News RSS Feed Message from Neil Arter OC Community,

As of today, Oklahoma Christian University will no longer allow access to the Yik Yak website and app through its WiFi service. We fully understand that students can utilize their own data to access the app, but we believe it is important that no university resources be used to access such inappropriate and potentially illegal content.

The university will not tolerate comments that are racially insensitive, sexist, bullying, violent or discriminatory in any way. If asked, the university will cooperate with law enforcement to address any inappropriate, insensitive or threatening post.

We understand that some students will be disappointed because they used the site without offending or breaking any laws. But I would encourage those students to express themselves on a site that does not allow people to hide behind anonymity.

We appreciate the tone of today’s Talon article asking our students to step up to a greater calling of what is appropriate on social media.

Thank you for helping hold each other to a higher standard, and thank you for your cooperation.

Neil Arter
Dean of Students

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Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:30:00 CDT 70bf87e8-c59d-4fb0-918c-57f02d92f1ec
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 opens theater season with one-act plays OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will begin its theater season with the production of two one-act plays. “A Marriage Proposal” and “Blind Date” will be held Oct. 2-4.

The production is directed by Carly Conklin, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2010. Conklin works as a stage manager, actor and director for the Oklahoma City Theatre Company.

“A Marriage Proposal,” which first debuted in 1890, is a one-act play written by Russian author and dramaturge Anton Chekhov. It demonstrates how pride in property can override emotions such as love, and that even marriage can be prompted by economic circumstances.

“Blind Date” was written by American playwright and screenwriter Albert Foote, who was best known for his screenplay of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Set in 1929 in Harrison, Texas, “Blind Date” illustrates the repercussions of a well-meaning aunt attempting to arrange a date for her uncooperative niece.

Cast members for both plays include Luke Mawhirter, Madison Simmons, Clarice Sutton, Alex Wiggs and stage director Abby Tunick.

“It’s a humorous look at dating, especially blind dating, from the point of view of a particular generation,” said Phil Reagan, associate professor of speech and theater. “The two just go well together. They are both farces about dating and proposing that I think all college students will enjoy.”

The Department of Communication’s theater theme for 2014-2015 is “Human Relationships.” Each of the season’s five plays introduce the audience to a world vastly different from the 21st century, yet the characters grapple with the universal themes of social expectations and individual desire that are present today.

“A Marriage Proposal” and “Blind Date” are both suitable for all ages and begin at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Judd Theatre. General admission tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors). Admission is free for OC students, faculty and staff.

For more information, contact the OC Box Office at (405) 425-5540. Judd Theatre is located in the Garvey Center, easily accessible from the university’s main entrance at 2501 East Memorial Road in north Oklahoma City.

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, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:00 CDT d540ee3a-1cfe-41ae-a03d-6f3bcda480f0
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 surprised Cail at the event by announcing that the hall will now carry his name.

“I hereby repent of every cynical thing I ever said about naming stuff after people,” Cail said to a chorus of laughter from the friends, family and supporters in attendance. “Life can be defined as a series of surprises and I have to say this is one. (OC) has done a lot for me and is doing a lot for me now. I’m grateful for what it did for me by way of my discipline, letting me practice something I love. And lovely, lovely, lovely friends – just the greatest bunch of people that you could ever imagine.”

Cail has been a fixture at Oklahoma Christian since 1956, when he enrolled as a student at what was then known as Central Christian College in Bartlesville. He won two junior college debate titles, had a regular presence on the theater stage, and performed in the school’s popular original show, Songs America Sings.

He graduated in 1958, the same year the school relocated to Oklahoma City, then came back to lead Oklahoma Christian’s Admissions Office from 1963 to 1969. After earning his doctorate in psychology from Baylor University, he returned again in 1972, this time as a faculty member.

Over the course of his career, Cail earned many honors for his teaching and family seminars, including OC’s Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching in 1980. The university honored him as a professor emeritus shortly after his retirement in 2003 and as a distinguished alumnus in 2012.

Cail and his wife Judy met at Oklahoma Christian and have been married for almost 50 years. All three of their children also graduated from OC; Trey Cail and Mindy Lemons are both medical doctors while Liz McElroy followed in her father’s footsteps to teach psychology before becoming student leadership coordinator at Oklahoma Christian.

“Great universities are great because of their heroes, and we stand in the presence of one of our heroes,” President John deSteiguer said. “Hundreds upon hundreds of OC students learned at his feet, and we’re thrilled to know that generations more will learn in his seats. It’s a real honor to be at this place right now where we can say, ‘Dr. Cail – We thank you and we love you.”

