July 2012 News Articles

Morris Named Director of Development for OKC Region

July 31, 2012—OBU's university advancement team has named Brian Morris as a director of development, with responsibilities for the Oklahoma City region. "Brian Morris joins the university advancement team at an important time in the life of OBU," said Will Smallwood, vice president for university…

Ballweg Named 'Director of Distinction'

July 26, 2012—Dr. D. Brent Ballweg, Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities at OBU, recently was presented with the Director of Distinction Award by the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association. The award was given for "outstanding leadership and high standards in choral music…

Students Find Flexibility Key to Mission in Brazil

July 25, 2012—Brazil's Rio Negro, a left tributary of the Amazon River, is the largest black water river in the world. In the wet season, the Rio Negro causes widespread flooding in the country. Six OBU students and one faculty member employed creativity and flexibility to navigate the flood waters to take…

OBU Hosts Pastors School for Ministry Development

July 23, 2012—For many people, "summer school" is a chore rather than a privilege. But for more than 70 Oklahoma pastors and other ministers, the 2012 Oklahoma Baptist University Pastors School provided an opportunity for learning and retreat led by well-respected OBU alumni who also have pastoral…

Students Take Hope to Horn of Africa

July 23, 2012—Situated on seven acres in the rolling countryside of the Horn of Africa sits "Hope for the Hopeless," a Christian-based orphanage designed to house 72 children. In the city of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the Hope for the Hopeless Drop-In Center provides a shower, meal, clean clothes and safe haven…

Students Encounter 'People of Peace' in South Asia

July 11, 2012—The coastal area of South Asia boasts a vibrant array of cultures, languages and religions. The region -- 9,500 miles from Shawnee, Okla. -- was the destination for a team of students from OBU sent on mission from the Avery T. Willis Center for Global Outreach May 22-June 13. In the area where…

Art Professor Featured in Santa Fe Guide

July 9, 2012—Brad Price, adjunct professor of art at OBU, has been selected as the cover artist for the 2012 Centennial edition of the official Santa Fe Visitor's Guide. In the past decade, only two Oklahoma artists have been selected as the cover artist for the New Mexico magazine. "As I looked at Brad's…

Music Alums Recognized at Church Music Conference

July 6, 2012—The Baptist Church Music Conference, meeting in Tulsa, Okla., June 3-5, presented its highest awards to two distinguished OBU music alumni: Glenn Thomas Boyd and Adoniram Joseph King. Boyd, a 1958 OBU graduate from Oklahoma City, was honored with the W. Hines Sims Award. The award recognizes…

Preparatory Department Celebrates with Recitals

July 6, 2012—Students in OBU's Music Preparatory Department celebrated the conclusion of a year of lessons and competitions with annual awards recitals May 5-6 in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel. The celebratory events included five recitals by students studying piano, voice, string and…

Blackstone Takes Fiberworks Best in Show

July 5, 2012—Oklahoma City's juried exhibit Fiberworks 2012 showcases two award-winning submissions by Julie Marks Blackstone, assistant professor of art at OBU, including an embroidered work which earned Best of Show. Blackstone said the two pieces are very different in technique and character. Her piece…

Student Athletes Fare Well In Classroom

July 5, 2012—OBU's overall athletic program was ranked fourth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for overall success in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. That achievement was bolstered by a strong academic showing for the university's varsity athletes, as they…

Chambers, Levy See 2012 Olympic Hopes Slip Away

July 3, 2012—Verone Chambers and Jura Levy saw their Olympic hopes end for 2012 at the Jamaican Olympic Trials. Chambers finished fifth in her heat of the 400 meters and 11th overall to miss the finals in 52.90 seconds. Verone Chambers Jura Levy Levy, who has had knee problems, did not run in the…

Greaves Makes Jamaican Olympic Team in Hurdles

July 3, 2012—Former OBU hurdler Latoya Greaves will represent Jamaica in the 2012 Olympics, competing in the 100 meter hurdles. Greaves placed second in the finals of the trials in Jamaica Sunday night with a personal-record of 12.77 seconds. Greaves won the NAIA national championship for OBU in that event…