February 2009 News Articles

Opportunity Extended for Travel, Study with OBU Program

February 27, 2009—Editor's Note: The 2009 OBU European Studies Program trip has been canceled. St. Augustine once said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." Oklahoma Baptist University invites students, alumni and friends in the community to expand their worldview by combining…

Business Professors Earn Grant

February 26, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University Faculty Development Committee recently awarded two professors an $800 grant for their presentation of a paper titled "Business Technology - A Curricular Infusion." The authors, Dale Hanchey, McCasland associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Cindy…

Vocal Gala’ to Honor Late Musician Digby Bell

February 26, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's music faculty will present the fifth-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital, "A Vocal Gala," on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium, located inside OBU's Raley Chapel. The public is invited to attend. This year's recital will feature many members…

Art Student Inspired for Senior Show

February 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Lisha Newman said she finds inspiration almost anywhere - inspiration she conveys through her art. The 22-year-old from Holdenville, Okla., will showcase her artwork on campus Feb. 25-March 8 in the Art Division gallery.  OBU will host a series of senior…

OBU Hosts State Keyboard Festival

February 20, 2009—More than 40 middle school and high school students from across Oklahoma will gather to compete in the State Keyboard Festival at Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday, Feb. 21. The competition will be conducted in Raley Chapel. It begins at 8:30 a.m., and will last until about 2:45, ending…

David’s Creed Provides a New Flavor to Churches

February 19, 2009—For more than two and a half years, members of Oklahoma Baptist University's worship band, "David's Creed," have shared their musical talents at churches and events across the region. The nine-member band, along with its founder and director, Dr. Lee Hinson, travel throughout the fall and…

Students Help Good Shepherd Chapel Give Hope

February 19, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students have discovered a way to share the love of Jesus with the Shawnee community - through a mission called "Good Shepherd," led by one of their professors, Dr. Bob Dawson. Good Shepherd Chapel is a continuing mission of Immanuel Baptist Church that had its…

Whitlock Recalls OBU’s Foundation on Bison Hill

February 19, 2009—One of the newest members of the Oklahoma Baptist University family, University President David Whitlock told students the story of how their institution was founded on Oklahoma's wind-swept plains, on neutral ground once known as "Bison Hill." Dr. Whitlock shared the legacy of the university…

Theatre for Young Audiences Presents 'The Arkansaw Bear'

February 18, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre for Young Audiences will present "The Arkansaw Bear," Feb. 27-28 and March 6 at 7:30 p.m., and March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall. The Theatre for Young Audiences invites young school children to attend the performance,…

OBU Continues Renovation on WMU Dormitory

February 17, 2009—Tony Morgan, electrician assistant at Oklahoma Baptist University, installs new wiring in WMU Dormitory as part of the renovation of the housing unit.  "The university is excited about the progress in the renovation of WMU and anticipates re-opening for Fall 2009," said Randy Smith, OBU…

OBU Senate Approves ‘United Students of Color’

February 17, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's student senate recently approved the creation of a new campus organization called United Students of Color. The organization's founders hope to promote diversity and relationships on campus.  "I feel that in order to unify the campus as a whole, we need to…

Focus Week Speakers Draw Students' Attention to Relationships

February 16, 2009—Four guest speakers led Oklahoma Baptist University's Focus Week Feb. 9-14 to draw students' attention to building stronger relationships with one another and with God. Pulling from their personal experiences, the speakers brought to life the theme for this year's focus week chapel series…

Pianist Scott Carrell to Perform at OBU

February 16, 2009—By combining artistic playing with informative comments, pianist Scott Carrell will bring the world's greatest music to life in his upcoming recital at Oklahoma Baptist University on Thursday, Feb. 26. His recital, titled "The Magic of the Piano," features standard classical works as well as…

Recyclemania Reaches OBU Campus

February 16, 2009—Many students at Oklahoma Baptist University may not yet be aware, but Bison Hill is in the midst of a battle to be recognized as the most "green" university in the country. "Recyclemania," is a contest between colleges and universities throughout the nation in which schools compete for the…

