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TABLE OF CONTENTS Keep your eyes open for boxes like these throughout the magazine. They’ll give you helpful facts and info about OC.

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Billion-Dollar Deals

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OC All-American finds strength in teammates and campus life after losing her parents.

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EDITORS RISA FORRESTER Dean of Enrollment & Marketing WES McKINZIE Associate Director of Marketing Services DESIGNERS STEPHEN BELL Senior Web Designer JUDSON COPELAND Director of Marketing JONATHAN CURTIS Senior Graphic Designer SCOTT HILL Graphic Design Intern

Dear Friend, As I sit at my laptop to write this letter, I know you’ll soon be making your college choice. Understanding that you have countless college options, I struggle to find words worthy of an introduction to Oklahoma Christian University. How can I best describe the university I love? Oklahoma Christian is a unique place full of academic life and academic soul. Choosing OC means choosing a university where sharp Christian minds meet to experience real-world learning – biology students conduct undergraduate research, English students read and apply classic works in practical ways, business students simulate stock exchange day trading, and engineering students create and control robotic devices. Faith and learning collide in classrooms as students choose to apply their gifts in their careers and vocations. You don’t have to look further than recent alumni (several of whom are featured in this magazine) to know that our students are destined for significance. Our alumni use their OC college choice as a springboard to minister and serve in their careers, communities, churches and homes. It’s decision time. Where will you choose to go to college? We’re here to help you choose wisely. Let us know how we can help. Blessings, Risa Forrester Dean of Enrollment and Marketing P.S. Your OC admissions counselor can assist you in making all kinds of important decisions related to your college choice. Find your counselor online at www.oc.edu/counselor.

RACHEL O’DONNELL Graphic Designer KIM WALDEN Graphic Designer CONTRIBUTING WRITERS DAN LOVEJOY Alum MICHAEL MITCHELL Director of Alumni Relations DAWN SHELTON Staff Writer ALLISON SHUMATE Communications Coordinator ANN WHITE Web Content Coordinator MICAH WOOTEN Web Services Coordinator RACHEL YEAKLEY Communications Intern JENN GILL SPENCER GOAD SCOTT HILL JACEY JACOBS KELLIE OLIVE MATT PATTERSON EMOLY WEST PHOTOGRAPHERS JUDSON COPELAND STEVEN CHRISTY © 2008 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY P.O. Box 11000 Oklahoma City, OK 73136 800.877.5010 Street Address: 2501 E. Memorial Rd. Edmond, OK 73013

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Oklahoma Christian’s mission statement says we are about the business of transforming lives for Christian faith, leadership and service. How do we best do that? There are many facets of that work, but by far the most important of those is to change hearts and attune them to the beat of the Master. To help in that process, we drafted the Oklahoma Christian University Covenant. There is nothing magic in the covenant itself. It is merely words on a paper, but they do have the power to inspire us and lead us to God – the source of truth, wisdom and life. You are in a transition time in your lives, a time in which you are loosening the constraints imposed by your parents, testing the limits of behavior and seeking guiding principles for your own lives. Therefore, it is important that your environment provide opportunity, example and encouragement for you to make the transition from third-party imposed restraints to personal disciplines worthy of your life created in the image of God. We seek to provide that kind of environment at Oklahoma Christian. Our covenant is a community call to standards directly from scripture that we believe are worthy of your loyalty and your lives. We encourage you to read and examine those standards as you consider Oklahoma Christian as your college choice; go online to www.oc.edu/covenant to see the OC Covenant in its entirety.

THE OC GRADUATE Christian faith and scholarship, exhibited through academic and spiritual excellence, is the heart of Oklahoma Christian’s mission. So in addition to outlining our community’s spiritual principles through the OC Covenant, we felt it was important to articulate the outcomes we desire for our students. “The OC Graduate” is a foundational document that identifies the characteristics we hope to see in all our graduates. Among these characteristics are a knowledge of the liberal arts, a commitment to intellectual and spiritual inquiry, a devotion to Christ and a belief that life has meaning only through a relationship with God, recognizing that the pursuit of knowledge in any field is ultimately a quest for understanding of God and His creation. The document also states that the OC graduate “lives as a servant-leader in family, church, profession and community, making a difference for good in the world, both locally and globally. The OC graduate lives with integrity, by acting consistently with beliefs and in covenant relationship with God.” Obviously, no one can measure up to these standards completely, but it does give us an ideal to strive for. The OC graduates featured in this magazine are striving for that ideal. We are proud of their outcomes and accomplishments in their careers and lives, and we hope their stories encourage you in your quest to make an impact on the world. Go to www.oc.edu/ocgraduate to read the document in its entirety.

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 very so often, OC president Mike O’Neal will walk around campus seeking insight, or grab a table in the Magic Bean Coffee Shop to talk to students. It’s a chance for him to find out what’s important to students, to get to know them better. And it’s a chance for you to get to know him better. To find out what it was like being a Navy officer during the Vietnam War … receiving the Bronze Star. To find out what it was like getting the highest score on the CPA exam of any Oklahoman … higher than all but 16 people in the entire country. To find out why diversity on OC’s campus is so important to him that he made it a top priority when he became president. To find out more about his efforts to reach out to Rwanda, a country rebuilding after a genocide. To find out why he loves OC so much that he left a great job and a great view of the Pacific Ocean to become president in 2002. To find out why he believes in Christian education so much that he’s spent the past 30 years on a Christian campus … and not in a corner office at some big-time law or accounting firm. There’s a spot at the table for you. Insights are welcome.

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MISSION Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.

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What began in 1950 as Central Christian College (with an enrollment of 97) has grown into a comprehensive Christian university serving more than 2,500 students on two campuses. Affiliated with the churches of Christ, Oklahoma Christian welcomes all students who respect the university’s commitment to academic and spiritual excellence and who respect the academic and spiritual pursuits of their fellow students.

National Recognition • One of only two members of the 105-school Council for Christian Colleges and Universities with ABET national accreditation for three engineering programs. • Designated by Princeton Review as a Best Western College. • Ranked 17th among the 50 most unwired college campuses by Intel Corporation. • Named by the John Templeton Foundation as an institution that inspires students to lead ethical and civic-minded lives in its guide, “Colleges That Encourage Character Development.” • Included in the Center for Student Opportunity’s inaugural College Access and Opportunity Guidebook highlighting institutions committed to access, opportunity, and success for the traditionally underserved.

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Oklahoma Christian University: Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools School of Business Administration: Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs School of Education: National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education School of Engineering: ABET Department of Music: National Association of Schools of Music Nursing Program: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Accreditation

LOCATION AND CAMPUS Oklahoma Christian University’s 250-acre campus is located in northeast Oklahoma City, the state capital of Oklahoma. The institution borders the city of Edmond. Students enjoy the academic, cultural and recreational benefits of a big city in a safe and comfortable suburban atmosphere.

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Service & Missions Affiliations • • • •

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities Christian Higher Education Foundation Oklahoma Independent Colleges and Universities

Undergraduate Areas of Study 14 academic departments operate in one of three academic divisions: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies, and the College of Professional Studies. Students choose from more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study.

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More than 1,100 undergraduate students (60 percent) involved in ongoing service and ministry opportunities. More than 40 student service and ministry opportunities. 500 students, faculty and staff members participate in mission opportunities each year in more than 30 countries on six continents. Some countries served include Australia, Austria, China, Croatia, Germany, Ghana, Honduras, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Rwanda, Switzerland and the United States.

Technology Graduate Areas of Study Graduate degrees include the Master of Arts in Ministry, the Master of Divinity, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Engineering.

Student Life • • • •

60 student organizations. Almost 1,000 students compete in 16 intramural sports. 78 percent of students live on campus. Recently completed $34 million housing project. Almost 1,800 living spaces available on campus in 11 residence halls and nine apartment complexes; more than 850 new or renovated spaces available.

Study Abroad Opportunities 20 study abroad and off-campus learning options, including the following institutional programs: • European Fall Program • Pacific Rim Fall Program • European Summer Program • HonduraServe Healthcare Missions Program • Ibaraki (Japan) Long-Term Exchange • Korea Long-Term Exchange • Latin American Program • About 120 students participate in study abroad programs each year. • 25 percent of graduating seniors have participated in a study abroad program.

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Every fulltime student receives an Apple MacBook laptop. Students receive their choice of an iPhone or iPod touch. Wireless Internet access throughout campus Information Technology’s Help Desk provides more than 60 hours per week of staffed office hours plus 24/7 online support. IT responds to support requests with same day resolution in most cases.

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Total students enrolled: 2,258 Undergraduate: 1,998 Graduate: 260 50 percent men, 50 percent women Countries represented: 33 States represented: 46

Northwest Campus Cascade College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution operating as the west coast branch campus of Oklahoma Christian University (current enrollment of 295 students). Cascade is located in Portland, Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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Some things you just have to see for yourself! The Admissions Office at Oklahoma Christian University invites you to visit campus. With three campus visit program options, you’ll find an event to meet your needs. And you’re not restricted to just one visit! We hope you’ll choose two or even three of the options below as your schedule allows.

Individual Campus Visit One day; individual student/family visit If you can make just one visit to OC, this is the option for you! This option is especially appropriate for high school seniors. Let Admissions Office staff tailor a personalized campus visit experience just for your family. You can choose to walk the campus, attend Chapel, enjoy a complimentary lunch, attend class, visit with a faculty member about your chosen major, and meet your admissions counselor. To schedule a campus visit, visit our website at www. oc.edu/visitcampus or call the Admissions Office at 800.877.5010.

Though the Admissions Office will accommodate your visit most anytime, campus isn’t as fun or informational when school is out. Please avoid these dates when planning your visit: • Fall Break, October 13-14 • Thanksgiving Break, November 26-28 • Final Exams and Christmas Break, December 15-January 9 • Spring Break, March 16-20 • Final Exams, April 27-May 1

Campus Connect One day; small-group program Make campus connections at this one-day, small-group program. High school sophomores, juniors, seniors and parents are invited to attend. Campus Connect is pre-planned with a specific schedule of events to give students and parents a comprehensive look at OC. Schedule highlights include a campus walk, class visit, complimentary lunch, financial aid session for parents and more. A limited number of slots are available for each session, so please register early at www.oc.edu/ visitcampus.

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Event dates: • Friday, September 26 (Campus Connect at Fall Visit) • Thursday, October 16 • Friday, October 17 • Friday, November 7 (Homecoming) • Monday, December 8 • Monday, January 19 • Monday, February 16 • Friday, March 6 (Campus Connect at Spring Visit) • Friday, March 27 • Monday, April 13


Fall and Spring Visit Two days; overnight event Fall and Spring Visit both provide weekends of fun and informational activities for future OC students. Both events include Friday Campus Connect programming, an overnight stay in one of OC’s residence halls, and Saturday academic programming (academic and student life fairs, academic department showcases, performance scholarship auditions, etc.). Fall Visit features a trip to a local Oklahoma City attraction and a performance of Freshman Fanfare (a variety show put on by the freshman class). Spring Visit includes the muchanticipated annual Spring Sing performance (featuring themed shows by OC’s social service clubs). Both juniors and seniors are invited to attend Fall and Spring Visit. For more information and to register for an event, visit our website at www.oc.edu/visitcampus. • Fall Visit, September 26-27 • Spring Visit, March 6-7

Additional Information Comprehensive information you may find helpful when planning your campus visit is available at www.oc.edu/visitcampus and www.oc.edu/beforeyouvisit. Information at these web addresses includes: • Detailed directions to campus • Parking suggestions • Campus map • Local information about Oklahoma City and Edmond • Overnight stay information (local hotels) • Dining options

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Academic Catalog http://www.oc.edu/catalog

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Athletics http://www.oceagles.com

Beam Library http://www.oc.edu/library

Calendar http://www.oc.edu/calendar

Financial Services http://www.oc.edu/financial

Fine Arts http://www.oc.edu/finearts

Health and Wellness Center http://www.oc.edu/health

Housing http://www.oc.edu/ocliving

International Programs http://www.oc.edu/international

OC Blogs http://blogs.oc.edu

OC People http://www.oc.edu/ocpeople

OC Photos http://photos.oc.edu

Student Handbook

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of this magazine, you’ll see “on the web” boxes showing where you can read more, listen more, or even watch more about the exciting things that are happening at Oklahoma Christian University.

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And Significance val·ue (val’yü) noun – a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged; also something intrinsically valuable or desirable. val ues (val’yüz) noun – a standard of moral or ethical decisionmaking, giving guidance on how to behave decently and honorably; beliefs regarded as important or useful. You have values. Strong values that mean a lot to you. You want value (and your parents want it, too!). You want a strong education and a great college experience that will prepare you for a significant life and a successful career. There are a lot of great universities out there. And Oklahoma Christian is one of them. You don’t have to sell your education short as a tradeoff for an encouraging Christian environment. These two things are paramount at OC: a commitment to academic excellence and a commitment to Christian excellence. OC’s mission of integrating faith and learning is distinctive in comparison to most other colleges. The remarkable results of that mission are seen in the statistics throughout this magazine. But, more importantly, they’re seen in the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni. As an OC student, you’ll reap those benefits, too. You’ll also benefit from OC’s location in Oklahoma City, where you can plug into jobs, internships, inner-city ministry and all the entertainment options the metro has to offer. And while you’ll have a big city in your backyard, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the world, too. OC’s global reach extends from missions to international study and more. You’ll also be constantly connected through OC’s technology leadership. Every student receives an Apple MacBook laptop and an iPhone or iPod Touch to use on OC’s wireless campus, putting the World Wide Web at your fingertips virtually everywhere. Those are just some of the things that make an OC education valuable. They’re just some of the things that make OC a unique place where you can find your calling. Read on … we think you’ll like the View.

