The Edmond Sun

August 29, 2012

OC's First Ladies Tea invites community to share in book collection

Oklahoma Christian University first lady deSteiguer celebrates women, books

Patty Miller
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Teapots, teacups and saucers in all sizes, fresh flowers and books covered the tables in the Garvey Center on the Oklahoma Christian University campus Wednesday.

More than 100 women gathered for tea, cookies and conversation at the First Ladies Tea hosted by Darla deSteiguer, wife of new OC president John deSteiguer, and two previous OC First Ladies. The invitation list included university young women students, past and present faculty women and friends and neighbors.

This is one of several activities to invite women to share in the First Ladies Book Collection, established by deSteiguer in OC’s Beam Library.

“I love books and I love reading,” deSteiguer said, “and I want this collection to benefit the female students as well as female faculty members and friends in the community.”

Students enjoyed the tea and cookies as well as meeting deSteiguer.

“I think it is a great idea,” said junior Kristen Lindsey. “This is a good way for us to connect with her and it is a good way for her to be involved with the students on campus.”

One of the attendees said she loves words.

“I think words are so powerful,” said Tamie Willis, library director. “The words in books have changed people’s lives, and I believe there is a connection between people and what they read. I think the First Ladies Collection is going to provide another connection with our students.”

For information on adding a book to the collection, visit or contact Tamie Willis at or 425-5320.