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OBU to Graduate 258 in Spring Commencement

Two hundred and fifty-eight students will have degrees conferred upon them during Oklahoma Baptist University’s 2006 Spring Commencement, Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the university’s Raley Chapel.

Dr. James Vernon, associate professor of music and recipient of OBU’s 2005 Distinguish Teaching Award, will deliver the Commencement address.

A capacity crowd of more than 1,800 is expected for the morning graduation exercises. In addition to the address from Dr. Vernon, the program includes greetings by officials from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the OBU Alumni Association. OBU President Mark Brister will preside at the ceremonies, and issue a presidential charge to the graduates.

From the College of Arts and Sciences, candidates for bachelor’s degrees, with their hometowns and academic majors, include: Candace Dawn Acord, Chandler, Okla., biochemistry; Tyson Neal Allard, Roosevelt, Okla., chemistry; Mary Michael Amonsen, Bellingham, Wash., biology and Spanish; James Philip Anno, Houston, Texas, biochemistry; Steven Thomas Bajema, Chesterfield, Mo., leisure service management: recreation; Gabriel Matanane Bell, McLoud, Okla., mathematics; Jamie Lynn Bell, Sachse, Texas, secondary science education; Nicole Lynn Blanchard, Rogers, Ark., health, physical education and recreation, PK-12; Jonathan Marcus Bodenstein, Springdale, Ark., health, physical education and recreation, PK-12; Tracy Nicole Briggs, Alexander, Ark., English; Rebekah Ann Brock, Enid, Okla., special education, mild/moderate disabilities; Morgan Jean Brown, Davis, Okla., chemistry; Kathryn Elaine Burton, Tulsa, Okla., early childhood education; Kendall Leigh Byrns, Elgin, Okla., biochemistry; Robert Jeremiah Campo, Shidler, Okla., mathematics; Darci Leann Chambers, Shawnee, Okla., English and secondary education; Monica Kathleen Conner, Plano, Texas, public relations; Davis Thomas Cooley, Shawnee, Okla., psychology.