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CLASS began presenting at the Oklahoma Academy of Some people (who should know better) knock Science contest in 1997. Christian colleges for supposedly offering a subpar • OC had two of the top 10 winners (including the education. They think that combining mind and top paper) in a national writing contest conducted spirit somehow waters down a school’s academic by the Alpha Chi Honor Society last year. quality. • Over the past year, OC students earned national That’s just WRONG. or regional honors in advertising, business, God designed faith and learning to go hand in hand education, engineering, free enterprise, graphic … and the accomplishments of Oklahoma Christian design, history, language and literature, mass University and its students, faculty and alumni show communication, management, music, psychology, it can be done well. science, athletics, and more. • OC has been designated by Princeton Review as a • OC is one of only two members of the 105-school Best Western College. Council for Christian Colleges and Universities • For 11 of the past 13 years, OC business students with ABET national accreditation for three have had the highest pass rate on the CPA exam of its engineering programs. See all of OC’s of any Oklahoma university. accreditations on page 4. • For 12 straight years and 13 years overall, OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has been named the “Best Chapter” of all U.S. universities with 3,000 or fewer students. OC boasts a 15-to-1 student to teacher ratio; 71% of • For the past three years, classes have less than 30 students. 100 percent of OC education graduates passed the mandatory • Outstanding incoming students receive statewide qualifying exams. scholarships of $4,000 to $10,000 based on ACT • In the past two years, 100 percent of OC’s or SAT scores. National Merit Scholars receive language and literature students who applied to additional awards up to full tuition, room, board graduate school were accepted. and fees. • Over the past three years, 90 percent of OC’s As you can see, an OC education is superb, not science students who applied to medical school subpar. This magazine is filled with just a few of our or graduate school were accepted. success stories. • OC has had 19 first-place winners since students

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with a smile It’s a creed that goes beyond “Do you want fries time each year to work with a medical mission with that?” campaign to Africa. It’s a lifestyle for the executive who rolls up her LA-based Jeff Dimick also is heavily involved in sleeves and gets dirty in the mission field. missions … when he isn’t working on GPS technology It comes naturally to the administrator who goes or working on a network TV show. straight from his 9-to-5 job to the inner city to help a Spring break trips to Honduras planted the seed stranger in need. It’s the story of OC alumni all over the world. You’ll read about some of them in this magazine. More than 1,100 undergraduate students (60 percent) are Tony Weedn is an Air Force pilot involved in ongoing service and ministry opportunities. whose Christ-like example made a tangible impact in the flight room. Jill Ramsey’s big internship in the Big Apple also gave her a chance to minister to of service in Amber Foster and Amanda Peery. Now New York City public school kids at a camp run by Honduras is like a second home to Amanda … and a another OC grad. daily home to Amber, who is now a missionary there. Lando Hamlett’s cool job with Honda was a vehicle Closer to home, OC professor Gail Nash and her to share Christ in Japan. Now he’s back in the United students lead the Community Literacy Project, a States sharing Christ with toddlers in Sunday School. program that teaches English to local workers during Joy Rainey pours her heart into teaching at an their lunch breaks. urban elementary school, then continues her service Those are just a few of the stories. Service is a at home as a foster mother to one of those hard-luck theme that runs throughout View because it’s a way children. of life for countless OC students, faculty, staff and Nathan Pope coordinates mergers and acquisitions alumni. And that makes us … smile! with a large accounting firm. He also uses his vacation

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Students in Service Behind on-campus initiatives like the student group Outreach and OC’s nursing program, Oklahoma Christian students are heavily involved in mission opportunities in the United States and abroad. But OC students’ dedication to service goes beyond “traditional” mission work. It’s a spirit of reaching out that permeates the campus community. Recent student service activities included the launch of Wishing Well, an organization whose cause is to help provide clean water in Africa. More than 300 OC students attended a two-hour prayer service as part of the group’s on-campus kickoff. OC’s art and design students got involved through “creativity walls,” which were used to help students express what was in their hearts for African people who are in need of new wells for clean water. In conjunction with WorldVision and World AIDS Day, hundreds of students wore orange “Orphan” shirts as a visual reminder of African AIDS victims and orphans. Students picked up cards in the Thelma Gaylord Forum and prayed for individual children. They also had the opportunity to sponsor individual children in Africa. Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech University, OC students launched a grassroots effort to make a huge sign of solidarity, comfort and support that was sent to the Blacksburg school. OC students organized and participated in “Race for the Cure” and “Relay for Life,” events that each raised thousands of dollars for cancer research. OC’s athletic department got into the act with various outreach activities by the women’s and men’s basketball teams, the softball team’s housepainting project through Habitat for Humanity, and the men’s soccer team’s effort to help a local organization move and load medical supplies destined for third-world countries. The Student Government Association and the history honors society Phi Alpha Theta worked to make a difference on campus with Operation Lift, an endeavor that raised more than $20,000 to install a chair lift in one of OC’s two-story buildings.

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OC’s Influence Around the Globe

Oklahoma Christian students, faculty, staff and alumni have made an impact all over the globe. Well, almost. This map shows (in green) all the countries the OC family has touched through missions, international studies programs, careers in teaching and ministry, and more. You’ll also notice a few places Oklahoma Christian hasn’t reached … yet. Maybe that’s where you’ll make your impact. The world awaits …

Cascade College Portland, Oregon, USA

Cascade College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution operating as the west coast campus of Oklahoma Christian University. Cascade is located in Portland, Oregon, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Its current enrollment is 295 students.

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A global influence starts at home. OC’s tight-knit campus in Oklahoma City has served as a launching pad to significant lives and service throughout the world.

OC’s bachelor’s degree nursing program emphasizes mission work and community service. Medical mission trips to Honduras link students with Predisan, a Christian mission. Students attend deliveries, take vital signs, and learn about public health in developing countries.

OC alumni Jake and Amanda Haskew, Josh and Kim Hensel, Ira and Kari Lockwood, and Brian and Alisha Brasher are full-time missionaries spreading the word of God in Vienna. The city also serves as the hub of OC’s European Studies Program.

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Christ’s Church Kigali, Rwanda

In 1994, an estimated 800,000 people were systematically murdered during a three-month reign of terror in Rwanda. As Christians, though, we know redemption. And there is redemption for Rwanda. Oklahoma Christian is among those reaching out to help the people of this beautiful country.

Ibaraki, Japan OC students, staff, administrators and trustees have taken mission trips to Rwanda. OC’s missionaryin-residence and two other staffers left their positions at Oklahoma Christian to help develop a church and school in the city of Kigali. And there are 30 Rwandan students studying at Oklahoma Christian as part of the Rwandan Presidential Scholars program, a partnership between OC and the Rwanda Ministry of Education. In exchange for their education, the students have pledged to begin their careers in Rwanda and, in the process, help rebuild their homeland. Many of them suffered unspeakable horrors in their young lives as a result of the 1994 genocide. “I am more convinced than ever that a Sovereign God brings good from humanity’s most painful experiences,” said Dave Jenkins, OC’s former missionary-in-residence. “These students are captivating people full of ability and vision. Their stories are ones of resilience. They have truly been chosen for a purpose that is greater than anything our human minds can comprehend.”

Oklahoma Christian’s sister school in Japan hosts OC students on the Pacific Rim Program and sends Japanese students to study at OC as part of an exchange program. Numerous OC alumni have traveled back to Japan to teach and serve.

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FRIDAY AFTERNOON We got to the Oklahoma City National Memorial around 5 pm. It was amazing. The reflecting pool is so serene and quiet, and the chairs on the pristine lawn show honor to the victims who died here in that tragedy. The fences around the perimeter were filled with

more mementos. I can’t believe people still bring stuff, and I think they keep it all in the museum. I remember seeing a t-shirt from a Boy Scout troop from Texas, a poster from a choir from Arizona and flowers from a mom who lost her son there.

FRIDAY NIGHT We definitely needed a pick-me-up, so we grabbed the downtown trolley and headed to Bricktown. We got wet at the fountains and laughed at all of the little kids screaming and having fun. Then we walked the canal, dried off and tried to figure out where to eat. Mexican. Indian. Italian. Burgers. Steak. Seafood. We went with

Italian and ended up meeting some friends there from school. After dinner, we decided to really be tourists, and we rented one of those horse carriages. We clip-clopped all around the brick streets. Very fun and romantic. But we’re just friends. Later, we grabbed some coffee and headed back to campus.

SATURDAY LUNCH My roommate, Julie, and one of Kevin’s friends came with us. Julie is from here and knew about this really funky and cool Brazilian restaurant. We had great food, but the best part was this little one-man band. He

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had every instrument – flute, harmonica, a banged-up trumpet and a snare drum. And he had all of these goofy songs programmed into a little synthesizer. We sang along and put a buck or two in his tip jar.


SATURDAY AFTERNOON We went back downtown to the Arts District and hit the art museum. Really cool. I was surprised they have so many works from the masters. And a lot of modern art like a Warhol. After the museum, we grabbed some fruit, cheese, bread, chocolate and sparkling grape

juice and had a picnic in the Myriad Gardens. It was so European, and all of the flowers were beautiful. A mama duck and her five little ducklings wandered by, and we shared lunch with them. I wanted to sneak those baby ducks back to my dorm.

SATURDAY NIGHT We ran back to campus to change and then we went back downtown to the Civic Center and listened to the Philharmonic.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON After church on Sunday, we headed to the Omniplex museum. Kev wanted to see the Vintage Aircraft exhibit, but I wanted to see the Hurricane on the Bayou film on the IMAX screen. We did both. This city is pretty cool. I totally blew off my studying and laundry this weekend. It was worth it.

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CONNECTION At universities without a laptop program, students DVDs, edit photos, and more. who can’t afford a laptop have to use computer Best of all, students can work virtually anywhere. labs. But at OC, students not only receive an Apple Every building and most outside areas on campus MacBook laptop ... they also get their choice of an feature wireless network access. And Oklahoma City iPhone or an iPod Touch. features hundreds of free WiFi hotspots. Students can use their iPhone or iPod Touch to The OC help desk and networking service staff check email, surf the Internet, play music and movies, are the technical backbone of the program. When view photos transferred from their laptops, keep an something goes wrong (and it rarely does), help is a address book and calendar, and more. The iPhone phone call or email away. Laptops are repaired right gives students the ability to send text messages, take at the help desk, and students usually get loaners so pictures and, of course, make phone calls. they won’t be out of touch. The MacBooks can run Microsoft Office 2007 The other half of the successful combination is a under Vista and Office 2008 on the Macintosh side. The two versions of Office produce crossplatform files, so that a student using one operating system can Every fulltime student receives an Apple MacBook send a file to another student or computer and an iPhone or iPod touch with wireless faculty member and know that the Internet access and 24/7 support. files will be usable. The MacBooks’ BootPicker software lets the rock-solid network with better than 99.9% uptime user choose to boot up in either Apple’s Mac OS X plus excellent spam blocking and virus protection. 10.5 (Leopard) or Windows Vista. The laptops also Dr. David Brown, a renowned expert in educational come with Parallels Desktop installed so students technology, called OC “the world leader in the use of can run Windows applications alongside Macintosh laptops for in-classroom instruction.” And it’s easy to applications for the best of both worlds. see why. The MacBook program also integrates Apple’s Wherever they are, OC students can check dinner iTunes U. This integrates with iTunes to deliver menus, pay bills, audio or video chat with parents, video and audio files to students. OC students see if a washing machine is available, check grades, can subscribe to RSS feeds that update students turn in papers, email or IM professors, and yes, even automatically whenever new media is added for their leave messages for friends on Facebook. course. Media files will also be available to users off- Want to experience OC’s technology leadership campus, allowing churches and individuals to access for yourself? Plan your visit today at www.oc.edu/ OC’s media. visitcampus. For more about OC’s wireless laptop The MacBook laptops also include Apple’s iLife program and its partnership with Apple, go to www. software. Students can create webpages for courses oc.edu/apple. or personal use, create digital video and music, burn

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BILLION-DOLLAR

DEALS All In A Day’s Work

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Story Highlights: > Alum turns accounting into an adventure > He worked for world’s third-largest firm straight out of OC > Now he works on deals for big company acquisitions and mergers There are many glamorous jobs in today’s world. OC still hasn’t started a program for international spying, but a few majors are more popular than others for adventurous students. But accounting? Most people picture a tedious job where the highlight of the year is April 15 when taxes are due. Why would anyone looking for an exciting job settle for a career like that? Nathan Pope disagrees. He majored in accounting at OC and now has a job he says is anything but boring. Although he always thought he would be an electrical engineer, it was a basic accounting class his senior year of high school that changed Nathan’s mind and sent him down a new career path. During his time at OC, Nathan jumped right in. He participated in Outreach, Students in Free Enterprise, a social service club and even led the College Republicans. The year

he served as president proved OC has had the No. 1 pass rate on the CPA exam among all successful when Oklahoma universities for 11 of the past 13 years. the campaign to elect OC professor Ken Miller to the company that’s proposed for acquisition and Oklahoma legislature ended in a victory. we’ll do the homework,” Nathan said. “We After Nathan graduated in 2004, he make sure the purchase price is fair and we started working for Ernst & Young, the thirdmake sure that there’s nothing that’s going largest public accounting firm in the world. to blow up to cause the deal to crash.” Nathan did basic auditing for the firm’s Right now, Nathan spends a lot of time in clients. While he says that “nobody looks Houston, working on his first “deal,” which forward to being audited,” the big companies involves the oil and gas industry. He says he are used to it since the Securities and enjoys the travel associated with his work, Exchange Commission requires them to but it can be exhausting. Even though his hire a firm at least once a year to verify the career is hectic, he wants to take advantage accuracy of the numbers in their financial of being young and single while he still can. statements. “I’m a little bit more flexible,” he said. “I’m These days, Nathan is a bit more popular available to work hard and do whatever to with his clients. Instead of making sure move forward in my career.” their financial statements are in order, he’s Nathan admits he does not know where his now part of a group in Dallas that advises career will take him in the next 10 years, but companies when they decide to merge with he says he will stay open-minded. or buy another company. The Transaction He said, “I pray God will use me to further Advisory Services (TAS) groups are a crucial his kingdom, whether it’s getting a high part of the decision-making process that position in a Fortune 500 company or maybe companies go through before making millioneven teaching some day, and just show and billion-dollar deals. people that I’m different.” “If Wal-Mart comes to us and says they want By Allison Shumate to buy up a retail [store], like another grocery store, our TAS group will go to the target

Nathan’s < Faith in Action > When Nathan moved to Oklahoma to attend OC, his parents and younger brothers made a move as well. The Popes relocated from Dallas to Abilene, Texas, where they connected with Zambia Medical Mission. Each summer, this organization sends a group to the bush of Zambia to help meet physical and spiritual needs. More than 150 Americans help with the mobile eye, dental and medical clinic each year. “It’s very gratifying to see that you can provide direct assistance,” Nathan said. “You can meet somebody’s need. They’re our brothers and sisters in Christ.” Nathan plans to use the majority of his vacation time from Ernst & Young to return to Africa next summer. It will be his third trip to Zambia. “It’s encouraging. It makes you realize what the fundamentals are and what’s most important,” he said. “Just studying the basic message and preaching it to the lost. That’s our mission.”

