2006 News Articles

A Passion for Preparation

December 22, 2006—Darla Eshelman is passionate about her students. "One of my favorite things is when I see my student teachers in a classroom and watch them teach for the first time," said Dr. Eshelman who has been an OBU faculty member since 1995. "All of their skills and passions about teaching music come…

A Second Chance

December 22, 2006—Things were falling into place. Last year, Dusty Higgins, a 2002 Oklahoma Baptist University music education graduate, completed his master's degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. His future plans included being a member of an orchestra and teaching music. He was enjoying the…

Bisonmobile Hits The Road

December 22, 2006—The Bisonmobile hit the road in late October. The truck literally offers a new view of OBU. The green and gold 2006 Nissan Titan King Cab is covered in a wrapping which features OBU's Bison athletic logo and the website www.bisonmobile.com. "This is a unique way for us to introduce more…

Inspired to Inspire

December 22, 2006—Many of the best teachers are inspired by other strong teachers. That's Sandra Malin Mayfield's story. Dr. Mayfield, professor of English at the University of Central Oklahoma, grew up in the home of an educator. "My mother was a teacher and I, from a very early age, believed that is what I…

International Educator

December 22, 2006—Clement Young has a long commute to work. While he lives in Plano, Texas, his home office is in Hong Kong, where he is supervisor of the Pui Ching Middle and Primary Schools and the Pui Ching Education Center. The Pui Ching Middle and Primary Schools opened more than 70 years ago, according…

Making Safer Skies

December 22, 2006—"Basically this is a research lab for the FAA," Williams explained. "We look at issues related to human factors or the interface between humans and machines." Williams' section of the lab is the Flight Deck, which is concerned with aircraft cockpits and how pilots interact with the displays…

Unrisky Business

December 22, 2006—"David Mair is one of the dynamic voices in risk management today," said Feliz Kloman of Risk Management Reports. That statement says a lot about the 1980 graduate who used to use his dynamic voice as public address announcer at OBU basketball games. Mair has made it to the top of the list of…

Trustees Approve New Nursing Graduate Program

December 15, 2006—The state's first university to offer a bachelor's degree program in nursing is entering graduate level nursing education, as Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees approved a new master of science in nursing degree program Friday. Board members ratified the proposed program during…

Winter Graduates Reminded To Live "In The Moment"

December 15, 2006—December 15, 2006 Surrounded by Christmas greenery, family, friends and classmates, Oklahoma Baptist University's 42 winter 2006 graduates were reminded of the importance of living "in the moment" during OBU's graduation exercises Friday afternoon in the university's Raley Chapel. "How long…

McCullough Becomes OBU Wins Leader

November 24, 2006—John McCullough's Lady Bison had no trouble handing their coach a record-setting win in their 74-54 romp over Hannibal-LaGrange in the Chili's Classic Friday. With McCullough's 138th win, the coach is now on top in all-time coaching wins for the OBU women's basketball program. In this is…

Hanging of the Green' Ushers in Holiday Season Dec. 2

November 17, 2006—  An American Christian tradition of "Chrismon" will be the focal point at one of Oklahoma Baptist University's longest running events. The 69th annual "Hanging of the Green" service will be on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. "The tradition of the…

Alumni Honored at OBU Homecoming

November 9, 2006—Six distinguished alumni of Oklahoma Baptist University will be honored during OBU's Harvest Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday Nov. 10, in the university's Geiger Center. Longtime Oklahoma Baptist ministers Robert Hammonds, '51, and Joe Williams, ex '60, will receive the Alumni Achievement Award.…

OBU Homecoming Features Alumni Showcase

November 9, 2006—Among the many festivities at Oklahoma Baptist University's Homecoming, the Alumni Showcase will be a presentation of talented OBU alumni representing an array of years. The event will be Saturday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m., Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Ryan Hitchcock, a 1991 OBU graduate, is…

Tarleton Calls Beyond The Hill

November 6, 2006—"Somewhere, sometime in your life, there is going to be somebody who is going to listen to you," said Dr. Ed Tarleton while speaking in Oklahoma Baptist University's weekly Chapel service, Nov. 1. Tarleton, a 1982 OBU graduate, continued the university's Beyond the Hill chapel series, which…

Dennis Jernigan Speaks at OBU 'Beyond the Hill' Chapel

October 27, 2006—"I don't get to decide whether or not God loves me. I either accept or reject His love." That was the assertion of Christian songwriter and author Dennis Jernigan as he sat at a piano in Oklahoma Baptist University's Raley Chapel and spoke openly about his struggles growing up in Boynton,…

Barnett, Jackson to Enter Hall of Fame

October 26, 2006—All-American athletes Darrell Barnett and Jamaal Jackson have been selected for induction into the Oklahoma Baptist University Athletic Hall of Fame. The pair will be inducted at the university's annual Harvest Dinner Nov. 11, as part of Homecoming weekend. Barnett was a driving force behind…

Cragin Continues Beyond the Hill Series

October 5, 2006—"My OBU classes taught me to distinguish between what I know and what's important. In this day and age, we need Christian citizens who can respond to the world both with their hearts and with their minds." That was the challenge Kim Cragin gave OBU students as part of the university's Beyond…

OBU To Dedicate Brister Pastoral Studies Collection

September 28, 2006—Honoring one of Southern Baptists' longtime theological educators, Oklahoma Baptist University will dedicate the C.W. Brister Pastoral Studies Collection Monday, October 2, at 3 p.m., in the Mabee Learning Center's Herschel H. Hobbs Baptist History and Heritage Center. Dr. C.W. Brister is the…

