March 2009 News Articles

Bison Alum Named District Teacher of the Year

March 31, 2009—Randy Utt, a 1984 Oklahoma Baptist University alum, received Putnam City Schools' District "Teacher of the Year" award for 2008-09. Utt has taught for 25 years, the past 10 years with the Putnam City School District. She works with gifted and talented students in 2nd through 5th grades at…

Senior Jacob Lonsinger Displays Artwork

March 31, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Jacob Lonsinger, a graphic design major from Ponca City, Okla., is displaying work from his senior art project in the campus Art Division Gallery through April 3. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows throughout the spring semester depicting each…

Student Newspaper, Editor Receive Honors

March 31, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's student newspaper, The Bison, recently received a certificate of merit from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The award was given as part of the CSPA's Gold Circle Awards in typography for the overall look of the entire newspaper.  According to the…

Christian Apologist to Speak in Chapel Wednesday

March 30, 2009—Christian apologist and inspiring author Mary Jo Sharp will speak in Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel service Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. Speaking in honor of OBU Women's Missions and Ministry Day, Sharp is the first woman to become a certified apologetics instructor…

BCM Basketball Tournament Cancelled

March 27, 2009—Due to winter weather conditions, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Basketball Tournament at OBU, scheduled for March 27-28, has been cancelled. Tournament organizers are currently considering alternate dates for the tournament. Please visit www.okbu.edu/bcmtournament for updates regarding…

Student Preacher Urges Classmates to Know Jesus in a Different Way

March 26, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Michael Novotny challenged students to get to know Jesus as Messiah, teacher and prophet during OBU's weekly chapel service March 25 in Raley Chapel. The faculty of the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service selected Novotny, a philosophy major from…

Senior Art Show Displays Variety of Mediums

March 25, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University studio art major Morgan Zabriski said she uses her artwork to find clarity in life, as showcased in her senior art show April 4-15 in the campus Art Division Gallery. Zabriski used various sources for the inspiration in her show including her experience studying…

Aaron Copland's 'Tender Land' Opera Presented March 26-29

March 24, 2009—Fine Arts enthusiasts in central Oklahoma have an opportunity to enjoy Aaron Copland's opera, "The Tender Land," March 26-29 in Oklahoma Baptist University's Raley Chapel. OBU's Music Department will present the opera which brings to life a depression-era love story set in America's…

International Graduate School Honors Second Cohort

March 18, 2009—As they completed a new level of education, graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School were urged to focus on life's inalienable rights during the OBU-IGS Commencement Saturday, March 7. Five graduates received master of business administration degrees during the…

Alum Earns Doctorate, Publishes ‘Women as Terrorists’ Book

March 17, 2009—For Oklahoma Baptist University alum R. Kim Cragin, life after Bison Hill has included significant personal accomplishments. A 1997 OBU graduate, Cragin received a Ph.D. from the Clare College at Cambridge University in 2008. After graduation, Cragin published her first book, titled "Women as…

Crane Named to State Advisory Board

March 13, 2009—Canaan Crane, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of psychology, was recently appointed by the Oklahoma State Board of Health to serve on the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Advisory Board. Crane's term with the state board will begin in April and continue until March…

Psychology Seniors Present Research at Regional Convention

March 13, 2009—Three Oklahoma Baptist University seniors will present research at the annual Southwestern Psychological Association convention April 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. The students conducted research last fall as part of their studies in an experimental psychology course. The students conducted the…

Theatre Wins 'Best Play' Award at Regional Competition

March 13, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre Department's presentation of "As It Is In Heaven" was named the best play presented at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Marcos, Texas, Feb. 24-28, 2009. The play received the Richard A. Weaver Award which honors the best…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Agent of Freedom

March 12, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Randy Horn, a 1969 graduate, is a 2009 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,…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Cultivating an Idea Virus

March 12, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Allan Karr, a 1985 graduate, is a 2009 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,…

Asthma Attack: Just Keep Breathing and Laughing

March 12, 2009—At first glance, the group's name seems to make light of a serious health issue. But after taking a breath, you realize the name reveals a lot. Asthma Attack is a comedy group comprised of current and former Oklahoma Baptist University students. Two of the group's members struggle with asthma,…

Bison Claims First Place at Music Competition

March 11, 2009—Emily Adelle Rowland, a sophomore piano performance major at Oklahoma Baptist University from Bartlett, Tenn., placed first at Oklahoma Community Orchestra's fourth Young Artist Competition in the piano division. The contest was conducted at Oklahoma Christian University on Saturday, Feb. 14.…

