News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed 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
Mission work essential for OC nursing students http://www.oc.edu/news/r/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
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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Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:00:00 CDT 51c455fc-77cb-4437-9b4b-10860b728de5
OC starts online RN to BSN program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-starts-online-rn-to-bsn-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will launch an online RN to BSN degree completion program in May.

Oklahoma Christian will offer two classes every eight weeks, allowing students to complete the entire program and earn their bachelor’s degree in nursing in just 16 months.

OC’s RN to BSN program will be the only one of its kind in Oklahoma. All classes – including needed prerequisites like Microbiology, Statistics and Humanities courses – will be offered online, giving students the opportunity to complete their coursework on their schedules.

OC’s online courses will make the program available to nurses who live and work in rural areas and in jobs where a traditional four-year degree option would be impossible. Because the program is online, it is available to nurses outside Oklahoma as well.

“We’re looking to meet the needs of students just entering nursing as well as those who have been nurses for awhile,” said Kay Elder, chair of OC’s Department of Nursing. “It’s exciting to meet a need with a service-focused program that’s a good mission fit for Oklahoma Christian.”

OC’s program, nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, provides an avenue for working nurses to earn a degree that is becoming the professional standard.

The Institute of Medicine recommends that 80 percent of nurses hold a BSN degree by 2020. In addition, the American Nurses Association identifies a BSN degree as an entry-level requirement for professional nurses.

“Hospitals need most of their nurses to be educated at a BSN or higher degree level in order to achieve ‘Magnet Recognition,’ which signifies nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes,” said Rhea Ann Lee, OC’s RN to BSN coordinator. “By getting their degree quickly and conveniently through our online program, nurses will be able to expand their professional opportunities.”

OC’s program features a strong emphasis on Christian service and leadership. The Health Care Missions and Christian Service Strategies course is unique to OC’s RN to BSN program, and focuses on the needs of diverse and underserved populations.

“Our faith-based approach sets our program apart. Our nursing graduates and the hospitals they work at are excited about the holistic aspect of our program,” Elder said. “And the relationships we have with Oklahoma City metropolitan area hospitals help us place our graduates in jobs where they can lead and make a difference.”

OC nursing graduates frequently score above state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination. OC’s 2013 pass rate of 88 percent was almost five percentage points higher than the pass rates in Oklahoma and in the U.S. as a whole.

Applicants to OC’s RN to BSN program should have a current active RN license. Credit for multiple courses may be granted for life experience.

Prospective students can apply for free by entering the code “RN2BSN” at www.oc.edu/RN2BSN. For more information, students can contact Rhea Ann Lee at rhea.lee@oc.edu or (405) 425-1926.

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 is located in northeast Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond.

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 Mar 2014 17:00:00 CST 47f24b4d-3616-4244-81c6-7303647f3547
OC nursing grads help with relief in the Philippines http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-nursing-grad-helps-with-relief-in-the-philippines/ Oklahoma Christian University nursing graduates Reagan Hightower and Erin Downing traveled to the Philippines in December to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

Haiyan is the deadliest typhoon on record: a category five super typhoon that ripped through Southeast Asia in early November.

“I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” said Reagan, a nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to get over there, but I figured it would be restricted to Red Cross workers. Then, I found an organization online and submitted my application. They called me the next day and I bought my ticket.”

Reagan and Erin, an ER nurse with Integris Hospital, went to the Philippines with Heart to Heart International, an organization whose mission is to provide ongoing medical care and supplies to communities in need worldwide.

Read the full story about Reagan’s work in the Philippines on Mercy’s website. KWTV, Oklahoma City’s CBS affiliate, interviewed Reagan for a feature story that you can watch below.

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Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:36:00 CST a144d341-3d52-440e-b885-e6e6d4fb6fc3
Academic departments honor outstanding alumni http://www.oc.edu/news/r/academic-departments-honor-outstanding-alumni/ Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend.

OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; Dr. Neil Roberts (’99) – Biological Sciences; Jay Tabor (’86) – History and Political Science; and Dr. Nick Wisdom (’05) – Psychology and Family Studies.

The College of Biblical Studies, represented by Dean Alan Martin, honored Taylor Cave (’89) – Missions; Bob Herndon (’79) – Preaching/Ministry; Ryan Russell (’06) – Youth Ministry; and Ben Glover (’86) – Alumnus of the Year.

The College of Professional Studies, with Phil Lewis as dean, honored Kevin Arledge (’92) – Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences; Ted Norton (’84) – Business Administration; Anthony Rose (’07) – Teacher Education; Bahvahnie Smith (’00) – Mechanical Engineering; and Jim Theisen (’97) – Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Estep serves as the Medical Director of Occupational Medicine at the McBride Clinic. He also is a medical consultant for the OG&E Corporation and is Oklahoma’s Delegate to the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine House of Delegates.

Leger has been involved in the recording industry, news media, banking, and healthcare. He recently accepted a position with GE’s Oil and Gas division, where he is responsible for Global IT Commercial Operations.

Loeber is a charge nurse, a new hire coach, a preceptor for nursing students, and a certified ECMO technician at OU Children’s Hospital.