Including Cail Auditorium, five initiatives have been fully funded since Oklahoma Christian launched the Thrive campaign in June. A $1 million commitment by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, is providing the startup capital for OC's College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Funding also is complete for: Das Millicanhaus, OC’s living-learning facility in Vienna, Austria; high-definition projection systems in Hardeman Auditorium and Judd Theatre; and a strategic planning fund.

In addition, OC has announced an anonymous $2 million gift to help fund multiple projects, including the launch of the Ethos spiritual life initiative, as well as a separate $1 million gift from U Dining to go toward renovation of the university’s dining hall.

More information about helping those projects become fully funded and donating toward other Thrive initiatives is available at

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Reportand 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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Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:00:00 CDT 95f69d9e-9d50-4a0b-b83e-643937b537f2
OC students screen film at international festival OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Media students from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will screen their independent film “Dispirited!” at the Red Dirt International Film Festival this week in Stillwater, Okla.

Dispirited! was created by OC’s 2013 class of Advanced Creative Productions, taught by Eagle Broadcasting Director David Jurney. It will be screened for the public at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19 and at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 20 at Oklahoma State University.

This 15-minute film included work from OC’s communication and theatre departments. It stars Stillwater resident Tony Payne as a dispirited man who goes through life motionless and distant from friends and family. After encountering an unexpected visitor, the man is forced to face the demons of his past before losing his sanity.

It was filmed and edited by Travis Gerard, Caleb Henry, Chad Holmes, David Knox, Travis Pauley, Kendall Sandhop and Tiffani Seeley. The actors included Payne, Krista Forrester, Tulle Jurney and Sandra Peck. An original musical score was composed, recorded and performed for the film.

“We made a film that we hope is both entertaining and moving and we want to share that with people,” David Jurney said. “For the students that worked on it, we hope it will be something that opens doors for them.”

This is the second independent film that Jurney and his class have produced. Their film, Dead Tired, was shown at the 2013 Trail Dance Film Festival in Duncan, Okla.

The Red Dirt International Film Festival shows a variety of films, ranging from full-length movies and documentaries to short films and music videos. In 2013, the festival featured films from all seven continents. 

In addition to more than 100 film screenings, the festival will include vendors, musical entertainment and other special events.

To watch the Dispirited! teaser trailer or for more information, go to, or

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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Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:45:00 CDT c6c0db0d-05e8-4e3f-a3de-81ed2f098e93
OC hosts lecture on social justice and U.S. policy OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host distinguished lecturer and author Ted McAllister on Monday, Sept. 22.

McAllister, who holds the Edward L. Gaylord Chair of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, will speak on “Social Justice and the Crisis of American Public Policy.” The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Adams Recital Hall. A question-and-answer session will follow.

“He’s an authority on politics, said John Maple, chair of OC’s Department of History and Political Science. “He is going to make a cogent argument and provide interesting analysis of how the crises of fundamentally different political philosophies hinder government progress.”

For the first several centuries in American history, McAllister argues, there was a common political philosophy and American politics were based on similar views of what was right and proper.

A shift since the turn of the century has prompted McAllister to ask if the progressive form of social justice is fundamentally hostile to the American understanding of public policy and inconsistent with cultural, social and political experiences.

McAllister graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1983 with a degree in history and minors in political science and English. He also holds a master’s degree from Claremont Graduate University and a doctorate in American Intellectual History from Vanderbilt University.

He has taught at Vanderbilt University, the University of the South and Hillsdale College. He also was a Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University.

McAllister has authored “Revolt Against Modernity: Leo Strauss, Eric Voegelin, and the Search for a Postliberal Order” and co-edited “Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America.” He served as the editor of the “American Intellectual Culture” book series and is working on a book about Walter Lippmann and the problem of authority in modern Liberalism.

In addition to his public lecture, McAllister will speak at two OC classes, “Contemporary Political Ideologies” and “History of American Political Thought,” and host a dinner for select students interested in pursuing public policy.

“Anyone with an interest in the contemporary political scene and serious discussion of it would enjoy this lecture,” Maple said. “It will be a full day of enrichment for those who are interested in politics and public policy in the broadest sense.”

For more information, call (405) 425-6300 or email

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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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:30:00 CDT 4d3e420d-0214-4098-9967-2e42cfe37e42
OC set to honor Coale, Ross at Associates Gala OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Two University of Oklahoma coaches will receive the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award at the Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Associates Gala Thursday.

Sherri Coale, the head women’s basketball coach at OU, and Jan Ross, an assistant coach for the Sooners, will be the first OC alumni to receive the award, which honors individuals who have devoted themselves to the betterment of Oklahoma.

