OC News http://www.oc.edu/news RSS Feed Winter Instrumental Concert set for Valentine’s Day http://www.oc.edu/news/r/winter-instrumental-concert-set-for-valentines-day/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music will host its Winter Instrumental Concert on Sunday, Feb. 14.

This annual concert showcases OC’s Symphonic Band, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.

Selections for the Symphonic Band will include John Barnes Chance’s “Variation on a Korean Folk Song” and Robert Russell Bennett’s “Symphonic Songs for Band.”

The Chamber Orchestra will perform Gabrieli’s “Canzona Per Sonare #4,” “Alpharetta” by Nunez, “Lover’s Waltz” by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, and John Williams’ “Throne Room Theme” from Star Wars. 

The Jazz Ensemble selections include “Malaguena,” “Jazz Police,” “I’m Beginning to See the Light” and “L’il Darlin’,” and include performances by feature vocalists Kandyce Everett on “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine” and Kendall Haliburton on “Blue Moon.”

The concert is free and open to the public. It will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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

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

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Fri, 12 Feb 2016 16:00:00 CST 753e813e-399e-417e-b1ae-7e83079c104c
Valentine Cabaret to feature Broadway songs http://www.oc.edu/news/r/valentine-cabaret-to-feature-broadway-songs/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – The Oklahoma Christian University (OC) Department of Music is creating an evening of songs from Broadway tunes at the 2016 Valentine Cabaret.

The production, which runs Feb. 9 and 11-13, features 31 songs from 22 Broadway musicals.

Terry Attebery is the show’s director. She said the variety of songs from different shows will entertain and engage the audience by mixing new music and familiar pieces fitted to the Valentine’s Day theme.

“There will be shows and songs people recognize and some new things they won’t know,” Attebery said. “It covers all aspects of love – love isn’t always just good.”

Sixteen student performers make up this year’s cast, which features eight men and eight women vocalists along with four instrumentalists. The students are Kayti Alvarez, Tyler Clark, Emily Dick, Hannah Duvall, Patricia Jeffries, Austin Jones, Jabbarri Jones, Hannah Lessly, Peter Miller, Taylor Murphy, Andrea Ochoa, Tess Rudasill, Matthew Russell, Amanda Smith, Sean Steele and Nathan Taylor.

A few changes are in store for this year’s Valentine Cabaret. In addition to the traditional piano, the performances will feature a bass and drum synthesizer combination, and professional lighting.

Attebery said he is sure concertgoers will enjoy the new additions to the 2016 production.

“I think the audience will like the variety of the Cabaret this year,” Attebery said. “I hope they go away absolutely, thoroughly entertained.”

The Valentine Cabaret begins at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the OC Box Office or at www.oc.edu/cabaret.

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

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

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Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:00 CST 8471c299-3a8e-453d-841e-2e0f5b28e7c5
OC, NextThought partner on innovative computer science course http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-nextthought-partner-on-innovative-computer-science-course/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A new hybrid course in Oklahoma Christian University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science opened to rave student reviews in the fall.

OC partnered with premium online learning solutions provider NextThought, LLC, to offer students this hybrid course, a combination of online and in-class delivery.

“We achieved a high level of student engagement. Students liked the approach and felt like they learned more about computer science,” said David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement. “I believe using this approach allowed the class to contain twice as much material as would have been presented in the traditional delivery model. We must keep finding better ways to deliver the ever-expanding world of computer science.”

Most of the 35 students enrolled in the Software Engineering I course were freshmen. This unique educational experience was the first of several new courses in OC’s newly revised Computer Science curriculum.

“At first, a course that was both online and in-person seemed odd, but it was actually one of the best class experiences I’ve had,” sophomore Andrew Vines said. “Everything was laid out intuitively by Professor North, so it was easy to know what was required of me for each class period. Not only that, NextThought was actually fun to use, a first for any online course tool I’ve used … and I’ve used a lot.”

The course featured about 150 graded assignments, more than 80 short videos to view and 50 short articles to read outside of class. In addition to the software features, the students benefited from weekly online discussions with 30 OC alumni on topics ranging from cybersecurity to web app development.

“I’m excited about how OC is preparing students to embrace learning not just in the traditional academic sense, but also in the ability to learn from your peers, colleagues and the computer science community as a whole,” said OC alumnus Spencer Goad, senior software developer at American Energy Partners. “The opportunity for students to engage with alumni and ask questions about how the concepts taught in the classroom apply in the ‘real world’ was amazing. And it wasn’t just the students who were learning things; it was cool to see how my fellow alumni are using the same technologies and methodologies in their various jobs that I am.”

All of the online course content and the support of the interaction between the students and alumni were enabled by NextThought’s platform.

“The experience was fantastic and dynamic, from start to finish,” junior Jonathan Troyer said. “I honestly appreciated the hard work put into the content and the hard work put into presenting the content. The level of accessibility was amazing and helped immensely. The fluid structure of the course helped me stay focused and on track.”

The NextThought partnership is the latest initiative to connect OC computer science students with local industry. Students in OC’s advanced Software Engineering courses have developed projects for Hobby Lobby and Adfitech in recent years.

“OC’s focus on connected learning in and out of the classroom has created a unique and more productive learning experience. This is a special project with exciting potential, consistent with OC’s values and strengths for online learning,” NextThought co-founder and chief executive officer Ken Parker said. “We are social learners, but many online experiences do not connect us to other people or content in a meaningful way. The computer science course has connected students to layers of community that will help maximize the education experience.”

Founded in 2011, NextThought works with a number of leading universities and professional education organizations around the world. The Oklahoma-based company employs approximately 40 developers, learning designers, content specialists and video production professionals. Parker is a 1983 summa cum laude graduate of Oklahoma Christian and an executive committee member on OC’s Board of Trustees.

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

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

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:45:00 CST 0a5a8d91-a924-4344-b19f-cafd234f83b5
OC’s Miller named Edmond Citizen of the Year http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-miller-named-edmond-citizen-of-the-year/ The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce named Oklahoma Christian University professor Dr. Ken Miller as its 2015 Citizen of the Year at its annual awards banquet.

Miller teaches classes in OC’s College of Business Administration and Graduate School of Business in addition to serving as Oklahoma’s state treasurer.

