2011 News Articles

Aspiring Musicians Invited to Main Event

February 20, 2016— Aspiring musicians interested in attending the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts are invited and encouraged to attend OBU's Main Event, a preview day hosted by the Division of Music, Feb. 20-21, on the OBU campus. The event is designed especially for high school juniors and seniors…

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…

Work Begins On Chapel Spire Windows

December 21, 2011—A large crane was raised on the OBU campus early this week as workers began the process of replacing windows in the spire tower of the university's John Wesley Raley Chapel. AT&T reached an agreement with OBU to install a cell phone antenna in the chapel's spire. The existing glass and…

Graduates Urged to Share, Love and Teach

December 16, 2011—Receiving a charge to serve God with dedication as they step into their vocations, 42 OBU graduates received their diplomas during OBU's 2011 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16. During the ceremony in OBU's John Wesley Raley Chapel, the graduates heard from Dr. Todd Fisher, senior pastor…

Winter Commencement to Honor 42 Graduates

December 15, 2011—Forty-two graduates will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU's Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 16. Dr. Todd Fisher will deliver the Commencement Address. The graduating students, in academic regalia, will take their symbolic final walk into Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium for the…

Community Members Serve on Bison Hill

December 13, 2011—The recently created Volunteer Services program at OBU is about to celebrate its first birthday, and the best gift the program could receive is a wealth of new volunteers from the Shawnee community. In February 2011, Dr. Bill Donovan was named director of the program, which has drawn…

Emeritus Art Professor Visits OBU

December 13, 2011— Leroy Bond (center), professor emeritus of art at OBU, visited Bison Hill on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to view several works of art he created, including the landscape with bison located in the Executive Offices. Pictured with Bond are OBU President David W. Whitlock (left) and Bond's caretaker, Mary…

Floyd Named Controller at OBU

December 8, 2011—Steven Floyd has been named controller at OBU. He joined the Bison Hill staff in October. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Floyd earned his bachelor's degree in 1991 and his master's degree in 1994. He became a certified public accountant in 1995. He came to OBU as comptroller for the…

Rep. Lankford to Bring Winter Commencement Address

December 8, 2011—U.S. Rep. James Lankford will return to Oklahoma to bring the Winter Commencement Address to OBU's 43 graduates on Friday, Dec. 16. Rep. Lankford was elected to the United States Congress on Nov. 2, 2010, representing Oklahoma's Fifth District. The Republican legislator serves on the House…

Flag Football Teams Represent OBU in Regional Championship

December 6, 2011—Two flag football teams from OBU made Bison Hill intramural history at the University of Nebraska Nov. 18, 19, and 20. Despite wind chill temperatures below freezing, a wide variety of player personalities, and an unexpected change in a player line-up, the teams played fiercely, represented…

German Club Hosts Christmas Worship Dec. 9

December 6, 2011—OBU's German Club will host an annual German Christmas worship service Friday, Dec. 9, at 6 p.m. in Stubblefield Chapel. The public is invited to attend. The program will include seven German Christmas carols sung by the congregation and two solos performed by Dr. Louima Lilite, assistant…

Yates Earns Doctorate

December 6, 2011—Dr. Tony Yates, assistant professor of science at OBU, successfully defended his dissertation on Nov. 29 at the University of Oklahoma Graduate College. He has earned the doctor of philosophy degree in instructional leadership and academic curriculum. Dr. Yates earned an associate's degree at…

OBU Named a Five-Star Champion of Character

December 5, 2011—For the second year in a row, OBU is a NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. The Champions of Character program continues to grow and impact people throughout our nation as a result of the passion and commitment of the NAIA member institutions such as yours, said Kristin Gillette,…

Avoid Trap of Sacred Versus Secular, Henderson Says

December 1, 2011—Most Christians are caught in the trap between the sacred and the secular, but instead their lives should be a unified existence of being "in" the world but not "of" it, and focused on sharing the love of Jesus Christ with others, Mary Kay Henderson told OBU students Wednesday, Nov. 30. She…

Myers' 'Elegy for Trains' Receives Magazine Review

November 18, 2011—Dr. Benjamin Myers' volume of poetry titled "Elegy for Trains" was reviewed recently by CCCU Advance magazine. Myers is an associate professor of English at OBU. Miho Nonaka, assistant professor of English at Wheaton College, reviewed Myers' poetry. The review analyzed Myers' blend of history…

Fifth Graders Learn about 'Disney Realities' through Event

November 17, 2011— Sandra Valentine, a senior elementary education major at OBU, teaches fifth graders from Will Rogers Elementary School in Shawnee about the Ming Dynasty through use of the Disney movie, "Mulan." The theme for this year's Social Studies Methods class museum was "Disney Realities: Behind the…

Willing Witnesses, Seeking Souls Fit Together, Moore Says

November 16, 2011—Walker Moore grew up labeled as a "special education" student who could not verbalize his words, but through ministry opportunities, he has shared the Gospel with more than 4 million people in the past year. Such opportunity arises when a person is a willing witness, Moore told OBU students…

Alumni, Faculty Honored at Homecoming Chapel

November 15, 2011—OBU honored outstanding alumni and faculty and OBU President David W. Whitlock offered a message of vision to alumni, students, faculty and friends during the 2011 Homecoming Chapel Saturday, Nov. 12, in Raley Chapel. The university recognized recipients of the Profile in Excellence Award,…

2011 Harvest Court Announced

November 12, 2011—The 2011 Harvest Court was crowned on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The honored seniors include harvest queen Leslie Fort, seated, from Houston, Texas, and harvest king Clay Henderson from Edmond, Okla. Other members of the court included best all-around woman Janna…

