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.
2018 Commencement Speaker Announcement
This year's Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 12 at 10:30am in the Large Auditorium. We look forward to the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of a number of Associate, Bachelor, and Masters Degree recipients. Clint Morgan, long-time missionary to Africa and current General Director of Free Will Baptist International Missions, will deliver our Commencement address.
Clint and his wife Lynette, daughter of pioneer medical missionaries Dr. LaVerne and Lorene Miley, served with excellence in Côte d’Ivoire (1976-2005). The couple spent two terms in evangelism and church planting before helping initiate and establish a Bible institute for training Ivorian leaders. Clint received a special assignment from the board in 2002 to research the possibility of the Mission entering creative access areas of the world. As a result, The Hanna Project was born in 2004. Clint was named its administrative director in 2010.
The Morgans served in France from 2007 to 2011. On February 10, 2011, Clint was selected as interim general director of International Missions. In September 2011, the board voted to employ him as general director.
Clint and Lynette have four children (Trey, Adam, Aaron, and Autumn) and seven grandchildren.
2018 Students of the Year
On April 26, 2018, three Randall University students were given special awards during the morning chapel service.
The Most Outstanding Student Award is voted on by the faculty each year and given to a student who deserves special recognition for academic performance, leadership ability, and achievement. The student selected reflects the RU core values of faith, integrity, respect, service, responsibility, and learning through relationships with faculty, constituents, and fellow students. This year's recipient of the Most Outstanding Student Award is Benjamin Collier, a senior from McAlester, OK, who will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Mathematics. Ben played for the Saints Basketball team for three years, received the Scholar-Athlete Award for the past two years, and received the NCCAA Scholar Athlete in Division II Award. Upon graduating, Ben plans to return to McAlester, OK to teach and coach.
The Best All-Around Student Award is presented annually to a male and female RU student, as selected by his/her fellow students. Awards are based on Christian character, campus leadership, and other traits of value. This year's recipients are Alexis Sanchez and Kristen Macy. Alexis is from Tecumseh, OK and is majoring in Youth and Family Ministry. He is a member of the Chapel Committee and serves as Chaplain of the Student Government Association. Kristen is a senior from Edmond, OK and is majoring in Sports Management and Business Administration. She was the captain of the Lady Saints Volleyball team this year and has played on the team for the last two years. Kristen has received several accolades related to her volleyball play, such as two-time regional MVP, ACCAA National Tournament MVP, two-time ACCAA 1st team All-American, two-time NCCAA National Tournament All-Tournament Team. She has also volunteered at the area Food Bank. After graduating, Kristen hopes to pursue a career in volleyball coaching.
Please join us in celebrating these students!
Randall Saints in the News!
The success of our Men's Basketball Team is being lauded by many. This article in NewsOK provides a more personal, behind-the-scenes look at the Saints in the National Tournament. Enjoy!
Upcoming Randall Reunion to Feature Alumni Basketball & Soccer Games
Have you registered yet for the upcoming Randall Reunion? It will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10am-4pm. Among the event's many highlights, we will be featuring both an alumni basketball game (11am) and an alumni soccer game (12pm). Sign up to play by contacting the coaches below. For more information about the Reunion, or to register, click here.
Alumni Basketball Game - If interested, contact Coach Mark Berokoff here.
Alumni Soccer Game - If interested, contact Coach Nick McMillian here.
Saints Secure Third Straight NCCAA National Championship Title!
On March 10, in front of a crowd of over 2700, the Randall University Men's Basketball team defeated home team, Bob Jones University, 86-84, in a closely contested matchup. The victory was the Saints' remarkable third straight national title. Read all about the game here. Congratulations to the Saints!
Symposium on the American Civil War
Randall University will host our annual symposium on the American Civil War on April 27 and 28, 2018. This year's keynote speakers will be award-winning author John Dwyer and Illinois historian Dr. Pamela Toler, whose book was the basis for the PBS series, Mercy Street. In addition, several other Civil War experts will present on a variety of related topics. This event is open to the public, free of charge. Learn more about the Symposium here.
"Seven Last Words: A Lenten Journey"
Throughout the seven weeks of Lent, we invite you to join us in reflection on Christ's final words from the cross. We are providing weekly reflections (a new one each Friday morning) and multimedia resources to guide you on your Lenten journey. Each reflection is written by a member of the Randall community. Check it out!
RU Connected? Randall Reunion
On Saturday, April 14, from 10am-5pm, we are inviting all alumni, former employees, friends, families, and faithful donors of Randall University to join us for a special event called, "RU Connected? Randall Reunion." This unique gathering will include fun, food, and fellowship in a familiar setting. We will have a variety of activities, including family games and the formation of alumni connections, and the entire event will culminate with a President's Banquet. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. See a full schedule of event and register to join us here.
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