2002 News Articles

Former OBU Administrator William Neptune Dies At 74

December 30, 2002—Former Oklahoma Baptist University interim president, provost, and professor William E. Neptune died unexpectedly in his Eufaula home early Monday morning, Dec. 30. He was 74. A memorial service for Dr. Neptune will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at the First Baptist Church of Shawnee, 10th…

Jett Explores Why Students Are Here In Winter Commencement Address

December 20, 2002—Dr. Bradley Jett, James E. Hurley associate professor of biology at Oklahoma Baptist University, spoke of 14 responses to the question "Why are you here?" is his address to the 85 graduates at the university’s Winter Commencement Friday. OBU’s James E. Hurley associate professor of…

OBU Board Approves Athletic Facility Naming At Fall Meeting On Campus

December 6, 2002—In their regular fall meeting, Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees approved the naming of a new athletic facility, and acted on a variety of business and academic matters on Friday afternoon. The 32-member board, meeting in OBU's Geiger Center, voted to name a new baseball and…

Indian Pastor Says Diversification Good, Bad

November 21, 2002—Native American pastor Rev. Bill Barnett took an unconventional approach to discussing cultural diversity during Oklahoma Baptist University's Native American Heritage chapel service Nov. 20. Barnett, pastor of Indian Nations Baptist Church in Seminole, used humor and anecdotes to talk about…

Christmas Celebration Returns to OBU

November 20, 2002—The 65th annual Hanging of the Green celebration at Oklahoma Baptist University will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. This year's theme, "Symbols of Hope," will revolve around the Christian Christmas tree decorations, Chrismons. The event will be in the university's Potter Auditorium and is…

Keller Delivers Henry Lecture with Flair

November 19, 2002—Colonial American specialist and George Washington expert Dr. Clair Keller held an historic press conference for Oklahoma Baptist University's Henry Lecture Thursday on the university's campus. Instead of lecturing on the nation's first president, Keller portrayed Washington in early American…

OBU Planetarium Offers Christmas Show

November 15, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's W.P. Wood Planetarium will offer a Christmas show, "Christmas Under the Stars," in December. The show will cover a range of Christmas themes, including the "Christmas Star," Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, twice nightly at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Admission is $1.50Seating is limited…

Opera Theatre Presents Opera Francais

November 14, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's student Opera Theatre will present an evening of famous scenes from French opera, Nov. 22-23 at 7:30 p.m., in Yarborough Auditorium of Raley Chapel. General admission is $3 at the door. The "Opera Francais" program will feature scenes from Orfee by Cristoph W.…

Author, Teacher Says God Likes Minds

November 13, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University alum Calvin Miller told the university's Homecoming Chapel crowd Saturday that brains alone don't really count for much. It's minds that matter. The distinction between the mind and the brain is what Christian education at OBU is all about, said the well-known…

Dining Expert Teaches Students Manners Plus

November 12, 2002—Etiquette specialist Gloria Auth told Oklahoma Baptist University students Monday that the most important rule of manners is to be aware of what's going on around them. In her presentation "How to Dine Like a Diplomat" Auth gave students a virtual tour of etiquette at a business luncheon,…

Harvest Queen, King Crowned

November 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's 2002 Harvest Queen and King and their Court were named from a group of 18 seniors Saturday evening at the annual Alumni Showcase and Harvest Festival.  Leslie Garrison, an exercise science major from Anderson, Mo., was crowned Harvest Queen. Michael Burns, a…

Friday Night Dinner to Kick Off Homecoming

November 8, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's popular Friday evening Homecoming Harves Dinner that traditionally attracts several hundred alumni and friends, will be tonight (Friday) at 6 p.m. in the Geiger Center  The program will include the presentation of Alumni Achievement Awards to 1958 OBU…

Musical Events Bring Alumni Back Together

November 8, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University alumni and friends will celebrate this year's "Memories that Endure" Homecoming celebration through music, during the university's annual Musical Gala and Alumni Showcase. The Friday gala event will be at 8:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium of Raley Chapel and will…

Etiquette Expert at OBU Monday

November 5, 2002—Master of etiquette Gloria Auth, founder and director of Protocol Plus, will speak to Oklahoma Baptist University students about poise, polish, and professionalism Monday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.  The public is invited to attend "How to Dine Like a Diplomat" in the university's Bailey…

Homecoming Chapel to Bring Personalities to Campus

November 5, 2002—Notable alumni from Oklahoma Baptist University's 1958 and 1982 graduating classes will lead the annual Homecoming Chapel, a worship service for reunioners returning to campus, Saturday at 10 a.m. Dr. Calvin A. Miller, a 1958 OBU graduate and well-known author and teacher, will deliver the…

