Gifts to the endowment provide OBU the ability to continue to deliver the high quality learning-focused and excellence-driven academic environment for students. The endowment provides funding for student scholarships, academic chairs and professorships, campus lecture series, the honors program, the faculty sabbatical program and emerging Centers of Excellence.
The OBU College of Nursing has long outgrown the current facilities provided in the Williamson Nursing Center located on the lower level of Thurmond Hall. With more than 200 nursing students, the nursing program feeds high quality health professionals into an ever-expanding growth industry. The new facility will provide the state-of-the-art education facilities needed to equip future nurses and other health care professionals. Naming opportunities are available.
As the new student residential village on the north side of campus is opened, Agee Residence Center—formerly Brotherhood Dormitory—will be renovated to provide the campus with facilities to accommodate student organizations and greatly needed campus offices.
Providing superior student services to current and prospective students is vital to student satisfaction, with their experience at OBU resulting in greater retention and graduation rates. The Student Services Center will allow the delivery of a variety of student services in one convenient location constructed on the north side of John Wesley Raley Chapel.
A part of campus since 1951, the three-story Ford Music Hall needs significant interior renovations, a new heating and cooling system, a new roof and a card-access entry system. The building serves as the primary practice facility for students in the Division of Music containing piano and vocal practice rooms and space for the OBU Preparatory Department classes and choral rehearsals.
OBU’s strong programs in pre-medicine, physics, biology, mathematics and chemistry have resulted in the need for the expansion of the W.P. Wood Science Building to provide additional laboratories and enhanced classrooms. OBU science programs have produced internationally acclaimed researchers and medical school acceptance rates by graduates that are much higher than the national average.
An attractive environment is essential to the preservation and growth of a vibrant campus community. OBU’s vision to beautify and enhance the grounds of Bison Hill provides the foundation to create a welcoming environment for students, alumni and visitors.