okcu.edu website reaches its first anniversary.
Stephen Jennings becomes 15th president.
Alumna Kristin Chenoweth wins a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." During her acceptance speech, she says thank you to OCU's Florence Birdwell "for teaching me how to sing."
The Women's Basketball Team wins the NAIA National Championship. As of 2013, OCU Athletics boasts 51 national championships.
Hall of Fame baseball catcher Johnny Bench, Hall of Fame NFL quarterback Johnny Unitas and broadcaster Curt Gowdy join the OCU community in an opening celebration of the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center.
OCU adopts the Stars as its mascot.
Tom McDaniel becomes 16th president.
Columnist George Will discusses “Public Affairs, Public Policy and American Society” at OCU.
Marvel Williamson becomes dean of the Kramer School of Nursing.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. visits OCU as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.
Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management builds costume storage facility to organize and house nearly $600,000 worth of costume inventory, which grows with each production.
The music school earns All-Steinway designation with a record-breaking purchase of 105 Steinway pianos.
The university garners international attention by awarding Honorary Doctor of Performing Arts degrees in American Dance to nine African-American dance greats who contributed significantly to the development of tap dance as an American art form. The recipients were Cholly Atkins, Bunny Briggs, James “Buster” Brown, Jeni LeGon, Henry LeTang, Fayard Nicholas, Leonard Reed, James T. “Jimmy Slyde” Godbolt, and Prince Spencer.
KC Patrick, Editor-in-Chief of Dance Magazine, declared the Oklahoma City University dance program as “the best preparatory dance program in the nation.”
Norick Art Center renovations give the art building a facelift.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu gives a public lecture in the Freede Center as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series.
More than 1,000 gather for OCU’s centennial celebration.
10,000 people attend the first OCU Head of the Oklahoma Regatta.
The American Spirit Dance Company brings the Home for the Holidays – A Gift of American Dance show to the Oklahoma City University campus.
An $18 million gift from Herman & LaDonna Meinders establishes the 80,000-square-foot Meinders School of Business.
The music school adopts its new name as the Wanda L. Bass School of Music.
A $1 million gift from Tom and Judy Love creates the Love’s Entrepreneurship Center.
The OCU Symphony Orchestra represents the U.S. at “Meet At Beijing” International Arts Festival, kicking off an historic 18-day tour of China.
The American Dance Teacher program is created for students who want to focus on teaching dance and/or managing dance studios and academies. The program is the first in higher education to include in-depth instruction in tap and jazz pedagogy in addition to ballet pedagogy. It is also the first to provide business and arts management education in addition to courses in dance technique and dance pedagogy.
Jo Rowan, dance department founder and chair, is inducted into the Higher Education Hall of Fame.
$1 million in combined gifts between 2002 to 2005 from Martha Burger and Don Rowlett establish the Martha Burger Career Services Center, the Donald Rowlett Executive Classroom, and the Martha Burger Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Lois Salmeron becomes the Kramer School of Nursing’s first assistant dean.
$100 million Lighting the World – One Star at a Time campaign completes 14 months ahead of schedule.
The Wanda L. Bass Music Center opens, doubling facilities for the music school with a 106,000-square-foot, $38.5 million addition.
Daily good news campus e-newsletter launches.
Arts and Sciences begins offering the Moving Image Arts program.
Dance and Arts Management Dean John Bedford is inducted into the Higher Education Hall of Fame. Rowan and Bedford receive Flo-Bert Awards, known as “the Tony of Tap,” in New York City for their contributions to the preservation of tap through creation and development of the premier program in higher education emphasizing tap.
Scott M. Stringer, president of the Borough of Manhattan, in separate proclamations, stated that Jo Rowan and John Bedford, through the establishment of the Oklahoma City University dance and arts management programs have "...contributed greatly to the cultural life of Manhattan and all of New York City."
A $750,000 gift from the families of Henry Norick create an Endowed Scholarship Fund for students.
The first class of Clara Luper Scholars graduates.
With the help of Ann Lacy, the Inasmuch Foundation, and the Mabee Foundation, renovations and construction begin on the Edith Kinney Gaylord Center. This building now houses state of the art dance floors, natural light, spacious locker rooms and showers, and study and relaxation areas for students. The facility is one of the finest for dance in higher education in the western hemisphere.
The Bass School of Music hosts the National Endowment for the Arts symposium, “Arts Education in 21st Century America," under auspices of Arts Education Partnership. The featured speaker on the arts and technology is Dean Mark Parker.
Saint Paul School of Theology at Oklahoma City University opens.
OCU’s Oikos Scholars Program is introduced.
The Community Dance Center opens.
The Economic Research and Policy Institute is developed to provide resources to the community and state for economic impact studies, forecasting and policy analysis.
