September 2009 News Articles

Saturday in the Park' Draws 500-Plus Students

September 30, 2009—More than 500 college-age students attended the fifth-annual "Saturday in the Park," a day-long back-to-school celebration on Aug. 29, hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University Campus Ministries. Most of the students attending represented OBU, although students from at least three Baptist…

Hall Presents Papers at International Meeting

September 29, 2009—Dr. Kevin Hall, Oklahoma Baptist University Hollums professor of religion, presented two papers at the International Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Rome during summer 2009. His paper, "Poetics Justice: Can a Preposition Make Hannah a Priest?" was delivered to the Historical…

Tenor Bruce Fowler to Present Guest Recital

September 29, 2009—Bruce Fowler, assistant professor of voice at Stephen F. Austin State University, will return to his alma mater for a guest recital Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Oklahoma Baptist University's Yarborough Auditorium. He will be accompanied by Dr. Ron Petti. The public is invited to attend…

OBU Day Takes Students, Faculty into Capital Association

September 28, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty representing Bison Hill will share testimonies of appreciation and accomplishment during "OBU Day in the Churches" Sunday, Oct. 4, at more than 24 churches in Capital Baptist Association in central Oklahoma. The students will assist the churches…

Admissions Welcomes Counselor Rachel Potts

September 28, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University welcomed a new admissions counselor, Rachel Potts, on Sept. 11. Potts grew up in Ponca City, Okla. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in May 2009 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and broadcasting with work in both public relations and sports media.…

Bicycle Classic Benefits Shawnee Habitat

September 28, 2009—More than 160 pedalers participated in the Ninth Annual Bison Bicycle Classic on Saturday, Sept. 26, which benefitted the Shawnee chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The event was hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music. Participants rode 50-mile, 25-mile or 10-mile courses,…

Joza Represents Region at Leadership Program

September 25, 2009—David Joza, Oklahoma Baptist University's director of human resources, was one of only four regional representatives from across the nation selected to attend the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources annual Associational Leadership Program, July 10-12 in Tempe,…

Alum Leads ‘Metro 50’ Advertising Company

September 25, 2009—Creativity is a trait appreciated by most people. The ability to take something commonplace and turn it into something extraordinarily special and unique is a gift. Creativity signifies imagination at work. For Oklahoma Baptist University alum Doug Farthing, creativity is the foundation for…

Faculty Emeritus William Mitchell Releases New Advent Edition

September 25, 2009—Dr. William Mitchell, Oklahoma Baptist University professor emeritus of English, recently released the latest edition of his popular Christmas volume, "Tribute to the Advent." Mitchell said he expects this fourth edition will be the final update to a project which started 39 years ago. The…

Financial Adviser Jeanie Knigin to Visit Bison Hill

September 24, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University will host Jeanie Knigin, first vice president of investments at Salomon Smith Barney, as a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Oct. 5-9, 2009. The program's membership consists of prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic…

Theatre Season Opens Oct. 2 with ‘Anatomy of Gray’

September 24, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department will open its 2009-10 season with the production of "Anatomy of Gray," a fable that portrays the marriage of faith and science, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre, located in OBU's Shawnee Hall. Other performances will be presented…

Pastor Shares Perspective on Beatitudes in Chapel Message

September 24, 2009—While some people may view the Beatitudes in Jesus' "Sermon on the Mount" to be similar to proverbs, Rick Thompson told Oklahoma Baptist University students he perceives them to be more about what it means to be a Christian. Thompson, who serves as senior pastor of Council Road Baptist Church…

Faculty Present Research Forum

September 23, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University professors Gene King and Dr. Andrew Armond presented information about recent research they completed in their fields of study during an OBU Faculty Research Forum Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Mabee Learning Center auditorium. Professor Gene King Dr. Andrew…

Bison Hill Welcomes Parents, Siblings on Family Day

September 22, 2009—Parents and siblings of Oklahoma Baptist University students are invited to catch an inside glimpse of life on Bison Hill during Family Day Saturday, Oct. 10. "This event gives parents and other family members the opportunity to visit with their student and get a glimpse of how his or her…

Alumni Named Teachers of the Year

September 22, 2009—Two Oklahoma Baptist University alums from the Class of 2005 received "Teacher of the Year" honors for the last academic year at the schools where they teach. Melody Wynn received the honors at Shawnee Middle School in Shawnee, Okla., and Jason Stephenson was recognized at Deer Creek High…

OBU Alum Works to Free Slaves in Bangkok's Sex Trade

September 22, 2009—Along Bangkok, Thailand's red light districts, bright signs promote the various clubs and bars such as Soi Cowboy, Nana and Patpong. The first time Celeste McGee walked along one of the busy streets in 2007, she grew overwhelmed by the large number of prostitutes working in the bars there. …

Flutist, Percussionist to Perform Concert

September 18, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University graduate Jennifer Peck will return to her alma mater to perform in recital with Travis Dunlap on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend this free performance. Peck, a flutist, will play alongside…

Alum Betty Sexton Publishes Poetry

September 18, 2009—An original poem by Betty Sexton, a 1951 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate, recently was published in Mature Living, a magazine for senior adults published by LifeWay Christian Resources. Sexton attended OBU from 1946 to January 1951, earning her bachelor's degree in English with a minor…

Students Challenged to Decide to Follow God Daily

September 18, 2009—People make decisions everyday: what to wear, whether to go to class or work and, often the first decision of the day, whether or not to hit the snooze button one more time. During a chapel message Friday, Sept. 18, Steve Winterberg challenged Oklahoma Baptist University to make the conscious…

