OCU freshmen continue educational success


Upperclassmen help new students move into the dorms Aug. 14 at Oklahoma City University.

The freshman class at Oklahoma City University, which started the fall session on Aug. 20, includes 17 valedictorians and three salutatorians. Also among the group are two National Merit Scholars, four National Hispanic Scholars, and two State Regents Scholars.

Nearly 60 percent of the freshmen ranked academically in the top 25 percent of their high school classes, with an average GPA of 3.58.

"It’s exciting to see an exceptionally brilliant crop of students join our student body," said Robert Henry, president of Oklahoma’s only United Methodist-affiliated university. "Many of these freshmen have proven their eagerness to learn and ability to lead during their high school days. We’re looking forward to helping these young servant-leaders continue their success through college and beyond."

The 336 freshmen brought OCU’s total fall enrollment to about 3,300 students. Freshmen came from 32 states and seven countries outside the United States. More than half of them are from outside Oklahoma.

The Wimberly School of Religion welcomed 15 new students: 10 first-time freshmen and five transfer students. Nine of these new scholars are majoring in youth ministry.

"I am very excited about our incoming class this year," said Dr. Sharon Betsworth, director of the Wimberly School. "The class is strong both in terms of numbers and in ministry and leadership experience."

Many of the new students received a taste of the university community’s hospitality during move-in day, Aug. 14, when

A highlight of Stars Week was the matriculation service on Aug. 15. Faculty and school administrators lined the sidewalks leading to the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center and greeted freshmen with applause and well-wishes as they made their way to the ceremony. This worship service featured an address by President Henry and the freshmen choir presentation of the anthem, "With a Voice of Singing."

This new academic year already has other terrific events lined up, including our 90th theater season, beginning with "Othello," Sept. 13-29. Our 61st season showcasing the opera and music theater companies begins with "Legally Blonde," Sept. 28-30. Human rights advocate Jody Williams will speak on campus on Oct. 24. And our critically acclaimed American Spirit Dance Company will stage the annual Home for the Holidays extravaganza Dec. 6-9.

For more information about OCU, visit www.okcu.edu.

Student Life representatives and upperclassmen helped the freshmen unload their belongings and set up their dorm rooms. Other orientation activities included a Stars Week Welcome Picnic on the quad lawn, a pep rally, and a presentation by Novella Carpenter, author of the book "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer."

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