The award is named for Smith, a tireless proponent of Oklahoma City and the state of Oklahoma. Previous winners include Oklahoma City mayors Mick Cornett, Kirk Humphreys and Ron Norick, former Oklahoma governors and first ladies George and Donna Nigh, Frank and Cathy Keating, and Brad and Kim Henry, and Oklahoma City weathermen Gary England, Damon Lane and Mike Morgan.

“We are thrilled to honor OC alumni Sherri Coale and Jan Ross with the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “They are examples of great ambassadors of our state and who live exemplary lives and impact young people for good.”

Coale was an Academic All-American at Oklahoma Christian who graduated summa cum laude in 1987 after serving as team captain for three conference championship teams. Ross graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1986 after a decorated career; she was an NAIA honorable mention All-America, All-District IV and All-Sooner Athletic Conference selection in addition to earning NAIA Scholar-Athlete and Who’s Who honors for the Lady Eagles.

Together, Coale and Ross helped resurrect the OU women’s basketball program and turn it into a national power. Since they joined forces in Norman in 1996, the Sooners have won 10 Big 12 championships (six regular season, four tournament) and made nine Sweet 16 appearances, including a trip to the 2002 NCAA national championship game and back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2009 and 2010.

Their program also is known for its academic excellence and for giving back to the community, including service as volunteer mentors and teachers’ aides at local elementary schools. In 2011, the Sooners earned the United Nations NGO Positive Peace Award after taking a mission trip to Haiti following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The OC Associates Gala begins at 7 p.m. Thursday at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. OC Associates receive two complimentary tickets to the dinner and may purchase extra tickets for $75 each. Tickets are available by calling (405) 425-5094 or via email at

“The Associates Gala is always a highlight event at Oklahoma Christian,” deSteiguer said. “It’s our time to thank donors, celebrate our students and alumni, and share the good news about our 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, 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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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:00 CDT ae3a1e83-abf3-4bbe-8cf8-8939dfa770b1
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 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

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
OC, Smirk New Media partner to offer social media class With the rapid growth of social media as a strategic business tool, communication students in college are expected to have current knowledge about best practices.

To that end, Oklahoma Christian University has partnered with Mike Koehler, president and partner at Smirk New Media, to provide students with a strategic social media and reputation management class. Koehler is uniquely qualified to teach the class as his Oklahoma City-based company specializes in social media strategy, online content and digital and web-based success.

“I’m thrilled to be able to offer this class to the Oklahoma Christian community,” Koehler said. “Social media is a passion of mine and I’m glad to share that with students. Social media is becoming a more powerful part of public relations and marketing every day, so equipping students with the skills to manage and create strategies is going to be key for their careers.”

According to Larry Jurney, chair and professor of the university’s communication department, the class will help OC students continue to stand out when seeking internships and post-graduation employment.

“Social media is a powerful force in our society, as evidenced by today's headlines such as the ice bucket challenge,” Jurney said. “Our students need to know how to maintain a good reputation through social media and how to protect it. They also need to know how to use social media correctly. It can accomplish great things for good, especially in service to others.”

The class will include lectures, discussions, online and in-person guest professionals and applied assignments. A few national experts in social media will Skype into the class or lead a live Twitter chat with students. In addition, the students will develop a comprehensive social media and reputation management plan for a real organization. Students will also present their ideas in the form of a strategy pitch. 

“I want students to have practical knowledge that gives them a foundation to build upon,” Koehler said. “Effective management of social media and reputation requires a truly strategic, long-term plan. This class will emphasize how important strategy is. I believe this experience will helps OC’s students get a head-start on achieving career success.”

About Smirk New Media

Smirk New Media has helped organizations large and small create robust social media strategies, craft quality online content and protect their brands’ digital reputations. Smirk New Media’s social media consulting team in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Kansas City and Springfield, Mo., works hard to promote and protect its clients’ online successes. Before launching Smirk New Media, President and Chief Strategist Mike Koehler led the new media development for Oklahoma’s largest website and its largest public relations firm. For more information, visit

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 16:19:00 CDT 0eb6a653-90c9-4fe0-bb98-5c18b0fae2a3
$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

“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

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
$1 million sets table for cafeteria remodel OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s Thrive campaign continues to pay big dividends with another seven-figure financial commitment to OC. Food service provider U Dining has given $1 million toward the university’s “Campus Café Reboot.”

Possible renovations with this project, which will require $3 million in Thrive donations, could include the addition of fixed seating and modern food stations to enhance students’ campus dining experience. The project also could also remove exterior walls from OC’s dining area, opening it up to natural light and expanding the entry into the food service area.

