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…

Melton Urges Students to Value 'This Day'

December 17, 2010—Reminded to value today and every day as a unique gift from God, 60 OBU graduates received their diplomas during OBU's Centennial Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 17. During the ceremony in OBU's John Wesley Raley Chapel, the graduates heard from Dr. Doug Melton, president of the Baptist…

OBU Adding Football, Swimming, Lacrosse

December 16, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist is ready for some football, and some swimming and some lacrosse."Today, after many months of study, I am pleased to announce that Oklahoma Baptist University is resuming a varsity football program," said OBU President Dr. David Whitlock. "We are taking steps to build the…

OBU Acquires Gaskin Archives, Murrow Press

December 15, 2010—OBU has acquired the Gaskin Archives and Murrow Press from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma to permanently house elements of Oklahoma Baptist history on Bison Hill. OBU President David Whitlock and Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the BGCO, signed an agreement in…

Historic Rock Wall Dismantled, Saved for Posterity

December 14, 2010—Drivers along Shawnee's Kickapoo Street saw the dismantling of a notable fixture on OBU's campus in mid-December as the rock wall which ran along the East border of the campus was removed to accommodate the widening of one of Shawnee's oldest avenues.  Freddy Abila (left) and Armando…

Bison Pledge' Promises Four-Year Degree

December 13, 2010—In an age when more than half of college students earn their "four-year" degrees within six years, OBU is offering "The Bison Pledge" to help students save time and money -- and graduate as planned. The Bison Pledge is a commitment that OBU will offer all required courses necessary for a…

Gary Underwood: Drawn by Glee, Guided by Grace

December 9, 2010—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…

Alum Andy Taylor: Foot Prints of Jesus, Boot Prints of Soldiers

December 8, 2010—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…

OBU Celebrates Christmas with Fine Arts Chapel

December 8, 2010—  Continuing a 10-year tradition, Meg Reeder (left) joins her dad, Dr. Dan Reeder, to emcee OBU's Fine Arts Christmas Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 8, in OBU's Raley Chapel. Dr. Reeder serves as Albert J. Geiger professor of business at OBU. Karlie Clifford, an OBU sophomore from Oklahoma…

Profile In Excellence: Arnold Rawls Pursues Passions

December 7, 2010—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…

Journalist Bob Levey Speaks on Bison Hill

December 6, 2010—  Bob Levey (center), a former columnist with The Washington Post, visits with students, including Rett Adams (left) and Glen Quintana from Oklahoma City, in Dr. Carolyn Cole's freshman honors class at OBU Monday, Dec. 6. Levey is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow at OBU Dec. 6-9. He will…

Profile In Excellence: The Value of Words

December 6, 2010—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…

Alum Christa Evans Receives Law Award

December 3, 2010—Christa Evans, a 2006 graduate of OBU, recently was awarded the Outstanding Law Student award from the Oklahoma Bar Association. Originally from Cherokee, Okla., Evans is a third-year student at the University of Oklahoma, where she serves as president of the OU Student Bar Association. Each…

Forgiveness Brings Freedom from Bitterness

December 3, 2010—"Those pigs have zero chance," Mike Keahbone said as he described a wild hog-hunting expedition he went on recently. "We've got the weaponry, we've got the ammunition, we have the pig whisperer … we are completely ready." Keahbone shared his humorous account to relate to OBU students…

Professor, Students Reach Out through Haiti Music Camp

November 23, 2010—During the summer break, Dr. Louima Lilite took OBU music majors to Haiti to conduct the North Haiti Music Camp in Limbé, Haiti. The camp was held at North Haiti ChristianUniversity July 14-26, giving Haitians a chance to step away from their everyday schedules and learn something…

Scholarship Established for Pastoral, Missions Students

November 23, 2010—To honor the Christian heritage established by Rev. Harold and Zelma Whitlock, their family has established an endowed fund to benefit OBU students preparing for Christian ministry. Harold and Zelma Whitlock, the grandparents of OBU President David Whitlock, served as church planters primarily…

Anthony Jordan Receives Honorary Doctorate

November 18, 2010—OBU presented an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree to Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, during the BGCO's annual meeting on the OBU campus Tuesday, Nov. 16. Helping coordinate the work of more than 1,790 Oklahoma Baptist churches,…

Nursing Students Help Homeless in Shawnee

November 18, 2010—Homelessness is a growing problem around the world today, and Shawnee is no exception. In recognition of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Nov. 14-20, eight senior nursing students from Oklahoma Baptist University reached out to the homeless in the local community as part of an…

Alum Receives Community Engagement Grant

November 17, 2010—Jenny Affentranger, who serves as lower elementary principal for Bethel Schools in Bethel Acres, Okla., is one of 25 principals selected by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation and MetLife Foundation to receive grants in the 2010 Sharing the Dream…

2010 Harvest Court Announced

November 13, 2010—The 2010 Harvest Court at Oklahoma Baptist University was crowned on Saturday, Nov. 13, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The honored seniors included harvest queen Jenna Butner, seated, from Seminole, Okla., and harvest king James Gonzalez from Katy, Texas. Other members of the court…

