News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC hosts free Museum of the Bible exhibit http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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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Oklahoma Christian earns Princeton Review 'Best College' honors http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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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First RN to BSN grads to receive degrees from OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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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OC well-represented at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-well-represented-at-the-35th-christian-scholars-conference/ Oklahoma Christian University had a strong presence at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference last week with participants in multiple sessions. The annual event was held at Abilene Christian University this year and featured keynote speakers such as authors and professors Phillip Jenkins and Randall Balmer, poet Christian Wiman and public broadcasting host and author Tavis Smiley.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Christian Scholars’ Conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with churches of Christ. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. 

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OC picks Rix as biblical studies dean http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-picks-rix-as-biblical-studies-dean/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A classical piano virtuoso, experienced minister and respected scholar is the new interim dean of Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Biblical Studies.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pianist Charles Rix to perform as OC hosts the CCLA http://www.oc.edu/news/r/pianist-charles-rix-to-perform-as-oc-hosts-the-ccla/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Academic librarians from around the nation will visit Oklahoma Christian University next week for the annual conference of the Christian College Librarians Association. 

As part of the conference, accomplished classical pianist Dr. Charles Rix will perform a free concert on May 21 at 8 p.m. Rix, a professor of Bible at OC, has performed around the world, including St. Petersburg, Russia, and he has been a finalist in international competitions in Paris and New York City.

During Rix’s performance, he will explain each musical work’s significance and ties to literary and spiritual influences. The concert will be held in OC’s Adams Recital Hall in the Garvey Center, though seating is limited.

“Two works will make up the centerpiece of the concert,” Rix said. “The first is by Franz Liszt, in which he quotes the Bible, John 4:14, in Latin in the score. The music encompasses the symbolism of fountains and was one of the masterworks of the greatest keyboardist of the 19th century. The next piece is Ravel’s impressionist fountain music that was based on Liszt’s work. These represented a turning point in the piano literature, especially Liszt’s music that was so rooted in Scripture.”

Rix’s performance will also feature a Mozart sonata and a Liszt rhapsody.

The CCLA conference is hosted by a different college each year. The first meeting in 1974 was held on the OC campus and organized by Dr. Bailey McBride, a beloved professor at OC who retired recently. The purpose of the CCLA is to engage in cooperative projects that enhance the services offered by Christian college libraries and to facilitate communication and resource-sharing among those libraries.

Tamie Willis, professor of library science and director of OC’s Beam Library, is organizing the conference this year. She wanted to provide an entertaining evening for attendees and felt Rix would be the perfect fit.

“Charles is such a wonderful, talent, and he is so generous with his time,” Willis said. “He really got excited about performing for librarians and sharing with us the literary and spiritual themes of the music.”

The concert provides another opportunity for Rix to combine his many talents. Rix is an associate professor of Bible and chair of undergraduate Bible programs at OC. He recently published a series of essays exploring connections between the Bible, the Shoah and the artwork of post-Holocaust painter Samuel Bak.

For several years, Rix has taken a small group of OC students to African Christian College to participate in summer teaching and service projects. When he was just 17, he won first prize at the Houston Symphony Piano Competition, and he was awarded the best performance of a major contemporary piano composition at the 2002 New York City International Piano Competition.

In addition to Rix’s performance, the CCLA conference will feature a presentation from Dr. Elizabeth Parsons, a lecturer in religion, culture and development at Boston University School of Theology. Parsons will draw from her newly published book, “The Greatest Work in the World: Education as a Mission of Early Twentieth Century Churches of Christ, Letters of Lloyd Cline Sears and Pattie Hathaway Armstrong.”

Sears married Armstrong and he graduated and taught at Cordell Christian College in Oklahoma, and Parsons is their granddaughter. She will speak May 21 at 9 a.m. in room 124 of the Williams Branch Center. For more information on the CCLA, visit www.christiancollegelibrarians.wordpress.com

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Christian Chronicle named top newspaper by Associated Church Press http://www.oc.edu/news/r/christian-chronicle-named-top-newspaper-by-associated-church-press/ TORONTO, Canada – The Christian Chronicle, operated on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University, won Best in Class at the Associated Church Press’ annual awards banquet May 1.

