OC News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed OC presents band and orchestra concerts http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-band-and-orchestra-concerts/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its final instrumental concerts of the school year next week.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 13 at 2:30 p.m., with a concert featuring OC’s Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble slated for Thursday, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Both concerts will be held in the Adams Recital Hall in the Garvey Center on the OC campus. Admission to both concerts is free.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform “Let it Go” from Frozen, Mozart’s “Piano Concerto in A Major,” an excerpt from Wagner’s “Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg” and Faure’s “Sicilienne.”

Professor of Music and Music Department Chair Kathy Thompson directs the Chamber Orchestra. Thompson also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra.

The Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will play a wide variety of songs, including “Down by the Riverside,” “5-2 and Eyes of Blue” from Dixieland, “Two Seconds of Midnight,” “Blues Machine,” “Latin Injections” and “Sway.”

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor Heath Jones, was named the “Outstanding Band” of the April 2005 Redbud Jazz Festival at Northern Oklahoma College. Jones has been a member of OC’s faculty since 2000 and is a professional performer in the Oklahoma City area.

Professor John Fletcher directs the Symphonic Band, which performs on campus and at local venues in addition to an annual tour. Fletcher also is a member of the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra and has been on the OC faculty since 1987.

A campus map is available at www.oc.edu/map. For more information, call John Fletcher at (405) 425-5530.


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OC presents 'The Importance of Being Earnest' http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-theater-performs-the-importance-of-being-earnest-april-10-12/ Oklahoma Christian University will stage its last play of the spring with Oscar Wilde’s comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest” April 10-12.

Wilde’s final play is considered to be his masterpiece. Though written for the London stage more than 100 years ago, the comedy is one of the most-produced plays in England and the United States.

OC’s production will be directed by senior theater major Wesley Aspey, who has added his own touch to the comedy.

“Wesley’s production exhibits some of the hallmarks of the most recent successful productions seen on West End and Broadway,” said Barrett Huddleston, assistant professor of communication at OC. “That includes gender bending, farce and physical comedy.”

According to Associate Communication Professor Phil Reagan, Aspey was influenced by his experience on OC’s Canada Shakespeare study abroad trip.

“One of the professional productions that we saw on that trip used an actor in the role of Lady Bracknell,” Reagan said. “Wesley was intrigued at this humorous decision, and he wanted to try it in his production.”

In addition to serving as director, Aspey is also the show’s set designer.

“Wesley has been our scene shop foreman for a number of years now,” Reagan said. “He is very skilled as a set designer and builder, so he really welcomed the dual roles.”

According to Aspey, he chose the play due to his appreciation for British humor.

“I am a fan of the witty, British comedy style, and no one does it better than Oscar Wilde,” said Aspey, who is from Hudson, Colo. “The play has so many great one-liners. I hope the audience enjoys Wilde’s wit as much as I do.”

In the play, two young gentlemen living in 1890s England have taken to bending the truth in order to put some excitement into their lives. Jack Worthing has invented a brother, Ernest, whom he uses as an excuse to leave his dull country life behind to visit the beautiful Gwendolyn.

Algy Montcrieff decided to take the name ‘Ernest’ when visiting Worthing's young and beautiful heiress, Cecily, at the country manor. Things start to go awry when the deceptions are discovered, which threatens to spoil the romantic pursuits. 

The play is suitable for ages 10 and older. Performances begin at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Judd Theatre.

To order tickets, call the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310 or visit www.oc.edu/ImportanceOfBeingEarnest. Tickets are $10. Tickets for senior citizens over 60 and groups of 20 or more are $8. OC students, faculty and staff and their immediate families are free with a valid ID. 


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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 00:00:00 CDT 945ebea9-db75-461a-bd15-ffa4eb01f98a
OC presents Opera Scenes program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-opera-scenes-program/ The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will present its 2014 Opera Scenes performance April 4-5.

The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. each night in OC’s Adams Recital Hall.

The scenes feature a variety of composers and musical styles, including familiar music like the famous “Flower Duet” from Lakmé and popular songs from commercials and movies. Featured composers include Cimarosa, Menotti, Mozart and Rossini.

“The Opera Scenes program makes opera accessible for all types of people. Many people feel intimidated or uninterested in opera because they’ve never seen a good one, much less one they understood,” said director Rebekah Parker, a 2010 OC graduate. “All of the scenes are under 10 minutes long so the listener gets to hear just an excerpt of a fuller story. The show is short and sweet, but could open people up to a world of music they didn’t know they loved.”

The cast includes OC students Kirby Allen, Emily Dick, Hannah Duvall, Kandyce Everett, Jolie Gasper, Kendall Haliburton, Alyssa Jackson, Recce Kingcade, Ariel Leu, Micah Ndiba, Andrea Ochoa, Megan Reed, Tom Smith, Sean Steele, Lauren Wheeler, Brian Wilcox and Andrew Zapata. Parker’s assistant director is 2010 OC grad Carly Conklin.

For more information about OC’s award-winning Department of Music, go to www.oc.edu/music.

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


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Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:45:00 CDT 659a9dba-dbb5-456f-acb2-0affb5703c68
OC hosts advance screening of Rich Mullins film http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-and-the-house-fm-host-advance-screening-of-ragamuffin-the-true-story-of-rich-mullins/ Rich Mullins was a contemporary Christian singer who penned the popular worship song “Awesome God.” Mullins passed away in 1997 in a car accident, but his inspirational life has been captured in the new film “Ragamuffin – The True Story of Rich Mullins.” 

Oklahoma Christian University and The House FM are hosting an advance screening of the movie April 3 at 7 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and can be ordered online at www.itickets.com/thehousefm or at the door.

Mullins organized a group of musicians to record the album “A Liturgy, a Legacy, and a Ragamuffin Band” in 1993. The album was named the No. 3 best Christian album of all time in Contemporary Christian Music magazine’s first list of the industry’s top 100 albums. The band was inspired by Brennan Manning’s book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel.”

Mullins lived in Wichita, Kan., for seven years. While there, he met his friend James Bryan Smith, who went on to write Mullins’ authorized biography in 2000. Smith was moved by the movie.

“This beautiful and moving film captures one man’s struggle to overcome the trappings of success, and to learn how to accept the unconditional love of God,” Smith said. “It is honest, accurate and unafraid to show Rich’s scars, yet pointing us all to the deeper truth that even if hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts.”

A trailer for the movie is available at www.ragamuffinthemovie.com.

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Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:30:00 CDT 399197fd-c729-4dec-ac38-acee49bfc17a
OC hosts noted authors for intergerational faith event http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-noted-authors-for-intergerational-faith-event/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two leading experts in spiritual development will be the featured speakers at the third-annual Intergenerational Faith Center Dialogues at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on April 1.

