Academics Stories

  • OC nursing grads help with relief in the Philippines

    Oklahoma Christian University nursing graduates Reagan Hightower and Erin Downing traveled to the Philippines in December to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan is the deadliest typhoon on record: a category five super typhoon that ripped through Southeast Asia in early November. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” said Reagan, a nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to get over there, but I figured it would be ...

  • OC's South Africans reflect on Mandela's passing

    By Bobby RossThe Christian Chronicle Bullets came flying at Alan Martin as he stepped off a Cape Town, South Africa, bus after a Wednesday night Bible study. Martin, now dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University in Oklahoma City, grew up in a segregated church and faced violence and oppression during the apartheid era. Apartheid - an Afrikaans word meaning “the state of being apart” - was a government policy of segregation and racial and ...

  • OC awards degrees at Winter Commencement

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13-14. The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries, and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study. Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, ...

  • OC students chosen for Teach For America

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two Oklahoma Christian University (OC) seniors have earned selection to the competitive Teach For America program. Katelyn Jackson is a psychology major from Jonesboro, Ark., and Hannah Ketring is an English/writing major from Nashville, Tenn. They are part of OC’s Honors Program and will both graduate this spring. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits professionals and recent college graduates to teach for at least two years in low-income public schools....

  • OC names Baird and Driskill to Registrar leadership roles

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Stephanie Baird will become Oklahoma Christian University’s new Registrar and Karen Driskill will become OC’s Associate Registrar on Jan. 1. Baird will fill the post vacated by Mickey Banister, who is retiring after a distinguished career in education, including the last 19 years at Oklahoma Christian. Baird is completing a dissertation in higher education at Oklahoma State University on the topic of retention and graduation. She holds a bachelor’s ...

  • Engelke finds great success as PR pro

    By Kaylan Watkins, Courtesy of The Talon A former Oklahoma Christian University student has achieved great success in the Oklahoma City business world. Erin Engelke graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2000 with a degree in public relations and advertising. “When I graduated I had this very clear goal to climb the corporate ladder,” Engelke said. “About six years in, I realized that was actually not where my heart was. I wanted to use the skills that God has given me in a way ...

  • Academic departments honor outstanding alumni

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend. OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; ...

  • Oklahoman features OC's state champion ethics students

    The Oklahoman profiled Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics teams in a big feature written by Silas Allen. OC’s student teams recently beat squads from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other schools to place first and second, respectively, in the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge. It was the second straight state championship for Oklahoma Christian, which also won the regional title last year. This year’s Regional Student Ethics Bowl ...

  • Oklahoma Christian earns reaccreditation from NCATE

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has earned reaccreditation for the next seven years from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. NCATE’s professional accreditation reflects that OC’s School of Education met rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. Those standards ensure that OC graduates are among the most prepared in the country to teach students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. “We are ...

  • OC wins 1st, 2nd in state ethics contest

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won its second consecutive state championship at the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge Saturday. Both of OC’s student teams won all three of their matches to finish first and second, respectively. OC’s first-place team (the Talons) beat peers from Rose State College, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University. OC’s runnerup squad (the Eagles) defeated teams from Cameron University, ...

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