News RSS Feed OC presents first MBA degrees in Rwanda KIGALI, Rwanda – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) held its first-ever international commencement ceremony Saturday, presenting 38 Rwandan students with Masters in Business Administration degrees.

The top two students, Willy Niyonteze and Fabrice Kayihura, were admitted into Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society that recognizes and rewards superior scholarly achievement of students in business administration.

OC’s MBA program in Rwanda started two years ago as the latest step in a fruitful relationship between Oklahoma Christian and Rwanda.

OC president John deSteiguer gave Saturday’s commencement address, praising the rebirth of Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and the dedication of OC’s newest MBA graduates.

“There’s no question about the lessons that can be learned and the benefits we all can enjoy through the cultivation of a global perspective. International education has the power to enrich you in unique ways,” deSteiguer told the graduates. “Your interaction with American professors at OC has helped prepare you for success. Just as their interaction with you has deepened their knowledge and perspectives.”

Rwandan dignitaries in attendance included: Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi; Minister of Education Vincent Biruta; Minister of Infrastructure Silas Lwakabamaba; Minister of Local Government James Masoni; and Vice Mayor of Kigali Hope Tumukunde.

Other dignitaries in attendance included: Clare Akamanzi, chief operating officer of the Rwanda Development Board; Dr. Ivan Twagirashema, chairman of the Rwanda Chamber of Industry; Dr. Philip Cotton, principal of the College of Medicine at the University of Rwanda; and Dr. Nelson Ijumba, deputy vice chancellor of the University of Rwanda.

U.S. representatives at the ceremony included: Dale Dawson, founder and chief executive officer of Bridge to Rwanda; Tom Allen, country director for Bridge to Rwanda; Terry Neese, founder of Peace Through Business; and staff members from the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda.

OC alumni Tim Kaboya, Yves Iradakuna, Brett and Kelly Shreck, and Rusty Linden also attended the ceremony along with former OC staff members Bryan and Holly Hixson, who now work and minister in Rwanda.

OC’s delegation was led by President deSteiguer, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Don Drew, MBA Director Ken Johnson, and Director of International Programs John Osborne. Graduate Engineering Chair Byron Newberry, MBA Program Coordinator Angela Kopy, International Admissions Counselor Kelsey Herndon, Director of Creative Marketing Judson Copeland, Videographer/Editor Kris Strobeck, and student Abby deSteiguer also were on the trip.

The OC delegation’s trip also included a meeting with the president of Rwanda, His Excellency Paul Kagame. President Kagame visited the OC campus in Oklahoma City in 2006 and 2010, giving the spring commencement speech during his second trip to OC.

In 2006, Oklahoma Christian began the Rwandan Presidential Scholars Program, which gives Rwanda’s top students an opportunity to pursue a first-rate education in important fields such as engineering and business. Between 10 to 20 Rwandan students have attended Oklahoma Christian every year since, pursuing degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Students can earn their MBA degree from Oklahoma Christian in a variety of ways: by attending class two nights a week for one year or one night a week for two years; by taking all courses online; or by choosing a hybrid method with some classes in person and some online.

Students can pursue a general MBA degree or focus on one of these specialty tracks: accounting, finance, health services management, leadership and organizational development, project management, or marketing. More information is available at

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Mon, 24 Mar 2014 10:00:00 CDT 6dedb132-5f2e-4865-bdef-3da2ddda4364
Eagles on Wall Street class visits New York City OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma Christian University’s Eagles on Wall Street class left for New York City on March 14.

During the university’s spring break, 15 students and two professors will experience the Big Apple as part of OC’s Topics in Finance course.

Students attend the Global Asset Management Education Forum, interact with Wall Street leaders and learn best practices in investment management. The event is one of the largest student investment conferences in the world with more than 1,000 students, 118 colleges and 110 speakers from 82 organizations.

“This trip is a great way to learn about the world’s leading financial markets first-hand,” said Associate Professor of Business Jody Jones. “Students will also get to experience the culture of New York City.”

During the week, students will visit the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the Bloomberg offices, the World Trade Center, the Museum of Finance, the New York Federal Reserve and the Broadway debut of “Aladdin.” 

While OC students have attended the GAME Forum the last eight years, this is the first time a group has attended for class credit. The class includes a diverse mix of students with 13 business majors, two engineering majors, one math major and an international student from Burundi in Africa.

During the class, students also participate in the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute’s Research Challenge and manage a student portfolio of investments. The class also discusses how a finance professional needs to be guided by his or her faith.

Last year, students were invited to help ring the bell at the NASDAQ closing ceremony. Next year, an additional business class at OC, International Finance, will travel to Washington, D.C., for a similar experience.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Jennifer Bryan joined Jones on the trip. Just last year, the two launched OC’s first actuarial science program, which is available for students majoring in finance or math.

“New York City is the heart of the financial industry and the largest city in the country,” Bryan said. “I can’t think of a better way for OC students to learn advanced finance topics.”

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity and theological studies.

The last nine years have featured the nine largest enrollments in OC history, including a record 2,424 students this year.


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Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:00:00 CDT 82da0dbc-078c-4a09-a5cf-64d0bdd2135a
OC's ethics team places fifth in the nation By Tori Jones, Courtesy of The Talon

Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics team took fifth place out of 32 teams from across the nation in the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl Competition Feb. 27 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The ethics team debated on topics such as in-vitro fertilization, outsourcing surrogate mothers, the morality of FBI involvement in potential cases of terrorist coercion, and the use of off-label prescriptions with anti-psychotic drugs.

The top eight teams from the round-robin matches advanced to the quarterfinals, where it is win or go home.

