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…

Grads Reminded To 'Commence' Work

December 20, 2009—As they celebrated Commencement ceremonies, 57 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates were urged to begin reshaping the world during the university's graduation exercises Friday afternoon, Dec. 18, in OBU's Raley Chapel. For chapel messages, follow this link. "Commencement is not an end," said…

OBU Awards Master's Degrees to Third Cohort

December 18, 2009—Five graduates were honored for earning the master of business administration degree from Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School during a luncheon and ceremonial hooding Friday, Dec. 18, in OBU's Geiger Center. The event preceded OBU's Winter Commencement in Raley Chapel's…

Alum, Former Administrator Publishes 'Midnight Verse'

December 15, 2009—Based on creative bursts he received in the middle of the night, Dr. Robert L. Lynn has published a book of poetry titled "Midnight Verse." Lynn is a 1953 Oklahoma Baptist University alum. He served as vice president of OBU from 1967-1975, including a term as interim president one year. Lynn…

Mother Teresa of Bangalore' Teaches OBU Course

December 14, 2009—Students at Oklahoma Baptist University had the opportunity during the fall semester to enroll in a course discussing the history, geography, demographics, culture, religions and missions outreach in India taught by Dr. Rebekah Naylor, a practicing physician who, for 35 years, served as a…

Alum’s Library Honored

December 11, 2009—Steve Beleu, a 1975 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate, recently accepted the Federal Library Depository of the Year award for 2009 on behalf of his employer, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, at the Fall Federal Depository Library Conference and Depository Library Council meeting in…

Student Leads Team in Making 205 Quilts for Seniors

December 11, 2009—There is a certain level of care that goes into sewing something. Consider quilts: Meticulously weaving the thread in and out, knowing that with every stitch, a little piece of you is finding its way into the quilt. Think about your favorite quilt - the one you pull out in the winter. There is…

Bison Hill Celebrates Christmas with Festive Chapel Service

December 9, 2009— The Oklahoma Baptist University community celebrated Christmas with an annual festive chapel service Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Raley Chapel. Dr. Dan Reeder (right), professor of business, has served as emcee of the event since 2001 with the help of his daughters Raye (left), age 17, and…

Fifty-three to Graduate at Winter Commencement Dec. 18

December 8, 2009—Fifty-three students will receive diplomas during Oklahoma Baptist University's 2009 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m., in the university's Raley Chapel. Emerson Falls, president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and pastor of Glorieta Baptist Church in Oklahoma…

Boy Scouts Attend Bison Basketball Game

December 7, 2009— Boy Scouts (from left) Jesse Leathers, Gene Patterson, Nick Rinish, Nathan Pearce and (front) Riley Bell cheer on the Bison during Oklahoma Baptist University basketball games on Nov. 16. Boy Scouts from the Shawnee area attended the games as a group that night when OBU defeated Central Bible…

Professor Glenn Sanders Presents Paper

December 7, 2009—Western Civilization is part of the core curriculum required for all students at Oklahoma Baptist University. Throughout the course, students learn how to relate historical occurrences to the literature developed during the corresponding time period. To help students actively engage in their…

The Kai: Bison Hill’s Adopted People Group

December 7, 2009—Students, faculty and staff at Oklahoma Baptist University seek to fulfill the university's mission by actively engaging a diverse world through their partnership with the Kai people group of South Asia. Comprised of 2.8 million people, the Kai people are one of the largest of 600 unengaged…

Henderson Points Students to Life's Best Foundation

December 3, 2009—Griff Henderson said his family maintains certain foundational truths, one being that dogs are good, and cats are bad. In an address to Oklahoma Baptist University students during the weekly chapel service Dec. 2, Henderson offered another truth of much greater importance: each person should…

Korsgard Honored for ‘Elves & More’ Efforts

December 3, 2009—Ryan Korsgard is a six-time Ironman triathlete. The Oklahoma Baptist University alum competed in the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, in 2006. Competing and riding his bicycle has taken him around the world. Now Korsgard wants to see bicycles from the Elves & More foundation…

Science, Math Clubs Provide Thanksgiving Baskets

November 24, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University science and mathematics clubs continued their tradition this year of providing Thanksgiving baskets to local families through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The clubs collected about $250, enough to provide 10 baskets that will feed 30-40…

McIntosh Shares Personal Story about Judgment, Love

November 19, 2009—Ledtkey McIntosh was serving as a missionary in Montana, trying to buy a simple fast-food lunch, when his day was rudely interrupted by a dirty, drunk person demanding something to eat. But the pastor's critical attitude toward his fellow Native American would be shattered that same day with a…

Melton Shares 'Coming Home' Message

November 18, 2009—Speaking to Oklahoma Baptist University's alumni and friends returning to Bison Hill for the first of two Centennial Homecoming celebrations, Dr. Doug Melton shared a message about "Coming Home" during the Homecoming Chapel service Saturday, Nov. 14, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. …

Alum Amanda Ingram Named Teacher of the Year

November 16, 2009—Amanda Ingram, an Oklahoma Baptist University alum from the Class of 2005, received the "Teacher of the Year" honor for the 2009-10 academic year from Grapevine High School in Grapevine, Texas. Teachers receive the honor after being nominated by colleagues and the submission of an application.…

Alum Publishes Children’s Bedtime Storybook

November 16, 2009—Deanne Maynard, who attended Oklahoma Baptist University more than 25 years ago as an elementary education major, has published a children's book titled "A Whisper on Your Pillow." The book is slated to be released Dec. 8 - just in time for Christmas.  The story is about a mother putting…

2009 Harvest Court Announced

November 14, 2009—The 2009 Harvest Court at Oklahoma Baptist University was crowned on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The honored seniors included harvest queen Hannah Hays from Monkey Island, Okla., seated, and harvest king Ryan Womack from Oklahoma City. Other members of the court…

OBU Alumni Honored at Harvest Dinner

November 13, 2009— Six outstanding Oklahoma Baptist University alumni were honored during the university's annual Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 13, in OBU's Geiger Center. (From left) Dr. Jadee Upshaw Neff, '01, was honored with The Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) award; Destini Anderson, '01,…

Alum Jami Smith Pens Songs for Commercials

November 12, 2009—"Love never fails." These are the words that Jami Smith assuredly sings in her new song featured in a commercial for St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. A native of Chickasha, Okla., Smith is a 1993 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate who has traveled the world ministering through music as…

Students Reach for Success through Service

November 12, 2009—People measure success in many ways. For some, success is directly proportionate to the total of their bank statement. For others, it's how many touchdowns they can score. On one fall day, however, success for several Oklahoma Baptist University students was measured in how they could help the…

Student Body Cheers Teams at Spirit Assembly

November 11, 2009— Kelsie Collins, a sophomore from Shawnee, Okla., completes an arabesque stunt as part of the Bison cheerleader Homecoming routine performed at Oklahoma Baptist University's spirit assembly Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Noble Complex. Students gathered to see both the Bison and Lady Bison…

