August 2013 News Articles

OBU Football Kicks Off Saturday

August 29, 2013—Thousands of fans are expected to converge at OBU's Eddie Hurt Field on Saturday to experience the first OBU Bison football game since 1940. OBU Head Football Coach Chris Jensen (center) will lead his team in the first OBU football game since 1940 against Southwestern College. The home opener…

Whitlock Challenges Students and Faculty to 'Think'

August 28, 2013—During the Fall Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 28, in OBU's Raley Chapel, OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock challenged students and faculty to consider the unique ability to think. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock tells the Bison Hill community, "Think on the grand questions." Whitlock…

OBU Opens Fall Semester with Chapel Challenge from Himaya

August 21, 2013— During the first chapel service of the 2013-14 academic year, Dr. Alex Himaya, senior pastor of The Church at BattleCreek in Tulsa, Okla., challenges OBU students to write down their testimonies and ask God to use the stories in their lives. The Aug. 21 chapel service helped launch the fall…

Students 'Serve Shawnee' during 2013 Welcome Week

August 19, 2013— OBU students Emilee Flurry (left), a cross-cultural ministry major from Carrolton, Texas, and Tyler Conway, a biblical studies major from Ardmore, Okla., sort clothing at the local Salvation Army on Monday, Aug. 19. The students joined more than 450 of their fellow classmates to "Serve…

OBU Welcomes Incoming Bison

August 17, 2013— Upperclassmen at OBU swarm the cars of incoming freshmen to unload their clothing, dorm room furnishings and other belongings in a matter of minutes during OBU's 2013 Move-In Day Saturday, Aug. 17. The warm welcome is a hallmark that launches OBU's annual Welcome Week. OBU freshman…

Students Gain New Friends, New Worldview in Southeast Asia

August 17, 2013—Southeast Asia recently attracted four OBU representatives, who were drawn by the opportunity to learn about the country's culture and to teach English to university students. The OBU team included students Gabby Garcia, Katherine Gilbert and Danielle Kimbrough, who were led by Dr. Gina Kraft,…

OBU-Chartwells Agreement Brings New Food Service to Bison Hill

August 15, 2013—OBU students arriving on Bison Hill for the 2013-14 academic year will encounter novel experiences including football, new apartments -- and new food service options. Shaz, the OBU bison mascot, stops for a bite and chats with students during the spring 2013 semester. Oklahoma Baptist…

Students Start Conversations to Change Lives in South Asia

August 14, 2013—In America, a person might be labeled as invasive or unstable if they walked into a café, sat down at an occupied table and struck up a conversation. But in South Asia, where "personal space" is treated entirely different, two OBU students found starting impromptu conversations resulted…

OBU Reps Engage in Culture Exchange in North Africa

August 13, 2013—For four OBU representatives, a summer cross-cultural endeavor presented a unique opportunity: to show North African students that not all college-age Americans behave like reality TV stars. "The main point of our trip was culture exchange," said Abby Fuller, a senior nursing major from…

OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra to Conduct Auditions Aug. 26

August 12, 2013—Auditions for the 13th season of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will be conducted on Monday, Aug. 26, 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…

Princeton Review Names OBU 'Best in the West' for 2014

August 9, 2013—For the ninth 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 124 institutions recommended in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's website feature, "2014 Best…

Students Share God's Love in Pearl of Africa

August 9, 2013—God used OBU student Molly Munger, and eight of her OBU colleagues, to eternally change lives in Africa. "I met a man who accepted Christ after I had the opportunity to share who Jesus is with him," Munger said. "He told me how thankful he was that a white woman from America would come to the…

Music Preparatory Department Opens Registration

August 6, 2013—Registration is now open for aspiring musicians of all ages to join OBU's Music Preparatory Department for the 2013-14 academic year, announced Conchita Hansford, director of the program. OBU's Music Prepatory Department began in 1985 and offers many musical opportunities to students, ages…

OBU Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

August 6, 2013—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 3-12, on Aug. 15, 16 and 19, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel room 143. Shawnee Honor Choir, 2012-13 All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the…