News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC welcomes new faculty for 2017-18 http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-welcomes-new-faculty-for-2017-18/ Oklahoma Christian University’s newest professors bring academic accomplishments and professional experience to the classroom this fall. Students will benefit from these professors’ passion for faith and service.

“Faculty play a unique and special role in any university, and the OC faculty are inspiring teachers, scholars, and intellectuals. They are leaders in our community as well as in many congregations nearby,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus, OC’s chief academic officer.

“The 2017-2018 list of new faculty is as impressive as our students -- hailing from across the nation and around the world. They already are establishing their reputations in their academic fields and building impressive portfolios of teaching to make successful graduates,” LaMascus said.

Six of the new professors are alumni who were happy to return home to OC.

New Tenure-Track Faculty 2017-2018

Dr. Alden Bass joins the College of Biblical Studies this fall as Assistant Professor of Bible. Dr. Bass holds a Ph.D from St. Louis University in Early Christianity, a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from Yale University. Among other teaching appointments, Dr. Bass has taught at St. Louis University and Lipscomb University. He is a member of the North American Patristics Society and the Society of Biblical Literature.

In addition to his active academic and publishing life, Bass brings valuable ministry experience to OC’s Bible programs. He has served as a minister for the North St. Louis Church of Christ and on the Committee for Racial Reconciliation in the greater St. Louis area. Dr. Bass, his wife Candace, and their three children have been active in providing hospitality for students in their community.  

“We are very thankful for the intentionality and enthusiasm Dr. Bass brings to our college in the pursuit of integrating faith and learning. The ways he and his family open their lives to reach others for Christ will be a great addition to the College and the university's mission,” said Dr. Charles Rix, Interim Dean of the College of Biblical Studies.

Eric Colgrove joins the College of Liberal Arts faculty in the Department of Music. He will direct the Symphonic Band and Chamber Orchestra, and he will teach music appreciation, methods, and other music classes. He began his teaching career at La Junta (Colorado) High School. From 2008 to 2017, he was director of bands at Widefield High School in Colorado Springs, additionally serving as Fine Arts department chair for the past six years. His concert and jazz bands consistently received superior ratings, and he also helped develop the Widefield Orchestra. Additionally, he has played trumpet in various jazz and concert ensembles. Mr. Colgrove holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Harding University and a Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Conducting from Colorado State University.

Regarding this appointment, Department of Music Chair Dr. Heath Jones stated: "Mr. Colgrove brings a wealth of music education experience to this position. Our faculty is excited to partner with him to continue enhancing the fine arts program at Oklahoma Christian. His enthusiasm and skill set will position him for success."

Wes McKinzie, an OC graduate (1998), is joining the faculty of the College of Business Administration, following five years as OC’s Director of Communications Marketing. He will be responsible for overseeing and teaching in the BBA: Sports Management program that is being implemented this fall.

Before leaving the professional world of sports to join OC’s marketing group, McKinzie served for many years in professional sports, including: Director of Communications for the Oklahoma Wranglers, Arena Football Team; Manager of Communications in the headquarters of the Arena Football League; and as Account Manager at McAuliffe, Norick, & Associates, where one of his major accounts included Oklahoma City's triple-A baseball team. He also served as Director of Athletic Marketing at OC and assisted with the university’s move to the NCAA Division II level.

Reflecting on Wes joining his faculty, Dean Jeff Simmons stated, “We are blessed to have someone with such talent, experience, industry connections and heart for OC and our students joining the faculty. I am confident he will build a Sports Management program that will glorify God while preparing Christian leaders in the world of sport.”

Dr. Paul House, also an OC graduate (1994), joins the faculty as Associate Professor to lead the launch of the new Nutrition and Exercise Science program. He earned his doctorate from Oklahoma State University in 2009. Dr. House joins OC after experience in the public education system at Deer Creek Schools and most recently 10 years at the University of Central Oklahoma. Paul and his wife Aimee (OC 94, Elementary Education) live in Guthrie with their two children, Cole and Savannah.

House has research interests in the physiological mechanisms that govern human performance, including kinetic and kinematic analysis of human movement. Paul has been honored to receive various awards for teaching at both Deer Creek Elementary School and UCO. In 2004 while teaching Elementary Physical Education, Dr. House received both the Deer Creek Elementary “Teacher of the Year" and the Deer Creek District "Teacher of the Year" awards. In the fall of 2012, he received the "Vanderford Teaching in Excellence" award through the College of Education and Professional Studies at UCO.

Dr. Jonathan Hunt, an OC Biochemistry graduate (2004 Honors Fellow), returns home to OC as Assistant Professor in Biology. He received his Ph.D from the University of Oklahoma in 2012. Dr. Hunt is completing his role as Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Lab of Jimmy Ballard, Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Hunt has numerous publications and presentations in addition to a book chapter on The Pathogenesis of Infectious Endophthalmitis.