Jones is the Manager of Broadcast Operations and Technical Services for the Oklahoma City Thunder, overseeing gameday television broadcasts and operations.

Montgomery recently left the University of Mississippi, where he received the Lawrence “Shaky” Yates Award for Teaching Freshman Composition, for a tenure track position at Fort Hays State University in Kansas.

Ries teaches music in the public school system in Mankato, Minn., and serves as Artistic Director of the Mankato Children’s Chorus and director of the junior high and high school choirs.

Roberts has a private practice with the OSSO Healthcare Network as part of The Physicians Group in Oklahoma City and is Director of Endoscopy at Community Hospital in south Oklahoma City.

Tabor is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, one of the world’s largest international law firms. He has represented General Electric in many transactions, including its $20 billion joint venture with Comcast for the ownership of NBC Universal and in GE’s recent $3.3 billion acquisition of Lufkin Industries.

Dr. Wisdom is a licensed Staff Neuropsychologist in the Mental Health Care Line at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He also is an Assistant Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Baylor College of Medicine and serves as President-Elect of the Houston Neuropsychological Society.

Cave is the Outreach Minister at Del City Church of Christ, where he preaches on Sunday nights. Herndon is a minister at South Brooke Church of Christ in Tulsa and is involved as a docent with the Philbrook Museum of Art.

Russell works with Northwest Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Glover is the senior minister with Oakcrest Church of Christ in south Oklahoma City.

Arledge is a Solutions Consultant with the Boston-based software company Kronos, Inc. Norton has worked in various roles for MidFirst Bank, including his current job managing the bank’s Commercial Sales and Marketing group.

Rose is an Assistant Principal at Cheyenne Middle School in Edmond, and also serves as the Youth Minister at Wilshire Church of Christ.

Smith is a Senior Engineering Manager at OG&E, overseeing three groups: Maintenance Engineering, Project Engineering, and Inspection.

Theisen is the lead engineer over the F-16 Power and Controls team for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where he was recently promoted to the title of Electrical Engineer Staff, Senior.

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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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:00:00 CST d9f57852-27af-46be-bcad-bcd139785d52
OC selects Elder as nursing chair http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-selects-elder-as-nursing-chair/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University has chosen Kay Elder as chair of the university’s Department of Nursing.

“This is an exciting time of growth for OC and the nursing department. We are welcoming a record number of freshman nursing majors this fall,” said Elder, who previously served as an assistant professor in the department. “I’m honored to help lead the department, especially as we move toward offering a completion program for registered nurses seeking a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing.”

Another area Elder seeks to expand is the university’s community health partnerships.

“We are looking forward to creating new relationships and strengthening the existing partnerships we have with Mercy Medical Center and the Oklahoma City County Health Department, among others,” she said. “Just this fall, we are utilizing three more clinics for our public health focus.”

Elder noted that OC’s nursing enrollment increased by 21 percent this year. Vice President for Academic Affairs Scott LaMascus said Elder will help the department continue to grow.

“We are very pleased to have Kay as our nursing chair,” he said. “She has been an integral part of the growth of OC’s nursing department over the last eight years. We are looking forward to her leadership as she helps our students continue to excel in the classroom and in service to others.”

Elder is a 1978 Oklahoma Christian graduate with a degree in biology. She has two degrees in nursing from the University of Oklahoma and is completing a doctorate in nursing education at Oklahoma City University.

Oklahoma Christian began its nursing degree program in 2006 to help address Oklahoma’s nursing shortage. In 2007, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education fully accredited OC’s nursing program.

OC nursing graduates continue to score above state and national averages on the registered nursing exam, known as the National Council Licensure Examination. Elder said the pass rate for the 2013 graduating class is 87.5 percent, which is higher than the pass rate for the state and the nation.

Service is a hallmark of OC’s nursing department. Each year, students and faculty spend two weeks in May in a practicum experience working with Mission Predisan in Honduras or with underserved populations in the Oklahoma City area.

The HonduraServe group serves clinics in the mountains of Eastern Honduras. The domestic service group works with Lighthouse Medical Clinic in Oklahoma City, Luther Community Service Center, Edmond HeadStart, Luther Elementary School, the Wings special needs community in Edmond, Make Promises Happen Camp in Guthrie, and other underserved population groups.

Two large gifts strengthened OC’s nursing department earlier this year. A $10,000 gift from Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City helped meet the $50,000 fundraising goal for the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing, with a matching gift from an anonymous donor boosting the endowment to $100,000. Another gift of $100,000 funded the new Donna J. Eckhart Endowed Scholarship for Nursing.

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Wed, 28 Aug 2013 09:47:00 CDT ae2d4635-98d4-4293-b307-93ad9cc29ccd
Nursing endowment honors former student http://www.oc.edu/news/r/nursing-endowment-honors-former-student/ Oklahoma Christian University held a public reception Wednesday to honor Rebecca Stafford and celebrate the support for a nursing endowment in her name. 

Rebecca, a former OC student, lost her three-year battle with cancer on March 10, 2012 – two months shy of her 21st birthday.

The accompanying video includes comments from Rebecca's parents, Barry and Tonda Stafford, OC nursing student Tiffany Richey, and OC representatives Will Blanchard and Linda Fly.

