2007 News Articles

Former OBU Vice President Donald Osborn Dies

December 20, 2007—Donald G. Osborn, Oklahoma Baptist University vice president emeritus, died Tuesday, Dec. 18. He was 81. Osborn joined OBU's faculty and staff in 1952 as instructor of history and graduate assistant to the vice president for academic affairs. He was promoted to assistant professor in 1958 and…

Grads Urged to Be "Agents of Transformation"

December 14, 2007—Challenged to be part of a legacy of "agents of transformation," 35 Oklahoma Baptist University students graduated Friday, Dec. 14, during the university's winter Commencement. Dr. Justin Hardin, OBU's Strickland assistant professor of religion and the 2007 Promising Teacher Award recipient,…

Former OBU Professor Gregory Pritchard Dies

December 3, 2007—Dr. Gregory Pritchard, OBU philosophy professor from 1952-1968, died Sunday, December 2, in North Carolina. He was 84. Pritchard retired from the faculty of Wake Forest University in 1994, after teaching at the university for 25 years following his OBU career. Born in Pawhuska, Okla., on…

Business Students Fare Well In National Project

November 30, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University business students recently placed among the nation's best in Capstone Simulation, an online business simulation project. The simulation involved an array of aspects of running a company. Students worked together to make decisions about their company, primarily from…

70th Hanging of the Green Coming December 1

November 28, 2007—A classic children's opera will be featured at one of Oklahoma Baptist University's longest running traditions. OBU's 70th annual Hanging of the Green ceremony will be Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. This year's Hanging of the Green will feature Amahl and…

The Bison Spirit Stands In New Wellness Center

November 20, 2007—Though it is part of the region's storied history and the mascot for OBU, a life-size Bison is not normally found indoors. But "The Bison Spirit," a sculpture of the OBU namesake, now stands in the atrium of the university's new Recreation and Wellness Center. Noted Oklahoma artist and…

Five Named All-America Scholar Athletes

November 19, 2007—Five Oklahoma Baptist University soccer players have been named to the Daktronics NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete Soccer Teams announced Nov. 19. Andi Little, Brittany Cook, John Cook, Joel Dixon and Ryan Weaver received the honor, which requires junior or senior hours and a cumulative grade…

Traveling Alums Pave Path For OBU Students

November 19, 2007—Many married couples have ties to OBU. Some meet prior to college. Some meet while attending OBU. Then there's the Bob and Leta Ringwald story. Leta grew up in Kiowa County and graduated from OBU in 1950. Bob grew up near Billings, Okla., and received his OBU degree in 1957. Though their…

OBU to Host Public Forum on Education

November 14, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's division of teacher education is hosting its annual public forum, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. in OBU's Bailey Business Center's auditorium. Dr. John Farris, chair of OBU's division of teacher education, said the forum is designed to give the general public an opportunity…

OBU To Dedicate Recreation and Wellness Center Nov. 9

November 8, 2007—A massive new campus structure, changes to a long-time landmark, and unveiling of a new work of art will be celebrated on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus Friday afternoon, Nov. 9, in a dedication program during OBU's Homecoming. The 2:30 p.m. ceremony will be on the front steps of…

Parrish Offers A Familiar Presence In Transition

October 27, 2007—As OBU enters a period of presidential transition, the time of change will be supervised by a very familiar face to many in the University community. John W. Parrish, who has been affiliated with OBU as a faculty member, administrator, or broadcaster for the past 43 years, will officially…

Godspell Makes Return To OBU Stage

October 25, 2007—A popular 1970s musical returns to Shawnee, as Oklahoma Baptist University Theater presents Godspell. Performances will be Nov. 1-3 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 10-11 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will be in Craig Dorland Theatre, located in OBU's Shawnee Hall. Based on the Book of…

Three Grads To Be Honored at Homecoming

October 23, 2007—Three outstanding alumni of Oklahoma Baptist University will be honored during the university's annual Homecoming Harvest Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, in OBU's Geiger Center. Two graduates will receive the OBU Alumni Association's Alumni Achievement Award. Lawrence Harris, a 1941…

Former OBU Faculty Member Jo Bond Dies July 31

August 1, 2007—Long-time Oklahoma Baptist University faculty member Josephine Bond died Tuesday, July 31. She was 84. A native of Shawnee, Bond served at OBU for 36 years. She began working on Bison Hill as secretary to former OBU Vice President Dr. Orin Cornett in 1949. Bond worked in other administrative…

Regents Approve OTEG Funds For Oklahomans At State's Private Colleges

June 29, 2007—Approval of $1.6 million in increased funds for the Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant means more financial aid is available for Oklahomans attending the state's private colleges. On Friday, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education announced approval of the $1.6 million in new OTEG…

