2013 News Articles

Compton, Thompson to Perform Senior Recital March 14

March 8, 2014—OBU students Michelle Compton and Sarah Thompson will perform their senior recital Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. OBU students Michelle Compton (left) and Sarah Thompson will perform their senior…

Life is Full of Beginnings,' Garland Tells Graduates

December 13, 2013—Hearing a message encouraging them to start a new beginning, 104 OBU graduates received their diplomas during OBU's 2013 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 13. The ceremony combined graduation for undergraduate students from OBU's Shawnee campus and graduate students from the OBU College of…

Winter Commencement Video Stream

December 13, 2013—The 2013 Winter Commencement is available for viewing on your computer. For chapel messages, follow this link.

Chapman Joins OBU Staff

December 11, 2013—OBU recently welcomed new staff member, Kenneth Chapman, Jr., to Bison Hill as the assistant dean of students for campus life. The position will serve as an extension of campus life, focusing on multiethnic affairs, disability services, and parent and family programs. Chapman said his main…

Lightsey Joins Bison Hill Staff

December 10, 2013—OBU recently welcomed new staff member, Marissa Lightsey, to Bison Hill as director of OBU's Career Development. She earned a bachelor's degree in applied communications from OBU in 2010, and is pursuing a master's degree in human resource administration from East Central University. Since she…

Garland to Bring Winter Commencement Address

December 9, 2013—W.C. "Nick" Garland, Jr. will present OBU's Winter Commencement address during the 2 p.m. graduation ceremony on Friday, Dec. 13, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Garland is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Broken Arrow, Okla. and active president of the Baptist General…

Winter Commencement to Honor 104 Graduates

December 9, 2013—Sixty-two undergraduate students and 42 graduate students will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU's Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 13. W.C. "Nick" Garland, Jr. will deliver the commencement address. For chapel messages, follow this link.  Friday's commencement will combine…

Hanging of the Green Tonight

December 7, 2013—Join us for the "Hanging of the Green" program tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel. 

UPDATE: OBU Closed through Dec. 6

December 5, 2013—OBU is closing effective immediately due to inclement weather, and the senior graduate dinner this evening has been cancelled. We will be closed through Friday, Dec. 6. Visit the weather policy Web page.

OBU to Celebrate 76th 'Hanging of the Green'

December 4, 2013—OBU will present its 76th annual "Hanging of the Green" Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel. The community is invited to attend the celebration, titled "Behold His Glory." The first OBU Hanging of the Green ceremony was in WMU Memorial Hall in 1937. After the…

College Players to Present 'The Second Shepherd's Play'

December 3, 2013— OBU's College Players will host a special Christmas performance of 'The Second Shepherd's Play" beginning Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre located in Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. There will be an additional performance on Dec. 8, also at 2:30 p.m. The College Players are a…

Music Preparatory Joint Concert Set for Dec. 8

December 3, 2013—The Music Preparatory Department will present its Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium of Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. Over 100 children will be featured in the 13th joint Christmas concert that spotlights the Discovery Singers, Shawnee Honor Choir and the…

Merida Speaks on Orphanology

November 21, 2013— Dr. Tony Merida, associate professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and founding pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC, presents a message during a weekly chapel service on Nov. 20, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Speaking from Galatians, Merida…

Opera Theater Triple Feature Opens Nov. 22

November 21, 2013—The OBU Opera Theater will present its annual Opera Theater fall production beginning Nov. 22. The triple-feature performance will run Nov. 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Shawnee Hall's Craig-Dorland Theatre. There will be an additional performance Sunday, Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets, which are…

Hennesy to Display Art November 16-27

November 15, 2013—Molly Hennesy, a senior graphic design major from Argyle, Texas, will display her art pieces in an upcoming show at OBU from Nov. 16-27. "I tend to jump from medium to medium," explained Hennesy. "I love the idea of being able to create, whether it's drawing, designing, painting, screen…

Naugle Discusses Worldview at Chapel

November 13, 2013— Dr. David Naugle, chair and professor of philosophy at Dallas Baptist University, challenged OBU students, faculty and staff to consider the importance of a worldview during a weekly chapel service on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in Raley's Potter Auditorium. Naugle is the author of Worldview: The…

OBU Commemorates and Honors Veterans

November 11, 2013— OBU President David W. Whitlock shakes hands with student and veteran Bobby Babcock, a freshman applied ministry major, following the presentation of the wreath during the Veteran's Day Ceremony at Gold Star Park on the OBU campus.

OBU Announces 2013 Harvest Court

November 8, 2013— The 2013 Harvest Court was crowned on Friday, Nov. 8, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The honored seniors include harvest queen Jessa Manner (seated), from Topeka, Kan., and harvest king Brandon Melton from Oklahoma City, Okla. Other members of the court included best all-around woman…

OBU Honors Alumni Achievement Recipients

November 8, 2013— Two distinguished honorees were recognized during OBU's Homecoming Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 8, in the Geiger Center. Dr. John Harvey (left), '77, and Dr. Judith James, '89, received the Alumni Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed by OBU's Alumni Association. For more OBU…

OBU to Celebrate 50 Years of University Chorale

November 7, 2013—OBU is well known across the nation for its excellent choral ensembles -- and the mixed chorus known today as the University Chorale -- is no exception. As part of the 2013 Homecoming festivities on Nov. 8-9, Chorale will celebrate its 50 year anniversary. The celebration on Nov. 9 will…

Pianist Nikita Mndoyants to Present Keyboard Academy Guest Recital

November 7, 2013—Renowned musician Nikita Mndoyants, a Russian pianist and composer, will present a guest recital at OBU on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. Mndoyants, who recently qualified as a top six finalist in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, will…

George Delivers Annual Hobbs Lecture

November 6, 2013— Dr. Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University, provides the Hobbs Lecture to students, faculty and staff during a weekly chapel service on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The Hobbs Lecture is one of four OBU lectureships designed to help students grow in their knowledge of…

Harvey, James to Receive Alumni Achievement Award

November 6, 2013—Two distinguished honorees will be recognized as recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award during OBU's 2013 Homecoming festivities. The award is the highest honor bestowed by OBU's Alumni Association, and is given "in recognition of outstanding life service which has brought honor to the…

Jennings to Perform Senior Recital November 12

November 6, 2013—OBU student Kaitlyn Jennings will perform her senior recital Tuesday, November 12, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium located on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Jennings is an instrumental music education major from Duncan, Okla. The daughter of James…

Profile In Excellence: Brandon and Jen Hatmaker

November 6, 2013—Brandon and Jen Hatmaker are 2013 recipients 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, or life service in such a way as to bring pride and…

OBU to Honor Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees

November 5, 2013—To honor former OBU faculty members who were master teachers, making a significant impact on OBU students, the university will induct its fourth Faculty Hall of Fame class during the Homecoming chapel service Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10:30 a.m. in Raley Chapel. The inductees include Opal Craig,…

2013 Harvest Court to Honor Outstanding Seniors

November 1, 2013—OBU will honor outstanding seniors in the annual Harvest Court ceremony during Harvest Festival Friday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter auditorium. The event is part of OBU's homecoming celebration happening on campus throughout the weekend Nominees for OBU's 2013 Harvest Court…

Profile In Excellence: Ron Fannin

November 1, 2013—Ron Fannin is a 2013 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, or life service in such a way as to bring pride and honor to the…

Pace Concludes Sermon on the Mount Chapel Series

October 30, 2013— Dr. Scott Pace, Dora Johnson Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry at OBU, urges students to reflect on which path they are choosing in their lives -- the wide, or the narrow path of following Jesus Christ. The weekly chapel concluded the fall chapel series of The Sermon on the Mount.   For…

Patterson Speaks on Beginnings to Students

October 23, 2013— Dr. Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, speaks to OBU students about the foundational significance of Genesis 1:1. Each year, OBU hosts the Pottawatomie-Lincoln Baptist Association Annual Meeting plenary speaker in chapel. For chapel…