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

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

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

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

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

Award of Excellence (1st Place)

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

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

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

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

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

Award of Merit (2nd Place)

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

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

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

Honorable Mention (3rd Place)

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

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OC hosts student success expert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-student-success-expert-to-help-achieve-ambitious-goals/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Last week, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) welcomed one of the world’s top experts on student success in college.

Dr. Vincent Tinto was on campus April 28-29 for workshops with OC administrators, faculty and staff to emphasize his research and writings on the impact of student engagement and learning communities on retention.

“Dr. Tinto is the foremost expert in the realm of student success,” OC vice president for academic affairs Scott LaMascus said. “He studied Oklahoma Christian in preparation for his visit, and I was thrilled to hear his general and tailored thoughts on student success at OC.”

LaMascus has drawn from Tinto’s work in cultivating a vision for OC’s present and future. That vision includes establishing the university’s Student Success Center as OC’s Higher Learning Commission quality initiative. The center partners with academic programs to promote personal and academic responsibility as students transition through their OC experience.

“The number of returning students at OC is looking very strong for the fall,” Student Success Center director Amy Janzen said. “It is really due to a group effort between faculty, staff, Freshman Experience, our Student Success Center and just about everyone on campus focused on the best outcomes for our students.”

Tinto is a distinguished university professor emeritus at Syracuse University. He has more than 50 notable publications, including his most recent book, “Completing College.” He has received numerous awards, including the Council of Opportunity in Education’s Walter O. Mason Award in 2012 for his work on the retention of low-income students and the 2015 Harry S. Truman Award from the American Association of Community Colleges.

He previously was the associate director of the National Center for Teaching, Learning and Assessment. He serves on a number of advisory boards, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and the Lumina Foundation.

During his OC visit, Tinto addressed steps that administrators, faculty and staff can take to achieve measurable results that improve the quality of education students receive at Oklahoma Christian.

“Greater engagement in learning activities in the classroom, especially those that are seen as meaningful and validating, leads to greater time and effort students put into their studies, which, in turn, heightens academic performance and retention,” Tinto said.

According to LaMascus, engagement is a strength on which OC can build.

“Student success is incredibly important for our students, and engaging with students in meaningful experiences and relationships is a hallmark of this campus,” he said. “Our emphasis on improving the quality of an OC education is having a positive impact right now.”

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

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

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OC alum chosen to lead Alberta Bible College http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-alum-chosen-to-lead-alberta-bible-college/ CALGARY, Alberta – Alumni from Oklahoma Christian University continue to make a difference around the world. One alumnus in particular, Dr. Stanley Helton, will soon help lead Christian higher education in Canada.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Stafford North to speak at OC’s spring commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/stafford-north-to-speak-at-oc-s-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Stafford North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker for the spring commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) this Friday, April 24.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Joyce McBride passes away http://www.oc.edu/news/r/joyce-mcbride-passes-away/ We mourn the passing of Joyce McBride, who passed away Thursday. Joyce was a beloved Christian teacher and wife of longtime professor and administrator Dr. Bailey McBride.

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

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

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

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Ravi Zacharias at OC on March 30 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/ravi-zacharias-at-oc-on-march-30/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host best-selling author and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias for a free public lecture next Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 CDT 9e7fa73f-175b-419a-9b06-40212f580e95
Mabee Foundation issues $1M challenge grant for dining facilities http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mabee-foundation-issues-1m-challenge-grant-for-dining-projects/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Mabee Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant toward two student-centric projects at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:30:00 CST e571a083-3d22-4a70-add6-0de6d9cf5369
OC announces dual degree program with Japan university http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-announces-dual-degree-program-with-japan-university/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) and Japan’s Ibaraki Christian University will announce a new dual degree program at a special ceremony Monday. 

OC and IC are in the 40th year of mutual exchange of students and faculty, making the partnership one of the longest lasting programs between any two universities in Japan and the United States. Nearly 1,000 students have participated in the universities’ short-term and long-term programs over the past four decades.