Click here to read more about the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing.

The current fundraising total for the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing is $110,597. Oklahoma Christian will work to grow the endowment to provide scholarship funds for more nursing students. For more information, call (405) 425-5119 or email jo.griffin@oc.edu.

Checks and pledges can be sent to:

Oklahoma Christian University
Office of Advancement
c/o Jo Griffin
P.O. Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100
(Indicate “Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing” on the memo line)

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Thu, 28 Feb 2013 15:24:00 CST 442594a1-903f-4a59-b9a5-5d878daaacd6
OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-holds-undergraduate-prices-for-second-straight-year/ Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year.

The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13.

“Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate higher education at the best value possible.”

OC’s undergraduate tuition will remain $18,800 for students taking up to 17 hours per semester. Average room and board costs also will stay the same for a total price of $24,975. Oklahoma Christian also is continuing its policy of not charging student fees.

According to the College Board, the average total price of private universities rose 4 percent last year to $39,518. OC was the only university in Oklahoma and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) that did not raise its total price in 2012-13.

“With more students being priced out of higher education, Oklahoma Christian wants to provide an affordable college home where they can discover their passion and use their talents for good,” deSteiguer said. “As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, colleges need to do their part to keep costs down. Freezing our cost of attendance for two years running is a big part of our commitment to do that.”

Factoring in scholarships and grants, OC’s average net price actually decreased in the latest reporting period for the U.S. Department of Education. More than 90 percent of Oklahoma Christian 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 large scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has seven National Merit Scholars in its freshman class and 30 National Merit Finalists overall, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

OC’s “no fees” approach allows students and families to better assess costs in comparison to colleges and universities that charge course fees and other significant 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 shape their costs with technology, housing, dining and other choices that best fit their budgets and needs. They also can continue to supplement their meal plans with the optional purchase of “Eagle Bucks” for tax-free dining at Alfredo’s, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s and the OC Grill.

Graduate prices will range from $400 to $495 per credit hour, with slight increases for master’s students in business and engineering. More information is available at www.oc.edu/cost and www.oc.edu/value.

OC set school records with 361 graduate students and 2,271 total students enrolled this year. The last eight years have featured OC’s eight highest total enrollments ever.

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 business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

In addition to its Oklahoma City residential campus, OC has study abroad opportunities in Europe, Honduras and the Pacific Rim. This year, Oklahoma Christian opened a Learning Support Center in Kigali, Rwanda, allowing Rwandan students to study in OC’s online MBA program.

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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:15:00 CST 5a45d6c7-7ce3-4876-a993-e293b1d012f6
Mercy opens clinic on OC campus http://www.oc.edu/news/r/mercy-opens-clinic-on-oc-campus/ Mercy Clinic has opened a permanent location, called Mercy Clinic at OC, on the Oklahoma Christian University campus.

“We remember what it’s like to live on campus,” said Mercy Clinic at OC Medical Director Dr. Melinda Cail (OC alumna and daughter of Dr. James Cail, beloved retired Oklahoma Christian University psychology professor who taught for more than 30 years at OC). “Students have enough to worry about, so we want to make health care as simple as it can be – and part of that is geography. We want to bring health care within walking distance for these students.”

Kendall Phillips, certified physician assistant, will be the primary provider for the clinic. The clinic will provide a convenient location for students to receive services such as sutures, flu shots, sports physicals, breathing treatments and general primary care for everyday conditions.

“We are thrilled to partner with Mercy to serve our students,” said John deSteiguer, president of Oklahoma Christian University. “Since OC is highly residential with 80 percent of our undergraduates living on campus, it is important that our students have convenient access to high-quality health care. We’re excited to have one of our outstanding alumni physicians, Dr. Melinda Cail, coming home to OC to direct the clinic.”

The clinic will partner closely with nearby Mercy Clinic Edmond Memorial, located at 1919 E. Memorial Rd., where students will be referred for x-rays and additional tests and treatments.

Mercy Clinic at OC is located at 2801 E. Memorial Rd., Suite 140. Appointments can be made by calling (405) 425-6100. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In December, Mercy gave $10,000 toward the $100,000 Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. Graduates of OC’s nursing program, fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, frequently exceed the state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination. They earned a 92 percent pass rate in 2012.

Mercy is the sixth largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves more than 3 million people annually. Mercy includes 31 hospitals, nearly 300 outpatient facilities, 38,000 co-workers and 1,700 integrated physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. For more about Mercy, visit www.mercy.net.

Mercy Clinic is a physician-governed group of medical providers across the four states Mercy serves. In Oklahoma, Mercy Clinic has nearly 300 providers and 64 clinics statewide. With access to Mercy’s facilities, electronic health records, telemedicine and each other, Mercy Clinic providers can give their patients the best care available, regardless of the patient’s location. Patients of Mercy Clinic providers can connect to their own health records and health teams anywhere they connect to the Internet. For more information, visit www.mymercy.net.

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Wed, 23 Jan 2013 13:44:00 CST 74f90a1a-d7b3-4d30-b5ad-eceadb2efc5b
OC announces nursing scholarship endowment http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-announces-nursing-scholarship-endowment/ Mercy donation, large matching gift help meet fundraising goal

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University announced today the full endowment of the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing.