Hemphill Describes the Prayer of Jesus

October 31, 2002—Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary president Dr. Kenneth Hemphill told Oklahoma Baptist University students about the radical nature of the Lord's prayer during the Oct. 30 chapel service.  Hemphill asked students if they desired to live anxiety-free and with knowledge of the…

Washington Expert this Year’s Henry Lecturer

October 30, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome colonial American specialist Dr. Clair Keller to deliver the Henry Lecture on "The Indispensable Revolutionary," Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of Bailey Business Center. The lecture is free and open to the…

Southwestern Seminary President to Speak at OBU

October 24, 2002—Dr. Kenneth S. Hemphill, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will speak to students during the Oct. 30 chapel service at Oklahoma Baptist University.  Since Hemphill's appointment as president of SWBTS in 1994, the seminary's enrollment has grown 10 percent. He also…

Tarleton Says In God’s Will, Best Place for Students

October 24, 2002—Being in the center of God's will is not the safest place to be, as some have claimed, said Dr. Ed Tarleton to Oklahoma Baptist University students during the missions emphasis week chapel service Wednesday. But the center of God's will is the best place to be, he said. Tarleton is a career…

Hansford Writes Instrumental Textbook

October 23, 2002—Dr. Jim Hansford, professor of music and director of bands at Oklahoma Baptist University, recently co-wrote and edited, The Instrumental Resource for Church and School. The 400-page textbook, published by Church Street Press, was compiled and edited by Hansford and Dr. Julie Barrier, an…

Much Ado Opens New OBU Theatre

October 23, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department will debut its newly remodeled theatre with one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies. OBU will present Much Ado About Nothing Nov. 1, 2 and 7 at 7:30 p.m. and November 9-10 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on the…

OBU Hosts Be a Bison Day

October 23, 2002—The first of five "Be a Bison Day" events for prospective students of Oklahoma Baptist University, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 30.  The event is designed for high school seniors, who have been accepted to the university, to visit the campus and experience a day in the life of a…

Nineteenth Performance of OBU Candy Concert This Week

October 18, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's 19th annual M&M's Pops Concert featuring the OBU Symphonic Band and Bison Jazz Orchestra will showcase a program of light musical fare for the sweet-toothed music lover. The M&M's concerts, named for the chocolate candy handed out with ticket purchases and given…

Brass quintet makes stop at OBU

October 17, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will play host to the St. Louis Brass Quintet, an ensemble famed for its humorous approach to music, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium. OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will sponsor the event. St. Louis Brass The chamber musicians will play a…

Local String Quartet to Perform This Week

October 17, 2002—Shawnee's own Red River Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Bernhard Henrik Crusell at a fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium. The graduate student quartet, which forms the core of the Shawnee Community Orchestra…

Perkins Says to Plan With God in Mind

October 17, 2002—"You and I can plan our lives, but if we invite God into our planning, it will be more productive." That was the assertion of Bruce Perkins, president of Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark, at Oklahoma Baptist University's Oct. 16 chapel service. "You never arrive at a destination by…

Missionary in Residence to Speak in Chapel

October 16, 2002—Missionary in residence Dr. Edward Tarleton will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's Missions Emphasis Week chapel services, Oct. 23 and 25. Tarleton is a career missionary with the International Mission Board, serving on stateside assignment for a semester at OBU. Tarleton serves as a strategy…

Dick Rader Dies After Battle With Cancer

October 14, 2002—Dick A. Rader, longtime Oklahoma Baptist University administrator and faculty member, died Monday afternoon, Oct. 14, in Elk City after a 10-month battle with liver cancer. He was 61. Dr. Dick Rader Rader's memorial service was Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Andrew Potter Auditorium, in John Wesley…

Youth Leader Describes History of Oklahoma Ministry

October 14, 2002—Oklahoma Baptists have a strong heritage in youth work thanks to churches and Falls Creek, according to student ministry expert Philip H. Briggs. Dr. Briggs, Hallock chair of Baptist student work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, described the significance of his own tradition in…

George: Ghosts of Baptist History Teach Today

October 11, 2002—Dr. Timothy George, dean of the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University introduced OBU students to three Southern Baptist historical "ghosts" during the university's annual Hobbs lecture recently. Studying these figures forces a new generation to face old questions about the church and…

Mission to Mars: Cosmonauts Visit OBU

October 11, 2002—Mission to Mars - Alexandre Martynov, the man responsible for landing Russian space vehicles on the moon, Mars and Venus, discusses the possibility and procedures of a manned flight to Mars.  Martynov and highly-decorated cosmonaut Alexander Volkov were on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist…