Distinguished Honorees Recognized at Harvest Dinner

November 11, 2011— Eight distinguished honorees were recognized during OBU's Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 11, in the Geiger Center. They included (from left) Mike Fogarty, '70, Mirriam Kaumba Siamusiye, '06, Derek Watson, '06, Clay Martin, '99, Kena Freeman Martin, '03, Doug Tolin, Nelda Ward Keck, ex…

OBU Honors Veterans

November 11, 2011— Dr. Randy Ridenour (left), Dr. Mark McClellan and Dr. David Whitlock listen to "Taps" at Gold Star Park on Bison Hill. OBU paid tribute to United States military veterans during a special Veterans' Day Ceremony Friday, Nov. 11, as part of the 2011 OBU Homecoming festivities. Ridenour,…

Alum Earns Second Emmy

November 9, 2011—Christi Mitchell McGahan, a 2009 graduate of OBU, won her second Emmy award at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Heartland Regional Emmy Awards July 23 at the Will Rogers Theatre in Oklahoma City. The awards presentation was telecast from Denver, Colo. The National Academy…

Students Celebrate Harvest Court, Athletics

November 9, 2011— Jake Hooten and other candidates for OBU's 2011 Harvest Court are announced during a spirit assembly on Bison Hill Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Noble Complex. Hooten is a senior pre-allied health and rehabilitation major from Seminole, Okla. Students voted for the Harvest Court winners following…

Outstanding Honorees to be Recognized at Harvest Dinner

November 2, 2011—Eight distinguished honorees will be recognized during OBU's 2011 Homecoming festivities, with three receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, one receiving the Graduate of the Last Decade Award and four being inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame. Mike Fogarty and Bob and Nelda Ward Keck…

Roberts Presents Perspective on Baptists' Missions Enterprise

November 2, 2011—While Southern Baptists today are considered a missions-minded group committed to sharing the Gospel around the world, at one time, evangelism was not considered a priority in Baptist life. Dr. Phil Roberts, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, told OBU students how Baptists…

2011 Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees to be Honored

November 1, 2011—To honor former OBU faculty members who were master teachers, making a significant impact on OBU students, the university will induct its second Faculty Hall of Fame class during the Homecoming chapel service Saturday, Nov. 12, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. The inductees include Dr. John William…

OBU Launches Shawnee Phase of Capital Drive

October 27, 2011—Several area business and community leaders met on the OBU campus Monday, Oct. 24, to kick off the Shawnee phase of OBU's $42 million capital campaign. The Vision For A New Century drive is the largest ever undertaken by the 101-year-old Shawnee-based institution. At a kickoff luncheon for…

Alums Work Diligently in 'Virtual Ministry'

October 26, 2011—After 32 years of mission work in Brazil, Berdie Hope, a 1956 OBU alum, and her husband, Rev. Ben Hope, a 1958 OBU alum, retired from the Southern Baptists' International Mission Board in February of 2001. But the Hopes' desire to connect with others on a personal level and through various…

Miller Uses Humor, Poetry to Convey Message: 'TYG'

October 26, 2011—Dr. Calvin Miller said he says "Thank you, God" all the time and -- when he's in a hurry -- he simply says, "TYG." Miller, a noted author, professor, pastor and artist, addressed the OBU community during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 26, pulling from Scripture and poetry to encourage…

New Staff Join Admissions Team

October 24, 2011—Three new staff members have joined the OBU Admissions Team, with another team member receiving a promotion to assistant director of admissions. The new admissions counselors include Bertholomew "Prophet" Bailey, Jessica Herbert and Dorraine Hudson. Rachel Potts was promoted from admissions…

Students Encouraged to Love Others

October 19, 2011—Jesus took people with him when he was sad and alone, Jim Putnam tells OBU students in a weekly chapel message Wednesday, Oct. 19. Putnam, who serves as founder and senior pastor of Real Life Ministries in Post Falls, Idaho, encouraged the students to follow Jesus' example of being open and…

Art Professor Paints New Mexico in New Series

October 12, 2011—New Mexico has long been recognized as a place of great beauty, majestic landscapes and rich culture. It is no wonder that a place like New Mexico attracts numerous artists from around the globe. Julie Blackstone, OBU assistant professor of art, recently traveled to the "Land of Enchantment"…

You Can Know God,' Sharp Assures Students

October 12, 2011—"Why doesn't God place a glowing cross in the sky at night to serve as an irrefutable sign of Jesus Christ?" Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp conveyed the question of scientist Carl Sagan, from his book, "Contact," during an OBU chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 12. Sharp is the first woman to…

Trustees Approve First Phase of Housing Village

October 7, 2011—Paving the way for a new student housing village, Oklahoma Baptist University trustees approved plans for three on-campus construction projects during their fall semester meeting on the campus in Shawnee Oct. 7. Board members granted OBU administrators the authority to begin construction when…

Iorg Presents Aspects of 'Life in the Spirit'

October 6, 2011—Apprehending -- understanding and experiencing -- God is knowing him so intimately that a person experiences God as a regular aspect of life, Dr. Jeff Iorg told OBU students Wednesday, Oct. 5. Any Christian believer can "apprehend" God by being filled with the Holy Spirit, Iorg said. The…

Grote Encourages Students to Prepare for Adversity

September 28, 2011—Doug Grote said he was right where he wanted to be in life. He fit right in at his college of about 1,500 students, studied youth ministry and met his future wife. Later, he was youth pastor at a church in Ohio, learning how to baptize people, officiate weddings and funerals and launch his…