A $10,000 gift from Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City helped meet the $50,000 fundraising goal, with a matching gift from an anonymous donor boosting the endowment to $100,000.

Rebecca StaffordRebecca Stafford, a former Oklahoma Christian University student, lost her three-year battle with cancer in March. After enrolling at OC in 2010, she was able to complete a number of classes despite moving in and out of remission, having countless infections, and undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

“Rebecca wanted to spend as much time as she could as a normal student. Students and people three or four times her age saw her and were inspired,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “The Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship at Oklahoma Christian University is a remarkable tribute to the donors, to the family, to Rebecca and to God. It shows how God can work, and we’re grateful Rebecca’s impact is going to go on long after this.”

OC’s nursing students and faculty rallied around Rebecca as she battled Ewing’s Sarcoma. After she passed away on March 10 – two months shy of her 21st birthday – her family wanted to honor her and help more students earn their nursing degrees at Oklahoma Christian.

“During Rebecca’s illness, nurses were family,” said Rebecca’s mother, Tonda Stafford. “This scholarship can work for the good after everything she went through. It’s what we see is needed because good Christian nurses are amazing.”

Rebecca’s treatment began at Mercy after Dr. Frank Davis, the Staffords’ longtime physican, diagnosed her cancer in 2009.

“We’re honored to be able to contribute to this scholarship, which is close to our hearts for many reasons,” said Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City president Jim Gebhart. “This scholarship keeps Rebecca’s giving and loving spirit alive, provides a student with an incredible education at OC, and serves the community by educating and training future nurses – members of a profession we deeply respect and admire.”

“God calls us to make a difference. Rebecca touched many lives with her beautiful spirit and her amazing heart full of grace, courage, kindness and faith. And we hope what we’re doing will make a tremendous difference in helping others learn how to provide competent, compassionate care,” said Rebecca’s father, Barry Stafford.

Oklahoma Christian began its nursing degree program in 2006 to help address Oklahoma’s nursing shortage. In 2007, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education fully accredited OC’s nursing program.

In addition to the classroom curriculum and nursing clinicals at Oklahoma City metro-area hospitals, OC’s nursing program helps prepare students with a four-hour course in health care missions and Christian service. Many students participate in OC’s HonduraServe mission, a four-day trip to Honduras to see patients in various villages, clinics and hospitals.

OC nursing graduates frequently exceed the state and national averages on the National Council Licensure Examination, earning a 92 percent pass rate in 2012.

“Rebecca’s courage throughout her battle with cancer reminded us all that all patients deserve to have someone there, by their side, as they face the medical challenges that come their way,” said Linda Fly, OC’s director of nursing. “This gift will allow OC’s nursing program to train more Christian nurses to do just that.”

Oklahoma Christian will work to grow the endowment to provide scholarship funds for more nursing students. For more information, call (405) 425-5119 or email jo.griffin@oc.edu.

Checks and pledges can be sent to:

Oklahoma Christian University
Office of Advancement
c/o Jo Griffin
P.O. Box 11000
Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100
(Indicate “Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing” on the memo line)

 

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Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming http://www.oc.edu/news/r/academic-colleges-honor-alumni-at-homecoming/ Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday.

The special ceremonies were part of OC’s annual Homecoming weekend. The honorees were:

College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Filleman (05) - Music
Amanda Gauthier (11) - Nursing
Jennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family Studies
Russell Hill (93) - History and Political Science
Lisa Landrum (89) - Biological Sciences
Dana McMichael (83) - Language and Literature
Brian Simmons (87) - Communication
Roy Stevens (79) - Chemistry and Physics
Megan Wilkes (09) - Art and Design

College of Biblical Studies

Chris Stinnett (87) - Alumnus of the Year
Jeremie Beller (00) - Preaching/Ministry
David Duncan (88) - Missions
Josh Yaeger (04) - Youth Ministry 

College of Professional Studies

Jeff Dimick (83) - Mathematical, Computer, and Information Science
Jeremy Edwards (97) - Business Administration
Ben Knowles (00) - Mechanical Engineering
Tessa Tefertiller (95) - Teacher Education
Mitch Warren (05) - Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Sat, 03 Nov 2012 00:46:00 CDT 3cf2b8be-4c58-4482-8ee0-ce5ba103a9ae
Oklahoma Christian nursing program seeking continued CCNE accreditation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-nursing-program-seeking-continued-ccne-accreditation/ Public Announcement
The Oklahoma Christian University nursing program is seeking continued nursing professional accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Oklahoma Christian University will host a site CCNE accreditation visit on October 1-3, 2012.

As an autonomous nursing professional accrediting agency, the CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate nursing programs. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective education practices. 

As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education. 

Accreditation by CCNE in essence holds nursing programs accountable to the community of interest – the nursing profession, consumer, employers, higher education, students and their families – and to one another by ensuring the program curriculum is appropriate to prepare individuals to fulfill their expected roles within the nursing profession. 