A former state representative, Miller was honored for devoting his life to public service and distinguishing himself in banking, education and legislative service.

“I was stunned and embarrassed by the honor because my work is no more important than many others throughout our community; it’s just that my job is more in the public eye,” Miller said. “Being a member of the OC family has long been a reason for the community’s support of me in my public service. This recognition has as much to do with my work at Oklahoma Christian as my work at the State Capitol.”

As a teacher, Miller has been honored with the “Who’s Who Among American Teachers” award and the Merrick Foundation Award for Excellence in Teaching Free Enterprise.

As treasurer, he manages more than $22 billion of taxpayer money each year, safeguards the financial health of the state, promotes responsible fiscal policy and operates the state’s unclaimed property program.

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Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:00:00 CST 0ed37646-e075-47b0-86dd-04ca610e1369
OC reaches $5.6M goal for new café, coffee shop http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-reaches-5-6m-goal-for-new-cafe-coffee-shop/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Last year, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) students had more than a quarter of a million dollars in their hands to support a campus fundraising project. The students’ pick, a new campus café, is now fully funded through $5.6 million pledged toward OC’s student dining facilities.

In addition to the $275,000 student-directed gift, OC reached the fundraising goal thanks to a $1 million donation by food service provider U Dining, a $1 million grant from the Mabee Foundation and more than $3 million in additional support from the Gaylord Foundation and individual donors.

“This was the ideal fundraising project. Our students wanted an enhanced dining experience and comfortable, caffeinated friendship space, and our donors generously invested to make it happen,” President John deSteiguer said. “The new dining facility and coffee shop will make our park-like campus even more like home for our students, faculty, staff and guests.”

OC officials have identified the northwest corner of the Gaylord University Center as the location for the new campus café. The 15,872-square-foot facility will feature modern food stations and diverse seating options for students in a scenic, open space that looks out on Lawson Commons, the McGraw Pavilion and the Freede Centennial Tower.

The project will allow Oklahoma Christian to preserve its existing banquet hall, which hosts special events for the university and the surrounding community throughout the year.

Located in the second floor atrium of OC’s Mabee Learning Center, the coffee shop will feature a relaxing gathering area and collaborative study rooms. Construction timelines for both projects will be announced at a later date.

“We are so grateful to our donors for making this project a reality,” Vice President for Advancement Kent Allen said. “This is a game changer for our campus community.”

Eleven projects have been fully funded through OC’s Thrive campaign since its launch in June 2014. More than 6,000 donors have given almost $22 million overall toward this student-focused endeavor, which emphasizes building projects and programmatic efforts that quickly and directly impact OC’s campus experience and spiritual environment.

An anonymous $2 million gift is helping fund multiple Thrive projects, including the launch of OC’s Ethos spiritual life initiative. A $1 million commitment by Benton and Paula Baugh of Houston, Texas, provided strategic initiative funds for OC’s reorganized College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Funding also is complete for: Das Millicanhaus, OC’s living-learning facility in Vienna, Austria; the renovation of Cail Auditorium in OC’s Davisson American Heritage Building; strategic initiative funds for OC’s new College of Natural and Health Sciences; an overhaul of campus fitness equipment, including “The Dub,” a modernized fitness center in the Payne Athletic Center; renovation of select student apartments; high-definition projection systems in Hardeman Auditorium and Judd Theatre; the 2014-15 general scholarship fund; and a strategic planning fund.

“As students, we’re very excited for the many opportunities being made available to us through the Thrive projects,” student body president Zekariah McNeal said. “Students know that projects such as the new café and coffee shop will help make our campus culture even better in future years. We’re thankful and excited for what is to come.”

More information about donating toward Thrive initiatives is available at oc.edu/thrive.

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

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

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Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 CST 90bfcfe3-5f07-458d-b016-689f95c88031
Olympic civil rights icons to speak at OC http://www.oc.edu/news/r/olympic-civil-rights-icons-to-speak-at-oc/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – With medals around the necks and their fists held high in the air, Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos became civil rights icons. On Monday, Feb. 8, they will come to Oklahoma Christian University to share their story of protest, passion and pain at OC’s annual History Speaks lecture.

Smith won the gold medal and Carlos earned bronze in the 200-meter final at the 1968 Summer Olympic Games. As the Star-Spangled Banner played during the medal ceremony, they raised their black-gloved fists to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the United States.

“The photo of them standing with their fists in the air is one of the most iconic photos in the last 50 years,” said Gary Jones, OC’s multicultural and service learning coordinator. “This is a story that transcends generations.”

Smith and Carlos were sent home from the Olympics after the protest. For many years, they battled social and personal repercussions for their actions, including unemployment and placement on the FBI watch list.

This event will be one of their rare appearances together since the 1968 Olympics. Jones said their story draws comparisons to recent controversy and shines a light on the nation’s current cultural climate.

“They will share their story and offer insight on systemic issues of race that have yet to be resolved in America,” Jones said. “Even though some progress has been made, we still have a long way to go. The similarities between their experiences and what is happening in America today really attest to that.”

After the Olympics, both Smith and Carlos played in the NFL. Smith went on to become a professor and Carlos coached high school track and field. Today, Smith and Carlos are members of the National Track and Field Hall of Fame and have finally received recognition for their courageous actions in 1968. They received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the 2008 ESPYs.

History Speaks, part of OC’s McGaw Lecture Series, will be held in Hardeman Auditorium at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance at www.oc.edu/historyspeaks. For more information, call (405) 425-5900 or email gary.jones@oc.edu.

OC’s past guests for the History Speaks series include Carlotta Walls LaNier and Terrence Roberts of the “Little Rock Nine,” civil rights pioneer Claudette Colvin, and Fred Gray, the attorney for Colvin, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others.

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

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

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:30:00 CST 6647b61a-37c8-4264-bfe8-ee3e507a9962
IFC Dialogues feature John Roberto http://www.oc.edu/news/r/ifc-dialogues-feature-john-roberto/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – John Roberto has spent his career delving into the formation of the Christian faith, and now he’ll bring his expertise to Oklahoma Christian University (OC) for the Intergenerational Faith Center Dialogues on Monday, Feb. 1.

Roberto is the founder and president of Lifelong Faith Associates as well as a noted speaker and author. His literary work includes Generations of Faith Resource Manual: Lifelong Faith for the Whole Parish Community.