Tickets on Sale for 'Tartuffe'

October 17, 2013—Ticket sales for OBU Theatre's production of "Tartuffe" are now available to the public. The premiere is Friday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's Shawnee Hall. Other performances include Saturday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, October 27, at 2:30 p.m.; Thursday,…

Lilite Brings Music, Speaks to Students

October 16, 2013— Dr. Louima Lilite, OBU assistant professor of music, leads students, faculty and staff in worship during a weekly chapel service held in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium, Oct. 16. Lilite also continued the fall chapel series theme of The Sermon on the Mount, speaking on the subject of "In…

OBU and CPN sign agreement for online MBA program

October 14, 2013— OBU President David Whitlock and Citizen Potawatomi Nation Tribal Chairman John Barrett sign a collaborative agreement between the two organizations to provide a corporate online MBA program for the CPN to offer to its members, employees and constituents. Pictured are (seated from left) Linda…

OBU Sets Record-Breaking Freshman Enrollment

October 14, 2013—OBU announced a record-breaking freshman enrollment of 580 students this fall, a 14.6 percent increase over last year's numbers. OBU's total new student enrollment, including transfer students, increased to an all-time high of 678 students, a 10.1 percent increase. OBU Students stroll across…

Bandy Encourages Students to Love Others

October 9, 2013— Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland assistant professor of New Testament at OBU, encourages students, faculty and staff to love everyone as they would like to be loved during a weekly chapel service Oct. 9. Bandy's message "In Relation to Love" continues the fall chapel series, which focuses…

OBU to Host Winter Bible Study Clinic

October 7, 2013—The 2013 Winter Bible Study Clinic will focus on the study, "Colossians: Christ is All You Need," at OBU on Friday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Taught by Dr. Alan Bandy and Dr. Scott Pace, the study will be in the Mabee Suite located in the Noble Complex. The clinic, featuring Paul's letter…

Trustees Adopt Budget, Approve Construction

October 4, 2013—The OBU Board of Trustees approved a $64.9 million operating budget for the 2014-15 academic year, celebrated the sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth and approved the construction of two new residential buildings during their fall semester meeting on the OBU campus in Shawnee Oct.…

Pops Concert Celebrates 30th Anniversary

October 3, 2013—The OBU Symphonic Winds and Bison Jazz Orchestra will present the 30th annual Pops Concert on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. OBU Director of Bands Ryan Meeks works with a student on her part for the 30th Anniversary Pops Concert. "We are very excited to…

Newkirk Speaks During Chapel

October 2, 2013— Dennis Newkirk, senior pastor of Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, Okla., speaks to OBU students and faculty during a weekly chapel service Oct. 2, 2013. Newkirk continued OBU's fall chapel theme of The Sermon on the Mount with "In Relation to Public Ministry." For chapel messages,…

Lowery Encourages Students to Reconcile with Others

September 25, 2013— Cris Lowery, Emerging Generations Specialist for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, speaks to OBU students and faculty about the importance of reconciliation. The weekly chapel service on Sept. 25, continues the Fall Chapel Series theme of The Sermon on the Mount. For chapel…

OBU Joins Fight for Religious Liberty

September 20, 2013—Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama administration Friday on behalf of four Christian universities in Oklahoma. The lawsuit is the latest to challenge the administration's mandate that forces employers, regardless of their religious or moral…

OBU Theatre Announces 2013-14 Season: 'Keeping the Faith'

September 20, 2013—OBU Theatre has announced its 2013-14 productions, based on the theme, "Keeping the Faith." Season tickets are now on sale for the three productions of the season: "Tartuffe," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and "Doubt: a Parable." Season tickets are $27 for adults and $12 for…

U.S. Navy Identifies Math and Science Programs as Tier One

September 19, 2013—The United States Navy recently identified OBU's physics and mathematics majors offered through the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics as the only tier one academic majors in the state of Oklahoma and the North Texas region for the Navy's Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate…

OBU Ranked Best Regional College by U.S. News & World Report

September 11, 2013—For the 20th consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report listed OBU as Oklahoma's highest-ranked college in "Best Regional Colleges." OBU students meet during Welcome Week in August 2013. U.S. News & World Report announced OBU as Oklahoma's highest-rated college in the "Best Regional Colleges"…

OBU Theatre to Showcase New Works Festival

September 11, 2013—OBU students will showcase their creative talents at the New Works Festival Friday, Sept. 13 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The event will feature short plays written and directed by OBU students. The one-night-only show will take place in the Craig-Dorland Theatre located in Shawnee Hall. The price…

OBU Receives Citation of Gratitude

September 6, 2013—The State of Oklahoma recently honored OBU with a citation of gratitude as a result of emergency response efforts during the EF4 tornadoes May 19, 2013. OBU provided temporary housing at Agee Residence Center for tornado victims and relief workers assisting victims through May 29. The…

Bison Pep Band Adds Excitement to OBU Football

September 5, 2013— The Bison Pep Band, comprised of 55 Oklahoma Baptist University students and led by Director of Bands Ryan Meeks, performed various numbers including the OBU fight song during the first Bison football home game of the 2013 season, Saturday, Aug. 31. "I'm excited to be a part of a new…

Jones Joins College of Theology and Ministry

September 5, 2013—Dr. Galen W. Jones has joined the faculty of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry at OBU for the fall 2013 semester. Jones is an associate professor of church planting in the college. He earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Cincinnati, and a bachelor…

Griffin Recites Sermon on the Mount to Students

September 4, 2013— Dale Griffin, OBU dean of spiritual life, recited the "Sermon on the Mount" (Matthew: 5-7) for students and faculty during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. "Have courage, those of you that are in the Kingdom of God," said Griffin. For chapel messages, follow this link. 

Two Faculty Members Join College of Fine Arts

September 4, 2013—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts has added two new faculty members beginning with the fall 2012 semester. Ryan Meeks is an instructor of music, and Tyler Welker is an assistant professor of video, motion graphics and animation. Meeks served as an executive board member of the East…

Four Join OBU's Hurley College of Science and Mathematics

September 3, 2013—Four faculty members have joined OBU's James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics for the fall 2013 semester. Dr. Tanner Auch joins as assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Cherith Tucker joins as assistant professor of mathematics; Dr. Ming Liang Zhang joins as assistant professor…

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…

Students Take Truth of Gospel to Zambia

July 31, 2013—For some, the journey halfway around the world was a new experience. For others, the voyage reacquainted them with Christian believers in southern Africa. But for all eight Oklahoma Baptist University representatives, a recent Global Outreach Trip to Zambia highlighted how God is at work…

Mabee Foundation Issues $1 Million Challenge Grant

July 25, 2013—The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., has issued a $1 million challenge grant to OBU toward the construction of the Jane E. & Nick K. Stavros Hall. The academic building will be the state-of-the-art home of the OBU College of Nursing, and will be constructed as part of OBU's…

Alum Christi McGahan Earns Two 2013 Emmys

July 24, 2013—Christi Mitchell McGahan, a 2009 graduate of OBU, won her third and fourth Emmy awards at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Heartland Regional Emmy Awards July 13. In Oklahoma, the awards were presented at the University of Central Oklahoma's Nigh Center in Edmond, while a…

High School Students Find Creative Learning at STEM Camp

July 24, 2013—By midsummer, teenagers across America barely stave off boredom as they await the beginning of school. But for 10 Shawnee-area students, OBU has piqued their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through a new Summer Institute full of fun and interesting…

Oklahoma Pastors Encouraged, Equipped at OBU

July 22, 2013—More than 80 pastors from across the state were encouraged and equipped through the 2013 OBU Pastors School July 15-17. The annual Pastors School, conducted on the Shawnee campus, is designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors from Oklahoma and the…

