Remembering Greg McAllister
May 25, 1957 – November 30, 2018
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Greg McAllister, Alumni Relations Director and Master of Arts Program Director at Randall, died suddenly today as a result of complications from recent heart surgery. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire McAllister family. More information...
Randall Partners with We Start Churches for Giving Tuesday 2018!
Randall is cosponsoring a special live Facebook event with We Start Churches from 10am–2pm on Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Tune in to Randall's Facebook page to watch live speakers from various venues:
- 10am—Rejoice Church, Owasso, OK
- 11am—The Donelson Fellowship, Nashville, TN
- 12pm—Mount View Church, Phoenix, AZ
- 1pm—The Vertical Church, Yuma, AZ
We Start Churches exists to plant churches that pioneer change. They help recruit, train, coach and resource church planters all across the country. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for you to hear great stories of God's work and give generously to pioneer change in cities around the world. Join us!
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Fall Production: "The Customer is Always Wrong!"
On Thursday, November 8th at 7pm. in Mabee Hall, Randall University proudly presents the play, "The Customer is Always Wrong," written by Ian McWethy and directed by our very own DeAnna Blackburn.
Synopsis: "Ah, the working world is full of valuable lessons. Commitment! Responsibility! Total humiliation! When four teenagers start their very first jobs, it doesn't seem like rocket science to babysit, wait tables, pass out flyers, or work at a movie theater, but it's not long before they find out that in the minimum-wage world, the customer is king...a brutal, ruthless king. This funny, biting comedy is an ode to anyone who's ever had to tell the worst customer in the world to 'have a nice day.'"
The play is free of charge and open to the public. All are welcome!
New Appointment at Randall
Brent Sykes, Academic Dean, and Jody Blackwell, Dean of Students, are excited to announce the hiring of Lauren Childers to Randall University. Miss Childers will be the first person to occupy the newly developed role of Coordinator of Community Engagement, beginning on November 5, 2018. Learn more about Miss Childers and this new role here.
Free Will Baptist Theological Symposium
On October 22–23, 2018, the annual Free Will Baptist Theological Symposium was held at Randall University. During the two-day conference, dozens of Free Will Baptist pastors, students, professors, and other scholars heard nine thoughtful presentations on a range of subjects. To see videos of these presentations, click here.
Annual Management & Ethics Conference
This year's Management & Ethics Conference, hosted by the Master of Public Administration department at Randall, will be held on Friday, November 2, 2018. The conference is open to public administrators and those who work in government, law enforcement, nonprofit organizations and businesses. The purpose is to equip participants with skills, education, and training for the 21st century. Learn more about the schedule and speakers, and register to attend, at ru.edu/mec.
Fall Campus Days Event Announced
This fall's Campus Days event will be held on October 21–22. Designed specifically for high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores, Campus Days is a unique opportunity to get a firsthand taste of life on a college campus. Participants will attend spend the night in a dorm, enjoy fun campus events, attend a class or two, and meet with Admissions and Financial Aid staff. Many Randall students say that it was the feel of the community on campus that drew them to the university. Come and experience that for yourself. Register today to reserve your spot!
Randall to Celebrate it's 60th Anniversary!
In 2019, Randall University celebrates its 60th anniversary. On February 23 (time TBD) we will host a special homecoming concert featuring former members of the university's singing groups, music faculty, and others. Imagine an entire stage full of vocalists singing both old and new songs—all to celebrate the name of Jesus! All alumni and past attendees of Oklahoma Bible College, Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College, and Randall University are encouraged to join us. Registration is required, so please be sure to visit our event page and save your place at this exciting event. We would truly love for you to join us!
Now Offering Alternative Education Courses!
Randall University now offers education courses to help alternative and emergency certified teachers complete the Oklahoma State Department of Education requirements to receive an Oklahoma certification. These courses are offered both online and on campus, and all admission and program fees have been waived. Find out more!
Randall Appoints New Academic Dean
President Timothy Eaton of Randall University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brent Sykes as the Academic Dean effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Sykes will oversee the academic faculty, Registrar’s Office, and curriculum development of the University. As Chief Academic Officer (CAO), Dr. Sykes will serve in the President’s Cabinet alongside the other administrators. Executive Vice President, Dr. Mark Braisher, has served well as CAO, but due to the growth of the University will now focus on Financial and University operations. Dr. Braisher is to be commended for his part in the growth of the University necessitating this change.