Professor of Bible Dudley Chancey said Roberto’s lecture, titled Reimagining Faith Formation, will offer valuable tools for Christians of all ages striving to connect to different generations in the church.

“He is going to talk about faith formation and how Christians can work to transmit our faith to the next generation,” Chancey said. “His lecture will offer suggested practices in a church setting and answer questions like, ‘How do you practically pass your faith along?’”

Chancey founded OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center to research faith and families and how those messages can be passed down to younger generations. Previous speakers at the IFC Dialogues include David Kinnaman, Gabe Lyons, Dr. John Westerhoff and Dr. Holly Allen.

The IFC Dialogues are hosted by OC’s Intergenerational Faith Center and Memorial Road Church of Christ. Roberto was scheduled to be the keynote speaker last year, but could not come due to illness.

Chancey said Roberto’s expertise is applicable to people of all beliefs looking to share consistent faith and values across multiple generations.

The IFC Dialogues will begin at 7 p.m. in Adams Recital Hall. The event is free to the public, but tickets must be reserved in advance. For more information, visit www.oc.edu/ifc.

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

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

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 10:30:00 CST b8238be5-ecf3-433d-8677-f0467b744e34
AT&T contribution supports OC’s Bridge Program http://www.oc.edu/news/r/at-t-contribution-supports-oc-bridge-program/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – AT&T Oklahoma awarded $20,000 to Oklahoma Christian University’s Bridge Program, which provides students with the academic and emotional support needed to succeed at the college level.

The contribution is AT&T’s third to OC’s Bridge Program in the past six years. AT&T contributed $15,000 to the program in both 2011 and 2013.

“AT&T is a member of the communities it serves,” said Jan Moran, external affairs, AT&T. “We invest in education because we believe it makes our communities stronger, safer and more economically sustainable, which is why we are proud to support Oklahoma Christian’s Bridge Program.”

Oklahoma Christian launched the Bridge Program in 2006 to serve students who enter the university with an ACT score of 18 or below. The program’s mentoring and tutoring relationships help students successfully meet OC’s academic standards.

“The Bridge Program and its wonderful staff have helped me have confidence in my academics, and to strive to be the best I can be,” said David Young, a freshman from Lubbock, Texas, who won the Bridge Program’s Outstanding Student Award for Overall Academic Excellence last fall.

The Bridge Program operates under the umbrella of OC’s Student Success Center, which offers a variety of services to promote personal and academic responsibility.

AT&T has a long history of investing in projects that create learning opportunities, promote academic and economic achievement, or address community needs. AT&T Aspire has contributed more than $250 million to drive innovation in education since 2008.

“Through AT&T Aspire, our signature education initiative, we’re proud to support opportunities like Oklahoma Christian’s Bridge program, which helps students grow the skill sets they will need to succeed in college and in their career,” said Steve Hahn, president, AT&T Oklahoma.

This $20,000 contribution from AT&T will help provide funding for Bridge mentors in Intermediate Algebra courses and Math Advisory sessions. It also will help the Student Success Center move toward its goal of a maximum two-to-one ratio of students to mentors in its weekly personal tutoring sessions.

“Our Bridge students benefit from the additional support provided through mentoring and tutoring, along with the development of other personal connections at OC,” Associate Director of Student Success Lannea Pemberton said. “The mentors also benefit from the leadership experience. We want to develop excellent students and future leaders who will graduate and give back to their communities.”

As part of its continued commitment to academic development and excellence, Oklahoma Christian identified the Student Success Center as its Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative.

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

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

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Fri, 22 Jan 2016 09:30:00 CST 01da2ed3-6a8f-477f-9c4e-65f8f2feb022
OC hosts Judah and the Lion for benefit concert Jan. 30 http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-judah-the-lion-for-benefit-concert-jan-30/ The Nashville, Tennessee-based band Judah and the Lion will bring its fast-paced “folk-hop” sound to Oklahoma Christian University Jan. 30. The band was just named to the lineup for the popular Bonnaroo music festival and spent last year opening for Ben Rector’s tour.

Event organizers are hoping the band’s growing popularity will be a great way to raise funds for OC’s University Counseling Center, which provides mental and social health resources for students. Edmond native and OC student Parker LaMascus has helped lead students and staff in raising money to cover the event’s costs so concert proceeds could be donated.

“I’ve had friends struggle with problems in college and life, and the UCC is such a great resource for us here at OC,” LaMascus said. “We wanted to organize a great event with a band that would attract a lot of people so UCC can do even more. Judah and the Lion are known for putting on a high-energy show that you won’t forget. We’re honored to host them.”

The concert begins at 7 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Tickets are $15 and can be ordered at www.oc.edu/judah or by calling (405) 425-6310.

Judah and the Lion came together in 2011. Singer and guitarist Judah Akers met mandolinist Brian Macdonald and banjo player Nate Zuercher through friends in the Belmont University music scene. Spencer Cross later joined the group on drums. The group’s sound has been compared to Mumford and Sons, though the members use the label “folk pop.” The group’s “Sweet Tennessee” EP launched them into the Top 20 of the Billboard bluegrass and folk charts. Judah and the Lion’s first album was 2014’s “Kids These Days,” and the band’s newest album, “Folk, Hop’ N Roll,” debuts March 5.

The group has received praise from USA Today, Relix, NPR and CMT, and the members have performed in a number of music festivals. The band is listed as a headliner with Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors at the Natural Life and Music Festival in March in Jacksonville, Florida. According to NPR’s World Café program, “there is no way you can leave a concert with Judah and the Lion without feeling better than when you arrived.”

“Judah and the Lion have a strong following among college students,” OC student events coordinator Amanda Watson said. “We’ve been selling tickets to a number of people on and off the campus. We truly want this to be a community event.” 

Other students helping to organize the concert include participants in OC’s President’s Leadership Class. The PLC includes a select group of students selected as freshmen due to their previous civic engagement and their dedication to future community leadership.

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Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:30:00 CST 50e27d2b-36e7-4044-b846-c69febf792f1
OC to present degrees at fall commencement ceremonies http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-to-present-degrees-at-fall-commencement-ceremonies/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 89 undergraduate and 136 graduate degrees at its fall commencement ceremonies this Friday, Dec. 18.

