Oklahoma City University News

United Methodists take center stage at OCU

6/15/2018
During two ceremonies on May 5, Oklahoma City University conferred 543 undergraduate and 362 graduate degrees in its 113th annual commencement exercises. OCU President-Designate Martha Burger, ...

Grant helps OCU law students help tenants at risk

5/18/2018
OKLAHOMA CITY — Tenants facing possible eviction in Oklahoma County can get help from Oklahoma City University’s Law School to remain in their homes. The law school recently received a “generous grant...

Honorary doctorates for two UM leaders

5/18/2018
Bill Junk and Craig Stinson received honorary doctorates from United Methodist-related Oklahoma City University on May 6. Junk is president of Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation, and Rev. Stinson is...

OCU- Celebrations to mark Smith Chapel’s 50th anniversary

5/18/2018
Plans are under way for a year of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel on the Oklahoma City University campus. Consecrated on May 9, 1968, Smith Chapel has been ...

OCU- First fast-food restaurant opens on campus

5/18/2018
Students at Oklahoma City University have a new food option on campus. After months of construction in the lower level of the Tom and Brenda McDaniel Student Center, Chick-fil-A opened for business in...

OCU religion major wins seminary scholarship

4/13/2018
While attending Exploration 2017 in Portland, Oregon, religion major Melaina Riley received some life-changing news. With an hour to go before the start of the November conference, the Oklahoma City ...

OCU names 1st female president

4/12/2018
BY ZOE TRAVERS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, OCU STUDENT PUBLICATIONS Oklahoma City University will have its first female president beginning this summer. OCU alumnus and trustee Martha Burger was named the ...

OCU extends partnership with Saint Paul seminary

3/23/2018
On February 21, President Robert Henry of Oklahoma City University and President Neil Blair of Saint Paul School of Theology signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, renewing the decade-long ...

Religions expo: a window on the world

3/23/2018
The first floor of Oklahoma City University’s iconic Gold Star Building will bustle with life April 15, filled with music, exotic smells, art, and perhaps even a little dance. That Sunday afternoon, ...

3 finalists named for OCU presidency

3/22/2018
Oklahoma City University named three finalists on March 13 in its presidential search. The candidates are Martha Burger, Myron Pope and Thom Chesney. The university’s search committee is recommending ...

OCU- Students spend winter break on international missions

3/2/2018
Winter break lasts three weeks for Oklahoma City University students and, since 2014, a distinctive purpose has emerged for those days: OCU’s winter break mission trip. During the most recent break, ...

OCU names police chief

2/9/2018
Oklahoma City University has named Jennifer Rodgers as chief of police. Rodgers assumed the role Jan. 3, following a lengthy career with the Oklahoma City Police Department. She is an OCU graduate and...

OCU News: Youth service day, Stars Junior Day

2/9/2018
Wesley Center will host Youth Service Day OCU’s annual Oklahoma Conference Youth Service Day is set for Saturday, March 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., beginning and ending at the Smith Chapel on campus. ...

OCU: Jewish poet headlines Neustadt lectures

2/9/2018
On Feb. 15, poet, playwright, activist, and educator Merle Feld will be guest presenter at the 35th Annual Neustadt Lectures for Oklahoma City University. Feld is the founding director of the Albin ...

OCU: 2018 Bishop Scholar Award

1/19/2018
2018 Bishop Scholar Award Feb. 1 is the deadline to submit all materials for persons applying for the 2018-19 OCU Bishop Scholar Award. This scholarship goes to incoming college freshmen who plan to ...

Three outstanding women take top honors

1/19/2018
Awards season came early at Oklahoma City University, where University-Church Relations and the Wimberly School of Religion came together at their annual appreciation dinner on Dec. 8 to recognize the...

OCU News: Time to apply!

12/22/2017
OCU and SPST offer Fast Forward to ministry The coming academic year marks the official rollout of the OCU/SPST Fast Forward degree path. Also known as “3+3,” this collaborative partnership between ...

OCU News

12/1/2017
State students explore calling at national event Every two years the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry hosts a three-day gathering for young adults, ages 18-26, who are actively ...

Oklahoma City University News

11/10/2017
Holiday Shows are capstone for fall semester Among its many distinctions, Oklahoma City University has carved out a name for itself in the entertainment world. While Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Harrison,...

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10/20/2017
OCU welcomes Class of 2021 At Oklahoma City University, the fall semester officially began Aug. 21 with the start of classes. But for the Class of 2021, their first year of college began the previous ...

Seminary's Salute

10/20/2017
As Saint Paul School of Theology opened its ninth academic year on the campus of Oklahoma City University, an award ceremony honored Kay Adair as a benefactor. On behalf of Adair, her pastor Scott ...

Oklahoma City University News

9/29/2017
Reconciliation in focus for film series The Oklahoma City University Film Institute opened its 2017-18 season Sept. 24 with Joshua Oppenheimer’s documentary “The Look of Silence” (2014).   The film, ...

OCU: Thompson to speak on digital life

9/8/2017
Oklahoma City University will host technology writer and philosopher Clive Thompson on Sept. 19 for the Martha Jean Lemon Distinguished Speaker Series. Thompson will speak at 7 p.m. that Tuesday in...

Willson Lecture Series welcomes Nadia Bolz-Weber

9/8/2017
Oklahoma City University has partnered with Mainstream United Methodists to feature Nadia Bolz-Weber, the founding pastor of House for All Sinners and Saints, in Denver, Colo., for this year’s ...

‘Fast Forward’ provides fast-track to seminary

8/18/2017
Oklahoma City University’s President Robert Henry and Saint Paul seminary’s President Neil Blair signed a historic agreement in 2016. Initially called "3+3," the agreement allowed undergraduate ...

