OC providing new resources for students and professionals

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is providing new resources to allow students of all ages to succeed.

High school and middle school students will compete in OC’s Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition on October 29.

The first-year contest, sponsored by OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, allows students to compete in teams to design, test and present alternative means to wind energy.

Kelly Cox, assistant to the Dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said the contest is important in encouraging students to consider careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields.

“I think the competition’s been really beneficial for schools that need opportunities in STEM programs, but don’t necessarily have the financial means to do so,” Cox said. “Students are motivated to face problems and create ways to do it better.”

For more information about the Baugh Wind Energy Design Competition, call (405) 425-5467.

On Oct. 28-29, OC’s Eagles Health Initiative (EHI) will host the inaugural “Community” conference, where students and experts will speak on health-related issues. Topics include health disparities related to race or socioeconomic status, public health, and local and overseas mission work.

Guest speakers include Kelly Fry, editor and vice president of news at The Oklahoman, Dr. R. Murali Krishna, president of Integris Mental Health, Dr. Lynn Mitchell, an OC alumna and trustee who serves as chief medical officer for OU Physicians, and Jim Priest, chief executive officer for Sunbeam Family Services.

OC students founded EHI last year to bring together conversations about mental, physical and spiritual health on OC’s campus and in the community. The club is comprised of more than 60 members, with students from a variety of majors.

“A lot of students know that health is important, but the conversation only goes as far as easting healthier and exercising,” said EHI president Jackson Higginbottom, a senior biology major at OC. “Students at the conference will be given the opportunity to grow not only in learning, but also professionally through exposure to different opportunities within our community.”

To register for the Community conference, go to www.oc.edu/community. Admission is $5.

OC’s graduate students also enjoy many benefits, including the opportunity to attend a number of free seminars.

On Nov. 8, students and alumni interested in pursuing startup opportunities can attend OC’s Graduate Business Entrepreneur Seminar. Russ McGuire, the entrepreneur in residence for OC’s MBA program, will lead the seminar.

Last year, OC’s Graduate School of Business hosted a seminar on LinkedIn. Graduate admissions counselor Angie Ricketts said the purpose of the annual seminars is to continually be there for students and graduates.

“They don’t just get a degree and they’re done,” Ricketts said. “We want to continue to be involved in their careers and their lives.”

For more information about OC’s Graduate School of Business, go to www.oc.edu/gsb or call (405) 425-5562.

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report. A recent study rated Oklahoma Christian as one of the best higher education values in Oklahoma, citing the university’s low net price combined with OC graduates’ high starting salaries.

OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 80 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, computer science, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.