The new dual degree program, to be officially announced at OC’s 11 a.m. Chapel service (click here to watch the livestream of the ceremony), creates the opportunity for students from Japan to complete undergraduate degrees from both Oklahoma Christian and Ibaraki Christian. Students will attend classes at IC for two years and complete their final two years on the OC campus.

IC officials at Monday’s announcement will include President Hiroshi Shoji, Chancellor Jim Batten (a 1971 OC graduate), Dean of International Programs Toshikatsu Yamanaka, and Director of Administration Takako Tetsuka.

The Ibaraki delegation’s visit also will include a free performance by a Japanese Taiko Drum group and OC music students at 7 p.m. Monday in OC’s Adams Recital Hall.

On Tuesday morning, the delegation will visit the Oklahoma State Capitol and the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

“Oklahoma Christian is committed to giving our students the finest global education. This means developing strategic global relationships that give OC students unique learning experiences, like this partnership and the more than 20 study abroad and off-campus learning options we offer,” OC director of international programs John Osborne said. “OC and IC have had a wonderful history of cooperation, understanding and care. People on both sides of the ocean transformed difficulties into opportunities, and misunderstandings into patience and acceptance.”

Birthed by former OC administrator Howard Horton and former OC president James O. Baird, the partnership began in 1975 when OC’s first exchange students went to Japan to study Japanese language and culture. The first exchange professor from Oklahoma Christian, Joe McCormack, went to Ibaraki Christian in 1979 and worked on the IC campus for a year.

Over the course of the exchange program, many OC graduates have moved to Japan to serve in various capacities. More than 100 OC graduates have been employed in the Ibaraki prefecture. The Mito Board of Education started depending on Oklahoma Christian to fill English teaching positions in the public school system.

“We are indebted to the founders of the program for their vision and for their hard work to make it a reality,” Osborne said. “May this 21st century be one of greater understanding and cooperation, and may peace and understanding be fostered between all peoples and nations of the world.”

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

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

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:30:00 CST c2f28eba-5100-4be5-bdea-db3f32da90aa
Oklahoma Christian hosts historic civil rights leaders http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-historic-civil-rights-leaders/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host two icons of the civil rights movement on Feb. 9.

OC’s second-annual History Speaks event will feature Claudette Colvin and Fred Gray, two pioneers for racial equality in the 1950s and 60s.

Colvin was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray served as Colvin’s attorney after she was charged with disorderly conduct.

“Our speakers will share about the events surrounding the Montgomery Bus Boycott,” said Gary Jones, OC’s multicultural and service coordinator. “Portrayed by Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the film, ‘Selma,’ Fred Gray will also speak to his work representing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., successfully representing the victims of the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment, and his success integrating Auburn University and the University of Alabama.”

Colvin was 15 years old when she was arrested in 1955 for refusing to surrender her seat to a white woman on a Montgomery bus. Her arrest took place nine months before the same thing famously happened to Rosa Parks.

Colvin went on to be the star witness in the Browder v. Gayle case, which resulted in the Supreme Court order to end bus segregation.

Gray served as a defense attorney in many high-profile cases throughout the civil rights movement. He represented Parks against disorderly conduct charges after her bus incident and won King an acquittal by an all-white jury from tax evasion charges.

Gray also represented James Hood and Vivian Malone after they were denied admission to the University of Alabama.

History Speaks, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 9 in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online at www.oc.edu/historyspeaks. For more information, call (405) 425-5900 or email gary.jones@oc.edu.

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

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

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Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:45:00 CST 9e189a5d-1991-4882-8f2c-81814fa15f56
OC hosts bestselling author Donald Miller http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-bestselling-author-donald-miller/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Bestselling author Donald Miller will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on Thursday, Jan. 22.

Miller’s lecture, presented by OC’s Ethos program, will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at oc.edu/miller.

Miller is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz, which later became a feature film.

Through his Storyline conferences, online courses, and related resources, Miller helps people clarify their ambitions and identify goals so they can have the direction they need to live a great story.

