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Friday, April 18, 2014

Spring 2014 Music Department Recitals

The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music presented the following recitals during the spring 2014 semester.  These recitals were held in the Adams Recital Hall.

Performers in the February 28 recital included the following instrumentalists:  Eric Falley, Daniel Griffin, Denae Lee, and Marissa Madison.  The vocal performers included:  Ariel Leu, Sean Steele, Taylor Murphy, and Lauren Weatherford.  The OC Saxophone Quartet also performed and featured:  Laura Blair, Lindsay Allenbach, Kandyce Everett, and Daniel Griffin.

On Friday, March 14, student performers included vocalists, Emily Dick, Andrea Ochoa, Thomas Smith, Micah Ndiba, and Reece Kingcade.  The instrumentalist this week was Laura Blair.

The final recital presented by the Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music was held on Friday, April 18, at 2:30 p.m.  This recital featured the following instrumentalists:  Emily Dick, Eric Falley, Lauren Smith, and Amelia Hamrick.  The vocalist featured in this week’s performance was Jabbarri Jones.  Also at this last recital, several students were chosen by their peers to give an encore performance.  The performers receiving this honor were:  Sean Steele, Lauren Weatherford, Thomas Smith, Reece Kingcade, and Amber Cox.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

OC’s Psychology and Family Studies Department Hosts Conference

The OC Psychology and Family Studies department hosted the 32nd Annual Oklahoma Psychological Society Spring Research Conference on Friday April 11th.  The conference emphasizes and encourages undergraduate research.  This year, 143 registered participants attended the conference.  More than 15 colleges and universities from around the state entered 68 paper and poster presentations. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jeffrey Nevid from St. John’s University. 

Oklahoma Christian students swept the top awards in the paper competition with Jordan Hoffmeister and Jamie Corr winning first place for their paper titled “Effects of Arousal and Time on Memory: Testing the Misinformation Paradigm.”  Amanda Mawson and Hayley Fisher took second place for their research “Effects of Attractiveness and Group Membership of a Defendant on Perception of the Defendant,” and Katelyn Jackson and Kristen Raney took third for their project titled “Revisiting the Asch Effect:  The Effects of Informed Participation and Gender-Grouping on Conformity.”  Justin Bullard and Amanda Arnold took 4th place while Sammy Turner and Taylor McCraw took 5th place honors. 

Oklahoma Christian students also won the College Quiz Bowl, defeating teams from 4 other state universities.

Dr. Ryan Newell, Chair of the Psychology and Family Studies Department along with his administrative assistant, Jennifer Campbell, organized the conference and attended to the many details involved. They would like to thank all of those in the Garvey Center who gave up some space and convenience to allow OC to host this conference – it was much appreciated!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Spring Concert of OC’s Symphonic and Jazz Bands

The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music invites you to attend the Spring Concert of the Symphonic Band and Jazz Ensemble this Thursday, April 17 @ 7:30 p.m. in Hardeman Auditorium.  To see a campus map showing the Garvey Center facilities, including Hardeman Auditorium, follow this link (

The two groups will travel in late April and early May on their annual tour.  The bands will perform in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri. The April 17 concert will feature music to be performed on tour.  There is no admission charge for this program. For further information, please call 425-5530.

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Dr. Lowry Attended HLC Conference

Dr. David Lowry, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Communication, attended the Higher Learning Commission’s Annual Conference that was held in Chicago, IL, on April 10-14, 2014.  Dr. Lowry serves as a peer-evaluator for the HLC, and he has taught and served as the dean of CoAS at Oklahoma Christian University since the fall of 2005.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dr. Lindsey Presents at the Society of Architectural Historians

Dr. Gary Lindsey, Associate Professor of History, presented a paper titled, “West Texas’ Architect:  David S. Castle” at the 2014 annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians.  The conference was held on April 9-12, 2014, in Austin, Texas.  Dr. Lindsey has taught at Oklahoma Christian University since the fall of 2009.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Oklahoma Community Orchestra Performs April 15

The Oklahoma Christian University Department of Music invites you to attend a performance by the Oklahoma Community Orchestra on Tuesday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m.  The concert will be presented in OC’s Hardeman Auditorium (to see a campus map, follow this link

This fourth concert of the OCO season, under the direction of Dr. John Fletcher, will feature music of Percy Grainger (Duke of Marlborough Fanfare), Charles Gounod (Petite Symphonie), and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Russian Easter Overture), along with the winners of OCO’s ninth annual Young Artist Competition.  Competition winners are Katie Acone, who will perform the first movement of the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1 with the orchestra, and Brandon Wong, who will perform the finale from David Gillingham’s Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Orchestra.

For further information, please call the OC Music Department at 425-5530, or visit the OCO website at Admission is $10 at the door or $8 if purchased online. Tickets are available at the door. OC students, faculty, and staff are admitted free of charge with their OC ID.

The OCO is the “orchestra-in-residence” at Oklahoma Christian University. Several OC students, alumni, and faculty perform in the orchestra. Support for this performance has been provided, in part, by the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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