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PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH UPDATE ON THE PROCESS

ALUMNI AWARDS

FEATURES ON THE 2011 HONOREES

NATIONAL CHAMPS

GOLF TEAM WINS 2ND TITLE

Homecoming

Be Our Guest • Nov. 4-5


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Read more from Dr. O’Neal at www.oc.edu/president

Dear Alumni and Friends: As Nancy and I begin our 10th and final year in this role, we hope our alumni and friends will join us for a most exciting Homecoming 2011 (see page 12 for details). If you have not been back on campus in recent years, you will be pleased by the many physical improvements, the substantial strengthening of our academic offerings, and more effective integration of faith throughout the university. In many ways, the current environment for Christian higher education is as difficult as ever. There is much criticism of higher education in the media and political circles these days, much of it focusing on affordability and effective career preparation. Public support for institutions and for students in need is declining substantially. Most higher education institutions have responded with substantial increases in tuition and fees. OC has taken the road less traveled with seven primary strategies. We have: (a) eliminated or reduced unnecessary costs; (b) moderated tuition and fee increases to remain in the lowest quartile of quality private baccalaureate institutions; (c) applied technology effectively; (d) continued to expect and

receive more from faculty and staff; (e) increased and carefully allocated financial assistance among our families; (f) sought the generous support of our friends and alumni; and (g) relied upon the providence of our loving Father. As a result, we have maintained and increased quality while moderating the cost of attendance. OC’s current annual cost for tuition and fees is about $7,000 lower than the national average at private universities. This past year, OC awarded more than $14 million in grants and scholarships to undergraduate students … in addition to millions in government grant aid, private scholarships and loans. These lower prices, especially when combined with rigorous academic programs, highly qualified and accessible faculty, and a friendly, Christian campus environment, make OC an excellent value and a logical choice for students who are serious about both academics and faith. Another message heard with increasing intensity is that universities must do a better job of preparing students for careers. We concur that what students do in college must prepare them for useful employment, but we continue to resist the temptation to focus only on job preparation.

Our programs are as good as any, but we also intend to prepare our students for life in community and in family, to prepare them holistically for whatever culture or circumstances may send their way, and to teach them the ways of God. And, by the way, our graduates do get jobs! Among my greatest joys are hearing from employers that they want to hire our alumni ... and why. Our graduates are in high demand because they are receiving quality, upto-date, real-world instruction, and have strong morals and ethics that are highly prized by employers. When the ultimate test is the outcomes, OC graduates are not only better prepared for a career, but for life as well. Your support is a major factor in our ability to accomplish this, and it helps make this dream possible for many young people. We look forward to seeing you November 4-5 for Homecoming! In His service,

Mike E. O’Neal President


FALL 2011

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Beauty and the Beast, Back to the Barn Bash, International Studies Reunion, and Alumni Banquet highlight big event.

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Former president and first lady pursuing new callings in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.

Philanthropic family embraces the legacy of Christian education at OC.

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40 Milestones

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Former Student Senate president chairing search committee.

Faculty and staff from OC’s formative years to be honored at Homecoming.

Alumni couple fall in love at OC ... and fall in love with OC.

Eagles claim second national title; Oscar Stark wins individual crown.

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Touched by tragedy, the brothers’ commitment to missions lives on.

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Comings and goings of your former classmates.

Upcoming events at your alma mater.

VISION STAFF President:

executive director of alumni relations:

Designers:

Dr. Mike E. O’Neal (68)

Bob Lashley (74)

Judson Copeland (02), Jonathan Curtis (03), Rachel O’Donnell (02)

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Editor:

Photographers:

Dr. John deSteiguer

Wes McKinzie (98)

Judson Copeland (02), Steven Christy (01), Jim Beckel, Whitaker Portrait Design

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Ron Frost

Will Blanchard (07), Salvador Cariaga (83), Murray Evans (89), Amy Gower (88), Dana Holley, Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), Sharon Lindsey, Kandyce Moore, Dawn Shelton (90), Brooke Tallon, Josh Watson, Josh Wayland (09), Ann White (04)

vice president FOR alumni relations: Kent Allen (79)

VISION Alumni Magazine of Oklahoma Christian University (USPS 405-420) Volume 13, No. 1, Fall 2011 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to VISION Box 11000, Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100

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CROWN JEWELS OC won five national championships in the spring, continuing a golden age in OC Athletics. 1

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The OC golf team captured its second national title in three years. Oscar Stark (far left) won the individual championship. (Read more on page 36) Silas Kisorio became a 10-time national champion ... with his senior year to come. Denise Mattoon won her third national championship to become the most successful female track and field athlete in OC history. (Read more on page 37)


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GRADUATION DAY OC saw one of the largest classes in school history graduate in May. The big day also featured several special presentations. 1 2 3 4

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Dr. Stafford North won the Faculty Leadership Award. Dr. Bailey McBride (54) won the Gaylord Chair of Distinguished Teaching Award. Dr. Byron Newberry (92) won the Jack and Barbara Rowe Distinguished Scholar Award. Families of our Chinese students presented this gift in gratitude to OC for teaching and taking care of their children. The second class of Rwandan graduates honor their OC family, including Richard Lawson (66, middle back), Pat Lawson (67) and Susie Jackson (79, middle front), and John Osborne (91, far right).

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OC alumna Sherri Coale (87) was the keynote speaker. Oklahoma City mayors Kirk Humphreys, Ron Norick and Mick Cornett earned the Lee Allan Smith Spirit of Oklahoma Award. Dedicated OC staff members transformed the Eagles’ Nest into an elegant banquet hall for the OC Associates and other distinguished guests in attendance. OC athletic director Curtis Janz (86, right) and women’s basketball coach Stephanie Findley (82). The awards wing of the Payne Athletic Center is now known as the Stephanie Findley Hall of Honor. Men’s basketball coach Dan Hays and President Mike O’Neal. OC’s basketball floor is now known as Dan Hays Court. (Read more on page 38)

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WATCH A VIDEO REcap of the ASSOCIATES DINNER, INCLUDING EXCERPTS FROM SHERRI COALE’S STIRRING KEYNOTE SPEECH. WWW.OC.EDU/VISION


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Chi Lambda Phi won again this year with their entertaining “Godzillas” show. Gamma Rho was the leader of the women’s clubs with its “Minnie Mouse” show. The Kappa Sigma Tau “Kops” were the faculty/staff favorites this year. Danisha Walker was one of the talented hosts and hostesses who strolled down memory lane with the show’s “Rerun” theme.


THE SEARCH FOR

6 TH PRESIDENT “The next OC president will lead the university through many changes in higher education that will affect the strength and reputation of our university,” – Michelle Stephens (88), presidential search committee chair Stephens is one of the alumni serving on the committee tasked with accepting nominations and interviewing candidates who seek to be OC’s sixth president. The committee was formed earlier this year following Dr. Mike O’Neal’s announcement he would retire in 2012 after 10 years as OC’s president. “Our committee includes four members from the Board of Trustees, three also happen to be OC alumni. One representative selected by the OC staff also is a proud OC graduate. The three faculty representatives were selected by the Faculty Association, and one is an alumnus. Your alumni representative, Eugene Howland (90), was selected from the National Alumni Council. We also have a current student on the search committee,” Stephens said. She said the committee put a great deal of thought into the presidential profile (available at www.oc.edu/president/ search). She encourages all alumni to read it to get the full scope of the type of leader the committee seeks. “Many of us will be sending children or grandchildren to OC, and we want our university to continue to be a place where students want to come and have the opportunity to excel in their chosen fields,” Stephens said. The committee officially began accepting nominations in July and will do so through September. After an interview process, the committee intends to present its top choices to the board late in 2011. The Board of Trustees will offer the position to its top candidate, perhaps by the end of the year, so the new president can come as early in 2012 as possible. “We are looking for a leader who has a vision for a stronger university financially, spiritually and academically,” Stephens said. “We pray to find a leader not only with the vision, but with the courage, persistence and patience to turn that dream into reality.” By Dawn Shelton (90)

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Dr. L.R. Wilson

Dr. James O. Baird

Dr. Terry Johnson

Dr. Kevin Jacobs

Dr. Mike E. O’Neal


Q&A with Michelle Stephens

Photo courtesy of Whitaker Portrait Design

Catch her if you can. Michelle (Thompson) Stephens was really busy during her days at OC – leading student government, singing with Chorale, excelling in her courses. Her professional and adult life is even busier … and more fulfilling. A practicing attorney who worked in the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office – and in advocacy areas including sustainable agriculture – Michelle is a wife (to Brian, also an OC grad) and mother who has turned her attention to serving near her home in Weatherford, Oklahoma. She is a Bible class teacher and 4-H leader. She also serves on OC’s Board of Trustees, and is chairing the Presidential Search Committee. Amidst her meetings, trips and horse shows, we caught up with Michelle Stephens for this Q&A.

every practice. I knew I was out of my league with the talent in that group, but the music and camaraderie as well as the leadership of Dr. Adams made everyday at noon something to look forward to. Many of my lifelong friends are Choralers. I loved Student Senate and College Republicans, too. I remember one morning getting a call from Dean (Richard) Mock, our advisor in Student Senate. He didn’t call often and he sounded a little nervous when he said, “Where were you last night?” Unbeknownst to me, a couple of our College Republicans had gotten in a bit of trouble at a political rally the night before. I told him that I had been on campus all evening. He said, “Oh, that’s good. That’s very good!”

How did you and Brian meet?

What do your girls think about OC?

Officially, Brian decided to come down from “science hill” and take an elective accounting class. However, I had my eye on him long before that. At that time, the Gamma Rho and Kappa Sigma Tau social service clubs did activities together so I would see him at those joint activities.

They know they are going there, and they used to think they had pony rides there all the time (from Alumni nights in the summer). When they are supposed to wear their favorite team shirt to school, Brian and I always make sure they have an OC Eagle sweatshirt to wear.

Tell us about your girls …

Tell us about your service on the Board of Trustees …

We have two girls – Reagan and Madison. They are only 17 months apart so they are very close and enjoy many of the same activities, including horses. Reagan is a fifth grader and Madison is a fourth grader. They both study piano and love ballet. Reagan enjoys reading, hiking, wildlife and horseback riding. Madison enjoys reading, visiting large cities and American Girl stories.

Those of us who were in school with you remember that you were the first female president of Student Senate (as it was called at the time) ... and you were the biggest Ronald Reagan fan around! What are some of your very fondest memories about your time as a student at OC?

Oh, I have so many fond memories, it is hard to pick! My favorite class was Christian Family with Dr. Lynn McMillon. I also loved auditing Dr. Jim Wilson’s constitutional law class and sparring with Dr. Philip Patterson in a few journalism classes. My favorite activity by far was being a member of Chorale. While I was not the most talented, I loved every minute and

The opportunity to serve my Alma Mater in this capacity is such an honor and my most favorite work. OC, through its faculty and students, have touched so many lives, including those of our family. The team of trustees is an amazing group of wise men and women who truly seek God’s counsel.

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Brian has a dental practice in Weatherford. He works in the area of family dentistry. As a tea and coffee drinker, my favorite fringe benefit is the teeth whitening. Brian loves to golf, refinish antiques, watch the Food Network and try Alton Brown’s recipes. He also likes photography and editing pictures. Michelle graduated from OC in 1988 and Brian graduated in 1989. She went to law school, and Brian attended dental school, both at the University of Oklahoma. Michelle currently serves on the Weatherford School Board. Previously, she served on the Oklahoma Board of Education, and as a commissioner for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. By Dawn Shelton (90)

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Be Our Guest! That’s more than this year’s Homecoming theme. It’s a signature song from one of the biggest productions to ever hit the OC stage. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, featuring the set and costumes from the production’s world regional premiere, will come to Oklahoma Christian during Homecoming weekend. Hardeman Auditorium will host three performances of the Broadway musical – November 3, 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. each night. The professional set and costumes come to the OC stage from the Cumberland County Playhouse in Crossville, Tennessee. “Experiencing this beloved show with lavish costumes in an extravagant setting will be an unforgettable event for our student performers and for the audience,” said Chorale director Dr. Ken Adams (69), who will retire at the end of this academic year. OC alumnus Chad Anderson (98) will direct the musical, featuring music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and adapted from the book by Linda Woolverton. For ticket information and other info about the musical, go to www.oc.edu/beautyandthebeast or call (405) 425-5540. Other special Homecoming events include Friday night’s Alumni Banquet, honoring distinguished alumni Terry and Marty Johnson, Legacy Award winners Richard and Pat Lawson and family, distinguished young alumni Ben Langford and his late brother Adam, and a notable group of distinguished honorary alumni. For tickets to the Alumni Banquet, email dana.holley@oc.edu or call (405) 425-5110. Banquet tickets are $20. 12 VI SI O NFALL2011

Club reunions, breakfast with your favorite professors, the 60s Alumni Breakfast and Homecoming Chapel highlight the Saturday morning activities. We’ll gather in the Eagles’ Nest for the annual Homecoming basketball games on Saturday afternoon. That evening, alumni from the 1960s will return to the venue now known as the Dave Smith Athletic Center for the “Back to the Barn Bash.” It’s going to be a fun weekend of food, fun, fellowship and memories!


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Department of History Reception (Garvey Center, Room 102) Honors Alumni Breakfast (Honors House at Davisson Hall)

Friday, November 4

9:00-9:45 Breakfast with your Favorite Professors (Garvey Center)

Connect Plus High school sophomores, juniors, seniors, and parents are invited to attend. Registration (Garvey Center) www.oc.edu/campusconnect

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Homecoming Chapel (Hardeman Auditorium) Devotional, Chorale Performance, International Studies Presentation, Presidential Search Update, Special Presentation to Dr. Mike O’Neal and Dr. Ken Adams

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Homecoming Parade (Thelma Gaylord Forum / Wilson Way)

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Homecoming Carnival and Complimentary Lunch (McGraw Pavilion at Lawson Commons)

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Central Christian College (CCC) Reunion Luncheon (Gaylord University Center, Gotcher Room)

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1987 Vienna Studies Program Reunion Lunch (Gaylord University Center, South Dining Area)

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Women’s Basketball vs. Texas Wesleyan (Eagles’ Nest) Homecoming Coronation Between Games

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Men’s Basketball vs. Central Bible (Eagles’ Nest)

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Track and Field Reception (Payne Athletic Center, second floor)

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2006 Vienna Studies Program Reunion (Band Room)

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60’s “Back to the Barn Bash” (“The Barn” - Dave Smith Athletic Center)

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Homecoming Musical – “Beauty and the Beast” (Hardeman Auditorium)

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John Morrison Photo Exhibit (Garvey Center, University Gallery)

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Central Christian College (CCC) Reunion Luncheon (Gaylord University Center, Gotcher Room)

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Presentation of John Glas-Robert Sandeman Collection of Restoration Movement Books (Beam Library)

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Alumni Achievement Awards (McIntosh Conservatory)

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Open Reception for Alumni Honorees (Gaylord University Center)

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Alumni Banquet (Gaylord University Center)

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Homecoming Musical – “Beauty and the Beast” (Hardeman Auditorium)

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John Morrison Photo Exhibit (Garvey Center, University Gallery)

Saturday, November 5 8:00-9:30

General Club Receptions (Garvey Center) “Back to the Barn Bunch” Breakfast (Gaylord University Center) International Studies Breakfast Reunion (McIntosh Conservatory)

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DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI


Terry and Marty Johnson There’s something special about Terry Johnson.

You can see it sitting in his living room in Horseshoe Bay, Texas. You can see it in casual conversation at the Blue Bonnet Café in nearby Marble Falls. You can see it in the way he looks at his wife, Marty (Mitchell 71) Johnson … and the way he brags on her every chance he gets. You can see it in the way he helped transform Oklahoma Christian during his 32 years as an administrator, including 21 as president. His predecessor in the role, Dr. James O. Baird, saw something special in him. As Terry sought his destiny as a freshman at Southern Methodist University, a chance meeting with Baird, a follow-up letter from him, and a $100 scholarship led Terry to transfer to Oklahoma Christian in 1961. After Terry arrived, Baird took him under his wing. He encouraged him to get involved, to not be an inaccessible snob with a SMU letter sweater, to have fun and to see that “college is much more than books and lectures.” Thanks to Baird, Terry appeared on the cover of Teenage Christian magazine as a young undergraduate. As a young graduate, he earned his J.D. from SMU, then quickly moved up the ranks of OC’s administration. In 1974, he succeeded Dr. Baird as president at age 31. “I had the confidence of those leading the school. I was trusted to take on assignments, and I rallied to that confidence,” Dr. Johnson said. “Dr. Baird taught us what it took to be disciplined in administration. He was an exceptionally gifted administrator and won friends for the university in a wonderful way. I like to think he passed along some of his gifts to me.”

There’s something special about Marty Johnson.

Marty’s smile may be her greatest gift. And

that’s saying something. She is a woman of many talents. She was Oklahoma Christian’s Homecoming queen. She is an accomplished teacher and businesswoman. But that smile is her calling card. “Marty’s smile is the one feature that leaves an indelible impression on all who meet her,” Terry wrote in his tribute book to her, Two Parts Sunshine. “Her cheerful disposition and enthusiasm are contagious. Some people possess that gift of making each person in a group feel as if he or she is special – loved above and beyond any of the others. Marty has that gift.” As they connected Oklahoma Christian with important friends and benefactors during their time as president and first lady, Marty was a hostess, conversationalist … and friend … without peer. OC alumna Sherri (Buben 87) Coale, the successful women’s basketball coach at the University of Oklahoma, said Marty’s spirit, joy and zest for life gave the OC campus its “heartbeat.”

There’s something special about Oklahoma Christian.