Eleven Athletic Teams Earn Scholar Distinctions

July 15, 2013—Eleven athletic teams from OBU are among the 898 from across the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to be named NAIA Scholar-Teams. OBU teams earning the honors were women's basketball, men's cross country, women's cross country, men's golf, women's indoor track, women's outdoor…

Organ Concert to Benefit Professor Peter Purin

July 15, 2013—Five Shawnee musicians with ties to OBU will present an organ concert Sunday, July 21, at 4 p.m. at First Christian Church in Shawnee. The concert is free, but donations will be accepted to benefit Dr. Peter Purin, assistant professor of music theory, who was injured in a bicycle accident…

OBU Hoping to Bridge Years in Football

July 11, 2013—1940-41 Bison football team. OBU is seeking people connected with the previous era of Bison football for an Opening Day honor. The Bison play their first football game since 1940, taking the field Aug. 31. OBU is planning to recognize players, managers, cheerleaders and others who were…

Preparatory Department Celebrates with Recitals

July 11, 2013—Students in OBU's Music Preparatory Department celebrated the conclusion of a year of lessons and competitions with annual awards recitals May 11-12 in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel. The celebratory events included five recitals by students studying piano, voice, string and…

OBU Welcomes Volunteers

July 9, 2013—OBU Athletics welcomes volunteers for the 2013-14 season. While the focus currently is on football, volunteers in most sports are welcome. Volunteers can fill out an online form at the Bison Athletics Web Page under "additional links." Among other areas, volunteers are needed in the areas of…

Profile in Excellence: Melissa Busby

July 9, 2013—Editor's Note: OBU alum Melissa Busby, a 1999 graduate, is a 2013 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, or life service in…

In Memory: Former First Lady Ellen Tanner

July 8, 2013—Ellen Yates Tanner, OBU's First Lady from 1971-76, died July 4, 2013, in Temple, Texas. She was 82. Mrs. Tanner was born Jan. 4, 1931, in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Dr. Kyle Monroe Yates Sr. and Margaret (Sharp) Yates. After graduating from high school in Houston, Texas, she attended…

Profile in Excellence: Sean Meade

July 8, 2013—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Sean Meade, a 2000 graduate, is a 2013 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: Doug and Lana Melton

July 5, 2013—Editor's Note: OBU alums Doug Melton, a 1983 OBU graduate, and Lana (Dotson) Melton, a 1986 graduate, are 2013 recipients 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…

Davenport Named SAC Athletic Director of the Year

July 2, 2013—OBU director of athletics Robert Davenport is Sooner Athletic Conference Athletic Director of the Year. Davenport is eligible for consideration for the national NAIA award. In addition to facility improvements and fundraising, Davenport has overseen the addition of lacrosse and football, a…

Potts Promoted to Director of Admissions

July 2, 2013—Rachel Potts has been promoted to director of the OBU Admissions Team, with the new role effective Aug. 1. Potts joined OBU's admissions staff in 2009 as an admissions counselor, and she was promoted from admissions counselor to assistant director of admissions in August 2011. "Rachel has…

Professor Releases Books on Faith and Music

July 2, 2013—Dr. Louima Lilite, assistant professor of music at OBU, recently released two books about faith and music -- "Weeding Impatience: Growing in Patience" and "When Music Meets Faith: Reflecting on Musical Terms for a Deeper Faith" -- both published by WinePress Publishing. "Hurry up! We're late!"…

Two Educators Retire from OBU Faculty

July 1, 2013—Two longtime educators announced retirements from the OBU faculty, effective following the conclusion of the 2012-13 academic year. Dr. Lana Bolhouse, dean of the College of Nursing, is retiring after 40 years of service at the university, and Dr. Eileen Hargrove, professor of mathematics, is…

Graduate School Names Francka as Director

June 24, 2013—OBU has named Shelly Francka as director of the OBU Graduate School in Oklahoma City. Francka began her new role on Monday, June 17. Francka comes to OBU from Huntington University in Huntington, Ind., where she had served as director of professional programs since 2011. She previously worked…

Bison Hill Welcomes New Staff, Notes Transitions

June 20, 2013—Departments across the OBU campus welcomed new staff and recognized several promotions and transitions during the spring 2013 semester. In the OBU Business Office, Becky Click serves as a cashier. In the Division of Teacher Education, Dawn Chester became the division secretary in January. She…

Bradley Named Director of Intensive English Program

June 20, 2013—OBU has named Sandra Bradley as director of the Intensive English Program. Bradley began work May 8 on Bison Hill. Bradley previously served as both director and director of admissions at The Language Company in Shawnee and Ada, Okla., where she worked with international representatives,…

OBU Presents Hobbs Award to Dr. David Dockery

June 19, 2013—OBU presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service, named in honor of a legendary Southern Baptist pastor and denominational statesman, to Dr. David S. Dockery on Tuesday, June 11, at a reception in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The…

Parrish Receives Lifetime Ministry Award

June 18, 2013—Mary Kay Parrish, professor emerita of music at OBU, was honored with the 2013 Lifetime Ministry Award at the Baptist Church Music Conference's 57th annual session April 14-16 at the Georgia Baptist Conference Center in Toccoa, Ga. A native of Pascagoula, Miss., Parrish is a 1962 OBU alumna…

Textbook Butler' Program to Serve OBU Students

June 18, 2013—The OBU Bookstore, operated by Tree of Life Bookstores, is excited to announce an additional textbook fulfillment model being offered to meet the needs of OBU students. "Textbook Butler" is a free service designed to drive down textbook costs while ramping up convenience. "Textbook Butler will…

OBU Top Athletic Program in NAIA

June 14, 2013—OBU has the top athletic program in the NAIA, according to the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, it was announced Friday. Robert Davenport (middle), OBU Director of Athletics, accepts the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup on behalf of OBU. The Directors' Cup measures the overall success of…

Fuller Receives Promising Teacher Award

May 29, 2013—Corey Fuller, assistant professor of graphic design at OBU, received OBU's Promising Teacher Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 17. Fuller, who joined the OBU faculty in 2009, received the award from OBU President David W. Whitlock during the graduation ceremonies before an…

Gilmore Receives Meritorious Service Award

May 29, 2013—Dave Gilmore, electrical and mechanical trades supervisor at OBU, received OBU's Meritorious Service Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 17. Dave Gilmore (left) receives the Meritorious Service Award from OBU President David W. Whitlock. OBU President David W. Whitlock…

Sanders Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

May 29, 2013—Dr. Glenn Sanders, professor of history and chair of the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences at OBU, received OBU's Distinguished Teaching Award during the university's Spring Commencement May 17. Dr. Glenn Sanders receives the Distinguished Teaching Award from OBU President David W.…

Decker Named Director of Assessment

May 28, 2013—OBU has named Blake Decker as director of assessment. Decker began his new role on Bison Hill Wednesday, May 1. At OBU, the director of assessment provides leadership for university functions as related to the assessment of student learning on campus, designs quantitative and qualitative…

Hobbs College Presents Awards, Scholarships

May 28, 2013—OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry recently recognized its exceptional students with an awards assembly on May 6 and during OBU's 2013 Awards Convocation on May 8. Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of the Hobbs College, presented the awards and scholarships, assisted during the…

Temporary Housing Offered by OBU

May 24, 2013—OBU is providing temporary housing at Agee Residence Center from now until Wednesday, May 29, for tornado victims and for relief workers assisting victims. For information, call OBU Housing at (405) 585-5275. OBU prohibits alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling and weapons on campus. The university…

Temporary Housing Offered by OBU

May 20, 2013—OBU is offering transitional housing in Agee Residence Center for those who have lost or sustained damage to their homes. Up to 350 beds are available through May 29 when the rooms will need to be vacated for previously contracted summer camps. OBU President David W. Whitlock (center)…

Board Approves Graduate School Expansion, Faculty Promotions

May 17, 2013—During their spring meeting on the Shawnee campus May 17, the OBU Board of Trustees approved the expansion of the OBU Graduate School, a change in OBU's fiscal year and faculty promotions and contracts. OBU president David W. Whitlock (left) and chair of OBU's Board of Trustees David Lawrence…

