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The Amazing Homecoming 2013
Mark your calendar now. Spread the word to your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You have to be at OC November 8-9 for this year’s do-not-miss weekend!

HOMECOMING HONOREES

Davis memories full of love and laughter
After a year at Arkansas Tech, James and Frank Davis blazed a trail to enroll at Oklahoma Christian and play for Coach Ray Vaughn. The rest is history, and a legacy we'll celebrate at Homecoming in November.

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with the Davis Family.
Firm Foundation on the farm
They say you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take Texas out of the girl. But Oklahoma is where the grandchildren are, so that’s where Jane (Williams 68) Winton and her husband, Lon Winton (69), are. The Wintons are this year’s Distinguished Alumni award winners.

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with Lon and Jane Winton.
Hawley spreading hope and love in Africa
Meagan Hawley (03), this year's distinguished young alumna, is the medical and developmental advocate for the children at the Haven in Zambia. She spends her days changing, bathing, feeding, nurturing, loving and praying over precious, tiny souls who have no one else to care for them.

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with Meagan Hawley.
All over the world, Brazles bearing fruit
As the Brazle brothers grew up, they were constantly aware of God’s mission in the world. Their longtime work spreading the gospel overseas will earn them the Missions Award at Homecoming this year.
Volunteers honored for OCWA work
Becky Durham and Carla Merideth played a big role in bettering OC through the Oklahoma Christian Women’s Association. The university will honor their support and spirit at Homecoming when Becky and Carla become honorary alumni.

TORNADO TESTIMONIALS

Jason Leger shares his experience of devastation and hope
"In May of last year, I prayed a very specific prayer: 'God, perfect me.' I’ve witnessed more tragedy, hardship, insecurity and challenges in the last year than my whole life combined. I should have realized what I was asking for."

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with Jason Leger.
Teacher Jennifer Simonds saves lives
"I lost my school and was injured, and most of my students lost not just their school, but their homes. Some of them lost their lives. You sit there and think, 'God, why did you let this happen?'"

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with Jennifer Simonds.
Prayers answered for Cindy Lowe and her students
"We all witnessed horrible devastation, but since then, we have been on the front row to the compassion and giving hearts from people we may never know."
Joe Crawford ministers through tragedy
"On May 24, 2011, an F5 tornado wiped my neighborhood off the face of the earth. I never realized how that day would physically, emotionally and spiritually prepare me for May 20, 2013."
Michael Jones brings help from Virginia
"It’s been a little over five years since our family moved to Virginia from Oklahoma. When we heard about the tornado that hit Moore, it brought back many memories of May 3, 1999."
Adam Herndon and Texas teens eager to help
"As we came north from the Dallas area, we finally reached the path of the tornado in Moore. Silence came over the bus. Our teens had never seen this kind of destruction before."
Greg Clark comes back for Moore
"Nature’s fury is beyond our best intelligence and science, but not our faith. We can’t change what happened, but we knew we could be a part of what happened next."
Adam Mearse comes from Chicago, with love
"For 30 teens from Chicago, the week we spent in Oklahoma opened their eyes to new levels of tragedy and destruction and made them appreciate their own lives in fresh ways. They learned firsthand that this is the work of God’s people."
Erin Engelke helps through Feed the Children
"I found myself in awe of the spirit of help that comes together, at a moment’s notice, when perfect strangers need it."

Bonus Content: Watch a video interview with Erin Engelke.
Angie Merritt returns for reunion and relief
"The friends I made at OC will always be family, and the state of Oklahoma will always be home. Oklahoma helped to raise me in significant ways, and I will forever be proud to know the people there will always welcome me home."
Max Plaster’s Show-Me State compassion
"People are always thankful when they are helped after the storm, but it is in the midst of the storm when heroes emerge."
Rusty Tugman opens doors for relief
"I am so proud of so many Christians, literally all over the world, who had the vision to see, in the midst of the storm, a great opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ."
Amy Janzen shares OC volunteer story
"With people everywhere looking for ways to serve, OC facilitated volunteer opportunities and opened housing to displaced storm victims. We will never forget the experience of helping meet the needs of the families that made OC their temporary home."
John deSteiguer finds comfort in Philippians
"We pray for peace. We pray that God will calm our minds and hearts … and move our hands and feet to help our neighbors. We pray for Oklahoma."

ALUMNI IN ACTION

‘Homeward’ sets alumni record
You did it! An unprecedented 1,479 Oklahoma Christian graduates gave back to their alma mater during the 2013 fiscal year as part of the university’s “Homeward” campaign.

Bonus Content: Watch a video thank you.
You can study God in a science lab
Dr. (McCormack 03) Nichols earned her chemistry degree at OC, taking advantage of the undergrad research opportunities OC students still have.

Bonus Content: See how that leads to success in grad school and beyond.
You can run after Jesus
David graduated from OC in 2010 with a Bible degree.

Bonus Content: Hear his poetry and see the open doors he’s running through.
You can help kids smile
Eric earned his marketing degree from oc in 1988; Geri graduated in 1993 with a liberal studies degree.

Bonus Content: See the story behind the smile and help their cause.

PHOTO FEATURES

First Week Activities
The first week of the fall semester is always a big one at OC. Unique Chapel services, the annual First Week Follies show, and a concert featuring alumnus Matt Stansberry were just some of the opening-week highlights.

Bonus Content: Some of our faculty and staff put a twist on the OC Alma Mater before the first Chapel of the year.
OC is Mission
This summer, more than 120 OC students, staff and faculty served and spread the Gospel in 20 countries around the world.
Earn Your Wings
Earn Your Wings gets incoming students acclimated to campus life. One of EYW’s highlights is Kite Day, when OC students host children from Stanley Hupfeld Academy.

Bonus Content: Watch video highlights from Earn Your Wings.
Honors Summer Academy
72 gifted high school students from 16 states came to campus in July for OC’s Honors Summer Academy. With this year’s academy filled to capacity, OC has two sessions planned for the summer of 2014. For registration info, go to http://www.oc.edu/honors.

Bonus Content: Watch video highlights from Honors Summer Academy.
OC abuzz with summer camps
Our beautiful campus stays busy during the summer with multiple Camp OC sessions, Camp Genesis, Honors Summer Academy, the Engineering Summer Academy, and various sports camps.

NEWS AND FEATURES

More News
OC shatters enrollment record
OC named one of region's top colleges
OC among top colleges for future service members
OC to offer Master of Accountancy degree
OC creates actuarial science program
Dvorak, Paris named associate deans
OCAST grant funds OC science research
OC selects Elder as nursing chair
OC hosts ELE Rwanda Entrepreneurship Summit
O'Neal leads Mercy, Rotary trip to Rwanda
Oklahoma Christian adds three new trustees
OC's Estrada wins national PR student award
OC faculty, students present at Christian conference

SPORTS NEWS

More Sports
OC moves to 2nd year of NCAA Division II membership process
Two Eagles picked in Major League Baseball draft
Reinke signs with first-division pro basketball team in Greece
Former OC golf star Gibson wins NGA Tour event