The Johnson era saw Oklahoma Christian rise up “with wings as eagles.” Dr. Johnson is quick to credit fellow administrators Dr. Stafford North, Guy Ross, Dr. Bailey McBride, Gary Fields and others for Oklahoma Christian’s growth during that transformative period. “It was a great opportunity to be part of a team and do something on a team basis,” Dr. Johnson said. “We had a great team, and we stayed intact for many, many years. That continuity helped us a lot. We complemented one another and found success along the way.” The successes included more than $100 million raised for construction, endowment and operations. (continued on page 16)

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It included the construction of the Bible building (now known as the Williams-Branch Center for Biblical Studies), the Garvey Center, the Thelma Gaylord Forum and Enterprise Square USA. It included the expansion of the Mabee Learning Center and the Payne Athletic Center, the establishment of the engineering program and Prince Engineering Center, the start of the Vienna Studies program and the master’s degree in ministry, and the move to university status in 1990. It featured campus visits by iconic figures and leaders like Bob Hope and Sam Walton, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush. The elder Bush was the President of the United States when he came to campus in 1992. “For one single event, that probably stands out more than any other,” Dr. Johnson said. “Bob Lashley, Lou Phillips and a number of others went into overdrive to make sure we were ready for that occasion. It was just a picture-perfect day. The next day, here’s this article on the front page of the New York Times featuring Oklahoma Christian. We have a lot of wonderful memories and feelings of accomplishment, but that one day was an extraordinary day.” That era also saw the growth of Oklahoma Christian’s mission efforts, thanks to people like Dr. Ron Bever, Ralph Burcham, Dr. Elmo Hall, Dr. Darvin Keck and Joe McCormack, whom Dr. Johnson calls “unsung heroes.” “All of that made me feel like what I was representing to other people was genuine. It wasn’t a façade. I didn’t have to apologize or feel like I was trying to put something over on anyone. This was the real Oklahoma

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Christian. These were real people who had a burning desire to do something good for the Lord,” Dr. Johnson said. “I think Oklahoma Christian made big advancements because people perceived that, not only it as an institution, but the people who worked there, were real and genuinely committed to the spiritual aspect of the campus.”

There’s something special about Horseshoe Bay.

The Johnsons miss their friends in Oklahoma, but they love where they are and what they’re doing now. They travel a lot – to play golf, to see the world, to see Terry’s beloved St. Louis Cardinals, and to see OC friends like Jerry and Laura Beth Jobe and Jim and Anna Wilson. Their home in Horseshoe Bay puts the Johnsons close to their kids and grandkids. One of their daughters, Jennifer (90), lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband Royce Clark (90) and their children. Their other daughter, Jill, lives with her husband Cary Brown in Midland, Texas. The Johnsons live on a golf course (Marty, in particular, is a competitive golfer), and they play often as a way to relax and reach out to their neighbors. “When we get bored, we jump on the golf cart and off we go,” Marty said. “We love going out in the evenings together. We look at the wildlife and take some pictures along the way. It has been fun to spend that time together. We enjoy that a lot.” At one point, as the Johnsons described their post-OC life and their love of golf, Marty jokingly protested, “They’re going to


think that all we do is play golf.” Terry deadpanned, “They already do, Marty. They already do.” In truth, they don’t lack for things to keep them busy. Dr. Johnson writes books (see the sidebar below). Marty continues her work as a highly-successful executive director with Melaleuca. They helped the Marble Falls Church of Christ build a beautiful and functional new facility; Dr. Johnson serves there as an elder and Marty teaches classes for the little kids.

Marty is still a hostess and friend to others. She helps lead a Bible study for 4060 women in the community. And when the Johnsons welcome guests into their home, Marty typically has cookies and other goodies waiting. Terry and Marty remain connected to Oklahoma Christian. The local high school choir director, Bryce Gage (92), is an OC alumnus … and four students from Marble Falls currently attend Oklahoma Christian. The Johnsons are excited about the university’s momentum and the alumni

who continue to make a difference in the world. “It’s been fun to watch this school grow, be mature and be established. It’s done awfully well,” Marty said. “We meet so many of the former students in our travels. That’s been a great thrill. One of our greatest joys is to see how well a lot of those students that have graduated from Oklahoma Christian have done. They’re working for the Lord, working for the church and leading good lives.” And that’s truly something special. By Wes McKinzie (98)

THE WRITTEN WORD

Some books by Dr. Terry Johnson, former OC president. For more information, go to http://jtj.tateauthor.com.

“Jubilee” is a pictorial history of Oklahoma Christian published in celebration of OC’s 50th anniversary in 2000. Illustrated with photographs that date back to the university’s early years in Bartlesville, Jubilee It highlights the growth and development of Oklahoma Christian throughout the last half of the 20th century. Brief essays by Johnson chronicle the events and personalities that contributed to the university’s rapid ascent.

“Awakenings” chronicles Johnson’s college years. As he faces disappointment and tragedy, he grapples with the all-important questions of life: Who am I? What will I do with my life? Drawing upon his faith, Johnson works through his dilemma and meets the love of his life. In his foreword, Pat Boone reflects on his visit to Oklahoma Christian in the same fall that Johnson became a student here.

“Two Parts Sunshine” is both a cookbook and a biographical sketch of Marty (Mitchell 71) Johnson, OC’s former first lady. A foundation grant has made it possible for the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association to net the entire $20 on each book that it sells to the public. To purchase your copy, contact Christine (McClelland 91) Merideth at christine.merideth@oc.edu or 405.425.5122.

“Fairways and Green Pastures” captures the essence of the Christian’s everyday journey through life. Using Ram Rock at Horseshoe Bay, a famous Texas golf course designed by the late Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Johnson’s allegory-style book challenges golfers and non-golfers alike to sharpen their skills in living the abundant life. The book features a poignant foreword written by PGA Hall of Fame legend Byron Nelson.

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Legacy Award


Richard and Pat Lawson Richard (66) and Pat (Davidson 67) Lawson are the benefactors behind a gift to Oklahoma Christian that was one of the largest in the university’s history. They are active in OC’s growth and success through Richard’s roles on the Board of Trustees and Business Advisory Council, and Pat’s roles with the North Texas Alumni Association and on the National Alumni Council. And they are the cornerstones of OC’s vibrant relationship with the country of Rwanda. The Lawsons got to know Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame, when Richard’s company, Lawson Software, hosted President Kagame in St. Paul, Minn. “Since education was such an important issue to Rwanda, especially after the genocide, we thought that possibly there was a role Oklahoma Christian could play in reaching out to Rwanda,” Richard said. They connected OC president Dr. Mike O’Neal and his wife Nancy with the Rwandan government, and the rest is history. Dr. O’Neal worked with the Rwandan education ministers to establish the criteria and structure a program that has brought 85 Rwandan Presidential Scholars to the United States to pursue their education at Oklahoma Christian thus far. “The Rwandans have been blessed by the opportunity, but interacting with other students, I see that OC has been truly blessed by their presence,” Richard said. “Pat and I are awed by how much credit we get for just hooking up somebody, but I guess that’s the way God works. He basically said, ‘Bring along Mike and Nancy and I’ll take it from there.’” Those themes of connection and community run throughout the Lawsons’ long relationship with Oklahoma Christian. It’s as if God said, “Bring along Richard and Pat, and I’ll take it from there.”

Pat’s mother was dead-set on Pat going to Oklahoma Christian after she graduated from tiny Velma-Alma High School, two hours away near Ardmore. “It was a place that was safe to her. She felt that it was a place where I could grow,” Pat said. “Coming from a small high school, she knew I’d be overwhelmed at a big state university. She’d heard good things about OC and knew that’s where she wanted me to go.” The Davidson family influence also encouraged Pat’s uncle and aunt, Dub and Barbara Erwin, to send their children Connie Bettes, Cathy Tyler, Carma Weymouth and Cristy Swope (91) to Oklahoma Christian. Some of the Erwins’ grandchildren also have attended OC. On the Lawson side of the family, Richard’s cousin, Kay (Brundege 56) Villines, and his older sister, Naomi (Lawson 56) Patton, attended Central Christian College in Bartlesville. Richard and his younger sister, Greta (71), followed in their footsteps, coming to Oklahoma Christian from Wichita, Kansas. “I came from a high school that was much larger than OC,” Richard said. “That was really nice because it gave me even more of a sense of community and intimacy with the other students and with the professors.” Professors like Dr. Darvin Keck, Dr. Raymond Kelcy, Dr. Hugo McCord and Dr. Stafford North made a lasting impact on Richard and Pat because of their accessibility and acumen. And professors like Joe Bryant, Hugh McHenry and Aubrey Woods put Richard on the path that would change his life. Bryant and McHenry taught in Richard’s major, mathematics. Woods, a customer engineer at IBM, volunteered to teach Oklahoma Christian’s first computer science class. Not too many schools, especially schools of OC’s size, offered computer courses in the mid-60s. (continued on page 20)

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But that foundation in math and computer science put Richard a step ahead in his master’s work at Purdue University … and sowed the seeds of Lawson Software, a company that was recently acquired for $2 billion. “What sets apart a school like Oklahoma Christian is the community – the professors, the administration, the church and the students,” Richard said. “As a parent, I wanted that to be the experience for my children, too. You can get the finest education at Oklahoma Christian, but it’s supplemented with the spiritual side, the caring side and the relationship side, and I think that’s unique to a school like Oklahoma Christian.” Those relationships drove the Lawsons to get involved on the front lines of alumni activities on campus and in north Texas over the past decade. Pat said that fellow graduate Alan Phillips (76) was the driving force in getting OC’s North Texas Alumni Chapter off the ground, and many alumni in that area have helped raise more than $100,000 in scholarship funds for the university. “There were a lot of people in the DallasFort Worth area who were OC grads, but were not in contact with each other,” Pat said. “Alan and I got to talking; we felt like we needed to start an alumni group and give back to the school. We have a lot of fun doing a lot of events and helping find prospective students. It’s been work, but it’s been a lot of fun in the process – and we’ve reconnected with a lot of people.” Richard and Pat also reconnected with old

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friends when their children, Ricky (92) and Lance, became OC students. They’re helping continue the family’s legacy by leading a fundraising drive to build a first-class softball stadium on campus. The Lawsons’ philanthropy reflects their philosophy: “It’s God’s money, not ours.” “Things change, society changes, issues change. I think, at its core, Oklahoma Christian needs to stay the same, which is a student-oriented university with a quality education and the spiritual component,” Richard said. “Without the spiritual component, without the belief system that we have in the church of Christ, without our belief in God and Jesus, we could be any university that doesn’t make any difference in the spiritual lives of students. So I just want OC to be on the right financial foundation and maintain its uniqueness in the way it’s delivering its education.” The Lawsons are passionate about the university, and just like her student days as a cheerleader at Oklahoma Christian, Pat continues to “rah-rah” for her alma mater. “I want students to go to OC because I had a great experience there and I think they can have a good experience at OC,” Pat said. “That is the thing that excites me – to get them there, then once they’re there, to watch them blossom and watch them grow. Our hope is that wherever they go they will have that sense of, ‘I went to OC, I had a great experience, I got a great education and I made wonderful friends,’ and that they will repeat that whole process.” By Wes McKinzie (98)


HONORARY ALUMNI They were pioneers. Though they earned their degrees elsewhere, their commitment to Oklahoma Christian helped our university become what it is today. This year’s group of 28 honorary alumni joined with CCC and OCC grads to elevate the school in its formative period, building on the foundation forged in Bartlesville and in the early Oklahoma City years. The professors, equipped with doctorates and/or real-world experience, provided academic strength. The staff members added expertise to the day-to-day operations of this fledgling college. Many people have made immeasurable contributions to OC’s growth, but these honorary alumni are distinguished by their many years of service. Like previous honorees – iconic names like Dobson, Hays, Leftwich, Phillips and Wilson – they gave their working lives to Oklahoma Christian. They were connected with students. They were involved outside their classrooms and offices. They led in outreach. They starred in Follies. They got thrown out of the gym for being just a little too zealous at basketball games. Thanks in large part to their dedication, Oklahoma Christian became more than a Bible college on a rural patch of red dirt. It became an integral part of the big city and the global community. They helped give us credibility. They helped set us apart. They became family. Join us at the Alumni Banquet on Friday, November 4 to honor this special group of people … along with many others who made a significant impact on Oklahoma Christian University. By Wes McKinzie (98)

2011 Honorary Alumni

• Dr. Darrel Alexander – theatre • Dr. James Baxter – science • Dr. Ron Bever – speech and campaigns • Clarence and Wilma Buller* – maintenance/mailroom • Ralph Burcham – business and campaigns • Carolyn Castleman* – language • Dr. Don Dunn – science • Dr. Lois Exendine* – education • Gary Fields – financial • Dr. Elmo Hall – English and campaigns • Malcom Hinckley* – library • Geneva Hoover – library • Dr. Bill Jones – Bible • Dr. Darvin Keck – science and campaigns • Dr. Raymond Kelcy* – Bible (pictured) • Dr. Bernard Keys – business • Dr. Hugo McCord* – Bible • Jack McElroy* – data processing • Dr. Richard Mock – student life • Glenn Nance* – cafeteria • Dr. Howard Norton – Bible and campaigns • Larry Rhodes* – student life • Elizabeth Ross – English • Dr. Roland Schultz – science • Bob Smith* – admissions • Ray and Sue Vaughn* – athletics/English • Phil Watson – fundraising • Polly Wigginton* – bookstore * deceased

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DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNI

BEN AND ADAM LANGFORD


BEN AND ADAM LANGFORD They shared the same smile, mission, and dreams, so it seems only fitting that brothers Ben and Adam Langford share the honor of being named OC’s Young Alumni of the Year. Asked when he knew he wanted to become a missionary, Ben Langford (98) laughs as he thinks back to his early years. “I knew I didn’t want to be a missionary,” he said. “I thought it was a great thing, but it wasn’t for me.” But as usually happens when God calls, the opportunities and experiences slowly changed Ben’s heart. Ben specifically cites his visit to the Jinga, Uganda, mission team as a transformative occasion. “I realized that they were like me and my friends, and that if they could do this, then so could I,” Ben said. So with that realization, Ben and his wife Kym moved to join a mission team in Africa. Ben’s younger brother Adam (01) had the skills and personality to shine in any arena. Captain of OC’s soccer team, vice president of the Student Government Association, and rising star in the world of investment banking – the world truly was his oyster. But Adam lived by the Warren Miller quote, “If you don’t do it today, you’ll just be one day older when you do it.” That led him to put his career on hold and take his skills to Uganda. Joining the mission team his brother was a part of, Adam specialized in working with Ugandans to start businesses that would provide economic health for the community and help the local church.

In fact, that is what Adam was doing when his life was tragically cut short. The OC family mourned in January 2007 when Adam and his friend, Moses Kimezi, died in a tragic automobile accident. “We knew we wanted to follow this path together, but we didn’t get all that far,” Ben says. “But when you start seeking what God is doing in the world, you don’t usually get too far. You don’t always know what he’s doing, but it forces you to pay very close attention.” Ben believes that Adam’s story goes on because it was a bigger part of the story God is creating. He is part of instilling that mindset at Oklahoma Christian as the new director for the Center of Global Missions. The questions that drive Ben’s mission are “What is God doing in the world?” and “How do we get in on it?” Whether it is in our neighborhoods or across the world, this creates a culture where we think about missions as a fulltime vocation. “I realize that the majority of people won’t become fulltime missionaries, but if we can help them use their abilities and giftedness, we can all join in with what God is doing in the world,” Ben said. That message is exemplified in the life of these brothers. Ben felt the call to ministry and Adam to business. It was their love for each other that bound their paths together. It was their love for the Father that drove them to live lives in glory to God. By Ann White (04)

WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH BEN LANGFORD. WWW.OC.EDU/VISION

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ROMANCE REMEMBERED A First Love Story Comes Full Circle Bud (52) and Sarah (Parker 51) McFarland have claim on many firsts in Oklahoma Christian history. Among the first 97 students to enroll at the new Central Christian College in Bartlesville in 1950, they were first-year class officers, sang in the first school chorale, and performed in the first school musical. Sarah reported for the first school newspaper and graduated with the first class. Bud was the first basketball team manager and was in the quartet that first sang the words, “Alma Mater, hail to thee!” Meeting and falling in love on campus, the McFarlands also pioneered the OC romance, a journey that wasn’t necessarily easy in 1950. “Back in those days, you couldn’t hold hands on campus,” Bud says. “Touching wasn’t allowed.” Date nights also were restricted at that time, and often chaperoned. (And students complain about the rules today!) But Bud and Sarah found time for romance in their day-to-day routine. “I worked part-time as a secretary,” Sarah says giggling. “And I was on the mop crew,” Bud says. “Everyone would always talk about how clean the floor was right outside the door,” Sarah continues. “Right around her desk,” Bud laughs. That’s not to say they never dared to break the rules. “One night, I walked Sarah over to the girls’ dorm. And I gave her a goodnight kiss,” Bud says in a conspiratorial tone, his eyes

still sparkling with mischief. “When I looked up, there stood Roy Lanier, chair of the Bible Department! Needless to say I got some demerits on that.” With a glance at Sarah, Bud adds, “But it was worth it.” These first memories at Central Christian are at the heart of the McFarlands’ life story. “Finding Sarah and being able to have a great relationship and life together – it all began there,” Bud says. He means that quite literally, too. In March 1952, the couple wed on campus, another first in university history. As Bud and Sarah look back on more than 60 years together, they cherish their pioneering days at Central Christian and hope to help a new generation experience their own firsts at OC. “We have a responsibility to help OC do for others what it did for us,” Bud says. To do this, the McFarlands have remembered OC in their will, leaving the university a child’s share of their estate. For a couple who has grown alongside OC since day one, it is so meaningful that Bud and Sarah are, in such a profound way, claiming this campus community as family. “Oklahoma Christian had humble beginnings,” Sarah says. “It has come so far … and it has to continue.” By Will Blanchard (07) WATCH AN INTERVIEW WITH BUD AND SARAH McFARLAND. WWW.OC.EDU/VISION

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CHAMPIONSHIP PEDIGREE White enjoys seasons to remember with Titans Colin White came to Oklahoma Christian as a baseball guy, having played that game all the way through junior college. He left OC as a softball coach. A decade out of college, Colin’s decision to embrace softball has proven fortuitous. At age 33, he’s already put together a resume that would be the envy of many coaches, with three Oklahoma Class 5A state championships at Carl Albert High School in Midwest City since 2006. Now in his eighth season guiding the Titans, he has his team poised to contend for yet another championship. He credits his success to the foundation given to him in good part by two coaches at Oklahoma Christian. One of them happens to be his father, Chuck (76), the Eagles’ baseball coach who had a long career coaching both baseball and softball in the Oklahoma prep ranks before arriving at OC. “Being a coach’s son helps with a lot of things,” Colin said. “I’ve been around the game a long time because of Dad. We’d sometimes just sit watching games on TV and talk about things that came up. My knowledge of the game definitely comes from him. I’ve learned to treat umpires and opposing coaches differently from watching my dad. I’ve also watched him deal with parents and players along the way.” Colin once was one of those players. He played collegiately at Rose State College in Midwest City before arriving at Oklahoma Christian in 1998. But instead of playing that sport at OC, he gravitated toward softball, where he served as a graduate assistant under the Lady Eagles’ longtime coach, Tom Heath (71). Colin worked with Heath and OC assistant Steve Gault, picking up coaching tips

along the way. “I learned a lot working with those two,” Colin said. “In softball, you’ve got to have a pretty good pitcher to be successful, and Steve is a guru when it comes to pitching. From Tommy, I saw him as more of the general manager of the team. He managed the team well.” Heath entrusted Colin with the maintenance of the Lady Eagles’ playing field – no small concern for a coach who built OC’s softball program from scratch. “Colin was very good with field maintenance,” Heath said. “His dad is particular in how he takes care of his field and Colin got that from him. He did a great job helping me and got a good taste of what it was like to coach.” While working with Heath at OC, then later serving as his father’s assistant at Carl Albert, Colin developed what’s been a successful coaching philosophy for him. “I don’t like to overdo practice. I like to get it done,” he said. “If you can’t get it done in two hours, you’re wasting your time. Treat people right. Treat the girls right, treat parents right. Don’t get too involved with the game. Let the girls take care of the game. Don’t try to control it as a coach.” An effective teacher both in and out of the classroom, Colin still is involved with baseball, too. He’s picked up two state championships as an assistant coach in that sport at Carl Albert, but he’s grown to love his adopted game of softball. He says he’ll continue to coach both as long as he enjoys doing so. “I enjoy the pace of the game. It’s quicker than a baseball game,” he said. “I like both of them. However things go, I’ll go with it.” By Murray Evans (89)

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BODY & SOUL FAMILY, FRIENDS RALLY AROUND THOSE IN NEED OF TRANSPLANTS He’d rather be riding, roping or running down bad guys. Instead, Dave Butts spends three days a week undergoing a grueling kidney dialysis. Obviously, he’s extremely grateful to be living after a near-fatal kidney failure 18 months ago. But everyone who knows Dave now, or when he was at OC in the late 80s, can smile over the fact that he’s not a guy to just sit around. Dave is also grateful for his OC family, who has rallied around him and popped up in unexpected ways, especially when he was accepted for a kidney transplant in Oklahoma City. The same can be said for other members of our OC family who have gone through a kidney transplant, including Les Barr (86), who received a kidney from his sister, Jana (Barr 88) Rucker, in January 2010. Les was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes at age four and lost his eyesight at age 18. Many classmates remember his beloved black lab service dog that went to class with him and participated in commencement. When Les was put on kidney dialysis at age 46, the wheels started turning to get him on a transplant list. Jana volunteered to be his donor. During that process, another OC connection appeared: Berta (Hamm 80) Graham, the nurse manager of kidney and pancreas transplant at Nazih Zuhdi. Berta came to OC long before it had a nursing program, and took all of the classes she could here before earning her nursing degree elsewhere. “Having Berta as our coordinator shows that our OC family is bigger than we realize and that we are brought together in many ways,” Jana said. “It gave us peace to know the kind of people we were dealing with.” The transplant was successful; Les’ kidney worked immediately, allowing him to be untethered from so many hours of dialysis. Jana has become a cheerleader for live donation.