Using his expertise to relate stories to brand messaging, Miller has worked with businesses such as Chick-fil-A, Ford/Lincoln, Pantene, Prime Lending, and many others.

“OC is passionate about helping students find meaning in their lives, and our Ethos program plays a vital part in that,” Ethos director Summer Lashley said. “Donald Miller’s lecture will be a launching point for people committed to making a fresh start in 2015. It’s a chance to listen to a fellow seeker tell the story of how he found meaning in his life and how you can, too.”

Oklahoma Christian launched its Ethos initiative last fall to give students multiple ways to grow in faith, serve others and worship God. Students can build their “life resumes” through participating in Chapel services, mission trips, service projects, Bible studies, and other opportunities like Miller’s lecture.

Ethos is rooted in Mark 12:30-31, where Jesus identified the greatest commands: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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

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

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Live streaming of commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/live-streaming-of-commencement/ Oklahoma Christian University’s winter commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online at www.oc.edu/live on Dec. 12-13. 

OC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday while the graduate ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address while entrepreneur and inventor Jay Martin will keynote the graduate commencement ceremony.

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Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:00:00 CST 379f72b5-8f7f-46cb-b265-ca0aa49e9453
Oklahoma Christian holds graduation ceremonies http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-holds-graduation-ceremonies/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 80 undergraduate and 103 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 12-13. 

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates represent 13 states and seven countries, and majored in 35 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and 10 countries and represent 12 graduate areas of study. 

Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address while entrepreneur and inventor Jay Martin will keynote the graduate commencement ceremony. 

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Alan Martin began his OC career in 2006 as an associate professor of family ministry. 

He became dean in 2010 and helped shepherd two endowed chairs of more than $1 million in the College of Biblical Studies. Under his leadership, the college launched the Center for Global Missions and the Intergenerational Faith Center, hosted the World Mission Workshop, and added a master’s degree in theological studies through OC’s Graduate School of Theology.

Oklahoma Christian also welcomed distinguished Christian speakers like N. T. Wright, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and (coming in March 2015) Ravi Zacharias through the McGaw Lecture Series.

Jay Martin is one of the only clinical prosthetists that has been invited by DARPA and NASA to help develop the world’s most revolutionary prosthetics, orthotics, and exoskeletal robotics.

For NASA, he played a lead role in developing the man/machine interface connectivity for an advanced “Ironman” exoskeletal robotic suit for military special operations and first responders. NASA also invited him to be the sole inventor and developer on an initiative to transition his man/machine interface technologies into the space program.

He has launched several successful companies based on his inventions, including the largest prosthetics research and development company in the nation.

OC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday while the graduate ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

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 fall 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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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:30:00 CST 7f870b05-5530-4456-9d23-0df7ac00fef9
Oklahoma Christian wins regional ethics championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-wins-regional-ethics-championship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ethics teams won first and third place at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio.

The championship marked the first regional title for Oklahoma Christian, which won its third straight state championship in October. OC will now advance to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California. Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams across the country.

Oklahoma Christian bested teams from 15 other schools at this year’s regional tournament, including state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as Cameron, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma City. The Texas schools competing were Brazosport, Incarnate Word, Schreiner, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran, Texas-Pan American and Texas State.

Both of OC’s teams went undefeated in the competition. A one-point differential between the second- and third-place teams kept OC from sweeping the top two spots.

“I am extremely proud of OC’s teams,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, interim dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “To win the state tournament, which included excellent students from around Oklahoma is very good. But then, to have both of our teams place at regionals and qualify for the national tournament is just outstanding.”

OC’s championship team included Jasper Bawcom, a senior majoring in teaching English as a foreign language; Gabriel Gasiorowski, a sophomore mechanical engineering major; and Megan McKinley, a freshman political science major. Members of OC’s third-place team were Chas Carter, a senior English/pre-law major; Sean vanDyke, a freshman computer engineering major; and Brandon Yeates, a freshman political science major.

“It is a blessing to be able to work with these inspiring students, who are able to thoroughly consider appropriate responses to complex ethical dilemmas and be able to present a cohesive argument grounded sound moral philosophy,” Simmons said. “When one considers that these students represent our future, one can rest assured that our world is in good hands.”