The Eagles, who defeated the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University on their way to winning the state championship in October, squared off against the University of Montana in their quarterfinal match. Montana, the eventual national champions, won by a two-point margin.

Sophomore Gabriel Gasiorowski is a first-time ethics team member. He said, going into the competition, the team put in the hours poring over cases.

“We discuss questions based off a series of cases that we receive before the case,” Gasiorowski said. “We don’t know the questions or which case until we get to each match, and so we must be well prepared for the dimensions of each case.”

According to Jeff Simmons, an associate professor of business and the team’s faculty sponsor, the team practiced every Tuesday and Thursday for about two hours.

“Unfortunately, the only time we could find to meet on Thursday was at 6:00 a.m.,” Simmons said. “At first, we discuss the moral issues involved with each case and the possible viewpoints one could take towards the ethical dilemma presented in the case. In subsequent meetings, we practice by actually presenting and debating our arguments amongst ourselves.”

Additionally, the team works on other debate skills – such as being able to present your argument in one minute, 30-second and 10-second intervals.

Personal bias made going on the offensive challenging, according to junior Jasper Bawcom.

“One of the things the judges look at in the competition is your ability to poke holes in the other team’s arguments, and this was sometimes difficult to do – especially in situations where you agreed with the other team,” Bawcom said.

Gasiorowski admitted that the biases made even establishing the team’s position on a case more of a process.

“We must be cohesive as a team of three people all with different ideas,” Gasiorowski said. “There is a lot of real debate and discussion on these cases in each of our practices when we are searching for our team’s position.”

Simmons said that the team had some tough competitors, including the University of Montana, the University of Nebraska and the University of Oklahoma.

“We are developing quite the rivalry with OU,” Simmons said. “In the past two years, we have beat their team four times and lost three.”

The most challenging opponents, in Gasiorowski’s opinion, were St. Petersburg College and the University of Nebraska.

“Both matches were extremely close point-wise,” Gasiorowski said. “While we won against St. Petersburg and unfortunately lost against Nebraska, both were very well fought on both sides.”

According to Simmons, there are usually 15 cases that a team has to prepare for the national championship. Most other teams have five members that assign and divide the cases amongst the team members so that they have case experts.

“Instead, I have every member involved in every case by making each one responsible for addressing the dilemma through the perspective of a specific moral philosophy, such as deontology, utilitarianism or Aristotelian ethics,” Simmons said. “This way we are assured of not having some of our stronger presenters idle during the match simply because their case wasn’t discussed.”

Bawcom didn’t know what to expect going into the competition, but he is content with the squad’s performance.

“I think we did well, especially considering that it was the first time on the team for each of us,” Bawcom said. “Hopefully next year we can do even better.”

According to Simmons, the next step for the ethics team is getting some much-needed rest. After that, he is pushing to add some strong new members who have an interest in moral philosophy and/or debate.

“I already have a few students on the radar but am always willing to consider more,” Simmons said. “We'll take the summer off but hit the road running next fall, holding tryouts at the start of the semester.”

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Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:00:00 CST 9ef47b36-b6a5-4567-985d-260d74512098
Academic departments honor outstanding alumni Oklahoma Christian University’s three academic colleges honored distinguished alumni during Homecoming weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business administration, engineering, Christian ministry, divinity, and theological studies.

For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at


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Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:00:00 CST d9f57852-27af-46be-bcad-bcd139785d52
Oklahoman features OC's state champion ethics students The Oklahoman profiled Oklahoma Christian University’s ethics teams in a big feature written by Silas Allen.

OC’s student teams recently beat squads from the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and other schools to place first and second, respectively, in the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge.

It was the second straight state championship for Oklahoma Christian, which also won the regional title last year.

This year’s Regional Student Ethics Bowl is in San Antonio on Nov. 16. OC’s preparation for the ethics contests includes weekly 6 a.m. practices, which the Oklahoman article highlighted.

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Fri, 08 Nov 2013 10:04:00 CST 33274edb-3bb5-47c0-9ebc-2d8c58356242
Harold Hamm to speak at Oklahoma Christian Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive officer of Continental Resources, will be the featured speaker at a special event hosted by Oklahoma Christian University on Oct. 24.

“Harold Hamm: Lessons in Leadership” is an invitation-only event in OC’s “Conversations with the President” series. The program will include a presentation by Hamm and a question-and-answer session with Hamm and OC president John deSteiguer.

With a net worth of $12.4 billion, Hamm is 33rd on “The Forbes 400: The Richest People in America.” The youngest of 13 children, he grew up in a one-bedroom house in Oklahoma before founding Harold Hamm Tank Truck Service in 1966.

He founded the company that would eventually become known as Continental Resources in 1967 and has served as chief executive officer since its inception.

He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of the general partner of Hiland Partners and Hiland Holdings. He is a director of Complete Production Services, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange publicly-traded oil and gas service company.

Hamm served as a founding board member of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board and recently co-founded the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance

He is a past chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. In 2011, he was inducted into the OIPA’s Wildcatters Hall of Honor, the association’s highest recognition.


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 11:58:00 CDT 9e565b7f-63d1-4944-baad-1e77c80d896e
OC wins 1st, 2nd in state ethics contest OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) won its second consecutive state championship at the OK Ethics Statewide Student Ethics Challenge Saturday.

Both of OC’s student teams won all three of their matches to finish first and second, respectively.

OC’s first-place team (the Talons) beat peers from Rose State College, the University of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State University.

OC’s runnerup squad (the Eagles) defeated teams from Cameron University, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State. The Talons claimed the championship over their OC classmates by virtue of overall point differential.

