Some personal thoughts on the legacy of JFK.
We had a great time with the Homecoming 2013 opening ceremony and we're just getting started.
Jo Rowan made sure the students are ready with a spirited interpretive dance routine based on the Alma Mater:
See a calendar of Homecoming events here.
We've been working away in eager anticipation for another school year. Here's a video of some of our preparations and a few of my favorite welcome-back activities:
As the 2012-2013 academic year draws to a close, I would like to thank OCU students, faculty and staff for a phenomenal year. It is a privilege to be a part of the OCU community and see our students rise toward their dreams.
I can’t possibly begin to cover all of the exciting things that happened this year, but here are a few of my favorites. The youngest of our campus cats, Zoe, tagged along for a year-in-review tour:
I would love to hear some of your favorites from the last year. Email me at email@example.com.
What do you give someone who already has some of the biggest honors in show business? Jonathan Tunick has won a Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and an Oscar. We decided that deserved another great honor – an honorary doctorate from Oklahoma City University.
Here’s a video from the ceremony last week:
We will also be giving honorary degrees to the following people during our commencement ceremony May 11:
Martha A. Burger, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; Kristin Chenoweth, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters; Burns Hargis, Honorary Doctor of Laws; and Ed Kelley, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Ed will also be our undergraduate commencement ceremony speaker. Chao Teng-Hsiung will receive an Honorary Doctor in Business during his visit from China on May 16.
It was fun to hear last week how much some of our faculty and staff members know about OCU, and how much they love their jobs. Some of them participated in “The OCU IQ Test” video series, where they were interviewed by a few of our many talented students. Hailey Holloway dropped by my office to see how much I know about our university, and here’s the video proof!:
I had the pleasure of meeting with Oscar Jackson Jr. (pictured left) and Sammy Lovelace at the new law school building downtown. Sammy is president of the Central High School Alumni Association and Oscar is an officer in the organization. I’ve known Oscar for many years, including when he was a cabinet secretary for Gov. Brad Henry.
Oscar and Sammy presented me with a history book about their alma mater and shared stories about what it was like to attend high school there. We are looking forward to renovating the school back to its original purpose as a center for education, and to meeting more of this historic building’s many proud former students.
The music school celebrated its ninth annual Wanda Bass Day, an event that included gourmet cupcakes and a presentation by Dean Mark Parker. Here’s a video of his presentation highlighting some of the many exciting things happening at the school.