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Story Highlights: > OC communications major interned at New York City-based magazine > Her office was across the street from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall > Her job as an editorial assistant provided valuable experience and contacts Jill Ramsey didn’t know there was a flashlight she couldn’t live without. She didn’t know she would fall in love with riding the subway and never want to drive anywhere ever again. These two things are among the countless discoveries Jill made about herself while living and working in New York City as an intern for Real Simple magazine. Jill is a communications studies major from Desoto, Texas, with minors in international studies and vocational ministry. She will graduate early after coming to OC with several college hours already under her belt. The idea of working at a magazine wasn’t on Jill’s radar. But she and a friend decided to vacation in the Big Apple before spending the summer working at Camp Shiloh. On that trip, Jill met an intern from the women’s interest magazine, Real Simple, who presented her with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Jill discovered that the magazine needed fall interns, so she interviewed for a position during an off weekend from her summer job at Camp Shiloh. Only a few weeks later, she had secured the job. “I knew God had been preparing me, one thing after another,” she said. “I was ready to go out and use the foundation that I had from my time at OC.” Her first day on the job, Jill wasn’t clear on what her actual duties would be. She was given a tour, shown her desk and then whisked off to a meeting of all the new Time Warner employees. Later in the afternoon, she finally got up the courage to ask what her job title was. Her job, as a second editorial assistant, changed every day. Some days were spent answering reader questions for the magazine’s online site. Other days were spent on photo shoots or running around New York City picking up products for the department’s “road tests.”

This is where the OC students have recently enjoyed internships at major flashlights came in. companies in advertising, business, media, professional Jill spent an entire sports, the oil and gas industry, and more. day in a dark closet testing flashlights for a story that ran Simple did, but that doesn’t mean she won’t in the publication’s March issue. After putting chase them. so much time in the research and writing, “If you go with God, you will be just fine,” she the author gave her the chance to share the said. “You have to make decisions for things to story’s byline. happen and then actively pursue them.” She says some of her greatest learning came By Allison Shumate from working with her department editor, who previously had worked at the New York Times and as freelance writer in Paris. “I was constantly at her desk, and she was showing me how things worked,” Jill said. Jill credits her time on the Vienna Studies Program the year before with preparing her for living in New York. “You never imagine you will wake up and that will be your life,” she said. “That you would get off the train in the morning and see Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall across the street from your office.” Jill knows that her future endeavors may not all come as easily as her position at Real

Jill’s < Faith in Action > Jill’s knowledge of Camp Shiloh was limited to one brochure when she decided to dedicate her time and effort to this camp for kids from innercity New York. On a graduation trip with her mom, Jill heard about the camp while attending a worship service at Manhattan Church of Christ. Camp Shiloh is located at the base of the Catskill Mountains, 90 miles from downtown New York City. Jill serves as a counselor and teaches classes in Bible and photography at Camp Shiloh. She said that attending the camp is the first experience outside the city for most of the children. “Most of these kids have never seen a mosquito or the stars at night … or sat around a camp fire,” she said. Most of the children attend camp for little or no cost. College students spend their spring breaks passing out flyers and going into New York City’s public schools to find new Shiloh campers. During “quiet times,” counselors pair off with two campers and teach the kids about prayer and talk about how camp is going for them. With a future goal of helping to educate innercity families as a whole, Camp Shiloh is allowing Jill to grow her passion for these children one summer at a time.

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Story Highlights: > Engineering grad got ‘crash course’ in first job > Engineering career with Honda has taken him to Japan and back > He now works as a senior engineer, researching new and future technologies One kid draws cars. Another one takes them apart to see how they work. The third one crashes cars together. Which kid is the future engineer? All of them, of course. But Lando Hamlett didn’t see engineering in his future when he was a kid playing with Hot Wheels. But it was in his future. And when he came to OC as a mechanical engineering major, he knew he was more interested in testing than in design or manufacturing. Lando progressed through OC’s nationallyaccredited engineering program and was recruited and hired by Honda when he graduated in 2000. Job: frontal crash engineer. Location: Japan. He’s back in the United States now, working at Honda’s Ohio headquarters as a senior engineer and safety project leader. He also researches new and future technologies to further enhance occupant safety. “I get to have my hands into more aspects of the vehicle (side impact, rear crash, interior impact, curtain airbags, etc.), so my knowledge base has expanded significantly,” Lando said. “It’s very satisfying knowing that our hard work has potential life-saving benefits to our customers. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is when we receive real-life stories from customers thanking us for designing safe vehicles.” By day, he uses his engineering degree to make a difference. Lando fills a lot of the other hours of his day with his with his wife, Brooke, and their two young sons. He teaches two-year-olds at his congregation and plays on three softball teams. He coaches his son’s soccer team and their family enjoys housing international exchange students. They’ve hosted students from Japan, and another high school student from Germany

Engineering students graduating with a college GPA of 2.8 or better enjoy a job placement rate of 100 percent.

lives with them now. “Hosting these students has been a real treat for us and especially our children. Exchange students are typically the cream of the crop, so all the students we have hosted have been wonderful,” Lando said. “It is difficult sometimes with the extra child to cart around and the higher grocery bill, but what those students give back to our children far outweighs our troubles.” Lando is used to juggling responsibilities. At an OC student, he played on the tennis team, was active in the Kappa Sigma Tau social club, and served as a youth ministry intern at Memorial Road Church of Christ. “My experience at OC could not have been better,” Lando said. “The professors were great, and their enthusiasm about the subject matter made classes more enjoyable. Since the engineering department works very much like a team, students learn how to work with others, deal with different personalities

and overcome difficulties that may arise due to these differences. The constant flow of homework taught me to prioritize what’s important with what can wait and taught me to finish tasks that I started before other problems would arise. If I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t hesitate to choose OC again.” By Dawn Shelton

Lando’s < Faith in Action > Lando Hamlett is a guy who lives his faith out loud. Although it was admittedly hard to be loud while he and his wife lived in Japan on a stint with Honda. And that was only because of the language differences. Lando and Brooke did what it took to connect with Christians and be examples for Jesus to non-believers. That included traveling two-anda-half hours to church sometimes, and other times, attending church with a headset on for translation. Now at home in Ohio, Lando coaches for his son’s soccer teams and his congregation’s men’s softball team. Those are all growth experiences, but the best thing he’s learning is with the twoyear-olds in Bible class. “It is amazing how sincere little kids are about God. It really brings Jesus’ message to light when he said in Matt 18:3, ‘Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,’” he said.

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The Good Doctor

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Story Highlights: > OC biology major was first in his class at medical school > Six years at prestigious Mayo Clinic helped make him an expert in his field > Now he’s on the cutting edge of treating ‘gut-wrenching’ illnesses Have you ever heard of the Mayo Clinic? Of course you have. Everyone knows it’s one of the best medical facilities in the world. The best treatment. The best research. The best doctors. The best doctors like Dr. John Maple. The 1995 OC graduate spent six years at Mayo, where he completed his residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in gastroenterology. It’s possible he might have stayed there. No offense to the great state of Minnesota, but the winters there are a bit harsh for an Oklahoma native. In 2007, he moved back to Oklahoma City to join the faculty at the OU Medical Center. He is one of only two doctors in the state who have expertise in their specialty area of advanced endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic ultrasound. Basically, he is on the cutting edge (literally) of research, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses that involve our … to put it frankly … guts. If his name sounds familiar, it’s because his father is the great Dr. John Maple, distinguished professor of history at Oklahoma Christian. If you haven’t heard of the dad, you will when you come to OC, but we’ll get to that later. Because parents like to brag about their kids, we asked Dr. Maple, the dad, to tell us about his namesake. “Yes, we’re quite proud of him,” said the proud father, who is married to proud mother Connie, who works in OC’s Beam Library. “His vita is really impressive. He was first in his class in medical school at OSU-COM and received several awards, including top academic and top clinical student. He’s been courted by medical schools in Missouri, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma to join their faculty. Almost no one else in the state has the level of his training.” The younger John did not seriously consider a career in medicine until after he came to OC

More than 90 percent of graduates who apply to medical school are accepted.

as an engineering major. In high school, he soared in math and science classes (and liked them). So he switched his major to biology and embarked on what he would discover to be his true calling: medicine. The rest is history. Speaking of history, Dr. Maple, the dad, is the revered professor who teaches Western Civilization, a challenging core curriculum class everyone takes. John (the son) remembers his friends thinking he’d get off easy when he took that class. “I guess they thought maybe I would have a key to his dad’s office, or have the answers to the tests,” he said. John didn’t have that kind of edge. His edge was pride and determination to ace his dad’s class. He did. Now that he’s back in Oklahoma, John and his wife, Amy, are thrilled to reconnect with some of their OC friends who stayed in the area, and to settle their three kids (Austin,

Devon and Carys) into life in Oklahoma. At work, John sees his patients, teaches fellows and does important research. And to keep it human, he’s taken his medical skills to the streets, where he’s plugged into a local medical mission. By Dawn Shelton

Nursing < Faith in Action > Oklahoma Christian’s bachelor’s degree nursing program does more than teach the techniques and knowledge needed to be a good nurse. The program’s focus on international and domestic missions gives students real-world opportunities to learn about medicine while making a difference at the same time. Spring break and summer trips to Honduras link students with Predisan, a Christian mission. Students attend deliveries, take vital signs, and learn about public health in developing countries. More importantly, students gain an international perspective and share the gospel with their healing hands. “Every single one of our classes requires community service,” nursing program director Linda Fly said. “It’s part of our mission statement.”

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Story Highlights: > OC grads make big impact as teachers at inner-city school > Passion for kids grew out of tutoring and student teaching opportunities > Elementary jumped from at-risk list to become one of the best charter schools in U.S. In 2004, Western Village Academy was on Oklahoma’s academic at-risk list because of historically low scores on standardized achievement tests. Just three years later, the Center for Education Reform named the inner-city elementary school one of the best 53 charter schools in the United States (out of more than 4,000 nationwide). But Western Village’s turnaround is more than a success story. It’s a love story. “I fell in love with the kids and their parents and the families when I tutored there,” OC graduate Joy Rainey said. “A lot of people give up on those kids and assume they can’t do things. I wanted to be someone who wouldn’t

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give up on them no matter what. They’re easy to love.” Joy is one of four OC alums who teach at Western Village. Her passion for the kids developed through OC’s longtime relationship with the school. More than 100 OC students participate in

because I saw all these teachers who were burned out,” she said. “Now, I can understand why because it’s so tough. But I just wanted to share my passion with those kids. I sought out experiences like that after that first one because I really enjoyed it.” Jillian Wells had the same passion; she wanted to teach at an inner-city school. Joy connected her with Western Village … and Jillian immediately connected with her students. “You just want to be with the kids all 2007 School of Education graduates enjoyed a 100 the time. You want percent job placement rate. to get to know their families better,” after-school tutoring and mentoring sessions Jillian said. “It doesn’t burden you to be with at Western Village each year. the kids after school because you want to Every freshman education major at OC takes be with them and be interactive with them. a class called “Schools in American Culture.” Teaching is a great way to do that.” It’s a course that gives aspiring teachers And just as OC’s classes stoked the flames valuable field experience in challenging of Joy’s passion for underprivileged kids, OC’s classroom situations. That course gave Joy an culture shaped Jillian’s life in a way that helps up-close-and-personal look at the struggles her make a big impact in the classroom and inner-city teachers face. beyond. “That really put the burning desire in me “If I had gone to a state school or any


other school, I would have been a completely where the father is incarcerated or who knows different person,” Jillian said. “I gained so where. We have so many teachers who are much from friends, classes, professors and willing to go not just 8 to 4, but in the evenings the experiences I had at OC. I’m able to share and on the weekends to support the moms that with others and with my classes through and help the kids. It’s not a job or a career. It’s who I became in the four years I was here.” a complete lifestyle.” Kelsey Rogstad and Kristi Phillips have By Wes McKinzie followed Joy and Jillian to Western Village. Thanks to teachers like these four OC Joy’s < Faith in Action > grads, and the commitment of OC mentors and others who reached out to Western Joy Rainey’s passion for children doesn’t stop when the school bell rings at the end of the day. Village, the school has seen its She recently became a foster mother to one of the students from test scores rise dramatically Western Village. over the last decade. But Joy “The night before this opportunity became available, I had been with a friend praying specifically that I could find a way to better and Jillian see success in more serve her family,” Joy said. “There was no doubt in my mind when than the numbers. this happened that it was an answer to prayer.” “Far greater than any Of course, parenthood comes with its share of challenges, especially for a young, single person with a life of her own. But rising test scores are the Joy’s sudden lifestyle change also came with many rewards. relationships, the ability “The best part is seeing such growth in her maturity, in academics, to have these working but most importantly, in her awareness of God – who He is, what He relationships with the kids does for her, and how she can rely on Him,” Joy said. “She makes up ‘God songs’ in the car everywhere we go. She talks about God all and their parents,” Joy said. the time and thinks about Him so often. I think that is just a taste of “Being able to help single what Heaven will be like. That part is so fulfilling.” moms with five or six kids View

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Story Highlights: > Aspiring pilot kept options open with liberal studies major > OC grad is now an instructor pilot in the Air Force > Dreams of piloting Air Force One some day When Tony Weedn arrived on the Oklahoma Christian campus as a freshman, there was a lot he didn’t know. He didn’t know what he was going to study. He didn’t know the lifelong friends he would make in the social service club he didn’t know he would join. He didn’t know he would meet his future wife, Haylee. But even with all these unknowns, Tony came to OC with a flight plan. He was determined to become a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Tony chose liberal studies as his major because it gave him a backup plan in case his dream of becoming a pilot didn’t come true. “With liberal studies, you can pick and choose classes to take within three chosen categories,” Tony said. “I was able to be a radio DJ, design websites and learn a ton about history. It was a great feeling having those diverse possibilities available to me in case I didn’t become a pilot.” But as it turned out, Tony’s classroom dedication and passion for flying kept him from becoming the world’s first web-designing radio DJ with a knack for historical trivia. After spending four years commuting between Oklahoma Christian and his Air Force ROTC unit at the University of Oklahoma, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant and earned a pilot slot. Just one month after graduating from OC, Tony started Air Force flight training school. After 14 physically and mentally grueling months, he finished his training with “flying” colors and got his assignment as an instructor pilot. Fast forward a few years, and Tony spends most of his time doing just what his job title implies: teaching his students (many of whom are Air Force Academy graduates) the ins and outs of operating multi-million dollar military aircraft … without injuring themselves or the jets. In addition to the personal satisfaction he

Each year, more than 50 companies visit campus to actively recruit OC seniors for jobs and careers.

gets from sharing his passion for flying with his students, Tony’s role as an instructor pilot is also quickly increasing the number of flight hours he logs. The number of hours in flight is one of the many factors that determine the types of missions a pilot is assigned. And, although he’s leaving things in God’s hands, Tony has his sights set on ONE specific mission. When you ask him about that one specific mission, it doesn’t seem too farfetched when he looks you straight in the eye, flashes a confident smile, and tells you his goal is to fly Air Force One for the president of the United States some day. But even if he does end up running the cockpit for the Commander in Chief, Tony always will look back at OC as the place where he first earned his wings. “I have a ton of favorite memories from OC. If I could come back and start all over again I would do it in a heartbeat,” Tony said. “Do everything you can. Get involved. Don’t look

back in 10 years and wish you would have or should have done something. College can be hard, but you can do it. Fight the good fight. Finish the race.” Now that sounds like a good flight plan. By Michael Mitchell