Griffin Tells Students Their Time is Now

October 9, 2002—Using II Kings 22 as the basis for his message, Oklahoma Baptist University campus minister Dale Griffin, addressed students during the Oct. 9 chapel service. Griffin told students it is their time to make decisions concerning who will control their sphere of influence. He said it is their…

Local CEO Describes Bank’s Growth

October 9, 2002—Ed Townsend, chairman and CEO of Local Oklahoma Bank, spoke to Oklahoma Baptist University students about the evolution of his bank and the essence of leadership during the university's recent business forum. Townsend, a 35-year veteran of the banking industry, talked about the importance of…

Perkins to Lead Students in Chapel Service

October 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome Bruce Perkins, CEO of Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark., to speak at the 10 a.m. chapel service Oct. 16. He previously served as pastor of Memorial Baptist Church in Grapevine, Texas. He also has been pastor of First Baptist Church in Troup,…

OBU to be Featured on OETA’s “Stateline”

October 8, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will be one of four private Oklahoma universities featured on OETA's "Stateline," airing at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23.  OETA interviewed several faculty and administrators at OBU, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma Wesleyan…

OBU To Celebrate Parrish’s Contributions At Oct. 26 Dinner

October 8, 2002—John Parrish knows a lot about OBU's history. He's lived through the last 38 years of that history on Bison Hill. At the end of November, Parrish, OBU's executive vice president, will retire from a career that has included at least half a dozen job titles at the University, and a wide range of…

OBU Event for Youth Groups Nov. 2

October 7, 2002—Continuing a four-year tradition, Oklahoma Baptist University will again host its annual Bison Youth Day, Nov. 2, for youth groups in Oklahoma and surrounding states to get a taste of the spiritual and social life at the university. "We want students to see this as a place they can come and…

Campus Minister to Lead Chapel

October 3, 2002—Dale Griffin, Oklahoma Baptist University campus minister, will deliver the Oct. 9, chapel address during the 10 a.m. service in Potter Auditorium. The service will feature a student-led praise band as well as Griffin's message. Griffin plans to speak to students concerning spiritual markers…

Noted Bass to Give Guest Voice Recital

October 3, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will welcome world renowned bass-baritone George Hogan, Oct. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. Hogan has performed in nearly every opera house in America, in all of the opera houses in Canada and in several opera…

Grad Featured In National Christian College Campaign

October 2, 2002—Dr. Judith James-Wood, a 1989 OBU graduate, is one of 31 Christian college graduates featured in a month-long internet feature compiled by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The feature is part of the October "Christian Higher Education Month" celebration. James-Wood was…

OBU Invites Parents to Day of Fellowship, Information and Fun

September 30, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will host Parents' Day Oct. 5 when parents of OBU students can come to Bison Hill to see the place their child has been calling home since August. Parents' DaySchedule Bobby Canty, OBU dean of students said "there are several reasons a parent would want to come. It…

Maxwell Says More Will Never Be Enough

September 26, 2002—Speaking to Oklahoma Baptist University students at the Sept. 25 chapel service, Dr. Dan Maxwell, pastor of Oklahoma City's Heritage Baptist Church, said that no matter what people gain materially in life, it is never enough to truly satisfy. "We say, 'A little more will be enough,'" Maxwell…

Campus Variety Show Reveals Student Talent

September 25, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University sophomores (l to r) Andrea Dent of Oak Grove, Mo., Rachael O'Neal of Tyler, Texas, and Megan Guinn of Houston, Texas, perform with Road Trip, a band made up of OBU students, at the university's "Biggie" variety show production recently.  The annual show had a…

History of Youth Ministry Topic of Gaskin Lecture

September 25, 2002—Student ministry expert Philip H. Briggs will discuss the history of youth ministry in Oklahoma at Oklahoma Baptist University's Gaskin Lectures Oct. 7. Dr. Briggs, Hallock chair of Baptist student work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will present the lectures, "An Oklahoman…

Jett Continues Important Research

September 25, 2002—Dr. Bradley Jett, James E. Hurley associate professor of biology at Oklahoma Baptist University, recently wrote a chapter of the book Foundations of Clinical Anthropology to be published by Lippincott & Wilkins as part of an extensive reference volume used by clinical ophthalmologists. His…

Seminary Founder to Give OBU Hobbs Address

September 24, 2002—The founding dean of a growing school of divinity will deliver the 45th Hobbs Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Oct. 2, during the university's 10 a.m. chapel service. Dr. Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, will give the university's biannual…