Sky named School of Religion’s distinguished alum

8/18/2017
OCU annually recognizes alumni from each school within the university for their outstanding contributions in their chosen fields. During OCU’s All Alumni Weekend in the spring, Brittany Sky was one ...

OCU names 3 new Bishop Scholars

7/28/2017
The Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University has announced the 2017 recipients of the Bishop Scholars Award: Addison Saviers, Rebecca Small, and MacKenzie VanZee. The prestigious ...

A banner year for OCU athletics

7/7/2017
Wins in golf and softball raise OCU’s total national championships to 66 since joining the NAIA. Oklahoma City University’s colors are blue and white, but you wouldn’t know it when you step into...

3 finish doctoral program

6/16/2017
BY CHRIS SCHUTZ Saint Paul School of Theology celebrated a first for its campus at Oklahoma City University on May 19: three people were conferred the degree of Doctor of Ministry during ...

OCU team restores home, experiences community

6/16/2017
Early on May 7, the day following Oklahoma City University’s graduation ceremonies, a handful of dedicated students, faculty, and staff gathered in the ticket line at Will Rogers World Airport to ...

President of OCU to retire

6/16/2017
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry will retire, effective June 30, 2018. He plans to focus on several writing and legal projects during a one-year sabbatical, after which he plans to ...

Doctoral program in psychology added

5/19/2017
Next spring, OCU will offer a new doctoral program in clinical psychology. The program prepares students to provide psychological services in a variety of settings to address client mental health ...

OCU lowers tuition for doctorate in nursing

5/19/2017
National shortage of educators in this field In an ongoing commitment to address the nationwide shortage of nurses and nursing faculty, Oklahoma City University’s Kramer School of Nursing has ...

OCU students make mission trek to Standing Rock

4/28/2017
Over the week of Spring Break, nine Native American students from Oklahoma City University joined an educational and mission experience at the Standing Rock Reservation, which spans the border ...

Cue the music: OCU wins 2 national titles

4/7/2017
The women’s basketball team and competitive cheerleading squad secured national titles for OCU this year.   "We Are the Champions" by Queen blared through the cafeteria speakers March 27 as ...

Prayer pathway at OCU

3/17/2017
Photos by Andrew Himes At Oklahoma City University, Chapel Dean Charles Neff creates an octagonal prayer labyrinth on Feb. 27, for use throughout the season of Lent. Rev. Dr. Neff said it takes ...

Wesley Center interns get on-the-job training in hospitality

3/17/2017
After learning, serving, and worshipping, Youth Service Day participants #DabForDanielle in support of local UMC youth. Each spring the OCU Wesley Center hosts two statewide events: OIMC Day and ...

Students take lead in Lenten worship

2/24/2017
On Thursday afternoons at 1 o’clock, members of the campus community gather in the sanctuary of the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel for Oklahoma City University’s weekly chapel worship service. This is...

World Religions Expo offers glimpse into several faith traditions

2/24/2017
Students present on Native American religious traditions to guests at the annual OCU World Religion Expo. Public welcome on March 26 Each spring, students enrolled in OCU’s World Religion ...

Back to Belize

2/10/2017
The third mission trip to Belize was the largest yet for Oklahoma City University students and faculty traveling there during OCU’s Winter Break with Charles Neff, vice-president for ...

Spring events welcome youths (OCU)

2/10/2017
  In coming weeks, hundreds of high school students from across the state will converge on OCU for a series of special events. STARS JUNIOR DAY, FRIDAY, FEB. 24 High school juniors and their ...

Bud Sahmaunt receives Milhouse Award

1/13/2017
Each year the Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award is conferred by Oklahoma City University to recognize the outstanding efforts of a lay person or lay couple who actively and generously support and ...

Longest-serving OCU president dies

1/13/2017
A former president and chancellor of Oklahoma City University, Jerald Carter Walker of Tulsa died Dec. 24, 2016. He was 78 years old. Rev. Dr. Walker was the longest-serving president in the history...

Apply now for 2017 Bishop Scholar Award

12/16/2016
Applications and nominations ‌are now being accepted for the 2017-18 OCU Bishop Scholar Award. The scholarship is awarded to incoming college freshmen who plan to study in OCU’s Wimberly School of ...

OCU/Saint Paul agreement means less debt for seminarians

12/16/2016
A ‌historic agreement that creates a new pathway to fulfill the ‌academic requirements for ordained ministry was signed in November by Presidents Robert Henry of Oklahoma City University and Neil ...

Bishop Scholars receive full tuition

11/18/2016
Each year OCU awards up to three full-tuition Bishop Scholar awards to United Methodist students who plan to study in the Wimberly School of Religion and pursue a career in Christian service in The ...

Holiday performances make season bright

11/18/2016
Every December, the Performing Arts schools at Oklahoma City University bring Christmastime alive through dance, theater, and music performances. These events are the capstone pieces for students ...

Sacred artifact illuminates study for OCU team

11/18/2016
BY HOLLY MCCRAY The secret is out, and Katy Hirsch is exuberant. With college peers, she got to see and study a fragment of Psalm 11 from one of the oldest existing biblical manuscripts: the Dead ...

35 colleges send reps to interfaith conference at OCU

11/4/2016
Panelists discuss religious life at United Methodist colleges during a national conference at OCU. PHOTO BY JOSEPH MORROW, IFYC Campus ministers, students, faculty, and even college presidents ...

Ceremony at OCU

11/4/2016
Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry, second from left, led a program to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day on Oct. 10 in the Chickasaw Garden on campus. The blessing was given by David ...

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