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“It’s not that bad,” she insists. She told that to Dave as he worried about the health implications for his kidney donor. “Practically, I look at it in the same way as if I had two cars and my brother needed one. Of course I’d give it to him,” Jana said. “If someone needs something and it’s in your power to take care of that need, you just do it without another thought.” Still, Berta said that living donors are special people. “For whatever reason, God gave us two kidneys and we really only need one,” she said. “If you are willing to go through the evaluation process and give a kidney, it’s a miraculous thing.” Dave’s donor likely will be his wife, Shelley. Dave sheds tears as he talks about her donation. He’s also humbled and honored by the many family and friends who are supporting them … from his friend Doug Hooten, who grabbed a restaurant full of former classmates to encourage him before his first transplant meeting in Oklahoma City, to others who have put him on their prayer lists, check on Shelley and their kids, and help him in more ways than he ever dreamed possible. “When I was in school, I just thought it was about winning the all-sports trophy and Spring Sing,” he chuckled. To pay it forward, Dave is talking with former classmates about forming a group that would support any OC alum struggling with catastrophic illness. Until then and until his transplant – hopefully this fall – Dave is plotting his return to rodeo roping and law enforcement in Cherokee County. He definitely plans to savor every minute with his family and friends. “I thank God that my folks sent me to ‘OCC.’ It sure has paid off for me,” he said. By Dawn Shelton (90) WATCH A VIDEO ABOUT LES AND JANA’S JOURNEY, PLUS FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DAVE’S TRANSPLANT. WWW.OC.EDU/VISION


Disaster stirs OC’s devotion to Japan March 11, 2011, started as many other Fridays do … stumbling out of bed, grabbing breakfast on the way to work, making the morning commute. But on this Friday, I caught several tweets and slivers of news indicating there had been an earthquake in Japan. “Japan has a lot of earthquakes,” I thought as I went about my routine. But as the images of devastation began to run across my TV and computer screen, I realized this wasn’t just another earthquake. It was a disaster. I’m one of the hundreds of Oklahoma Christian University students and alumni who have a special bond with the nation of Japan. After graduating in 2004, I lived and worked in Hitachi, Japan, for a year as an English teacher, like many from OC before me. Because I now work for Oklahoma Christian in a communications capacity, the rest of the day was a blur of trying to receive and disseminate news to the OC community about loved ones, alumni and students. When the quake struck, OC missionary-in-residence Kent Hartman (77) was on a plane an hour outside of Tokyo heading to visit short-term missionaries Paul (02) and Stacey Herrington. After his safe arrival, he became a crisis communications coordinator and lifeline for many in the OC family. A few hours north, closer to the quake’s epicenter, Ibaraki Christian University chancellor and OC alumnus Jim Batten (71) worked to gather information on members of the church, school, friends and family, and assess the most urgent needs.

Here in Oklahoma, 6,000 miles away, and as far as the OC network spans, people cared. Hearts opened, prayers poured out, and one common question was raised again and again: “What can we do to help?” OC’s Office of International Programs went full speed ahead in the midst of turmoil and anguish. Many of the staff members have lived in Japan themselves, so the drive to do whatever possible was especially strong. They organized the Concert for Japan, and many alumni donated their talent, time and money. T-shirts were sold. Love offerings were taken. In all, $3,399 was sent to an Ibaraki Christian student relief fund. For me, this experience brought conflicting emotions to the surface: the pain of seeing friends and a nation suffer, but the encouragement of seeing so many act on behalf of strangers. Alumni contacted us, concerned about friends they’d met through the Pacific Rim and ICU exchange programs. Others reached out to the 10 Japanese students who were on our campus for a short-term exchange program. To me, this is the heart of OC: being moved by the compassion of Christ, then acting as His hands and feet to the nations. By Ann White (04) There is much more to this story than can be told in this space. Go to www.oc.edu/japan to read and hear more about Kent Hartman’s unexpected adventure, Jim Batten’s updates, how the OC community rallied around the Japanese exchange students stranded here, and more about the OC-Japan connection.

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STUDENTS, PROFESSORS PARTICIPATE Summer mission work is a widespread opportunity for OC students. From a mission trip to Australia with OC Missionary in Residence Kent Hartman to a summer with Associate Professor of Youth Ministry Dudley Chancey in Honduras, around 20 different groups participate in summer missions. For a month over the summer, Kent Hartman and his wife Nancy took a group of eight OC students to Macquarie and Campbelltown, Australia, to work with local congregations. The purpose of this trip was outreach and fellowship with local teens and children in the communities of Macquarie and Campbelltown. The group passed out fliers for upcoming events, had devotionals with the members, served breakfast three times a week to children from lower-income families, and helped out wherever needed. A youth retreat hosted teens from as much as 14 hours away, plus teens from the local community. Kent and Nancy Hartman lived in Australia as missionaries for 17½ years prior to coming back to Oklahoma Christian to become missionaries in residence. The trip was like going back home for the Hartmans. “One thing I find beneficial to the students is staying in the homes of the families of the congregation,” Kent said. “This helps them truly understand the culture as well as daily living and struggles that a different culture can hold.” Kent said mission trips can challenge and change a student. With many differences from home, struggles and adaptation can enlighten a student to a different way of living. Through this challenge, he enjoyed seeing his students become impacted and watching them grow in their faith. OC senior Katy Clift decided on a whim to go on the mission

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trip because she had no summer plans. Katy said she learned an important life lesson. “I took away the power of communicating,” Katy said. “Evangelizing is sometimes overlooked, not only because it seems kind of scary, but also because it can be uncomfortable at times. But I learned the importance of having deep conversations with people and the impact they can have.” Dudley took a group to Honduras to host OC students and participants from other churches over the summer. A total of about 800 people worked with Chancey over the summer. Dudley has taken the same trip to Honduras for around 15 years. These days, he helps OC grads Amber Foster and Bart and Melissa Dodson with projects. The mission group finished the carpentry shop at a local boys home, added room to the church in Mateo, and worked with Amber at the Breaking Chains Ministry. They helped conduct Vacation Bible School, fed the homeless, and worked with prostitutes and drug addicts. Dudley performed wedding ceremonies for three young women he had seen rescued from the streets of prostitution and drug addiction. “Watching the groups come down and change their perspectives on how others live is one of the best parts of being in Honduras the whole summer, as well as seeing so many form new relationships with people that can be called the scum of the earth,” Dudley said. Missions make for a perfect summer project and will always be available at Oklahoma Christian University; they are part of our heritage and calling as a school. “I definitely recommend taking a mission trip of any sort, just for the perspective it gives you,” Katy said. “It’s something I cherish and will remember forever.” By Kandyce Moore Courtesy of the Talon


SUMMER SERVICE Australia Marcus Black Katy Clift Chloe Dodson Emily Goff Kent & Nancy Hartman Kyle Keesee Daniel & Chelsey Lauer (HIM) Madison Middle Salomon Murillo Amy Ramsey Leslie Smith (HIM) Brazil Bob & Donna Carpenter Andrew Campbell Lyle Campbell Lauren Hamilton (LST) Mindi Powell Melanie Scifers (LST) Callie Settles Germany Clyde & Gwen Antwine Chris & Krista Cannon (HIM) Ghana Lee Branch Matt Chancey Emma Cole

Philip Deal Mary Diggs Sarah Graham Caleb Holsey Hudson Hutchinson Kirby Killen Lauren Jacobs Kendall Mayes Tessa McGee Jeff McMillon Jordan Phillips Katie Pryor Bryan Stangeland Cameron Sutherland Nic Thompson Ryan Van Deusen Micah Weaver Callie White Honduras Cara Aldridge Andrea Beekman Tarynn Branscum Dudley Chancey Bethany Dean Bart & Melissa Dodson Amber Foster Leah Graefe (LST) Emily Hinds Shawna Hood Michael Lemmons (HIM) Kayla Matthews

More than 100 OC students, faculty and staff members dedicated their summer vacations to mission work both domestically and internationally.

Jessica McClain Natalie Nalley (LST) Ashley Robinson (LST) Sabrea Robinson Caroline Sizemore Alyssa Sladek Kyle Spencer Leslie Stephens Liz Web Jasmine Wright Molly Young Sharon Young Japan Kane Berry (LST) Asa Blackerby (LST) Naomi Fitzsimmons (LST) Tim Johnson (LST) Wes Rhodes (LST) Noah Van Winkle (LST) Nicaragua Mark Membreno Romania Jessica Gaines (LST) Parker Havens (LST) Rikki Kinkade Nikki Van Doren (LST)

Rwanda Ben Lindsey John Osborne & family Morgan Weaver United States & Canada Blakely Brown Evan Burkett India Farr Amber Grubb Kyle Hudson Caity Lucas Ian Morris Cory Northcraft Ryan Ripperton United States Kayla Bilby, OK Jerica Briggs, TN Natalie Howard, OK Anna Hyldahl, OR Leah Kniffen, OK Chelsea Leigh, AR Dillan Leu, OK Blake Mullins, OK Shelby Stanaland, TX Natalie VanKull, OK Zambia Zigmond Gustafson

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FIRST YEAR STUDENTS PLUG INTO COMMUNITY THRU LIVING/LEARNING EXPERIENCE Back to campus not only means back to the books, but back to the city. Oklahoma City sites were the text for 40 students from across the United States and around the world as the OC Honors program launched its 2011 First Year Adventure. The event, which connects classroom learning and community engagement, was facilitated by Ben Langford (98), director of OC’s Center for Global Missions. “Ben asked the students to consider the difference between merely aspiring to a title and aspiring to a testimony that would make a greater and deeper impact,” said Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), director of OC’s Honors Program. Students were asked to consider the idea of place and how Christ calls them to fully engage the world. They visited metro-area sites such as the Oklahoma Land Run Memorial, the Oklahoma River, the Bricktown Canal, Deep Deuce and the Oklahoma City National Memorial to victims of the 1995 Murrah Federal Building bombing. After the students’ trip into the city, former Oklahoma City mayor Kirk Humphreys spoke to them at a barbeque dinner hosted by Mike and Nancy O’Neal. Humphreys reflected on his own life growing up in Oklahoma, his optimism for the future, and the key role of the faith of the people of Oklahoma in facing challenges. The day’s activities ended at the Honors House at Davisson Hall, the new living/learning community for the Honors Program. Read more about the Honors Program and the Honors House on page 32.

OC Microbiologist serveS in Philippine village OC microbiology professor Dr. Al Mikell recently went to a remote Philippine village in the northern tip of Cebu to install a bio-filtration device he developed. His system not only saves money, but saves lives. Water-born illness is one of the leading causes of child death and loss of productivity among adults. Mikell’s water filter system is organic and does not use chemicals. It is low maintenance and low cost.

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During his trip, Mikell visited goat farms and observed the village’s livelihood programs. He also helped conduct Bible studies and preached in schools and house churches. More opportunities are available for vocational volunteers in the Philippines. For more information, contact Salvador Cariaga (83) at cariaga@yahoo.com or at (817) 480-1287. VIEW A SLIDESHOW FROM DR. MIKELL’S TRIP. WWW.OC.EDU/VISION


FORMER SGA PRESIDENTS accepted to Teach For America

Wil Norton

Henson Adams

OC graduates Henson Adams (11) and Wil Norton (11) were among a select group accepted to the prestigious Teach for America program this fall. Adams and Norton, who both served as president of OC’s Student Government Association, graduated in the spring. They were two of just 50 students assigned to Oklahoma City by Teach for America. Only 11 percent were accepted out of the more than 48,000 students that applied to Teach for America nationwide. Norton was an active leader of OC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. He also received the Dean’s Award as the outstanding senior from the department of language and literature. Adams, who studied business and pre-law, is among the third generation of Dr. Charles and Sylvia Branch’s family to make a difference at Oklahoma Christian. His grandparents received the first Legacy Award in 2010 for their lifetime of support and service to the university. “This program is perfectly designed for high achieving students with a desire to serve,” said Dr. Cami Agan (91), professor and chair of OC’s Department of Language and Literature. “Many of the students in this program come from Ivy League schools and give up potential six-figure salaries to teach in underserved areas. It’s a great honor to have these OC students chosen.” Adams and Norton will devote the next two years to teaching in the Oklahoma City School District. They joined other Teach for America participants for six weeks of intensive teacher preparation training and job shadowing at a year-round school in Phoenix, Ariz. “These graduates are reflective of the best of OC,” Agan said. “They serve as examples of how to make a difference here at home. I am proud of them because they are very thoughtful individuals with giving spirits.” By Josh Watson

Oklahoma Christian University’s FAITH[fully] website features story after story about OC alumni, students, faculty and staff members who are using their talents to glorify God. Go to www.oc.edu/faithfully to read more about some of the ways the OC family is impacting the world.

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HONORS HOUSE OPENS The start of the 2011-12 academic year brought the opening of the new Honors House at Davisson Hall, a residential option for students seeking to reach their academic potential. Study, meeting, café, and activity spaces also are included in the Honors House as part of the $2.3 million renovation. Directed by Dr. Scott LaMascus (84), OC’s Honors Program provides an exceptional undergraduate experience for academic achievers eager to learn in Christian community. The program offers an Honors core curriculum in place of the general education core. “We’re trying to keep the dorm from being a retreat from learning, but instead an extension of it,” LaMascus told the Oklahoman. “Students spend so much more of their time in the dorms than they do in the classroom. We hope to motivate and empower them to do their best work.” The National Collegiate Honors Council, of which the OC Honors Program is a member, recommends separate housing for honors students to help hone their focus on academics. The average ACT score for an OC honors student is 31. About 30 percent of the students are National Merit Scholars.

The newly-renovated Honors House at Davisson Hall.

INCOMING CLASS RICH WITH SCHOLAR HONORS Eleven National Merit Finalists are among OC’s incoming class for 2011-12, setting a school record. Nineteen returning students also earned that distinction, giving Oklahoma Christian 30 National Merit Finalists on campus. National Merit Finalists receive full tuition, mandatory fees, room and board at Oklahoma Christian. This year is OC’s seventh straight with an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. In addition, Courtney Saffell, a freshman from Fort Worth Christian School, received scholar recognition in the Gates Millennial Scholarship Program. This is a first for an incoming OC student.

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The Honors Program provides recipients with leadership training, mentoring, and academic and social support as well as financial support.

A visit by King Abdullah II of Jordan (middle, in the slate blue shirt) highlighted this year’s Four Star Debate program.

KING OF JORDAN SPEAKS AT FOUR STAR DEBATE King Abdullah II from the nation of Jordan spoke to gifted high school students at Four Star Debate, hosted by OC’s Academy of Leadership & Liberty. The event, also sponsored by the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and the National Center for Policy Analysis, develops the leadership skills of America’s finest student leaders while giving them a platform to share their views of major public issues. Students present their ideas in a nationally-televised debate on OC’s campus. The king spoke during a trip to Hobart, Oklahoma, to tour the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum and the Kiowa County Historical Museum. OC president Dr. Mike O’Neal described the visit with King Abdullah II of Jordan “an experience these 48 students will never forget. Such encounters with people who come from a different culture and perspective are a critical element of what we try to do with our Academy of Leadership & Liberty programs.”

OC HELPS LOWER WOMEN’S INCARCERATION RATE OC played a leading role in a new Oklahoma law aimed at reducing the number of women incarcerated in the state. Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of women sent to prison, with levels reaching almost twice the national average. The “Women’s Incarceration Summit,” hosted by OC’s Academy of Leadership & Liberty last year, helped start the conversation that led to the new law. In partnership with the George Kaiser Family Foundation and Don and Donna Millican,


this meeting was the first of OC’s Complex Dialogues series. The law will save the state an estimated $5 million and lead to alternatives for people otherwise headed for prison. “Oklahoma Christian works faithfully to achieve its mission of transforming lives for faith, scholarship and service,” OC president Mike O’Neal said. “It requires routinely challenging ourselves and our students. This challenge was the inspiration behind that first Complex Dialogues summit.”

