Honors News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Oklahoma Christian holds graduation ceremonies http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-holds-graduation-ceremonies/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 80 undergraduate and 103 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies Dec. 12-13. 

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates represent 13 states and seven countries, and majored in 35 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from five states and 10 countries and represent 12 graduate areas of study. 

Dr. Alan Martin, dean of OC’s College of Biblical Studies, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address while entrepreneur and inventor Jay Martin will keynote the graduate commencement ceremony. 

A native of Cape Town, South Africa, Alan Martin began his OC career in 2006 as an associate professor of family ministry. 

He became dean in 2010 and helped shepherd two endowed chairs of more than $1 million in the College of Biblical Studies. Under his leadership, the college launched the Center for Global Missions and the Intergenerational Faith Center, hosted the World Mission Workshop, and added a master’s degree in theological studies through OC’s Graduate School of Theology.

Oklahoma Christian also welcomed distinguished Christian speakers like N. T. Wright, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and (coming in March 2015) Ravi Zacharias through the McGaw Lecture Series.

Jay Martin is one of the only clinical prosthetists that has been invited by DARPA and NASA to help develop the world’s most revolutionary prosthetics, orthotics, and exoskeletal robotics.

For NASA, he played a lead role in developing the man/machine interface connectivity for an advanced “Ironman” exoskeletal robotic suit for military special operations and first responders. NASA also invited him to be the sole inventor and developer on an initiative to transition his man/machine interface technologies into the space program.

He has launched several successful companies based on his inventions, including the largest prosthetics research and development company in the nation.

OC’s undergraduate commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on Friday while the graduate ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Both events will be held in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, set a school record this fall with 2,479 students enrolled. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:30:00 CST 7f870b05-5530-4456-9d23-0df7ac00fef9
Oklahoma Christian wins regional ethics championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-wins-regional-ethics-championship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) ethics teams won first and third place at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio.

The championship marked the first regional title for Oklahoma Christian, which won its third straight state championship in October. OC will now advance to the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl in Orange County, California. Last year, Oklahoma Christian took fifth place out of 32 teams across the country.

Oklahoma Christian bested teams from 15 other schools at this year’s regional tournament, including state rivals Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as Cameron, Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist and Oklahoma City. The Texas schools competing were Brazosport, Incarnate Word, Schreiner, St. Mary’s, St. Thomas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas Lutheran, Texas-Pan American and Texas State.

Both of OC’s teams went undefeated in the competition. A one-point differential between the second- and third-place teams kept OC from sweeping the top two spots.

“I am extremely proud of OC’s teams,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, interim dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “To win the state tournament, which included excellent students from around Oklahoma is very good. But then, to have both of our teams place at regionals and qualify for the national tournament is just outstanding.”

OC’s championship team included Jasper Bawcom, a senior majoring in teaching English as a foreign language; Gabriel Gasiorowski, a sophomore mechanical engineering major; and Megan McKinley, a freshman political science major. Members of OC’s third-place team were Chas Carter, a senior English/pre-law major; Sean vanDyke, a freshman computer engineering major; and Brandon Yeates, a freshman political science major.

“It is a blessing to be able to work with these inspiring students, who are able to thoroughly consider appropriate responses to complex ethical dilemmas and be able to present a cohesive argument grounded sound moral philosophy,” Simmons said. “When one considers that these students represent our future, one can rest assured that our world is in good hands.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:30:00 CST aa8385be-5031-4a85-8d12-2405b6f9dcfa
OC honors alumni for outstanding achievements http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-honors-alumni-for-outstanding-achievements/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during Homecoming Weekend.

The awards from the College of Biblical Studies, presented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Mark Brazle (’75) – Missions; Toby Levering (’99) – Youth Ministry; Shon Smith (’91) – Preaching/Ministry; and Mitch Wilburn (’05) – Alumnus of the Year.

The College of Business Administration, led by Interim Dean Jeff Simmons, recognized Jimmy Arter (’98) – Management; Matt Cole (’99) – Accounting & Finance; and Cindy Smethers (’89) – Master of Business Administration.

Dr. Byron Newberry, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, presented awards to Laura Hazen (’05) – Engineering; Joshua Hensal (’03) – Mathematical, Computer and Information Sciences; and Jeff Turner (’00) – Mechanical Engineering.

The College of Liberal Arts, with Dean David Lowry, honored Gary L. Bruce (’74) – Music; Aaron Collins (’99) – Education; Susan Heath (’71) – Sports, Wellness and Recreation Management; Lani Gunderson (’09) – Art and Design; Heather Roberts (’03) – Language & Literature; Jill Brown (’87) – History and Political Science; Steve Lackmeyer (’89) – Communication; and Holly Towers (’02) – Psychology and Family Studies.

The College of Natural and Health Sciences, led by Dean Jeff McCormack, presented awards to Reagan Hightower (’11) – Nursing; Dr. Nancy Nesser (’84) – Chemistry; and Dr. Bruce Wolf (’86) – Biology.

Honors Program director Dr. Jim Baird presented distinguished alumni awards to Preston Ackerman (’00) – Information Systems, and Sada Knowles (’02) – Family Studies and Vocational Ministry.

Wilburn is the preaching minister at the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, a congregation of 2,000 people that supports 54 missionaries around the world.

Brazle served as a missionary in Belgium for 16 years before spending 20 years in ministry at the Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Brazle currently works at the Missions Resource Network as co-director of missionary care.

Levering was the family minister at Northside Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas, for 23 years and recently became the congregation’s pulpit minister. He also co-hosts the Know Your Bible television program.

Smith was the campus minister at Memorial Road Church of Christ for nine years and also served as the vice president for church relations at Oklahoma Christian. He is now the preaching minister at Naperville Church of Christ in Naperville, Illinois.

Arter serves as vice president of minerals and trust property at MidFirst Bank in Oklahoma City and is a member of the Business Advisory Council for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Cole is a partner of Cole and Reed, an accounting firm located in Oklahoma City. He also serves on the Accounting Advisory Board for OC’s College of Business Administration.

Smethers is vice president and product actuarial director at American Fidelity Assurance in Oklahoma City and serves on the Finance Advisory Board of OC’s College of Business Administration.

Hazen works at Tinker Air Force Base as the engineer director for more than 150 engineers developing and maintaining test software for avionics for the Department of Defense.

Hensal began his career as a software and database developer at Chesapeake Energy, and now serves as operations manager of Lane’s Motor Freight Lines in Woodward, Oklahoma. He and his wife also served as missionaries in Vienna, Austria, for six years.

Turner works for John Deere as a product engineer in the area of transmissions and final drives. He has been awarded four U.S. patents for his ideas on off-highway vehicle drivetrain.

