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…

Beauty Will Save the World

November 30, 2004—In the movie The Bourne Identity (2002), Matt Damon plays a CIA assassin who has lost his identity. In a chilling scene from the movie, he is trying to convince a woman who has given him a ride that he really is in trouble and that something more sinister than amnesia is afoot. As they sit…

Gifts from China

November 30, 2004—China is known as a state of etiquette and ceremonies. Of late, it is also known for its system of government. But the Chinese people are known for their generosity, as attested to in a famous Chinese fable about the man who went to visit his friend with a swan as a gift. The swan escapes from…

Milking Tarantulas and Chasing a Dream

November 30, 2004—Judith James-Wood, '89, isn't used to doing things the easy way. She hasn't let a few road blocks prevent her from achieving her childhood dream of becoming a physician. Not only has Judith attained those childhood goals, but perhaps she has exceeded them. Today, she is a wife, mother,…

OBU Introduces New Academic Scholarship Opportunities for 2005-06

November 30, 2004—In an effort to make an Oklahoma Baptist University education more affordable, the university has increased its academic scholarship award amounts for new students beginning 2005-06. The dollar amounts, which had stayed the same for nearly a decade, increased and have become more clear. …

People Matter, Not Profit

November 30, 2004—“Relationships have always been my foundation,” says Professor of Business Robbie Mullins. Growing up in Oklahoma as the daughter of a small town grocery store owner, Robbie experienced first hand the importance of “people-oriented” business. “The experience of…

Preaching, Training and Automobiles

November 30, 2004—A key characteristic of the Apostle Paul is adaptability. In the story of the church's expansion, Paul was willing to make every effort to meet the needs of each community. To the Atheneans at Mars Hill, he recognized their need for new definitions. In Troas, he undoubtedly learned to speak…

Profiles in Excellence

November 30, 2004—Whether things looked good or not, says Leon Gregston, we feel that God has directed every step. The steps of Leon and his wife, Cindy, have moved them into a place where they are working for and striving at what God has marked out for their lives. Both Leon and Cindy appreciate the…

Rekindling the Classic Model of Education

November 30, 2004—"Is not the great defect of our education today," writes Dorothy Sayers in "The Lost Tools of Learning," "that although we often succeed in teaching our pupils 'subjects,' we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think: they learn everything, except the art of learning." She…

The Glory Days of Basketball

November 30, 2004—In the middle of the 1960s, Shawnee was a hotbed for college basketball in Oklahoma. People would come from across the state to stand in ticket lines for the chance to pack into OBU's Clark Craig Fieldhouse and watch the Bison play.From the fall of 1964 through the spring of 1967, OBU fans…

The World is Worth the Toil

November 30, 2004—The modest law office in the ancient city of Sanaa was crowded with Yemenis, many of whom had traveled a full day to meet with delegates from Amnesty International. With the help of an interpreter, Susan Waltz, '73, had been speaking with an aging woman whose eyes stared out from behind a…

To Morocco via the Peace Corps

November 30, 2004—Mitzi Shultes flew from Oklahoma City to Philadelphia on September 11, 2004.She met up with 53 other volunteers, and together they became orientated to their team before boarding a bus for New York City. From there, they left on a flight bound for Casablanca. Now, in the city of Khemisset,…

OBU Opens Indoor Track Season Dec. 10-11

November 29, 2004—With a successful cross country season behind them, OBU turns its attention to track. The indoor season begins Dec. 10-11 at the Kansas State All-Comers meet in Manhattan, Kan., and ends with the NAIA National Meet in Johnson City, Tenn., March 4-6. Along the way, OBU will visit Kansas State a…

OBU Soccer Players Garner Honors

November 29, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's first-year soccer program picked up three individual honors recently from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. OBU women's soccer players Angie King and Melissa Thorman were named All-America Scholar Athletes and Bison Fabio Pires was listed as…

OBU Women's Gametime Changes

November 29, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University has changed its women's basketball game time for Saturday to 3 p.m. from 6 p.m. OBU will play Savannah College of Art and Design at 3 p.m. following a noon junior varsity contest. The time resolves a conflict with OBU's annual Hanging of the Green later that…

Bison Subdue Houston Baptist

November 27, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist's Robert Hart came within an assist and a couple of rebounds of accomplishing a triple-double Saturday in leading the No. 5 Bison to a 97-79 win over No. 15 Houston Baptist. Hart scored 21 points, dished off nine assists and had eight rebounds, along with three steals to…

Bison Hold Off Central Bible 96-87

November 26, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist shot 67 percent from the field in the second half and needed almost every one of those makes in a 96-87 win over Central Baptist College Friday night.After missing their first 10 three-pointers of the second half, the Mustangs hit two to pull within seven points of OBU, but…

OBU Women Top Evangel 69-59

November 26, 2004—After rallying from an early 8-2 deficit, OBU found its shooting touch and captured a 69-59 win over Evangel University Friday night.The Oklahoma Baptist University women tied the game at 14-14 with 11:51 to play in the half with Rachel Heins scoring six points in the 12-6 run. The Crusaders…

OBU Women Steamroll Langston, 67-24

November 23, 2004—Sixteenth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist forced Langston into 35 turnovers and rolled to a 67-24 victory Tuesday night in the Noble Complex. OBU scored the first 16 points as the Lions were not able to solve the Bison full court pressure until the 12:15 mark of the game. Tabetha Eaton, celebrating…

Heins Named SAC Player of the Week

November 21, 2004—Rachel Heins has been named Sooner Athletic Conference Basketball Players of the Week for Nov. 14-20.Heins, a 5-10 sophomore forward from Shawnee, Okla., came off the bench to average 18 points and four rebounds to lead OBU to a 3-0 week, including a 61-58 win at No. 13 Columbia College. Heins…

Bison Roll Past Arkansas Baptist

November 20, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist moved to 5-1 Saturday night with win a 101-74 victory over Arkansas Baptist.Frank Benson led all scorers for the second straight night with 22 points. Benson had 20 points Friday night against Messenger College. Benson just missed a double-double by one rebound as he had nine…