Whitlock Brings Message of Purpose at Homecoming Chapel

November 13, 2010—OBU's president, Dr. David Whitlock, addressed OBU alumni, students, faculty and friends during a special homecoming chapel service Saturday, Nov. 13, in Raley Chapel, bringing a message of purpose and vision to those in attendance. During the service, the university recognized recipients of…

Family's OBU Ties Transcend Four Generations

November 12, 2010—Bonds to Bison Hill are strong in the Needham/Frymire family. Although the Frymires live 1,200 miles from Shawnee, Okla., in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, their family remains connected to OBU. Four generations of the family have attended the university from early in the 20th century to current…

OBU Alumni Honored at Harvest Dinner

November 12, 2010—  Three outstanding Oklahoma Baptist University alumni were honored during the university's Centennial Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 12, in OBU's Geiger Center. (From left) Gerald "Corky" Oglesby, '58 was inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame for his role on the OBU track…

Fifth Graders Learn about Cultures and Immigration

November 11, 2010—Fifth graders from Jefferson Elementary in Shawnee attended OBU's social studies project, titled "Coming to America -- A Study of Immigration and Citizenship," Wednesday, Nov. 10, in the Geiger Center on campus.  Created by OBU teacher education students, the interactive children's museum…

Theatre's Antigone 'Held' for Regional Festival

November 10, 2010—OBU Theatre's production of "Antigone" has been "held" by the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI committee for consideration for advancement to the 2010-11 Regional Festival. "We are honored to have been held for consideration for the regional festival," said Laura…

Alum Publishes Book Based on Raising 10 Kids

November 5, 2010—Traveling through time and instruments used by sea-faring men may seem completely unrelated, but OBU alum Lygia Lovelace uses them to comprise a heart-warming, inspirational book about family inspiration and biblical interpretation. "Time Travels ... And Pirate Telescopes" is the title of…

Purin Published in Music Journal

November 3, 2010—Peter Purin, associate professor of music at OBU, recently had his first published journal article released in the American Music Research Center Journal, Vol. 19, for 2010. The article is titled "An Examination of Don Walker's Style of Orchestration in The Pajama Game, The Most Happy Fella,…

Teacher Education Majors Create Accreditation Display

November 3, 2010—OBU teacher education majors completed an extensive display for a scheduled site visit team by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, during the first week of November. The display is designed to convey a sense of the journey OBU students take from their…

Inaugural Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

November 1, 2010—To honor former OBU faculty members who were master teachers, making a significant impact on OBU students, the university will induct its inaugural Faculty Hall of Fame class during the Centennial Homecoming chapel service Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. The inductees include…

Alum Receives Poetry Awards

October 28, 2010—OBU alum, former administrator and esteemed poet Robert Lynn recently presented a reading from his most recent book of poems, "Midnight Verse," in Oklahoma City at the fall meeting of the Poetry Society of Oklahoma. Awards were presented in five categories, and Lynn received first place in two…

Alumni Recognized as 2011 Teacher of the Year Finalists

October 27, 2010—OBU alumni from the Division of Teacher Education often are recognized for their excellent teaching in the classroom, and this year was no different. Of the 12 finalists for the 2011 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year award, two nominees were OBU graduates. Kristi Lovett Kari…

Centennial Harvest Court Honors Outstanding Seniors

October 19, 2010—OBU will honor outstanding seniors at the annual Harvest Court ceremony Saturday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter auditorium as a part of OBU's Homecoming and Centennial celebrations. Senior students were nominated by their peers in six different categories: harvest king, harvest…

Compton Addresses Rival Concepts of God

October 11, 2010—All humanity is divided into two groups: Those who don't believe there is a God (atheists), and those who believe there is a God. Christians are included in the consideration of these rival concepts of the Creator, said Odus Compton, director of student ministries at OBU. "The reality is, we…

Trustees Set Tuition, Approve Graduate Programs

October 11, 2010—OBU trustees approved tuition and fees for the 2011-12 academic year, ratified plans for five new graduate programs, and gave the university approval to explore and implement potential new athletic programs during the board's annual fall meeting on the OBU campus Friday, Oct. 8.The…

Spanish Education Grads Invest Overseas

October 1, 2010—Recent OBU graduates Thomas Mosley and Andrea Gates are serving overseas as North American Language and Culture Assistants for the 2010-11 academic year. Both Mosley and Gates earned bachelor's degrees in Spanish in May 2010, and they are the first OBU grads to take part in this particular…

Alum Publishes 'All Things Flow' Poetry Book

September 30, 2010—An inspiring heartfelt book of poems, titled "All Things Flow," comes from Rockford Johnson, a 1978 OBU alum who said he used his inner-most activities of the heart and mind to write the compelling poems. The works reflect a way of understanding life and experience as captured in the title,…

Alum Paul Harvey Discusses Baptist History with Faculty, Students

September 29, 2010— OBU alum Dr. Paul Harvey, professor of history at The University of Colorado, addresses OBU faculty and students on campus Tuesday, Sept. 28. The Department of Anthropology, History, and Political Science hosted Harvey in a set of three presentations. The first, "Baptists and the American…

