April 2009 News Articles

Bison Jazz Orchestra in Concert Friday, May 8

April 30, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, associate professor of music, will perform its final concert of the 2008-09 academic year Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theater in downtown Shawnee. The community is invited to…

Sisters Gordon and Mitchell to Perform Recital

April 30, 2009—Morgan Gordon and Micaela Mitchell, both Oklahoma Baptist University senior music education majors, will present their senior recital Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.Gordon and Mitchell, sisters from Lexington, Okla., and are…

Union President Dockery to Present Hobbs Lecture

April 30, 2009—Union University President David S. Dockery will present the 2009 spring Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the lecture on the topic "Baptists and the Sovereignty of God."The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU…

Students Celebrate Presidential Inauguration

April 30, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock greets students Sara Wilson (center), a sophomore from Bethany, Okla., and Hannah Wood (right), a junior from Allen, Texas, during an April 28 reception at the president's home. Whitlock and his wife, Dana, hosted a dessert…

OBU Hosts Christian Philosophy Conference

April 29, 2009—Plenary speaker Dr. Sandra Menssen, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., presents the topic "Giving Revelation Its Due" during the Society of Christian Philosophers' Midwestern Regional Meeting April 23-25 on Oklahoma Baptist University's campus. Thirty-one participants from…

OBU Musicians to Host Habitat Benefit Concert

April 29, 2009—Musicians from Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music will host a concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Shawnee Inc. on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is encouraged to attend. There will be no admission charge, but donations will be…

Presidential Inauguration Celebration April 30-May 1

April 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University will celebrate the inauguration of the University's 15th president, Dr. David Wesley Whitlock, April 30-May 1. The celebration includes a worship service, inauguration and concert which will honor Bison Hill's Christian heritage. The public is invited to attend.The…

Collegiate Ministries Hosts Statewide Basketball Tourney

April 29, 2009—Members of Eastern Oklahoma State College's Baptist Collegiate Ministries basketball team celebrate their victory in the statewide BCM tournament, hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University April 17-18. The OBU Baptist Collegiate Ministries women's team won their bracket. Twelve teams participated…

Super Enrollment to Welcome New Bison

April 24, 2009—Nearly 200 future Bison are expected to attend Oklahoma Baptist University's "Super Enrollment Day," Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on campus. Invitations to the event were extended to students who have been admitted to OBU and who wish to enroll in classes.While a reservation to the…

Symphonic Band to Perform Inauguration Celebration Concert

April 23, 2009—Celebrating the inauguration of Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock, the OBU Symphonic Band will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to the concert, and there is no admission charge.The…

Oklahoma Baptists Visit Bison Hill

April 23, 2009—Members of Brookwood Baptist Church and Quail Springs Baptist Church, both in Oklahoma City, visited Oklahoma Baptist University on Tuesday, April 21. The group toured the campus, culminating with refreshments in the new Recreation and Wellness Center. All Oklahoma Baptists are warmly invited…

Three Join Bison Hill Staff

April 23, 2009—  Three people have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's staff during the January and spring semesters. New staff members on Bison Hill include Rachel Hawkins, Billie Tanner and Dennis Traxler.Tanner has served as a data entry/cashier in the OBU Business Office since Feb. 2. A native of…

Bisonettes to Perform Spring Concerts

April 22, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bisonette Glee Club will perform spring concerts at two area churches in the coming weeks. The public is invited to attend the performances at Waterloo Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road in Edmond, Okla., Sunday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.; and at Immanuel Baptist…

Senior Uses Life's Struggles as Inspiration for Art

April 22, 2009—Chris Cochran, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, incorporates his experiences into artwork to tell a story. The 24-year-old artist from Oklahoma City will showcase his work in the on-campus Art Division Gallery April 30-May 11. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows…

Overturf to Perform Senior Vocal Recital

April 21, 2009—Kathryne (Katie) Overturf, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior voice major, will present her senior recital Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.The Fort Smith, Ark., native is the daughter of Dr. Ken and Betty Overturf. She is from the studio…

Students Minister in Missouri, Mexico

April 21, 2009—Seven students and staff from OBU recently participated in two global outreach trips, one to South Central Mexico and another to Branson West, Mo., where the missions volunteers sought to share the love of God with local people. Both destinations were organized through existing student…

Shawnee Honor Choir to Present Spring Concert April 26

April 20, 2009—Shawnee Honor Choir will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.Shawnee Honor Choir, an auditioned choir of 58 third- through seventh-grade students…

Theatre Offers Discounts for 'Stories of America' Production

April 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will present Stephen Vincent Benét's "Stories of America" April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. Drawing on the lively and fanciful tales, the production will appeal to all ages. OBU Theatre…

Blitz Week to Benefit Family Promise

April 17, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Blitz Week brings focus to a local organization by raising money and awareness for Family Promise of Shawnee. Blitz Week, a week of events and competitions dedicated to raising as much money as possible for an organization of choice, will be held April…