Da Vinci Expert Says Art of One Leonardo Mirrors Math of Another

September 23, 2002—Physicist, artist and Leonardo DaVinci expert Bulent Atalay lectured on two Leonardos: Leonardo DaVinci and Leonardo Fibonacci di Pisa and symmetry in art and nature Sept. 19 at Oklahoma Baptist University as part of the university's September artist series. Dr. Atalay said Fibonacci, a 13th…

Bank CEO to speak at forum

September 19, 2002—Ed Townsend, chairman and CEO of Local Oklahoma Bank, will talk to Oklahoma Baptist University students about the evolution of his leading banking franchise Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center.  OBU's Paul Dickinson School of Business is…

Maxwell to Lead Students in Chapel

September 19, 2002—The pastor of a growing Oklahoma City church will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's Sept. 25 chapel service. Dr. Dan Maxwell, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, will speak to OBU students at 10 a.m. in the university's Raley Chapel. Since becoming pastor of Heritage in 1990,…

Pastor Says God is Doing More Than We Know

September 19, 2002—God is always surpassing our expectations, not just meeting them, said Dr. Randall Adams during Oklahoma Baptist University's Sept. 18 chapel services. Adams, pastor of First Baptist Church of McAlester, spoke to OBU students about God's power, faithfulness and diligent work even when…

Bade to Present Clarinet Recital

September 18, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of music Dr. Christopher Bade will present a clarinet recital Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will begin in Potter Auditorium for the first piece on the program, which will be accompanied by organ, and will move to Yarborough…

Jazz Orchestra On Stage Saturday

September 16, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Jazz Orchestra will perform a set at Shawnee's downtown Jazz Festival Saturday, from 12:30 to1:30 p.m. The Bison Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Kevin Pruiett. The group is primarily comprised of students from the Symphonic Band. The 20-piece…

OBU Junior Class Prepares Run/Walk

September 16, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's class of 2004 will host the Bison Classic 5K Road Race Saturday, Sept. 21, on the OBU campus. The race is a class fundraiser and a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Shawnee. Jana Cooper, president of OBU's junior class, and Cari Myers, member of the…

OBU College Fair Starts Monday

September 13, 2002—All area high school juniors and seniors are invited to attend the Shawnee Area-Wide College and Career Fair Monday, Sept. 23, from 6-8 p.m., and Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., in the Noble Complex at Oklahoma Baptist University. Representatives from 85 colleges and universities…

Steve Largent Visits OBU Young Republicans

September 13, 2002—Oklahoma Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Largent dialogued with Oklahoma Baptist University's Young Republican student group Wednesday in the university's Yarborough Auditorium about why voter turnout is lowest in their age group.  Largent has visited several universities in…

McAlester Pastor to Speak in Chapel

September 11, 2002—Dr. E. Randall Adams will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's Sept. 18 chapel service. Adams is pastor of First Baptist Church in McAlester, Okla., where he has served since 1994. OBU chapel services are on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the university's Potter AuditoriumAdams previously was pastor…

OBU Students Working Through Questions, One Year Later

September 11, 2002—Members of the Oklahoma Baptist University community used the Wednesday chapel service to challenge student thinking about Sept. 11 rather than dwell on the tragedy in somber reflection. The weekly chapel service coincided with the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. "We…

Cellist opens OBU’s Fall Artist Series

September 9, 2002—Noted young cellist Clancy Newman will be in concert for the first of Oklahoma Baptist University's Fall Artist Series events, Sept. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium. OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will host four artists in September, including Newman,…

Da Vinci Expert Visiting Lecturer at OBU

September 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a lecture by physicist and Leonardo daVinci expert Bulent Atalay, Thursday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. Dr. Atalay, professor of physics at Mary Washington College in Virginia, will lecture on "The Two Leondardos: Symmetry in Art and…

OBU Slates Discussions for Sept. 11

September 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty will engage in dialogue about historical, sociological, political, and religious issues surrounding the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during the university's Wednesday chapel service. The panel discussion will be at 10 a.m. in the university's Raley…

OBU Recognizes Leaders During Convocation

September 5, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University honored the success of friends of the university as it officially began the academic school year Wednesday. The university bestowed honorary doctorates on individuals during the Convocation chapel service in Raley Chapel. Six new faculty and nine new administrative…

Kelly Says Faith and Academics, One

August 29, 2002—"What does Christian faith have to do with academic discipline?" That question was addressed by an Oklahoma Baptist University faculty member during OBU's first chapel service of the fall semester on Aug. 28.Dr. Bobby Kelly, Rowena Strickland assistant professor of religion, spoke to OBU…