Bruce taught guitar as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian for 38 years and served as worship leader at Quail Springs Church of Christ. He now operates Bruce Piano Service in Edmond and plays percussion in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.

Collins began his career as a history teacher and librarian at Cambridge High School in Idaho, and now serves as superintendent of Fulton County Schools in Kentucky.

Heath accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Westminster School in Oklahoma City immediately after her graduation from Oklahoma Christian, and has continued to serve there for 44 years.

Gunderson serves as assistant project manager at Timberlake Construction in Oklahoma City. Previously, she worked with the Design + Build Group and completed projects such as the Ford Center and Midtown Condos.

Roberts works as an attorney and uses her bilingual and legal skills to serve Capitol Hill Church of Christ’s Outreach Ministry.

Lackmeyer has worked for The Oklahoman for 24 years, where he has won numerous awards for his coverage of the Murrah Building bombing and other Oklahoma City events. He is the author of four books about the history of downtown Oklahoma City.

Towers serves as the executive director of Lilyfield, a nonprofit Oklahoma adoption coalition. She also is vice president of the board of “Shine! Honduras.”

Hightower has been an emergency room nurse at Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City and served on a partnership between Mercy and Kigali, Rwanda. She recently accepted an assignment as a travel nurse.

Dr. Nesser has served as the pharmacy director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority since 2001. The University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy recently named Nesser the 2014 Ralph D. Bienfang Outstanding Practitioner.

Wolf practices ophthalmology in Tulsa and has performed more than 10,000 eye surgeries. He is the department chairman at Hillcrest Medical Center and an adjunct professor for the OU College of Medicine.

Ackerman joined the FBI in 2003 and has worked in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Oklahoma City. He is the supervisor of the Oklahoma City Division Cyber Squad and program coordinator for computer intrusions.

Knowles, who worked at OC as an instructor in the Department of Psychology and Family Studies, now serves as middle school and high school principal at Oklahoma Christian Academy.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:00:00 CST c8704b11-7828-4a24-b20a-692b00984844
OC welcomes Nicholas Sparks for McBride Lecture http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-welcomes-nicholas-sparks-for-mcbride-lecture/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks will be the featured speaker at the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Nov. 21.

Sparks will speak in Hardeman Auditorium, then sign his new book, “The Longest Ride.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Entry to the book signing is $50, which includes the cost of the book. Pre-registration for the book signing is available at oc.edu/sparks.

“It is impossible to read ‘Three Weeks with My Brother’ or ‘The Best of Me’ without seeing Christian faith as a key theme in the narratives Sparks makes so famous,” Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said. “How can Nicholas Sparks’ life and stories inspire students to find their own transformations and callings who will influence U.S. culture? That is the kind of question OC students can take into this year’s McBride Lecture.”

Past McBride speakers include winners of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award and the Bellwether Prize for social justice, as well as those who serve on the juries of major prizes, including the Nobel Prize.

Many OC students are looking forward to this year’s visit from Sparks, an author whose 18 books have all been New York Times bestsellers.

OC senior Jessica Williams took on the role of Undergraduate Fellow for the McBride Center for Public Humanities, helping organize the event and lead several initiatives, including discussion groups for students.

“The impetus for bringing in a new speaker each fall is to challenge students in terms of what they believe about their own faith, and how this informs their views of the world around them,” Williams said. “Incorporating the humanities into this focus on faith calls for a wide variety of artists, thinkers and writers who identify as Christian to offer their own perspectives on how their faith informs their respective works.

The mission of the McBride Center is to engage and inspire students, faculty and the community in outstanding programs that explore the interrelatedness of Christian faith and literature.

Other event sponsors include the National Endowment for the Humanities, Best of Books at Kickingbird Square, the Kirkpatrick Foundation, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, the Inasmuch Foundation, the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, and the Conference on Christianity and Literature.

“It’s incredibly important for students to consider the impact of popular fiction on academia, on their religious life and on a more socially-based level of thought,” Williams said. “I believe we’ve been presented with an opportunity to incorporate all of those issues into a productive discourse.”

The McBride Center for Public Humanities and the McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature are named for Bailey and Joyce McBride. Bailey McBride, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, spent almost 50 years at Oklahoma Christian as a student, administrator and faculty member before retiring this year.

Oklahoma Christian, ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:30:00 CDT a26eadc6-42b1-41e8-8e07-1035cd37ea8c
OC sets record, celebrates decade of enrollment highs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-sets-record-celebrates-decade-of-enrollment-highs/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University set another enrollment record this fall, with 2,479 students calling OC home.

This marks the third straight year of record enrollment at Oklahoma Christian, fueled by a 13 percent increase since fall 2011. Overall, the last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever.

Oklahoma Christian also set a graduate record this year with 502 master’s students enrolled, up 10 percent over last year’s previous high. Undergraduate enrollment rose to 1,977 students, including 38 National Merit Finalists.

Thirty-seven percent of OC’s undergraduate students are from Oklahoma while another 23 percent are from Texas. Overall, OC’s student body hails from 42 states and 49 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

“We’re proud to have another record enrollment, with students from all over our state, from all over our country and from all over our world. We’re also excited to have a record number of students living on campus in our close-knit Christian community,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Our faculty is second to none – they’re learned scholars, compassionate mentors and spiritual examples. And our staff’s dedication to our students and mission also has helped increase our retention and enrollment. OC is a place where lessons are learned, lives are changed, and the world becomes better.”

Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:15:00 CDT 693b61a0-773f-40e9-acba-d2c5fa771f3c
OC lands on U.S. News ‘Best Regional University’ and A+ lists http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-lands-on-us-news-best-regional-university-and-a-plus-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 Christ universities, Oklahoma Christian earned recognition on the U.S. News & World Report list of “A+ Schools for B Students,” which identifies great colleges where scholars with high school GPAs in the B range can be accepted and thrive.

This is the 16th straight year U.S. News & World Report has honored Oklahoma Christian. 

“We are thrilled to be honored again as one of the best universities in the west,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I’m also proud of this recognition of our A+ approach to B students. It speaks to the heart and quality of our professors, who work alongside our students to bring out their best and help them discover their gifts.”

The U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates. The full rankings are available online at www.usnews.com/colleges.

Last month, The Princeton Review again recognized Oklahoma Christian on its “Best in the West” list. In addition, The Princeton Review and PC Gamer recently ranked OC’s game design program as the No. 14 undergraduate program in the nation

OC’s academic reputation is further seen in placement rates at or near 100 percent for accounting, communication design, history, interior design, language and literature, nursing, and political science graduates seeking jobs or acceptance into graduate school and law school.

OC biology graduates have a 95 percent medical and graduate school acceptance rate, and 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past four years. OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 17 straight years.