TONY’S ALLEY BEAUTIFIES CAMPUS Tony’s Alley, a new garden honoring beloved late professor Dr. Tony Alley, made its debut over the summer. The garden features landscaping, lighting, flowers, trees, large stones for seating areas where teachers can hold classes, and Internet access. It is located outside Alley’s former office on the north side of the Garvey Center. A groundbreaking event in April also marked the beginning of the Tony Alley Memorial Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship will be awarded annually to a student of merit in the Department of Art and Design. Alley began at Oklahoma Christian in 1995 as an assistant professor of education, then became a professor of the new media program from 2005 until his passing in 2008. “I’m just a student who looked up to Tony,” senior Skyler Thomas told the Talon. “He was very influential and always there to help. He always asked what he could do for me.”

“This event brings our campus together and allows us to support our local community,” said Director of Admissions Darci (Grisso 00) Thompson, who coordinates OC’s effort.

OC APPOINTS NEW TRUSTEES Oklahoma Christian recently named Dr. David Duncan and Michelle (Alcon) Eggleston to its Board of Trustees. OC’s board now includes 35 active members and 13 life trustees. “We continue to add talented and dedicated men and women to the Board of Trustees who will be in a position to guide the school into the next generation,” OC board chair Don Millican said. “We are blessed to have Michelle and David join us in this great endeavor.” Duncan has been the pulpit minister at Memorial Church of Christ in Houston, Texas, since 2006. He served as the outreach minister at Edmond Church of Christ and as an adjunct instructor at Oklahoma Christian University for seven years. Duncan earned a B.A. in Bible in 1988 and an M.A. in Ministry in 1991 from Oklahoma Christian. He received his D.Min. from the Houston Graduate School of Theology in 2010. His wife Barbara is a 1989 OC graduate. Eggleston is a shareholder and attorney for Eggleston & Eggleston in Amarillo, Texas. She practices general business and corporate law, as well as estate planning. Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed her to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors in 2001. She currently serves as vice chairman of the board and as chair of the Rules Ad Hoc Committee. Eggleston graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a bachelor’s degree in business management in 1986. Her husband Jeff is a 1988 OC graduate.

OC PROFESSOR NAMED OVU PRESIDENT

Tony’s Alley

OC BOASTS LARGE MARATHON GROUP The eighth-annual Mike McDonald Eagle Run raised around $8,400 for OC student scholarships in April. The 5K run/walk, held in honor of the former OC vice president of alumni relations, who lost his life to cancer in 2003, attracted 89 participants this year. Also in April, more than 450 OC students, staff, faculty and alumni participated in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. A few groups and departments team up every year for the relay, half marathon and marathon. OC had more participants than any other organization from 2007 to 2010, and had one of the largest groups this year.

Former Old Testament professor Dr. Harold Shank (72) is the new president of Ohio Valley University. Shank graduated from Oklahoma Christian with a B.A. in Bible. He is a noted author and minister, with 32 years of service to Highland Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee. He returned to Dr. Harold Shank teach at OC in 2006. “The loss of Dr. and Mrs. Shank to the OC family is a great one. Yet, we rejoice with them in this new opportunity to serve the kingdom in another role,” OC president Dr. Mike O’Neal said. “We can be extremely proud of these OC alumni and colleagues who continue to have such a profound impact.” Dr. Charles Rix and Dr. Grant Testut have joined OC’s biblical studies faculty. Rix comes to Oklahoma Christian from New Jersey, where he taught at New Brunswick Theological Seminary and served as the pulpit minister of the Monmouth Church of Christ in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

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Rix holds graduate degrees in business, theology, and philosophy and earned his Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from Drew University. As an artist, student, and teacher of Old Testament, Charles researches ways in which the scripture speaks to the issue of human suffering. Testut is originally from Ithaca, New York, and earned his Ph.D. at Hebrew Union College. A love of languages and a desire to provide Bible-less peoples with translations of the scriptures in their mother tongues has led him to work with Bible translators in East and West Africa. His research interests are in the Semitic languages and philological approaches to biblical texts.

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OC PROMOTES DVORAK TO DIRECTOR OF NORTH INSTITUTE Oklahoma Christian has named Jim Dvorak (95) director of its North Institute for Teaching and Learning. He will lead the Institute’s efforts in providing technology support for faculty excellence and innovation in curriculum development, design and delivery. He also will use technology to help assess student learning and assist with Jim Dvorak scholarly activity. Since 2008, Dvorak has served as an associate professor of Greek and New Testament at OC. Among Dvorak’s first tasks in his new role will be overseeing expansion of online courses in graduate programs and key courses in undergraduate programs. The North Institute is named in honor of Dr. Stafford North, who has been a pioneer in developing and using technology in education at Oklahoma Christian.

OC REPRESENTED AT TEDxOKC Three OC graduates and one current student were among the 18 presenters at the prestigious TEDxOKC conference in April. OC student Ryan Groves (11) spoke about Wishing Well, a nonprofit company he cofounded that drills clean-water wells in developing countries. OC alumnus David Bowden (10), best known for his original poetry, also spoke at the conference. He is executive director of Give a Goat, which was founded by OC graduate Peter Cariaga (09). OC graduates Loren O’Laughlin (08) and Kyle Taylor (09), of the live painting group Rockwagon, also presented. OC graduate Brianna Gaither (11) also appeared at TEDxOKC as one of the event’s entertainers.

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ALUMNI WIN LOCAL MUSIC AWARDS OC alumni were well represented on the winners’ list for the 2011 Oklahoma Gazette Woody Awards. The “Best in Pop” winner was Brianna Gaither, the daughter of beloved biology professor Dr. Kim Gaither (81), who passed away in 2005, and alumnus David Gaither (81). Gaither, who graduated from Oklahoma Christian in April, has a criticallyacclaimed new album, “Love is Patient.” OC graduates Wil Norton (11) and Zach Zeller (11) are two of The Non’s four members. The band won the “Best in Rock” Woody Award from the Gazette.

OC HONORED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS Oklahoma Christian recently earned high rankings on two distinguished lists of schools using social media. Among all universities in the United States, OC ranks 43rd for using social media platforms by Student Advisor, a Washington Post organization. Measured interaction includes fans on Facebook, followers on Twitter, YouTube videos and more. OC also is among “10 university twitter accounts to learn from,” compiled by Patrick Powers, a higher education social media specialist. He said OC was “not afraid to share its mission with its followers or use appropriate social media tools to reach them. You may not agree with the message, but you have to admire the conviction the feed displays. It’s true to who they are. “ Ann White (04), OC’s interactive marketing coordinator, credits OC’s social media success to the larger OC community. “I see the amazing spirit of OC in the day-to-day happenings on campus and in our alumni. Social media gives me a chance to share that with others,” she said.


OC HOSTS NATIONAL ART & DESIGN CONTEST Students from 98 high schools and universities around the nation competed in the 25th Brass Ring Awards Art and Design Student Competition at Oklahoma Christian in March. Oklahoma Christian had 53 students place, followed by Oklahoma State University with 49 and the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology with 46. Award-winning professional designers and artists judged all 2,050 entries by 795 students. The competition began in 1985 with 85 entries from seven universities. “This competition continues to grow,” OC associate professor of art and design Jeff Price said. “With participation by schools such as the University of Arizona and Temple University, students compete against the best student designers in the nation.”

STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL AND REGIONAL HONORS OC sophomore Lauren Craighead received an ADDY Award from the Oklahoma City Ad Club for her graphic design work. ADDY Awards recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising. In addition, OC had its largest group of students ever accepted to the national convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honors society. After eight years of participating in the national convention, all OC students that applied have been accepted, including 15 this year.

ENGINEERING STUDENTS WIN AWARDS A team of OC mechanical engineering students placed fourth overall at the Aero Design Competition. OC won first place in the oral presentation event. An OC student team also placed second in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering Design Competition. Electrical and computer engineering students Steven Bell, Asa Blackerby and Nate West placed second at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Region 5 Annual Conference.

OC PROFESSOR AND STUDENT HONORED Kimberly Merritt (03), professor of information systems and economics, was chosen as a DaVinci Fellow, and Jerica Briggs, a senior education major, was chosen as a DaVinci Scholar. “The excellence Jerica and Kimberly have demonstrated in their work is reflective of the best of Oklahoma Christian,” said President Mike O’Neal. “We are honored to have such diligent Kimberly Merritt students and faculty that give their best in every endeavor.”

The DaVinci Institute honors four to five faculty members from Oklahoma colleges and 10 graduating teachers each year.

CHICK-FIL-A SIGNS ON AS ‘EAGLE BUCKS’ RESTAURANT Oklahoma Christian announced a new “Eagle Bucks” program that allows students, faculty and staff to eat tax-free at the Chick-Fil-A near the OC campus. OC will get a portion of all profits from meals purchased with “Eagle Bucks” at the Chick-Fil-A on 33rd Street in Edmond. Eagle Bucks also are redeemable at the Alfredo’s on Broadway Extension in Edmond, at the Jimmy John’s on the east side of campus, and at the U-Dining Grill and OC Bookstore in the Gaylord University Center.

CAMPUS POLICE ENHANCE SAFETY OC’s security department recently made the transition to a campus police department. OC officers now have access to more databases that allow them to run any license plate on campus. They also can handle petty crimes more efficiently instead of waiting for the Oklahoma City or Edmond police. Officers went through extensive training as part of the transition. Campus Police director John Matlock is now certified by the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training.

PRESIDENT O’NEAL VISITS SOUTHEASTERN U.S. President Mike O’Neal and his wife Nancy spent 12 days in July driving through the southeastern United States to meet with OC alumni, friends and prospective students. Their trip took them to Branson, Mo., Paducah, Ky., Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tenn., Florence, Tuskegee, and Montgomery, Ala., Atlanta, Ga., Pensacola, Fla., and Baton Rouge and Bossier City, La. They hosted several receptions and Dr. O’Neal preached in Murfreesboro, Baton Rouge, and Bossier City. “One of the blessings of my work is the opportunity to meet and fellowship with many wonderful friends and alumni of OC around the world,” Dr. O’Neal said. “It is so encouraging to see the positive impact they are having on the world and communities where they live.” To meet with members of the OC faculty and administration or host a reception for OC in your area, contact the OC Alumni Office at (405) 425-5110. Oklahoma Christian also can provide preachers and teachers for church events. Contact the OC Church Relations Office at (405) 425-5141 for more information.

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GOLF TEAM WINS SECOND NATIONAL TITLE The OC men’s golf team won its second NAIA national championship in three years behind individual champion Oscar Stark and runner-up Axel Ochoa. The Eagles finished 22 strokes ahead of British Columbia to give head coach David Lynn (96) his first national title. Kelsey Cline led OC to the 2009 crown. Oklahoma Christian has placed in the top four at nationals for 12 straight years, 10 of those under Lynn. “It is an amazing feeling to win after all of our close finishes,” Lynn said. “It was a very special year. We worked incredibly hard to prepare for this event, and to win in the fashion we did was extremely satisfying.” Oscar Stark led wire-to-wire and totaled a four-under 280 to become OC’s first individual national champion in the sport. He was the only golfer to finish under par overall. “It feels incredible to be able to perform on top when it really matters, especially when it was my last college event,” Stark said. Ochoa finished five strokes behind Stark. Preston Wilkins, who became OC’s second individual Sooner Athletic Conference champion in April, and Logan Herbst tied for 13th at nationals. Vilhelm Bogstrand tied for 37th.

Preston Wilkins, Vilhelm Bogstrand, Oscar Stark, Logan Herbst and Axel Ochoa.

All five members of OC’s national championship team earned NAIA All-America honors. Stark, Ochoa and Herbst were firstteam selections. Wilkins was named to the NAIA’s second team and Bogstrand earned honorable mention. Stark and Ochoa, who also were selected as first-team PING All-Americans, are four-time NAIA honorees and two-time national champions. Wilkins also played on OC’s 2009 title team. The Golf Coaches Association of America honored Lynn as the 2011 NAIA national coach of the year.

STARK CAPS STERLING CAREER WITH NICKLAUS AWARD Being the best golfer in the nation has its perks. OC senior Oscar Stark had the chance to meet Jack Nicklaus after winning the 2011 NAIA championship and helping lead the Eagles to the national team title. The golf legend personally presented Stark with the 2011 Jack Nicklaus Award as the GCAA Collegiate Player of the Year for the NAIA. The ceremony was held during the final round of the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. “It was truly amazing to be able to meet the best golfer of all time in person. Words cannot explain how cool it was to get this opportunity. This definitely was proof of all the hard work I put in through the years,” Stark said. Stark also earned the Arnold Palmer Award presented by Callaway and was a PING first-team All-America selection for the third straight year. The Swedish native, who hopes to play professionally here in the United States, won three tournaments and totaled eight top10 finishes in his senior season. The finance major also earned his second NAIA Scholar-Athlete award after maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

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Oscar Stark with Jack Nicklaus.

“Even though I have put in a lot of work to become a better golfer, my academic work has always been more important,” Stark said. “I believe I have been able to perform well both on and off the course by being organized and committed to achieve these goals.” By Wes McKinzie (98)


S P O RT S N EW S Keep up with OC SPORTS at www.ocEAGLES.COM

KISORIO, MATTOON WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

TENNIS TEAMS EARN NATIONAL HONORS

Silas Kisorio won a pair of national championships at both the indoor and outdoor NAIA meets this spring to increase his career total to 10 national titles. Kisorio won the 800-meter run and the mile at Indoor Nationals, then captured the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at Outdoor Nationals. His 10 NAIA championships and 18 AllSilas Kisorio America honors are OC records. Denise Mattoon also won a national indoor title, repeating as the weight throw champion. The senior also placed second in both the indoor and outdoor shot put and fifth in the outdoor discus competition, running her career totals to nine All-America awards and three national championships. The men’s distance medley relay team of Kisorio, Britt Barrientez, Thomas Denise Mattoon Ducat and Nicholas Stoots also claimed All-America honors with a second-place showing at the national indoor meet. Geoffrey Njonjo placed third in the indoor 5,000 meters, fifth in the outdoor 10,000 meters, and sixth in the outdoor 5,000 meters to become a five-time All-American. The men’s team tied for fourth overall at the indoor championships.

Three OC tennis players won national awards at the 2011 Intercollegiate Tennis Association awards banquet. Artsem Burmistrau was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year for his efforts with the fourth-ranked Eagles, helping head coach Kris Miller (94) lead them to a 23-2 record. OC sophomore Martin Poboril was named the ITA Player to Watch on the men’s side while Hermon Brhane was named the ITA Rookie Player of the Year in women’s play. Brhane helped the Lady Eagles to an 18-3 record and a No. 5 final ranking. The Eagles picked up six NAIA All-America awards, with Poboril, Thomas Van Cauter, and Bruno Tiberti receiving firstteam honors. Renardy Guelfi was named to the All-America second team while Esteban Flores and Pier Pieracianni earned honorable mention. The six All-America awards are the most received in a season for the OC men’s tennis program since its inception. Flores became a four-time NAIA All-American while Van Cauter earned his third All-America award. For the Lady Eagles, Brhane and Lucie Sipkova earned firstteam All-America honors while Andreea Constantinescu was named to the second team.

REGIONAL TITLES HIGHLIGHT TENNIS SUCCESS The OC men’s and women’s tennis teams both won regional championships on the way to strong finishes at the NAIA national tournament. At nationals, the fourth-ranked Eagles beat Concordia (Calif.) and No. 5 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) to earn a semifinal berth. OC lost to eventual national champion Fresno Pacific (Calif.) to finish the season with a 23-2 record. Kris Miller The fifth-ranked Lady Eagles blanked William Carey (Miss.) to advance to the national quarterfinals before losing to No. 4 Azusa Pacific (Calif.) to finish 18-3 overall.

SPRING STUDENT-ATHLETES EXCEL IN CLASSROOM OC’s spring sports teams enjoyed a fruitful season in athletic competition and in the classroom. Men’s golf national champion Oscar Stark also made his mark academically as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. NAIA ScholarAthletes must have junior academic status and maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. The OC track and field team tallied five NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards. Jacob Wolf earned the honor for the fourth time overall, twice in cross country and twice in track and field. From the Lady Eagle track and field squad, Cady Block, Kristi Edwards, Samantha Foshee, and Leah Kniffen all garnered Scholar-Athlete honors. Block, Edwards, and Foshee were all second-time honorees, with Block’s previous award coming in cross country. Esteban Flores, Thomas Van Cauter, and Maxim Salitra earned NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors in men’s tennis. OC softball player Deidre Chatigny was named an NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second time. She also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Second Team.

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OC BOASTS 11 SCHOLAR TEAMS Oklahoma Christian had 11 of its 13 athletic teams claim NAIA Scholar Team honors for the 2010-11 academic year. In order to receive an NAIA Scholar Team nomination, the team’s cumulative GPA must be at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. OC’s honored teams included baseball, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s golf, men’s and women’s track and field, women’s soccer, softball, and men’s and women’s tennis. The men’s tennis team had OC’s highest cumulative GPA at 3.73. The mark put the squad at No. 10 overall in the NAIA. The Eagles had the second-highest GPA out of the honored tennis teams.

COACH QUALIFIES FOR SENIOR AMATEUR OC women’s golf coach Greg Lynn qualified for the U.S. Senior Amateur tournament, held earlier this month at Kinloch Golf Club in Manakin-Sabot, Va. The 63-year-old Lynn made the 156-player field out of more than 2,000 golfers who tried to qualify. He earned his spot by tying for second in a sectional qualifying event at Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore, Wash.

“This is the top of the food chain for senior amateur golf,” Lynn said. “I am very honored to play in our national championship. I also take great pride in representing Oklahoma Christian as the head women’s golf coach.” Lynn is in his first season coaching the OC women’s golf program, which is in its inaugural season.

NEST ENHANCEMENTS HONOR HAYS, FINDLEY Dan Hays and Stephanie Findley (82) were recognized for their legendary coaching careers at the OC Associates Dinner in April. The Eagles’ Nest floor has been named Dan Hays Court. Hays is 589-321 in his 28 years at Oklahoma Christian. He is just two victories shy of becoming the all-time winningest coach for four-year universities in the state of Oklahoma with a career record of 660-389. Findley, who has served as the women’s head coach since 1984, was recognized with the dedication of the Stephanie Findley Hall of Honor. The hall, located in the Eagles’ Nest lobby, showcases numerous awards and accomplishments from OC student-athletes and teams. Findley is 512-314 in her career and is the all-time winningest women’s coach for four-year universities in Oklahoma state history.

