is an excellent book for us to focus on this year. I think the community will be blessed by this year’s lessons and speakers,” North said.

All sessions except Monday’s dinner are free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 425-5141. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/lectureship.

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 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last 12 years have featured the 12 largest enrollments in OC history, highlighted by a record 2,600 students this academic year.

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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:30:00 CDT 700bebf5-eb37-4df8-a196-ffe805b651ba
OC rises in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-rises-in-us-news-best-colleges-rankings/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) rose in the rankings and earned additional honors from U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, released this week.

OC moved up to No. 41 on the “Best Regional Universities” list for the 15-state western region. This is the 18th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian.

OC remains second in the state to Oklahoma City University and is ranked ahead of Oral Roberts, Oklahoma Wesleyan, Central Oklahoma, Cameron, East Central, Northeastern State, Southeastern Oklahoma State, Southern Nazarene and Southwestern Oklahoma State.

In addition to being among the state’s leaders with more than 40 National Merit Scholars enrolled last year, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can thrive.

U.S. News also identified Oklahoma Christian as one of the top schools for veterans, which denotes institutions in the top half of their Best Colleges ranking category that participate in the Yellow Ribbon program and have 20 more enrolled students using GI Bill benefits.

“We live in an unsettled time here at home and abroad. That makes the work we do at Oklahoma Christian University so important,” President John deSteiguer said. “This place changes lives – and I love that. I also love that others see the value of what’s happening at OC. These rankings are a credit to the difference our students, faculty, staff, and alumni make each and every day.”

U.S. News’ Best Regional Universities list features institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The rankings assess seven categories: assessment of excellence, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, the difference between actual and predicted graduation rates, and alumni giving.

OC’s alumni giving rate (18 percent) ranks fourth in the western region while the university’s first-year retention rate ranks in the region’s top 25. OC also boasts a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last 11 years have featured the 11 largest enrollments in OC history, highlighted by these 2015-16 records: 2,002 undergraduate students, 584 graduate students and 2,586 total students.

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:00:00 CDT b5bb3f90-56f5-4d5f-85b6-343e98f328a0
Jolley to keynote OC summer commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/jolley-to-keynote-oc-summer-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – State Senator Clark Jolley will deliver the keynote address at Oklahoma Christian University’s summer commencement ceremony this Friday.

OC will present 130 graduate degrees and seven undergraduate degrees at the ceremony, which starts at 10:30 a.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The 130 master’s candidates will receive degrees in 15 different areas of study through OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Graduate School of Theology.

The 46 recipients of OC’s master of business administration degree pursued one of eight tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, and project management. The Graduate School of Business also will present seven master of accountancy degrees.

The 40 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, mechanical engineering, and software engineering. The 36 recipients of the master of science in computer science graduate with a degree in software engineering.

The Graduate School of Theology has one candidate receiving a master of theological studies degree. The undergraduate candidates come from OC’s College of Business Administration, with majors in accounting, finance, general business, and international business.

Overall, the degree candidates come from a combined nine states (California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Texas and West Virginia) and six countries (China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Rwanda and Uganda).

Sen. Jolley, who also is an adjunct professor for OC’s MBA program, has served in the Oklahoma State Senate since 2004.

He was selected by his colleagues to serve as a whip and assistant majority floor leader. He has chaired the Senate Appropriations Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Education, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, and the Select Committee on Redistricting.

Nationally, Sen. Jolley served several years as vice chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Education Committee, where he was a member of the Task Force on Dropout Prevention.

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 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last 11 years have featured the 11 largest enrollments in OC history, highlighted by three records in the most recent academic year: 2,002 undergraduate students, 584 graduate students and 2,586 total students.

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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:00:00 CDT fcb31339-cefe-478f-8d09-ddb5e6629bcc
OC Olympic Connections http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-olympic-connections/ RIO, Brazil – Oklahoma Christian University is a destination point for students from all over the world who seek a quality education. In fact, students from 44 countries are enrolled at OC. Counting third-culture kids from the United States who have called other places home, that number swells to 53 countries.

Below is a list of nations that competed in the 2016 Summer Olympics that have students at OC, along with the final medal count for those nations.

And while you’re in the Olympic spirit, check out features about OC alumni Jennifer Ma and Jeff Bennett. Ma was a chief designer of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Bennett was the USA’s top decathlete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, placing fourth overall.

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

United States

46

37

38

121

China

26

18

26

70

Great Britain

27

23

17

67

Russia

19

18

19

56

Germany

17

10

15

42

Japan

12

8

21

41

Australia

8

11

10

29

Italy

8

12

8

28

Canada

4

3

15

22

South Korea

9

3

9

21

Brazil

7

6

6

19

Spain

7

4

6

17

Denmark

2

6

7

15

Kenya

6

6

1

13

Croatia

5

3

2

10

Czech Republic

1

2

7

10

Colombia

3

2

3

8

Turkey

1

3

4

8

Ethiopia

1

2

5

8

South Africa

1

5

1

7

Thailand

2

2

2

6

Malaysia

0

4

1

5

Mexico

0

3

2

5

Indonesia

1

2

0

3

Venezuela

0

1

2

3

Vietnam

1

1

0

2

India

0

1

1

2

Philippines

0

1

0

1

Burundi

0

1

0

1

Qatar

0

1

0

1

Nigeria

0

0

1

1

Portugal

0

0

1

1

Bangladesh

0

Bolivia

0

Congo

0

El Salvador

0

Gabon

0

Ghana

0

Guatemala

0

Haiti

0

Honduras

0

Ivory Coast

0

Nepal

0

Pakistan

0

Panama

0

Peru

0

Rwanda

0

Saudi Arabia

0

Sri Lanka

0

Syria

0

Uganda

0

Zambia

0

Zimbabwe

0

Click here for more information about OC's International Programs.

