August 2011 News Articles

Whitlock Emphasizes Importance of 'Learned Life'

August 31, 2011—August 31, 2011 OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock challenged students and faculty to consider the importance of "The Learned Life in Uncertain Times" during the Fall Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the University's Raley Chapel. Three faculty members -- Dr. R. Bruce Carlton, Dr. Christian…

New Staff Join Bison Hill Employees

August 26, 2011—OBU has announced several new employees in recent weeks, including new residential life and administrative staff members. Five have joined the OBU University Police Department, and two staff members have gone from part-time positions to full-time work on Bison Hill. Rebecca…

Whitlock Elected to International Association Board

August 26, 2011—Dr. David W. Whitlock, president of OBU, was elected to the board of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities during the organization's annual business meeting in June in Abilene, Texas. Presidents and chief academic officers of the 52 member schools of the…

Compton Proclaims God's 'Overwhelming' Love

August 25, 2011—During OBU's first chapel service of the fall semester, Odus Compton told OBU students of the first time he unequivocally learned that God loved him -- and the first time he realized the overwhelming, redeeming nature of God's love. It's a love God has for all people, no matter what they have…

Nearly 500 Students 'Serve Shawnee'

August 23, 2011—Nearly 500 OBU students ministered through various activities Monday, Aug. 22, through "Serve Shawnee," an annual part of OBU's Welcome Week program designed to help new students engage the Shawnee community. "Serve Shawnee" participants participated in a variety of service opportunities at…

Professors Move into Renovated Montgomery Hall

August 23, 2011— Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of OBU's Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, unpacks books in his new office in the recently renovated Montgomery Hall. The original Montgomery Hall, erected in 1917 as a women's dormitory, was removed in 1989 due to structural problems. A new Montgomery Hall was…

Professor, Students Minister in Russia

August 22, 2011—Fulfilling part of the OBU mission to integrate faith with knowledge and engage a diverse world, OBU professor Dr. Sherri Raney and students Rachel Raney and Zach Potts traveled to Russia during their summer break to minister alongside OBU alums Chris and Eileen Carr who serve as Bible…

OBU Named 'Best in the West' by Princeton Review

August 18, 2011—For the seventh consecutive year, OBU has been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review. OBU was one of 121 institutions recommended in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's website feature, "2012 Best…

English Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

August 17, 2011—OBU's Division of Language and Literature, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, recognized outstanding students and awarded numerous scholarships during the English Department picnic on May 2. Bethany Jackson, a sophomore from Benbrook, Texas, received the Lewis and Susan Russell…

OBU Tops Forbes' Best Colleges in Oklahoma

August 16, 2011—For the fourth year in a row, OBU is the highest-ranked university in Oklahoma in the latest Forbes.com listing of "America's Best Colleges." OBU ranked third among Baptist-affiliated schools. Nationwide, OBU ranked 299th on the "America's Best Colleges" list among 650 undergraduate…

Three Faculty Join Communication Arts Division

August 16, 2011—Three new faculty members will join OBU's Division of Communication Arts beginning with the fall 2011 semester. Ronald A. Johnson is associate professor of electronic media production; Leslie Thomas is assistant professor of theatre and theatre design technician; and Dr. Jeffrey Wells is…

Alum Judith James Receives Scientific Honor

August 11, 2011—OBU alum Dr. Judith James recently received the Edward L. and Thelma Gaylord Prize for Scientific Achievement from The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. James received the award for her groundbreaking work in researching diseases of the immune system. The award is the highest scientific…

Turner Named Director of Global Mobilization

August 11, 2011—Dr. Joy Turner has been named director of global mobilization at OBU. She returned to her alma mater to join the university's campus ministry staff in August. In her role on Bison Hill, Turner will provide leadership, training and management of short- and long-term outreach efforts, both local…

New Faculty Join College of Theology and Ministry

August 10, 2011—Three professors have joined the faculty of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at OBU for the fall 2011 semester. Dr. Tawa Anderson has been named assistant professor of philosophy; Dr. Bruce Carlton has been named professor of applied ministry and director of the Avery T.…

Alums Assist with Construction of Denver Church Building

August 8, 2011—OBU encourages students and alums to engage in a diverse world, and alums George and Mary Kennedy are fulfilling that mission. The Kennedys recently donated finances and time to help renovate Globeville Community Church in Denver, Colo. George Kennedy graduated from OBU in 1956 with a degree…

OCTP Announces Continued Accreditation for Teacher Education

August 5, 2011—OBU's Division of Teacher Education recently received notification of continued accreditation from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation. The announcement comes shortly after OBU's Division of Teacher Education achieved continued accreditation under the National Council for…

Perkins Named Dean of Enrollment Management

August 5, 2011—OBU has named Bruce Perkins as dean of enrollment management, OBU Provost Dr. Stan Norman announced Thursday, Aug. 4. Perkins has served as director of OBU Admissions since 2006. As the chief enrollment officer for the university, the dean is responsible for the strategic planning, recruiting…

Skaggs Named Dean of Students

August 5, 2011—OBU has named Brandon Skaggs as dean of students, OBU Provost Dr. Stan Norman announced Thursday, Aug. 4. He will begin his duties at OBU on Aug. 16. The dean of students is responsible for the development and cultivation of student life functions which express the mission of the university.…

OBU Dedicates Statue of President Scales

August 3, 2011—Dr. James Ralph Scales, the ninth president of OBU, will forever gaze over the campus he loved. A statue of Dr. Scales was unveiled and dedicated on OBU's Quadrangle Monday, Aug. 1, as a memorial by the Class of 1959. Scales, who graduated from OBU in 1939, joined the OBU faculty in 1947. He…

Marsh Joins Hurley College of Science and Mathematics

August 2, 2011—Dr. Sarah Marsh has been named assistant professor of mathematics at OBU. She will join the faculty of the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics for the fall 2011 semester. Marsh earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Central Arkansas, graduating with the…