English Professors Present Papers

November 6, 2009—Three professors from the Oklahoma Baptist University English Department recently presented papers at the annual meeting of the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature at Houston Baptist University. Dr. Karen Youmans Dr. Andrew Armond Dr. Ben Myers Dr. Karen…

Student Explores Beauty in Art

November 6, 2009—Beauty is a subjective concept one Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, Kaleen Connell, tries to capture in her artwork, which will be showcased during her on-campus show Nov. 7-31 in the OBU Art Division Gallery. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows throughout the fall…

Accounting Professor Flint Earns Doctorate

November 5, 2009—Dr. Roger Flint, Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of accounting, recently earned his doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Flint earned his bachelor's degree from Southwest Baptist College (now Southwest Baptist University) and his master's degree from Southwest Missouri…

Fifth Graders Learn about ‘50s through OBU Event

November 5, 2009— Fifth graders from Grove School in Shawnee listen as Oklahoma Baptist University senior Callie McAnally, an elementary education major from Nikiski, Alaska, leads them in "The 1950s: A Cultural Study." About 40 fifth-grade students attended the annual learning opportunity, led by OBU students…

Ben and Jeannie McMains Stewart Share the Story of their Son

November 4, 2009—Watch this video about a future Bison, infant son of Jeannie McMains Stewart, '02, and Ben Stewart, '99.

Nikol Shares Powerful Testimony with Students

November 4, 2009—Dr. Margaret Nikol knows a thing or two about suffering missionaries - she has lived as one in Bulgaria for the better part of her life. An accomplished and world-renown violinist, Nikol shared her many experiences of anti-Christian persecution with Oklahoma Baptist University students at a…

Bison Hill Sees Enrollment Increase for Fall Semester

November 3, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University OBU saw enrollment increase for the 2009-10 academic year, with a total of 1,764 students enrolled for the fall semester. That is a slight gain over the fall 2008 headcount of 1,753 students. The total enrollment includes 368 first-time freshmen and 139 transfer…

Dr. Katherine Rader Inducted into Hall of Fame

November 3, 2009—Dr. Katherine Rader, a former Oklahoma Baptist University faculty member, was posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Oct. 27. Dr. David W. Whitlock, OBU president, accepted the award on behalf of Rader and OBU. Born in 1915, Rader earned her bachelor's, master's…

International Missionaries Serve Students

November 2, 2009—Chuck Barrett and his wife of 26 years, Alicia, are partnering with Oklahoma Baptist University this academic year as part of the Missionary in Residence program. The couple hopes to bring lessons of a life in African missions to Bison Hill. December marks the 16th year the Barretts have…

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…

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,"…

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."…

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…

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…

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…

Humphrey Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

June 26, 2009—A student of history, Dr. Carol Humphrey had her name etched into Oklahoma Baptist University's history of top award winners when she received the university's Distinguished Teaching Award during OBU's recent spring Commencement.The highest honor for OBU faculty members, the Distinguished…

Vernon Receives Meritorious Service Award

June 26, 2009—Dr. James Vernon, a longtime faculty member, received Oklahoma Baptist University's Meritorious Service Award during the university's recent spring Commencement. The Meritorious Service Award is one of three major university honors presented during the spring graduation ceremonies each year.…

Myers Receives Promising Teacher Award

June 25, 2009—Chandler resident Benjamin Myers received Oklahoma Baptist University's Promising Teacher Award during the university's spring Commencement May 23 in Shawnee.Dr. Myers, who is an associate professor of English, joined the OBU faculty in 2005. He received the award from OBU President David W.…

Professor Shares Hope with Haitians through Music Camp

June 18, 2009—Each summer, Dr. Louima Lilite spends a couple of weeks ministering to the people of Haiti, teaching them music appreciation at the North Haiti Music Camp (NHMC). It's a relatively long journey for the Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of music. But for Lilite, it's also a return…

Super Summer Comes to Bison Hill

June 18, 2009—  Oklahoma's Southern Baptist churches sent more than 2,800 youth - the young leaders in their churches - to grow spiritually during Super Summer 2009 at Oklahoma Baptist University in June. Students from 7th through 12th grades participated in private and corporate worship and…

Dum Tempus Habemus, Operemur Bonum

June 17, 2009—There are and have been lots of "Wills." It is a nickname for William. Maybe first and foremost for those with an Oklahoma heritage. when "will" is mentioned we will think of our own Will Rogers. There is currently a conservative columnist named George Will; the actor Will Smith; and have you…

Managing Back Pain

June 17, 2009—  Pain management is a medical specialty devoted to the treatment and management of acute and chronic pain. Optimal medical care for chronic pain comes from a team approach and can often involve multiple caregivers, including primary care, pain management and/or rehabilitation physicians,…

Nursing Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

June 17, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Nursing recognized outstanding students during a nursing awards banquet on April 27. Laura Cooprider received recognition as the Outstanding Senior in the School of Nursing by Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the School of Nursing. A nursing major from…

Grads Can Come Home Again & Tuition-Free

June 16, 2009—The thrill of classroom discussions, late-night study, and challenging writing assignments can be revisited by OBU alumni thanks to a new policy the University enacted June 1. The best part is that these experiences are being offered tuition-free to all OBU graduates. A new Lifelong Learning…

Students Recognized during Model Arab League Simulation

June 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students recently competed during the Southwest Regional Model Arab League simulation at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, earning delegation honors at the April event. The students competed against 10 other Model Arab League programs from other…

Graduate School to Host Magic 104.1 before RedHawks Game

June 12, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School (IGS) will offer free hot dogs, snacks, tours and unlimited discount tickets to the community for Friday-night RedHawks games in June. From 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June 19, Magic 104.1 will broadcast from OBU-IGS. Come by and meet "The…

Alumni Publish ‘Race the Moon’ Children’s Book

June 10, 2009—A new children's book on the market, titled "Race the Moon," comes directly from the imagination of two Oklahoma Baptist University alumni, Chris Peters and Laura Thele. The former classmates worked together to compose and illustrate the story. After sharing a childhood memory in a class at…

Music Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

June 9, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recognized outstanding students in music studies and awarded numerous scholarships during a music awards banquet May 11 and the 2009 Awards Convocation on May 13 in Raley Chapel. Morgan Gordon, a rising senior from Lexington,…

Camp RAWC’ to Encourage Healthy Choices for Kids

June 5, 2009—The Recreation and Wellness Center (RAWC) is offering Shawnee-area kids an opportunity to learn about healthy choices this summer through "Camp RAWC." The camp will teach children what it takes to be physically healthy, as well as making healthy choices with what they eat and how they play.…

Business Students Fare Well In National Competition

June 5, 2009—Competing against students from colleges and universities across the nation, a team of Oklahoma Baptist University business students placed in the 91st percentile in the 2009 Capsim Management Simulations competition.Approximately 2,400 student teams participated in the online simulation…

