OC News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC board of trustees expands to 38 members http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-board-of-trustees-expands-to-38-members/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) elected four new members to its board of trustees at its annual fall meetings.

The addition of Gene Humphrey, Amy Roberts, Jack Rowe and Dr. Michelle Tucker increases OC’s board membership to 38 trustees.

Humphrey, who owns degrees from the University of Texas and Stanford University, is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a former executive for Citibank and Enron. He and his wife Diana serve on the development board of Lifeline Chaplaincy, a ministry that serves patients at the Texas Medical Center. The attend Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, where he serves as an elder.

Roberts owns a bachelor’s degree and master of business administration degree from Oklahoma Christian. She worked in OC’s Office of Student Life for 12 years, including five years as director of freshman experience. She and her husband Daniel, also an OC graduate, now live in Garland, Texas, where he serves as youth minister at Saturn Road Church of Christ.

Rowe originally served on OC’s board of trustees from 1999 to 2010, when he became a Life Trustee. A former U.S. Navy officer, Rowe is a certified public accountant who has helped build and operate retirement facilities that have served thousands of people and families. OC’s Rowe Academic Enhancement Endowment, named in honor of Jack and his late wife Barbara, supports general university needs as well as academic and faculty enrichment.

Dr. Tucker owns and operates Castle Hills Pediatrics in Carrollton, Texas. A former assistant to the city manager in Garland, Texas, Tucker has served on the board for the ChristianWorks for Children adoption, counseling and grief support non-profit since 1994. She serves as medical director for Prestoncrest Church of Christ’s mission efforts in Guatemala and also has provided medical consultations in Ghana. Her husband Randy is an elder at Prestoncrest, where the Tuckers mentor engaged and young married couples.

“We’re blessed to have Jack return as an active trustee, and it’s a joy to welcome Amy back home in this new role,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Gene and Michelle also bring great experience and hearts for ministry that will be huge assets to the board. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with these accomplished men and women, who love God and love OC.”

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 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, 29 Nov 2016 10:00:00 CST 5de64141-85bc-4a51-bdec-a6ec1c4d79ea
Student programmers place first at regional site, 11th overall http://www.oc.edu/news/student-programmers-place-first-at-regional-site-11th-overall/ An undergraduate team from Oklahoma Christian University placed first among all Oklahoma universities in a computer-programming contest featuring the largest schools in the region. The OC team placed first at its site and 11th overall among universities competing in four locations. 

The South Central Regional of the Association for Computing Machinery Programming Contest involved 67 teams, with Abilene Christian University, Baylor University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Oklahoma in partnership with Southern Nazarene University serving as host sites.

Oklahoma Christian finished first in the Abilene contest and among all universities from Oklahoma. Across the region, OC’s teams placed second out of the 23 teams with undergraduate students only. Oklahoma Christian has placed in the top three in the undergraduate category as well as in the top three for Oklahoma universities overall in four of the past five years.

“It is remarkable that a school of our size can compete on an even basis with the largest universities in the region,” said David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement. “We’re very proud of our students and the way they represent OC.”

OC has a long tradition of excelling in this contest. No one involved with this competition is surprised when a team from Oklahoma Christian shows up near the top of the leaderboard.

“For years, our teams have placed high in the open classification as well as other specialized classifications,” North said. “Our goal next year will be to win the South Central Regional and move on to the World Finals.”

The region’s top 10 teams, which all included graduate students, came from the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Texas in Dallas, Baylor University, Rice University and LeTourneau University.

OC’s top team was comprised of junior Alexander Edwards from Lucas, Texas; junior Thomas Hartnett from McKinney, Texas; and senior Jonathan Hartnett from McKinney, Texas.

Each team of three programmers was given 11 problems to solve correctly in five hours by writing a computer program. OC’s team correctly solved seven of 11 problems and missed making the top 10 due to time.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:15:00 CST f3bc597b-a652-4895-801a-5afacb9a1fda
OC rings in the season with holiday events http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-rings-in-the-season-with-holiday-events/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Christmas season brings with it many traditions at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

OC will host the seventh-annual Lighting of the Commons on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center.

Santa Claus will make an appearance for photos with children and families. Hot cocoa and special edition mugs will be available for purchase. Other activities include free sleigh rides, a Christmas train and performances by the Wings Bell Choir. There also will be a short fireworks display on Lawson Commons following the debut of this year’s Christmas lights across campus.

