January 2010 News Articles

Centennial Celebration Welcomes All

January 22, 2010—A community worship celebration will punctuate Oklahoma Baptist University's Centennial Founders' Day on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010. The 6:30 p.m. service will welcome members of the greater OBU community who have supported the university during its first 100 years.  A special invitation is…

‘Into the Woods’ Premieres Feb. 12

January 22, 2010—Teaming for the ninth time, the Oklahoma Baptist University Fine Arts Department and Shawnee Little Theatre, Inc., have completed casting for the Stephen Sondheim/James Lapine musical "Into the Woods" performing Feb. 12-20, 2010, at Shawnee Little Theatre. Directed by Gregory Hopkins, the…

Avery Willis To Be Honored At March 4 Event

January 20, 2010—Global missions leaders will gather to honor the ministry of longtime outreach strategist Avery T. Willis Jr. during a special event titled "Avery T. Willis: Tribute to a Vision" on Thursday, March 4, at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee.  Dr. Willis addressed OBU students…

Louima Lilite: Haiti, My Beloved

January 20, 2010—Dr. Louima Lilite, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of music, was born and raised in Haiti. He serves as the coordinator of the annual North Haiti Music Camp in Limbé, Haiti. Lilite and his family -- wife Dephanie and daughters Abigail and Estelle -- were in north Haiti…

Working Together on Convergence

January 18, 2010—Media convergence - the fusion of communications and content - is ever-present today, and Oklahoma Baptist University students have embraced this publishing structure with creativity and teamwork. A class of six students from the Division of Communication Arts worked together during the fall…

Centennial Founders’ Day Planned for Feb. 10

January 14, 2010—A highlight to Oklahoma Baptist University's ongoing Centennial Celebration, Founders' Day will commemorate the university's incorporation in February 1910 during two special events slated for Wednesday, Feb. 10. A campus chapel service is scheduled for 10-11:30 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter…

Faculty, Students Touch Lives through Harvest Farms

January 14, 2010—Riding a horse can be a freeing experience. From a simple turn of the wrist to control direction to a gentle nudge of the heel to increase speed, a horse rider gains confidence. Harvest Farms, a therapeutic horse riding center in Shawnee, takes these principles and creates a refuge for area…

Pace Joins School of Christian Service

January 14, 2010—Dr. R. Scott Pace has joined Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service as Jewell and Joe L. Huitt assistant professor of applied ministry.  Pace has served for more than a decade as a student pastor, associate pastor of doctrine and, most recently, as…

Alum Jadee Neff: Living the Dream

January 12, 2010—When Jadee Upshaw Neff was contemplating colleges as a high school student in Shawnee, she wanted to choose the right place to start her higher learning process. To aid her search, she made a list of potential universities to evaluate them based on their academic merit and cost. Even though as…

Bison Hill Welcomes New Staff

January 12, 2010—Two people recently joined the Oklahoma Baptist University staff as residence facility officers.  Brett Askin is serving as a residence facility officer for West University Apartments, and Sarah Fisher is serving as a residence facility officer for Howard Residence Center. Residence…

Blue Named To New Administrative Post

January 11, 2010—Dr. Deborah C. Blue, Oklahoma Baptist University's senior vice president for academic affairs since August 2006, moved to the new post of senior vice president for academic services effective Jan. 1, OBU President David W. Whitlock announced on Friday. Blue, who has served in OBU faculty or…

Sharon Souter: An Advocate for All Generations

January 11, 2010—Each day, Dr. Sharon Souter invests her professional skills as a nurse educator to prepare the next generation of compassionate, competent nurses. But Souter's concern focuses not only on society's younger generations; she also invests her personal research efforts on the nutrition of senior…

Alum Duane Diffie: Caring Enough to Connect

January 8, 2010—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Duane Diffie, a 1974 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,…

Avery Willis Diagnosed with Leukemia

January 8, 2010—Avery Willis is a 1956 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate and the namesake for OBU's Avery Willis Center for Global Outreach. For more information about Avery Willis, click here. Avery Willis, a former senior vice president of the International Mission Board and author of the MasterLife…

Prep Department Welcomes New Percussion Instructor

January 8, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's Preparatory Department has welcomed Joshua Knight as a new percussion instructor. Students of all ages interested in studying percussion are invited to begin private study with Knight. Specializing in marching percussion, keyboard percussion and all styles of…

Save the Date: Dr. Martin Marty to Give April Lecture

January 8, 2010—Continuing its Centennial Celebration, Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome nationally recognized author and lecturer Dr. Martin Marty for a centennial Hobbs Lecture on April 14. The public is invited to attend the event during the weekly chapel service at 10 a.m. in OBU's Raley…

Alum David Alexander: Front Row at the White House

January 7, 2010—David Alexander, who graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1979, was buying food with his last pennies when, as a young, dead-broke journalist, he took a job at the Lebanon Daily News in Pennsylvania. A couple decades and thousands of globe-trotting miles later, Alexander now has a…

Preparatory Department Offers Art Classes

January 7, 2010—Children and adults in the Shawnee area who would like to learn or enhance artistic abilities are invited to attend art classes offered by the Oklahoma Baptist University Preparatory Department beginning the last week of January 2010.  A drawing course will be offered for children ages…

Winter Preview Day slated for Jan. 30

January 6, 2010—High school students in Oklahoma: Feel like you need to get started on the whole college thing? Want to meet the students and professors who make up Oklahoma Baptist University? Just looking for something fun to do on a Saturday? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then the 2010…

Gaylon and Maurine Dighton Live and Give in Full

January 5, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University alums Gaylon and Maurine Dighton experience life in full - and give back generously. When Gaylon arrived on Bison Hill in the mid-1950s, it did not take long for the Colorado boy to find chemistry with a lovely brown-eyed girl named Maurine Smith. Born in Seminole,…

OBU Offers Swimming Lessons for All Ages

January 5, 2010—If your New Year's resolutions include a healthy lifestyle, you may want to consider swimming, a lifetime sport which builds endurance, muscle strength and cardio-vascular fitness in addition to providing stress relief. To get you started, Oklahoma Baptist University is offering swimming…

Front Row at the White House - Q & A with David Alexander

January 4, 2010—David Alexander, a 1979 graduate of OBU, has traveled the globe as a journalist with United Press International and, more recently, with Reuters. Q. Of all your assignments, what has been the most interesting to you? A. The overseas assignments have been the most interesting because there is…

MP3: A New Era in Musical Enjoyment

January 4, 2010—Music changes. Not only has the style of music changed, but the way we acquire and listen to music has changed. Vinyl, although it has made a comeback in recent years, is a novelty at this point; something that is a rare commodity but not the most practical of ways to listen to your favorite…

Nutritional Risk for Older Adults

January 4, 2010—Life expectancy increased more during the 20th century than in any other century. By 2030, one in three persons will be 50 years or older. Most significant in this growth has been the increase in the number of people 65 years and older. In addition, the percentage of those 85 years and older…

Plant an Evergreen “Tree”

January 4, 2010—Endowments are like the evergreen tree - they produce colorful results all year long. They are like the redwood trees - long-lasting. They are like the fruit tree - producing fruit in season.Endowments allow you to create a legacy for generations to come, perhaps until Jesus comes again.…