OBU Fifth in NAIA Directors' Cup

June 21, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's 2006-07 athletics finished fifth in the 2006-07 U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup standings for the NAIA. OBU finished as the top school from the Sooner Athletic Conference and NAIA Region VI with 639 points, capturing two national championships along the way.…

Dr. Coleman Raley, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Dies at 90

June 20, 2007—Dr. Coleman L. Raley, longtime professor of psychology at Oklahoma Baptist University, died Sunday, June 17, in Shawnee. He was 90. A former chaplain, pastor, school teacher and counselor, Raley was instrumental in creating OBU's psychology department in 1955. He later served as chairman of…

Former OBU President William Tanner Dies

June 11, 2007—Dr. William G. Tanner, president of Oklahoma Baptist University from 1971-76, died Sunday, June 10. He was 77. "OBU has lost a dear friend in Bill Tanner. He was the consummate Baptist statesman who never shied away from God's call on his life," said OBU President Mark Brister. "As a pastor,…

Interactive Museum Teaches Kids History, Culture

April 13, 2007—As Major League Baseball began this month, the timing was perfect for Oklahoma Baptist University students to create an interactive children's museum with the theme "Baseball: It's More Than a Game." On April 3, fifth graders from Grove School in Shawnee participated in the educational…

Telecommunication Students Claim 14 OBEA Awards

March 30, 2007—  OBU's 2007 OBEA Award winners include (front/l to r) Amber McCune, Megan Hungerford, Christi Mitchel, (back) Justin Metcalfe and Owen Wildman Fourteen awards were presented to Oklahoma Baptist University students at this year's Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association Student…

Dean Speaks on Prayer During Women's Day at OBU

March 28, 2007—"No matter how much I think I come to understand about the purpose and power of prayer there is always something new to learn, or something old to learn at a deeper level." Jennifer Kennedy Dean, executive director for the Praying Life Foundation, spoke these words during Oklahoma Baptist…

Thirty-three Honored at OBU

March 23, 2007—Thirty-three Oklahoma Baptist University faculty and staff members, representing 380 years of service, were recognized at the university's annual service awards banquet on March 15. The recognition included a photographic presentation of the honorees, as well as remarks from OBU President…

World Mission Leaders To Meet at Finishing The Task Conference

March 8, 2007—Evangelical leaders from across the Southwest will meet on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus this spring for a regional Finishing The Task global missions conference. OBU is hosting the Finishing The Task Conference April 19-21 in the university's Geiger Center. "Finishing The Task is a…

Trustees Approve 2007-08 Budget

March 2, 2007—During their spring meeting on campus Friday, Oklahoma Baptist University trustees approved a $35.4 million operating budget for the 2007-08 academic year, including a 7.8 percent increase in tuition for the upcoming year. At the meeting in OBU's Geiger Center, Randy L. Smith, OBU senior vice…

Galvao Inducted Into Judson Hall of Fame

March 1, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University soccer coach Marcelo Galvao was inducted into the Judson College Athletic Hall of Fame last month. Galvao was one of five former standouts to receive the honor Feb. 9 in Illinois. Playing from 1992-96, Galvao was a member of Judson's second NCCAA National…

OBU Music Faculty Perform in Bell Memorial Recital March 8

March 1, 2007—A wide range of musicians will perform in Oklahoma Baptist University's third annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in OBU's Yarborough Auditorium. The recital was established in memory of Dr. Digby Bell, a noted University of Oklahoma music professor who died in 2004.…

Bison Back In NAIA Top 25

January 31, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist bounced back into the NAIA Top 25 Men's Division I Basketball rankings Wednesday and the Lady Bison held serve just outside the main group in 26th. The Bison moved to 23rd despite a 1-2 week as raters recognized OBU's narrow home loss to then-No. 7 Southern Nazarene and its…

OBU Hits Eight Qualifying Marks in Joplin

January 31, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist hit eight national qualifying marks and seven more provisional marks in the Missouri Southern Open Invitational Indoor Track Meet Saturday. The OBU men reached five qualifying marks and three provisional qualifying standards, while the Lady Bison recorded three of each. …

Bison Lose Overtime Thriller at No. 2 OCU

January 27, 2007—A heroic comeback fell just shy as Oklahoma Baptist rallied from 18 points down at halftime and lost in overtime at No. 2 Oklahoma City, 86-83, Saturday. OBU missed half of its first half free throws (5-10) and was out-rebounded 22-8 in the first half. What looked like a miserable night at…

Lady Bison Fall at OCU, 69-66

January 27, 2007—Tenth-ranked Oklahoma City used an 11-0 run to snap the back of the Lady Bison and the Stars recorded their 17th consecutive win over Oklahoma Baptist 69-66 at OCU Saturday. OBU trailed by as many as nine points with 15 minutes left in the game, but made a rousing comeback as Keely Tolin and…

