October 2009 News Articles

Student Explores Culture through Photography

October 19, 2016—Capturing the wonders of the world using the lens of a camera produces a meaningful piece of art. One Oklahoma Baptist University student, sociology major Jonathan King, chose to explore this medium in his senior art display. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows throughout the fall…

Barnett Tells Students to Read and Remember

October 30, 2009—Max Barnett has memorized thousands of Scripture verses verbatim from the Bible during the past few decades. During the weekly chapel service at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 28, Barnett challenged students to engage in a meaningful Bible reading plan, and then to commit the Scripture to…

Oklahoma Baptist Leaders Attend Bible Clinic

October 30, 2009— Steve Gardner (left), pastor of Union Hill Baptist Church in Ada, Okla., and Kurt Bloomstadt, pastor of Tushka Baptist Church in Atoka, Okla., join more than 60 Oklahoma Baptist leaders at the annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Friday, Oct. 30, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The topic,…

Avery Willis and Matt Willis Release Book

October 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University alum and longtime outreach strategist Dr. Avery T. Willis Jr. and his grandson, fellow alum Matt Willis, recently announced the release of their book, "Learning to Soar: How to Grow through Transitions and Trials," published by NavPress. In the book, Avery Willis,…

Students Reach Out to OKC’s Inner City Kids

October 29, 2009—While many college students spend their Friday nights relaxing, a group of Oklahoma Baptist University students dedicate a little of their free time to travel to Oklahoma City to serve at the Baptist Mission Center at 2125 Exchange Ave.  Through "Mission Center," a ministry of OBU's Avery…

Area Students Chosen to Perform at OMTA Convention

October 28, 2009—The Oklahoma Music Teachers' Association conducted Junior Piano Auditions Oct. 24 on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus. Three area piano students were selected to perform in the Winners Recitals at the OMTA East District Convention scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30…

Johnarline Hudson: Long Road to Bison Hill

October 28, 2009—October 28, 2009 Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Johnarline Hudson, a 1948 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…

Norma Phillips: At Home with Change

October 27, 2009—The idea of "home" serves as a common icon of security and comfort for families worldwide. For Norma Rice Phillips, the concept served as the driving force of her influential career, beginning with her time at Oklahoma Baptist University. "Leaving home was a little scary for me, and OBU seemed…

Harvest Court Honors Outstanding Seniors

October 26, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University will honor outstanding seniors at the annual Harvest Court ceremony Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter auditorium as a part of Oklahoma Baptist University's Homecoming and Centennial celebrations.  Senior students were nominated by their…

IRA Gifts Still Make Sense

October 26, 2009—Recent changes in the tax code have extended the IRA charitable rollover through December of 2009. This provision was first offered by Congress in the wake of the Katrina disaster in New Orleans to encourage charitable giving and it has proven to be a popular way for retirees to make gifts to…

John Brooks: Focused on Relationships

October 26, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum John Brooks, a 1973 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,…

Plant Now to Yield Immediate and Future Rewards

October 26, 2009—Planning fall gardening activities can be compared to preparing for or experiencing retirement: invest in something you can enjoy immediately, something that will mature in a few months, and something that will have lasting benefit. Here are some planting investments you might consider this…

Business Students Score in Top 5 Percent Nationwide

October 23, 2009—Students in Oklahoma Baptist University's Paul Dickinson School of Business scored in the top 5 percent among business students nationwide in a national test which measures educational outcomes. OBU students ranked in the 95th percentile on the spring 2009 Major Field Test. The test is…

International Scholar Compares Rabbinic, Christian Scriptures

October 23, 2009—"Rabbinic literature illuminates early Christian Scriptures and, reciprocally, early Christian Scriptures illuminate Rabbinic tradition," Dr. Jacob Neusner contended during the 2009 Schusterman Lectures at Oklahoma Baptist University on Oct. 19.  The most published humanities scholar in…

Kids Enjoy 26th Annual M&Ms Pops Concert Oct. 22-23

October 23, 2009— Following emcee Dale Griffin, children enjoy a patriotic salute to the United States military during the 26th Annual M&M's Pops Concert at Oklahoma Baptist University on Oct. 22. The theme of the gala celebration is the "Land of Oz." The concert features the OBU Symphonic Band under the…

Rhea Retires with 43-Year Bison Hill Legacy

October 23, 2009—Wayne Rhea has taught mathematics for 50 years. He has taught thousands of students how to take arithmetic to the next level of learning. And all the while, he has remained enamored with his chosen area of study.  "If I hadn't had a good time teaching, it would have been difficult to do.…

Love Your Enemies,' Speaker Tells Chapel Audience

October 22, 2009—The Sermon on the Mount is the perfect picture of what God, through the Holy Spirit, can do to change any Christian, Brad David told Oklahoma Baptist University students during a weekly chapel message Oct. 21. Davis' message focused on the topic of loving one's enemies. For chapel messages,…

Technology Advocates Dale and Cindy Hanchey Retire

October 22, 2009—Shortly after Dale and Cindy Hanchey came to Bison Hill in 1985, the Louisiana natives introduced Oklahoma Baptist University to its first personal computer. They had arrived on campus to find 16 Macintosh computers with 128k RAM, floppy drives and two dot-matrix printers - a relatively basic…

Senior D.H. Dilbeck Recognized as Nigh Scholar

October 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior D.H. Dilbeck, a history and religion double major from Edmond, Okla., was recently recognized as a Nigh Academy Scholar for the various leadership roles he has held on Bison Hill. Dilbeck was one of 34 Oklahoma students to be awarded the honor.  Dilbeck…

Higginbotham Tackles Questions of Revenge

October 16, 2009—Bobby Higginbotham said when he was asked to speak on "revenge" during an Oklahoma Baptist University chapel service on Oct. 14, he didn't think he could relate to the topic. "Revenge" is a strong emotion. But the church planter from the Pacific Northwest told the students a story - familiar…

Dean, Professor, Alum Present Papers at Music Colloquium

October 15, 2009—Three representatives of Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music presented papers at Baylor's Colloquium on Baptist Church Music, Sept. 24-25, in Waco, Texas. The meeting celebrated the 400th anniversary of the first Baptist church. Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of the Warren M. Angell…

Whitlock Presents Life, Literature, Legacy of J.M. Gaskin

October 13, 2009—In 1954, Dr. J.M. Gaskin was sitting in Oklahoma Baptist University's library doing research for his book, "Trail Blazers of Sooner Baptists." OBU librarian Lee B. Spencer spotted Gaskin and announced, "There is Mr. Oklahoma Baptist History." The name stuck, and even today at age 93, Gaskin is…

Chapel Message Contemplates Truthfulness

October 7, 2009—No example reveals the challenges of the question, "What does it mean to tell the truth?" more than the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his life-and-death struggle as a German theologian who came of age at just the time Adolph Hitler was rising to power. Dr. Bobby Kelly, Oklahoma Baptist…

Board Approves ‘OBU 2020’ Strategic Plan

October 2, 2009—A strategic plan for Oklahoma Baptist University's next decade was approved by the university's board of trustees Friday, Oct. 2, during the board's fall meeting on the campus in Shawnee. The plan, titled "OBU 2020: Vision, Mission, Values," outlines seven initiatives for the 100-year-old…

Minister to UN Tells Students to be Salt and Light

October 1, 2009—Ken Welborn, executive director of Christian Ministries to the United Nations, visited Bison Hill Wednesday, Sept. 30, challenging Oklahoma Baptist University students to be both "salt" and "light," using the Christian metaphors found in Matthew 5. Welborn spoke during OBU's weekly chapel…