Watson Named to Oklahoma Education Hall of Fame

September 29, 2010—Widely known for his portrayal of historic Oklahoman Will Rogers and favored on Bison Hill as a longtime professor and scholar, Dr. Doug Watson will be inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame Tuesday, Oct. 12. The ceremony and dinner will be at the Jim Thorpe Museum and…

Facilities Management Reorganizes for Efficiency

September 28, 2010—OBU recently announced a reorganization of its facilities management and services area. The division was renamed Facilities Management, and the structure was changed to incorporate four service areas. The division is directed by Robert Cash, who joined the OBU staff in 1990 and has directed…

Students Cross Cultures through 'Hands On' Missions

September 27, 2010—Editor's note: Students' last names are withheld for the safety of the people with whom they worked and to not hinder future travel arrangements to places which may not be open to a Christian witness. Hands On, the semester-long residency program founded by the International Missions Board, is…

Little Publishes Article in Oklahoma Bar Journal

September 22, 2010—John Little, OBU director of estate and gift planning, recently had an article published in the Oklahoma Bar Journal. Their theme for the Aug. 7, 2010, edition was "Oklahoma Legal History," discussing some of the most intriguing law cases from Oklahoma. Little's article was titled "Textbooks,…

Students Serve Community on GO Week

September 22, 2010—OBU students Devin Warfield and Kathryn Barrett, along with nine of their classmates, work to clean garbage, brush and small trees from Dunbar Heights in Shawnee on Saturday, Sept. 18. Warfield is a junior Bible major from Enid, Okla., and Barrett is a senior mathematics major from Neodesha,…

OBU Headlines Oklahoma City Newscasts

September 21, 2010—OBU was featured on two broadcasts of KOCO Channel 5 news during its "On the Road College Tour" Wednesday, Sept. 15. The Oklahoma City news station broadcast live from OBU's Oval during the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts. News anchors Paul Folger and Jessica Schambach reported from a news desk…

Alum, Age 98, Shares Memories

September 20, 2010—As OBU alumna Lorene Hall May celebrated her 98th birthday, she reflected on her experience at OBU in the 1920s. May celebrated her birthday Sept. 7, 2010, in her hometown of Waldron, Ark. Because May had family in Shawnee, and her mother was a faithful Baptist, she insisted on attending OBU.…

Sixteen Receive Graduate School Degrees

September 14, 2010—Sixteen students celebrated the completion of master's degree studies through the OBU Graduate School during luncheons and a Commencement ceremony Saturday, Sept. 11, in OBU's Raley Chapel. Graduates receiving master of science degrees in nursing included: Cecelia Anne Armstrong, Ladora Sue…

Two Faculty Installed to Endowed Roles

September 13, 2010—Academic installations highlighted OBU's chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 13, in the University's Raley Chapel. Dr. David C. Houghton was installed to the Minter Chair of Business, and Dr. D. Brent Ballweg was installed to the Patterson Professorship in Music during the 10 a.m. event. Endowed…

Freshman Class Enrollment Jumps

September 10, 2010—OBU saw overall enrollment increase for the 2010 fall semester, bolstered by a total of 414 first-time freshmen. OBU's headcount enrollment of 1,777 students for the fall semester is a slight gain over the fall 2009 total of 1,764 students. The number of freshmen increased by 12.5 percent from…

O'Dell Challenges Truth of 'What We Believe'

September 8, 2010—Just as the laws of God's creation -- such as the law of gravity -- govern this world, so do the laws of God's new creation -- people saved by grace -- govern all Christian believers, Shannon O'Dell told OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Raley Chapel. "You…

Alum Lynda Young Writes to Encourage

September 7, 2010—From devoting her time to volunteering in the children's hospital in Atlanta, to observing her husband's work in the field of cancer research for more than 40 years, OBU alum and author Lynda Tinnin Young has a passion for the experiences of families with children suffering from chronic health…

Intramural Program Initiates New Traditions

September 7, 2010—As OBU celebrates its first 100 years of tradition and achievement, new changes and traditions are starting in the McDowell Family Intramural Program. The goal of the initiatives is to become more student-friendly and to encourage more active participation in the OBU family, said David…

Convocation: Embrace Intellectual and Spiritual Disciplines

September 3, 2010—Reflecting on "the remarkable vision of those who came to this very patch of earth 100 years ago" to prayerfully establish a Christian liberal arts university, Oklahoma Baptist University President David Whitlock challenged students and faculty to embrace intellectual and spiritual disciplines…

Alum Earl Bigelow Preaches Final Sermon at 92

August 30, 2010—OBU alum Earl Bigelow, age 92, preached what he intended to be his final sermon on Sunday, Aug. 22, at First Baptist Church in Pacific Beach, Calif. Bigelow has served as a Baptist minister for more than 70 years. Bigelow chose to conclude his preaching now, rather than wait for his health to…

