News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Gaming and Animation program earns prestigious national ranking http://www.oc.edu/news/gaming-and-animation-program-earns-prestigious-national-ranking/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) again landed a high ranking on The Princeton Review’s list of top universities to launch a career in gaming and animation.

At No. 31 on the list, OC is Oklahoma’s highest-ranked institution and ranks above schools like Texas A&M University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

According to The Princeton Review, schools were chosen based on a 2016 survey of 150 domestic and international universities offering game design degree programs. The survey gathered data on each institution’s game design academic opportunities, lab facilities, starting salaries for graduates and graduate career achievements.

Technological advancements allow OC’s gaming and animation program to stand out at the national level. Recent enhancements in the university’s Advanced Visualization Lab allow students to enhance their abilities with augmented reality, virtual reality, and motion tracking.

“We have really great facilities for students to come and work,” Art and Design chair Jeff Price said. “We have all the latest technology that a lot of schools aren’t even doing yet. Our students learn programs to enhance their artwork and creativity, which allows them to incorporate artistry, technology and creativity.”

Oklahoma Christian was also recognized among the top 10 universities in the southwest for animation by Animation Career Review.

Price said OC’s gaming and animation program offers a unique perspective to provide students the skills they need to develop successful careers.

“We focus on the whole artist,” Price said. “It isn’t just a tech program. We look at innovation, traditional media and traditional technique, and weave them together. Our students come out with a broad understanding of what it truly takes to make art.”

Since its began seven years ago, OC’s gaming and animation program has grown from 15 to 85 students. Recent graduates are active in successful careers ranging from movie production and architectural visualization to design education.

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

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

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OC to honor Greens at Associates Gala http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-to-honor-greens-at-associates-gala/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will honor the Green family of Hobby Lobby fame at the 14th-annual OC Associates Gala April 6.

The family will receive the university’s “Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award,” named for an OC friend, civic leader and tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma.

David and Barbara Green, the patriarch and matriarch of the Green family, took out a $600 loan in 1970 to begin making picture frames out of their home. That small business grew into Hobby Lobby, the world’s largest privately owned arts-and-crafts retailer.

Hobby Lobby has 32,000 employees working in 750 stores across 47 states. In addition to its 9.2 million-square-foot corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City, the company has offices in Hong Kong and China.

“David and Barbara Green can be examples to us all,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “David’s mom told him, ‘Just look for what you can do for the Lord,’ and he has made that his mission by humbling serving his employees and by spending millions to share the Gospel all over the world. Despite being wildly successful, David and Barbara want God calling the shots. And that’s true for the Green family as a whole.”

The Greens’ children have carried on the family’s dedication to spiritual entrepreneurship and ministry. In 1981, Mart Green founded Mardel Christian and Educational Supply, a chain of Christian education stores. He also produced the films End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

Steve Green, author of Faith in America and The Bible in America, became president of Hobby Lobby in 2004. He also serves as chairman of the board for Museum of the Bible, home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare biblical artifacts. The 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible will open later this year in Washington, three blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

Darsee Green Lett is vice president of art and creative at Hobby Lobby. Her husband, Stan Lett, is Hobby Lobby’s executive vice president.

Oklahoma Christian’s previous Lee Allan Smith honorees include: Oklahoma City mayors Mick Cornett, Kirk Humphreys and Ron Norick; former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry; Oklahoma City weathermen Gary England, Damon Lane and Mike Morgan; University of Oklahoma basketball coaches (and OC alumni) Sherri Coale and Jan Ross; and former Oklahoma City Thunder star Serge Ibaka.

The Associates Gala is a thank-you dinner for annual donors of $1,000 or more to OC’s unrestricted scholarship fund, which helps make a first-class Christian education more affordable for students from Oklahoma and beyond.

OC Associates receive two complimentary tickets to the event and may buy extra tickets for $100 each. Tickets must be purchased in advance; they are available by calling (405) 425-5094 or via email at advancement@oc.edu. More information is available at oc.edu/associates.

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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Lowry leaves dean post after successful 12-year tenure http://www.oc.edu/news/lowry-leaves-dean-post-after-successful-12-year-tenure/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) dean David Lowry will return to his “first love” as a communication professor this fall.

Lowry has served as dean since 2005, first for OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, then for the College of Liberal Arts after the university expanded to five academic divisions in 2014.

Professor of Music John Fletcher will serve as interim dean during the search for the college’s new leader.

