2012 News Articles

SGA Hosts Hyde Park Day, Ellis Elected President

February 18, 2016—OBU's Student Government Association hosted Hyde Park Day during chapel Wednesday, April 11. The annual event is designed to introduce candidates for student government elected positions and class officer positions. After the presentation of speeches, students were encouraged to vote for their…

Simmons Art Offers 'Proportions of Human Head' April 20

February 18, 2016—The first time Lucas Simmons painted, he hated it. He said he was covered in oil, and the self-portrait he was struggling to paint more closely resembled a "sunburned version of Shrek" than his own face in the mirror. Regardless of his frustrating first attempt at art, the OBU senior did not…

Flag Football Team Takes Second at Nationals

November 20, 2015— Three OBU flag football teams made a trip to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, and competed in a regional tournament Saturday, Nov. 3. The women's team walked away from the tournament as runners-up in their bracket. The women's team fell just short of being crowned champions to Angelo…

Soles4Souls' Nets 150 Pairs of Shoes

December 17, 2012—Members of the Oklahoma Baptist University contributed about 150 pairs of shoes in early December to Soles4Souls, a charitable organization which accepts shoes and monetary donations to provide footwear to people in need both in the community and around the globe. "Soles4Souls collects new…

Put on Your Shoes,' Garlow Tells Graduates

December 14, 2012—Hearing a message inspiring them to step into their future, 92 OBU graduates received their diplomas during OBU's 2012 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 14. The ceremony marked the first combined graduation for undergraduate students from OBU's Shawnee campus and graduate students from the…

Winter Commencement Live Stream

December 14, 2012—The 2012 Winter Commencement is available for viewing on your computer. For chapel messages, follow this link.

Winter Commencement to Honor 92 Graduates

December 13, 2012—Fifty-seven undergraduate students and 35 graduate students will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU's Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 14. Willa Ruth Garlow will deliver the Commencement Address. Friday's Commencement will be the first ceremony to combine graduations for…

Grad School Offers Energy, Land Management Certificates

December 12, 2012—The OBU Graduate School will provide a program offering interested professionals an opportunity to earn energy and land management certificates beginning Jan. 14, 2013, in Oklahoma City. "The Energy and Land Management Certificate Program is designed for individuals who wish to continue their…

Munoz Named Assistant Coach of the Year

December 10, 2012—OBU assistant volleyball coach Jason Munoz has been named NAIA Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Munoz, an assistant coach for OBU since 2009, helped lead the Lady Bison to a fantastic 35-6 record and a perfect 12-0 in the Sooner Athletic Conference.…

Six Lady Bison Make NFCA Scholar Athlete List

December 7, 2012—Six players from OBU's 2012 softball team are National Fastpitch Coaches Association Scholar Athletes. Abbey Basler, Audrey Branscum, Ashley Clifton, Amanda Harmon, Noelle McDowell and Jessie Richardson all met the qualifying standard of a 3.5 grade point average. From left; Audrey Branscum,…

Graduate School to Host Orientation Dec. 11

December 6, 2012—OBU Graduate School will host an orientation Tuesday, Dec. 11, to allow students enrolled in the next cohort an opportunity to meet the school's faculty and staff as they prepare to pursue their graduate degrees. The orientation will be from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the OBU Graduate School…

Bison Celebrate Christmas

December 5, 2012— Members of OBU's Bisonettes, University Chorale and Bison Glee Club sing "Pure Light, Perfect Light" during OBU's 75th annual Hanging of the Green Saturday, Dec. 1, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The groups include (center, from left) Brittni Bilyeu, a junior from Blanchard, Okla.;…

OBU Hosts 'Soles4Souls' Shoe Drive Through Friday

December 5, 2012—OBU is collecting donated shoes for Soles4Souls, a charitable organization which accepts shoes and monetary donations to provide footwear to people in need both in the community and around the globe. Donations will be accepted for OBU's Soles4Souls campaign through Friday, Dec. 7, at 6 p.m.…

Senior Nursing Students Lend Helping Hand to Community

December 5, 2012—Seniors in OBU's College of Nursing carried out service projects in recent weeks to benefit members of the Shawnee area through health and hygiene education and screenings, as well as provide disaster preparedness for the OBU community. Through the Community Nursing course, OBU nursing majors…

Driven by Design' Senior Art Show Opens at OBU

November 30, 2012—Derek Green, an OBU senior graphic design major from Midwest City, Okla., is showcasing his artwork in a senior art show Nov. 30 to Dec. 8 in OBU's Art Building gallery. The public is invited to view the artwork. The theme of Green's show is "Driven by Design." The display will feature more…

Garlow to Bring OBU Winter Commencement Address

November 30, 2012—OBU alumna Willa Ruth Garlow will present the University's Winter Commencement Address during the 2 p.m. graduation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 14, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The 2012 Winter Commencement will be the first ceremony to combine graduation ceremonies for both OBU's…

J-Term Offers Eclectic Courses

November 30, 2012—OBU students often endure frosty temperatures to attend J-Term (January Term) courses which help them graduate on a set schedule. But the professors on Bison Hill also warmly welcome Shawnee-area residents to investigate the three-week courses. Whether the interested "student" is a community…

Bird Encourages Students to Trust in God

November 28, 2012—Psalm 46 gives reason to trust in God and have no fear regardless of circumstances, Elizabeth Bird told OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. Bird, self-governance coordinator for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma, presented a message to…

Enactus Canned Food Drive a Success

November 28, 2012—The need for food donations in Oklahoma is great, including around the holiday season. One in four Oklahoman children struggles with hunger on a regular basis, and more than 675,000 Oklahomans are at risk of going hungry every day. Enactus, a community of student, academic and business leaders…

College of Business Hosts Kastl for Forum

November 27, 2012—OBU graduate Carla Kastl was featured as the Paul Dickinson College of Business Business Forum speaker Friday, Nov. 16, in Bailey Business Center's Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. Kastl, a 1995 alum, spoke to undergraduate students and business faculty during the annual event. The forum provides…

Lt. Gov. Lamb Visits Bison Hill

November 27, 2012— OBU President David W. Whitlock (left) welcomes Oklahoma Lt. Governor Todd Lamb to campus for a tour and discussion Tuesday, Nov. 27. An Oklahoma Baptist, Lamb is a member of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, where he serves as a deacon.

OBU to Celebrate 75th 'Hanging of the Green'

November 27, 2012—OBU will present its 75th annual "Hanging of the Green" Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel. The community is invited to attend the celebration, titled "From Darkness to Light." The first OBU Hanging of the Green ceremony was in WMU Memorial Hall in 1937. After the…

Shawnee Honor Choir Concert Set for Dec. 2

November 27, 2012—Shawnee Honor Choir will present its Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium of Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Shawnee Honor Choir, an auditioned choir of 40 third through seventh graders representing 18 different…

Bison Relay Squad Establishes Top World Mark

November 26, 2012— The OBU men's 50 freestyle relay team of Daniel Ramirez, Garland Sullivan, Nick Schuttinger and A.J. Barbar is on top of the world. The team swam to first place and the fastest time of the world in the Canada Cup Saturday in Toronto to displace Tuks Aquatics of Russia as the top world time…

Hernandez Art Show Open in Art Building

November 19, 2012—Art has been a lifelong passion for Oklahoma Baptist University senior Christina Hernandez. "I cannot remember a time that I did not enjoy art," Hernandez said. "From the time I was able to hold a crayon, I have attempted to make unique works of art. My inspiration for creating art comes from…

American Idol' Band Member to Speak Nov. 19

November 16, 2012— Guitarist Jay Leach, a Los Angeles recording artist and "American Idol" band member, will be on the OBU campus to talk about music ministry and musical careers Monday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend the discussion in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. Leach's mission…

Art Club Auction Goes Live on Nov. 23

November 16, 2012—OBU's Art Club hosts an annual auction to provide Shawnee-area residents a unique Christmas-shopping opportunity while supporting their local budding artists. This year's auction will be available worldwide as the auction is hosted online via Facebook beginning Friday, Nov. 23. Click here to…

