Oklahoma Christian University students in the communication and
psychology departments were recognized for excellence in their fields in
the spring semester.
Dustin Kaps received three first place awards in the student
competition co-hosted by the Oklahoma Broadcast
Educators Association and the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters.
Kaps’ awards were in the promotional, commercial and music video
categories. Clinton Corley received a second place award in the sports
programming category. OBEA’s annual student competition draws nearly 300
entries from public and private colleges across Oklahoma.
In addition, Carlos Abello and Dustin were selected to attend the
selective Los Angeles Film Studies program this summer. This program is
designed to integrate a Christian worldview with an introductory
exploration of the work and workings of mainstream Hollywood
entertainment. It is located in one of the primary film and television
production centers in L.A. and utilizes state of the art camera and
"These dedicated students are very deserving of these impressive
honors,” said Larry Jurney, chair of the communication department.
"Dustin’s recognition is particularly impressive because it is the first
time a single OC student has won three first place awards in that
In addition, 10 Oklahoma Christian students attended the 30th Annual Great Plains Student Psychology Convention
this spring. The students presented the results of six empirical
studies, and they won four awards competing against the University of
Nebraska, Kansas State and the University of Central Missouri, among
other universities from Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
Jennifer Rosenbalm won first place in her section with her study
titled "The effects of gender and attire on perceived levels of
expertness and recall.”
Tim Wills won second place for his research titled "The effects of
winning and losing feedback on cognitive performance.”
Jillian Holley and Anastasia Marquez won second place for their paper
titled "If you’re happy and you know it: The effects of mood and gum on
the recall of words.”
Susan Hardin and Lacy Rosenbalm won third place for their project
titled "Presenter effects on test-taking and stress levels.”
According to Ryan Newell, chair of the department of psychology and
family studies, the Great Plains Convention, with a total of 180
presenters, is one of the largest undergraduate research conferences.
"We are very proud of the accomplishments of these excellent
psychology and family studies majors,” Newell said.