OBU Commencement to Include 135 Predicate Graduates

May 18, 2001

Oklahoma Baptist University will confer degrees on 312 students Saturday, including 135 who will receive academic predicates.

Eighteen students have maintained a 3.95 or higher grade point average on all work offered for the bachelor's degree and have qualified for the predicate summa cum laude. They are: Elizabeth Renee Baldridge, Jenks, Spanish; Eric Daniel Barreto, Fairport, N.Y., biblical languages; Beth Annelle Carter, Camden, Ark., elementary education; Erika Marie Clausing, St. John, Kan., instrumental and vocal music education; Jessica Noelle Gibson, Shawnee, English; Christopher Dickson Hayes, Oklahoma City, biology; Christian Nathaniel Herring, Wellston, English education; D. Desiree Howard, Wellston, Spanish; Erin Elizabeth Kennedy, Edmond, marketing; Greg Edward Mackey, Stroud, computer science and musical arts; Trudy Gale Oliver, Lakewood, Colo., chemistry; Sarah Michele Packard, Grapevine, Texas, special education; Jenny Lynn Rempel, Medford, anthropology and museum management; Kelsey Louise Scoggins, Hooker, public relations; Lauren Garlow Thomas, Shawnee, computer information systems and accounting; Jadee Lee Upshaw, Shawnee, chemistry and biology; Cara Lee Whedbee, Fort Smith, Ark., family psychology; and Jeanette Margaret Wight, Edmond, sports medicine.

Forty-nine students have maintained at least a 3.70 grade point average on all work offered for the bachelor's degree and will graduate with the predicate magna cum laude. They are: Jenny Lynn Affentranger, Seminole, elementary education; Marka Denise Sadler Atha, Cheyenne, elementary and early childhood education; Emily Dawn Bender, Plano, Texas, finance; Elizabeth Thi Bowers, Newalla, chemistry education; Corey D. Brooks, Purcell, political science and missions; Kamden Denae Browning, Chesterfield, Mo., early childhood and elementary education; Elizabeth Ann Davidson Burkhalter, Fayetteville, Ark., Spanish education; Travis Kent Burkhalter, Sioux Falls, S.D., cross-cultural ministry; Stacey Marie Canfield, Springdale, Ark., communication studies; Lisa Suzanne Case, Meeker, elementary education; Andrea Michelle Cassil, Harrah, computer science; Russell Craig Click, Shawnee, biology; Christina Mae Cooper, Ponca City, chemistry; Annie Leigh Corlew, San Antonio, Texas, pre-physical therapy; Sarah Margaret Cowell, Haltom City, Texas, elementary education; Kelli Lynn Desin, Billings, Mont., sports medicine; Haven Janelle DeYong, Shawnee, elementary education; Sarah Elisabeth Duck, Dearborn, Mich., chemistry and biology; Eileen Jennifer Edwards, Duncan, family psychology; Laura Beth Estell, Mustang, biology; Scott Joseph Gray, Oklahoma City, family psychology; Niccole Marie Hall, Prescott, Ariz., communication studies; Michael Allan Harrington, Choctaw, Bible; Jamison Lindsay Henninger, Tulsa, theatre; Kenneth James Hively, Gilbert, Ariz., computer information systems; Elizabeth Gim Ling Hom, Honolulu, Hawaii, elementary education; Rachel Casto Johnson, Glenwood Springs, Colo., Bible: Christopher M. Jones, Strongsville, Ohio, English; Rebekah Jo Lawson, Vandalia, Ill., family psychology; Lindsay Noelle Lyon, Fort Worth, Texas, English and Spanish; Adrienne Leigh McCaskill, Allen, Texas, elementary education; Lincoln Clay McElroy, Shawnee, interdisciplinary; Nichole Hopkins Morris, Shawnee, nursing; Ashley Blair Neal, Shawnee, family psychology; Jarrod Brandon Newcom, Salem, Mo., psychology; Jennifer Jo Nomura, Owasso, nursing; Joy Elizabeth Redfearn, Hurst, Texas, musical arts; Matthew Corley Romoser, Beltsville, Md., management; Steven Todd Russell, Oklahoma City, management and psychology; ; Dustin Kent Sanders, Burleson, Texas, marketing; Kristy Gayle Smith, Chickasha, psychology; Kellie Elizabeth Steele, Shawnee, family psychology; Courtney Dawn Stewart, Overland Park, Kan., finance; Kimberly Lachelle Storer, Noble, cross-cultural ministry; Amanda Jolene Teague, Milwaukie, Ore., psychology; Rachel G. Todd, Van Buren, Ark., communication studies; Randall Allan Umstead, Olathe, Kan., voice; Lauren Nicole Vaughan, Oklahoma City, English and anthropology and museum management; and Christopher Andrew Wheeler, Tulsa, Bible.