Soundings, OC’s nationally recognized literary and visual arts journal, will feature a Christmas Market in the nearby McGraw Pavilion. Students, campus organizations and local shops will host nearly 20 booths selling a variety of Christmas gifts, ornaments and decorations. Products such as knitted goods, jewelry, photography prints and homemade baked goods will be available.

Booth highlights include the Society of Women Engineers, who will sell 3D printed ornaments, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, selling “Dates with a Book.” Each book is wrapped and has only a few descriptive words written on the outside. Customers will choose a book at random and expand their reading interests by trying a new style or genre.

The holiday festivities will continue on Thursday, Dec. 1 with the 40th-annual Cocoa and Carols. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The evening will open with the traditional processional “Personent Hodie,” a 14th-century carol, performed by the University Chorale and Orchestra. The program will continue with a set of Christmas carols by more than 200 students and faculty from OC’s Department of Music.

Dr. John Fletcher, Professor of Music and Symphonic Band conductor, says the 40-year tradition of Cocoa and Carols began with now-retired music professor Dr. Ken Adams.

“We referred to the program as our ‘Christmas Card’ to the campus and community,” Dr. Fletcher said. “It’s evolved substantially through the years, but remains a labor of love for everyone in the Music Department.”

Complimentary hot cocoa and cider will be served in McIntosh Conservatory during intermission, with seasonal music provided by the Chamber Orchestra. Following intermission, the program will continue with music provided by the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Chamber Orchestra and Collegiate Choir.

The event includes holiday favorites such as “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silver Bells,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” and many more.

Both events are free and open to the public. For more information about Cocoa and Carols, call (405) 425-5530. Questions about the Lighting of the Commons can be directed to OC’s Office of Events at (405) 425-6300.

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 10:00:00 CST 28a53cff-e84b-4411-b39c-fa5d93747ca2
Oklahoma Christian ethics team earns fifth national bid http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-ethics-team-earns-fifth-national-bid/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) advanced to its fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl with a third-place finish at the regional competition in San Antonio.

Oklahoma Christian, which has won five consecutive state championships, is the only Sooner State school to qualify for five straight national tournaments. OC placed third in the nation at this past February’s competition and fifth in 2014.

Both of OC’s entries won all three of their matches at Saturday’s Texas Regional Ethics Bowl. Case topics included the ethics of 3-D printed weapons, unlocking the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, treatment of mental disorders, food taxes, waste disposal, and modesty laws.

OC’s third-place squad of Preston Coleman, Hadley LaMascus and Brendan McKinley defeated the University of Oklahoma, St. Mary’s (Texas) and Oklahoma Baptist.

OC’s fifth-place team of Tyler Clark, Megan McKinley and Seanhenry Vandyke beat Cameron, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City.

Judges’ scores were used to break ties between the six undefeated teams at regionals. The top four schools – Central Oklahoma, St. Mary’s, OC and OU – qualified to compete in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on February 26 in Dallas.

“It’s exciting to go undefeated at the regional level and advance to a fifth straight Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl,” said Jeff Simmons, dean of OC’s College of Business Administration and sponsor of OC’s Ethics Team. “I’m proud of our students for their hard work and commitment to each other through weeks and weeks of 6 a.m. practices. We look forward to contending for the national championship again.”

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 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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Mon, 14 Nov 2016 14:00:00 CST 64de86bc-6813-4c25-ab97-3b7363971769
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
OC students to perform seasonal music concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-to-perform-seasonal-music-concerts/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Students at Oklahoma Christian University will showcase their musical talents at the university’s upcoming fall concerts. The concerts are free and open to the public.
 
The Department of Music’s choirs will perform on Thursday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in  McIntosh Conservatory. The seasonal instrumental concert will take place a week later in Hardeman Auditorium on Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
 
The vocal concert will feature performances by the OC Chamber Singers and Chorale. The groups will perform a variety of styles, including George Frideric Handel, John Rutter and more.
 
The seasonal instrumental concert will present numbers by the Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.
 
The Symphonic Band’s portion of the Fall Concert will feature a number of songs, including “Godzilla Eats Las Vegas” by Eric Whitacre. Dr. John Fletcher, Professor of Music, will direct the number and said it’s “about as bizarre as you might expect from the title.”
 
