University president offers Thanksgiving meal

President Robert Henry and his wife, Dr. Jan Henry, will give students who cannot go home for Thanksgiving a place to celebrate with the campus community. Henry is partnering with Sodexo to provide a Thanksgiving meal free of charge to students who are unable to go home because it is too far away. Lunch is […]

Task force created in response to ‘blackface’ photo

Administrators will create a new task force as a result of a photo that surfaced last week on social media. A student is seen in the photo at a party dressed as Jay Z with her face painted black, a practice known as “blackface.” Blackface represents a time when white Americans would put dark paint […]

President declares Monday Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Monday has been declared Indigenous Peoples’ Day by President Robert Henry. The OCU community will come together to celebrate Native American culture and its contributions to the larger society. The celebration will include a Native American honor song as well as speeches from Native American faculty and students. Henry will also speak at the event. […]

Dance school changes name to define program

The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management will no longer be known by that name. The school was renamed The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Entertainment to help make the school’s purpose easier to understand, said Melanie Shelley, associate dean and professor of arts management. “It’s an effort for it […]

Officials name interim provost

Dr. Kent Buchanan, assistant provost, has been named the interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. Buchanan will step into the positions July 1 after current provost Dr. Susan Barber retires June 30, according to an email that was sent out to the campus community May 7. Buchanan has been assistant provost since 2012 […]

Officials approve prioritization recommendations

By: Emily Wiley, Editor-in-Chief; and Amy Fuhrman, Associate Editor University budgets will be cut after the board of trustees agreed to move forward with prioritization recommendations. This means cuts across campus. Prioritization has been going on since April 2014. This is one of the final steps of the process. “I think this was a very […]

Campus police acquire new vehicles

By Kyle Wallace, staff writer The university police department upgraded its vehicle fleet to improve patrol efforts around campus. The upgrades include two new 2015 Chevrolet Tahoes and a refurbished utility task vehicle. New vehicles were purchased due to rising maintenance costs associated with the older cars and to increase the visibility of the police […]

OCU awarded national honor for community service

Oklahoma City University has been named a 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll school by the U.S. Department of Education. OCU is the only school in the state of Oklahoma to be added to the list this year.

Administrator Lee Hall announces retirement

Lee Hall, director of first-year experiences and student disability services coordinator, retired Friday, Oct. 31.

Students and faculty support Muslim community

Students and faculty organized an event on Friday, Oct. 24, to show support of Oklahoma City’s Muslim community.During the Friday afternoon service at the Grand Mosque of Oklahoma City, Christians and Jews from across the state gathered outside. When the Muslim service goers left their prayer meeting, they were greeted and thanked by those standing outside.

Bookstore provides space for scholarly discussions

Art LeFrancois, law professor continues OCU’s series of book discussions this month.

His presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. today at Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 N.W. Expressway. The event is free and open to the public.

OCU named a best Christian college

Oklahoma City University was recently named on of the best Christian Colleges.

Institutional Research and Evaluation, a research and consulting organization specializing in college student recruiting and retention, gives the honor to colleges and universities that provide quality education in a Christian environment. Eligibility is determined from a nation-wide survey of more than 1,400 four year institutions.

Kelsey Griswold’s Homecoming

Senior acting major, current Miss Oklahoma, and second runner up in the Miss America completion, Kelsey Griswold, cuts the first slice of her “Welcome Home” cake for Oklahoma City Mayor, Mick Cornett, while State Senator, David Holt and President of the University, Robert Henry, look on during Griswold’s homecoming event Friday afternoon in the University Center.
Photo: James Murphy

Student returns home from Miss America competition

Kelsey Griswold, has returned to fulfill her duties as Miss Oklahoma.

OCU administration hosted a home coming party Friday for Griswold, after she was named second runner-up at the Miss America Competition on Sept. 15.

Students hosted a watch party and several students were in Atlantic City to watch Griswold during the competition.

“I will tell you that the second I was called second runner-up, I heard God and the Holy Spirit speak to me and say this would’ve been the way of the ultimate plan,” Griswold said. “It’s not that I wasn’t qualified for the job, Nina was meant to be Miss America.”

Dance senior, four others killed in Texas wreck

By Susannah Waite, Editor-in-Chief As the academic year begins, the campus community mourns the loss of student Amanda Starz. Starz, 20, was killed in a car wreck Aug. 12 along with four other members of the summer musical production Texas. The crash occurred near Dumas, Texas, about 40 miles north of Amarillo. The dance performance […]

Dedication ceremony part of homecoming festivities

By Susannah Waite, Staff Writer Oklahoma City University will hold a dedication ceremony for an art collection donated by Bobbie Burbridge Lane and the Burbridge Foundation. The ceremony will be part of Homecoming festivities and will begin at 11 a.m. Nov. 3 in the University Center. The Burbridge Foundation donated more than a dozen paintings […]

‘Let the games begin’ with homecoming

By Susannah Waite, Staff Writer Homecoming week is now well under way, with a number of events planned for this week. Tonight’s event, a window competition, will allow organizations three hours to complete the painting of their window. “It’s a pretty stressful event for them,” said Jack Malone, mass communications senior and homecoming chair. Each […]

Former Supreme Court justice astounded by lack of civics knowledge

Sandra Day O’Conner, former Supreme Court Justice, spoke to students April 15 to promote her website,

President compiles poems to honor English professor

The president’s installation ceremony honored a deceased member of the campus community.

Community offers challenges for president at inauguration

With a mace in hand, medallion around his neck and a Bible near, President Robert Henry said he felt well-charged to serve as the 17th president of OCU.

Author to speak as part of inaugural celebrations

OCU’s Distinguished Speaker series will present David Brooks at 7:30 p.m. April 6 in Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.

Inauguration celebration presents unique presidential interaction

Students will have the exciting opportunity to attend several events next week surrounding President Robert Henry’s inauguration.

University hosts weeklong celebration

President Robert Henry’s birthday April 4 won’t only be celebrated by blowing out candles.

University presents Requiem masterpieces

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Gothic contours of a landmark Oklahoma City church will reverberate with a musical masterwork of epic proportions as 350 singers and orchestral musicians join forces for the rarely heard Requiem by Hector Berlioz. Musicians from OCU will perform the work at 4 p.m. April 3 at First Presbyterian Church.

From the Federal bench to the college classroom

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University will celebrate the inauguration of President Robert Henry with a series of events beginning April 3 with a worship service and a concert production of the Berlioz Requiem. The theme of the inauguration series is “Make Our Garden Grow.” Leading figures in academia and dignitaries from far and near […]

Committee examines plans to accommodate the disabled

Officials are deciding how to divide their budget for the next few years

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