December 2004 News Articles

Bison Shake Off Rust with Win Over Hillsdale

December 31, 2004—Seventh-ranked Oklahoma Baptist shed the effects of a less-than-stellar first half shooting and improved to 12-1 with a 76-48 win over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Friday night. The Bison shot 42.3 percent in the first half but ended the night shooting 53.4 percent after connecting on…

OBU Women Roll Past Hillsdale

December 30, 2004—Despite a 23.3 percent shooting performance in the second half, Oklahoma Baptist University's women rolled to a 90-42 win over Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College Thursday, giving coach John McCullough his 100th coaching win at OBU. OBU came out in a full-court press and quickly led 19-0. The…

Fibers class: So many possibilities, so few looms

December 14, 2004—Across from the ceramics room in the art building is the weaving area. Here, the old art of weaving on a loom is continued on through years of OBU students. Assistant Professor of Art Julie Blackstone teaches weaving alongside both ceramics and painting. There are two fibers classes, Fibers 1…

Go International

December 14, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University strives to prepare students to make an impact around the world, but few areas at OBU pinpoint the international thrust like the Paul Dickinson School of Business.Through its international business area of concentration, the OBU school of business prepares students…

How the Angells changed OBU

December 14, 2004—The year: 1936. A heat wave marks Dr. Warren M. Angell’s arrival to campus as OBU’s new dean of the College of Fine Arts. Today, the college is named in honor of his long legacy.  “I know that my mother must have sung all during those months before I was born,”…

Lost in Paradise

December 14, 2004—Unified Studies. Those of us familiar with Oklahoma Baptist University and the purpose behind its liberal arts affiliation know the term well. OBU is renowned for its focus on a holistic education. Obviously, an extremely important part of this education is literature. Throughout Unified…

OBU Teams Close Out Year in Top 10

December 14, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's basketball teams will close out the calendar year as members of the NAIA Top 10. The last NAIA rankings (Dec. 14) until Jan. 4 have the men ranked seventh and the women ranked 10th after both teams were ranked ninth in the Dec. 7 poll. The Bison moved up two…

Sports as Ministry

December 14, 2004—With many parents in America more apt to take their children to Sunday tournaments over Sunday School, athletics is a fast-growing mission field.Oklahoma Baptist University is preparing students to help meet the spiritual needs of athletes around the globe through its Sports Ministry major.The…

Teacher Education with a Mission

December 14, 2004—The teaching profession isn't exactly known as a job that pays well, so why do students choose to pursue an education degree? "It definitely has to be a calling," says Sarah Sweaney, a senior elementary/early childhood education major at OBU. Sarah recalls wanting to be a teacher from a very…

The Call to Missions

December 14, 2004—It may be a summer, a semester, a journeyman experience or a career. It could be a camp, a church, a team or a traditional outpost.Every year, OBU is a launching pad for such students.In 2004, OBU commissioned 204 students to work in the mission field in venues such as Falls Creek and Kanakuk,…

The Jewel inside Shawnee Hall

December 14, 2004—Once a small gymnasium, the Craig-Dorland Theatre became a jewel after renovations in 2002. When the Black Box Theatre was added to the campus' Sarkeys Telecommunication Center, the Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall was less used and not as well maintained. Little more than a stage in an…

The Unique minors of the School of Nursing

December 14, 2004—What is Parish Nursing? How about Missionary Nursing? These are two of the minors that OBU nursing students have the opportunity to include in their program. Parish nursing finds its roots in the Christian tradition, viewing the care and healing of people as an expression of one's faith. At…

The Value of Understanding

December 14, 2004—Her Oklahoma roots go some one hundred years back just after the infamous land-run. Her grandmother was born in 1890 to a newly established Edmond farming family. But in 1921, an emphasis on education became evident when "Grandmother Thompson" and her new husband "moved into town" to afford…

What is Ka-Rip?