The OC Nursing Program invites anyone who wishes to learn more about the nursing program and its mission, goals and curriculum objectives to contact Director of Nursing Linda Fly at (405) 425-1920 or at nursing@oc.edu

As part of the procedural process, all affected parties (students, alumni, faculty and the community at interest) are encouraged to provide written input into the deliberations of an evaluation team. In October, the CCNE evaluators will be on OC campus to review the program and determine its eligibility for CCNE accreditation. 

Any specific written and signed third-party comments relating to the accreditation process will be accepted by CCNE. All third-party comments can be directed to the CCNE home office at the address listed below.

Ms. Lori Schroeder, Associate Director
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120
(202) 887-6791
(202) 887-8476 (fax)
www.aacn.nche.edu

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Mon, 17 Sep 2012 09:00:00 CDT bcf6a66d-a2fe-475c-8791-38bbe94f71fe
OC Named "A Best in The West" College by The Princeton Review http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-named-a-best-in-the-west-college-by-the-princeton-review/ Oklahoma Christian University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We are honored to be ranked among the best universities in the West region,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. “This is a reflection of the hard work of our dedicated faculty, staff and students.”

For this project, The Princeton Review asked students attending the schools to rate their own colleges on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food—and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life.

“We’re pleased to recommend Oklahoma Christian to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their degree,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s publisher. “We chose it mainly for its excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. 

The Princeton Review also takes into account what students at the schools reported about their campus experiences on an 80-question student survey for this project.  Only schools that permit the group to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for the regional “Best” lists. 

The 121 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the West” list are located in 15 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Collectively, the 629 colleges named “regional best” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

Last year The Princeton Review also named Oklahoma Christian as one of the top 50 undergraduate gaming design programs in the nation. It was the only one in Oklahoma to make the list.

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Hinds' family part of OC's northwest pipeline http://www.oc.edu/news/r/hinds-family-part-of-oc-s-northwest-pipeline/ If every first-time college parent could sit at the feet of Paul and Julie Hinds of Portland, Oregon, they’d get a calming perspective in the midst of the frantic season of applications, scholarships amounts, interest rates, deadlines, campus visits and separation anxiety.

With six daughters, they’ve been there, done that … and have drawers full of OC t-shirts to prove it. Youngest daughter Emily graduated with an OC nursing degree this year, which marked the 20th anniversary of sending their first daughter to college.

The Hinds are just one family in OC’s Pacific Northwest pipeline. Among the hundreds of students who have come inland to Oklahoma City, four families by the last name of Hinds (including three brothers – Paul, Tom and James) have combined to send 10 children to OC. Fourth brother, John, actually started the trend when he came to OC himself in 1995.

Granted, the Hinds have written many checks for tuition, room and board to Oklahoma Christian, but Paul sees it as an investment that has eternal dividends.

“OC has a unique sense of family and personal engagement between faculty and students to help guide one’s sense of mission in life. The OC culture is attractive to us, and our kids have benefitted greatly,” Paul said from his office at Hinds Instruments, a company that manufactures a broad range of instrumentation for evaluating polarization and light. (The company has hired several OC engineering graduates).

Paul said their girls were able to cover, on average, about 35 percent of their college education with summer jobs, scholarships and savings. Paul and Julie, through a mix of college loans and their own funds, helped with the rest.

“We told each daughter, ‘You do everything you possibly can, mom and dad will do the same, and the Lord will work it all out.’ And He did,” Paul said.

Still, in swapping notes with other parents who have sent children to state schools or other private schools, Paul said he doesn’t feel they’ve paid a premium at OC. He said that is especially true when considering the quality of education received by his daughters, a brother, nieces and nephews, and OC grads hired by their second-generation business.

Paul offers tips for going through the process of choosing college and weighing the investment of a Christian education. He encourages parents to pray unceasingly … and to pick up a new book by OC alumnus Brian Simmons, “Wandering in the Wilderness.” It discusses the faith journeys of young people from the time they leave high school through their 20s.

“Reading through the book helped me appreciate in a new way this stage of life and how OC’s administration, faculty and environment help support our young people during this critical period in their lives,” Paul said.

The Hinds family takes a long view of legacy – not just from one generation to the next, but for the children of their children’s children. It is a legacy of faith: how to faithfully live, how to defend the faith and how to advance the Kingdom.

Paul and his wife, Julie, took a holistic approach to discipling their children, with Christian higher education being a major tenet of their plan.

It will be their grandchildren’s turn before too long. With eight grandkids so far, Paul and Julie want to help send them (and their grandchildren’s grandchildren) to college, hopefully to OC.

“It is not about us and what we can do. It’s about helping the next generation and seeing them use their talents in their careers, homes, communities and the church,” Paul said. “The Lord has blessed us, and whether he chooses to bless us or refine us, may he find us faithful.”

By Dawn Shelton

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Nursing alumna provides aid during Joplin tornado relief http://www.oc.edu/news/r/nursing-alumna-provides-aid-during-joplin-tornado-relief/ imageWe received notification from 2010 alumna Whitney McRay’s father, Todd McRay.

On Sunday, when Whitney heard the pleas for medical personnel to go to Joplin, Mo., to help with tornado victims, she grabbed her Mercy Hospital nurse badge and stethoscope and headed to Joplin. She was directed to an AM/PM Clinic, where she found total chaos. She introduced herself to the lead doctor and he put her to work. She stayed until 1:00 a.m. helping hundreds of battered and injured people. 