Sixty eight students earned the predicate cum laude by maintaining at least 3.40 grade point average on all work offered for the bachelor's degree. They are: Jennifer Dawn Atterbury, Midwest City, nursing; Mika Dawn Beall, Puyallup, Wash., international business; Tori Renee Blyth, Allen, Texas, marketing; Jeffrey Scott Beyer, Sapulpa, social sciences education; Louise Branstetter, Harrisonville, Mo., telecommunication; Jennifer Ann Brittain, Shawnee, sports medicine; Rachel Christina Buckingham, Bedford, Texas, English education; Vern Frank Charette, Jr., Shawnee, Bible; Jill Rene Clark, Shawnee, elementary education; Sara Nicole Clinton, Chugiak, Alaska, art; Nathan Paul Cloar, Mustang, biology and Spanish; Brooke Anne Collins, Plano, Texas, theatre; Julie Lynn Divine, Overland Park, Kan., psychology; Noah Dale Divine, Seward, Neb., computer science; Lacy Leigh Freeman, Shawnee, elementary education; Kevin Lee Gilbreath, Wichita Falls, Texas, finance; Sarah Jean Gipson, Norman, communication studies; Cassidy Suzanne Glenn, Arlington, Texas, nursing; Traci Suzanne Lyon Gray, Seminole, communication studies; Julia Kathleen Grimes, Highland Village, Texas, early childhood and elementary education; Amber Louise Harville, Oklahoma City, children's ministry; Karie Rae Hibbard, Olathe, Kan., elementary education; Buffy Erin Hillmer, Omaha, Neb., elementary and early childhood education; Rachel Hope Hines, Oklahoma City, art education; Dori Christine Hochgraber, Mesquite, Texas, marketing; Aron Brook Hogue, Willow Park, Texas, natural science; Kelley Deanne James, Lake Charles, La., English education; Jennifer Robin Lacourse, Midwest City, pre-physical therapy; Jerry Todd Lambert, Broken Arrow, biblical languages; Dustin Lee Lancaster, Wichita Falls, Texas, art; Malynda Sue Layn, Marlow, family development; Ginger Diane Lovelace, Shawnee, English education; Andrea Marie Lucas, Sapulpa, nursing; Michael John Mantel, Layton, Utah, Bible and marketing; Nikki Leah McMillen, Wichita, Kan., elementary education; Rebecca Lynn McIntyre, Highlands Ranch, Colo., music education; Jennifer Ann McPherson, Allen, Texas, nursing; Jennifer Beth Miler, Oklahoma City, early childhood education; Brandi D. Moore, Choctaw, public relations; Jared Arlis Motley, Hollis, Bible; Kathleen Malia Neff, Mililani, Hawaii, family psychology; Tonya G. Orr, Broken Arrow, finance; Johnie L. Owens, Spiro, biology; Jason David Peck, Oklahoma City, youth ministry; Carrie Michelle Phillips, Owasso, communication studies; Alissa Jo Price, Ft. Gibson, English education; Mandy Jill Pyron, Marlow, elementary and early childhood education; Matthew Brent Robbins, Midwest City, marketing; Rebekah Elizabeth Ann Smith, Independence, Mo., special education; Matthew A. Smith, Shawnee, missions; Sara Ruth Snider, Corn, mathematics; Daniel Thomas Snow, Claremont, N.C., cross-cultural ministry; Justin Keith Stanford, Burleson, Texas, biblical languages; Rachel Marie Stark, Leawood, Kan., pre-physical therapy; Michael Robert Stevenson, New Ulm, Minn., nursing; Michelle Dawn Stone, Tulsa, elementary and early childhood education; Matthew William Swan, Pryor, biology; Nikole Lee Taylor, Ada, psychology; Mathew Lee Thomas, Shawnee, philosophy; Scott David Timmons, McAlester, finance and international business; Marshall Joel Turvey, Shawnee, Kan., humanities; Jeremy Eugene Upchurch, Eastland, Texas, telecommunication; Kathleen Marie Van Eron, Beggs, German; Michelle Joy Vinarskai, San Antonio, Texas, family psychology; Leslie A. Wall, Shawnee, elementary education; Kerrie Michelle Whited, Forney, Texas, elementary education; Jennifer Beth Willeford, Duncan, public relations; and Jessica Amber Winderweedle, Vinita, musical arts.

Students that completed the honors program with an honors thesis and will graduate with "Honors" include: Eric Daniel Barreto, "Christology and Christopraxis in Juergen Moltmann's Theology;" Sarah Elisabeth Duck, "The Importance of Enterococcal Surface Protein in Enterococcus Faecalis Infections;" Jessica Noelle Gibson, "A Feminist Mosaic: Theory, Poetry and Experience;" Christian Nathaniel Herring, "E.E. Cummings' Languages of Love and Death;" Greg Edward Mackey, "Creating WebSPACE: a Web Interface for SPACE;" Trudy Gale Oliver, "Combination Drug Treatment of Lung Cancer Cells;" and Jadee Lee Upshaw, "Immune Response in Mice with Multiple Sclerosis-like Disease."

Students that completed the honors program and will graduate with "Honors" include: Elizabeth Thi Bowers, Corey D. Brooks, Julie Lynn Divine, Laura Beth Estell, Kenneth James Hively, Michael Paul James, and Lindsay Noelle Lyon.

Students that completed an honors thesis and will graduate with "Honors" include: Brooke Ann Collins, "On the Verge: A Journey and Discovery of Costume Design," and Jamison Lindsay Henninger, "Children's Theatre: The Organization and Implementation of a Touring Children's Show."

Reserved tickets are required for admission to the 10 a.m. commencement ceremonies.