Oklahoma Baptist University

OBU to Graduate 258 in Spring Commencement

Two hundred and fifty-eight students will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU’s 2007 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. in the university’s Raley Chapel.

Dr. Bill Hagen, professor of English and recipient of OBU’s 2006 Distinguished Teaching Award, will deliver the Commencement address.

A capacity crowd of more than 1,800 is expected for the graduation exercises. In addition to the address from Hagen, the program includes greetings by officials from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and induction into the OBU Alumni Association. OBU President Mark Brister will preside at the event.

Candidates for bachelor’s degrees from OBU’s College of Arts and Sciences, with hometowns and academic majors, include: Amy Dawn Adams, Wichita, Kan., journalism; Stephanie Jane Aitken, Tulsa, Okla., mathematics and secondary education; Anastasie Christiann Altes, Fort Smith, Ark., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; Lacey Rae Anderberg, Clarendon, Texas, elementary education; John Joseph Anthony, Shawnee, Okla., family psychology; Eric Scott Armstrong, Drumright, Okla., history and religion; Siymack Seyed Atharinikrouh, Oklahoma City, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Rebecca Grace Auld, Oklahoma City, Okla., natural science; Jessica Lee Avis, Broken Arrow, Okla., biology; William Robert Barfield, Greensboro, N.C., interdisciplinary: science and recreation; Miranda Lee Barnett, Oklahoma City, Okla., mathematics, secondary education; Kyli Michelle Bean, Choctaw, Okla., exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Michael M. Bell, McLoud, Okla., mathematics; John William Bowen, Bella Vista, Ark., political science/philosophy; Allison Catherine Bowles, Guthrie, Okla., mathematics; Amanda Lee Brock, Thomas, Okla., secondary science education.; Sarah Elisabeth Byland, Shawnee, Okla., English; John David Byrum, Bentonville, Ark., English; Marci Nichole Carpenter, Spring, Texas, social sciences, secondary education; and Michelle Renee Carpenter, Humble, Texas, family psychology.

Others receiving bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Dilenny Albertine Castillo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, leisure service management: recreation administration; Nancy E. Cejka, Shawnee, Okla., English, secondary education; Christy Annette Chandler, Oklahoma City, Okla., psychology; Mary Elizabeth Cheek, Cypress, Texas, psychology; Lindsay Malone Cochran, Oklahoma City, Okla., biology; Chera Ann Cole, San Antonio, Texas, English/history; Mered Rae Collins, Norman, Okla., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; Christopher Steven Cox, Shawnee, Okla., interdisciplinary: kinesiology, recreation administration and education; Cara Ann Crutchfield, Shawnee, Okla., social sciences, secondary education; Elizabeth Nicole Cummings, Austin, Texas, early childhood and elementary education; Reno Eugene Curwick, Bay City, Texas, political science/family psychology; Kimberly Joy Daniel, Divide, Colo., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; Stephanie Ann DeCoster, Shawnee, Okla., family psychology; Loren Elizabeth Eaton, Rowlett, Texas, anthropology and museum management; Mary Christine Ervin, Muskogee, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Kenneth Edward Ferguson, Shawnee, Okla., interdisciplinary: applied ministry, graphic design and family psychology; Melanie Jean Ferguson, Shawnee, Okla., family psychology; Yaniris D. Ferreras Perdomo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, leisure service management: recreation administration; Christopher Michael Fetters, Oklahoma City, Okla., leisure service management: sports ministry; Brett Daniel Fillmore, Ada, Okla., biochemistry; Julie Anne Finch, Tecumseh, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Zachary Ty Fuller, Ada, Okla., biology; Diana Lynn Graf, Marlow, Okla., biology; Sarah Lemay Hale, Grapevine, Texas, Spanish education, PK-12; Jared L. Haley, Shawnee, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Jennifer Leigh Hart, Fort Worth, Texas, family psychology/social work; Holly Anne Hays, Monkey Island, Okla., family psychology; Rachel Michelle Heins, Shawnee, Okla., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; Chad Nicholas Hively, Shawnee, Okla., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; and Dana Marie Hollis, Edmond, Okla., early childhood and elementary education.