John Westerhoff, author of the classic book, Will Our Children Have Faith?, and Holly Allen, author of Intergenerational Christian Formation: Bringing the Whole Church Together in Ministry, Community and Worship, will share their insights at this special event, which is free and open to the public.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Judd Theatre. Free tickets can be ordered online at www.oc.edu/ifc or by calling (405) 425-5370.

“This will be a unique opportunity to hear one of Christian education’s original voices in spiritual formation and a fresh new voice in intergenerational spiritual formation,” said IFC co-director Dudley Chancey, a professor of youth and family ministry at Oklahoma Christian. “Dr. Westerhoff and Dr. Allen both will give past, present, and future perspectives on the age-old question, ‘Will our children have faith?’”

Westerhoff is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University. He taught at Harvard before serving as a professor at the Duke University Divinity School for 20 years. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1974, and most recently served as priest associate, resident theologian, and teacher at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta, Ga.

He has authored or co-authored 35 books. Will Our Children Have Faith? has been used extensively in college and seminary religious education classes since it was originally published in 1976. In this book, Westerhoff advocates experiential faith formation within families, churches, and schools rather than relegating religious education to Sunday morning classes.

Allen is a professor of biblical studies and director of the Child and Family Studies Program at John Brown University. She holds degrees from Harding University, the University of Iowa, and Talbot School of Theology.

She is noted for her research on spiritual development in children, and is frequently sought by parents, the educational establishment, social workers, and churches to speak on children’s spirituality.

OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center assists and equips families and faith-based institutions in spiritual formation. The IFC provides strategies and advises ministers, church leaders and other groups in developing intergenerational programming and practices.

Previous speakers for the IFC Dialogues include best-selling authors David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, and Gabe Lyons, founder of Q Ideas and Catalyst.

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:15:00 CDT 52824a0f-402b-42ab-8e33-95bac0187e23
OC presents first MBA degrees in Rwanda http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-first-mba-degrees-in-rwanda/ KIGALI, Rwanda – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) held its first-ever international commencement ceremony Saturday, presenting 38 Rwandan students with Masters in Business Administration degrees.

The top two students, Willy Niyonteze and Fabrice Kayihura, were admitted into Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society that recognizes and rewards superior scholarly achievement of students in business administration.

OC’s MBA program in Rwanda started two years ago as the latest step in a fruitful relationship between Oklahoma Christian and Rwanda.

OC president John deSteiguer gave Saturday’s commencement address, praising the rebirth of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and the dedication of OC’s newest MBA graduates.

“There’s no question about the lessons that can be learned and the benefits we all can enjoy through the cultivation of a global perspective. International education has the power to enrich you in unique ways,” deSteiguer told the graduates. “Your interaction with American professors at OC has helped prepare you for success. Just as their interaction with you has deepened their knowledge and perspectives.”

Rwandan dignitaries in attendance included: Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi; Minister of Education Vincent Biruta; Minister of Infrastructure Silas Lwakabamaba; Minister of Local Government James Masoni; and Vice Mayor of Kigali Hope Tumukunde.

Other dignitaries in attendance included: Clare Akamanzi, chief operating officer of the Rwanda Development Board; Dr. Ivan Twagirashema, chairman of the Rwanda Chamber of Industry; Dr. Philip Cotton, principal of the College of Medicine at the University of Rwanda; and Dr. Nelson Ijumba, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Rwanda.

U.S. representatives at the ceremony included: Dale Dawson, founder and chief executive officer of Bridge to Rwanda; Tom Allen, country director for Bridge to Rwanda; Terry Neese, founder of Peace Through Business; and staff members from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda.

OC alumni Tim Kaboya, Yves Iradakuna, Brett and Kelly Shreck, and Rusty Linden also attended the ceremony along with former OC staff members Bryan and Holly Hixson, who now work and minister in Rwanda.

OC’s delegation was led by President deSteiguer, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Don Drew, MBA Director Ken Johnson, and Director of International Programs John Osborne. Graduate Engineering Chair Byron Newberry, MBA Program Coordinator Angela Kopy, International Admissions Counselor Kelsey Herndon, Director of Creative Marketing Judson Copeland, Videographer/Editor Kris Strobeck, and student Abby deSteiguer also were on the trip.

The OC delegation’s trip also included a meeting with the president of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame. President Kagame visited the OC campus in Oklahoma City in 2006 and 2010, giving the spring commencement speech during his second trip to OC.

In 2006, Oklahoma Christian began the Rwandan Presidential Scholars Program, which gives Rwanda’s top students an opportunity to pursue a first-rate education in important fields such as engineering and business. Between 10 to 20 Rwandan students have attended Oklahoma Christian every year since, pursuing degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Students can earn their MBA degree from Oklahoma Christian in a variety of ways: by attending class two nights a week for one year or one night a week for two years; by taking all courses online; or by choosing a hybrid method with some classes in person and some online.

Students can pursue a general MBA degree or focus on one of these specialty tracks: accounting, finance, health services management, leadership and organizational development, project management, or marketing. More information is available at www.oc.edu/mba.

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:00 CDT 6dedb132-5f2e-4865-bdef-3da2ddda4364
Eagles on Wall Street class visits New York City http://www.oc.edu/news/r/eagles-on-wall-street-class-visits-new-york-city/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma Christian University’s Eagles on Wall Street class left for New York City on March 14.

During the university’s spring break, 15 students and two professors will experience the Big Apple as part of OC’s Topics in Finance course.

Students attend the Global Asset Management Education Forum, interact with Wall Street leaders and learn best practices in investment management. The event is one of the largest student investment conferences in the world with more than 1,000 students, 118 colleges and 110 speakers from 82 organizations.

“This trip is a great way to learn about the world’s leading financial markets first-hand,” said Associate Professor of Business Jody Jones. “Students will also get to experience the culture of New York City.”

During the week, students will visit the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Bloomberg offices, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Finance, the New York Federal Reserve and the Broadway debut of “Aladdin.” 

While OC students have attended the GAME Forum the last eight years, this is the first time a group has attended for class credit. The class includes a diverse mix of students with 13 business majors, two engineering majors, one math major and an international student from Burundi in Africa.

During the class, students also participate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Research Challenge and manage a student portfolio of investments. The class also discusses how a finance professional needs to be guided by his or her faith.

Last year, students were invited to help ring the bell at the NASDAQ closing ceremony. Next year, an additional business class at OC, International Finance, will travel to Washington, D.C., for a similar experience.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Bryan joined Jones on the trip. Just last year, the two launched OC’s first actuarial science program, which is available for students majoring in finance or math.

“New York City is the heart of the financial industry and the largest city in the country,” Bryan said. “I can’t think of a better way for OC students to learn advanced finance topics.”