OC’s undergraduate degree candidates come from 15 states and five countries, and majored in 37 disciplines. The master’s degree candidates come from 12 states and five countries and represent 16 graduate areas of study.

Graduation Day will feature two separate ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.

The morning ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science and bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and College of Liberal Arts.

The afternoon ceremony will include master’s degree candidates from the Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Theology, plus bachelor’s degree candidates from the College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, and College of Natural and Health Sciences.

OC alumnus Jim Utley will deliver the commencement address at both gatherings. Utley is the director of technical services for Niagara Bottling, one of the leading bottled water suppliers in the United States.

Prior to joining Niagara in 2011, Utley served in various roles for five years at Reid Plastics, spent eight years in management at Plastipak Packaging, and served four years as plant manager for Letica Corporation.

Utley graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He also owns a master’s degree in management and administrative services from the University of Texas at Dallas.

He lives in Blanchard, Oklahoma, with his wife Julie (also a 1994 OC graduate) and their three children: Josiah, Lydia, and Chloe.

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

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

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Wed, 16 Dec 2015 16:15:00 CST 78ed0854-0e37-44c2-830f-3bce12787929
Public Notification of Opportunity to Comment http://www.oc.edu/news/r/public-notification-of-opportunity-to-comment/ Oklahoma Christian University is seeking comments from the public in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

Representatives assigned by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association will visit Oklahoma Christian on February 29 and March 1, 2016. OC has been accredited by the Commission since 1968. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the Commission’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University by mail to:

Third Party Comment on Oklahoma Christian University
The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public is invited to submit comments on the Commission’s website at www.ncahlc.org.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

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Mon, 07 Dec 2015 15:15:00 CST ea4e54ff-08a4-4874-8ee3-597a228f7c3a
OC hosts free holiday concert http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-free-holiday-concert/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will host its 39th-annual Cocoa and Carols performance on Thursday, December 3.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium, located in OC’s Garvey Center. Admission is free.

The program will begin with the traditional processional, “Personent Hodie,” followed by Christmas carols performed by the university’s Collegiate Choir, Chorale, Chamber Singers and Chamber Orchestra.

Complimentary hot cocoa and cider will be served during intermission, with seasonal music provided by the Chamber Orchestra.

Following intermission, the Chamber Singers, Jazz Ensemble and Symphonic Band will perform a mix of Christmas favorites, including “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing,” “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Let It Snow” and “White Christmas.”

For more information, call (405) 425-5530.

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

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

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Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:00:00 CST 7f30f7f1-9ab3-497b-8104-718e7d30309e
OC student programmers place 2nd in regional contest http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-student-programmers-place-2nd-in-regional-contest/ ABILENE, Texas – An undergraduate team from Oklahoma Christian University (OC) placed 14th overall in a computer programming contest featuring the largest schools in the region.

The South Central Regional of the Association for Computing Machinery Programming Contest involved 60 teams at three different sites, with Abilene Christian University, Baylor University and Louisiana State University serving as hosts.

Oklahoma Christian finished second behind a team of graduate and undergraduate students from the University of Oklahoma in the Abilene contest.

Across the region as a whole, OC’s teams placed second and 13th out of the 24 teams with undergraduate students only.

Oklahoma Christian has placed in the top three in the undergraduate category as well as in the top three for Oklahoma universities overall in three of the past four years.

“OC has a long tradition of excelling in this contest. No one involved with this competition is surprised anymore when a team from Oklahoma Christian University shows up near the top of the leaderboard,” said Don Leftwich, chair of OC’s Department of Computer and Information Sciences.

The region’s top 10 teams, which all included graduate students, came from Rice University, the University of Texas in Austin, the University of Texas in Dallas, Baylor University, and Texas A&M University.

OC’s top team was comprised of senior Sarah Bell from Londonderry, New Hampshire; sophomore Jonathan Hartnett from McKinney, Texas; and senior Kyle Wood from Lawton, Oklahoma.

OC’s other team – made up of junior Jacob Falcon from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; senior Silas Morris from Montgomery, Texas; and senior Tim Shimp from Pottsboro, Texas – placed eighth in Abilene and 36th overall.

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

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

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Fri, 20 Nov 2015 14:00:00 CST 02b44389-1c20-49bd-8593-62f8a8fd30a3
OC’s history journal named best in the nation http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-s-history-journal-named-best-in-the-nation/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University’s history students rank among the best in the nation.

OC’s history honor society earned First Prize in Phi Alpha Theta’s 2015 Nash History Journal competition. OC’s chapter, sponsored by Distinguished Professor of History John Maple, competed against all chapters at universities without graduate programs in history.

Phi Alpha Theta is an honor society for college history students and professors in the United States. The group’s Executive Director, Jack Tunstall, praised OC’s students and professors.

“The chapter at Oklahoma Christian University stands as an example to the more than 960 chapters of Phi Alpha Theta,” Tunstall said. “The time and effort required to produce a historical journal is immense, and Dr. Maple’s willingness to undertake this task and maintain such a high standard of quality proves his and his students’ dedication to the study of history.”

This is the second time OC has earned the top prize since creating its journal 23 years ago.

In addition to this latest accomplishment, OC’s history students were named as a Best Chapter in the nation just last month. Known as Tau Sigma, OC’s chapter has earned that distinction for 20 straight years and 21 times overall.

The students competed against other universities that had won five or more Best Chapter awards; they also competed against schools that have up to 3,000 students. The latter category has more schools competing than any other Phi Alpha Theta division.

“As always, the students deserve the credit for this exciting achievement,” said Maple, who also chairs OC’s Department of History and Political Science. “Erin Bos did an excellent job as editor. The journal includes three book reviews, two historiographic essays, one movie review and eight articles.”

OC president John deSteiguer praised the students for leadership in the pursuit of academic excellence.

“The long-term success that Tau Sigma has attained is a testament to the students’ hard work and Dr. Maple’s guiding wisdom,” deSteiguer said. “These students continue to reflect well on OC across the nation.”

The journal would not have been possible without a donation from the offices of Risa Forrester, vice president of enrollment and marketing, and Scott LaMascus, vice president for academic affairs.

“We appreciate the on-campus support of these students as they strive to be the best that they can be,” Maple said. “Risa’s and Scott’s help in covering the costs allowed for a first-class production.”