Host school Oklahoma City University, Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa also had teams competing.

OC’s Talons team was composed of Jasper Bawcom, Hunter Farhat and Gabriel Gasiorowski. The Eagles team members were Hannah Ketring, Chas Carter and Ryan Fuller.

“I am proud of our students’ commitment to excellence and of how they’ve embraced the importance of ethics in the business world,” said sponsor Jeff Simmons, associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian. “We spent the past month doing weekly practice sessions at six o’clock in the morning, and their hard work paid off in a big way.”

OC’s championship showing earned the university $2,500 in funding from the OK Business Ethics Foundation for travel to the Regional Student Ethics Bowl in San Antonio on Nov. 16. Oklahoma Christian won the regional championship last year.

The national competition, the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl, is in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 27, 2014.

OK Ethics sponsors include Chesapeake Energy, Devon Energy, Enterprise Holdings, Express Employment Professionals, Hobby Lobby, Kimray, OneOK, Sandridge Energy, Valir Health, Williams, and WPX Energy.


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Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:15:00 CDT 23d081f5-301d-40ea-b31b-7c40a4ae7ca3
Eisenhower presents PTPI award to alum KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Mary Jean Eisenhower, granddaughter of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, presented the 2013 People to People International Inner Circle Award and Medallion to Mark Stansberry.

PTPI honored Stansberry, a 1977 Oklahoma Christian graduate and member of OC’s Board of Trustees, for his service as chairman of the PTPI Board of Directors from 2009 to 2013 and for his 2013 role as acting CEO of worldwide operations.

Mary Jean Eisenhower said that Stansberry had been instrumental in launching the organization’s landmine initiative, establishing chapters, and leading Operational International Children school kit efforts in Haiti and throughout the world.

“In my travels throughout the world for PTPI, I have had the honor along with the opportunity of meeting and working with many amazing individuals associated with our programs. I have learned so much about the world’s diverse cultures and have formed countless friendships,” Stansberry said. “PTPI’s mission is to enhance international understanding and friendship through educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities. We are extremely proud of the growth in terms of membership and also in the types of initiatives offered along with the outreach the organization has had.”

The first recipient of the PTPI Inner Circle Award Medallion was presented to President Dwight Eisenhower, the founder of PTPI. Founded in 1956, PTPI has a presence in 135 countries, with more than 80,000 families and individuals participating in student and adult programs.

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Wed, 21 Aug 2013 10:53:00 CDT 17b45f3b-8cd7-49e5-9645-d829b0eeaff0
OC creates actuarial science program OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – In response to student and employer interest, Oklahoma Christian University (OC) has launched an actuarial science program.

Associate Professor of Business Finance Jody Jones said the actuarial science industry is ranked as one of the best professions in the United States.
“Working as an actuary is consistently placed among the top four jobs in the Jobs Rated Almanac,” Jones said. “The profession offers high pay, high job security and low stress. With a number of recent OC math and finance graduates entering the field, we thought this was a great time to start a more specific program.”
Jones and Jennifer Bryan, associate professor of mathematics, developed the program in consultation with OC alumna Cindy Smethers, vice president and product actuarial director at American Fidelity Assurance in Oklahoma City.
“A few years ago, Cindy reached out to us looking for high-achieving interns,” Bryan said. “That experience has been great because her company has hired OC student interns every semester, which led to other companies recruiting our students. Those students have done excellent work and usually have a job waiting for them before they graduate. Our new program should allow for even more students to have that experience.”
According to Scott LaMascus, OC’s vice president for academic affairs, the new program combines advanced academic study with the development of practical skills that are in demand in the industry.
“This actuarial concentration allows students who have an aptitude for higher-level mathematics to pursue a career in an area that will only continue to grow as Baby Boomers retire,” LaMascus said. “Our professors have really responded to the requests of some of our most ambitious students by creating a demanding program that meets the needs of this growing field.”
Students interested in OC’s actuarial science program can major in either mathematics or finance, then choose the actuarial science concentration. Previously, Jones or Bryan created different plans for individual students.

Jones also feels OC’s focus on faith will make the university’s actuarial students attractive to employers.
“I often hear employers compliment OC on producing students who have a firm grasp on ethical behavior and a dedicated work ethic,” Jones said. “We look forward to impressing those values on our actuarial students as well.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in accountancy, business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.
For the last three years, the cost of attendance for OC undergraduate students has stayed the same, making Oklahoma Christian the only university in the state and the only reporting member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities that did not raise its total price. More information is available at


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Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:55:00 CDT 15b07bd7-66bc-4eb1-a78d-9800f2185482
Graduate schools to award degrees at summer ceremony OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Oklahoma Christian University’s Graduate School of Business and Graduate School of Engineering will honor 57 degree candidates on Aug. 17.

OC’s annual summer commencement ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.

The Graduate School of Business will grant 43 master of business administration degrees to candidates from eight different countries.

Graduates earned their MBA degrees in general business or in one of nine specializations – accounting, e-commerce, finance, health services management, human resource management, international business, leadership and organizational development, marketing, and project management.

Fourteen candidates from five different countries will receive master of science in engineering (MSE) degrees from OC’s Graduate School of Engineering. The graduates specialized in electrical/computer engineering or in engineering management.

This class includes the 100th graduate in the history of the MSE program, which began in 2009.

Phil Lewis, dean of Oklahoma Christian’s College of Professional Studies, will be the commencement speaker.

Lewis’ business leadership experience includes work in retail clothing sales, management, and banking. His consulting experience includes conducting numerous workshops and seminars for business, industry, education, religious groups, and government in the areas of ethics, leadership, organizational communication, and strategic visioning.