Elizabeth Bird to Bring Chapel Message Nov. 28

November 16, 2012—Elizabeth Bird, a 1998 OBU graduate, will bring OBU's chapel message on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the service. Her message will focus on Psalm 46. The 2012-13 theme for OBU's chapel messages is "The Psalms," with C.…

OBU Presents Hobbs Award to Robert Kellogg

November 16, 2012—OBU presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service, named in honor of a legendary Southern Baptist pastor and denominational statesman, to Robert Kellogg on Tuesday, Nov. 13, during the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma annual meeting in Moore,…

Mastin Named SAC Coach of Character

November 15, 2012—The Sooner Athletic Conference selected OBU track and field coach Ford Mastin as its Coach of Character for 2012-13. "We're delighted that Coach Mastin is recognized with this award," said OBU Director of Athletics Robert Davenport. "He has been a man of integrity and a strong positive role…

Mudliar Speaks on Psalm's Revelations

November 14, 2012—Psalm 19 provides revelations about God which should solicit a response from the reader, Dr. Ishwaran Mudliar told OBU students during a weekly chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 14. Mudliar, associate professor of religion at OBU, presented a message to follow OBU's current chapel theme, "The…

Professor Emerita Nancy Haigler Dies at 81

November 13, 2012—Longtime OBU professor Nancy Haigler of Shawnee, Okla., died Nov. 8, 2012, in Midwest City, Okla. She was 81. She was born to Paul Edgar and Gladys May (Scott) Reynolds in Geary, Okla., on March 25, 1931. She earned a bachelor's degree at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, a master's…

Alumni, Faculty Honored at Homecoming Chapel

November 12, 2012—OBU honored outstanding alumni and faculty and Dr. Hance Dilbeck offered a message of reflection during the 2012 Homecoming Chapel Saturday, Nov. 10, in Raley Chapel. The university recognized recipients of the Profile in Excellence Award, given to former students who have "demonstrated…

OBU Announces 2012 Harvest Court

November 10, 2012— The 2012 Harvest Court was crowned on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The honored seniors include harvest queen Erin Black, seated, from Cassville, Mo., and harvest king Neal Ellis from Midlothian, Texas. Other members of the court included best…

Distinguished Alumni Recognized at Harvest Dinner

November 9, 2012— Five distinguished honorees were recognized during OBU's Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 9, in the Geiger Center. They included (from left) Pat Brown, '05, Dr. Caleb Harris, '02, Quinn Wooldridge, '99, Johnny Cullison, '74, and Dr. Debbie Blue, '72. Cullison and Blue received the…

Hurt Memorial Track Complex Dedicated

November 9, 2012—OBU hosted a dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Eddie Hurt Jr. Memorial Track Complex Dedication on Friday, Nov. 9, at 3 p.m. The track complex is located on the northwest corner of the Shawnee campus, on the corner of Airport Drive and MacArthur Street. The complex was constructed…

Music Theatre to Present Opera Scenes

November 9, 2012—OBU's Music Theatre will present a Music Theatre Scenes program, titled "Reflections of Love," on Friday Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the performance, and tickets will be sold at the door for $5 each. OBU…

OBU Dedicates Milburn Success Center

November 9, 2012—OBU dedicated the Paul and Ann Milburn Student Success Center on Friday, Nov. 9, with a ceremony and ribbon-cutting during the university's 2012 Homecoming celebration. Shawnee residents Paul and Ann Milburn designated a gift to OBU's Student Success Center, inspired partly by Ann's career as…

Alum John Young: Dedicated to Excellence

November 8, 2012—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…

Engle Transformed on Bison Hill

November 8, 2012—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…

Webb Employs Hybrid Medical Techniques

November 8, 2012—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…

Alum Jami Smith: Just Part of a Puzzle

November 7, 2012—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…

Alum John Hughes Builds a Legacy

November 7, 2012—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…

Bison Cheerleaders Lead in Spirit Assembly

November 7, 2012— The OBU cheerleaders perform a full twisting basket toss, featuring senior Paige Terry from Enid, Okla., during the 2012 Spirit Assembly Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Noble Complex. The cheerleaders led the OBU student body in cheering for the Bison basketball teams and other athletes involved in…

Groseclose Nurtures and Honors Soldiers

November 7, 2012—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…

Anne Frank' Continues at OBU Theatre

November 5, 2012—OBU Theatre continues its production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre on the OBU campus. The play is an adaptation from the diary of an adolescent girl living through the Holocaust in Amsterdam. Performances are most appreciated…

Area Students Win Piano Competition

November 5, 2012—The Oklahoma Music Teachers' Association Junior Piano Competition recently was held on the OBU campus. Three area piano students were selected among 10 third-through eighth-grade entries to perform in the Winners Recitals at the OMTA East District Convention Nov. 17 at OBU. Winners were…

Musical Gala, Glee Club Concert Highlight Homecoming

November 5, 2012—OBU's 2012 Homecoming celebration will feature two musical highlights: a Fine Arts Musical Gala on Friday, Nov. 9, and a Bison Glee Club 75th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, Nov. 10. >> CLICK HERE to find a link to watch the Glee Club concert live online Saturday at 8 p.m. and to download the…

Haines Named Director of Facilities Management

November 2, 2012—George F. Haines III has been named director of facilities management at OBU. He will begin his duties at OBU Monday, Nov. 26. Haines comes to Bison Hill from Gillette, Wyo., where he has served as director of the Mining Technology Program for Northern Wyoming Community College District…

Poudrier to Present Veteran's Day Poetry Reading

November 2, 2012—OBU's English Department Reading Series will present a Veteran's Day poetry reading with veteran Jason Poudrier on Monday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Geiger Center room 212. An Iraqi Freedom veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Poudrier has authored two collections of poetry: "Red Fields,"…

Fifth Graders Learn About Olympics History at OBU

November 1, 2012— Fifth graders from Jefferson Elementary School in Shawnee listen as OBU senior Emily Urminski, a special education major from Mansfield, Texas, teaches them about the Olympics in Berlin, Germany, in 1936. Sixty-one fifth-grade students attended the annual learning opportunity, led by OBU…

Pope Releases 'Voice in Wilderness' Photography Book

November 1, 2012—For 22 years, Bill Pope has taken photographs of generations of students, faculty and staff at OBU. In his personal time, he shoots photographs for various agriculture outlets. But he recently shifted his focus from Bison Hill and cattle to share the beauty he finds in the swamps of the…

Diary of Anne Frank' Opens Nov. 1

October 31, 2012—"The Diary of Anne Frank," an adaptation from the diary of an adolescent girl living through the Holocaust in Amsterdam, will open OBU's 2012-13 theatre season Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in Shawnee Hall's Craig-Dorland Theatre on the OBU campus. Mr. Frank excites his daughter, Anne,…

Psalm 1 Offers Two Paths, Fentress Says

October 31, 2012—Life affords two paths, a contrast between opposite characters and opposite conducts: a path to prosper or a path to perish. Dr. Ken Fentress, senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Md., told OBU students they must choose between the two paths. He presented his message, which…

Homecoming Chapel to Feature Dilbeck, Award Recipients

October 30, 2012—Dr. Hance Dilbeck will address OBU alumni and friends at the OBU Homecoming Chapel, Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m., in Raley Chapel. Dilbeck is pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. The public is invited to attend the service. During the chapel service, the OBU Alumni…

OBU to Honor Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees

October 30, 2012—To honor former OBU faculty members who were master teachers, making a significant impact on OBU students, the university will induct its third Faculty Hall of Fame class during the Homecoming chapel service Saturday, Nov. 10, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. The inductees include Manoi (Smith)…

Biology Students Visit Lake Texoma on Fall Break

October 29, 2012—While many OBU students used their fall free days to visit family or simply unwind and take a break from school, a group of biology students took advantage of the opportunity to study God's creation during OBU's Fall Free Days Oct. 18-20. Dr. Brad Jett, professor of biology, Dr. Dale Utt,…

Fentress to Deliver Hobbs Lecture Oct. 31

October 29, 2012—Dr. Ken Fentress, senior pastor of Montrose Baptist Church in Rockville, Md., will present the 2012 fall Hobbs Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU lectureships designed to help…