OBU Professors Take Stage for “Arsenic” Run

August 19, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will debut an all-faculty production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" Labor Day weekend, just in time for students who will arrive on campus for the fall semester expecting to only see their professors in the classroom. The cast is made up entirely of current and retired…

OBU Adds Six New Faculty Members

August 15, 2002—Six new faculty members will begin their tenure at Oklahoma Baptist University this fall. Karen Longest will serve as assistant professor of psychology, Beth Green Nagle as assistant professor of Spanish, Melissa Roberts as assistant professor of music, Clarance Benes as assistant professor of…

Community Orchestra Announces Auditions

August 13, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will audition new instrumentalists for the second season of the Shawnee Community Orchestra Monday, Aug. 26, from 7-9 p.m. in the university's Raley Chapel. The auditions are open to instrumentalists ages 16 and older. Residents of communities spanning from eastern…

MTI Courses Offered This Fall

August 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University is offering courses in Christian studies this fall at 22 centers in Oklahoma and five other states. Ministry Training Institute offers courses for college credit that can be applied to degree programs at OBU or other colleges and universities. The courses are…

OBU Announces Music Class Times, Audition Dates

August 9, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Preparatory Department will offer a wide range of music activities this fall. The department will host auditions for vocalists in grades four through 12 in two weeks. Auditions for the Shawnee Honor Choir, Concert Choir, and Chamber Ensemble are Aug. 19-23 from…

OBU Trustees Approve Strategic Plan

July 26, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees approved the university's strategic plan for the upcoming academic year, and approved contracts for several new faculty members during the board's summer meeting, on the OBU campus Friday. The trustees also heard a state-of-the-university report…

Dale Griffin Named Campus Minister; Jackie Wilks To Direct BCM

July 22, 2002—Dale Griffin, who has served in a variety of student ministry leadership roles, has been named campus minister at Oklahoma Baptist University, announced OBU President Mark A. Brister on Monday. Dale Griffin In the newly created position, Griffin will coordinate student ministry efforts with…

Dick Rader Retires From OBU Posts

June 25, 2002—Dr. Dick A. Rader, Oklahoma Baptist University's vice president for religious life and dean of the University's School of Christian Service, retired at the end of the spring semester. The longtime Baptist educator cited health reasons for the decision. He was diagnosed with liver cancer in…

Canty Named Dean of Students

June 17, 2002—Bobby Canty has been named dean of students at Oklahoma Baptist University, effective Monday, June 17.  Canty has served the University in a variety of capacities since being hired as director of athletics in 1984. He has worked as associate dean of students for two years. He also has…

OBU Confers 275 Degrees

May 18, 2002—Challenged to continue becoming leaders, 275 Oklahoma Baptist University students received degrees Saturday morning at the university's 88th Spring Commencement. An overflow crowd of more than 2,000 people watched the 10 a.m. ceremony at OBU's John Wesley Raley Chapel. OBU President Mark…

Service Chapel Affirms Summer Missionaries

May 2, 2002—Recognizing more than 100 students and faculty serving in the mission field this summer, Oklahoma Baptist University students committed to pray for missions during the university's Summer Service Corps Commissioning Service, May 1. Members of the university's Baptist Collegiate Ministries,…

Baptist Pianist to Travel to OBU for Award This Week

May 1, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will recognize legendary pianist Max Lyall, Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m., in the university's Geiger Center for a career of teaching and performance excellence. The university also will host a reception for the awardee at 5:30 p.m. in the same location. Dr. Lyall,…

Hendry Says to Share Jesus’ Love

April 25, 2002—Selected as Oklahoma Baptist University's student preacher for a spring chapel service, senior biblical languages major Scott Hendry, spoke to students Wednesday about rediscovering the gospel in the current culture.  Hendry asked students how Christians shed the light of Jesus to the…

Children’s Chorus to Perform Annual Concert

April 23, 2002—The Shawnee Honor Choir will present its 19th annual spring concert this Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Shawnee Honor Choir, an auditioned group of 65 fourth- through sixth-graders, representing 14…

Jazz Orchestra On Stage Next Thursday

April 23, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Jazz Orchestra will perform the first concert under director Kevin Pruiett May 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium. Pruiett, assistant professor of music at OBU, joined the university faculty in 2001. The jazz band will perform music…

Alum, Administrator Featured Speaker at OBU’s Church Vocations Dinner

April 18, 2002—A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University who has served at the university for more than 20 years will be recognized at the church vocation students banquet Monday night.  Dr. Dick Rader, vice president for religious life at OBU, is the 2002 alumni award recipient and featured speaker for…