Oklahoma Christian is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with three undergraduate engineering programs accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

OC also boasts the second-highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last decade has featured OC’s 10 highest enrollments ever, including a new school record this fall.

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Mon, 08 Sep 2014 23:01:00 CDT 34fc4b69-dcc1-4347-af8b-8bb0cfd2ad42
$2 million gift helps fund OC 'spiritual life reboot' http://www.oc.edu/news/r/2-million-gift-helps-fund-oc-spiritual-life-reboot/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Thanks in part to a $2 million gift, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students have a new way to build their “life resume” this fall.

Ethos, OC’s new spiritual life program, provides multiple ways for students to grow in faith, serve others and worship God. OC students can fulfill their Spiritual Life requirements through daily Chapel services, mission trips, service projects, Bible studies and other options.

About a quarter of the anonymous $2 million gift is funding the launch of the Ethos initiative. In total, 11 givers have donated almost $600,000 toward Ethos since OC’s Thrive fundraising campaign launched in June.

“Ethos is valuable for OC students because it will help them build a resume of the whole person they’re becoming – not just academically, but in their service, leadership, community and spiritual dimensions, too,” Director of Ethos Summer Lashley said. “This is about more than helping students get jobs after graduation. It’s about students living a full life so they can become who God wants them to be.”

Ethos is rooted in Mark 12:30-31, where Jesus identified the greatest commands: to love God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength, and to “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The program encourages OC students to pursue their interests and use their talents in five dimensions: Community, Discipleship, Discovery, Servanthood and Worship.

Most of OC’s student body is already involved in service and ministry opportunities, many of which now count toward students’ Spiritual Life requirements through Ethos’ Servanthood component. The Worship component includes daily Chapel, an important OC tradition since the university began in 1950.

“Spiritual Life is at the core of the OC experience. OC students are known for actively living out their faith and reaching out to help others in community,” President John deSteiguer said. “But Ethos can be a game changer in the way it helps our students practice spiritual disciplines and become intentional about their spiritual lives.”

OC’s ultimate goal for full implementation of Ethos is $1 million. Meeting that goal will start a fund to help students, faculty and staff members go on mission campaigns, provide leadership training and development for students, fund technical support and updates for the Ethos mobile application, and furnish on-campus venues for Bible studies and other gatherings. Information about donating toward Ethos can be found at oc.edu/thrive.

“Ethos represents a meaningful and relevant paradigm shift for our OC family,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard said. “We will be intentional in cultivating a campus where the Spirit lives and breathes, where students and employees serve alongside one another to meet the needs of our community, and where groups of Eagles regularly and personally worship and grow together.”

More information about this unique spiritual life initiative is available at oc.edu/ethos.

University friends have donated three separate seven-figure gifts to Oklahoma Christian this month. A $1 million donation by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, provided the startup capital for OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Food service provider U Dining gave $1 million toward the renovation of OC’s dining hall.

Oklahoma Christian opened its 65th academic year Monday with what is expected to be another record-setting student body when enrollment is certified in September. The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest total enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students in 2013-14.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, OC offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 CDT bd9b2b8c-e855-4548-8da5-9c1818193127
OC earns Princeton Review honors again http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-earns-princeton-review-honors-again/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Princeton Review honored Oklahoma Christian University (OC) as one of the best colleges in the western United States, placing OC among the top 25 percent of all four-year colleges nationwide.

The Princeton Review recognized 124 colleges in the western region, composed of 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Six other Oklahoma universities joined Oklahoma Christian on the “best colleges” list: the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Oral Roberts University, and the University of Tulsa.

“We’re pleased to recommend these colleges as the best schools to earn their undergrad degrees,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We chose these as our ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs.”

The schools in The Princeton Review’s “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region” website section are determined through institutional data, campus visits, college counselor recommendations, and independent student surveys.

OC students surveyed by The Princeton Review praised the student body’s unifying faith in God, a campus atmosphere where “everyone is willing to get along,” and a diverse community that includes a strong percentage of international students and “Third Culture Kids,” students who grew up overseas and identify with more than one culture.

The Princeton Review’s full list is available at www.princetonreview.com/best-regional-colleges.aspx.

Earlier this year, The Princeton Review honored OC as the No. 14 undergraduate school in the U.S. and Canada to study video game design. Oklahoma Christian joined the University of Southern California and the University of Utah as the only schools in the western United States in the top 15.

Oklahoma Christian also is recognized as a “Best University – Master’s” in U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”

“OC’s students, faculty and staff are second to none. That’s seen in honors like this and in the remarkable impact our graduates make in the United States and around the world,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest total enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students in 2013-14. Another record enrollment is expected for the 2014-15 academic year, which begins next Monday.

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Evidence points to popularity of crime-scene class at OC’s Honors Academy http://www.oc.edu/news/r/evidence-points-to-popularity-of-crime-scene-class-at-ocs-honors-academy/ By Matt Patterson, Courtesy of The Oklahoman

The chemistry lab inside Vose Hall at Oklahoma Christian University appears to have morphed into a crime scene.

There are two bodies on the tile floor of the lab, the apparent victims of gunshot wounds. As the victims lie there, investigators process the scene, looking for clues. Yellow crime-scene tape blocks the entryway.

The simulated crime scene is part of the school’s summer Honors Academy for high school juniors. During two weeks of camp, students who have achieved academic success at their high schools can get a taste of what college is like.

About 150 students from 24 states took part in the academy, filling their time by building robots, designing video games and solving crimes in the forensic science class in Vose Hall.

“At this level, it’s not exactly how it is done, but it gives them the experience and it shows them that it’s not always like it is on TV either,” associate chemistry professor Howard Vogel said of his “In Cold Blood” class. “This gives them a chance to see how hard it can be to process a crime scene.”

Erica Mathis came to the academy from Mountain Home, Ark. She enjoyed her “In Cold Blood” class experience, which included testing dollar bills for cocaine residue. For the record, about 98 percent of the bills tested by the class had traces of the drug.

This is the first year the class has been offered.

“I feel kind of special to be one of the first students,” Mathis said. “Early in the week, we learned about illegal drugs and which ones get the highest penalties. I enjoy the detective aspect of it. You learn how to be careful collecting evidence and to focus on small details.”

Vogel said the students enjoyed the lab work the most.

“This has been a popular course,” he said. “I’ve taught it as a freshman college course, but that would be an entire semester. The fact that the subject of forensic science has been popular on TV shows like ‘CSI’ or ‘Breaking Bad’ has added a lot of mystique to forensics.”

For more information on next year’s Honors Academy, go to www.oc.edu/academics/honors/honors-summer-academy.

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OC hires Simmons, Buxton http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hires-simmons-buxton/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) announced the addition of a communications expert and an Air Force officer to its faculty this fall.