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:00:00 CDT 82da0dbc-078c-4a09-a5cf-64d0bdd2135a
Artistic alum named to prestigious list http://www.oc.edu/news/r/artistic-alum-named-to-presigious-list/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) alumnus Taylor Goad was recently named to the “20 Under 30” list by Print magazine, which celebrates young designers who are making a mark in the art world.

Print reviews thousands of illustrators, photographers and designers, and honors the top 20 with the New Visual Artist designation.

“It’s a huge honor and is definitely a big milestone for my career so far,” Goad said. It’s nice to be acknowledged for your hard work by your peers and by an industry magazine.”

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in communication design from OC in 2011, Goad went to work for Gardner Design in Wichita, Kan. He has also worked as a designer for Funnel Design Group in Oklahoma City and for 160Over90 in Philadelphia. He currently is a designer for Hatch Design in San Francisco.

“My career so far has been a little bit of an adventure; I’ve lived in four different states in the three years I’ve been out of school,” Goad said. “I plan to keep working hard and see what God has in store for me. At some point down the road, I think I would like to open up my design shop with my wife.”

Goad’s work can be seen at http://taylorgoad.com. It has been featured on Grain Edit, Brand New Classroom, The Dieline, DesignWorkLife, LogoLounge 7 & 8, Lost Type Co-Op, Lovely Package, HOW Magazine and CMYK.

“Taylor is talented and he is willing to take a risk,” said Michael O’Keefe, professor and director of communication design at Oklahoma Christian. “It’s when you take risks that you get the biggest reward.”

Goad lists Scott Hill and Matthew Goad, fellow graduates of OC’s Communication Design program, as two of his influencers. Hill started his own design company, Foundry Collective. Matthew Goad is the creative director at Funnel Design Group.

“I’ve very thankful I went to Oklahoma Christian. The education I received at OC really was second to none,” Goad said. “I’ve worked with people who went to ‘brand name’ design and art schools, and I feel I was much more prepared for my career.”

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 11:45:00 CDT 1bf9c24e-e6cf-4c85-9143-5c623f8f08f1
OC ranked among best schools for video game design http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-ranked-among-best-schools-for-video-game-design/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Princeton Review ranks Oklahoma Christian University (OC) No. 14 among the top undergraduate institutions to study video game design.

The Princeton Review’s list honors 25 undergraduate schools from the U.S., Canada and Ireland, along with a companion list of the top 25 graduate schools with video game design programs.

OC is the only Oklahoma university and one of five undergraduate and graduate programs in the southwestern United States on the list.

“For students aspiring to become game designers, we highly recommend Oklahoma Christian as one of the best institutions to study and to launch a career in this exciting field,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review senior vice president and publisher. “We also salute the faculty and staff at Oklahoma Christian for their exceptional academic and professional contributions to their students and to the industry of game design.”

In OC’s gaming and animation program, students take classes on the history of gaming and animation, technical classes where they learn 30 software programs, and studio classes where they create original games.

“Our students are versed in the most advanced techniques such as level design, modeling, texturing, rigging, animation and programming,” said Jeff Price, associate professor of art and design, and director of gaming and animation. “We have made investments in the latest software, including Autodesk Maya, 3ds Max and zBrush. We train for the latest game engines such as Unity3d and Unreal Development Kit (UDK).”

OC’s gaming and animation program has received honorable mention in previous years, but this is its highest ranking. The rankings are based on the quality of the curriculum, faculty credentials, facilities and infrastructure, scholarships, financial aid and career opportunities after graduation.

“Jeff Price is a relentless scholar and program developer,” said David Lowry, dean of OC’s College of Arts and Sciences. “Under his leadership, Gaming and Animation has become one of the fastest growing degrees on campus, in addition to being recognized as one of the top programs in the nation.”

More information on OC’s gaming and animation program is available at www.oc.edu/gaming.

The Princeton Review partners with PC Gamer for this report. PC Gamer will feature the list in their May edition, available on newsstands April 1. The Princeton’s Review’s complete report is available at www.princetonreview.com/game-design.

The Princeton Review also is known for its annual college rankings. Oklahoma Christian is one of the institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its current “Best in the West” rankings.??

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

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:00:00 CDT 453d4cfc-89ed-4b8f-a461-a9ca51e581d5
OC grad lost in Malaysia Airlines tragedy http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-grad-lost-in-malaysia-airlines-tragedy/ Oklahoma Christian University graduate Philip Wood was on the Malaysia Airlines flight that is presumed to have crashed Saturday.

"The Oklahoma Christian University community was shocked and saddened to learn yesterday that Philip was on this flight," Executive Vice President Bill Goad said. "The thoughts and prayers of his many friends in the OC community are with the family at this time."

Philip graduated with a degree in computer science in 1985. He recently moved from North Texas to Beijing, where he worked as an executive with IBM. Please lift up his family in prayer.

"I just want to say from our family that Phil loved Christ, his family, and everyone," his brother, James Wood, said in a comment on our Facebook page. "Our hearts hurt, but we know so many around the world are hurting just as much by this terrible tragedy. Christ is our hope and strength. Please pray for everyone involved during this difficult time."

Click here to watch a report from KOCO, Oklahoma City's ABC affiliate.

Click here to watch a report from KWTV, Oklahoma City's CBS affiliate.

Click here to watch an interview with Philip's brothers on NBC's Today Show.

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Sun, 09 Mar 2014 00:00:00 CST 0ebc932a-e0a7-4f06-a8e1-64090a4a827a
Chi wins Spring Sing 2014 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/chi-wins-spring-sing-2014/ The men of Chi Lambda Phi captured first place in Spring Sing 2014 with their "Back to the Future" show.

1st - Chi Lambda Phi - "Back to the Future"
2nd - Gamma Rho - "Candy Land"
3rd - Kappa Sigma Tau - "Frankenstein and the Monster"
4th - Freshmen - "The Lion King"

Faculty/Staff Favorite - Gamma Rho
Student Favorite - Kappa Sigma Tau
Audience Favorite - Kappa Sigma Tau
Most Original
 - Lambda Chi Zeta/Omega Psi Omicron
Best Banner - Chi Lambda Phi
Best Choreography - Gamma Rho
Best Costume - Gamma Rho
Best Lyrics - Lambda Chi Zeta/Omega Psi Omicron
Best Video - Gamma Rho
Best Vocals -  Gamma Rho
Unity Award - Pi Zeta Phi
Tealridge Golden Cane Award - Gamma Rho

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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Sat, 08 Mar 2014 23:00:00 CST f247a685-f842-4e04-9763-9af6c552e1f3
Renowned scholar N.T. Wright to speak at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/renowned-scholar-nt-wright-to-speak-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – One of the world’s premier theologians will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) March 24-25. 