Communication Arts Students Receive Awards

June 5, 2009—Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recognized outstanding students in communication arts during OBU Theatre's Dorland Awards May 12, the 2009 Awards Convocation on May 13 in Raley Chapel and during other awards presentations.Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of the College of Fine Arts, recognized…

Justice Mission 'Go Local' Forum Stresses Environmental Responsibility

June 3, 2009—  In an effort to raise awareness about the local environment and educate both OBU students and community members about creation sustainability, Oklahoma Baptist University's Justice Mission hosted a "Go Local" Forum May 4-7 on campus. "By 'going local' people can have a tremendous…

Commencement Airs on Cable 30

June 2, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Spring Commencement will re-air on Allegiance Cable Channel 30 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 3. The May 23 event included recognition of 254 graduates during the ceremonies in OBU's Raley Chapel.The program features a Commencement address by Dr. Brad Jett, OBU's…

Christian Service Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

June 2, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service recognized outstanding seniors in Christian service studies during the 2009 Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 13, in Raley Chapel. Dr. Warren McWilliams, OBU Auguie Henry Professor of Bible, presented the awards. Orrey…

Bison Bicycle Classic Slated for Sept. 26

May 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music, in conjunction with the Pedalers Racing Team and the Greater Shawnee Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, announces the Bison Bicycle Classic to be held in Shawnee on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009. The event will include 10-, 25- and 50-mile bicycle…

Graduate School Offers Free Food, Shuttle for RedHawks Games

May 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School (IGS) will offer free hot dogs, snacks and tours to the community before Friday-night RedHawks games in June. Unlimited discount tickets also are available for these games through the IGS. Located at 111 N. Harrison in downtown…

Outstanding Business Grads Receive Awards

May 28, 2009—Nine Oklahoma Baptist University senior business majors received awards for outstanding work during the Paul Dickinson School of Business awards assembly Monday, May 11. The graduates participated in Spring Commencement Saturday, May 23, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Peter Wilson, a…

OBU Confers Degrees on 254 Graduates

May 23, 2009—Encouraged to continue learning and entertained by a professor's original musical composition, 254 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates received their diplomas during the university's Spring Commencement Saturday morning, May 23, in OBU's Raley Chapel. An overflow audience of more than 1,800…

Nursing Grads Receive Pins

May 22, 2009—In one of Oklahoma Baptist University's distinctive academic traditions, 40 senior nursing students received their OBU nursing pins at the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony Friday afternoon in Raley Chapel. The pinning ceremony celebrates the transition from the role of student to the role of…

254 to Graduate at Spring Commencement Saturday

May 21, 2009—Two hundred and fifty-four graduates will have degrees conferred upon them during Oklahoma Baptist University's 95th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 23. The graduating students will take their final walk across the campus as OBU students when they file into Raley Chapel's Potter…

Outstanding Students Recognized at Awards Convocation

May 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University recognized its outstanding seniors during the 2009 Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 13, in Raley Chapel. Rachel Piontak, an applied communication major from Catoosa, Okla., received the University's highest award, the Rosalee Mills Appleby Award. Piontak will…

Foreign Language Professor Wins Award

May 19, 2009—Dr. David Nagle, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of German, received the Oklahoma Foreign Language Teachers Association's Alfred L. Gage Professional Service Award this spring. The award recognizes a professor's outstanding commitment and service to the foreign language…

Shawnee Honor Choir Auditions May 19-20

May 18, 2009—Area elementary and middle school students are invited to audition for the 2009-10 edition of Shawnee Honor Choir this week, Tuesday, May 19, and Wednesday, May 20, from 3-5 p.m. in Oklahoma Baptist University's Raley Chapel.The group will consist of rising third- through seventh-grade…

Nursing Grads Honored at Pinning May 22

May 15, 2009—Continuing a unique academic tradition at Oklahoma Baptist University, 39 senior nursing students will receive their OBU nursing pins at the School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony Friday, May 22, at 1 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium.Dressed in their white nursing uniforms, the seniors…

Intramurals in Full Swing during Spring

May 15, 2009—Throughout the spring, Oklahoma Baptist University students have made the most of the season by competing in intramural sports. Ranging from indoor volleyball to "walleyball" (a volleyball-like sport played in a racquetball court), and from softball to ultimate Frisbee, OBU intramurals offer…

Music Students Shine at State Competition

May 15, 2009—Thirteen students from Oklahoma Baptist University and two OBU Preparatory Department students traveled to Stillwater, Okla., to compete in the 2009 Oklahoma State National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc., voice competition at Oklahoma State University on Saturday, April 18.Ten Bison…

Broadcasting Students Win at State Competition

May 14, 2009—Seven Oklahoma Baptist University electronic media production students won 14 awards at the 2009 Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association annual convention on April 17 in Tulsa. More than 300 student entries were submitted to the competition, and 240 Oklahoma students attended the conference. …

Dockery Addresses Baptist Heritage in Lecture

May 14, 2009—While TIME Magazine recently claimed the rise of Calvinism in Christianity as today's No. 3 unexpected trend, Dr. David Dockery raised the question to Oklahoma Baptist University students: Are Southern Baptists Calvinists? Dockery, president of Union University, spoke at OBU's chapel service…

Mullen Says Proper Worship Depends on Divine Transcendence

May 14, 2009—Dr. John Mullen, an assistant professor of philosophy at Oklahoma Baptist University, spoke to OBU students during a spring chapel service about God's "Divine Transcendence." Mullen told students that proper worship depends on an understanding of the topic. "It's a term that one uses with…

Theatre Earns Commendations for Regional Competition

May 14, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre continues to garner awards for its fall 2008 production of "As It Is In Heaven," by playwright Arlene Hutton. Laura S. Byland, Dr. Joyce Spivey Aldridge and Lacy Hutchinson recently earned commendations from the National Selection Team for Region VI of the…

Bison Glee Club to Make Texas Tour

May 12, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Glee Club will begin their 2009 Spring Tour on Saturday, May 23. The group will travel to the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with stops in Tyler, Richardson, Greenville and Granbury, Texas.Founded by the late Warren M. Angell in 1938, the Glee Club was, for…

Blitz Week Benefits Family Promise

May 12, 2009—Blitz Week, an annual week of fundraising by Oklahoma Baptist University students for charity, raised more than $5,000 to benefit Family Promise of Shawnee, a non-profit organization that provides homeless families with children temporary housing and supportive services. Through the help of…

Student Elected to Regional Honor Society Position

May 12, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University student Elisabeth Wright recently was named a regional representative for the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta. Elected to the position of associate student representative for the southwest region of the country, the OBU senior from…

Bison Perform Recital to Benefit Africa Trip

May 8, 2009—Two Oklahoma Baptist University juniors performed at The Master's Touch School of Music and Performing Arts in Grapevine, Texas, on Sunday, April 5, to benefit an Africa mission trip. Spring Butler, from Grapevine, Texas, and Lindsay Inman, from Peyton, Colo., presented portions of their…