Brent Sykes has worked in higher education for eight years after leaving a decade-long career in the mental health field. Dr. Sykes has worked across a host of areas that have prepared him for the role of academic dean. He worked in student services developing a novel, Native American learning community at the University of Oklahoma. His Native American tribe, the Chickasaw Nation, recognized his autoethnography of this experience, as Best Master’s Thesis for the Chickasaw Nation Research and Publication Award. Next, he developed curriculum for Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Clinical Research Coordinator Program, which was a component of a $1.72 million federal grant for “Building a Clinical Research Track in the Health Careers Ladder.” While at OCCC he also began teaching online courses in clinical research and in-class strategies for success courses for traditional and non-traditional students.
In 2012, Brent began teaching in the psychology program part-time at Randall University. Since then, he assumed a full-time position in 2014, became director of the social studies program in teacher education, as well as director of the psychology program. During this time, he successfully wrote the program and assessment report for the social studies major, which resulted in an affirmative accreditation from the Oklahoma Office of Educational Quality and Accountability. He has maintained a full teaching load, advised students, served on several academic committees, and has made structural changes to the psychology program, which reflect his academic research interests in community psychology.
Dr. Sykes received his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in 2017. He has also published in academic, peer-reviewed journals focusing on adult learning for minority students and campus-community research engagement. He and his wife, Amanda, live in Oklahoma City with their five beautiful children: Paige, 5-year-old triplets (Elinor, Josephine, Lincoln), and Clayton, the most recent addition to the family.
Randall Hires New Women's Soccer Head Coach
Jake Cottage was named the second head coach in the Randall University women’s soccer program’s history on May 1, 2018. Cottage has spent several seasons as a collegiate assistant coach while also coaching club soccer at the Oklahoma Energy soccer club and serving as the head boy’s coach at Bishop McGuinness High School.
Athletic Director Mark Berokoff says the athletic department is “extremely excited to get a coach of this quality. Coach Cottage has proven himself at the college level and at the high school level.”
Coach Cottage is originally from Raunds, England. He came to America in the fall of 2007 on a soccer scholarship to the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. Cottage played his first three seasons at the University of Science and Arts, then transferred to Southwestern Christian University for his senior year. He was a standout student athlete throughout his collegiate career winning several team and individual awards. Some of Coach Cottage's highlights include an NAIA Sooner Athletic Tournament Championship and National Tournament appearances, as well as being named to NAIA 1st Team All-Region and NCCAA All-American teams.
Coach Cottage graduated in May 2012 with a Bachelors in Sports Management. He also has a Masters in Sports Administration from East Central University and a USSF C coaching license.
“I want to thank Coach Berokoff and Randall University for the opportunity to be the new head women’s coach,” says Coach Cottage. “Randall University has a quality athletic department and I can’t wait to continue the growth of this great program on and off the field.”
Coach Cottage and his wife, Stephanie, live in Yukon, Oklahoma.
Randall Hires New Volleyball Head Coach
After a very successful 26-11 season, Head Volleyball Coach Sarah Rhodes resigned in order to accept a coaching position at her alma mater, Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. We are very grateful for Sarah and the impact she had on her players both on and off the court. We wish her the best in this next chapter!
Randall University Athletic Director Mark Berokoff is excited to announce Mike Freeman as the newest member of the Randall University Coaching Staff.
Coach Freeman has been involved in coaching volleyball for 30-plus years. He has had the opportunity to learn from Team USA coaches as well as some of the top college coaches in the United States. Coach Freeman served as both an assistant and head coach at Casady High School from 2000-2011 and has played competitively at all levels in men’s volleyball. He has been a board member for the Oklahoma Region Volleyball Association for 15 years. Coach Freeman started the Kaizen Volleyball Club in Oklahoma City in 1995, presently one of the oldest clubs in the state with both boys’ teams and girls’ teams competing all over the United States. Coach Freeman has also been involved in the High Performance program either as a tryout coach or a head coach since 2010 and just ended a five-year stint coaching at Mid-America Christian University.
Berokoff feels Coach Freeman brings a wealth of experience both locally and nationally. His recruiting ties within the state are going to be able to raise the level of our women’s volleyball program. Coach Freeman is excited to start a new chapter at as the head women’s volleyball coach at Randall University.
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