The Chamber Orchestra consists of 21 students and is conducted by Dr. Kathy Thompson. Their selections include Irish fiddle tune “The Cliffs of Moher,” featuring soloist Marina Pendleton. The Jazz Ensemble will perform six short numbers, including “America the Beautiful.”
 
For more information, call OC’s Department of Music at (405) 425-5530.

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Mon, 07 Nov 2016 12:00:00 CST 1c67ea00-1435-46a6-93fa-dd8b92d84ee2
OC honors outstanding grads at Alumni Banquet http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-honors-outstanding-grads-at-alumni-banquet/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A championship coach at Oklahoma State University headlines the award winners at Oklahoma Christian University’s Alumni Banquet.

Chris Young, a 2000 OC graduate who coaches women’s tennis at OSU, will receive the Distinguished Alumnus award during the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday in OC’s Gaylord University Center.

After playing tennis at Oklahoma Christian, Young served as an assistant coach at his alma mater and helped lead the OC men’s team to a national championship in 2003.

He became a head coach at Wichita State University in 2004, taking a women’s team that had never held a national ranking and turning it into a group that was ranked for 43 straight weeks.

Since moving to OSU in 2009, Young has transformed the women’s tennis program into a national powerhouse. Last year’s team advanced to NCAA national championship match. Young was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year after guiding the Cowgirls to their first league title in 13 seasons.

A graduate of Norman High School, Chris credits Oklahoma Christian with impacting his life for the better.

“OC has been a part of my family for a long time,” he said. “OC has impacted my life in a lot of ways, with mentors and people that have inspired me. I owe a lot to the people there and the education I received there.”

Scott Filleman, a 2005 music education graduate, will receive OC’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award.

In 2007, he started the band program at Santa Fe South Schools in Oklahoma City, where almost every student qualified for free or reduced-price lunches. He had no budget and just a few instruments, but his pursuit of grants and donations paid off. Less than five years later, more than 300 students had joined the program and received a free instrument. His students achieved an average GPA of 3.7.

Last year, he received one of two Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Turnaround Management Association, which honors teachers who have changed the outcome of students’ lives. He recently began a new chapter in his career as the director of fine arts at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

“My time at OC was invaluable. My professors made me realize the story of education is not in a textbook or a test,” Filleman said. “I want to recognize where students are and take them forward. I tell them every year that if you have passion for what you do, you will be successful.”

OC also will honor Scott and Sonya Young as Distinguished Honorary Alumni. Sonya has been an administrative assistant to Dean of Students Neil Arter since 2008. Scott, the worship minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ, is heavily involved in campus ministry at Oklahoma Christian.

“We’ve just tried to throw ourselves in. When we can help, we help,” Scott said. “I see students embrace people who don’t have anything. I see them wonder how they can help and what they can do. It makes you proud to be part of a community that fosters that and promotes that, and then watches as they go and do that successfully.”

OC’s 2016 Missions Award will honor a collective group of missionaries to Africa for their service there. OC students, faculty, staff and alumni have led mission campaigns and ministry efforts in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and other African countries.

Ben Langford, a 1998 OC graduate who served as a full-time missionary in Uganda for six years, facilitates many of OC’s current efforts in his role as director of the university’s Center for Global Missions.

“For decades, OC alumni and students have followed God’s lead into Africa with passion and love, often risking their own well-being to do so,” Langford said. “We pray and anticipate the next generation of OC alumni and students will have the courage to follow God’s lead to Africa.”

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Thu, 03 Nov 2016 14:00:00 CDT ef0848e2-2577-48a1-84a8-5c6039e406b4
OC celebrates Homecoming with ‘The Music Man’ http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-celebrates-homecoming-with-the-music-man/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – “The Music Man,” a production loved by people of all ages, kicks off the annual Homecoming weekend at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

The show will run Nov. 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/musicman.

The Broadway performance of “The Music Man” has won five Tony Awards. Written by Meredith Willson, the musical focuses on Harold Hill, a traveling salesman who plans to con citizens into paying him to create a boys’ marching band before skipping town with the money and without a band.