Others receiving their bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Heather Marie Daniells, Edmond, Okla., public relations; Tiffany Michelle Daniel, Lake St. Louis, Mo., Spanish education, PK-12; Dustin Lane Davis, Tulsa, Okla., family psychology; Lauren Kay Downen, Oklahoma City, Okla., English; Tabetha Deanne Eaton, Chickasha, Okla., leisure service management: recreation administration; Emily Suzanne Elmen, elementary/early childhood education, Lewisville, Texas; Christa Lynn Evans, Cherokee, Okla., English; Sheila Lynn Faulkner, Lake City, Fla., elementary/early childhood education; Mai Fukada, Aichi, Japan, exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Kristen Leigh Gaddie, Redding, Calif., elementary education; Jennifer Lynn Gammon, Del City, Okla., journalism; Ashlee Meagan Price Garner, Fort Sumner, N.M., English and secondary education; Lee Thomas Goggin, Wellston, Okla., interdisciplinary: kinesiology, leisure studies, education; Clint Orval Goodson, Edmond, Okla., leisure service management: sports ministry; Cheryel Dawn Graham, Claremore, Okla., elementary education; Adrienne Nicole Haggard, Kingston, Okla., biology; Katie Beth Hamilton, Tulsa, Okla., early childhood education; Elizabeth Ann Haney, Booneville, Ark., psychology; Joshua Neilon Hargett, Junction City, Ark., sociology; Tracy Nicole Hartman, Kansas City, Mo., family psychology; Sarah Elizabeth Haselwood, Shawnee, Okla., exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Katherine DenArd Hewitt, Bixby, Okla., family psychology; Mysti Leigh Hively, McKinney, Texas, family psychology; Olin Gene Holland, Welch, Okla., leisure service management: camp administration; Elizabeth Ashley Irwin, Yukon, Okla., family psychology; Alisha Marie Kaighen, Kansas City, Mo., public relations; Mirriam Kaumba, Fayetteville, Ark., exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Michael Keith Keesee, Pauls Valley, Okla., chemistry; Karen Ann Kelly, Tecumseh, Okla., English; Jung-Sun Kim, South Korea, biochemistry; Angela Lynn King, Dyersburg, Tenn., interdisciplinary: TESOL, psychology, applied ministry; Bradley Ray King, Altus, Okla., English; Lauryn Hart Lane, Dallas, Texas, family psychology; Lindsay Ann Lewis, Dodge City, Kan., family psychology; Andrew Davis Lau, Chickasha, Okla., physics and mathematics; Rodney Kent Little, Wayne, Okla., biology; Brian Matthew Lofton, Shawnee, Okla., biology; Curtis Wayne Lopez, Rogers, Ark., interdisciplinary: kinesiology and education; Ashley Dawn Louk, Hutchison, Kan., mathematics and secondary education; Derek Carl Lutz, Shawnee, Okla.; political science; Jennifer Lee Mann, Oklahoma City, Okla., exercise and sport science: sports medicine; Anne Malthaner, Norman, Okla., elementary and early childhood education; Ashley Danielle Marble, Grand Island, Neb., public relations; Shannon Kate Martin, Southlake, Texas, elementary and early childhood education; Rachel Michelle Maxwell, Collinsville, Okla., family psychology; Jamie Lee McCallum, Cleburne, Texas, interdisciplinary: social work, Spanish, cross-cultural ministry; Laura Grace McCary, Oklahoma City, Okla., psychology; Carmon Ray McCulley, Luther, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Benjamin Isaac McVay, Siloam Springs, Ark., English and public relations; Holly Cannon Miller, Sparks, Okla., interdisciplinary: journalism, Spanish, music; Vicky Oreatha Misa, Shawnee, Okla., journalism; Kymberly Michelle Morris, Lafayette, Colo., English and secondary education; John Paul Napier, Edmond, Okla., English; Maira Ogata Negri, Sao Bernardo Campo, Brazil, exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Angela Marie Neubert, St. Charles, Mo., Spanish education, PK-12; Bradley Michael Newman, Walker, Mo., journalism; Christopher Dale Nichols, Shawnee, Okla., journalism; Ann Thu Nguyen, Oklahoma City, Okla., exercise and sports science: sports medicine; David Anthony Noblett, Harrah, Okla., journalism; Jacqueline Marie Palmer, Sparta, N.J., special education: mild/moderate disabilities, PK-12; Dora Rachel Pipkins, Pocola, Okla., family psychology and social work; Lindsay Brooks Porter, Little Rock, Ark., family psychology; Erin Meredith Reiser, Pryor, Okla., biology; Derek Ray Roper, Seminole, Okla., leisure service management: recreation administration; Renee Michele Rosbrugh, Columbia, Md., biology and secondary education; Carter Michael Sanders, Stillwater, Okla., history; Rachel Christine Schooler, Shawnee, Okla., early childhood and elementary education; Eric Matthew Sexton, Oklahoma City, Okla., biology; Heather M. Shaw, Baytown, Texas, journalism; Erin Lea Short, Hooker, Okla., family psychology, Kimberly Elise Simpson, Stafford, Va., Spanish; Marcos Roberto Silva, Itanhaem-Sao Paulo, Brazil, exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Sara Beth Smith, Temple, Texas, family psychology; Megan Laurene Stair, Garland, Texas, secondary science education; Cara Michelle Stogsdill, Vermillion, S.D., biology; Jessica Leigh Stone, Tyler, Texas, childcare administration; Shannon Michele Stuckey, Wichita Falls, Texas, family relations; Rachel Ann Swing, Norman, Okla., history; Kelli Denise Vallandingham, Shawnee, Okla., elementary and early childhood education; Lauren Danielle Vaughan, Edmond, Okla., family psychology; Mary Kathryn Victory, Shreveport, La., English; Serena Kay Ward, Shawnee, Okla., early childhood education; Jonathan Michael Waters, Garland, Texas, biology; Julie Laura Watson, Muskogee, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Sarah Elizabeth Wells, Dallas, Texas, English; Pascha Leigh Whaley, Edmond, Okla., elementary education; Amanda Lea Winn, early childhood education; Luke Charles Wood, Tulsa, Okla., biochemistry; Amanda Dawne Zahara, Sexsmith, Alberta, Canada; health, physical education and recreation, K-12.