OBU Confers Degrees on 255 Graduates

May 17, 2013—Challenged to "Dream On," 255 Oklahoma Baptist University graduates received their diplomas during OBU's 99th Spring Commencement on Friday, May 17. Before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in OBU's Raley Chapel, Dr. Bobby Kelly, who serves as Ruth Dickinson Chair of Bible at OBU, told…

Commencement to Honor 255 Graduates

May 16, 2013—Two hundred fifty-five graduates will have degrees conferred upon them during OBU's 99th Spring Commencement on Friday, May 17. Dr. Bobby Kelly, who serves as Ruth Dickinson Chair of Bible at OBU, will deliver the Commencement Address. The graduating students will take their symbolic final…

OBU Honors Nursing Graduates at Pinning

May 16, 2013—Thirty-six OBU nursing students participated in the Spring 2013 Nurses' Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 16, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The tradition symbolizes the transition from student life to a professional role for the graduating seniors. Lauren Alt, a senior nursing student…

Intramurals Crowns King and Queen

May 9, 2013—Culminating an academic year filled with recreational sports competitions, the McDowell Family Intramural Program at OBU crowned its annual king and queen Monday, May 6. Shannon Griffith, a senior from Parker, Colo., was named queen, and Cody Potter, a senior from Miami, Okla., was crowned…

Music Students Receive Awards, Scholarships

May 9, 2013—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recognized outstanding students in music studies and awarded numerous scholarships during a spring music awards banquet May 6 and during the 2013 Awards Convocation May 8. Sarah Stephens, a senior vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla., received…

Outstanding Business Seniors Receive Awards

May 9, 2013—Nine OBU senior business majors received awards for outstanding work during the Paul Dickinson College of Business awards assembly Friday, April 26. Austin Germiller, an interdisciplinary: computer science/physics major from Parachute, Colo., was named the Outstanding Overall Senior in the…

Kelly to Bring Commencement Address

May 8, 2013—Dr. Bobby Kelly, who serves as Ruth Dickinson Chair of Bible at Oklahoma Baptist University, will bring the Spring Commencement Address to OBU's graduates on Friday, May 17. Kelly joined the OBU faculty in 1997. He was named the Rowena Strickland Professor of Bible in 2000 and the Ruth…

OBU Invites High School Students to STEM Camp

May 8, 2013—With a grant from the Kirkpatrick Foundation, OBU will launch a summer camp in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and the university is seeking high school students in Pottawatomie County to apply for the inaugural camp. The program, called the Summer Institute at OBU, will run…

Outstanding Students Recognized at 2013 Awards Convocation

May 8, 2013—OBU recognized its outstanding students during the annual Awards Convocation on Wednesday, May 8, in Raley Chapel, with seniors Vanessa Brackett and Kasey Chapman receiving the highest awards given to students by OBU. Brackett, a psychology: pre-counseling major from Tulsa, Okla., received…

Music Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

May 6, 2013—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 3-12, on Tuesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 16, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel. All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are…

OBU Commissions Students for Summer Missions Service

May 2, 2013—Representing plans to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Oklahoma, across the United States and around the globe, OBU students participated in a Global Outreach Commissioning service Wednesday, May 1, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Students, staff from OBU's Spiritual Life office and…

Prewitt to Present Senior Art Show

May 1, 2013—Jessie Prewitt, an OBU senior from Newcastle, Okla., will debut her senior art show Friday, May 3, from 7-9 p.m. The presentation, titled "DESIGNERD," will feature various pieces by Prewitt displayed in the OBU Art Building on campus. A reception honoring Prewitt and her work will serve as the…

Rep. Lankford to Bring Commencement Address

May 1, 2013—U.S. Rep. James Lankford will return to Oklahoma to bring the Spring Commencement Address to OBU's graduates on Friday, May 17. Rep. Lankford was elected to the United States Congress on Nov. 2, 2010, representing Oklahoma's Fifth District. The Republican legislator serves on the House…

Donnelly to Present 'Executive Power' Thesis

April 26, 2013—OBU senior Sherrod Donnelly, from Arlington, Texas, will present his senior thesis Wednesday, May 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the AV Auditorium of the Mabee Learning Center. The public is invited to attend. Donnelly, a political science major, is the son of Paul and Susan Donnelly. His paper is titled,…

asRecreation and Wellness Center to Offer Swim Lessons

April 26, 2013—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 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the OBU Recreation…

Representatives Invest in Global Engagement

April 25, 2013— Seven OBU representatives recently attended the 2013 University Educators for Global Engagement annual conference in Richmond, Va., joining a collaboration of leaders from other Christian universities who seek to educate and equip their students, faculty and staff to intentionally…

The Glow From That Fire' Premiere Set for April 30

April 25, 2013—The world premiere of "The Glow From That Fire," an original work composed by OBU professor James Vernon, is slated for Tuesday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public. The audience is invited to attend a 6:30 p.m.…

Wolff Reads from 'Old School'

April 25, 2013— Author Tobias Wolff reads from his book "Old School" in OBU's Geiger Center on Thursday, April 25, as part of the Pioneer Library System's Big Read program. The event was co-sponsored by the OBU English Department and the library. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the…

Alumni Plan 'Engage Sochi' Olympic Outreach, Training

April 24, 2013—As the world's eyes turn to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Southern Baptists prepare to turn hearts and minds toward a relationship with Jesus Christ. OBU alum Marc Hooks hopes to engage his fellow Bison in the endeavor through "Engage Sochi," an evangelism and church…

Evening of Southern Charm' Opens April 25

April 24, 2013—Tickets are on sale for OBU Theatre's presentation of "An Evening of Southern Charm: One-Act Plays by Southern Authors," set for April 25-27 in the Black Box Theatre in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center on the OBU campus. The production features "Portrait of a Madonna," "Key Lime Pie" and…

Henderson to Present 'Miscellaneous Metals' Art Show

April 24, 2013—Cassidi Henderson, an OBU senior from Edgewood, Texas, will debut her senior art show Saturday, April 27, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in the OBU Art Building. The presentation, titled "Miscellaneous Metals," will feature a variety of art created by Henderson. A reception honoring Henderson and her…

Students Win Creative Writing Contest

April 24, 2013—OBU students recently swept a short story writing contest open to high school and college students in Oklahoma's Cleveland, McClain and Pottawatomie counties, with Matt Baker, Andrea Johnson and Andrew Wright named as the college-age finalists in the competition. Author Tobias Wolff selected…

Where is Your Aim?' Strategist Asks Students

April 24, 2013—Rachel Wood, a long-term cross-cultural worker in East Asia with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, directed a message of strategy to OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, April 24. Wood spoke during OBU's Women's Mission and Ministry Day, an…

Bison Jazz Orchestra to Perform at Ritz Theater April 26

April 22, 2013—OBU's Bison Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Kevin Pruiett, associate professor of music, will perform its final concert of the 2012-13 academic year Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Ritz Theater in downtown Shawnee. This year's concert will once again serve as a…

Engle to Present Senior Thesis on Chaucer's Work

April 22, 2013—OBU senior Kallie Engle, from Durant, Okla., will present her senior thesis Thursday, April 25, at 4 p.m. in the AV Auditorium of OBU's Mabee Learning Center. The public is invited to attend. Engle, an English major with a minor in religion, is the daughter of Gregg and Krystal Engle. On…

Renew Your Minds,' Luter Tells Students

April 22, 2013—Speaking with passion and energy, Southern Baptist Convention President Fred Luter implored OBU students to renew their minds in Jesus Christ during a chapel message Monday, April 22, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Dr. Luter, senior pastor of Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New…

Shawnee Honor Choir to Perform Spring Concert April 28

April 22, 2013—Shawnee Honor Choir will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 28, 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 45 third- through eighth-grade students representing 19…