“I’m thankful for the colleagues and students that have blessed my life during my 12 years serving as dean. It’s been an honor,” Lowry said. “My passion for teaching has driven my professional life for four decades, and I look forward to working more with students and tackling the new challenges ahead as a professor.”

Lowry first taught at Oklahoma Christian from 1980 to 1985, helping launch the popular radio station KOCC-FM in addition to his classroom work. He went on to serve as an award-winning professor at Pepperdine University for 20 years before returning to OC.

Highlights of his tenure as dean include the upcoming launch of a new criminal justice major and the development of OC’s gaming and animation program into one of the best in the nation.

“Liberal Arts is the heart of an exceptional undergraduate experience. Dr. Lowry’s leadership has been a season of growth at OC and an era of high achievement by the faculty and students of the college’s many disciplines,” said Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Even as Dr. Lowry moves into this new role, I will continue to seek his counsel because he is a highly-experienced academic leader who is known for his commitment to learning assessment and academic success.”

An expert in accreditation practices, Lowry co-chaired the university’s Higher Learning Commission Steering Committee, which successfully earned OC its reaffirmation of accreditation.

“I appreciate Dr. Lowry’s assistance in the university’s visit by the Higher Learning Commission,” said Lee Anne Paris, associate dean for academic affairs and director of institutional effectiveness. “His years of experience serving as an HLC reviewer made him an invaluable resource as Oklahoma Christian prepared for our comprehensive evaluation visit last year.”

OC’s College of Liberal Arts houses the departments of Art and Design, Communication, Education, History and Political Science, Language and Literature, Music, Physical Education, and Psychology and Family Studies.

Along with the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Liberal Arts hosts the majority of OC’s general education curriculum offered to make graduates stronger lifelong learners, deeper critical thinkers and more effective communicators.

LaMascus said Fletcher will begin working with Lowry immediately to create a smooth and seamless transition. Fletcher, a 1982 Oklahoma Christian graduate, joined the faculty at his alma mater in 1987.

“John Fletcher is a beloved teacher and OC legend in his own right,” LaMascus said. “He has served in many roles – professor, band conductor, Department of Music chair, and Faculty Association president – just to name a few. He also twice authored the department’s accreditation self-studies with the National Association of Schools of Music. OC will be in great hands during this transition.”

Dr. Jeff McCormack, dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, will chair the search committee for the new Liberal Arts dean. The university will begin accepting applications soon.

“We anticipate having an internal candidate search only,” LaMascus said. “We have many wonderful leaders in the Liberal Arts, so I’m confident this college is ready to raise up one of its own who is respected as a scholar, cherished as an excellent teacher, and proven as a leader, too.”

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Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:45:00 CST f0e6dd69-6391-453b-a56c-de0413b4e8f3
Mayor Cornett, OC students highlight the importance of mental health http://www.oc.edu/news/mayor-mick-cornett-and-oc-students-highlight-the-importance-of-mental-health/ Mayor Cornett will join students’ Not OK is OK campaign to emphasize the five signs of emotional suffering 

According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 73 percent of college students have experienced one mental health crisis while on campus. Given that reality, and in light of the work he has done to highlight physical health, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will speak to college students about the importance of mental health on March 8.

A group of students at Oklahoma Christian University wants to make mental health as important as physical health. They reached out to Mayor Cornett because of his credibility and dedication to improving Oklahoma City’s health. He will speak at OC’s daily chapel on behalf of the students’ Not OK is OK campaign, which addresses the five signs of emotional suffering: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care and hopelessness.

As Fitness Magazine’s 2010 Champion of Health and Fitness and Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s Champion of Oklahoma Health, Mayor Cornett has made great strides to make Oklahoma City healthier. In his recent State of the City address, he challenged Oklahomans to take mental health more seriously.

"Mental illness is not being adequately addressed," said Mayor Cornett. “And that is a nightmare."

The OC group is working with the national Campaign to Change Direction to change the culture of mental health in communities across the nation. The Change Direction initiative is a collection of concerned citizens, nonprofit organizations and private sector leaders who have come together to make mental health as important as physical health.

“We are thankful that Mayor Cornett will speak on this important topic and encourage students to know the five signs,” said OC student Kaitlin Allen, director of the Eagle PR team leading the campaign on campus. “We want to help people be more aware of emotional suffering in their own lives or the lives of others. We also want to connect people with resources for help.”