Alex Wiggs, a junior youth ministry and communications major from Cumming, Georgia, will portray Hill. Andrea Ochoa, a senior vocal music education major from Houston, Texas, will perform alongside Wiggs as Marian Paroo. Wiggs and Ochoa also are members of OC’s elite Chamber Singers chorus.

Wiggs said people should come see the show not just for the entertainment factor, but for the lesson it provides.

“The show is really fun and entertaining, but I also think it offers a lot of almost satirical insight into some of the things society buys into,” Wiggs said. “It’s really easy for us to get caught in the trap of something that’s flashy and exciting and fun, and the show pokes fun at how we can get caught up in something that looks nice, but might not have any meaning.”

This production is directed by Barbara Berard, who has choreographed more than a dozen OC productions as well as a number of other productions in the Oklahoma City area.

For more information, contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310.

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Mon, 31 Oct 2016 10:45:00 CDT 3e84bc4a-652f-4fe6-a1dc-8369e7193764
OC beats OU, wins fifth straight state ethics title http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-beats-ou-wins-fifth-straight-state-ethics-title/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – They’ve defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University for five straight years in head-to-head competition.

But winning state championships definitely hasn’t gotten old for the students on Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team.

For the fifth consecutive year, a team from Oklahoma Christian swept its competition and won the Oklahoma Statewide Student Ethics Challenge. OC’s “Aguilas” defeated two teams from OU and a squad from the University of Central Oklahoma to capture the state title.

OC advances to the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 12 in San Antonio hoping to claim a third straight regional championship. If the team performs well, it will compete in February’s Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Dallas. OC’s teams have placed third, fifth and eighth nationally during this run.

Sponsored by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, an ethics contest consists of several rounds, with each round focusing on a specific dilemma. Unlike a traditional debate competition, both teams can agree on what the outcome of the case should be. The participants are charged with discussing why that outcome is best according to ethical and moral philosophical reasonings.

OC’s success is built on sound ethics and hard work; the students practice at 6 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday for weeks in advance of each contest because they can’t use notes in competition.

Dr. Jeff Simmons serves as dean of OC’s College of Business Administration and has sponsored the ethics team since its inception six years ago.

“Ethics is the favorite part of my job,” Simmons said. “I’m always so thoroughly impressed by the students because they do a phenomenal job, and they even challenge me. It’s an honor to work with them.”

For the first time, OC’s team has a pair of siblings competing together: Brendan and Megan McKinley. Brendan, a freshman electrical engineering major, and Megan, a junior political science and English major, hail from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“The McKinleys are incredibly supportive of each other, which is really neat,” Simmons said. “There’s no sibling rivalry. When one is giving the other constructive criticism, they know it’s only in the other’s best interest.”

Megan and Brendan agree those crack-of-dawn Ethics practices are often the highlight of their days.

“It’s just fun,” Megan said. “I like the clash and the intellectual argument. It forces you to be on your toes all the time and thinking about why you actually believe what you do and the valid reasons behind that.”

This is Megan’s third year on OC’s ethics team. She competed with Sean Vandyke and Tyler Clark on OC’s winning “Aguilas” team.

Brendan, who won the national championship in his division as a high school senior last year, competed as part of OC’s Eagles Team with Preston Coleman and Hadley LaMascus. The trio, all new to collegiate ethics competition, finished 1-2 with narrow losses to OU and Oklahoma State University.

“Through ethics, I gain a more robust, moral analysis of different issues that are facing us as adults,” Brendan said. “We really develop that by thinking about and debating ethical issues. In doing so, sometimes we change our own opinion.”

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 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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Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:30:00 CDT 9318fd1a-700e-48f6-aa80-c7040a8ba4c4
OC providing new resources for students and professionals http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-providing-new-resources-for-students-and-professionals/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is providing new resources to allow students of all ages to succeed.

High school and middle school students will compete in OC’s Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition on October 29.

The first-year contest, sponsored by OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, allows students to compete in teams to design, test and present alternative means to wind energy.

Kelly Cox, assistant to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the contest is important in encouraging students to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

“I think the competition’s been really beneficial for schools that need opportunities in STEM programs, but don’t necessarily have the financial means to do so,” Cox said. “Students are motivated to face problems and create ways to do it better.”

For more information about the Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition, call (405) 425-5467.

On Oct. 28-29, OC’s Eagles Health Initiative (EHI) will host the inaugural “Community” conference, where students and experts will speak on health-related issues. Topics include health disparities related to race or socioeconomic status, public health, and local and overseas mission work.