Harman Selected for International Review Board

September 26, 2011—Dr. Keith Harman, professor of business at OBU, recently was selected as a member of the International Review Board for the June 2012 Informing Science Institute Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada. Each year, 20-30 people are chosen for the position, but the same people are not always…

Nursing Professor Provides Education in Myanmar

September 26, 2011—Karen Cotter, OBU assistant professor of nursing, recently went on a mission trip to Myanmar in Southeast Asia with a goal to educate underprivileged students in the field of nursing. Cotter made her journey to the city of Yangon June 2-14. She joined up with an organization called Global…

Students Tackle Fall Intramural Sports

September 22, 2011—While the return of varsity football is still two years away on Bison Hill, OBU students have embraced the gridiron season with overwhelming participation in flag football, among other fall intramural sports. Matching the soaring enrollment for the freshmen class, a larger-than-normal number…

Freshman Class Enrollment Soars

September 21, 2011—OBU freshman enrollment soared to a 15-year high for the 2011 fall semester with a total of 476 first-time freshmen. OBU's headcount enrollment of 1,871 students for the fall semester is a significant gain over the fall 2010 total of 1,777 students. The 2011 overall enrollment figure is the…

Speaker Shares Good News for All People

September 21, 2011—Just as retailers in the current tight economy already are turning people's attention to Christmas, Dr. Alex Himaya directed OBU students to consider God's announcement of Christ's birth during a chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 21. Himaya, senior pastor of The Church at Battle Creek in Tulsa,…

New Bisonette History Book Available

September 19, 2011—OBU has released the latest edition in its Centennial Book series, "O Sing Unto the Lord: A History of the Bisonettes -- the Other Glee Club," by Jack Pearson, which follows the 92-year history of women's glee clubs on Bison Hill. The book traces the development of OBU's women's glee clubs…

OBU Elects Student Government Senators, Freshman Officers

September 16, 2011—OBU's Student Government Association conducted annual elections for the freshman class presidency and new senatorial positions on Wednesday, Sept. 7. Adam Cribbs, from Macomb, Okla., and Jose Carrillo, from Eakly, Okla., won the offices of president and vice president for the Class of 2015.…

Students Encouraged to Serve during GO Week

September 16, 2011—During Global Outreach Week -- or "GO Week" -- at OBU Sept. 12-16,students heard three challenging chapel messages. GO Week is a concerted effort to mobilize OBU students to engage in missions endeavors. Dr. Bruce Carlton, professor of applied ministry and director of the Avery T. Willis…

Students Remember 9/11

September 16, 2011—The OBU Art Department recently sponsored a remembrance event for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, inviting OBU students to draw from their memories of Sept. 11, 2001. After a chapel service on Sept. 7, students were given response cards with questions on them. Students were…

OBU Ranks as Exclusive Oklahoma 'Best Value' on U.S. News List

September 13, 2011—OBU has been ranked as the only Oklahoma college or university on U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "Great Schools, Great Prices" for 2012. OBU also has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-ranked college in "Best Regional Colleges" for the 18th consecutive year. OBU has made the news…

Evangelical Scholar Discusses 'Baptists and Enlightenment'

September 9, 2011—Dr. David Bebbington addressed the OBU community Friday, Sept. 9, about how Baptist ideals were affected by the Enlightenment, explaining that "enlightenment" referred to an approach of central thought and reason, tied closely to empiricism. Bebbington, a professor at the University of…

Kelly Defines 'Pursuit of God' as Ultimate Quest

September 7, 2011—Struggling with an extremely hoarse voice, Dr. Bobby Kelly told OBU students, faculty and staff that he felt the frustration of wanting to sing to God, but was unable to voice his worship -- not totally unlike a person's desire to fill the insatiable quest of knowing the very presence of…

Fall Chapels Discuss 'Pursuit of God'

September 2, 2011—During the fall 2011 semester, students at OBU will hear a variety of speakers bring messages on the current chapel theme, "The Pursuit of God: The Human Thirst for the Divine," based on the classic book by Christian author A.W. Tozer. All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's…

Purin Earns Doctorate in Music Theory

September 2, 2011—Peter Purin, assistant professor of music theory at OBU, has completed the requirements for his Ph.D. in music theory from The University of Kansas in Lawrence. Purin will graduate in December. Purin's dissertation is titled "'I've a Voice, I've a Voice': Determining Stephen Sondheim's…

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…

Dr. Scales Statue to be Dedicated Aug. 1

July 22, 2011—OBU will unveil and dedicate a six-foot bronze statue of Dr. James Ralph Scales, OBU's ninth president, at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1. The community is invited to attend the brief dedication program and a reception which will follow in the Geiger Center. The project was commissioned by OBU's Class…

Alexanders Share Open Homes, Open Hearts

July 21, 2011—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alums Charles and Betty Alexander, both 1956 graduates, are 2011 recipients 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,…

Profile in Excellence: Alum Dennis Jernigan Lives a Redeemed Life

July 21, 2011—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Dennis Jernigan, a 1981 graduate, is a 2011 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,…

Eight Retire from Bison Hill Faculty and Staff

July 20, 2011—Two deans, one of OBU's first Distinguished Teaching Award honorees, a popular pianist, a local missions leader, a longtime mathematics educator, an award-winning yearbook advisor and a former OBU trustee are retiring from the University's faculty and staff this summer. The retirees represent…

Hammond Retires After a Quarter Century on Bison Hill

July 20, 2011—Dr. Paul Hammond, dean of OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, announced his retirement in spring 2011 after 25 years of service on Bison Hill. Hammond and his wife, Anne, joined the OBU faculty in 1986. Hammond came to OBU from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark., where…