OBU Reps Gain Perspective on Medical Missions Trip

October 29, 2012—Five OBU representatives impacted the lives of the people of South Asia by administering medical aid to a region burdened with poverty. The trip to northeast India, arranged and directed by Dr. Brad Jett, OBU professor of biology, spanned from May 23 to July 27. The missions endeavor was one…

Outstanding Honorees to be Recognized at Harvest Dinner

October 29, 2012—Five distinguished honorees will be recognized during OBU's 2012 Homecoming festivities, with two receiving the Alumni Achievement Award, one receiving the Graduate of the Last Decade Award and two being inducted into the OBU Athletic Hall of Fame. Dr. Debbie Blue Johnny Cullison Dr.…

Students Take Computer Science Out of the Classroom

October 26, 2012—Students at OBU take advantage of the education they receive on Bison Hill by utilizing skills learned in the classroom in a professional environment. During the past months, students in the computer science programs have embraced opportunities to serve as interns and staff members for…

Van Gogh Parody Portraits on Display

October 26, 2012—Steve Hicks, an OBU professor of art, has always admired Vincent van Gogh's work, but recently he took his interest a step further by creating an entire show's worth of paintings in homage to the great artist. The paintings, which include a matching theme and name for each, are imitations of…

Grad School Alum Receives Next Gen Award

October 25, 2012—Juliann Strange, a 2011 alumna of the OBU Graduate School, received iON Oklahoma Online's 30/30 Next Gen 2012 award Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Petroleum Club in Oklahoma City. The award honors 30 individuals under the age of 30 for their professional achievements, community involvement and…

Live from Victory,' Ezell Tells Students

October 24, 2012—Psalm 36 contrasts two ways of living: Living God's way and finding fulfillment or living the world's way and flirting with failure, Dr. Kevin Ezell told OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 24. Whatever life brings, Ezell urged students to live life based in the victory…

OBU Launches Athletics Website Redesign

October 24, 2012—OBU athletics will reveal its new website design Wednesday, Oct. 24. The site will have most of the same functionality, but features a more graphically-pleasing look overall and a schedule that is easier to navigate. "After looking through what's out there, we tweaked a few things that we…

OBU Named Five-Star Champion of Character Institution

October 24, 2012—OBU has again been named a Five-Star Champion of Character Institution by the NAIA. "We take seriously the five core character values of the Champions of Character program and are committed to developing leaders in our athletic programs," said OBU Director of Athletics Robert Davenport. OBU's…

Bisonettes to Sing in Tulsa Nov. 18

October 22, 2012—OBU's Bisonette Glee Club will sing at First Baptist Church, Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. The community is invited to attend the service. The church is located at 403 S. Cincinnati Ave. in Tulsa. The concert will feature sacred music from various periods of music history and a…

Tickets Available for Oct. 28 Gungor Concert

October 22, 2012—The "liturgical post rock musical collective" known as Gungor will perform at OBU on Sun., Oct. 28, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are now on sale here. VIP tickets, which include a 6 p.m. Q&A session with the lead artist,…

God is Our Refuge,' Lilite Reminds Students

October 17, 2012—Life affords two realities: God and trouble, Dr. Louima Lilite told OBU students during a weekly chapel message Wednesday, Oct. 17. But Psalm 16 promises God is a refuge of strength who will not abandon his people, he noted. Lilite, assistant professor of music, led the OBU community in a time…

Library Rolls Out Technology Advances

October 17, 2012—OBU strives to remain on the forefront of an era filled with technological advances. To make information discovery more convenient for OBU students, the university's library catalog is now searchable from within Facebook, the first of several tech-based changes at the Mabee Learning Center. In…

OBU Theatre Opens Nov. 1 with 'Diary of Anne Frank'

October 17, 2012—OBU's Theatre Department will begin its 2012-13 season with a production of "The Diary of Anne Frank," an adaptation from the diary of an adolescent girl living through the Holocaust in Amsterdam. The premiere is Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m., in Shawnee Hall's Craig-Dorland Theatre on the…

Professor Performs at Liszt Academy in Budapest

October 17, 2012—Dr. Michael Dean, a music educator who has proven himself as a dedicated academician, recently embraced the opportunity to perform on a stage once used by legendary pianist and composer Franz Listz in Budapest, Hungary. Dean, associate professor of music at OBU, performed alongside Dr. Terrie…

2012 Harvest Court to Honor Outstanding Seniors

October 16, 2012—OBU will honor outstanding seniors at the annual Harvest Court ceremony Saturday, Nov. 10, at the 7 p.m. Harvest Festival in Raley Chapel's Potter auditorium as a part of OBU's Homecoming celebration. Senior students were nominated by their peers in six different categories: harvest king,…

Bennight to Perform Harpsichord Concert

October 16, 2012—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will welcome harpsichordist Brad Bennight in concert Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is cordially invited to attend the free performance. Dr. Bennight will perform the Dedicatory Recital on a new…

Ezell to Bring Chapel Address Oct. 24

October 16, 2012—Dr. Kevin Ezell, president of the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, will speak during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 24, at OBU. The community is invited to attend the 10 a.m. service in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Ezell provides strategic vision,…

University Chorale to Sing in Moore Nov. 4

October 16, 2012—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere ensembles, will sing at First Baptist Church, Moore, Okla., on Sunday, Nov. 4, during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. The performances are free, and the community is invited to attend. The church is located at 301 NE 27th Street Moore,…

Bisonettes to Sing in Shawnee

October 15, 2012—OBU's Bisonette Glee Club will sing at First Baptist Church, Shawnee, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 10:45 a.m. The community is invited to attend the service, located at 227 N. Union Ave. The Bisonettes include some of the finest vocal musicians on the OBU campus. The all-female group was organized…

David's Creed to Lead Worship in Fort Smith

October 15, 2012—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Ark., on Sunday, Nov. 4, during the 5 p.m. evening service. The community is invited to attend. Grand Avenue Baptist Church is located at 3900 Grand Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 72904. David's Creed…

Faculty Recital to Feature Piano, Flute, Trombone

October 15, 2012—Faculty from OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present a recital Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the free performance, which will include Dr. Mary Chung on piano, Dr. Carlos Feller on flute and Dr.…

Pace Urges Students to Passionately Know God

October 10, 2012—What is greater than God, worse than the devil, dead people eat it and, if a person ate it, he or she would be dead, too? The answer is "nothing," Dr. Scott Pace told OBU students. The riddle relates to a message Pace said God has impressed on his heart for years. Pace, who serves as the…

Nursing Alum Serves on Mercy Ship

October 9, 2012—Preparing in calm to respond in crisis: Pacific Partnership 2012, a major humanitarian aid and civic mission which operated in the Asian-Pacific region, built its recent work on that theme as it embarked on a four-month endeavor. The partnership included multiple government agencies, 13…

Pianist Petronel Malan to Present Guest Recital

October 8, 2012—Grammy Award-nominated pianist Petronel Malan will present a guest recital at OBU on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance, which will include works by Hayden, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. Born in South Africa, Malan…

Trustees Set Tuition, Approve New Technology

October 5, 2012—Oklahoma Baptist University trustees approved strategic objectives, set tuition for the next academic year and approved new energy-efficient technology during their fall semester meeting on the OBU campus in Shawnee Oct. 5. In his report to the board, OBU President David W. Whitlock announced…

Acclaimed Author to Visit Campus

October 4, 2012—OBU will host Woodrow Wilson visiting fellow Lynne Sharon Schwartz, an acclaimed novelist, essayist and poet, during the week of Oct. 8-12. She will visit an array of writing and literature classes during her visit to Bison Hill. Schwartz is part of the nationally recognized program that sends…

David's Creed to Lead Worship in Holdenville

October 4, 2012—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at First Baptist Church of Holdenville, Okla., on Sunday, Oct. 14, during the 6 p.m. evening service. The community is invited to attend. First Baptist Church is located at 324 North Broadway, Holdenville, OK 74848. David's Creed takes a…

OBU to Host 29th Annual Pops Concert Oct. 13

October 4, 2012—OBU's Symphonic Winds and Bison Jazz Orchestra will present the 29th annual Pops Concert on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. "The theme for this year's concert is 'The Music of America,'" said Dr. Kevin Pruiett, director of the Bison Jazz Orchestra. "We are…

