University is proud to feature Matthew L. Winton
in the Alumni Spotlights section of AlumNews. Matt
graduated OC in 1996 and in addition to being a full-time dad and husband, he
is currently an attorney with Vaughn, Winton & Clark PLLC in Oklahoma City.
Degree(s)? B.A.; J.D.
What are you most known for? Professionally - Oklahoma's community association guru.
Personally - Jenn's husband and dad to four girls.
What is your true calling? To help people return work, play, family, education,
spirituality, and center to the home.
How'd you find this calling? Providence (and Wendell Berry)
What is your biggest personal or professional achievement
Too tough to call.
What is your proudest moment? Five of them: 1. falling in love with my wife, and 2-5
the natural births of our daughters.
What is the biggest professional or personal hurdle that
Still working on it - killing my ego and
accepting people where they are not where I think they should be.
What is something people should know about you that is
not on your resumé?
Who needs a resumé?
Life's motto? Do what you
love (provided it is good). Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth
it, and gnaw it still - H.D. Thoreau (with my parenthetical)
Your inspiration? My wife;
small family farmers/ranchers
Teamwork or fly solo? Both,
or one or the other, depending on the circumstance.
How do you plan to self improve? Read, work, eat, drink, live, love, learn, rest (not
necessarily in that order)
What advice do you have for future generations? 1. Get out and meet your neighbors; they're not as bad
as you suspect. 2. Forgive your family and expect them to forgive you. 3.
Understand/be aware of how you move through life (it affects the people around
you and the earth beneath you) 4. Grow your own food as much as possible
Describe yourself in 3 words? learning, living, saved
Causes you support? Preserving
and building community; Keeping the unity of the Spirit through the bond of
peace (Eph.4:3); Slow food; Classical Christian education model; City of
Edmond's public art; Local markets
Passions and diversions? Family, agriculture, fly fishing, reading
Stress relievers? Stress? Who
What's next for you? It's
2:15 p.m., so it's about siesta time.
What are you working toward? Preparing to live with four teenagers - book to be
released in about 15 years.
How will you make your mark? Either with a pen or a boot heel.