Oak Love

An old wives’ tale on campus is that if you kiss someone under the well, you will marry that person one day.  Whether that is true or not, only the well knows for sure.  But we know that many people attend OCU and meet the love of their lives. We asked alums and current students…

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Melba Phillips – Oppenheimer Colleague and OCU Alumni

Dr. Melba Phillips at Berkley

Perhaps you have wondered about the historical marker that sets on the Oakland City University campus. It celebrates a person who was perhaps our most famous alumnus, Melba Phillips. Melba graduated from Oakland City College in 1926 and went on to become a famous international woman physicist. She was Professor Robert Oppenheimer’s first graduate student…

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“I Owed God Everything” – Dr. James Murray and OCU

Dr. James Murray

James W. Murray’s many accomplishments as president of Oakland City University were easily enough to make him legendary. When he came to Oakland City College in the fall of 1974, after retiring from the Marine Corps as a Lieutenant Colonel, the school teetered on the verge of collapse, strapped with falling enrollment, a lack of…

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