The Tau Sigma journal is known as the “Oklahoma Christian University Journal of Historical Studies.” It can be read online here.

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

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

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New master’s degree in computer science meets digital-age demands http://www.oc.edu/news/r/new-masters-degree-in-computer-science-meets-digital-age-demands/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has launched its seventh graduate program, a master of science degree in computer science.

Nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the MSCS program could have as many as 70 students enrolled for the upcoming spring semester.

“Today, every business needs computer scientists. We’re in the business of training future computer scientists that will meet the demands of the digital world,” said David North, OC’s director of computer science advancement. “We’re excited to provide opportunities for computer professionals and recent graduates to enhance their skills and knowledge.”

Oklahoma Christian designed the program for working adults, who can take classes one or two nights a week and earn their MSCS degree in as little as one year.

Tuition costs $540 per credit hour for domestic students and $580 per credit hour for international students, giving Oklahoma Christian one of the most affordable MSCS programs in the state. 

“This program meets the needs of working professionals because of its convenience and affordability,” Assistant Professor of Computer Science Robert Nix said. “But the applied nature of OC’s program offers even greater benefits. Because our curriculum and approach are industry-driven, professionals get the practical tools to move ahead in their careers.”

Forty-five students began OC’s MSCS program this fall with core courses in the university’s Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science.

OC also offers a BS/MS option that allows aspiring computer professionals to earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science in just five years.

“The huge need for highly-skilled computer professionals in this digital age is clear. We see it in the headlines and we hear it in our conversations with industry leaders,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Oklahoma City’s growth as a center for big-league technology companies puts OC graduates in a prime position to make an impact in the field.”

Computer science is one of the most lucrative and fastest-growing job fields. CNN, Money Magazine, and U.S. News and World Report list multiple computer science professions – including computer systems analysis, database development, information security analysis, software architecture, software development, and video game design – among the nation’s top 10 jobs in salary and availability.

Over the last year, Oklahoma Christian added two full-time computer science faculty members in North and Nix. Other full-time faculty members include Don Leftwich, chair of OC’s Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Andy Harbert. OC’s adjunct faculty members in computer science include Kelly Crawford, Ralph DeBoard, Nic Grounds and Peter Patton.

More information about the program is available at www.oc.edu/mscs.

The launch of the MSCS program builds on the growth of OC’s undergraduate programs in the field, which focus on new, popular technologies and feature degree tracks in Computer Science, Computer Science with Business, and Computer Science with Gaming and Animation.

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

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

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OC students win Texas Regional Ethics Bowl http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-students-win-texas-regional-ethics-bowl/ SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl for the second straight year, sweeping three matches to qualify for the National Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Showing the depth and talent of OC’s students, the team that finished second at the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge won the regional championship. The “Aguilas” team of junior Gabriel Gasiorowski, sophomore Seanhenry Vandyke and freshman Tyler Clark downed the University of Central Oklahoma, Texas State University and Brazosport College on its way to the Texas regional crown.

The “Eagles” squad of senior Jasper Bawcom, senior Mikel Nsengiyumva and freshman Hannah Lane had claimed OC’s fourth consecutive state championship on Oct. 24. In San Antonio, they defeated the University of Oklahoma, but lost to Loyola University New Orleans and the tournament runner-up, the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.

Twenty teams competed, including Oklahoma-based squads from OU, UCO, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University and Cameron University.

“I am proud of our teams. They have worked hard all semester long and it is nice to see their effort lead to success,” said Jeff Simmons, the team sponsor and dean of OC’s College of Business Administration. “I never cease to be amazed at the intelligence and talent these students display. Yet, I most appreciate that they continue to be humble and respectful of each other and our competitors.”

The regional debate topics included discussion of how to dispose of a corpse in an ecologically safe way, the ethical implications for museums buying looted artifacts, and whether or not orphaned Native American children should be put up for adoption outside their tribes.

“Our basic approach to analyzing moral dilemmas always involves applying certain ethical philosophies or ethical theories,” Vandyke said.

This year will mark the 20th Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, scheduled for Feb. 21, 2016, in Reston, Virginia. Oklahoma Christian placed fifth nationally in 2014, then defeated Clemson University and the University of Michigan on its way to an 11th-place finish last year.

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

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

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OC Honors student's paper accepted by AERA http://www.oc.edu/news/r/spring-2015-graduate-has-research-accepted-by-the-american-educational-research-association/ Sarah Bell is an OC Honors Program student who is quickly making her mark as a scholar.

Bell studied at a Utah State University summer research program last summer, and the prestigious American Educational Research Association has accepted a paper she wrote based on research she participated in. She is presenting at the conference this year, and the paper will also be published in one of AERA’s journals. 

AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, promote research to improve education and serve the public good. Bell plans to earn a Ph.D. in engineering education after completing her master’s degree.

“Sarah is such an impressive scholar, and I am not surprised that she is one of the first graduates of OC to present at this selective and impressive conference,” said Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs. “Sarah excelled as an Honors student at OC, and we are proud to see her continue to shine.”

While at OC, Sarah was named the outstanding computer engineering freshman, sophomore, junior and senior student. Success seems to run in Sarah’s family. Her older brother Steven, a 2011 OC alumnus, is pursuing a doctorate at Stanford University’s highly competitive electrical engineering program.

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

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

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 13:45:00 CST bb7116aa-d80c-43b5-acc7-31f617d6656c
OC presents Alumni Achievement Awards http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-presents-alumni-achievement-awards/ Oklahoma Christian University’s five academic colleges and Honors Program recognized outstanding alumni during OC’s annual Homecoming festivities.

The College of Biblical Studies named Allen Dutton as its distinguished alumnus in missions, Grady King as its distinguished alumnus in ministry, and Chris Langley as its distinguished alumnus in youth and family ministry.

The College of Business Administration honored Mike Bosley as outstanding alumnus from OC’s Graduate School of Business, Lyle Kelsey from the Department of Management and Marketing, and Kevin Lawrence from the Department of Accounting and Finance.

OC’s College of Engineering and Computer Science recognized Walter Daugherity from the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Jim Utley from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Preston Watterson from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

OC’s College of Liberal Arts honored eight graduates: Gena Alexander (Music), Emily Elliott (Language and Literature), Mark Hamlin (Psychology), Dana Johnson (Sport, Wellness, and Recreation Management), Ted McAllister (History), Robyn Miller (Teacher Education), Justin Shaw (Art and Design), and Anna Wilcox (Communication).