“This is really, really big. We are going to dramatically upgrade our dining experience for our students, and they’ll be excited as they see things roll out in this renovation,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “U Dining has been a great partner for years, and we’re already blessed to have food options that rank among the best of any school our size. This commitment sets the table for the exciting next chapter in our relationship.”

Since succeeding Sodexo as OC’s food service provider in 2009, U Dining has donated more than $85,000 to OC student missions, organizations and events in addition to $70,000 in food donations. U Dining vice president Kurt Hermanson is entering his 26th year working at Oklahoma Christian and is an honorary alumnus of the university.

“After we saw this project on the Thrive menu, we wanted to plant the seed and spark interest in this venture that is near and dear to us,” Hermanson said. “We believe in OC’s administration and the direction the university is going. This commitment shows our faith in Oklahoma Christian. As OC grows, it helps our growth and enables us to give more back to the school.”

Bolstered by the $1 million from U Dining, OC officials hope to have the Campus Café Reboot funded during this academic year in order to begin renovations next summer. Information about donating to the project can be found at

Oklahoma Christian announced a separate seven-figure Thrive gift earlier 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. OC reorganized those programs into their own college because of their strength and popularity.

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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Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:00:00 CDT 2dd71b4b-75aa-4286-87ab-86ced4bfbd6c
OC receives $1 million gift for College of Engineering and Computer Science OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – For the second year in a row, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is the beneficiary of a seven-figure gift from a special couple in Houston, Texas.

This week, OC announced a $1 million gift from Benton and Paula Baugh to serve as startup capital for the university’s newly reorganized College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Just last year, the Baughs gave $1.7 million to endow a preaching chair in OC’s College of Biblical Studies.

“Our society desperately needs talented, Christian engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists as leaders for tomorrow,” said Dr. Byron Newberry, formerly the chair of OC’s Graduate School of Engineering who now serves as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. “The generosity of the Baugh family will help grow OC’s influence in these fields. Their gift will help us continue to mentor students to see their talents as more than simply a means to a career, but as tools to serve others, much like Benton has done in his life.”

Benton is an energy engineer and inventor with 50 years of experience in oilfield and sub-sea systems. He holds more than 100 patents and founded Radoil, Inc. He has previously worked with Newberry, donating patents to OC’s ABET-accredited undergraduate programs in computer, electrical and mechanical engineering so faculty and students could develop new solutions to practical problems.

“We are incredibly honored by Benton and Paula’s generous hearts for our students and their strong belief in OC’s mission,” President John deSteiguer said. “Their investment is an exciting challenge for us to pursue an even higher level of excellence in our engineering and computer science programs.”

Though the Baughs did not attend Oklahoma Christian, they have fallen in love with the university through an OC trustee who serves as their minister at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston. David Duncan and his wife Barbara are 1989 OC alumni, and their passion for the university rubbed off on the Baughs.

“Ever since they learned about OC through the Duncans, Benton and Paula have been fascinated with this Christian university and its thriving engineering programs,” Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen said. “They were very impressed with Byron’s leadership, and Benton has even said that if he were starting his career again, he would choose OC. This gift truly speaks to their generous hearts.”

The Baughs’ gift is one of the most significant donations announced thus far for OC’s Thrive campaign, which launched in June. The $30 million campaign is helping fund 30 high-impact, student-focused projects over the next three years.

Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in engineering, accountancy, business administration, 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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Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:00:00 CDT 1d5398fd-6979-4540-aed3-414c393e1c41
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

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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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:00:00 CDT c6b6fbf8-9c03-42ee-abb4-b1bca84f3e4d
Oklahoma Christian presents graduate degrees OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 96 graduate degrees at its summer commencement ceremony on Aug. 16.

The ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Live video of the ceremony will be streamed online at

The degree candidates come from eight states and 12 countries, and represent a combined 13 areas of study in OC’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Engineering.

The candidates include Innocent Kabandana, who will receive his master of business administration degree. Kabandana, who serves as brigadier general for the nation of Rwanda, is the highest-ranking military official ever to graduate from Oklahoma Christian.

Overall, the 71 recipients of OC’s MBA degree pursued one of nine tracks: accounting, finance, general business, health services management, human resources, human resources management, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.

The 25 recipients of OC’s master of science in engineering degree pursued one of four tracks: electrical and computer engineering, engineering management, general engineering, and mechanical engineering.

Mickey Cowan, a professor of accounting at Oklahoma Christian, will serve as Saturday’s commencement speaker. He has more than 40 years of classroom and practical experience in the accounting field, including 14 years as a professor at Oklahoma Christian.

Cowan holds three accounting degrees from Oklahoma State University and has been a practicing certified accountant for 35 years. He has developed and taught CPE courses for groups such as the Chickasaw Nation, East Central Continuing Education, Kerr-McGee, the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Propane Dealers of Oklahoma.