We are proud that our alumni find ways to use their education to be a blessing to those in need. Whitney, thank you for exemplifying the light that we hope our OC graduates will shine to the world!

To find out more information about OC’s nursing program, click here.

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Thu, 26 May 2011 09:05:00 CDT 9edc8bcc-17ff-4517-901c-462782c71dff
OC Nursing graduates exceed state and national pass rates for RN exam http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc_nursing_graduates_exceed_state_and_national_pass_rates_for_rn_exam/ Oklahoma Christian University’s nursing graduates had a higher pass rate for their registered nursing exam than the state and national averages in 2009. The Oklahoma Christian graduates had a pass rate of 88.89 percent on their National Council Licensure Examination, while the state and national pass rates were 86.67 percent and 88.42 percent, respectively.

According to Lindy Fly, director of nursing and assistant professor, the credit goes to the faculty that serve in the nursing program.

“We are so blessed to have Kay Elder, Beth Scott, Shawna Hood and Becky O’Neal as nursing faculty,” Fly said. “Each one of them strives for excellence in the classroom and in the accompanying clinical components. The pass rates are reflective of their dedication to instill the professional practice of nursing into every student.

“In addition, the 2009 graduates are all now working in various hospitals, and the nursing department has received numerous ‘good reports’ of their professionalism and integrity within their nursing practice.”

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Hobbes family on a mission http://www.oc.edu/news/r/hobbes-family-on-a-mission/ Through the years, mission work and evangelism have taken the Hobbes family all over the world – from Washington, D.C., to Oklahoma City … from Guatemala to California.

Today, sharing the Gospel remains a big part of the family tradition. Pancho, who spent 12 years as a missionary in Guatemala, is the mission minister at an inner-city congregation. His wife, Lera, helps with the women’s ministry there. And their four children regularly go on mission campaigns.

But now, when they spread the word about the Christian life, they also talk about the impact Oklahoma Christian has made on their family. And their passion has built a pipeline from northern California that has blessed their kids with a lot of friends and familiar faces on the OC campus.

Of course, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t hard sending Ben and their oldest daughter, Miriam, off to college thousands of miles away.

“Losing our son and first daughter was rough. It was like a punch in the stomach,” Lera said. “But we were so excited because we always wanted them to get a Christian education. We believed in OC and we had friends in Oklahoma, so that took some of the angst out of it.”

Ben and Miriam just graduated from OC. Ben was a mass communication major who had an award-winning radio show and played varsity basketball at OC. Miriam was a nursing major whose interests were a perfect match with courses that send students to practice in Honduras.

“I appreciate the way OC combines exactly what I’m looking for – my love for missions and service and medical care,” Miriam said. “And I love that OC is welcoming to every continent. A lot of times, college students will stay in their shell, but we have a chance to really connect with the international students that OC brings in.”

Ben and Miriam were joined last year by their sister, Rachel, who also plans a career in medicine. The Hobbes’ youngest daughter, Rebecca, hits campus next year … along with several friends from her California bible camp.

“We know our kids will be making big decisions in this time of their lives,” Pancho said. “Good teaching is so important because we want them to be challenged and supported. OC has a healthy environment with caring faculty who are so helpful, and it’s a place where they’ll make friends that last forever.”

Besides the academic, spiritual and social support system his children have at OC, Pancho said the upgrades and growth on campus and in the Oklahoma City metro area also made an impact: “It showed that they weren’t resting on their laurels, but had a vision to grow for the future,” he said.

Of course, Pancho and Lera are playing a direct role in that growth by sending their four kids to Oklahoma Christian, and planting the seed in many other teens that have chosen OC. Though their commitment comes with financial sacrifices (OC hasn’t put them on the recruiting payroll just yet!), they believe the sacrifices are worth it. And they’ll share that belief with anyone who will listen.

“Your child’s faith is going to be challenged wherever they are,” Lera said. “We know OC isn’t perfect, but it gives our kids the last vestige of a concentrated Christian environment before they go out into the world – not as protection, but as preparation. OC’s a good place for them.”

By Wes McKinzie

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Academics, faith and making a difference http://www.oc.edu/news/r/academics-faith-and-making-a-difference/ “If you are looking to change the world, OC is a great place to start.”

You might expect to get such a statement in a cool magazine like Parent View. After all, it is designed by Oklahoma Christian in hopes of encouraging parents to send their kids to the university we love.

But when you hear that from a student … and he says it almost as an understatement … you know it was a genuine assessment that came from the heart.

That’s marketing you really can’t buy.

KC Thomas said it. KC, the son of Steve and Nancy Thomas, just earned his degree in electrical engineering from OC. Nancy, by the way, is an RN who works in OC’s health center and takes care of students when they’re ill.

KC concluded that OC is a great, world-changing launching pad after seeing how the students themselves will organize projects – like Wishing Well (a project to raise money to provide fresh water wells in Africa) – and participate in prayer sessions, accountability groups and late-night devotionals.