The College of Natural and Health Sciences honored Marc Compton from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Darise Farris from the Department of Biological Sciences, and Christy Hallock from the School of Nursing.

The Honors Program recognized Adam Hoffhines, who graduated in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. He recently completed a one-year hematopathology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University and now serves as a pathologist with the Regional Medical Laboratory in Tulsa.

From the College of Biblical Studies, Dutton is a 1992 OC graduate with a master’s degree in ministry. He has served as a medical missionary in Campinas, Brazil, since 1993. King is a 1977 OC graduate who is co-leader of HOPE Network Ministries and senior minister at Mansfield Church of Christ in Texas. Langley graduated in 2010 and serves as the youth leader for Norfolk Church of Christ in Virginia.

From the College of Business Administration, Bosley earned his MBA degree in 2002 after graduating from OC in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He owns Seatbelt Planet, named as one of the top 15 best places to work in Oklahoma, and BozHog Tractor Services.

Kelsey is a 1972 OC graduate who serves as executive director for the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision, the Oklahoma Board of Podiatric Examiners, and the Oklahoma Board of Licensed Perfusionist Examiners. Lawrence, a 2001 OC graduate, is the chief financial officer at BancFirst.

In the College of Engineering and Computer Science, Daugherity graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1966 and went on to earn a doctorate from Harvard University. He is a senior lecturer in computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering at Texas A&M University and is the co-founder, chairman and president of Daugherity Brothers, Inc.

Utley, a 1994 OC graduate, serves as director of technical services for Niagara Bottling. Watterson is a 2003 OC graduate who works as an engineering manager for Northrup Grumman at Tinker Air Force Base.

From the College of Liberal Arts, Alexander is a 2001 graduate who teaches violin at OC and in her private studio in addition to conducting the Oklahoma Youth Orchestras and performing regularly with the Tulsa Symphony, Lawton Philharmonic, and Oklahoma City Philharmonic.

Elliott, a 2009 OC graduate, is the head of content and growth at NextGenVest, a social enterprise tech startup. Hamlin, a 1991 OC graduate, chairs the Department of Psychology at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Johnson is a 1969 OC graduate and member of the U.S. National Trampoline and Tumbling Association Hall of Fame who spent 43 years teaching and coaching for Mid-Del Public Schools. McAllister graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1983. He holds the Edward L. Gaylord Chair of Public Policy and is an associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University.

Miller is a 1985 graduate who chaired OC’s School of Education before joining the Oklahoma State Department of Education as deputy superintendent under the direction of State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.

Shaw, a 2010 OC graduate, is a faculty member at Oklahoma City Community College as well as a game designer and graphic designer. Wilcox is a 1999 OC graduate who founded and serves as executive artistic director for BackStory Theatre in Broomfield, Colorado.

In the College of Natural and Health Sciences, Compton is a 1986 OC graduate who serves as managing director and market executive for U.S. Trust and Bank of America. Farris, a 1990 graduate, is a cellular immunologist with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Hallock graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 2005 and serves an instructor in OC’s School of Nursing.

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

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

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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 10:30:00 CST 92917763-7263-4b1c-a31f-1737d10133c1
Oklahoma Christian hosts Shrek for Homecoming http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-hosts-shrek-for-homecoming/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Shrek, The Musical, a production beloved by people of all ages, highlights the annual Homecoming weekend at Oklahoma Christian University (OC).

Shrek runs Nov. 5-7 at 8 p.m. each night in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium. Each night features a special pre-show event for children, “Tea With Princess Fiona.” Tickets for the musical and pre-show tea can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/shrek.

“Everybody had their own quirks, their own things that make them who they are. The premise of the musical is that it’s OK to be an ogre, that it’s OK to be weird,” Director Peggy Hoshall said. “There are a lot of wonderful songs and great choreography. It’s a fun, visually exciting show with a wonderful cast.”

Sean Steele, a senior music education major from Flower Mound, Texas, will play the title role of Shrek. (Watch Sean transform into Shrek in this timelapse video).

Kendall Haliburton, a junior English education major from Oklahoma City, is Fiona; Tyler Clark, a freshman communications major from Austin, Texas, is Lord Farquaad; and Jabbarri Jones, a senior music major from Los Angeles, plays the role of Donkey.

Longtime music professor Ken Adams, who retired in 2012 after serving 40 years at Oklahoma Christian, temporarily came out of retirement this fall to produce the musical.

Another highlight of OC’s Homecoming weekend is the annual Alumni Banquet at 6 p.m. Friday.

Longtime OC staff member Bob Rowley and his wife Lynne will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. Amy Hubble, a 2007 OC graduate who founded and leads Radix Financial, is this year’s Outstanding Young Alumna. Bart Rybinski, a 2000 OC grad who is the vice president for European operations at Eastern European Missions, will receive the Mission Service Award.

Banquet tickets cost $25 and can be purchased online at www.oc.edu/homecoming. Discounted prices are available with the purchase of a table for eight.

A special Homecoming Chapel will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the Homecoming Parade and Homecoming Carnival and Lunch. Homecoming Chapel will feature an OC Chorale performance, a devotional and a special recognition of OC’s 50-year class of 1965.

Saturday afternoon features OC’s first basketball games of the fall. The women’s team plays an exhibition contest against York (Neb.) at 1 p.m., followed by coronation ceremony for the 2015 Homecoming King and Queen, and the men’s exhibition game against Central Christian (Kan.) at approximately 3 p.m.

A complete schedule of all Homecoming activities, including numerous class and social service club reunions, is available at www.oc.edu/homecoming.

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OC ethics team wins fourth straight state championship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-ethics-team-wins-fourth-straight-state-championship/ BETHANY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) swept the top two spots in the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge to claim its fourth straight state championship.

Both of OC’s teams went undefeated, with the “Eagles” squad of senior Jasper Bawcom, senior Mikel Nsengiyumva and freshman Hannah Lane accumulating more points to take first place. The “Aguilas” team of junior Gabriel Gasiorowski, sophomore Seanhenry Vandyke and freshman Tyler Clark finished second.

A team from the University of Oklahoma lost its head-to-head matchup against OC’s Aguilas and placed third.