Also receiving bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Shawna Jane Howard, Wellston, Okla., family psychology; Daniel James Hunget, Ponca City, Okla., family psychology; Joshua Wayne Ihle, Arlington, Texas, English; Kristina Kay Johnson, Edmond, Okla., biology; Kasey Jean Judah, Shawnee, Okla., biochemistry; Rhyanne Kristine Ketron, Bella Vista, Ark., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Rebecca Joy Kunz, Daytona Beach, Fla., elementary and early childhood education; Christopher A. Lam, Tecumseh, Okla., family psychology; Ashley Morgan Leadford, Edmond, Okla., elementary education; Michelle Roberta Leming, Midwest City, Okla., mathematics, secondary education; Annie Rebecca Lewis, Bixby, Okla., elementary education; Matthew Isaac Looney, Shawnee, Okla., health, physical education and recreation, K-12; Kristen Joy McConathy, Purcell, Okla., elementary education; Cristen Dian McMains, Shawnee, Okla., elementary education; Carrie A. McCurdy, Sanger, Texas, English; John Stephen McWilliams, Shawnee, Okla., secondary science education; Barbara Ann Merriman, Smithville, Mo., elementary and early childhood education; Heather Marie Miller, Burlington, Okla., history; Jennifer Rose Montague, Broken Arrow, Okla., biology; David Mikel Morgan, Springdale, Ark., interdisciplinary: history, political science and biology; Lyndsey Katherine Morgan. Holdenville, Okla., anthropology; Jessica Katherine Mullins, Wichita Falls, Kan., elementary education; Kelsey Lea Newberry, Seminole, Okla., early childhood education; Carly Lucille Norman, Norman, Okla., family relations; Lauren Annis Oldham, Cave Springs, Ark., history; Kevin James Orsak, Mesquite, Texas, public relations; Helena Liberty Osborne, Virginia Beach, Va., French; Elizabeth Ann Otten, Eufaula, Okla., elementary and early childhood education; Amanda Brooke Pearson, Tulsa, Okla., elementary education; Christopher Lee Peters, Hobart, Okla., family psychology; Amy Elizabeth Petty, Colcord, Okla., exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy; Olga Carmen Elise Pischedda, Shawnee, Okla., family psychology; Katherine Rebecca Rader, Broken Arrow, Okla., elementary and early childhood education; Allie Denise Ray, Eufaula, Okla., mathematics, secondary education; Ashley Rachell Reed, Kearney, Mo., family relations; Minda Joy Reed, Duncanville, Texas, elementary education; Lauren McRae Reynolds, Arkadelphia, Ark., Spanish/political science; Melinda Sue Richerson, Muskogee, Okla., elementary education; Terry Alan Rimmer, Oklahoma City, Okla., biology; Elizabeth Anne Rountree, Rogers, Ark., early childhood and elementary education; Heather Michelle Rountree, Mansfield, Texas, social sciences, secondary education; Mary Ruth Sanders, Shawnee, Okla., history; Darcy Jean Schranz, Wheat Ridge, Colo., family psychology; Curtis Michael Schube, Willis, Texas, history/political science; James Eric Scroggins, The Colony, Texas, public relations; Lacey Rochelle Shafer, Midwest City, Okla., psychology; Elton Fernandes Silva, Itanhaem, San Pedro, Brazil, exercise and sports science: sports medicine; and Kendi Beth Simons, Burkburnett, Texas, family psychology.

Others receiving bachelor’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences are Robert Mark Simpson, Yukon, Okla., biology; Emily Kathleen Smith, Bartlesville, Okla., biology; Sheena Brooke Smith, leisure service management: sports ministry; Stephanie Ann Smith, Bedford, Texas, family psychology; Courtney Lynn Stiles, Tecumseh, Okla., social sciences, secondary education; Christopher Lance Sudduth, Shawnee, Okla., biology; Rebekah Ann Sudduth, Oklahoma City, Okla., Spanish education, PK-12; Abigail Dawn Tanner, Claremore, Okla., social sciences, secondary education; Jesse Charles Taylor, Camp Verde, Ariz.; leisure service management: camp administration; Kathleen Suzann Taylor, Frisco, Texas, public relations; William Rett Terrell, Prague, Okla.; leisure service management: recreation administration; Emily Suzanne Thomas, Edmond, Okla., elementary education; Devon Kipp Thompson, Fritch, Texas, exercise and sports science: sports medicine; Joshua Richard Tiller, Mesquite, Texas, English; Christa Joy Tjeerdsma, West Des Moines, Iowa, biology; Kelly Ann Turnage, Houston, Texas, mathematics; Danae Victoria VanSickle, Greenwood, Mo., political science; Kyle Richard Van Syoc, Choctaw, Okla., mathematics; Heidi Danielle Vogt, Tulsa, Okla., exercise and sports science: exercise physiology and wellness emphasis; Meagan Ann Wakeman, Elmer, Okla., family psychology; Sarah Marie Wiemero, Brookfield, Wisc., family relations/applied ministry: cross-cultural ministry; David Ryan Williams, Guthrie, Okla., mathematics; Sara Elizabeth Williams, Midwest City, Okla., public relations; and Crystal Dawn Zehm, Rogers, Ark., psychology.