N.T. Wright is a best-selling, award-winning author and professor who holds dual doctorates from Oxford University. He will lead a panel discussion on March 25 titled “Paul and the Faithfulness of God.” The event begins at 10 a.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/ntwright.

Wright is research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. He holds a doctorate in divinity and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. 

He has written more than 60 books, including his best-selling “Simply Christian,” “Simply Jesus” and “How God Became King.” He also is known for his multi-volume work “Christian Origins and the Question of God,” of which volume four, “Paul and the Faithfulness of God,” has recently been released. 
In addition to the panel discussion, Wright will speak the night before to a sold-out crowd of 2,700 on the topic of “The Strange Challenge of Truth.”

John Harrison, professor of New Testament and Ministry at Oklahoma Christian, said hosting Wright for the university’s latest McGaw Lecture is a significant honor.

“N.T. Wright is our generation’s foremost expert on New Testament studies, especially in regard to postmodernity and the reliability of the Biblical narrative,” Harrison said. “He combines scholarship and applied insights in an understandable way that resonates with audiences, as evidenced by his sold-out public lecture.”
Those interested in hearing Wright can still attend the panel discussion the next day.
“Fortunately, the panel discussion presents another opportunity to hear from this distinguished scholar,” Harrison said. “In addition, Wright will be joined by three scholars in the study of Paul who will critique Wright's new book on Paul. This is truly a rare and unique opportunity to hear from established New Testament scholars.”
Accomplished professors Richard Hays, Jerry Sumney and James Thompson will join Wright for the panel discussion. 

Hays is the dean of Duke University’s Divinity School and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament. Sumney teaches New Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary and is the chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thompson is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University and the editor of Restoration Quarterly.

In conjunction with Wright’s lecture, all OC students, faculty and staff members received a free copy of “Simply Christian,” and the book has been integrated into the curriculum of a number of classes. 

This outreach builds on the university’s commitment to spiritual growth. Earlier this semester, OC launched “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan” through the Edmond-based YouVersion Bible app, which is used on more than 100 million devices around the world.

OC’s McGaw Lectures exist to increase national awareness of three of America’s founding core values: faith in God, constitutional government and private enterprise. The lectures are made possible by an endowment fund created by the late Mary and Foster McGaw. Just last month, OC hosted two members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts, for the university’s most recent McGaw Lecture.
About Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:30:00 CST aaa75764-a626-476e-b937-0ec85aa1b4a2
Spring Sing: The 'Hits' just keep on coming http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spring-sing-the-hits-just-keep-on-coming/ By Hallie Milner, Courtesy of The Talon

Oklahoma Christian University students will bring decades’ worth of “Greatest Hits” to life March 7-8 in the 45th-annual Spring Sing performance.

Senior Natalie Howard sang and worked behind the scenes of Spring Sing for years, and now directs the show.

“A lot of Spring Sing is about alumni coming back – it’s almost like a homecoming in the spring,” Howard said. “While we always want to entertain students, our audience is adults, and so the ‘Greatest Hits’ applies to the host and hostesses specifically, and I feel like their songs are things that the whole audience can relate to. The club themes are the greatest hits of the past 50 years or so, and so it’s something that everyone can get on board with.”

Men’s social service clubs’ acts include Alpha Gamma Omega as “Looney Tunes,” Delta Gamma Sigma as “Sailors,” Chi Lambda Phi as “Back to the Future,” Kappa Sigma Tau as “Frankenstein” and Psi Epsilon as “Magicians.”

Women’s social service clubs’ themes are Gamma Rho as “Candy Land,” Iota Kappa Phi as “The Flintstones,” Pi Zeta Phi as “The Beverly Hillbillies” and Theta Theta Theta as “Cheerleaders.” Omega Psi Omicron and Lambda Chi Zeta are joining forces to present “Wal-Mart Greeters.”

Senior Jessica Thompson is Spring Sing assistant director this year.

“It’s been eye opening,” Thompson said. “I wasn’t a big Spring Sing fan, but now I’m a Spring Sing freak. I love it, I’ve seen all the shows, and everyone is going to be blown away. I’m counting down the hours – [I’m] a little bit too excited.”

Between club performances, six hosts will entertain the audience with solo and group acts to keep the momentum going. Hosts are sophomore Brandi Williams, senior Connor Weaver, freshman Slaten Barnett, senior Adrian Hernandez, senior Reece Kingcade and senior Megan Helterbrand.

Helterbrand is returning for her second year as a Spring Sing host.

“What I’m most excited about is the fact that I get to sing a big song all over again,” Helterbrand said. “Last year, the coolest thing was performing with peers. My whole college career I’ve performed with Summer Singers, and so it was cool to get to perform with a different group of people.”

Past themes of Spring Sing have ranged from “Hard-Rock Café” to “College Life,” and this year, directors hope to encompass  all the best of the best themes into one show – the “Greatest Hits.”

“It’s a really awesome theme,” Helterbrand said. “It’s a chance for people to bring to the stage what they think is awesome. And you get to see the personality of the club. I think it’s a great hit. When you have a theme that is subjective to a certain time period, you miss out on a lot of great artists. There is a huge range of possibilities that you can take with all the decades we’ve used. There are a lot of awesome artists and a lot of heritage you can get there, too.”

Howard said she has enjoyed being able to be involved with every aspect of the show.

“Of course I want my club to succeed, but I love every show and I have friends in every show,” Howard said. “I get to cheer on everyone and be excited for everyone and I get to be involved, giving suggestions to the clubs and giving suggestions to the hosts.”

Also managing this year’s show is senior Blakely Brown, club coordinator; Thompson as assistant director; Zeke Gustafson, tech director; junior Brent Kucharo, assistant tech director; senior Lee Branch, treasurer; sophomore Hannah Lorentz, host costume and lobby coordinator; senior Luke Sandhop, band director; senior Elizabeth Elliott, ad coordinator; chapel secretary Amanda Watson as staff advisor and SGA president and senior Kyle Keesee, executive producer.

“I’ve really grown to love all the people I’ve worked with, and it’s been a great experience for me,” Thompson said.

Spring Sing is one of the campus’ favorite things, according to Helterbrand.

“When you come to OC, it’s like a whole new world,” Helterbrand said. “You will make some of your best memories in college and there are so many great things about OC, but one thing that really unifies the community and college is that we all have this common love for Spring Sing and no matter if you want a club to go down in flames or want your club to win, that unites you.”

Howard hopes the students, alumni, families and future students will enjoy the show.

“I hope the audience gets to have as much fun as I’ve had putting it together and as the clubs have had practicing and performing,” Howard said.

Helterbrand echoed Howard’s sentiments.