2010-11 HONOR ROLL NAIA ALL-AMERICANS Brayden Barrientez (men’s indoor track & field) Hermon Brhane (women’s tennis, 1st team) Vilhelm Bogstrand (men’s golf, 3rd team) Andreea Constantinescu (women’s tennis, 2nd team) Thomas Ducat (men’s indoor track & field) Esteban Flores (men’s tennis, honorable mention) Renardy Guelfi (men’s tennis, 2nd team) Logan Herbst (men’s golf, 1st team) Silas Kisorio (men’s cross country) Silas Kisorio - 3x (men’s indoor track & field) Silas Kisorio - 2x (men’s outdoor track & field) Denise Mattoon - 2x (women’s indoor track & field) Denise Mattoon - 2x (women’s outdoor track & field) Geoffrey Njonjo (men’s cross country) Geoffrey Njonjo (men’s indoor track & field) Geoffrey Njonjo - 2x (men’s outdoor track & field) Axel Ochoa (men’s golf, 1st team) Pier Pieracianni (men’s tennis, honorable mention) Martin Poboril (men’s tennis, 1st team) Will Reinke (men’s basketball, honorable mention) Lucie Sipkova (women’s tennis, 1st team) Oscar Stark (men’s golf, 1st team) Nicholas Stoots (men’s indoor track & field) Bruno Tiberti (men’s tennis, 1st team)

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Thomas Van Cauter (men’s tennis, 1st team) Preston Wilkins (men’s golf, 2nd team) NAIA SCHOLAR-ATHLETES Cady Block (women’s cross country) Cady Block (women’s outdoor track) Tarynn Branscum (women’s basketball) Deidre Chatigny (softball) Katy Clift (women’s basketball) Jeffrey Davis (baseball) Kristi Edwards (women’s outdoor track) Esteban Flores (men’s tennis) Samantha Foshee (women’s outdoor track) Luke Johns (men’s outdoor track) Taylor Jorgensen (women’s soccer) Leah Kniffen (women’s outdoor track) Madison Middle (women’s basketball) Chance Nichols (baseball) Kayla Ortiz (women’s cross country) Maxim Salitra (men’s tennis) Oscar Stark (men’s golf) Thomas Van Cauter (men’s tennis) Conner Williams (baseball) Jacob Wolf (men’s cross country) Jacob Wolf (men’s outdoor track)

OTHER NATIONAL HONORS Silas Kisorio – 80m national champion (Indoor T&F) Silas Kisorio – 1,500m national champion (Indoor T&F) Silas Kisorio – 800m national champion (Outdoor T&F) Silas Kisorio – 1,500m national champion (Outdoor T&F) Silas Kisorio – NAIA track and field athlete of the week – Feb. 7-13, 2011 (Indoor T&F) Denise Mattoon – Weight throw national champion (Indoor T&F) Oscar Stark – NAIA individual champion (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – Jack Nicklaus Award Winner – NAIA Player of the Year (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – Arnold Palmer Award Winner (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – GCAA PING All-Region 1st Team (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – GCAA PING All-America 1st Team (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – GCAA Cleveland Srixon Scholar-Athlete (Men’s Golf) Oscar Stark – NAIA national player of the week – March 14-20, 2011 (Men’s Golf) Axel Ochoa – GCAA PING All-Region 1st Team (Men’s Golf) Axel Ochoa – GCAA PING All-America 1st Team (Men’s Golf) Logan Herbst – GCAA PING All-Region Team (Men’s Golf) Logan Herbst – GCAA All-America 3rd Team (Men’s Golf) Preston Wilkins – Sooner Athletic Conference champion (Men’s Golf) Preston Wilkins – GCAA PING All-Region Team (Men’s Golf) Preston Wilkins – GCAA PING All-America 3rd Team (Men’s Golf) David Lynn – GCAA NAIA Dave Williams Award – Coach of the Year


NEW services FOR ALUMNI A bigger and better Homecoming is just one of many enhancements for OC alumni. The new Eagle Discount Card is a way for us to say “thank you” for your place in the OC family. These personalized discount cards provide 50% off home basketball game tickets in the regular season, 50% off all theater events (including the Homecoming Musical), 10% off campus bookstore purchases, and up to 50% off campus dining services. If you haven’t received your Eagle Discount Card already, look for it in your mailbox soon. Free music will soon be on its way to you, too. Our new oTunes program will offer you free downloads of music by OC alumni each month. We hope you enjoy this opportunity to hear many of the talented artists in the OC family. If you don’t have enough OC swag around the house, we have several programs to help you solve that problem! If you have a birth in the family, submit your milestone at www.oc.edu/alumni and we’ll send your new bundle of joy a “Lil’ Eagle” t-shirt. We also have new OC backsacks that we’re sending to first-grade students, plus OC lanyards and keychains that we’ll send to your teens around their 16th birthday. A new alumni directory is in the works. Even with social media and other technology, printed alumni directories continue to be useful tools for locating friends and classmates. It also provides an opportunity for us to update our complete alumni records. Whether or not you plan to purchase a directory, we encourage you to update your records when you’re contacted this fall. OC is helping sponsor Church of Christ Weekend at Silver Dollar City in Branson October 7-9. Discounted hotel rooms and discounted tickets to the park and other special events are available. Call Emily Stringer at 405.425.5112 or go to www.oc.edu/branson for more info. In the spring, the Alumni Office sponsored “Senior Sendoff” activities for OC’s 2011 graduates. The events, offered at no cost to the seniors, included dinners, a trip to Celebration Station and an Oklahoma City Thunder NBA game. More activities are planned for spring 2012. For more information about how you can help with “Senior Sendoff,” contact Bob Lashley at (405) 425-5120. The North Texas Alumni Chapter raised $45,000 for student scholarships at its annual auction in April. Led by chapter president Pat Lawson, the chapter has raised almost $150,000 in scholarship funds over the last eight years. The new Oklahoma City and Tulsa alumni chapters are ramping up. For more info about how you can get involved, contact Eugene Howland (90) in Oklahoma City and Kevin (01) and Devin (01) Lawrence in Tulsa. Chris Adair (97) has joined the Alumni Office as the director of alumni communications and research. His role will help connect alumni and help us improve our records so we can serve you better. The Alumni Office also is working on a partnership with OC’s Career Center to generate more job leads for students and alumni. Look for more information about this networking program in upcoming Eagle Excerpts email newsletters. If you don’t receive Eagle Excerpts or have any questions about our new alumni initiatives, contact Dana Holley at dana.holley@oc.edu or at (405) 4255110. 39 WWW. OC. E D U


Milestones Keep up with milestones online at www.oc.edu/alumni

1964 Sid and Carol (Leturno) Davis are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They met at OC in 1960. Sid is the benevolence minister at Stillwater Church of Christ after retiring from teaching and preaching. sid.davis@ rocketmail.com, cdavis923@yahoo.com

residential children’s home in central Texas. The appointment follows his eight years at the home as its chief development officer. deltonray@centex.net

He was a valedictorian at Chandler High School. bigsky4@sbcglobal.net

1981

Murray Evans, a longtime reporter for the Oklahoman and the Associated Press, joined Oklahoma Christian as its new assistant athletic director for media relations. murray.evans@oc.edu

1989

The MenD’lee, the first book in the “Lekton Chronicles” series. Zann suffered a stroke to the optic nerve in 2003 that left her legally blind. She completed the series of novels with assistance from family, friends and technical aides.

Lanell (Green) Taylor has retired from Albuquerque Public Schools following a 35-year career in education. alan10813@ yahoo.com

Jim Mann was promoted to associate with CEI Architecture Planning Interiors in Victoria, BC, Canada. Following his graduation from OC in 1981, Jim studied architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of British Columbia. He and his wife Yvonne have two children and recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. jimmann@telus.net

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Patsy Roberts passed away on August 23, 2010, at her home in Irving, TX, after a lengthy illness.

Bob Perry’s new play, “The Broken Statue,” will run at the Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City Oct. 6-29. The play is adapted from his novel of the same name. He is the assistant superintendent of business and industry services at Gordon Cooper Technology Center.

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1977 Rhea (Holmgren) Buckingham began working as a relocations manager at The MIGroup, a corporate relocations company, in October 2010. rhealee@shaw.ca Jeff Gelona passed away on July 26 at age 55. He is survived by his wife Vicki (McElroy) and sons Nick, Joshua, Whitney Brown and Seve Sanchez. Jeff had a successful career in insurance and was active with the Ardmore (Okla.) Little Theatre. He co-founded Carousel Productions, Inc., which helped raise more than $1,000,000 for not-for-profit organizations He and Vicki opened The Brass Ring Center for the Performing Arts in 2000.

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Ken Parker launched NextThought in April, to help address educational problems through technology. The company is operating out of the Emerging Technology Entrepreneurial Center in Norman. NextThought is designed to support various educational needs with one technology platform that offers online interactive content, virtual classrooms and educational communities.

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1985 Julie Flegal married Ed Smallwood on June 4 at Mayfair Church of Christ in Oklahoma City. Julie works as a senior educational psychologist for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington, DC. Ed is recently retired from the U.S. Army. They currently live in Virginia, but are hoping to move closer to family and friends in the near future. drjellen@aol.com

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1979 Delton McGuire was recently appointed the executive director of Cherokee Home for Children, a non-profit church-affiliated

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Allan Stanglin is the new pulpit minister at Central Church of Christ in Amarillo. He previously served in the same role at Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, Texas.

Michelle Mallett was named the “Dwain Hart Teacher of the Year” by the Texas Christian School Association in recognition of outstanding contribution to Christian education. In the past 18 years, Mallett has taught various science classes in the middle school, high school, and advanced placement. She has been recognized as the OC Science and Engineering Alumna of the Year in 2000, the Walmart Teacher of the Year in 2000, and has been selected multiple times to Who’s Who Among American Teachers.

Jennifer Ma had a show at Art Space Niji in Kyoto, Japan, called “Tide-Inked Spring.” Proceeds went to charities to support disaster relief in Japan. Her smoke projection “New Adventures of Havoc in Heaven I” was featured in the award-winning documentary series Invitation to World Literature on PBS. She also had a video piece featured in the 54th Venice Biennale.

1994 Casey (Riley) and Kevin (98) Batson are proud to announce the birth of their son, Riley Allen Batson, on May 18. He weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz., and was 21 inches long. He has a sister Chloe, 8, and brother Kyle, 6. They live in Wellston, OK. caseybatson33@hotmail.com Robert Lee is the new head baseball coach at Southern Nazarene University. Lee spent two years as Edmond Memorial High School’s head coach and six years as SNU’s pitching coach before his June promotion.

1987 Kathie (Stevenson) Dickson and Dr. Jerry W. Dickson (86) are proud to announce the marriage of their son Jared to Kaetlyn Carver on August 13. Jared is a freshman at OC and is planning to pursue a degree in chemistry or engineering.

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1991 Zann Corrie Kennedy recently released

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her degree. She recently published as a contributing author to the Milestone Documents of World Religions (2010). schillinglael@gmail.com

Anita (Martin) Carlin received her Masters of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, in June 2010. azanitac@yahoo. com Melinda (Cail) Lemons and her husband Rodney are proud to announce the birth of their son, Andrew William “Drew” Lemons on May 12. He has twin brothers, Abe and Cail, who were born June 1, 2009. mindylemons@hotmail.com

1999 Aaron Collins is the new principal at Sebree Elementary School in Georgia. He was an assistant principal at Rossville Middle School in Walker County, Ga., before moving to Sebree. Gary McCoy and his wife Liliya are proud to announce the birth of their third daughter, Alexandra Ruth McCoy, on December 29, 2010. She weighed 7 lbs., 5 oz., and was 18.5 inches long. gary@ mccoyweb.net

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Reagan Stennis

2001 Kellie (Dyer) Stennis and her husband Chuck are proud to announce the birth of Reagan Elizabeth Stennis on November 29, 2010. She weighed 8 lbs., 4 oz., and was 20 inches long. kellie13@hotmail.com

Jeffery Riggs has a new job with a green building and construction company, Greensleeves LLC (www.greensleevesllc. com). jefferyriggs@yahoo.com

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2000 Angela (Guinn) Skinner and her husband Mike are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Owen Michael Skinner, on August 27, 2010. angiefaye79@yahoo.com Jeanie (Jacks) Tryggestad recently completed her fellowship training in pediatric endocrinology. She will be an assistant professor of pediatrics in the section of diabetes/endocrinology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. jeanie-tryggestad@ouhsc.edu

Jonathan and Jaret (Jacks 02) Henry are proud to announce the birth of Cullen Jace Henry on January 31. Jaret graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Texas Women’s University in May 2010. jonmhenry@gmail. com

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Bonny Downs

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Ruston Grau has been named supervising producer of KFMB-TV’s News8 morning show. He previously produced “San Diego 6 In the Morning” on XETV-TV/Channel 6.

Bonny (Weeks) Downs went on to study acting and dramatic theory at Southwest Missouri State University after her graduation from OC. She is the founder of Bon Lee Studios and serves as production director of a new Oklahoma independent theatre, Actors Company of Tulsa. The theatre’s first full season featured “Revenge of the Space Pandas,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Angels in America Part 1,” “The Wild Party” and “Vatzlav.” bonny@actorsoftulsa. LaChelle (Mason) Schilling finished her coursework as part of the Ph.D. program in Women’s Studies in Religion at Claremont Graduate University. She will move back to Oklahoma to finish

Tim and Leann (97) Priebe own T&S Web Design, which was one of three businesses in Edmond, OK, named as a finalist for Small Business of the Year for 2010. Tim also is a regular contributor to the monthly Edmond Sun publication, The Business Times of Edmond, as an expert on web design, SEO and social media. tim@tandswebdesign.com Tracy Priest is working as a technical director at Walt Disney Animation Studios. tracyapriest@gmail.com

2005 David and Chelsea (Staudinger 06) Sparks welcomed their second son, Luke Colson Sparks, into this life on December 20, 2010. Luke joins older brother Kallan. The Sparks live in Conroe, TX, and David was promoted to field learning advisor for Royal Dutch Shell in Houston, TX, in February. adoptethiopia.blogspot.com, ourbabyuke.blogspot.com, reach2him@ yahoo.com

Ralp h Chain

CHAIN EARNS PRESTIGIOUS HONOR Ralph Chain, former chair of Oklahoma Christian University’s Board of Trustees, was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Induction into the hall honors individuals who promote America’s rich Western heritage through leadership and patronage of art, business, industry, environmental, education, humanitarian, government or philanthropic organizations. He owns Chain Land and Cattle Company, which consists of ranches in Oklahoma and Kansas. His commitment to raising the finest livestock and improving and preserving the land has netted him national recognition and many awards, including induction into the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame. Chain managed a ranch operation that was a $6.8 million gift to Oklahoma Christian from the late William Guy Davisson in 1977. He managed the ranch property for 14 years. Eventually, the ranching operation was sold, and Chain turned his attention to more traditional university business. He served as OC Board Chair from 1997 to 2002. He has served in many leadership capacities on the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. He and his wife Darla are longtime friends of the university.

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Mark Vaughn graduated with his master’s degree in Public Administration from MidAmerica Christian University in May. mark. vaughn@oc.edu

2011 Lynn Mitchell

MITCHELL NAMED CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR OU PHYSICIANS Lynn (Vaughn 76) Mitchell has been appointed chief medical officer of OU Physicians and associate dean for clinical affairs for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. For the past year, Mitchell has been the chief medical officer and deputy commissioner for prevention and preparedness services for the Oklahoma Department of Health. She served as state medicaid director from 2000 to 2010 and as medical director for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority from 1995 to 2000. She has also served on the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Health Care Strategies. Mitchell is a fellow in both the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Luke Coleson Sparks Jeremy Young is the new boys basketball coach at Newkirk (Okla.) High School. He spent the last two seasons as the boys coach at Pittsburgh High School.

2006 Jonathan Hanegan, former H.I.M. worker and missionary for four-and-a-half years in Caracas, Venezuela, moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March to begin working with Caballito Church of Christ and the Argentine Bible Institute. www. jonathanhanegan.com, jonathan.hanegan@ gmail.com

VIRG INIA SMITH

2008 Virginia Smith was selected as the 201112 Kamm Distinguished Graduate Fellow by Oklahoma State University. The annual award recognizes the most outstanding student pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education. Smith is the director of Oklahoma Christian’s Bridge program for underprepared, new students. She also teaches Spanish. Smith is pursuing an Ed.D. degree in higher education leadership with a concentration in curriculum and instruction.

Sam Ward graduated from dental school in June and opened his own general family dentistry practice on 15th Street & Bryant in Edmond.

Meaga n and Brock Lytton

2007 Lacey Allen and Caleb (04) Holsey were married on November 14, 2010. lallen122@ gmail.com

Meagan Branch and Brock Lytton (09) were married on June 4 at Gaillardia Country Club in Oklahoma City. They honeymooned in Mexico at the El Dorado Casita Royale in the Riviera Maya. meagan.lytton@gmail.com

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Sierra Peterson became Miss Rodeo Nebraska in June. Peterson claimed top honors in horsemanship, speech, appearance, personality, photogenics and the written test on the way to the crown. She will compete next December in the Miss Rodeo America competition in Las Vegas.

“We also believe and therefore speak.” -2 Corinthians 4:13

OCTOBER 2-4, 2011 www.oc.edu/quest


NAC SPOTLIGHT

A CLOSER LOOK AT NATIONAL ALUMNI COUNCIL MEMBERS

NAME: Keith Hall (’82) Hometown: Albuquerque, NM Current Job: Director of Identity Management at ConocoPhillips Inc. I lead a group that is responsible for information technology access and security. Childhood Ambition: President of the United States. Fondest Memory: The years that I worked and lived in Norway. My daughter was born there, and we had some great vacations in and around Norway. Wildest Dream: Nothing too far out of reach, to do the best I can at all I do, and enjoy the many blessings that come from God. Alarm Clock: 4:45 am; mornings are when good things happen. Favorite OC Bible Class: Dr. Jones’ Isaiah class. Proudest Moment: When my son graduated from OC. Biggest Challenge: Balancing work, home and church. Indulgence: Jared’s “Triple Berry Zinger” frozen custard Inspiration: My father-in-law Dwayne Hollis, who has shared with me a love for studying the scriptures and growing in the wisdom of our Lord. My Life: Wonderfully blessed! My School: OC’s people are critical to the university’s success. There were so many professors and staff members that made a difference in my education, setting me up for a successful career and life. I’ve made lifelong friendships through OC. Christian men and women that are committed to education and biblical principles are what make OC stand out.