Kaumba Caps Cross Country Career Claiming Consecutive Crowns

November 20, 2004—Mirriam Kaumba did all she could as a cross country athlete, capping her two-year Oklahoma Baptist University fall career by successfully defending her NAIA national championship. Kaumba finished the race in 16:53.70, trimming 20 seconds off of her time from last season and beat runner-up…

OBU Women Spank College of the Ozarks

November 20, 2004—Less than 24 hours after topping University of the Ozarks by 34, the Oklahoma Baptist University women's basketball team made it an Ozark sweep, collecting a 71-52 win over College of the Ozarks in John Brown University's Golden Eagle Classic Saturday. College of the Ozarks is ranked 14th in…

Bison Riddle Ozarks 86-52

November 19, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's women's basketball team dominated University of the Ozarks 86-52 Friday night in the opening day of the Golden Eagle Classic at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Ark. OBU's bench strength again came into play as reserve forward Rachel Heins led the Lady…

Bison Set New Record with Win

November 19, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University, which averages a 76-point win every time they play Messenger College, established a new school record with a 124-34 win over the Eagles Friday night. It was the largest point spread in an OBU game, eclipsing by a basket OBU's 114-26 victory over Messenger (88…

Bison Baseball Ranked in Preseason Poll

November 17, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's baseball team will open the season in February as the No. 21 team in the nation. The NAIA released its preseason poll Tuesday with the Bison included as one of six teams to move into the Top 25 after being left out of last season's final poll. OBU went on to…

Godawa to Speak at OBU Friday

November 17, 2004—Award-winning screenwriter Brian Godawa will present three lectures at Oklahoma Baptist University Friday, on the topics of Christian perspectives on sex and violence in movies, communicating redemption in film, and Christian outreach in the postmodern culture. He is the screenwriter for the…

OBU Ready to Make a Run at Cross Country Glory

November 17, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's fifth-ranked women's and 20th-ranked men's cross country teams will be the region's lone entries at the NAIA national meet in Louisville, Ky., Saturday. The OBU women crept as high as fourth in the NAIA rankings before dipping to fifth in the final poll. Their…

OBU Women Upset No. 13 Columbia College

November 15, 2004—Priscila Alves knocked down two baskets in the final 20 seconds to propel No. 16 Oklahoma Baptist University past No. 13 Columbia College (Mo.) Monday in Columbia. The Lady Bison ended the Cougars' 21-game regular season winning streak after a near collapse down the stretch. After trailing by…

Bison Blow Off Jarvis Christian

November 13, 2004—For the second consecutive game, Oklahoma Baptist's Bison shelled its opponent in the first half and coasted to an easy win as Jarvis Christian lost OBU's Homecoming game 82-66. The Bison pelted the Bulldogs in the first half 44-24 on 58.6 percent shooting, including five three-pointers in 12…

Lady Bison over Southwestern

November 13, 2004—The Lady Bison escaped Saturday with a 77-74 win over Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The Lady Bison were down by 13 in the second half, but rallied to beat the NCAA Division II Lady Bulldogs."I'm really proud of our girls tonight," said Women's Head Coach John McCullough. "Our girls…

Bison Soccer Season Ends at Regional

November 12, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's first-ever soccer season ended in the Region VI Semifinals Friday with a 3-2 loss at the hands of Texas A&M International University. The Bison had 10 shots on goal but Graham Lee collected eight saves, including an impressive stop of a penalty kick by Amaury…

Bison Two Wins from National Tournament

November 10, 2004—OBU's fledgling men's soccer team is two wins away from achieving a national tournament berth in its first season. The Bison are the No. 2 seed in the NAIA Region VI Tournament, which begins Friday at Southern Nazarene University. SNU will open at 11 a.m. against USAO in a rematch of the…

Bison Coast to Second Win

November 9, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist buried Southwestern Christian in the first half and then coasted through the second half en route to an 87-56 win. OBU took a 48-17 lead by halftime, using a 14-0 run and 54.5 percent shooting while hassling the Eagles into shooting less than 20 percent. SCU didn't exactly…

Bison Pound Manhattan Christian

November 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist bounced back from a season-opening loss, flexing its muscle with a 112-58 massacre of Manhattan Christian College in men's basketball action Saturday night. Seven Bison reached double figures in scoring, led by Mike Fraser who hit all eight of his field goals and his lone…

OBU Women Crush Southwestern Assemblies

November 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist's women's basketball team coasted to 2-0 with an 83-38 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University Saturday in the conclusion of the Chili's Classic. Priscila Alves led the team with 15 points on 70 percent shooting, with seven assists and nine steals. Kelli Welborn…

OBU Sweeps Regionals

November 5, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's cross country teams will both move on to the NAIA National Meet after sweeping the NAIA Region VI Championships in Shawnee Saturday morning. The OBU women coasted to a 45-point win while the Bison held off Wayland Baptist in the men's race 50-62. On the women's…

Bison Come Out Flat in 68-58 Loss

November 3, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's fifth-ranked Bison shot 29 percent from the field and lost a home opener for the first time since 1977 as LSU-Shreveport handed OBU a 68-58 setback. OBU repeatedly went to a dry well beyond the three-point arch, attempting 30 three-pointers and missing 24. Aside…

Bison Soccer Headed to Regional

November 3, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison soccer team will advance to the NAIA Region VI Tournament, beginning play on Friday, Nov. 12. The four-team tournament will be played at Southern Nazarene University. Southern Nazarene and OBU will be joined by the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament…

Bison Tip Off Season vs. LSU-Shreveport Friday

November 3, 2004—A new-look Oklahoma Baptist University squad will take on LSU-Shreveport Friday in the season opener for both men's basketball teams. The fifth-ranked Bison, coming off a fourth consecutive NAIA quarterfinal match, will have four new starters in the lineup. While Coach Doug Tolin is not yet…

OBU Women Tip Off with Park Friday

November 3, 2004—Two former NBA players will square off as coaches when Oklahoma Baptist University tips off its women's basketball season Friday against Park at 6 p.m. Park's Joe Meriweather was selected as a first round draft pick by the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He also played professionally for the…

