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Greetings Campus Community,

Our university phonathon is complete and raised more than $9,000 in gifts. This is an endeavor I have been committed to bringing back to Oklahoma City University as a means of further connecting with our alumni and encouraging new gifts to OCU. The Office of University Advancement and External Relations re-introduced the phonathon after a four-year absence and I am so pleased we were able to realize our goal of re-instating this resources-driven activity. Watch for full details in this afternoon's 4 p.m. good news announcement from the office of University Advancement and External Relations.

Let the Games Begin!

Homecoming 2012 begins tonight and continues this weekend with a lineup of delightful events! From the ever-popular Lip Sync competition and our Distinguished Alumni Luncheon to our annual Marianne Vannatta Race With the Stars and a dedication of the stunning art collection generously given to OCU by The Burbridge Foundation, our campus will be an exciting place to be as we welcome our alumni and friends back home.

Other homecoming events will include an alumni band concert, several affinity group reunions, men's and women's basketball, the School of Law Awards Gala, and several receptions. The celebration finishes Sunday with an all-campus worship service and noon meal sponsored by the Native American Society. I hope you will join me in taking part in this all-important weekend as we reconnect with our alumni. See you tonight at Lip Sync!

For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.okcu.edu/alumni/homecoming/, and if you haven't yet read about this year's remarkable Distinguished Alumni honorees, find out more here.

School of Law on the Move

Last week, our Board of Trustees voted unanimously to move ahead with the purchase of the historic Central High School Building at 800 N. Harvey to establish a downtown campus for the OCU School of Law. This is a significant move for our university that will enhance our law school and create new opportunities for students as well as strengthen expanding programs by adding much-needed space on campus.

Read the full story here.

I'll be sharing additional information in upcoming Forums as it becomes available.

This is the Moment

I am extraordinarily proud of the student musicians and Bass School of Music faculty who presented an astounding performance of "This is the Moment" at the opening of Devon Energy Center last week.

The opening was perhaps one of the most momentous business events in Oklahoma City history and Oklahoma City University was an integral part of the celebration.

See the OCU choir and orchestra's magnificent performance here.

N. Scott Momaday Returns

We were thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and storyteller N. Scott Momaday back to campus this week. Renowned as one of the best storytellers in America, Mr. Momaday gave a public presentation Tuesday evening, a day after we dedicated the N. Scott Momaday Reading Room in the Dulaney Browne Library.

Momaday and his daughter, Jill, attended the ceremony, sponsored by our Native American Society. The reading room is on the 5th floor of the library. Go by and enjoy a good book or take a look here.

First in Oklahoma

I'm very proud to report that Oklahoma City University was ranked No. 1 in the state and No. 39 in the nation on Kiplinger's list of the top 100 best private colleges in the country!

The report by the major financial advisement firm was based on academic quality and affordability. Our ranking is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff, and administration. THIS IS ONE OF OUR GREATEST RATINGS EVER!

Positive Tomorrows

We are fortunate to have generous students, faculty, and staff at Oklahoma City University. Students from our arts management costume lab course showed the local community what OCU service learning is all about by making Halloween costumes for underprivileged children at Positive Tomorrows.

I am very proud of these students; their instructors, Associate Dean Melanie Shelley, Tammy Gibbons, and Amanda Craig; and seamstresses Joanna Zieba and Gerry Lantagne. Read more here.

hope you have a wonderful weekend. I would love to hear your thoughts on these topics or other ideas you may have. Email me.