Christians Can 'Sing the Blues,' Kelly Tells Students

October 3, 2012—Dr. Bobby Kelly walked to the podium in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium and sang: "At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light, and the burden of my heart rolled away. It was there by faith I received my sight, and now I am happy all the day." "Good theology? Absolutely," Kelly…

Mudliar Installed to OBU's Dickinson Chair of Religion

October 3, 2012—Dr. Ishwaran Mudliar was installed to OBU's Dickinson Chair of Religion during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 3, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. During the ceremony, OBU Provost Stan Norman presented Mudliar with a certificate in recognition of exemplary scholarship and…

Parents, Siblings Invited to Family Day Oct. 6

October 3, 2012—OBU invites the families of students to visit Bison Hill during Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. Family Day gives parents a chance to visit their child and tour the campus. Registration for the event starts at 10:30 a.m. in the upper level of the Geiger Center. Families can get a fresh start on…

First Bison Football Intrasquad Set for Saturday

October 2, 2012—OBU plays its first football intrasquad scrimmage at 1 p.m., Saturday, on the infield of Hurt Memorial Track. While the format is not yet set, the scrimmage will be an offense vs. defense and not a team vs. team intrasquad, and there will be no kicking game. "There's been a lot of excitement…

Kelly, Pace to Lead 2012 Winter Bible Study Clinic

October 2, 2012—The 2012 Winter Bible Study Clinic, focusing on the study titled "The Greatest Week in History: Luke's Account of the Passion Week," will be taught by Dr. Bobby Kelly and Dr. Scott Pace at OBU on Friday, Oct. 26. The study will be in OBU's Geiger Center, rooms 218-219, from 9 a.m. to 4…

Bison Glee Club to Sing in Midwest City Oct. 28

September 27, 2012—OBU's Bison Glee Club, an all-male choral group, will sing at Meadowood Baptist Church in Midwest City, Okla., on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 10:30 a.m. The community is invited to attend. The Bison Glee Club is an auditioned group of the finest male musicians on the OBU campus. The group long has…

Students Experience Missions in Zambia

September 27, 2012—In late May, seven OBU students and one staff member journeyed abroad. Their destination: Zambia. Their objective: To offer the hope of eternal life in Jesus to the Zambian people. The students' month-long Global Outreach trip was split into two parts, the first half spent church-planting in…

Vocal Honors Academy Recital Set for Oct. 4

September 27, 2012—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will host the 11th annual Vocal Honors Academy Oct. 4-5 on the Shawnee campus. The academy will include a faculty recital on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the recital. The…

Interested Professionals Invited to 'Night at Grad School'

September 26, 2012—The OBU Graduate School will host "Night at the Grad School" Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at its campus located at 3800 North May Ave. in Oklahoma City. Interested professionals are invited to attend the free event, and no reservations are required. "Night at the Graduate School" will…

Naylor Offers Missionary's Perspective on Psalm 139

September 26, 2012—Oppressive heat filled the post-midnight hours as a new missionary, Rebekah Naylor, stepped off a plane in India. Instantly, beggars accosted the young American, who had missed her connecting flight to Bangalore. As thunder rumbled in the distance, she was directed to a bus which would take…

OBU Offers C.S. Lewis Study Tour to UK

September 26, 2012—More than 60 years ago, C.S. Lewis strolled the hills of Northern Ireland and imagined a world filled with fantastic beasts and grand adventures. OBU invites students, alumni, retired professors and friends of the University to join his musings with their own adventure: an onsite study tour of…

Bison Football Dons the Pads

September 25, 2012—OBU went through its first practice with football pads Monday, Sept. 24, with 89 players participating in the first Bison football contact drills since 1940. "I think we had a first day," said Bison Coach Chris Jensen. "We looked good in pads, but we have to evaluate film to see how well it…

Missionaries in Residence Focus on Relationships

September 20, 2012—Michael and Sharon Wright are accustomed to building strong relationships, even when the odds are stacked against them. The couple lives in Taichung, Taiwan, as International Mission Board representatives reaching out to a culture that bears the highest divorce rate in the world and doesn't…

Agee Encourages Students to Seek Excellence

September 19, 2012—After receiving a "Ka-Rip" fix at the aid of current OBU students, Dr. Bob Agee renewed his vision of excellence for OBU, compelling the students to have courage to do and be their very best. He spoke during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Raley Chapel's Potter…

Enrollment Hits 12-Year High

September 19, 2012—OBU announced a growing enrollment of 1,979 students for the 2012-13 academic year, a gain of 108 students over last year's enrollment of 1,871. The new count is the highest enrollment at OBU since 2000, when the student population sat at 2,017. The freshmen class includes 506 students, an…

Crane Named Director of MFT Grad Program

September 18, 2012—Dr. Canaan Crane, assistant professor of psychology at OBU, has been named director of OBU's newly approved marriage and family therapy graduate program. The program is scheduled to launch through the OBU Graduate School in August 2013. OBU's first marriage and family therapy graduate program…

Boot-Scootin' Biggie Variety Show Set for Sept. 15

September 13, 2012—OBU's Campus Activities Board will present the annual "Biggie" show with a wild-West twist. The show, titled "Boot Scootin' Biggie" and featuring skits and acts performed by upperclassmen, will be Saturday, Sept. 15, in Potter Auditorium of Raley Chapel. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and…

Adams Addresses 'Cost of Missions' with Students

September 12, 2012—For anyone in the world who knows and loves Jesus Christ, someone made a sacrifice for that access to the Gospel message, Dr. Randy Adams told OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 12. Adams spoke during OBU's Global Outreach (GO) Week about "The Cost of Missions" --…

Grad School Hosts Grand Opening in OKC

September 12, 2012—Administrators from the OBU Graduate School celebrate the Grand Opening of the school's new campus at 3800 N. May Ave. in Oklahoma City with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 11. Those cutting the ribbon included (from left) Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the College of Nursing; Dr. Stan…

New Employees Join Bison Hill Staff

September 12, 2012—OBU recently welcomed six new staff members across the campus, including new employees in Information Systems and Services, Audio/Visual Services, Admissions and the College of Theology and Ministry, as well as a transition in the Division of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies. Ronda…

OBU Ranks as 'A-Plus School' by U.S.News & World Report

September 12, 2012—OBU has been ranked as the only Oklahoma college or university on U.S.News & World Report's annual ranking of "A-Plus Schools for B Students" for Regional Colleges for 2013. OBU also has been listed as Oklahoma's highest-ranked college in "Best Regional Colleges" for the 19th consecutive year…

Chorale to Sing in Oklahoma Churches Oct. 14

September 11, 2012—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere vocal ensembles, will sing in two worship services in northeast Oklahoma on Sunday, Oct. 14. The performances are free, and the community is invited to attend. The Chorale will sing at First Baptist Church in Jenks during the 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.…

International Students Receive Warm Welcome

September 11, 2012—OBU proudly hosts a population of about 90 international students from 25 countries. Unfortunately, traveling to and attending an American university can be a difficult endeavor for foreign students. Due to transportation restrictions, international students can bring only what they can fit…

Praying Through Psalms' Set for Sept. 14-15

September 11, 2012—OBU will host "Praying Through the Psalms," a spiritual formation event led by author, seminary professor and mentor Dr. Donald S. Whitney on Friday, Sept. 14, and Saturday, Sept. 15. The event is designed for students, but the community is invited to attend. "Praying Through the Psalms" will…

Adams Earns Delta Mu Delta Scholarship

September 10, 2012—Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society in business, recently awarded OBU student Rett Adams a $1,000 scholarship for the 2012-13 academic year. Adams, a 21-year-old junior from Oklahoma City, is pursuing a major in accounting. Adams is one of only four students to be inducted this year…

OBU to Host Global Education Meeting, Celebration

September 10, 2012—September 10, 2012 Oklahoma Baptist University and OBU President David W. Whitlock will host the Consortium for Global Education Sept. 19-21 for the organization's 2012 Annual Meeting and 25th Anniversary Celebration. Founded in 1987, the Consortium for Global Education (CGE) is a non-profit…

