First Year Adventure Students Plug Into Community Thru Living/Learning Experience

Back to campus not only means back to the books, but back to the city.

Oklahoma City sites were the text for 40 students from across the United States and around the world as the OC Honors program launched its 2011 First Year Adventure.

The event, which connects classroom learning and community engagement, was facilitated by Ben Langford (98), director of OC’s Center for Global Missions. 

“Ben asked the students to consider the difference between merely aspiring to a title and aspiring to a testimony that would make a greater and deeper impact,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), director of OC’s Honors Program.

Students were asked to consider the idea of place and how Christ calls them to fully engage the world. 

They visited metro-area sites such as the Oklahoma Land Run Memorial, the Oklahoma River, the Bricktown Canal, Deep Deuce and the Oklahoma City National Memorial to victims of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building bombing.  

After the students’ trip into the city, former Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys spoke to them at a barbeque dinner hosted by Mike and Nancy O’Neal. 

Humphreys reflected on his own life growing up in Oklahoma, his optimism for the future, and the key role of the faith of the people of Oklahoma in facing challenges.

The day’s activities ended at the Honors House at Davisson Hall, the new living/learning community for the Honors Program.

Fall 2011

View more stories from the Fall 2011 issue of Vision magazine.