From the Paul Dickinson School of Business, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Timothy Alan Aitken, Tulsa, Okla., computer information systems; Joshua Ryan Bailey, Lee's Summit, Mo., marketing; Jenna Michelle Barnes, Sparks, Nev., management; Ashley Dawn Barton, Round Rock, Texas, international business/management; Olena V. Brenning, Shawnee, Okla., professional accountancy/finance; Lindsey Anne Brown, Peachtree City, Ga., professional accountancy - interdisciplinary: finance; Coy Lane Buckley, Wellston, Okla., international business/finance; Matthew Ryan Burton, Richmond, Va., professional accountancy - interdisciplinary: finance; Stephen Joseph Carns, Colorado Springs, Colo., management; Chris Stephen Crume, Oklahoma City, Okla., professional accountancy with emphasis in CIS/computer information systems; Darrin Dee Darnell, Pryor, Okla., management; Ted Fitzgerald, Burleson, Texas, marketing; Julia Ann Garbutt, Seminole, Okla., management; Bailey Neal Jones, Tulsa, Okla., finance; Micah Matthew Jones, Alvarado, Texas, computer science - interdisciplinary: mathematics; Jason Chase Ketron, Broken Arrow, Okla., marketing/management; Dempsey Alexander Kraft, Shawnee, Okla., marketing; Vance Andrew Lucas, Shawnee, Okla., management; Jonathan Patrick McKinzie, Kansas City, Mo., accounting; Jacob David McQuerry, Shawnee, Okla., professional accountancy - interdisciplinary: finance; Motomi Mizuishi, Gumma, Japan, marketing/international business; Jennell Lin Morfitt, Boise, Idaho, management; Jennifer Lynn Newsome, Broken Arrow, Okla., marketing; Patrick Bryan Ozuna, Cibolo, Texas, professional accountancy; Jordan Brook Palesano, Oklahoma City, Okla., management; Philip Andrew Rowland; Claremore, Okla., computer science - interdisciplinary: web development; Tara Marie Shipley, Naples, Fla., finance; Theron Luke Stoltzfus, Meade, Kan., professional accountancy - interdisciplinary: finance; Cole Irby Tunnell, Rowlett, Texas, finance/management; Janie Melissa Turner, Woodward, Okla., international business; Lindsey Beth Van Loh, Grapevine, Texas, finance/management; Jeremiah Ross Weldon, Piedmont, Okla., management; Jonathan D. Wilson, Gladstone, Mo., international business/management; Matthew Brian Wilson, Norman, Okla., marketing; and Zachary John Workun, Yukon, Okla., management/religion.

From the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Anthony Shawn Baker, Oklahoma City, Okla., applied ministry: pastoral; Benjamin Daniel Berryman, Marlow, Okla., religion: Bible; Branden Miller Biebel, Shawnee, Okla., applied ministry: pastoral; C. Taylor Bruce III, Kansas City, Mo., philosophy; Janet Lea Burns, St. Paul, Mo., applied ministry: cross-cultural; Chad Daniel Coleman, Tulsa, Okla., Christian studies; Kathryn Christian Cope, Inola, Okla., religion: Bible; Brittany Jade Denbow, Russellville, Mo., religion: Bible; Sergey Dezhnyuk, Oklahoma City, Okla., Christian studies; Ray Lee Earley, Cartwright, Okla., Christian studies; Heather Nicole Gammon, Del City, Okla., applied ministry: youth/family psychology; Matthew Courtland Gladd, Winfield, Kan., religion: Bible; Timothy E. Harless, Yukon, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Donald Joe Hazlewood, Ponca City, Okla., religion: Bible; Jeffery Scott Jackson, Richardson, Texas, religion: Bible; Charles Gordon Kim Jr., St. Louis, Mo., philosophy; Sean Alan Love, Oklahoma City, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Kyle Evan Megenity, Ponca City, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Chad Michael McMath, Borger, Texas, religion: Bible; Jospeh L. Moreland, Shawnee, Okla., applied ministry: cross-cultural; Neil O'Donnell, Madill, Okla., Christian studies; Autumn Lynn Oury, Wheaton, Ill., religion: Bible; Samuel Clayton D Paslay, Tulsa, Okla., Christian studies; Julianne Christina Patty, Mansfield, Texas, religion: biblical languages; Caleb Swan Potter, Cleveland, Okla., applied ministry: youth; Brent Michael Purkaple, Ponca City, Okla., religion: biblical languages; Kenneth Floyd Reiter, Gainesville, Texas, applied ministry: cross-cultural; Herman Stevenson, Edmond, Okla.; Casey Daniel Stull, Shawnee, Okla., philosophy; Anthony Neal Tyler, Noble, Okla., religion: Bible; Justin Joel White, Norman, Okla., religion: Bible; Jeremy R. Winters, religion; and Ward Carey Wulf, Edmond, Okla., religion: Bible.