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Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:00:00 CDT b2832dfe-a4f5-4ea4-928a-0cdc6bb09d94
OC partners with King for church resourcing, service http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-partners-with-king-for-church-resourcing-service/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Grady King’s heart for churches and his alma mater will lead him to a new role this fall.

King will partner with Oklahoma Christian University as a consultant to help OC serve churches in deeper ways.

King serves as vice president and co-leader of HOPE Network, a group of seasoned ministers dedicated to mentoring leaders and guiding churches. In the last three-and-a-half years, HOPE Network has collaborated with more than 400 churches and 500 leaders domestically and globally.

A 1977 Oklahoma Christian graduate, King has served in full-time preaching ministry since 1984, most recently as the senior minister at Mansfield Church of Christ in Mansfield, Texas.

“Grady’s experience with churches and their needs is a valuable asset as we study how OC can best serve as a resource to churches in the future,” said Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies. “We want the God-given talents, abilities and resources of our university to be of service in the kingdom, not simply for academe, but for our church community and constituency as well.”

Working closely with the College of Biblical Studies, King will build on OC’s longtime work with churches to serve as a facilitator, visionary and counselor to ministers, elders and congregations.

“Healthy leaders and healthy churches are what I am all about,” King said. “It begins with listening and engaging church leaders in conversations that matter. After 40 years of congregational ministry, I deeply value being a friend to church leaders in practical and hopeful ways. I look forward to working with OC’s College of Biblical Studies in a kingdom partnership.”

In addition to the hundreds of OC graduates working in church ministry, missions and inner-city ministry, Oklahoma Christian offers numerous resources to congregations, Christians and seekers.

Resources include on-campus lecture programs and summer camps, free Bible class lessons for teachers and students through eBibleStudy.org, speakers and musical groups who travel to churches throughout the country, the Center for Global Missions, the Intergenerational Faith Center, and unique library resources offered in partnership with the Museum of the Bible.

“Dr. King will be a great resource to partner with our Bible faculty, led by Charles Rix, who have many decades of combined ministry leadership, missions service, biblical scholarship and much more to offer churches," Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said.

Prior to his work in Mansfield, King preached at Cameron Road Church of Christ in Austin, Chandler Road Church of Christ in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and South MacArthur Church of Christ in Irving, Texas.

Besides his bachelor’s degree in education from Oklahoma Christian, King has a master’s degree in biblical studies and a doctor of ministry degree from Abilene Christian University. He and his wife Karen have two children, Josh and Christin, who are married to Carolyn King and Chad Paradowski, respectively.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 09:30:00 CDT c65146ff-4814-402d-b322-53c1e39a0841
OC’s popular Honors Summer Academy welcomes 108 students http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-s-popular-honors-summer-academy-welcomes-108-students-in-its-seventh-year/ In an election year that has featured some of the most uncivil dialogue in recent memory, Oklahoma Christian University is proud to add a new class to its annual Honors Summer Academy.

“The Art of Public Persuasion: How to Debate Issues Without Being a Jerk” is a timely class for the 108 high-achieving high school students who will spend a week on OC’s campus enjoying an academically challenging preview of college life. Brian Simmons, who serves as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and professor of communication, will teach the course.

Other learning experiences include using a 3-D printer to design and build wind turbines, solving a cold case, interacting with the FBI, visiting an architecture animation studio, culturing HeLa cells and learning from healthcare professionals at Mercy Hospital.

“We have designed the Honors Summer Academy to integrate critical thinking skills and faith,” said Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program. “Just like Dr. Simmons’ class, each learning experience and professor emphasizes a spiritual and intellectual approach to significant world issues in the context of a Christian learning community.”

The annual, weeklong college experience encourages the pursuit of excellence by gifted 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 can earn two hours of college 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 seventh year that OC has hosted the Honors Summer Academy, and all openings filled quickly.

While 62 students are from Oklahoma, and 39 from the Oklahoma City metro, the remaining students come from 13 other states. This is the largest single session in the program’s history.

“We are thrilled to welcome a diverse group of students from across the country,” Managing Director of the Honors Program and Summer Academy Lisa Carroll said. “Our strong contingent from central Oklahoma reflects well on the program’s reputation among our previous students.”

A few of the week’s highlights include:

  • Simmons’ new course designed to equip students with rudimentary argumentation techniques and civil discourse practices. Students will participate in debates for their field experience.
  • A “History of the Bible” course that includes a private visit to the Green Collection of the Museum of the Bible that features more than $100 million in artifacts relating to the history of the Bible prior to the exhibit’s upcoming world tour.
  • Designing and building wind turbines and testing them in OC’s wind tunnel or using electrical engineering techniques to design a video game in the two “Introduction to Engineering” classes, which are taught by OC engineering faculty.
  • The “Evolution of Video Games” course that will include a tour of Skyline, Inc. in Oklahoma City.
  • An “In Cold Blood” Forensic Science class in which students will work a cold case and wash a dollar bill to test for drug residue.
  • A visit with a member of the F.B.I. that will include touring a surveillance van.
  • A site visit to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City for the “Healthcare Professions” class.
  • A cellular biology lab in which students will culture cells from Henrietta Lacks.
  • As part of the “Introduction to the Scriptures of the Holocaust class,” students will engage in 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 music class in which students produced original music in one of OC’s Macintosh computer labs using multiple instruments and GarageBand software.

