September 2009 News Articles

Saturday in the Park' Draws 500-Plus Students

September 30, 2009 | Permalink

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,…

Hall Presents Papers at International Meeting

September 29, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Tenor Bruce Fowler to Present Guest Recital

September 29, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Admissions Welcomes Counselor Rachel Potts

September 28, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Bicycle Classic Benefits Shawnee Habitat

September 28, 2009 | Permalink

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. …

Alum Leads ‘Metro 50’ Advertising Company

September 25, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Faculty Emeritus William Mitchell Releases New Advent Edition

September 25, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Pastor Shares Perspective on Beatitudes in Chapel Message

September 24, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Alumni Named Teachers of the Year

September 22, 2009 | Permalink

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…

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

September 22, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Alum Betty Sexton Publishes Poetry

September 18, 2009 | Permalink

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,…

Students Challenged to Decide to Follow God Daily

September 18, 2009 | Permalink

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…

GO Week Speaker Asks Students to Advance the Gospel

September 16, 2009 | Permalink

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…

OBU Announces Two New Staff Members

September 15, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Student Uses Classroom, Social Skills in Internship

September 15, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Grad Students Experience Brazilian Traffic, Business

September 14, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Alum Releases 'The Kingdom According to Jesus'

September 10, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Freshmen Use Social Media to Avoid Social ‘Butterflies’

September 10, 2009 | Permalink

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…

OBU Community Reaches Out to Children at Camps for Special Needs

September 10, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Keahbone Calls Students to Single-Minded Obedience

September 4, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Blue’s Writing Featured in New Education Book

September 2, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Centennial Convocation: The Best is Yet to Come

September 2, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Theatre Season Invites Viewers to 'Experience the Journey'

September 2, 2009 | Permalink

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…

Four Join Recreation and Wellness Center Staff

August 11, 2009 | Permalink

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…