He has worked as an auditor for Crawford and Associates, executive director for the East Central University Foundation, Inc., and consultant for Bridge Enterprise Consultants, LLC. He is a frequent speaker on ethics for various organizations, including the state auditor of Oklahoma and the OSCPA.

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 455 graduate students and 2,424 total students in the latest academic year.


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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:00:00 CDT 7377bc8e-652e-4c9b-92ac-e68588e3aa0c
President deSteiguer appears on Mayor's Magazine Oklahoma Christian University president John deSteiguer was a special guest on the July edition of Mayor's Magazine, hosted by Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett.

President deSteiguer discussed OC's innovative Thrive campaign, recent campus enhancements like the Eagle Trail, and another year of record enrollment at the university.

Click the video above to watch Mayor Cornett's interview with President deSteiguer. Click here to watch the program in its entirety.


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Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:00:00 CDT e9a52d49-3e49-4b9a-b109-52e9bb912607
Evidence points to popularity of crime-scene class at OC’s 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

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Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:00:00 CDT 134471c5-c75f-47c0-91b0-30ae93db0c98
OC alumni and students in Acappella bring “Good News” to prisoners Oklahoma Christian University is proud of its extensive ties with Christian signing group Acappella. The group enjoyed a special experience performing for the second year in a row for an audience hungry for the Good News. Acappella performed at the Grimes Correctional Facility in Newport, Arkansas this week.

“While it was bittersweet to see familiar faces from our prior visits, there's a sweet, sweet spirit in that place,” bass singer and OC employee Wes McKinzie said.

A member of the Christian Music Hall of Fame, Acappella has sold more than three million units and toured every continent on the globe since the group formed in 1982.

The group’s five members have all graduated or attended OC. Since 2009, members receive a scholarship to attend OC through a unique partnership between the university and the Acappella Company. This partnership builds on a long history between OC and Acappella; 21 former or current OC students have served with the Acappella Company through the years.

After releasing the landmark album "Sweet Fellowship," Acappella signed with Word Records (and later Epic Records), and saw its popularity soar with releases such as “Rescue,” “We Have Seen His Glory” and “Set Me Free.” The song “More Precious Than Gold” became the centerpiece of a Sony Camcorder national television commercial. The group’s "Radiance" album won the 2007 CARA Award for Best Religious Album.

Just a few weeks ago, Acappella performed the national anthem before the Texas Rangers baseball game at Globe-Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The performance was part of “OC Night With the Texas Rangers.”

Those nearby to OC can catch the group perform again soon. Acappella will perform Aug. 1 at Oklahoma Christian Academy’s gospel meeting in Edmond, Oklahoma. 

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:10:00 CDT 6805a7dc-d533-410d-8921-e3ab130ac171
Families from 43 countries attend Global Reunion 2014 at OC For the ninth year in a row, OC will host missionary and military families returning to the United States at Global Reunion 2014. The camp has doubled in size in the last two years with 150 participants from 43 countries on campus from July 23-27. 

The camp is for children aged 13 and older who are known as Third Culture Kids, though parents are allowed to attend sessions as well. Directors Kent and Nancy Hartman, missionaries-in-residence at OC, give tools and resources to families that have lived outside the United States and are now seeking to reenter U.S. culture. The Hartmans spent more than 10 years as missionaries in Australia and were surprised by the challenges of reintegrating their family into America.

“TCKs have both the culture of their parents, the culture of the country they have grown up in, and they develop from these a third culture which is uniquely their own,” Nancy Hartman said. “TCKs have American parents, look and sound like Americans and are expected to know and understand an American culture that is foreign to them.”

At Global Reunion, campers learn to deal with the grief, hidden losses, identity confusion and divided loyalties that can accompany cross-cultural moves. The camp is also filled with fun activities that will help the campers embrace their situation and thrive in it. 

In addition to OC, Global Reunion is co-hosted by InterMission, a group of former missionaries committed to supporting missionaries. InterMission was co-founded by the Hartmans and Memorial Road church of Christ in Oklahoma City. There are also many volunteers from local churches who provide meals for the campers. 

According to Kent Hartman, Global Reunion is the only camp of its kind in the world that combines classes for college-age and teen TCKs that also has classes for parents. It is also the only camp of its kind among churches of Christ.

“Global Reunion has put OC on the map in missionary and military circles around the world,” he said. “We are often referred to in those circles as ‘the university that cares about missionary and military families’ and the place to send TCKs when they reach university age.”