Highlights of the Hammond Era at OBU

July 20, 2011— Named Dean of Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts in 1986 Friends of the Arts program begun to support the College of Fine Arts Began "Friends of the Arts" newsletter in 1987 American Guild of English Handbell Ringers recognized the University Ringers as one of the exemplary…

Profile in Excellence: Twins Sadie and Madie Gardner Cause a Ripple Effect

July 20, 2011—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alums Sadie and Madie Gardner, both 1939 graduates, are 2011 recipients 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,…

Alum David Dennis Shares Second Chances

July 19, 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…

Graduate Michael Weaver Wins Emmy

July 19, 2011—He is not a doctor, and he doesn't play one on TV, but OBU graduate Michael Weaver won an Emmy for his work as a producer and writer of "The Doctors" at the 37th Daytime Emmy Award Show. "The Doctors" beat two popular competitors, the Dr. Phil Show and the Dr. Oz Show, in the Outstanding Talk…

Mastin Releases First Novel

July 19, 2011—OBU alum Linsey Mastin, who serves as secretary for the National Sports Ministry and Church Recreation at OBU, recently released her first fiction novel, titled "Murder in Manolos." The book tells the story of college graduate Heidi Hart, who is ready to take on the world -- or at least New…

College of Nursing Receives $50,000 Butterfield Grant

July 8, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist University's College of Nursing has received a $50,000 grant from the Butterfield Memorial Foundation, a charitable organization committed to providing support to Christian non-profit organizations whose initiative addresses health and medical needs for vulnerable…

Alum Jim Spurr Named Shawnee Poet Laureate

July 7, 2011—OBU alum and Shawnee native Jim Spurr has been honored with the title of "poet laureate" for the City of Shawnee. A 1964 OBU graduate, Spurr received the title during the Shawnee City Commission meeting on June 6. He is a nationally published poet, and his book "Open Mike/Thursday Night" was a…

Blackstone Wins Art Awards

July 7, 2011—Julie Blackstone, OBU assistant professor of art, recently won two awards in the Fiberworks 2011 show in Tulsa, Okla. Her piece titled "Knotty Girl No. 3: Garbo as Mata Hari" won the Rachael Valliere Award for Best Handwoven Art. She also won a Juror's Award of Merit. Fiberworks is a regional…

Kubicek Releases 'Leadership is Dead'

June 24, 2011—OBU alum Jeremie Kubicek has drawn from his leadership experience spanning nearly two decades to pinpoint leadership issues and offer solutions in his newly released book, "Leadership is Dead." Already a national best-seller, "Leadership is Dead" explains how to become truly influential by…

Robinson, Blue Named to New Academic Leadership Posts

June 24, 2011—Two OBU academic leaders have acquired new leadership posts on campus while continuing in their previous roles, OBU administrators announced Thursday, June 23. Dr. Pam Robinson has been named as associate provost of the University, while remaining in her role as an academic dean of the newly…

Farris Named to State, National Teacher Education Roles

June 16, 2011—Dr. John Farris, Lawrence and Marion Harris Chair of Education at OBU, recently was named to both state and national roles in teacher education. At OBU, Farris also serves as director of teacher education and associate professor of education. Farris was elected vice president for the Oklahoma…

Cox Receives Meritorious Service Award

June 14, 2011—Bobby Cox, OBU head baseball coach and professor of kinesiology and leisure studies, was named the recipient of OBU's Meritorious Service Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 13. OBU President David W. Whitlock announced the award for Cox, who joined the OBU faculty in 1984,…

Dean Receives Promising Teacher Award

June 14, 2011—Dr. Michael Dean, OBU assistant professor of music, received OBU's Promising Teacher Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 13. Dean, who joined the OBU faculty in fall 2006 as assistant professor of music, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the…

Kelly Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

June 14, 2011—Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson professor of religion at OBU, received OBU's Distinguished Teaching Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 13. Kelly, who joined the OBU faculty in 1997 as assistant professor of religion, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock…

Division of Teacher Education Receives Continued Accreditation

June 8, 2011—OBU's Division of Teacher Education has proven its commitment to producing quality teachers for the United States' children by achieving continued accreditation this month under the performance-oriented standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the…

OBU Receives Marketing, Recruitment Award

June 8, 2011—OBU recently was selected to receive a 2011 Noel-Levitz Marketing and Recruitment Excellence Award. Recruitment on Bison Hill is led by the OBU Admissions team, which is managed by Bruce Perkins, director of admissions. Four colleges and universities were chosen to receive awards, which will…

Gabrielse Named Dean of Fine Arts College

June 1, 2011—Dr. Ken Gabrielse, worship and music specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, has been named dean of OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, President David W. Whitlock announced Wednesday, June 1. Gabrielse, 53, succeeds Dr. Paul Hammond, who announced his retirement…

Murimi Receives Gates Grant for Life-Saving Research

June 1, 2011—Dr. Renita Murimi is hoping to use common technology to help battle a global health risk, and she and a colleague recently received a grant to help make the idea a reality. Murimi, assistant professor of computer information science at OBU, and Josiane Nzouonta, a fellow graduate from their…

School of Christian Service Presents Awards, Scholarships

May 31, 2011—OBU's Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service recognized an outstanding alumnus and outstanding students in Christian service studies during a banquet April 25 and during the 2011 Awards Convocation on May 4 in Raley Chapel. Army chaplain Col. Gordon G. Groseclose received the School of…

