Homecoming to Celebrate ‘Bison Spirit’

Alumni and friends of Oklahoma Baptist University will celebrate the "Bison Spirit" during Homecoming, Nov. 7-8, 2008, honoring OBU class years ending in "3" and "8," recognizing outstanding alumni, and enjoying an array of reunions and special events designed for former students.

Members of the Class of 1958 will celebrate their Golden Anniversary Reunion on Saturday, Nov. 8. The celebration will be in the Mabee Suite of OBU's Noble Complex, overlooking the Mabee Arena basketball court. The Class of '58 also will present a unique dramatic production, "Still Crazy After All These Years," Friday, Nov. 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The event is free; however, seating is limited so tickets should be reserved in advance.

Reunion luncheons and fellowships also will be celebrated for the Fifty-Year Club and the Classes of 1953, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, and 2003.

Alumni and friends are invited to form teams for the annual Homecoming golf tournament. The shotgun start for this four-person scramble begins at Noon, Friday, Nov. 7, at the Shawnee Country Club. Registration and driving range opens at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is included.

Guests are invited to celebrate the presentation of OBU Alumni Achievement Awards and the Graduate Of the Last Decade Award, and induction of new members into OBU's Athletic Hall of Fame during the Friday evening Harvest Dinner at 6 p.m. Dr. Joe Mosley, a 1958 graduate, and Dr. David Sallee, a 1973 graduate, will receive the Alumni Association's highest honor, the Alumni Achievement Award. Dr. Branson Craig Stephens, a 2000 graduate, will be recognized as the recipient of the 2008 Graduate Of the Last Decade (GOLD) Alum of the Year Award. During the dinner, three alumni will be inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame. They are Desire Pierre-Louis, a track All-American and 1998 graduate; Destini Anderson, a 2001 graduate who was a standout pitcher for the Lady Bison softball team; and DuJuan Brown, from the Class of 2002, who led the Bison basketball team to the 2002 NAIA championship game.

Saturday's Homecoming basketball doubleheader will feature the Lady Bison versus Evangel University and the Bison versus Grace University. The doubleheader begins at 1:30 p.m. in Noble Complex.

Following the basketball games, a special alumni barbecue dinner will be served in the newest facility on campus, the Recreation and Wellness Center, at 5:30 p.m. The event is open to alumni and friends. Tickets for the meal are $10 per person.

Don Blackley, a 1963 graduate, will be emcee for the annual Alumni Showcase on Saturday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The variety show will feature an array of talented alumni, including Chuck King, Class of 1980; recording artists Jamie Smith, Class of 1993, and Paul Langford, Class of 1988; Dr. Larry DeLay, Class of 1978; Becky Goodin Morrison, Class of 1988; Jennifer Peck, Class of 2003, and Thresa Swadley, Class of 2003. The Alumni Showcase is open to the public, with free admission.

For more information about Homecoming festivities, or to purchase tickets for dinners, ballgames, or the golf tournament; or to reserve tickets for the dramatic performance, contact the OBU Alumni Office at (405) 878-2706.