Alum Laura McConnell-Corbyn: Part of the Family

August 25, 2010—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…

Personal Testimony Most Significant, Miller Says

August 25, 2010—OBU was 34 years old when Dr. Calvin Miller felt God calling him to the Gospel ministry, Miller told OBU students during the university's Centennial Fall Challenge chapel service on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Sixty-six years later, after a lifetime of study and ministry, Miller said he has determined…

340 Students ‘Serve Shawnee’ during Welcome Week

August 24, 2010—More than 340 OBU students hit the streets of Shawnee with service and a smile as part of their Welcome Week festivities on Monday, Aug. 23, for the annual "Serve Shawnee" initiative.  "Serve Shawnee" participants engaged in a variety of service opportunities at about 26 locations…

Alum Gladys Lewis: Building an Educational and Literary Reservoir

August 24, 2010—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…

Alum Don Hargis: A Life of Service

August 23, 2010—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…

OBU Welcomes 400-Plus Freshmen

August 23, 2010—Welcome Week Workers, known on campus as "Tri-Ws," eagerly wait to unload the possessions of freshmen arriving on campus Saturday, Aug. 21. OBU upper classmen return to campus early to help welcome freshmen and transfer students to Bison Hill. Sophomore Tori Thomas, a pre-counseling major from…

New Season Debuts for Theatre

August 21, 2010—"Celebrating the Centennial, Continuing the Excellence" is this year's theme for the OBU Theatre Department, with a production line-up proving OBU Theatre is continuing its long history of excellence in performing arts. The season started Sept. 2 with a production of "Yours, Isabel," which…

Blue Receives Distinguished Service Award

August 20, 2010—Dr. Debbie Blue, Oklahoma Baptist University senior vice president for academic services, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma Association of Career and Technology Education during their 43rd annual conference Aug. 2 in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Association of Career and…

Communication Professors Serve at Princeton

August 18, 2010—OBU professors Dr. Vickie Ellis and Dr. Kaylene Barbe taught in the Junior State of America Summer School program at Princeton University in New Jersey, in conjunction with The Junior Statesman Foundation, in July.Ellis arrived July 5 to teach a prep course for the students who were attending…

Alums Dan and Nancy Ford Go the Distance, Enjoy the Journey

August 16, 2010—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…

Alum Charlton McIlwain: Influencing the Social Landscape

August 13, 2010—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…

Three Long-Time Educators Retire from Posts

August 13, 2010—Dr. Carol Bell, associate professor of music, and Dr. Jim Hansford, Burton Patterson professor of music and director of bands, both retired in July, following 20 years of service at Oklahoma Baptist University. Earlier in 2010, Diane Shank retired as technical services librarian. She joined…

Watson Publishes ‘Children’s Book for Big People’

August 12, 2010—Taking the simplicity of a child's book combined with the seriousness of a message for adults, Oklahoma Baptist University alum Bradley Watson recently published, "Mountains, Pilgrims, and Foreign Language," a collection of stories, poems and thoughts to inspire and encourage the…

For OBU Mathematician, Bible Distribution Adds Up

August 10, 2010—An admirable leader and associate professor of mathematics at OBU, Dr. John Nichols has made a difference all across the State of Oklahoma through The Gideons International. Nichols' mission, along with other Gideons since 1899, is dedicated to bringing people to a saving faith in Jesus Christ…

Theatre Alums Share Successes with Bison Hill

August 3, 2010—OBU theatre alums Rex Daugherty and Christy Hall have found success in their profession since they graduated, and they are sharing the product of their accomplishments with their alma mater to open OBU's 2010-11 theatre season. Christy Hall Matt Lutz Rex Daugherty The duo…

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…

Professors 'Resonate' with Future Ministers

August 2, 2010—Several OBU music professors recently participated in Resonate: Above the Noise, a camp sponsored by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma for youth who believe they may have a future in music ministry. About 50 Oklahoma high school students participated in the new camp, hosted on Bison…

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…

Seven Ways to Assure There’s Always Something There to Remind Me

June 29, 2010—  For those of us who remember the "old" rock music, could any of us forget this classic statement of melody and lyrics which spoke of the sadness of a lost sweetheart? For you "rock fans" of the 1960s, Dionne Warwick recorded Always Something There To Remind Me, written by Burt Bacharach…

Taking a Circuitous Path

June 29, 2010—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…

Music Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

June 15, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recently recognized outstanding students in music studies and awarded numerous scholarships during a spring music awards banquet and the 2010 Awards Convocation in May.Melissa Argo, a rising senior from Gallup, N.M., received…

Lilite Receives Promising Teacher Award

June 10, 2010—Dr. Louima Lilite, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of music, received OBU's Promising Teacher Award during the university's Centennial Spring Commencement May 15. Lilite, who joined the OBU faculty in fall 2008, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the…

McElroy Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

June 10, 2010—A leader of the cheer squad since 1990, Dr. Linda McElroy was cheered as a top award winner when she received the Distinguished Teaching Award during Oklahoma Baptist University's Centennial Spring Commencement May 15. The highest honor for OBU faculty members, the Distinguished Teaching Award…