The students are encouraging members of the community to take the pledge to learn the five signs. Through a core message that it is OK to not be OK, OC students are partnering with various on-campus organizations, including the Eagles Health Initiative club and U!Shine, an organization dedicated to building resilient minds on college campuses to improve mental health. Activities include pledge drives, presentations on the five signs to diverse groups in the community, events to celebrate encouragement and positivity and high profile guest speakers advocating to change the culture of mental health. For more information, visit www.notokisok.org and www.changedirection.org.

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Tue, 07 Mar 2017 07:45:00 CST b89781e1-6e54-46b6-b032-27f816d462fa
Belles of the Ball: Iota wins first Spring Sing crown http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-sing-2017/ The women of Iota Kappa Phi are Spring Sing champions.

Performing a “Beauty and the Beast” routine, Iota followed up last year’s strong second-place finish by claiming its first-ever Spring Sing crown Saturday night.

The men of Kappa Sigma Tau, champions in 2015, placed second to extend their run of top three finishes to four straight years.

Phi Omega Nu earned its highest finish ever in third while Theta Theta Theta placed in the top four for the first time since 2003.

In a Spring Sing first, a silent auction raised $7,082.55 for Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village. Many OC students serve as mentors at Stanley Hupfeld, and children from the school visit campus each year during Earn Your Wings to fly kites and spend the day with OC students.

1st - Iota Kappa Phi - “Beauty and the Beast”
2nd - Kappa Sigma Tau - “Jokers and Riddlers” from Batman
3rd - Phi Omega Nu - “Mulan”
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th - Theta Theta Theta - “A Bug’s Life”

Faculty/Staff Favorite - Iota Kappa Phi
Student Favorite - Kappa Signma Tau
Audience Favorite - Theta Theta Theta
Most OriginalPhi Omega Nu
Best BannerGamma Rho
Best ChoreographyIota Kappa Phi
Best CostumeIota Kappa Phi
Best LyricsPhi Omega Nu
Best VideoPsi Epsilon
Best VocalsPhi Omega Nu
Unity AwardPi Zeta Phi

For more about OC Spring Sing, click here to read a preview of this year’s show and click here to see past videos and results.

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Oklahoma Christian hosts STEM event http://www.oc.edu/news/oklahoma-christian-hosts-stem-event/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) College of Engineering and Computer Science will host its first STEMinar lecture for the Oklahoma City metro community on March 23.

The keynote speaker is computer science pioneer Mary Sue Moore, the principal business architect for Asurion in Nashville, Tennessee. Her experience includes work as a process definition consultant, project manager, systems engineer, software engineer and developer.

Moore is passionate about encouraging women in computer science, and mentors women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

“Central to most every success is an individual bold and determined,” said Byron Newberry, dean of OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. “Such individuals can inspire all of us to see the possible, not just the simple or typical. I pray Mrs. Moore will serve as such an inspiration to our students – women and men alike.”

Newberry said Moore has deep understanding of life as a female in a career field dominated by males.

“I anticipate Mrs. Moore will offer unique perspectives on the opportunities and challenges facing diversity in STEM,” Newberry said. “Secondhand knowledge takes a backseat to firsthand experience.”

Moore also will address how technology, software and big data affect society. Newberry said students need to be aware of the power technology holds.

“How data is used and how software interfaces with people impacts each and every one of us,” Newberry said. “The severity of that impact is growing at an alarming rate. I want talented, diverse, faith-filled men and women shaping that future.”

The free lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 23 in Hardeman Auditorium. More information is available at www.oc.edu/steminar.

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

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

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 10:45:00 CST 091507b8-e8cf-4fc5-b406-42913db0beb2
OC grad named acting president at Seminole http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-grad-named-acting-president-at-seminole/ Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumna Lana Reynolds will become acting president of Seminole State College when current president Dr. Jim Utterback retires June 30.

Utterback named Reynolds, a 1981 Oklahoma Christian graduate, as executive vice president in January. She will become the fifth active college or university president in OC’s alumni ranks, joining Andy Benton (Pepperdine University), Allison Garrett (Emporia State University), Stan Helton (Alberta Bible College) and Bill Pink (Grand Rapids Community College).

“The future of Seminole State College is in excellent hands,” Utterback said. “Over the years, I have seen Lana serve this institution with integrity, dedication and hard work. It is undeniable that she has a love for the college and the skills to make the college excel. I believe her passion for SSC, combined with her vast experience and knowledge of our campus and community, will make her an extraordinary leader – one we are extremely fortunate to have.”