OBU Theatre 2012-13 Season: 'Hues of Human Spirit'

September 7, 2012—OBU Theatre has announced its 2012-13 productions, based on the theme, "Hues of the Human Spirit." Season tickets are now on sale for the three productions of the season: "The Diary of Anne Frank," "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" and "An Evening of Southern Charm: One-Act Plays by Southern…

2012-13 Chapels to Focus on 'The Psalms'

September 6, 2012—During the 2012-13 academic year, the OBU community will hear a variety of speakers bring messages on the current chapel theme, "The Psalms," with "The Treasury of David" by Charles Spurgeon used as a resource for the study. All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter…

George Presents Life and Passion of Spurgeon

September 5, 2012—In possibly the first-ever OBU chapel service to combine a history on Charles Spurgeon with the artistry of a rapper, Dr. Christian George spoke to a packed crowd of students to offer a theme interpretation for the 2012-13 chapel series on "The Psalms." George, who serves as the Jewell and Joe…

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…

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…

Chambers Advances in Jamaican Trials

June 29, 2012—Oklahoma Baptist senior Verone Chambers advanced to the semifinals of the Jamaican Olympic Trials' 400 meters Thursday, while two other former Lady Bison also competed. Chambers finished fifth in her heat and owns the 16th and final slot to advance to the semifinals. She ran a 53.54. She will…

OBU’s Remesaro to Swim for Uruguay in Olympics

June 28, 2012—OBU swimmer Ines Remersaro will represent her native Uruguay in the 2012 Olympic Games in London this summer. Remersaro was ruled ineligible by the NAIA for the 2011-12 season, but is on track to swim for OBU in the 2012-13 season. A freshman from Montevideo, Remersaro will swim the 100 and…

Gray Named Associate Director of Graduate School

June 25, 2012—Ann Gray, a 2012 graduate of OBU Graduate School, recently was named associate director of the Graduate School. Gray assumed her responsibilities at the university in May. Gray earned a master's of business administration degree with an emphasis in international business in March. She earned a…

Student Merits Accolades in Olympic Values Essay Competition

June 25, 2012—OBU junior Jimmy Manyanga, a resident of Pauls Valley, Okla., who comes from Harare, Zimbabwe, recently was named an alternate winner in the 2012 Olympic Values Essay Competition. More than 265 students from 61 countries shared their ideas about Olympic values and how to realize them through…

Cox Named SAC Coach of Character

June 12, 2012—OBU's Bobby Cox has been named the Sooner Athletic Conference Coach of Character for 2011-12. Cox, baseball coach at OBU for 27 years, led his team to get involved with assisting students at Dale Elementary School, fund-raising for breast cancer awareness and other community and team…

Gower Chosen to Lead Marketing and Communications

June 12, 2012—OBU Provost Stan Norman has announced the appointment of OBU alum Paula Gower as the new associate vice president for marketing and communications. She will assume her duties on June 25, 2012. Gower has worked for 27 years in the marketing and communications field. She most recently served as…

Luter Receives Honorary Doctorate

June 12, 2012— Dr. Fred Luter Jr. (second from left), senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La., receives an honorary doctorate in theology from OBU on Sunday, June 10, at the church. Presenting the degree is Dr. Stan Norman (left), OBU provost and executive vice president for…

Graduate School Begins Classes on New Campus

June 8, 2012—The OBU Graduate School recently relocated to a larger campus at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma building, located at 3800 N. May Avenue in Oklahoma City, from its former location in Oklahoma City's Triangle District. The new location, at the crossroads of I-44 & the Lake Hefner…

Luter to Receive Honorary Doctorate

June 7, 2012—OBU will award an honorary doctor of divinity degree to Dr. Fred Luter Jr., senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, June 10, at the church, in recognition of the pastor's "high standards, excellence in achievement and genuine concern for others." The…

Angell Receives Great-Grandfather's Merit Badges

June 5, 2012—Thomas Angell, great-grandson of Dr. Warren M. Angell, Oklahoma Baptist University's legendary Fine Arts dean emeritus, recently received his great-grandfather's Boy Scout memorabilia in a surprise visit to campus the day after his 12th birthday. "Our father loved to tell us, when we were…

Camp RAWC Tackles 'Amazing Race' Challenges

June 5, 2012— Brady Prince (left) and Claire Hall, campers at Oklahoma Baptist University's Camp RAWC, recover an item in a "buried treasure" challenge on Monday, June 4. Paige Whitson, the Green Team leader, looks on. Four Camp RAWC teams are competing in challenges based on games from "The Amazing Race"…

Six Retire from OBU Posts

June 5, 2012—Six members of the Oklahoma Baptist University community are retiring from their posts as faculty and staff members on Bison Hill. The retirees - who include Richard Cheek, Dr. Carolyn Cole, Dr. Roger Hadley, Dr. William Hagen, Bill Holley and Gerald "Gerry" Milligan - represent a total of 133…

Hobbs College Presents Awards, Scholarships

June 1, 2012—OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry recently recognized its exceptional students with a morning ceremony in April and during OBU's 2012 Awards Convocation in May. Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of the Hobbs College, presented the awards and scholarships, assisted during the…

Bison Bicycle Classic to Host State Road Race Championship

May 29, 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…

Lady Bison Capture NAIA Outdoor Title

May 29, 2012—Oklahoma Baptist ended a three-year streak of runner-up finishes and took home its first NAIA Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship Saturday in Marion, Ind. "This feels really great," said OBU senior Verone Chambers. "We were second three years in a row and my sophomore year we lost by…

Music Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

May 29, 2012—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recently recognized outstanding students in music studies and awarded numerous scholarships during a spring music awards banquet in April and the 2012 Awards Convocation in May. Ashlynn Streck, a rising senior from Hennessey, Okla., received the…

Raney Receives Fulbright Award

May 29, 2012—Dr. Sherri Raney, associate professor of history at OBU, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach a course in "European Women's History" at Bashkir State Pedagogical University in Russia during the 2012-13 academic year, the United States Department of State and the J. William…

College of Nursing Presents Awards, Recognitions

May 21, 2012—OBU's College of Nursing recognized its exceptional students during an awards banquet Tuesday, April 24. The college's outstanding senior, Shiloh Layn, also was recognized during OBU's 2012 Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 2. Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the College of Nursing, presented the…

Nursing Professor Uses Medical Skill to Serve in Uganda

May 16, 2012—While many people welcome the arrival of a school break as an opportunity to spend time with friends and family, take a vacation or simply relax, OBU professor Karen Cotter chose to spend her spring break week meeting medical needs in Uganda. Cotter traveled to Uganda with a group called Pros…

Three Join Enrollment Management Team

May 16, 2012—OBU recently added three new staff members -- Kym Coe, Sheri Hays and Tina Seaborn -- to the enrollment management team. Kym Coe Sheri Hays Tina Seaborn Coe is an admissions counselor serving prospective OBU students in northwest Oklahoma, West Texas and the western United States,…

Akin Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

May 15, 2012—Dr. Jeanne Akin, Mary A. White professor of education at OBU, received OBU's Distinguished Teaching Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 11. Akin, who joined the OBU faculty in 1997 as assistant professor, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the…

Bandy Receives Promising Teacher Award

May 15, 2012—Dr. Alan S. Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland Assistant Professor of New Testament at OBU, received OBU's Promising Teacher Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 11. Bandy, who joined the OBU faculty in fall 2009, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the…

Russell Receives Meritorious Service Award

May 15, 2012—Dr. Norris Russell, OBU professor and chair of the Division of Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, was named the recipient of OBU's Meritorious Service Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 11. OBU President David W. Whitlock announced the award for Russell, who joined the OBU…

Pastors School Set for July 16-18

May 14, 2012—Continuing its tradition of reaching out to ministers in Oklahoma and beyond, OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will host the 2012 OBU Pastors School Monday-Wednesday, July 16-18, 2012. The School is designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist…

Board Approves Construction Manager, Dedicates Hobbs Suite

May 11, 2012—Taking the next step in completing new student housing facilities, Oklahoma Baptist University's trustees approved the hiring of a construction manager for building two campus apartment buildings during their spring meeting on the university's Shawnee campus May 11. The board confirmed…