Other schools competing included Oklahoma State University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Cameron University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, St. Gregory’s University, and host school Southern Nazarene University.

Oklahoma Christian will seek to defend its 2014 regional championship at the Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio on November 14.

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OC alumnus Scott Filleman receives national teaching award http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-alumnus-scott-filleman-receives-national-teaching-award/ When OC alumnus Scott Filleman received national recognition for his work as a music teacher in Oklahoma City, one of his first thoughts was to thank his music professors at OC. Those professors, including Music Department Chair Kathy Thompson, are incredibly proud of Filleman.

“He is such a great example of the kind of teacher we seek to cultivate in our work here at OC,” Thompson said. “We are so impressed by Scott and his work.”

Just this month, Filleman received one of only two Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards from the Turnaround Management Association. The award honors teachers who have demonstrated their capacity to change the outcome of students’ lives and the communities where they teach.

According to Filleman, his accomplishments are a direct result of his time at OC.

“I just wanted to say thank you for all they have done for me, for their constant support and for forever changing the way I view my role in the classroom,” Filleman said. “In the 10 years I have been part of the education field, I’ve come to understand my role as part of the village we call “school” for those kids who pass through my classroom every day.

“I am thankful that the music faculty at OC was a part of my village, willingly, just because I came to their classrooms.”

Filleman serves as director of bands at Santa Fe South Schools, which includes 4th-12th grades. During the interview process for the job in 2007, it was made clear that there were no funds, let alone instruments, for the 24 students that wanted to join band. It was Filleman’s job to solve this problem. Within his first week, Filleman acquired 19 instruments without spending a penny. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the band program has grown to include 216 members, and all students receive an instrument free when they join. While Filleman provide personal musical challenges for each student, he also challenges them academically, and the band’s average GPA is 3.7, while the school’s average GPA is 2.5.

“All children deserve a chance to be part of something bigger than themselves,” Filleman said. “I believe the students I serve at Santa Fe South are talented, respectful and eager to learn. I believe my students can perform as well as, if not better than, anyone else in Oklahoma regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status or language.”

The Butler-Cooley Excellence in Teaching Awards Program was established in 2004 with a grant from the John William Butler Foundation. The program is named in honor of Leslie Bender Butler and Cindy Butler Cooley, relatives of a past TMA chairman who collectively spent more than 50 years as teachers. Winners receive a $5,000 check and an expenses-paid trip to TMA’s annual conference, which was held in Scottsdale, Arizona, this year.

The Turnaround Management Association is the leading organization dedicated to turnaround management, corporate restructuring and distressed investing. Established in 1988, TMA has more than 9,000 members in 52 chapters worldwide, including 32 in North America. Members include turnaround practitioners, attorneys, accountants, advisors, liquidators, executive recruiters and consultants, as well as academic, government and judicial employees. The Butler-Cooley Award recognizes teaching’s central role in the organization. 

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OC proud to add seven accomplished scholars and teachers http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-proud-to-add-seven-accomplished-scholars-and-teachers-as-faculty/ Oklahoma Christian University’s newest professors offer students a wealth of academic and professional experience along with a passion for faith and service. From nursing, music and education, to English, computer science and biology, OC’s students will be benefit from excellent scholars and teachers.

According Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs, these new faculty were selected because of their academic credentials and commitment to OC’s distinctive Christian mission.

“Each of these accomplished faculty stood out among their fellow applicants, and their passion for Christian education strongly impressed the interview committees,” LaMascus said. “We are thrilled to add their talents and servant hearts to what I believe is the best, Christian faculty in the country.”

Six of the seven new professors are OC alumni. They were thrilled by the opportunity to come back home to their alma mater.

“I am living the dream to be back home teaching at OC,” said Elayne Weger Bowman. 

Bowman has almost 40 years of experience teaching math and developing system-wide curriculum in public schools. She also taught as a visiting lecturer in the mathematics department at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, Bowman spent a year as a master teacher-in-residence in OU’s School of Education, where she earned her doctorate. Bowman serves OC as a visiting assistant professor of education.

Likewise, alumna Jennifer Gray comes to OC after spending more than three decades as a professor and administrator at the University of Texas at Arlington, where she built an internationally respected reputation for developing doctoral nursing students in the U.S. and Uganda. She was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2013. Gray serves OC as a professor of nursing and Associate Dean for the College of Natural and Health Sciences. She earned her doctorate from Texas Woman’s University after starting her undergraduate studies at OC. Gray also brings years of experience leading medical mission trips to Africa.

Similarly, Mike Knedler comes to OC after more than 30 years as a professor and administrator at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. He served as director of bands and then as Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. In his time at NWOSU, Knedler helped raise nearly $3 million in grants and donations for university projects. In addition, he has extensive experience with community and professional orchestras. Knedler serves OC as a distinguished visiting professor of honors. He earned his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma.

Alumna Dana McMichael has also returned home to OC as a visiting professor of language and literature. She taught at Abilene Christian University since 2000, and she earned her doctorate from Oklahoma State University. McMichael’s husband, B.J., serves as the family minister at the Stillwater church of Christ. OC’s Department of Language and Literature gave her the distinguished alumni award in 2012.

Sara Alcon is yet another alumna glad to call OC home again. She was an honors student who graduated summa cum laude in 2007. Alcon earned her doctorate in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cell Biology and Physiology from the University of New Mexico. She also brings to OC years of teaching experience at Albuquerque Christian School and as a UNM teaching assistant. She serves OC as a visiting assistant professor of biology.

Alumnus Travis Montgomery returns to OC from Fort Hays State University, where he was an assistant professor of English. He has more than 25 publications and presentations and received multiple honors during his doctoral studies at the University of Mississippi. OC’s Department of Language and Literature gave him the distinguished alumni award in 2013. He serves OC as an assistant professor of language and literature.

Finally, alumnus Robert Nix returns to OC after teaching computer science at Lipscomb University. Nix earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in computer science from the University of Texas at Dallas. He received the Best Paper Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in 2010, and he was named the Becky J. Tellon Teacher of the Year for Lipscomb’s School of Computing and Informatics in 2014. Nix has also spent more than 10 years performing in gospel quartets. He serves OC as an assistant professor of computer science. 