Brian Simmons will join the OC faculty as a professor of communication while Col. Brad Buxton has been hired as an assistant professor of engineering.

Simmons graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1987 with a degree in mass communication. He went on to earn his master’s degree in communication from Pepperdine University and a doctorate in mass communication from Purdue University, where he also minored in sociology of religion.

“I believe that the college years are the most important in shaping a person’s life,” Simmons said. “That’s why I am honored to be teaching at Oklahoma Christian, a university that I believe in. For me, it is returning to a community that shaped my Christian faith and set me on a blessed path in life. I am excited to see how God will use me in each student’s life.”

Simmons is the author of Falling Away: Why Christians Lose Their Faith and What Can Be Done about It and Wandering in the Wilderness: Changes and Challenges to Emerging Adults’ Christian Faith.

His dissertation was about “Media Effects on Church of Christ Adolescents’ Perceptions of Sexual Morality.” Simmons has been published in Journalism Quarterly, the Journal of Popular Music and Society, Media Ethics: Issues and Cases, and Media Coverage of Terrorism, and Sex, Religion and Media.

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Simmons was a communications professor at the University of Portland, where he also served as an assistant coach with the Speech and Debate Union. He previously taught at Cascade College and Saint Joseph’s College. His daughter Madison will be a freshman at Oklahoma Christian this fall.

“Brian Simmons has proven records of accomplishment in the highest levels of the academy and in ministerial leadership,” OC vice president of academic affairs Scott LaMascus said. “I’m really eager to see how his scholarship and leadership skills play out for OC communications majors, Honors students, and for the broader OC and faith communities.”

Buxton holds a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Air Force Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in management from Troy State University. He received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Col. Buxton has a distinguished career as an engineering leader and mentor of engineers in the Air Force, so I am thrilled he is now turning his talents toward educating Christian engineering students,” LaMascus said. “He also will strengthen the good ties between OC’s three ABET-accredited programs and the Oklahoma City engineering community, including Tinker Air Force Base and General Electric’s new global research center.”

Buxton is a 24-year U.S. Air Force veteran on active duty. His engineering experience covers the product life cycle from basic research in aircraft structures through operational flight testing involving F-15E aircraft and space operations with GPS satellites.

Col. Buxton has served as a Pentagon action officer, group commander, and chief engineer for space superiority. He published his research in computational aeroelasticity and was a member of Sigma Gamma Tau, the Aero Engineering Honor Society.

“I am excited about coming to Oklahoma Christian,” Buxton said. “OC has a well-established engineering program, and I am eager to help it be an excellent place to get credentials. OC also has a Christ-centered worldview and I want to be a part of that. If students aren’t taught to respect Christ, all the education in the world doesn’t matter.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:30:00 CDT feee384f-129c-4e1a-8c75-40b4f4f19687
OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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 a combined 38 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. 

The master’s degree candidates come from six states and seven countries, and represent 13 graduate areas of study.

Mark Brewer, senior vice president and chief information officer for Seagate Technology, LLC, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. William “Chip” Kooi, a professor of theology at Oklahoma Christian, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.

Brewer leads all of Seagate Technology’s information technology operations worldwide and is a member of the company’s Executive Council. 

His area consists of 1,600 IT professionals located in 20 different countries. His responsibilities include all business systems, factory information systems, electronic security, business continuity and collaboration services, as well as other traditional IT support services for Seagate’s 50,000 employees.

Brewer holds a doctorate in electrical engineering from Oklahoma State University. He serves as vice chairman of OC’s Board of Trustees and also is on the boards of the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank and the Missions Resource Network. He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for OSU’s College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology.

Kooi graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1981, then earned his master’s degree in New Testament from Abilene Christian University in 1990, and his doctorate in religion from Baylor University in 1999.

Kooi worked in education, pulpit ministry and inner-city ministry before returning to teach at Oklahoma Christian in 2001. An accomplished theological scholar, he has written for The Encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell MovementLeaven, and The Christian Chronicle.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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OC expands to five colleges, appoints new deans http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-expands-to-five-academic-colleges-appoints-new-deans/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will expand from three to five colleges beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year.

OC’s five academic colleges will be the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Natural and Health Sciences.

“Our academic and leadership teams have been planning, praying and discussing how to build on OC’s legacy of exceptional success in science, engineering and business,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs. “Our new colleges will focus on growth in these areas and implement strategic planning to help us serve more students.”

This academic reorganization will not affect degree plans for current students, but will expand students’ opportunities for learning and connecting with experts in their chosen fields.

“Students choose Oklahoma Christian because they are drawn to OC’s vibrant community for faith and learning, led by exceptional teaching faculty who truly care about students,” President John deSteiguer said. “These five colleges will provide further focus for our learning communities as we help students discover their missions in life.”

Dr. Jeff McCormack, a 1983 Oklahoma Christian graduate, will return to his alma mater as the new dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences and the Lawson Professor of Microbiology and Immunology.

Dr. McCormack has been on the Lipscomb University faculty since 1999 and is currently associate provost. He also has served as an elder at Harpeth Hills Church of Christ in Brentwood, Tenn.

He is the son of OC professor emeritus Joe McCormack and his wife, Lottie. Jeff and his wife Tina, also a 1983 OC graduate, have four children: Daniel, an OC alumnus working on his doctorate at the University of Texas at Austin; Katie, a Lipscomb graduate and a nurse at Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Michael, a graduate of Pepperdine University who is in medical school at the University of Tennessee; and Sarah, a sophomore at Lipscomb.

“Dr. McCormack will be a key leader for our revitalization and reorganization,” LaMascus said. “We are poised to build and expand on OC’s legacy of rigorous science education and excellent placement of our graduates in medical schools, graduate studies, and health and science careers.”

Dr. Byron Newberry will serve as dean of OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. Newberry is a professor of mechanical engineering and chairs OC’s Graduate School of Engineering.

After graduating from Oklahoma Christian in 1991 with a degree in mechanical engineering, Newberry went on to earn his master’s degree and doctorate at the University of Michigan. He also has served as a senior research engineer and consultant at Shell International Exploration and Production.

Newberry and his wife Tammy have two children, Isaac and Olivia. They worship at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

“Dr. Newberry’s leadership at the helm of our graduate engineering programs has been exceptional, and we know he will be equally successful leading OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science,” said Don Drew, associate vice president for academics. “He has worked closely with Tinker Air Force Base to ensure we are responding to needs in the aerospace industry and advanced engineering education.”

Oklahoma Christian will name a dean for the College of Business Administration later this year. Dr. Alan Martin and Dr. David Lowry will continue as deans of OC’s College of Biblical Studies and College of Liberal Arts (formerly the College of Arts and Sciences), respectively.