“The university is progressive to let us look for ways to grow and change and find our own faith,” KC said.

His mom agrees. In fact, she says that is one of the reasons she and her husband planned for their son and daughter, Lacey, a nursing major, to attend OC.

“Academics and education for our children have always been priorities for Steve and me. We always prayed that our children would come into their own faith and be independent,” Nancy said. “OC gives them that platform so they can ask questions and be taught and mentored by faculty who show their faith in everything that they do.”

Steve and Nancy believe their plan is working. They’ve seen their family conversations become deeper and flavored with more spiritual maturity. Nancy said her kids have even taught her new things that they have learned in their Bible classes.

She also says she has heard a few “horror stories” from friends whose kids are at other schools where partying (and more partying) is emphasized.

Lacey, who was selected as a Spring Sing hostess as an OC freshman, agrees. She couldn’t possibly be more enthusiastic about OC.

She didn’t even mind freshman curfew! That’s because it was when she and her friends from the dorm knew they would get together to talk about the day. They studied together, prayed together ... and of course, just had fun.

“I know these girls will be my friends for the rest of my life,” Lacey said.

The opportunities at OC have not come without planning and sacrifice. The kids grew up eating off-brand cereal, wearing clearance-rack clothes and riding around in older cars (giving kids at school many ribbing opportunities).

It was a strategy to be good stewards of their money and to keep materialism at bay. It was also what we parents like to call “characterbuilding” exercises.

“They may not see the value yet, but I see the people they are becoming,” Nancy said.

Both KC and Lacey have been on mission trips to Honduras and Mexico. Lacey spent a month in the African country of Ghana in 2008.

KC participated in a summer Vienna Studies program.

“He came home with so much more confidence and a greater appreciation for his values and beliefs,” Steve said.

Having an OC education is part of Steve and Nancy’s long-term vision for their family. A vision that could change the world.

By Dawn Shelton

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Nursing students in Honduras http://www.oc.edu/news/r/nursing_students_in_honduras/ Nursing and Biology students from OC went to Honduras during their summer vacations to serve and use their skills to assist at the medical mission, Predisan. This clip is from a report on their work by a local TV news station, Telecab.

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Thu, 07 Aug 2008 07:08:00 CDT a4e36462-5496-4270-b135-6c14d82d5d7d
Nursing Program Accreditation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/nursing_program_accreditation/ Linda Fly, Director of Nursing at Oklahoma Christian University, received word earlier today that the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education has approved OC’s Nursing program for a full five years, which is the maximum period possible for accreditation. 

Many congratulations to the Nursing Program!  To learn more about Nursing at OC, click here

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Thu, 17 Apr 2008 03:04:00 CDT f9f5455d-4663-4a4c-8d20-8c5fd6243a5e
Arts and Sciences Dean's Award recipients http://www.oc.edu/news/r/college_of_arts_and_sciences_announces_deans_award_recipients/ Dr. David Lowry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, announces the recipients of this year’s Dean’s Award.  The Dean’s Award is given at the end of the school year to recognize outstanding students from each department.  A small reception for faculty, family, and friends was held on Friday, April 11, at 4:00 p.m. to honor these students. 

Art & Design
The Art & Design Department has selected two recipients to receive the 2008 Dean’s Award.  The first recipient is Jacob Berkin.  Jacob is a senior ART BFA major.  He exemplifies strong leadership in the department, and students often seek and trust his fair and open-minded insights.  Jacob is always willing to lend a hand and help in order to get a project done.  He is a person of action who has started a company with some friends.  He maintains a positive outlook is a hard worker. 

The second recipient is Whitney Parker.  Whitney is a senior Graphic Design/Illustration major; she is a talented and gifted artist and designer. Aside from school and her participation in Pi Zeta Phi service club, Whitney has been instrumental in the creation and development of Wishing Well, a non profit organization that uses art and other creative means to raise money for clean water wells in Africa. She has a heart for helping others; she also is a leader in the department, an organizer, and motivator. She is always upbeat, has a positive outlook and is very hard-working.

Biology
The Biology Department is pleased to recognize Cassandra Tyler as the Dean’s Award winner.  Excellence is a rare commodity by definition and Cassie Tyler pursues excellence in both her academic and athletic endeavors.  She has been named an NAIA Scholar Athlete and placed on ESPN the Magazine’s Academic All-America College Division soccer team for 2006 and 2007.  Cassie was awarded the Perry Don McBroom Math and Science Scholarship and has been a member of the Alpha Chi honor society.  She has been a member of the Pi Zeta Phi social service club and studied abroad with the Vienna Studies Program in 2006.  In addition to her participation with the OC Soccer team, she has worked as a laboratory assistant in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center where she worked to crystallize trypanosomal RNA.  She will be starting medical school in the Fall of 2008.

Chemistry & Physics
Amelia Enix is receiving the Dean’s Award from the Chemistry and Physics Department.  Amelia is originally from the state of Florida, but more recently is from St. Louis, where she attended high school.  She will be graduating in December and hopes to attend graduate school to study physical chemistry beginning in the Fall of 2009.  She has particular interest in Vanderbilt University in Nashville and Oxford University in England.  Amelia is also interested in exploring pharmacy and will be working as a pharmacy technician after graduating from OC and before graduate school.  She has served as a Teaching Assistant in General Chemistry and has co-authored a toxicology informational article with Dr. Luttrell that will be published in the Journal of Chemical Health and Safety.