The Honors Program at Oklahoma Christian includes more than 160 students and continues to grow each year. According to Baird, the average ACT score for honors students is over 31, and about a quarter of those 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 biblical scholar N. T. Wright, astronaut Doug Wheelock and Yale scholar Miroslav Volf. More information is available at www.oc.edu/honors.

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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:25:00 CDT aab66446-8368-4bec-9796-264a13d31171
OC launches children's ministry certificate program http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-launches-children-s-ministry-certificate-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch a children’s ministry certification program this fall.

The program, which can be completed in less than a year, is designed for people interested in ministering to children who want or need more preparation and training. It is the only children’s ministry certificate program of its kind in the Oklahoma City area and within the churches of Christ.

“There is a huge need for basic training in children’s ministry,” said Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies. “A lot of people volunteer to help in children’s ministry, but there isn’t much out there to provide training. We have the resources to make them better teachers so they can serve families, the church and their communities.”

OC’s program features two phases. The first phase, which begins this September, features 10 modules that participants can complete online and at their own pace.

The module topics include: Introduction to Children’s Ministry; Teaching Preschool Children (Birth-5 years); Teaching Elementary Children (1st-5th Grade); Spiritual Development of Children; Volunteers and Staff in Children’s Ministry; Safety and Security; Curriculum Development for Children’s Ministry; Crossing Multicultural Barriers in Children’s Ministry; Ministry to the Disabled Child; and Connecting Children, Families and the Church.

The second phase is a one-week capstone seminar held on the OC campus in May 2017. The seminar will include collaborative student work on case studies, student projects, guest speakers and interactive training.

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive their official certification in children’s ministry from OC’s College of Biblical Studies.

In addition to offering valuable training for lay ministers and ministry volunteers, OC’s program meets the needs of churches at large by providing certification for those seeking the qualifications required for ordination.

To get more information about the children’s ministry certificate program and September’s first cohort, go to www.oc.edu/cmcertificate or contact Barbara Price at barbara.price@oc.edu or (405) 425-5391. Tuition is just $1,500.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 23 May 2016 10:00:00 CDT 5a893f02-a66a-4607-8f21-038d0dac345a
OC to award degrees at spring commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-award-degrees-at-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will present 284 undergraduate and 102 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 29.

The ceremony for the College of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts will begin at 10:30 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the College of Natural and Health Sciences will be at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be held in OC’s Payne Athletic Center.

The undergraduate degree candidates come from 27 states and six countries and include 38 graduates from OC’s Honors Program. They major in 44 different areas of study.

The master’s degree candidates come from 10 states and five countries and represent 13 collective areas of study in OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Graduate School of Theology.

The commencement speaker for both ceremonies is Ken Parker, co-founder and chief executive officer of NextThought, an education technology company based in Norman.

Parker, a 1983 Oklahoma Christian graduate with a degree in mathematics and computer science, previously led software technology at Martin Marietta Aerospace in Denver and JPMorgan in New York City. He also started a Wall Street-based financial technology company, RiskMetrics, which sold for $1.5 billion in 2010.

Recently, Parker and NextThought partnered with OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science to offer students a software engineering class through a hybrid of online and in-class delivery. The NextThought platform enabled OC students and 30 OC alumni professionals to interact throughout the course.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 08:00:00 CDT df17d592-ab13-4723-85e4-289ca9a13e6b
Lilly grant funds OC theology academy http://www.oc.edu/news/lilly-grant-funds-oc-theology-academy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has received a $175,000 grant to establish a theology academy as part of Lilly Endowment Inc.’s High School Youth Theology Institutes initiative.

Named “Restore: Theology Academy at Oklahoma Christian University,” the program will provide high school students with mentors who will guide learning and connect students with scriptural and theological resources as they contemplate social, historical, and cultural concerns.

Through classroom and field experiences, students will learn to examine moral and ethical dimensions of life and explore how their lives can positively affect the church and society.

Charles Rix, interim dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will lead Restore along with program director Ben Langford, who also serves as director of OC’s Center for Global Missions. Doug Peters, associate professor of Bible and the Baugh Chair of Preaching, and theological librarian Chris Rosser were integral to the Lilly Endowment process and will help plan and execute academy initiatives.

“We want to develop young leaders by helping them imagine and discern their future vocations as active participants in God’s story,” Rix said. “God calls us to be good stewards of this world he has created. We want students to confront injustice, inequality and exclusion so they can help bring restoration and reconciliation to the church and the world.”

Restore will function in a three-year cycle: “Restoring Humanity,” which will empower students as young leaders to confront injustice in the world; “Restoring Believers,” which will empower students to be unifying agents in the Christian community; and “Restoring Creation,” which will challenge students to contemplate divine and human creativity and empower to live lives of faithful stewardship.

Oklahoma Christian will model this program after its highly successful Honors Summer Academy, which attracts more than 100 students to the OC campus for experiential academic programming each year.

“We hope to transform each student’s heart so they pursue love for God and love for others,” Rix said.

Professors in OC’s Graduate School of Theology and College of Biblical Studies and other faculty and staff members will serve as teachers and mentors in the academy. The Lilly Endowment funding will help OC hire a program coordinator to help run the academy and raise funds for long-term support.

OC is one of 82 schools participating in the initiative. The schools are located in 29 states and the District of Columbia.

“These colleges and universities are well-positioned to reach out to high school students in this way,” said Christopher L. Coble, vice president for religion at the Endowment. “They have outstanding faculty in theology and religion who know how to help young people explore the wisdom of religious traditions and apply these insights to contemporary challenges.”

OC has partnered with nine ministry, service, and educational groups to help launch and support Restore. These organizations include the Academy of Classical Christian Studies, CenterPeace, Feed the Children, Healing Hands International, Kibo Group, Refuge OKC, the Stone-Campbell Dialogue, the Ulster Project, The Way Community Ministries, and World Convention.

Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis-based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by three members of the Lilly family – J.K. Lilly Sr. and sons J.K. Jr. and Eli – through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. The Endowment exists to support the causes of religion, education and community development. Lilly Endowment’s religion grantmaking is designed to deepen and enrich the religious lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 12:15:00 CDT 392413b8-648b-41ea-b55c-5c0472bc3113
Yale scholar to discuss Christian response to Muslims at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/yale-scholar-to-discuss-christian-response-to-muslims-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God?

That’s the question Miroslav Volf will discuss at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 12.

Volf is the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale University and founding director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. His OC lecture will be rooted in his 2011 book, Allah: A Christian Response.

“This book challenges Christians to reconsider thinking about Muslims as people who worship a different God than ourselves,” OC professor of New Testament John Harrison said. “Volf is a Trinitarian – he believes in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and knows that Muslims think about God differently than Christians do. But he believes there are enough similarities that we are talking about the same God.”

Harrison said Volf will explain his belief that Allah and God are the same and address the way Christians and Muslims can talk about the similarities and differences between the belief systems.

“Christians should use respectful dialogue when talking to or about Muslims. There is too much language that is adversarial and incites negative feelings,” Harrison said. “I hope that, after hearing this lecture, a Christian could approach a Muslim with a greater sensitivity or respect for our mutual understanding of God.”

Following the lecture, Volf will participate in a panel discussion with Everett Huffard, professor of missions at Harding Graduate School of Theology; Imad Enchassi, endowed professor of Islamic studies at Oklahoma City University; and Mohamed Daadaoui, associate professor of political science at Oklahoma City University.

Volf’s appearance is part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series. Previous McGaw guests include New Testament scholar N.T. Wright and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. Harrison said this year’s focus will be different than in previous years.

“The precious McGaw Lectures were conversations about Christians’ faith amongst each other, but this time we get to have a conversation about our faith with others,” Harrison said. “I encourage Christians, Muslims or anyone interested in Christian-Muslim dialogue to attend.”

The 2016 McGaw Lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, with the panel discussion to follow. Tickets are free to the public, but must be reserved in advance at www.oc.edu/volf. If the auditorium fills to capacity, overflow guests will be able to watch a live stream of the lecture in OC’s Judd Theatre.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:30:00 CDT 6ffcf730-b2c6-4256-9881-592f878326d2
OC students serve on Spring Break mission trips http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-serve-on-spring-break-mission-trips/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Spring Break may be an escape from school for many people, but about 500 students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) are choosing to dedicate their free time to help others through Spring Break mission campaigns.

OC’s Center for Global Missions supports a group headed to Cambodia, and OC Outreach is sending two teams to Texas to serve at Impact Houston and the Boles Children’s Home. Professor of Youth and Family Ministry Dudley Chancey will lead a group on the annual Honduras Spring Break mission trip he sponsors.

“The thing we want most at OC is for students to be formed to the image of God,” Center for Global Missions director Ben Langford said. “Part of being formed to the image of God is being formed to his purposes and his missions.”

OC students also will serve on domestic and international mission trips organized through local congregations and other organizations. Memorial Road Church of Christ will take students to work for Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio and Edmond Church of Christ will take a group to work in McAllen, Texas.

According to Langford, each mission trip makes its own unique impact on the community it touches. OC graduate student Mit Vikraman is a Malaysia native who studied in Singapore and has participated in the Angkor of Faith program with OC’s student missionaries for the past 10 years.

After meeting Langford on the 2015 trip, Vikraman made the decision to come to America and study ministry in OC’s Graduate School of Theology. He said participating in mission work as a student paves the way for people to continue serving others for the rest of their lives.

“It opens our eyes to the needs of people in a way that listening to others or seeing the news from our comfortable chairs can’t,” Vikraman said. “It is one thing to learn about missions in the classroom or church, but it is a whole different thing when you go out to actually do missions.”

Although Spring Break missions are shorter than typical summer mission initiatives, Vikraman said the influence made on students and local communities is long-lasting.

“It makes a difference in the lives that we touch for sure, but the greater difference is the change that takes place in us,” Vikraman said. “Having that experience and coming back changed will prepare us to touch many others for the rest of our lives.”

As a part of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative, students are eligible to receive co-curricular credit for participating in Spring Break missions, both through the university and with other groups.

For more information about the Center for Global Missions, go to www.oc.edu/missions.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 07 Mar 2016 14:30:00 CST c54c1a44-4b87-4ac7-8eb0-b372d1a0fd73
OC ethics team takes third at national contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-ethics-team-takes-third-at-national-contest/ RESTON, Virginia – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) took third place at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Reston, Virginia.

OC’s student team swept Seattle Pacific University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Indiana University, and placed just ahead of the U.S. Naval Academy, to earn its highest national finish ever.

Oklahoma Christian placed fifth in 2014 and had another top-10 finish last year that featured wins over the University of Michigan and Clemson University.

Sophomore Seanhenry Vandyke said succeeding in a national competition requires a great deal of preparation and learning to approach every topic with an open mind.

“We reviewed various ethical perspectives on the moral dilemmas in the cases,” Vandyke said.

“Our debates, especially with strong competitors, required us to think sympathetically through the viewpoints of both sides and try to understand all the ethical nuances and perspectives that are applicable.”

Ethics team sponsor Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration, said one highlight of the contest was winning a debate by taking an unexpected stance on a challenging issue.

“Our team took a position on a case that is not what one would expect a team to take because it is counter to popular opinion,” Simmons said. “However, they presented a morally and ethically sound argument that won the respect of the judges and members of the audience.”