Bisonettes to Perform Showcase

April 18, 2002—"That's Entertainment," a showcase of contemporary musical favorites, will spotlight the Oklahoma Baptist University Bisonettes, April 26 and 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Potter Auditorium.  Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $2 for children under 12 and $4 for general…

Red River Quarter to Perform this Week

April 12, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will host the Shawnee Community Orchestra' s Red River Quartet in a spring concert April 25, at 8 p.m., at the Mabee Gereer Museum on the campus of St. Gregory's University. The concert is free and open to the public.The Red River Quartet, which forms the core of…

Band’s Spring Concert To Feature “Moby Dick”

April 11, 2002—The 52-member Oklahoma Baptist University Symphonic Band will present its annual spring concert Monday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m., in the university's Yarborough Auditorium.  The featured piece on the program, "Of Sailors and Whales," by W. Francis McBeth, is a five-movement work inspired by…

Chorale to Present Messiah

April 11, 2002—The University Chorale of Oklahoma Baptist University will perform parts II and III of Handel's Messiah in a spring concert, April 16, at 8 p.m. in the university's Potter Auditorium. The 40-member mixed voice chorus will present the Lenten, Easter and post-resurrection portions of the classic…

Handbell Reunion to Say Farewell to Founder

April 11, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's 10-member handbell ensemble, The University Ringers, will present its final concert under founding conductor Mary Kay Parrish next week after a weekend of reunions and rehearsals. The concert, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium, will…

Our Town OBU’s Final Production of the Season

April 11, 2002—Thorton Wilder's American classic "Our Town" will appear on stage for the next two weeks at Oklahoma Baptist University's Sarkeys Theatre.  The show will run April 18, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. and April 28 at 2:30 p.m. The well-known play depicts the struggle between everyday life and…

Lee Challenges Students to be True Leaders

April 5, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University welcomed the executive director treasurer of the Women's Missionary Union, Wanda Lee, to Bison Hill for the Women's Day chapel service April 3. She is the seventh woman executive director/treasurer of the WMU, a national auxiliary organization to the Southern…

Expert on History of Jewish Women at OBU Next Week

April 3, 2002—Jewish scholar Judith Baskin will spend two days at Oklahoma Baptist University discussing the role of women in the Jewish community as part of the university's annual Schusterman Lecture in Jewish History and Tradition, April 11-12. Dr. Baskin, director of the Harold Schnitzer Family Program…

Dr. Jimmie Russell Dies March 31

March 31, 2002—Dr. Jimmie Louise Russell, OBU professor of education, died early Sunday morning in Midwest City, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 52. Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, in Potter Auditorium of OBU's John Wesley Raley Chapel.Russell joined the University's…

Local Orchestra to Debut Tuesday

March 27, 2002—The newly organized Shawnee Community Orchestra will present its debut concert Tuesday, April 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium.  Under the baton of Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU professor of music, the 50-member ensemble will perform favorite orchestral works…

Preview Day for High School Underclassmen Next Week

March 27, 2002—Local high school sophomores and juniors can get an early start on choosing a college at Oklahoma Baptist University's Junior Sneak Preview Day, April 5.  More than 200 students are already planning to attend the event that serves as an introduction to college life at OBU. The preview day…

Women’s Day Brings National WMU Name to Campus

March 26, 2002—The national leader of the Women's Missionary Union will speak at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, April 3, for the university's annual Women's Day celebration. Wanda S. Lee will lead the chapel service, which is set aside each year to recognize the contributions of Oklahoma women to…

OBU Plans Holy Week Events

March 22, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will observe Holy Week with two significant chapel services, March 27 and 29. Both services will be at 10 a.m. in the university's Raley Chapel. Wednesday's chapel program will feature OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. The music and scripture passages…

Former OBU First Lady Helen Raley Dies

March 20, 2002—Former Oklahoma Baptist University First Lady Helen Thames Raley died Wednesday, March 20, in Ponca City. She was 92. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 25, in Andrew Potter Auditorium of John Wesley Raley Chapel on the OBU campus.Helen Thames Raley was born Dec. 24, 1909, in…

OBU Professor to Perform Holy Songs

March 19, 2002—Tenor Jon Gruett, OBU associate professor of music, will perform a collection of songs based on the book of Psalms this week in a university sponsored faculty recital. Dr. Gruett will perform Monday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium.He will be assisted by Dr.…

Local Students Can Apply for OBU’s Riddle Scholarship

March 18, 2002—Graduates of high schools and home schools in Pottawatomie, Lincoln, and Seminole Counties are encouraged to apply for Oklahoma Baptist University's Riddle Scholarship this spring.  The application deadline is April 1.Created to aid students from Shawnee and surrounding communities, the…

