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  • OC hosts new monastic leader for lecture


    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University will host distinguished spiritual writer Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove for a free lecture on Thursday, Sept. 12. Wilson-Hartgrove has authored several books on New Monasticism and Christian spirituality, including his latest book, The Awakening of Hope, and Becoming the Answer to Our Prayer, which he co-wrote with fellow New Monastic leader Shane Claiborne. Wilson-Hartgrove’s lecture at Oklahoma Christian will draw on themes from his ...

  • Dvorak, Paris named associate deans


    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In preparation for the 64th year in Oklahoma Christian University (OC) history, the school announced two appointments to strengthen its academic leadership team. Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said that Jim Dvorak will serve Oklahoma Christian as associate dean for teaching and learning while Lee Anne Paris will serve as associate dean for academics. “I’m excited to have these two talented individuals working to help ensure OC remains &...

  • OC named one of region's top colleges


    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is one of just six schools in Oklahoma to be named one of the best colleges in the western United States by The Princeton Review.The 124 best western colleges are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The listing places Oklahoma Christian among the top 25 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide.“We’re honored to earn this ...

  • OC hosts ELE Rwanda Entrepreneurship Summit


    OKLAHOMA CITY – Rwandan ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana and Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb are among the dignitaries appearing at an innovation and entrepreneurship conference at Oklahoma Christian University Aug. 2-3. The second-annual Entrepreneurship Summit, organized by the Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs of Rwanda (ELE Rwanda), provides an opportunity for more than 200 college students, entrepreneurs, investors and leaders from the U.S. and abroad to connect and network. Scheduled ...

  • OC hosts Global Reunion for missionary children


    Children of missionary families from 30 countries will attend Global Reunion 2013 at Oklahoma Christian University, July 24-28. The camp is for children, commonly referred to as Third Culture Kids (TCKs), who are in a stage of cross-cultural living. “Third Culture Kids are not re-entering the U.S., rather they are entering a culture that may be ‘home’ to mom and dad, but is actually unknown to them in many ways,” said Nancy Hartman, camp director and former missionary to ...

  • Honors Academy hosts students from 16 states


    Gifted high school students from 16 states come to Oklahoma Christian University this week for a preview of college life. Whether culturing cells from Henryetta Lacks, volunteering in a summer literacy program or programming a microprocessor for light displays set to music, the 72 students in OC’s Honors Summer Academy will stay busy learning in an academically challenging environment. “The Honors Summer Academy brings in very bright high school students and gives them a taste ...

  • OC alumni discuss faith after tornadoes


    The Christian Chronicle featured OC alumni Joe Crawford, Jason Leger, and Jennifer and Colby Simonds in a story by Erik Tryggestad about the May 20 tornado. Leger's house was destroyed while Jennifer Simonds was injured protecting children at Plaza Towers Elementary School. Crawford, who lost his house in a 2011 tornado, helped organize relief efforts for this year's victims. Here's an excerpt from the article: “Why did this happen? Why an elementary school? Why little kids?”Jennifer...

  • OC faculty, students present at Christian conference


    Once again, OC was honored to have faculty and students present at the 2013 Christian Scholars Conference over the weekend. Formally titled the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, scholars present more than 90 peer-reviewed and generative sessions to advance scholarship, collaboration and engaged dialogue. This year’s conference theme was "Crises in Ethics: Theology, Business, Law and the Liberal and Fine Arts." Key speakers included ethics author John Dean, religious ...

  • OC family impacted by tornadoes


    Many Oklahoma Christian University alumni, students, faculty and staff members were impacted in various ways by the devastating Oklahoma tornadoes on May 19-20. Two of the 24 victims who lost their lives in the EF5 tornado that hit Newcastle, Moore, and south Oklahoma City were related to OC alumni. Nine-year-old Christopher Legg, a third-grader at Plaza Towers Elementary School, was the son of OC alumnus Ross Legg, grandson of OC grad Mark Legg, and the cousin of another OC alumnus, Brian ...

  • More than 120 from OC serve on summer missions


    In the past year, Oklahoma Christian University emphasized “OC is Home” as a key theme to begin John deSteiguer’s tenure as president. This summer, more than 120 students, staff and faculty are leaving the comforts of home to serve and spread the Gospel in around 20 countries, showing that “OC is Mission,” too. “We are motivated and encouraged by the pure hearts for service that so many OC students have,” deSteiguer said. “We commend them, as ...

  • Oklahoma Christian celebrates 319 graduates


    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Microsoft’s chief operating officer and a respected minister and missionary will speak to the graduates at Oklahoma Christian University’s spring commencement ceremonies on April 26-27.Oklahoma Christian will present degrees to 265 undergraduate candidates from 61 majors on Friday and to 54 master’s degree candidates from 13 areas of study on Saturday. Kevin Turner, who is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Microsoft’s ...

  • OC students help raise funds for Gabbi Cook


    Inspired by Kid President, Oklahoma Christian University students are coming together Monday night in the Thelma Gaylord Forum to help raise funds for a 2-year-old overcoming liver cancer. Gabbi Cook's parents were missionaries in Peru and planned a quick visit to the U.S. in August. Unexpectedly, doctors found cancer in Gabbi's liver and her parents have had to give up their missionary calling. Luckily, Gabbi received a new liver right before Christmas, but her family has incurred numerous ...

  • Students spend Spring Break serving others


    More than 150 Oklahoma Christian University students spent their Spring Break serving others. Ben Langford, director of OC’s Center for Global Missions, said each of the mission opportunities gave students incredible experiences in the mission field and helped deepen their faith. “These mission projects help form students into the image of God,” Langford said. “Even though students are serving and influencing those they serve for the Kingdom of God, these projects form...

  • Karl Rove, Tommy Franks welcome high schoolers


    OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Fifty top high school students from across the country will be chosen to participate in the General Tommy Franks Four Star Leadership summer program July 14-20 in Oklahoma City. The 50 selected students will meet with authors, politicians and global thought leaders, such as Karl Rove, former presidential adviser, author and FOX News commentator. Oklahoma Christian is the primary host for the all-inclusive program (tuition, room, board, travel and fees), which is free to...

  • Lilyfield teams with OC for foster, adoption awareness


    Lilyfield Christian Adoption and Foster Care has teamed up with Oklahoma Christian University to bring awareness about children in Oklahoma who are in need of families. OC has dedicated a week of Chapel services to foster care, adoption, and the fatherless. “We believe that every child deserves a family,” said Holly Towers, executive director of Lilyfield. “Participation with the fatherless and the modern-day orphan is not optional when we are focused on Christ and living a ...