Commencement Slated For May 23

May 8, 2009—Marking the conclusion of the spring semester, approximately 250 graduates will have degrees conferred upon them during Oklahoma Baptist University's 95th Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 23. The graduates will take their final walk across the campus as OBU students when they file into…

Bison Hill Community Conducts Bible-Reading Marathon

May 7, 2009—Gene King reads a Scripture passage during Oklahoma Baptist University's Bible-reading marathon and observance of the national Day of Prayer May 7. King, an OBU associate professor of business, was one of nearly 200 OBU faculty, students, staff and friends who participated in the emphasis…

Senior to Showcase ‘Kaleidoscope’ of Artwork

May 7, 2009—Sarajane Harris, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior graphic design major, plans to incorporate her knowledge of the Photoshop and Illustrator computer programs into her senior art show, titled "Kaleidoscope." The 23-year-old artist from Aurora, Colo., will showcase her artwork in the…

Thompson to Perform Junior Piano Recital

May 7, 2009—Monetta Nicole Thompson, an Oklahoma Baptist University junior piano performance major, will present her junior recital Sunday, May 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. The Ardmore, Okla., resident is the daughter of Randall and Annette…

Bison Alum Teaches Students the Power of Giving

May 5, 2009—Bison alum Brandy (Thurman) Osterberger has taught her students many things, but perhaps none of them are more important than the concept of helping people in need. The 2003 graduate taught freshmen and sophomores at New Tech High School in Coppell, Texas, the value of helping Children's…

Ten Internationally Acclaimed Leaders to Speak at OBU

May 4, 2009—Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of 10 internationally acclaimed leaders by attending the Maximum Impact Simulcast at the Bailey Business Center on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus in Shawnee on May 8, 2009. The Maximum Impact Simulcast is a one-day…

Student Continues Research on Code Talkers, Begins OETA Career

May 4, 2009—For senior Christi Mitchell, her last semester at Oklahoma Baptist University has been hectic: Mitchell has been handling a full-time academic schedule while adapting to a full-time assistant producer position at Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.Originally from Blair, Okla., Mitchell…

Bible-Reading Marathon Tradition Continues at OBU May 6-7

May 1, 2009—For the fourth consecutive year, students and faculty members of Oklahoma Baptist University, as well as leaders in the Shawnee community, will continue the tradition of a public reading of the entire New Testament of the Bible within a 24-hour period. The event, which will involve an…

Faculty Participate in Development Sessions

May 1, 2009—Dr. David Smith, director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning at Calvin College, leads Oklahoma Baptist University faculty in a development session titled "Teaching as a Christian Practice." Smith led meetings and class discussions on Bison Hill April 28-29 on the…

Outreach Strategist Avery T. Willis Gives Missions Challenge

May 1, 2009—In a service dedicated to commissioning Oklahoma Baptist University students committed to serving in missions opportunities during the summer months, global outreach strategist Avery T. Willis offered encouragement from the biblical account of Moses during OBU's weekly chapel service…

Whitlock Inaugurated as Oklahoma Baptist University’s 15th President

May 1, 2009—Building on Oklahoma Baptist University's century-long foundation and looking toward cutting-edge possibilities for the future, Dr. David Wesley Whitlock was inaugurated as the university's 15th president Friday morning, May 1, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Whitlock noted OBU's…

Bison Jazz Orchestra in Concert Friday, May 8

April 30, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, associate professor of music, will perform its final concert of the 2008-09 academic year Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theater in downtown Shawnee. The community is invited to…

Sisters Gordon and Mitchell to Perform Recital

April 30, 2009—Morgan Gordon and Micaela Mitchell, both Oklahoma Baptist University senior music education majors, will present their senior recital Monday, May 4, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.Gordon and Mitchell, sisters from Lexington, Okla., and are…

Union President Dockery to Present Hobbs Lecture

April 30, 2009—Union University President David S. Dockery will present the 2009 spring Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the lecture on the topic "Baptists and the Sovereignty of God."The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU…

Students Celebrate Presidential Inauguration

April 30, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock greets students Sara Wilson (center), a sophomore from Bethany, Okla., and Hannah Wood (right), a junior from Allen, Texas, during an April 28 reception at the president's home. Whitlock and his wife, Dana, hosted a dessert…

OBU Hosts Christian Philosophy Conference

April 29, 2009—Plenary speaker Dr. Sandra Menssen, from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., presents the topic "Giving Revelation Its Due" during the Society of Christian Philosophers' Midwestern Regional Meeting April 23-25 on Oklahoma Baptist University's campus. Thirty-one participants from…

OBU Musicians to Host Habitat Benefit Concert

April 29, 2009—Musicians from Oklahoma Baptist University's Division of Music will host a concert to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Shawnee Inc. on Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is encouraged to attend. There will be no admission charge, but donations will be…

Presidential Inauguration Celebration April 30-May 1

April 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University will celebrate the inauguration of the University's 15th president, Dr. David Wesley Whitlock, April 30-May 1. The celebration includes a worship service, inauguration and concert which will honor Bison Hill's Christian heritage. The public is invited to attend.The…

Collegiate Ministries Hosts Statewide Basketball Tourney

April 29, 2009—Members of Eastern Oklahoma State College's Baptist Collegiate Ministries basketball team celebrate their victory in the statewide BCM tournament, hosted by Oklahoma Baptist University April 17-18. The OBU Baptist Collegiate Ministries women's team won their bracket. Twelve teams participated…

Super Enrollment to Welcome New Bison

April 24, 2009—Nearly 200 future Bison are expected to attend Oklahoma Baptist University's "Super Enrollment Day," Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on campus. Invitations to the event were extended to students who have been admitted to OBU and who wish to enroll in classes.While a reservation to the…

Symphonic Band to Perform Inauguration Celebration Concert

April 23, 2009—Celebrating the inauguration of Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock, the OBU Symphonic Band will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 1, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to the concert, and there is no admission charge.The…

Oklahoma Baptists Visit Bison Hill

April 23, 2009—Members of Brookwood Baptist Church and Quail Springs Baptist Church, both in Oklahoma City, visited Oklahoma Baptist University on Tuesday, April 21. The group toured the campus, culminating with refreshments in the new Recreation and Wellness Center. All Oklahoma Baptists are warmly invited…

Three Join Bison Hill Staff

April 23, 2009—  Three people have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's staff during the January and spring semesters. New staff members on Bison Hill include Rachel Hawkins, Billie Tanner and Dennis Traxler.Tanner has served as a data entry/cashier in the OBU Business Office since Feb. 2. A native of…

Bisonettes to Perform Spring Concerts

April 22, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Bisonette Glee Club will perform spring concerts at two area churches in the coming weeks. The public is invited to attend the performances at Waterloo Baptist Church, 3100 E. Waterloo Road in Edmond, Okla., Sunday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m.; and at Immanuel Baptist…