In recent years, OC has had an increase in the number of TCKs who call OC home. More than 60 students meet during the year, often with the Hartmans. They enjoy activities and relationships for successful living in their world of changing cultures and transitions. More information about the camp and program can be found at

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Oklahoman features highly-ranked game design program The Oklahoman featured a full-page article on Oklahoma Christian University's Gaming and Animation, ranked No. 14 in the nation by The Princeton Review and PC Gamer.

Click here to read the feature story by Matt Patterson from The Oklahoman's June 13 edition.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00:00 CDT bf8fa4d3-f493-49b2-8ac9-efc1f964096b
Mission work essential for OC nursing students By James Coburn, Courtesy of Oklahoma’s Nursing Times

As of June 1, the status of the Oklahoma Christian Department of Nursing has changed to the Oklahoma Christian University School of Nursing, said Kay Elder, RN, nursing school chair.

“There is some restructuring going on with Oklahoma Christian University, and nursing is now part of the newly formed College of Natural and Health Sciences, along with biology and history,” Elder said.

The summer campus appears a peaceful setting at OC. Eleven traditional transfer students remain on campus to finish their health assessment course work at the OC School of Nursing. They will be joining the junior class in the fall. In July, they will be learning the fundamentals of nursing. During June and July, they are studying pharmacology, Elder said.

“We’ve been doing a lot of recruitment fairs and admission events,” she said. “We’ve been very busy, as well as with the RN to BSN program. The first cohort is up and running and they are just finishing their first two classes with eight students.”

The second cohort of the RN to BSN will begin September 1, said Rhea Ann Lee, RN, program coordinator. They are hoping to have a cohort of around 15 students.

Additionally for the traditional nursing program, the OC School of Nursing has the largest group coming into our sophomore classes, Elder said. So far, there are 51 students, compared to the previous maximum of 41 students.

“We still have students changing majors or transferring into the university,” Elder said. “It looks like we may have 60 sophomore nursing students, which when we’re looking at labs, that’s 50 percent more labs than we’ve had before. We’re experiencing growth. It’s very exciting and it doesn’t feel like summer slowed down.”

In order to accommodate future growth for the OC School of Nursing, the university has kicked off a Thrive fundraising campaign for a new OC School of Nursing facility. Anticipations are for the fundraising program to be completed by 2017.

“Nursing is in the first tier, and they intend to gut and redo the north end of Heritage Plaza for nursing. We’ll have our labs, our classrooms, our offices in a dedicated area for nursing, which we really need,” Elder said. “We’ve outgrown our existing space.”

The school continues to invest in its students. Part of that criteria deals with mission work. Students take Health Care Missions and Christian Service in their junior year. In the first three weeks following graduation, the nursing students either go to Honduras for mission work or they will stay local to work with under-served populations, Elder said.

“They work in the hospitals in Honduras and help with the clinics up in the mountains,” Elder said. “They do health education through interpreters in the mountain village schools.”

They also spend a day in a children’s home dedicated to children living with disabilities. These children in Honduras have been shunned and abandoned by their families, Elder said. So they live in state-run orphanages.

“That’s something that always touches the students’ hearts,” Elder said. “There are many children in wheelchairs. There are some who are severely disabled and non verbal. But most of the times they give smiles, even if there are not other things they can do. The students tell us this is a very valuable part of their nursing curriculum.”

Many of the students returned for other medical missions. One of the students, who graduated from the 2010 class, went to Rwanda with Mercy Hospital, Elder said. This student was successful in providing improvements to the hospital’s best practices.

“We’re very excited about that. Students who do not choose to do missions in Honduras, stay local and work with under-served populations,” Elder said. “They work doing health care education with Headstart, which of course has income requirements. That’s a fun day when you’re dealing with 3- and 4-year olds, telling them about healthy eating and exercise, about hand washing and tooth brushing. They just really love it.”

The students also work with Luther Public Schools, where 85 percent of the students are provided lunch for free. The school district does not have a school nurse to help the children in Luther. So the students provide health screenings at the schools.
“We also work with individuals with disabilities in Make Promises Happen in Guthrie,” Elder said.

The Christian-oriented camp is for children living with disabilities through recreation. Nursing students are 24/7 with the campers. They learn about what resources the children’s parents and caregivers need. One consideration is how a caregiver would provide safety for these children. Motivation and burnout prevention for these caregiver is noted.

“That is an important part of our domestic missions,” Elder said.

They also work with Lighthouse Medical Clinic, which is associated with the Churches of Christ in downtown Oklahoma City.

“The whole purpose of our mission clinical is that they must work with under-served populations,” Elder said.