Reynolds has served at Seminole State College for more than three decades. She started as an English instructor in 1984. From there, she has worked as public information officer, director of public relations and assistant to the president. She served as associate vice president for business and community relations prior to being named vice president for institutional advancement in 2005. In 2014, that title was changed to executive vice president for institutional advancement.

Reynolds’ responsibilities have included the oversight of public relations, the SSC Educational Foundation, legislative relations, the Business and Industry Training Program, and the President's Leadership Class. She has also taught leadership courses at the college.

Reynolds is a past president of the Seminole Chamber of Commerce and the Seminole Rotary Club. She has served as chair of the Oklahoma State Regents Communicators Council and is a past president of the Oklahoma College Public Relations Association.

A founding board member of the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum, Reynolds has served as president of the museum’s governing board multiple times.

“I have had the privilege of working with Lana on Chamber activities and projects, as well as Seminole Rotary Club projects,” said Melvin Moran, founder of the Children’s Museum. “I am especially grateful for her dedication and work for the benefit of the Children’s Museum. She is a wonderful woman and has helped and elevated our community repeatedly, and in so many ways.”

She is currently chair of the Seminole Tourism Council and serves on the Board of Directors for the area Salvation Army. She is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Mid-Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Reynolds is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma – Class XVII and serves on LOK’s statewide Board of Directors. She was recently selected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Academy for State Goals.

In 1991, she was selected as Seminole’s “Citizen of the Year.” In 2008, the OCPRA named her “Communicator of the Year.” She was also named as one of the Journal Record’s “50 Women Making a Difference” in the State of Oklahoma in 2000, 2012 and 2013 – bringing her into the “Circle of Excellence” for her three-time selection.

Click here to read the original article in the Shawnee News-Star.

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Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:00:00 CST 7b07ea03-c170-4adc-9e05-3dc082bc8217
Spring Sing rewinds the clock http://www.oc.edu/news/spring-sing-rewinds-the-clock/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The 49th-annual Spring Sing production is traveling back in time with performances from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) social service clubs March 2-4.

Spring Sing is a longstanding university tradition, bringing together clubs, the freshman class, and hosts and hostess performers on a stage of friendly musical competition. The theme for the 2017 production is “Rewind the Clock.”

Executive director David Paul Kritz, a senior from Coffeyville, Kansas, contemplated various concepts before deciding on a 90s theme. He said his goal is to allow both current OC students and audience members of all ages to reflect on fond memories from the 90s.

“My biggest hope is that this show will throw everyone back to a time they enjoyed, whether that was early childhood or early retirement,” Kritz said. “The 90s were years that created things we can all look forward to experiencing once more – this time under the lights of the Spring Sing stage.”

Each year, Spring Sing is put together by a student-led executive committee and individual club directors who choreograph each performance, design costumes and write lyrics. A team of hosts and hostesses perform throughout the show between club performances.

Andrea Ochoa, a senior from Houston, will debut as a hostess for Spring Sing 2017.

“I love performing in any setting,” Ochoa said. “I have performed in lots of music department productions at OC, and this was one on my list. I love singing pop music for fun, so I’m really excited to perform it on stage.”

Joining Ochoa as fellow hosts and hostesses are Kendall Allen from Oklahoma City, Faith Fugar from Cypress, Texas, Peter Miller from Decatur, Illinois, Josiah Tie from Malaysia, and Lane Wheeler from Wichita, Kansas.

The show features Alpha Gamma Omega as the Warner Brothers Animaniacs, Delta Gamma Sigma as Space Jam Looney Tunes, the freshman class as the wizards and witches of Harry Potter, Gamma Rho as Cruella De Vil and her 101 Dalmatians, Iota Kappa Phi as Beauty and the Beast, Kappa Sigma Tau as Batman villains Joker and Riddler, Phi Omega Nu as Mulan, Pi Zeta Phi as the Powerpuff Girls, Psi Epsilon as the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park, and Theta Theta Theta as Flick and Princess Atta of A Bug’s Life.

OC’s 2017 Spring Sing production also includes a new philanthropic element. During performance week, students and audience members have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction benefitting Stanley Hupfeld Academy.

Spring Sing features three open performances – Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 4 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. – plus a show for OC’s faculty, staff, and families on Thursday, March 2 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are available online for $15.50/$17.50 each.

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 raise money for Stanley Hupfeld Academy http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-students-raise-money-for-stanley-hupfeld-academy/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student body is preparing for the 49th-annual Spring Sing show, but this year they decided to integrate a philanthropic component to the event. The students voted and collectively agreed to raise money for the Stanley Hupfeld Academy at Western Village.