Tony’s < Faith in Action > OC helped me learn more about my faith and how to keep it strong. The hardest thing about the “real world” is not conforming to it. You have to stand strong … and OC taught me those values. I just recently got a letter from one of my students that read: “Tony, I just wanted to say thanks for being such a great example around the flight room both as a Christian and an instructor pilot in general. It is one that I will strive to emulate as I begin my career as a rated pilot. I hope we can stay in touch because I know the Lord has great things in store for you. Thanks!” This is what it’s all about. I carry this letter with me everywhere I fly to remind me of what’s important. My job may be as an instructor pilot, but my goal is to be the best Christ-like example I can be and bring as many people to heaven with me as possible. – Tony Weedn

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She won’t be selected to be in Gryffindor, but she will be able to eat her meals in the same dining hall that Harry Potter did while attending Hogwarts. But more importantly to OC history/pre-law major Elaine Ekpo, she’ll get to study in the famous Bodleian Library along with more than 18,000 other Oxford University students. “I’m really weird and I love libraries,” Elaine admitted. Elaine found out about the Oxford Scholar Semester program browsing through brochures in OC’s International Programs Office. The semester in Oxford caught her eye and prompted her to join OC’s Honors Program so she could qualify. “It really interested me because I wanted to go to England, specifically Oxford,” she said. “The focus is more on the history of the area … and history is my specialty.” Her adventurous spirit became evident when she came to Oklahoma Christian all the way from her home in California. For her, the Oxford program is perfect. She gets to travel through England and Europe during her free time. But she also anticipates experiencing personal growth. “It’ll challenge my faith in so many ways,” she said. “I’ll be even further away from my family in a completely different culture and in a new country. I think God has a plan for me. I think that’s why he allowed me to go. He’ll help me mature into who he wants me to be.” Elaine’s semester of study in Oxford will also help prepare her for another goal. She wants to study law at Yale after she graduates from Oklahoma Christian. She encourages other students to pursue studying away from OC’s campus for at least one semester. Various opportunities through the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities are open to all majors and all students. Besides the Oxford program, other semester-study locations include Australia, Egypt, Latin America and even Hollywood. “Experiencing the world is the first step we can take to finding ourselves,” Elaine said. By Rachel Yeakley

STUDY ABROAD/OFF-CAMPUS

In addition to the European Studies and Pacific Rim Studies programs profiled on pages 52-55, OC offers numerous international and domestic off-campus study opportunities each year. A year of study at Korea Christian University or Japan’s Ibaraki Christian University comes with a full-tuition scholarship. Summer programs include a Canada Shakespeare Tour for fine arts or literature credit, study programs in Europe and Latin America, and a medical mission trip to Honduras. Through the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, students can pursue programs like film school in Los Angeles, political or journalism studies in Washington, D.C., professional musician and music executive training at the Contemporary Music Center, and international studies in Australia, China, England, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and Uganda. For more info on all of OC’s off-campus study opportunities, go to www. oc.edu/gostudy.

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HONORS PROGRAM

The Honors Program is designed for good thinkers who value knowledge for its intrinsic worth and its enabling power. The program offers students an Honors curriculum in place of the general education core curriculum. Students major in many disciplines, bringing diverse insights to their work with other Honors students. The Honors courses are team-taught and interdisciplinary. Professors encourage a high level of participation, foster considerable independent research, and mentor students in writing papers that demonstrate mature, scholarly thinking. Students are encouraged to accept intellectual challenges in order to understand and perform at the highest possible level. Criteria for Admission: High school GPA of 3.5 or higher; ACT score of 28 or SAT of 1240; evidence of strong writing and critical thinking


Jeff of All Trades His friends think it’s cool to say he’s a bona fide rocket scientist. Because he is. He’s also a big deal with his job at Boeing in Los Angeles. And an entrepreneur. And an urban missionary. And a community volunteer. Jeff Dimick graduated from OC in 1983. Yep, that’s way before OC’s incoming freshman were even born, but they’ll still walk the same campus, although Jeff has observed some differences. “I live in LA and work with many college age and young adults at church. So nothing surprises me about appearances,” he said. “Here are a few observations: shorts on campus, when did they allow that? And facial hair? That was only by exception when I was in school.” When Jeff, clean shaven and wearing preppy clothes, graduated from Oklahoma Christian with his math/computer science degree, his career launched into an orbit that led him to Boeing, managing a technology that didn’t even exist until 1995. That technology – GPS (short for “global positioning system”) – gives us directions in our cars. It makes sure the ATM machine will give us cash (assuming there’s no zero balance). It even helps ensure our national security. Besides his gig with Boeing, Jeff also is involved with One World Post, a cool, digital editing company that works on shows seen on MTV, VH1 and other networks. He lives in the Los Angeles fast lane during the week. But on weekends, you’ll find him praying and serving at the Hilltop Community Church of Christ, in El Segundo, where he answered God’s call to do mission work. The congregation’s mission is to “accept people where they are and help each other accept where God wants us to be” (from John 8:11). Jeff sometimes comes back to campus as a guest lecturer, and he recently joined the university’s Board of Trustees. “When I travel back to OC, I always enjoy the pace and the focus on people and relationships,” he said. By Dawn Shelton

Math, Computer & Information Sciences

ELECTRICAL & COMPUTER engineering

OC Math, Computer and Information Science graduates have a widelyknown reputation for quality. Organizations that hire MCIS alumni include IBM, Northrup Grumman, NASA, Chesapeake Energy, and more. Department graduates entering the education field own a 100% pass rate on teacher education certification exams. Kappa Mu Epsilon, the National Mathematics Honor Society, accepted eight OC students last year. OC’s MCIS team placed first among all Oklahoma universities and first among baccalaureate universities (schools without graduate engineering programs) at the 2004 and 2005 South Central ACM programming contests. OC also placed first at the 2005 National CCCU Programming Competition.

Oklahoma Christian is one of only two universities in the 105-school Council of Christian Colleges and Universities with three ABET-accredited engineering programs. That accreditation means OC’s Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs meet or exceed the standards of a rigorous set of engineer-defined criteria. Those standards are evident in OC’s pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (OC’s 87% far exceeds the national average of 73%). OC has a 100% placement rate for engineering grads with college GPAs of 2.8 or higher. Engineering alumni also have pursued graduate school or careers in medicine, law, dentistry and politics.

Career Opportunities: Actuary, Mathematics Teacher, Software Engineer, Systems Administrator, Systems Analyst

Career Opportunities: Aerospace, Computer/Software Development, Digital Television, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, New Technologies for Airplanes, Cars, Space Vehicles, Phones, Security Systems and Telescopes

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Harvard Man WHO WE ARE

Andrew Silvestri is a Harvard man. After graduating from Oklahoma Christian with a degree in government and legal studies and a minor in international studies, Andrew is living out his lifelong goal at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. “Going to Harvard has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember,” Andrew said. “To see it happen is a dream come true. It’s a blessing from God.” Andrew is working on his master’s degree in public policy with an emphasis in international security and economic development. Ultimately, he wants to run for public office or become an international ambassador. Most students at the Kennedy School have years of professional experience. Only four percent are accepted straight out of college like Andrew was. “I was a little scared that going to a smaller Christian school like OC might hold me back. Really, the opposite was true,” he said. Andrew participated in many activities at OC. He served as Student Government Association president, traveled with the Pacific Rim program, and more. Beyond OC, he worked on U.S. Congressman Ernest Istook’s campaign for governor and for corporation commissioner Denise Bode’s campaign for the U.S. Congress. “Had I not come to OC, I don’t think I would have been able to get involved in the organizations I did or been exposed to the different job opportunities I had,” he said. Andrew was homeschooled for most of his life. He spent his teen years in Portugal, where his parents served as missionaries. That opened Andrew’s eyes to the vast world around him and sparked his passion for international relations. Andrew says God placed several opportunities in front of him at Oklahoma Christian that helped him grow academically and spiritually. He also surrounded himself with positive role models who taught him a lot. “Being around strong leaders helps you become a strong leader yourself. When you are around Godly men and women who are intelligent, ambitious and strong in their faith, you model your life after them and other successful people,” he said. “All of that combined with hard work and God by your side are huge keys to success.” By Wes McKinzie and Jacey Jacobs

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2006-07 history and political science graduates had a 100% placement rate into graduate school and law school. Among those were: Andrew Silvestri (John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard); Meredith Wright (assistantship and tuition waiver to pursue graduate study in to American History at Kansas); and law school placements for Dan Arnett (Drexel), Rachel Hoover (Faulkner), and Steven Creager (Oklahoma). OC’s chapter of the National History Honor Society has been named the nation’s “Best Chapter” in its category for 12 straight years overall. The university’s Journal of Historical Studies was developed by chapter members and is composed of student research papers.

Oklahoma Christian is one of only two universities in the 105-school Council of Christian Colleges and Universities with three ABET-accredited engineering programs. That accreditation means OC’s Mechanical Engineering program meets or exceeds the standards of a rigorous set of engineer-defined criteria. Those standards are evident in OC’s pass rate on the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (OC’s 87% far exceeds the national average of 73%). OC has a 100% placement rate for engineering grads with college GPAs of 2.8 or higher. Each year, we have more managers seek student names to fill jobs than we have students graduating.

Career Opportunities: Campaigns, Journalism, Law, Legislative Bodies, Libraries and Archives, Museums, Research Institutes, Teaching (primary school, middle school, high school and university level)

Career Opportunities: Aerospace (the aeronautical industry actually hires more mechanical engineers than aeronautical engineers), Biomedical, Manufacturing, Oil and Power, Transportation

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A Gift Worth Giving WHO WE ARE

Did you ever consider that being able to read is a gift? That’s how OC English Professor Gail Nash sees it. And it’s a gift worth passing on. In addition to teaching her students at Oklahoma Christian, Nash and other volunteers lead a valuable program called the Community Literacy Project. Considering that most OC students grew up in highly-literate homes surrounded by books and conversations, Nash says her students have the responsibility to extend that grace to others. “We don’t need to wait to find technology to cure illiteracy,” Nash said. “We already know how to teach people to read. We don’t need to wait for advances in technology or medicine like are needed to cure cancer. We already know how to cure this problem.” Nash’s passion has caught on with her TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) students and to other OC staff members, who spend lunch hours during the week teaching English to some of OC’s non-English speaking employees who work in custodial and maintenance services. OC student Miranda Brazle is a TEFL major who serves as a student coordinator for the literacy project. “I’m not just helping people; I’m getting experience in my field,” Brazle said. OC’s TEFL degree program provides another advantage; Oklahoma Christian is one of just a few universities that offer a bachelor’s degree in teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to the project’s on-campus emphasis, a group of volunteers also ventures off campus to teach English to others. “We are reaching out to our own OC community and to the Oklahoma City community as well,” Nash said. Brazle says she feels fortunate to help those who need to improve their linguistic skills. She says it’s a great way to connect with people she sees around campus that she hasn’t gotten to know. “Now I can walk around campus and see them and say ‘Hi,’” she said. “I want to encourage them and lift up their day.” By Kellie Olive and Dawn Shelton

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The L&L department boasts a 100% placement rate for alumni who apply to graduate schools. OC students have many opportunities to practice their craft. Soundings, an outlet for original works by OC students, alumni, faculty and staff, won Best Literary Journal at the 2008 national English honor society convention. Students submit work in regional and national contests through OC’s chapter of the International English Honor Society, and serve as tutors through OC’s writing center and the Community Literacy Program. Each year, OC brings nationally-known writers to campus. Past guests have included Kathleen Norris, U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, and Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson.

Oklahoma Christian offers students instrumental, stage and vocal performance opportunities. The music department is accredited by National Association of Schools of Music and has a 100% pass rate on state teacher certification exams. OC’s theatre department performs five major productions each year (four plays and a musical). Besides cast opportunities, students have the chance to be hands on by designing and making costumes, building scenery, designing and managing lighting and sound, and serving as director or stage manager. Local and national internships are available, including placement at the Los Angeles Center for Screen Writing.

Career Opportunities: Author, Creative Writer, Editor, Lawyer, Public Relations Professional, Publisher, Technical Writer, Teacher/Professor

Career Opportunities: Actor, Director, Music Therapist, Private Instructor, Sound Engineer, Symphony or Opera Company Performer, Teacher/ University Professor, Worship/Youth Minister

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Alum Finds His Calling Want to buy a cell phone? If you buy one at Wal-Mart, you can thank 2004 OC graduate Russell Winters for making your choices affordable and high quality. “Every Wal-Mart store you walk into, you can look at every one of those phones … I pick those phones. I got them to the stores and I put them at the price they are today,” he said. In fact, if you happen to be shopping in Bentonville, Ark., where Russell’s office is located, you might even bump into him at one of the local Wal-Marts. And he won’t hesitate to answer your questions about the phones ... even if he’s there for his own grocery shopping. Russell is in his first year as a buyer for Wal-Mart after performing a similar role for Radio Shack for three years. He majored in marketing management at OC, where he also was actively involved in SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise). One of Russell’s favorite SIFE projects involved identity theft. In 2003, identity theft was much less known. Russell and his teammates paid students $5 to fill out surveys with their social security numbers, personal buying habits and credit card numbers. Later, they revealed what the consequences could have been. The local newspaper ran a front-page article on the project’s results, and the team gave a presentation to an audience of professors and executives from BancFirst. In another project, his SIFE team did some “secret shopping” for a local Radio Shack. Later, the store’s district manager helped Russell land his first job. Russell never imagined he would be where he is today. “Being a buyer is a really great job,” he said. “For me, it’s probably the most perfect job that I could have found at this stage of my career. It lets me exercise a lot of different muscles.” Many of Russell’s professors at OC influenced his career path. Accounting professor Mickey Cowan taught him to be genuine in business environments – to be himself – something Russell remembers to do every day. “If you love what you do and you’re passionate about it, you will absolutely be successful,” Russell said. “When you look at people that are successful, they’re the ones who work the hardest. And the people that are passionate are the ones who work hard.” By Rachel Yeakley

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

EDUCATION

OC business alumni hold high-ranking positions in companies across the nation, proof of a program that challenges students and prepares them for success. OC has had the No. 1 pass rate on the CPA exam among all Oklahoma universities for 11 of the past 13 years. ETS pass rates for OC undergrads are in the 80th percentile; the national average is the 50th percentile. OC’s commitment to professional development is vital to student success. OC student teams have placed first in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition four times in the last seven years. And OC’s Students in Free Enterprise team has won the regional championship three of the past five years.

