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KIA Afghanistan 29 Jan 2004

OC bestows honorary degree on fallen soldier

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Author: Oklahoma Christian University
Source:  Oklahoma Christian University

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - Feb. 18, 2004 - The late Kyle Seitsinger is the first graduate of Oklahoma Christian University's Class of 2004.

Oklahoma Christian bestowed an honorary Bachelor of Science degree on Seitsinger during a special ceremony following Wednesday's chapel service. Kyle's father Dan, mother Jo and sister Karla accepted the diploma from OC president Dr. Mike O'Neal and Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jeanine Varner.

Seitsinger, an Army Reserves sergeant, died along with seven other soldiers in Afghanistan on Jan. 29, when a weapons cache expoloded. He enrolled at Oklahoma Christian in the fall of 2000 and served several tours of duty during his time as a student. He last was called to active duty in November 2003, just 12 months short of his scheduled graduation. Seitsinger was a dual major in journalism and Spanish.

Seitsinger graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo., in May 1993. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on Dec. 7, 1993. During his six-and-a-half-year tour of duty, Seitsinger 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 Seitsinger for his leadership style. Seitsinger also was an expert marksman and rifle instructor at Camp Pendleton. He was named "Top Gun" at his embassy school graduation in Quantico, Va.

At Oklahoma Christian, Seitsinger worked for the Talon, the student newspaper, serving as an editor for two years. In 2002, he was selected as one of 16 student journalists to participate in the Summer Institute in Journalism sponsored by the Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities. His assignments included interviews with the Colombian president as well as U.S. representatives Ernest Istook and J.C. Watts.

In 2003, Seitsinger spent six months in Costa Rica in a program designed to immerse the learner in the Spanish language. He aspired to be an international correspondent living and reporting out of South America.


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