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OC students to perform the comedy “Well, That was Awkward” http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-students-to-perform-the-comedy-well-that-was-awkward/ The latest production by the OC theater program is going to be, well…awkward. Three one-act plays come together to create a witty and entertaining experience for audience members entitled “Well, That was Awkward.”

The production, opening, Oct. 1, includes “Sure Thing” by David Ives and “Funeral Parlor” and “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durango. These shorter stories explore common awkward and humorous situations in life.

The play will run three consecutive evenings at Oklahoma Christian Oct. 1-3. The play begins at 8 p.m. each night and takes place in Judd Theater.

The play’s director, Instructor for Art and Design Scott Hale, said he hopes the audience will both enjoy and appreciate the uncomfortable, yet relatable situations in the stories.

“I want to give the audience permission to laugh at the awkwardness we have all felt in different social situations and to realize that, while it might not be fun at the time, often, if we will allow ourselves to grow, we are better people for it in the end,” said Hale.

Senior Garrett Marshall from Louisburg, Kansas, said the comedy is a great production for both experienced play attendees and those who are new to theater.

“It’s not one of those plays that you have to love theater to enjoy,” Marshall said. “Every audience member can relate to the story and enjoy it, even if they aren’t already familiar with stage productions.”

Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased by calling (405) 425-6310 or online at www.oc.edu/wellthatwasawkward. There is no cost to students, faculty and staff (with a valid OC ID card).

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Oklahoma Christian hosts 65th lectureship http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oc-hosts-65th-lectureship/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will kick off its 65th lectureship Sunday with a keynote message by Duck Dynasty’s Alan Robertson.

Robertson is the oldest son of “Duck Commander” Phil Robertson and his wife Kay. He was a minister for 22 years at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ.

He has authored or co-authored the “Duck Commander Devotional,” “Everything’s Better with a Beard,” “The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible,” and “A New Season.” Written with his wife Lisa, “A New Season” is about their life and marriage, and teaches how to overcome deep hurt and pain in relationships.

The OC Lectureship, which runs through Oct. 6, features more than 40 speakers, concerts and other special events. This year’s theme is “Opening Acts” and the key scripture is Acts 1:8 – “You shall be my witnesses.”

Robertson’s keynote highlights an opening Sunday schedule that begins with OC’s Fall Grand Concert at 2 p.m. The concert features the Chorale, Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble and other groups from OC’s Department of Music.

The lectureship begins at 6:20 p.m. with worship led by Acappella Ministries founder Keith Lancaster. After the keynote, Christian Music Hall of Fame group Acappella will be in concert at 8:15 p.m.

In addition to the main activities, which take place in Hardeman Auditorium, Sunday night will feature a reception honoring Distinguished Professor of Bible Stafford North. North, a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame, is retiring from Oklahoma Christian after a 61-year career as a faculty member and administrator.

“This year’s set of lectures, classes, meals, exhibits and fellowship will give people a great opportunity to learn the message of the book of Acts and put those lessons into action when they return home,” North said. “We are pleased to include a great number of OC alumni in our program this year. The quality of their lessons will show why we have good reason to be proud of our alumni.”

Monday’s lectureship sessions include 19 events discussing evangelism and how we can learn from the methods, people, principles and practices of the early church.

The annual Women’s Day program is Monday morning at Memorial Road Church of Christ. The activities, focused around the theme, “Women to Follow,” will be led by Angi Loveloy, AnneMarie McNally, Sada Knowles and Sally Shank.

OC alumnus Jerry Rushford, now a professor at Pepperdine University, will speak at the dinner keynote honoring preachers, elders and wives at 5:15 p.m. Monday.

Monday night’s keynote lecture, “We Cannot Help but Speak What We Have Seen and Heard,” is based on Acts 4:20. The speaker is Harold Shank, another OC alumnus who now serves as president of Ohio Valley University.

On Tuesday, the Lightfoot Preaching Lectures on Acts will feature Shank, Jim Baird, Gordon Dabbs, Tim Lewis and Kent Risley. The lectureship concludes Tuesday afternoon.

“This year’s lectureship continues our long tradition of great speakers bringing important messages. With great lessons for elders, preachers, youth ministers, and other church workers and members, this year’s event has much to offer,” OC president John deSteiguer said.

All sessions except the dinner are free and open to the public. For more information, call (405) 425-5141. A complete schedule is available at www.oc.edu/lectureship.

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Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:30:00 CDT 5c3e7ab3-a1bd-42b4-b9aa-140fb24985b9
Oklahoma Christian celebrates enrollment milestones http://www.oc.edu/news/r/oklahoma-christian-celebrates-enrollment-milestones/ OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) set records for undergraduate, graduate and overall enrollment this fall, surpassing 2,500 total students for the first time in school history.

Oklahoma Christian has 2,587 students enrolled, including a record 2,003 undergraduates. Bolstered by substantial growth in the Graduate School of Engineering and Computer Science, OC has 584 total master’s degree students enrolled, a 16 percent increase from last fall’s record high.

Overall, this is OC’s fourth straight year of record enrollment. The top 11 enrollment totals in OC history have come in the last 11 years.

“It’s exciting to see OC grow. Students come from all over our state, country and world because they crave the supportive home and successful future OC offers,” President John deSteiguer said. “I’m proud of our faculty and staff, who constantly seek innovative ways to teach and serve our students. OC is a place where lessons are learned, lives are changed and the world becomes better.”

This year also saw Oklahoma Christian set a school record and eclipse the national average for retention; 82 percent of last year’s first-time college students returned to OC this fall.

“The great people in our Student Life office are vital to retention because they invest in our students and help them get the most out of their college experience. In academics, our students rave about the invaluable mentoring relationships they have with our faculty scholars,” deSteiguer said. “I’m also pleased this retention record comes after we launched our Ethos spiritual life initiative last year; it shows that OC students are serious about growing in faith and serving others.”

OC has seven National Merit Scholars in this year’s freshman class and 40 overall, a per capita percentage that ranks among the state’s leaders. Thirty-nine percent of OC’s undergraduate students hail from Oklahoma while another 25 percent are from Texas.

Overall, OC’s student body comes from 45 states and 44 countries. More than 80 percent of OC undergraduates live on campus.

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

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

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Wed, 23 Sep 2015 09:15:00 CDT 77932a48-6608-48e0-bb82-9ede5363826c