Major remodeling in the Dulaney-Browne Library begins.
The Bass School of Music establishes the Ann Hundley Hoover endowed chair.
Improved outside lighting is installed around campus.
Mark Davies assumes the role of Petree College of Arts and Sciences dean.
A $1 million gift from B.C. Clark Jr. creates an endowed chair for distinguished faculty.
Oxford Plan introduced at the Petree College of Arts and Sciences.
The Doctor of Philosophy in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs are introduced.
A comprehensive Capital Renewal Plan is established encompassing more than 90 projects prioritized according to life safety, insurance requirements and energy efficiency.
University completes Cradle of Dreams campaign, surpassing the $50 million goal for a total of $50.975 million raised.
Robert Henry becomes 17th president.
A $5 million gift from Chesapeake Energy establishes the Chesapeake Energy Presidential Scholars program at the Meinders School of Business.
Music student enrollment surpasses 400 music majors for the first time.
The university hosts “Conversations with a Storyteller” with N. Scott Momaday.
The first annual Women in Leadership Conference is held.
The Karl and June Martin Family Energy Speakers Series is created. The series includes the annual Governor’s Energy Conferences.
Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor discusser her iCivics program at the OCU School of Law.
More than 350 Bass School singers and orchestral musicians join forces for Berlioz’s “Requiem.” The performance, held in conjunction with the inauguration of President Robert Henry, was commercially recorded for CD and DVD.
Journalist Bill Moyers gives a public lecture at OCU.
Master’s degree programs in energy management and energy legal studies are created.
A new entry to the campus is built at N.W. 23rd Street and Blackwelder.
Capital renewal work on the Gold Star Memorial Building begins.
KSN East opens.
The Innocence Clinic opens.
The nursing school creates a chair for global and transformational education.
In partnership with the Tree Bank Foundation, the Facilities Department plants 104 new trees on campus.
Harvard Professor and author Michael Sandel lectures at OCU.
The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation awards a $50,000 grant to OCU’s mass communications department.
Valerie Couch becomes the 12th dean of the School of Law.
Emily Sanders is named a Goldwater Scholar.
Maymester accelerated courses are offered for the first time.
DeEtta Cravens and Shamari Reid are named Fulbright Scholars.
University purchases the historic Central High School building in downtown Oklahoma City as a new home for the OCU School of Law.
The Meinders School of Business celebrates its 25th Annual Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor luncheon, raising a record amount of revenue for student scholarships.
Music alumni Kelli O’Hara and Ron Raines are nominated for Tony Awards as best featured actress/actor in a musical. O’Hara was nominated for originating the role of Billie Bendix in Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Raines was honored for his portrayal of Ben Stone in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.
Addiction Prevention Studies Program begins and is the only one of its kind in the nation.
Draper Hall is remodeled.
The OCU Symphony Orchestra performs the soundtrack for the world premiere of the restored 1920 silent movie “Daughter of Dawn.”
The Facilities Department develops an energy plan aimed at making OCU one of the most energy-efficient schools in the nation.
Freshmen retention rate reaches 80 percent.
The education department earns national accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The Kramer School of Nursing celebrates 23 semesters of record-breaking enrollment.
United Methodist of the Year Rev. Adam Hamilton delivers the Martha Jean Lemon Lecture at the Bishop W. Angie Smith Chapel.
The third floor of the Kramer School of Nursing East is dedicated.
Bass School of Music joins forces with Canterbury Choral Society to present the Oklahoma premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s “MASS” at the Civic Center Music Hall. Rick Rogers in The Oklahoman declared the April 13 milestone event "one of the most satisfying musical achievements in this community's history."
The Bass School of Music awards an Honorary Doctorate to Jonathan Tunick, one of only 11 people in the world to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
New logo and brand identity are unveiled.
The market value of the university’s endowment is $86.3 million, up 40 percent from $61.4 million in the summer of 2009.
The first Ph.D. graduate in university history accepts her diploma after completing the Doctor of Philosophy in nursing program.
Tony and Emmy-winning alumna Kristin Chenoweth receives an Honorary Doctorate.
Dr. Edward Knight becomes the first music professor to be named OCU’s Outstanding Faculty of the Year. Since his appointment as director of music composition and composer-in-residence in 1997, when he founded Project 21: Music for the 21st Century, the number of OCU composition majors has quintupled to 30, and more than 800 OCU-created works have been premiered.
OCUCreates celebrates the published, performed and commissioned works of arts and sciences faculty.
Alumna Melody Metivier is selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Nursing school has 31 faculty, 10 staff and more than 500 students compared to 3 faculty, 1 staff and 50 students 12 years earlier
The Bass School of Music vocal laboratory opens.