Wanda Nadine Thomas, from Oklahoma City, Okla., is a candidate for the associate of arts degree in Christian studies.

From the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, candidates for bachelor’s degrees include: Collin Bryant Blackard, Idabel, Okla., theatre; Rachael Katherine Brozovich, Lubbock, Texas, studio art; Rebecca Grace Cade, Colmar Manor, Md., art education, PK-12; Autumn Lane Casey, Shawnee, Okla., studio art; Heidi Joan Eliason, Keller, Texas, art education, PK-12; Laurel Lea Green, New Braunfels, Texas, theatre/English; Bethany Rene Hailey, Raleigh, N.C., music education, vocal PK-12; Catherine Michelle Hunter, Shreveport, La., art; Hayley Anne Kessler, Edmond, Okla., communication studies; Tabitha Christine King, Lenexa, Kan., music education, instrumental, PK-12; Shelley Lynne Levisay, Shawnee, Okla., music and political science; Elisabeth Leanne McClung, Denton, Texas, art; Amber Nichole McCune, Jasper, Ala., telecommunication; Justin Ryan Metcalfe, Tulsa, Okla., telecommunication; Esther Lisa Milligan, Rochester, N.Y., art education, PK-12; Jeffrey Thomas Murdock, Hobbs, N.M., musical arts: voice; Jane Elizabeth Owen, Colleyville, Texas, communication studies; Kara Elizabeth Roberts, Guymon, Okla., musical arts: piano; Jared Austin Whitehurst, Rustburg, Va., music; Lydia Allison Wood, Chandler, Ariz., art education, PK-12; and Jacob Keith Wright, Shawnee, Okla., telecommunication.

From the School of Nursing, candidates for the bachelor of science degree in nursing include: Julia Marie Ames. Olathe, Kan.; Tamra Nicole Baker, Humble, Texas; Jessica Edminsten Bell, Shawnee, Okla.; Emily Diana Flora Bruce, St. Paul, Mo.; Angela Marie Cagliostro, Plano, Texas; Jonathan L. Cooper, Prague, Okla.; Rebecca Jo Dellinger, Northglenn, Colo.; Angela Nicole Denton, Shawnee, Okla.; Carrie Lynn Ebling, Centennial, Colo.; Emily Jane England, Choctaw, Okla.; Faith Marie Farley, Shawnee, Okla.; Lindsay Marie Fetters, Shawnee, Okla.; Andrea Rose Gardner, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Danielle Renee Glee, Englewood, Colo.; Mary Melinda Gore, Bartlesville, Okla.; Karla Jean Hammon, Pinehurst, Texas; Naeemah Akilah Hasan, Boley, Okla.; Christopher Warren Hines, Shawnee, Okla.; Stephen M. Hix, Mustang, Okla.; Roxie Lee Hogg, Norman, Okla.; Ashley Elizabeth Ihle, Vernon, Texas; Megan Renae Lindsey, Springdale, Ark.; Rebekah Marie Malloy, Buellton, Calif.; Elisa Christine Massey, Ponca City, Okla.; Ashley Lauren McIntyre, Shawnee, Okla.; Rachel Marie Metheny, Edmond, Okla.; Stacy Danielle Nelson, Yukon, Okla.; Leah Michelle Newcomb, Broken Arrow, Okla.; Blessing Nkem Nwoha, Coppell, Texas; Kimberly Annette Payne, Kearney, Neb.; Rebecca JoAnn Pennington, Georgetown, Texas; Joseph Danny Perry, Chillicothe, Mo.; Katherine Jill Peterson, Texico, N.M.; John Wayne Powell, Sugar Land, Texas; Bonnie Jean Renfro, Bartlesville, Okla.; Jeri Nichole Renshaw, Piedmont, Okla.; Shannon Elizabeth Robb, Fort Worth, Texas; Sarah Lucille Sheriff, Highland Village, Texas; Jessica Wynn Sullivan, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Joy Elizabeth Toth, Topeka, Kan.; Laura Elizabeth Viere, Fort Worth, Texas; Monique Wesley, Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Katelyn Susannah Wilkins, Beaufort, Mo.

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