OBU Crowns Intramural King and Queen

May 23, 2011—OBU's McDowell Family Intramural Program crowned its first royalty in May, with sophomore Cody Potter from Miami, Okla., named king and sophomore Courtney Buchanan from Shawnee, Okla., named queen. As students participated in the intramural sports throughout the 2010-11 academic year, they…

Rawls Makes Debut Performance at Metropolitan Opera

May 23, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist alumnus and adjunct professor Dr. Arnold Rawls, a tenor, made his debut performance at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on Saturday, April 23. Rawls stepped in for Marcelo Álvarez in the role of Manrico during the evening performance of "Il Trovatore." Rawls said…

Camp RAWC to Offer Fun Wellness Activities

May 18, 2011—Eight week-long themed sessions will highlight Camp RAWC, a summer wellness experience hosted by OBU's Recreation and Wellness Center for children ages 6-12. In its third year, Camp RAWC offers Shawnee-area children an opportunity to enjoy wellness activities and learn how to make healthy…

Outstanding Students Recognized at 2011 Awards Convocation

May 18, 2011—OBU recognized its outstanding students during the Centennial Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 4, in Raley Chapel, with seniors Rachel Griffith and Derek Royer receiving the highest awards given to students by OBU. Griffith, a biology major from Parker, Colo., received the University's…

Board Approves Academic Reorganization

May 16, 2011—Reorganization of OBU academic units highlighted the May meeting of OBU trustees on Friday, May 13, in Shawnee. The board ratified a reorganization proposal from the OBU administration which included elevating two academic schools to "college" status, dividing the OBU College of Arts and…

OBU Confers Degrees on 248 Graduates

May 13, 2011—With firsthand congratulations from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, 248 OBU graduates received their diplomas during OBU's Centennial Spring Commencement on Friday, May 13. Before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in OBU's Raley Chapel, the graduates heard the State's first woman governor…

Nursing Graduates Receive Pins

May 12, 2011—In a tradition symbolizing the transition from student life to a professional role, 46 OBU nursing students participated in the Spring 2011 Nurses' Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 12, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Designed by the Class of 1956 -- the university's first class of nursing…

Senior Receives Recognition for 'Shine' Video

May 10, 2011—OBU senior Timothy Kurtz received an Honorable Mention award for his video at the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts convention in April in Las Vegas, Nev. Kurtz, an electronic media production major from Heber Springs, Ark., will graduate May 13. At the festival,…

McCarthy Urges Students to 'Go'

May 9, 2011—While some OBU students have decided to participate in global missions endeavors this summer to spread the Gospel, others are still trying to make up their minds about whether or not to go. Still others have made the decision to stay home. Dr. Teri McCarthy, chair of the English Language and…

OBU Welcomes 234 Freshmen on 'Super Enrollment Day'

May 6, 2011—Professors and administrators from across Bison Hill greeted 234 incoming freshmen during Oklahoma Baptist University's Super Enrollment Day Saturday, April 2. The new members of the Class of 2015 represent record enrollment, and are up from 202 enrolled this time last year. "God is blessing…

Bruce Merits Award at National Media Conference

April 21, 2011—Mike Bruce, assistant professor of telecommunications at OBU, received an Award of Excellence from the Broadcast Education Association during the organization's annual convention April 9-13 in Las Vegas. The Award of Excellence, given as part of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA)…

OBU Presents First Hobbs Award to Dr. Tom Elliff

April 21, 2011—Named in honor of a legendary Southern Baptist pastor and denominational statesman, the first Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service was presented to Dr. Tom Elliff by OBU president David Whitlock on Tuesday, June 14, during the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix,…

OBU Remembers 'Path to the Cross' with Special Service

April 20, 2011—The OBU community recognized Holy Week, the week before Easter, with a special chapel service titled "Path to the Cross: The Passion of Christ" on Wednesday, April 20, in Raley Chapel. The service followed several specific moments leading to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as revealed in the…

Music Students Take Honors in State Competition

April 19, 2011—Nine OBU music students placed in the finals of the statewide National Association of Teachers of Singing conference and competition on Saturday, April 9, with five OBU students earning top honors in the event. Colleges and universities from across Oklahoma sent 125 students and 25 teachers to…

SIFE Team Serves Others through Wal-Mart Grant

April 18, 2011—OBU's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently partnered with Wal-Mart Corporation to conduct employability workshops with the women of the Project SAFE shelter in March and April. The project was made possible by a $2,000 grant given by Wal-Mart for the project. OBU's SIFE team,…

Students Recognized during Model Arab League Simulation

April 15, 2011—OBU students competed in the Southwest Regional Model Arab League simulation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock April 7-9, with OBU students Caitlin Dacus and Ethan Groff receiving honorable mention for their respective councils. The OBU group represented Libya in this year's…

Students Selected for National Convention Internships

April 15, 2011—OBU students Janna Smith and Rebekah Byland were recently selected to serve as interns for the 2011 Broadcast Education Association Convention April 9-13 in Las Vegas, Nev. Smith, a junior from Seminole, Okla., and Byland, a sophomore from Shawnee, Okla., were nominated by their OBU professors…

Myers Receives Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry

April 14, 2011—Dr. Benjamin Myers, associate professor of English at OBU, received the 2011 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry for his book, "Elegy for Trains." The honor was presented Saturday, April 9. The prestigious award is given annually to books by Oklahoman authors or about Oklahoma in five categories:…

Rudebock Honored with ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

April 13, 2011—Dr. Rich Rudebock, Cargill associate professor of business at OBU, has been named a regional recipient of the 2011 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP recognizes individuals each year who exemplify teaching…