OBU Confers Degrees on 246 Graduates

May 11, 2012—Encouraged to achieve effectiveness rather than just success, 246 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates received their diplomas during OBU's 98th Spring Commencement on Friday, May 11. For chapel messages, follow this link. Before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in OBU's Raley…

OBU Dedicates Hobbs College Suite

May 11, 2012—Members of the OBU community participated in a ribbon cutting and dedication for the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry on Friday, May 11. Those participating in the ribbon cutting included (from left) Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director of the Baptist General Convention of…

Nursing Graduates Honored at Pinning

May 10, 2012—In a tradition symbolizing the transition from student life to a professional role, 28 OBU nursing students participated in the Spring 2012 Nurses' Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 10, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Designed by the Class of 1956 -- the university's first class of nursing…

OBU Breaks Ground for Student Residential Village

May 10, 2012—Members of the OBU community celebrated groundbreaking for a new student residential village Thursday, May 10, during an afternoon ceremony. The total complex will include 204 new apartment units, 782 beds and 20 laundry facility/safe rooms on Bison Hill. OBU trustees, students, faculty, staff…

Commencement to Honor 246 Graduates

May 8, 2012—Two hundred and forty-six graduates will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU's 98th Spring Commencement on Friday, May 11. Dr. Tom Elliff, president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, will deliver the Commencement Address. Elliff also will be awarded…

Elliff to Receive Honorary Doctorate

May 8, 2012—OBU will award an honorary doctor of divinity degree to Dr. Thomas D. Elliff, president of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, during the Spring Commencement ceremony Friday, May 11, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The presentation will be made by OBU…

Palomino Expresses Fragility of Life Through Art

May 4, 2012—God put everyone on Earth with a countdown, said Mark Palomino, a graphic design major from Asunción, Paraguay, and "it's up to us to make the most of it." A senior at OBU, Palomino will present his artwork in a show titled "Why Are You Dying?" on May 4 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the…

Intramurals Crowns King, Queen

May 3, 2012—Culminating an academic year filled with hefty sports competitions, the McDowell Family Intramural Program at OBU crowned its annual king and queen Monday, April 30. Courtney Buchanan, a junior from Shawnee, continued her reign as queen, and Colin Metcalf, a junior from Jenks, Okla., was…

Miller Named President-Elect of Guidance Network

May 3, 2012—Stephanie Miller, director of career services at OBU, has been named president-elect of the Career Guidance Network of Oklahoma for the 2012-13 academic year. The organization's fall conference will be on the OBU campus in October. The Career Guidance Network of Oklahoma is an organization…

Senior to Exhibit 'N. Laura's Art' May 4

May 3, 2012—Nataley Johnson was not always an art major. Her first two years at OBU were spent studying biology before she realized God was pointing her in another direction. After changing her path and heading for the Art Building, she said she thanks God every day for revealing his plan for her life.…

Outstanding Students Recognized at Awards Convocation

May 2, 2012—OBU recognized its outstanding students during the annual Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 2, in Raley Chapel, with seniors Amity Walker and Jered Bell receiving the highest awards given to students by OBU. Walker, a history major from Shawnee, Okla., received the University's highest…

Oxford Recognized for Photography Achievement

May 2, 2012—Nick Oxford, an OBU senior from Arvada, Colo., was named student photographer of the year during the Great Plains Journalism Awards, which represents the best in journalism among all colleges and universities in the Midwest. The Tulsa Press Club announced the winners of the 2012 Great Plains…

Preparatory Department Sponsors District, State Winners

May 1, 2012—Josiah Dame and Makenna Herl, students in OBU's Preparatory Department, earned an opportunity to participate in the Oklahoma Federation of Music Clubs state competition at Southern Nazarene University on April 29. Both received Honorable Mention awards in voice divisions. Dame and Herl were…

Laughlin to Present Senior Piano Recital May 1

April 27, 2012—Brenden Laughlin, an OBU senior from Albuquerque, N.M., will present his senior piano recital Tuesday, May 1, in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. Laughlin is a piano performance major with a pedagogy emphasis. He is the son of Karie Dumler and the godson…

Music Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

April 27, 2012—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 3-12, on Tuesday, May 1, Tuesday, May 8, and Thursday, May 10, from 3-5 p.m. in Raley Chapel room 143. All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the…

Baker Expresses 'Captured Simplicity' through Art

April 26, 2012—Kristin Baker has found that simple everyday objects and experiences can become art. This concept is expressed through the simplicity of her art work. The OBU senior will present her senior art show, titled "Captured Simplicity," in the gallery of the Art Building on Friday, April 27, from…

Eighth-Grade Consultants Surprise OBU Students

April 26, 2012—Four OBU Communication Arts students got the shock of their college career when their semester-end presentation was pre-empted by a surprise visit from a group of eighth graders from Texas. The middle school kids, from Celina, Texas, just happened to be the external consultants responsible for…

OBU Commissions Students to 'GO' in Summer

April 26, 2012— "God is worth the surrender of our whole lives," Odus Compton tells OBU students during a chapel service Wednesday, April 25. Each spring, OBU traditionally conducts a special service to commission students for summer missions endeavors. Compton serves as director of student ministry at…

Senior's Art Show Draws on Life Experiences

April 26, 2012—Jennifer Juliano has been doodling penguins since before she can remember. To her, it made perfect sense, then, to incorporate them into her art projects at OBU. She also knew her affinity for the little creatures should be displayed in her senior art show to reveal the "fun side" of her…

Sophomore Accepted to Science Research Program

April 26, 2012—Rob Moore, a sophomore biochemistry major at OBU, recently was accepted into the highly competitive Summer Undergraduate Research Program at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics and Engineering Research (CASPER). Moore's interdisciplinary research will incorporate physics, engineering…

OBU to Break Ground on Residential Village

April 25, 2012—As Oklahoma Baptist University nears the conclusion of a successful academic year, the University is embarking on a new construction project critical to OBU's continued success as a nationally recognized leader in Christian liberal arts education. University administrators will host a…

Simma Presents OBU Research at Conference

April 25, 2012—Laura Simma, an Oklahoma Baptist University senior from Perkins, Okla., presented a research paper during the Southern States Communication Association's 82nd Convention in San Antonio, Texas, April 11-15. Simma is the first OBU student in more than a decade who has represented OBU at the…

University Chorale to Tour Four States in May

April 25, 2012—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere vocal ensembles, will present spring tour performances in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas May 13-21. The public is welcome to attend the free performances. On Sunday, May 13, the Chorale will perform at First Baptist Church in Amarillo,…

Alum Jordan is Creative Musical Mastermind

April 24, 2012—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…

Biochemistry Senior Earns Accolades

April 24, 2012—OBU senior Yuen-Jing Alexis Chen, a biochemistry major from Shawnee, recently has been recognized for her academic achievement in two venues. On March 26, Chen gave a poster presentation at the National American Chemical Society Conference in San Diego, Calif. She also has been accepted to the…

Camp RAWC to Offer Fun Wellness Activities

April 24, 2012—Seven 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 fourth year, Camp RAWC offers Shawnee-area children an opportunity to enjoy wellness activities and learn how to make healthy…

Alum Jennifer Cloyde Celebrates Life

April 23, 2012—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…

Bison Jazz Orchestra Plays Live at Ritz Theater April 27

April 23, 2012—OBU's Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, will perform its final concert of the academic year Friday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theater in downtown Shawnee. Pruiett serves as associate professor of music at OBU. This year's concert will once again…

Chorale to Sing in Oklahoma Churches April 29

April 23, 2012—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere ensembles, will sing in two worship services in northeast Oklahoma on Sunday, April 29. The performances are free, and the community is invited to attend. The Chorale will sing at First Baptist Church in Bartlesville during the 10:30 a.m. worship…

Professor's 'Daily Artifact' Show to Benefit Mission Shawnee

April 23, 2012—While many art students at OBU note the encouragement and motivation they receive from their faculty, OBU professor Corey Fuller gave himself a steep challenge: to create a drawing, design, photograph, doodle or other piece of artwork every day for a year. Fuller will showcase the result of…