Senior Uses Life's Struggles as Inspiration for Art

April 22, 2009—Chris Cochran, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, incorporates his experiences into artwork to tell a story. The 24-year-old artist from Oklahoma City will showcase his work in the on-campus Art Division Gallery April 30-May 11. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows…

Overturf to Perform Senior Vocal Recital

April 21, 2009—Kathryne (Katie) Overturf, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior voice major, will present her senior recital Monday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend.The Fort Smith, Ark., native is the daughter of Dr. Ken and Betty Overturf. She is from the studio…

Students Minister in Missouri, Mexico

April 21, 2009—Seven students and staff from OBU recently participated in two global outreach trips, one to South Central Mexico and another to Branson West, Mo., where the missions volunteers sought to share the love of God with local people. Both destinations were organized through existing student…

Shawnee Honor Choir to Present Spring Concert April 26

April 20, 2009—Shawnee Honor Choir will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.Shawnee Honor Choir, an auditioned choir of 58 third- through seventh-grade students…

Theatre Offers Discounts for 'Stories of America' Production

April 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will present Stephen Vincent Benét's "Stories of America" April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. Drawing on the lively and fanciful tales, the production will appeal to all ages. OBU Theatre…

Blitz Week to Benefit Family Promise

April 17, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Blitz Week brings focus to a local organization by raising money and awareness for Family Promise of Shawnee. Blitz Week, a week of events and competitions dedicated to raising as much money as possible for an organization of choice, will be held April…

OBU Conducts Blood Drive, Public Invited to Donate

April 15, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University School of Nursing assisted with an Oklahoma Blood Institute blood drive Wednesday, April 15, in the upper level of the Geiger Center on campus. The public is invited to participate in the blood drive, which continues Thursday, April 16, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. OBU's…

Four Join Bison Hill Staff

April 15, 2009—  Four new staff members have joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Facilities Management and Services this spring. New additions to the Bison Hill staff include Don Meadows and Laura McMasters, who joined the staff as OBU groundskeepers. Meadows was hired March 2 and McMasters was hired…

Student Politicians Present Hyde Park Day

April 15, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Student Government Association hosted Hyde Park Day during chapel Wednesday, April 15. The annual event is designed to introduce candidates for SGA elected positions and class officer positions.The candidates are: for SGA president, Ryan Womack, a senior from…

Surprise!' Spring Affair Slated for April 18

April 14, 2009—A Bison Hill tradition continues Saturday, April 18, as Oklahoma Baptist University's Campus Activities Board puts on the latest installment of the annual talent show "Spring Affair" at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The show's directors assure year's production is sure to turn…

Senior Creates Art from Patterns of the World

April 10, 2009—Art has been a prominent part of the life of Lacy Abbott, Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, since she was a little girl growing up in Tecumseh, Okla. Lacy plastered the walls of the kitchen "art gallery" with her finger paintings, as well as house and animal drawings. She also made…

Theatre Presents Stephen Vincent Ben

April 10, 2009—Drawing on the lively and fanciful American tales of Stephen Vincent Benét, Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will present the playwright's "Stories of America" April 23, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. and April 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The production marks the…

Nursing Professor Publishes Article on Work’s Passion

April 10, 2009—Jasmin Johnson, assistant professor of nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University, was recently published in the Journal of Christian Nursing. Her article, on the topic "Passion for the Profession," discusses the difficulties nurses face during their career, and the need for nurses to have a…

OBU Honors 448 Years of Service

April 10, 2009—Recognizing a combined 448 years of service to the institution, Oklahoma Baptist University honored 34 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 9. Those honored included (front row, from left) Dr. Sherry Raney, Keely Robertson, Dr. Robbie Mullins,…

Provost Tells Good Friday Story

April 10, 2009—  Oklahoma Baptist University Provost Stan Norman offers a graphic portrayal of Christ's crucifixion during a Good Friday campus chapel service on April 10. Dr. Norman, who also serves as the University's executive vice president for campus life, based his depiction on Scripture as well…

Professor Takes Expertise to Italian Mission Field

April 9, 2009—While many university students and faculty enjoyed good weather, minimal homework, and no morning classes during spring break, Mike Bruce and his wife, Teressa, spent the break waking up early, working most of the day, and going to bed late during their trip to Italy. Bruce, an assistant…

Alums Launch Angel Book Project

April 8, 2009—In a time when the world economy has caused a depressing hit on people's lives, two enterprising Oklahoma Baptist University alumni are seeking to offer a reminder of God's messengers of hope.Richard Cole and John David Finley, who roomed together on Bison Hill more than 30 years ago, have…

Holy Week Chapel Focuses on Scripture, Worship

April 8, 2009—  Dr. Lee Hinson, Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of church music, leads students in the hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross," during a Holy Week chapel service Wednesday, April 8. The chapel featured music presented by the Bisonettes and University Chorale, as well as…

Senior Taylor Byrum Named 2009 Goldwater Scholar

April 8, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Taylor Byrum, a physics major and Honors student from Bentonville, Ark., has been named a 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar. This endowed recognition program was established by the United States Congress to foster and encourage excellence in science and…

Visionary Leader Lance Humphreys Challenges Students

April 8, 2009—Lance Humphreys - a visionary who invests in church planters and business leaders through Giant Leaders, Vision360 and 3DMinistries - joined Oklahoma Baptist University students Friday, April 3, during a weekly chapel service to speak about the love of God.The former pastor of Bridgeway Church…

Christian Philosophy Conference to Discuss ‘Divine Communication’

April 2, 2009—The Society of Christian Philosophers' Midwestern Regional Meeting, slated for April 23-25 at Oklahoma Baptist University, will be based on the topic of "Divine Communication."  Plenary session speakers at the event include Sandra Menssen and Thomas D. Sullivan, whose presentation is…

Apologist Mary Jo Sharp Talks About God’s Love

April 2, 2009—Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp told Oklahoma Baptist University students, faculty, staff and friends that love is the best testimony of God's existence during OBU's chapel service Wednesday, April 1, in Raley Chapel. Speaking in honor of OBU Women's Missions and Ministry Day, Sharp is the…

OBU Signs Cultural, Academic Agreement with Brazilian University

April 2, 2009—In an effort to enhance the education provided by both institutions, Oklahoma Baptist University has signed an agreement with the Central University of São Camilo, Brazil, to promote cultural and academic involvement between the universities. The agreement also aims to equip the São…

Distinguished Leader Imparts OBU’s Missions Legacy

April 1, 2009—Longtime global missions leader Don Kammerdiener recently challenged Oklahoma Baptist University students, faculty and staff to reaffirm the university's historic missions involvement. Kammerdiener, who graduated from OBU in 1958, discussed OBU's heritage of missions education and involvement…