University Ringers to Play in Illinois April 21

April 18, 2013—OBU's handbell ensemble, the University Ringers, will take a mini-tour to Illinois this weekend where they will perform on April 21 during the morning service at First Baptist Church, Brownstown, Ill., and during the evening service at Chatham Baptist Church in Chatham, Ill. The University…

Bilyeu to Perform Junior Recital April 25

April 16, 2013—OBU student Brittni Bilyeu will perform her junior recital Thursday, April 25, at 8:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Bilyeu is a vocal music education major from Blanchard, Okla. She is the daughter of Kevin and Robin…

Blitz Week Benefits Good Shepherd Chapel

April 16, 2013—Students at OBU annually raise funds for a designated beneficiary by hosting events and competitions throughout a week known as "Blitz Week." This year's fundraising will benefit Good Shepard Chapel, a church that ministers to impoverished children and families living in Shawnee. Good…

Chadwick to Present 'Game Theory' Thesis

April 16, 2013—OBU senior J. Michael Chadwick, from Parker, Colo., will present his senior thesis Thursday, April 18, at 4 p.m. in the AV Auditorium in the lower level of the Mabee Learning Center on the OBU campus. The public is invited to attend. Chadwick is a computer science major with an…

Myles Named Executive Director of Milburn Center

April 16, 2013—OBU has named Carrie Myles as executive director of the Milburn Center, which encompasses the Student Success Center and the newly formed Academic Advising Center on campus. Myles, who also will serve as director of academic advising, is transitioning from her role as associate director of…

Opera Theater Opens 'Street Scene' April 19

April 16, 2013— Rose Maurrant and Sam Kaplan excitedly discuss their future in OBU's Opera Theater production of "Street Scene." The opera tells the tragic story of life and love in the tenements of New York during the sweltering summer of 1946. Rose is played by Bailee Rogers, a sophomore from Bixby, Okla.,…

Rachel Wood to Speak in Chapel April 24

April 16, 2013—OBU will welcome cross-cultural worker Rachel Wood on Wednesday, April 24, for the university's annual Women's Missions and Ministry Day. Wood will speak during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Wood and her family have served…

Theatre to Present 'Evening of Southern Charm'

April 15, 2013—OBU Theatre will present "An Evening of Southern Charm: One-Act Plays by Southern Authors" April 25-27 in the Black Box Theatre in Sarkeys Telecommunication Center on the OBU campus. Tickets are now on sale. The production features "Portrait of a Madonna," "Key Lime Pie" and "Blind Date." OBU…

University Chorale to Sing in Norman

April 15, 2013—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere vocal ensembles, will sing at First Baptist Church, Norman, Okla., on Sunday, April 28, during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The performance is free, and the community is invited to attend. The church is located at 211 West Comanche, Norman, OK…

Valencia to Debut 'New Wave' Art Show

April 15, 2013—Daniel Valencia, an OBU senior from Fort Gibson, Okla., will debut his senior art show Friday, April 19, from 7-9 p.m. The presentation, which is centered on a "new wave" theme, will feature various pieces of art by Valencia and will be displayed in an exhibit in the OBU Art Building on…

David's Creed to Lead Worship at Immanuel Baptist Church

April 12, 2013—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee, Okla., on Sunday, May 12, during the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. worship services. The community is invited to attend. Immanuel Baptist Church is located at 1451 E. 45th St., Shawnee, OK, 74804. David's…

Fifth Graders Learn About World Cultures

April 12, 2013— OBU junior Amie Morvan, from Haltom City, Texas, teaches fifth grade students from North Rock Creek School in Shawnee, Okla., about home-life traditions in Mumbai, India, during an interactive children's museum at OBU Friday, April 12. The event, following an "Amazing Race" theme, was titled…

McQuigg to Perform Flute Recital April 22

April 12, 2013—OBU student Chelsea McQuigg will perform her senior recital Monday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. McQuigg is a musical arts major from Miami, Okla., with a minor in psychology. The daughter of Lisa McQuigg and Alan and Sara…

OBU Hosts Hyde Park Day, Moser Elected President

April 12, 2013—OBU's Student Government Association hosted Hyde Park Day during chapel Wednesday, April 10. 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…

Streck to Present Vocal Recital April 23

April 12, 2013—OBU student Ashlynn Streck will perform her senior vocal recital Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Streck is a vocal music education major from Hennessey, Okla. The daughter of Tom and Christy Streck,…

Students Plant Seeds in the Snows of Russia

April 11, 2013—The weather, which around Oklahoma is notoriously subject to change, was predictably cold as OBU representatives and students arrived in the town of Ufa, Russia, in Eastern Europe during a Spring Break Global Outreach trip. OBU's Global Outreach team pauses in a church in Ufa, Russia, during…

Tickets on Sale for Opera Theatre's 'Street Scene'

April 11, 2013—Tickets are on sale for OBU's Opera Theater production of "Street Scene," the tragic story of life and love in the tenements of New York during the sweltering summer of 1946. The performances will run April 19-20 at 7:30 p.m. and April 21 at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre, located in OBU's…

Barns to Exhibit Senior Art Show April 13-18

April 10, 2013—OBU student Diana Barns, a senior graphic design major from Denton, Texas, will display her art pieces in an upcoming show debuting April 13 on the OBU campus. The community is invited to view the exhibit. Barns' show will be exhibited April 13-18 in the OBU Art Building, located in the…

Gala Featuring Dungy Benefits Student Scholarships

April 10, 2013—Bolstered by inspiring words offered by Tony Dungy, alumni and friends of OBU gathered to raise money to benefit student scholarship funds during OBU's first Green and Gold Gala Tuesday, April 9, at the Tulsa Convention Center. The gala offered an opportunity for benefactors to provide an…

Garcia to Perform Junior Recital April 16

April 9, 2013—OBU student Morganne Garcia will perform her junior recital Tuesday, April 16, at 8:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Garcia, who plays trumpet, is a music education major from Rogers, Ark. The daughter of Patricia Holliday and Alberto Garcia,…

Hopkins to Present 'Ideographical Empowerment' Thesis

April 9, 2013—OBU senior Megan Hopkins, from Bolivar, Mo., will present her senior thesis Thursday, April 11, at 4 p.m. in Bailey Business Center's Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. Hopkins, a strategic communication major and Spanish minor, is the daughter of Kevin and Lori…

Strobel, Turner to Perform Recital April 16

April 9, 2013—OBU students Joylynn Strobel and Sarah Turner will perform their senior recital Tuesday, April 16, at 6 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Sarah Turner (left) and Joylynn Strobel will perform their senior recital Tuesday, April 16. During the…

Hill Shares 'Leadership Essentials for 21st Century'

April 8, 2013—Grounded in 20-plus "Leadership Essentials for the 21st Century," Ross Hill, CEO of Bank2 in Oklahoma City, presented OBU's 2013 Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry Monday, April 8, in Bailey Business Center. Hill said as he prepared for the annual OBU…

The Glow From That Fire' to Feature Oklahoma Talent

April 8, 2013—The world premiere of "The Glow From That Fire," an original work composed by OBU professor James Vernon, will feature several talents from across Oklahoma, including soloist Rebekah Ambrosini and narrator John Holcomb. The premiere also will showcase original artwork by OBU artists. The…

OBU Honors 573 Years of Service

April 5, 2013—Recognizing a combined 573 years of service to the institution, OBU honored 47 faculty and staff members during the university's annual Service Awards Banquet April 2. Forty-seven faculty and staff members were honored during OBU's annual Service Awards Banquet April 2. Those honored included…

Spring Affair 'Safari' Hits OBU April 13

April 5, 2013—OBU's Campus Activities Board promises an evening of fun and entertainment as they present "Spring Affair Safari" on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the free performance; the community is welcome and encouraged to attend. The production's directors,…

