July 2009 News Articles

OBU Still 'Best in West' According to Princeton Review

July 31, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University has again been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review. OBU was one of 123 institutions recommended in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's Web site feature, "2010 Best…

Scott Harris Named Grad School Director

July 30, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University has named Dr. Scott Harris as director of the university's International Graduate School, an Oklahoma City-based campus which offers graduate degrees in business administration and nursing.Harris earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the…

Music Preparatory Department Sets Enrollment

July 24, 2009—If you have never played an instrument before but always wanted to, if you would like to improve your singing or playing, or if you want your children to learn about and enjoy music, then Oklahoma Baptist University's Music Preparatory Department is the place for you!This community music…

Curtis Named College Rep of the Year

July 21, 2009—Casey Curtis, Oklahoma Baptist University regional admissions counselor, was named the College Rep of the Year from the Midwest Region at the annual North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals conference June 2-5 at Cedarville University in Ohio. Curtis serves the…

History Professors Review Books for Academic Journals

July 21, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University professors of history Dr. Carol Humphrey and Dr. Glenn Sanders wrote book reviews for the latest issue of "Fides et Historia," the journal for the Conference on Faith and History. Sanders also has a review published in the current issue of the journal "Christian…

Incoming Freshman Wins 'I'm A Bison' Contest

July 17, 2009—Future Oklahoma Baptist University freshman Shelby Hartgrove is an OBU Bison - and proud of it. The Yukon, Okla., resident recently won a contest conducted by OBU Admissions for incoming freshmen by showing off her Bison Hill school spirit. The contest rules were simple: incoming freshmen…

Norman’s Work Featured in New Book

July 17, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Provost Stan Norman is one of 16 Baptist leaders whose writings are included in the new book "Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future."Edited by Dr. David S. Dockery, president of Union University, the book contains essays addressing…

Professor Emerita, Alum Receive Lifetime Ministry Awards

July 17, 2009—Betty Woodward, an Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor emerita of music, and Dr. Bob Woolley, a 1949 OBU graduate, received Lifetime Ministry Awards from the Baptist Church Music Conference in Nashville, Tenn., on June 9. The awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding…

Trustees Approve January Term Changes

July 17, 2009—A long-standing Oklahoma Baptist University tradition was enhanced by the university's board of trustees Friday and the administration expects the change to produce an array of benefits for OBU students.During its regular summer meeting on the campus, the board approved shortening the…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Lifelong Educator Values OBU Foundation

July 16, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Robert Barnard, a 1958 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,…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Linda Merkey on a Journey to Excellence

July 16, 2009—Editor's Note: OBU alumnus Linda Merkey, a 1978 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, or life service in…

Nursing Professor Jasmin Johnson Earns Doctorate

July 14, 2009—Dr. Jasmin Johnson, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of nursing, earned her doctorate in educational psychology from Oklahoma State University. She graduated in May."This educational achievement will be the third nursing faculty member to have a doctoral degree," said Lana…

School of Nursing Invites Comment For Accreditation Evaluation Team

July 14, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Nursing is seeking comments from the program's alumni, students, faculty and the practice community as part of its preparation for an accreditation evaluation team visit from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The team will consider written…

Alumna Releases Young Adult Novel

July 13, 2009—Creating a fictional world of intrigue and mystery, Oklahoma Baptist University alum Krissi (Inman) Dallas released her debut young adult novel, "Phantom Island: Wind," in May. Dallas graduated from OBU in 2002.Set in the Texas Hill Country, the story depicts a 17-year-old girl who returns to…

Hall Selected to Lead Faculty Council

July 7, 2009—Dr. Kevin Hall, Oklahoma Baptist University Hollums Chair of Bible and Professor of Religion, recently was elected by his peers to serve as chair of OBU's Faculty Council during the 2009-10 academic year. The council acts as a representative body of the faculty, serving as a liaison between…

Alum Follows Dream of Composing

July 7, 2009—A love for music drives Oklahoma Baptist University alum Nathan Madsen in his career as a composer in a variety of mediums. Madsen, a 2002 music education major, most recently worked on two personal computer games, LEGO Universe and Jumpgate Evolution. Being a composer, Madsen said, is "what I…

Byland Selected as New Media Journal Editor

July 6, 2009—Dr. David Byland, OBU associate professor of communication arts, has been selected by the Broadcast Education Association to serve as the founding editor of their new Journal of Media Education. The journal is an editor-reviewed publication and will be the first fully interactive international…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Being a Bright Light

July 4, 2009—The Profile in Excellence award is given by the OBU Alumni Association to a former student who has "demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in his or her profession, business, avocation, or life service in such a way as to bring pride and honor to the University." Each year, Profile In…