NAME: MIKE WALKER (’76) Hometown: Duncan, Oklahoma Current Job: Psychologist and Administrative Director at at North Texas Pain Recovery Center. Childhood Ambition: To become a minister. Fondest Memory: Going on vacations with my mother and brother to the Texas coast. Alarm Clock: My iPhone. Favorite OC Bible Class: I enjoyed several classes taught by Dr. Raymond Kelcy. Proudest Moments: The birth of my two children and my granddaughter. Biggest Challenge: Managing a medical rehabilitation clinic in a manner that patients’ needs are met and the clinic stays financially viable in the midst of changing government regulations and managed care. Perfect Day: At my ranch hunting with my family. Indulgence: Dallas Cowboy and Texas Longhorn football, Dallas Maverick basketball, and Italian sports cars. Inspiration: My mother. She was widowed at a young age and raised my brother and me by herself. Through her teaching and example, she instilled in us the importance of faith in and dependence on God.

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Honor Roll of Donors www.oc.edu

2010 Patrons ($25,000+)

A-Corp Keith and Darlene Beachler (6) Charlie and Lesa Branch (11) Ken and Sharron Davidson (2) Todd and Dee Dobson (16) Freede Family Foundation Jose Freede (13) Freeman Family LLC Jim and Norma Freeman (10) Gaylord Foundation (10) Allen and Karen Goode (4) Paul and Dolores Hanna Ralph and Maxine Harvey (8) Terry and Marty Johnson (4) Richard and Pat Lawson (10) Woody and Crystal Loden (3) Don and Donna Millican (14) OG&E (27) Ken and Carole Parker (8) Phil and Melissa Roe (7) Leo and Mabel Scott Trust (7) The Meinders Foundation (10) Tom and Glenna Trimble (8) Lionel and Tommie Jo Walker (7) Lew and Myra Ward Greg and Valari Wedel (8)

2010 Sponsors ($5,000-24,999) Midcon Data Services, LLC (3) A-1 Freeman AT&T (5) Kaye Aaron (4) Ad Astra Foundation (5) American Fidelity Corporation (12) Richard and Mo Anderson Mike and Donna Sue Arnold (13) Bill Beeman (26) Richard and Ada Blankenship (37) Howard and Mary Blauvelt (10) Jeff and Natalie Bonney (17) Alfred and Judy Branch (11) Charles and Sylvia Branch (8) Broadhurst Foundation (34) Cary and Jill Brown (8) Darrell and Marynel Chabino (4) Dwain and Loretta Chaffin (11) Ralph and Darla Chain (19) J.B. and Helen Chase (12) Chesapeake Energy (7) Chick-Fil-A (2) Carl and Linda Claxton (2) Conoco, Inc. (35) Consumercare Direct Rick and Carol Copeland (12) Marcus Cox (5) Pat Cox (9) Robert Denyer Gene and Heidi Dickens Jeff Dimick (19) Pauline Duncan E. Paul & Helen Buck Waggoner Foundation (8) Ernst & Young Foundation (2) Clyde and Carolyn Estes (7) Exxon Education Foundation (21) Ray and Marcheta Felts (7) David and Lynn Gaither (20) Brent and Valerie Gooden (7) Geoffrey and Janice Guymer (7)

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Keith and Susan Hall (12) Bob and Karen Harmon (12) Ryan and Allison Harms (3) Lyle Harms (7) Luke and Kate Hartman (8) Hatton W. Sumners Foundation (8) Kay Heinen (2) Sam and Jerry Hendrix (4) Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. Jack and Hallie Hudkins (14) John and Shirley Huser (19) J-Bar Ranch Mark and Susie Jackson (11) Greg and Mary Jia Farris Johnson (2) Kenny and Kathy Kaaiohelo (10) Howard and Suzanne Kauffmann (12) Kimray Inc. (6) Kirkpatrick Foundation Rick and Kelly Lawson (3) Dewey and Gina Leggett (12) Dale and Enid Lollar (5) Jerad and Brooklyn Lovett (2) Kerry and Karla Lowery (2) Marlin Oil Corporation Maschino, Hudelson and Associates (3) Bob and Sharon May (3) Charles and Ji McFarland (9) Tim and Terri McGraw (5) Travis and Donna McGraw (2) Mercy Health Center (4) MidFirst Bank (8) Military Order of the World Wars (3) Dan and Ellie Miller (12) Grant and Valda Newton (3) Mike and Nancy O’Neal (11) OCWA Oklahoma City Chapter OCWA Tulsa Chapter Oklahoma Humanities Council Oklahoma Independent Colleges & Universities Oklahoma RedHawks Harry and Brenda Patterson (15) Max and Kerry Pope (26) Jack and Barbara Rowe (12) SMEI Academy of Achievement Keven and Linda Sasser Charles and Linda Shackelford Southwestern Roofing & Metal Inc. (12) Mark and Nancy Stansberry (8) Richard and Anita Stevens Strech Suba (3) Texas Instruments Foundation (20) The Boeing Company (32) The Chatlos Foundation (6) The Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (3) Ed Tippens (8) Mike and Barbara Walker (5) Wayne and Sue Warren (16) Tom and Sharon Winkler (14) Lon and Jane Winton (8) Pen and Robin Woods (10) Don and Patrice Ziegler (8)

2010 Colleagues ($1,000-4,999)

A J Atkinson Trust Abbott Laboratories Fund (2) Aegon USA Charitable Foundation (10)

Gloria Alesso (6) Alfredo’s Mexican Cafe Kent and Phyllis Allen (4) Bill and Sue Antwine (6) Neil and Joni Arter (12) Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Arvest Bank (5) Peter and Alice Astafan (2) Jonathan Ball (6) Chris and Beth Ballauer (8) BancFirst Mickey and Jane Banister (21) Bank of Oklahoma, N.A. Kerry and Barbara Barnes Jeffrey and Karen Baskin (2) Nathan Batten (3) Gary and Vickie Baumwart (13) Chester and Debbie Beam (10) Stan and Sheila Bedford (6) Eric and Meagan Begin (6) Andy and Debby Benton Ron and Doris Bever (8) Ed Biggers Jeff and Sherry Bingham (16) David and Claudia Blanchard (3) Virgil Bond (13) Craig and Kelly Bradshaw (3) Cliff and Connell Branan Warren and Melissa Branch (11) William Brink (11) Steve and Gail Brookman (6) Peggy Browder (7) Tod and LeeAnn Brown (2) Tip and Robin Burch (8) Ralph and Gladys Burcham (7) CVS Pharmacy (2) Caciano Family Charitable & Educational Foundation M. and Nancy Calvert CampOC, Inc. Dudley and Vicki Chancey (5) Kevin and Brenda Chilcoat (7) Randy and Dianne Chitwood (8) Stan and Jan Claassen (4) Steve and Becky Clark (4) Glen and Tammy Clubb (2) Colgate Palmolive (4) Chris and Kristi Collins (3) Comanche Home Center (3) Glendon and Juanita Combs (4) Marc and Jody Compton Coppermark Bank (11) Roy and Debra Cowan (10) Doug and Cheryl Cox (12) Robert and Terri Cox Freda Coyner Arnelious Crenshaw (4) Cusack Meats (3) Norman Easter Law Firm DKG Enterprises, Inc. Devon Energy Corporation (7) John and Darla deSteiguer (8) Max and Marilyn Dobson (27) Gary Duncan Stephen and Megan Eck (8) Edmond OU Medical Center (3) Bob and Kathy Elliott (5) Dave and Shirlie Ellis (8) Evans & Davis Law Denise Exendine

Gerd and Lucky Fecht (11) Gary and Dea Fields (11) Dean and Stephanie Findley (16) Marilyn Fisher (2) W.L. and Marilyn Fletcher Tim and Risa Forrester (15) Fort Gibson Public Schools (2) Fred Jones Family Foundation James and Dean Freie (4) Byron Fullerton (5) Betty Gainer Chip and Allison Garrett (9) Kent and Merle Gatewood (27) George Kaiser Family Foundation (2) Ann Gilliland Lori Gillin David and Krista Glover (8) Bill and Rita Goad (27) David and Sandy Goin (12) Gold Key Warranty Bill and Gale Goodwin Nadine Gotcher (5) Stuart and Darsi Graham (6) David and Cathy Gramling (4) Jay Gramling Grant Thornton Foundation (3) Grant Thornton LLP (6) Steve and Betty Gregg (15) Galen and Donna Groves HSPG & Associates, PC (6) Anthony and Laura Haney Ray Hardin (8) David Harley (2) Joel and Roxanne Harmon (8) Kathy Harmon (7) Larry and Paula Harms (14) Harold and Louise Harris (34) Cliff and Sandy Harris (7) Terry Harris Dorothy Hartman Trust (8) Kent and Nancy Hartman (4) Harold and Denise Hawkins (4) Dan and Jo Ann Hays (27) Heartland Church of Christ Brent and Andrea Heath (12) C.B. and Margie Heath (6) Cam and Andrea Henderson (2) Lisa Hendrick Josh and Kimberly Hensal Heritage Solutions (5) Heritage Trust Co. (7) Bill and Judi Herndon (11) Mike and Jolynn Herndon (13) Dean and Jacque Hildebrand (14) Patrick and Laurie Hollingsworth (2) John and Donna Holmes Hope for Haiti’s Children Ministries Horti-Care Inc. (5) Image Net Inasmuch Foundation (3) Irving Orthopedics and Sports Medicine J&S Enterprises (6) J.P. Bridwell Farms (2) Phil Jackson Curtis and Kathryn Janz (12) Larry and Ann Johnson (23) Jay and Montine Jones (13) Ray and Marsha Jones Carey and Carol Joullian

Larry and Nancy Jurney (4) Jared and Connie Kaaiohelo (2) Barry Kelley Jim Ketcherside (4) Carol King (6) Kirkpatrick Family Fund (5) Dan and Jimieanne Kite (3) Bill and Donna Knight Ken and Mary Knowles (4) Danny and Katy Knox (3) Jeff and Karla L’Hommedieu (9) Lasso Corporation LPL Financial Lakehoma Church of Christ (2) Robert and Donna Lamb (4) Lisa Landrum Chuck and Billye Gaye Lawrence (2) Howard and Marilyn Leftwich (9) James and Kate Leonard (3) Phil and Marilyn Lewis (12) Lidia Law Firm Danney and Janice Lidia (7) Neil and Marjorie Lightfoot Lorentz Oil & Gas, LLC Ray and Carolyn Lovejoy (2) Larry and Jane Luethke (3) Bill and Sarah Luttrell (6) MTM Recognition Quinton and Helen Martin (6) John and Tracy Matlock (2) Bailey and Joyce McBride (27) McClain-Chitwood Office Products Rich and Renai McClanahan (2) Leon and Harriett McQueen (10) Herman and Ladonna Meinders Nathan and Christie Mellor (3) Mid-Hudson Church of Christ Kris and Robyn Miller (12) Jim and Connie Miller (16) Jack and Karen Millikan (4) Dennis and Phyllis Mitchell (7) Barry and Lynn Mitchell (9) John and Maxine Moore (2) Moriah Real Estate Company (2) Brad and Cindy Morris David and Linda Morton (9) John and Evelyn Mosley LaMoine and Mary Neal (6) New York Life Foundation (14) Curt and Deborah Niccum (5) Nonon Management, LLC Jay and Clari Norman (6) Lawrence and Carol Norris (27) Stafford and Jo Anne North (55) Foy and Lois Ann O’Neal OC Baseball Booster Club OCWA Seminole Chapter (19) OCWA Tahlequah Chapter Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Oklahoma Custom Coating LLC Oklahoma Department of Libraries Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute Mark and Sherry Olmstead Sandie Olson (4) Peter and Naomi Patton (2) Pfizer Inc. (3) Alan and Donna Phillips (15) Lou Phillips (7)


Rhett Poindexter (2) Pointe Vista Development, LLC Kent and Kimberly Pope David and Kim Rainbolt Gene Rainbolt Lana Reynolds (26) Dusty and Nancy Rhodes Allen Richmond (16) Roberson Oil Bobby and Millie Roberson (8) David Robinson Kent and Norma Rollmann (12) Bart and Erin Rowlett (6) Bob and Lynne Rowley (27) John and Anita Royse (5) Rwanda Outreach and Community Partners Brent and Barbara Saffell (7) Clem and Jayna Santine (2) Mike and Sheryl Scherf (27) Mike and Linda Schlachter Keith and Debra Schofield Russell and Jeanette Schoof (23) Scott Sabolich Prosthetics and Research Center Bruce and Sarah Scott (3) Scripps Howard Foundation (12) John and Sharon Scroggins (8) David and Mary Seat (20) Security State Bank (3) Shaw Financial Services, Inc. Aileen Sheets (2) Truman and Karen Shope (9) Yick Shum Dick and Jeannette Sias (3) Bill and Marilyn Simpson (23) Smith & Pickel Construction Inc. (2) Smith Orthopedics J.C. Smith (7) Gary and Linda Snow (8) Gregg Springer (3) Joe Stafford (17) Lester and Jean Stafford (4) Ron and Lindi Stangeland (27) State Farm (13) Brian and Michelle Stephens (14) John and Emily Stringer (3) Student Government Association (2) Nathan and Stephanie Teague Texas Patriotic Education Foundation (2) The Amelia Earhart Society The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation (7) The Economic Club of Oklahoma (5) The Houck Agency The Wedel Group Gregory and Kathleen Thomas (8) Bill and Kathy Thompson (17) Lonie and Mary Tresnak (18) Tulsa Christian Foundation (18) Lynn and Janet Tyler (19) Union Pacific Corporation (13) United Dining (2) United Healthcare Timothy and Aimee VanWagoner (2) Clint and Sheridan Vaughn (5) Ray and Suzanne Vaughn (8) WFF Facility Services (2) Brady and Jamie Walcott (10) Steve and Beth Walker Lori Walle (6) James and Jennifer Warren (5) Washington Foundation (10) Joe and Nancy Watson (19) Chuck and Marti White (6) Kevin White (7) Renee Wiggins Mitch and Shannon Wilburn Mark and Kathy Wiley David and Debra Williams Wayne and Beverly Williams (5)

Jim and Anna Wilson Larry and Susan Wilson Windgate Charitable Foundation (2) Paul and Mary Lou Winkler (10) Wishing Well - OC chapter Alan and Billie Wonders Scott and Wendy Wrigley (9) Loyce Youngblood Estate (3)

2010 Supporters ($250-999)

Ron and Sharon Ackerman (7) Ken and Lindy Adams (27) Cami Agan (12) Air Assurance (2) Gayla Alexander (3) Ralph and Pauline Anderson (3) Kevin and Karen Archer (2) Gerry and Laura Armstrong (2) Meagan Armstrong (2) Carlton Ash John Austin Mark Austin Roberta Bachmann (9) Jo Bagnetto (3) James and Kela Baird Harrison Barbarick (2) Julie Barchers Baskin and Hadley Financial Services Otis and Maryann Baskin Eugene Beach Walter Beam (18) Michael and Jannel Becker Jeff and Lisa Bennett (8) Bevco, Inc. James Billingsley Bruce and Dorean Blackketter Blake and Kacee Blackwell (3) Will and Amy Blanchard (2) Gary and Brenda Bodine Joyce Boettcher (6) Steve and Charlotte Bounds (6) Richard Branum Gary and Mary Ellen Bridwell (3) Britton Road Church of Christ Britton Vision Associates Matt and Holly Brock (9) Bill Brooks (8) Gary and Michelle Brooks (4) Joe and Teresa Bryan (2) Kinney and Joan Bryant (17) Doy and Patricia Burchel (7) Thomas Burkhard (13) Brian and Becca Bush (4) Travis Campbell Greg and Debra Carr Mike and Lisa Carroll (8) Carter Asset Management, Inc. Royce Carter Bill and Barbara Cathey (2) Chain Land and Cattle Company (3) Chris Smith Law, PLLC Corey and Carolyn Christensen (5) Citizen’s Bank of Edmond (5) Matt and Maria Clark (3) Brad and Heather Cleveland Coal Oil and Gas Company Gary and Lisa Cobb Randy and Stacy Cochran (7) Community Foundation of the Ozarks Judson and Amanda Copeland (6) Mickey and Vauda Cowan Jerry and Kay Cox Michael Crandall (2) Kirk and Kerri Cunningham Custom Growth Solutions LLC Delta Gamma Sigma (2) David Darrah Bryan Davis (4) James and Karen Davis Judy Davis (16) Ralph and Brenda DeBoard (26)

Scott and Teresa DeBoard (6) Mary Jo deSteiguer (7) Michael Deweese (2) Terry and Sandra Dockins Brian and Laurie Dodd (3) Rex Donley Robert Douglas (2) Bill and Pat Downs (7) Don and Marcia Drew Scot and Dawn Eckhart (7) Edmond Church of Christ Edmond Sun Steve and Marcy Eldridge Jeremy Emack (4) Allen England (7) Gregory England Mark and Pam Estep Nelson and Penny Eubank (5) Cary and Laura Falling (12) Donald and Pam Ferguson (15) Len and Caren Feuerhelm (27) John and Nancy Flack (13) Michael and Mandy Flaming (9) John and Cynthia Fletcher (12) Forrester Brothers Roofing (3) Foundation Management, Inc. Robert and Catharine Fricke Ron and Suzanne Frost (2) David and Beverly Fulbright Garry Fuller (2) Dale Gaither (6) Dane and Triva Gentzler (7) John and Susan Gibbs (2) Loren and Iola Gieger (27) Darrell and Robin Gingerich (11) Donnie and Terri Gipson Tom and Katherine Goforth (5) Larry and Diane Gordon (4) Deryl and Cathy Gotcher (5) Hubert Gragg (5) Jack and Rita Graham (4) Randy and Jennifer Gray (5) Green Country Event Center (2) Wesley and Janise Greenroyd Charles and Jenny Gregg (4) Jo Griffin (3) John Groendyke Brent and Debbie Groves (3) Amber Grubb (2) Geoff Hager Zac and Kellee Hager Hale & Company CPA (2) Walter and Dianna Hamilton (2) Troy and Melba Hamlett (6) Robert and Loretta Hamm (2) Glen and Pamela Hammonds (2) Bill Hamrick (6) Russ and Jan Hanan (3) Arthenia Haney (5) Richard and Marilyn Hankins (7) Andy and Lorie Harbert (6) Harding University L.O. and Marilyn Harrington (5) Charles and Mary Harris (13) Craig and Traca Haslam (3) Randy and Barbara Heath (27) Rick and Janice Hendricks (3) Keel and Nancy Hendricks (2) Craig and Marybeth Henson John and Mindy Hermes (11) Don and Wynn Heyen (8) Ann Hill Seth Hoffberg Dana Holley (13) Dwayne and D’Nisa Hoover-Simmons (2) Mark Hornbaker Bradley and Lisa Hudson Robert Hughes Gary and Janell Huntsman Donald and Naomi Hurst