Students Present Work at Sigma Tau Delta Convention

April 5, 2013—Six OBU students presented creative and critical papers at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Portland, Ore., March 20-23. They included Matt Baker, Bethany Jackson, Rachel Maxwell, Amie Morvan, Leah Palmer and Caroline Reel. Representatives of OBU (from left) Caroline Reel, Amie…

Community Invited to 'Sacred Harp' Singing Event

April 4, 2013—The Shawnee-area community is invited to attend OBU's second annual Sacred Harp singing event 6-7:15 p.m., Thursday, April 11, in Raley Chapel Room 142. The special singing is sponsored by the OBU student chapter of the National Association for Music Education. "You do not need to be an…

David's Creed to Lead Worship in Weleetka

April 4, 2013—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at First Baptist Church of Weleetka, Okla. on Sunday, April 21, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend. First Baptist Church of Weleetka is located at 701 S. Creek, Weleetka, Okla., 74880. David's Creed…

Yuan Tells Students: 'I Chose God'

April 4, 2013—Christopher Yuan was the king of his world -- a future dentist fueled by money, fame, drugs and sex -- until he lost his freedom, health and happiness, driving him to seek solace with God. And in the midst of his struggle, Yuan's mother found her own salvation. Yuan shared his life story with…

Lynch to Present 'Retro' Senior Art Show

April 3, 2013—Rachel Lynch, an OBU senior from Newalla, Okla., said nothing speaks to her quite like retro-style art. Lynch will debut her senior art show Friday, April 5, from 7-9 p.m. when examples of 1950s-era art and various other pieces of her original work can be viewed in an exhibit in the OBU Art…

OBU Opera Theatre to Premiere 'Street Scene' April 19

April 3, 2013—The tragic story of life and love in the tenements of New York during the sweltering summer of 1946 will be brought to the stage of OBU's Craig-Dorland Theatre April 19-21. Tickets are on sale for OBU Opera Theater's production of "Street Scene." OBU Opera Theater will present the production…

Seale to Perform Senior Recital April 14

April 3, 2013—OBU student Brittany Seale will perform her senior recital Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Seale is a music education major, with an instrumental emphasis, from Broken Arrow, Okla. The daughter of…

OBU Enactus Kicks Off 'Let's Can Hunger' Campaign

April 2, 2013—OBU's Enactus group launched a Campbell's "Let's Can Hunger" Challenge April 1. The canned food drive, conducted in partnership with FireLake Discount Foods in Shawnee, will run through April 12. According to recent statistics, Oklahoma is the fourth hungriest state in the nation. One in every…

Orchestra's 12th Season Concert to Feature Guest Pianist

April 2, 2013—The OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra will present its 12th Season Spring Concert Tuesday, April 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Guest pianist Dr. Michael Dean, associate professor of music in the OBU Division of Music, will join the orchestra as a featured artist. The…

Profile in Excellence: David Steverson Counts God's Blessings

April 2, 2013—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum David Steverson, a 1983 graduate, is a 2013 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,…

Trimble Named Development Director for Shawnee, OKC

April 2, 2013—OBU's university advancement team has named Gretchen Trimble as a director of development, with responsibilities for the Shawnee and Oklahoma City regions. "Gretchen Trimble has established herself as a dedicated and able professional," said Will Smallwood, vice president for advancement at…

McHenry Named Dean of Nursing

April 1, 2013—OBU has named Lepaine Sharp-McHenry as dean of the College of Nursing. She will assume the responsibilities of this role July 15, 2013. McHenry currently serves as the assistant director and a clinical instructor for the University of Arkansas' Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in Fayetteville,…

Profile in Excellence: Mark Johnson Builds Success on Fundamentals

April 1, 2013—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Mark Johnson, a 1982 graduate, is a 2013 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,…

Tobias Wolff to Read from 'Old School'

April 1, 2013—Author Tobias Wolff will present a reading of his book "Old School" in OBU's Geiger Center, rooms 218-220, on Thursday, April 25, at 11 a.m. The community is invited to attend the reading, co-sponsored by the OBU English Department and the Pioneer Library System as part of the Big Read…

Choral Groups to Present Spring Concert

March 28, 2013—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, Division of Music, will present a spring choral concert featuring the Bison Glee Club, Bisonette Glee Club and University Chorale Thursday, April 4, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The public is invited to attend. The Bison…

Profile in Excellence: Don Blackley Leads a Life of Worship

March 28, 2013—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Don Blackley, a 1963 graduate, is a 2013 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,…

Profile in Excellence: Mike Edge is a Leader Focused on Others

March 28, 2013—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alum Mike Edge, a 1986 graduate, is a 2013 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,…

Author, Minister Christopher Yuan to Speak in Chapel

March 27, 2013—OBU will welcome author and minister Christopher Yuan to Bison Hill to speak in the weekly chapel service Wednesday, April 3, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Yuan is a passionate minister with a heart for those working through issues of sexuality and those living with HIV/AIDS.…

Students Observe Holy Week

March 27, 2013— Dr. Lee Hinson (left), associate professor of church music, and OBU students (center) Sarah Thompson and (right) Joylynn Strobel lead the OBU community in worship and Scripture reading during a special Holy Week chapel service on Wednesday, March 27, in Raley Chapel's Potter…

Dowler to Perform Junior Recital April 2

March 26, 2013—OBU student Hayleé Victoria Dowler will perform her junior vocal recital Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. Dowler, a soprano, is a music education major from Bixby, Okla. The daughter of Wayne and Marcy Dowler, she is…

Bison Glee Club to Perform April 7-8

March 22, 2013—OBU's Bison Glee Club, an all-male choral group, will perform in Western Oklahoma April 7-8. The public is invited to attend the free concerts. On Sunday, April 7, the Bison Glee Club will sing during the 10:45 a.m. worship service at First Baptist Church of Woodward, located at 202 East…

Bisonettes to Sing in Pawhuska April 7

March 22, 2013—OBU's Bisonettes, a premier women's glee club, will perform a concert at First Baptist Church in Pawhuska, Okla., on Sunday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend the free event. First Baptist Church is located at 302 E. 6th St., Pawhuska, OK 74056. The Bisonettes, OBU's…

Oklahoma Ministers Invited to OBU Pastors School

March 22, 2013—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 2013 OBU Pastors School Monday-Wednesday, July 15-17, 2013. The theme for the 2013 school, designed to provide an opportunity of ministry…

Professor Emeritus Max Brattin Dies at 75

March 22, 2013—Max A. Brattin, professor emeritus of economics at OBU, died March 21. He was 75. Brattin was a member of the OBU faculty from 1966 until retiring in 2000. He was born March 15, 1938, in El Reno, the son of Merle A. and Mona Day Brattin. He attended schools in Yukon, McLoud and Putnam and…

Bank2 CEO to Bring Minter Lecture

March 20, 2013—Ross A. Hill, founder and CEO of Bank2, will present OBU's 2013 Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry on Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. in Bailey Business Center's Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. The community is invited to attend. The title of Hill's lecture will be…

White, Youngblood to Perform Junior Recital March 28

March 19, 2013—OBU students Breana White and Elizabeth Youngblood, both sopranos, will perform their junior recital Thursday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Elizabeth Youngblood (left) and Breana White will perform their…

Long Named Head Men's Soccer Coach

March 18, 2013—OBU hired Charles Long as head coach of the men's soccer team Thursday. Long comes to OBU from Talledega College, where he guided the Tornadoes to a 15-5 record in his first season last fall after the team had a 2-15 mark the year before. He also has coached at Mount Marty College, Belhaven,…

Strahm Senior Art Show Opens March 25

March 15, 2013—OBU student Skyler Strahm, a senior art education major from Royse City, Texas, will display her art pieces in an upcoming show titled "A little bit of everything!" March 25-April 4. The public is invited to view the display in the OBU Art Building lobby area, located in the southeast corner…

