Honors News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed 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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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
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
OC rises in U.S. News Best Colleges rankings http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-rises-in-us-news-best-colleges-rankings/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) rose in the rankings and earned additional honors from U.S. News & World Report in the “Best Colleges 2017” guidebook, released this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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

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OC to award degrees at spring commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-award-degrees-at-spring-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will present 284 undergraduate and 102 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on Friday, April 29.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC students win Model Arab League contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-win-model-arab-league-contest/ COMMERCE, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won top honors for the fifth straight year at the Southwest Model Arab League competition.

Representing Algeria, OC beat out 20 other schools for the Outstanding Delegation award, including Baylor University, Oral Roberts University, and Texas A&M University.

Professor of Political Science Raymon Huston, OC’s Model Arab League sponsor, said the three-day competition requires students to learn the stances of each nation in Arab relations.

“The different universities will represent a country on five different committees,” Huston said. “The students will try to present that country’s opinions on past resolutions and just try to be the best they can for that country.”

Two students from each university serve as diplomats on each of the five committees: Economic Affairs, Joint Defense Council, Palestinian Affairs, Political Affairs, and Social Affairs. Each OC student – Priscilla Cisneros, Wesley Duncan, Alexis Farrell, Joshua Gage, Angelica Hickerson, Nicholas Jenson, Meagan McKinley, Cody Milner, Karli Otey and Sean Vandyke – received the Outstanding Delegate award for his or her committee.

In addition, the only OC student to serve as a committee chair received the honor of Distinguished Chair. Huston said OC’s near sweep of the awards is due to the students’ dedication.

“It’s purely voluntary for OC students, whereas about two-thirds of the students from other universities are receiving credit,” Huston said. “My students were self-motivated and worked on their own.”

Huston said the competition is a perfect tie-in to the goal of OC’s Department of History and Political Science.

“Part of what our department wants for students is a global perspective and understanding of other cultures,” Huston said. “In the Model Arab League, they have to truly understand the beliefs and actions of another country and how that fits into the whole culture of the Middle East. They not only have to know the perspective of the country they’re representing, but the perspectives of all the Arab countries, so it gives them an idea of what other countries believe.”

The Model Arab League competition began in 1988 and is supported by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations in Washington, D.C. Huston started OC’s Model Arab League team based on his own positive experiences during college.

“When I was a student, it was a fun event,” Huston said. “I wanted to give my students that same enjoyment and fun.”

For more information about OC’s Department of History and Political Science, go to www.oc.edu/historypolisci.

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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Yale scholar to discuss Christian response to Muslims at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/yale-scholar-to-discuss-christian-response-to-muslims-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Do Christians and Muslims believe in the same God?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC ethics team takes third at national contest http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-ethics-team-takes-third-at-national-contest/ RESTON, Virginia – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) took third place at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Reston, Virginia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri, 04 Mar 2016 13:00:00 CST fe32cdf9-1a60-4bd2-b904-47aa7ae60c15
OC to present degrees at fall commencement ceremonies http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-present-degrees-at-fall-commencement-ceremonies/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 89 undergraduate and 136 graduate degrees at its fall commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 18.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC students win Texas Regional Ethics Bowl http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-win-texas-regional-ethics-bowl/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl for the second straight year, sweeping three matches to qualify for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC Honors student's paper accepted by AERA http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-2015-graduate-has-research-accepted-by-the-american-educational-research-association/ Sarah Bell is an OC Honors Program student who is quickly making her mark as a scholar.

Bell studied at a Utah State University summer research program last summer, and the prestigious American Educational Research Association has accepted a paper she wrote based on research she participated in. She is presenting at the conference this year, and the paper will also be published in one of AERA’s journals. 

AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, promote research to improve education and serve the public good. Bell plans to earn a Ph.D. in engineering education after completing her master’s degree.

“Sarah is such an impressive scholar, and I am not surprised that she is one of the first graduates of OC to present at this selective and impressive conference,” said Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs. “Sarah excelled as an Honors student at OC, and we are proud to see her continue to shine.”

While at OC, Sarah was named the outstanding computer engineering freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student. Success seems to run in Sarah’s family. Her older brother Steven, a 2011 OC alumnus, is pursuing a doctorate at Stanford University’s highly competitive electrical engineering program.

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, its undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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OC presents Alumni Achievement Awards http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-presents-alumni-achievement-awards/ Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during OC’s annual Homecoming festivities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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OC proud to add seven accomplished scholars and teachers http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-proud-to-add-seven-accomplished-scholars-and-teachers-as-faculty/ Oklahoma Christian University’s newest professors offer students a wealth of academic and professional experience along with a passion for faith and service. From nursing, music and education, to English, computer science and biology, OC’s students will be benefit from excellent scholars and teachers.

According Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs, these new faculty were selected because of their academic credentials and commitment to OC’s distinctive Christian mission.

“Each of these accomplished faculty stood out among their fellow applicants, and their passion for Christian education strongly impressed the interview committees,” LaMascus said. “We are thrilled to add their talents and servant hearts to what I believe is the best, Christian faculty in the country.”

Six of the seven new professors are OC alumni. They were thrilled by the opportunity to come back home to their alma mater.

“I am living the dream to be back home teaching at OC,” said Elayne Weger Bowman. 

Bowman has almost 40 years of experience teaching math and developing system-wide curriculum in public schools. She also taught as a visiting lecturer in the mathematics department at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, Bowman spent a year as a master teacher-in-residence in OU’s School of Education, where she earned her doctorate. Bowman serves OC as a visiting assistant professor of education.