Women's Golf Team Ranked Eighth

November 3, 2004—A strong fall season propelled the Oklahoma Baptist University women's golf team to new heights when the NAIA Preseason Top 25 was released Nov. 4. OBU is ranked eighth in the nation after flirting with the lower end of the poll last season. The team finished off the fall season with a win at…

Kaumba Runs Last Cross Country Race in Shawnee Saturday

November 2, 2004—Her team a prohibitive favorite to win the Sooner Athletic Conference and Region VI cross country meet Saturday at Shawnee's Gordon Cooper Technology Center, Mirriam Kaumba will be making her farewell cross country run on the local level. Kaumba, a senior from Chingola, Zambia, may be the…

Bison Bow Out in Semifinals; Await Region Seeding

November 1, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison soccer squad lost its Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament semifinal match with 14th-ranked Southern Nazarene Tuesday, 3-1, and now awaits word on a possible Region VI Tournament berth. The Bison came up short in the physical match. Amaury Nunes scored…

Local Choirs to Present Mass of the Children at OBU Nov. 16

November 1, 2004—Mass of the Children by John Rutter will be presented by six local choirs, soloists, and chamber orchestra at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16, in Oklahoma Baptist University's Raley Chapel. "This will be one of the first performances of Mass of the Children in this part of Oklahoma," said Dr.…

OBU's Pires Named SAC Newcomer of the Year

November 1, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University midfielder Fabio Pires has been named Sooner Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year for men's soccer. A first year program, OBU has had a successful first season with Pires making a big contribution with his team-high 13 assists. He also had four goals. Pires, a…

Student Newspaper Claims High Honor

October 29, 2004—The spring 2004 staff of The Bison, Oklahoma Baptist University's student newspaper, earned a top-level Gold Medalist ranking from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, officials announced recently. Under the association's semiannual College Newspaper Critique program, member newspapers…

Bison Drop Regular Season Finale to SNU

October 27, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison soccer team dropped its regular season finale Thursday with a 2-0 loss to Southern Nazarene University at the Bison Soccer Complex. The loss places the Bison at 2-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference and in last place, which puts OBU on the road throughout…

Initial Women's Soccer Season Closes with Loss

October 27, 2004—The first Oklahoma Baptist University women's soccer season came to a close Friday with a 1-0 loss at No. 23 Northwestern Oklahoma State University in the first round of the Sooner Athletic Conference Tournament. Goalkeeper Maira Negri kept the Rangers out of her goal for almost 80 minutes…

OBU Basketball Teams Earn Preseason Rankings

October 26, 2004—Both the men's and women's basketball teams of Oklahoma Baptist University found themselves in the NAIA's Preseason Top 25 poll released Tuesday. The Bison, coming off a fourth consecutive national quarterfinal run, are ranked fifth in the men's poll after a 31-6 record from last season.…

OBU Theatre Presents The Orestia: The Legacy of Agamemnon

October 26, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department will stage The Orestia: The Legacy of Agamemnon in three evening and three matinee performances in Craig-Dorland Theatre Nov. 4-14. Written by Aeschylus and edited by OBU's Joyce Spivey Aldridge and Rogers State's Emily Dial-Driver, Orestia is…

Kelly to Lead Winter Bible Study Clinic Friday

October 25, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Winter Bible Study Clinic, "Studies in the Book of Mark," begins at 9 a.m., Friday, Oct. 29, in the Geiger Center. Led by Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson associate professor of Bible, the clinic is free to pastors or other church staff who will be leading…

Annual M&Ms Concert Hits Raley Oct. 28-29

October 21, 2004—The 21st annual M & M's Pops Concert featuring the OBU Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, professor of music and director of bands, and the Bison Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Kevin Pruiett, assistant professor of music, will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Thursday…

OBU Surrenders 3-1 Loss to SNU

October 21, 2004—In their worst defensive effort since the season opener, Oklahoma Baptist lost to Southern Nazarene 3-1, dropping to 0-4-1 in conference action. SNU put 12 shots on the OBU goal with Maira Negri able to stop nine. The Lady Bison took a 1-0 lead when Katinha Arruda penetrated the defense…

Bison Golfers Claim Rhema Title

October 19, 2004—For the first time ever, OBU golf has scored back-to-back golf victories with the women, then men. One week after the women's team won the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational, the Bison won the Eagle Invitational at Battle Creek Golf Club in Broken Arrow. Russell Kern fired off one of…

Kaumba Topples NCAA Foes Again

October 19, 2004—Defending NAIA cross country champion Mirriam Kaumba toppled the NCAA Division I competition again on Saturday, winning the University of Arkansas' prestigious Chile Pepper Festival. A week after beating the NCAA competition at Oklahoma State University's Cowboy Jamboree, Kaumba held off Oral…

OBU Women's Golf Team Gaining Reputation

October 19, 2004—Coming off a fall-season ending victory at the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational, the Oklahoma Baptist University women's golf team scored an impressive off-course win Oct. 18 with the Golfstat rating. Golfstat, along with Region rankings, determine the NAIA Top 25. OBU is ranked eighth…

OBU Mourns Loss of Long-Time Friend Laura Belle Geiger

October 18, 2004—Laura Belle Geiger, a long-time friend and 1938 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, died late Sunday night, Oct. 17, in Tulsa. She was 88.  Funeral Services were Thursday, Oct. 21, at First Baptist Church Tulsa, 403 South Cincinnati Ave. "OBU has truly lost one of its finest alums,"…

Cross Country Women Win Mid-States Invitational

October 17, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University women's cross country team won the NAIA Mid-States Invitational Friday without the services of national champion Mirriam Kaumba, who took the race off. OBU won that 19-team meet by 25-points, besting the top Region VI squads, including No. 23 Southern Nazarene,…

A Talent is Born in Sarkeys Studio "A"

October 15, 2004—When the clock hits five o'clock in the evenings, many Tulsans who appreciate sports tune into KOTV Channel 6. Perhaps you are among them. If you don't catch the five o'clock news, the six or ten o'clock broadcasts will also provide a good recap of sports around the state of Oklahoma, the…

Carrying the Lamp

October 15, 2004—"It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a Hospital that it should do the sick no harm," writes Florence Nightingale in 1859. In a house just off of May Avenue in Oklahoma City, another nursing pioneer, Juanita Millsap, has a collection of writings in her…

