Bison Bon App

Celebrating a century of cooking on Bison Hill, the centennial cookbook, "Bison Bon Appétit," has arrived at Oklahoma Baptist University and will go on sale during the 2009 Homecoming festivities Nov. 13-14. The release will also be celebrated during a reception on Saturday, Nov. 14.

Books will be sold outside the Geiger Center bookstore on Friday, Nov. 13, from 1-5 p.m. and during the ice cream social in the Geiger Center Friday from 10-11 p.m. Sales will continue in the GC on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and that evening after the banquet honoring emeriti and retired faculty and staff. The price is $15.00 ($16.28 with tax).

During the Homecoming basketball games Saturday, Nov. 14, the release and sale of this historic book will be celebrated from 1-4 p.m. in the new Mabee Suite located in the west end of the Noble Complex. Refreshments will be served using recipes from "Bison Bon Appétit."

"This isn't the usual cookbook, but an historical journey through the OBU years," said Rhetta Hudson, retired OBU associate professor of music, who served as chair of the Centennial Cookbook Committee. "I hope readers will be pleased with the historical touches: the First Ladies' section, OBU Bison logos, 100 historical facts, biographies of teachers and staff, the delicious recipes and more that are presented in ‘Bison Bon Appetit.'

"The historical aspect of the Centennial cookbook has been personal to me," Hudson said. "I spent 37 years on the faculty. My folks graduated from OBU in1928 and 1930, and my children and husband have all attended and/or graduated from OBU. For me personally, the cookbook ‘Bison Bon Appétit' reflects historical events, and faculty and staff friendships of many years."

Patty McWilliams, who served as editor and typist of the cookbook, said each recipe is accompanied with a historic notation about the contributor. McWilliams is the retired manager of the OBU bookstore and the wife of Dr. Warren McWilliams, OBU Auguie Henry Professor of Bible.

"My favorite parts are the recipes from many of the professors and staff members who are no longer with us but who are a big part of my memories of OBU," Patty McWilliams said.

"Bison Bon Appétit" is the result of many hours of work by the Centennial Cookbook Committee, comprised of Hudson, McWilliams, Dr. Debbie Blue, senior vice president for academic affairs, and Teri Walker, degree counselor.

"The new OBU cookbook is an important part of the Centennial Book series because it covers a significant period of OBU history and includes recipes from members of the OBU family," said John Parrish, chairman of the OBU Centennial Committee. "I am sure that those who purchase the book will find interesting information and great recipes which have been shared on Bison Hill for several decades."

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