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  • OC mourns passing of Charles Branch


    Dr. Charles Branch, Sr., one of the most cherished members of the Oklahoma Christian University family, passed away Friday, Dec. 6 at age 87. He and his wife Sylvia recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. She and other members of the Branch family were with Charles when God called him home. The memorial service will be held at MacArthur Park Church of Christ in San Antonio at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. Memorials may be sent to Oklahoma Christian University, in care of The Charles and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Former OC president, alumnus lead Philippines relief efforts

    Oklahoma Christian University alumnus Salvador Cariaga is helping lead the efforts to provide relief to the Philippines after Typhoon Yolanda hit on Nov. 8, claiming as many as 10,000 lives. Cariaga is the executive director of ministries for Shepherd's Hill International and Oklahoma Christian president emeritus Mike O'Neal is on the ministry's board of trustees. In the accompanying video, Cariaga appears on The Weather Channel to discuss the devastation and relief efforts in the Philippines. ...

  • 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; ...

  • OC hosts 'An Evening with C.S. Lewis' Oct. 24


    Oklahoma Christian University invites the community to spend an evening with C.S. Lewis on Oct. 24. Professional actor David Payne will present his acclaimed one-man show based on the life of the famous apologist, poet and author. The one-night performance begins at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. OC’s theater program hosted Payne four years ago, and again in 2010 for the world premiere of his show, “A Christmas with C.S. Lewis.” Originally from Britain, Payne specializes in works that...

  • 'Walk With Honduras' hits Eagle Trail


    The seventh-annual Walk With Honduras will be held this Sunday on the Eagle Trail at Oklahoma Christian University. New features of the walk, benefitting the Predisan medical mission in Catacamas, Honduras, include a 6 p.m. start time, commemorative flip flops and “prayer stations” that share the stories of patients. The event also features a name change, switching “Walk For Honduras” to “Walk With Honduras.” “It’s a subtle change of a preposition,...

  • OC hosts World Mission Workshop


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University will host the 53rd World Mission Workshop on Oct. 24-26. The workshop annually gathers students of missions, missionaries, and professors of missions with a passion for sharing the Gospel. This is the seventh time Oklahoma Christian has hosted the event. Bob Carpenter, professor of ministry and missions, Kent Hartman, missionary-in-residence at Oklahoma Christian, and Ben Langford, director of OC’s Center for Global Missions, are ...

  • Alum wins national award from Religion Newswriters Association


    By Erik TryggestadCourtesy of The Christian ChronicleBobby Ross, a 1990 OC graduate, won first place in the magazine reporting category in the Religion Newswriters Association's 2013 national awards contest. Winners were announced Sept. 28 at the association's annual conference in Austin, Texas.  Ross is the managing editor of The Christian Chronicle. He joined the Chronicle's staff in 2005. His portfolio for the contest included:• Illegal immigration pits law vs. ...

  • OC’s McBride Lecture welcomes Bellwether winner


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Award-winning novelist Naomi Benaron will deliver the ninth-annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on Oct. 18 at Oklahoma Christian University (OC). The lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. A panel discussion and free book-signing reception will follow. Lecture seating is free, but should be reserved at www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter. Benaron received the Bellwether Prize for social justice in fiction in 2010. Her bestselling novel,...

  • Oklahoma Christian shatters enrollment record


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set a new school record this fall, with 2,424 students making OC their college home. That represents a jump of almost 7 percent over the previous high, set last year with 2,271 students enrolled. The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest enrollments ever. OC’s graduate enrollment is up 26 percent over last year. The 455 graduate students enrolled also sets a new school record. All four master’s programs &...

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks OC among west's best

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University rose in U.S. News & World Report’s latest rankings of the best universities in the western United States, published Tuesday. Oklahoma Christian is 42nd in the region and second among Oklahoma schools in the “Best Regional Universities” category. This is the 15th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. Last month, the Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its &...

  • OC among top colleges for future service members

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The College Database has recognized Oklahoma Christian University as a top college in Oklahoma for students interested in military service. Oklahoma Christian ranks in the top five schools for future service members in the state of Oklahoma. Each college or university on the list offers at least two ROTC programs to active students, as well as in-state tuition below $20,000 per year. For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed...

  • 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 ...