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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:00 CDT 2526c95e-21ef-4127-897a-479f58e505ea
Wilburn's company ranked eighth by Forbes Just Between Friends, a company co-founded and run by Oklahoma Christian University (OC) trustee Shannon Wilburn ranks No. 8 on Forbes’ list of top franchises in the United States.

Wilburn is now the sole owner of Just Between Friends, the nation’s leading children’s and maternity consignment sales event. The company has 141 franchises in 29 states and one in Canada. Gross sales topped $24 million in 2013.

Just Between Friends has been featured in “Entrepreneur” magazine and on “Good Morning America,” “The CBS Early Show,” “The Today Show,” CNN and FOX.

Wilburn joined OC’s Board of Trustees in May 2013. Her husband Mitch Wilburn, the preaching minister at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an alumnus of OC’s Graduate School of Theology.


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Thu, 03 Jul 2014 10:00:00 CDT 03f6210e-a7b3-43df-b04e-e8fac869bded
OC alumni buck trend with another giving record Alumni participation rates are going down nationwide. Fewer and fewer graduates are giving back to their alma maters each year … except at Oklahoma Christian.

In 2012-2013, Eagles bucked the trend through Homeward. A record-shattering 1,479 grad givers grew OC’s alumni participation base by more than 500 and rocketed Oklahoma Christian past the national average.

This success presented a tough question for 2013-2014: “Could the Homeward lightning strike twice?”

“A major hurdle with alumni participation is that it zeroes out each June,” Director of Advancement Operations Will Blanchard said. “To stay on the leading edge of the important U.S. News rankings in this area, our graduates need to give every year. We needed to find a way to thank and celebrate our grads for their incredible outpouring in Homeward’s first year, but also excite them about breaking a whole new record. That’s a difficult message to send without coming across as disingenuous.”

OC’s marketing, alumni, and advancement teams decided to say “thank you” with free t-shirts for all interested grads. Responding to the tagline, “Your maroon and gray are showing,” more than 2,380 Eagles ordered free OC tees.

The #OCHomeward hashtag launched on Instagram, and a video of Dr. Stafford North and Dr. Bailey McBride taking “selfies” in their new tees went viral.

This spring brought the inaugural Homeward Pride social service club competition. Sponsored by OC donors, Homeward Pride encouraged students to get involved by challenging them to raise participation among their club’s alumni.

Each club earned $500 for adding 50 new grad givers between February and April. As an added incentive, the club with the highest participation rate at the competition’s end received a trophy, bragging rights and another $500.

Clubs selected their own fundraising projects, which included a mission trip to Tipton Children’s Home, international missions, welcome kits for international students, scholarship funding, OC’s Student Success Center, and more. In just two months, club alumni added more than 900 grad givers for Homeward and gave $24,470 toward their club’s designated projects. Only 940 grads gave all year in 2011-2012.

The winning club, Delta Gamma Sigma, raised more than $8,000 and posted an astounding 55.2% participation rate, meaning more than half of all Delta grads gave to OC projects this year.

“The response is mind-boggling,” Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen said. “It’s obvious we haven’t done enough before to tap into the positive pride and the competitive spirit of our alumni. Their love for this special place and for our students continues to floor me, even as I nod and think, ‘I shouldn’t be surprised.’”

A record 2,278 graduates gave to OC projects through Homeward in 2013-2014. That number more than doubles (137%) the number of grads who gave in 2011-2012, the year before Homeward launched.

OC’s alumni participation rate pushed past 19%, more than eight percentage points above the national average for schools of our type.

“What we’re doing is unprecedented,” Blanchard said. “But our maroon and gray run deep, our spirit for giving and doing is unsurpassed, and I think we’d all agree: Eagles were made to do the unprecedented.”

1. Delta Gamma Sigma (55.2%)
2. Chi Lambda Phi (54.3%)
3. Alpha Gamma Omega (34.7%)
4. Iota Kappa Phi (34.4%)
5. Psi Epsilon (29.4%)
6. Theta Theta Theta (29.1%)
7. Gamma Rho (26.1%)
8. Lambda Chi Zeta (26.0%)
9. Omega Psi Omicron (25.9%)
10. Pi Zeta Phi (22.6%)
11. Kappa Sigma Tau (21.7%)

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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:00:00 CDT ff809eeb-ac83-42f6-abb1-a512391a5a0a
OC up for 'Favorite College' honors in Readers' Choice Awards Oklahoma Christian University is a top 5 finalist in the “Favorite College” category in The Oklahoman’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

You can vote for Oklahoma Christian once a day by going to and clicking on the “Just For Fun” category tab toward the bottom of the page.

It’s another chance to rally around our alma mater! Voting closes at midnight on Monday, June 23.