Guest speakers include Kelly Fry, editor and vice president of news at The Oklahoman, Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president of Integris Mental Health, Dr. Lynn Mitchell, an OC alumna and trustee who serves as chief medical officer for OU Physicians, and Jim Priest, chief executive officer for Sunbeam Family Services.

OC students founded EHI last year to bring together conversations about mental, physical and spiritual health on OC’s campus and in the community. The club is comprised of more than 60 members, with students from a variety of majors.

“A lot of students know that health is important, but the conversation only goes as far as easting healthier and exercising,” said EHI president Jackson Higginbottom, a senior biology major at OC. “Students at the conference will be given the opportunity to grow not only in learning, but also professionally through exposure to different opportunities within our community.”

To register for the Community conference, go to www.oc.edu/community. Admission is $5.

OC’s graduate students also enjoy many benefits, including the opportunity to attend a number of free seminars.

On Nov. 8, students and alumni interested in pursuing startup opportunities can attend OC’s Graduate Business Entrepreneur Seminar. Russ McGuire, the entrepreneur in residence for OC’s MBA program, will lead the seminar.

Last year, OC’s Graduate School of Business hosted a seminar on LinkedIn. Graduate admissions counselor Angie Ricketts said the purpose of the annual seminars is to continually be there for students and graduates.

“They don’t just get a degree and they’re done,” Ricketts said. “We want to continue to be involved in their careers and their lives.”

For more information about OC’s Graduate School of Business, go to www.oc.edu/gsb or call (405) 425-5562.

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, 19 Oct 2016 13:30:00 CDT e2917925-c22c-4f1e-95cb-4dc4304751a8
OC graduates first class in Master of Science in Computer Science program http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-graduates-first-class-in-master-of-science-in-computer-science-program/ Oklahoma Christian University’s first graduating class of computer science graduate students recently received their diplomas. 

Thirty-seven students earned their Master of Science in Computer Science degree in just one year. David North, OC’s Director of Computer Science Advancement, said the class is the first of many to come.

“We are proud of our first group who finished our masters program in one year,” North said. “Our graduate degree and night classes, which are geared toward working adults, have been a great fit with these graduates and the new students we are attracting.”

OC also offers a flexible graduate program that can be completed in one or two years with most of the courses offered in the evening. The evening program has been popular among software engineers working at Tinker Air Force Base. That cohort is expected to graduate next summer along with the newest group of students in the one-year program. OC’s current graduate computer science enrollment includes 76 students from the United States, India, Pakistan and Rwanda.

Yamlakfekad Eyerusalem, who works at Tinker Air Force Base, was pleased with his experience in OC’s graduate program.

“The computer science curriculum gives students a broad exposure to the subject matter in the field,” Eyerusalem said. “The professors are experts in their fields, highly regarded and take their jobs seriously. I was able to get a job before I graduated.”

Housed in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, OC’s Master of Science in Computer Science is one of the most affordable MSCS programs in the state. Nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the MSCS program features a software engineering track, with future tracks in development.

Oklahoma Christian also offers a BS/MS option that allows aspiring professionals to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science in just five years.

The MSCS program builds on the growth of OC’s undergraduate programs in the field, which focus on new, popular technologies and feature degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation.

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

More information about OC’s master of science in computer science program is available at www.oc.edu/mscs.

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‘Charles Darwin’ visits Oklahoma Christian University http://www.oc.edu/news/charles-darwin-visits-oklahoma-christian-university/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host “Mr. Darwin’s Tree” on Monday, Oct. 24.

The acclaimed British one-man play focuses on the faith of Charles Darwin, an esteemed scientist who is credited with proposing the theory of evolution.

Written and directed by Murray Watts and starring British film, TV and theatre actor Andrew Harrison, the Oklahoma City showing of Mr. Darwin’s Tree is presented by OC’s Science and Religion Club (SouRCe).

Dr. Amanda Nichols, an associate professor of chemistry at Oklahoma Christian, is SouRCe’s sponsor. She received a grant to start the club, in which students explore how science and faith are intertwined, after participating in the Scholars and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program at the University of Oxford.
 