Global Educator to Lecture

March 8, 2002—Carolyn Bishop will present the 44th biannual Hobbs lecture at OBU on global impacts on Christian universities, Wednesday.  The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith and Heritage is OBU's first endowed lectureship, established in 1980 by friends of Dr. and Mrs.…

Clarkson Speaks on Truth

March 5, 2002—During his Feb. 27 chapel address, Dr. Kevin Clarkson said that statistics show most Americans believe there is no absolute truth and that 64% of church members feel the same way. He used John 18 to illustrate various points concerning truth. Clarkson is the pastor of First Baptist Church in…

Instrumentalists Arrive in Shawnee this Week

March 5, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome to campus Christian instrumentalists from across the United States March 7-9, for the ninth national conference of the Christian Instrumentalists and Directors Association. Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU professor of music and director of bands, is national…

Counselor, Paraplegic to Direct Family Emphasis Week

March 1, 2002—Charles R. Poor, psychologist and former director of pastoral ministries at First Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's Marriage and Family Emphasis Week, March 6-8. He will be the featured speaker for the Wednesday and Friday chapel services at 10 a.m. …

Hymn Festival for Entire Community

March 1, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will host its second annual Hymn Festival on Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Potter Auditorium of Raley Chapel. The event will include performances by organist Dr. Ron Davis, OBU professor of music, the Bison Glee Club, the Bisonette Glee Club, and the Bison…

Seminole Businessman Featured Minter Lecturer

March 1, 2002—A local roofing industry entrepreneur will share insights into a cancer survivor's view of life and business during Oklahoma Baptist University's Minter Lectureship in American Business Practice, Monday, March 4. Brian Paul Coates, president of Coates Roofing Co. in Seminole, deliver a lecture…

Tenor Returns For Recital

March 1, 2002—A former assistant professor of voice at Oklahoma Baptist University will return to campus this week for a guest voice recital. Tenor Stanley Warren, associate professor of voice at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will be in concert March 4, at 7 p.m. in OBU's Yarborough…

Nine to Perform Senior Recitals

February 27, 2002—Nine Oklahoma Baptist University senior music majors will take the final bow of their college careers this week and next during several senior recitals. All recitals will be in the university's Yarborough Auditorium and are open to the public.Caleb Harris, a piano performance major from…

Clarkson to Speak in Chapel

February 22, 2002—Dr. Kevin Clarkson will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's Feb. 27 chapel service. Clarkson is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Moore. He has been in that position since October. Clarkson previously was pastor of First Baptist Church in Claremore. He also has served as pastor of…

Gillham Says New Identity Is Possible

February 20, 2002—As a part of Oklahoma Baptist University's Focus Week, Dr. Bill Gillham spoke during the university's Feb.19 chapel service on developing a new identity by trusting in God. Gillham is founder of Lifetime Guarantee Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife, Annabel, host the nationally…

President Remembers University’s Influences

February 15, 2002—On Oklahoma Baptist University's 92nd birthday, Dr. Mark Brister reminded students that life is short, and encouraged them to make a difference like the people who had influenced the university throughout its history. Brister, OBU's president, led the annual Founders' Day chapel service last…

Trip to Sherwood Forrest Theme of OBU Children’s Theatre

February 14, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's theatre department's newest production adds a twist to the Robin Hood legend to show that even storybook heroes have life lessons to learn. OBU's Theatre for Young People will present "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood" by Mary Lynn Dobson, Feb. 22, 23, March…

Call for Auditions in OBU’s Our Town

February 13, 2002—The theatre department at Oklahoma Baptist University will host open auditions for the role of Stage Manager in their upcoming spring production of the great American classic Our Town, February 20 and 21. Those people interested in the part are welcome to attend auditions from 7-9 p.m. in…

Israel Walkable Map at OBU Friday

February 13, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's anthropology club will host a walking map of Israel Friday for a life-size experience of the Holy Land. The giant floor map exhibit will open at 10 a.m. in the university's Geiger Center.Michael Barlow, an independent education consultant, has been carrying the…

Psychologist Heads Up OBU’s Focus Week

February 13, 2002—Bill Gillham, co-founder of Lifetime Guarantee Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas, will be Oklahoma Baptist University's Focus Week speaker next week. Dr. Gillham is a psychologist, speaker and author. He will speak during OBU's 10 a.m. chapel, Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Friday, Feb. 22. He will be…

Eight to Perform in Concerto Aria

February 11, 2002—A group of seasoned student performers will grace Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium stage for the Concerto Aria concert, Feb 18, at 8:30 p.m. Seven seniors and one junior will perform with full orchestra at the 28th annual recital, which focuses on up-and-coming student…

