From the President

Dear Alumni and Friends, 

We’re basking in the glow of an action-packed academic year as we move into a summer buzzing with hundreds of guests on campus for camps, educational events like our Honors Summer Academy and Engineering Summer Academy, and other special activities. 

Our staff is working hard getting ready for 2014-2015, and we still have a lot of students and faculty around for undergraduate and graduate summer classes. 

We’re also putting faith and learning into action beyond our 240 acres. Dr. John Fletcher (82) is leading our Summer European Studies group, Dr. Jeff Simmons (90) connected OC students with a US-China Student Summit in Beijing and Shanghai, and we have students spread out around the world on mission campaigns. Please keep all of them in your prayers. 

This issue is filled with stories of Eagles who are shining God’s light in their lives and careers. You’ll read about John Fletcher’s father, Dr. Harold Fletcher, on page 12. As far as we can tell, he’s the oldest active professor in the United States, still sharp and spry at age 90. We’re grateful that our students still get the blessing of his knowledge and experience. 

One of those students, Amelia Hamrick, is a second-generation Eagle who made an attention-grabbing artistic discovery last semester. You may have heard about her on CNN, NPR, or some other media outlet in the spring. You can read her story on page 22. 

I am so impressed with the way our students, faculty, staff, and alumni rally to help people in need. We saw that last year after the Oklahoma tornadoes, and we saw it again after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in November. OC grad Salvador Cariaga (83) has been in the eye of the storm, helping provide physical and spiritual needs for people in his home country. Read about his work on page 14. 

This issue also offers a look back at the distinguished guests we hosted at OC over the past few months, including Bible scholar Dr. N. T. Wright and Little Rock Nine heroes Carlotta Walls LaNier and Dr. Terrence Roberts. 

I’m thrilled that our community – especially our student body – has the opportunity to learn from and be inspired by guests like these. 

We’ll welcome another special visitor this fall when author Nicholas Sparks (of The Notebook fame) is here for the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on November 21. 

That 10th anniversary event will give us the chance to honor our beloved colleague, Dr. Bailey McBride (54), who retired this spring after 50 years of service to Oklahoma Christian. Mark your calendars for that special event and for our annual Homecoming celebration on November 14-15. 

You honor us with your presence when you return to campus, and with the prayers you continually lift for your alma mater. We’re proud to call you Eagles. Talons Up! 

In His Service, 

John deSteiguer,

Summer 2014

View more stories from the Summer 2014 issue of Vision magazine.