February 2011 News Articles

Heaven’s Rain’ Subjects Speak on Forgiveness

February 18, 2016— Leslie Douglass (center) and Brooks Douglass (right), whose lives are depicted in the movie "Heaven's Rain," share their remarkable journey to forgiving the man who killed their parents during a home invasion in their youth. The sister and brother joined a panel discussion following a showing…

Alum Publishes Christian Finance Book

February 28, 2011—According to the Book of Genesis, God sent rain and floods upon the earth for 40 days and 40 nights to spiritually cleanse and improve the world. Much in the same way, OBU alum Steve Sappington's new book, "Today's WORD on Money," takes 40 days with 40 small lessons to improve financial…

Alum Takes Family to Africa to Experience Sacrifice, Love

February 28, 2011—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…

Radaker Brings C.S. Lewis to Life

February 28, 2011—The legendary Christian author and scholar C.S. Lewis came to life for OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Raley Chapel. Dr. Kevin Radaker, professor of English at Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., portrayed Lewis during the service. His performance included…

Senior Jonathan Bell to Present Senior Art Show

February 28, 2011—Although he said his passion is to serve as a minister to youth, OBU senior Jonathan Bell has created work which testifies that he is a gifted artist as well. OBU will host a series of campus art shows from March through May, the first which will showcase Bell's artwork March 4-10 in the art…

Alum McGuire Models Perseverance, Achievement

February 25, 2011—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…

Donovan Named Director of New Volunteer Services

February 25, 2011—OBU has named longtime Bison Hill supporter and alumnus Dr. Bill Donovan as director of its new Volunteer Services program. Through the service initiative, Donovan will match community volunteers' skill sets to assist in every area of the university. In addition to coordinating volunteers into…

OMEA Top Honors Recognize Alumni, Faculty

February 23, 2011—Three OBU music alumnae recently received honors from the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Julia Woodward Haley was inducted into the 2011 OMEA Hall of Fame; Katie Cease Robertson was named the 2011 OMEA Outstanding Young Music Educator; and Vivian Hall Rice was named a 2011 OMEA…

First United Bank Contributes $25,000 to Student Fund

February 22, 2011—Paul Bass, president of First United Bank of Shawnee, recently presented a check for $25,000 to OBU to finance OBU's Student Managed Fund. Bass presented the check to OBU President David W. Whitlock and Dr. David Houghton, dean of OBU's Paul Dickinson School of Business, on Thursday, Feb. 17,…

James Blue Memorial Concert to Benefit Mission Shawnee

February 22, 2011—OBU's Alpha Eta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota will present the James Blue Memorial Benefit Concert, featuring OBU faculty and student performers, on Monday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. All donations from the concert will benefit…

Theatre for Young Audiences Presents ‘Androcles and the Lion’

February 22, 2011—OBU's Theatre for Young Audiences will present "Androcles and the Lion" one weekend only: Friday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 6, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the production which will premiere in Craig-Dorland Theatre in…

Bella Martha' to Show Feb. 28 in Foreign Film Festival

February 21, 2011—"Bella Martha" (Mostly Martha), a German movie which served as the basis for the American film "No Reservations," will be the next foreign-language film presented during the OBU Spring 2011 Foreign Film Festival. The community is invited to attend the showing, which will be Monday, Feb. 28, at…

Mozart’s Timeless ‘Figaro’ Opens Feb. 25

February 21, 2011— In Mozart's timeless opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," presented by OBU Opera Theatre, Marcellina, Bartolo and Basilio arrive to speak with the Count about a debt Figaro owes Marcellina. The debt could prevent Figaro's impending marriage to Susanna and instead force him to marry Marcellina.…

Compton Shares Message of Hope

February 18, 2011—In light of life's tragedies, and even in the dissatisfaction that comes with daily life, people can feel discouraged and sink into despair, Odus Compton told OBU students during a weekly chapel service on Wednesday, Feb. 16. But God provides a heavenly perspective which gives people hope, he…

Love Depends on the Heart, Smalley Says

February 18, 2011—Despite growing up in a loving family -- his parents have been married for 47 years now -- Dr. Greg Smalley told students at OBU that while he was growing up, no one told him the key to true love.People are, Smalley said, the crucial element to fulfilling the Scripture mandate in Mark 12:28-31…

OBU Board Vice Chair Alan Day Dies

February 16, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist University trustee Alan Day died in a motorcycle accident in Edmond, Okla., late Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 16. Dr. Day was 62. He had served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of Edmond for 25 years. "Alan Day was a consummate Baptist statesman," said OBU President David…

Alum Randy Utt Named Social Studies Teacher of the Year

February 15, 2011—James L. Dennis Elementary School teacher Randy Utt recently was named the 2010 Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies Elementary Teacher of the Year. A 1984 OBU alumna, Utt received her award at the Social Studies and Fine Arts Conference on Jan. 8 at Southmoore High School. Utt was…