Chapman Challenges Students to Make Disciples

March 13, 2013—During an OBU chapel service Wednesday, March 13, Kasey Chapman asked his fellow students to evaluate how often their lives are characterized by joy, and encouraged them to be obedient to God in sharing the Gospel. Chapman, selected as the Herschel H. Hobbes College of Theology and Ministry…

Myers Releases New Poetry Volume, 'Lapse Americana'

March 13, 2013—Dr. Benjamin Myers, who serves as Crouch-Mathis associate professor of literature at OBU, has released his second full-length collection of poems, "Lapse Americana," published by NYQ Books. "Lapse Americana" is now available at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and it will be available through…

Knight to Perform Junior Recital March 14

March 8, 2013—OBU student Joy Knight will perform her junior recital Thursday, March 14, at 8:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Knight is a vocal performance and English double major from North Richland Hills, Texas. The daughter of Lee…

Jordan Selected for National Enactus Summit

March 7, 2013—OBU junior Chelsea Jordan, a computer science and business management major from Shawnee, Okla., was among 35 Enactus students selected nationwide to attend the 2013 Partner Summit March 11-12 at Kraft Foods in Chicago. Jordan is the leader of OBU's Enactus team. Enactus is a community of…

Explosive' Verses Can Set People Free, Speaker Says

March 6, 2013—When Tullian Tchividjian tucked his 11-year-old daughter in bed a few weeks ago, he asked her what she thought God thinks of her. Her response -- "disappointed" -- mirrors the feelings of many Christian believers, Tchividjian said. His daughter realized the fact that God is perfect, and people…

OBU Captures Four NAIA Titles in One Day

March 2, 2013—OBU will long remember March 2, 2013. The school became the first ever to claim four NAIA titles on the same day Saturday, sweeping men's and women's indoor track, as well as men's and women's outdoor track. "Four championships are a tribute to the type of student-athlete we have here at…

Stephens to Perform Senior Recital March 12

March 1, 2013—OBU student Sarah Stephens will perform her senior recital Tuesday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Yarborough Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus. The community is invited to attend. Stephens is a vocal performance major from Tulsa, Okla. The daughter of Philip and Mary Ann Stephens, she…

Communication Arts Students to Present Research

February 28, 2013—Seven OBU communication arts students recently were selected to present their research papers at prestigious communications conferences, at which graduate and undergraduate communication scholars from across the nation discuss developments in theory and research in the communication…

Tickets on Sale for 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!'

February 28, 2013—Tickets are now on sale for OBU's Theatre for Young Audiences production of "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" The show will be presented one weekend only: Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. in Craig-Dorland Theatre in OBU's…

Free Tickets Available for 'Glorious Ruin' Tour at OBU

February 27, 2013—The Shawnee-area community is cordially invited to hear Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, speak at OBU Wednesday,March 6, at 8 p.m. as part of the Glorious Ruin Tour. The worship event, which brings a message of hope amidst suffering, also will feature Christian musician…

Psalm 103 Provides Answer for Spiritual Thirst, Pace Says

February 27, 2013—Psalm 103 holds historical significance at OBU. OBU's eighth president, Dr. John Wesley Raley, informally adopted the psalm as the university's institutional passage of Scripture. Throughout the university's 102-year history, the passage often has been read from the Bible of the university's…

Three Faculty Installed to Academic Positions

February 27, 2013—Three exceptional OBU faculty members were installed to academic positions Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Dr. Keith Harman, professor of business, was installed to the Ernest C. Wheeler Chair of Business; Dr. Robbie Henson, professor of nursing, was installed to the…

Nowell Shares 'Power of Godly Thinking' in Business Forum

February 25, 2013—Speaking from his 23 years of experience in corporate operations, Mark Nowell told OBU business students that elevating his company to godly thinking was the single most impactful move he has made in his role as CEO of Kerr Pumps in Sulphur, Okla. OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business…

Robison to Open 'Never Too Late' Art Show March 1

February 25, 2013—"Never too late" is the theme of OBU student Francine Robison's upcoming art show on Bison Hill. The show will run March 1-7 in the OBU Art Building, with an opening reception at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 1. The reception and show are open to the public. Robison's senior art show will include…

Symphonic Winds in Concert March 2

February 25, 2013—The OBU Symphonic Winds, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Neal, interim director of bands, will perform in concert on Saturday, March 2. The concert will be conducted in Potter Auditorium in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus, and begins at 6:30 p.m., which is earlier than most evening…

Glee Clubs to Sing in Worship March 10

February 22, 2013—Two OBU vocal ensembles -- the all-male Bison Glee Club and the all-female Bisonette Glee Club -- are scheduled to perform on Sunday, March 10, in Oklahoma churches. The Bison Glee Club will sing at First Baptist Church, Nicoma Park, during the 10:45 a.m. service. The Bisonettes will sing at…

McQuades to Present Digby Bell Memorial Recital

February 22, 2013—OBU music faculty will present the ninth-annual Digby Bell Memorial Recital on Thursday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the performance. The recital will feature Dr. Jennifer McQuade, coloratura soprano and assistant professor…

Theatre for Young Audiences Presents 'Schoolhouse Rock Live!'

February 22, 2013—OBU's Theatre for Young Audiences will present "Schoolhouse Rock Live!" one weekend only: Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, March 10, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Feb. 25 for the production which will premiere in Craig-Dorland Theatre…

Former Dean Norman Searcy Dies at 92

February 20, 2013—Longtime OBU professor and administrator Norman Searcy of Shawnee, Okla., died Feb. 17, 2013. He was 92. Searcy was born in Kansas City, Mo., to Robert H. and Mildred Amy McLaughlin Searcy. He graduated from Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Mo., with an associate's degree in 1941. He…

Speaker Shannon Brings Message from Psalms

February 20, 2013—Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon brought lessons from Psalm 27 to OBU students during a weekly chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 20. Despite inclement weather, Shannon traveled to Shawnee from the Capitol to speak on Bison Hill. Shannon's message, continuing OBU's chapel theme of "The…

Glorious Ruin' Tour Brings National Speaker to OBU

February 19, 2013—Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy and Ruth Graham, will speak at OBU Wednesday, March 6, at 8 p.m. as part of the Glorious Ruin Tour. The worship event, which brings a message of hope amidst suffering, also will feature Christian musician Jon Neufeld. The community is invited to attend…

Green and Gold Gala to Feature Tony Dungy

February 18, 2013—Members of OBU's greater community, as well as patrons interested in benefiting Christian higher education, are invited to a special event featuring legendary NFL coach Tony Dungy on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at The Tulsa Convention Center. The "Green & Gold Gala" will present an opportunity to…

Music Groups to Lead Worship March 3

February 18, 2013—Two OBU ensembles will help lead worship in Oklahoma Baptist churches on Sunday, March 3. David's Creed, OBU's praise ensemble, will lead the morning worship service for First Baptist Church in Pawhuska, Okla., at 10:45 a.m. The University Chorale, one OBU's premier vocal ensembles, will sing…

Students Experience Cambodia on GO Trip

February 18, 2013—A group of OBU students and faculty recently traveled to Cambodia on a multi-week cross-cultural ministry experience. The journey was a Global Outreach (GO) Trip, with the purpose of extending the Gospel of Jesus Christ while also giving students a chance to experience a different culture. Dr.…

Dunn Tackles 'All or Nothing' Dating Issue

February 15, 2013—For many students on a Christian college campus, "dating" presents a conundrum, Jackson Dunn acknowledged during an OBU chapel service Friday, Feb. 15. But he also offered practical advice to balance the relationship pressure students on Bison Hill may face. Dunn, who serves as marriage and…

Lilite to Present Faculty Recital Feb. 28

February 14, 2013—Dr. Louima Lilite, a tenor who serves as assistant professor of music at OBU, will present a faculty recital on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. Lilite will be accompanied by concert musicians Terry Banks on guitar, Cynthia Cortright on piano and Stacy…

