August 2012 News Articles

Graduate School to Host Grand Opening Sept. 11

August 30, 2012—The OBU Graduate School will host a Grand Opening celebration of its new campus at 3800 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City on Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 5-7 p.m. The community is cordially invited to attend. "We are very proud to show off our new campus facilities," said Dr. Scott Harris, director of…

Raley Receives Doctorate, Offers Challenge to Students

August 29, 2012—Standing in the chapel named for his father, John Wesley Raley Jr. challenged students to consider the exceptional nature of America -- and, in many ways, the similar nature of OBU -- during the Fall Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 29. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock presented Raley with an…

Marriage, Family Therapy Graduate Degree Approved

August 28, 2012—The Higher Learning Commission has approved the addition of a marriage and family therapy degree to the programs offered by the OBU Graduate School. Studies in OBU's marriage and family therapy (MFT) degree program will commence with the Fall 2013 semester. "The OBU Graduate School is here to…

Bison Football Conducts First Practice

August 27, 2012—OBU had its first football practice since 1940 Friday, Aug. 24, 372 days prior to opening kickoff, as the leadership class took the new practice field in Shawnee for the first time. Ninety-one athletes hit the field off Airport Drive in Shawnee, going through a preseason combine that included…

College of Nursing Adds Three New Faculty

August 24, 2012—OBU's College of Nursing has added three new faculty members for the fall 2012 semester: Janice Carr, assistant professor of nursing (pediatric); Leslie Hobbs, assistant professor of nursing (general); and Joe Rawdon, assistant professor of nursing (surgical). Carr earned a bachelor's degree…

Two Faculty Members Join College of Fine Arts

August 24, 2012—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts has added two new faculty members beginning with the fall 2012 semester. David Kenworthy is an assistant professor of theatre and design technician, and Christopher Neal is an associate professor of music and director of bands. Kenworthy earned an…

Grad School Students Gain Global Perspective in China

August 23, 2012—In a world where information is immediate and technology changes at a supersonic speed, a global mindset is mandatory for successful business ventures. At the OBU Graduate School, an international business practicum in East Asia was an integral part of the curriculum for current MBA…

Princeton Review Names OBU 'Best in the West'

August 23, 2012—For the eighth 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 122 institutions recommended in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's website feature, "2013 Best…

Have Courage to be Content,' Orth Challenges Students

August 22, 2012—Despite whatever plans OBU students might have for grandly serving God, or despite whatever unpleasant circumstances they might encounter, Christian speaker Matt Orth told the students to have the courage to always be content and glorify God. Orth presented his message to OBU students during a…

Miller Funeral Set for Friday in Enid

August 22, 2012—A funeral service for OBU alumnus Dr. Calvin Miller, 75, has been set for Friday, Aug. 24, at 10 a.m. at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel in Enid, Okla. The Rev. Deron Spoo will officiate. Burial will follow in White Cemetery in Hunter, Okla. Miller was a noted author, professor and artist…

Smiley to Headline 'Live' Saturday Night @OBU

August 22, 2012—After a week of learning the school yell and the alma mater, as well as beginning classes on Bison Hill, OBU freshmen will be treated to guest comedian Bob Smiley during "Live" Saturday Night @OBU. The event is slated for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. All…

McCullough Takes NBA Position

August 21, 2012—OBU's all-time leader in women's basketball coaching victories is moving up to the NBA. John McCullough, head coach of Lady Bison basketball, ended his 12-year career at OBU Monday, Aug. 20, to take the job as advance scout with the National Basketball Association's Portland Trailblazers. He…

OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra Auditions

August 21, 2012—Auditions for the 12th season of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel on the campus of OBU, said Dr. Jim Hansford, retired Burton Patterson professor of music at OBU and founding conductor of the orchestra. This particular audition date…

400-Plus Students 'Serve Shawnee'

August 20, 2012—More than 400 OBU students took ministry efforts into the city Monday, Aug. 20, 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…

Alum Calvin Miller Dies at 75

August 20, 2012—A funeral service for Dr. Miller will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 24, at Henninger-Hinson Funeral Home Chapel in Enid, Okla. The Rev. Deron Spoo will officiate. Burial will follow in White Cemetery in Hunter, Okla. OBU alumnus Dr. Calvin Miller, noted author, professor and artist,…