Celebrate A Bison Hill Homecoming Nov. 12-13

October 15, 2004—For four years (more or less), Bison Hill was home for OBU alums. Relationships were built; lifelong friendships formed; memories created through shared experiences, academic challenges, and a collection of adventures. Homecoming 2004, Nov. 12-13, will give alums the chance to celebrate those…

Economics of Jesus

October 15, 2004—As an economist and a business professor I spend much of my time teaching students about the virtues of capitalism, the profit-maximizing firm, and the benefits that accrue to society when individuals are given the freedom to own property and use that property and their skills in their own…

Gumballs

October 15, 2004—I recently told our 3-year-old son a bedtime story about two friends& It was a lazy summer day. The hard metal of the railroad by their house seemed to burn red from the sun's heat. Peter's mom had brought out lemonade. He and his friend Paul sat and stared at the tracks that melted into the…

Living Out the Love of God

October 15, 2004—In May, Caleb Harris, '02, graduated from Eastman School of Music with a master of music degree with a concentration in piano performance. This past summer, he recorded a CD and traveled throughout Asia as pianist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Caleb is one of seven children. He is one of…

OBU Nursing Program Receives $1 Million Grant

October 15, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Nursing was one of three Oklahoma nursing programs recently awarded $1 million grants payable over five years. The grants are being funded by an anonymous donor  through the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma  who has a goal of increasing the…

Oklahoma: The Experience

October 15, 2004—Its name first in English was Indian Territory, and then, for a short time, it was called two territories, Indian and Oklahoma  meaning both the same thing, a redundancy  and then, again, it is one. The land took and held its Indian name, its Choctaw name, okla homa, meaning 'red…

Sent to Sin City

October 15, 2004—This is Reno, Nevada. Half the population is single. The median age is 35 and the median salary is 42k. The gambling industry is the largest employer, with the majority of its business being conducted on weekends. Camping is year-round. Less than one in ten people attend a Protestant…

The Phases of a Cross Country Athlete

October 15, 2004—A college cross country race may last about 25 minutes, but what the fans see is only the tip of the running iceberg that is cross country training. Nutrition, weight training and lots and lots of running are involved. "It is satisfying to observe improvement, but it can also be frustrating to…

2004-2005 Cheerleaders

October 14, 2004—The OBU Cheerleaders for 2003-04 are, from left, (first row) Erin Reiser, Meredith Smith, Kim Deitrick, (middle row) Robyn Pratt, Becka Weber, Jessy Hodges, (back row) Rachel Metheny, Lisa Wade, Sammy Jo Turner, Kinsey Henson, Jennie David, Timilyn Haller, Rachael Brozovich, Meredith Livingston.

OBU Women Claim South Central Golf Title

October 14, 2004—The OBU women's golf team had its best non-dual match ever Tuesday, finishing first in the South Central Kansas Fall Invitational with the top three medalists. The men's team finished third. Maggie Cole and Jennifer Mann shot second-round leading 75s on Tuesday to lead OBU to a 31-stroke…

Music Therapy Seminar Set Oct. 16

October 13, 2004—The Music Department of Oklahoma Baptist University will host a seminar on music therapy, Saturday, Oct. 16. Music therapy has many scientifically-tested and proven applications. Some of these are lowering blood pressure; needing less painkilling medicine and recovering more quickly after…

OBU Netters Have Strong Collin County Showing

October 11, 2004—Several of Oklahoma Baptist University's tennis players won early round matches before rain halted the Collin County Fall Tournament Oct. 8. Jared Haley, in the first flight of men's singles, dusted Daniel Quinones of Temple, 6-0, 6-3, and then lost to Temple's Aiden Fitzgerald, 6-2, 6-0, in…

Jupin Signs With OBU

October 10, 2004—Washington High School senior Jennifer Jupin signed scholarship agreements recently to play basketball at Oklahoma Baptist University, beginning the 2005-06 season. The 5-9 guard was First-Team All-State as a junior, as well as First-Team Little All-City last season in basketball after being a…

Bison Lose Conference Opener, Women Tie

October 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's men's soccer team lost a heartbreaker to USAO 2-1 in their first-ever Sooner Athletic Conference game after the women's team tied 2-2 Thursday. The Bison saw their win streak end at eight games. A scoreless tie at halftime, USAO broke out on top when a long and…

Women Take Down Southwestern Kansas, 8-1

October 7, 2004—The OBU women's tennis team had no trouble knocking off Southwestern Kansas in a fall match, 8-1, sweeping the doubles matches and winning five singles matches in straight sets. Lauren White won in No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-1, over Kellie Stinson. In the tightest match of the day, Ashley Jerige…

OBU Women Third at SNU Golf Invitational

October 5, 2004—Jennifer Mann shot a two-round 161 to lead Oklahoma Baptist University's golf team to a third place finish at the Southern Nazarene University Invitational Tuesday at Rose Creek Golf Club in Oklahoma City. Mann shot an 81 and an 80 for fifth place. Maggie Cole was 11th with a 166, shooting a…

Gans to Perform at OBU Vocal Honors Academy

October 4, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music will host the third annual Vocal Honors Academy Oct. 14-15, with select high school choral directors invited to send two of their most outstanding vocalists to this free workshop. The workshop is designed to develop and polish the talent and…

McBeth to Lead Lecture, Band Clinic Oct. 11

October 4, 2004—Dr. Francis McBeth, professor of music, resident composer and chairman of the Theory-Composition Department at Ouachita Baptist University, will deliver the Pi Kappa Lambda lecture at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 11 in Raley Chapel. He also will lead a Band clinic at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel 103, to…

Magallon Wins SAC Honor

October 3, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University freshman Daniel Magallon earned Sooner Athletic Conference and Region VI Women's Soccer Player of the Week honors Monday for the week Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Magallon, a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, scored three goals in a 6-1 win over Sterling College after…

Bison Bounce Back, Kaumba Cruises

October 1, 2004—Mirriam Kaumba competed on another level and the Oklahoma Baptist University's men's cross country team flexed some muscle Saturday at Oklahoma State University's Cowboy Jamboree Saturday. Kaumba didn't run with her teammates in the College/Junior College division Saturday as Head Coach Ford…