“Enjoy it, this is an awesome show,” Helterbrand said. “We put a lot of hard work into it and it’s one of those shows that people from all generations can relate to.”

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OC starts online RN to BSN program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-starts-online-rn-to-bsn-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch an online RN to BSN degree completion program in May.

Oklahoma Christian will offer two classes every eight weeks, allowing students to complete the entire program and earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 16 months.

OC’s RN to BSN program will be the only one of its kind in Oklahoma. All classes – including needed prerequisites like Microbiology, Statistics and Humanities courses – will be offered online, giving students the opportunity to complete their coursework on their schedules.

OC’s online courses will make the program available to nurses who live and work in rural areas and in jobs where a traditional four-year degree option would be impossible. Because the program is online, it is available to nurses outside Oklahoma as well.

“We’re looking to meet the needs of students just entering nursing as well as those who have been nurses for awhile,” said Kay Elder, chair of OC’s Department of Nursing. “It’s exciting to meet a need with a service-focused program that’s a good mission fit for Oklahoma Christian.”

OC’s program, nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides an avenue for working nurses to earn a degree that is becoming the professional standard.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a BSN degree by 2020. In addition, the American Nurses Association identifies a BSN degree as an entry-level requirement for professional nurses.

“Hospitals need most of their nurses to be educated at a BSN or higher degree level in order to achieve ‘Magnet Recognition,’ which signifies nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes,” said Rhea Ann Lee, OC’s RN to BSN coordinator. “By getting their degree quickly and conveniently through our online program, nurses will be able to expand their professional opportunities.”

OC’s program features a strong emphasis on Christian service and leadership. The Health Care Missions and Christian Service Strategies course is unique to OC’s RN to BSN program, and focuses on the needs of diverse and underserved populations.

“Our faith-based approach sets our program apart. Our nursing graduates and the hospitals they work at are excited about the holistic aspect of our program,” Elder said. “And the relationships we have with Oklahoma City metropolitan area hospitals help us place our graduates in jobs where they can lead and make a difference.”

OC nursing graduates frequently score above state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination. OC’s 2013 pass rate of 88 percent was almost five percentage points higher than the pass rates in Oklahoma and in the U.S. as a whole.

Applicants to OC’s RN to BSN program should have a current active RN license. Credit for multiple courses may be granted for life experience.

Prospective students can apply for free by entering the code “RN2BSN” at www.oc.edu/RN2BSN. For more information, students can contact Rhea Ann Lee at rhea.lee@oc.edu or (405) 425-1926.

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 is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond.

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


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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:00:00 CST 47f24b4d-3616-4244-81c6-7303647f3547
OC's ethics team places fifth in the nation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-ethics-team-places-fifth-in-the-nation/ By Tori Jones, Courtesy of The Talon

Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition Feb. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The ethics team debated on topics such as in-vitro fertilization, outsourcing surrogate mothers, the morality of FBI involvement in potential cases of terrorist coercion, and the use of off-label prescriptions with anti-psychotic drugs.

The top eight teams from the round-robin matches advanced to the quarterfinals, where it is win or go home.

The Eagles, who defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University on their way to winning the state championship in October, squared off against the University of Montana in their quarterfinal match. Montana, the eventual national champions, won by a two-point margin.

Sophomore Gabriel Gasiorowski is a first-time ethics team member. He said, going into the competition, the team put in the hours poring over cases.

“We discuss questions based off a series of cases that we receive before the case,” Gasiorowski said. “We don’t know the questions or which case until we get to each match, and so we must be well prepared for the dimensions of each case.”

According to Jeff Simmons, an associate professor of business and the team’s faculty sponsor, the team practiced every Tuesday and Thursday for about two hours.

“Unfortunately, the only time we could find to meet on Thursday was at 6:00 a.m.,” Simmons said. “At first, we discuss the moral issues involved with each case and the possible viewpoints one could take towards the ethical dilemma presented in the case. In subsequent meetings, we practice by actually presenting and debating our arguments amongst ourselves.”

Additionally, the team works on other debate skills – such as being able to present your argument in one minute, 30-second and 10-second intervals.

Personal bias made going on the offensive challenging, according to junior Jasper Bawcom.

“One of the things the judges look at in the competition is your ability to poke holes in the other team’s arguments, and this was sometimes difficult to do – especially in situations where you agreed with the other team,” Bawcom said.

Gasiorowski admitted that the biases made even establishing the team’s position on a case more of a process.

“We must be cohesive as a team of three people all with different ideas,” Gasiorowski said. “There is a lot of real debate and discussion on these cases in each of our practices when we are searching for our team’s position.”

Simmons said that the team had some tough competitors, including the University of Montana, the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma.

“We are developing quite the rivalry with OU,” Simmons said. “In the past two years, we have beat their team four times and lost three.”

The most challenging opponents, in Gasiorowski’s opinion, were St. Petersburg College and the University of Nebraska.

“Both matches were extremely close point-wise,” Gasiorowski said. “While we won against St. Petersburg and unfortunately lost against Nebraska, both were very well fought on both sides.”

According to Simmons, there are usually 15 cases that a team has to prepare for the national championship. Most other teams have five members that assign and divide the cases amongst the team members so that they have case experts.

“Instead, I have every member involved in every case by making each one responsible for addressing the dilemma through the perspective of a specific moral philosophy, such as deontology, utilitarianism or Aristotelian ethics,” Simmons said. “This way we are assured of not having some of our stronger presenters idle during the match simply because their case wasn’t discussed.”

Bawcom didn’t know what to expect going into the competition, but he is content with the squad’s performance.

“I think we did well, especially considering that it was the first time on the team for each of us,” Bawcom said. “Hopefully next year we can do even better.”

According to Simmons, the next step for the ethics team is getting some much-needed rest. After that, he is pushing to add some strong new members who have an interest in moral philosophy and/or debate.

“I already have a few students on the radar but am always willing to consider more,” Simmons said. “We'll take the summer off but hit the road running next fall, holding tryouts at the start of the semester.”

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:00:00 CST 9ef47b36-b6a5-4567-985d-260d74512098
OC student gets to bottom of 500-year-old mystery http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-gets-to-bottom-of-500-year-old-mystery/
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Amelia Hamrick appears to have unlocked a 500-year-old musical mystery. 

    The 20-year-old junior from Bedford, Texas, identified and transcribed a song based on an overlooked section of the famous painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” European artist Hieronymous Bosch created the painting around the year 1500.
    Hamrick, a student in OC’s Honors Program, is attending Oklahoma Christian on a music scholarship and plays the baritone, bass trombone and tuba. She is believed to be the first person to transcribe and play the song. 