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

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:30:00 CST aa8385be-5031-4a85-8d12-2405b6f9dcfa
OC honors alumni for outstanding achievements http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-honors-alumni-for-outstanding-achievements/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during Homecoming Weekend.

The awards from the College of Biblical Studies, presented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Mark Brazle (’75) – Missions; Toby Levering (’99) – Youth Ministry; Shon Smith (’91) – Preaching/Ministry; and Mitch Wilburn (’05) – Alumnus of the Year.

The College of Business Administration, led by Interim Dean Jeff Simmons, recognized Jimmy Arter (’98) – Management; Matt Cole (’99) – Accounting & Finance; and Cindy Smethers (’89) – Master of Business Administration.

Dr. Byron Newberry, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, presented awards to Laura Hazen (’05) – Engineering; Joshua Hensal (’03) – Mathematical, Computer and Information Sciences; and Jeff Turner (’00) – Mechanical Engineering.

The College of Liberal Arts, with Dean David Lowry, honored Gary L. Bruce (’74) – Music; Aaron Collins (’99) – Education; Susan Heath (’71) – Sports, Wellness and Recreation Management; Lani Gunderson (’09) – Art and Design; Heather Roberts (’03) – Language & Literature; Jill Brown (’87) – History and Political Science; Steve Lackmeyer (’89) – Communication; and Holly Towers (’02) – Psychology and Family Studies.

The College of Natural and Health Sciences, led by Dean Jeff McCormack, presented awards to Reagan Hightower (’11) – Nursing; Dr. Nancy Nesser (’84) – Chemistry; and Dr. Brute Wolf (’86) – Biology.

Honors Program director Dr. Jim Baird presented distinguished alumni awards to Preston Ackerman (’00) – Information Systems, and Sada Knowles (’02) – Family Studies and Vocational Ministry.

Wilburn is the preaching minister at the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, a congregation of 2,000 people that supports 54 missionaries around the world.

Brazle served as a missionary in Belgium for 16 years before spending 20 years in ministry at the Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Brazle currently works at the Missions Resource Network as co-director of missionary care.

Levering was the family minister at Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, for 23 years and recently became the congregation’s pulpit minister. He also co-hosts the Know Your Bible television program.

Smith was the campus minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ for nine years and also served as the vice president for church relations at Oklahoma Christian. He is now the preaching minister at Naperville Church of Christ in Naperville, Illinois.

Arter serves as vice president of minerals and trust property at MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Cole is a partner of Cole and Reed, an accounting firm located in Oklahoma City. He also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Smethers is vice president and product actuarial director at American Fidelity Assurance in Oklahoma City and serves on the Finance Advisory Board of OC’s College of Business Administration.

Hazen works at Tinker Air Force Base as the engineer director for more than 150 engineers developing and maintaining test software for avionics for the Department of Defense.

Hensal began his career as a software and database developer at Chesapeake Energy, and now serves as operations manager of Lane’s Motor Freight Lines in Woodward, Oklahoma. He and his wife also served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria, for six years.

Turner works for John Deere as a product engineer in the area of transmissions and final drives. He has been awarded four U.S. patents for his ideas on off-highway vehicle drivetrain.

Bruce taught guitar as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian for 38 years and served as worship leader at Quail Springs Church of Christ. He now operates Bruce Piano Service in Edmond and plays percussion in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

Collins began his career as a history teacher and librarian at Cambridge High School in Idaho, and now serves as superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Kentucky.

Heath accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Westminster School in Oklahoma City immediately after her graduation from Oklahoma Christian, and has continued to serve there for 44 years.

Gunderson serves as assistant project manager at Timberlake Construction in Oklahoma City. Previously, she worked with the Design + Build Group and completed projects such as the Ford Center and Midtown Condos.

Roberts works as an attorney and uses her bilingual and legal skills to serve Capitol Hill Church of Christ’s Outreach Ministry.

Lackmeyer has worked for The Oklahoman for 24 years, where he has won numerous awards for his coverage of the Murrah Building bombing and other Oklahoma City events. He is the author of four books about the history of downtown Oklahoma City.