OBU Sweeps Sterling Soccer Squads

October 1, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University improved to 4-0 on its swing through Kansas Saturday with a men's-women's doubleheader sweep of Sterling College. The OBU women beat the Knights 6-1 before the Bison captured an 8-2 victory. Daniela Magallon recorded a hat trick, giving her five goals in her first…

OBU Sweeps McPherson

September 30, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's men's soccer team posted its first victory as a Top 25 squad and the women's team went above .500 for the first time in a pair of 4-1 road wins over McPherson College. The OBU women, playing their first-ever road game, improved to 4-3 on the season with Daniella…

Bison Ranked Sixth by Street & Smith's

September 28, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University men's basketball team is ranked sixth by Street & Smith's in that magazine's preseason ranking released Sept. 27. The magazine touts Robert Hart and Leonard Mosley and mentions the addition of Frank and Justin Benson and Andrew Bryant. Mosley was named a…

Concert of the Spirit Coming Oct. 5

September 28, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music will present "Concert of the Spirit: A Service of Music and Reflection," featuring Thomas Bacon on horn, at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Yarborough Auditorium. Bacon will be assisted by Keith Whitmore on piano and the Central Oklahoma Horn…

Ferguson to Present Gaskin Lecture Oct. 4

September 28, 2004—Dr. Milton Ferguson, president emeritus of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, will present the 13th annual Gaskin Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 4. Ferguson will present his first lecture at 10 a.fm. and the second at 7 p.m., both in the Geiger Center. Milton Ferguson,…

OBU Women Place Third at OCU Golf Classic

September 28, 2004—Lady Bison freshman Maggie Cole shot a 74 Tuesday to lead Oklahoma Baptist University to third place in the nine-team Oklahoma City University Women's Fall Classic at Lincoln Park Golf Course. Cole had the best outing of all golfers in the second round after shooting an 80 in the opening round…

Bison Golfers 13th at UC Ferguson Classic

September 27, 2004—Despite a strong final round, Oklahoma Baptist University's golf team finished 13th in the 17-team U.C. Ferguson All-State Classic hosted by Oklahoma City University at Twin Hills Country Club Tuesday. OBU completed the three-round tournament with a 951 despite four golfers turning in sub-80…

Bison Soccer Breaks New Ground

September 27, 2004—When Oklahoma Baptist University opted to begin soccer, the school wanted a team that would eventually become a competitor. "Eventually" has happened in the first year for the Bison. OBU moved up two spaces from last week and is now a Top 25 team. The Bison jumped from the first team out of…

Soldiers of Light to Perform at OBU

September 27, 2004—The Soldiers of Light, a select vocal ensemble from Hawaii Baptist Academy, will perform at Oklahoma Baptist University at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, in Yarborough Auditorium. The group will also perform at OBU's chapel service at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Raley Chapel's Potter…

World Renowned Physicist to Visit OBU Oct. 8

September 27, 2004—World-renowned physicist Bulent Atalay will speak at Oklahoma Baptist University from 9 to 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Bailey Business Center Auditorium. Atalay's recent book, "Math and the Mona Lisa" explores the relationship between art and science through the works of Leonard Da…

OBU Soccer Takes Two

September 26, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's soccer teams closed out the OBU Soccer Classic with a pair of wins Saturday as the Bison recorded a 5-0 win over Dallas Baptist after the Lady Bison trounced Oklahoma Wesleyan 11-0. The Bison improved to 8-1 on the season with the win, which included three yellow…

Bison Blank Ozark Christian, 11-0

September 24, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison soccer team riddled Ozark Christian College 11-0 Friday at the Bison Soccer Complex, netting the program's second-best offensive output of the season. OBU out-shot OCC 54-5 on the day, including a 33-1 first half barrage. Ozark keeper Jesse Frame had 18…

Kaumba Breaks Course Record

September 24, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Miriam Kaumba broke her own course record and won the OBU Cross Country Invitational going away Saturday in 16:49. The record was 17:11 on the 5,000 meter course at Gordon Cooper Technology Center. Kaumba, who had her best time last week at 16:30 in Joplin,…

OBU Women 12th at NSU Golf Classic

September 21, 2004—Freshman Maggie Cole led Oklahoma Baptist University's women's golf team to a 12th-place finish with her two-round 157 Sept. 20-21. Cole finished in a tie for 10th place individually at the tournament hosted by Cobblestone Creek Golf Club in Muskogee. She was among the leaders with a…

Lady Bison Face 2004-05 with Guarded Optimism

September 20, 2004—OBU's three new guards - Priscilla Alves, Tabetha Eaton and Keely Tolin - are expected to have a big impact on the 2004-05 women's basketball team, but senior leadership will be crucial. OBU women's basketball coach John McCullough understands that his team doesn't have to win a conference…

Naylor to Present Hobbs Lecture Sept. 29

September 20, 2004—Rebekah Ann Naylor, surgeon and International Mission Board consultant, will bring the annual Hobbs Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Raley Chapel. Naylor is assistant clinical professor of surgery at Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, where…

Song of Solomon Conference Set for Sept. 24-25

September 20, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a Song of Solomon Conference, led by Tommy Nelson, Friday and Saturday in Raley Chapel. Friday's session runs from 7-10 p.m., with a Saturday follow-up from 9 a.m. to noon. Nelson also will speak in a Friday chapel service at 10 a.m. The conference is…

Tolin Hopes New Faces Keep Up Old Tradition

September 20, 2004—Can the Bison basketball team return to Kansas City returning just one starter and a reserve guard who didn't get a single vote for All-Conference last year? Seven talented newcomers say "Yes." All the Bison of Oklahoma Baptist University have coming back for the 2004-05 season is one starter,…

OBU's Kaumba Makes It Seven Straight

September 19, 2004—JOPLIN, Mo. - Mirriam Kaumba won her seventh consecutive cross country race Saturday, holding of Oklahoma's Jessica Elrdidge by 11 seconds for a 16:30.81 win in the Southern Stampede at Missouri Southern State University. The 2003 NAIA, Sooner Athletic Conference and Region VI champion paced a…