Human Trafficking Big in Oklahoma, Elam Says

April 11, 2011—As part of their annual endeavor to raise money for a charitable organization, OBU students heard how human trafficking worldwide is a $32-billion industry and the second-largest criminal activity in the world. But OBU students also learned that the problem is right at their doorstep, with…

Smoke on the Mountain' Debuts April 14

April 11, 2011—The musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain" will debut by OBU Theatre on Thursday, April 14, in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. Tickets are now on sale for all performances which will be presented one weekend only, April 14-17. The community is invited to attend the…

OBU Honors 530 Years of Service

April 8, 2011—Recognizing a combined 530 years of service to the institution, OBU honored 42 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 7. Dr. Ronda Hall, professor of Spanish, was honored for 37 years of service at the University as she prepares to retire at the…

Ellis Elected Student Government President

April 7, 2011—Candidates for OBU's elected student leadership offered their campaign speeches on OBU's annual Hyde Park Day, Wednesday, April 6, during the weekly chapel service. The candidates for OBU's 2011-12 Student Government Association president included Neal Ellis, a rising junior from Midlothian,…

Faculty and Staff Honored as 'Seven Who Care'

April 6, 2011—Seven OBU faculty and staff members were honored by OBU students Wednesday, April 6, 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 by the OBU…

OBU to Celebrate Bobby Cox Day

April 6, 2011— OBU will celebrate Bobby Cox Day at Ford Park Tuesday, April 12. In honor of 1,000 wins and his NAIA Hall of Fame induction, the first 100 Bison fans at the game against St. Gregorys will receive a Bobby Cox replica jersey t-shirt. Aramark will be providing a free meal, with a recognition…

Orchestra Celebrates 10th Season with Louima Lilite

April 5, 2011—The OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will present its 10th Season Spring Concert Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. on the OBU campus in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The concert is open to the public, and there is no admission charge. The program will feature the music of Dmitri Shostakovich,…

Smoke on the Mountain' Premieres April 14

April 5, 2011—OBU Theatre will present a rousing performance of the musical comedy "Smoke on the Mountain" beginning Thursday, April 14, in Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. Tickets are now on sale for all performances which will be presented one weekend only, April 14-17. The year is…

Splash' Spring Affair Hits April 9

April 5, 2011—OBU's Campus Activities Board promises an evening of fun and entertainment as they present "Splash Spring Affair" on Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the free performance, and the community is welcome to attend. The production's directors, OBU seniors…

Seek to be Significant, Sanders Tells Students

April 4, 2011—Many business leaders reach the top of the corporate ladder only to ask, "Is this all there is?" Ray Sanders told OBU students. While success adds value to one's self, he said, significance is adding value to others. He urged the students to seek significance. Sanders, founder and CEO of GiANT…

Embrace an Extraordinary Gospel, Hatmaker Pleads

March 31, 2011—Christianity is simple -- but it is not easy, Christian author and speaker Jen Hatmaker told OBU students during a weekly chapel message Wednesday, March 30. In fact, Hatmaker said, living a Christian life can be quite difficult. But looking back over the 15 years since she graduated from OBU…

Neighbors to Perform Senior Recital April 3

March 31, 2011—OBU student Tyler Neighbors will perform his senior recital Sunday, April 3, at 2 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Neighbors, a trombonist, is from Skiatook, Okla. He is the son of Matt and Darla Neighbors, and he is from the…

SIFE Receives Grant to Work with Benedict Street Marketplace

March 31, 2011—March 31, 2011 OBU's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team recently partnered with Sam's Club in Midwest City, Okla., to profitably reduce the carbon footprint of Benedict Street Marketplace in Shawnee. Environmental sustainability has become an important global issue. The most recent…

Students Engage People, Cultures on GO Trips

March 29, 2011—For students at OBU, Global Outreach Trips are a way to engage people in other parts of the world to share such necessities as medicine, compassion and faith. "GO Trips" provide valuable hands-on experience for students to integrate their faith with all areas of knowledge, part of the…

Sherrard Reflects Delight in Senior Art Show

March 25, 2011—OBU senior Kacie Sherrard is an artist whose work is inspired by the simple things of life -- wind chimes, warm breezes, the human form, stars, acoustic guitar strumming and more. These everyday aesthetics inspire the theme of her senior art show, "All good things are wild and free." "I have…

Founders' Day Message Shares Day's Heart for OBU

March 23, 2011—The message came from a man whom OBU President David Whitlock called "one of the godliest, most gifted orators in the world." Dr. Alan Day, vice chair of OBU's board of trustees, prepared the address which reflected his heart for the institution, to be presented at OBU's Founders' Day chapel…

Students Present at Honor Society National Convention

March 23, 2011—Eight OBU students are attending the national convention of Sigma Tau Delta, an International English honor society, March 23-26 in Pittsburgh, Penn., with seven presenting critical papers and creative work and one chairing a session. "Getting a paper accepted to the Sigma Tau Delta convention…

Hunter Recital to Feature Show Tunes

March 22, 2011—With a nod to songs written for Broadway musicals, OBU student Kat Hunter will perform her junior recital Sunday, March 27, at 2 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel. The community is invited to attend. Hunter, a soprano, is from Owasso, Okla. She is the daughter of Mike and Cindy…

Hamrick to Perform Senior Recital March 25

March 21, 2011—OBU student Jonathan Hamrick will perform his senior recital Friday, March 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Hamrick, a composer, is from Albuquerque, N.M. The son of Dan and Ruthanne Hamrick, he is from the studio…