He wrote the books From Boardroom to Whiteboard: A New Generation of Leadership, published by Tate Publishing, and Transformational Leadership: A New Model for Total Church Involvement, published by Broadman and Holman, in addition to four children’s books.

He also has written more than 100 articles and papers for various publications and professional organizations. He is active in the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, is a past national officer in ACBSP, and recently concluded a term as president for ACBSP Region 6. He also is a member of the Southwest Business Deans Association and the Christian Business Faculty Association.

Oklahoma Christian recently announced it will launch a master of accountancy degree program this spring in response to market demand and record graduate enrollment. OC had an all-time high 361 graduate students last year.

Recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, Oklahoma Christian will now offer five graduate degrees: a Master of Accountancy; Master of Business Administration; Master of Arts in Ministry; Master of Divinity; and Master of Science in Engineering.


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Mon, 12 Aug 2013 14:32:00 CDT c6285aee-f562-4ab4-aa0d-4e4d4d46012c
OC to offer Master of Accountancy degree OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Christian University (OC) will offer a new Master of Accountancy degree in the spring of 2014.

The MAcc degree program joins the successful Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in OC’s Graduate School of Business.

Elaine Kelly, chair of OC’s Department of Accounting and Finance, said Oklahoma Christian developed the degree in response to feedback from alumni and the accounting industry.

She said the growth in OC’s graduate enrollment also influenced the decision; OC set school records for overall enrollment (2,271 students) and graduate enrollment (361 students) last year. Oklahoma Christian’s MBA program has graduated more than 1,000 students since it began in 2000.

“We noticed in our MBA program, which has several tracks, that student and industry interest in accounting has been increasing,” Kelly said. “More companies are hiring graduates trained in accounting. Our chair of the Graduate School of Business, Ken Johnson, helped us see the advantages of our students earning a focused degree.”

Like OC’s MBA program, the Master of Accountancy will include one-year and two-year degree plans. Each course will last seven weeks, with all classes offered at night – and many online – to accommodate students who work during the business day.

Kelly said the MAcc degree will provide students the level of education needed for the CPA exam, and prepare students for a career in public or corporate accounting.

“One unique aspect of the degree is a business ethics course,” Kelly said. “Most accounting programs don’t have this kind of course. Our program requires students to examine basic ethics in the conduct of business from a biblical perspective and how that affects the decision-making process.”

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, now offers five graduate degrees: a Master of Accountancy; Master of Business Administration; Master of Arts in Ministry; Master of Divinity; and Master of Science in Engineering.

OC’s MBA program and School of Business Administration are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

“OC has had a strong accounting program for years and years. Experienced and insightful faculty, gifted students, and high-quality employers of our graduates have built our reputation for excellence and success,” OC president John deSteiguer said. “This new master’s program is a natural and ideal step forward.”

For more information, contact OC’s Graduate School of Business at (405) 425-5562 or


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Thu, 08 Aug 2013 10:03:00 CDT e2f8007a-74cf-49ee-9660-a9c1994255d2
OC’s marketing chapter wins national awards Oklahoma Christian University’s student chapter of the American Marketing Association received awards for the fourth year in a row at the AMA International Collegiate Conference.

Oklahoma Christian’s AMA chapter earned awards for Excellence in Fundraising and Chapter Planning at this year’s conference. More than 140 universities attended the conference in New Orleans March 21-23 to hear marketing professionals from across the country speak on the theme, “Live the Marketing Life.”

Keynote speakers included Jeffrey Hayzlett, former CMO of Kodak, and Nate Riggs of the Karcher Group.

The AMA gives students the opportunity to build leadership skills as officers and members and build relationships with professionals in their field of study.

OC’s chapter was chartered in 2008 and has quickly grown, attending the AMA Collegiate Conference each year and continuing to win awards for their efforts. This year’s officers include President Emily Lundblad, Executive Vice President Adam England, Vice President of Professional Development Nikela Sandoval, Vice President of Events Ben Britton, Vice President of Fundraising Salomon Murillo, Vice President of Creative Design Keely Gibson, Vice President of Promotional Design Kyle Baldinger, Vice President of Project Management David Sellers, Vice President of Communication and Social Media Jade Hayes and Vice President of Finance Alyssa Dickerson.

Eight OC students attended this year’s conference along with sponsor Burt Smith, associate professor of marketing in Oklahoma Christian’s School of Business Administration.

“These students have worked so hard this year to bring the AMA chapter to this level of success,” said Associate Professor of Marketing and E-Business Kerianne Roper, the faculty advisor for OC’s AMA chapter. “They spent countless hours volunteering for these positions. They have shown dedication to chapter planning, communication, community service, fundraising and membership.”


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Tue, 02 Apr 2013 11:19:00 CDT c8c6eae0-295e-4f28-9adf-baebc24aab44
Smith works with alum to give back to OKC For the second year in a row, the National Speakers Association honored Dr. Burt Smith as the Oklahoma Chapter’s Member of the Year.

This follows the American Marketing Association’s Oklahoma City chapter renaming its Lifetime Achievement Award after Smith, a professor of marketing and MBA advisor in Oklahoma Christian’s School of Business Administration. He received the organization’s only lifetime achievement award in 2008.

These awards reflect Smith’s servant leadership approach to his field and his commitment to helping his community. In 2011, Smith served as auctioneer (another of his many talents) to help raise more than $150,000 for injured Oklahoma City police officer Chad Peery, a father of four facing significant medical bills, who unfortunately passed away in late spring.