Joel Engle Talks about True Faith in Chapel

February 14, 2011—Joel Engle has several reasons he likes the historic Christian author C.S. Lewis, he told OBU students during a weekly chapel service Monday, Feb. 14. For one thing, he and Lewis both endured severe trauma in their childhoods. They also both have sought answers to life's difficult questions. …

Nine Students Featured In Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

February 11, 2011—OBU's 37th annual Concerto-Aria Concert will feature the musical gifts of nine students who will perform with a full orchestra Sunday, Feb. 20. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event. Eight OBU students who will…

Griffith Selected for National Leadership Training

February 10, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist women's soccer player Shannon Griffith is one of 11 NAIA student-athletes selected to participate in the 2011-12 Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program. The initiative is now in its fifth year, and will inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of…

Heaven's Rain' Movie to Show Feb. 15

February 10, 2011—Sharing the extraordinary true story of one family's love and loss, and the triumphant struggle to move forward after tragedy, OBU will host a screening of the movie "Heaven's Rain" on Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Movie tickets are free with a valid OBU ID,…

Meyer, Lewis Piano Concert Postponed to March 21

February 10, 2011—The piano concert by Sandra Meyer and Dr. Ron Lewis, originally slated for Thursday, Feb. 10, has been rescheduled due to winter weather. The duo-pianists will present their concert at OBU on Monday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the concert,…

OBU On “Snow Day” Schedule Thursday

February 9, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist University will operate on an Inclement Weather "Snow Day" schedule for Thursday, Feb. 10. University offices will open at 9:30 a.m. All regularly scheduled classes will meet, following an abbreviated schedule which starts at 9:30 a.m. Inclement Weather Class Schedule for…

Alum Signs Publishing Contract

February 8, 2011—Seventeen-year-old Whitnee returns to a popular summer camp from her childhood only to be haunted by mysterious visions. In the young adult fantasy book, "Phantom Island: Wind," the story continues as Whitnee encounters many strange adventures and exciting twists and turns.  OBU alum…

Basketball Hosts JBU Tuesday Afternoon

February 8, 2011—OBU will host John Brown University in varsity basketball Tuesday, Feb. 8, in the Noble Complex. The women's game will be at 2 p.m. and the men's game is set for 4 p.m. (These games were originally scheduled for Feb. 5.) As of early Tuesday morning, OBU is still scheduled to play basketball…

David’s Creed to Lead Worship in Shawnee-Area Churches

February 8, 2011—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship in music at three Shawnee-area churches in February.  The band will lead worship at Rock Creek Baptist Church in Shawnee, Okla., on Sunday, Feb. 13, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend. Rock…

Duo-Pianists Meyer, Lewis in Concert March 21

February 8, 2011—Duo-pianists Sandra Meyer and Dr. Ron Lewis will present a concert at OBU on Monday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the concert, which is comprised of favorite selections of music for two pianos they have performed through the years. The…

Focus Week to Concentrate on Building Strong Relationships

February 8, 2011—OBU's annual "Focus Week," dedicated to helping members of the OBU community strengthen relationships, will be Feb. 14-19 with the theme, "Building Strong Relationships through Faith, Hope, Love and Forgiveness." The week will be filled with three chapel services, a screening of the movie…

Poetry Reading to Feature Keegan Feb.10

February 8, 2011—OBU will host a poetry reading by Dr. Abigail Keegan on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. in OBU's Geiger Center, room 212. Dr. Keegan will share work from her latest poetry collection, "Depending on the Weather."  The public is encouraged to attend, and signed copies of her work will be…

Students Study Art, Design, Communications in Big Apple

February 8, 2011—OBU students studying art, design and communications expanded their education through an on-site visit to the United States' "cultural capital," New York City, as part of three OBU January Term classes. "Even though the nation's capital is Washington, D.C., the business, and cultural capital…

Two Personnel Named to New Posts

February 7, 2011—Two members of the OBU faculty and staff are being promoted to new responsibilities at the start of the university's spring semester, OBU President David W. Whitlock announced on Monday. Gene King, associate professor of business, has been promoted to associate director and chief marketing…

OBU Theatre Auditions Set for Feb. 13

February 5, 2011—Area residents are invited to OBU Theatre auditions for Smoke on the Mountain on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 2-4 p.m. in Raley Chapel Room 142 on the OBU campus. The production will run April 14-17 on the OBU campus. All OBU students, faculty, staff and area residents are welcome to audition. Roles…

Dean/Sanders Recital Postponed

February 4, 2011—The Michael Dean/Alice Brooks Sanders piano recital scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 6, has been postponed due to winter weather. A new date for the event will be announced soon. Accomplished pianists Dr. Michael Dean and Alice Brooks Sanders were scheduled to present a recital on Sunday in Raley…