New Roof for OBU's Oldest Structure

March 21, 2011—Stubblefield Chapel, the oldest building on OBU's campus, had a new roof installed this month. Built in 1897, the chapel was the original home of Shawnee's First Baptist Church. Baptists from across the Oklahoma Territory met at the church to form the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma in…

SIFE Team Wins at USA Regional Competition

March 21, 2011—The OBU SIFE (Students In Free Enterprise) team was named a Regional Champion at the SIFE USA Regional Competition held March 11, in Rogers, Ark. The event is one of 12 SIFE USA Regional Competitions being conducted across the United States in March and April. "This is a tremendous…

Theatre Students Garner Attention at Regional Festival

March 21, 2011—The OBU Theatre Department participated in the KCACTF Region VI Festival Feb. 22-26 in Amarillo, Texas, with two students achieving special recognition in their areas of expertise. Jonathan Studstill earned a meritorious award in design, and Katherine Wortley was recognized as one of the top…

Reinhart, Slocum Present Senior Recital

March 14, 2011—OBU seniors Micah Reinhart and Kristen Slocum, both sopranos, performed their final vocal recital Monday, March 7, in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The recital partially fulfilled the requirements for their bachelor's degrees in music. OBU seniors Kristen Slocum…

McCarther’s Art Show Reflects Life Q&A

March 11, 2011—For Thomas McCarthur, every step he takes in his art provides answers to life's questions. And yet, he said, each step opens more questions. "It's a constant process that keeps me interested and engaged and pushes me forward," he said. A senior graphic design major at OBU, McCarther will…

Hobbs Lecture Draws Benefits of Rational Theology

March 10, 2011—As they contemplated the nature of God, Christian leaders in 325 A.D. considered that God created people as rational beings, capable of reasoning and solving problems by extrapolating guidance from Scripture. From that assertion, Dr. Chad Brand discussed the development of reason and progress…

Twelve Receive Graduate School Degrees

March 9, 2011—Twelve students celebrated the completion of master's degree studies through the OBU Graduate School during a Commencement ceremony Saturday, March 5, in OBU's Raley Chapel. Graduates receiving master of business administration degrees included: Cameron Crane of Shawnee, Okla.; Cameron Dunn of…

Lady Bison Win NAIA Crown

March 7, 2011—OBU successfully defended its national championship Saturday, winning the NAIA Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio, despite an injury to one of its projected high-scoring athletes.The men's team finished sixth with 32 points.Gayon Evans came up lame in the 60 meters…

Phillips Says to Be Faithful and Bear Fruit

March 7, 2011—Selected as OBU's student preacher for a spring chapel service, senior Bible major Clay Phillips spoke to students Monday, March 7, about being faithful and bearing fruit. Phillips, who is from Heavener, Okla., focused on the Scripture in Matthew 13, in which Jesus spoke to the masses in…

Trustees Approve Budget, Capital Campaign

March 5, 2011—During their spring semester meeting on campus March 4, OBU trustees ratified a $47.69 million operating budget for the 2011-12 year, and approved launching of a new capital campaign for the 101-year-old institution. Randy L. Smith, OBU executive vice president for business and administrative…

Brenden Laughlin to Perform Junior Recital

March 4, 2011—OBU student Brenden Laughlin will perform his junior recital Monday, March 7, at 8:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Laughlin is a piano performance major from Albuquerque, N.M. The son of Karie Dumler, he is from the studio…

Memorial Recital to Honor Digby Bell

March 4, 2011—Oklahoma Baptist University music faculty and guests will present the seventh-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital on Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium, located inside Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend the performance. The recital will…

Bacher, Stephens, Streck, Wasik to Perform Recital

March 2, 2011—OBU students David Bacher, Sarah Stephens, Ashlynn Streck and Tabitha Wasik will perform their sophomore recital Tuesday, March 8, at 8:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. They will be assisted on piano by Dr. Keith Whitmore and Dr. Ron Lewis. The community is…

Dr. Omer Hancock Lives 'As Iron Sharpens Iron'

March 2, 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…

Parable of the Little Pig' Portrays Identity in Christ

March 2, 2011—Although the "parable of the little pig" cannot be found in the Bible, Mike Breen used the story to convey the theme of a relationship with God to OBU students. Breen spoke during a weekly chapel service on Wednesday, March 2. A speaker on the topics of mission, leadership, discipleship and…

Graves, Flynt to Perform Senior Vocal Recital

March 1, 2011—OBU students Jacqueline Graves and Casey Flynt will perform their senior vocal recital Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Graves, a soprano, is a musical arts major with voice emphasis from Marland, Okla.…

Nancy Shelton Exhibits the Essence of Encouragement

March 1, 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…

Theatre’s ‘Androcles and the Lion’ Opens March 4

March 1, 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 still available for the production which will premiere in Craig-Dorland Theatre…

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.…

AT&T Contributes $15,000 to Learning Communities Project

February 20, 2011—  The "world's largest telecommunication provider" has bolstered a new OBU student program designed to strengthen small learning communities. AT&T presented a $15,000 contribution to OBU's Learning Communities Project during a meeting on the university's Shawnee campus Jan. 14. The gift,…

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…

OBU Erects Track Complex Structure

January 28, 2011— Brickwork is well under way on a new building at the entrance of OBU's Eddie Hurt Jr. Memorial Track Complex. The two-story structure will house restrooms and a tornado shelter on the first floor and an event timing area on the second floor. The building was designed by CJC Architects Inc. of…

Spring Chapels Continue C.S. Lewis Theme

January 24, 2011— During the spring 2011 semester, students at OBU will hear a variety of speakers bring messages on this year's chapel theme, "A Return to the Simplicity of the Gospel," based on the book "Mere Christianity" by renowned Christian author C.S. Lewis.All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley…