Bison Alum Named District Teacher of the Year

March 31, 2009—Randy Utt, a 1984 Oklahoma Baptist University alum, received Putnam City Schools' District "Teacher of the Year" award for 2008-09. Utt has taught for 25 years, the past 10 years with the Putnam City School District. She works with gifted and talented students in 2nd through 5th grades at…

Senior Jacob Lonsinger Displays Artwork

March 31, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Jacob Lonsinger, a graphic design major from Ponca City, Okla., is displaying work from his senior art project in the campus Art Division Gallery through April 3. OBU is hosting a series of senior art shows throughout the spring semester depicting each…

Student Newspaper, Editor Receive Honors

March 31, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's student newspaper, The Bison, recently received a certificate of merit from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The award was given as part of the CSPA's Gold Circle Awards in typography for the overall look of the entire newspaper.  According to the…

Christian Apologist to Speak in Chapel Wednesday

March 30, 2009—Christian apologist and inspiring author Mary Jo Sharp will speak in Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel service Wednesday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. Speaking in honor of OBU Women's Missions and Ministry Day, Sharp is the first woman to become a certified apologetics instructor…

BCM Basketball Tournament Cancelled

March 27, 2009—Due to winter weather conditions, the Baptist Collegiate Ministry Basketball Tournament at OBU, scheduled for March 27-28, has been cancelled. Tournament organizers are currently considering alternate dates for the tournament. Please visit www.okbu.edu/bcmtournament for updates regarding…

Student Preacher Urges Classmates to Know Jesus in a Different Way

March 26, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Michael Novotny challenged students to get to know Jesus as Messiah, teacher and prophet during OBU's weekly chapel service March 25 in Raley Chapel. The faculty of the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service selected Novotny, a philosophy major from…

Senior Art Show Displays Variety of Mediums

March 25, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University studio art major Morgan Zabriski said she uses her artwork to find clarity in life, as showcased in her senior art show April 4-15 in the campus Art Division Gallery. Zabriski used various sources for the inspiration in her show including her experience studying…

Aaron Copland's 'Tender Land' Opera Presented March 26-29

March 24, 2009—Fine Arts enthusiasts in central Oklahoma have an opportunity to enjoy Aaron Copland's opera, "The Tender Land," March 26-29 in Oklahoma Baptist University's Raley Chapel. OBU's Music Department will present the opera which brings to life a depression-era love story set in America's…

International Graduate School Honors Second Cohort

March 18, 2009—As they completed a new level of education, graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School were urged to focus on life's inalienable rights during the OBU-IGS Commencement Saturday, March 7. Five graduates received master of business administration degrees during the…

Alum Earns Doctorate, Publishes ‘Women as Terrorists’ Book

March 17, 2009—For Oklahoma Baptist University alum R. Kim Cragin, life after Bison Hill has included significant personal accomplishments. A 1997 OBU graduate, Cragin received a Ph.D. from the Clare College at Cambridge University in 2008. After graduation, Cragin published her first book, titled "Women as…

Crane Named to State Advisory Board

March 13, 2009—Canaan Crane, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of psychology, was recently appointed by the Oklahoma State Board of Health to serve on the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist Advisory Board. Crane's term with the state board will begin in April and continue until March…

Psychology Seniors Present Research at Regional Convention

March 13, 2009—Three Oklahoma Baptist University seniors will present research at the annual Southwestern Psychological Association convention April 2-4 in San Antonio, Texas. The students conducted research last fall as part of their studies in an experimental psychology course. The students conducted the…

Theatre Wins 'Best Play' Award at Regional Competition

March 13, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre Department's presentation of "As It Is In Heaven" was named the best play presented at the Region VI Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in San Marcos, Texas, Feb. 24-28, 2009. The play received the Richard A. Weaver Award which honors the best…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Agent of Freedom

March 12, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Randy Horn, a 1969 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,…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Cultivating an Idea Virus

March 12, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Allan Karr, a 1985 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,…

Asthma Attack: Just Keep Breathing and Laughing

March 12, 2009—At first glance, the group's name seems to make light of a serious health issue. But after taking a breath, you realize the name reveals a lot. Asthma Attack is a comedy group comprised of current and former Oklahoma Baptist University students. Two of the group's members struggle with asthma,…

Bison Claims First Place at Music Competition

March 11, 2009—Emily Adelle Rowland, a sophomore piano performance major at Oklahoma Baptist University from Bartlett, Tenn., placed first at Oklahoma Community Orchestra's fourth Young Artist Competition in the piano division. The contest was conducted at Oklahoma Christian University on Saturday, Feb. 14.…

Students Hear Need for God’s Holiness

March 11, 2009—Mark McClellan said God's holiness makes him uncomfortable, almost frightened. But the dean of Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service said experiencing this attribute of God is also powerful - even sweet. McClellan shared his perspective of the holiness of God…

Business Students Study Abroad; Next Trip Slated for June

March 9, 2009—Editor's Note: The 2009 OBU European Studies Program trip has been canceled. During Oklahoma Baptist University's J-Term, graduate business students took their knowledge of international business to a new level, traveling and studying Jan. 12-23 in Germany and France. Eight students, each…

OBU Presents 'Tender Land' Opera March 26-29

March 9, 2009—Bringing to life a depression-era love story set in America's heartland, Oklahoma Baptist University's Music Department will present Aaron Copeland's opera, "The Tender Land," March 26-29 in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Area schools are invited to attend a free performance Thursday,…

Alumni Profile in Excellence: Tiny Lady, Giant Spirit

March 8, 2009—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Shirley Coyner, a 1956 graduate, is a 2008 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,…

Board Approves Budget, Creates Police Department

March 6, 2009—During their spring meeting on campus Friday, OBU trustees approved a $40.87 million operating budget for the 2009-10 year, established a campus police department, and launched a new lifetime learning program for graduates. OBU President David W. Whitlock told board members the…

Graduate School Cohort to Receive Degrees

March 6, 2009—The second cohort of Oklahoma Baptist University's International Graduate School will graduate on Saturday, March 7, at 2:30 p.m. at University Baptist Church in Shawnee. Five students have completed requirements for the OBU-IGS master of business administration degree. The public is invited…

International Missions Leader to Present Gaskin Lectures

March 6, 2009—Dr. Don Kammerdiener, a longtime Baptist global missions leader, will present Oklahoma Baptist University's 17th annual J.M. Gaskin Lectures in Baptist History and Heritage on Monday, March 23. Kammerdiener is the retired executive vice president of Southern Baptists' International Mission…

Students Fulfill Mission Statement on International Trips

March 6, 2009—OBUs mission states the university transforms lives by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. For three teams of OBU students, January Term offered the…

Dum Tempus Habemus, Operemur Bonum

March 5, 2009—Doing Good, While Doing Well: Giving to OBU and yet Preserving Property for Your Family One really can "do good" for the cause of Christ, for our denomination, for the students at OBU (and thereby for our world) by using a "tax-savvy" technique called a "Charitable Lead Annuity Trust" (CLAT).…