The Tempest to Open OBU's Theatre Season

September 28, 2006—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will open its 2006-07 season with The Tempest by William Shakespeare on Nov. 2. The play will be in Craig-Dorland Theatre, located in Shawnee Hall, Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. There also will be matinees Nov. 11 and 12 at 2:30 p.m. For ticket…

Brister Announces OBU's Adoption of People Group

September 15, 2006—Oklahoma Baptist University publicly joined the global Finishing The Task evangelism effort Sept. 13, adopting one of the world's 639 people groups who have not been introduced to the gospel of Christ. "Today, I am commissioning OBU to adopt the 'Kai' people," said OBU President Mark Brister…

Trustees Inspect Progress of OBU Capital Projects

July 28, 2006—A year after ratifying plans for the largest capital project in the university's history, Oklahoma Baptist University trustees toured construction areas on the campus Fridayduring their summer meeting in OBU's Bailey Business Center. "It is exciting to see capital projects under way on Bison…

Nursing Pioneer Juanita Millsap Dies at 91

July 19, 2006—Juanita Granger Millsap, who helped launch the first nursing baccalaureate degree program in Oklahoma, died Tuesday, July 18, in Oklahoma City. She was 91. A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2925 N.W. 66th Street in Oklahoma City. …

The Rock and The Rabbi Coming Sept. 26

June 30, 2006—The Rock and The Rabbi, a unique new musical which has drawn high praise from evangelical leaders, will be presented at Oklahoma Baptist University on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel. Best selling Christian author Josh McDowell said he was "amazed" by the show. "I was blown away…

OBU Honors Three with Top University Awards

June 1, 2006—Oklahoma Baptist University's top three awards for faculty and staff were presented during spring Commencement ceremonies May 20. Dr. William Hagen, OBU professor of English, was presented the Distinguished Teacher Award. Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of OBU's School of Nursing, received the…

Grads Urged to Eschew Mundane Living

May 20, 2006—Encouraged to avoid mundane living, 258 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates were honored during the university's 92nd commencement exercises Saturday morning in OBU's Raley Chapel. "Life the 'un-mundane' life," was the challenge from Dr. James Vernon, OBU associate professor of music, as he…

Long-time Employee Cap Gardner Dies May 1

May 4, 2006—Cap Gardner, a retired physical plant administrator whose OBU career spanned nearly five decades, died May 1 in Oklahoma City. He was 86. Gardner joined the OBU staff on Oct. 1, 1947, after serving seven years in the U.S. Air Force. He was director of the physical plant from 1981-84, and…

Former OBU Alumni Director Robert Alcorn Dies

April 14, 2006—Robert Daniel Alcorn Sr., former Oklahoma Baptist University alumni director, died April 6 in Weslaco, Texas. He was 84. Alcorn and his wife, Lorene, residents of Oklahoma City, were spending the winter in South Texas, where they lived from 1992-2004. Alcorn was born in Muskogee, Okla., on…

The Princeton Review Names OBU A "Best Value College"

April 7, 2006—Listed among 150 colleges with "excellent academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs," Oklahoma Baptist University is one of the nation's best value undergraduate institutions according to a new book from The Princeton Review. The New York-based education services…

Thirty-Four Recognized for OBU Service

March 31, 2006—Thirty-four Oklahoma Baptist University faculty and staff members, representing 460 years of service, were recognized at the university's annual service awards banquet in late March. Oklahoma Baptist University honored faculty and staff for their years of service at the university. Those…

Faught Speaks on Baptist History Window in Stain Glass Series

March 26, 2006—Speaking on Baptist History, Dr. Jerry Faught noted a common theme as he began a recent chapel address as part of Oklahoma Baptist University's stained glass series. "Two documents explain the meaning of the symbols in this window, and every symbol represents a famous man; they are all white,…

OBU Professor Tom Dowdy Dies

March 15, 2006—Dr. Thomas E. Dowdy, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of sociology, died Sunday, March 12, following a lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 50. Family visitation is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, at Primrose Funeral Home, 1109 North Porter Avenue in Norman. OBU…

OBU Breaks Ground For Wellness and Athletic Projects

March 6, 2006—Standing at the site of a former campus athletics landmark, members of the Oklahoma Baptist University community celebrated groundbreaking for a new university wellness center and a series of athletic facility projects Friday afternoon. The collection of projects represents an investment of…

Founders Day Address Focuses on Ford's Benevolence

February 3, 2006—One of Shawnee's business pioneers and a key Oklahoma Baptist University benefactor was the focal point of OBU President Mark Brister's annual Founders' Day address Feb. 1. Dr. Brister emphasized how J. Lloyd Ford, founder of Shawnee Milling, played a major role in the early years of the…

Two OBU Records Fall

January 25, 2006—By David Noblett OBU Sports Information Mirriam Kaumba and Kyta Willets each broke their own school records Saturday at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. and the OC Invitational in Norman. Kaumba smashed her month-old record in the mile with a 4:46.85 almost seven seconds…

OBU Music Holds 32nd Annual Concerto Aria

January 2, 2006—A unique experience for prospective music students happens in February. Oklahoma Baptist University hosts its 32nd Annual Concerto Aria Concert, Feb. 20, 8:30 p.m., in OBU's Potter Auditorium. The Concerto Aria series was born from the desire to allow OBU piano majors the opportunity to…