The academy, which is operated by INTEGRIS Health, was chosen because many of the university’s students already serve as mentors at the school and because of the Earn Your Wings program, in which Stanley Hupfeld Academy kids have the opportunity to fly kites and spend the day with new OC students as part of the freshman orientation process.

“Almost everyone on campus has met a kid from Stanley Hupfeld through kite day or tutoring,” sophomore Paige Arter said. “So to have a beneficiary this close to the OC community is great because we are able to put a face with the cause.”

The generous contributions from the Spring Sing will greatly impact the students and teachers of Stanley Hupfeld Academy said the school’s Principal Ruthie Rayner. “Our target is to provide technology to our classrooms that can prepare our students for the 21 st century. We are so thankful to the Oklahoma Christian students for their continual support and commitment to the Stanley Hupfeld Academy community.”

This year’s show, themed “Rewind The Clock,” will feature popular songs from the 1990s performed by six student hosts plus choreographed routines by nine of OC’s social service clubs and the freshman class. Each club is required to contribute a basket for the silent auction, and all the donations will go to Stanley Hupfeld Academy.

The Spring Sing show runs March 2 - 4. There will be nightly shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in addition to a Saturday matinee. Tickets go on sale Feb. 7 at oc.edu/springsing.

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Mon, 27 Feb 2017 08:00:00 CST 0a1f3ea9-5c8b-46de-b960-63c268ebf75a
Rick Steves returns to Oklahoma Christian http://www.oc.edu/news/rick-steves-returns-to-oklahoma-christian/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host travel expert and bestselling author Rick Steves March 31.

His presentation, “Europe Through the Back Door,” will feature smooth, affordable tips to help travelers make the most of a European experience.

OC’s director of international programs, John Osborne, said Steves will provide valuable knowledge from his diverse experiences abroad.

“Bringing him here gives our campus and local community the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices in travel and international understanding,” Osborne said. “Rick has an engaging way of pulling his audience into his message.”

In 1976, Steves began Rick Steves’ Europe, which now consists of more than 100 full-time employees at his headquarters in Edmonds, Washington. He produces guidebooks on European travel, a televised travel series, a weekly hour-long national public radio show, a weekly column, and travel information through ricksteves.com.

Osborne said Steves can help people open their minds and hearts to different cultures.

“Rick has a unique way of helping people look outside themselves and reach out to someone who comes from a different culture and way of thinking,” Osborne said. “I’m looking forward to being challenged by what he has to say.”

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a VIP reception featuring a meet and greet with Steves in the Gaylord University Center. Steves’ lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

When Steves spoke at Oklahoma Christian in 2012, the event sold out weeks in advance. Reserved lecture tickets are available for $17.50 and VIP reception tickets are available for $100 at www.oc.edu/ricksteves.

The VIP tickets include a complimentary lecture ticket with prime auditorium seating, a copy of Steves’ book for signing, and a picture with Steves.

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. 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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Fourth-annual ‘History Speaks’ features Freedom Rider http://www.oc.edu/news/fourth-annual-history-speaks-features-freedom-rider/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will bring a civil rights hero to the Oklahoma City community for the fourth year in a row.

Diane Nash, who co-founded the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and led one of the early Freedom Rides to protest segregation, will speak at Oklahoma Christian on Feb. 21.

Her visit is part of OC’s fourth-annual “History Speaks” program. Past guests have included Carlotta Walls LaNier and Dr. Terrence Roberts of the Little Rock Nine, bus desegregation activist Claudette Colvin and civil rights attorney Fred Gray, and Olympic heroes John Carlos and Tommie Smith.

Nash’s involvement in the nonviolent movement began in 1959 while she was a student at Fisk University. In 1960, she chaired the student sit-in movement in Nashville, Tennessee – the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters – and helped found SNCC.

In 1961, she coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Alabama, to Jackson, Mississippi, a story documented in the recent PBS American Experience film, “Freedom Riders.” Late civil rights activist Julian Bond once said the decision to march in Selma came from Nash rather than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“We are extremely excited to have Diane Nash coming to our campus,” said Gary Jones, OC’s multicultural and service learning coordinator. As someone who worked very closely with Dr. King, John Lewis and several other important civil rights figures, Diane Nash is a historical gem that comes along once in a lifetime.”

Nash’s History Speaks keynote, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, begins at 7 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online at www.oc.edu/historyspeaks. For more information, call (405) 425-5900 or email gary.jones@oc.edu.

