August 2004 News Articles

OBU Women Ranked Eighth in Preseason Cross Country Poll

August 30, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Lady Bison cross country team is ranked eighth in the NAIA Preseason Rating, released Friday. OBU, which returns national champion Mirriam Kaumba, was 10th in the final 2003 poll and finished 16th at the national championship meet. OBU lost All-American Kari…

U.S. News Ranks OBU Best in Oklahoma; Second in the West

August 19, 2004—For the 11th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Oklahoma Baptist University as the top comprehensive college in Oklahoma in their annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges." OBU is listed second among "Comprehensive Colleges-Bachelor's" for the western region in the…

Opening Doors

August 18, 2004—Robert Washington is Native American  Eastern Shawnee. He understands the doors that a good education opens. Among the first in his family to attend college, he changed his course from a state university to Oklahoma Baptist University, a decision he made after meeting the professors on an…

Alumni Spotlight: Jami Smith

August 13, 2004—When Jami Smith graduated from OBU in the spring of 1993 with a degree in music education, she had concerns that her parents would not understand what she felt God had called her to do  lead worship. But he prepared the way. Since that time she has begun to make her mark on Christian…

An Ignorant Man Thinking:

August 13, 2004—"Newton tells us that we are playing on an island in a sea of mystery," says Jim Hurley. " Our role is to expand the island, to expand the knowledge we have with the knowledge we have not yet discovered, because our knowledge is only limited by the questions we ask. We need to have a holy…

Awakening the World of Law

August 13, 2004—In 1992, a jury awarded Stella Liebeck $2.9 million dollars. It's an infamous case. She sued for damages associated with spilling a scalding cup of coffee onto her lap. Each year the Stella Liebeck Awards ranks the top 10 "most ridiculous" legal claims. The list is entertaining if not…

Dedication of John Wesley Raley Chapel

August 13, 2004—This occasion today represents the distillation of the dreams and strivings of more than a quarter of a century. Dedication of the John Wesley Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University is indeed strong elixir for the spirit. It would be heady wine, indeed, if for a moment we…

Examples that Inspire

August 13, 2004—"Remember that all things are connected. All things have purpose," reads the Cherokee proverb. "Listen with your heart. Learn from your experiences, and always be open to new ones." Oklahoma finds its roots here, in the Native American context, and Oklahoma Baptist University finds similar…

God is Faithful

August 13, 2004—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Earl Bengs, a 1956 graduate, is a 2004 recipient of the OBU Alumni Association's Profile In Excellence Award. The award is given to a former student who has "demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in his or her profession, business, avocation,…

Happening Upon the "Comanche Buffalo Prophet"

August 13, 2004—"and because their native beliefs run deep, most have a reverence for spiritual things. They have a particular way of thinking about self and earth as the same that points to their long-standing acceptance of theism."  "I would not trade my days at OBU for anything. I thought I knew a…

Living A Life Worthy

August 13, 2004—OBU is in the ministry of preparing students for the many challenges of living a life worthy of the calling they have received. "Regardless of major, an OBU education is an investment which will serve you well in life," Blake Connelly, '02, says. Eric Barreto, '01, agrees. "The OBU name…

Nursing & Customer Service

August 13, 2004—Ask Deborah Gardner what she does for a living, and she just might tell you that she's in the customer service business. As chief of planning and organizational development for the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health, Deb led a customer service initiative in 2001. The training…

Researching Cancer

August 13, 2004—w that some of the enzymes that transfer sugars to proteins show specific changes as cells become cancer cells. When many proteins are made by cancer cells, the sugars attached to them change. By analyzing serum and urine samples for sugar signatures on a particular protein, we now can…

The Rice Shop

August 13, 2004—Crowds hurried along the dingy pavement. The buildings of Beijing pressed in on every side, and people waited in clumps by the crosswalks as public busses, cars, and hundreds of bicycles streamed through the intersection. Diana strolled along the busy sidewalk. Well-executed make-up hid the…

The Story of a Chaplain and a Nurse

August 13, 2004—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alums Bill and Peggy Donovan, 53' and 55' graduates, are 2004 recipients of the OBU Alumni Association's Profile In Excellence Award. The award is given to a former student who has "demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in his or her profession,…

Tireless Service

August 13, 2004—In 1945, Ralph was serving in the Air Force. He was stationed in Foggia, Italy. That year, Ralph decided to dedicate his life to fulltime Christian ministry although he didn't know where God would lead him. When he returned home to Oklahoma, he enrolled at OBU, where he solidified several…

True Identity in Hughes

August 13, 2004—Langston Hughes's 'Theme for English B" is a poem about identity. The speaker explores the truth about himself through a writing assignment given to him by a college instructor. Throughout the poem the speaker struggles with the notion that he is black, but he is being influenced by his…

True Riches of A Christmas Carol

August 13, 2004—Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. - Philippians 2:4 In Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge learns that he is not truly rich. Since young adulthood Scrooge has clung to money alone, which led to him losing his joy…

A Sound Foundation

August 12, 2004—Two men wanted to each build a house. They surveyed the land and picked their spots. As knowledgeable builders, both knew that a solid foundation mattered. The first man determined that his concrete base would offset any shifting that the sand underneath might cause. The second wasn't so sure.…

Meet the Henrys

August 12, 2004—degree at Vanderbilt University. At graduate school I realized more fully the quality of education I received at OBU. I was accustomed to thinking critically and being challenged by professors. My OBU education is valuable both for the academic strength and for the spiritual support I…

Mirrors of God

August 12, 2004—There are four environments that make up Brazil. Many U.S. travelers may only be aware of one: the peaceful and festive atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Others may recall that Brazil is home to the Rain Forest, but the likelihood is a better acquaintance with the Rain Forest Caf

The Mystery of Mars

August 12, 2004—ing the double helix, and the creative mind has simulated itself in our present age of computers and robotics. Archeologists unpack past civilizations, and oceanographers delve into underwater secrets. And JFK's speech to the moon, informed by all the history that Galileo spurred forward,…

OBU Theatre Department Announces Schedule

August 11, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's 2004-05 Theatre Season gets off to a special start Aug. 27-29 with a trip into Oklahoma's past in "Oklahoma's Golden West: Pistols, Presidents and Punchlines."  The three original one-person performances feature OBU faculty members as Belle Starr, Teddy…

Lady Bison Add Six to Softball Team

August 8, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's softball team added six players over the last few weeks in preparation for the 2004-05 academic season. New Lady Bison include Sandralina Rones, Cathy Nitz, Catherine Eimen, Melissa Martinez, Allison Ramzy and Ashley Howard.Rones, a junior from Pittsburg, Calif.,…

OBU Track Team Reloads

August 8, 2004—OBU's track team retooled its roster this spring after the loss of many of its men's distance runners and the three women's All-Americans. The new Bison for 2004-05 include distance and cross country runners Nathan Battershell of Chandler, Matt Blackowl of Tishomingo, David Matsuchak of…

Rolette Joins Bison Baseball Team

August 8, 2004—Asher High School pitcher Ryan Rolette signed a scholarship agreement Thursday to play baseball at Oklahoma Baptist University for the 2004-05 academic year. Rolette, the son of David and Heidi Rolette, was a Pott County All-Star in baseball. He also was listed in Who's Who Among American High…

Bison Add Tyler Ryan to Basketball Roster

August 2, 2004—What may be the last piece of the recruiting puzzle for Oklahoma Baptist University was a big addition Monday when Sauk Valley Community College standout Tyler Ryan committed to the Bison. The 6-2 guard from Rock Island, Ill., averaged 20.58 points per game, ranking 18th among National Junior…