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September 2023 Newsletter


Since 1953, OCU's Willson Lecture has brought speakers of international stature from the areas of religion, science, Christian theology and ethics, church history, biblical studies, and liturgical studies to campus.

This year, the Wimberly School of Religion’s Willson Lectures and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series are teaming up to bring the Irish poet and theologian Pádraig Ó Tuama.

Pádraig Ó Tuama’s work centers around themes of language, power, conflict, and religion. Working fluently on the page and with groups of people, he is a skilled speaker, teacher, and group worker. His work has won acclaim in circles of poetry, politics, religion, psychotherapy, and conflict analysis. Tuama's podcast, Poetry Unbound with On Being Studios takes a deep dive into a single poem. With six million downloads in its first three seasons, the podcast is a powerful example of the appetite for poetry in dispersed and diverse populations.

Tuama will be on campus at 1 p.m. Oct. 26, to speak in the Chapel, followed by a public poetry reading, Q&A, and book signing at 7 p.m. in Kerr McGee Auditorium. Full Circle will be selling his books on-site that evening.



Oklahoma City University is pleased to invite you and anyone in your organization to the Wimberly Nonprofit Leadership for Faith Organizations workshop series. Grow in your knowledge and understanding of effective leadership and expand your professional skills in fundamental areas with OCU!

Expand your organization’s impact and your professional knowledge with expertise from nonprofit thought leaders providing insights tailored for those working in faith organizations. 

These interactive workshops will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 14, on OCU's campus. Workshops can be attended in person or virtually. Descriptions for the September 26 and November 14 sessions can be found here. Those attending in person will also receive a catered lunch. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits are available for those interested. Sessions are only $25 each. Registrations are nonrefundable; however, they are transferrable.

Contact Dr. Beth Adele or Dr. Leslie​ Long with questions.


This inaugural series is hosted by the Oklahoma City University Wimberly School of Religion and Nonprofit Leadership program. It is co-sponsored by the United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) Leadership, Education, and Development (LEAD) Hub - United States.




At Oklahoma City University, we know our United Methodist Pastors, friends, and family are some of our best recruiters of new students; you know better than anyone the type of student who thrives here! The Office of Admissions is partnering with the University Church Relations Office to invite you to share the OCU United Methodist Fee Waiver Code with a prospective freshman, transfer, or graduate* student.

Share the fee waiver code with a prospective student whom you think would love OCU, and we will waive the required application fee.** This is a $55 savings for undergraduate students and $60 savings for graduate students. And great news, if you want to study at OCU, you can use the code on your own application as well!

Follow these steps:

  1. Find a potential OCU Star and encourage them to apply here. This may be YOU!
  2. Instruct the prospective student to enter the fee waiver code OCUUMC24 in the payment section of the application.
  3. In the additional information portion of the application select “OCU Graduate Student/ Alumni”, have the student include your first and last name to the question: “What influenced you to apply to OCU?”

Thank you for your continued support and excitement for Oklahoma City University. Go Stars!

The application fee waiver is valid from Aug. 15 to Oct. 31, 2023, for students applying for entrance in either the Summer or Fall 2024 terms. 

*Graduate programs not eligible for this fee waiver are Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Doctorate of Clinical Psychology, and Law. Undergraduate programs not eligible for this fee waiver are students transferring into our Nursing program.

**While your United Methodist referral is greatly appreciated, we want you to know that referrals do not guarantee admission to Oklahoma City University. OCU uses a holistic admission review process and prospective students are evaluated on their academic merit as well as a number of other factors.

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