Nov 02, 2018

Alumni from across the United States are returning to the campus of Oklahoma Christian University for Oklahomecoming. The weekend’s theme is inspired by the musical production of "Oklahoma!" set to take the stage Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. The student production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic is sure to delight alumni and the community alike. Tickets are available at the box office, (405) 425-6310.

The weekend’s activities include the basketball season opener with the OC Eagles women’s team taking on York College Saturday at 1 p.m. and the men’s team facing off against Manhattan Christian College at 3 p.m. OC will honor the 50-year anniversary of the 1968 NAIA National Tournament Team at halftime of the men’s game. The legendary team overcame seemingly insurmountable odds on their path to the national stage.

The campus art gallery will feature work from OC alum and local artist Jeff Shoemake. Salvaged items find themselves in Shoemake’s sculptures and represent the artist’s own redemption story. He also produces intricately detailed charcoal, high impact graphic art and other media. The exhibit opens Oct. 25 and runs through Nov. 30. Meet the artist for a presentation and reception Friday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. in Judd Theatre.

Many notable alumni will be recognized with achievement awards with four special presentations at Friday night’s Alumni Awards Banquet. Dave and Linda Smith, 1968 and ‘69 graduates of the university, will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award. OC coaches and leaders presented Dave Smith and the basketball team of 1968 with an impossible challenge: win a national title. The leadership skills and determination that Dave developed on the court, together with support from Linda, became essential in building their business, MTM Recognition (formerly Midwest Trophy), into a national leader. Barry Kelley, 2011 graduate, is the Young Alumnus of the Year and 1984 graduate Jim Weaver will be recognized with the Mission Service Award. Former chairman of OC’s board of trustees and great friends of the university, Ralph and Darla Chain, will become honorary alumni.

The weekend is filled with scholarly lectures, family fun, reunions and banquets. The complete schedule of events and ticket information is at oc.edu/homecoming.