2000 News Articles

OBU Dedicates New Lady Bison Softball Field

April 10, 2001—About 100 people were in attendance as Oklahoma Baptist University celebrated its new Lady Bison Softball Field with a dedication ceremony Friday, April 7.Becky Carter, OBU's first female All-American, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Carter, a 1983 graduate, led OBU to two national…

Winter Commencement Caps Undergraduate Experience For 75

December 15, 2000—December 15, 2000 Charged by OBU President Mark Brister to continue to seek wisdom, 75 Oklahoma Baptist University student received their degrees at the University's Winter Commencement Friday in Raley Chapel.More than 800 people attended the mid-year graduation ceremonies, as OBU concluded is…

OBU December Honor and Predicate Graduates

December 13, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University will confer degrees on 75 students Friday, including 18 who will receive academic predicates. Three students have maintained at least a 3.95 grade point average on all work offered for the degree and have qualified for the predicate summa cum laude. They are: Jala…

Understanding Terrorism Best Policy, Cragin Said

December 13, 2000—A woman on the front lines of public policy theorized about the United States as a new front line for terrorism in a discussion, Dec. 4, on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus.Kim Cragin, RAND research assistant in Washington D.C. and a 1997 OBU graduate discussed international terrorism…

Hobbs’ Legacy Remembered

December 4, 2000—On the day after the fifth anniversary of the death of Herschel Hobbs, Dr. Jeffry Zurheide, pastor of First Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, considered the Baptist statesman's legacy during the Hobbs Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University, Nov. 29.To reflect upon Dr. Hobbs' faith, message, and…

Children Visit Cities of the World in OBU’s Teacher Education Interactive Museum

November 20, 2000—Shawnee fourth grade Sequoyah Elementary School students excitedly celebrate the culture of Nairobi, Kenya, along with Oklahoma Baptist University seniors Buffie Hilmer, and Catherine Homm, Tuesday, Nov. 7. OBU assistant professor of education, Dr. Jeanne Akin and her social studies methods…

Harvest Queen, King Crowned

November 20, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's 2000 Harvest Queen and King and their Court were named from a group of 17 candidates Saturday evening at the annual Alumni Showcase Harvest Festival.Lisa Brown, senior nursing major from Oklahoma City, was crowned Harvest Queen and Chris Wheeler, senior Bible…

OBU Alumni Honored at Harvest Dinner

November 20, 2000—Hundreds of Oklahoma Baptist University alumni and friends enjoyed fine dining, reacquainting themselves with old friends, visiting with new ones, and recognizing outstanding alumni and students at Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Harvest Dinner Friday night. The feature event of OBU's…

Speaker Focuses on God’s Love and Native American Heritage

November 20, 2000—As an Oklahoma Baptist University senior, Vern Charette usually attends chapel. He quickly learned Nov. 15 that standing behind the podium, chapel takes on a whole new perspective. "I'm glad there is a podium, so you all can't see my knees shaking," he said.Despite nerves, Charette, part…

Student to Lead Worship in Native American Heritage Chapel

November 10, 2000—Vern Charette, Oklahoma Baptist University student, will deliver the chapel address for the Native American Heritage chapel service, Nov. 15, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The service will be at 10 a.m. in the university's Raley Chapel and is open to the public.Charette is a senior religion…

Speaker Tells Students To Become Love Letters

November 7, 2000—"Will you allow Jesus Christ to take the seed of your life and sow it in the plowed up fields of the four corners of the earth?" asked Dr. David Crutchley during his Nov. 1 chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University.Crutchley, dean of the school of theology at Southwestern Baptist…

Arkansas Pastor Says Extreme Generation Needs Extreme Christians

October 27, 2000—An extreme generation needs to feel the impact of extreme Christian lives, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, pastor of First Baptist Church of Springdale, Ark., told Oklahoma Baptist University students during the Wednesday chapel service, Oct. 25."Your generation is known to be an extreme generation," said…

Homecoming 2000 Promises a Wealth of Activity

October 23, 2000—"The Celebration of the Century," OBU's Homecoming celebration Nov. 10-11, promises a wealth of activity for participants. The weekend will offer more than 60 events, including special reunion programs for alumni from class years which end in "0" and "5." "We anticipate a great time as alumni…