Oklahoma Christian’s School of Education has produced countless alumni who were successful in the classroom – both as students and as teachers. OC education students boast a 100% pass rate on the Oklahoma General Education Test, Oklahoma Subject Area Tests and the Oklahoma Professional Teaching Exam. OC’s education programs are accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Areas of emphasis include Early Childhood, Elementary, English, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Science, and Social Studies

Career Opportunities: Accounting, Commercial Banking, Consulting, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning, Finance, Insurance, Investment Banking, Management, Marketing, Product Management, Retailing

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Drawn to Design WHO WE ARE

Katie Isenberg’s mom wouldn’t let her paint the walls of their home when she was young. She settled for rearranging her furniture in her room as much as she liked. Later on, a course in high school increased Katie’s interest in art and design. Now, two years out from OC’s program in interior design, Katie is putting her design skills to use in ways she never would have imagined. Katie works for Troy Westnidge, a furniture production company in Newcastle, Oklahoma. The company designs and produces furniture that ranges from oneof-a-kind pieces for the home to large orders for resorts and hotels such as the Bellagio and the Ritz-Carlton. Katie communicates the visions that come from customers or their designers into elevations and section drawings for the furniture builders. What starts as an idea on paper or a photo from a magazine is drafted out and given to the company engineers to ensure they can build the piece. Katie also has been working on the company’s latest Web site design. Before joining Troy Westnidge, Katie spent more than three years at Bella Rose, first as an intern then as a full-time employee. Bella Rose produces home textiles for a range of stores from TJMaxx to Bombay. The design team at Bella Rose also included two other recent OC graduates. A highlight of her time at the company occurred when she and her fellow designers saw textiles they produced used on the reality show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” While the worlds of textile and furniture production seem closely related, Katie says the two jobs have turned out to be very different. “If there is a problem at Troy Westnidge, we can make a change because we produce all the pieces on site,” Katie said. “At Bella Rose, the production was done in China, so you had the time and language differences to deal with.” Katie says she pulls inspiration from things she sees in catalogs and magazines. Her own preferences are traditional and eclectic, but in the end, she says designing for someone else is more about personal taste. “You should make your home whatever you want it to be,” she said. By Allison Shumate

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OC art and design classes are taught by professionals who are experts in their fields. Students have numerous opportunities to develop their talents and present their work. The University Gallery offers several showings each year, featuring works in various genres from OC students and from nationally-known artists. OC’s Brass Ring Awards, a national art and design contest, attracts more than 800 entries each year. Last year, almost 30% of all OC entries received awards. Graphic design students prepare for their careers in the senior-year Advertising Campaigns course. Students spend a semester developing an ad campaign, then have their work evaluated by a panel of professionals.

OC’s communication department is on the forefront of preparing students for a variety of careers in the field. Communication students produce the Talon, the university’s newspaper, the Aerie, OC’s yearbook, and Eagle Angle, a weekly television newscast. Students also get hands-on experience at KOCCi, the school radio station and through a variety of internships with local media, marketing, advertising and public relations organizations. Students also participate in numerous contests; recent honors include first-place and second-place awards from the National Broadcasting Society and first-place awards in feature news, commercial production, and public relations writing at the state and local levels.

Career Opportunities: 3-D Modeling Animator, Art Director, Art Teacher/ Professor, Art Therapist, Graphic Designer, Painter, Scuptor, Web Designer

Career Opportunities: Animator, Editor in Chief, Events Planner, Graphic Designer, Media Relations Specialist, Mortgage Broker, News Manager, Website Designer, and more!

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Dream Girls Amber Foster is a missionary in Honduras – the last place on earth she thought she’d end up. But a spring break mission trip to this Central American country pretty much sealed her fate. “My job description changes on a daily basis. Sometimes I’m a mother. I’ve been an ambulance driver, a hearse driver, a comforter, a doctor, a teacher, and I’m hopefully always a friend,” she said. “I teach a lot of Bible classes, do a lot of visiting in homes, and cleaning scraped knees. I just do whatever needs done and love every minute of it.” Amber is still in her 20s, but she’s a mom to two teenage boys she took in after their parents died. It’s a testimony to her spirit of doing what needs to be done. “I look back at my time at OC as the time of my life when I grew the most. OC provided me with a loving environment in which to grow and make my faith my own. I was challenged to discover who I was and what I wanted out of my life instead of following a path that was expected of me,” Foster said. Amber says summertime is super busy with youth groups coming from the U.S. to help with house building, working with children and many other projects. Contact her if you’re interested (amberinhonduras@yahoo.com). One of those helpers is Amber’s friend, Amanda Peery. This girl, a religious education major at OC, has big dreams. There’s graduate school. Becoming a therapist. Establishing a center to help children with difficulties. Working in children’s ministry. Extended stays in Honduras. She’s well on her way. Amanda spends her summers interning at Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa. She’s gone on spring break mission trips to Honduras with other students who orchestrate a Vacation Bible School for the children of this third-world country. “You would think some people may be apprehensive about being in another culture and environment, but I’ve seen students just plug right in and fall in love with the people in Honduras,” Amanda said. “I’m amazed to see how people work together on this trip. I think it shows me how important it is for the church to actually function as a body.” By Dawn Shelton

PSYCHOLOGY & FAMILY STUDIES

BIOLOGY

Professional development and undergraduate research strengthen the learning opportunities for OC’s psychology and family studies majors. Students work closely with faculty sponsors in independent research projects and in a year-long senior-level research class. Since 1999, approximately 50 students have presented the results of their empirical research at conferences throughout the region. The OC Psychology Club provides an opportunity for majors to engage in activities that promote the knowledge of the field. Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, promotes excellence in scholarship and advances the science of psychology. Psi Chi inducts 6-7 new members from OC each year.

OC’s new bachelor’s nursing degree enhances a department that also features degrees in Biochemistry, Biology, Medical Technology and Science Education, plus pre-professional programs in a variety of medical and dental disciplines. 90% of OC graduates have been accepted to medical schools. OC students reap the benefits of undergraduate research opportunities. Since 1996, 100% of OC students who participated in undergraduate research were accepted to professional programs (medical, dental, nursing, and physical therapy). OC also offers an advanced cadaver course in a new state-of-the-art lab.

Career Opportunities: Adoption Agencies, Advertising, College Admissions, Law, Management, Medicine, Social Work, Teaching

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Man with a Mission WHO WE ARE

Peter Cariaga’s family tradition at OC has been history in the making. His grandfather and father both graduated from Oklahoma Christian, then returned to their home country of the Philippines to become influential Christian leaders. His grandfather began what is now Sunrise Christian College, the Philippines’ largest collectively church-owned facility. His dad has helped plant eight churches and leads a national church newspaper and its corresponding website. Peter is a Bible and communications double major, just like his father was, and wants to further that scholastic ambition. He hopes to teach or be an administrator at Sunrise some day. “Through OC, I’d like to carry on a tradition of Christian education,” he said. And I don’t just mean Bible training, preaching, stuff like that. I mean an environment in which you’re different, and people can see that you are Christ-like. I really think that OC can help me do that and help nurture that.” As a freshman, Peter jumped at the opportunity to be a part of an OC mission trip to help with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Rita. Although Peter received service hours for his classes from the trip, he knew it was about much more. “It was a humbling experience. You get to go out and help people that cannot possibly help you back,” he said. “It was a time when we could just serve others, focus on others and do what Jesus would have done, caring for people.” Peter is active in numerous Christian activities on campus. He wants to invest in people while he’s a student here: “I want to get to know people at a real close level and build relationships,” he said. He feels opportunities like that hurricane relief effort and the summer mission trips he’s taken are some of the best ways to accomplish this. “I would encourage even more students to go on mission trips, to get the experience of going out and doing things for other people, not just to benefit from feeling humble or spiritual,” Peter said. “You do it to show people that you care.” By Emoly West

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OC’s Department of Chemistry & Physics features degree programs in Biochemistry, Chemistry, and Science Education. Undergraduate research is a key component to the department, and students have reaped the benefits of that work. Over the past three years, 90 percent of OC’s science students who applied to medical school or graduate school were accepted. Students also benefit from Philiatros, an organization that allows students to interact with each other and with members of the professional medical community. Guest speakers at meetings include physicians, optometrists and pharmacists, researchers from many biomedical fields, and representatives of graduate and professional schools in the region.

Majors and non-majors alike learn from experienced ministers and professors with degrees from Oxford, Notre Dame, Baylor, Wheaton and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, to name a few. In addition to biblical scholarship, students have hands-on ministry prospects through a vocational ministry second major and through mission campaigns. OC offers M.A. and M.Div. programs through the College of Biblical Studies, providing students with opportunities to further their education on the graduate level. Through the website eBibleStudy.org, OC’s Biblical Studies faculty offers fully-developed lessons that equip teachers with important topics for high school and adult classes.

Career Opportunities: Environmental Protection, Forensic Science, Health and Medical, Oil, Gas and Power, Primary and Secondary Education

Career Opportunities: Minister, Missionary, Children’s Minister, Youth Minister Teacher, University Professor

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Renaissance Man Story Highlights: > OC art instructor has successful painting career > His love of history influences his art and his teaching style > Real-world experience help students get their work shown

Walls painted stark-white. No furniture or distractions. Just one easel in the middle of the room. This is where David Crismon spends his time after his 8 to 5 job as an OC art instructor. He doesn’t just teach art, he creates it. In fact, this plain white room is where he has created more than 30 paintings in the last five years. Although he’s not anti-technology, David loves it when his students have “no excuses,” just them and their pencil and paper. If you visit his drawing class, you’ll see his students engrossed in their work, in complete silence. David, a selfprofessed lowtech artist,

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says that’s when he knows things are going well. “I just totally strip away a lot of stuff,” he said. “I often remind them … do you hear this? There’s nothing going on. They’re not complaining that they’re bored. They’re simply totally engaged in what they’re doing. And I like that. So I try to get that in every class.” David teaches art and design history, along with his painting and drawing classes. He loves “combing through history” and instilling that knowledge in his students. “I think everything that gets done, paintings included, in some way kind of reflects the time that it’s done in. Sometimes it’s the only thing we have from a particular time period to go back and piece together,” he said. The professor’s medium of choice is oil paintings. For five years, he has pursued an idea he calls “Dislocated Histories.” At least 30 paintings resulted from this idea. David looks at an actual painting from centuries ago and recreates it through the eyes of today’s technology. “What would something from the 15th century or the 17th century have to look like today? It wouldn’t look the same. It would be seen with an X-ray machine, video monitors, chemical tests,” he said. With his work showcased in several art galleries around the country, this art instructor’s real-world experience has proven beneficial to his students. He acts as a liaison, introducing galleries to his students and getting them their first professional shows. He sees the dual purpose in his painting. “I think it’s very valuable because it shows the students that we’re not just doing these things and kind of tucking them away under the bed. I don’t do that,” he said. “I think that the focus is to get the work out into the world and make it do something.” To see David’s message-infused paintings for yourself, you can visit Mainsite Gallery in Norman or Craighead Green Gallery in Dallas (www. craigheadgreen.com). By Rachel Yeakley


e c n ie il s e R d n a h c r a e s e R Story Highlights: > OC professor is originally from South Africa > His experience has allowed him to help fellow Africans > His research is used to help refugees throughout U.S. His corner office in the WilliamsBranch Biblical Studies Center is typical of a university professor. The shelves are maxed out with books. The desk is organized. The calendar is full. There are numerous framed diplomas on the wall. But there also are two carved wooden elephants on a shelf, a colorful giraffe in another corner and a safari-themed pillow on a guest chair. There’s a large framed picture of Cape Town, South Africa. It’s a decidedly African theme … and when you hear him speak, you know that Dr. Alan Martin is not “from” here. Dr. Martin, an associate professor of marriage and family ministry, is from South Africa. But it’s not just the décor and cool accent that connects him with home. His educational and professional journey has led him to help fellow Africans from Sudan and Rwanda who now live in the U.S. At Michigan State University, God brought Dr. Martin together with Sudanese refugees who had immigrated from their war-torn country. Dr. Martin was in a doctorate program and he became mentor, counselor and friend to these young men. The Sudanese refugees had witnessed and survived such terror as witnessing one or both of their parents being murdered, having their own lives threatened and running to escape the killers. He expected to find the students suffering from post-traumatic stress. But what he found was resilience … and eventually, a new topic for his dissertation. That dissertation is now a groundbreaking document used throughout the United States. His research is used by organizations that provide counseling and services to refugees. As providence would have it, Dr. Martin

came to Oklahoma Christian in 2006, at the same time the university welcomed its first group of presidential scholars from Rwanda. These students are all survivors of the 1994 genocide and the years of ensuing violence. Most of them were young children when the genocide occurred. They all lost someone. Again, he has found resilience. And hope. As Dr. Martin ministers to the Rwandans and monitors their progress, he finds that they are teaching their fellow OC students about that same resilience, hope and focus. And teaching them more about the world. In the classroom, Dr. Martin teaches one of OC’s most popular classes, Christian Family. The course topics range from selecting a spouse to finances to raising kids. It also addresses divorce and remarriage. “There’s no sugar coating,” he said. Dr. Martin and his wife, Linda, have been married nearly 30 years and have three grown children. He has quickly become part of the OC family as he teaches students about relationships and about our world. By Dawn Shelton

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Study Abroad Pacific Rim

By Jenn Gill

September 5 I Could Live Here There was hardly a dry eye in the Pacific Rim group as we headed out to Will Rogers Airport. After two layovers in the States, we were on our way to Narita, Japan! The flight took 13 hours and I think everyone slept except me. The next day, we took a three-hour flight to China, where we’ll live at Capitol Normal University We’re on the 15th floor of the dorm so our view of Beijing is incredible! Yesterday, we started our lectures with our Chinese professors. Today, our lecture was on Confucianism and the arts. Our teacher was actually on an excavating team for a recent major find of remains from the 14th century. After lectures, we went to the Forbidden Temple and Tian’anmen Square. The palace never ends! It’s the world’s largest collection of preserved wooden buildings. It was beautiful! After that we went to the Silk Market – an eight-story maze of shouting, haggling people. It is so much fun and almost anything you can think of is there. It was simply amazing.

September 12 So Much to Do! Just to put our parents’ fears to rest, the typical day at Capitol Normal University is as studious as follows: we have three straight hours of class before lunch. Then we load up on our bus and drive to our scheduled event of the day. We usually spend a few hours there before returning to school around 6 or 7pm. Then the group disperses for shopping and dinner. This has been our most recent pattern of life, and it is strenuous! Oh, the places we have seen! The Lama Temple is a Tibetian Buddhist Temple where the current Lama was re-educated about his former lives. The Summer Palace was very interesting. The entire complex is huge! We hit the highpoints as a group: the 17-point bridge and the Hall of Embracing the Universe. The buildings, although not as well preserved as The Forbidden Temple, seemed more real because they were not touched up or repainted. After the Summer Palace, the group went to English Corner for some good old-fashioned evangelism. Many people found friends and some even exchanged email addresses. Some of our English Corner friends even came to church on Sunday. On Saturday, the group hit the Great Wall. Some things don’t make sense until you see them. The Great Wall is one of those. My mind just glossed over the fact that it is the only man-made structure that you can see from space until we climbed up to one of the high point on the wall and realized that we could not see any end to this massive wall. It’s hard to imagine patrolling that monster. Sunday was MOST educational. First we went to the Three Self Church, which is the official, state-sanctioned protestant branch of the church. It is the only place in China where you can buy or sell a

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Chinese bible (legally). They provided FM radios for us to listen to a translation of the main speaker and we got English/Chinese song books. After that, we hit a supermarket for breakfast and then went to house church. Officially, it was an illegal meeting, but apparently the local officials don’t care if Christians meet as long as it isn’t something political and the group is a good influence on the community (which it should be anyway). We learned some Chinese songs and taught them how to sing in parts.