OBU’s Kaumba, Ellis Top Division I Rivals

September 5, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University cross country leaders Mirriam Kaumba and Daniel Ellis captured individual victories in the Hurricane Cross Country Festival Saturday, hosted by the University of Tulsa. Kaumba, the defending national NAIA champion, took first, out-legging Oklahoma State's Mary…

"Stones in His Pockets" Held Over for Second Weekend

September 3, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's second production of the theatre season, Marie Jones' "Stones in His Pockets," has added two performances, Sept. 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. The production began Sept. 9 in Shawnee Hall's Craig-Dorland Theatre. The internationally-acclaimed comedy is directed by Laura…

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…

OBU Names Directors of Admissions, Financial Services

July 27, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University has added a director of admissions and a director of student financial services for the 2004-05 academic year. G. Scott Douglas will fill the position of director of admissions with Bobby Womack taking over as director of student financial services. Douglas comes…

It's In The Air

July 26, 2004—It's in the air. If you walk across the campus, you may find yourself humming some old yet familiar hymn. "Where did that come from?" you may say to yourself, and then the half-hour rolls around and the campus is inundated with the chimes from atop the Raley Chapel spire. It's in the air& the…

Bison Add to Interior Game With Three Signings

July 19, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University added a little muscle to its men's basketball team with three recent signings. The Benson brothers - Frank and Justin - from Navarro College and the University of New Mexico, respectively, and freshman Jason Grohman of San Antonio Christian High School join the…

Four Join OBU Faculty for Fall

July 13, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University recently announced the hiring of four new faculty members for the 2004-05 academic year, adding to the three announced earlier. Dr. John Farris returns as associate professor of education after two years away, Grady Timothy Tew will serve as associate professor of…

MTI Courses Continue in August

July 12, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University is offering courses in Christian studies this fall at 20 centers in Oklahoma and in three 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 Music Prep Department Looks Forward to August Start

June 22, 2004—The Music Preparatory Department at Oklahoma Baptist University will begin its fall 2004 session in late August and includes several opportunities for children to become involved in music. The department began in 1985 and offers many musical opportunities to students from birth through adult…

OBU Dedicates Coates Baseball-Softball Building

June 21, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University dedicated the Harry E. Coates, Sr. Baseball and Softball Facility Thursday, April 29. Located along University Street, south of the third-base side of Bison Field, the 70-foot long complex includes four offices for baseball and softball coaches, a common reception…

Dale, Steele Earn Honorable Mention Recognition

June 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University baseball players Brandon Dale and Jeff Steele were named NAIA All-America Honorable Mention, it was announced Saturday, June 5. Dale, a senior outfielder from Perth, Australia, clouted a team-high 15 home runs, just one shy of the school record, and had a .705…

Kaumba Collects Unprecedented National Sweep

May 28, 2004—LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Oklahoma Baptist University's track teams finished in the top 10 in both men's and women's competition as Miriam Kaumba collected an unprecedented sweep May 29. Kaumba, a junior from Zambia, won her second championship in as many days, claiming the 5,000 meters in 17:18.58,…

Kaumba Wins National Championship in 10,000 Meters

May 28, 2004—LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Oklahoma Baptist University's Miriam Kaumba was the highlight of the day for the Bison track teams, capturing a national championship in the women's 10,000 meters. Delayed by rain until the second day of competition, Kaumba covered the distance in 36:49.59, out-running…

OBU Track Set for Another Run at Nationals

May 24, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's track teams will be hard-pressed to compete for a national team title, but the Bison and Lady Bison hope to be atop the awards platform in several events at the 2004 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Louisville, Ky., Thursday-Saturday. The Bison, beset…

OBU Observes 90th Annual Spring Commencement

May 22, 2004—Dr. Ramona Farthing, retiring professor of French, advised 294 graduating seniors at Oklahoma Baptist University's 90th annual spring commencement exercises Saturday, May 22, to continue to grow as Christians and as human beings in order to face the challenges ahead of them. Farthing, who is…

OBU Nursing Graduates Receive Pins

May 21, 2004—Twenty-three graduating seniors in Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Nursing received their traditional pins Friday, May, 21, in Raley Chapel. Dr. Sheila Myers, a 1959 OBU graduate, delivered the address in which she gave the new nurses words of wisdom and advice. Those receiving the…

Bison Add Welborn to Men’s Basketball Team

May 17, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University added a second Welborn to its basketball rosters for the 2004-05 season. Meeker senior Kyle Welborn, a 5-11 guard, signed to play basketball at Oklahoma Baptist University Monday. His sister, Kelli, is a guard on the OBU women's basketball team. A multi-sport…

Farthing to Address Graduates May 22

May 17, 2004—Dr. Ramona Farthing, retiring professor of French, will address 294 candidates for graduation at Oklahoma Baptist University's spring commencement at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 22, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Farthing, who has been a member of the OBU faculty since 1967, received the…

Bison Bow Out of Regional Tourney with Saturday Losses

May 16, 2004—After advancing to the winner's bracket final, the OBU Bison saw their longshot hopes for a berth in the NAIA World Series disappear with back-to-back losses Saturday in Oklahoma City. OBU fell 14-1 to top-ranked Oklahoma City University, and then dropped an elimination game to Houston Baptist…

Bison Knock Off Pioneers In 13 Innings, 5-4

May 13, 2004—Tony Ramos delivered a two-out single in the top of the 13th inning to drive in Kent Russell with the go-ahead run and Chad Rhoades made that slim lead stand up for a 5-4 OBU victory over Wayland Baptist in the NAIA Region VI baseball tournament Friday afternoon. OBU jumped out to a 2-0 lead…

Doell, Thurber Honored in Softball

May 13, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University softball players Krista Doell and Katy Thurber were named to the All-Sooner Athletic Conference Team, it was announced Saturday. Doell, a senior from Saskatoon, Sask., was named to the first team as a utility player. It is her second year to be so honored. Doell…