Bison Break Cavaliers' Hearts

January 25, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University broke St. Gregory's heart in the men's version of the Holy War on MacArthur Street Thursday, knocking off the Cavaliers at SGU, 63-60. OBU kept the Cavaliers in the game with poor free throw shooting right up to the final 2:17 when the Bison hit their last six,…

Lady Bison Scorch St. Gregory's

January 25, 2007—The women's version of the Holy War on MacArthur Street was a scorching as OBU rolled to a 73-46 win at St. Gregory's Thursday. The Lady Bison won the rebound battled 39-26. OBU never trailed and led for the last 33:37 after St. Gregory's forged a 12-12 tie with 14:06 to play. The Lady…

Tennis Teams Ready to Turn a Corner in 2007

January 25, 2007—O B U t e n n i s m i g h t b e a b o u t t o t u r n a c o r n e r a n d t u r n i n t o a c o n t e n d e r f o r a n a t i o n a l t o u r n a m e n t b e r t h i n 2 0 0 7 . & l d q u o ; I b e l i e v e t h e m e n ' s t e a m c a n m a k e i t a l l t h e w a y t o t h e n a t i o n a…

Former SBC President To Speak at Jan. 31 Chapel

January 24, 2007—Bobby Welch, immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Conference, will be the speaker at Oklahoma Baptist University's first Chapel service of the spring semester on Wednesday, Jan. 31. The 10 a.m. service will be in OBU's Raley Chapel. Welch was elected as president of the Southern…

OBU Alums Perform On Campus

January 24, 2007—Danny and DeAnna Calhoun have been performing together as a two-piano team for the last 10 years. The Oklahoma Baptist University graduates will perform at their alma mater Friday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The concert will feature works of Camille…

Bison Lose to SNU

January 22, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist had its hands full with No. 7 Southern Nazarene and the wear and tear of playing its third game in five days, losing 89-85. Southern Nazarene, with a snowed-out game at Northwestern Saturday, had a five-day break and out-worked the Bison, forcing 23 turnovers and beating a…

Lady Bison Lose Heartbreaker

January 22, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist committed its 14th turnover at the wrong time and missed a chance to tie the game late in a 72-68 loss to Southern Nazarene Monday in the Noble Complex. SNU's Lana Keith intercepted an OBU inbound pass when the Lady Bison trailed 70-68 with nine seconds to play. Keith was…

OBU Graduate Program Hosts Grand Opening January 23

January 22, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School will host its grand opening at the Momentum Building, 111 N. Harrison in downtown Oklahoma City Tuesday, Jan. 23, at noon. An open house is slated at the building on Thursday, Jan. 25, from 5-7 p.m. The facility, which will house…

Bison Turn Back Pioneers, 80-64

January 20, 2007—A hot-shooting Oklahoma Baptist successfully defended its home court with an 80-64 win over Wayland Baptist Saturday. The Bison shot 58 percent from the field, 64 percent from three-point range, and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. J.R. Broadus and Evan Grace were a combined 9-for-9…

Lady Bison Coast Past Wayland Baptist

January 20, 2007—Twenty-third ranked Oklahoma Baptist dominated the backboards and coasted to a 62-37 win over a poor-shooting Wayland Baptist squad Saturday in women's basketball. OBU held the Flying Queens to 28 percent shooting from the field and while much of that can be attributed to the stellar,…

Baseball Team Well-Armed for 2007

January 18, 2007—The 2006 Bison baseball team was making its  way back from an unsuccessful conference tournament in West Texas and Head Coach Bobby Cox knew he didn't want to go through again what he had just been through. OBU had enough guns to get through double headers and the tough Sooner Athletic…

Basketball Teams Slip in Polls

January 18, 2007—After getting just one game in for the week, both OBU basketball teams took a hit in the polls with the losses. The Bison fell out of the Top 25 for the first time all season, dropping to 30th in the nation. The Lady Bison dipped two spots to 23rd in the nation. Winning cures all the falls…

Lady Bison Lose to No. 7 LCU

January 18, 2007—Lubbock Christian's dynamic duo of Ashley Hunter and Jordan Hampton turned in 21 and 20 points, respectively to lead the No. 7 Lady Chaparrals to a 73-67 win over No. 23 Oklahoma Baptist in Shawnee Thursday night. The pair had been averaging 22 (Hunter) and 21 (Hampton) over the previous…

Pizza Bash Moved To February 17

January 17, 2007—Due to winter weather conditions, OBU's annual Pizza Bash at the Basketball Games scheduled for this Saturday, January 20, has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 17, 4:30-6 p.m., in Geiger Center 222. OBU will host St. Gregory's University in a Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader that…

