Mid-America Christian University (MACU) faculty/staff, students, stakeholders and local leaders participated in a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the newest 40,000-square-foot residence hall on Wednesday, October 21.
“It is truly exciting to name a facility [on our campus] in honor of Dr. Lillie McCutcheon; her life’s work is a true reflection of our foundation and vision. She had a profound dedication to Christ and selfless love for his people. Though she had many titles—from national figure, author, radio/television personality, beloved pastor to powerful lecturer—it was her unique ability to enlighten, strengthen and charge women and men for Christian service that earned her tremendous respect. Dr. McCutcheon left a legacy of leadership. May we all strive to influence people for Christ as she did,” said Mid-America president, Dr. John Fozard.
MACU students were dismissed from their classes during the ceremony and encouraged to attend. As hundreds participated in the festivities, the Student Government Association president, Emily Wells, shared that the residence facilities are much more than a resting place.
“Today is especially exciting for us. As students we understand that our residence halls are much more than a place to rest our heads, they are our homes. This is our safe place; where we learn and grow in our studies and in our faith. We are very proud of our campus.”
This is the second new residence hall developed within two years to meet enrollment needs. Mid-America has continued to grow in student enrollment. Since moving the university from Houston, Texas, to Oklahoma City in 1985, the student enrollment has increased from 249 to more than 2,500.
Not only has the university continued to grow in student enrollment, but has expanded in distance learning opportunities. MACU now has students in forty-five states, ten international nations, and in multiple languages.
“We are very blessed to see continual student growth. I believe that our world desperately needs the leadership of this new generation of Christian men and women. At Mid-America, we are providing a high-quality education, along with apprenticeship-focused teaching methods, in a Christian based atmosphere—which I believe are all beneficial for our students in today’s society,” said President Fozard.
The new residence facility, McCutcheon Hall, features larger living areas, laundry facilities on each floor, increased security features, and many more living amenities that encourage a successful on-campus residency experience.
President Fozard and the MACU Board of Trustees believe that there is not truer expression of a Christian university than its campus community. That belief encouraged the establishment of the “Building a Greater Campus Experience” campaign in 2012. The campaign consists of three phases; the residence halls are part of Phase Two. Through private contributions, Phase One—which includes Kennedy Hall (provides state-of-the-art classrooms and Library), a larger Student Activity Center (provides 11,000 additional square feet and computer stations), and new bookstore—is paid in full.
Mid-America Christian University is a private, Christian liberal arts college offering a variety of academic programs, degree options and learning environments (online and on-campus). Multiple levels of degrees are offered – including associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s – with programs ranging from behavioral science, psychology, counseling, business administration, international business, Bible & theology, leadership, health care, accounting, criminal justice, teacher education, and more. MACU is an endorsed agency of the Church of God (Anderson, IN), and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Visit www.MACU.edu for more information.