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

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

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Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 CST 46bfe8e4-8d14-4581-a2cb-da035a848aa1
Rwanda, Oklahoma Christian celebrate 10-year partnership http://www.oc.edu/news/rwanda-oklahoma-christian-university-celebrate-10-year-partnership/ By Collins Mwai
The New Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mon, 13 Feb 2017 09:30:00 CST 0a58862e-dcb6-4656-9706-84cde4b64e96
Love in the air at Valentine Cabaret http://www.oc.edu/news/love-in-the-air-at-valentine-cabaret/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present the 28th-annual Valentine Cabaret performance Feb. 10-14.

The production includes a variety of 30 love songs gathered from Broadway musicals and movies. Some of the songs include “If You Can’t Love Her” from Beauty and the Beast, “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease, and “It’s Raining Men” from Company Women.

Terry Attebery will direct the Valentine Cabaret for the second year.

“Sometimes love is good, sometimes love is bad, sometimes love hurts, sometimes love is happy, sometimes love is sad,” Attebery said. “So all of those emotions are included, as well as the humor in love.”

The performance will feature a cast of eight male and eight female students as well as piano, bass, drums and saxophone accompaniment.

The 16-member cast includes Tia Allen, Kayti Alvarez, Nathan Binkley, Emily Dick, Daniel Terra Gomes, Sydney May, Peter Miller, Andrea Ochoa, Austin Peace, Corbin Pospisil, Tess Rudasill, Matthew Russell, Megan Suescun, Alex Wiggs, Thomas Winkler and Abby Woodward.

Attebery said the production should appeal to a variety of people.

“A very popular thing of all ages is to incorporate Broadway performances,” Attebery said.

The Valentine Cabaret will take place in Adams Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are available for $12 at the OC Box Office or at oc.edu/cabaret.

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 event probes faith, tolerance, culture http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-event-probes-faith-tolerance-culture/ -- OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling authors David Kinnaman and Gabe Lyons will visit Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on February 6 to discuss engaging a culture that sees Christianity as irrelevant and extreme.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:00:00 CST 295830db-d101-45ca-836b-6d021170ebe6
Former Seagate exec to succeed Millican as OC board chair http://www.oc.edu/news/former-seagate-exec-to-succeed-millican-as-oc-board-chair/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Mark Brewer, the outgoing senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology, will become the 13th chairman of Oklahoma Christian University’s board of trustees in April.

Brewer joined the OC board in 2003 and has served as vice chairman since 2006. He succeeds Don Millican, OC’s board chair since 2002. Millican, the chief financial officer for Kaiser-Francis Oil Company, became an OC trustee in 1996 and will remain on the board.

Brewer’s board leadership includes his service on OC’s external relations and finance committees and his prior roles on the resources and advancement committees. The support of Mark and his wife Beth has been integral to OC’s campus dining enhancements, its innovative Ethos spiritual life initiative, and many other projects.

“Dr. Mark Brewer has served as an OC trustee with distinction and will be a outstanding chairman,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Wise, smart, articulate, spiritual, loyal, visionary, generous – he possesses all the attributes an ideal leader needs. Mark and Beth are dear friends, and they are, and will continue to be, a great blessing to the Oklahoma Christian community.”

Brewer stepped down from Seagate this month after leading all information technology operations worldwide for the company’s global operations. His organization at Seagate consisted of 1,800 IT professionals located in 13 countries in 44 locations.

His responsibilities included all business systems, factory information systems, electronic security, business continuity, and collaboration services, as well as other traditional IT support services for the company’s 50,000 employees.

Brewer previously was based in Singapore, leading Seagate’s IT operations in the Asia/Pac region. He also worked for AT&T Network Systems and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Brewer earned B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University.

He was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology and serves on its Strategic Advisory Council. He also serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and Missions Resource Network.

He has spoken in several forums on privacy and security topics related to information technology, and has extensive experience with enterprise level security issues, challenges and operations.

The Brewers attend Memorial Road Church of Christ in Edmond, where Mark is a deacon. Beth serves on the board for Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care. Their children, Allison Dinse and Clayton Brewer, both attended Oklahoma Christian.

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

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

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Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:00 CST ef32e14a-4b6e-4d7b-a03f-ea0e2524d1b9
OC presents degrees at winter commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/oc-presents-degrees-at-winter-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 182 graduate degrees and 92 undergraduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 16.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tue, 13 Dec 2016 09:15:00 CST d9fc02f8-91d9-4057-bcc5-29745d4e5df0
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 ninth-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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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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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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