OBU Faculty Trained to be State Education Program Reviewers

October 23, 2000—Dr. Deborah Blue, dean of the college of arts and sciences at Oklahoma Baptist University, and Dr. Pamela Robinson, director of teacher education, were trained as National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education program reviewers by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher…

Speaker Encourages Students ‘to be Chained to Christ’

October 23, 2000—With an axe, two logs and nails, Joe White, the president of Kanakuk-Kanakomo Kamps, Inc., and founder of Kids Across America, built a cross during the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University, Wednesday, Oct. 18.White described the event of the cross as the central figure in all of…

Texas Pastor Challenges Students to Run to Win

October 13, 2000—The Christian life is a race, said Dr. Michael D. Dean, pastor of Travis Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas, during the chapel service at Oklahoma Baptist University, Wednesday, Oct. 11. "As a Christian you are in the race," he said. "The challenge is to decide how you are going to…

Broken Arrow Pastor Encourages Students to Be Passionate

October 6, 2000—"Rise up O men of God, be done with lesser things," said W.C. "Nick" Garland, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, quoting an old hymn, during the chapel service, Oct. 4, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Garland told students he had no sermon to preach but just one thought to…

Gaskin Lecturer Presents Black Baptist History

October 6, 2000—The first African American graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Dr. Eric A. Mayes, pastor of Unity Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, returned to the university's campus as an authority on Black Baptist History for the Gaskin Lectureship, Oct. 2. Mayes, the highlighted speaker for the…

OBU Professor Publishes Ninth Book

October 6, 2000—Dr. Ronald Duncan, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of anthropology, recently completed the book "Crafts, Capitalism and Women," published by the University of Florida Press. This is Duncan's ninth book - his second on the art of ceramics in Colombia."Crafts, Capitalism and Women" is a…

Tulsa Pastor Shares Guide for Faithful Living

September 28, 2000—Dr. Thomas David Willets, pastor of Parkview Baptist Church in Tulsa, gave Oklahoma Baptist University students four biblical principles to aid in living a faithful Christian life during his Sept. 27 chapel address. Willets conducted a silent survey asking the students if they faced any…

Preparing For Success Requires Tests, Says Tulsa Pastor

September 25, 2000—Dr. William "Hess" Hester, pastor of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Tulsa, discussed preparing for success with students in OBU's chapel service, Wednesday, Sept. 27.Hester said that throughout the Bible, there are examples of those who were unable to handle success and those who had lousy…

Regional Christianity and Literature

September 25, 2000—An opportunity to investigate relationships between Christianity and literature will attract about 150 scholars to the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University Sept. 28-30.The Southwest Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature will convene on the OBU campus, featuring a variety of…

OBU College Fair Attracts More Than 100 Schools

September 19, 2000—More than 100 college, university and career representatives and 25 high schools will convene at the eleventh annual Shawnee Area-Wide College and Career Fair Monday night, Sept. 25 and Tuesday morning, Sept.26 at Oklahoma Baptist University's Noble Complex. The fair is open to all high school…

Cole Urges Students to Discover Life-saving Art

September 18, 2000—Donning a pin and coffee mug with the slogan "Art Saves Lives," Dr. Carolyn Cole, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of English and 2000 Distinguished Teacher award recipient, encouraged students to discover this kind of art during the university's chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 13."I wear…

Cook Encourages Journey Fulfilled by Truths

September 8, 2000—Presenting students with two questions and truths about the journey their lives will take them on, Dr. Gary Cook, pastor of First Baptist Church in Lawton, described his own life journey during Oklahoma Baptist University's first September chapel service Wednesday.Reading from Genesis 12:1-5,…

OBU Students Encouraged to Develop Worldview

September 8, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's president Dr. Mark Brister officially welcomed students, faculty and staff to the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year during the university's Fall Convocation service, Wednesday, Aug. 30. "You must ask yourself, 'What are some of the things that God wants me to…

OBU Variety Show Makes Noble Complex Debut

September 8, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's students will be "Under the Biggie Top" during the circus theme talent and variety show Saturday, Sept. 9.Since 1963, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) has begun the fall semester with the production of Biggie. "The purpose of Biggie is to provide entertainment…

