Honoring the culture of Mexico as part of Oklahoma Christian University’s “Bringing it Home” homecoming, the women of Gamma Rho became the 2017 homecoming champions Nov. 4.
This was the second consecutive year for Gamma to claim the title, with the men of Chi Lambda Phi taking second and the women of Pi Zeta Phi placing third in the overall club standings. Chi and Pi represented the cultures of Italy and Japan, respectively.
“We know how much time is involved and sacrificed to be at everything and are grateful for all of the support,” Gamma’s Homecoming Co-Director Baylee Hancock said. “Winning again felt like such an accomplishment because there was a certain level of expectation from winning last year. We knew we would have the support from the women in club no matter what, but leading them to victory is something we will never forget.”
Gamma also placed first in the parade, with their “Viva Mexico” float.
“It felt really good to win after all the hard work we put in,” Hancock said. “It was a 100 percent club effort and we could not have done it without the support of the ladies of Gamma Rho. We are so proud of all the ladies that put time and sweat into building the float and coming to all of the events.”
Between the homecoming basketball games, which took place in the Nest Nov. 4, President John deSteiguer announced the 2017 Homecoming King and Queen, chosen from the three male and three female senior nominees.
Oklahoma Christian students crowned senior Jeff Gruenbaum as this year’s Homecoming King. The computer science and vocational ministry student is an assistant resident director in the freshmen boys’ dorm, one of the chapel coordinators and a member of Chi. Gruenbaum’s hobbies include running, photography, playing the guitar and reading, and he plans to get involved in ministry while working in the computer science field after graduation.
“It feels great,” Gruenbaum said. “It is really overwhelming. I’m beyond thankful and just really humbled to be chosen for this.”
The Oklahoma Christian student body also selected senior psychology student Madeline Roseke as this year’s Homecoming Queen. In addition to playing soccer for the Lady Eagles, Roseke served on the executive homecoming committee, currently interns at the Oklahoma Christian Welcome Center and works as a barista at the Brew. After graduation, Roseke hopes to become an occupational therapist. She is a member of Iota Kappa Phi, who celebrated the culture of England in this year’s homecoming.
“OC has been really great and it has been nice to be a part of the soccer team, as well as in club,” Roseke said. “Just experiencing all the different aspects of OC; that is what I am really grateful for.”