While a student and postdoctoral fellow at OUHSC, Jonathan was recognized by the Graduate Student Association Awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement in 2010-2012. Jonathan and his wife Tamara (OC 2004, Biology) have three children and are members of the Del City Church of Christ.

Savannah Phillips, an OC Nursing graduate (2008), returns to OC as a Nursing faculty member.  Savannah earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from Fort Hays State University in 2017.

As her final project, she conducted a study comparing the rates of drug use among adolescents in states with a mandated drug education program to states without the mandate. Previously, she had served as the Director of Nursing and Nursing Instructor at Flint Hills Technical College. In addition, she served as the Obstetrics Manager at Eastern Oklahoma Medical Center and as a nurse in labor and delivery at the Choctaw National Health Services.

“Savannah’s leadership roles in the hospital settings as well in an academic setting have prepared her well to teach undergraduate students,” said Dr. Jennifer Grey, Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences and Chair of the School of Nursing.

Phillips will serve as lead faculty for the maternal child course and as a clinical instructor for that course and also for the mental health course. She and her husband, Ross, have two children, Callahan and Vivian and are members of the Memorial Road Church of Christ.  

Visiting Faculty 2017-2018

“We are delighted to have three Visiting faculty returning and three new Visiting faculty members joining us this fall. These wonderful colleagues contribute so much to our higher-learning community,” LaMascus said.

Returning Visiting Faculty are: Hannah Bingham Brunner, an OC alumna who teaches English and composition at OC after graduate studies at Iowa State University; Joanie Gieger, a veteran public school teacher currently teaching in the School of Education and nearing the end of her doctoral studies at University of Oklahoma; and Dr. Mike Knedler, who retired as a Dean of Northwestern Oklahoma State University after a long career in the music faculty. Knedler teaches in the Honors program for the general education of national-leader undergraduates.

New to Visiting ranks this year is alumnus Dr. Mike Fowler, known well to OC as a past Distinguished Professor of Biology at OC, returning home after distinctive roles in statewide health care leadership and retiring in science administration at Lipscomb University.

Two new, full-time faculty in Visiting appointments are in high-growth, high-demand fields.

Dr. Lindsey Long, an OC Biochemistry graduate (2007), returns to Oklahoma from Albuquerque as Visiting Assistant Professor after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Mexico focused on teaching and research in the field of Biochemistry. Her husband, Dustin, and two children, Drake and Daniel, have recently relocated to the Edmond area where Dustin is a lineman apprentice with Edmond Electric.

Long earned her doctorate from Colorado State University in 2014, and she has numerous publications along with strong education and training including: Genomics Education Partnership (Washington University at St. Louis) 2017; Summer Institutes on Undergraduate STEM Education (HHMI) 2016, National IRACDA conference (poster presentation) 2015, 2016. Lindsey has numerous awards; Cell and Molecular Biology Research Symposium Poster Presentation Award (Honors) (2014); Cell and Molecular Biology Research Symposium Poster Presentation Award (Honorable Mention) (2013); Oklahoma Collegiate Academy of Science oral presentation awards for 1st Place in Section and 2nd Best in Academy (2007); Excellence in Undergraduate Research (Oklahoma Christian University (2007); and Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology (SURB) at Pepperdine University (2006).

Dr. Sheldon Liang, a software engineer and architect, joins the OC faculty this fall as Visiting Professor of Computer Science. Liang is a past professor of Computer Science for Azusa Pacific University in California, as well as Montana Tech of the University of Montana and Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China. Dr. Liang earned his Ph.D from the Institute of Software Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997.

In addition to extensive teaching and industry work, Dr. Liang has published in Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) journals, and he authored three technical books: Advanced Software Design Technologies with Ada (2001), Applied Databases to Management Information Systems (1998), Mastering Object-Oriented Programming from C to C++ (1991). His research includes Software Engineering, Internet Software Development, and Big Data.

Dr. Liang discovered OC after working with OC alumnus Michael O’Brian in China. Dr. Liang also received a Master of Theological Studies degree at Christian Witness Theological Seminary in 2006.

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Tue, 22 Aug 2017 16:45:00 CDT b454ed14-68a8-4ae2-9d9c-e130d43a51e4
OC hosts 12th Global Reunion Camp http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-hosts-12th-global-reunion-camp/ OC happily welcomed 110 people from 35 countries at its 12th annual Global Reunion Camp this week. The camp exists to help missionary and military families returning to the United States from other countries.

Participants will conclude the camp with a flag ceremony honoring all 35 countries at 11 a.m. Friday at OC’s Student Center.