Towers serves as the executive director of Lilyfield, a nonprofit Oklahoma adoption coalition. She also is vice president of the board of “Shine! Honduras.”

Hightower has been an emergency room nurse at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City and served on a partnership between Mercy and Kigali, Rwanda. She recently accepted an assignment as a travel nurse.

Dr. Nesser has served as the pharmacy director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority since 2001. The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy recently named Nesser the 2014 Ralph D. Bienfang Outstanding Practitioner.

Wolf practices ophthalmology in Tulsa and has performed more than 10,000 eye surgeries. He is the department chairman at Hillcrest Medical Center and an adjunct professor for the OU College of Medicine.

Ackerman joined the FBI in 2003 and has worked in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City. He is the supervisor of the Oklahoma City Division Cyber Squad and program coordinator for computer intrusions.

Knowles, who worked at OC as an instructor in the Department of Psychology and Family Studies, now serves as middle school and high school principal at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

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

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:00 CST c8704b11-7828-4a24-b20a-692b00984844
College president, Google manager, missionaries, civic leaders among Homecoming honorees http://www.oc.edu/news/r/college-president-google-manager-missionaries-civic-leaders-among-oc-homecoming-honorees/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will honor accomplished graduates at its annual Alumni Banquet on Nov. 14.

The award winners include Harold and Sally Shank (Distinguished Alumni), Andrew Silvestri (Distinguished Young Alum), OC missionaries to Brazil (Missions Award), and Richard and Mo Anderson (Honorary Alumni).

The banquet, a highlight of OC’s Homecoming Weekend, will start at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center. Banquet tickets cost $25 and can be purchased by calling (405) 425-5110, emailing dana.holley@oc.edu or registering online at www.oc.edu/homecoming. Discounted prices are available with the purchase of a table for eight.

The Shanks have epitomized OC values since graduating in the early 70s. In 1976, they planted a church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served there for 10 years. They then moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where Harold preached at Highland Church of Christ for more than 20 years and launched several urban ministries.

He returned to Oklahoma Christian as a Professor of Old Testament in 2006 before becoming president of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, West Virginia, in 2011. Sally, OVU’s first lady, is also an adjunct professor, and serves alongside Harold in spreading the gospel and reaching out to the poor and vulnerable.

“Harold and Sally Shank are two of the most remarkable godly people my wife Joy and I have ever known,” said distinguished professor of Bible Lynn McMillon, OC’s 2012 Distinguished Alumnus. “As powerhouse student leaders, they revolutionized OC’s mission emphasis. They have long had a heart for underprivileged people. Pointing the way to Jesus and serving in His name is the hallmark of their lives.”

Silvestri, a 2007 OC graduate, will be honored as OC’s distinguished young alumnus. In the past seven years, Silvestri has earned a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University, worked at Chesapeake Energy and in Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s office, and recently accepted a job as Google’s public policy and government relations manager.

Oklahoma Christian will present its Missions Award to a collective group of Eagles who have served as missionaries in Brazil. For more than 50 years, families with OC connections have planted churches in Brazil and helped spread the gospel. Brazil now has more than 250 churches of Christ with a collective 11,000 members.

The Andersons, graduates of the University of Oklahoma, will receive OC’s Honorary Alumni award. Their granddaughter, Andee Wayne Gower, attended OC on a basketball scholarship and graduated earlier this year.

In 2012, Richard and Mo gave $1 million to establish the Anderson Endowment for Academic Excellence in Athletics, which provides academic advisors to student-athletes in OC’s 12 varsity sports, as well as podcasts of classes during athletic-related travel.

“Our honorees for this year’s Alumni Banquet are, once again, outstanding representatives of what Oklahoma Christian is all about,” Executive Director of Alumni Relations Bob Lashley said. “There are so many of our alumni who are worthy of such an honor, and we’re proud to have the chance to recognize this slate of OC alumni and friends at Homecoming.”

