The Edmond Sun

Nation & World

January 29, 2014

Soldier’s family receives OC degree posthumously

OKLA. CITY — During Wednesday’s chapel service on the University of Oklahoma Christian campus, there was a poignant moment.

OC journalism Professor Philip Patterson was talking about Kyle Seitsinger, who was one of his students a decade or so ago. Seitsinger would sit in a seat during a service in Hardeman Auditorium, which was nearly filled to capacity today.

In November 2003, 12 months shy of graduating with a dual major in journalism and Spanish, the Edmond resident was called into active duty and the sergeant was assigned to the 486th Civil Affairs Battalion, U.S. Army Reserve, Broken Arrow.

In Afghanistan, Seitsinger would go to villages and gain the trust of locals in order to find out if any abandoned weapons were around. On Jan. 29, 2004, west of Ghazni, the 29-year-old was in a hut where Russian munitions were being disarmed when one soldier stepped on a device, igniting an explosion.

“I got a call at about two in the morning and I was told Kyle was dead,” Patterson said.

At the time, many Americans were distracted by the Super Bowl, played Feb. 1 that year. As the news of the deaths of the soldiers spread, Hardeman Auditorium was filled with mourning members of the OC community, Patterson said.

Patterson likened Seitsinger’s sacrifice 10 years ago to Jesus’ teaching: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:12-13 ESV).

“On the 10th anniversary, it’s fitting to pause and recall someone who sat here and had the courage to say, ‘I’ll go if called,’” Patterson said as he stood at the podium, looking out into the auditorium.

Three OC students with military service in their background joined OC President John deSteiguer and Kyle’s father Dan Seitsinger at the podium.

deSteiguer read a certificate regarding Kyle’s qualifications as a journalism student which included his excellent work with The Talon, OC’s student-run newspaper, his time with a faith-based journalism institute in Washington, D.C., his goal of being a photojournalist, his 6-plus years of service in the U.S. Marines Corps and his service in the Army Reserves.

Based on these things, OC presents Kyle’s father with a journalism degree honoring his son, deSteiguer said. As Dan Seitsinger received the certificate, the audience applauded vigorously.

After the ceremony, Seitsinger said he was moved by the ceremony, the gesture and the amount of effort that went into it.

“It’s a special event for me,” he said. “I’m just pleased to see recognition given to Kyle. Kyle felt very comfortable here. He loved it here. And they helped him develop not just as a student, but as a person. OC will always have a special place in my heart and in my mind.”

Seitsinger said journalism gave Kyle, who was naturally curious about the world, opportunities to meet people and to report on happenings. Kyle had a natural talent for reporting, Seitsinger said.

In May 1993,  Kyle graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. In December of that year, he joined the Marine Crops. He guarded U.S. embassies in Brasilia, Moscow and the consulate in Rio de Janeiro. At each of his stops, men of his company gave spontaneous awards to him for his leadership style.

Seitsinger was also an expert marksman and rifle instructor at Camp Pendleton. He was named “Top Gun” at his embassy school graduation in Quantico, Va.

After Seitsinger enrolled in OC during the fall of 2000, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserves. | 341-2121, ext. 108


Text Only
Nation & World
  • MS_injection well.jpg Agency clarifies earthquake-related misinformation

    A state agency says misinformation related to the debate about the cause of more earthquakes across Central Oklahoma includes oil well types, well numbers and injection pressure.
    The Prague sequence of 2011 along the Wilzetta Fault zone included a significant foreshock, a main shock of magnitude 5.7 and numerous aftershocks. It has been suggested that this sequence represents tremors triggered by fluid injection.
    More recently, earthquakes have been recorded in the vicinity of Jones, Arcadia Lake, Edmond, Guthrie, Langston and Crescent. Regulators and scientists are working together to better understand what’s causing all the shaking.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • bomb1 VIDEO: A year after marathon bombing, Boston remains strong

    The City of Boston came together Tuesday to honor those who were injured and lost their lives at the Boston Marathon on the one-year anniversary of the bombing. While the day was sure to be emotional, those affected by last year's race are showing they won't let the tragedy keep them down.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • New study counters pot legalization argument

    A new study raises a strong challenge to the idea that casual marijuana use isn’t associated with bad consequences, a researcher says.
    Researchers say the findings suggest recreational marijuana use may lead to previously unidentified brain changes and highlight the importance of research aimed at understanding the long-term effects of low to moderate marijuana use on the brain.

    April 15, 2014

  • Anita Hill.jpg Anita Hill reflects on her fateful testimony, 23 years later

    Back in 1993, I rounded a corner of a Laguna Beach, Calif., grocery store and walked straight into Anita Hill.
    We both stopped in our tracks. She looked slightly panicked, like someone had turned on a light in a room, and all she wanted was the door.
    It took a moment to register that this was the woman who, just two years before, calmly testified before a Senate committee about the sexual harassment she endured while working for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas  at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, of all places.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • jc_Erick Wyatt.JPG Norman man takes on challenge to unseat Inhofe

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one in a series of candidate profiles leading up to the 2014 Oklahoma elections.

    Erick Wyatt is running for U.S. Senate to be a strong voice of the people, he said. More than anything, Wyatt said he is running against incumbent U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for the sake of his children.
    The Norman Republican vows to represent the people’s interests instead of the interests of powerful political groups, Wyatt said.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140414_MALAYSIA_Bluefin.jpg In new phase to find Flight 370, search robot will enter ocean

    The pings have sputtered out in the multinational search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, forcing search crews to deploy an underwater robot to find a plane that’s eluded human efforts.
    In a last-ditch effort to find the Boeing 777 and its black box flight recorders, a U.S. Navy submersible vehicle will be used to scan an area in the southern Indian Ocean for debris.
    “We haven’t had a single detection in six days, so I guess it’s time to go underwater,” Angus Houston, who heads Australia’s Joint Agency Coordination Center, told a news conference in that country’s western city of Perth on Monday.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 25801486.jpg VIDEO: Northern California bus crash kills 10

    At least nine people died in Northern California on Thursday night, in an accident involving a bus, a car and FedEx truck. The bus was filled with high school students from Southern California who were on their way to visit a college campus.

    April 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Strong earthquake rattles Logan County

    Ray Dorwart, owner of Guthrie’s Dorwart Custom Boots, 117 S. Second, said he was in his store working on a sewing machine when he felt the structure shake Monday morning.
    Dorwart was on the phone with an out-of-state friend when he heard some tools rattle and felt the wood floor vibrate.

    April 7, 2014

  • Number of Americans without health insurance reaches new low

    The share of Americans without health insurance has dropped to the lowest level since before President Barack Obama took office, according to a new national survey that provides more evidence the health care law is extending coverage to millions of the previously uninsured.
    Just 14.7 percent of adults lacked coverage in the second half of March, down from 18 percent in the last quarter of 2013, the survey from Gallup found.

    April 7, 2014

  • Daniel Dissinger, 13.jpg Investigators seek cause of fire that killed 3 brothers

    Two siblings, a 14-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy, survived the early-morning Friday inferno that may have been touched off by kerosene lanterns used in the home. They ran to a neighbor’s house to ask for help and were later treated for smoke inhalation.
    A sixth child, age 4 ½, was spending the night at a friend’s house.

    April 7, 2014 2 Photos