Students Thankful For Scholarships

September 1, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University new students receiving academic scholarships were invited to a congratulatory reception held in their honor Friday, Sept. 1 in the university's Geiger Center.At the conclusion of the reception the one hundred students present were asked to write notes to people who…

OBU Admissions Hires Three, Creates New Position

July 19, 2000—OBU's admissions office has added a new church relations post and filled two counselor positions this summer. Lawrence Keith of Norman is the university's new church relations counselor. Jennifer Geren and Carrie Myles have been named to counselor positions. Keith earned a bachelor of science…

OBU Teacher Education Students Achieve High Pass Rates

July 3, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's teacher education program continues to make an impact on testing averages across the state.For the spring administration of the Certification Examinations for Oklahoma Educators program, 40 of the 44 OBU teacher candidates that took the examination passed.Five of…

Jackson to Compete in Houston for Olympic Trials Berth

June 14, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's Jamaal Jackson, a junior from Cushing, will compete in two meets in Houston, Texas, next weekend, hoping for a spot in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Jackson will run in a meet at the University of Houston on Thursday, June 22, and…

Alumni Couple Praises Music Program, Students Awarded

May 23, 2000—A.L. "Pete" and Jo Ann Butler, retired professors of music at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and 1955 OBU graduates, were honored as the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni at Oklahoma Baptist University's music awards banquet, May 1. The evening also featured…

OBU to Graduate Two Hundred and Eighty in Spring Commencement

May 23, 2000—Two hundred and eighty-three students will have degrees conferred upon them during Oklahoma Baptist University's 2000 Spring commencement ceremonies, Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. in the university's Raley Chapel.U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, representing the 4th Congressional District for…

National Literacy Brings Volunteers to Campus

May 22, 2000—Forty-five adults from 18 states and Canada traveled to Shawnee this week for the National Literacy Conference, held on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University June 18-24.The NLC is an annual seven-day workshop that trains volunteers to conduct training workshops in conversational English,…

Lack of Experience Can Be Overcome, Says Clark

May 5, 2000—"You all lack experience so how do you compensate for that?" Ken Clark asked students in the Oklahoma Baptist University Paul Dickinson School of Business Forum, April 28.Clark, president and chief executive officer of Midland Mortgage Co., and executive vice president of MidFirst Bank,…

OBU Students, Faculty to Cover Six Continents This Summer

May 5, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty will work in six continents, as they travel to 30 countries, and 25 states this summer for ministry and service opportunities, announced Odus Compton, OBU director of religious activities, May 3.More than 230 members of the OBU community were…

Fine Arts Honors Alumni Couple for Excellence

May 1, 2000—The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will honor two distinguished alumni during Oklahoma Baptist University's music awards banquet, Monday, May 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the university's Geiger center.A.L. "Pete" and Jo Ann Butler, retired professors of music at Midwestern Baptist Theological…

OBU Bisonettes to Remember 45 Years of History

May 1, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bisonettes, a select women's choral ensemble, will remember 45 years of history in their spring concert Thursday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Raley Chapel. The concert will feature anthems written for the group throughout their 45 years in existence.The…

OBU University Ringers Performing in Spring Concert

May 1, 2000—The University Ringers, Oklahoma Baptist University's10-member handbell ensemble, will present their spring concert Tuesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium. The concert will include a Memorial Day medley in preparation for the group's upcoming tour to Washington…

Scholarships, Awards Focus of OBU Banquet

April 24, 2000—Attendees of Oklahoma Baptist University's Church Vocation Banquet will witness the awarding of $16,000 in scholarships, the recognition of 13 accomplished seniors, and a message from outstanding alumni award winner, Bill Green, on Monday, April 24 at 6 p.m. on the university's campus.All…

Elementary Students Visit OBU Teacher Education’s Wonders of the World

April 17, 2000—Fifty Will Rogers Elementary School students were able to swim in a great barrier reef made of construction paper, peek inside pyramids made of PVC pipe, and touch a foam great wall of China recently during "A Magic Carpet Ride to the Wonders of the World" sponsored by Oklahoma Baptist…

