Oklahoma Baptist University

Hoffman Begins Beyond the Hill Series

Oklahoma Baptist University will give students the opportunity to hear successful graduates first-hand throughout the academic year during OBU’s weekly chapel services.

A series titled “Beyond the Hill” will feature speakers who are distinguished OBU alumni, covering a diverse range of academic disciplines from the alums’ years on Bison Hill.

“The personalities who have been invited to speak this year embody the mission of the university to pursue excellence, integrate faith with all areas of life, engage a diverse world and live lives worthy of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus,” said Dale Griffin, OBU campus minister.

Guests are invited to join the OBU community for Chapel at 10 a.m. each Wednesday during the fall and spring semester.

“We will hear from a nationally-known worship leader and composer, a basketball coach with a successful record in the NCAA, a man who has found a way to live the mission in the midst of a widely successful ice cream business, and a doctor who has made a name for herself in a short time in the state of Oklahoma,” Griffin said.

Basketball coach Bob Hoffman begins the series on Sept. 6, representing OBU’s division of kinesiology and leisure studies. Hoffman, a 1979 graduate, led the Bison men’s basketball team from 1990-99, claiming a coaching record of 243-79 at OBU and collecting 1993 NAIA Coach of the Year honors.

Hoffman also was the head coach at University of Texas-Pan American and an assistant coach at the University of Oklahoma. He recently was named the head coach of the Arkansas Aeros, a professional basketball team in the revived American Basketball Association.

The following is the list of others who speak in the “Beyond the Hill” series:

Sept. 20 – Jenifer Henry, College of Arts and Sciences

Henry is a 1995 OBU graduate who completed M.B.A. and M.A. degrees from Vanderbilt University. She has worked in international business throughout her career and currently resides in New York City.

Oct. 4 – Kim Cragin, College of Arts and Sciences

Cragin, a 1997 graduate, is an associate international policy analyst at Rand Corporation. She attended the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University in North Carolina, where she was awarded the Boren Fellowship by the National Security Education Program to study Hamas and Israeli right-wing extremism.

Cragin holds a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University where she wrote her thesis on U.S. counter-narcotics policy with regards to Plan Colombia and the FARC.

Oct. 11 – Dr. Hance Dilbeck, Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service

Dilbeck, a 1987 graduate, is pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. He moved to the church in the spring of 2003. Prior to that, he served as pastor of churches in Ponca City, Noble, and southern Oklahoma.

Dilbeck currently serves on the board of trustees at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His wife, the former Julie Schock, is a 1988 OBU graduate. They have three sons, D.H., an OBU freshman; Dax; and Leighton.

Oct. 18 – Jennifer Brand, College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer Brand is a 2000 OBU graduate who majored in instrumental music education.

Oct. 25 – Dennis Jernigan, Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts

Jernigan, a 1981 graduate, is one of OBU's most noted alums in the field of Christian worship. Jernigan is a singer, song writer and author, with Shepherd’s Heart Music. By the time he was four, he played piano regularly at First Baptist Church of Boynton, Okla., his hometown.

Nov. 1 – Dr. Ed Tarleton, Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service

Tarleton, a 1982 graduate, serves as a strategy associate in central and eastern Europe with Southern Baptists’ International Mission Board. He also is a trustee for the Moscow Baptist Theological Seminary, where he was the first full-time foreign faculty member.

Tarleton has ministerial experience in evangelism, church growth, missions preaching, pastoral counseling and development of Sunday school programs.

Feb. 21 – Dr. Pam Malloy, School of Nursing

Malloy, a 1974 OBU graduate, is education coordinator for oncology/HIV, medicine, general surgery and bone marrow transplant at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Feb. 28 – Kevin Garrett, Paul Dickinson School of Business

Garrett, a 1991 graduate, is a businessman from St. Louis, Mo. He currently oversees operation and expansion of Cold Stone Creamery locations in the Midwest.

March 7 – Dr. Judith James-Wood, College of Arts and Sciences

James-Wood, a 1989 summa cum laude graduate, is the Lou Kerr Chair in Biomedical Research with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. She holds both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, and has been recognized as one of the nation's top young research scientists.

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