OBU Conducts Blood Drive, Public Invited to Donate

April 15, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing assisted with an Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive Wednesday, April 15, in the upper level of the Geiger Center on campus. The public is invited to participate in the blood drive, which continues Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. OBU's…

Four Join Bison Hill Staff

April 15, 2009—  Four new staff members have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Facilities Management and Services this spring. New additions to the Bison Hill staff include Don Meadows and Laura McMasters, who joined the staff as OBU groundskeepers. Meadows was hired March 2 and McMasters was hired…

Student Politicians Present Hyde Park Day

April 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Student Government Association hosted Hyde Park Day during chapel Wednesday, April 15. The annual event is designed to introduce candidates for SGA elected positions and class officer positions.The candidates are: for SGA president, Ryan Womack, a senior from…

Surprise!' Spring Affair Slated for April 18

April 14, 2009—A Bison Hill tradition continues Saturday, April 18, as Oklahoma Baptist University's Campus Activities Board puts on the latest installment of the annual talent show "Spring Affair" at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The show's directors assure year's production is sure to turn…

Senior Creates Art from Patterns of the World

April 10, 2009—Art has been a prominent part of the life of Lacy Abbott, Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, since she was a little girl growing up in Tecumseh, Okla. Lacy plastered the walls of the kitchen "art gallery" with her finger paintings, as well as house and animal drawings. She also made…

Theatre Presents Stephen Vincent Ben

April 10, 2009—Drawing on the lively and fanciful American tales of Stephen Vincent Benét, Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will present the playwright's "Stories of America" April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The production marks the…

Nursing Professor Publishes Article on Work’s Passion

April 10, 2009—Jasmin Johnson, assistant professor of nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University, was recently published in the Journal of Christian Nursing. Her article, on the topic "Passion for the Profession," discusses the difficulties nurses face during their career, and the need for nurses to have a…

OBU Honors 448 Years of Service

April 10, 2009—Recognizing a combined 448 years of service to the institution, Oklahoma Baptist University honored 34 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 9. Those honored included (front row, from left) Dr. Sherry Raney, Keely Robertson, Dr. Robbie Mullins,…

Provost Tells Good Friday Story

April 10, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University Provost Stan Norman offers a graphic portrayal of Christ's crucifixion during a Good Friday campus chapel service on April 10. Dr. Norman, who also serves as the University's executive vice president for campus life, based his depiction on Scripture as well…

Professor Takes Expertise to Italian Mission Field

April 9, 2009—While many university students and faculty enjoyed good weather, minimal homework, and no morning classes during spring break, Mike Bruce and his wife, Teressa, spent the break waking up early, working most of the day, and going to bed late during their trip to Italy. Bruce, an assistant…

Alums Launch Angel Book Project

April 8, 2009—In a time when the world economy has caused a depressing hit on people's lives, two enterprising Oklahoma Baptist University alumni are seeking to offer a reminder of God's messengers of hope.Richard Cole and John David Finley, who roomed together on Bison Hill more than 30 years ago, have…

Holy Week Chapel Focuses on Scripture, Worship

April 8, 2009—  Dr. Lee Hinson, Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of church music, leads students in the hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," during a Holy Week chapel service Wednesday, April 8. The chapel featured music presented by the Bisonettes and University Chorale, as well as…

Senior Taylor Byrum Named 2009 Goldwater Scholar

April 8, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Taylor Byrum, a physics major and Honors student from Bentonville, Ark., has been named a 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. This endowed recognition program was established by the United States Congress to foster and encourage excellence in science and…

Visionary Leader Lance Humphreys Challenges Students

April 8, 2009—Lance Humphreys - a visionary who invests in church planters and business leaders through Giant Leaders, Vision360 and 3DMinistries - joined Oklahoma Baptist University students Friday, April 3, during a weekly chapel service to speak about the love of God.The former pastor of Bridgeway Church…

Christian Philosophy Conference to Discuss ‘Divine Communication’

April 2, 2009—The Society of Christian Philosophers' Midwestern Regional Meeting, slated for April 23-25 at Oklahoma Baptist University, will be based on the topic of "Divine Communication."  Plenary session speakers at the event include Sandra Menssen and Thomas D. Sullivan, whose presentation is…

Apologist Mary Jo Sharp Talks About God’s Love

April 2, 2009—Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp told Oklahoma Baptist University students, faculty, staff and friends that love is the best testimony of God's existence during OBU's chapel service Wednesday, April 1, in Raley Chapel. Speaking in honor of OBU Women's Missions and Ministry Day, Sharp is the…

OBU Signs Cultural, Academic Agreement with Brazilian University

April 2, 2009—In an effort to enhance the education provided by both institutions, Oklahoma Baptist University has signed an agreement with the Central University of São Camilo, Brazil, to promote cultural and academic involvement between the universities. The agreement also aims to equip the São…

Distinguished Leader Imparts OBU’s Missions Legacy

April 1, 2009—Longtime global missions leader Don Kammerdiener recently challenged Oklahoma Baptist University students, faculty and staff to reaffirm the university's historic missions involvement. Kammerdiener, who graduated from OBU in 1958, discussed OBU's heritage of missions education and involvement…