O’Gwynn Receives Meritorious Service Award

June 10, 2010—Marty O'Gwynn, a longtime staff member, received Oklahoma Baptist University's Meritorious Service Award during the university's Centennial Spring Commencement May 15.The Meritorious Service Award is one of three major university honors presented during the spring graduation ceremonies each…

Dora Hobbs, The Early Years

June 9, 2010—The following story was written about longtime OBU graduate Dora Hobbs, '28, by Carol Lavelle Snow for the Cushing (Okla.) High School 1963 website. For more information, visit the site here. Who was this woman? 1) She received two degrees after high school. 2) She taught Elocution early in…

Alum Richard Huggins: Continuing OBU's Rich Music Legacy

May 25, 2010—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Richard Huggins, a 1969 graduate, is a 2009 recipient of the OBU Alumni Association's Profile In Excellence Award. The awardis given to a former student who has "demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in his or her profession, business,…

Alum Sonny Miller: Building on a Strong Foundation

May 25, 2010—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Sonny Miller, a 1994 graduate, is a 2010 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,…

Outstanding Business Seniors Receive Awards

May 25, 2010—Nine Oklahoma Baptist University senior business majors received awards for outstanding work during the Paul Dickinson School of Business awards assembly Monday, May 3. Danielle Cummins, a professional accountancy major from Rogers, Ark., was named the Outstanding Overall Senior and the…

McWilliams: Learning and Teaching One Season at a Time

May 21, 2010—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…

Houghton to Lead OBU School of Business

May 20, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University has named Dr. David C. Houghton as dean of the Paul Dickinson School of Business. Houghton will begin his tenure at OBU on Aug. 1. "Dr. David Houghton brings a proven record of academic and professional experience to OBU," said Dr. Stan Norman, OBU provost and…

School of Christian Service Presents Awards, Scholarships

May 18, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service recognized an outstanding alumnus and outstanding students in Christian service studies during a banquet April 26 and during the 2010 Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 5, in Raley Chapel. Dr. Doug Melton received…

Wilson Recognized as Nigh Academy Scholar

May 17, 2010—The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education recently recognized Sara Wilson, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior from Bethany, Okla., as a 2010 Nigh Academy Scholar. As a Nigh Scholar, Wilson attended the Nigh Leadership Academy in March and received a scholarship.Wilson is a history…

Raley Reminds Grads To Rely On Faith and Love

May 15, 2010—Urged by a member of the university's most revered family to rely on faith and love, 244 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates received their diplomas during OBU's Centennial Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 15. Before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in OBU's John Wesley Raley…

Centennial Nursing Graduates Awarded Pins

May 14, 2010—In an act symbolizing the transition from student life to professional work, 47 Oklahoma Baptist University nursing students participated in the Centennial Nurses' Pinning Ceremony Friday, May 14. The Centennial class is the largest graduating cohort of nursing students in the program's…

Trustees Approve Campus Master Plan Report

May 14, 2010—Approval of a long-range campus master plan highlighted the spring meeting of Oklahoma Baptist University's board of trustees during their spring meeting on the OBU campus in Shawnee Friday. OBU President David Whitlock presented the campus master plan during his report to the trustees Friday…

Smallwood To Head University Advancement

May 13, 2010—Will Smallwood has been named vice president for university advancement at Oklahoma Baptist University. Smallwood started at OBU May 10, after serving as director of development for The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky."OBU has a rich and strong advancement legacy. Will…

Vernon Named Director of Bisonettes

May 10, 2010—Dr. James Vernon, Oklahoma Baptist University professor of music, has been named director of the Bisonette Women's Glee Club. He will assume the role in August for the fall 2010 semester. The Bisonette Women's Glee Club was organized in 1954 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of…

Alum Receives Kansas Library Award

May 7, 2010—Heather Braum, a 2005 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate, received the 2010 Kansas Library Association Presidential Award of New Professions at the association's annual conference in Wichita, Kan., in April. Braum is the Northeast Kansas Library System technology librarian and a mentor in…

Alum Russell Jones Accepts Harvard Professorship

May 6, 2010—Russell E. Jones, a 2004 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, recently accepted a position at Harvard University as an assistant professor of philosophy with a specialization in classical philosophy, beginning July 1, 2010. Jones said he hopes to not only impact his students, but also to…

Five OBU Students Win Singing Awards

May 6, 2010—Ten Oklahoma Baptist University music students placed in the finals of the statewide National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Conference and Competition on Saturday, April 10, with five of the 10 qualifiers earning top honors in the event. Colleges and universities from across…

Students Share Hope through Spero Project

May 6, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University students devote time each week to serve refugees in Oklahoma City through the Spero Project, an organization named for the Latin word for "hope." The refugees, who come from countries all over the world such as Myanmar, Iraq, Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of the…

Broadcasting Students Win Top Honors at State

May 5, 2010—Six Oklahoma Baptist University Communications Arts students won 14 awards at the 20th annual Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association annual convention on April 10 in Oklahoma City. The competition included 200 entries in about 20 categories. The students competed against their peers…

