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Love Hard Today (And Always)

Apr. 17, 2015 - 4:30PM

I have no right to author these words. To attempt to articulate the storm of emotion our campus is weathering today and will strain beneath for weeks, months, and years to come. Or to tearfully grasp at the depth of pain and disorientation that can ...

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Two Million Reasons Unrestricted is Awesome

Apr. 14, 2015 - 5:00PM

About eight months ago I wrote to you about donor intent—the idea that when a donor [let’s call him Jim] gives money [say $5,000] to OC with specific intent [Jim wants to build an outdoor garden for the biology department], the University...

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Wait…Why’d the Caf Price Go Up?

Dec. 5, 2014 - 2:00PM in Campus Cafe Reboot

The week before Thanksgiving, I was blessed to be part of one of the most unique and flat-out fun projects I’ve ever worked on: Students Pick. If you followed our shenanigans on Twitter (@OCThrive), you know that 1,977 students were invited to ...

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Students Pick

Nov. 14, 2014 - 11:15AM

How do you engage 1,977 undergrads in a capital campaign like Thrive? That’s the head-scratcher that’s worn a hole in my scalp these last few months. I’ve been consistent in my mantra that Thrive is for our students. But just ...

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About the Author

Will Blanchard Will Blanchard ('07) serves as OC's Director of Advancement Operations and assists President John deSteiguer and Vice President Kent Allen as manager of the Thrive Campaign. Passionate about the Kingdom, the Eagles, and "living life to eleven," Will serves as a manager and copywriter on many Advancement efforts, including the OC Callout and Homeward. He and his wife, Amy ('09), and their lil' Eagle, Penny, live to play in Edmond. You can reach Will (and he'd consider it a pleasure) at or 405.425.5115.