According to Simmons, OC’s ethics team members show their mental acuity when faced with strong competition.

“When students from OC are tasked with competing against teams from large schools like Indiana University or the U.S. Naval Academy, it can be somewhat intimidating. Yet, they always rise to the challenge,” Simmons said.

The Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl – sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics – was the final contest of the year for OC’s ethics team, but Vandyke said he plans to share his skills with a local school.

“We will not have practices the rest of the semester, but I am helping a private high school, the Oklahoma Institute of Science and Math, to start their own team for the Ethics Bowl,” Vandyke said. “I am really looking forward to that.”

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:00 CST fe32cdf9-1a60-4bd2-b904-47aa7ae60c15
IFC Dialogues feature John Roberto http://www.oc.edu/news/ifc-dialogues-feature-john-roberto/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – John Roberto has spent his career delving into the formation of the Christian faith, and now he’ll bring his expertise to Oklahoma Christian University (OC) for the Intergenerational Faith Center Dialogues on Monday, Feb. 1.

Roberto is the founder and president of Lifelong Faith Associates as well as a noted speaker and author. His literary work includes Generations of Faith Resource Manual: Lifelong Faith for the Whole Parish Community.

Professor of Bible Dudley Chancey said Roberto’s lecture, titled Reimagining Faith Formation, will offer valuable tools for Christians of all ages striving to connect to different generations in the church.

“He is going to talk about faith formation and how Christians can work to transmit our faith to the next generation,” Chancey said. “His lecture will offer suggested practices in a church setting and answer questions like, ‘How do you practically pass your faith along?’”

Chancey founded OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center to research faith and families and how those messages can be passed down to younger generations. Previous speakers at the IFC Dialogues include David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons, Dr. John Westerhoff and Dr. Holly Allen.

The IFC Dialogues are hosted by OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center and Memorial Road Church of Christ. Roberto was scheduled to be the keynote speaker last year, but could not come due to illness.

Chancey said Roberto’s expertise is applicable to people of all beliefs looking to share consistent faith and values across multiple generations.

The IFC Dialogues will begin at 7 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall. The event is free to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance. For more information, visit www.oc.edu/ifc.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:30:00 CST b8238be5-ecf3-433d-8677-f0467b744e34
OC to present degrees at fall commencement ceremonies http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-present-degrees-at-fall-commencement-ceremonies/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 89 undergraduate and 136 graduate degrees at its fall commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 18.

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates come from 15 states and five countries, and majored in 37 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from 12 states and five countries and represent 16 graduate areas of study.

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

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

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

OC alumnus Jim Utley will deliver the commencement address at both gatherings. Utley is the director of technical services for Niagara Bottling, one of the leading bottled water suppliers in the United States.

Prior to joining Niagara in 2011, Utley served in various roles for five years at Reid Plastics, spent eight years in management at Plastipak Packaging, and served four years as plant manager for Letica Corporation.

Utley graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also owns a master’s degree in management and administrative services from the University of Texas at Dallas.

He lives in Blanchard, Oklahoma, with his wife Julie (also a 1994 OC graduate) and their three children: Josiah, Lydia, and Chloe.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:15:00 CST 78ed0854-0e37-44c2-830f-3bce12787929
OC students win Texas Regional Ethics Bowl http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-win-texas-regional-ethics-bowl/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl for the second straight year, sweeping three matches to qualify for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Showing the depth and talent of OC’s students, the team that finished second at the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge won the regional championship. The “Aguilas” team of junior Gabriel Gasiorowski, sophomore Seanhenry Vandyke and freshman Tyler Clark downed the University of Central Oklahoma, Texas State University and Brazosport College on its way to the Texas regional crown.

The “Eagles” squad of senior Jasper Bawcom, senior Mikel Nsengiyumva and freshman Hannah Lane had claimed OC’s fourth consecutive state championship on Oct. 24. In San Antonio, they defeated the University of Oklahoma, but lost to Loyola University New Orleans and the tournament runner-up, the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.

Twenty teams competed, including Oklahoma-based squads from OU, UCO, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University and Cameron University.

“I am proud of our teams. They have worked hard all semester long and it is nice to see their effort lead to success,” said Jeff Simmons, the team sponsor and dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “I never cease to be amazed at the intelligence and talent these students display. Yet, I most appreciate that they continue to be humble and respectful of each other and our competitors.”

The regional debate topics included discussion of how to dispose of a corpse in an ecologically safe way, the ethical implications for museums buying looted artifacts, and whether or not orphaned Native American children should be put up for adoption outside their tribes.

“Our basic approach to analyzing moral dilemmas always involves applying certain ethical philosophies or ethical theories,” Vandyke said.

This year will mark the 20th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 21, 2016, in Reston, Virginia. Oklahoma Christian placed fifth nationally in 2014, then defeated Clemson University and the University of Michigan on its way to an 11th-place finish last year.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:00:00 CST c9180713-ad50-4d3b-a101-4453bca11ed1
OC presents Alumni Achievement Awards http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-presents-alumni-achievement-awards/ Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during OC’s annual Homecoming festivities.

The College of Biblical Studies named Allen Dutton as its distinguished alumnus in missions, Grady King as its distinguished alumnus in ministry, and Chris Langley as its distinguished alumnus in youth and family ministry.

The College of Business Administration honored Mike Bosley as outstanding alumnus from OC’s Graduate School of Business, Lyle Kelsey from the Department of Management and Marketing, and Kevin Lawrence from the Department of Accounting and Finance.

OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recognized Walter Daugherity from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Jim Utley from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Preston Watterson from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

OC’s College of Liberal Arts honored eight graduates: Gena Alexander (Music), Emily Elliott (Language and Literature), Mark Hamlin (Psychology), Dana Johnson (Sport, Wellness, and Recreation Management), Ted McAllister (History), Robyn Miller (Teacher Education), Justin Shaw (Art and Design), and Anna Wilcox (Communication).

The College of Natural and Health Sciences honored Marc Compton from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Darise Farris from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Christy Hallock from the School of Nursing.

The Honors Program recognized Adam Hoffhines, who graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. He recently completed a one-year hematopathology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and now serves as a pathologist with the Regional Medical Laboratory in Tulsa.

From the College of Biblical Studies, Dutton is a 1992 OC graduate with a master’s degree in ministry. He has served as a medical missionary in Campinas, Brazil, since 1993. King is a 1977 OC graduate who is co-leader of HOPE Network Ministries and senior minister at Mansfield Church of Christ in Texas. Langley graduated in 2010 and serves as the youth leader for Norfolk Church of Christ in Virginia.

From the College of Business Administration, Bosley earned his MBA degree in 2002 after graduating from OC in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He owns Seatbelt Planet, named as one of the top 15 best places to work in Oklahoma, and BozHog Tractor Services.

Kelsey is a 1972 OC graduate who serves as executive director for the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, the Oklahoma Board of Podiatric Examiners, and the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Perfusionist Examiners. Lawrence, a 2001 OC graduate, is the chief financial officer at BancFirst.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Daugherity graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1966 and went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. He is a senior lecturer in computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University and is the co-founder, chairman and president of Daugherity Brothers, Inc.

Utley, a 1994 OC graduate, serves as director of technical services for Niagara Bottling. Watterson is a 2003 OC graduate who works as an engineering manager for Northrup Grumman at Tinker Air Force Base.

From the College of Liberal Arts, Alexander is a 2001 graduate who teaches violin at OC and in her private studio in addition to conducting the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and performing regularly with the Tulsa Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Elliott, a 2009 OC graduate, is the head of content and growth at NextGenVest, a social enterprise tech startup. Hamlin, a 1991 OC graduate, chairs the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Johnson is a 1969 OC graduate and member of the U.S. National Trampoline and Tumbling Association Hall of Fame who spent 43 years teaching and coaching for Mid-Del Public Schools. McAllister graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1983. He holds the Edward L. Gaylord Chair of Public Policy and is an associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University.

Miller is a 1985 graduate who chaired OC’s School of Education before joining the Oklahoma State Department of Education as deputy superintendent under the direction of State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

Shaw, a 2010 OC graduate, is a faculty member at Oklahoma City Community College as well as a game designer and graphic designer. Wilcox is a 1999 OC graduate who founded and serves as executive artistic director for BackStory Theatre in Broomfield, Colorado.

In the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Compton is a 1986 OC graduate who serves as managing director and market executive for U.S. Trust and Bank of America. Farris, a 1990 graduate, is a cellular immunologist with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Hallock graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2005 and serves an instructor in OC’s School of Nursing.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:30:00 CST 92917763-7263-4b1c-a31f-1737d10133c1
Oklahoma Christian hosts 65th lectureship http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-hosts-65th-lectureship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will kick off its 65th lectureship Sunday with a keynote message by Duck Dynasty’s Alan Robertson.

Robertson is the oldest son of “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. He was a minister for 22 years at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ.

He has authored or co-authored the “Duck Commander Devotional,” “Everything’s Better with a Beard,” “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible,” and “A New Season.” Written with his wife Lisa, “A New Season” is about their life and marriage, and teaches how to overcome deep hurt and pain in relationships.

The OC Lectureship, which runs through Oct. 6, features more than 40 speakers, concerts and other special events. This year’s theme is “Opening Acts” and the key scripture is Acts 1:8 – “You shall be my witnesses.”

Robertson’s keynote highlights an opening Sunday schedule that begins with OC’s Fall Grand Concert at 2 p.m. The concert features the Chorale, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and other groups from OC’s Department of Music.

The lectureship begins at 6:20 p.m. with worship led by Acappella Ministries founder Keith Lancaster. After the keynote, Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella will be in concert at 8:15 p.m.

In addition to the main activities, which take place in Hardeman Auditorium, Sunday night will feature a reception honoring Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North. North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, is retiring from Oklahoma Christian after a 61-year career as a faculty member and administrator.

“This year’s set of lectures, classes, meals, exhibits and fellowship will give people a great opportunity to learn the message of the book of Acts and put those lessons into action when they return home,” North said. “We are pleased to include a great number of OC alumni in our program this year. The quality of their lessons will show why we have good reason to be proud of our alumni.”

Monday’s lectureship sessions include 19 events discussing evangelism and how we can learn from the methods, people, principles and practices of the early church.

The annual Women’s Day program is Monday morning at Memorial Road Church of Christ. The activities, focused around the theme, “Women to Follow,” will be led by Angi Loveloy, AnneMarie McNally, Sada Knowles and Sally Shank.

OC alumnus Jerry Rushford, now a professor at Pepperdine University, will speak at the dinner keynote honoring preachers, elders and wives at 5:15 p.m. Monday.

Monday night’s keynote lecture, “We Cannot Help but Speak What We Have Seen and Heard,” is based on Acts 4:20. The speaker is Harold Shank, another OC alumnus who now serves as president of Ohio Valley University.

On Tuesday, the Lightfoot Preaching Lectures on Acts will feature Shank, Jim Baird, Gordon Dabbs, Tim Lewis and Kent Risley. The lectureship concludes Tuesday afternoon.