Shawnee Honor Choir Concert to Feature 44 Area Children

April 23, 2012—Shawnee Honor Choir will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium of Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The concert is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Conchita Hansford, Shawnee Honor Choir is an auditioned choir of 44 third through…

Bison Glee Club Concert to Present Spring Concert April 26

April 20, 2012—Featuring songs focused on a variety of thoughts, OBU's legendary Bison Glee Club will present their spring concert Thursday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance featuring some of the leading male vocalists on…

Bisonettes to Present 'Swimming Against Tide' Concert April 24

April 20, 2012—Motivated by composers, poets and writers exploring new paths, the Bisonettes, OBU's Women's Glee Club, will present their Spring Concert, titled "Swimming Against the Tide," on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the free…

Recreation and Wellness Center to Offer Swim Lessons

April 20, 2012—The OBU Recreation and Wellness Center will continue a long-time partnership with instructors Mark Ruiz and Marian Salwierak to provide swimming lessons this summer for children ages 4 and older. Registration for swimming lessons is Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the OBU Recreation…

Harper to Offer Senior Tenor Recital April 20

April 19, 2012—OBU senior Andrew Harper, a tenor from Olympia, Wash., will present a vocal recital Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Harper is a music major with a voice emphasis with a minor in history. He is the son of Terry and Kim…

Simpson Exhibits 'Variations on a Theme' in Senior Art Show

April 19, 2012—Having grown up surrounded by music, OBU senior Mallory Simpson knew she would incorporate it with her art. Her art show, "Variations on a Theme," gives "homage," she said, to her love of both art and music, because the two balance what inspires her most. Simpson's senior art show opens April…

Symphonic Winds to Present 'Spirit of the Heart' Concert

April 19, 2012—The OBU Symphonic Winds will present their final concert of the semester, titled "Spirit of the Heart," on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. The concert will feature Nancy Stizza-Ortega, OBU flute instructor, on…

Students Represent OBU in Model Arab League

April 18, 2012—Engaged in an opportunity to hone public speaking and diplomacy skills, OBU students competed in the annual Southwest Regional Model Arab League simulation at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock March 8-10. The OBU team included Chad Ward, a senior from Cleveland, Okla.; Ethan Groff, a…

College Players Presents 'How Things Happen in Three!'

April 10, 2012—OBU's College Players presents "How Things Happen in Three!" a comedy of colorful characters who bring to life familiar nursery rhymes, fables and fairy tales depicting the recurring number of three. The play will be presented Friday, April 20, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m.…

Faught to Display 'Uncharted' Artwork

April 10, 2012—Lexi Faught never dreamed she would experience both the hardships and successes that have come her way in the past four years. She also had no idea how inspirational these experiences would become in her life. A senior at OBU, Faught will share her life-inspired artwork through her art show,…

Clark, McQuigg to Present Junior Recital April 16

April 9, 2012—OBU students Dana Clark and Chelsea McQuigg will present their junior recital Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium at OBU. The public is invited to attend the performance. Clark, a vocal music education major from Muscatine, Iowa, is the daughter of Donna Ward…

David's Creed to Lead Worship in Wynnewood April 15

April 9, 2012—David's Creed, a worship band based at OBU, will lead worship on April 15, at First Baptist Church of Wynnewood, Okla., during the 6 p.m. service. The community is invited to attend the free event. The church is located at 1515 E. Kerr Blvd. in Wynnewood. The praise band is directed by Dr.…

Jones to Perform Senior Flute Recital April 15

April 9, 2012—OBU senior Andre Jones will perform his senior flute recital Sunday, April 15, at 2 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Jones is a music education major from Lawton, Okla. The son of Darnell and Susan Jones, he is from the studio…

Marchbanks to Present Senior Vocal Recital April 16

April 9, 2012—Stephanie Marchbanks, a soprano from Overland Park, Kan., will present her senior vocal recital Monday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium at OBU. The public is invited to attend the performance. Marchbanks, a vocal music education major, is the daughter of Noel and…

Sigma Tau Delta Recognized on 70th Anniversary

April 9, 2012—OBU's Chi Delta chapter recently received recognition for its 70th anniversary on Bison Hill during the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society's convention in New Orleans, with student members receiving a plaque signifying the milestone. Also during the convention Feb. 29-March 3, OBU students…

Aviation Showcase Welcomes Local Children

April 5, 2012—Fifth-grade students from Grove School in Shawnee, Okla., gained hands-on lessons about aviation history during an interactive museum titled "I Believe I Can Fly! A Biographical Study of America's Early Aviation Pioneers" on Friday, March 30, at OBU. The interactive museum was presented by OBU…

Hale Nabs Honors in 'Creation Care' Video Contest

April 5, 2012—Inspired by summertime and his admiration for the music of a Christian band, OBU student Joshua Hale recently earned recognition in the National Association of Evangelicals' Creation Care Video Contest. The contest, in its inaugural year, was open to college students across the United States…

OBU Honors 455 Years of Service

April 5, 2012—Recognizing a combined 455 years of service to the institution, OBU honored 37 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 3. Dr. Bill Hagen, professor of English, was honored for 38 years of service at the University as he prepares to retire at the…

OBU Observes Holy Week with Fine Arts Chapel

April 5, 2012— OBU student Haylee Dowler, a sophomore from Bixby, Okla., extinguishes a candle during an observance of Holy Week on Wednesday, April 4, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The service was led by students and faculty from OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. Dr. Ken Gabrielse…

Scattergood Presents 'On a Whim' Art Show

April 5, 2012—OBU senior Alyssa Scattergood is consistently inspired by past experiences. For example, having spent much of her childhood surrounded by arid American desert, she enjoys studying organic forms, particularly plants. As a result, most of her work is organic in nature. Her senior art show, "On a…

Hunter to Present Senior Vocal Recital April 5

April 3, 2012—Kat Hunter, a soprano from Owasso, Okla., will present her senior vocal recital Thursday, April 5, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium at OBU. The public is invited to attend the performance. Hunter, a musical arts major with a voice emphasis, is the daughter of Mike and Cindy…

Local Orchestra to Present 11th Season Concert

April 3, 2012—The OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra will present its 11th Season Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. 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 Antonin Dvorak, Johannes Brahms,…

SIFE Completes Women's Business Competition

April 2, 2012—OBU's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) recently hosted a series of workshops, "The Women's Business Development Project," to teach women entrepreneurs how to set up a business through a business plan competition funded by a Walmart grant. Denise Martin, of Shawnee, Okla., was named the…

Gordon to Present Junior Recital April 5

March 30, 2012—Tabitha Gordon, an OBU music education major from Fort Worth, Texas, will present her junior recital on saxophone Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend the program in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. Gordon will be assisted in the recital by Sandra Meyer, retired…

Burroughs Offers Perspective on True Worship

March 28, 2012—Students at OBU experienced the talent and wisdom of Bob and Esther Burroughs in Raley Chapel Wednesday morning. Instead of a traditional worship service, the Bisonnette Glee Club performed an anthem titled "Beholding All Your Glory," written and composed by the couple. After the song, Esther…

Faculty Band Leads Chapel Worship

March 28, 2012—For decades, OBU's weekly chapel services have featured musically gifted students and guests from around the world who use their talents to lead students in worship experiences. But some of the musically gifted worship leaders hold longstanding roles on Bison Hill as OBU faculty members. OBU…

Students Present Research at Communications Conference

March 28, 2012—Two OBU communications students recently presented their original research during the "New Voices, New Perspectives" Student Research Conference hosted by the University of North Texas March 9-10. Lauren R. Smith, a junior from Greenwood, Ark., presented her paper titled "The Face of Community…

Bison In NAIA Title Game at 7 p.m. Tonight

March 20, 2012—For the second time in three years, the fourth time in the past 11 years, and the eighth time overall, the Oklahoma Baptist University Bison are in the NAIA Division 1 Basketball Championship Game. OBU will face Concordia University (Calif.) at 7 p.m. CDT tonight. OBU is the #2 seed and…