Rain Delays OBU-Wayland Contest

May 12, 2004—Heavy rains in the Oklahoma City area caused OBU's second game in the NAIA Region VI baseball tournament to be delayed to 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. The Bison will face Wayland Baptist in the contest. WBU defeated Houston Baptist University Wednesday, while OBU topped Bacone College.The…

Bison Bats Get Quick Start In Regional As OBU Defeats Bacone, 6-1

May 11, 2004—Jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning, the OBU Bison cruised to a 6-1 victory over Bacone College in their first game of the NAIA Region VI Tournament at Oklahoma City University. John Gibson's three-run homer in the first inning capped the early uprising, giving OBU starter Jeff…

OBU Unveils New Bison Athletics Logo

May 11, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University has unveiled its new athletic logo, a more fluid Bison reflecting a sense of action. The university had been involved in a new logo creation for about a year when the new logo was settled on. OBU's student graphic artist Tim Haller produced the final product with…

Preparatory Department Sets Auditions for May 17-18

May 11, 2004—The Preparatory Department of Oklahoma Baptist University will hold auditions for its four choirs from 3:30 to 5 p.m., May 17-18, in Raley Chapel.  All interested students in grades 2-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are invited to audition for the select groups of singers. Four…

Longtime OBU Friend Peitz Passes Away

May 10, 2004—Lawrence Peitz, a long-time friend and honorary alumnus of Oklahoma Baptist University, died Monday morning in Tulsa. He was 92. The funeral service was Wednesday, May 12, at the First Baptist Church of Tulsa. The family has asked that memorial gifts be made to either Oklahoma Baptist…

Bison Add Fraser to Fall Line-up

April 30, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University has signed 6-7 forward Mike Fraser to a men's basketball scholarship for the 2004-05 season. Fraser, a junior from Frederick, Md., comes to OBU from San Jacinto Junior College, where he averaged 7 points and 6.5 rebounds his sophomore year after leading the team in…

OBU Teaching Legend Hurley Passes Away

April 30, 2004—Dr. James Hurley, one of the most loved and respected professors in the history of Oklahoma Baptist University, passed away Thursday evening, April 29. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 8, in Raley Chapel. Memorial gifts may be made to the James E. Hurley Professorship in…

Shawnee Honor Choir Performs at OBU May 2

April 26, 2004—The Shawnee Honor Choir will present its annual Spring Concert in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the campus of OBU at 4 p.m., Sunday, May 2. The concert is free and open to the public. Shawnee Honor Choir, an auditioned group of 58 fourth- through sixth-graders representing 14…

OBU Teams Fare Well At Drake Relays

April 24, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University wrapped up a successful stay at the Drake Relays Saturday with a pair of school records added to an already historic weekend. The women's 4x800 relay team of Chandra Huckabay, Melissa Mount, Andrea Mount and Kyta Ferrer finished second with a school record time of…

Kaumba Captures Drake Relays Championship

April 22, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University distance runner Mirriam Kaumba won the 10,000 meter race at the prestigious Drake Relays Thursday, giving OBU its first ever women's victory at that meet. Kaumba, a junior from Zambia, won the event in 35:29.82, setting a new school record and edging rival Janet…

Bison Glee Club Sets April 29 Concert

April 20, 2004—The Bison Glee Club will presents its annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29, in the historic sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Shawnee (the corner of 10th and Union). Founded in 1938, the Bison Glee Club is one of the premier choirs in the Southwestern United States. The…

Holocaust Expert Included on Program for OBU Production

April 20, 2004—Michael Korenbilt, co-author of "Until We Meet Again," the true story of love and survival in the Holocaust, will talk about that era following Oklahoma Baptist University's productions of "A Shaya Maidel" on the play'fs April 22 and April 30 showings. Tickets are still available for the play,…

Bison Jazz Orchestra Performs on Campus May 6

April 13, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Kevin Pruiett, assistant professor of music, will perform its final concert of the 2003-2004 academic year Thursday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the university's Yarborough Auditorium. The jazz orchestra will be performing…

Symphonic Band to Perform in Raley Chapel April 20

April 13, 2004—The OBU Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, professor of music and director of bands, will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The 50-member ensemble will perform a variety of compositions including works…

Division of Music to Honor William David Brown May 3

April 8, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Music will present the 2004 Distinguished Music Alumni Award to William David Brown, class of 1967, at its Annual Spring Banquet 6:30 p.m., May 3, in the university's Geiger Center. In addition to Brown's recognition, the banquet will feature…

OBU Musicians Fare Well at NATS Competition

April 8, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University was well represented at the regional National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions held at Chickasha, Okla., on April 3 and 4. The Conference was attended by about 160 students and 22 teachers. OBU participants observed a master class with Joan Wall from…

OBU Student Broadcasters Continue Award-Winning Tradition

April 8, 2004—For the second straight year Oklahoma Baptist University crowned the most winners at the annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Student Competition, bringing home 16 awards this season. Seventeen Oklahoma colleges and universities submitted 216 entries in 26 categories. Seniors Todd…

Bison Second at Knights Invitational

April 7, 2004—The OBU golf team placed second at the Knights Invitational Wednesday, hosted by Northwood University at Dallas' Tangleridge Golf Club. The Bison shot a two-round total of 613 and finished 17 strokes back of 23rd-ranked Northwood in the five-team tournament. OBU had three golfers in the top…

OBU Women Third at Lady Knights Golf Invitational

April 7, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's women's golf team finished third in the four-team Lady Knights Invitational Wednesday at Tangleridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Lady Bison shot a two-round total of 698 to finish 36 strokes behind ninth-ranked Northwood. Mary Hardin-Baylor was second…

University Chorale to Perform at FBC Shawnee May 7

April 7, 2004—The University Chorale, Oklahoma Baptist University's mixed chorus, will perform its concert, "A Spring of Psalms" at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, May 7. The 7:30 p.m. concert will include music by Gibbons, Peeters, Chesnokov and others. "Featured on the concert will be the dynamic duo…

Bisonettes to Perform Spring Concert April 27

April 6, 2004—The OBU Women's Glee Club, The Bisonettes, will present their Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 27, in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. From Vivaldi to Bob Seger, for Sir David Willcocks to Nat King Cole, the concert will showcase women's choir music from all styles including two…