OC MBA alumna Dee Patty, a former student of Smith’s who works for the police department, organized the “Taking Care of Our Own” benefit event.

“I remember Dr. Burt being so enthusiastic and excited about his work at OC that I looked more into the work he did outside the school. It was there I discovered he was also an auctioneer and worked some of the benefit auctions put on by actor Mark Harmon. I knew we needed to have him for our auction,” Patty said.

Patty has since been asked to be a consultant by other officers wishing to put fundraising events together for Officer Peery and other first responders injured in the line of duty in the metro area. She also has taken the “Taking Care of Our Own” name further to make it a nonprofit organization to continue to raise funds for first responders injured in the line of duty.

According to Smith, when people meet Chad, they were impressed with what an upbeat spirit he had despite what had happened.

“His ability to inspire has not been exaggerated,” Smith said. “I only visited with him for a little while because he had tons of folks lined up who wanted to thank him. In the short time I spent with him, I was impressed with what a powerful human being he was.”

Smith said he was also very proud of how his former student used her leadership and organizational skills to help make the event such a success.

“People have no idea how much planning, detail and just plain hard work goes into events like this,” Smith said. “Dee and her team can take great pride in the way they orchestrated these events. It really was something to behold.”


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Mon, 01 Apr 2013 10:28:00 CDT d11a4806-ef2b-4349-9920-513cb37bbd83
OC holds undergraduate prices for second straight year Oklahoma Christian University (OC) officials announced today that undergraduate tuition will not increase for the 2013-14 academic year.

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

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

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

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

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

Factoring in scholarships and grants, OC’s average net price actually decreased in the latest reporting period for the U.S. Department of Education. More than 90 percent of Oklahoma Christian students receive financial aid, including performance and athletic scholarships, need-based financial grants, and governmental assistance.

OC’s Presidential Academic Success Scholarship rewards academic achievement tied to student performance on ACT and SAT exams. Oklahoma Christian also offers large scholarships for National Merit Scholars. OC has seven National Merit Scholars in its freshman class and 30 National Merit Finalists overall, the most per capita of all Church of Christ universities.

OC’s “no fees” approach allows students and families to better assess costs in comparison to colleges and universities that charge course fees and other significant fees on top of their tuition “sticker price.” Differential tuition will continue for students participating in nursing clinicals or taking private music lessons.

OC students can shape their costs with technology, housing, dining and other choices that best fit their budgets and needs. They also can continue to supplement their meal plans with the optional purchase of “Eagle Bucks” for tax-free dining at Alfredo’s, Chick-Fil-A, Jimmy John’s and the OC Grill.

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

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

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study, an undergraduate Honors Program, and graduate programs in business, engineering, ministry, and divinity.

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


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Mon, 18 Feb 2013 11:15:00 CST 5a45d6c7-7ce3-4876-a993-e293b1d012f6
OC hosts 'The Rock & The Rabbi' The popular musical “The Rock & The Rabbi” returns to Oklahoma City Feb. 1-2 at Oklahoma Christian University.

The musical is based on the friendship between Peter and Jesus as told in the Bible.

The show will be staged in Hardeman Auditorium on the OC campus. Performances will be Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In its 14th year of touring, this mix of original acoustic music and storytelling has entertained audiences from Tampa to Dallas to New York City. The cast of 11 acts, sings and plays instruments during the production, which includes eight songs.

This year’s performances are the second time the cast has come to Oklahoma Christian; the musical also hit the Hardeman stage in 2009. The positive reception three years ago factored into finance professor Jody Jones’ decision to invite the cast back.

“We heard so many good comments after that first visit that we knew we wanted to bring them back,” Jones said. “Many who come to the show have seen it sometime before in its 14-year run. They like it so much that they want to see it again.”

A portion of the proceeds from the shows will help fund travel costs for a conference in New York City for students from OC’s School of Business Administration. OC’s theater honor society, Alpha Psi Omega, and Giving Tree Theatre also will benefit from money raised by the performances. As a fundraising event, Jones knew “The Rock and The Rabbi” was a great fit for OC.

“This is the most compelling way I’ve ever heard the story of Peter and Jesus told,” Jones said. “Plus, the message of the show really matches the mission of OC.”

The “Rock & The Rabbi” was written by the team of Danny Hamilton and Gary Richardson. Hamilton’s intent when writing the show was to create a unique approach to the greatest story ever told.

“We wanted to make the show very understandable and engaging for modern times,” he said. “We wanted to tell it in a common language, and we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how many audience members tell us they have to come back and share it with a friend.”

Tickets are on sale at for $15-$25 and can be picked up at the OC Box Office. For groups of 20 or more, call (405) 425-5590.

Oklahoma Christian, recognized as one of the best universities in the western United States by U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review, offers undergraduate programs in more than 60 fields of study and an undergraduate Honors Program in addition to its graduate programs. 

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

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Thu, 17 Jan 2013 13:33:00 CST 3f3b654c-81d7-427b-b5e6-544be1c43942
Ethics team wins regionals, advances to IEB An ethics team from Oklahoma Christian University followed up its state championship with a victory at the 15th-annual Texas Regional Ethics Bowl in San Antonio. 

Another OC squad placed third in the regional competition, which featured 20 teams from three states and included schools such as Southern Methodist University, the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Cameron University, Oklahoma City University, the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma.

The regional championship qualifies Oklahoma Christian for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl on Feb. 28 in San Antonio.

OC’s first-place team consisted of Christian Asbill, Chas Carter and Austin Hughes. OC’s third-place team members were Hannah Ketring, Brandon McWaters and Genesis Rodriguez. 