From the Paul Dickinson School of Business, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Joshua D. Bryan, Mustang, Okla., finance; Gregory Mark Clifford, Oklahoma City, Okla., professional accountancy; Andrea Catharine Collum, Shawnee, Okla., marketing; Ive Amorim Coutinho, Cuiaba, Brazil, international business; Jordan Ryan Crane, Shawnee, Okla., management; David Anthony Dani, Edmond, Okla., finance; Natalie Marie Espinosa, Bethany, Okla., marketing; Zachary M. Gragg, Edmond, Okla., finance; Mark L. Jassey, Fort Bliss, Texas, finance and management; Arthur David Kinser, Oklahoma City, Okla., business administration; Bobbie Lynn Maxey, Marana, Ariz., accounting; James Tyson McIntyre, Broken Arrow, Okla., management; Daniel Porter McMains, Seminole, Okla., finance; Amber Nicole McMurry, Bonham, Texas, management and marketing; Kerri Deann McNutt, Ada, Okla., finance; Audra Marie Rial, Pryor, Okla., marketing and management; Waylon Neal Smith, Farmington, N.M., management; Megan Elizabeth Stone, Edmond, Okla., accounting and finance; Glenn Allen Tappert, Lewisville, Texas, international business; Michael James Taylor, Okmulgee, Okla., management; Melanie Elaine Warren, Porter, Okla., professional accountancy and finance; Landon Robert Willets, Ruston, La., marketing; Chad Steven Wilsie, Shawnee, Okla., professional accountancy and finance; Trisha Rene Zylstra, Batesville, Ark., international business.

From the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Rayna Marie Barker, Shawnee, Okla., applied ministry: education; Stephanie June Barnett, Oklahoma City, Okla., Christian studies; David Wayne Barrington, Billings, Mont., Christian studies; Ryan Kenneth Blackwell, Lowell, Ark., religion: Bible; Collin Blake Bullard, Ada, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Christine Renee Chapman, Arlington, Texas, applied ministry: cross-cultural; Joshua Alexander Coates, Tonkawa, Okla., applied ministry: cross-cultural; Jason Scott Copenhaver, Oklahoma City, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Drew Austin Cunningham, Edmond, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Jeffrey Lee DeGiacomo, Inola, Okla., religion: Bible; Michelle Anne De La Garza, Midwest City, Okla., religion: Bible; Dennis Glenn Doty, Spring, Texas, religion: Bible; Daniel Caleb Ellis, Shawnee, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Justin Paul Farrell, Omaha, Neb, religion: Bible and philosophy; David Alan Fensler, Broken Arrow, Okla., religion: Bible; Joshua Allen Gardner, Oklahoma City, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Ryan Eugene Goodman, Woodward, Okla., applied ministry: children’s ministry; Shawn Goodwin, Wellston, Okla., Christian studies; Jonathan Levi Griffin, San Antonio, Texas, religion: Bible; Phillip Andrew Hales, Newcastle, Okla., applied ministry: pastoral; Laura Ann Hawthorne, Cache, Okla., applied ministry: children’s ministry; Abby Leigh Hudman, Wichita, Kan., philosophy and religion: biblical languages; Kent Allen Jaggers, Shawnee, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Joseph Monroe Leal, Shawnee, Okla., religion: departmental; Clayton David Mauritzen, Longview, Texas, religion: biblical languages and philosophy; Justin Darrell McCain, Bixby, Okla., religion: Bible and leisure service and management: camp administration; Michelle Lea McBeath, Springfield, Mo., religion: Bible; Matthew Jay McMains, Seminole, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Jesse Robert Motley, Hollis, Okla., religion: Bible; James Tyler Neel, Canton, Texas, applied ministry: pastoral; Michael Boyce Pelter, Cherokee, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Katherine Anne Pitts, Waco, Texas, applied ministry: cross-cultural and history; Timothy Joseph Sparks, Moore, Okla., religion: Bible; Mandy Lynn Stanek, Fort Dodge, Iowa, applied ministry: youth and family psychology; Dustin Keith Stottmann, Lawton, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Lauren Elizabeth White, Webster Grove, Mo., religion: Bible; Aaron Chapman Willis, Shawnee, Okla., philosophy; Jason Lyn Yost, Montezuma, Kan., philosophy.

Three students are candidates for the associate of arts degree in Christian studies. They are Anthony Baker, Oklahoma City, Okla., Christian studies; Rick DeWayne Gettens, Lawton, Okla., Christian studies; Megan Ann Higgins, Simms, Mont., Christian studies.