Kimberli Robberson: Teaching Other to Serve

January 21, 2011—  This article originally appeared in The Oklahoma Nurse.Kimberli Robberson has a passion for serving families and children in public healthcare. A registered nurse, Robberson also has a desire to learn and expand her worldview-and to help future nurses learn to do the same.Robberson is a…

Christian Apologist Broadens Students' Worldviews

January 20, 2011—  Christian apologist Mary Jo Sharp invested in the lives more than 100 OBU students during the university's January Term, challenging them to broaden their personal perspectives and engage the world around them with their faith. Sharp, a certified apologetics instructor with the North…

OBU Operating on Inclement Weather Schedule

January 20, 2011— OBU is operating on an Inclement Weather Schedule for Thursday, January 20, as icy conditions exist on roadways across the area. University offices opened at 9:30 a.m. January Term classes will start 90 minutes later than the normal class starting times. Students in the OBU Graduate School…

Shawnee Honor Choir Trip to Tulsa Cancelled

January 20, 2011— The Shawnee Honor Choir trip to Tulsa on Thursday, Jan. 20, has been cancelled due to inclement weather. For more information, contact the OBU Division of Music at (405) 878-2305 or Conchita Hansford, the choir director, at (405) 878-2319 (office) or (405) 273-2273 (home).

Alum Kris Steele Appointed Oklahoma Speaker

January 19, 2011— OBU graduate Kris Steele was inducted as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives Wednesday, Jan. 5. A Republican re-elected without opposition as state representative for the Shawnee-area District 26, Steele is serving his last two years under the state's term limits law. "We are…

Gerber Receives Alexander Ringer Award in Music

January 19, 2011— Dr. Casey Gerber, OBU assistant professor of music education, has been awarded the Alexander Ringer Award for doctoral research by the Organization of American Kodály Educators. The award will be given during a banquet at the OAKE National Conference in Minneapolis, Minn., in March. …

James Blue Memorial Benefit Concert Set for Feb. 8

January 19, 2011— OBU's Alpha Eta chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota will present the James Blue Memorial Benefit Concert, featuring 11 OBU faculty and student performers, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. All donations from the concert will…

Brock Joins OBU as Director of Development

January 17, 2011—OBU alum Bridget Brock has joined the university advancement team as director of development for Tulsa, Okla., and Bartlesville, Okla., with additional responsibilities in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.  "As an alumna, Bridget brings a working knowledge of Oklahoma Baptist University's…

David's Creed to Lead Worship Jan. 30 in Bethany

January 14, 2011— OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at Council Road Baptist Church in Bethany, Okla., on Sunday, Jan. 30, during the morning worship services. The community is invited to attend. Council Road Baptist Church is located at 2900 N. Council Road, Bethany, OK 73008. The…

Shawnee Honor Choir Selected for State Performance

January 14, 2011—  The Shawnee Honor Choir, part of the Young Singers of Central Oklahoma in OBU's Music Preparatory program, has been chosen to perform at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association State Convention at the Holy Family Cathedral in Tulsa, Okla., on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 4:30 p.m. The choir…

OBU Donates Desks to Area Schools

January 13, 2011—With consideration of how current economic woes have strained small-school budgets, OBU employee Tina Stackhouse saw a monumental 216 unused desks as an opportunity to engage the community with a gift. Four schools in Pottawatomie County -- Asher, Macomb, Maud and Pleasant Grove -- are…

OBU:EYE Imparts Truth about Bison Hill

January 13, 2011—Hidden deep in the recesses of a top-secret location on Bison Hill, OBU's OBU:EYE force provides a "veritable clearinghouse" of truth to answer prospective students' most daunting questions about studying at OBU. Led by Dr. Edwina Haskell, OBU:EYE force is comprised of covert student…

OBU Offers C.S. Lewis Study Tour to the UK

January 11, 2011— While it is impossible to actually visit Narnia or speak firsthand with the legendary author who brought Christian apologetics to life through his writing and speaking, OBU invites students, alumni and friends of the university to join in an onsite study tour of his life through "C.S. Lewis:…

Thompson to Present Senior Recital

January 10, 2011— OBU graduate Monetta Nicole Thompson will present her senior recital Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance.Thompson is a pianist from Ardmore, Okla. Her senior recital partially fulfills the requirements for…

Business Students Set Charity Fundraising Record

January 7, 2011— During the fall 2010 semester, OBU School of Business students brought in a record-setting $1,891.66 in their annual fundraising competition to be divided among several local and well-known charities. The previous record for the OBU business competition was $1,029.03, set in the fall of…

Bison Spirit’ Resides in Governor’s Mansion

January 4, 2011— It is the symbol of the American frontier, a symbol of strength and spirit, and the mascot of OBU. The American Bison was selected as the mascot to convey the charging spirit of OBU students and graduates. Now, from the watch-care of Shawnee native and Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, to OBU…

OBU Fares Well in National Cost Report

January 4, 2011— According to a recent national report on college costs, OBU's current tuition and fee total is less than 70 percent of the national average for four-year private institutions. "Trends In College Pricing 2010" was released by The College Board in fall 2010. The report lists the average…

Student's Artwork Chosen for Starbucks Anniversary Blend

January 3, 2011— Michaela Bell, an OBU senior graphic design major from Longmont, Colo., recently produced artwork chosen by Starbucks Coffee to represent its 40th Anniversary Blend in the North Texas and Oklahoma region. The artwork will be displayed on stickers and labels on the coffee, which she named "Red…