December 14, 2004—Baptists speaking in tongues? No, it's just Ka-Rip! Annoying to rivals, Ka-Rip! is a spirit chant yelled especially by OBU fans and cheerleaders during basketball games. New students learn the yell during orientation and try it out during the first concert of the year the night before classes…

Benson Named Player of the Week

December 12, 2004—Frank Benson was named Sooner Athletic Conference Basketball Players of the Week for Dec. 5-11.Benson, a 6-5 junior forward from Houston, Texas, shot 77 percent from the field and led OBU to a 2-0 week, averaging 21.5 points and two steals. He was 10-for-11 and had 23 points in a 92-62 win…

OBU Qualifies Nine in First Indoor Meet

December 12, 2004—Pat Brown won the 200 meters, Melissa Mount took the 800 meters and Oklahoma Baptist qualified nine athletes for nationals at the Kansas State University All-Comers Meet Saturday at Ahearn Fieldhouse. Competing against Kansas, KSU, Oklahoma State and other schools, Brown crossed the finish…

Bison Crush Dallas Christian

December 11, 2004—With a rare display of balance, Oklahoma Baptist cruised past Dallas Christian 105-76 Saturday afternoon.Five Bison reached double figures in scoring, including four who reached 20 points in the game. Leonard Mosley led OBU with 21 points, followed by Robert Hart, Frank Benson and Andrew…

Bison Dismiss Mid-America, 92-62

December 9, 2004—OBU's ninth-ranked Bison made short work of Mid-America Christian Tuesday, whipping the Evangels 92-62. The OBU men jumped the Evangels early and had a 20-5 lead at the 12:21 mark. Frank Benson went on a personal 8-0 run with three assists from Evan Grace and another from Robert Hart to give…

OBU Women Drive Home RBI 77-32

December 9, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's ninth- ranked Lady Bison basketball team drove home Rhema Bible Institute 77-32 Tuesday night. The OBU women outscored RBI 41-12 in the second half with five players reaching double figures, led by Priscila Alves with 17. Alves also had five steals and four…

OBU Basketball Teams Move to Ninth in First Polls

December 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's women's basketball team jumped seven places to ninth while the men's team dipped from fifth to ninth in the first regular season NAIA Top25, released Tuesday. The OBU women are 10-0 heading into Tuesday night's clash with Rhema Bible Institute, moving up from…

OBU Soccer, Cross Country Athletes Honored at Banquet

December 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University soccer and cross country athletes were honored at the first-ever Fall Sports Banquet Monday, Dec. 6. For the first time, OBU and the Bison Athletic Association opted to do away with a single-night Athletics Banquet for all sports. In addition to the Fall Sports…

Bison Hold off College of the Ozarks

December 4, 2004—OBU knocked off College of the Ozarks 97-88, grabbing its second come-from-behind wins in the second half Saturday in the CO CAM JAM Classic.OBU trailed by four early in the second half before shooting 64 percent from the field in the second half.The Bison got 20 points from Classic MVP Robert…

Bison Swats Bees with School Records for Blocks

December 4, 2004—It wasn't a pretty picture for Savannah College of Art and Design Saturday as OBU swatted the Bees, 85-49. Tetyanna Klimenko recorded a school record 10 blocked shots and led the Lady Bison to a school single game record 21 blocked shots as a team. "It was good to see her get an…

Bison Rally for Overtime Win Against William Jewell

December 3, 2004—Trailing by 15 early in the second half, OBU rallied by shooting 61 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of regulation and overtime to claim a 97-92 victory over William Jewell in the CAM-JAM Classic at College of the Ozarks.Jewell, ranked second in NAIA Division II, had a chance to…

Defining Kinesiology and Leisure Studies

December 3, 2004—In 2002, after a year of studying similar programs around the nation and working with the OBU curriculum committee, OBU's Health, Physical Education and Recreation division changed its name to the division on Kinesiology and Leisure Studies.While part of the name change was cosmetic, the…

OBU Women Dominate Athletes First

December 3, 2004—After falling behind 6-0, the OBU women rallied for an 82-54 win over Athletes First in an exhibition game Friday night. OBU led 36-24 at the half and led by as many as 30 points in the second half. Rachel Heins led the OBU effort with 21 points with Kelli Welborn adding 17, followed by…

Steve Hicks and OBU Art

December 3, 2004—Steve Hicks still isn’t sure how he ended up at OBU, but the relationship he has with the university must be mutually beneficial, since he has been at OBU since 1980. He arrived in Shawnee by way of Eunice, Louisiana, where he served as an instructor of art at Louisiana State…

Taking the Long Way In Life’s Journey

December 3, 2004—Paul Langford, '88, may have taken the long way around in his journey to OBU, but he also took the long way around in his music.Paul came to OBU via Hong Kong, where his parents served as Southern Baptist missionaries. He entered OBU as a music major, even though he had no prior training or…

OBU Inks Tuttle's Glasser

December 1, 2004—Tuttle High School standout Danielle Glasser has signed scholarship agreements to play softball at Oklahoma Baptist University in the 2005-06 season. "We're glad to have Danielle coming to OBU," said Bison softball coach Pam Fink. "She's a great fit for the program and the university. She…