Students from both OC teams will combine into one squad for February’s competition, which features 32 teams from around the United States and Canada.

“These students put in countless hours and worked together to get each other prepared for this tournament,” said sponsor Dr. Jeff Simmons, associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian. “I am so impressed with their talent and am proud of the way they conducted themselves with grace and humility in their success. We are looking forward to representing OC at the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.”

The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics organizes the 10 regional contests and the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl.

Each contest includes a set of cases that raise issues in practical and professional ethics. Teams prepare analyses of each case before the contest, then answer questions from a moderator in multiple rounds of competition at the event.

Questions may concern ethical problems on wide ranging topics, such as the classroom (e.g. cheating or plagiarism), personal relationships (e.g. dating or friendship), professional ethics (e.g. engineering, law, medicine), or social and political ethics (e.g. free speech, gun control, etc.).

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Mon, 03 Dec 2012 18:53:00 CST f81fedc0-4d3d-4190-89af-ecb1b8facf21
Russian delegation visits OC Oklahoma Christian University president John deSteiguer helped welcome seven students and one professor from Engels, Russia, to OC’s campus on Thursday.

The Russian delegation toured OC as part of the Edmond Sister Cities Program, which Oklahoma Christian helped found.

President deSteiguer presented the students with certificates of accomplishment for participating in the educational portion of the Edmond Sister Cities Program.

The delegation also went to OC’s theatre production of “Barefoot in the Park” and visited a biology class taught by Dr. Eric Phelps, a music class taught by Dr. Kyle Pullen, and an international management class taught by Dr. Don Drew.

Drew, OC’s associate vice president for academic affairs and dean of graduate schools, was one of eight community leaders who went to Russia as part of Edmond’s first delegation to Engels in June.



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Thu, 29 Nov 2012 17:02:00 CST 0a57c710-2fa1-42cf-b33e-58b4715eb9d9
Academic colleges honor alumni at Homecoming Oklahoma Christian University’s three colleges honored distinguished alumni on Friday.

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

College of Arts and Sciences

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

College of Biblical Studies

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

College of Professional Studies

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

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Sat, 03 Nov 2012 00:46:00 CDT 3cf2b8be-4c58-4482-8ee0-ce5ba103a9ae
OC teams place first, third in state ethics contest A student team from Oklahoma Christian University won the Statewide Student Ethics Challenge in Norman.

Another OC team placed third in the contest, which featured 16 teams from 10 universities across the state.

OC’s winning team, the Aguilas, won all of its matches while its other team, the Eagles, went undefeated with one tie against a squad from the University of Oklahoma.

Both Oklahoma Christian teams advance to the Regional Ethics Bowl on Nov. 17 in San Antonio, with a chance to move on to the National Ethics Bowl in Cincinnati.

“It gives one confidence in the future when you consider that students from across our state are spending time considering the ethics involved with various situations,” said Dr. Jeff Simmons, an associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian who coaches OC’s ethics teams. “I am proud to be able to work at OC where we have some of the best students you’ll find anywhere.”

The Statewide Student Ethics Challenge is sponsored by the Oklahoma Business Ethics Foundation, which supports initiatives promoting ethical behavior on campuses throughout the state.

The schools in the competition were OC, OU, Cameron University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma State University, Southern Nazarene University, the University of Central Oklahoma, the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, and the University of Tulsa.

The members of OC’s Aguilas team were Hannah Ketring, a junior English major from Flanagan, Ill.; Brandon McWaters, a senior history/pre-law major from Ponchatoula, La.; and Genesis Rodriguez, a senior political science major from San Antonio, Texas.

OC’s Eagles team members were Christian Asbill, a junior political science major from Grapevine, Texas; Chas Carter, a sophomore English/pre-law major from Allen, Texas; and Austin Hughes, a junior management major from Tuttle, Okla.

The contest cases covered a variety of topics, including employer response to employees’ personal social media sites, graffiti as free speech, student loan policy in a struggling economy, open-source citations in professor and student research, and the Family Medical Leave Act.

OC’s next ethics-focused activity is the sixth-annual J.J. Millican Ethics Symposium on Nov. 13. Former NFL and NCAA football coach Gene Stallings will be the keynote speaker for the on-campus event. More information is available at

Stallings led the University of Alabama to the 1992 national championship and also served as head coach at Texas A&M University and for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. He was a longtime assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys under head coach Tom Landry.



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Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:21:00 CDT d01cee45-5546-4925-809d-a76e2aa83242
OC Academic Highlights - September 25, 2012 OC is producing leaders:

School of Business Administration alumnus Shawn Gieger has been promoted to Partner at the Oklahoma City Ernst & Young office. 

OC is networking:

In September, the Department of Accounting and Finance hosted the following firms for luncheon sessions with OC students:

  • BKD
  • Ernst & Young
  • Hogan Taylor
  • Eide Baily
  • Devon

On Sept. 20-21, the School of Business Administration hosted the Oklahoma Accountancy Board for its September meeting. The events began with a reception on Thursday evening, and concluded with a meeting on Friday. OC accounting students and faculty attended both events.

OC is well read:

On September 14, Dr. Rhonda Morris and student Allison Becker presented a “Table Talk” at the Oklahoma Reading Association Conference: “Bringing Reading into the Digital Age.”

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Tue, 25 Sep 2012 17:31:00 CDT 635262ab-8afd-4e50-ac8a-5c82ef183da1
Treasurer Miller appoints Millican to Tobacco Board State treasurer Ken Miller appointed OC Board Chair Don Millican to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

“I am pleased to appoint Don to this important board,” Miller said in a news release. “With his history of philanthropic work in the Tulsa area, I know Don will help the board in fulfilling its mission.”