J. and Gina Huser (3) Jim and Paula Hutton (18) Impact Church of Christ Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women Stephen and Amy Janzen (13) Jeff S. Jones, CPA, PC John Brown University Brian and Lisa Johnson Craig and Kara Johnson (6) Darrel Johnson Ken and Myrna Johnson (4) Roy and Addie Johnston (11) Craig and Heather Jones (3) Heath and Elizabeth Jones (11) Kevin Jones Pat and Carla Jones (5) Joseph T. Ryerson & Son, Inc. Journal Record Company Susan Jurney Kanza Bank Joseph Karch Tony and Betty Keesee Craig and Michelle Keiser (6) Dennis and Elaine Kelly (12) Bob and Ruth Kennedy (4) Lucy Kenslow (4) Kerr Foundation Inc. Lloyd and Melissa Kirk David and Jessica Knapp (8) Maurice and Jeanne Knight (9) Scott and Alice LaMascus (13) Clint and Marilyn LaRue (6) Lois Lanier (2) James and Vera Lankford (4) Bob and Judi Lashley (27) Andy and Summer Lashley (9) Alan Latta James and Sue Lauderdale (12) Tony and Terry Lea (4) Michael and Cheryl Lee (2) Don and Janie Leftwich (12) Tony and Marcia Lightsey Bill and Donna Little (5) Charlie and Polly Lockhart (23) David Loken (7) Mobile Giving Foundation Maestro Computer & Cable Services, Inc. Mac Maguire Steven and Lisa Maher (2) Cary and Tina Manek (2) John and Connie Maple (21) John and Amy Maple (4) Marc Heitz Chevrolet Alan and Linda Martin (2) Jason and Sara Martin Curt and Stephany Mast Wayman and Margaret Matlock Matthews Funeral Home Keith and Jennifer Mauck (3) Jerry and Dana Mayes (5) Jeff and Tina McCormack (5) Jean McCown (2) Mike and Kathy McDonald Wright (13) Bud and Sarah McFarland (3) Bill and Jennee McHenry (4) Wes and Delisa McKinzie (15) Scott and Kathy McLaughlin (3) Scott McManaman Jeff and Sydney McMillon (7) Lynn and Joy McMillon (27) James and Linda McWilliams Memorial Park Funeral Home (2) Memorial Road Church of Christ (4) Bobby and Christine Merideth (11) Malcolm and Kathy Milligan (6) Billy and Sallie Millspaugh Michael and Annaleise Mitchell (6) Dick and Jackie Morgan (4) Reece and Lareta Morrel

Ryan Munson Jamey and Donna Murray Daryl and Gail Nash (13) Art and Jane Neece (21) Ryan and Tammy Newell (12) Paul and Diane Newhouse (5) Thomas and Helen Norris (6) Ted and Beverly Norton (2) Oren USA, Inc. Bradley and Diana Oglesby (2) Oklahoma City Community Foundation (6) Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma Flute Society Kevin and Linda Orr John and Kelly Osborne (11) P & M Industries (2) Pan American Railway Co. Brent Parr (6) Mike and Brenda Partain (10) Roy and Gina Paxton Steven Payne Dwayne Perkins Audrey Phillips John Pivarnik Steve and Jan Plumlee (2) Richard Poe Jeremy and Jeanese Poole Nathan Pope (2) Phillip and Nancy Prosser (4) Pumps of Oklahoma Mark and Jennifer Raschke (4) Jason and Kathy Ray David and Kimberly Reiter (4) Calvin and Ann Reneau (5) Dee and Kim Renshaw Pat Roberson Randy Robertson (2) Don and Nancy Robinson (6) Ray and Mary Robinson (4) Roofscapes of Oklahoma (4) Randy and Kerianne Roper (7) Roy and Janet Rose Mike and Beverly Rowlett Paul and Jeanne Rowlett Bryan and Katy Roybal (6) Sean and Janet Salisbury Donald and Patricia Sanders (2) Peggy Saylor Greg and Carrie Schaefer (2) Donald and Carol Scott Rob and Katie Seat (4) Harold and Sally Shank (5) Stan and Dawn Shelton Brady Shumate (2) Kurt and Marilyn Siebold (10) Jeff and Pattie Simmons (2) Smith Medical David and Linda Smith (4) Pamela Smith (10) Pat and Virginia Smith (2) Phil and Donna Smith (7) Gerald Snyder (2) Southlake PSE, Inc. Jim and Crevza Squires (2) Tom Stafford (23) Beatrice Steen (3) Grant Stevens (3) Robert and Karen Stevens (12) Tom and Rebekah Story Mary Ann Sudbury (6) Carl Supon Texas Book Company - OC Bookstore April Tate (8) Steve and Angie Thatcher (6) The Williams Companies Inc. (7) Jim and Jennifer Theisen (5) Darin and Jean Thomas Steve and Nancy Thomas Mark and Darci Thompson (11) Tinker Federal Credit Union

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Todd and Kathy Wright (2) Stanley and Louise Townsend (4) United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. John Valentine Chance and Jenny Vanover (5) Nathan Vaughan Vaughn Winton & Clark, PLLC Charles and Kay Villines (6) Wal-Mart Foundation Joe and Shirley Waldrop (10) Greg and Rachel Walker (5) Jeff and Bobbie Walker (13) Michael and Kimberly Walker (2) Vicki Wallace (27) Wendell and Rochelle Wardell (13) Tina Ware (12) Luke and Amanda Watson (5) Westwood Church of Christ Roy and Ethelene White Wayne and Kim Whitesell (2) Dick and Dorothy Whitley (12) Wayland and Millie Whitlow Kurt and Erin Whittington (2) Scott and Conchita Wilkerson (12) Ken Wilkins Charles and Joyce Williams Kirk and Tamie Willis (13) Tom and Ula Windle (16) Sam and Tara Winterbotham Doug Woolery (2) Steve and Lisa Wynn (8) Michael and Lynessa Yeats (4) Donald and Linda Young (9) Edward Zack (2) 2010 Friends ($1-249) Paul Abbey Bonnie Acree Active Care Chiropractic PLLC Chris and Jennifer Adair (4) Mike Adams Sheldon and Christina Adkins Alan and Diann Ainsworth John and Janell Akin Brian and Diane Akins Amos and Louise Alberty (3) Ellis and Doris Aldridge (3) Bob and Jeannie Aldridge (10) Dale Alexander Jordan Alexander W.J. and Florence Alkire (3) Charles and Diane Allcorn (3) Harry and Lisadelle Allen (3) Delano and Reta Alley Ira and Pat Allison (3) Terry and Karen Alston Alva Roofing Co. H.G. Anderson (8) Steve and Julie Anderson (23) Ernest and Joyce Andreas (7) Clyde and Gwen Antwine (2) Andrew and Kristie Armstrong (6) David and Martha Arnold Jimmy and Holly Arter (3) Jimmie Asbill (3) Lyle and Carrie Asbill (8) Keith and Alicia Askew (2) Ryan and Heather Askew (5) Joyce Astafan (2) Louis and Mae Astafan (2) Bill Atkins Brooke Aus Brad Austin Steven and Melody Austin Billy and Jodeen Aven Howard and Nancy Avery Floyd and Sylvia Avery (2) David and Linda Axtell Bryan and Rene’ Axtell (3) Charles and Teresa Babb (4) Josh and Sarah Bailey (4)

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Ted and Teloris Baily (8) Jim and Yodi Baird (19) Ken and Betty Baird (6) Edna Baker (3) James and Sherry Baker Rollen and Margaret Baker (4) Michael and Linda Baker Austin and Sommer Baker Gary and Donna Balch (3) Mike and Barbara Baldwin (5) Bertha Ballard (3) Brent and Kayla Banister Donald and Patricia Bard Daryl and Cindy Barker (6) Ralph Barker Willie and Thelma Barkus (2) George and Bonnie Barnard Lyle and Judy Barnard Rory and Ronda Barneche Don and Marita Barnett (4) David and Terri Barr Carol Baxter (3) Paul Bayley Thelma Bayley Floyd and Myrna Beal (3) Ralph Beam Norman Bean (3) Marian Beavers (8) Dottie Beckloff (9) Kenneth and Pat Beckloff (11) James Bedner James and Lucy Bell (5) Gerry and Lorna Bell Ruth Bell (7) Stephen Bell (2) Danny and Linda Benefield Gary and Amanda Benefield James Bentley Richard and Amy Berry (2) Annabelle Best (3) Doyle and Geralyn Beverly (7) Louise Beyer Sabrina Bierman (3) Barry and Vicky Billings (3) Brent and Suzie Billingsley (3) Ronnie Billups Dean and Linda Bingham (4) James Binkley Ken and Wanda Bishop (2) Adam and Jennifer Blackerby Ralph and Vanna Blackerby (2) James and Chelsea Blake David and Angela Blankenship G.T. and Libby Blankenship (2) Larry and Carolan Bledsoe (2) Larry and Nanette Bledsoe Waylyn and Janette Blevins (2) Francis and Elaine Boda Michael and Debbie Bohn Irene Bolin Jim and Sue Bond John and Alta Bond (10) Tony and Kim Booth Luke Bost Don and Grace Boulton (7) Jane Bowden Timothy and Lenetta Bowling (3) Orville Box Todd Box Kenneth Boyd (5) Linda Boyd (3) Lyndon Boyer William and Carolyn Boykin Doug and Kristy Bradley (5) Durward and Alice Bradshaw (11) Joseph Brevetti McLee and Clara Brewer Tom and Cynthia Brewer David and Stephanie Brewer (6) N. Bridges Larry Brinkley

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Margaret Garner (3) Jack and Rosemary Garner John and Amy Garrison Wanda Gary Charles and Emilie Gatewood Paul and Adrienne Gatewood (4) John and Elsa Gay (12) Chuck and Judy Gentry (3) Jaye George H. Gibbs Paul and Paula Giboney (3) Brett and Kathleen Gideon Gerald and Michelle Giese (2) Jim and Loanna Gilbertson Zack and Susan Giles Greg and Anita Gill (5) Julia Gilley (3) Frances Gillin James and Monna Gilpin Jerold and Sherri Givens Spencer and Vanessa Goad Charles and Louise Goddard (4) Paul and Vicki Goddard (5) Don and Julie Goin Don and Shirley Goin Keisha Golden George Gonzales Jason Goostree Timothy and Julie Gordon (3) Sylvan and Brenda Gordon Dee Gower (9) Dennis and Karen Graham (5) William and Gail Graham (4) Samuel Graham William Graham (3) David and Darra Green Stan and Betty Green Sue Green Jackson Greene John and Becky Gregg (2) Fuzzy Gregory (2) Don and Rosemary Griffith (6) James and Kayla Griffith (5) Mitch Griffith Jack and Jennifer Grimes (2) Roy and Betty Grissom James and Beverly Grove (4) Nancy Grundy Joyce Gully (7) Elizabeth Gunn Johnny and Alice Gunter Wesley and Alicia Gunter John and Barbara Gwin (4) Milo and Karen Hadwin (6) Rob and Jo Hailey (5) Tommy Halbert Rob and Karen Hale (12) Mike and Vernona Hale (5) Leonard and Karen Hall David and Connie Hallsted (4) William and Mary Halsell (4) Frank and Ava Hamar (2) Opal Hamby Doug and Janet Hamilton (6) Ralph and Mildred Hamilton Wes and Carrie Hamilton (8) Shawn and Amy Hammonds (2) Non Hancock Norma Hanks (3) Rodger and Bonnie Hannel Carol Hanson Chuck Hanson (2) Dale and Amy Harbison (3) Curtis and Cynthia Harbuck Rondal and Margaret Hargett Terri and Marvin Harlow Earl and Garnett Harms Mary Harms (7) William Harraway (3) Kevin and Suzanne Harrington (13) Les and Kay Harris (3)

Kenneth and Virginia Harris Bobby Harrison Jan Harrison Ruth Harrison (2) Marshall Hartman Trust (8) Dale and Sheila Hartman (4) Herbert and Glenna Hartman Fern Harvison (3) Stephen and Elizabeth Haskew (3) Margaret Hastings Tyrel and Lisa Hatfield (6) Roseline Haulsey Emmet Hawkins (2) Chris and Jamie Haworth (6) Jeff and Heather Haworth (5) Colene Haynes (4) Kenneth Haynes (4) David and Laura Hazen (3) Robert and Irene Hazen Ellen Heath (5) Tony and Sheila Hebert (9) Lee Heffington (7) Michael and Helen Hefley Dennis and Margaret Heitmann Richard and Dianne Heltzel (9) Don and Darlene Henderson (12) Thomas and Gerri Henderson (2) Dorothy Hendricks Aaron and Lea Henley (3) Glen and Deeanne Henry (2) Mark and Eve Henson Bob and Janet Herndon (5) Josh Herrman Dwight and Peggy Herron (2) Norm and Merilyn Herron (4) Paul and Dori Hestand Tom and Glenda Hibbitts (13) Doris Hicks (4) Bobby and Mary Higgs (2) Kenneth and Sadie Hild (8) Susan Hiler (6) Charles and Jo Hill (5) Christopher and Joanna Hill (8) James and Mary Hill (2) Walter Hill Eric Hinds Gene and Helen Hinds (2) John and Megan Hinds Tom and Judy Hinds Norma Hinton (2) Joe and Karen Hinz (5) Bill and Linda Hittle Oscar and Mary Hixson (3) Gerald Hodges (5) Tom and Betha Hodges (5) Seth Hoe Dennis and Janyth Hoff Alan and Kathy Hoffhines Jim and Hannah Hoffmeister (4) Marc and Margaret Hoffmeister (3) HoganTaylor LLP Harold Holland (2) Karen Holland Charles and Jacque Hollar Leland and Gena Holliday Teddy Hollis (4) Gary and Joye Holmes (5) Jerry and Dolores Holt Jerry and Veda Holt (5) Steven and Lisa Hopkins Harold and Irene Hornbaker (5) Sylvan and Helen Horne J.W. and Charlene Hosey (4) David Howard Dean and Loma Howard (2) Tim and Debbie Howard (2) Jack and Janis Howell Lorene Howell Verda Howie (2) Claudette Hudelson Doug and Linda Hudkins (3)

Jack and Angelia Hudkins Carol Hughes Kevin and Carol Hughes Travis Hughes Vonda Hughes (3) Wendell and Gaye Hughes (2) Raymond and Paradee Hui (8) Alex Humphrey (3) Kirk and Danna Humphreys (2) Nan Hunt (3) Forrest and Dena Hunter (8) Robert Hurlocker Joy Hursh William and Jo Ann Hurst (11) Tyrone Hurst Jim and Jeannie Hutton (2) IBM (10) Alta Immell J. Peter Kierl, DDS, MS Ricky and Ronna Jackson (8) Thomas and Marylen Jackson (6) Bud and Gayle James (5) Bobby and Gayle Johns (3) Matt Johns (4) Wanda Johns (2) Annette Johnson (4) Thomas and Cindy Johnson (4) Darrell and Karen Johnson Edward and Mary Sue Johnson Elaine Johnson (4) Melinda Johnson Russell and Elizabeth Johnson Wayne and Joy Johnson Barbara Joiner (3) Charles Jones Darren and Jill Jones (2) David Jones (11) James Jones (5) Jason and Valerie Jones (4) Larry Jones (3) Dennis and Sandy Jones (3) Tim and Patti Jones Darcy Jordan Eric and Ginger Josephson Steven Judd Mike and Anh Karch (7) Bill Kasbaum (7) Philip and Laurie Kay (2) Jimmie and Janet Keas (2) Scott and Kimberly Keele (2) Janet Keheley (6) Lester Keirn Tom and Jo Keith Amy Kelly (6) David and Debbie Kendall Shon and Stacey Kendall (4) Joseph and Ashli Kennedy Steve Kennemer Jeremy and Amanda Kenney (6) Clayton and Maxine Kern Harold and Dianne Kessler (3) Juanita Kidd (11) David and Carolyn Kilpatrick (5) James and Lea Kimbrell (10) Walt King (5) Josh and Aubrey Kingcade (2) Judy Kingery Geoffrey and Rhonda Kingsley (10) Scott Kinkade (2) Helen Kinney (2) Norma Kinzie Marilyn Kirby (6) James and Rebecca Kirk Ryan Kirk Bill and Virginia Kirk (3) Calvin and Melanie Klugh Jeanie Kluver Larry Knapp Kevin and Aurea Knez Jonathan Knight Herschel and Joy Knowles

John Knox (2) Roger Knox (3) Patsy Kraus (6) Bill and Erin Kruse (2) Glenn and Sarah Kuriger Cecil and Carolyn Kusler Dorothy Kuykendall (2) Ronald and Saundra Kuykendall (2) Willard Kyrk (4) LaValley Dental Care, Inc. Paul and Raye Lakey Bob LaMascus Christopher and Maria Lambert Jimmy and Melissa Lambert (6) Michael and Susan Landon (4) Carol Lange David and Pamela Lankford (2) Dave and Terri Larson (2) Mary Larson Dorothy Latimer Terry and Janet Laudett (8) Kevin and Devin Lawrence Edward and Janet Lawrence (2) Stacie Leathem (3) Ronald and Elaine Lee Lesa Lenart Pamela Leonard Ken and LaVera Leopard (4) Toby and Christy Levering Linda Lewis (3) Mike and Margie Lewis John and Paula Lewis Dale and Julie Linge James and Menda Lippe (3) Lockheed Martin Corporation (3) Matthew and Carol Loeber Jim and Patty Long Joe and Loretta Long Opal Longhofer Megan Lopp Rodolfo and Gloria Loredo Richard and Gaye Lynn Loufek Keith and LaNita Lough Hobert and Joan Lowe (3) Joy Lugar (11) Michael and Lori Lum (2) Dale and Evelyn Lundy (2) Don and Betty Lunsford (4) Mathew Luse Barbara Lyons M.L. James Construction Company John and Shelly Mabry Donald MacNeil Gregory and Deborah Magill Darrel and Dawn Malson Mike and Dot Maple (19) Nancy Markum Darin and Jill Martin (6) Kenneth and Deborah Martin (5) Jay and Lisa Martin (4) Madison and Mary Martin (6) Andrew Martony Beverly Martony Danny and Nancy Mason (6) Hugh and Joyce Matlock Michael and Mary Matlock (6) Glen and Winnie Matthews Don and Archie Mauck (3) Ron and Ginger Mauck Ruby Mayes Chris and Traci Mayfield (2) Linda Mayle David and Elaine Maynard (3) Jack and Ethel Maynard (3) Richard and Gwen McAlister (4) Brad and Sarah McBride (12) Nathaniel McBroom Thomas and SuAnne McBroom (4) Ray and Wilma McChristian (11) Mark and Linda McClain Mary McClain (3)