    Hamrick learned about the painting in her OC Honors course, Western Thought and Expression.
    “Another OC student and I were looking at the painting one night,” Hamrick said. “We noticed, much to our amusement, music written on the posterior of one of the characters, in an area that’s easy to overlook. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants from that time period.”
    After recording the song, Hamrick posted the audio file on her personal blog, where it began to gain a lot of attention online and around the globe.
    “I still can’t believe this took off like it did,” Hamrick said. “I just threw it together in 30 minutes at one in the morning.”
    Hamrick is recording a second version of the song with assistance from Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher, who is quite proud of Hamrick.
    “It does not surprise me at all that she would jump in and do this,” Fletcher said. “She was simply interested in the joy of discovering something new.”
    According to Hamrick, the Music History course taught by Professor Emeritus Harold Fletcher helped her compose the song.
    “We read about Gregorian notation and notation for other types of music during that period,” Hamrick said. “We were tested over a lot of recordings, so I had to listen to quite a bit of music that is very different from how music sounds today.”
    Music has always played a big part in Hamrick’s life, despite her reverse-slope hearing loss. Her parents both earned music degrees from Oklahoma Christian. Her father has a doctorate in musicology and both are librarians. 

    Hamrick is following in their footsteps; she is double-majoring in music and information sciences, and hopes to become a librarian herself. Her parents are continuing to help as she makes a new recording of the song.
    “I am pretty lucky that my dad’s specialty was music from the 1500s and 1600s,” Hamrick said.
    Hamrick hopes to expand the project for additional academic and entertainment purposes. She would love to have the Oklahoma Christian Chorale and Band record the song. In addition, there are other unrecorded songs in Bosch’s paintings, though they’re located in less amusing places.
    “I hope to transcribe those songs as well,” Hamrick said. “Plus, as an Honors student, I think this experience might make a great capstone catalyst project for research and creative activity.”
    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

    Listen to Amelia’s audio:

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    Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:00 CST 7c71cb94-6055-4c3f-a80d-e92e3c0af528
    OC Olympic Connections http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-olympic-connections/ Oklahoma Christian University is a destination point for students from all over the world who seek a quality education. In fact, students from 57 countries are currently enrolled at OC.

    Below is a list of the nations that competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics that have students at OC, along with the medal count for those nations.

    And while you're in the Olympic spirit, check out features about OC alumni Jennifer Ma and Jeff Bennett. Ma was a chief designer of the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Bennett was the United States’ top decathlete in the 1972 Summer Olympics, placing fourth overall.











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    In addition to this year's competing Winter Olympic nations, Oklahoma Christian currently has students from Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Chad, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Uganda, and Vietnam. Click here for more information on OC's International Programs.


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    Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:00:00 CST b2832dfe-a4f5-4ea4-928a-0cdc6bb09d94
    OC stages ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-stages-a-midsummer-nights-dream/ Surprises abound in Oklahoma Christian University’s production of the classic Shakespearean comedy, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28-March 1.

    Set in the 1960s, the play includes supernatural elements with more than 20 characters, including humans and fairies. The shows begin at 8 p.m. each night in Judd Theatre on OC’s campus. 

    The play’s director, Associate Professor of Communication Barrett Huddleston, chose the play, in part, because of its appeal to the community.

    “Midsummer is a great show for those who are new to the Shakespearean canon,” Huddleston said. “What’s interesting about this show is that the older that Shakespeare got, the less he relied on language itself to communicate. That is really seen in his use of humor in this play.”

    In addition, Huddleston chose the play because of its appeal to his strengths as a director and scholar.

    “Many of my research interests overlay with supernatural drama,” Huddleston said

    The play was also a good fit for a collaborative cast.

    “I decided to employ Shakespeare’s original casting for this production,” Huddleston said. “A number of characters play double roles, which helps the audience better understand more of the humor.”

    According to Talon Ice, a sophomore from Kingfisher, Okla., the cast has benefitted from Huddleston’s direction.

    “Dr. Huddleston gives excellent feedback on how to do your role better,” Ice said. “Plus, he’s a really approachable professor. It’s not very often that students get a theater professor with a doctorate. I feel like I get things from him that students at other universities do not.”

    Ice also praised Huddleston’s use of surprises in the production. Those were inspired by the decision to set the play in the 1960s, a period that included similar elements of the play.

    “The 1960s was reticent to highlight the social stratification and the reference to a recent war in the play,” Huddleston said. “Plus, it gave us the chance to have some fun with the supernatural components.”

    To order tickets, call the OC Box Office at (405) 425-6310. Tickets cost $10. Tickets for senior citizens over 60 and groups of 20 or more are $8. OC students, faculty and staff and their immediate families are free with a valid ID. 


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    Thu, 20 Feb 2014 13:15:00 CST 43c528f7-6de7-4826-9904-923f1ae32b4e
    OC maintains affordability with 2014-15 pricing http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-maintains-affordability-with-2014-15-pricing/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After keeping undergraduate prices flat for three years, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has announced a small increase for 2014-15.

    OC’s cost of attendance will move to $25,790 per year (including tuition, room and board). That will represent a 3.26 percent increase over 2011-12, the last time Oklahoma Christian raised prices.

    Oklahoma Christian’s approach contrasts with the nationwide trend; according to the College Board, the average cost of attendance at private colleges rose 7.9 percent during OC’s multi-year price freeze, including an increase of almost 4 percent this year. Total charges at private schools averaged $40,917 this year while public schools cost an average of $31,701 for out-of-state students.

    “Our commitment to affordability makes OC a tremendous value for students seeking premier academic programs in a supportive Christian environment,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “We’re dedicated to holding prices down, even as we’re faced with higher operating expenses like rising healthcare costs. We know students and families will appreciate that OC is bucking the trend of the large price increases seen at many colleges nationwide.”

    Oklahoma Christian is continuing its policy of not charging undergraduate student fees. This allows students and families to better compare Oklahoma Christian with schools that charge numerous fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” Differential tuition will continue for students participating in nursing clinicals or taking private music lessons.

    OC students can take up to 17 hours per semester for the base tuition price, and can further shape their costs with on-campus housing choices that best fit their budgets and needs.

    More than 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

    OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. Oklahoma Christian also offers significant scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has 37 National Merit Finalists in its student body, the third-most per capita in the state of Oklahoma and the most per capita among all Church of Christ universities.

    On the graduate level, OC’s tuition will remain flat for all students in the Graduate School of Theology ($400 per credit hour) and Graduate School of Engineering ($495/hour), and for returning students in the Graduate School of Business ($470/hour). New graduate business students who enroll this fall will pay $484 per credit hour.

    Complete pricing information is available at www.oc.edu/costs.

    “We’re able to make a first-rate education affordable at Oklahoma Christian through our location in Oklahoma City, which boasts one of the nation’s strongest economies, and through the enthusiastic support of our alumni and donors,” deSteiguer said.