Dr. Nichols, a 2003 OC graduate, said SouRCe and “Mr. Darwin’s Tree” are essential in encouraging students to consider how science and faith can work together in the world.
 
“For the most part, the show is really focused on Darwin and his development of the evolutionary theory, but it also tackles his struggle with faith during his life,” Dr. Nichols said. “It highlights that he didn’t necessarily lose his faith over evolution, but he had some things happen to him in his life that were pretty tragic, and he didn’t know how to navigate those in his spiritual life.”
 
The production begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Judd Theatre. Following the show, there will be a discussion panel with a number of scholars. Audience members may ask questions about the play and the different issues that arise when discussing the coexistence of science and religion.
 
“Mr. Darwin’s Tree” is produced by SCIO, the UK Centre of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, and underwritten by the Templeton Religion Trust. The CCCU, of which Oklahoma Christian is a member, also sponsors the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian.
 
To purchase tickets for “Mr. Darwin’s Tree,” go to www.oc.edu/darwinstree or contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310. Admission for OC students and employees is free with an OC ID. For more information about SouRCe, contact OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences at (405) 425-5401.

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, 14 Oct 2016 13:00:00 CDT a48c2af5-c880-4fa7-b2f3-f46e0bc1f2b7
OC theater production shines light on mental health http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-theater-production-shines-light-on-mental-health/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will take to the stage to explore mental health issues in the fall play, “Tigers Be Still.”

The play, which runs Oct. 13-15, is presented by U!Shine, an Oklahoma nonprofit that exists to shine a light on mental health issues within university communities.

“Tigers Be Still” is a comedy written by Kim Rosenstock and directed by Scott Hale. The show follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her master’s degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes.

Ady Wessel, a junior mass communication-creative media major from Fort Worth, Texas, is the assistant director and stage manager for the show. She said the show stands out because it talks about depression in a unique way.

“The show has an important message about depression and mental health,” Wessel said. “It’s something our community needs to start discussing. It’s worth seeing the different perspectives on different issues.”

The production begins at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Judd Theatre. Tickets are $5 for OC students and $15 for the general public. U!Shine will have an information booth onsite and will provide concessions during intermission.

For more information about U!Shine, go to www.ushine.org. To purchase tickets for the show, go to www.oc.edu/tigersbestill or call (405) 425-6310.

“When asked why she wrote Tigers Be Still, Kim Rosenstock said she wanted to write a play about joy. In the process of trying to explore the topic of joy, she found you really have to write about the journey towards joy,” Hale said. “Collaborating with these students over the past few weeks has truly been a joyful journey. If you are in a dark place in your personal journey, I hope this play shines a bit of light your way.”

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:00 CDT 848ecff9-cb36-4803-b314-c6b4042a56b5
Chick-fil-A opens at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/chick-fil-a-opens-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – On September 12, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) debuted its newest on-campus dining option: Chick-fil-A Express.

Kurt Hermanson is the owner and operator of U Dining, which provides OC’s meals. He began the process to get a Chick-fil-A Express about three years ago and is pleased with student reaction.

“The reception has been really good. It’s been very busy so far. I think it’s been good for the campus and the students love it,” Hermanson said.

OC’s Chick-fil-A Express is open from 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. every day but Sunday. Members of the public are welcome. OC students can pay for meals with Eagle Bucks.

The addition of Chick-fil-A Express in the Gaylord University Center has increased the number of on-campus jobs. The new location employs more than 50 students to work in part-time jobs throughout the week.

More on-campus dining enhancements will arrive soon. In 2017, OC and U Dining will unveil Alfredo’s Express, a first of its kind, as another option for students. OC’s new coffee shop, “The Brew,” also will open in the coming months.

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.

Chick-fil-A, Inc., is a family-owned and privately-held restaurant company devoted to serving the local communities in which its restaurants operate. Known for its original chicken sandwich and unique franchise model, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states and in Washington, D.C.

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Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:00:00 CDT 2566adb8-36c5-4206-a461-1d5180e6c7de
OC merges science and faith in new club http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-merges-science-and-faith-in-new-club/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – An Oklahoma Christian University (OC) club that encourages students to consider how science and religion are intertwined has big things planned for its second year on campus.

SouRCe is sponsored by Dr. Amanda Nichols, a 2003 OC graduate and an associate professor of chemistry here. Nichols received a grant to start the club after participating in the Scholars and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) program at the University of Oxford.