Griffin Urges Students to Reconsider Grace

March 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students were challenged to reconsider their ideas of both spiritual growth and God's grace during OBU's weekly chapel service Wednesday, March 4, in Raley Chapel. "Spiritual growth is something much different than many of us have entertained in our minds," said…

Living Out A Legacy

March 5, 2009—The word "legacy" often conjures images of amazing, positive life experiences resulting in a happy story. But sometimes - those times when God's ways are beyond human comprehension - legacies are built on a deep-seeded faith and an incredibly positive outlook which endures beyond some of…

Oklahoma City Builder Keeps Focus with Family

March 5, 2009—Note: Jeff Click is a 1998 OBU graduate. This story was run in The Oklahoman on Feb. 15, 2009. Executive Q&A with Jeff Click: Oklahoma City builder keeps focus with familyBy Richard MizeReal Estate Editor, The OklahomanJeff Click is daddy, husband, home builder and tech geek, all at once, and…

Theatre Announces Open Auditions

March 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre Department has announced open auditions for the spring production of Stephen Vincent Benét's Stories of America. Members of the community are invited to join OBU faculty, staff and students as part of this production. Casting requires three men and…

Powell Receives OBU Grant for Gladstone Research

March 4, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Faculty Development Committee has awarded an $800 grant to Dr. John Powell, associate professor of history, for his continued research on British Prime Minister William Gladstone. "I used this grant to continue research that I had undertaken several years ago on…

OBU Hosts Karate Kickboxer at 'Champions of Character' Event

March 3, 2009—Six-time world champion karate kickboxer Denny Holzbauer spoke to more than 100 student athletes at Oklahoma Baptist University Monday, March 2, at a 9 p.m. demonstration in the Mabee Suite of the Noble Complex. Comparing life to kickboxing, Holzbauer told the students to be prepared and never…

Senior Presents Art Expressing Grandeur in Simplicity

March 3, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Summer Perkins expresses her worship of God, her interpretation of nature and her understanding of life through her artwork. The 21-year-old from Luling, Texas, will showcase her artwork on campus March 10-21 in the Art Division Gallery. OBU is hosting a…

Children’s ‘Arkansaw Bear’ Play Continues at OBU

March 2, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre for Young Audiences will continue "The Arkansaw Bear," March 6 at 7:30 p.m., and March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall. The performance, directed by OBU alum Andra Dunn, blends realism with fantasy and sorrow with humor. More…

Opportunity Extended for Travel, Study with OBU Program

February 27, 2009—Editor's Note: The 2009 OBU European Studies Program trip has been canceled. St. Augustine once said, "The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." Oklahoma Baptist University invites students, alumni and friends in the community to expand their worldview by combining…

Business Professors Earn Grant

February 26, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University Faculty Development Committee recently awarded two professors an $800 grant for their presentation of a paper titled "Business Technology - A Curricular Infusion." The authors, Dale Hanchey, McCasland associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Cindy…

Vocal Gala’ to Honor Late Musician Digby Bell

February 26, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's music faculty will present the fifth-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital, "A Vocal Gala," on Thursday, March 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium, located inside OBU's Raley Chapel. The public is invited to attend. This year's recital will feature many members…

Art Student Inspired for Senior Show

February 20, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University senior Lisha Newman said she finds inspiration almost anywhere - inspiration she conveys through her art. The 22-year-old from Holdenville, Okla., will showcase her artwork on campus Feb. 25-March 8 in the Art Division gallery.  OBU will host a series of senior…

OBU Hosts State Keyboard Festival

February 20, 2009—More than 40 middle school and high school students from across Oklahoma will gather to compete in the State Keyboard Festival at Oklahoma Baptist University on Saturday, Feb. 21. The competition will be conducted in Raley Chapel. It begins at 8:30 a.m., and will last until about 2:45, ending…

David’s Creed Provides a New Flavor to Churches

February 19, 2009—For more than two and a half years, members of Oklahoma Baptist University's worship band, "David's Creed," have shared their musical talents at churches and events across the region. The nine-member band, along with its founder and director, Dr. Lee Hinson, travel throughout the fall and…

Students Help Good Shepherd Chapel Give Hope

February 19, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students have discovered a way to share the love of Jesus with the Shawnee community - through a mission called "Good Shepherd," led by one of their professors, Dr. Bob Dawson. Good Shepherd Chapel is a continuing mission of Immanuel Baptist Church that had its…

Whitlock Recalls OBU’s Foundation on Bison Hill

February 19, 2009—One of the newest members of the Oklahoma Baptist University family, University President David Whitlock told students the story of how their institution was founded on Oklahoma's wind-swept plains, on neutral ground once known as "Bison Hill." Dr. Whitlock shared the legacy of the university…

Theatre for Young Audiences Presents 'The Arkansaw Bear'

February 18, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's Theatre for Young Audiences will present "The Arkansaw Bear," Feb. 27-28 and March 6 at 7:30 p.m., and March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall. The Theatre for Young Audiences invites young school children to attend the performance,…

OBU Continues Renovation on WMU Dormitory

February 17, 2009—Tony Morgan, electrician assistant at Oklahoma Baptist University, installs new wiring in WMU Dormitory as part of the renovation of the housing unit.  "The university is excited about the progress in the renovation of WMU and anticipates re-opening for Fall 2009," said Randy Smith, OBU…

OBU Senate Approves ‘United Students of Color’

February 17, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's student senate recently approved the creation of a new campus organization called United Students of Color. The organization's founders hope to promote diversity and relationships on campus.  "I feel that in order to unify the campus as a whole, we need to…

Focus Week Speakers Draw Students' Attention to Relationships

February 16, 2009—Four guest speakers led Oklahoma Baptist University's Focus Week Feb. 9-14 to draw students' attention to building stronger relationships with one another and with God. Pulling from their personal experiences, the speakers brought to life the theme for this year's focus week chapel series…

Pianist Scott Carrell to Perform at OBU

February 16, 2009—By combining artistic playing with informative comments, pianist Scott Carrell will bring the world's greatest music to life in his upcoming recital at Oklahoma Baptist University on Thursday, Feb. 26. His recital, titled "The Magic of the Piano," features standard classical works as well as…

Recyclemania Reaches OBU Campus

February 16, 2009—Many students at Oklahoma Baptist University may not yet be aware, but Bison Hill is in the midst of a battle to be recognized as the most "green" university in the country. "Recyclemania," is a contest between colleges and universities throughout the nation in which schools compete for the…

Students Serve through Day in the Churches

February 13, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University students will put their Christian liberal arts education in action during the bi-annual OBU Day in the Churches Feb. 22 and March 1. Students will travel to the East Central and Northeastern Baptist associations to lead churches during worship services. "For the…

Volunteers Help Renovate OBU Auditorium

February 12, 2009—Fifteen volunteers from First Baptist Church of Shawnee dedicated many hours to help renovate Oklahoma Baptist University's Potter Auditorium in Raley Chapel. The group fastened armrests to the auditorium's 1,700 chairs. When Potter Auditorium was renovated several years ago, the armrests were…

