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Category: Department of Psychology and Family Studies Stories

  • Remodeled auditorium named for beloved professor Cail


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) honored a living legend Friday by renaming one of its historic lecture halls as Cail Auditorium. James Cail taught psychology at Oklahoma Christian for 31 years, entertaining and enriching students with his wit and wisdom in Davisson American Heritage Auditorium. Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the completion of a $500,000 renovation of the 45-year-old auditorium through OC’s Thrive campaign. The university ...

  • OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ranks among the top 40 regional universities in the western United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2015” guidebook. Oklahoma Christian rose to No. 40 in this year’s 15-state western rankings and is the No. 2 Oklahoma school in the “Best Regional Universities” category. In addition to having the most National Merit Finalists per capita of all Church of ...

  • OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 198 undergraduate degrees and 39 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on April 25-26.The undergraduate ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Friday in OC’s Payne Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.The undergraduate degree candidates, including 21 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 28 states and 11 countries. They majored in...

  • 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....

  • 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 students win psychology awards

    Four Oklahoma Christian University psychology students won awards at the Great Plains Students’ Psychology Convention in Missouri. Seniors Natalie Nalley and Suzanna Sawyer won first place for their research study, “The Effects of Strategic Self-Presentation and Social Comparison on Social Disability.” Sawyer said she and Nalley spent most of the fall 2012 semester researching and preparing their study to submit to the conference. When the conference came in March, the pair ...

  • OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year


    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year. The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13. “Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate ...

  • Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday. The special ceremonies were part of OC’s annual Homecoming weekend. The honorees were: College of Arts and Sciences Scott Filleman (05) - MusicAmanda Gauthier (11) - NursingJennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family StudiesRussell Hill (93) - History and Political ScienceLisa Landrum (89) - Biological SciencesDana McMichael (83) - Language and LiteratureBrian Simmons (87) - CommunicationRoy Stevens...

  • New Faculty Bring Diverse Talents to OC

    From a gifted world pianist to a two-time Appalachian Trail hiker, Oklahoma Christian University’s new faculty bring diverse experiences and scholarship to the classroom this fall. “We are incredibly honored to add these highly accomplished individuals to our university,” said Oklahoma Christian President Mike O’Neal. “Each of these faculty are dedicated to scholarship and service in the classroom. They will enhance our students’ abilities to positively affect...

  • 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. “...

  • Texas family's faith rewarded


    Beverly Floyd is a schoolteacher. Keith Floyd is a self-employed electrician whose business has suffered due to changing technologies. They’re in important professions. They’re doing things they love. But they don’t make the kind of money that makes having three college students easy (if there is such a thing). The Floyds have had three kids make the short trip from Mesquite, Texas (a Dallas suburb) to Oklahoma Christian. All three were at OC together until Lindsey, the oldest,...

  • OC represented in academic conferences and publications

    While summer is a break for students, many professors engage in academic research and publishing. Associate professor of family studies Scott Harper will represent Oklahoma Christian in Singapore this summer at the international Asia Research Institute July 27. Harper was one of only five scholars from the United States selected to present on issues pertaining to fathers in Asian cultures. He will be joined by professors from Stanford University, Penn State University, the University of ...

  • OC communication and psychology students receive awards

    Oklahoma Christian University students in the communication and psychology departments were recognized for excellence in their fields in the spring semester. Dustin Kaps received three first place awards in the student competition co-hosted by the Oklahoma Broadcast Educators Association and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. Kaps’ awards were in the promotional, commercial and music video categories. Clinton Corley received a second place award in the sports programming category....

  • OC offers new forensic science major

    Oklahoma Christian University will begin offering a bachelor of science major in forensic science this fall. According to Dr. Bill Luttrell, chair of the chemistry and physics department, OC is uniquely positioned to offer the forensic science major which is rapidly growing in popularity. The university is located near the state’s new forensic science facility in Edmond and has existing faculty with the necessary experience and expertise in the core courses. On-campus laboratories have ...

  • Family studies department to present at international conference

    Dr. Scott Harper, assistant professor of family studies at Oklahoma Christian University, sends this excellent news: Kyung Lee and I have been accepted to present in November at the international conference in San Francisco that is hosted by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). The top scholars and graduate students from around the country (and world) meet annually. It is among the most prestigious conferences and events in the field of family studies. The title of the presentation...