October 11 Chinese Food From Beijing, we went to Xi’an, a beautiful, culturally-rich town that is growing thanks to its main tourist attraction: the terra cotta warriors! After three days, we were off to Wuhan, China. The food in Wuhan was always an adventure. (True) Chinese food is when a Chinese chef (take anyone off the street and give them a dead animal and a meat cleaver) takes an animal and chops it whole. Any respectable Chinese sauce is especially viscous and questionable, though the art of Chinese Plating makes almost any food look edible (except when the head of the animal is propped up so it can look you in the eye). Adventure after adventure!

October 24 Hiking Mt. Fuji in Japan! After two days in Tokyo, I made the last-minute decision to go with a group to Mt. Fuji. After all, how many times are you in Japan and have the opportunity to climb THE Mt. Fuji? We decided to start climbing at night so we could be on top of the mountain at sunrise. We started our ascent, and after only about 40 minutes of grueling cold temperatures and sleepy eyes, I started to regret my decision to climb this mountain. I mean who was I anyway? Some exchange student from Oklahoma that decided two days ago to climb this huge 12,000-foot mountain? After about four hours of climbing, my feet were starting to ache a little and my calves were tight. The air started to get thin and we all had to stop often to catch our breath. Another hour and a small glimmer of light started to show in the sky. We weren’t at the very top, but with the view we had, it didn’t matter. We were above the clouds. We were all silent. Not from exhaustion, but from awe. Our pupils shrunk as God’s sun came springing through the clouds, warming our skin and warming our spirits. A sight my mind will never forget. Three small humans on that grand mountain, lifted up words of praise and admiration to the one who made it. We summited Mt. Fuji three tiring hours later. The highest point of Mt. Fuji for me was that sunrise. Seeing God’s glory all around me. Seeing continued on page 50 God.

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Vienna

By Spencer Goad

September 3 Departure! Our trip has begun! We’ve got about 40 students from all over the country and three different schools – Oklahoma Christian University (Oklahoma City, OK), Cascade College (Portland, OR), and Rochester College (Rochester Hills, MI). This morning, we had a devotional and communion service with friends and family, before saying our goodbyes. We are all thoroughly excited to get to London.

September 10 London! We started our European adventure in London. We saw the major sights at the British Museum – the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, the Egyptian artifacts, etc. It was really cool to see the old carvings that include Israelite Kings mentioned in the Bible … really brings some of those stories to life. Our second day was filled with a group road trip to Oxford and to Warwick Castle. Pretty amazing to see the history at both of those places. We went to the Tower of London as a group on Wednesday. Other required sights included Big Ben (House of Parliament), Westminster Abbey, Cabinet War Rooms (WW2), National Gallery, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Other sights we saw included Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye (observation wheel), the Abraham Lincoln statue across from Westminster, the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park, the Sherlock Holmes statue on Baker Street, and others. Our group had an amazing first week traveling. London gave us our first little taste of foreign culture (what’s with those cars on the wrong side of the road?), and after our experience there we were pretty sure we were ready to take on the rest of Europe (or at least we were a little closer to ready).

September 19 First week in Wien (Vienna) We arrived in Vienna on Friday. Schloss Neuwaldegg, our castle residence, is simply amazing. The rooms are quite nice, most of them with a bathroom/shower in the room. We’ve got a kitchen and a dining room/multipurpose area, as well as a computer lab/TV/classroom. We started classes on Monday. Just one class for now, 2 1/2 hours

each day for three weeks … pretty intensive courses. On Tuesday, we took advantage of our first mission opportunity by going to a local refugee shelter to work/ play with the kids. Some of us played foosball (soccer) with the high school kids, and the others took the younger kids to the park. I went with the soccer group, where our team (Nutella!) was promptly shut out three games in a row. I guess these refugee kids have a little more soccer in their blood than us Americans do. We all had a lot of fun though, and I think it was very encouraging for the kids. On Wednesday, we went to Schloss Schonbrunn. This was the summer palace and gardens of the Habsburg ruling family during the time of the Austrian Empire. The palace was huge, and amazingly decorated. It’s amazing to think that it was built and used over 100 years before the United States even existed. Our next mission opportunity was the following Thursday. We took the children to another park where we taught them some American Bible School worship songs and continued our German worship song education. We were considerably better with pronunciations this time. It was such a blast to see the kids imitating us and trying to sing the English words. Our time with the children is such a blessing, and most of us would agree is the best part of the trip. It’s no wonder that our Savior always made time for the children.

October 4 Heading to Zagreb We wrapped up our German classes last weekend, with finals on Friday and Saturday (events that brought much rejoicing to Schloss Neuwaldegg). Our days have been filled with sightseeing in Vienna, working (or playing) at the refugee shelter, as well as our daily class time. This week, we started our Bible class. We’ve also been busily planning our first free travel. Some of us are headed south towards Italy and Greece, while others are heading north through Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, etc.

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October 26 Cultural Experience Life in Japan is so good. Like so so good. The Japanese are so accommodating and my host family in particular has done so much just to make me feel at home. I couldn’t be more impressed with their giving attitudes. My Okasan (mom) is a great cook. Last night, she asked me if I liked squid … and I was like uhh yeah (but if I am going to be honest I was thinking NO!). So she for brought out squid for dinner and it was GREAT! She fried it and had put spices on it and I loved it!! It’s so encouraging to try new things and to actually like it! One thing our group loves about Japan is that while we are here together, we are each able to experience it a little bit differently. Since we have different families, we each get a completely different cultural experience.

November 7 The Hong Kong Melting Pot Hong Kong is so much more than I thought it would be. This city is amazing, just amazing. Full of life, beauty, culture, and energy. It’s an even larger melting pot of cultures than America. Its funny though, for being such a lively city my first night in Hong Kong, I stayed in the hotel and just chilled with the girls for a night of down time. Twelve of us just sat around and reminisced about the trip, talked about life, sang to old songs together, and bonded. It was beautiful. So much fun. God has really blessed this trip with some amazing individuals that I feel so blessed to spend time with.

November 8 South Island The ADVENTURE begins!! From the moment we stepped foot in the Auckland airport in New Zealand, we haven’t stopped moving. We jumped on another plane and took a four-hour plane ride to the SOUTH ISLAND! After a quick night’s stay in the clean town of Christchurch, we took a seven-hour drive to Franz Josef. We awoke the next morning to see the Franz Josef natural glacier. It was my first experience to see a glacier in person and it was pretty incredible to see this huge piece of ice wedged in the middle of two mountains.

November 9 Art Appreciation We had an amazing church service by the water’s edge. After a threehour boat ride to the NORTH ISLAND, we arrived safe and sound in Wellington. I LOVE WELLINGTON! The city has an AMAZING museum called the “Te Papa National Museum.” I gave myself three hours to go through it and I wish I would have had two more! There are six levels of ALL SORTS OF STUFF. Art. Science. Animals. Interactive games. While I was in the Art Gallery, a young man stopped me and we launched into an hour-long debate about modern art. What we think about it, what we see when we look at it, why I like it, why he hates it. It was intriguing. Partly because of his accent, but partly because I was having an intellectual debate about modern art in a museum in New Zealand with a guy from England. I mean that is something you just don’t do every day.

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Zorbonaut! This week, I got to go ZORBING IN NEW ZEALAND! Don’t be confused, not many people know about the wonderful experience that is ZORBING. You put on this amazing suit and then take a jeep up to the top of a hill. You get into this big, round ball with two other people. Then they bring the hose and fill the bottom of the ball up with water to your mid calf. Our crazy New Zealand driver pats the side three times indicating to us that we need to “WALK FORWARD.” The ball goes off its platform and ROLLS DOWN THIS HUGE HILL! We’re FLippEd, RollEd, sMOOshed, tWistEd, and TUrnEd INSide that Zorbing ball. Everyone laughs the whole time. It’s so much fun. It’s a crazy experience I will NEVER forget and one that I hope that everyone gets to try at least ONCE. What a wonderful day in Kiwi country.

November 19 The Great Barrier Reef SCUBA DIVING IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF! This was a day I wish I could go back and do over again, and again and again. Most of our group went snorkeling, but about 10 people in our group decided we wanted to try and scuba dive. This was THE Great Barrier Reef at all. I was eager to go, to swim, to see. Still getting used to the idea of breathing underwater, I concentrated on that. And then I saw it: the Great Barrier Reef. Full of color and life. Creatures swimming all around, coral of all different shapes and sizes. My mouth dropped open. It was beautiful. And my eyes filled with tears. Blues, reds, pinks, purples, greens, yellows … every color filled my mind. I saw a giant clam, I saw a stingray buried under the ocean sand. I found Nemo. I saw the reef. I felt it. I experienced it. God made it … and I will never forget it.

November 23 Thanksgiving in Australia When you think Thanksgiving in Australia, you may be thinking crocodile tongues and kangaroo meat. We were kind of thinking the same until our amazing sponsor handed out pieces of paper and told us to write down two dishes we ate on Thanksgiving and family traditions. The McQuarie Chruch of Christ was gracious enough to let us use their facilities to prepare whatever we wanted. Mrs. Marcia Drew planned out a Thanksgiving Menu to drool over. I never thought I would have a Thanksgiving meal out of the country that actually felt like home. But it did. You know, after traveling over two and a half months with 27 people, they start to really feel like family. I love my Pac Rim Family – for the awkward times, for the special moments, for the exhausting schedules, for the group pictures, for the memories we created together that we will always have.

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(the Coliseum, the Roman Forum, and the Pantheon) and the Vatican City (Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Cathedral). In Florence, we saw sights from Renaissance Italy, including the Florence Dome, Michelangelo’s “David,” the Uffizi Art Gallery and the Santa Croce Church. From Florence, a lot of us took a day trip out to Pisa to see the Leaning Tower. A couple of us climbed the tower, which was quite an experience. 298 steps, all leaning along with the tower. From Florence, we went to Venice. The really neat thing about the whole trip is the range of history and culture we got to explore in just eight days. Really a fun trip! Now we are back in Vienna for two days of classes before taking off on our second 10-day free travel. Ah, the joys of traveling!

December 4 Thanksgiving at the Schloss A little over a week and a half ago, our castle here was filled with lots of guests and lots of food. We had quite the Thanksgiving celebration, complete with all the trimmings. Some of our guests from the states brought some of the all-important ingredients for Thanksgiving dinner (pie crusts, stove top stuffing!), and we had a great feast. We did miss

out on NFL football after dinner, and of course being with our families. We are all a Vienna Studies family here though, and it was a blast to celebrate the holiday with that family!

December 28 Daily Life in Vienna Well, we are all back in the states from our amazing Europe experience now. We were almost exclusively in Vienna for the first month of the trip, before our Eurail train passes kicked in and we could start traveling. After the first month, we had three long 10-day travel periods (one was a group trip to Italy, the other two free travels), and then several weekend trips to various places. While we were in Vienna, our basic planned day consisted of two meals provided at the Castle, Chapel, and class periods. Vienna really did become home to us, and there was always something refreshing and relaxing about the familiar sights and sounds. We did a lot of things, and probably all the major things got checked off, but Vienna is just such a culturally rich city, there is almost no end to your possibilities of things to do.

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Story Highlights: > OC soccer star lost both parents in high school > Perseverance produced All-America and Scholar-Athlete honors > Kristin owns OC’s goal-scoring record and a 4.0 GPA Not long after OC soccer player Kristin Brown’s mother, Rhonda, passed away from complications from multiple sclerosis and brain cancer, her father gave her a valuable piece of advice: Life’s not fair. Make the best of it. Be the best you can be. Two years later, her father, Rick, who had been the guiding force for her soccer career and who nursed her mother through five years of illness, passed away suddenly on a business trip. Kristin’s mother and father were gone before she finished high school. “It’s definitely made it harder,” Kristin said. “But I know they’re watching me. It’s made me a stronger person. It’s made me depend more on God. I’m just thankful I had them.” Her family and the friends she’s made at OC have been her rock. After her parents died, her aunt and uncle picked up and moved from out of state to take care of the family. And without the game she’s

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been playing since she could barely walk, Kristin doesn’t know where she would be. “Soccer is the one time I can take my mind off everything else,” she said. “School has helped. My three best friends on the team keep me going. We’ve been through so much together and they’ve been like sisters to me. I don’t know what I’d do without them.” And the Lady Eagles aren’t sure what they would have done without Kristin. She co-holds the school record for most goals in a career (54), earned All-America honors as a sophomore and helped lead Oklahoma Christian to an undefeated conference championship season as a junior. And she’s a leader in the classroom, too. With a 4.0 GPA as a biology major, Kristin has been honored as a first-team ESPN Academic All-American and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. “OC has helped me in so many ways. My professors have all been amazing,” Kristin said. “It takes a lot of hard work to be a student-athlete. My professors always understand when I miss classes for games and are really helpful. In fact, they applaud the effort of student-athletes and encourage our diligence in the classroom and on the field.” Kristin is building on the legacy her parents left when they graduated from Oklahoma Christian. Her older brother also graduated from OC. And her younger brother currently is a student here. “It has been wonderful having family nearby and having this special bond with them. It has been a blessing to share our OC experiences with each other and it’s brought us closer together,” Brown said. “God has really blessed me during my time at OC. I would not be successful without the support of my family, friends, professors and coaches, and I’m honored by the honors I have received.” Some days are sweet. Others are bitter. But through it all, Brown is living life the best she can. “My mother’s favorite thing to say was, ‘Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,’” Kristin said. “I have to enjoy this time while it lasts.” By Matt Patterson Courtesy of the Oklahoman Additional reporting by Wes McKinzie


Story Highlights: > Opportunity to play basketball at OC changed Eddie Fontaine’s life > Friends and teammates inspired Eddie to become a Christian > Fellow Eagle Bill Pink impacted Eddie and became a lifelong friend

