As 2016 winds down, we wanted to take a look back at some of the excitement of the past year in the life of OKWU. Enjoy this round-up of our 10 most-viewed, or most-“liked”, or just personal favorite stories from the last year at Oklahoma Wesleyan…

best1 copy10) Biggest Freshman Class in OKWU History

They came. They saw. They’re conquering. It’s been such fun to welcome #OKWU20 to our campus and the OKWU family!


Dr. Piper meets with a group of OKWU students during the 2016 Values Voter Summit9) Students Attend Historic 2016 Values Voter Summit

OKWU students and staff had the opportunity to interact with some of the biggest names in politics and faith leadership during a historic election year in Washington, D.C.

softball champ8) Lady Eagles Softball takes KCAC Championship

After rolling through the first two rounds of the KCAC tournament, the Oklahoma Wesleyan softball team took down Bethany College in the championship, 5-4. The win brought the team’s first ever conference tournament title.


scalia talking points7) Antonin Scalia the “Fool”

One of the most popular “Talking Points” of the year was Dr. Piper’s reflection on the life and work of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who said, “Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.”


2009 team at 2016 awards brunch6) 2009 Men’s Basketball Team Enters OKWU Hall of Fame

We had an absolutely fantastic time at Homecoming and Family Weekend, and having the original #ForHisGlory 2009 NAIA National Championship team back on campus was just plain fun. Congratulations!


OKWU ministry students at service day5) School of Ministry Service Day

We love seeing our students taking what they learn and making an impact in the here and now. What a great opportunity to reach out to our Bartlesville community!


img_23834) Men’s Soccer Ranked No. 1 

Eagles Men’s Soccer this season started out strong and kept the fire the whole season, launching them into the NAIA National Tournament (and to Coach Peterson’s 100th win). If you didn’t get to watch them in action, you missed out!


13672377_10210040955004233_1222441223_n3) “The Well”: OKWU Alumni Join Utah Church Plant

“One of my biggest takeaways [from OKWU],” says Shanae (Grate) Gudmunson, “is that we are all called to be “missionaries” wherever it is God has placed us.” Shanae, her husband, Kyle, and good friend Adam Fratzke, left for Utah right after graduation, and we absolutely love their story of building relationships and sharing Christ at The Well Wesleyan Church.


men's wrestling2) OKWU Eagles Add Men’s Wrestling

“This a great sport and aligns directly with what we are looking to do within our athletic department,” said Athletic Director Mark Molder, “growing kids spiritually, providing an amazing education, and putting quality athletics on the playing field.”


students nikki bowman, taylor harvey, and kourtney rhoads at rally1) OKWU Students and Staff Rally at the US Supreme Court

In March, a group of nearly 40 OKWU students and staff had the unique opportunity to rally for life on the steps of the Supreme Court as the University’s case, Zubik v. Burwell, was heard. “The desire to honor God and live out our faith isn’t just a nice idea at OKWU,” said senior Courtney Backward to the crowd gathered, “it’s a genuine way of life.”