Looking to the future while celebrating the past, OBU will commemorate its Centennial Year during the 2009-2010 academic year.
The University's centennial committee recently unveiled the Centennial Logo, which incorporates the centennial theme, Proudly Stand On Bison Hill: The First 100 Years.
"This graphic image connects several elements of the University into one logo," OBU Interim President John W. Parrish, who also chairs the centennial committee.
The stately columns and main gable of historic Shawnee Hall frame the University's current "OBU" logo lettering, which sits above the centennial theme. Built by the city of Shawnee, Shawnee Hall opened in 1914 and is the University's oldest structure.
"We believe this clean, attractive logo will serve us well in our multi-year celebration of OBU's centennial," said Parrish. "We have planned a variety of centennial events which will incorporate this logo. The visual element will continually remind us that we have much for which to be thankful in this time of celebration."
The centennial committee has structured a celebration which will officially kick off at the start of the 2009 fall semester. Special Homecoming celebrations are planned for November 13-14, 2009, and November 12-13, 2010. The centerpiece event of the commemoration will be Founders' Day, February 10, 2010. In addition, students who graduate in December 2009 and May 2010 will be recognized as members of the University's Centennial Class.
Among the Centennial projects are completion of a 100-year pictorial history book, creation of an OBU centennial cookbook, special dramatic and musical performances, and an array of academic presentations. To stay up-to-date on Centennial events and activities, visit www.okbu.edu/100.