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For New President, the Celebration Can’t Sit Still

Oklahoma City University President Robert Henry has two monumental occasions to celebrate during the week of April 4 — his birthday and his upcoming inauguration. The university will help him celebrate both with free public events.

Students will gather in the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center at noon April 4 to celebrate Henry’s birthday with entertainment and cake.

“As the festive mood for Inauguration Day surrounds this campus, we thought it would be the perfect time to give President Henry a birthday party he’ll never forget,” said Rick Hall, vice president of Student Affairs and the lead organizer of the event.

The series of events in honor of the inauguration continues from 6 to 8 p.m. April 5 with “A Moveable Feast,” a compilation of entertaining performances and hors d’oeuvres at various locations on campus which the public may attend at no charge. The event title is borrowed from the collection of memoirs by Ernest Hemingway, who described his memories of living in Paris as things he could carry with him wherever he went.

That transportability also describes the nature of OCU’s version of “A Moveable Feast.” Light appetizers will be served at each entertainment site on campus. The list of locations and entertainment includes:

·                     The Wanda L. Bass School of Music at N.W. 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue will have a pom squad routine at 6 p.m., followed by the OCU Jazz Ensemble performances throughout the evening.

·                     The Surrey Singers will perform in Petree Recital Hall in the Bass Music Center.

·                     The nationally-renowned American Spirit Dance Company will perform in the Kirkpatrick Auditorium in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center near N.W. 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.

·                     Music school faculty will perform a lively Rodgers and Hammerstein revue in the Burg Theatre in the Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center.

·                     Jazz dance majors and percussion musicians will perform a tap jam in the Edith Kinney Gaylord Center at N.W. 23rd Street and Blackewelder Avenue.

·                     Film directors will screen their short movies in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

·                     The annual student art exhibit will open in the Norick Art Center at N.W. 26th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The exhibit will include pieces from the Ron and Kandy Norick Print Collection.

·                     OCU will host Southern Nazarene in a baseball game at Jim Wade Stadium at N.W. 27th Street and Kentucky Avenue.

·                     The Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center south of N.W. 26th Street near Florida Avenue will host a variety of performances including Chinese lute music, poetry readings, a gospel choir, hip-hop dancing, a women’s wrestling demonstration and a traditional Chinese Peacock Dance. The OCU rowing team and sailing club will exhibit the “Oklahoma River Experience” mobile boathouse outside the University Center.

Balloons and signage will indicate the locations of each entertainment site. Students from the OCU Blue Tie Ambassadors group will be available to answer questions and help people find the locations. RSVP for “A Moveable Feast” by March 25 to Elizabeth Newton at (405) 208-7000 or inauguration@okcu.edu.