MBA Program Workshops Rescheduled

January 16, 2007—Due to weather-related road conditions, OBU's International Graduate School has rescheduled MBA degree program workshops slated for January 16. The IGS will offer these workshops on Thursday, January 18, at the IGS location at 111 N. Harrison, in downtown Oklahoma City: -- MBA Financial Aid,…

Adult Piano Class Offered at OBU

January 15, 2007—Adults who have considered learning to play the piano have the opportunity to gain keyboard skills at Oklahoma Baptist University this spring. OBU's Music Preparatory Department will offer an adult piano class for the 2007 spring semester. Conchita Hansford, OBU Music Preparatory director,…

John Brown Doubleheader Moved to Feb. 5

January 15, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University will play John Brown University Feb. 5, in the make-up of the make-up Sooner Athletic Conference doubleheader. Originally scheduled for Dec. 2, 2006, the game was pushed by poor road conditions to Jan. 15, when weather conditions again trumped the teams' plans. …

OBU-John Brown Postponed Again

January 14, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's home basketball game with John Brown, rescheduled for Monday, has again been postponed by icy conditions. The winter storm claimed the game, originally scheduled in December. A new date will be announced Monday, Jan. 15.

Track Teams Qualify 13 in Arkansas

January 14, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's indoor track teams met 13 national qualifying marks and one provisional qualifying standard at the University of Arkansas Friday. OBU qualified twice in the women's 800 meters. Kyli Bean was sixth in a time of 2:14.13 and Amanda Mayfield was seventh in 2:16.62. …

Saturday's Basketball Games Postponed

January 12, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University has postponed its basketball doubleheader with Southern Nazarene University, originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13, due to icy conditions. The games have been rescheduled for 6 and 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22. No decision has been made yet about Monday's make-up…

Bison Lose at OC

January 11, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist men's basketball team will be glad to get back to the friendly home gym Saturday after concluding its three-game conference-opening road swing with a 71-67 loss at Oklahoma Christian. Mike Fraser had a wild night with 18 points and 19 rebounds and the Bison out-rebounded the…

Lady Bison Fall at OC

January 11, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist took it on the chin for its first loss in Sooner Athletic Conference, losing a defensive slugfest at Oklahoma Christian 47-43. Oklahoma Christian shot only 28 percent from the field but held the Lady Bison to 26 percent. The outcome wasn't certain until Danielle Cox…

Lady Bison Enter Top 25; Bison 18th

January 10, 2007—Both Oklahoma Baptist basketball teams have broken into the Top 25 as the Lady Bison made the jump this week. OBU's women broke into the NAIA Top 25 at No. 21, riding a seven-game win streak after starting the year at 1-4. The Lady Bison were 28th last week. The Bison slipped two places with…

Bison Lose in Alva

January 6, 2007—After getting off to a 20-9 lead, Oklahoma Baptist got a first-hand look at why Northwestern Oklahoma State is the top defensive team in the Sooner Athletic Conference, losing to the Rangers in Alva, 75-64. "I felt like that maybe things were too easy for us easy. The things that allowed us…

Lady Bison Handle Northwestern

January 6, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist improved to 2-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference with a second road victory, a 73-49 win at Northwestern Oklahoma State Saturday night. "We went out and took care of business and that's what you have to do to win on the road in this conference," said OBU coach John…

Bison Knock Off USAO in Chickasha

January 4, 2007—Looking for their first win away from the Noble Complex Thursday, Oklahoma Baptist opened Sooner Athletic Conference play Thursday with an 87-71 win over USAO in Chickasha. It was OBU's first game since Dec. 16. The Bison trailed early, falling behind 9-3 quickly and by as many as 11 in the…

Lady Bison Roll over USAO

January 4, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist opened its Sooner Athletic basketball schedule with a 73-56 victory in Chickasha Thursday behind 62 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arch. Dilenny Castillo was three-for-three from long range on her way to an 18-point, 8-rebound outing. "Dilenny has just gotten…

OBU Website Top Hit for Women in Programming

January 4, 2007—Dr. Cindy Hanchey wasted no time utilizing the World Wide Web for sharing information. A decade after she tasked students in an Oklahoma Baptist University class with developing an online programming resource, the site holds the top spot in an international web search. In the fall of 1996,…

OBU, JBU Games Set for Jan. 15

January 3, 2007—Oklahoma Baptist University's basketball doubleheader with John Brown University has been rescheduled for Jan. 15 at 6 and 8 p.m. in the Noble Complex. The teams were forced to reschedule when poor road conditions prevented JBU from making the trip in December. The Bison moved up to No. 16…

MBA Degree Program To Launch In February

January 2, 2007—Seeking to blend local convenience with an international perspective, Oklahoma Baptist University will offer a new master of business administration degree program in downtown Oklahoma City starting in February. "OBU has a creative vision for an MBA program that is unlike any other in the…