Communication
The Dean’s Award for Communication goes to Dacia Dodson.  As a broadcast journalism major, Dacia served as a reporter and the assignment editor for the campus news station, Eagle Angle.  Outside the classroom, she participated in a number of activities including the service club Pi Zeta Phi and Relay for Life.  Dacia serves as The National Broadcast Society’s Vice President of Fundraising for the OC chapter.  In the summer of 2007, she was given the opportunity to intern at The Oklahoman in the Multi-Media Department and currently is employed as a full-time online editor.  Dacia is graduating Magna Cum Laude at the end of April and plans to continue her education, earning a masters degree in business or communication.

History & Political Science
The Dean’s Award for History and Political Science goes to Elaine Ekpo.  Elaine is one of the Honors students and a History/Pre-law major, who will graduate in December, 2008.  She spent the 2007 fall term at Wycliffe Hall at Oxford University as part of the CCCU Scholars’ Semester in Oxford.  During that very rigorous term, she researched and wrote a number of papers, earning excellent marks in the process.  A member of Phi Alpha Theta, she presented a paper at the Phi Alpha Theta Oklahoma Regional Conference last year and presented one of her Oxford papers at the same conference on Saturday, March 8.  She is planning on attending law school in her home state of California.

Language & Literature
Paul Mitchell is the recipient of the Dean’s Award for the Language and Literature Department and is a most deserving student.  He has been published twice this year, has been accepted to and attended the national Sigma Tau Delta Conference three years in a row.  Paul served as Writing Center Director this year, and has been a Writing Center tutor for 3 years.  He was an assistant editor for the Language and Literature Department’s publication, Soundings, for three years and for “Skinny Voice” for two years.  Paul has directed and acted in many theater productions while maintaining a high GPA.  We are proud to call him a graduate of the Language & Literature Department.

Music
Adam Bruce is the recipient of the Music Award.  Adam has served as the Oklahoma Christian University Symphonic Band President from 2006-2008, as the Symphonic Band Chaplain during 2005-2006, and he was named the Outstanding Band Member from 2005-2007.  Adam is also a member of the OC Jazz Ensemble, the Sweat Band, and the Percussion Ensemble.  During 2006-07, he was Kappa Sigma Tau’s Rush Director, and he has also been selected as a Whose Who Among American College Students recipient.  Adam’s numerous other activities include serving as the Spring Sing Band Director in 2006, playing in the Oklahoma Community Orchestra, performing in the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps, the Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps and performing with OMEA Collegiate Honor Band in 2006 and 2008.  He is also a Gateway World Percussion Adjunct Instructor and a Marching and Concert Band instructor/arranger for Edmond Memorial High School.  He received the Joni Rice Memorial Percussion Award in 2006 and is a member of the Pi Lambda Theta Honor Society for Education Majors.  His honors in 2005 include being named as the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps Outstanding Percussionist, performing with the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Small College Honor Band at Lincoln Center in NYC, being named the Redbud Jazz Festival Outstanding Soloist, and being selected as Oklahoma Christian University’s Outstanding Freshman Music Major in 2004-2005.  He is scheduled to graduate in December 2008.

Nursing
Christy Hallock is a Senior Nursing major at Oklahoma Christian University and is the receiver of the Dean’s Award from Nursing.  This is Christy’s second degree at Oklahoma Christian.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Biology in 2005.  While earning her first degree at Oklahoma Christian, Christy was involved in the social service club of Gamma Rho, where she served as Rush director in 2004 and as Vice President in 2005.  After the 2005 fall semester, Christy made the decision to continue with Oklahoma Christian in their efforts to build their own Nursing Program, and she was accepted into Oklahoma Christian’s first nursing class in the summer of 2006.  She was voted Class President by her peers and serves her class and the faculty as a connection between the two.  She, along with other officers, have been raising money and planning for Oklahoma Christian’s Inaugural Pinning Ceremony for the past year and a half.  She is currently employed by OU Medical Center at The Children’s Hospital on the Surgical Unit as a Nurse Partner.  After graduation, Christy plans on working for The Children’s Hospital on the Surgical Unit.  Christy states that her decision to come back to Oklahoma Christian for Nursing School has definitely been guided and blessed by God. 

Psychology and Family Studies
Mikiko Imura’s home is in Sapporo, which is located in the northern island of Japan.  She first came to Oklahoma four years ago to study business at UCO, but she transferred to OC in the spring of 2006.  When Mikiko took Psychology to fulfill her general education requirement, she soon realized how interested she was in the subject.  She is a member of Psi Chi, the Psychology Club.  Mikiko reports none of her family members have had the experience of studying abroad; none of them even know what Psychology is, so it is a great wonder to her that she is at OC, majoring in psychology. Even though her family members don’t know about psychology, they are very supportive of Mikiko achieving an education, and she really appreciates their support.  After Mikiko graduates this summer, she plans to work for one year and then go to a graduate school to study environmental psychology.

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