“Keeping Faith” Is Theme For OBU Day 2002

February 8, 2002—Oklahoma Baptists will have the opportunity to celebrate their strong relationship with OBU during the annual OBU Day in the Churches events Feb. 17 and 24. The theme for the 2002 observance is "Keeping Faith." That statement is designed to convey the University's emphasis on providing strong…

Martin Dead at 79

February 8, 2002—Charlotte Lucille Yvonne Martin, world-renowned pianist and former artist-in-residence at OBU, died in September 2001 at her home in Solvang, Calif. She would have been 80 in February.  Martin taught at OBU from 1969 to 1985.Born in Mexico City to French-American parents, she was 11 years…

Local Students Compete at NATS Competition

February 7, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University students recently participating in the Texoma Regional auditions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing. One student placed first and others reached the semifinalist competition. Lindsay Doolin, a vocal performance major from Lawton, Okla., received…

OBU Clarinetist Presents French Themed Concert

February 7, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a faculty recital Tuesday, February 12, with featured clarinetist Dr. Christopher Bade, assistant professor of music at OBU. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel.Bade will perform "Duettino Concertante" by…

OBU’s Founders’ Day Celebration Wednesday

February 7, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will celebrate 92 years of strong academics and spiritual leadership on Bison Hill Wednesday during the university's annual Founders' Day chapel service. The 10 a.m. heritage chapel program is set aside each year to recognize the support OBU receives from Baptist…

OBU Alum Featured in Oklahoman Article

February 4, 2002—Dr. Judith James, a 1989 OBU graduate in chemistry, was featured in the Oklahoma Living section of the Feb. 3 Sunday Oklahoman. She is the only scientist from Oklahoma ever to win the Presidential Early Career Award.  In the article, James cites that her undergraduate research experiences…

Symphony Travels to Shawnee for Conductor’s Last Concert

February 1, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist's premier orchestra, the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, will perform in Shawnee Feb. 10 at Oklahoma Baptist University. Sponsored by area churches, the 6 p.m. concert in Potter Auditorium will feature varied musical selections by the 80-member ensemble. Jon Duncan, worship and…

Allen Challenges Students to Matter

January 31, 2002—"God left behind an old, rugged, wooden, bloodstained cross declaring for eternity that God loves you," Rev. Jackie Allen told Oklahoma Baptist University students in his Jan. 30 chapel address. Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church in Miami, told students that with God's unconditional,…

Native African-American Sound Comes to OBU

January 30, 2002—The history and heritage of native African-American culture will come alive through rhythm and song for Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel service, Feb. 6. The internationally acclaimed Georgia Sea Island Singers will be in concert at OBU during the 10 a.m. chapel service and at 7:30 p.m.,…

OBU Chapel Speakers Diverse in Ministry

January 25, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's spring chapel speaker lineup includes a variety of personalities in Christian vocations and ministries. Jackie Allen, pastor of First Baptist Church in Miami, will be the featured speaker on Jan. 30. Allen is a 1987 graduate of OBU and has pastored four churches…

Camerata Hosts OBU’s Acclaimed Young People’s Choir

January 11, 2002—The inaugural convocation of the Church Music Camerata at Oklahoma Baptist University will begin with a concert by the nationally recognized Concert Choir, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Potter Auditorium. The Concert Choir of OBU's Preparatory Department is under the direction of…

OBU Student to Raise Olympic Torch Today

January 11, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University freshman Lacie Habekott will bear the ceremonial Olympic flame today in Oklahoma City. Habekott, who has a prosthetic leg, will carry the Olympic torch along Lincoln Blvd. from 32nd St. to 34th St. at 3:10 p.m.The native of Woodward, Okla., was nominated to carry…

MTI Offers Something for Everyone

January 7, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University will continue its effort to equip people to better serve congregations through Ministry Training Institute course offerings this spring. In its 18th year, the ministry-equipping program currently offers classes at 29 centers in Oklahoma, Indiana, Kansas, Oregon,…

OBU Intramurals Visits National Competition

January 6, 2002—Representatives of Oklahoma Baptist University's popular intramural sports program reached the quarterfinals of the American Intercollegiate Intramural Championship's National Flag Football Tournament in New Orleans recently, after taking the top trophy at a regional contest. The women's team,…

Bison Glee Club to Debut Oklahoma Composers at Spring Concert

January 1, 2002—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Glee Club will present two never-before-performed songs by Oklahoma composers in an annual spring concert, Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Shawnee. The debut pieces, "The Winds of Earth," by Greg Davis, a Tulsa…