OBU to Present A Shayna Maidel

March 29, 2004—The curtain on the 2003-04 Oklahoma Baptist University theatre season closes with Barbara Lebow's "A Shayna Maidel" April 22-24 and April 30-May 2 in Craig-Dorland Theatre. Directed by Dr. Joyce Spivey Aldridge, assistant professor of theatre, the play will begin at 7:30 p.m. nightly, except…

Bison Fall In NAIA Quarterfinal Round

March 27, 2004—KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Oklahoma Baptist University saw its upset bid of top-ranked Mountain State fall in and out of the rim Saturday in the NAIA quarterfinals, 87-84. Robert Hart's last-ditch three-point try rattled inside the rim and bounced away, preserving a Cougar team who had just lost…

Fourth Annual Bison Bicycle Tour Draws 100 Riders

March 12, 2004—Over 100 riders participated in the 2004 Bison Bicycle Tour on Saturday, April 17th, beginning and ending on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus. This event is organized and operated each year by the Division of Music at Oklahoma Baptist University to raise funds for music student…

OBU Board Ratifies 2004-2005 Budget

March 8, 2004—In its regular board meeting Friday, March 5, Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees approved a $31.6 million budget for the 2004-05 academic year, which includes tuition and fee rates for the 2004-05 academic year. The $31.6 million operating budget for the upcoming fiscal year will…

A Discussion of The Passion of the Christ

February 27, 2004—On March 8, from 10-10:50 a.m. in GC-218, OBU will host a panel discussion of the film, The Passion of the Christ.  A brief introduction to the following topics will be made. - An historical and biblical response presented by Bobby Kelly, associate professor of religion, and Michael…

OBU to Host Preview Day March 6

February 19, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University's Spring Preview Day will allow prospective students to tour the school, meet professors, learn more about their possible majors and get to know future classmates Saturday, March 6. The day begins at 9:30 a.m. at Raley Chapel with campus tours beginning at 10 a.m.,…

Weir to Deliver Minter Lecture March 1

February 19, 2004—Russell C. Weir, region service executive in the IBM Global Services-ITS Western Region, will deliver Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Minter Lecture at 10 a.m., Monday, March 1, in the Geiger Center.  The Minter Lectureship was established in 1991 by Lloyd G. Minter, a 1940 OBU…

OBU's Oratorio to Feature Michael Cox Work March 9

February 18, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Music will present Symphonic Psalms as the 2004 Oratorio Project, March 9, at 7:30 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium.  This work, by former OBU faculty member Michael Cox, is the latest in a long tradition of large choral works produced…

Netters Aim To Springboard From Fall Success

February 11, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University tennis teams will be looking to springboard into the spring off of their fall season which proved to be a growing time. "The fall was a real time of development," said head coach Sue Dick. "It was really an eye opener for the freshman."Out of the ten players on…

OBU Reloads for 2004 Softball Season

February 11, 2004—With only three players returning from last season's Sooner Athletic Conference championship season, the OBU softball team will try to reload by replacing key players throughout the lineup. "We've brought in good players and they have to make an impact right away," said coach Pam Fink. "And we…

OBU to Present Huckleberry Finn

February 11, 2004—The Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre for Young People's production of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn will start its four-performance public run Friday, Feb. 27, with performances also scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 28 and Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, at 7:30 p.m. nightly in Dorland…

OBU Well-Represented at OMEA

February 4, 2004—Nine Oklahoma Baptist University students participated in the Intercollegiate Honor Band at the Oklahoma Music Educator's Association annual meeting in Tulsa in January.  They performed under the baton of Col. Lowell Graham, recently retired conductor of the U.S. Air Force Band,…

Thirtieth Concerto-Aria Set for Feb. 16

February 4, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the OBU Division of Music Concerto-Aria Concert, Feb. 16. The concert, featuring 11 OBU music majors performing selected works with an orchestra comprised of OBU students and professional musicians, begins at 8:30 p.m. in OBU's…

Liptz to Bring Annual Schusterman Lecture Feb. 9

January 22, 2004—The annual Schusterman Lecture in Jewish History and Tradition will be presented at Oklahoma Baptist University at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9, by Paul Liptz in Geiger Center Rooms 218-220. Liptz, a social historian who lectures in the department of Middle Eastern and African history at Tel Aviv…

OBU Days in the Churches Set for February

January 22, 2004—Oklahoma Baptists in churches across the state will hear testimonies of appreciation and accomplishment from student and faculty representatives of Oklahoma Baptist University during two Sundays in February. The annual OBU Day in the Churches celebration Feb. 15 and 22 will celebrate Oklahoma…

Shawnee Honor Choir to Perform at OMEA Convention

January 22, 2004—The Shawnee Honor Choir will perform at the Oklahoma Music Educators' Association Convention at Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa at 4:45 p.m., Jan. 30. In its 21st year, Shawnee Honor Choir is an auditioned group under the direction of Conchita Hansford, director of Oklahoma Baptist University's…

Gruett to Perform in Faculty Recital Feb. 5

January 15, 2004—Dr. Jon Gruett, associate professor of music at Oklahoma Baptist University, will perform in faculty recital at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. Gruett, a tenor, joined the OBU faculty in 2000. He holds a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of…

Spring MTI Classes Forming Now

January 15, 2004—Oklahoma Baptist University is offering courses in Christian studies this spring at 19 centers in Oklahoma and five other states through its Ministry Training Institute.  Ministry Training Institute offers courses for college credit that can be applied to degree programs at OBU or other…

Thirty-fifth Regional Honor Bands Gather at OBU

January 14, 2004—For the 35th consecutive year, the instrumental department at Oklahoma Baptist University hosted the regional junior and senior high school honor bands. Almost 160 students gathered in Raley Chapel on the campus of OBU on Jan. 5-6 to rehearse with two distinguished guest conductors in…

Chen, NASA Share Excitement over Mars Photos

January 7, 2004—The photos from Mars sent back to Earth by NASA's Spirit Rover are more interesting to Albert Chen than the casual observer. Chen, professor of physics at Oklahoma Baptist University, has spent his summers doing research for NASA, most recently studying the Red Planet's dust. The Spirit Rover…