    An unprecedented 1,479 Oklahoma Christian graduates gave to their alma mater last year, helping OC’s alumni participation rate (13.6 percent) eclipse the national average (11.2 percent).

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

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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    Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:00:00 CST 902a492f-af5b-4d64-b027-8493471e44cf
    Oklahoma Christian hosts pioneers of integration http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-pioneers-of-integration/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host two members of the “Little Rock Nine” for a special event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 24.

    Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts were two of the nine teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 25, 1957. They were confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on that historic day.

    “In the midst of one of the most turbulent times in this country’s history, it’s amazing that we found strength in the unlikeliest of places – in a group of nine kids,” said Gary Jones, OC’s Multicultural and Service Learning Coordinator. “Even in the face of injustice, prejudice and inequality, their story of perseverance will live forever. The Little Rock Nine helped lead the charge of equality in education and opportunity for education in America.”

    At age 14 in 1957, LaNier was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. She went on to graduate from Central High School in 1960 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State College, now known as the University of Northern Colorado.

    She worked for the YWCA as a program administrator before beginning a successful career as a real estate broker. She continues to operate LaNier and Company, the firm she founded in 1977.

    She serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and speaks across the country about her experiences as a pioneer of school integration. Her memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School, offers an inside look at this significant civil rights battle.

    Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High School. He completed his junior year, then moved to California and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles in 1967, a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970, and a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.

    He now serves as chief executive officer of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm. He also maintains a private psychology practice and speaks on a wide variety of topics across the country. His memoir, Lessons from Little Rock, came out in 2009.

    Both LaNier and Roberts have been honored with the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.

    History Speaks: Little Rock Nine starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium, Though admission is free, pre-registration is required at www.oc.edu/littlerock9.

    The event is part of Oklahoma Christian’s McGaw Lecture Series.

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


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    Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:25:00 CST d14ba800-ebc6-4fd1-b93d-8198d06a5303
    Oklahoma Christian presents Valentine Cabaret http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-presents-valentine-cabaret/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Music Department will present its 25th-annual Valentine Cabaret dinner theater Feb. 13-15.

    The Cabaret theme is “Songs for a New World,” a 1995 song cycle by Jason Robert Brown, a Tony Award-winning composer. 

    The four-person cast will perform 16 musical numbers that combine pop, rock, gospel and jazz elements. Among the songs is “Stars and Moon,” made famous by Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald

    In Brown’s words, the show is about “one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.”

    The dinner will start at 6 p.m. each night in the McIntosh Conservatory, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in the Adams Recital Hall

    The signature candlelight dinner menu includes Chicken Parmesan, ziti pasta, green beans and tossed salad. Triple chocolate layer cake and cheesecake topped with strawberries will be served for dessert. 

    Chad Anderson will direct the Valentine Cabaret, with assistance from music director and pianist Eric Grigg. Anderson is a 1998 OC alumnus who has directed numerous musicals and cabarets at Oklahoma Christian. 

    The Cabaret cast features OC students Brian Wilcox, Micah Ndiba, Alyssa Jackson and Kendall Haliburton. 

    Tickets are $10 for the show and $25 for the dinner and the show. To purchase tickets or get more information, call (405) 425-5530 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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


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    Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:19:00 CST 93698b19-198e-4762-9bf0-640d7ce10cd0
    Winter instrumental concert set for February 9 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/winter-instrumental-concert-set-for-february-9/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A Beatles medley and jazz musician Justin Echols will be featured at Oklahoma Christian University’s annual Winter Concert on Feb. 9.

    The free concert, showcasing OC’s Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra, will start at 2:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

    OC’s Symphonic Band will perform John Barnes Chance’s “Incantation and Dance,” John Phillip Sousa’s “Pride of the Wolverines” march, Henry Mancini’s “Moon River,” and a medley of Beatles songs.

    The Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s Winter Concerto, a divertimento composed by Mozart, Bartok’s “Allegro Barbaro,” and arrangements of “Morning has Broken” and “Danny Boy.”

    The Jazz Ensemble will perform “There Will Never be Another You,” “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “I Could Write a Book,” and “Deed I Do.”

    Echols, an Oklahoma City jazz musician who has performed in Italy, the Czech Republic and Slovakia, will play the piano and sing during the Jazz Ensemble set.

    For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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


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    Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:23:00 CST 426ff402-5352-4deb-ac61-89fe236487dd
    OC honors student killed serving in Afghanistan http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-honors-student-killed-serving-in-afghanistan/ “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

    That’s what Oklahoma Christian University student Kyle Seitsinger did 10 years ago.

    Serving as an Army Sergeant in Afghanistan, he died along with seven other U.S. soldiers when a weapons cache exploded. Kyle was less than a year away from graduating with a dual major in journalism and Spanish when he died.

    On Wednesday, the 10-year anniversary of Kyle’s death, the OC family paused to remember Kyle during a special Chapel service.

    Dr. Philip Patterson, distinguished professor of mass communication at Oklahoma Christian, delivered the Chapel message in memory of his former student. Ironically, the service also fell 40 years to the day after Patterson had been drafted with lottery number nine, which would have sent him to war if he hadn’t been in college at the time.

    “I knew that someone else went in my place, that someone did have to go fill the military need in Vietnam,” Patterson said. “Today, we’re celebrating someone who did go in someone else’s place. We thought it was only fitting for you to pause for a moment and think about someone who sat exactly where you’re sitting right now who had the courage to say, ‘I’ll go if I’m called.’

    “He did, and he paid the price.”

    As part of the Chapel service, OC president John deSteiguer presented Kyle’s father, Dan Seitsinger, with a citation awarding a posthumous degree to Kyle, who aspired to be an international correspondent living and reporting out of South America.

    Sgt. Kyle SeitsingerDuring his time at Oklahoma Christian, Kyle worked for the Talon, OC’s student newspaper, serving as an editor for two years. He also wrote part-time for The Oklahoman and the Edmond Sun.

    In 2002, he was one of 16 student journalists chosen to participate in the Summer Institute in Journalism sponsored by the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. His assignments included interviews with the Colombian president and with U.S. representatives Ernest Istook and J.C. Watts.

    Prior to coming to OC, Kyle served in the U.S. Marines from 1993 to 2000, guarding U.S. embassies in Brasilia, Brazil, and Moscow, Russia, as well as the U.S. consulate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Kyle also was an expert marksman and rifle instructor at Camp Pendleton. He was named “Top Gun” at his embassy school graduation in Quantico, Va.

    Kyle’s down-to-earth, gregarious personality attracted friends of all kinds. In Brasilia, he “adopted” two young poor girls and urged his family to send them gifts. He rarely missed a chance to practice Spanish or Portuguese with native speakers. Despite their cultural differences, Kyle always knew what to say and how to keep them talking.