“Drs. Lowry and Martin are excellent leaders who have helped us make great strides in adding and developing programs that support OC’s mission,” LaMascus said. “Our programs in the liberal arts, fine arts, humanities and biblical studies have outstanding placement and student success records. All of our programs seek to be best-in-class among Christian universities, and no university is exceptional without valuing all of these learning communities.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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Renowned scholar N.T. Wright to speak at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/renowned-scholar-nt-wright-to-speak-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – One of the world’s premier theologians will speak at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) March 24-25. 

N.T. Wright is a best-selling, award-winning author and professor who holds dual doctorates from Oxford University. He will lead a panel discussion on March 25 titled “Paul and the Faithfulness of God.” The event begins at 10 a.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. 

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/ntwright.

Wright is research professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. He holds a doctorate in divinity and a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University. 

He has written more than 60 books, including his best-selling “Simply Christian,” “Simply Jesus” and “How God Became King.” He also is known for his multi-volume work “Christian Origins and the Question of God,” of which volume four, “Paul and the Faithfulness of God,” has recently been released. 
 
In addition to the panel discussion, Wright will speak the night before to a sold-out crowd of 2,700 on the topic of “The Strange Challenge of Truth.”

John Harrison, professor of New Testament and Ministry at Oklahoma Christian, said hosting Wright for the university’s latest McGaw Lecture is a significant honor.

“N.T. Wright is our generation’s foremost expert on New Testament studies, especially in regard to postmodernity and the reliability of the Biblical narrative,” Harrison said. “He combines scholarship and applied insights in an understandable way that resonates with audiences, as evidenced by his sold-out public lecture.”
 
Those interested in hearing Wright can still attend the panel discussion the next day.
 
“Fortunately, the panel discussion presents another opportunity to hear from this distinguished scholar,” Harrison said. “In addition, Wright will be joined by three scholars in the study of Paul who will critique Wright's new book on Paul. This is truly a rare and unique opportunity to hear from established New Testament scholars.”
 
Accomplished professors Richard Hays, Jerry Sumney and James Thompson will join Wright for the panel discussion. 

Hays is the dean of Duke University’s Divinity School and the George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament. Sumney teaches New Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary and is the chair for the Pauline Epistles and Literature section of the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature. Thompson is Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University and the editor of Restoration Quarterly.

In conjunction with Wright’s lecture, all OC students, faculty and staff members received a free copy of “Simply Christian,” and the book has been integrated into the curriculum of a number of classes. 

This outreach builds on the university’s commitment to spiritual growth. Earlier this semester, OC launched “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan” through the Edmond-based YouVersion Bible app, which is used on more than 100 million devices around the world.

OC’s McGaw Lectures exist to increase national awareness of three of America’s founding core values: faith in God, constitutional government and private enterprise. The lectures are made possible by an endowment fund created by the late Mary and Foster McGaw. Just last month, OC hosted two members of the Little Rock Nine, Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts, for the university’s most recent McGaw Lecture.
 
About Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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OC's ethics team places fifth in the nation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-ethics-team-places-fifth-in-the-nation/ By Tori Jones, Courtesy of The Talon

Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition Feb. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The ethics team debated on topics such as in-vitro fertilization, outsourcing surrogate mothers, the morality of FBI involvement in potential cases of terrorist coercion, and the use of off-label prescriptions with anti-psychotic drugs.

The top eight teams from the round-robin matches advanced to the quarterfinals, where it is win or go home.

The Eagles, who defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University on their way to winning the state championship in October, squared off against the University of Montana in their quarterfinal match. Montana, the eventual national champions, won by a two-point margin.

Sophomore Gabriel Gasiorowski is a first-time ethics team member. He said, going into the competition, the team put in the hours poring over cases.

“We discuss questions based off a series of cases that we receive before the case,” Gasiorowski said. “We don’t know the questions or which case until we get to each match, and so we must be well prepared for the dimensions of each case.”

According to Jeff Simmons, an associate professor of business and the team’s faculty sponsor, the team practiced every Tuesday and Thursday for about two hours.

“Unfortunately, the only time we could find to meet on Thursday was at 6:00 a.m.,” Simmons said. “At first, we discuss the moral issues involved with each case and the possible viewpoints one could take towards the ethical dilemma presented in the case. In subsequent meetings, we practice by actually presenting and debating our arguments amongst ourselves.”

Additionally, the team works on other debate skills – such as being able to present your argument in one minute, 30-second and 10-second intervals.

Personal bias made going on the offensive challenging, according to junior Jasper Bawcom.

“One of the things the judges look at in the competition is your ability to poke holes in the other team’s arguments, and this was sometimes difficult to do – especially in situations where you agreed with the other team,” Bawcom said.

Gasiorowski admitted that the biases made even establishing the team’s position on a case more of a process.

“We must be cohesive as a team of three people all with different ideas,” Gasiorowski said. “There is a lot of real debate and discussion on these cases in each of our practices when we are searching for our team’s position.”

Simmons said that the team had some tough competitors, including the University of Montana, the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma.

“We are developing quite the rivalry with OU,” Simmons said. “In the past two years, we have beat their team four times and lost three.”

The most challenging opponents, in Gasiorowski’s opinion, were St. Petersburg College and the University of Nebraska.

“Both matches were extremely close point-wise,” Gasiorowski said. “While we won against St. Petersburg and unfortunately lost against Nebraska, both were very well fought on both sides.”

According to Simmons, there are usually 15 cases that a team has to prepare for the national championship. Most other teams have five members that assign and divide the cases amongst the team members so that they have case experts.

“Instead, I have every member involved in every case by making each one responsible for addressing the dilemma through the perspective of a specific moral philosophy, such as deontology, utilitarianism or Aristotelian ethics,” Simmons said. “This way we are assured of not having some of our stronger presenters idle during the match simply because their case wasn’t discussed.”

Bawcom didn’t know what to expect going into the competition, but he is content with the squad’s performance.

“I think we did well, especially considering that it was the first time on the team for each of us,” Bawcom said. “Hopefully next year we can do even better.”

According to Simmons, the next step for the ethics team is getting some much-needed rest. After that, he is pushing to add some strong new members who have an interest in moral philosophy and/or debate.

“I already have a few students on the radar but am always willing to consider more,” Simmons said. “We'll take the summer off but hit the road running next fall, holding tryouts at the start of the semester.”

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:00:00 CST 9ef47b36-b6a5-4567-985d-260d74512098
OC student gets to bottom of 500-year-old mystery http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-gets-to-bottom-of-500-year-old-mystery/
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  • OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) student Amelia Hamrick appears to have unlocked a 500-year-old musical mystery. 

    The 20-year-old junior from Bedford, Texas, identified and transcribed a song based on an overlooked section of the famous painting, “The Garden of Earthly Delights.” European artist Hieronymous Bosch created the painting around the year 1500.
     
