Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU Holds Winter Commencement Dec. 16

Seventy-five students will be recognized as graduates during Oklahoma Baptist University’s 2005 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16, at 2 p.m., in the university’s Raley Chapel.

Dr. Shawna York, assistant professor of chemistry and recipient of OBU’s 2005 Most Promising Teacher award, will deliver the commencement address. The program also will include greetings by officials from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the OBU Alumni Association.

Two students will graduate with the scholastic predicate Summa Cum Laude for maintaining at least a 3.95 grade point average on all work offered for their degrees. They are Sara Jane Gottschalk, a health, physical education and recreation major from St. Louis, Mo.; and Megan Leann MacNair, a communication studies major from Jetmore, Kan.

In addition to the summa cum laude designation, several students will graduate with scholastic predicates. Eight maintained at least a 3.70 GPA on work toward their degrees and will be designated Magna Cum Laude.

These students are Lori Katherine Aebischer, an elementary education major from Chiclayo, Peru; Jenna Lynn Blanscet, an English major from Carrollton, Texas; Timothy Charles Cook, a Bible major from Shawnee, Okla.; Kristine Nichole Jones, an art education major from Springdale, Ark.; Meredith Whitney Livingston, an English, secondary education major from Edmond, Okla.; Joy G. Rooker-Raley, an anthropology and museum management major from Shawnee, Okla.; Andrea Marie Shank, a social work/family relations major from Pampa, Texas; and Brian Andrew Warfield, a Bible major from Oklahoma City, Okla.

Fifteen students are designated Cum Laude, maintaining at least a 3.40 GPA on work toward their degrees.

They are Allison Corin Badgett, a journalism major from Celina, Texas; Katie Jeanette Black, an elementary education major from Sand Springs, Okla.; Johnathan Gardner Bonner, an English, secondary education major from Rio Rancho, N.M.; Ryan Bouchard, a Christian studies major from Billings, Mont.; Jennifer Elaine Brandt, a family psychology major from Shawnee, Okla.; Sean Patrick Dryden, a mathematics major from Shawnee, Okla.; Karla Amerlia Gerhardt, a finance major from Maple Valley, Wash.; Christy Annette Graham, a psychology major from Bethany, Okla.; Christopher Michael Hayes, a Bible major from Collierville, Tenn.; Adrian Noel Kester, an applied ministry, education major; Jonathan Wen-Sum Mui, a psychology major from Singapore; Carolyn Elizabeh Spinelli, an art major from Plano, Texas; Brianna Lynny Thacker, an elementary education major from Eustace, Texas; Deborah Leigh Welch, a public relations major from Fritch, Texas; and Christy Lynn Williams, a public relations major from Lavaca, Ark.

Six students also received recognition as Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities and Colleges. They are Aebischer, Black, Bonner, Gottschalk, MacNair and Williams.

From the College of Arts and Sciences, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Shannon Lea Armstrong, a family relations major from Shawnee, Okla.; Zachariah M. Bearden, secondary science education major from Sheridan, Wyo.; Amanda Brooke Brandt, a psychology major from Shawnee, Okla.; Kimberly Gayle Cook, a family relations major from Sachse, Texas; Jennifer Jean Crosthwait, a special education major from McLoud, Okla.; J. Keith Dalton, a family psychology major from Canton, Texas; Danielle Jean Farquhar, an early childhood education major from Shawnee, Okla.; Krista Dawn Hawkins, an elementary education major from Shawnee, Okla.; Erin Michelle Johnston, a mathematics, secondary education major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; Leah Allison Lang, a family relations major from Jackson, Tenn.; Jamie Lynn Lee, an exercise and sport science major from Nicoma Park, Okla.; Kristin Joy Lillie, a family psychology major from Nash, Okla.; Guy Laval Dominique Chan Low, a psychology major from Beau Bassin, Mauritas; Derek Lutz, a political science major from Shawnee, Okla.; Greta Michelle Madson, a psychology major from Shawnee, Okla.; Kristin Joyce McWhirter, an English, secondary education major from Vancouver, Wash.; Lee-Anne Mosselman, a social work major from Ontario, Canada; Allison Laurinda Murrey, a child care administration from Lone Oak, Texas; C. Cody Napier, a leisure service management major from Tecumseh, Okla.; Matthew R. Newcomb, a social sciences, secondary education major from Smithville, Mo.; Isaac Joseph Romero, an interdisciplinary psychology/sociology/recreation major from Oxnard, Calif.; Brady Andrew Schmiedeberg, an exercise and sports science major from Edmond, Okla.; Leeann Michelle Sullinger, a public relations major from The Woodlands, Texas; Lynly Danae Taylor, a psychology major from Yukon, Okla.; and Vikki Lynn Walls, a special education major.

From the Paul Dickinson College of Business, candidates include: Heath Daniel Ceren, a marketing major from Spring, Texas; Jessie Lynn Davis, a marketing major from Blue Springs, Mo.; Justin Kendall Garrison, a management major from Anderson, Mo.; Arthur David Kinser, a business administration major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; Jeremy Dewayne Ward, a management/marketing major from Shawnee, Okla.

From the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, candidates include: Stephanie June Barnett, a Christian studies major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; Aaron R. Davis, a youth ministry major from Amarillo, Texas; Shawn Joseph Eldridge, a Christian studies major; Jonathan L. Griffin, a Bible major from San Antonio, Texas; Stacy Melinda Haigood, a youth ministry major from Pauls Valley, Okla.; Kurt H. Jackson, an education ministry major; Timothy Scott Lawson, a youth ministry major from Vandalia, Ill.; Haskell G. Melton, II, a pastoral ministry major from Savanna, Okla.; Manuel Wesley Parker, a Christian studies major from Mannford, Okla.; Zachary Sean Parker, a youth ministry major; Kenneth Floyd Reiter, a cross-cultural ministry major from Gainesville, Texas; Bienvenido Simundo, a Christian studies major; Timothy Joseph Sparks, a Bible major from Moore, Okla.; Geraldine Taylor-Winslett, a Christian studies major.

From the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, candidates include: Sara Lindsey Davidson, an art major from Shawnee, Okla.; Jennifer Dawn Fuller, a music education major from Dodge City, Kan.; Douglas W. Hurt, an art education major from Shawnee, Okla.; Tiana Marie Perez, a music education major from San Antonio, Texas; Caleb Lawrence Raney, a musical arts major from Tecumseh, Okla.; Adam Nathaniel Ray, a musical arts major from Shawnee, Okla.

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