Greetings Campus Community,
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for the generosity of our university family and the many ways that students, faculty, and staff give to the local community. Jan and I are blessed to serve alongside you.
Yesterday, during our weekly chapel time, the university hosted an interfaith service dedicated to recognizing outreach efforts across campus and military veterans. “OCU Hearts and Hands: Giving Thanks for Serving Others” was a fitting celebration of your kindness and charity.
Here are just a few of the ways OCU has touched the lives of others this year:
- The Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management provided Halloween costumes for homeless children at Positive Tomorrows elementary school;
- The Athletics Department collected more than 8,000 non-perishable food items for Skyline Urban Ministry;
- The Kramer School of Nursing completed mission trips to Cookson Hills Mission in eastern Oklahoma and to Honduras;
- The Meinders School of Business assisted international students with preparing U.S. tax returns;
- The Bass School of Music joined with St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in the El Sistema program, a free instrumental music education and mentoring program for youth in grades 3 to 6;
- The Dulaney-Browne Library conducted a food drive during National Library Week to benefit Skyline Urban Ministry;
- Campus Technology donated used computers to non-profit groups;
- The Admissions Department offered university financial aid seminars to local churches;
- The Multicultural Student Affairs Office hosted the YMCA Young Achievers Leadership Summit;
- The Intergenerational Computer Center offered free community classes and free walk-in computer services;
- The Student Government Association hosted Moore Tornado Relief Day and joined the rebuild effort;
- University Church Relations and the Wesley Center sponsored monthly mission projects including a coloring book drive for hospitalized children;
- The Petree College of Arts and Sciences provided readers at Positive Tomorrows and tutors at the WhizKids afterschool reading program; and
- The campus United Way campaign raised a record-breaking $25,206 for central Oklahomans in need.
I want to extend a special thanks to our Oklahoma City University military veterans who include John Bedford, Dia Campbell-Detrixhe, Joey Croslin, Henry Davis, James DePuy, Karen Dickerson, Chuck Flint, Betty Gorrell, James Guzak, Marie Hooper, Dennis Jowaisas, Aaron Martin, A. David Necco, Brian Overling, David Petschel, Terry Phelps, Elaine Robinson, Scott Roddy, Nick Stowers, and Ian Wolfe. The university community is grateful for your selfless service to our country.
See highlights from yesterday’s service here.
With heartfelt thanks,