Students Hear Need for God’s Holiness

March 11, 2009—Mark McClellan said God's holiness makes him uncomfortable, almost frightened. But the dean of Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service said experiencing this attribute of God is also powerful - even sweet. McClellan shared his perspective of the holiness of God…

Business Students Study Abroad; Next Trip Slated for June

March 9, 2009—Editor's Note: The 2009 OBU European Studies Program trip has been canceled. During Oklahoma Baptist University's J-Term, graduate business students took their knowledge of international business to a new level, traveling and studying Jan. 12-23 in Germany and France. Eight students, each…

OBU Presents 'Tender Land' Opera March 26-29

March 9, 2009—Bringing to life a depression-era love story set in America's heartland, Oklahoma Baptist University's Music Department will present Aaron Copeland's opera, "The Tender Land," March 26-29 in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Area schools are invited to attend a free performance Thursday,…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Tiny Lady, Giant Spirit

March 8, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Shirley Coyner, a 1956 graduate, is a 2008 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,…

Board Approves Budget, Creates Police Department

March 6, 2009—During their spring meeting on campus Friday, OBU trustees approved a $40.87 million operating budget for the 2009-10 year, established a campus police department, and launched a new lifetime learning program for graduates. OBU President David W. Whitlock told board members the…

Graduate School Cohort to Receive Degrees

March 6, 2009—The second cohort of Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School will graduate on Saturday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. at University Baptist Church in Shawnee. Five students have completed requirements for the OBU-IGS master of business administration degree. The public is invited…

International Missions Leader to Present Gaskin Lectures

March 6, 2009—Dr. Don Kammerdiener, a longtime Baptist global missions leader, will present Oklahoma Baptist University's 17th annual J.M. Gaskin Lectures in Baptist History and Heritage on Monday, March 23. Kammerdiener is the retired executive vice president of Southern Baptists' International Mission…

Students Fulfill Mission Statement on International Trips

March 6, 2009—OBUs mission states the university transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. For three teams of OBU students, January Term offered the…

Dum Tempus Habemus, Operemur Bonum

March 5, 2009—Doing Good, While Doing Well: Giving to OBU and yet Preserving Property for Your Family One really can "do good" for the cause of Christ, for our denomination, for the students at OBU (and thereby for our world) by using a "tax-savvy" technique called a "Charitable Lead Annuity Trust" (CLAT).…

Griffin Urges Students to Reconsider Grace

March 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students were challenged to reconsider their ideas of both spiritual growth and God's grace during OBU's weekly chapel service Wednesday, March 4, in Raley Chapel. "Spiritual growth is something much different than many of us have entertained in our minds," said…

Living Out A Legacy

March 5, 2009—The word "legacy" often conjures images of amazing, positive life experiences resulting in a happy story. But sometimes - those times when God's ways are beyond human comprehension - legacies are built on a deep-seeded faith and an incredibly positive outlook which endures beyond some of…

Oklahoma City Builder Keeps Focus with Family

March 5, 2009—Note: Jeff Click is a 1998 OBU graduate. This story was run in The Oklahoman on Feb. 15, 2009. Executive Q&A with Jeff Click: Oklahoma City builder keeps focus with familyBy Richard MizeReal Estate Editor, The OklahomanJeff Click is daddy, husband, home builder and tech geek, all at once, and…

Theatre Announces Open Auditions

March 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department has announced open auditions for the spring production of Stephen Vincent Benét's Stories of America. Members of the community are invited to join OBU faculty, staff and students as part of this production. Casting requires three men and…

Powell Receives OBU Grant for Gladstone Research

March 4, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Faculty Development Committee has awarded an $800 grant to Dr. John Powell, associate professor of history, for his continued research on British Prime Minister William Gladstone. "I used this grant to continue research that I had undertaken several years ago on…

OBU Hosts Karate Kickboxer at 'Champions of Character' Event

March 3, 2009—Six-time world champion karate kickboxer Denny Holzbauer spoke to more than 100 student athletes at Oklahoma Baptist University Monday, March 2, at a 9 p.m. demonstration in the Mabee Suite of the Noble Complex. Comparing life to kickboxing, Holzbauer told the students to be prepared and never…

Senior Presents Art Expressing Grandeur in Simplicity

March 3, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Summer Perkins expresses her worship of God, her interpretation of nature and her understanding of life through her artwork. The 21-year-old from Luling, Texas, will showcase her artwork on campus March 10-21 in the Art Division Gallery. OBU is hosting a…

Children’s ‘Arkansaw Bear’ Play Continues at OBU

March 2, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre for Young Audiences will continue "The Arkansaw Bear," 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 performance, directed by OBU alum Andra Dunn, blends realism with fantasy and sorrow with humor. More…