    Hamrick, a student in OC’s Honors Program, is attending Oklahoma Christian on a music scholarship and plays the baritone, bass trombone and tuba. She is believed to be the first person to transcribe and play the song. 

    Hamrick learned about the painting in her OC Honors course, Western Thought and Expression.
     
    “Another OC student and I were looking at the painting one night,” Hamrick said. “We noticed, much to our amusement, music written on the posterior of one of the characters, in an area that’s easy to overlook. I decided to transcribe it into modern notation, assuming the second line of the staff is C, as is common for chants from that time period.”
     
    After recording the song, Hamrick posted the audio file on her personal blog, where it began to gain a lot of attention online and around the globe.
     
    “I still can’t believe this took off like it did,” Hamrick said. “I just threw it together in 30 minutes at one in the morning.”
     
    Hamrick is recording a second version of the song with assistance from Oklahoma Christian music professor John Fletcher, who is quite proud of Hamrick.
     
    “It does not surprise me at all that she would jump in and do this,” Fletcher said. “She was simply interested in the joy of discovering something new.”
     
    According to Hamrick, the Music History course taught by Professor Emeritus Harold Fletcher helped her compose the song.
     
    “We read about Gregorian notation and notation for other types of music during that period,” Hamrick said. “We were tested over a lot of recordings, so I had to listen to quite a bit of music that is very different from how music sounds today.”
     
    Music has always played a big part in Hamrick’s life, despite her reverse-slope hearing loss. Her parents both earned music degrees from Oklahoma Christian. Her father has a doctorate in musicology and both are librarians. 

    Hamrick is following in their footsteps; she is double-majoring in music and information sciences, and hopes to become a librarian herself. Her parents are continuing to help as she makes a new recording of the song.
     
    “I am pretty lucky that my dad’s specialty was music from the 1500s and 1600s,” Hamrick said.
     
    Hamrick hopes to expand the project for additional academic and entertainment purposes. She would love to have the Oklahoma Christian Chorale and Band record the song. In addition, there are other unrecorded songs in Bosch’s paintings, though they’re located in less amusing places.
     
    “I hope to transcribe those songs as well,” Hamrick said. “Plus, as an Honors student, I think this experience might make a great capstone catalyst project for research and creative activity.”
     
    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.
     
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    Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:00:00 CST 7c71cb94-6055-4c3f-a80d-e92e3c0af528
    OC maintains affordability with 2014-15 pricing http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-maintains-affordability-with-2014-15-pricing/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After keeping undergraduate prices flat for three years, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has announced a small increase for 2014-15.

    OC’s cost of attendance will move to $25,790 per year (including tuition, room and board). That will represent a 3.26 percent increase over 2011-12, the last time Oklahoma Christian raised prices.

    Oklahoma Christian’s approach contrasts with the nationwide trend; according to the College Board, the average cost of attendance at private colleges rose 7.9 percent during OC’s multi-year price freeze, including an increase of almost 4 percent this year. Total charges at private schools averaged $40,917 this year while public schools cost an average of $31,701 for out-of-state students.

    “Our commitment to affordability makes OC a tremendous value for students seeking premier academic programs in a supportive Christian environment,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “We’re dedicated to holding prices down, even as we’re faced with higher operating expenses like rising healthcare costs. We know students and families will appreciate that OC is bucking the trend of the large price increases seen at many colleges nationwide.”

    Oklahoma Christian is continuing its policy of not charging undergraduate student fees. This allows students and families to better compare Oklahoma Christian with schools that charge numerous fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” Differential tuition will continue for students participating in nursing clinicals or taking private music lessons.

    OC students can take up to 17 hours per semester for the base tuition price, and can further shape their costs with on-campus housing choices that best fit their budgets and needs.

    More than 90 percent of OC’s undergraduate students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

    OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. Oklahoma Christian also offers significant scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has 37 National Merit Finalists in its student body, the third-most per capita in the state of Oklahoma and the most per capita among all Church of Christ universities.

    On the graduate level, OC’s tuition will remain flat for all students in the Graduate School of Theology ($400 per credit hour) and Graduate School of Engineering ($495/hour), and for returning students in the Graduate School of Business ($470/hour). New graduate business students who enroll this fall will pay $484 per credit hour.

    Complete pricing information is available at www.oc.edu/costs.

    “We’re able to make a first-rate education affordable at Oklahoma Christian through our location in Oklahoma City, which boasts one of the nation’s strongest economies, and through the enthusiastic support of our alumni and donors,” deSteiguer said.

    An unprecedented 1,479 Oklahoma Christian graduates gave to their alma mater last year, helping OC’s alumni participation rate (13.6 percent) eclipse the national average (11.2 percent).

    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    OC’s 200-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.

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    Fri, 14 Feb 2014 08:00:00 CST 902a492f-af5b-4d64-b027-8493471e44cf
    Oklahoma Christian hosts pioneers of integration http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-pioneers-of-integration/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host two members of the “Little Rock Nine” for a special event that is free and open to the public on Feb. 24.

    Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts were two of the nine teenagers who integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 25, 1957. They were confronted by a hostile crowd and escorted by the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division on that historic day.

    “In the midst of one of the most turbulent times in this country’s history, it’s amazing that we found strength in the unlikeliest of places – in a group of nine kids,” said Gary Jones, OC’s Multicultural and Service Learning Coordinator. “Even in the face of injustice, prejudice and inequality, their story of perseverance will live forever. The Little Rock Nine helped lead the charge of equality in education and opportunity for education in America.”

    At age 14 in 1957, LaNier was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine. She went on to graduate from Central High School in 1960 and earned her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State College, now known as the University of Northern Colorado.

    She worked for the YWCA as a program administrator before beginning a successful career as a real estate broker. She continues to operate LaNier and Company, the firm she founded in 1977.

    She serves as president of the Little Rock Nine Foundation and speaks across the country about her experiences as a pioneer of school integration. Her memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice of Little Rock Central High School, offers an inside look at this significant civil rights battle.

    Roberts was a 15-year-old junior when he entered Little Rock Central High School. He completed his junior year, then moved to California and graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1959.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from California State University at Los Angeles in 1967, a master’s degree in social welfare from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1970, and a doctorate in psychology from Southern Illinois University in 1976.

    He now serves as chief executive officer of Terrence J. Roberts & Associates, a management consultant firm. He also maintains a private psychology practice and speaks on a wide variety of topics across the country. His memoir, Lessons from Little Rock, came out in 2009.

    Both LaNier and Roberts have been honored with the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal and the Congressional Gold Medal.

    History Speaks: Little Rock Nine starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium, Though admission is free, pre-registration is required at www.oc.edu/littlerock9.