Outstanding Students Recognized at Awards Convocation

May 5, 2010—May 5, 2010 Oklahoma Baptist University recognized its outstanding seniors during the Centennial Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 5, in Raley Chapel. Stephanie Robbins, an English secondary education major from Farmington, Ark., received the University's highest award, the Rosalee Mills…

Brewster Receives National Milken Award

May 4, 2010—Chris Brewster, founder and principal of Santa Fe South School in Oklahoma City, recently received the 2010 National Milken Educator Award from State Superintendent Sandy Garrett, including an unrestricted $25,000 cash prize. Brewster and his wife, Christina, are 1992 Oklahoma Baptist…

Alum Kristi Burchfiel Publishes Ecclesiastes Study

May 3, 2010—People have been writing in diaries and journals for ages -- sometimes to vent, sometimes to fill time, and sometimes to relax by putting pen to paper. Sometimes the personal revelations are too strong to put aside, too good to be kept shut inside a notebook. Sometimes they need to be shared.…

Cotter Uses Medical Skills to Serve in Malaysia

April 29, 2010—At times we sit. We prop our feet up on the recliner, watch the news and talk about the ways somebody should help the world with its problems. These problems, such as the government unrest in Myanmar producing hoards of endangered refugees, should bother us. When we see someone hurting, we…

God’s Will is No Mystery,’ Winterberg Says

April 28, 2010—While some Christian believers seem to flounder searching for God's plan for their lives, God makes his will quite plain in the Bible, said director of Oklahoma Baptist University's Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach (name has been omitted for security purposes). OBU global outreach…

Students 'Mess in the Muck' in Outdoor Classroom

April 27, 2010—   Oklahoma Baptist University student Stephanie Baker (left), a junior from Salida, Colo., and Dr. Jeanne Akin (right), OBU professor of teacher education, assist fourth graders from Grove School, Shawnee, in "Messing in the Muck," a study of macroinvertebrates to determine the health of…

Alum Plants Churches in Pacific Northwest

April 22, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University alum Andy Stills took the skills he learned on Bison Hill to the Pacific Northwest, where he works in Portland, Ore., as a church planter. A church planter is someone who starts new churches in locations where one may not exist - and it has become a passion for…

Grant to Join Oklahoma Women’s Golf Hall of Fame

April 22, 2010—Pat Grant, a legendary Oklahoma golfer and retired military officer and attorney, will be inducted into the Women's Oklahoma Golf Hall of Fame on Sunday, April 25. The induction banquet will be at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.A 1942 graduate of Oklahoma…

Nursing Students Meet Spiritual, Physical Needs in Mexico

April 22, 2010—For several Oklahoma Baptist University nursing majors, the chance to serve on a mission trip in Oaxaca, Mexico, during January Term provided the students the opportunity to not only meet spiritual needs by sharing God's Word, but also to meet physical needs by practicing their medical…

Grad Students Broaden Perspectives in Dubai

April 21, 2010—Education broadens a person's perspective of the world, and under the guidance of their professor, Gene King, four Oklahoma Baptist University graduate students recently traveled to the United Arab Emirates for 10 days of experiential learning about the business and cultural environments of…

OBU Revises LifeLong Learning Program

April 21, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's LifeLong Learning Program, which was introduced in the spring of 2009, will continue with new guidelines enacted for coming years. OBU trustees approved the policy changes on April 13. The innovative educational benefit program for alumni will provide for up to…

Students Present Papers at Sooner Conference

April 16, 2010—Four Oklahoma Baptist University communications majors wrote papers accepted to the University of Oklahoma Sooner Communication Conference March 26-27. Kate Berry, Kaylee Lonsinger, Marissa Moseley-Edwards and Amanda Teape presented their papers during the conference on the Norman campus. The…

Martin Marty Says ‘No Whining Allowed’ Among Disciples

April 14, 2010—Despite the changes on culture and generations through the ages, the call of God -- and the call of Jesus Christ for his believers to be disciples -- remains constant in any culture, Dr. Martin Marty told Oklahoma Baptist University students during the centennial Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, April…

Faculty, Staff Honored for 825 Years of Service

April 13, 2010—Recognizing a combined 825 years of service to the institution during its first 100 years, Oklahoma Baptist University honored 50 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 8. Peggy Askins, director of academic records/registrar, was honored for 50…

OBU Presents ‘The Spring Affair Show’

April 13, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's Campus Activities Board promises an evening of unforgettable entertainment as they present "The Spring Affair Show," Saturday, April 17, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel. Admittance is free, and the community is welcome to attend."The Spring Affair Show will provide a…

Faculty and Staff Honored as 'Seven Who Care'

April 9, 2010—Seven Oklahoma Baptist University faculty and staff members were honored by OBU students April 7 for their contributions to the campus community. The honorees received the Seven Who Care Award during the university's Hyde Park chapel service in Raley Chapel. The Seven Who Care Award is given…

