July 2010 News Articles

Dr. Bill Mitchell Takes a Circuitous Path

July 13, 2016—Just after the Great Depression ravaged Oklahoma, a young sharecropper's son determined he needed to escape the Sooner State. So 14-year-old Bill Mitchell saved $3 and ran away. He spent a day walking from rural Chandler to Bethany, and then hitched rides to Phoenix, Ariz. He purchased a loaf…

Global Missions Leader Avery Willis Dies

July 30, 2010—Dr. Avery T. Willis, a global missions leader and 1956 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate, died Friday, July 30, at his home in Bella Vista, Ark., after being diagnosed with leukemia in January. He was 76. "Dr. Willis was a marvelous servant of God with an unmatched passion for global…

Hughes Endowed Fund Provides Chair, Scholarships

July 30, 2010—The estate of OBU alumna Alta Faye Van Sickle has provided the university $857,500, which will be used as endowment funds for scholarships and an academic position, OBU President David W. Whitlock announced recently. The gift creates an endowment trust in honor of Van Sickle's parents, the…

Mitchell Earns Emmy, 'Rookie of Year' Awards

July 22, 2010— OBU alum Christi Mitchell received an Emmy Award and the "Rookie of the Year" Award at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Heartland Regional Emmy Awards gala dinner July 18 at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City. Mitchell is a 2009 OBU graduate. The National…

Myers Releases Poetry Volume, 'Elegy for Trains'

July 19, 2010—Dr. Benjamin Myers, associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, recently published a volume of poetry titled "Elegy for Trains," through Village Books Press. "The motivation came when I was approached by the publisher after I read at a local poetry reading," Myers said.…

Peggy Askins: Celebrating 50 Years on Bison Hill

July 15, 2010—Spending more than 50 years on Bison Hill, Oklahoma Baptist University registrar Peggy Askins has seen the methods of her work change from pen, paper and typewriters -- and a problematic registration process commonly referred to as a "cattle drive" -- to high-tech computerized systems and a…

Alum Melody Stroth Receives Music Awards

July 14, 2010—OBU alumna Melody (Lee) Stroth, who graduated in 1978 with a degree in piano performance, recently was named the Kansas Music Teacher Association's Teacher of the Year. She also received the 2010 Missouri Federation of Music Club's Church Musician of the Year award. Stroth graduated from OBU…

OBU School of Nursing Accredited by CCNE

July 6, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's School of Nursing recently received notice of accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The accreditation is for both OBU's baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master of science degree program in nursing. OBU's nursing program…