    The event is part of Oklahoma Christian’s McGaw Lecture Series.

    Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.


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    Wed, 05 Feb 2014 16:25:00 CST d14ba800-ebc6-4fd1-b93d-8198d06a5303
    OC partners with YouVersion for Bible reading plan http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-partners-with-youversion-for-bible-reading-plan/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) unveiled a new Bible reading plan on YouVersion this week.

    The plan allows anybody with access to the YouVersion app or online site (bible.com) to read through the entire New Testament by the end of the spring semester.

    Along with a daily Bible reading, OC’s plan features devotional thoughts written by Oklahoma Christian students, faculty and staff members.

    “We are so thankful to YouVersion for their willingness to partner with us,” Campus Minister Summer Lashley said. “I believe that great things can happen when a community commits to reading God’s word together. I hope that others are blessed by reading alongside our campus community.”

    The plan is titled “WORD: OC’s 60-Day New Testament Plan.” Readers can search for and subscribe to the plan for free in YouVersion online or on their smartphones or tablets. More information is available at oc.edu/youversion.

    “This is a great opportunity to share a common goal to read the New Testament this semester. We hope this becomes a yearly endeavor that encourages our campus to read the Bible daily,” Associate Dean of Spiritual Life Chance Vanover said. “One of the difficulties of trying to start a new habit of reading our Bible is knowing when and where to begin. That is why we are excited to partner with YouVersion, which has made this project so accessible for anyone interested in joining the journey with us.”

    YouVersion is the No. 1 Bible app in the world, used on more than 100 million devices around the globe. The free app, created by LifeChurch.tv, offers the Bible in hundreds of translations and in almost 150 languages. 

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

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    Tue, 07 Jan 2014 10:32:00 CST dbfec219-ef09-4f65-9051-2121c5c49063
    OC awards degrees at Winter Commencement http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-awards-degrees-at-winter-commencement/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 87 undergraduate degrees and 85 graduate degrees at its winter commencement ceremonies on Dec. 13-14.

    The undergraduate degree candidates come from 16 states and seven countries, and majored in a combined 36 academic disciplines at Oklahoma Christian. The master’s degree candidates come from six states and 10 countries, and represent 14 graduate areas of study.

    Jim Baird, director of OC’s Honors Program, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Friday. Byron Newberry, chair of OC’s Graduate School of Engineering, will keynote Saturday’s graduate ceremony.

    In addition to his director’s role with the Honors Program, Baird is a professor of Bible and philosophy at Oklahoma Christian. He also has served as the preaching minister at Wilshire Church of Christ since 2000. His father, James O. Baird, was Oklahoma Christian’s second president.

    Jim Baird graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in Bible and English, received his theology degree from the Harding Graduate School of Religion in 1982, and earned his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University in 1992.

    He has taught in OC’s College of Biblical Studies since 1992. He won the 2001 Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching, which recognizes teaching excellence, innovation and effectiveness in working with OC students in and out of the classroom.

    His Honors Program course with Professor of Physics Len Feuerhelm, “The Bible, Science and Human Values,” won a $10,000 prize from the John Templeton Foundation.

    Newberry serves as a professor of mechanical engineering at Oklahoma Christian. He also uses his expertise to teach high school students taking engineering courses in OC’s Honors Summer Academy.

    He earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma Christian in 1991 before going to the University of Michigan, where he earned his master of science in engineering degree and doctorate.

    He teaches Bible classes and helps with the missions and media ministries at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

    “It’s a great thrill to have two of our finest professors sharing their wisdom and experience with these outstanding graduates,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at www.oc.edu/value.

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    Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:32:00 CST 134c7527-36da-4e15-a8eb-e6d5d21d4325
    OC students chosen for Teach For America http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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.

    “Students at any age level need people in their lives to support them and tell them that they’re competent and capable so they don’t get trapped in these patterns of failure,” Ketring said. “I’m looking forward to being that voice in their lives and saying that you can be more than what other people have told you that you are. You can rise above that.”

    Both Jackson and Ketring needed government assistance when they were growing up as their parents dealt with the economic challenges of pursuing school later in life. They hope their experiences help them connect with their students.

    “I grew up on food stamps and welfare. That gives me an idea of what my potential students are going through,” Jackson said. “I’m excited to let them know that their situations do not determine how well they’re going to do in their lives. I want to offer opportunities and help every child know that education is their right.”

    Jackson will teach secondary science at a yet-to-be-determined school in Oklahoma. Ketring will teach English for elementary school students back home in Tennessee.

    They will continue a new OC tradition. Oklahoma Christian graduates Henson Adams and Wil Norton joined the program when Teach For America expanded into Oklahoma City in 2011.

    Adams taught mathematics at Douglass High School while Norton taught English at Douglass Mid-High. They are now in law school at the University of Texas and Georgetown University, respectively.

    Through Teach For America, approximately 11,000 corps members currently teach in 48 urban and rural regions across the country. More than 300 of those corps members now teach in Oklahoma. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org.

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    Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:27:00 CST 22f76c73-c98e-4558-bb9c-3732b5e8a8db
    OC’s McBride Lecture welcomes Bellwether winner http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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, Running the Rift, tells the coming-of-age story of a young athlete named Jean Patrick during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

    “Naomi Benaron’s story takes readers along on a boy’s journey from innocence to experience during a time of unspeakable violence, so readers who take this journey with Jean Patrick grow, too, as many of us did the first time we read The Diary of Anne Frank,” said Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs. “This journey makes me determined to be part of a better way.”

    During her visit, Benaron will join in discussions with OC’s Rwandan Presidential Scholars, promote critical thinking about social justice themes, and conduct a workshop for fiction and nonfiction writers.

    “Attendees of the McBride Lecture will certainly experience and possibly come to share Benaron’s deep respect and appreciation for Rwanda’s culture and people,” Associate Professor of English Gail Nash said. 

    Beyond the McBride Lecture, Oklahoma Christian provided Running the Rift free as an e-book to each incoming first-year student and will use it throughout the academic year as OC’s “freshman book.” Campus book groups will discuss the novel, and professors will use it in various courses, including the Symposium class in OC’s Honors Program.

    Hannah Bingham, a senior English major from Edmond, was selected as the McBride Center’s undergraduate fellow to coordinate book discussion groups, panel discussions and other events throughout the year.

    "By giving Running the Rift to all new freshmen, OC offers students a unique opening to their time here, because the novel provides a look into another culture and gives students insight into some of their peers they might not have understood before,” Bingham said.

    Top students from Rwanda are selected each year to study at Oklahoma Christian in the prestigious Presidential Scholars Program. This program was established in partnership with the Rwandan government to provide educational opportunities in science and technology for qualified citizens of Rwanda to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees at Oklahoma Christian.

