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  • OC awards degrees at Spring Commencement

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will present 198 undergraduate degrees and 39 graduate degrees at its spring commencement ceremonies on April 25-26.The undergraduate ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Friday in OC’s Payne Athletic Center. The graduate ceremony starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium.The undergraduate degree candidates, including 21 graduates from OC’s Honors Program, come from 28 states and 11 countries. They majored in...

  • OC nursing grads help with relief in the Philippines

    Oklahoma Christian University nursing graduates Reagan Hightower and Erin Downing traveled to the Philippines in December to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. Haiyan is the deadliest typhoon on record: a category five super typhoon that ripped through Southeast Asia in early November. “I just couldn’t stop thinking about it,” said Reagan, a nurse in the emergency department at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “I really wanted to get over there, but I figured it would be ...

  • Academic departments honor outstanding alumni

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend. OC’s College of Arts and Sciences, led by Dean David Lowry, recognized Dr. Randel Estep (’86) – Chemistry and Physics; Jason Leger (’00) – Art and Design; Matthew Loeber (’02) – Nursing; David Jones (’94) – Communication; Dr. Travis Montgomery (’02) – Language and Literature; Leah Ries (’83) – Music; ...

  • OC selects Elder as nursing chair

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University has chosen Kay Elder as chair of the university’s Department of Nursing. “This is an exciting time of growth for OC and the nursing department. We are welcoming a record number of freshman nursing majors this fall,” said Elder, who previously served as an assistant professor in the department. “I’m honored to help lead the department, especially as we move toward offering a completion program for registered ...

  • OCAST grant funds OC science research

    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) was one of only two research universities approved for large grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology’s Intern Partnership program. With the $60,000 OCAST grant, OC assistant professor of biology Eric Phelps will work with Charlesson LLC and principal investigator Rafal Farjo to develop new training resources for undergraduate educational programs. Phelps’ proposal was based on the idea that faculty members ...

  • Nursing endowment honors former student

    Oklahoma Christian University held a public reception Wednesday to honor Rebecca Stafford and celebrate the support for a nursing endowment in her name.  Rebecca, a former OC student, lost her three-year battle with cancer on March 10, 2012 – two months shy of her 21st birthday. The accompanying video includes comments from Rebecca's parents, Barry and Tonda Stafford, OC nursing student Tiffany Richey, and OC representatives Will Blanchard and Linda Fly. Click here to read more about ...

  • OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year

    Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year. The cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students also stayed the same from 2011-12 to 2012-13. “Affordability is a big deal to us because affordability is a big deal to students and their families,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “Holding our total price is the right thing to do again because we want students to get a first-rate ...

  • Mercy opens clinic on OC campus

    Mercy Clinic has opened a permanent location, called Mercy Clinic at OC, on the Oklahoma Christian University campus. “We remember what it’s like to live on campus,” said Mercy Clinic at OC Medical Director Dr. Melinda Cail (OC alumna and daughter of Dr. James Cail, beloved retired Oklahoma Christian University psychology professor who taught for more than 30 years at OC). “Students have enough to worry about, so we want to make health care as simple ...

  • OC announces nursing scholarship endowment

    Mercy donation, large matching gift help meet fundraising goal OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University announced today the full endowment of the Rebecca Stafford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing. A $10,000 gift from Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City helped meet the $50,000 fundraising goal, with a matching gift from an anonymous donor boosting the endowment to $100,000. Rebecca Stafford, a former Oklahoma Christian University student, lost her three-year battle with cancer in March....

  • Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming

    Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday. The special ceremonies were part of OC’s annual Homecoming weekend. The honorees were: College of Arts and Sciences Scott Filleman (05) - MusicAmanda Gauthier (11) - NursingJennifer Hill (94) - Psychology and Family StudiesRussell Hill (93) - History and Political ScienceLisa Landrum (89) - Biological SciencesDana McMichael (83) - Language and LiteratureBrian Simmons (87) - CommunicationRoy Stevens...

  • Oklahoma Christian nursing program seeking continued CCNE accreditation

    Public AnnouncementThe Oklahoma Christian University nursing program is seeking continued nursing professional accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Oklahoma Christian University will host a site CCNE accreditation visit on October 1-3, 2012. As an autonomous nursing professional accrediting agency, the CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate nursing programs. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage ...

  • OC Professor Brings Clean Water to Philippine Villages

    While many professors enjoy time off in the summer for fun and recreation, OC’s Al Mikell used two weeks to help change the future of some rural villages in the Philippines. According to Mikell, his trip was a simple example of how highly trained, spiritually motivated faculty used OC’s excellent science facilities to make a difference in the world. Mikell, an associate professor of biology, has helped improve a bio-filter that can be used to create clean drinking water. OC ...

  • OC Named "A Best in The West" College by The Princeton Review

    Oklahoma Christian University is one of the best colleges in the West according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review.  It is one of 121 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the West” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” “We are honored to be ranked among the best universities in the West region,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian. “...

  • Wheelers say 'yes' to Oklahoma Christian

    Lauren Wheeler still gets a personalized tour when she walks around campus with her parents, OC grads Heather and Carl Wheeler. “Well, Mom always takes a few minutes to point out the first place she saw Dad, where they first talked, first kissed, and where he proposed. The proposal story is definitely my favorite,” said Lauren, a senior biology major from Topeka, Kansas. Indeed, that proposal story is legendary to alumni, circa 1984. It was during Homecoming, and Heather was starring...

  • Biology professor interviewed in Philippines

    Associate Professor of Biology, Al Mikell, was recently interviewed in Cebu, Philippines by Elmer Palacio, the President of the Arapal Livelihood Program. He was checking the quality of water with the program. <p><br /></p>

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