November 5, 2008
Five outstanding Oklahoma Baptist University alumni will be honored during the university's annual Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. in OBU's Geiger Center.
Dr. Joe W. Mosley and Dr. David Sallee will receive the Alumni Achievement Award; Dr. Branson Craig Stephens will be honored with The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award; and DuJuan Brown and Desire Pierre-Louis will be inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame.
Mosley, '58, and Sallee, '73, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor given by OBU's Alumni Association in recognition of outstanding life service which has brought honor to the individual's alma mater.
Mosley serves as director of ministry students at Dallas Baptist University. Through DBU, Mosley coordinates vocational ministry training and provides mentoring and networking resources for students.
Prior to his work at DBU, Mosley was director of the special ministries division for Dallas Baptist Association from 1986 until his retirement from the association in 2004. In his role with the association, he served in inner city ministry, working with disaster relief, homeless ministries, refugee resettlement, apartment ministry and ex-offender programs. Before his work with the association, Mosley served as a pastor of Baptist churches in Oklahoma and Texas for 30 years.
Mosley earned a bachelor's degree in English from OBU. He completed a master's degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary while serving as a pastor, and later earned a doctorate of ministry from Luther Rice Seminary. He and his wife, Eileen, reside in Lewisville, Texas. They have two adult children, Steve, a 1982 OBU graduate, and Julie.
Sallee serves as president of William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. He assumed the chief executive role for the Baptist college in 2000. He previously served in enrollment management at Luther College from 1993-2000, after serving on the OBU administration and faculty from 1976-93.
In his tenure at William Jewell, Sallee has led the college in enrollment growth and in completion of a $70.2 million capital campaign. The college was named "Liberal Arts College of the Year" by Time magazine. While at OBU, Sallee served in many roles, including women's basketball coach from 1979-84, director of athletics from 1978-84, director of planned giving from 1984-85, and vice president for enrollment management from 1985-1993.
Sallee completed a bachelor's degree in physical education from OBU and earned a master's degree from Pittsburg State University and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Oklahoma. Sallee and his wife, the former Mary Marks, a 1973 alum, have two adult sons, Andrew and Patrick, a 2002 OBU graduate.
Stephens, a 2000 alum, will receive The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award, an award given to a young alum (not necessarily a graduate) of OBU who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her life and career and brought pride and honor to the University.
Stephens currently is a postdoctoral fellow in the Princeton Center for Theoretical Science, working with numerical relativity and theoretical astrophysics. The renowned center is part of Princeton University in Princeton, N.J.
Stephens enrolled at OBU when he was 14. At the age of 18, he graduated from OBU summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics with honors. He pursued graduate studies in physics at the University of Illinois, receiving the Illinois Distinguished Fellowship. He later was awarded a fellowship through the NASA Graduate Student Research Program, a nationally competitive program offering three-year fellowships to graduate students in space and astrophysics-related disciplines. In 2005, he won the American Physical Society Topical Group in Gravity Award for best student presentation at the Midwest Relativity Meeting.
After completing a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in 2007, Stephens accepted his postdoctoral fellowship from the Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics. He is the youngest junior fellow at the PCTP. He has 13 publications in Physical Review D, Physical Review Letters, and Classical and Quantum Gravity. He also has made more than 11 presentations at professional conferences, including the groundbreaking New Frontiers in Numerical Relativity meeting in Potsdam, Germany, in 2006.
Brown, a 2002 alum, and Pierre-Louis, a 1998 alum, will be inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame for their record-setting tenure at the university.
Brown, a men's basketball player, led the Bison to the national finals in 2002 and the quarterfinals in 2001. He averaged 26.3 points per game for his career and was twice named to the All-NAIA Tournament Team. Brown was twice named All-Conference as Newcomer of the Year in 2001 and Player of the Year in 2002. Only the second player in Bison history to twice be named a First-Team All-American, he was named NAIA Co-Player of the Year in 2002.
Brown scored 986 points in 2002, the second-highest single season total for OBU, and in his two-year career scored 1,895 points, second only to Al Tucker's 2,788. Brown also set the school record with 370 field goals in 2003 and scored 40 or more points in a game three times. He currently resides in his home state of Michigan.
Pierre-Louis, a men's track and field athlete, was a four-time national indoor track champion. He won the 600 meters in 1998 with an NAIA record 1:17.92, successfully defending his 1997 championship in that event. He also was on the two-time national champion 4x400 relay teams in 1997 and 1998. Pierre-Louis earned six NAIA All-America awards in indoor track and six more in the outdoor season to become as 12-time All-American.
In addition to owning OBU's record in the 600 meters, Pierre-Louis also anchored the school-record 4x400 relay team with a time of 3:07.24. He represented Mauritius in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, running in the 4x400 relay. Pierre-Louis currently is an associate vice president with Bank of Oklahoma and lives in Tulsa.
The Harvest Dinner, part of OBU's Homecoming celebration, will begin at 6 p.m. Senior Harvest Court nominees will also be presented during the dinner. Tickets for the event are $13.50 per person and may be purchased through OBU's alumni office by calling (405) 878-2706.