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, 17 Jun 2014 15:00:00 CDT d00edfa6-9bb5-4cb7-8f02-1cb72d59e8a9
OC grad's movie wins top honors at festival OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - A movie directed by Oklahoma Christian University (OC) graduate Kyle Roberts won the award for “Best Oklahoma Film” at the deadCENTER Film Festival Saturday.

Roberts’ film, “The Posthuman Project,” is about a group of high school friends who go on a rock climbing trip to celebrate their graduation. On the trip, they receive a genetic boost that gives them superhero abilities.

Roberts calls the movie a cross between “The Breakfast Club” and “X-Men.” Lucas Ross, a 2003 OC graduate, had a role in the film, and OC alumna Sandra Peck and current OC student Dani Hebert worked as production assistants.

“The cross genre between these two had never been done before, which hopefully separates the film from any other superhero movie, and we did it on a micro budget,” Roberts said. “I love to show the world what a bunch of Okies are capable of.”

Saturday’s showing of “The Posthuman Project” at deadCENTER filled the 280-seat theatre to capacity, with more than 50 people turned away.

deadCENTER is Oklahoma’s largest film festival, recognized as one of the “Top 20 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker magazine.

More than 1,000 films were submitted to deadCENTER this year, with the winners selected by an independent panel of film industry professionals.

Roberts owns Reckless Abandonment Pictures LLC, an Oklahoma City-based motion picture company that has earned mentions in the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, VH1, Gizmodo, WIRED magazine, and Mashable. He also is a videographer and editor for The Oklahoman and

In 2012, Roberts was selected to compete on Syfy’s “Viral Video Showdown” for a production that included fellow OC graduates Hal Gatewood, Jason Oser and Ross.

In 2013, Roberts won an Emmy Award from the Heartland Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for “Thunder in Motion,” a commercial for The Oklahoman about Oklahoma City’s NBA team.

He will enter “The Posthuman Project” in Comic-Con, an international film festival, later this year.


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Mon, 16 Jun 2014 11:00:00 CDT 9ca5ea4e-0bc3-4b50-b9cc-799d9ac9f803
OC faculty present at 2014 Christian Scholars Conference Members of the Oklahoma Christian University community participated in the 2014 Christian Scholars Conference last week at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.

Known as the Thomas H. Olbricht Christian Scholars' Conference, professors, graduate students and professionals present more than 100 peer-reviewed and generative sessions to advance scholarship, collaboration and engaged dialogue. 

This year’s conference theme was "Leadership in the Academy, Religion and Civil Life."

Key speakers included Christian missions and history professor and author Lamin Sanneh, theologian, professor and author Carl Holladay, former college administrator and recognized religious author and publisher Phyllis Tickle and religion professor and author Elizabeth Clark. In addition, Nashville’s Blackbird Theatre presented the world premiere of the stage adaptation of John Updike’s novel “Roger’s Version.”   

OC professors participated in seven presentations at the conference.

OC Professor of History Matt McCook presented a paper titled “Reconsidering Again Alexander Campbell’s Political and Social Ethic.” His session was titled Liberty, Reform, and Schism in Antebellum America. In addition, McCook used the week to conduct research related to future scholarship.

Associate Professor of Communication Josh Watson presented on “Teaching Leadership Through Appreciative Inquiry and Dialogic Theory of Public Relations” and “Leadership and Follow-Ship: A Case Study of a Leader’s Framing of Risk-Taking.” His sessions were titled Leadership Development and Theory and Leadership Challenges, respectively.

OC Professor of New Testament John Harrison served as convener of the peer-reviewed session titled New Testament Exegesis I. Richard Wright, chair of the Graduate School of Bible and associate professor of Bible, also served as convener for the session titled Major Book Review: “Marcan Priority Without Q,” which was edited by John C. Poirier and Jeffrey Peterson.

In addition, OC alumnus and adjunct professor Jeremy Beller presented on “Terror Management, Dissociation and Religious Orientation: Addressing Allport’s Paradox of Religion and Racism.” His session was titled Civil Rights and Churches of Christ: Leadership in the Academy.

Finally, OC President John deSteiguer participated with other college presidents in the session titled The Future of Christian Higher Education: The Most Critical Issues We Face in the Decade Ahead. President deSteiguer also served as a reviewer for the session titled Major Book Review: “Christianity on Trial: A Lawyer Examines the Christian Faith,” which was written by Mark Lanier.  

The Christian Scholars Conference was created in 1981 under the direction of Dr. Thomas H. Olbricht, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Pepperdine University, and has since been hosted by several universities associated with churches of Christ. The conference calls together scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, business, law, education and medicine to develop their own academic research and to reflect on the integration of scholarship and faith. 

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