Stories by Department

Category: Department of Language & Literature Stories

  • Oklahoma Christian Receives $200,000 NEH Grant

    Oklahoma Christian University has received a $200,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant according to senior vice president for advancement, Dr. John deSteiguer. The award was part of the $21 million in grants for 215 humanities projects across the U.S. announced recently by the NEH. “This NEH challenge grant is a huge victory for Oklahoma Christian,” deSteiguer said. “The size of the grant, larger than some states’ total grants, speaks to the high quality ...

  • National Book Award-winning Novelist Appearing at Oklahoma Christian

    Alice McDermott, author of six novels and winner of the National Book Award, will participate in symposia and deliver the 7th annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature on Oct. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gaylord University Center on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. During her visit to Oklahoma, McDermott also will meet with writing teachers and students from University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University. “Alice McDermott is an artist whose novels are loved for ...

  • Spring Grad's Essay Chosen as Best in The Nation

    Recent OC graduate Wil Norton continues to receive recognition for his work. Norton’s essay on Japanese No drama was selected as the best overall submission to any chapter publication in 2011 by Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. Sigma Tau Delta has more than 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. There are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually. “Wil is very deserving of this of...

  • OC Named "A Best in The West" College by The Princeton Review

    Oklahoma Christian University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are honored to be ranked among the best universities in the West region,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. “...

  • OC Honors Program Featured in The News

    The following story about OC’s Reba-Davisson Hall, which is being remodeled as a new Honors Dorm, ran in the May 25 edition of The Oklahoman newspaper and was written by Tricia Pemberton. OC honors students to get new dorm Oklahoma Christian University honors students will have their own dorm this fall. A $2.3 million renovation of Reba-Davisson Hall will become Honors House for about 80 to 85 students and their resident mentors. Honors students at Oklahoma Christian University will have ...

  • OC to Offer Honors Housing in Fall, Summer Honors Academy in July

    Oklahoma Christian University will open a new housing option this fall specifically for honors students. The remodeled Honors House at Reba-Davisson Hall offers highly talented students the opportunity to live in a community dedicated to equipping Christian students for the pursuit of academic excellence. In creating this living environment for honors students, Dr. Scott LaMascus, director of the honors program, hopes to break down the boundaries between classrooms and dormitories. The dorm will...

  • OC Students Receive National and Regional Honors

    Whether students are drilling water wells in developing countries on the other side of the world, competing against the best language and literature scholars in the nation or receiving professional design recognition, OC’s off-campus impact is intentional and significant. OC student Ryan Groves, co-founder and director of Wishing Well: Water For The World, has been selected as a speaker for the inaugural TEDxOKC conference in April. Patterned after the TED world conference that brings ...

  • Book Translated by OC's Berlin Fang Wins Top Prize in China

    One of OC’s own was responsible in part for literature news out China this week. Berlin Fang, the associate director of the North Institute for academic technology, nominated Irish-American author Colum McCann’s book, “Let The Great World Spin,” for the grand prize in the Best Foreign Novels Awards held by the Chinese Society of American Literature. The book won the “Weishanhu” prize this week. Fang was asked by the Society’s president to submit the ...

  • OC Faculty and Students Contribute To Scholarship in Literature and Science

    Congratulations to Cami Agan, chair of the department of language and literature, on the publication of her chapter in “Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century.”  The book seeks to help professors in undergraduate and graduate programs present a fuller picture of the contributions of works that have been unavailable for many years. The book will be on display at the Modern Language Association convention in Los Angeles in January. It is ...

  • National Arts Executive Appearing at Oklahoma Christian

    Dana Gioia, national arts executive, poet and librettist, will participate in symposia Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 with Oklahoma leaders in the arts. He will also deliver the sixth McBride Lecture on Oct. 1 at 8 p.m. in Gaylord University Center on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. The program is free and open to the public. During his visit to Oklahoma, Gioia also will meet with teachers who sponsor Oklahoma students in the national Poetry Out Loud competition. “Dana Gioia is an ...

  • OC Hosts Conference on Christianity and Literature

    When a small university holds a regional conference featuring a nationally recognized speaker, big things happen. In the first weekend of October, Oklahoma Christian is holding the Southwest Regional Conference for Christianity and Literature, featuring poet Dana Gioia as the keynote speaker. “The speaker I really, really wanted was Dana Gioia because he’s a poet, a wonderful lecturer, a literary critic, a terrific musician and was also the chairman for the National Endowment for ...

  • Oklahoma Christian Welcomes New Faculty

    Oklahoma Christian University is proud to announce the addition of two faculty members for the 2010-11 school year. Rebecca Briley has been hired as an associate professor of English and as coordinator of the composition/rhetoric program in the department of language and literature. Richard Trout has been hired as an associate professor of biology in the college of arts and sciences. “Oklahoma Christian is excited to have such experienced and creative individuals to join our talented ...

  • OC Student Papers Chosen By Highly Selective National Journal

    Two of Oklahoma Christian University’s language and literature majors, Wil Norton of Edmond and Cady Haas of Wichita, have had their papers from the Film as Literature course accepted for publication in the National English Honors Society journal, The Sigma Tau Delta Review. The students submitted their scholarly articles to a blind review process, wherein a board of editors read and accepted their work based solely on the papers’ scholarly and literary qualities. They were two of ...

  • OC professor selected to study Holocaust literature and classroom best practices

    Willie Steele, associate professor of language and literature, spent the last two weeks examining Jewish responses to the Holocaust in diaries, letters, artwork and community documents at the nation’s premier Holocaust museum. He also discussed and learned best practices for teaching the important topic in the classroom. Steele’s two-week study was made possible when he was selected to attend the 2010 Curt C. and Else Silberman Seminar at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum....

  • Students to Present at Sigma Tau Delta Convention

    Once again, every Oklahoma Christian language and literature student that applied has been accepted to present at the leading international English honors convention. Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society, will host the convention in St. Louis March 17-20. Below is a list of attending students and their papers: Cady Haas; Enabling Disguise: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night Chelsey Jackson; It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To Benjamin Rawlins; Nwoye’...