At the 2010 Annual Conference, OCU President Tom McDaniel announced the newest residence hall on campus is now named Oklahoma United Methodist Hall.
Buildings on a university campus often are named in recognition of a generous donor. The people of The United Methodist Church in Oklahoma have been among the most faithful supporters of OCU over many years, and this designation thus honors their continuing contributions.
Initially called Centennial Hall, the dormitory was built in 2007. It features private rooms and bathrooms, living areas and kitchenettes, for freshmen and upperclassmen. Oklahoma United Methodist Hall houses more than 360 students.
The building also offers lodging for a number of visiting groups, such as those taking part in a variety of summer camps and United Methodist events on campus. This summer, among the participants housed there were people enrolled in the School of Chemical Dependency, Local Pastors’ Licensing School, and the School of Christian Mission. Delegates and guests who attend the Annual Conference sessions in Oklahoma City also may choose lodging at the facility.
"The people of the Oklahoma Conference have been good and faithful servants," said Rick Hall, OCU vice president of student affairs. "OCU is the only United Methodist school in the country supported by the Church at this level."
Bishop’s Scholars Erin Floyd and Emily Valles, at right, walk in the courtyard of Oklahoma United Methodist Hall.