TRANSITION GAME

For Eddie Fontaine, the allure of a spiritual environment and a Christian community weren’t even on his radar as he accepted a scholarship to play basketball at Oklahoma Christian. “I just thought that I’d play basketball for a couple years and then probably move back to England to continue playing there,” Eddie said. “Never did I expect that playing basketball at Oklahoma Christian would bring me to where I am today.” At age 20, Eddie was on a London team, but was attending various camps in the United States. OC head coach Dan Hays discovered Eddie through an old college teammate, who coached Eddie’s team, and Coach Hays had an open scholarship. You might call it a coincidence, but Eddie believes it wasn’t so coincidental. “Looking back, I see God’s plan for me and how His hand was in everything,” Eddie said. “It was just the beginning of a greater plan He had for me than I had for myself.” It also began Eddie’s transition from a rowdy kid who just wanted to play ball into a committed Christian man. Coach Hays seeks to develop his team not just as basketball players, but as Christian young men. That approach played a key role in Eddie’s transition. “I began to explore my faith and question things about what I had been taught and my relationship with God began to grow,” Eddie said. “The people I was around were interested in much more spiritual things than I had been involved in. Through their example and influence, my interests began to transition. I could have just grown up as another guy who paid bills and just went through the motions, but that’s not what God intended for me.” Eddie’s future wife Sonja was another Godly influence. His roommate, Jim Bond, ministered to Eddie and eventually baptized him. Eddie’s

teammate, Bill Pink, also helped Eddie grow in his faith. They became best friends and even served as “best man” at each other’s weddings. After their respective senior years (in which they both earned Academic All-America honors), their lives took them in different directions. Eddie became a successful graphic designer, but he realized he had a passion for helping young people. He taught graphic design for a while before devoting his life to counseling teenagers. Bill taught education at Oklahoma Christian before working as director of women’s basketball operations for OC alumna Sherri Coale, the head coach at the University of Oklahoma. He now works as the associate dean of the University of Central Oklahoma’s School of Education. Bill treasures the friendship formed in the Eagles’ Nest years ago, and he sees God’s power in Eddie’s story. “Eddie and I consider each other family to this day. It was a relationship that began growing on a basketball court years ago,” Bill said. “Eddie’s story is just a realization that something like basketball in a community like Oklahoma Christian can be a powerful ministry.” By Scott Hill

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Oklahoma Christian has enjoyed across-theboard athletic success for half a century. OC annually qualifies multiple teams for national tournaments and boasts numerous All-American and Scholar-Athlete honorees each year. OC fields teams in men’s baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s track and field, men’s golf, women’s softball, and women’s volleyball. OC has placed as high as seventh in the NAIA’s All-Sports Standings. The university is a member of the NAIA and the Sooner Athletic Conference, the premier small-college conference in the nation. For more info, check out www.oceagles.com.

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In addition to the high-level collegiate experience Oklahoma Christian provides for its student-athletes, the university has become a cradle for numerous coaches who now lead NCAA Division I programs. Two of the University of Oklahoma’s most high-profile programs are led by former OC athletes. Sherri Coale, a 1987 OC graduate, is head coach of the OU women’s basketball team. She has won four Big XII Conference regular season titles and three Big XII Tournament crowns. Sunny Golloway, a 1984 OC alumnus, is Oklahoma’s head baseball coach. He won six straight conference titles as Oral Roberts University’s head coach, then took OU to the

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NCAA tournament in his first two years at the helm. Sam Winterbotham, an All-American in both soccer and tennis at OC, is the head tennis coach at the University of Tennessee after spending four years in the same role at the University of Colorado. He graduated from Oklahoma Christian in 1999. Three other former OC tennis players – John Blackburn (Eastern Illinois University), Dann Nelson (Southern Illinois University) and Chris Young (Wichita State University) – also lead NCAA Division I tennis programs. OC alumni Janell Jones (Mercer University) and Dave Wilbers (Arkansas Tech University) join Coale as women’s basketball head coaches in NCAA Division I.

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> The 1972 Eagles placed third in the NAIA College World Series.

> Men’s head coach Dan Hays, an NAIA Hall of Famer, has won more than 600 games in his career.

> Ten baseball players have earned NAIA AllAmerica honors and nine have earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition. > The OC baseball program returned to intercollegiate competition in 2007-08 with an exciting come-from-behind win over Peru State (Neb.).

> OC has won 10 Sooner Athletic Conference championships. > OC is the only school with two winners of the NAIA National Player of the Year: Jay Mauck and Jarred Merrill.


Story Highlights: > Lady Eagles honored as ‘Champions of Character’ > Perennial national contender also has high GPA > Team is extremely active in community outreach

CHARACTER ON & OFF THE COURT The NAIA recently honored the OC women’s basketball program as the national winner of the Buffalo Funds Five Star Award for its leadership as a Champions of Character program. The national award is OC’s third of the decade. Track and field star Luke Anderson won the NAIA Champions of Character Award in 2001 and Kory Allen was a 2005 Champions of Character honoree in men’s basketball. The Lady Eagle basketball team’s commitment to character shows both on and off the court. The 2006-07 team qualified for its eighth straight national championship tournament while maintaining a 3.6 team GPA. And in addition to their perennial role as a national contender, the Lady Eagles have produced at least one All-American in each of the last 12 years. “I think it is evident by the way that we play that we put the team first. We have a team full of stars that work together on the court

and selflessly share the ball to look out for the team rather than their personal stats,” former Champions of Character honoree Abbie Tiffany said. “Incorporating character into our team dynamics is what makes our relationships so strong on and off the court. Having character builds trust … and trusting your teammates is an essential part of basketball.” The Lady Eagles take the Champions of Character value of servant leadership seriously. They are active in community outreach as a longtime partner with Habitat For Humanity. They also go to run, jog and exercise with the students at Edmond’s Washington Irving Elementary School each Friday during the school year. They participate each year in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in honor of former faculty member Kim Gaither. And they’ve spent Thanksgiving distributing meals

to needy families as part of a project sponsored by Memorial Road Church of Christ.

“Character is an important part of team chemistry because it is a vital part of the individuals who make up the team. As the old saying goes, ‘character is what you are in the dark,’” Findley said. “Each team member must buy in to the importance of good and sincere character. This team genuinely cares about the team as a whole and they want to push each other to always reach for a better performance and excellence.”

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> The Lady Eagles have won five SAC titles and advanced to the national tournament 12 times, including eight of the last nine years.

> The Eagles have placed in the NAIA top four for nine straight years, including runner-up finishes in 2001, 2005 and 2008.

> In 2001, the Eagles won the SAC and Region VI championships and advanced to the NAIA “Elite Eight.”

> Women’s head coach Stephanie Findley has won more than 400 games in her career.

> Fourteen Eagles have combined to earn AllAmerica honors 30 times since 2000, including five All-Americans in 2008.

> The Eagles advanced to the NAIA “Elite Eight” again in 2006 and boasted three All-America honorees.

> David Lynn was named SAC Coach of the Year in 2005, 2006 and 2008.

> Five Eagles have been selected as SAC players of the year.

> The Lady Eagles have earned 36 All-America and 46 Scholar-Athlete honors.

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> The Lady Eagles went undefeated in the 2006 regular season and won their second conference championship.

> OC advanced to the national tournament in 2002 and 2003.

> OC won the 2003 men’s national championship and has finished in the national top 10 eight times.

> The Lady Eagles have advanced to the national tournament in three of the past six years. > OC has earned 12 All-America and 18 ScholarAthlete awards in the past 10 years.

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> The Lady Eagles won the 2005 SAC tournament championship. > Thirteen Lady Eagles have earned NAIA AllAmerica honors and 24 have earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition.

> The Eagles won conference titles in 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2008. > Thirty-seven men’s tennis players have earned All-America honors.


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WOMEN’S TENNIS > Jennifer Le won the 2006 ITA regional singles championship and combined with Gabriela Nastasa to win the 2006 and 2007 regional doubles titles. > Twenty-five women’s tennis players have earned All-America honors. > Gabriela Lancman and Jennifer Le won the ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Sportsmanship and Leadership in 2001 and 2007, respectively.

Oklahoma Christian has partnered with The Benham Companies to develop a master plan that will dramatically upgrade the university’s athletic facilities. The first major project is the construction of a first-class baseball stadium. The completion of the construction’s first phase in 2008 gave the program a new home as it launched a new era in OC baseball.

Another new project has provided students with two new multi-purpose intramural fields, with two more on the way. Other planned initiatives include a new indoor arena for basketball and volleyball, new softball, soccer, and track and field stadiums, a new tennis center, a new indoor practice facility, and a new athletic training and wellness center.

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> OC’s Jeff Bennett placed fourth in the decathlon at the 1972 Summer Olympics. He won two NAIA championships and an AAU national title.

> The Lady Eagles’ cross country team captured the conference and regional championships in 2005.

> The Eagles have won 22 individual or relay national championships and have earned AllAmerica honors 147 times.

> Peggy Murphy won two national championships in the marathon and earned five of OC’s 14 AllAmerica awards.

> Luke Anderson won the NAIA’s Sportsmanship Award and was named the Woody Hayes NAIA Athlete of the Year in 2001.

> Three-time All-American Kathy Nelson won the 1998 Duer Award, the NAIA’s highest academic honor.

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Making new (and lots of) friends is another great way to survive. Like the old saying goes: the friends you meet in college will be the friends you have for the rest of your life. You will never again meet this many new people at one time, so make sure you make it count. You don’t have to meet everyone, but you won’t meet anyone sitting in your room with the door shut. Don’t wait for others to come to you. Make the first move.

Find a church family. Getting plugged into a local congregation is one of the best ways to survive the first year. By getting involved in a ministry or getting a set of adoptive parents, you can know you have a place to turn and a place where you can make a difference. Also, remember the devotionals that happen on campus throughout the week. From View 63 to the Thursday Night Devo, there are multiple chances to spend time worshipping with fellow Christians. Developing your relationship with God is the best way to stay strong and positive.

Keep in touch with your family back home. Make sure to set aside time to call home or write your parents an e-mail. They want to know how your first year is going and it will give you a chance to share the great experiences you’re having.

Having a good relationship with your roommate is also very important. Spending time getting to know your roommate is great, but make sure you both have other people to hang out with. If you’re always together, you won’t have any stories to share when you get back to the room at night. And don’t worry if, for some reason, you have to switch roommates – it’s not the end of the world and gives you the chance to make another close friend.

To see how freshmen make it through the first year, visit our freshman blogs at blogs.oc.edu.

Greetings from Freshman Experience!

We are excited to have such a great class of freshmen, and we can’t wait to get to know you better throughout the year. We’re planning some great activities for you guys. We also want you to come talk to us about any questions or concerns you have about college. We are here to serve you! Come by the Student Life Office and see us!! Amy Janzen, Director of Freshman Experience Amy Kelly, Associate Director of Freshman Experience Mike Rhodes, Freshman Counselor

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Get to know your academic advisors. This professor will help guide you toward your degree. Forming a relationship with advisors early on gives them a chance to get to know you and help you find the program that’s right for you. It also gives you another person to turn to when the first year gets tough or you need advice.

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Stay healthy. Nothing is worse than being sick and not having your mom here to take care of you. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat right and try to get some exercise.


SOCIAL STUDENT LIFE

CLUBS Many OC students join and participate in social clubs. The clubs’ mission is to have a positive impact upon club members, the student body and campus community, and the Oklahoma City metro area. OC’s social clubs participate in activities throughout the year, including Homecoming events and the annual Spring Sing variety show.

INTRAMURALS OC’s intramurals program gives all students the opportunity to participate in athletic events that will enhance their physical, mental, social and spiritual experience at OC. Events include Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Flag Football, Ping Pong, Pool, Sand Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Volleyball.

OC’s clubs and organizations do more than play intramurals and perform at Spring Sing. Almost all of OC’s social clubs require their members to do a certain amount of service each semester. Here are some of their recent projects: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • 64

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Worked with Luther Church of Christ on an outreach project to the Luther community. Volunteered at Feed the Children Oklahoma City Adopt-a-Highway program Sponsored a child through Compassion International Sang every Wednesday night at the Highland Ridge Nursing Home Volunteered at the Service Center in Luther, Oklahoma Cleaned up an elderly couples’ house in Guthrie Helped the theater department set up their set for an upcoming play Working with the DOWN ministry at Memorial Road Church of Christ Volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House Volunteered at Special Care Sang at Bryant Nursing Center Mentored at Western Village Volunteered with the Random Acts of Kindness ministry at Memorial Road Church of Christ Organized a warehouse for donated goods at Luther Church of Christ Did general maintenance on a house for a single mother Organized a benefit basketball tournament benefiting Western Village Academy

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Alumni Golf Tournament benefiting Lariat Creek Christian Camp Volunteered for the Alumni Family Fun Nights Volunteered to help freshmen move into the dorms Participated in Day in the City, sponsored by local churches of Christ Volunteered with Capitol Hill Church of Christ Built a fence for a shut-in Helped clean up property in Luther Raised money for Race for the Cure Breast Cancer Research Made care packages for HIM workers Made care packages for girls on overseas trips Made care packages for soldiers overseas Raised money for Cystic Fibrosis Helped coach a disabled boys basketball team Helped build houses through Habitat for Humanity Organized and participated in a campus Toys for Tots drive

Also, at the end of the school year, all the clubs joined together to clean up the campus, picking up trash around the apartment and dorm areas.


Men’s Clubs:

Women’s Clubs:

• Alpha Gamma Omega • Chi Lambda Phi • Delta Gamma Sigma • Kappa Sigma Tau • Omega Psi Omicron • Sigma Chi Sigma

• Beta Beta Sigma • Delta Tau Omega • Gamma Rho • Iota Kappa Phi • Lambda Chi Zeta • Pi Zeta Phi • Theta Theta Theta

STUDENTORGANIZATIONS

Get involved! Besides OC’s social clubs, there are tons of organizations at Oklahoma Christian that can plug you into activities, service and career opportunities. Aerie (Yearbook) AGAPE (Spiritual Club) Alpha Chi (National Honor Society) Alpha Epsilon Rho (Broadcast Society) Alpha Psi Omega (Theatre Organization) American Society of Interior Designers ASHRAE (Engineering Organization) ASME (Mechanical Engineering Organization) Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators BIT (Mathematics Organization) Chamber Singers Chorale Circle K (Service/Leadership Organization) CMENC (College Music Educators) College Republicans College Women for Christ Delta Mu Delta (Business Honor Society) Eagle Angle (Student TV Newscast) Eagle Broadcasting

Family Student Housing Council Homecoming Committee IEEE (Electrical Engineering Organization) INTAM (Organization promoting intercultural friendships) Jazz Band Lighthouse Ministries Minority Student Association Music Production Workshop Music Teachers' National Association New Reign (Traveling Acappella Group) Opera Studio Outreach (Student Missions Organization) Philiatros (Health Professions Club) Pi Lambda Theta (Teacher Education Organization) Psi Chi (Psychology Club) Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) Society of Automotive Engineers Spanish Club

Spring Sing Committee String Ensemble Student Alumni Representatives Student Ambassadors Student Government Association Student Oklahoma Education Association Students in Free Enterprise Summer Singers (Traveling Performing Group) Sweat Band (Basketball Pep Band) Symphonic Band Talon (Student Newspaper) Tau Sigma (History Honor Society) Toastmasters International Unbound (Traveling Drama Group) Western Village Mentors Wind Ensemble Young Christian Democrats Young Republicans

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STUDENT LIFE

CA MPUS HOUSING A recent $34 million housing initiative allows students to enjoy first-class living on OC’s cutting-edge campus.