“There are a lot of different questions that arise in the area of science, but they’re not questions that science can necessarily answer,” Dr. Nichols said. “One of the nice things about OC is that there are a lot of different areas where these conversations are already taking place. SouRCe is another area where students can talk about their questions and their doubts, and it’s important to have those venues.”

Senior Lauren Bellcock, a cellular and molecular biology major from Little Rock, Arkansas, serves as president of SouRCe. Bellcock said the club’s goal is to show students science and religion can coexist and compliment one another.

“I believe science points to religion because science tries to explain the order of the world,” Bellcock said. “The more you study something, the more complex and beautiful it is. The more I learn, the more I realize our world couldn’t have been an accident.”

Bellcock is also grateful that SouRCe is helping further her relationship with God.

“Because I want to grow my relationship with God, I’m very curious and I have lots of questions,” Bellcock said. “Learning more about science grows my faith because I see and attempt to understand the complexities of the world, and that helps me know God better.”

SouRCe regularly hosts evening movies and discussions, along with a special Chapel every other Tuesday. On October 24, SouRCe will host a one-man play called “Mr. Darwin’s Tree.” The play focuses on Charles Darwin’s struggles with faith throughout his career. Following the play, there will be a scholarly discussion panel.

For more information about SouRCe, contact OC’s College of Natural and Health Sciences at (405) 425-5401.

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The concert will feature performances by the Chorale, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

“Listening to music brings great joy to many people, and we hope – through the Grand Concert – to introduce our audience to some of the types of music we’ll present throughout the remainder of the school year,” said Professor of Music John Fletcher, conductor of the Symphonic Band. “It’s always fun to approach the first concert of the season and to share the new version of our ensembles with the audience. We hope all the students, faculty and staff, along with anyone from the community, will come check us out.”

The concert precedes the start of the annual OC Lectureship, which features an opening keynote address by Dr. Kent Brantly at 7 p.m.

The Grand Concert is free and open to the public. A live stream of the concert will be available here. For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 CDT 4f3ea760-e43c-4f0b-acae-ab359123cd39
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
OC graduates first class from MSCS program http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-graduates-first-class-from-mscs-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s first graduating class of computer science graduate students recently received their diplomas.
 
Thirty-seven students earned their master of science in computer science degree in just one year. David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement, said the class is the first of many to come.
 
“We are proud of our first group who enrolled in our one-year program,” North said. “Our graduate degree and night classes, which are geared toward working adults, have been a great fit with these graduates and our new students.”
 
OC also offers a two-year program that is popular among engineers at Tinker Air Force Base. That cohort is expected to graduate next summer along with the newest group of students in the one-year program. OC’s current graduate computer science enrollment includes 76 students from the United States, India, Pakistan and Rwanda.
 
Yamlakfekad Eyerusalem, who works for a company at Tinker Air Force Base, was pleased with his experience in OC’s graduate program.
 
“The computer science curriculum gives students a broad exposure to the subject matter in the field,” Eyerusalem said. “The professors are experts in their fields, highly regarded and take their jobs seriously. I was able to get a job before I graduated.”
 
Housed in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, OC’s master of science in computer science program is one of the most affordable MSCS programs in the state. Nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the MSCS program features a software engineering track, with future tracks in development.
 
Oklahoma Christian also offers a BS/MS option that allows aspiring professionals to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science in just five years.
 
The MSCS program builds on the growth of OC’s undergraduate programs in the field, which focus on new, popular technologies and feature degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation.
 
Computer science is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing job fields. CNN, Money Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report list multiple computer science professions – including computer systems analysis, database development, information security analysis, software architecture, software development, and video game design – among the nation’s top 10 jobs in salary and availability.
 
More information about OC’s master of science in computer science program is available at www.oc.edu/mscs.
 
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.

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Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:00:00 CDT eba65dde-f09f-4cbe-8a3d-74ec11d26f8e
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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Oklahoma Homes features OC http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-homes-features-oc/ Oklahoma Homes recently featured Oklahoma Christian University in the article, Sowing the Seeds of a World-Class EducationClick here to read the article and see the services offered on the Oklahoma Homes website.

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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:30:00 CDT 4d494a9b-0717-4338-9543-f4f72b1c5cca
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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