SGA Hosts Annual Hyde Park Day

April 9, 2010—Candidates for Oklahoma Baptist University's elected student leadership had the chance to offer their stump speeches during OBU's annual Hyde Park Day chapel service, Wednesday, April 7.This year's candidates for SGA president were, Brandon Dickinson, a rising senior from Enid, Okla., and…

Student Musicians Lead Holy Week Chapel

March 31, 2010—  The Oklahoma Baptist University Symphonic Band, including senior clarinetist Jordan Myers, leads the OBU community in a special Holy Week chapel service Wednesday, March 31, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Myers is from Perkins, Okla. The Oklahoma Baptist University Bisonette…

Team Presents Championship Trophy to OBU

March 31, 2010— The Oklahoma Baptist University men's basketball team presented the James A. Naismith Award for the NAIA National Championship to OBU President David Whitlock during the weekly chapel service Wednesday, March 31. The team clenched the championship Tuesday, March 23, in Kansas City. OBU head…

Senior Inspired by God’s Glory

March 29, 2010—Jessica Herbert, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior art major, finds inspiration in the relationships and nature that God provides for her each day. Herbert, a 22-year-old student from Greenville, Texas, is showcasing her artwork in the on-campus Art Division Gallery from March 26- April…

Students Study Abroad through Hands On Program

March 29, 2010—Editor's note: Students' last names are withheld for the safety of the people with whom they worked and to not hinder future travel arrangements to places which may not be open to a Christian witness.Three students from Oklahoma Baptist University recently experienced life in different…

Great Followers Make Great Leaders, King Says

March 25, 2010—While the world pushes achievers to be great leaders, Kelly King told Oklahoma Baptist University students that the true mark of a great leader is if the person is a great follower of Jesus Christ. King shared her message during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, March 24, honoring Women's…

Bison Claim NAIA Basketball Championship

March 23, 2010—KANSAS CITY, MO. - National Champions. National Championship T-Shirts are on sale in the OBU Bookstore now! For the first time in 44 years, Oklahoma Baptist University is the crown jewel of the NAIA as winners of the national men's basketball championship, 84-83, over Azusa Pacific Tuesday…

Students Reflect on Peru GO Trip Experience

March 23, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University students and their faculty sponsor who traveled to Peru for a missions endeavor during OBU's January Term recently reflected about their life-changing experience in South America. OBU's Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach sponsors several trips annually,…

Biology Students Study in Costa Rica

March 12, 2010—Biologist Dale Utt and a group of six Oklahoma Baptist University students spent 10 days during January Term exploring the rainforest as part of the Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity of Costa Rica class. Dr. Utt is associate professor of biology at OBU. The group first visited the Quetzal…

In Asia, Students Find ‘God is Everywhere’

March 12, 2010—Editor's note: Students' last names are withheld for the safety of the people with whom they worked and to not hinder future travel arrangements to places which may not be open to a Christian witness.Many people want to travel -- to go, to move, to get an up-close-and-personal look at the…

Simmons Urges Peers to Live for Christ

March 11, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University student Sam Simmons challenged his fellow students to reevaluate their motives and live for Christ in his message during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, March 10. Each year, a student from OBU's School of Christian Service is selected to present a sermon in…

College an 'amazing' time to spread Gospel, he says

March 9, 2010—EDITOR'S NOTE: Mike McQuitty is a 1993 OBU graduate, and Vicki Tarrance McQuitty is a 1994 OBU graduate. This is the second of eight stories highlighting North American Mission Board missionaries as part of the 2010 Week of Prayer, March 7-14, and the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North…

Graduate School Celebrates Nursing, Business Cohorts

March 9, 2010—The Oklahoma Baptist University Graduate School celebrated the completion of master's degree coursework in nursing and business for 16 graduates during luncheons and a Commencement ceremony Saturday, March 6, on the Shawnee campus. OBU Graduate School nursing pins were awarded to the first…

Elmore Urges Students to Be Focused, Not Fuzzy

March 4, 2010—Most Americans today resemble floodwaters spread over a great distance, stagnant and somewhat shallow, Dr. Tim Elmore told Oklahoma Baptist University students during a campus chapel service Wednesday, March 3. He urged the students to choose to go against the flow of society and be more like…

Alum Roger Colby Publishes ‘Transgression Box’

March 2, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University alum and author Roger Colby recently published his first novel, "The Transgression Box." The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other book retailers. Colby, who graduated from OBU in 1996, teaches English at Little Axe High School in Norman,…

People are Priority, Jackley Tells Students

March 2, 2010—More than the $130 million in microloans it has facilitated this year, and more than reaching 191 countries within four years of its inception, Kiva is about stories - and the individual people those detailed stories represent - Kiva Co-Founder Jessica Jackley said. Jackley spoke about…

Professors Write Entries for Oklahoma Encyclopedia

February 26, 2010—Five OBU professors recently contributed to the "Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture," published by the Oklahoma History Society, a commemorative volume which contains articles written by leading scholars in the field. The encyclopedia contains three essays by Dr. Bill Hagen, OBU…

