Tower to light a path for OC students

By Dawn Marks Published: March 29, 2008
Oklahoma Christian University leaders want the school to be a beacon for the community just as the new 100-foot clock tower in the center of campus lights the area around it.

Gov. Brad Henry and other state and community leaders gathered Friday to dedicate the Freede Centennial Tower, the new Lawson Commons, and the Jack and Wanda McGraw Pavilion.

The $30 million project changed the face of the west side of campus and symbolizes the future of the university, said Alfred C. Branch, the university's chief operating officer.

The upper globe and the faces of the clock tower illuminate to remind students, staff and faculty to "be a beacon of light to the community,” he said.

Landscapers completed the final touches of the commons area this week, a project started in the fall of 2005 after a $30 million donation from alumni Richard and Pat Lawson.

A worldwide impact
During Friday's dedication, Henry said he spent a lot of time during his freshman year of college in 1981 visiting his best friend, who attended Oklahoma Christian. The campus has only improved since then, he said.

"This was a wonderful place to meet fabulous people,” Henry said.

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Oklahoma Christian University students walk past the new Freede Centennial Tower. BY PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND, THE OKLAHOMAN

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