“This year’s lectureship continues our long tradition of great speakers bringing important messages. With great lessons for elders, preachers, youth ministers, and other church workers and members, this year’s event has much to offer,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

All sessions except the dinner are free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 425-5141. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/lectureship.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:30:00 CDT 5c3e7ab3-a1bd-42b4-b9aa-140fb24985b9
Oklahoma Christian celebrates enrollment milestones http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-celebrates-enrollment-milestones/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) set records for undergraduate, graduate and overall enrollment this fall, surpassing 2,500 total students for the first time in school history.

Oklahoma Christian has 2,586 students enrolled, including a record 2,002 undergraduates. Bolstered by substantial growth in the Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, OC has 584 total master’s degree students enrolled, a 16 percent increase from last fall’s record high.

Overall, this is OC’s fourth straight year of record enrollment. The top 11 enrollment totals in OC history have come in the last 11 years.

“It’s exciting to see OC grow. Students come from all over our state, country and world because they crave the supportive home and successful future OC offers,” President John deSteiguer said. “I’m proud of our faculty and staff, who constantly seek innovative ways to teach and serve our students. OC is a place where lessons are learned, lives are changed and the world becomes better.”

This year also saw Oklahoma Christian set a school record and eclipse the national average for retention; 82 percent of last year’s first-time college students returned to OC this fall.

“The great people in our Student Life office are vital to retention because they invest in our students and help them get the most out of their college experience. In academics, our students rave about the invaluable mentoring relationships they have with our faculty scholars,” deSteiguer said. “I’m also pleased this retention record comes after we launched our Ethos spiritual life initiative last year; it shows that OC students are serious about growing in faith and serving others.”

OC has seven National Merit Scholars in this year’s freshman class and 40 overall, a per capita percentage that ranks among the state’s leaders. Thirty-nine percent of OC’s undergraduate students hail from Oklahoma while another 25 percent are from Texas.

Overall, OC’s student body comes from 45 states and 44 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC faculty and staff preaching in 24 churches in September http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-faculty-and-staff-preaching-in-24-churches-in-september/ Oklahoma Christian University is proud to give back to churches in the Oklahoma City area this month. Twenty-two members of OC’s faculty and staff will preach to 24 churches of Christ in September.

This is an annual service that OC offers as part of its church relations outreach. Other cities in which OC has provided this service include Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Tulsa.

“Every three years, we preach in churches in Oklahoma City,” Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North said. “This allows us to give back to area churches, and for them to learn more about OC.”

OC’s preaching outreach precedes its annual Lectureship, held Oct. 4-6, which focuses on the book of Acts this year.

“Our Lectureship and preaching outreach allow us to meet our higher calling to churches of Christ,” North said. “We want to provide resources that will help churches develop spiritual growth.”

Other services include the monthly Good News newsletter about church success stories, the Christian Chronicle, an international newspaper for churches of Christ, the monthly preacher’s luncheon on campus, seminars presented to individual churches, and the eBible Study tools on OC’s website.

“The eBible Study offers 20 series of lessons for teachers and preachers to use in their churches,” North said. “The lessons are broken down into quarters, and they have been downloaded more than 100,000 times.”

OC also offers the Center for Global Missions, the Intergenerational Faith Center, the Man of God newsletter for those interested in preaching, listings of ministry openings and links to useful ministry sources. To learn more about OC’s services to churches, visit www.oc.edu/churchrelations.

Upcoming OC preaching dates
September 6 - Alameda - Kent Allen
September 13 - Oakdale - Bill Goad
September 20 - Central (Moore) - Stafford North
September 20 - Cherokee Hills - Clint LaRue
September 20 - Choctaw - Michael Mitchell
September 20 - Eastside (Midwest City) - Curtis Janz
September 20 - Edmond - Doug Peters
September 20 - Mayfair - Philip Patterson
September 20 - Memorial Road - Brian Simmons
September 20 - New Hope - Mike O’Neal
September 20 - North MacArthur - Kent Allen
September 20 - Piedmont - John Harrison
September 20 - Southwest - Bill Goad
September 20 - The Way - Robert Davis
September 20 - Westwood - Byron Newberry
September 27 - Britton Road - Kent Hartman
September 27 - Del City - Ben Langford
September 27 - Mustang - Doug Peters
September 27 - Northeast - John Harrison
September 27 - Northwest - Grant Testut
September 27 - Southern Ridge - Stafford North
September 27 - Wilshire - Bob Carpenter
October 4 - Eastside (Oklahoma City) - Scott LaMascus
Each Wednesday - South Yukon - Jim Dvorak

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OC honored among Best Regional Universities by U.S. News http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-honored-among-best-regional-universities-by-u-s-news/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges 2016” guidebook ranks Oklahoma Christian University (OC) among the best universities in the western United States.

OC is 42nd in the 15-state western region and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category, which lists institutions that provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs.

Tuesday’s rankings release marked the 17th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. Last month, The Princeton Review also recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list.

“Rankings like these never get old because they validate the hard work and talent of our students, faculty and staff,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I also never tire of hearing from leaders here in Oklahoma City and beyond, who constantly brag on the big impact OC students and graduates make in their organizations. These measures and more show that an Oklahoma Christian degree continues to carry enormous value.”

The U.S. News Best Colleges rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Oklahoma Christian made notable gains from last year in freshman retention, alumni giving and faculty resources, with OC’s student-faculty ratio shrinking to 14/1 even as enrollment grew to a record 2,479 students.

In addition to being among the state’s leaders with 40 National Merit Finalists enrolled, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can be accepted and thrive.

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 90 percent acceptance rate to medical and graduate schools, and almost 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past six years.

OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 20 straight years. Last year, The Princeton Review and PC Gamer ranked OC’s game design program as the No. 14 undergraduate program in the nation.

