August 2011 News Articles

Whitlock Emphasizes Importance of 'Learned Life'

August 31, 2011 | Permalink

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…

New Staff Join Bison Hill Employees

August 26, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Whitlock Elected to International Association Board

August 26, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Compton Proclaims God's 'Overwhelming' Love

August 25, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Nearly 500 Students 'Serve Shawnee'

August 23, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Professors Move into Renovated Montgomery Hall

August 23, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Professor, Students Minister in Russia

August 22, 2011 | Permalink

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…

OBU Named 'Best in the West' by Princeton Review

August 18, 2011 | Permalink

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…

English Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

August 17, 2011 | Permalink

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…

OBU Tops Forbes' Best Colleges in Oklahoma

August 16, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Three Faculty Join Communication Arts Division

August 16, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Alum Judith James Receives Scientific Honor

August 11, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Turner Named Director of Global Mobilization

August 11, 2011 | Permalink

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…

New Faculty Join College of Theology and Ministry

August 10, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Alums Assist with Construction of Denver Church Building

August 8, 2011 | Permalink

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…

OCTP Announces Continued Accreditation for Teacher Education

August 5, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Perkins Named Dean of Enrollment Management

August 5, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Skaggs Named Dean of Students

August 5, 2011 | Permalink

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…

OBU Dedicates Statue of President Scales

August 3, 2011 | Permalink

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…

Marsh Joins Hurley College of Science and Mathematics

August 2, 2011 | Permalink

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…