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Fall Visit brings incoming students to campus

Monday, October 1, 2007  
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By Wendy Sanders

Prospective students from across the country are visiting Oklahoma Christian University’s campus this week. High school seniors are invited to experience and learn about college life for the next two days.

Directors of Admissions, Candiss Scovel and Teresa DeBoard, are estimating around 200 students to be on campus today and tomorrow. Students are visiting from as far away as Oregon, Florida, and Montana.

“We really want people to come to this, so I think counselors have really been pushing their students to come,” DeBoard said.

Tonight the students are traveling to downtown Oklahoma City for dinner and sight seeing.

“We rented out the second floor of Chelino’s,” Scovel said. “They can see Bricktown, a little bit of the downtown area and the Bombing Memorial.”

Professor of business, Nathan Mellor, will speak to the students throughout the weekend.

During chapel, Mellor spoke about this year’s Fall Visit theme, “Reach,” and how students are able to become more involved in the world. He will also speak to the visitors at a devotional tonight.

“I want to encourage people to take greater risks in their spiritual lives, to engage their faith, and to watch what God can do through them,” Mellor said.

Mellor will take the same idea of “Reach” tonight and go a step further.

“I want to encourage those considering joining the OC community to decide to be a part of OC not just because of our reputation for excellence in academics and athletics, but because of our commitment to Christ,” Mellor said.

Mellor wants the visitors to consider becoming a part of the Oklahoma Christian community because they want to be a part of a place where the people are helping each other reach their potential by finding their purpose in God.

Current Oklahoma Christian students are also finding ways to be included in the memorable weekend.

The Summer Singers will be performing in the Lawson Commons around 10 tonight. Current and visiting students are encouraged to attend the concert.

“SGA is helping out with this,” DeBoard said. “They are advertising it and inviting current students so that it is for the entire campus.”

Unlike previous years, scholarship tests will not be offered during Fall Visit this year.

“[The scholarship changes] directly affect Fall Visit because there are not any individual department tests that they do,” Scovel said.

The elimination of scholarship testing has left the departments with time to fill.

The high school seniors are invited to visit various academic showcases Saturday morning. The showcases will be presented differently than in past years.

According to DeBoard, each department will have its own individual showcase.

Students will have 14 showcases to look in to, and they will be more in-depth and informative than the previous showcases.

Rather than spending 15 minutes with one department, students this year will be able to spend up to an hour learning about the different majors and departments. Students will also be able to meet several professors during this time.

After meeting with the various departments, students will be able to learn about the study abroad programs.

The students will then be able to attend a New Reign concert.

The rest of the afternoon will be filled with campus tours, music auditions, and mingling.

The various activities will give the students an opportunity to meet one another and begin friendships.

To conclude the weekend, the freshman class will present their variety show, “Freshmen of Oz,” at 2 p.m.

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