All the rooms include high-speed network and Internet access. Not that you’ll need it – our completely wireless campus lets you be unleashed as you work and surf on the Apple MacBook and iPhone or iPod Touch every fulltime student receives. Check out just some of the amenities of OC’s 10 new or refurbished housing facilities.

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UNIVERSITY HOUSE NORTH/SOUTH OC’s two newest residence halls (one for men and one for women) are identical, featuring single and double suite-style rooms, private bathrooms in each suite and a common living area. All three floors in both halls have a private TV lounge and a laundromat facility. The threestory commons area features study rooms, meditation/prayer rooms and a student activity room. There is a fitness center in each building. University House also includes a “hotel room” available to visiting parents.

NEW STUDENT APARTMENTS Six new three-story complexes for upperclassmen significantly enhance apartment life at OC. Students can choose single bedrooms or double bedrooms. Rooms with two beds have sinks in the rooms. The four-bedroom units have two full bathrooms. Each apartment unit includes a full kitchen, dishwasher, living area, balcony, and full-size washer and dryer.

RM FAILS HALL This men’s residence hall is completely refurbished with new single rooms, private restrooms, enlarged two-man rooms, and enlarged and completely renovated common restrooms. Each room also is outfitted with new furniture. Recent improvements also include new safety features and a revamped lobby and exterior.

TINIUS HALL-EAST This completely-renovated women’s residence hall features suite-style rooms with new modern furniture and sinks/vanity cabinetry in each room. The suite-style restrooms feature new cabinets, tile, showers and fixtures. Single rooms share a private restroom with another room. Recent improvements also include a fitness center, laundromat, bicycle storage facility and an enhanced exterior.

Besides the new and renovated facilities, Oklahoma Christian offers student housing in four additional apartment complexes and seven additional residence halls. All housing is conveniently located and within short walking distance from all classes and other main campus venues. on the

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Deciding where to eat in Oklahoma City just got easier.

ITALIAN Bravo $$$ Macaroni Grill $$ Olive Garden $$

$ = $5 and under $$ = $5-10 $$$ = $10+ (per person) * = close to campus (2 miles or less)

COFFEE Java Dave’s $$ Starbucks* $$ The Magic Bean* $ GENERAL Applebee’s* Bennigan’s Buffalo Wild Wings Cattlemen’s Charleston’s* Chili’s* Coach’s* Deep Fork Grill Delta Café* Golden Corral* IHOP Jimmy’s Egg* Johnnie’s* La Baguette Old Chicago Outback Steakhouse* Pearl’s Seafood Red Lobster Redrock Canyon Ron’s Hamburgers & Chili Texas Roadhouse TerraLuna Grille TGI Friday’s

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BRICKTOWN RESTAURANTS Abuelo’s $$ Bourbon Street $$ Bricktown Brewery $$ Bricktown Burgers $$ Chelino’s $$ Coach’s $$ Earl’s Rib Palace $$ Hideaway Pizza $$ The Mantel $$$ Marble Slab* $ Mickey Mantle’s $$$ Pearl’s Crabtown $$ Sonic $ Spaghetti Warehouse $$ UnCommon Grounds $ Varsity Sports Grill $$ Zio’s Italian Kitchen $$ FAST FOOD A&W* Arby’s Beyond Juice* Braum’s* Burger King* Carl’s Jr.* Chick-fil-A* Fazoli’s Jamba Juice* KFC* Long John Silver’s McDonald’s* Sonic* Taco Bell* Taco Bueno Taco Mayo* Wendy’s

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PIZZA Domino’s* Hideaway Little Caesar’s* Mazzio’s Milano’s Papa John’s Pizza Hut*

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ICE CREAM Braum’s $ Cold Stone $ Freddy’s Frozen Custard $

RIBS & BBQ Earl’s Rib Palace* $$ Rib Crib $$ Steve’s Rib $$

MEXICAN Chelino’s* El Chico* Moe’s Southwest* On the Border* Dos Gabachos Ted’s Café

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ASIAN Café de Taipei Dot Wo* Fuji Japanese* Panda House* Pei Wei PF Chang’s Royal Gardens* Sushi Neko

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DELI Café 501 City Bites* Jason’s Deli* Jimmy John’s* McAlister’s Deli Mr. Goodcents Panera Bread* Quiznos* Subway*

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BEST GRUB IN TOWN (Courtesy of the Oklahoma Gazette)

Best restaurant requiring reservations Boulevard Steakhouse $$$

Best power lunch on an expense account Deep Fork Grill $$$

Best gourmet grocer Akin’s Natural Foods Market $

Best come-as-you-are restaurant Charleston’s $$

Best sandwich shop City Bites $$

Best seafood restaurant or market Pearl’s $$$

Best new restaurant to open since June 2005 Café NOVA $$

Best barbecue restaurant Earl’s Rib Palace $$

Best restaurant with great service Ted’s Café Escondido $$$

Best pizza parlor Hideaway Pizza $$

Best restaurant for a first date Red Rock Canyon Grill $$$

Best hamburger joint Johnnie’s Charcoal Broiler $$

Best steakhouse Cattlemen’s Steakhouse $$$

Best Asian restaurant Sushi Neko $$$

Best desserts Braums Ice Cream and Dairy Stores $

Best international restaurant La Baguette Bistro and Bakery $$

Best late-night supper Deep Fork Grill $$$

Best south-of-the-border restaurant Ted’s Café Escondido $$$

Best caterers Ted’s Café Escondido

Best chain sit-down restaurant Chili’s $$ Best fast food (even if it’s a chain) Sonic $ Best restaurant for breakfast or brunch Jimmy’s Egg $$ Best coffee house Java Dave’s $

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DINING

Good food conveniently located just minutes away from student dorms and apartments. With hundreds of restaurants within just a few minutes of OC, you have plenty of choices to satisfy your appetite. But you’ll also fill up on the buffet in OC’s Dining Hall a lot. The “Caf” is a great place to hang out with friends and pass the time before your next class. (Just be sure to get there early on chicken nugget day so you don’t have to wait in line too long). The Caf offers a wide variety of healthy foods as well as selections that will satisfy your fast-food fix. The on-campus Courtyard Café includes two popular dining options. The Sub Connection is a convenient way to eat fresh and 155” is a gourmet grill featuring sandwiches, burgers and more. The Gaylord University Center also features the Magic Bean Coffee Shop, complete with a deli style menu, comfy fireplace, and a collection of both hot and cold drinks.

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Oklahoma Christian’s performing groups have it all.

COVER BAND

The Summer Singers are seven OC students who spend their summers traveling around the United States performing at camps, youth rallies and other special events. They perform a mix of rock, country and pop music for all ages. The Summer Singers tour from the end of May to the beginning of August. They also are available to play on select weekends during the school year. www.oc.edu/summersingers

A CAPPELLA GROUP

Praising God is FUN-damental. Delivering relevant Christian messages with tight vocals and some “tick-ticks” and “bmm-bmms” thrown in, New Reign specializes in a cappella music that catches the ear and speaks to the soul. From introspective worship to aggressive praise with pop, rock and urban stylings, New Reign’s musical diversity makes for a unique ministry important in today’s world. www.oc.edu/summersingers

DRAMA GROUP

With UNBOUND, you never know what you’re going to get, but it’s always a real prize. Don’t expect a typical camp show when you book UNBOUND. We tailor our dramatic performances to your theme and communicate the message of Christ in new ways. www.oc.edu/unbound

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OC EXPERIENCE

Straight From The Sourc e Nursing Blogger Erin Rawlins Senior

OC bloggers tell it like it is College-bound students and their parents are inundated with admissions materials. From viewbooks to catalogs to emails to this magazine, colleges put their best foot forward and get the word out about their programs and campus life. But what’s really happening at those colleges? What do the students think about them? Until recently, it was hard to know. Oklahoma Christian is different in that we hire student bloggers and give them freedom to write about their real-life experiences at OC’s official blog page: blogs. oc.edu. Why take such a risk? Dean of Enrollment and Marketing Risa Forrester says, “This is a question of believing in OC and believing that students really do love the school and will have a good experience here. While we know some students may have difficulties from time to time, we believe that posting student blogs is the best way to be as transparent as possible.” You’ll see all kinds of people at blogs.oc.edu. We like to feature freshmen to see what the OC experience is like through fresh eyes, but we also feature bloggers from some of our newer academic programs like nursing. “Honestly, it’s a little bit scary.” Forrester said. “We’re so used to being in control of the message. But that’s not what students and parents want to read. They want to know what’s really going on at OC, what college life is really like. We’re determined to give that to them, and we believe in OC. That’s why we’re doing this.”

Blogger Ben Peterson Sophomore

Welcome to the Neighborhood Once you’ve been accepted to Oklahoma Christian University, we want to welcome you to the neighborhood. We’ve created an online community where you can ask questions, chat with current students and staff, and get to know your future classmates. Accepted students can log-in to community.oc.edu to create your profile, make it your own, and get a sneak peek at OC before you arrive on campus. Your future classmates are already there, making friends, asking questions, and settling into their new home. Log in today at community.oc.edu.

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OC EXPERIENCE

n O t h Rig the Money More than 96% of OC students receive institutional scholarship aid. Reference the ACT/SAT chart below to see if you’ve already qualified to receive an academic scholarship.

Presidential Academic Success Scholarships (PASS) ACT

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Academic Scholarship (Yearly)

32-36 28-31 25-27 22-24

1400-1600 1240-1390 1130-1230 1010-1120

$10,000 $8,000 $6,000 $4,000

Hutchinson, Kansas

The Rawlins Family Galen and Lora Le Rawlins majored in education at Oklahoma Christian. They’re both teachers, so they know the value of a quality education. They sent all three of their children to OC. Anne graduated last year with a liberal studies degree. Erin is a senior nursing major. Ben is a sophomore English education major. The Rawlins found out that sending three kids to a private school isn’t the financial kiss of death some make it out to be. “Our children attending a Christian college was always our goal and expectation. We were not going to let the cost change that goal,” Galen said. “After scholarships, there is not a large gap between the cost of public education and private education such as OC.” Vernon, Texas

The Swan Family Although neither Ronnie Swan, farmer and rancher, nor his wife Stephani, a teacher, attended a Christian university, both strongly believe in the value of Christian higher education for their daughters. And they believe in Oklahoma Christian University. “We felt that OC was more in tune with our family values and with how we want to see our kids continue to grow,” Ronnie said. Oldest daughter Corlie got hooked when she saw OC’s Summer Singers perform at a church camp. Sisters Halie and Whitnie have similar stories; their love for OC developed at camp and blossomed when their oldest sister paved the way. Ironically, Halie is now one of the Summer Singers’ lead vocalists. Ronnie and Stephani will have two girls at OC for eight straight years – years that have been tough in the farm and ranching industry because of record droughts in Texas and Oklahoma. “It’s been a sacrifice, but it’s been well worth it,” Stephani said. “We feel so blessed. We could not have dreamed of anything better for our girls.”

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ Additional scholarships and discounts are available, including: • Art, music and theater awards • National Merit Finalist scholarship • Athletic scholarships • Need-based grants • And more! For a complete list of OC scholarships, visit www.oc.edu/ scholarships. Or complete our online financial aid and scholarship estimator at www.oc.edu/estimator.

Oklahoma Christian University students represent a variety of family income backgrounds. As evidenced by the chart below (Income Distribution of OC Students), students from all income ranges are able to attend OC.

Income Distribution of Oklahoma Christian of OC Students, 2007-08 Family Aggregate Gross Income (AGI)

Total # of Students

Total # of New Students

Average Grant/ Scholarship*

Average Student Loan*

Average Total Financial Aid Package*

Below $20,000

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$11,001.88

$5,939.06

$16,217.46

$20,000-$40,000

186

59

$11,022.91

$6,236.93

$15,611.75

$40,000-$60,000

227

82

$9,321.13

$6,525.01

$13,689.50

$60,000-$80,000

265

98

$7,579.31

$7,230.38

$12,363.18

$80,000-$100,000

211

71

$6,570.84

$6,601.43

$11,126.77

Above $100,000

419

167

$6,760.89

$4,551.53

$10,038.33

*The chart above reflects the average amount awarded in scholarship, grants, and loans to students in particular income brackets. It is not intended to reflect exact amounts that will be awarded during a given academic year, but merely as a means to demonstrate eligibility for scholarships and grant, regardless of family income.

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1 Davisson American Heritage (DAH) • Dept. of History & Political Science • Dept. of Psychology & Family Studies • School of Education 2 Garvey Center for Liberal Arts (LA) • Dept. of Art & Design • Dept. of Communications • Dept. of Music • Hardeman Auditorium • Judd Theatre • McIntosh Conservatory / Recital Hall 3 Harvey Business Center (HBC) • School of Business Administration 4 Herold Science Hall (HSH) • Dept. of Biology • Dept. of Chemistry and Physics 4a Nursing Administrative Building 5 Mabee Learning Center (MLC) • Beam Library • Dept. of Language and Literature 6 Prince Engineering Center (PEC) • Dept. of Mathematical, Computer, and Information Sciences • School of Engineering 7 Vose Hall

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22 Lawson Commons • Freede Centennial Tower • Jack & Wanda McGraw Pavilion 23 Gaylord University Center • Bookstore • Health and Wellness Center • Magic Bean Coffee Shop • Salon USA • Sodexho-Marriott Dining Hall 24 Nowlin Center 25 Thelma Gaylord Forum

Hangouts & Recreation

14 The Barn (Old Gymnasium) 15 Dobson Field 16 Intramural Fields (Two Locations) 17 Payne Athletic Center • Dept. of Athletics • Dept. of Physical Education • Fitness Center / Swimming Pool 18 Soccer Field 19 Softball Field 20 Tennis Courts - Sand Volleyball 21 Vaughn Track

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26 Davisson Hall 27 RM Fails Hall 28 Gunn-Henderson Hall 29 Heritage Heights Apartments 1-4 30 McNally House Apartments 31 Heritage Heights Apartments 6 32 Tinius-East Hall 33 Tinius-West Hall • Residence Life Office 34 University House Commons 35 University House North 36 University House South 37 Warlick Hall 38 Wilson-East Hall 39 Wilson-West Hall

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