OBU to Host Raley Book Signing Aug. 29

August 20, 2012—Dr. John Wesley Raley Jr., son of legendary OBU President John Wesley Raley, will sign copies of his book, "Beyond the Gate: My Journey as an Oklahoma Boy" Wednesday, Aug. 29, at 1 p.m. in OBU's Geiger Center. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. "Beyond the Gate"…

Roberts Named Dean of Library Services

August 20, 2012—OBU has named Paul W. Roberts as dean of library services. Roberts succeeds Richard Cheek, who retired in June after serving seven years in the role. Roberts earned a bachelor's degree in biblical studies from Central Bible College in Conway, Ark. He earned a master of divinity degree in…

OBU Welcomes Class of 2016

August 18, 2012— OBU junior Paul Inman, a physics and mathematics major from Okarche, Okla., braves the rain to deliver the wardrobe of a new student to WMU Dormitory on Move-In Day, Saturday, Aug. 18. For the fall semester, OBU will welcome more than 600 new students -- more than 500 of them freshmen -- to…

Raley to Receive Honorary Doctorate

August 17, 2012—OBU will award an honorary doctor of humanities degree to Dr. John Wesley Raley Jr., longtime attorney and prominent Oklahoma civic leader, during the 2012 Convocation ceremony Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The presentation will be made by OBU President David W.…

Dr. Ed Minars, Ex '49

August 15, 2012—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Ed Minars, a 1949 graduate, is a 2011 recipient 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, business, avocation,…

Profile in Excellence: Chris Brewster, '92

August 15, 2012—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Chris Brewster, a 1992 graduate, is a 2012 recipient 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, business,…

Students Offer Help in the 'Land of Smiles'

August 15, 2012—Filled with friendly, gracious people who value hospitality, Thailand is known as the "Land of Smiles." An eight-member team from OBU traveled to the Southeast Asian country on mission to share their own smiles with third-culture kids gathered there. Southern Baptist mission representatives…

Three Join Hurley College of Science and Mathematics

August 15, 2012—August 15, 2012 Two faculty members and one lab instructor have joined OBU's James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Contessa Edgar is an assistant professor of biology; Dr. Yvonne Mbote is an assistant professor of chemistry; and Erin Shrick is the stockroom manager and lab…

Vince Alexander, '89

August 15, 2012—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Vince Alexander, a 1989 graduate, is a 2011 recipient 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, business,…

Professor's Research Featured in Engineering Magazine

August 14, 2012—Dr. Anna Wong Lowe, an adjunct professor in applied communication in OBU's Communications Arts Division, recently published research in the July issue of the Journal of Engineering Education. In addition, Prism, the flagship magazine of the American Society for Engineering Education, will…

Bison Bicycle Classic to Host State Road Race Championship

August 13, 2012—The 12th Annual Bison Bicycle Classic will once again join forces with the Pott County Pedalars to host the Oklahoma State Road Race Championship on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 9 a.m. In addition to the State Road Race there will be 25- and 50-mile tours for recreational cyclists to…

Felch to Lead Faculty Development Sessions

August 13, 2012—OBU's Faculty Development Committee will welcome Dr. Susan Felch, director of the Calvin Center for Christian Scholarship, to lead several faculty development sessions on Bison Hill Aug. 20-21. Felch also serves as professor of English at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich. On Monday, Aug.…

Faculty, Staff Named in Humanities and Social Sciences

August 10, 2012—Six faculty and staff members have been announced in OBU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences for the fall 2012 semester, including professors of English, Spanish and education, as well as a division secretary. Song Cho is an assistant professor of Spanish. He earned a bachelor's degree…

Mudliar Joins College of Theology and Ministry

August 8, 2012—Dr. Ishwaran Mudliar has joined the faculty of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at OBU for the fall 2012 semester. Mudliar is an associate professor of religion in the college. He earned a bachelor of theology degree from Union Biblical Seminary in Pune, India, and a…

Music Preparatory Department Opens Registration

August 7, 2012—Registration is now open for aspiring musicians of all ages to join OBU's Music Preparatory Department for the 2012-13 academic year, announced Conchita Hansford, director of the program. OBU's Music Preparatory Department began in 1985 and offers many musical opportunities to students, ages…

Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

August 6, 2012—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 3-12, on Aug. 16, 17 and 20, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel room 143. All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are invited to…