Alum Joins in Armed Forces Inaugural Committee

February 11, 2009—Jason Ruffin never guessed, during his college days on Bison Hill, that he would one day shake hands with the Commander in Chief of the free world, much less bear responsibility for his safety. But in the days leading up to the historic U.S. presidential inauguration on Jan. 20, 2009, the…

Women at OBU Dress to Impress Potential Employers

February 10, 2009—As business professionals know, it is vital to make a good impression during interviews and in the workplace. Employers expect business attire to be worn because the image of the company comes partly from the appearance of the team. To enable success, Oklahoma Baptist University's School of…

OBU Theatre Offers Encore of Award-Winning Play

February 9, 2009—The Oklahoma Baptist University theatre department will present a benefit production of its award-winning play, "As It Is In Heaven," on Friday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. in Sarkeys Theatre on the OBU campus.  The OBU theatre department has advanced to the Regional Competition in The Kennedy…

Poet Karen Swenson Visits OBU

February 9, 2009—Award-winning poet Karen Swenson speaks to a class at Oklahoma Baptist University on Monday, Feb. 9, as part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a program which helps bring professionals to private liberal arts universities for a week. Swenson will be featured in two OBU…

Focus Week to Foster Relationships Feb. 9-13

February 6, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Focus Week, dedicated to helping members of the OBU community strengthen relationships, is set for Feb. 9-13. The theme for this year's emphasis, sponsored by OBU Campus Ministry, is "The Mercy of God." The week will be filled with three chapels, a Girl's…

OBU Alumni, Administrator Inducted into Hall of Fame

February 6, 2009—Two Oklahoma Baptist University alumni, Dr. Debbie Hopkins Blue, OBU senior vice president for academic affairs, and the late Robert A. Washington, were inducted into the Shawnee Educational Foundation Hall of Fame Thursday, Feb. 5, during the foundation's annual banquet.  The Hall of…

Babbie Mason Shares Music, Testimony with Students

February 5, 2009—National recording artist, songwriter and author Babbie Mason told Oklahoma Baptist University students how a cup of lukewarm soup taught her a lesson that changed her life. Mason shared her story and her music during OBU's annual African American Heritage Day chapel Wednesday, Feb. 4, in…

McClellan Named Dean of School of Christian Service

February 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock has named Dr. Mark McClellan as dean of the university's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service. McClellan, who also will serve as a professor of theology and missions, will begin his tenure on Monday, Feb. 9. McClellan's career has…

Norman Named OBU Provost

February 5, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock has named Dr. Robert Stanton "Stan" Norman to the university's newly created post of provost and executive vice president for campus life. Norman has served in administrative and teaching roles in higher education for 13 years. For the…

OBU Revises Organizational Structure

February 5, 2009—Citing the opportunity to enhance program effectiveness and plan for future growth, Oklahoma Baptist University President David W. Whitlock announced a revised organizational structure for the institution as the spring semester began. The new structure, which will be effective March 2,…

Winter Preview Day to Showcase OBU

February 5, 2009—Prospective college students are invited to experience Oklahoma Baptist University firsthand this weekend. OBU will host Winter Preview Day on Saturday, Feb. 7. The event begins with check-in and registration at 1:30 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel. Winter Preview Day will feature general sessions…

35th Annual OBU Concerto-Aria Concert Feb. 16

February 4, 2009—Ten Oklahoma Baptist University students have been selected to perform with a full orchestra during the 35th annual Concerto-Aria Concert Monday, Feb. 16. The annual concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event. Student…

Lilite to Perform First Faculty Recital

February 3, 2009—Dr. Louima Lilite will perform his first recital as a faculty member of Oklahoma Baptist University, Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the free event. Lilite, a tenor, has served as assistant professor of music in…

Alum Leads Middle School Honor Musicians

January 29, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University alum Toye Rawls Harris is leading the only featured junior honor group at the 2009 Oklahoma Music Educators Association Convention. Under Harris' direction, the Will Rogers Middle School Symphonic Band from Miami, Okla., plays Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Tulsa…

Babbie Mason to Lead OBU Chapel Feb. 4

January 25, 2009—Christian singer, songwriter and author Babbie Mason will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's African American Heritage chapel on Feb. 4. The chapel service, the first of the spring semester, will be held in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium at 10 a.m. on the OBU campus. The public is welcome to…

OBU Withstands Madoff Scheme Loss

January 22, 2009—As reported in The Oklahoman's Jan. 22 issue, Oklahoma Baptist University lost approximately $600,000 of its endowment holdings through the Bernard Madoff investment scheme. However, university officials said the loss will not have a significant impact on OBU's operating budget."While we…

McQuade Leads ‘Circle the State with Song’ Event

January 19, 2009—Oklahoma Baptist University welcomed about 75 children on Friday, Jan. 16, for the 15th annual "Circle the State with Song," a music festival sponsored in 14 locations statewide by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Dr. Jennifer McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music, was invited to…

Oklahoma Baptist University to Inaugurate President May 1

January 16, 2009—As Oklahoma Baptist University prepares to celebrate 100 years of history, it will commemorate the beginning of a new era on May 1 with the inauguration of the University's 15th president, Dr. David Wesley Whitlock. The University community and its friends will gather for inaugural ceremonies…

Ten Students Featured In 35th Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

January 15, 2009—Ten students will have the rare opportunity to perform with a full orchestra during Oklahoma Baptist University's 35th annual Concerto-Aria Concert Monday, Feb. 16. The annual concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free…

New OBU Scholarship to Honor Anthony Jordan

January 14, 2009—While he has worked closely with Oklahoma Baptist University for more than a dozen years, Dr. Anthony Jordan now has his name tied to an endowed fund which will benefit OBU students for decades to come.John Massey, chairman of the board of First United Bank in Durant, Okla., recently…

40th Annual Regional Honor Bands Gather at OBU

January 12, 2009—For the 40th consecutive year, the instrumental department at Oklahoma Baptist University hosted the regional junior and senior high school honor bands Jan. 5-6 in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. Nearly 160 students, representing 30 area schools, gathered to rehearse with two distinguished…

OBU's Youmans Makes Honors Presentation

January 12, 2009—Dr. Karen Youmans, Oklahoma Baptist University associate professor of English, made the presentation, "Small College Thesis Projects, Special Challenges and Rewards," at the 43rd Annual National Collegiate Honors Council Conference Oct. 22-26, 2008, in San Antonio, Texas. Youmans directs OBU's…

Poet Karen Swenson to Visit OBU Feb. 9-13

January 9, 2009—Award-winning poet Karen Swenson will visit Oklahoma Baptist University's campus Feb. 9-13, as part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, a program which helps bring professionals to private liberal arts universities for a week. During her time on Bison Hill, Swenson will be…