Fifty-four OBU Employees Honored for Service, Dedication

April 11, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University honored the service and dedication of 54 of it's own employees recently at the university's Service Awards Banquet, Thursday, April 6th. Peggy Askins, director of academic records/registrar, was honored for 40 years of service to the university.Thirty-year service…

Rhonda Kelley Challenges Christians to Rejoice in Identity

April 10, 2000—Christians should rejoice in the identity given to them by God, said Dr. Rhonda Kelley at Oklahoma Baptist University's Women's Day chapel service Wednesday, April 5.Kelley, first lady and associate director of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Department of Innovative Evangelism,…

Bison Glee Club to Present “Spectacular”

April 6, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Glee Club will present "Spectacular 2003: Bison Glee Club Does Western Civilization" at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University.Written, produced and choreographed by…

Ream Named To Head OBU Student Development

March 23, 2000—Todd C. Ream, a student life administrator at Messiah College, has been named dean of students at Oklahoma Baptist University, announced OBU President Mark Brister. Ream, who is director of the Witmer Residence Center at Messiah College in Grantham, Penn., will direct OBU's student development…

Baritone to Perform Classical Music, Spirituals

March 20, 2000—Seasoned performer, Stephen Salters, baritone will perform as Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts' guest artist, Thursday, March 23. The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium.Salters' repertoire ranges from baroque to…

C.W. Brister Challenges Students To Be Wise, Innocent In Today's Culture

March 10, 2000—"In our visual impact world, it's better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot. What you don't know can hurt you." That was the warning of Dr. C.W. Brister as he delivered the Hobbs Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University March 8. Speaking on "Moral Formation in a Risky World,"…

OBU Trustees Approve Budget and Costs In Spring Meeting

March 6, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees approved the 2000-2001 budget for the university, including student costs for the 2000-2001 academic year, during the board's spring meeting on the campus Friday. The overall increase is the smallest rise in costs since 1991.After reviewing the…

Thomas Returns to Oklahoma for Chapel Service

March 2, 2000—Finding a genuine sense of significance in Christ was the key that Claude Thomas, pastor of First Baptist Church, Euless, Texas, and former pastor of Council Road Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, told students would open doors to their future and guarantee them success. Thomas was the featured…

Reeder Named Dean of OBU Paul Dickinson School of Business

March 1, 2000—Dr. Dan Reeder, who has served as interim dean of Oklahoma Baptist University's Paul Dickinson School of Business since Aug. 1, 1999, has been named dean of the school, announced OBU President Mark Brister."Dan has been an outstanding faculty member and has served effectively as interim dean…

Schusterman Lecture Designed To Enhance Knowledge of Judaism

March 1, 2000—Students at Oklahoma Baptist University will have the opportunity to learn about the Jewish faith from a leading theologian on Judaism during the Schusterman Lectureship in Religious History and Tradition Thursday, March 30, on the OBU campus. Dr. Jacob Neusner, distinguished research…

Watts To Deliver OBU Commencement Address

March 1, 2000—U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts Jr., who represents the 4th Congressional District for Oklahoma, is scheduled to deliver Oklahoma Baptist University's commencement address, May 20. The spring graduation ceremony for approximately 300 students will be in the university's Raley Chapel.Watts was…

Pastor Encourages Students to Build Right Relationships

February 25, 2000—Living in biblical community was the theme and relationships were the topic of Oklahoma Baptist University's Focus Week chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 23. Hance Dilbeck, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ponca City led the service as an introduction to the Focus Week activities. "I had a…

Children’s Adventure Stories Come to Life

February 16, 2000—Folk tales of adventure and trickery will come to life in the Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre For Young People's production of "Brer Rabbit Tales," adapted for the stage by Stanley Vincent Longman from the stories of Joel Chandler Harris. Nearly 2000 children from the area schools will be…

Lowery Featured Speaker for OBU Chapel Service

February 14, 2000—Dr. Fred L. Lowery, pastor of First Baptist Church, Bossier City, La., is the featured speaker for Oklahoma Baptist University's Wednesday chapel service, Feb. 16.Lowery earned a bachelor of arts degree from Samford University, a master of theology degree from Southwest Baptist Theological…