Moreland Unveils Secret to Happiness

February 22, 2010—Noted Christian philosopher J.P. Moreland offered a warning to Oklahoma Baptist University students as he spoke in a chapel message Friday, Feb. 19. He cautioned students to not become addicted to happiness. "People are addicted to being happy today to such a degree that if they're not happy,…

Students Engage a Diverse World in South Asia

February 22, 2010—Each January, students at Oklahoma Baptist University have the opportunity to live out the university's mission statement and engage a diverse world. OBU's Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach plans trips around the world, encouraging students to participate in missions firsthand. One of…

Staggs Portrays Bonhoeffer's Legacy

February 17, 2010—Entering the stage dressed in a World War II-era prisoner's uniform, dramatic performer Al Staggs embodied the character of German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Staggs' one-person play, "A View from the Underside: The Legacy of Dietrich Bonhoeffer," captures the period of Bonhoeffer's life…

Camp Calls Students to Take Part in Body of Christ

February 15, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University students were met with a pop quiz during a chapel service Feb. 15. Promising the quiz would be the easiest of the semester, Dr. Brian Camp, professor of family science, asked students to fill in the blank of various questions. Each question's answer was "body,"…

Be 'Kingdom-First People,' Agee Says

February 12, 2010—A study from Pennsylvania State University reveals that the United States is no longer the center of power for Christians in the world, Dr. Bob R. Agee said during an Oklahoma Baptist University Founders' Day worship service Wednesday night, Feb. 10. As OBU - and all Christians - head into the…

Governor Celebrates at Founders’ Day Luncheon

February 12, 2010—The Honorable C. Brad Henry, Governor of Oklahoma, was one of several esteemed guests who brought greetings and reflections to Oklahoma Baptist University during its Centennial Celebration Founders' Day Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 10, on the OBU campus. Governor Henry proclaimed Feb. 9, 2010, as…

OBU Maintains High Standards for 100 Years

February 10, 2010—"Amid the heaping pile of shattered hopes and broken dreams of schools started and institutions shuttered, God planted a vision in the hearts of Oklahoma Baptists" for higher education that no tribulation could derail during its 100-year history, said Dr. Paul R. Corts, during OBU's Founders'…

Board Approves Budget, New Faculty Salary System

February 5, 2010—During their spring semester meeting on campus Friday, Oklahoma Baptist University trustees approved a $43.37 million operating budget for the 2010-11 year, adopted a new faculty salary system, and ratified revisions to a faculty sabbatical leave program. Randy L. Smith, OBU executive vice…

OETA Features Harvest Farms

February 5, 2010—OETA producer Derek Watson, a 2006 OBU graduate, recently filmed and aired a feature about Harvest Farms, a therapeutic horse riding center in Shawnee. Watch the feature about the hope and confidence Harvest Farms brings to special-needs children, including Charis Joza, daughter of David and…

SLT/OBU Present ‘Into the Woods’ Feb. 12

February 4, 2010—Shawnee Little Theatre will continue its ongoing capital improvements drive by joining with Oklahoma Baptist University to present the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods," premiering Feb. 12.Proceeds from this season extra production will help fund lighting and sound improvements to the…

Alum Winston Tabb Nominated by Obama

February 3, 2010—President Barack Obama recently nominated Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Winston Tabb to serve as a member on the National Museum and Library Services Board according to a statement released by the White House. The nomination requires confirmation by the U.S. Senate.Tabb serves as dean of…

Centennial Anthem Draws from Historic Prayer

February 3, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's Centennial Anthem "Grow in Grace" - drawn from a historic prayer first uttered on Bison Hill - will be a highlight of the University's Founders' Day celebration Wednesday, Feb. 10. Music for the anthem was composed by OBU alumna Donna Butler Douglas, who graduated…

Annual Concerto-Aria Concert Features Eight Students

February 2, 2010—Oklahoma Baptist University's 36th annual Concerto-Aria Concert will feature the musical gifts of eight students who will perform with a full orchestra Monday, Feb. 15. The concert will begin at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free…

Tresch Resigns; Reeder Named Interim PDSB Dean

February 2, 2010—Dr. Kyle Tresch has resigned as dean of Oklahoma Baptist University's Paul Dickinson School of Business, OBU Provost Stan Norman announced Monday afternoon. Dr. Dan Reeder, OBU professor of business, has been named interim dean of the business school.Citing personal reasons, Tresch said he…

Elliff Shares 'What's Right' About the Church

February 1, 2010—   For chapel messages, follow this link. Instead of focusing on what is wrong with the church today, Dr. Tom Elliff tells Oklahoma Baptist University students "what's right" about the church in his message during OBU's weekly chapel service Wednesday, Jan. 27. A longtime Oklahoma pastor,…

Two Faculty Installed to Endowed Positions

February 1, 2010—Academic installations highlighted Oklahoma Baptist University's first chapel of the new decade Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the University's Raley Chapel. Two faculty members - Dr. Scott Pace and Dr. Alan Bandy - were installed to endowed academic positions in OBU's Joe L. Ingram School of…

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.…