Millican is Chief Financial Officer at Kaiser-Francis Oil Company in Tulsa. He serves on the boards of Tulsa Educare, Inc., which provides early education for at-risk children, and Neighbor for Neighbor, which operates a free health clinic in North Tulsa.

He has chaired OC’s Board of Trustees since 2001. He and his wife Donna established an endowment at Oklahoma Christian that supports an annual ethics symposium at the university.

He previously served on the board of the Community Action Project of Tulsa County, which works to break the cycle of poverty through early childhood education.

Millican will serve a seven-year term, expiring in July 2019. The constitution requires the composition of the board of directors be balanced by political party and by congressional district. Millican is a Republican and resident of the First Congressional District.

“I look forward to serving the state in the effort to reduce tobacco consumption and to improve the overall health of our citizens,” Millican said.

Created by constitutional amendment in 2000, the seven-member board of directors is responsible for directing the earnings from the endowment trust to fund programs to improve the health and well-being of all Oklahomans.

Management of the fund is overseen by a board of investors chaired by Miller, who also is an associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian.

Since inception, almost $118 million in earnings have been certified for use by the board of directors. More than $36 million in earnings were certified last year. The fund has a balance of more than $710 million.

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Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:28:00 CDT 9dee4af3-c9cd-46cb-beb2-b6edd35fc29c
Professor touts college savings in state treasurer role Ken Miller

Dr. Ken Miller, who serves as Oklahoma's state treasurer in addition to his role as associate professor of business at Oklahoma Christian University, announced a sweepstakes to help students save for college.

At an event at Capitol Hill Elementary in Oklahoma City, Miller helped kick off the Think Big! Save for College! Sweepstakes, a partnership between the Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan and the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.

“The sweepstakes reminds families about the importance of saving now for a child's college education,” Miller said in an article by The Oklahoman.

The sweepstakes will award $2,529 for an Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan account to two Summer Reading Program participants. One winner will be selected from the children's program and one from the teen program, according to The Oklahoman. Entries can be submitted online at

Parents with students applying to Oklahoma Christian can go to to set up/contribute to an OK 529 account. When a parent is ready to withdraw funds for their child’s expenses, they simply designate OC as the university they wish to have the funds sent to. 

OC also is part of a consortium of schools that offers a pre-paid 529 plan (

The latest step in Oklahoma Christian's commitment to make college affordable was its recent announcement that the university will eliminate all student fees and will not raise students’ total costs for tuition, room and board for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Oklahoma Christian also will expand its block pricing to 17 hours per semester (up from 15).

Tuition for most students taking 12 to 17 hours will be $18,800 per year. Total charges for the typical OC student, including room and board, will be $24,975.

That price is far below the national private-school average of $38,589, and is further reduced by financial aid that makes OC’s nationally-recognized education competitive with many state-supported institutions.

For more information about OC's new pricing structure, go to

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Thu, 24 May 2012 11:58:00 CDT a7ac10f8-b32e-4d77-9d3d-aa8f10d9bbca
OC Honors Students Selected by Prestigious Programs Two OC honors students were accepted into prestigious programs recently. Riley Hansen, from St. David, Ariz., will study in the highly selective Scholars’ Semester at England’s Oxford University in the spring.

Debra Diepenbrock will participate in a prominent summer academy in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington. The academy is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Oracle and Google, among other donors. Diepenbrock, from Moundridge, Ks., is hearing impaired and majoring in mechanical engineering.

Hansen, a second-year student majoring in international business, is fluent in Thai language and culture and excels in the university fellows program as an honors student.

"Riley has added so much to our programs, classes and our campus," said honors director Scott LaMascus. "The greatest joy of his selection to study at Oxford is that Riley has such an open, global perspective as a Christian who will, I know, make an increasingly large impact everywhere he goes. He's just a great young man."

The Scholars Semester in Oxford is offered by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The competitive program is for Christian students who seek to read, learn and live in the "City of Dreaming Spires." The Scholars' Semester allows students to live in Wycliffe Hall as a visiting student of Oxford University. Students engage in intensive scholarship with the Oxford tutorial system.

The UW Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf & Hard of Hearing in Computing selects the best candidates from universities across the nation to come together with faculty for credit-bearing courses with guest speakers and field trips to Microsoft, Cray, Adobe and IBM corporate centers. Students and faculty also meet with deaf or hard-of-hearing employees in computer science and engineering.

"The Honors program is so proud to have Diepenbrock in our living/learning community, where she is making a real impact on the Honors Class of 2015," said LaMascus. "She is a student who has shown the capacity to excel, and whose aspirations to serve others encompasses her dreams of making an impact in pediatric oncology or biomedical engineering. This ethic of service grows from her deep faith in Christ."

Diepenbrock’s mother, Julie Sheerer Diepenbrock, is a 1986 OC graduate.

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Fri, 02 Mar 2012 10:55:00 CST 006d5faf-fdb1-41c9-8a68-7c0cd6443652
MBA Scholarship Plan announced between Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma Christian The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Christian University are launching a new MBA scholarship program for tribal members. According to Dr. Ken Johnson, chair of the Graduate School of Business at OC, the scholarship program will encourage and assist tribal members in seeking an advanced degree, which can be extremely beneficial in not only finding employment, but enhancing careers.

“The Choctaw Nation’s Scholarship Advisement Program is honored to add Oklahoma Christian University as a partner in our growing list of outstanding universities. This partnership provides great opportunities for Choctaw Students seeking a graduate business degree,” adds Jo McDaniel, Director of the Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program.