OBU Welcomes Lyric Arts Trio

February 14, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will host the Lyric Arts Trio on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The Trio consists of Dan Velicer, pianist; Elena Lence Talley, clarinetist; and Suzanne Hillis Ackin, soprano. The performance is part…

Focus Week to Examine Living in Biblical Community

February 10, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University students will take part in a time of winter bible study during the university's Marriage and Family Emphasis Focus Week, Feb.23-25. Hance Dilbeck, pastor of First Baptist Church, Ponca City and OBU graduate, is scheduled as the speaker for Focus Week.The theme of…

Lowery Encourages Students to Walk on Water

February 10, 2000—Encouragement to overcome the storm was the theme for the Oklahoma Baptist University chapel service, Wednesday, Feb.16. The featured speaker, Dr. Fred Lowery, pastor of First Baptist Church of Bossier City, La., encouraged students to focus time and energy on their worship, their walk, their…

OBU Celebrates 90 Years, Honors Two Business Leaders

February 10, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University celebrated its 90th birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 9, with the annual Founders' Day chapel service.The program included presentation of honorary doctorates to two noted Oklahoma business leaders, and a Founders' Day address from OBU President Mark Brister. Robert A.…

OBU Music Scholarship Audition Dates

February 10, 2000—The Oklahoma Baptist University Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will hold auditions for music scholarships for the 2000-2001 academic year Feb. 21 and March 4. Students unable to attend one of these audition dates need to contact the Division of Music as soon as possible to arrange an…

Stringer-Sauer and Sauer in Concert Tonight

February 7, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University duo Amanda Stringer-Sauer, staff accompanist, and husband Greg Sauer, adjunct cello teacher and principle cellist for the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, will perform Monday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough auditorium. The program consists of a solo…

Noted Researcher Receives OBU Honorary Doctorate

February 3, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University presented an honorary Doctor of Science degree to noted researcher Sunday O. Fadulu during the University's chapel service Feb 2. Dr. Fadulu, professor of microbiology and chairman of the department of biology at Texas Southern University, is a 1964 OBU graduate. He…

Spring Registration Continues To Feb. 10

February 2, 2000—Registration for spring semester classes at Oklahoma Baptist University will continue through Thursday, Feb. 10. Classes for the new semester began Monday, Jan. 31.The last day of classes will be Friday, May 12 with final examinations to begin Monday, May 15. Commencement is set for Saturday,…

OBU Day Celebrations Give Time to Say “Thanks”

January 14, 2000—Oklahoma Baptists will have the opportunity to celebrate their strong relationship with OBU during the annual OBU Day in the Churches events Feb. 20 and 27. The theme for the Year 2000 is "Knowledge. Faith. Wisdom." That statement is designed to convey the university's emphasis on academic…

OBU To Honor Baptist Women April 5

January 14, 2000—Women from all over the state of Oklahoma are invited to join a special recognition service in their honor on Wednesday, April 5. Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Women's Day chapel service will recognize the contributions of Oklahoma Baptist women.Dr. Rhonda Kelley will be the guest…

Canty Appointed Acting Dean of Students at OBU

January 7, 2000—Bobby Canty, associate dean of students at Oklahoma Baptist University, has been named acting dean of students, announced OBU President Mark Brister.Canty filled the position effective Jan. 1, following the resignation of Dr. Doug Melton, OBU dean of students. Melton, who had been head of the…

OBU’s J-Term Classes Begin Here and Abroad

January 4, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University's January Term, 2000, began this week with more than 550 students returning to campus for the start of classes, Monday, Jan. 3. The four-week J-Term allows students to complete course hours within the month of January.More than 90 courses are offered this January,…

Noted Speakers Highlight Spring Chapel Schedule

January 3, 2000—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a variety of speakers for spring 2000 weekly chapel services. Dr. Sunday Fadulu, professor of biology at Texas Southern University, is slated to be the first speaker of the new semester. Fadulu graduated from OBU in 1964 and has made significant…

Several Raley Renovations Completed

January 3, 2000—OBU's Raley Chapel is sitting pretty after several face-lift projects inside and outside of the building were completed in December.The campus landmark, which opened in 1961, underwent a series of improvements to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The unique design of…