From the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, candidates for bachelor’s degree include: Hillary Beth Albright, Springdale, Ark., musical arts: voice; Elise Marie Anderson, Tishomingo, Okla., musical arts: voice; Brian Matthew Bailey, Broken Arrow, Okla., church music: voice; Jason Daniel Brown, Edmond, Okla., telecommunication; Raechel Lyn Brown, Oklahoma City, Okla., art; Christina Marie Buie, Shawnee, Okla., art; Keri Dee Burman, Edmond, Okla., vocal performance; Andrew Evan Butler, Bowling Green, Ky., church music: trumpet; Anne Meredith Butler, Denver, Colo., art education, PK-12; Emily Guinn Byford, Broken Arrow, Okla., musical arts: voice; Stephen Luke Byford, Shawnee, Okla., church music: voice; Kristin Kathleen Cease, Tulsa, Okla., music education, instrumental, PK-12; Bethany Joy Chadderdon, Leavenworth, Kan., telecommunication; Robert K. Christiansen, Shawnee, Okla., theatre; Jamie Rachelle Cook, Sherman, Texas, art education; Andrew Zane DeClue, Owasso, Okla., telecommunication; Mitchell Gene DeShazer, Tecumseh, Okla., art and family psychology; Abigail Frances Hess, Edmond, Okla., telecommunication; Kayla Stephens Jaggers, Shawnee, Okla., studio art; Aaron L. Jameson, Yakima, Wash., church music: instrumental; Heather Nicole Johnston, Amarillo, Texas, musical arts: voice; Gena Destri Keffer, Louisburg, Kan., studio art; Daina LeRee Kringlen, Choctaw, Okla., musical arts: composition; Clay Daniel Little, Owasso, Okla., studio art; Jamie Lynn Lockard, Fayetteville, Ark., art education, PK-12; Lee Elizabeth Matthews, New Braunfels, Texas, theatre; Sherri Renee Matthews, Shawnee, Okla., theatre; Crystal McWilliams, Shawnee, Okla., art education, PK-12; Stacey Lynn Miller, Plains, Kan., piano performance; Eric Wade Mowery, Midwest City, Okla., musical arts: instrumental; Kristen Joy Morgan, Okmulgee, Okla., music education: vocal, PK-12; Helena Mae Newberry, Wellington, Kan., theatre; Kamaca Doy-Ann Reavis, Shawnee, Okla., art and family psychology; Nathaniel Lee Rogers, Pueblo, Colo., church music: voice; Emily Diane Rose, Edmond, Okla., music education: vocal, PK-12; Jeremy Matthew Simmons, Grapevine, Texas, church music: voice; Michael Damien Slaughter, Oklahoma City, Okla., church music: voice; Jennifer Lynn Smith, Bolivar, Mo., music education: vocal, PK-12; Harold Ray Sweat Jr., Sherman, Texas, telecommunication; Rebecca Brett Swofford, Adair, Okla., art; Danna Carol Taulbee, Little Rock, Ark., telecommunication; Jesse J. Vinyard, Choctaw, Okla., theatre; William Michael Ware, Edmond, Okla., theory and composition; James Derek Watson, Lisbon, Portugal, telecommunication; Robert Harrison Wilson IV, art and marketing; Kristi Lynn Youngblood-Burns, Midwest City, Okla., studio art.

From the School of Nursing, candidates for the bachelor of science degree in nursing include: Bobby Junbum Ahn, Norman, Okla.; Blaire Lynn Bender, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Melissa Marie Bish, Wichita, Kan.; Maranda Loraine Bradford, Pocola, Okla.; Rachel Wallace Duncan Christian, Okemah, Okla.; Jessica Dawn Combs, Chandler, Okla.; Casey Renee Crane, Shawnee, Okla.; Jennifer Darrah Crane, Austin, Texas; Kate Lynne Ferguson, Rogers, Ark.; Linda Suzanne Garrison, Okemah, Okla.; Amelia Harlin Greever, Shawnee, Okla.; Keetia Mae Hackworth, Tulsa, Okla.; Amy Jo Harris, Gruver, Texas; Tana L. Hicks, Shawnee, Okla.; Martha Catherine Highfill, Springdale, Ark.; Hillary Megan Holley, Weatherford, Texas; Katrina Joy Irwin, Parker, Texas; Anna Grace Jeffers, Tulsa, Okla.; Amber Lynn Jefferson, Independence, Kan.; Tetyana Klimenko, Shawnee, Okla.; Ashley Nicole Mast, Humble, Texas; Anissa Louise Moten, Nicoma Park, Okla.; Emily Ruth Newhard, Springfield, Mo.; Laura Ranae Noggle, Perryton, Texas; Melinda Sue Pierce, Yukon, Okla.; Anisa Michelle Pradhan, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Elizabeth Jean Purcell, Rexford, Kan.; Clare Elaine Reeves, Roeland Park, Kan.; Kimberly Faith Stephens, Houston, Texas; Tara Le Ann Stine, Arcadia, Okla.; Joel G. Stone, Locust Grove, Okla.; Rebekah Joy Swayne, Gunter Annex Air Force Base, Ala.; Julie Ann Syverson, Richland Wash.; Sondra Lyn Tonubbee, Shawnee, Okla.; Corby Lynn Wilhite, Edmond, Okla.; Shelly Lynne Williams, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Amanda Renee Wilson, Bethany, Okla.