Homecoming weekend also features OC’s musical production of “Little Women,” scheduled for 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday in Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets cost $15, with discounts available for senior citizens, groups and OC students, faculty and staff. They can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/LittleWomen and on weekdays at the OC Box Office or by calling (405) 425-5540.

OC’s Homecoming Chapel will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Carnival and Lunch. Homecoming Chapel will feature an OC Chorale performance, a devotional and a special recognition of OC’s 50-year class of 1964.

OC’s 2014-15 basketball season tips off Saturday afternoon in the Payne Athletic Center. The women’s team hosts York College at 1 p.m., followed by coronation ceremony for the 2014 Homecoming King and Queen, and the men’s basketball game against Dallas Christian at approximately 3 p.m.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, the “Back to the Barn Bash” will celebrate 1990s-era alumni in the Dave Smith Athletic Center.

A complete schedule of all Homecoming activities, including numerous class and club reunions, is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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Alan Martin accepts ministry role in Houston http://www.oc.edu/news/r/alan-martin-accepts-ministry-role-in-houston/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After almost a decade serving at Oklahoma Christian University (OC), including the last four years as dean of the College of Biblical Studies, Alan Martin is returning to family ministry.

In January, Martin will become the minister of marriage and family at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, working alongside OC trustee David Duncan, the congregation’s preaching minister.

“I’m grateful for Dr. Martin’s service to OC as professor and dean, and I’m thrilled for Memorial and for the families he will minister to there,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “Besides being an outstanding teacher and mentor, his leadership has helped our College of Biblical Studies grow in its momentum and impact for God’s Kingdom.”

Since Martin became dean in June 2010, OC’s College of Biblical Studies has launched the Center for Global Missions and the Intergenerational Faith Center, hosted the World Mission Workshop, and brought to campus distinguished speakers like N. T. Wright, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, and (coming in March 2015) Ravi Zacharias through the McGaw Lecture Series.

Martin also helped shepherd the introduction of two new endowed chairs in the College of Biblical Studies. The Lynn and Joy McMillon Endowed Chair was funded by an anonymous $1.5 million gift in 2010. The Benton and Paula Baugh Chair of Gospel Preaching was funded by a 2013 gift of $1.7 million from the Baughs.

During Martin’s tenure, the College of Biblical Studies began a master’s degree in theological studies, the third master’s program in OC’s Graduate School of Theology. Through his service on OC’s Church Relations team, Martin also helped oversee a revitalization of the university’s annual lectureship.

“God destined OC to be a part of my history and a great part of my growth in leadership to bless His kingdom. My wife Linda and I now feel called to the ‘frontlines’ to serve families,” Martin said. “We’re thankful to OC for its total embrace and for the opportunities to serve and grow. Our prayers will be with the leadership, faculty, staff and students for blessings into the future.”

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Martin came to Oklahoma Christian in 2006 as associate professor of family ministry and has continued to teach in the classroom as professor of family life.

In addition to his roles at OC, Martin was the coordinator and administrator of the Community Outreach Program for Edmond Church of Christ from 2007 until 2012.

He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the National Council on Family Relations, and has conducted marriage and family seminars for more than 50 churches throughout the region.

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

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 11:45:00 CDT c656b53d-8b09-4acf-ae9a-67ab6ea92e56
Oklahoma Christian hosts 64th lectureship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-64th-lectureship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will kick off its 64th lectureship this Sunday.

The lectureship, which runs through Tuesday, Oct. 7, features more than 35 speakers, concerts and other special events. With an overall theme of “Fully Engaged,” the lectureship will focus on I Peter 2:21: “... that you should follow in His steps.”

“Using the STEPS acronym, we have identified five qualities of Jesus: Serve, Tell, Exemplify, Pray and Sacrifice,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “If we develop these qualities, we will certainly follow in His steps and become fully engaged like Jesus was.”

After a Grand Concert featuring groups from OC’s Department of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday, the lectureship begins in earnest at 6:30 p.m. with praise and worship time led by Keith Lancaster, founder of Acappella Ministries. Mitch Wilburn, pulpit minister at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, will deliver Sunday’s keynote lecture, “Following in His Steps,” at 7 p.m.

Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella will conclude Sunday’s activities with a free concert at 8:15 p.m.

“We want to help churches find ways to get their members fully engaged in the work of the church,” Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North said. “The primary way churches can do that is to get their members to be more like Jesus. If we are more like Jesus, we will be fully engaged.”

Scott Franks, the preaching minister at Burnt Hickory Church of Christ in Marietta, Georgia, and Larry Nunley, worship and praise minister at Airport Freeway Church of Christ in Euless, Texas, will deliver the morning keynotes on Monday and Tuesday in conjunction with OC’s daily Chapel services.

Monday’s sessions also include a Nurturing Engagement Workshop and classes on prayer, scripture and youth engagement.

The annual Women’s Day program takes place Monday morning at Memorial Road Church of Christ. Former quadriplegic Nika Maples will be the featured speaker at “She Speaks,” a women’s dinner at 5:30 p.m. Monday.

OC preaching chair Doug Peters will give Monday night’s keynote lecture, “Christians Compelled by the Love of Christ.” This special session will include video submissions from around the nation featuring various ministries. In addition, a panel of speakers will answer audience questions submitted through Twitter.

The annual Lightfoot Preaching Lectures on Acts and classes on marriage, elders and scripture will be featured on Tuesday. The lectureship concludes at 6 p.m. Tuesday with a dinner honoring preachers, elders and wives. Former OC president Terry Johnson is the keynote speaker.

“This lectureship is practical for churches of all sizes,” North said. “It will present ideas on how people can strengthen their churches at home. We have great speakers who will present wonderful lessons.”

All sessions are free and open to the public except for the “She Speaks” dinner, which costs $25. For more information about the OC Lectureship, call (405) 425-5141. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/lectureship.

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

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Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:30:00 CDT 6300e0a1-527b-467d-af76-67959185af37
OC sets record, celebrates decade of enrollment highs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-sets-record-celebrates-decade-of-enrollment-highs/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set another enrollment record this fall, with 2,479 students calling OC home.

This marks the third straight year of record enrollment at Oklahoma Christian, fueled by a 13 percent increase since fall 2011. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

Oklahoma Christian also set a graduate record this year with 502 master’s students enrolled, up 10 percent over last year’s previous high. Undergraduate enrollment rose to 1,977 students, including 38 National Merit Finalists.

Thirty-seven percent of OC’s undergraduate students are from Oklahoma while another 23 percent are from Texas. Overall, OC’s student body hails from 42 states and 49 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

“We’re proud to have another record enrollment, with students from all over our state, from all over our country and from all over our world. We’re also excited to have a record number of students living on campus in our close-knit Christian community,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Our faculty is second to none – they’re learned scholars, compassionate mentors and spiritual examples. And our staff’s dedication to our students and mission also has helped increase our retention and enrollment. OC is a place where lessons are learned, lives are changed, and the world becomes better.”

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

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:15:00 CDT 693b61a0-773f-40e9-acba-d2c5fa771f3c
OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-lands-on-us-news-best-regional-university-and-a-plus-lists/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ranks among the top 40 regional universities in the western United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook.

Oklahoma Christian rose to No. 40 in this year’s 15-state western rankings and is the No. 2 Oklahoma school in the “Best Regional Universities” category.

In addition to having the most National Merit Finalists per capita of all Church of Christ universities, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News & World Report 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.

This is the 16th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. 

“We are thrilled to be honored again as one of the best universities in the west,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I’m also proud of this recognition of our A+ approach to B students. It speaks to the heart and quality of our professors, who work alongside our students to bring out their best and help them discover their gifts.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best College 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.

Last month, The Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list. In addition, The Princeton Review and PC Gamer recently ranked OC’s game design program as the No. 14 undergraduate program in the nation

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

OC biology graduates have a 95 percent medical and graduate school acceptance rate, and 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past four years. OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 17 straight years.

Oklahoma Christian 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.

OC also boasts the second-highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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

The last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever, including a new school record this fall.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:01:00 CDT 34fc4b69-dcc1-4347-af8b-8bb0cfd2ad42