First Year Adventure

Back to campus not only means back to the books, but back to the city. Oklahoma City sites are the text for learning in First Year Adventure, in which students will connect classroom learning and community engagement. The event is facilitated by Ben Langford, OC’s Director of the Center for Global Missions. Langford is a former missionary to Uganda.

Ben Langford talks about "Stake Your Claim" to 1st Year Honors StudentsAt each stop on the tour of Oklahoma City, students are asked to reflect on their own aspirations to complete an undergraduate degree and to take their places as Christian leaders. After their trip through the heart of the city, students visit President John deSteiguer's home to hear from a notable community leader.

The Honors First Year Adventure is not a one-day activity, but includes collaborations with many of the state’s leading cultural institutions. During the academic year, all Honors students attend the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as a group as a co-curricular involvement for their music history strand; during study of the Italian Renaissance, they visit the Kress Collection of the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa; during their study of the Impressionist and post-Impressionist era in art, they attend the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; and as they study the Modernist movement in art, they visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Weekly Symposium meetings with guest, faculty, and student speakers also fill out the annual First Year Adventure in the Honors Program. Past Symposium speakers have included Civil Rights attorney Fred Gray, astronaut Douglas Wheelock, and Constitutional Historian Rufus Fears.