GO Week Speaker Asks Students to Advance the Gospel

September 16, 2009—As part of Bison Hill's Global Outreach Week, guest speaker Nathan Shank challenged Oklahoma Baptist University students to heed the New Testament's directive that Christians be messengers of God's grace with people who have never heard about it. He spoke during a student chapel service…

Bison Hill to Host Marriage and Family Therapy Conference

September 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University will host the Oklahoma Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (OKAMFT) conference for students, new professionals and mentors Friday, Sept. 18, in the Geiger Center. Registration for the conference begins at 8:30 a.m., and the sessions will begin at 9…

Students to Present 'Growing Up Biggie' Sept. 19

September 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students will continue a long-running campus tradition while paying homage to the many stages of life with "Growing Up Biggie," Campus Activities Board's first performance of the academic year, Saturday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel. The public is invited to…

Wellness Center to Host Fair, Blood Drive Sept. 24

September 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Recreation and Wellness Center will host its first annual Wellness Fair on Thursday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wellness Fair is free and the public is invited to attend. The event will include giveaways, door prizes and a wide range of informational…

OBU Announces Two New Staff Members

September 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University has announced two new staff members in admissions and public relations. Kristin Dunn serves as receptionist/visit coordinator for OBU Admissions, and Mackenzie Hufty is the new Web content coordinator in Public Relations.Dunn earned an associate's degree from…

Student Uses Classroom, Social Skills in Internship

September 15, 2009—While some students from Oklahoma Baptist University spent their summer break working, taking classes and going on vacations, Natalie Syharath, an OBU senior strategic communication major, interned at a non-profit agency in Texas called Texans Can! The organization was created to help people…

Go For Baroque Presents Route 66: Go For Barbeque

September 14, 2009—It's a common thread running through the richly textured fabric of Oklahoma history: the storied "Mother Road" of Route 66. Persons from all walks of life traverse this stretch of road, which is given life by the Go for Baroque ensemble as it performs the eclectic program "Route 66: Go For…

Grad Students Experience Brazilian Traffic, Business

September 14, 2009—Driving to work in a typical Oklahoma town can be a fairly routine experience. For Mitzi Khettouch, the "drive to work" on a recent trip to Brazil was anything but routine."The lanes seem to be mere suggestions, as are speed limits, and tailgating is the norm," said the graduate student. "All…

GO Week to Challenge Students to Get Uncomfortable

September 11, 2009—It feels good to be comfortable. To be perfectly at peace in any situation is, obviously, a great feeling. However, at OBU, students will be encouraged to "get uncomfortable for Christ" throughout this academic year, learning to break out of comfort zones in acts of discipleship and…

Participants Invited for Bicycle Classic, Road Race Sept. 26

September 11, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music, in conjunction with the Pedalers Racing Team and the Greater Shawnee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, invites interested participants to join the Bison Bicycle Classic in Shawnee on Saturday, Sept. 26. The event will include 10-, 25- and…

Alum Releases 'The Kingdom According to Jesus'

September 10, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Rob Phillips, a 1977 graduate, recently released the book "The Kingdom According to Jesus: A Study of Jesus' Parables on the Kingdom of Heaven," published by CrossBooks. Phillips serves as director of corporate communications at LifeWay Christian Resources…

Freshmen Use Social Media to Avoid Social ‘Butterflies’

September 10, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Class of 2013 arrived on Bison Hill in late August with the excitement of nearly 100 OBU freshman classes before them. However, many of these freshmen were missing a common element -- social "butterflies" -- that has plagued people throughout history who endure…

OBU Community Reaches Out to Children at Camps for Special Needs

September 10, 2009—Just as Oklahoma Baptist University is committed to transforming lives, several OBU students and alumni served at summer camps to minister to children with special needs. However, these camps are many times just as life-changing for the workers as they are for the campers. Five OBU students…

Keahbone Calls Students to Single-Minded Obedience

September 4, 2009—Mike Keahbone feels he has been saved from impending death, like a cat that falls in a toilet and is sure to die without intervention from someone bigger and stronger. Keahbone, minister to students at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, used levity and a personal "cat" story to…

Blue’s Writing Featured in New Education Book

September 2, 2009—Dr. Deborah Blue, Oklahoma Baptist University senior vice president for academic affairs, was a contributor to the new book "What Will Tomorrow's Schools Teach?" published by Pearson Education, Inc. Blue was one of 19 educators and policy makers from across the nation asked to address the…

Centennial Convocation: The Best is Yet to Come

September 2, 2009—As the Oklahoma Baptist University community kicked off its Centennial celebration with its Fall Convocation, OBU President David Whitlock predicted that God has great things planned for the university's future. OBU's celebration of a century of achievement officially began with the first of…

Theatre Season Invites Viewers to 'Experience the Journey'

September 2, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's theatre department invites patrons to "Experience the Journey" of life's pathways with three productions during the 2009-10 season that focus on the adventure of life itself. "Our first journey takes us to a small town in Indiana at the end of the 19th Century,"…

Four Join Recreation and Wellness Center Staff

August 11, 2009—Four new staff members have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Recreation and Wellness Center staff. Jamie Lee, Joseph Porter and Kristopher Stephens started work as part-time facility assistants on Aug. 28. Janie Keiser joined the staff as a part-time group fitness instructor on Sept. 3.Lee…