    He enrolled at Oklahoma Christian in the fall of 2000 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves to help pay for college. He was called into active duty in November 2003.

    When he and his fellow soldiers were killed, it represented the United States’ largest loss of life in Afghanistan at the time. Kyle was the first Oklahoman killed serving in “Operation Enduring Freedom” and is the only active student in OC’s history to be killed in the line of duty.

    “That makes Kyle unique among us for that greater love,” Patterson said, invoking John 15. “Kyle stands alone.”


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    Wed, 29 Jan 2014 15:22:00 CST 23d64fe6-4558-4e2b-bf5d-90663ca4116d
    OC alumna among featured speakers at TEDxOU http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-alumna-among-featured-speakers-at-tedxou/ Oklahoma Christian University alumna Erin Engelke is a featured speaker at the TEDxOU 2014 Conference Friday.

    Engelke, the vice president of communications and public relations for Feed the Children, will speak about balancing work life with being a parent.

    Launched in 1984, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

    At the TEDxOU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

    Click here to watch a video profile and read a feature story about Engelke, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2000 with a degree in public relations and advertising.


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    Thu, 23 Jan 2014 23:26:00 CST 92bd8502-7929-449c-baf8-205e7543ff51
    Spielman keynotes Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spielman-keynotes-athletic-hall-of-fame-dinner/

    Former NFL standout and current ESPN college football analyst Chris Spielman will keynote Oklahoma Christian University's 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on Friday, Jan. 24. Click here for ticket information and biographies about OC's 2014 inductees.

    Spielman was a two-time All American for Ohio State University, then played 11 years in the NFL for the Detroit Lions, Buffalo Bills, and Cleveland Browns. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

    Besides being a father of four, his most important role is that of a Cancer Warrior – Chris continues the fight that he and his late wife Stefanie started together shortly after her first diagnosis.

    Chris’ life has order: Faith, Family and Community – and he lives it daily in that order. The following is a 2012 feature article about Chris from the Columbus Dispatch.

    After losing his wife, Stefanie, to cancer, Chris Spielman shares their story in new book
    By Ken Gordon

    The Columbus Dispatch
    April 17, 2012

    Chris Spielman has tackled single fatherhood with the same intensity he once displayed on the football field.

    More than two years after the death of his wife, Stefanie, of breast cancer at age 42, the former Ohio State and NFL linebacker juggles parenting; work as an ESPN college-football analyst; and numerous appearances to benefit the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, established in 1999.

    Recently, he added author to his resume with That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris & Stefanie Spielman Story — co-written with Bruce Hooley. (Some proceeds from sales will support the fund.)

    His most important duty, however, involves raising his children: Maddie, 18; Noah, 16; Macy, 11; and Audrey, 9.

    And, although he has always been devoted, the stakes rose after Stefanie died in November 2009.

    “I’m an extreme person,” Spielman said. “When I get into something, I’m all in. That’s the way I was as a player, and that’s the way I was as the main caregiver” for Stefanie.

    Her father, said Maddie, a senior at Upper Arlington High School, jokingly calls himself “an Upper Arlington housewife” — although he gets help from a house manager.

    “He’s been so great; he makes time for all of us,” Maddie said. “He tries so hard. Sometimes he’l l cook dinner — usually toast or eggs or grilled cheese, but that’s OK. He really has stepped up to help us.”

    Chris is “doing as well as anybody could under the circumstances,” said Stefanie’s sister Sue Fitz, who lives several blocks away.

    As soon as the cancer was diagnosed in 1998, Stefanie chose to go public with her fight, which continued through multiple recurrences during the next 11 years.

    The couple, Spielman said, long talked about writing a book. He didn’t start the process until early 2009 — after the cancer had advanced to Stefanie’s brain. For months, he spent time each day telling the story to Hooley, his colleague at the time at WBNS (97.1 FM).

    “It was part of our mission to take our situation and use it to help somebody,” Spielman said.

    A central theme of the book focuses on how the Spielmans relied on their faith for strength and solace. Writing the book without discussing their faith would have been impossible, said Chris, who adheres to the philosophy of “Expose your beliefs but never impose.”

    “If somebody asks me how I got through it, I’m going to tell them what I believe and what I experienced to be the truth,” he said, adding that Stefanie “didn’t have a fear of death. We believe death isn’t the end.”

    The book also pulls back the curtain on a family coping with the imminent death of a loved one, offering intimate details of the end-of-life experience.

    Just 12 days before Stefanie’s death, Noah was performing the lead role in a middle-school musical, and Stefanie was determined to go. Chris was skeptical; at that point, Stefanie was bedridden and sleeping most of the time.

    Stefanie got up at home and sat in a wheelchair for two hours — the length of the musical — to prove she could handle it. Then she attended the performance.

    “It was the most meaningful thing for Noah to look out and see his mom,” Fitz said. “She was just not ready to say, ‘I’m done.’??”

    Since her death, Chris and their children have adjusted by looking back and looking forward.

    Maddie, who is bound for Ohio State in the fall, said her father tries to mention Stefanie once a day — “mainly for my little sisters because they were so young.”

    “I think it’s him trying to keep her spirit alive. He always says that to me: ‘Your mom would be so proud of you.’ He always brings her into it.”

    Life in the past couple of years hasn’t been without trials.

    After his wife’s death, when Spielman resumed his travels to cover football games, Macy “would call me 30 times a day,” he said, “and I would have to let her know I’m OK.”

    “He would answer every one of them, too, even if we were in a meeting,” said Dave Pasch, Spielman’s friend and broadcast partner at ESPN.

    Macy’s calls have since subsided.

    Spielman was surprised that the demand for him to speak and appear in behalf of the Stefanie Spielman Fund increased after his wife’s death. Since the fund’s creation, more than $10 million has been raised.

    Charles Shapiro, Stefanie’s oncologist at the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital, learned immensely from the couple, he said.

    “I’m 54, and I have met very few people who had as powerful an impact on me as Chris and Stefanie did,” he said. “This sounds corny, but I felt like they were my teachers, in terms of selfless giving.”

    In a statement to note the $10 million mark, Shapiro said: “Few non-doctors have touched the medical community as she has.”

    Maddie plans to get more involved with the fund, possibly starting a blog to help other children of cancer patients cope.

    Spielman thinks his children are doing well.

    “They have handled it a lot better than I would have as a kid,” he said. “Their resiliency has been motivating for me — how they’ve rallied around each other.

    “Their faith has grown. They didn’t run away from it. They ran closer to God, and that’s helped keep me going in the right direction.

    “They have been a parent’s dream.”

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    Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:46:00 CST 5fa3a3e0-f212-45da-b452-1dd2ed8309eb