Bruce and Bernice McClure (3) Steve McCormack Betty McCoy (7) Jesse and Amy McCracken (6) Walter and Sally McCutcheon (4) Carol McDonald Robert and Dorothy McDoniel Tessa McGee Patrick and Rita McGinnis (11) Terry and Betty McGrath (6) David McGuire (7) Delton and Valerie McGuire (6) Jeff and Teresa McIlroy (3) Bruce and Catherine McIntosh (2) Dale and Colleen McKean Terry and Terrie McKean John and Peggy McKee (10) Kieth and Elaine McKee Tim and Patricia McKeever (5) Joe McLain Doris McLeod Linda McMichael Kaye McMillan (7) Ronald McMillan (3) A.W. and Sue McMurray (6) Aubrey and Dorothy McNally (3) Harold and Evelyn McRay (6) Suzanne Mears Colin and Fawn Meeks Krishna Mentreddi (2) Ted and Margaret Merritt (3) Wesley and Janice Merritt (2) William and Julia Merry Michael Becker, MD, FACOG Patricia Middle Stephen Mikus Eric and Jill Milesi (8) Nancy Miller Sammy and Louise Miller Winona Miller (3) Barry and Deborah Milliner Treva Mincieli Danny and Leslie Minor (6) Herb Minor Anna Minyard (3) Wilbert Mires (5) Robert and Jane Mitchell (5) Karel Mitchell (5) Jane Mobley (7) Jacob and Linda Mogel (5) Ruby Molloy (3) Bob and Bebe Montgomery (5) Amy Moody Lora Moody Scott and Kimberley Moody Bob Mooneyham (3) Scott and Carla Moore Dorothy Moore (2) Sandra Moore Virginia Moore (6) Vivian Moore (3) Burke Mordy Christy Mordy Donnie and Marie Morgan (7) Billy and Irene Morgan Burt Morphis Joshua and Lindsey Morris Ron and Lori Morris (3) Pat Morse (4) Maxine Morton Richard and Emma Mosby Michael Mosley (19) David and Gwen Moss (6) Jon and Karen Mouser (2) Valerie Mudge Sharon Mundy Gary and Beth Murdock (3) Booker Murphy (4) Jim and Nancy Murray Dean and Laura Murray Morgan Nash

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Judy Nevius New Hope Church of Christ Julianne Newberry Marvin and Debbie Newberry (7) Mark Newey John and Jana Newsom Tony and Linda Nichols (8) James and Lizabeth Nicholson Beatrice Nielsen Dean and Virginia Niles (5) Kizito Nkurikiyeyezu Heidi Nobles James and Rebekah Nored Lynn and Martha Nored Beverly Norman Cynthia Norman Frances Norman (3) David and Beverly North David North II Howard and Jane Norton (4) Mary Nowlin (9) Derek and Britton Nuckols (4) Alan and Anita Nusser Sam O’Hanian Michael and Becky O’Neal (7) Jimmie and Karen O’Steen (2) Steve and Barbara O’Steen Danny and Jo Odom David and Patti Odor Richard and Irene Oglesby (3) Jack and Marilyn Ogletree (6) Oklahoma City Northwest Lions Club Bob Oliver Margaret Olmstead (4) John and Susan Omeara Edward and Barbara Osborn Tim and Tammy Osborne (5) Jerry and Patricia Owen (10) Jeff Oxford Michael and Rhonda Page (2) John and Jennifer Painter (3) Darrel and Abbie Palmer (3) John and Yvonne Palmer Panhandle Oilfield Service Companies, Inc. Charles and Rae Parette (3) Tobin and Lee Anne Paris (3) Burton and Annette Parker (9) Dean Parker Donald Parker (2) Jerald and Verna Lee Parker (2) Jim and Roberta Parker (3) Gregg and Linda Parker Reece and Holly Parker Ryan Parker (2) Jay and Holly Parks Douglas and Loretta Patterson James and Phyllis Patterson (2) Ted and Mary Jo Patterson Timothy and Kerri Patterson James and Helen Pattillo Jerry and Willeta Patton Charles and Emma Paxton Shannon and Jeanie Payne Lola Payne (6) Wayne and Susie Payne (3) Patty Peddicord (2) Norm and Darlene Pedersen Don and Beverly Peevyhouse (2) Clarence Pelton (6) Steve and Susan Pendergraft Adonis and Leila Peoples Mary Lou Perkey Yolanda Perry Jay and Kate Peterson David and Mary Petr (4) Bob and Dewayna Petre John and Linda Phelps (2) Rod and Dicki Phillips Suzanne Phillips Pi Zeta Phi

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John and Lisa Pickens Jackson Pierce Gary and Angela Piercey James Pierson Tim and Catherine Pigg (2) Mario and Marilyn Pineda (2) Ted and Monah Pittman (5) Ron and Cheryl Pitts Loren and Julie Plotkin Brian and Karen Plumlee (27) Hubert and Mary Plumlee (6) Jerry Plumlee David and Sharon Pool Don and Beth Pope (2) Bryan and Lorie Porter (3) James and Judy Potter Jerry and LeAnne Potter (7) James and Erin Prather Van and Jeanne Priest (6) Rick Pritchett Lillie Quinn RCB Bank RKS Ventures, Inc. Jack and Dorothy Rains (26) I.V.S. and Anna Raju Betty Rampey (3) Roy and Eleanor Rankin (2) Berdine Rawlins (4) Galen and Lora Rawlins (6) Barbara Ray Geneva Ray (4) Larry and Donna Rose Read Carolyn Reconnu James Record Scott and Marnie Reed Dale and Leeann Reid Joseph Reilly Jo Ann Reynolds (7) Fred and Pam Rhodes Michael and Carol Rhodes (3) Randy and Kathy Rice (3) Raymond and Samalee Rice (3) Randall and Pamela Richards Jacob and Brittney Richardson Verlin and Mona Richardson Jeff Riddle (3) Brad and Kim Risley (5) Kent and Brenda Risley (10) Alan Rister (5) David and Heather Roberts (2) Lynn Roberts Richard and Leta Roberts (11) Dick and Jerona Robey (3) Roger and Ann Rockhold (2) Barnell and Dawn Rogers Darren Roller David and Debra Romig Kenneth and Wanda Roper Gary and Sheila Rose Kirby and Amy Ross Lucas and Aubrie Ross (2) Mike and Tammy Ross Rick and Debra Rossing (10) Terry and Harriet Routon (12) Lynette Rowland (7) Ryan and Katie Rowten Chris and Sarah Ruiz Jeff and Mary Russell (3) Bill and Wilma Ryan (10) Paul and Christa Ryckbost Betty Rye (5) Chance and Leah Saelim Thomas and Cheryl Samson Lois Samson Sanders and Associates Janet Sanders (6) Ralph Sanders (2) Lynn and Norma Sanderson (11) Ken and Nancy Savage Emil Savaiano (8) Stanley and Billye Sayers (8)

Terry and Stella Schadegg (6) Byron and Erin Schalk Marion Schauffler Shirley Schellhorn (2) Douglas and Melody Schinnerer Fred and Kathy Schmitz J. and Gail Schoonover Robert and Nancy Schoville Jennifer Schuler Dianna Schwarz Scott Rice Interiors Abigail Scott (6) Carson Scott (6) Charles and Margaret Scott (2) Larry and Della Scott (2) Ron Scott Wendell Scott John Searcy (3) Aaron Sechrest (2) Maurice and Bess Seidl (3) Robert and Joyce Shackelford Lynn Shallue Robert and Lisa Shannon Jeffery Sharp Esther Shaw Alan and Rita Shaw Shawnee Milling Company (2) Jim and Nona Sheerer (7) Art and Sandra Sheldon (2) Ruth Shelhope Brad and Cheri Shelite (4) John and Sheri Shelton Larry and Joann Shelton (2) Mary Shelton Tobi Sherer Jon and Melinda Sherrell (9) Duane and Cathy Shipman (2) Jared and Angela Shirley Paul Shirley (18) Jerry and Karen Shoemaker (3) Richard and Kay Shough (5) Richard and Janet Shough Mary Lou Shults Kevin and Jana Shumate (5) James Sibley (3) Paul and Tammy Sibole Side Effects Software Doug and Susan Sifford Paul and Nancy Simkins Gary Simmons (2) Greg and Donia Simmons Bryan and Melinda Sims (4) Tommy and Linda Sims (3) Marvin and Sandra Sisk (3) Jason and Lisa Sizemore Darrell and Ruth Skinner Carolyn Slatton Richard and Denise Sloan (2) Lesa Smaligo Todd and Cynthia Smethers (4) Betty Smith Billy Smith (3) Blake and Devry Smith (2) Burt and Terri Smith (2) Cody Smith Erik Smith (3) Hartford and Nadine Smith Joseph Smith (5) Lee and Wanda Smith (3) Mary Smith Paul and Betty Smith Robert and Nita Smith (4) Shon and Shannan Smith Steven Smith Wanda Smith (3) Mike and Linda Snodgrass (6) Sam and Molly Snyder Sue Sorrels Joe Spaulding (5) Henry and Connie Spencer Edward and Nancy Spencer

Jen Spencer (3) Clint and Rachel Spencer Lola Spriggs (7) Phil and Regina Stacy Jim and Paula Stafford Robert and Linda Stalcup Tim Stamper Greg and Terri Stamps (7) Vint and Tisha Stamps (5) Keith and Susan Stanford (9) Gaines and Jean Stanley Gaines and Vickie Stanley Kenneth and Thearl Stanley (2) Sharon Stanley Bill and Betty Starks (2) Charles and Sharon Steele (2) Danny and Dixie Steele Jarrod Steele Mary Ann Steele Megan Stender Bob and Ridglea Stephens (4) Dorothy Stephens (3) Douglas Stephens Lindsey Stephenson Carl and Shawna Steplock (4) Ralph and Dorothy Steury James and Colleen Stevens (2) Lonnell Stewart (2) Ken and Marilyn Stewart Marvin and Loreta Stewart (2) Ray Stewart (2) Teresa Stewart Glenn Stinchcomb Chris and Connie Stinnett Dennis and Janice Stites (3) Joe Stockton (11) Duane and Colleen Stofan (3) Roy Stone Don and Kelly Stoneking Jack and Ruby Stout Christopher and Marianne Strande (5) Carol Strickland (2) Frederick and Sondra Strietelmeier Gary Struck Gerald and Kathleen Struck Jean Sudbury (14) John Sudbury (14) Darrel and Madonna Sullivan (7) Michael and Sheila Sullivan (4) Summit Financial Group Jackie and Nancy Sutterfield Edith Swanson Kurt and Joyce Swanson (6) Robert and Teresa Swarb Terry Swisher Arthur Sykes (2) Marion and Frankie Tallon (2) Darcy Tate (4) Helen Tate (3) Bobbie and Opal Taylor Margaret Taylor Terrel and Charlotte Taylor Bill and Peggy Teague (3) Scott and Beth Tefft (5) David Terry Franklin and Marilyn Terry (6) George Terry (3) Joseph Tharp Michael and Traci Thatcher (3) Kevin and Janet Thie (5) Cullen and Mary Lou Thomas (2) Dale and Jeanette Thomas Trent and Fran Thomas Holly Thomas (2) Mark and Debbie Thomas (6) Jay Thompson Steve and Connie Thompson (6) Tommy Thompson (4) Paula Thornton Virgil and Mary Thurman (2) Ben and Dara Tinius (5)

Terry and Donna Tippens Joe and Ruby Tobey (10) Charles and Phyllis Todd Joe and Dottie Togami (11) Jonathan and Laura Tokosh (4) Teri Tolbert (3) Nancy Toms Krista Tower Charles Townsend (2) Joe and Marsha Trammel (2) Allan and Courtney Trimble (2) Iona Trimble (3) Neil and Gwen Trowbridge (4) Andrew and Janet Trudgen Joe Trumbly Pat Tucker (3) Steve and Linda Turkish (7) Kyle Turman Gene and Anita Turney (3) Ruth Tydings Ben and Kelly Tyson (3) Up-Lan, Inc. Daniel and Joanna Valdez (3) Joshua and Angelique Van Hooser (2) Linnea Van Winkle (4) Jessica Van Zandt (4) David and Carol Vanhooser (4) Jess and Harriett Vanhooser (7) Paula Varner (2) Michael and Anne Verner John and Marcia Vincent (6) Samuel Visalli (5) Rick and Valerie Visor Paul Vitale Doug and Jeanette Vrana Walter and Juanita Wagener Marlene Waitman (2) Gary Walcott (5) Peter and Kim Walden (2) David and Danielle Waldo (11) Nicole Walk Terry and Cheryl Walk Betty Walker Don and Sandra Walker (2) Dorothy Walker (14) Jean Walker Laura Walker (5) Julian Wallace Ron and Maria Wallace (4) James and Claire Walton (7) Richard and Susan Walton David and Carla Walulik David and Cynthia Walvoord (3) Sam and Crislyn Ward (2) Mona Ward Sylvia Ward (10) Mitchell and Emily Warren (4) Gary Warren Louis and Rebecca Warren Marshall Warren Jennifer Warrior Karen Watkins Jeff and Deanna Watson (3) Robert and Donna Watson Nancy Watts Joshua Wayland Timothy and Sharon Wayland Alayna Wearly (2) Ross Weaver Sarah Webb (7) Beatrice Weber (3) Robbie and Shari Weeden Gloria Wehrenberg John and Sandy Welfare John and Diane Welker Westside Church of Christ Benny and Margaret Whaley (14) Arlene Wheeler Leahman Whelchel Karl Whisennand Ann White


Doug and Becky White (5) Stephen and Kathy White (4) Kris and Sherry White Heath and Tiffany Wiederstein Ralph and Janice Wilcoxson David and Angie Wilhite Charlotte Wilkerson (4) David Wilkinson Merle Wilkinson Ben and Belinda Williams Bryan and Delise Williams (12) Don and Elizabeth Williams Lee and Janet Williams Jeremy Williams K.C. and Kathy Williams Grover and Pamela Williams Bill and Dot Williamson (3) Billy and Kamilla Willis (7) Amy Wilson (6) Annette Wilson Bill and Linda Wilson (3) Jack Wilson Nell Wilson Ron and Terri Wilson (2)

Aaron and Lynn Wiltshire (2) Amy Windell (2) Edgar and Nancy Winn Terry and Tina Winn (12) Ida Fay Winters Lawrence and Tami Wisniewski Gary and Tandy Witherspoon (4) Ronald and Bobbie Witten (5) Don and Sheryl Witten (8) Bill and Rose Wolf Clayton Wood Kevin and Christie Wood (3) Phil and Diana Wood (11) Ruby Wood (3) Linda Woodrow (8) Woods Dirt Contractors, Inc. Marvin Woody (3) Terrie Wooldridge Robert and Brenda Woolery Brent and Holly Worden (4) Connie Wray (2) Anita Wright (2) David and Marsha Wright (2) Dick Wright (3)

New seats in Hardeman

Soccer field lights

Laura Wright William and Linda Wright (9) Robert Wright Steve and Gwen Wright William Wright (3) Gene and Althea Yeats (10) Wayne and Cindy Yeats (6) James and Sue Yocum (2) Robert and Pam Yother George and Thelma Young Jimmy and Mary Young Riley and Beverly Young Robert and Anita Young Joe and Robyn Zammit Larry and Jeanette Zeller (5) Raymond Zetts Matthew and Rebecca Zimmerman

Matching Gift Donors 2010

Abbott Laboratories Fund Aegon USA Charitable Foundation Inc. American Fidelity Assurance Co. The Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation B.A.E. Systems

$1.3M in lights, heat, water, etc.

Bernard Mcdonough Foundation The Boeing Gift Matching Program Colgate Palmolive ConocoPhillips dcp Midstream Devon Energy Corporation Ernst & Young Foundation Exxon Education Foundation Glaxosmithkline IBM International Foundation Lockheed Martin Corporation New York Life Foundation OG&E Pfizer Inc. Portland General Electric Progressive Insurance Foundation Raytheon Matching Gifts for Education Program Scripps Howard Foundation State Farm Texas Instruments Foundation Textron Matching Gift Program Union Pacific Corporation The Williams Companies Inc.

2010 Honor Roll of Donors

The Honor Roll of Donors is printed strictly to acknowledge donor gifts. Any other use is unauthorized. The Honor Roll includes the names of donors whose gifts were made between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2010. Gifts made after December 31, 2010, will be recognized in the 2011 Honor Roll of Donors.   Although every effort has been made to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the Honor Roll, weacknowledge that errors may have occurred. If you wish to report an error, please call (405) 425-5094 or mail your correspondence to:   Oklahoma Christian University Office for Advancement Box 11000 Oklahoma City, OK 73136-1100

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$14.4M in student scholarships

What does all this have to do with you?

Bedding for international students

Everything. Enhancements on campus

Thanks for continuing to give back to your alma mater.

Library renovations

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Global Missions

Microscopes

Baseballs

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Summer and Keely Gibson went on a mission trip to Poland and Lithuania with their family. This photo is from the Tatra Mountains in Zakopane, Poland.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OC? Here’s a three-point plan for the next time you take that vacation or mission trip to some famous or exotic location: 1 Take some OC gear. 2 Take your picture with you wearing it. 3 Tell us where you are and what you’re doing. If you email or mail the photo to us, we’ll post it on our alumni website … and it might even appear in the next Vision. We look forward to seeing those pictures!

Park Plaza Church of Christ executive minister Ryan Pope recently visited an orphanage in Zambia. This precious child was sporting OC colors.

SEND YOUR PHOTOS TO: alumni@oc.edu

A stuffed version of “Ike the Eagle” is touring with OC’s Pacific Rim students this fall. This photo is on a dragon boat at the Summer Palace in Beijing.

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Celebrating 45 years of International Studies 1966 OCC Overseas Study Group (left to right): Jerry Judd, Tim McKee, Terry Layman, Carol Breezee, David Morrison, Mike Bohlen (behind globe), Gary Brown, Dale Jones, Richard Lawson, Mike O’Neal, Walter Daugherity, James Parker

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@okchristian on twitter A sampling of OC tweets from the spring semester. @djurney: Beautiful evening at @okchristian http://plixi.com/p/85887781

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@HeavenlySkyes: This is why @okchristian is named one of the best colleges in the west. I love my OC! http://plixi.com/p/86790312

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@okchristian: OC women’s basketball coach Stephanie Findley was recognized at the Women’s Final 4 in Indianapolis last night. http://twitpic.com/4gxbe8

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@okchristian: Proud our students were voted @okgazette’s Best in Rock and Best in Pop! Woo hoo! @BMull22: Only @okchristian can a student talk and pray with a board member they just met for 2 hours at Sonic. @JCrothko: At the OC Associates Dinner @okchristian. http://twitpic.com/4i39tt

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