Tyrone Van Aswegen First OCU Golfer to Earn PGA Tour Card

Tyrone Van Aswegen became the first former Oklahoma City University golfer to earn his PGA Tour card by virtue of his finish among the Web.com Tour's priority rankings.
"Great news for our program," OCU coach Kyle Blaser said. "I am so proud of him. His persistence and hard work have paid off. He's going to be playing with the big boys."
Van Aswegen is set to make his PGA Tour debut in the Frys.com Open on Oct. 10-13 at CordeValle Golf Course in San Martin, Calif. The Frys.com Open will be shown on The Golf Channel.
At OCU, Van Aswegen captured the 2002 NAIA individual championship. He became a three-time all-American and led OCU to four national championships from 2000-04.

Peter Markes Named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

Peter Markes, BME 2001, was named the 2014 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year today at an event hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Education at the State Fair of Oklahoma.  He teaches string orchestra and Advanced Placement music theory at Edmond North High School.  “Mr. Markes’ passion for teaching and instilling confidence in his students as well as his ability to interweave the more rigorous Oklahoma academic standards into his classroom work epitomizes what we strive for in every effective teacher,” state schools Superintendent Janet Barresi said in a statement.

Pianalto awarded the prestigious University College of Dublin Global Excellence Scholarship

Rachel Pianalto, '13, will be attending the University College of Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) graduate program in international arts policy.   She has been awarded the prestigious University College of Dublin Global Excellence Scholarship.  Rachel served as president of Students of Arts Management during the 2012-2013 academic year, a student organization sponsored by the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management. 

Col. John A. Wilcox Director and CIO of Special Operations

Col. John A. Wilcox, USA (Ret.)(OCU MBA '91) is currently serving as the Director, J6 and Chief Information Officer (CIO), of the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.  He retired as an Army Colonel, but is now a member of the Federal Government's Senior Executive Service (SES) as a Brigadier General equivalent.

McDaniel and Gardocki Start Production on New Film

Director Lance McDaniel (MLA '07) and Producer Nathan Gardocki (BFA Film Production '10) have started production on a new Oklahoma based film. "Light from the Darkroom" a faith-based thriller.
Ruben Sosa starring for the OKC Redhawks

Former OCU baseball standout Ruben Sosa is making a name for himself with the OKC Redhawks in the Pacific Coast League.  In 23 games with the Redhawks, Sosa is hitting .348.  For the season, Sosa has 17 stolen bases in 39 attempts.  Sosa was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2011 after leading the NAIA with 44 stolen bases and 78 runs for OCU.

Erin Stockwell Bowman Appearing in Will Rogers Follies

Erin Stockwell Bowman (BM '05, MMVP '09) returns to Oklahoma City as The Favorite in The Will Rogers Follies @ Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma.  The show opens Tuesday, July 23 and runs through Saturday, July 27.  Erin and her husband, fellow OCU alum Josh Bowman ('05) are based in New York.

Owen Begins New Chapter at First UMC in Lexington, NE

The Rev. Dyton Owen is settling into his new life as the new pastor of First United Methodist Church in Lexington, NE after moving to town at the beginning of summer.

For Owen, living in the Midwest is nothing new. He attended college at Oklahoma City University, Seminary at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and received his doctorate from Northern Seminary in Chicago.

Source - Lexington Clipper-Herald, Lexington, NE

OCU adds three to Athletics Hall of Fame

Oklahoma City University will celebrate its rich athletic tradition and induct its 2011-12 Athletic Hall of Fame class with a ceremony 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21 in the Great Hall of the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.

OCU's newest hall of famers will be former soccer standout Sally Cole, former softball pitcher Andrea Drake and assistant baseball coach Keith Lytle.

Tickets to the induction ceremony are $25 and can be ordered by contacting Melody Seeley at (405) 208-5309 or e-mail
mdseeley@okcu.edu. Click here for information.

Cole became four-time first-team NAIA all-American and two-time NAIA scholar-athlete award winner for OCU from 1999-2002. She took third-team CoSIDA academic all-American honors as a junior.

As a senior, Cole posted 16 goals, four assists and 36 points as OCU went 17-4-2. Her statistics during her career were 29 goals, 17 assists and 75 points.