Students Serve through Day in the Churches

February 13, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students will put their Christian liberal arts education in action during the bi-annual OBU Day in the Churches Feb. 22 and March 1. Students will travel to the East Central and Northeastern Baptist associations to lead churches during worship services. "For the…

Volunteers Help Renovate OBU Auditorium

February 12, 2009—Fifteen volunteers from First Baptist Church of Shawnee dedicated many hours to help renovate Oklahoma Baptist University's Potter Auditorium in Raley Chapel. The group fastened armrests to the auditorium's 1,700 chairs. When Potter Auditorium was renovated several years ago, the armrests were…

Alum Joins in Armed Forces Inaugural Committee

February 11, 2009—Jason Ruffin never guessed, during his college days on Bison Hill, that he would one day shake hands with the Commander in Chief of the free world, much less bear responsibility for his safety. But in the days leading up to the historic U.S. presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, the…

Women at OBU Dress to Impress Potential Employers

February 10, 2009—As business professionals know, it is vital to make a good impression during interviews and in the workplace. Employers expect business attire to be worn because the image of the company comes partly from the appearance of the team. To enable success, Oklahoma Baptist University's School of…

OBU Theatre Offers Encore of Award-Winning Play

February 9, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University theatre department will present a benefit production of its award-winning play, "As It Is In Heaven," on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in Sarkeys Theatre on the OBU campus.  The OBU theatre department has advanced to the Regional Competition in The Kennedy…

Poet Karen Swenson Visits OBU

February 9, 2009—Award-winning poet Karen Swenson speaks to a class at Oklahoma Baptist University on Monday, Feb. 9, as part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a program which helps bring professionals to private liberal arts universities for a week. Swenson will be featured in two OBU…

Focus Week to Foster Relationships Feb. 9-13

February 6, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Focus Week, dedicated to helping members of the OBU community strengthen relationships, is set for Feb. 9-13. The theme for this year's emphasis, sponsored by OBU Campus Ministry, is "The Mercy of God." The week will be filled with three chapels, a Girl's…

OBU Alumni, Administrator Inducted into Hall of Fame

February 6, 2009—Two Oklahoma Baptist University alumni, Dr. Debbie Hopkins Blue, OBU senior vice president for academic affairs, and the late Robert A. Washington, were inducted into the Shawnee Educational Foundation Hall of Fame Thursday, Feb. 5, during the foundation's annual banquet.  The Hall of…

Babbie Mason Shares Music, Testimony with Students

February 5, 2009—National recording artist, songwriter and author Babbie Mason told Oklahoma Baptist University students how a cup of lukewarm soup taught her a lesson that changed her life. Mason shared her story and her music during OBU's annual African American Heritage Day chapel Wednesday, Feb. 4, in…

McClellan Named Dean of School of Christian Service

February 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock has named Dr. Mark McClellan as dean of the university's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service. McClellan, who also will serve as a professor of theology and missions, will begin his tenure on Monday, Feb. 9. McClellan's career has…

Norman Named OBU Provost

February 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock has named Dr. Robert Stanton "Stan" Norman to the university's newly created post of provost and executive vice president for campus life. Norman has served in administrative and teaching roles in higher education for 13 years. For the…

OBU Revises Organizational Structure

February 5, 2009—Citing the opportunity to enhance program effectiveness and plan for future growth, Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock announced a revised organizational structure for the institution as the spring semester began. The new structure, which will be effective March 2,…

Winter Preview Day to Showcase OBU

February 5, 2009—Prospective college students are invited to experience Oklahoma Baptist University firsthand this weekend. OBU will host Winter Preview Day on Saturday, Feb. 7. The event begins with check-in and registration at 1:30 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel. Winter Preview Day will feature general sessions…

35th Annual OBU Concerto-Aria Concert Feb. 16

February 4, 2009—Ten Oklahoma Baptist University students have been selected to perform with a full orchestra during the 35th annual Concerto-Aria Concert Monday, Feb. 16. The annual concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event. Student…

Lilite to Perform First Faculty Recital

February 3, 2009—Dr. Louima Lilite will perform his first recital as a faculty member of Oklahoma Baptist University, Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the free event. Lilite, a tenor, has served as assistant professor of music in…