Johnson anticipates that most if not all of the Choctaw students will complete the MBA program online. “Being able to complete our fast-track MBA program online is certainly an attractive feature for students who are pressured for time with job and family commitments,” he said. “Our curriculum’s emphasis on ethics, practical knowledge and real-world application, is very attractive to employers who highly value those attributes. Communication, economics, finance, global perspectives, leadership, management, marketing, organizational issues, and technology are taught by faculty members who bring a wealth of business experience and academic preparation to the classroom.”

OC’s MBA faculty is especially responsive to online students, Johnson said, returning emails and phone calls quickly.

All students entering the program are issued laptop computers. OC provides technical support, training, and general computing assistance to students (undergrad and graduate) on campus or while remote. Each laptop contains an ethernet card which, when used on campus, provides the student with wireless communication, access to the Internet, and connection to campus printers and database resources

There are three main factors considered for admission to the MBA program, including undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score, and professional experience. The MBA program grants admission for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a federally recognized tribe whose service territory covers 11,000 square miles in 10∏ counties in rural southeast Oklahoma. The Nation, headquartered in Durant, is comprised of more than 200,000 members worldwide and is the third-largest Indian tribe in the United States. The Nation spends an average of $6 million a year in scholarships to assist 5,000 students seeking higher education. The Nation also operates a wide variety of businesses, including retail, manufacturing, ranching and gaming. The Nation employs more than 8,000 people – tribal and non-tribal members alike – and pumps tens of millions of dollars into Oklahoma’s economy.

In late 2006, The Choctaw Nation implemented the Scholarship Advisement Program to provide additional support to college bound tribal members. The Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program (CNO-SAP) serves more than 6,500 members and focuses on college preparation and retention for Choctaw students ranging from high school students to graduate students. College selection and summer program/internship advice, access to a customized online scholarship database specifically for Choctaw students, Peer Advisors at select Oklahoma campuses, and free college admission test preparation through Princeton Review are just some of the incredible services and opportunities provided by CNO-SAP to its members.  CNO-SAP and OC will be co-hosting an information session in Durant, OK at the Choctaw Community Center on October 25th at 6:00 p.m. The information session is targeted at Choctaw tribal members and Choctaw Nation employees who are interested in pursuing the MBA.  More information on the Choctaw Scholarship Advisement can be found at

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Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:09:00 CDT b4f48501-723f-433e-93f1-3b825cbe908c
State Speakers Association Names Oklahoma Christian Professor Member of the Year Dr. Burt Smith has been named the 2011 Member of the Year by the National Speakers Association of Oklahoma. The annual award is voted by the chapter membership to recognize a member who has made exceptional contributions to the chapter and the speaking profession.

Smith was presented with the award this summer and was also honored with other chapter award winners at the National Speakers Association’s international convention in Anaheim, Calif.

“This is yet another affirmation of Dr. Smith’s energy, intelligence and entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mike O’Neal, president of Oklahoma Christian University. “We continue to be proud of one of OC’s most beloved professors.”

Smith said the real winners are his current and former students because such recognition substantiates him as a practitioner. He also said the award was quite a surprise.

“It is a significant honor,” said Smith. “Receiving an award that has been bestowed upon people in this business I admire really makes it special. To think that my peers would select me for such an award is something I don’t’ take lightly.”

Smith joined the NSA a few years ago, and has served on the board of directors for the past four years. His officer roles in the NSA-OK were encouraged by his college dean and mentor, Dr. Phil Lewis, who recently published his 14th book titled “From The Boardroom to The Whiteboard.”

“Burt is always mindful that what he does on or off campus is with the goal of providing value for our students,” said Lewis. “When he succeeds in the marketplace, it shows our students that what we’re teaching them here works and will pay off for them.”

Smith’s speaking in the marketplace has also resulted in more students being aware of OC’s MBA program.

“We have had students who have heard Burt speak somewhere in the state and decide to come here for their MBA as a result,” said Lewis.

Receiving this award was not the only significant event in Smith’s summer. He also served as the auctioneer at the “Taking Care of Our Own” charity event to raise funds for injured OKC police officer Chad Peery. The event, which was organized by Peery’s captain and a 2011 graduate of OC’s MBA program, Dee Patty, raised more than $155,000. Smith was the 2002 Oklahoma State Champion Auctioneer and has raised over $1.4 million for charities across Oklahoma and Texas.

Smith’s past accomplishments include being the first president to lead the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Marketing Association to a national chapter excellence award. The chapter created the “Dr. Burt Smith Lifetime Achievement Award” in his honor in 2010.

Smith co-founded and now solely owns EMI Research Solutions and has served clients such as Cox Communications, OG&E, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Subway and the Oklahoma City Zoo. He has also served on the board of directors of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce and the Sales and Marketing Executives International. He is the author of “The Great Game of Networking” and regularly blogs at Smith teaches management and marketing in the school of business administration’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

The National Speaker’s Association is the professional association for those who earn a fee for speaking. Membership in the NSA must be earned, requiring a specific number of paid speaking engagements within a calendar year.

He was the first Oklahoman to earn the AMA’s Professional Certified Marketer designation. He is one of less than 1,600 professionals worldwide to hold the Sales and Marketing Executive International’s Certified Marketing Executive designation, and he also holds a Certified Quality Manager designation from the American Society for Quality. Smith is the only professional in the world to hold these designations as well as a doctorate.

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Fri, 16 Sep 2011 03:09:00 CDT e97db3aa-6f50-4c00-8dc4-d0ac2a4ea54b