We find ourselves at an exciting point in the history of Oklahoma Baptist University, a point in time where we can impact the future of OBU. A hopeful expectation for the future is evident on Bison Hill. The administration and faculty continue to provide a place of high level learning coexisting with an unashamedly Christian worldview. While immediate events impact the University now, like increased masters’ degree program offerings in business and nursing or a national championship in swimming or the renewal of football on campus, it is the long-term planning for the future of OBU that is truly inspiring.
As you may be aware, this planning involves a significant upgrade to the look of the OBU campus through many building initiatives over the next decade and longer. These upgrades enhance degree programs overdue for new space such as the School of Nursing; bring modern housing to the male students on campus; offer all students a single facility to handle any need from enrolling to paying tuition to tutoring; or add curb appeal and direction to campus for those traveling to OBU from I-40. These changes are only a whisper of the things planned for the future, and they will need significant prayer and support from the OBU community. Alumni, professors, faculty, staff, administration, students and the City of Shawnee must work together for the common goal of positioning OBU for its next 100 years of operation.
I cannot imagine the path of my life, personally or professionally, without the influence of OBU administration, OBU professors and staff or the student body that was on campus with me.
The support of alumni is critical to meeting that goal. Others met it before us, and now it is our time. The Alumni Board of Directors is committed to alumni fulfilling our role in this expansion and upgrade of campus facilities. As such, at our last meeting on Feb. 4, we decided that every member of the Board, with 100 percent participation, will give financially to the Vision for a New Century Campaign. This fundraising represents a commitment to the future of OBU. While the size of the gift may vary by those on the Board, our commitment expresses our desire to give back or sacrifice for the school that contributed to the men and women we have become. I cannot imagine the path of my life, personally or professionally, without the influence of OBU administration, OBU professors and staff or the student body that was on campus with me. Those experiences and lessons learned on Bison Hill have paid immeasurable dividends in my life. As alumni, we cannot deprive those future students of those same lessons and experiences.
My hope is that you desire to see our school continue equipping young men and women for professional excellence while adhering to biblical values. Please do not dismiss this chance to contribute to the future of our University.
—Bart Newsom, President of the OBU Alumni Association