Likewise, alumna Jennifer Gray comes to OC after spending more than three decades as a professor and administrator at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she built an internationally respected reputation for developing doctoral nursing students in the U.S. and Uganda. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Gray serves OC as a professor of nursing and Associate Dean for the College of Natural and Health Sciences. She earned her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University after starting her undergraduate studies at OC. Gray also brings years of experience leading medical mission trips to Africa.

Similarly, Mike Knedler comes to OC after more than 30 years as a professor and administrator at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He served as director of bands and then as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In his time at NWOSU, Knedler helped raise nearly $3 million in grants and donations for university projects. In addition, he has extensive experience with community and professional orchestras. Knedler serves OC as a distinguished visiting professor of honors. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Alumna Dana McMichael has also returned home to OC as a visiting professor of language and literature. She taught at Abilene Christian University since 2000, and she earned her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. McMichael’s husband, B.J., serves as the family minister at the Stillwater church of Christ. OC’s Department of Language and Literature gave her the distinguished alumni award in 2012.

Sara Alcon is yet another alumna glad to call OC home again. She was an honors student who graduated summa cum laude in 2007. Alcon earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cell Biology and Physiology from the University of New Mexico. She also brings to OC years of teaching experience at Albuquerque Christian School and as a UNM teaching assistant. She serves OC as a visiting assistant professor of biology.

Alumnus Travis Montgomery returns to OC from Fort Hays State University, where he was an assistant professor of English. He has more than 25 publications and presentations and received multiple honors during his doctoral studies at the University of Mississippi. OC’s Department of Language and Literature gave him the distinguished alumni award in 2013. He serves OC as an assistant professor of language and literature.

Finally, alumnus Robert Nix returns to OC after teaching computer science at Lipscomb University. Nix earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received the Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2010, and he was named the Becky J. Tellon Teacher of the Year for Lipscomb’s School of Computing and Informatics in 2014. Nix has also spent more than 10 years performing in gospel quartets. He serves OC as an assistant professor of computer science. 

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Thu, 15 Oct 2015 18:00:00 CDT 6f9a944c-90cf-4875-8712-1c9640807cd0
Oklahoma Christian celebrates enrollment milestones http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-celebrates-enrollment-milestones/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) set records for undergraduate, graduate and overall enrollment this fall, surpassing 2,500 total students for the first time in school history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma Christian earns Princeton Review 'Best College' honors http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-earns-princeton-review-best-college-honors/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) remains one of the best colleges in Oklahoma and the western United States according to The Princeton Review.

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

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

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

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

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

This honor comes a year after The Princeton Review ranked Oklahoma Christian as the No. 14 undergraduate school in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. OC also is recognized as a “Best University – Master’s” in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

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

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

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Honors Summer Academy welcomes 120 students http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-honors-summer-academy-hosts-120-students-from-17-states-and-rwanda/ With 120 ambitious high school students from 17 states and Rwanda, Oklahoma Christian University is hosting its largest Honors Summer Academy yet. Sessions run this week and the next for an academically challenging preview of college life.

Learning experiences will include testing basic rockets, solving a cold case, interacting with the FBI, participating in a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt, culturing HeLa cells and learning from healthcare professionals at Mercy Hospital.

“The Honors Summer Academy provides bright students with the opportunity to pursue academically rigorous experiences in the setting of Christian higher education,” said Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program. “Students learn more about our local and global communities, receive college credit and grow closer together with other students and great OC faculty.”

The annual, weeklong college experience encourages the pursuit of excellence by gifted and talented students finishing their freshman through junior years of high school. This is the second year that OC added an additional week in response to the Academy’s strong demand, and five students will attend both weeks.

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 sixth year that OC has hosted the Honors Summer Academy, and all 120 openings filled quickly.

While 63 students are from Oklahoma, almost as many students are from 16 other states and Rwanda.

“This is our largest group of students yet, and we are excited to welcome our first international student,” Associate Director of Honors Cady Jackson said. “Our growth is really an extension of the satisfaction that previous students have had and expressed to others. We are grateful for that.”

A few of the week’s highlights include:

  • A literature class in which students examine story architecture through a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt. Two teams set off for adventure, one searching for a horcrux to destroy, the other for Deathly Hallows to protect. This event comes a few months after an OC honors student interacted with author J.K. Rowling via Twitter, which was referenced by National Public Radio just last month.
  • Testing small rockets in the in the Introduction to Engineering class, which is taught by OC engineering faculty. Students will launch small rocket ships they have designed and built. The students will compete to see who can fly their ships the highest. 
  • 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 visit to Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City for the Healthcare Professions class.
  • A new class titled Faith of the Founding Fathers.
  • A cellular biology lab in which students will culture cells from Henrietta Lacks.
  • 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 meeting with Edmond-based Holocaust writer Michael Korenblit, whose book highlights his parents’ survival in concentration camps, in the Holocaust Literature class.
  • A field trip to see and handle relics from Greece and Rome as part of the class on the Greek poet Homer.
  • 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 150 students and continues to grow each year.

According to Baird, the average ACT score for honors students is 31, and more than 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 Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray, astronaut Douglas Wheelock and New Testament scholar N.T. Wright. More information is available at www.oc.edu/honors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:45:00 CDT 608abb9e-980c-470c-ad4a-3751233c4248
Oklahoma Christian students revive debate team http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-students-revive-debate-team/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) debate team has been revived after 23 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mabee Foundation issues $1M challenge grant for dining facilities http://www.oc.edu/news/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/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.

-OC-

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:30:00 CST c2f28eba-5100-4be5-bdea-db3f32da90aa
OC hosts bestselling author Donald Miller http://www.oc.edu/news/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.

-OC-

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