She played on teams that went 86-9-5 with three Sooner Athletic Conference championships, three NAIA Region VI titles and three trips to the NAIA Championships. OCU reached the NAIA Championships semifinals in 1999 and the quarterfinals in 2000. The 2001 Stars advanced to the national title match before falling 1-0 to Westmont (Calif.).

Cole, who hails from Yukon, Okla., currently coaches soccer at Bishop McGuinness High School in Oklahoma City. The current Sally Schmidt is married (Jodie).

“One of the finest players I've coached, male or female, is Sally Cole,” OCU coach Brian Harvey said. “She was a coach's dream. She gave 100 percent. She could create or deny goals.”

Drake still holds career records for strikeouts (874) and innings pitched (707) set during 1988-91. Drake became a four-time NAIA all-American, making first-team all-American as a junior, as well as four-time all-District Nine and two-time all-tournament in the NAIA Championships.

As a senior, Drake went 17-7 with a 1.15 earned run average, 24 complete games, five no-hitters, 149 strikeouts in 157.1 innings pitched. In 1988, Drake was 25-12 with a 1.10 ERA and 262 strikeouts in 261.1 innings. For her career, Drake went 87-34 with a 1.10 ERA, 96 complete games, two saves, 874 strikeouts in 810.2 innings.

During that time, OCU went 185-72 with two District Nine championships, two Bi-District VI titles and three appearances in the NAIA Championships.
Drake, originally from Stockton, Calif., was described as an “irreplaceable four-year difference maker.”

“She came out and was a dominant pitcher from the get-go,” OCU coach Phil McSpadden said. “She had a substantial career. She was definitely one of the best power pitchers around during the bulk of her career.”

Drake, now known as Andrea Maldonado, is married (Art) and has a daughter (Alexis).

Lytle has been recognized as one of the top hitting instructors in the nation during his 23-year tenure with OCU. With Lytle's aid, OCU posted the most wins in the nation since 1991 (1,070), 12 consecutive 50-win seasons, seven SAC titles and 10 trips to the NAIA World Series. The Stars were national runner-up three years in a row before breaking through to win the national championship in 2005.

His pupils have included six national players of the year – Mario Delgado, Nick Klusaw, Ted Ledbetter, Allen Thompson, Kirk Walker and Brent Weaver. Freddy Sanchez, the 2006 National League batting champion, blossomed under his tutelage and led the San Francisco Giants to the 2010 World Series championship.

Lytle joined OCU the same year Denney Crabaugh was named head coach. Crabaugh has consistently recognized Lytle as a key factor in the success of the Stars baseball program. Lytle will become the first OCU Athletic Hall of Famer who has spent his time at the university as an assistant coach his entire tenure.

“No one has contributed more to our success over the past 25 years than Keith,” Crabaugh said. “He was my first recruit as a head coach and is still my best recruit to this day. I'm very happy for him, and I know the whole OCU baseball family is celebrating this much deserved honor.”

OCU has set the team national record for homers four times and consistently been ranked among the national leaders in most hitting categories. In 2003, he was named the AFLAC national assistant coach of the year.

From 1988-1995, Lytle coached in the Shenandoah Valley League. He led the Harrisonburg Turks (Va.) to the league championship in 1991.

Lytle has experience coaching at the Triple-A level with the Texas Rangers organization. Lytle served the past three years as assistant hitting and first base coach with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. Lytle helped Nelson Cruz develop into a consistent hitting force. In 1990-91, Lytle worked as a bullpen coach for the Oklahoma City 89ers.

Prior to coming to OCU in 1989, Lytle served as an associate coach at New Mexico State. Before that, he was a pitcher and first basemen for the Aggies. He graduated from New Mexico State with a bachelor's degree in education in 1986.

Theater Alumna enjoying successful career

Lakshmi Manchu, '02 BA in Theatre, has already enjoyed a very successful career with roles in American sitcoms such as Boston Legal and Desperate Housewives.  Now she is set to make her film debut in her native India.  Manchu has made Bollywood her current residence and will co-star with Sanjay Dutt and Amitabh Bachchan in her debut.  Besides working on the movie, she also hosts her own talkshow - the Lakshmi Talk Show.