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New Honor Created For Legendary Faculty

August 2, 2010

Already recognized nationally for academic quality, OBU is launching a new campus recognition program which will honor legendary faculty members. The OBU Faculty Hall of Fame will induct its first class in November, during the University's Centennial Homecoming.

The Hall of Fame distinction is designed to "honor former OBU faculty members who were master teachers, making a significant impact on OBU students," according to the award nomination form.

"Our University has been blessed by a great legacy of faculty members who invested their lives on Bison Hill and made lasting contributions in the lives of their students and colleagues," OBU President David W. Whitlock said. "This Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to those individuals, and launching it during our Centennial year gives added distinction to the fact that OBU's great history is linked to the way God has blessed us with professors who have wholeheartedly supported our mission."

The first class of inductees will be recognized during Homecoming Chapel at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 13, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Any emeriti or former full-time faculty member who has had an exemplary teaching career at the University is eligible for the award. According to selection criteria, honorees should have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in the areas of "teaching, interest in students, professional development, research and writing, the life of the mind, service to the University, and Christian faith and professional life."

For the inaugural year, up to 10 nominees will be selected. For the following years, up to five honorees will be selected. If an honoree is deceased, a family member will be invited to accept the award in memory of the recipient.

Alumni and friends are invited to nominate individuals for the award. A nomination form is available at Each nomination should include the name of the nominee and a brief statement regarding why the former faculty member should be considered. Please submit nominations for 2010 by Sept. 1, 2010. Nominations can be emailed to the OBU Alumni Office, OBU Box 61275, 500 West University, Shawnee, OK 74804, or submitted via e-mail to