Oklahoma Christian also is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with three undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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

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OC hosts free Museum of the Bible exhibit http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-hosts-free-museum-of-the-bible-exhibit/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host a traveling exhibit of Museum of the Bible in September.

Sacra Pagina features centuries-old artifacts that highlight ways people approach and study the Bible. Admission is free to the exhibit, which will be on display in OC’s Garvey Center Art Gallery from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday from Sept. 2 through Sept. 18 (with the exception of Labor Day on Sept. 7).

Some of the exhibit’s highlights include: 13th-century letters from Jerome, the person responsible for the Latin Vulgate (the Bible used by Roman Catholics); Erasmus’s Greek New Testament from 1521, which was used in the construction of the King James Version of the Bible; Martin Luther’s 16th-century translation of the New Testament, which was a driving force behind the Protestant Reformation; the Bodmer Papyri; and a replica of a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

More information about the exhibit and featured artifacts is available at oc.edu/exhibit.

“The Green family’s impact has been deep and wide in our community and, really, all over the world,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “OC students are blessed with opportunities to visit the Green Collection of biblical texts and artifacts here in Oklahoma City. And now, we’re excited to display a portion of the collection here on the Oklahoma Christian campus for the public to experience and enjoy.”

The Green Collection is a compilation of around 40,000 objects that includes some of the rarest and most significant biblical texts and artifacts ever assembled under one roof. In addition to traveling exhibits like the September showing at Oklahoma Christian, guests will be able to experience the collection year-round when Museum of the Bible opens its 430,000-square-foot museum in Washington, D.C., in 2017.

“Having a portion of the Museum of the Bible’s collection on campus allows students and visitors to have a truly unique experience with biblical related artifacts,” Professor of New Testament and Ministry John Harrison said. “Walking through the exhibit, visitors will see for themselves significant items that tell the large story of how the Bible has been received and passed on for thousands of years. Many visitors will walk away from this exhibit with a new or greater appreciation for the impact the Bible has made on so many people and cultures.”

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, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The 2015-16 academic year opens next Monday with a student body expected to be the largest in OC history. The past decade has featured the university’s top 10 enrollments all-time, including a record 2,479 students last year.

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Fri, 28 Aug 2015 10:00:00 CDT e929b8bc-f6bf-45fb-ac34-f80bad1df466
Oklahoma Christian earns Princeton Review 'Best College' honors http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-earns-princeton-review-best-college-honors/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) remains one of the best colleges in Oklahoma and the western United States according to The Princeton Review.

Oklahoma Christian was one of just 125 schools recognized in the 15-state western region, which also includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

The Princeton Review honored just six other in-state schools: the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Oral Roberts University, and the University of Tulsa. In addition to this distinction of academic excellence, OC ranks as Oklahoma’s most affordable private university on The Princeton Review list.

“I am blessed to see the impact OC students, faculty, staff and alumni make on a daily basis,” President John deSteiguer said. “From the energy sector to seats of government, from hospitals to our public schools, from Tinker Air Force Base to business, creative, science, tech and ministry pursuits of all kinds, OC graduates have a rare mix of smarts and heart that employers and communities covet.”

Schools recognized in The Princeton Review’s “2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region” are determined through institutional data, campus visits, college counselor recommendations, and independent student surveys.

Students praised OC’s “kind, accessible, amazing professors,” diverse student community, an Oklahoma City metro location that provides easy access to big-city entertainment and job opportunities, and the student body’s unifying “faith in God and the belief that his son died on the cross for our sins.”

This honor comes a year after The Princeton Review ranked Oklahoma Christian as the No. 14 undergraduate school in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. OC 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, computer science, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

The last decade has featured the 10 largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,479 students in 2014-15.

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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:30:00 CDT a0dfc7a3-4bc0-46ea-b188-ea3d175c5b04
First RN to BSN grads to receive degrees from OC http://www.oc.edu/news/first-rn-to-bsn-grads-to-receive-degrees-from-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 98 graduate degrees and four undergraduate degrees at its summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 14. The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The undergraduate candidates come from OC’s School of Education and School of Nursing, including the first graduates from the university’s RN to BSN degree completion program.

The 98 master’s candidates will receive degrees in 15 different areas of study through OC’s Graduate School of Business, Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, and Graduate School of Theology.

The 62 recipients of OC’s master of business administration degree pursued one of nine tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resources, human resources management, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.

The 27 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, general engineering, and mechanical engineering. The other graduate candidates will receive a master of accountancy degree or master of divinity degree.

Overall, the degree candidates come from a combined nine states and nine countries.

Dr. Burt Smith, an OC professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, will deliver the commencement address.

Smith is a respected marketing professional in the Oklahoma City metro. He owns EMI Research Solutions and has served clients such as Cox Communications, OG&E, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Subway, and the Oklahoma City Zoo.

His many honors include OC’s 2009 Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching award, the Journal Record’s Centennial Class of Achievers Under 40, and Business OKC’s 40 Under 40.

He is one of less than 1,600 professionals worldwide to hold the Sales and Marketing Executive International’s Certified Marketing Executive designation. The lifetime achievement award for the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Marketing Association is named in his honor.

Smith has raised more than $1.3 million as an auctioneer for charities across Oklahoma and Texas. He regularly blogs at www.drBURT.com and authored the book, “The Great Game of Networking.”

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 decade has featured the 10 largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 502 graduate students and 2,479 total students in the most recent academic year.

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Thu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:00 CDT 918c5ece-f508-4abc-858c-70f6bce38c3a
OC well-represented at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference http://www.oc.edu/news/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/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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