    The McBride Center is named for Bailey and Joyce McBride, who have been academic leaders in OC’s campus community and Oklahoma’s higher education community since the 1950s. Bailey McBride is a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.

    Endowment and operational funding for the McBride Center is made available by the National Endowment for the Humanities through its matching grants. Additional support for the center’s endowment and programs comes from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, the Oklahoma Humanities Council, the Inasmuch Foundation, and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

    Past guests for the McBride Lecture include: bestselling novelist Kathleen Norris (2005); U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky (2006); Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson (2007); best-selling religions author Dr. Charles Kimball (2008); environmentalist and bestselling author Bill McKibben (2009); past national chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and poet Dana Gioia (2010); bestselling novelist Alice McDermott (2011); and Tony Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang (2012).

    For more information about the McBride Lecture, call (405) 425-5330 or go to www.oc.edu/mcbridecenter.

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    Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:54:00 CDT 00216082-27ac-45da-8d8e-4e4583344921
    Oklahoma Christian shatters enrollment record http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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 – business administration, engineering, ministry, and divinity – have record enrollment this fall. Oklahoma Christian will add a master of accountancy degree program in January.

    Undergraduate enrollment stands at 1,969 students, an increase of 3 percent over last year. OC’s 676 new undergraduates compose the second-largest class of new students in school history.

    “Our professors are first-rate. They’re dedicated to helping students grow inside and outside the classroom. Their teaching is leading to successful outcomes that make an OC education more and more valuable. Students see what’s happening here and they want that,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “I applaud the work of our Student Life and Admissions offices. They connected with students and supported them in ways that improved retention and boosted new student enrollment. We’re also seeing the benefits of our commitment to affordability for students and families.”

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    Oklahoma Christian is ranked as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. The university offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and an undergraduate Honors Program in addition to its graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

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    Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:41:00 CDT 0ad57bd4-e9fa-48cb-a346-d22dbdf24e17
    U.S. News & World Report ranks OC among west's best http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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 “Best in the West” list.

    “OC’s reputation as a first-rate university is well-established, but it’s gratifying to be recognized for the great things happening here, especially as we make a high-quality Christian education affordable for talented students,” President John deSteiguer said.

    Institutions that appear in the “Best Regional Universities” category provide a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. These universities are ranked against peer institutions in one of four geographic regions because they generally draw students most heavily from the surrounding states.

    Almost 60 percent of OC’s student body comes from Oklahoma or from neighboring Texas, with significant numbers of students also coming from Kansas, Colorado, California and the Pacific Northwest. Overall, Oklahoma Christian attracts students from all 50 states and almost 50 countries.

    The last nine years have featured OC’s nine highest enrollments ever, including a record 2,424 students this fall. Oklahoma Christian has more than 30 National Merit Finalists enrolled, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

    For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    The U.S. News & World Report rankings assess seven broad categories: undergraduate academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rates.

    Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

    The Princeton Review and PC Gamer recently ranked OC’s game design program among the top 30 in the nation. OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has earned national top chapter honors for 17 straight years.

    OC’s academic reputation is further seen in placement rates at or near 100 percent for accounting, communication design, history, interior design, language and literature, nursing, and political science graduates seeking jobs or acceptance into graduate school and law school.

    OC biology graduates have a 95 percent medical and graduate school acceptance rate, and 100 percent of OC Honors Program graduates have been accepted to graduate school the past four years.

    Oklahoma Christian is one of just two members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with ABET accreditation for three engineering programs. OC boasts the second-highest state education certification exam pass rate in Oklahoma, and is on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

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    Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:05:00 CDT 8a7795b5-b859-4aa8-9aa0-2be25caab689
    McBride celebrates 50th year on faculty http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mcbride-celebrates-50th-year-on-faculty/ When Oklahoma Christian University kicked off its 64th year on Monday, Dr. Bailey McBride began his 50th year as a faculty member at the university.

    McBride was inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. He has held many key roles at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, initial chair of the Department of Language and Literature, and chief academic officer from 1975 through 1996. He also served as director of OC's Honors Program.

    OC’s McBride Center for Public Humanities and its annual McBride Lecture for Faith and Literature are named in honor of Bailey and his wife Joyce. This year’s lecture, featuring Bellwether Prize-winning author Naomi Benaron, will be held on Oct. 18 at Oklahoma Christian.

    This is the inscription on the plaque that hangs outside the McBride Center, located in the Mabee Learning Center on the OC campus:

    In 1956, a very young alumnus of Central Christian College arrived back on campus as an English teacher. Since that time, no single person has been more loved and revered by alumni than Bailey McBride. As a friend and mentor, he is legendary. He remembers alumni by name and knows their children, careers, and concerns.

    Returning to campus after doctoral studies, Bailey and his bride, Joyce Warren, settled down to raise a family, model Christian living, and teach students. Joyce’s authentic Southern charms have comforted many a homesick student, guided newlyweds, and encouraged young parents. Many adults first learned the 23rd Psalm because she has been a tireless kindergarten Bible class teacher.

    Bailey’s career has included nearly every role available to faculty at Oklahoma Christian, including Professor of English, department chair, chief academic officer, and provost. He also is the leader of the Honors program and The Christian Chronicle.

    Bailey’s mantra to faculty members has been to read new books in the subject matter, regardless how many times they have taught the course. His love of important books and ideas has influenced generations of Oklahoma Christian students.

    The McBride Center celebrates their legacy by championing what they have loved and by nurturing Christian young people for generations.

    The dedication of The Bailey and Joyce McBride Center for Faith and Literature is made possible by the generosity of many alumni, friends, and family who love these two special Christian teachers.

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    Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:54:00 CDT 1d1d635e-a6a5-4ba5-8fe3-0fc70460dfb0
    OC among top colleges for future service members http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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 the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price.

    OC’s undergraduate tuition is $18,800 per year, with charges for the typical student (including room and board) totaling $24,975. That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by financial aid that makes OC’s nationally-recognized education competitive with many state-supported institutions.

    “With the cost of college a concern for many families, it’s important for students to find an affordable post-secondary option with demonstrated academic excellence,” said Matt Davis, managing director of communication and partnerships for The College Database. “It’s equally important that students interested in service have the opportunity to explore military programs while working toward a degree. Oklahoma Christian is a fantastic education option for future service members.”

    The College Database is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to provide free information about educational options both nationally and locally to students, parents, and other interested parties.

    “Everyone talks about service members using their GI Bill to go back to school, but rarely do people discuss current students using college to join the service,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “Colleges with ROTC programs give students a great opportunity, not only to explore military service, but to gain valuable leadership skills coveted by employers.”

    Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.
     
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    Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:37:00 CDT 210c3483-703c-4a72-a179-55f2c708cd9d