February 2012 News Articles

Professor Challenges Students to 'Get Real'

February 29, 2012—Dr. Louima Lilite told OBU students that every student's "story" is authored by God, and true worship occurs only when people recognize the authorship of God in their lives. An assistant professor of music at OBU, Lilite spoke during a weekly chapel service on Feb. 29. His message, "The…

Alum Calvin Miller Publishes 'Letters to Heaven'

February 28, 2012—Losing loved ones is a challenge which often leaves people with a desire to communicate unexpressed thoughts or emotions. There is no true way to communicate to those who have passed away, but bestselling author Dr. Calvin Miller attempts to fulfill those feelings of need. In his latest book,…

Alum Publishes Story about Victory through Adversity

February 27, 2012—At some point, every person has encountered a seemingly impossible situation. Every person must wade through a difficult problem, and every person inevitably looks for answers. OBU alum Judy Carpenter has experienced all these situations. Carpenter's book, titled "In His Hands" and published…

Dennis Jernigan Shares Personal Story with Students

February 23, 2012—OBU alum Dennis Jernigan, an internationally known songwriter and speaker, visited Bison Hill Wednesday, Feb. 22, to share his story with students and advocate the use of worship to overcome struggles throughout life. Jernigan played the piano as he spoke, quoting John 8:32, a Scriptural…

Graduate School to Relocate in May

February 20, 2012—The OBU Graduate School has announced plans to relocate from its current location in Oklahoma City's Triangle District to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma building, located at 3800 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City, in mid-May. The Graduate School has been located in the Momentum…

Sanyati 'Extreme Makeover' Gets a Lift from Nine Youngsters

February 20, 2012—Editor's note: The following story is about missions workers Daren Davis and Shawna (Norfleet) Davis, a 1990 OBU alum. It was written by Mark Kelly, a 1977 OBU alum, who writes for Baptist Global Response. The "extreme makeover" of Sanyati Baptist Hospital in Zimbabwe is no ordinary project,…

Alum Visits Classrooms to Share about Career Success

February 16, 2012—Mark Johnson, a 1982 music graduate from OBU, returned to Bison Hill on Feb. 13-14 to speak to faculty and students about his use of technology in the Nashville music industry. A seasoned composer, programmer, conductor, orchestrator and educator, Johnson specializes in the creation of…

Dilbeck Challenges Students to 'Be Present'

February 16, 2012—Dr. Hance Dilbeck addressed OBU students about the "essential connection" between humans and God, noting that technological advances may be more distracting than people realize. He discussed the presence of subtle spiritual and relational issues as a result of spending too much time plugged…

Shipler Speaks on 'Liberty and Security'

February 15, 2012— Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David K. Shipler, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow, speaks to OBU students on Thursday, Feb. 9. His lecture was on the topic "Liberty and Security: Can We Have Both?" The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program brings professionals to campuses across the…

Student Leaders Grow at Christian Leadership Conference

February 14, 2012—Several OBU student leaders and staff members attended the Christian Association of Student Leaders Conference Jan. 26-28 in Dallas, Texas, to gain insight into what it means to be a better student leader on Bison Hill. The conference consisted of general session times with Dr. Tim Elmore,…

OBU Promotes Champions of Character

February 13, 2012— New OBU head football coach Chris Jensen speaks to students about turning weaknesses into strengths during a Champions of Character chapel service Friday, Feb. 10, in OBU's Noble Complex. OBU Spiritual Life provides two chapel services each semester designed especially for student athletes,…

Communication Arts Students Present Research

February 10, 2012—Eight OBU communication arts students recently were selected to present their research papers at the 2012 Sooner Communication Conference at the University of Oklahoma on March 3. All student papers went through a blind-review process for selection. Students who each submitted a paper chosen…

Bisagno Shares Lessons from Bison Hill on Founders' Day

February 9, 2012—A giant in Southern Baptist preaching and evangelism, Dr. John R. Bisagno, returned to his alma mater during OBU's Founders' Day chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 8, to reflect on lessons he learned on Bison Hill more than 50 years ago. Founders' Day is an annual event commemorating the…

Jenkins Speaks on Global Christianity

February 8, 2012— University professor, author and lecturer Dr. Philip Jenkins presents a lecture, "Overview of Global Christianity," on Monday, Feb. 6, in OBU's Geiger Center. Hosted by the OBU Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry, Jenkins offered three lectures on Bison Hill Monday. His other topics…

Trustees Approve Budget, Student Housing Funding

February 4, 2012—Oklahoma Baptist University trustees ratified a $53.1 million operating budget for the 2012-13 year, approved funding plans for new student housing facilities, and directed OBU administrators to consider an on-going relationship with a Baptist college in Montana during their spring semester…

Alum Jami Smith Speaks about 'Natural Dwelling Place' of God

February 1, 2012—An OBU alum and well-known worship leader, Jami Smith, is not a stranger to the stage of Raley Chapel. Instead of leading worship, however, she delivered the weekly chapel message at OBU on Wednesday, Feb. 1, explaining to students that worship involves much more than music. Smith spoke…