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  • OC well-represented at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference


    Oklahoma Christian University had a strong presence at the 35th Christian Scholars’ Conference last week with participants in multiple sessions. The annual event was held at Abilene Christian University this year and featured keynote speakers such as authors and professors Phillip Jenkins and Randall Balmer, poet Christian Wiman and public broadcasting host and author Tavis Smiley. During the conference, more than 100 professors, graduate students and professionals presented peer-reviewed ...

  • OC picks Rix as biblical studies dean


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A classical piano virtuoso, experienced minister and respected scholar is the new interim dean of Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Biblical Studies. Charles Rix, an associate professor of Bible at OC, moves into this leadership role after serving as chair of the university’s undergraduate programs in biblical studies over the past year. “I like this opportunity to think creatively about how we teach Bible. We want to help students think ...

  • Pianist Charles Rix to perform as OC hosts the CCLA


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Academic librarians from around the nation will visit Oklahoma Christian University next week for the annual conference of the Christian College Librarians Association.  As part of the conference, accomplished classical pianist Dr. Charles Rix will perform a free concert on May 21 at 8 p.m. Rix, a professor of Bible at OC, has performed around the world, including St. Petersburg, Russia, and he has been a finalist in international ...

  • Christian Chronicle named top newspaper by Associated Church Press


    TORONTO, Canada – The Christian Chronicle, operated on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University, won Best in Class at the Associated Church Press’ annual awards banquet May 1. This designation in the National/International Newspaper category is the second for the Christian Chronicle, which also earned the award in 2012. In all, the Chronicle brought home nine awards. Chief Correspondent Bobby Ross, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1990 with a journalism degree, took first ...

  • OC hosts student success expert


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Last week, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) welcomed one of the world’s top experts on student success in college. Dr. Vincent Tinto was on campus April 28-29 for workshops with OC administrators, faculty and staff to emphasize his research and writings on the impact of student engagement and learning communities on retention. “Dr. Tinto is the foremost expert in the realm of student success,” OC vice president for academic affairs Scott ...

  • OC alum chosen to lead Alberta Bible College


    CALGARY, Alberta – Alumni from Oklahoma Christian University continue to make a difference around the world. One alumnus in particular, Dr. Stanley Helton, will soon help lead Christian higher education in Canada. Helton, a 1988 OC graduate, will become president of Alberta Bible College in Calgary on July 1. ABC was founded in 1932 and the school’s roots and identity are in the Restoration Movement. He previously worked as a dean at Western Christian College in Saskatchewan. “...

  • Stafford North to speak at OC’s spring commencement


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Stafford North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, will be the keynote speaker for the spring commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) this Friday, April 24. Oklahoma Christian will present 265 undergraduate degrees and 78 graduate degrees in two ceremonies. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will feature graduates from OC’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Natural and Health Sciences. The 2 p.m. ceremony will include ...

  • Joyce McBride passes away


    We mourn the passing of Joyce McBride, who passed away Thursday. Joyce was a beloved Christian teacher and wife of longtime professor and administrator Dr. Bailey McBride. All three of their children graduated from OC and met their spouses here. Melissa is married to OC trustee Phil Roe (82), Lynette (86) is married to Patrick Brown (86), and Mike (91) is married to Karen (Cloud 87). Three of the McBrides’ grandchildren, Luke, Kailey and Jennifer, also attended OC. Joyce was an ...

  • Ravi Zacharias at OC on March 30


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host best-selling author and Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias for a free public lecture next Monday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. The event, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, is sold out, but free overflow tickets for a live closed circuit broadcast are available at www.oc.edu/ravi. Zacharias’ lecture topic is “Secularization and the Death of Absolutes.” Zacharias has spoken all over the world for 42 years. ...

  • Mabee Foundation issues $1M challenge grant for dining facilities


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Mabee Foundation has issued a $1 million challenge grant toward two student-centric projects at Oklahoma Christian University (OC). A new campus café and new coffee shop are two of the big-ticket menu items in OC’s Thrive campaign. If donors give $4,647,209 toward those projects by January 22, 2016, the Mabee Foundation will kick in the final $1 million to help bring those two new student spaces to life. “Many of Oklahoma Christian’s most...

  • OC announces dual degree program with Japan university


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Officials from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) and Japan’s Ibaraki Christian University will announce a new dual degree program at a special ceremony Monday.  OC and IC are in the 40th year of mutual exchange of students and faculty, making the partnership one of the longest lasting programs between any two universities in Japan and the United States. Nearly 1,000 students have participated in the universities’ short-term and long-term programs ...

  • Oklahoma Christian hosts historic civil rights leaders


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host two icons of the civil rights movement on Feb. 9. OC’s second-annual History Speaks event will feature Claudette Colvin and Fred Gray, two pioneers for racial equality in the 1950s and 60s. Colvin was the first person arrested for resisting bus segregation in Montgomery, Alabama, sparking the famous Montgomery Bus Boycott. Gray served as Colvin’s attorney after she was charged with disorderly conduct. “...

  • OC hosts bestselling author Donald Miller


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Bestselling author Donald Miller will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) on Thursday, Jan. 22. Miller’s lecture, presented by OC’s Ethos program, will begin at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required at oc.edu/miller. Miller is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including A Million Miles in a Thousand Years and Blue Like Jazz, which later became a feature film. Through his Storyline ...

  • Live streaming of commencement


    Oklahoma Christian University’s winter commencement ceremonies will be streamed live online at www.oc.edu/live on Dec. 12-13.  OC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday while the graduate ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address while entrepreneur and inventor Jay Martin will ...

  • Oklahoma Christian holds graduation ceremonies


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 80 undergraduate and 103 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 12-13. OC’s undergraduate degree candidates represent 13 states and seven countries, and majored in 35 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and 10 countries and represent 12 graduate areas of study. Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the ...