August 2009 News Articles

Ziafat Chapel Message Answers 'How Can I Know God's Will?'

August 31, 2009—One of the main questions students ask Afshin Ziafat, a Christian speaker known for his compelling personal testimony of faith, is "How can I know God's will?" Ziafat answered that question for Oklahoma Baptist University students during a worship service Friday, Aug. 28, in OBU's Raley…

Convocation to Kick Off Centennial Celebration

August 28, 2009—With the theme "Proudly Stand on Bison Hill: The First 100 Years," the OBU community will mark a century of steadfast achievement beginning with convocation Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The convocation, which traditionally marks the beginning of the…

Bison Hill Hosts Lectures on Faith, History in Victorian Age

August 28, 2009—  Dr. David Bebbington, professor of history at the University of Stirling in Scotland, speaks to Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty on the topic "Gladstone as Preacher and Reader" on Friday, Aug. 28, in OBU's Geiger Center. Bebbington is one of several presenters during a…

Bandy Joins Faculty as Assistant Professor of New Testament

August 27, 2009—Dr. Alan Bandy has joined Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Christian Service faculty as the Rowena R. Strickland Professorship in New Testament / assistant professor of New Testament. Bandy earned a bachelor's degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in Pineville, Ky., and a…

Provost Stan Norman Reveals Life's Unending Passion

August 27, 2009—In a world replete with a myriad of options, Oklahoma Baptist University Provost Stan Norman challenged the OBU student body to buck the trend and simplify, choosing to focus on one life goal only: knowing Jesus Christ. Speaking to an auditorium full of students on the first day of classes,…

Mortar Board Chapter Receives National Awards

August 26, 2009—The Zeta Chi chapter at Oklahoma Baptist University was among the outstanding chapters to be honored for their excellence at the 2009 Mortar Board National Conference, held July 24-26 in Chicago. The group was one of 67 outstanding chapters to receive the Silver Torch Award, presented to…

Freshmen ‘Serve Shawnee’ during Welcome Week

August 25, 2009—About 250 Oklahoma Baptist University freshmen joined more than 100 upper class Welcome Week Workers, crew members and campus ministry members in an effort to "Serve Shawnee" Monday, Aug. 24, at about 15 area locations.As a part of Welcome Week the new students join upper class workers to…

Auditions Scheduled for Orchestra’s Ninth Season

August 24, 2009—Auditions for the ninth season of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will be conducted in Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University on Monday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jim Hansford, OBU Burton Patterson professor of music, who has directed the group…

Speaker Afshin Ziafat Featured During Welcome Week

August 24, 2009—Afshin Ziafat, a speaker known by many students for his compelling personal testimony of faith, will speak during three Oklahoma Baptist University Welcome Week events. Ziafat will speak during a campus chapel service on Friday, Aug. 28, at 10 a.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel. He will speak later…

New Students Arrive on Bison Hill

August 24, 2009—  Welcome Week Worker Parker Jackson, an Oklahoma Baptist University junior from Ozark, Mo., moves freshmen women into their new home, the recently renovated WMU Dormitory. More than 435 new OBU students moved in to campus housing Saturday, Aug. 22. They were greeted by a host of upper…

Three Professors Join College of Fine Arts

August 21, 2009—Three professors are joining the faculty of Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts at the commencement of the fall 2009 semester. Corey Fuller is an assistant professor of graphic design; Dr. Casey Gerber is an assistant professor of music education; and Dr.…

Myriad of Events Scheduled for Welcome Week

August 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University has slated a variety of activities to welcome new freshman and transfer students during its 22nd annual Welcome Week, starting with move-in day Saturday, Aug. 22, at 9 a.m. New student orientation will be at 3 p.m., followed by a reception hosted by OBU President…

U.S. News Names OBU Top Oklahoma ‘Best College’ for 16th Year

August 20, 2009—For the 16th consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptist University has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-rated baccalaureate college in U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "America's Best Colleges." In the 2010 ratings, released Aug. 20, OBU is ranked second in the West. In addition to the…

U.S. News Names OBU Top Oklahoma ‘Best College’ for 16th Year

August 20, 2009—For the 16th consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptist University has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-rated baccalaureate college in U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "America's Best Colleges." In the 2010 ratings, released Aug. 20, OBU is ranked second in the West. In addition to the…

U.S. News Names OBU Top Oklahoma ‘Best College’ for 16th Year

August 20, 2009—For the 16th consecutive year, Oklahoma Baptist University has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-rated baccalaureate college in U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "America's Best Colleges." In the 2010 ratings, released Aug. 20, OBU is ranked second in the West. In addition to the…

Saturday in Park Kicks Off Semester with ‘Crazy Love’

August 19, 2009—College-age students from across the state are invited to attend the fifth-annual "Saturday in the Park," a day-long back-to-school celebration Aug. 29 hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University Campus Ministries. About 650 people attended last year's event.The free celebration, following the theme…

Nixon Joins School of Business Faculty

August 18, 2009—Gerry Nixon has joined Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Business faculty as an associate professor of accounting. He will begin teaching with the fall semester which commences Aug. 26. Nixon earned an associate degree from York College in York, Neb.; a bachelor's degree in accounting…

Admissions Announces Two New Counselors

August 14, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University's Office of Admissions recently announced the addition of two new counselors, Katie Overturf and Whitney Ritchie, who joined the staff this summer. Both counselors graduated from OBU in May 2009.Overturf is as an admissions counselor serving Northeast…

OBU Announces Two New Staff Members

August 14, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University announced the addition of two new staff members this summer. Jody Akehurst, who serves as a financial assistant, joined the staff May 18. Jana VanderTook, who is the administrative assistant to the provost and executive vice president for campus life, began work at…

Alum, Former Administrator Merl Jennings Dies

August 12, 2009—Dr. Merl Jennings, Oklahoma Baptist University almnus and former vice president of student development, died Aug. 12, 2009, following a long illness. He was 68.Jennings was a 1964 OBU graduate who led OBU's Career Planning Center from its inception in 1984 until 1986. The center was designed…

Music Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

August 11, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 2-12, on Aug. 20, 21 and 24 from 3-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel. All interested students in grades 2-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area…

Five Join Bison Hill Residence Facility Staff

August 11, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University recently announced the addition of five new residence facility staff members.Holly Hays and Rachel Ukens will serve as residence facility directors beginning in the fall 2009 semester. Rachel Ukens (left), a 2009 OBU graduate, and Holly Hays, a 2007 OBU…

OBU Named Oklahoma’s Best College, Best Buy by Forbes.com

August 11, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University is the highest-ranked university in Oklahoma and among Southern Baptist-affiliated schools in the latest Forbes.com listing of "America's Best Colleges."OBU also is the top Oklahoma university in the new Forbes.com listing of "America's Best College Buys."…

Two Join Facilities Management Staff

August 6, 2009—  Two new staff members have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Facilities Management and Services this summer.New additions to the Bison Hill staff include Chris Johnston, who joined the staff as HVAC Tech 2 on April 27, and Jimmy Gober, who was hired as a groundskeeper on June 1.

Camp RAWC Helps Kids Choose Wellness

August 4, 2009—Seventeen Shawnee-area kids participated in Oklahoma Baptist University's first Camp RAWC (Recreation and Wellness Center) from late June through early August. They participated in team-building activities, tackled the climbing wall and swimming pool, and learned how to make healthy choices in…