Bison Glee Club to Tour in Arkansas, Oklahoma

March 19, 2012—The Bison Glee Club, OBU's all-male choral group, will sing in Arkansas and Oklahoma during its Spring Tour March 30-April 2, with performances at schools, churches and a retirement community. On Friday, March 30, the Bison Glee Club will launch its tour with a morning performance at Southside…

Bisonettes to Perform April 1 in Pryor, Newalla

March 19, 2012—OBU's Bisonette Glee Club will sing Sunday, April 1, in Pryor, Okla., and Newalla, Okla. The public is welcome to attend the free performances featuring some of the finest vocal musicians on the OBU campus. The first performance will be during the 10:30 a.m. worship service at First Baptist…

Recital to Feature Soprano, Cello, Piano March 30

March 19, 2012—A trio of musicians, Dr. Jennifer McQuade, Thresa Swadley and Dr. Carol Ann Bell, will present a recital titled "American Music for Soprano, Cello and Piano" at the Enid Symphony Center on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to attend the performance at 301 W. Broadway in…

Senior to Present 'Where Art Meets Cute' Show

March 19, 2012—A lover of all things "adorable and joyous," OBU senior Lauren Miller will present her art show, titled "Where Art Meets Cute," on March 30. The show will be displayed in the OBU art building gallery until April 2. The title of her show, "Where Art Meets Cute," reflects both Miller's…

Parham Presents Senior Art Show March 16

March 14, 2012—Kristen Parham does not like being a copycat. Her instinctive predisposition to create new and unique pieces of art unlike anyone other artist's work is reflected in her senior art show, "Orange Marmalade," displayed in the OBU art building gallery from March 16-29. "Orange Marmalade," the…

Student Preacher Urges Classmates to Pursue Freedom

March 14, 2012—True freedom does two things. One, it drives Christians closer to God, and two, it drives Christians to love one another. On March 14, Jeremiah Custar exhorted students at OBU to pursue freedom in Christ by submitting to Him. A senior from Ardmore, Okla., Custar spoke during a weekly chapel…

Hundreds Gather to Remember Swim Champion

March 13, 2012—More than 700 members of the OBU community gathered Monday night, March 12, to remember the life of Iván Maciuniak, an OBU freshman who helped lead his team to a national swim championship the week before his death. Maciuniak died Friday, March 9, in an accident in the campus swimming…

Kubicek Bases Minter Lecture on 'Jesus Principles'

March 13, 2012—Jeremie Kubicek told OBU students the secret to changing the world. A native of Shawnee, Okla., the entrepreneur returned to his alma mater from Atlanta, Ga., where he leads GiANT Impact, to present the 2012 Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry on Monday, March 12,…

Livingston, Muzljakovich Offer Senior Recital March 15

March 13, 2012—March 13, 2012 OBU seniors Jonathan Livingston, a tenor, and Sean Muzljakovich, a baritone, will present their senior recital Thursday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free performance. Livingston, from Bixby, Okla., is from…

Churchill Presents 'Random' Senior Art Show

March 9, 2012—OBU senior Ryan Churchill is an artist who is not particularly concerned with symbolism or coordination between his pieces. He is simply inspired by the things around him. "Everything from films, books, music and random thoughts that pop into my head go into my work," he claimed. For…

Morvan Presents 'Look and Feel' Art Show

March 8, 2012—When OBU senior Aaron Morvan premiered his senior art show, titled "Look and Feel," on March 2, he encouraged attendees to touch everything with the hope his personality would be reflected through his art. "People want to pick up, look at, touch and examine," said Morvan, who is from Fort…

Simplicity Bases Boswell's Art Show

March 8, 2012—Marissa Boswell consistently finds joy in simplicity and reminiscence. Her senior art show at OBU, appropriately named "Simplify," reflected the nostalgic style within her work. Boswell's show opened Feb. 24 in the OBU Art Building gallery. An art major with a minor in psychology, Boswell said…

Alum Serves International Students in Hawaii

March 7, 2012—A trip to Hawaii may be the vacation of a lifetime for many people. For OBU alum Tram Nguyen, a journey to Hawaii has meant an opportunity to change lives. Nguyen serves as a mission intern in a two-year contract with the North American Mission Board. She works with the International Baptist…

Professor Emerita Ili Mae Harrison Dies at 96

March 7, 2012—Ili Mae Harrison, who served at OBU for 29 years as a professor of home economics, died Feb. 29, 2012, in Shawnee following a short illness. She was 96. Harrison served at OBU from 1948-77. She arrived on Bison Hill as an instructor of home economics and became an assistant professor in 1950.…

Whitney Addresses 'Thirsting For God'

March 7, 2012—As humans progress through life, the outer "shell" of a person decays and weakens. Christians, however, have the opportunity to renew and strengthen their inner selves by reinforcing their personal relationships with God. One sign that a person is in need of inner renewal comes through a…

Basinger Shares 'The Nature of Things' in Art

March 6, 2012—OBU art student Ashlyn Basinger premiered her senior exhibit Jan. 28 in the campus Art Building gallery, displaying artistic talent in various mediums including ceramics, charcoal and fibers. Each spring, OBU hosts a series of senior art shows, the first which showcased Basinger's…

Steele Urges Grads to Build Relationships, Be Civil

March 6, 2012—Oklahoma Rep. Kris Steele said he might not fit the "mold" of an expected commencement speaker: He is an OBU graduate who serves in a Methodist church while working as the Oklahoma Speaker of the House. Steele drew his address for OBU's Graduate School commencement on Saturday, March 3, from…

Bison Claim NAIA Swimming Championship

March 5, 2012—The new kids on the block are National Champions. Down a point to powerhouse Fresno Pacific with one event left, first-year Oklahoma Baptist's Ivan Maciuniak, Nick Schuttinger, Mateo Maciuniak and Daniel Ramirez turned in an NAIA record 2:57.83 to win a national championship in the event and…

Intramurals in Full Swing for Spring

March 5, 2012— Jose Carillo, an OBU student from Eakly, Okla., approaches the alley during an intramural costume bowling game on Feb. 29. Students participated in the games at Fire Lake Bowl in Shawnee as one of 10 sports offered through OBU's McDowell Family Intramural Program during the spring…

OBU Encourages 'Technology Fast' among Students

March 2, 2012—In today's world, technology can help connect people across the globe through phone calls, email, television and the Internet. Such convenience and abundant connectivity can be a great resource in how a person understands the world around them, but it can also serve as a major distraction…

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…

Baucham Shares Perspective on Worship

January 31, 2012—Bringing greetings to OBU students from the "Republic of Texas," Dr. Voddie Baucham discussed the sinful nature of humans as it relates to a person's ability to worship Wednesday, Jan. 25, explaining that unless people are instructed properly, the sinful nature prevents true worship. The…

Spotlight on Dr. Keith Harman

January 25, 2012—Dr. Keith Harman, who teaches business courses at the OBU Graduate School, joined OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business in 2006. Prior to arriving on Bison Hill, Dr. Harman taught at Southeast Missouri State University, National-Louis University and Northcentral University. A native of…

Graduate School Adds New Nursing, Business Tracks

January 23, 2012—The OBU Graduate School has announced plans to add two new tracks to its existing master's in nursing education degree and master's in business administration degree, providing a global approach to nursing and a focus on energy in business. "OBU has a strong history of providing relevant…

Alum Lynda Young Publishes Book on Autism

January 19, 2012—During the past several years, OBU author and alum Lynda Young has encouraged and advised families with children suffering from chronic health conditions through her "You Are Not Alone" book series. Her latest release is "Hope for Families of Children on the Autistic Spectrum." Young's new…

OBU Names Chris Jensen Head Coach

January 18, 2012—Chris Jensen is the first OBU head football coach since 1940, it was announced Wednesday. Jensen comes to OBU from Southmoore High School, whose football program Jensen also began. "Chris Jensen embodies our highest ideals for OBU Football," said OBU President David Whitlock. "We desire to…

Challenge Gift Bolsters Capital Campaign

January 6, 2012—A Shawnee couple has issued a $1 million challenge gift to OBU, encouraging others in the local community to support the institution's $42 million capital campaign. Land developer Paul Milburn and his wife, Ann, a civic volunteer and retired educator, have designated their gift for OBU's…