The camp includes three tracks: one for children age 5-12, another for teens and young adults and another for parents. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 17 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.

“Missionary and military families returning to the United States often feel overwhelmed,” Kent Hartman said. “For many, especially children, their home country is the one in which they have spent the least amount of time. For others, their country is not the same as when they left.” 

These mixed feelings can be confusing for children, who are often known as Third Culture Kids.

“When missionaries and military families come back, their kids aren’t sure if they are coming home or leaving home,” Nancy Hartman said.

At Global Reunion, campers learn to deal with the grief, hidden losses, identity confusion and divided loyalties that can accompany cross-cultural moves. The camp is also filled with fun activities that will help the campers embrace their situation and thrive in it. 

In addition to OC, Global Reunion is co-hosted by the Memorial Road church of Christ and InterMission, a group of former missionaries committed to supporting missionaries. InterMission was co-founded by the Hartmans and Memorial Road. There are also many volunteers from local churches who provide meals for the campers. 

According to the Hartmans, who go back to Australia with OC students every summer, Global Reunion is the only camp of its kind in the world that combines classes for college-age and teen TCKs that also has classes for parents. It is also the only camp of its kind among churches of Christ.

In recent years, OC has had an increase in the number of TCKs who call OC home. More than 60 students meet during the year, often with the Hartmans. They enjoy activities and relationships for successful living in their world of changing cultures and transitions. More information about the camp and program can be found at www.oc.edu/tck

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Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:30:00 CDT ede4c76f-e603-463f-ac75-c6d0bbba2392
Enns discusses science, faith at OC lecture http://www.oc.edu/news/enns-discusses-science-faith-at-oc-lecture/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Biblical scholar Pete Enns will speak on the relationship between science and religion at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 11.

Enns’ presentation, “Science, Faith, and What’s At Stake,” is part of the university’s McGaw Lecture Series. The event begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free.

Enns, who has a doctorate from Harvard University, is the Abram S. Clemens professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University. He has taught undergraduate, seminary and doctoral courses at numerous other schools, including Princeton Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, and Temple University.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thu, 06 Apr 2017 09:30:00 CDT 5a23769d-230c-486e-9479-885aefaafd87
Rwanda, Oklahoma Christian celebrate 10-year partnership http://www.oc.edu/news/rwanda-oklahoma-christian-university-celebrate-10-year-partnership/ By Collins Mwai
The New Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here to read the full article on The New Times website.

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:30:00 CST 0a58862e-dcb6-4656-9706-84cde4b64e96
OC event probes faith, tolerance, culture http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-event-probes-faith-tolerance-culture/ -- OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons will visit Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on February 6 to discuss engaging a culture that sees Christianity as irrelevant and extreme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OC set a school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 CST 295830db-d101-45ca-836b-6d021170ebe6
OC presents degrees at winter commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-presents-degrees-at-winter-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 182 graduate degrees and 92 undergraduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 16.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OC set another school record with 2,600 students enrolled this year. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:15:00 CST d9fc02f8-91d9-4057-bcc5-29745d4e5df0
Four OC alumni elected to state legislature http://www.oc.edu/news/four-oc-alumni-elected-to-state-legislature/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Four OC alumni will represent their districts in the Oklahoma state legislature next year.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thu, 10 Nov 2016 11:00:00 CST 678a544a-f555-4516-b1f9-e74c0f3310de
Oklahoma Christian enrollment rises to record high http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-enrollment-rises-to-record-high/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s fall enrollment of 2,600 students is an all-time school record.

OC also surpassed last year’s record for graduate enrollment; 600 students are pursuing master’s degrees in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, or theological studies at Oklahoma Christian. OC’s 2,000 undergraduates are just two off of last year’s record high.

Overall, this is OC’s fifth straight year of record enrollment. The top 12 enrollment totals in OC history have come in the last 12 years.

“With our commitment to affordability and the addition of even more first-class academic programs to serve students, Oklahoma Christian has become a destination point for students and families seeking an unmatched educational experience,” President John deSteiguer said. “Our professors are innovative experts who truly care about their students. Our residential campus is a place where students can connect and thrive. And having Oklahoma City and Edmond in our backyard is a huge benefit to our students and grads.”

Oklahoma Christian has seven National Merit Scholars in this year’s freshman class and 35 overall, a per capita percentage that ranks among the state’s leaders. Forty-one percent of OC’s undergraduate students hail from Oklahoma while another 24 percent are from Texas.

Overall, OC’s student body comes from 43 states and 49 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

Oklahoma Christian, ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report, offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and seven graduate programs.

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.

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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:30:00 CDT 6ff040f8-c5f2-4d8d-a8a1-a98291b9acb7
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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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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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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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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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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