The Written Word

Soaring on Wings Like Eagles

Dr. Stafford North

Dr. Stafford North’s book, “Soaring on Wings Like Eagles: A History of Oklahoma Christian University,” traces Oklahoma Christian from its beginning in 1950 as a 97-student junior college in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, to a 2,300-student, internationally-recognized university in Oklahoma City. 

This history includes chapters on the university’s presidents, faculty and staff, board of trustees, donors, students, and some of its successful alumni serving in various fields around the globe. 

The book recounts key decisions and shows the university’s strong religious commitment; two particular chapters focus on OC’s spiritual life and missionary spirit. 

Other chapters detail the university’s athletic programs, musical and theatre presentations, and student life. 

Order Dr. North’s book online ( or pick one up while you’re on campus!

Two Parts Sunshine

J. Terry Johnson

“Two Parts Sunshine” is both a cookbook and a biographical sketch of Marty (Mitchell 71) Johnson, former first lady of Oklahoma Christian University. 

Marty radiated warmth and friendliness to every person she met. Students, faculty and million-dollar donors enjoyed being in the president’s home, where she entertained hundreds of campus guests. The book reveals many facets of her personality and shares more than 60 of her favorite recipes.

Former OC president J. Terry Johnson (64), Marty’s husband, wrote the book. Sherri (Buben 87) Coale, head women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma, wrote the book’s foreword. 

A foundation grant has made it possible for the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association to net the entire $20 on each book that it sells to the public. To purchase your copy, contact Christine (McClelland 91) Merideth at or 405.425.5122.

Fang Translation Wins Top Prize in China

A book translated into Chinese by Berlin Fang, associate director of OC’s North Institute, won the grand prize in a prestigious contest held by the Chinese Society of American Literature. Colum McCann’s book, “Let The Great World Spin,” won in the Best Foreign Novels category. 

Fang has translated 12 best-selling English-language books into Chinese, with many of those translations becoming bestsellers in China. He is currently translating William Faulkner’s work, “The Sound and The Fury.” 

Fang is a widely quoted and interviewed source in Chinese media based on his Chinese language blog, where he discusses education and technology, faith, and his experience as a Chinese American.

Agan Published in New Book

Dr. Cami Agan, chair of OC’s department of language and literature, had a chapter published in the book, “Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.” 

The book seeks to help professors in undergraduate and graduate programs present a fuller picture of the contributions of works that have been unavailable for many years. 

The book was on display at the Modern Language Association convention in Los Angeles in January. It is available for purchase online at

Agan has also contributed a chapter in a book on British author J.R.R. Tolkien that will be published in the future.


Spring 2011

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