T.W. Shannon to Speak in Chapel Feb. 20

February 14, 2013—T. W. Shannon, Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, will speak in OBU's chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel. Considered a champion for limited government, Shannon was elected to the state House of Representatives from his hometown of Lawton, Okla., in…

Faculty to Present Clarinet, Piano, Flute Recital

February 12, 2013—Faculty representing OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present a recital Monday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the free performance, which will include Dr. Christopher Neal on clarinet, Dr. Mary Chung on piano…

Contemplating JFK: OBU Composer Pays Homage to Kennedy's Legacy

February 8, 2013—The OBU Division of Music historically presents The Oratorio Project featuring choral and orchestral works performed by the OBU combined choirs and orchestra. The goal of the Oratorio Project is to acquaint students with significant works from the Western canon while also contributing to the…

OBU Emphasis Focuses on Relationships

February 8, 2013—Each spring semester, OBU dedicates a week, called "Focus Week," to encourage members of the OBU community to strengthen healthy relationships with God and one another. Features for 2013 Focus Week, Feb. 11-16, include a video series on love, sex and dating; a special guest presentation by a…

OBU Outreach in Zambia Sparks Church Service

February 8, 2013—The lessons of Jesus Christ often begin in humble places. For Dayla Rowland, an OBU student ministry associate of evangelism and mobilization, that humble place was a man's house in the village of Nabukowa, Zambia. What started as a simple Bible study in a home has budded into a regular church…

Trustees Adopt Budget, Grant Promotion

February 8, 2013—OBU trustees adopted a $58.6 million operating budget for the 2013-14 academic year, approved faculty contracts and approved sabbatical leave during their spring semester meeting on campus Friday, Feb. 8. The new operating budget will include a projected distribution of $21.5 million in…

Corley to Open Senior Art Show Feb. 8

February 7, 2013—Mary Corley, a senior graphic design major from Oklahoma City, will display her art pieces in a senior art show, titled "Eclectik," at OBU Feb. 8-14. The public is invited to an opening of the show Friday, Feb. 8, from 7-9 p.m. in the OBU Art Building, located in the southeast corner of OBU's…

Nowell to Speak at Business Forum

February 7, 2013—OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business will host Mark Nowell as a Business Forum speaker Friday, Feb. 22, at 10 a.m. The community is invited to attend the free lecture in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in OBU's Bailey Business Center. "The OBU College of Business is pleased to have Mark…

OBU Music Groups to Lead Worship Feb. 24

February 7, 2013—Two of OBU's premier music groups -- the Bison Glee Club and David's Creed -- will lead worship in Oklahoma Baptist churches on Sunday, Feb. 24. The public is invited to attend each service. The Bison Glee Club, an all-male choral group, will sing at Waterloo Road Baptist Church in Edmond,…

Students Attend Billy Graham 'Vision for Evangelism' Event

February 7, 2013—Nineteen OBU students -- along with one OBU graduate, two bus drivers and Odus Compton, director of student ministry -- embarked on a journey to North Carolina Jan. 31 to receive training and instruction from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The four-day trip, called "Vision for…

OBU Art, Design Students Gain Experience in New York

February 6, 2013—The month of January can be harsh and cold, leaving college students with little desire to get out of the house and be productive. However, a group of OBU students and faculty used the chilly month to gain experience in the world of art while visiting New York City. The trip was part of OBU's…

Terry Lauds Key 'Founders' in OBU History Address

February 6, 2013—Drawing from his 13 years as OBU historian -- with decades more experience in campus administration -- J. Thomas Terry led the OBU community in celebrating its 103-year history during a special Founders' Day chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 6, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The purpose of…

Bisonettes to Tour Metroplex

February 4, 2013—The Bisonettes, OBU's premier women's vocal group, will perform a tour of Dallas/Fort Worth-area churches Feb. 24-26. The group will conclude their tour with a performance in Marietta, Okla., on Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend the free concerts at the churches. On Sunday, Feb. 24, the…

David's Creed to Lead Worship at Cherokee Hills

February 4, 2013—OBU's praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship at Cherokee Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City on Sunday, Feb. 17, during the 10:45 a.m. worship service. The community is invited to attend. Cherokee Hills Baptist Church is located at 5700 NW 63rd St., Oklahoma City, OK…

OBU to Host Trumpeter Brian Shaw

January 31, 2013—OBU will welcome musician Dr. Brian Shaw to Bison Hill Friday, Feb. 8, for a music career session, instrumental masterclass and Night of Jazz with the Bison Jazz Orchestra. The public is invited to attend all the events. Shaw is assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies at Louisiana…

Terry to Bring Founders' Day Address

January 31, 2013—At OBU, Founders' Day is an annual event commemorating the university's incorporation in February 1910. Drawing from his decades of experience on Bison Hill, J. Thomas Terry, vice president for business affairs emeritus, will bring the 2013 Founders' Day address on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10…

Eight Students Featured in Annual Concerto-Aria Concert

January 30, 2013—OBU's 39th annual Concerto-Aria Concert will feature the musical gifts of eight students who will perform with a full orchestra Sunday, Feb. 17. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event. A pre-concert lecture will…

Farmer Urges Believers to Live Out Stories of Faith

January 30, 2013—Richard Allen Farmer told OBU students about a little boy preparing to go to camp. The boy was afraid he would be teased for being a Christian, so his pastor promised to pray for the boy each day he was gone. When he returned from camp, the pastor inquired if he had been bullied for his…

Nursing Majors Share God's Love, Medical Care in Mexico

January 30, 2013—The La Mixteca region of Mexico boasts great geological contrasts, with mountain ranges to the north, ravines to the east, valleys to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the south. For OBU nursing majors, a January intercultural service trip to the region provided great contrasts as well: an…

OBU Builds Cost-Effective Conditioning Units

January 29, 2013— Construction on apartment housing continues at Oklahoma Baptist University as new geothermal conditioning units near completion. A geothermal system circulates water through sealed underground piping loops rather than the traditional use of air circulation. According to George Haines,…

Spring Chapels Focus on 'The Psalms'

January 25, 2013—During the spring 2013 semester, the OBU community will continue its current chapel theme, "The Psalms," with messages presented by a variety of speakers. "The Treasury of David" by Charles Spurgeon will be used as a resource for the ongoing study. All chapel services begin at 10 a.m. in Raley…

University Chorale to Tour Metroplex

January 23, 2013—The University Chorale, one of OBU's premiere vocal ensembles, will present spring tour performances in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex Feb. 8-10. The public is welcome to attend the free performances. On Friday, Feb. 8, the University Chorale will perform a 7:30 p.m. concert at Stonebridge…

Richard Allen Farmer to Bring Chapel Music, Message

January 22, 2013—OBU will welcome musician and lecturer Richard Allen Farmer in the first weekly chapel service of the 2013 spring semester on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the hour-long service. Farmer will sing, accompanying himself on…

Students Employ Robots for Creative Learning

January 22, 2013—January Term (or "J-Term") offers OBU students the opportunity to stay on course to complete their bachelor's degree in four years. In Dr. Renita Murimi's "Technologies for Creative Learning" course, the opportunity proved both informative and fun as students have learned how to program and…

OBU Community Encouraged to Run OKC Marathon

January 17, 2013—Two members of the OBU staff have decided not only to run the upcoming Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 28, but also to share the adventure with a couple hundred of their closest Bison friends. Holly Hays and Monica Mullins have issued a challenge to OBU employees, students, alumni and…

New Staff Begin Work on Bison Hill

January 16, 2013—Several new OBU staff members began work on Bison Hill during the fall 2012 semester in departments across campus, including employees in wellness, facilities maintenance, communications, security and business. Corey Bolgrin is a personnel and facility coordinator for OBU's Recreation and…

Jernigan to Lead Night of Worship Jan. 15

January 14, 2013— Dennis Jernigan, an internationally known songwriter and speaker and a 1981 OBU alum, will lead a Night of Praise on Bison Hill Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to join this event set for students returning to the Shawnee campus for…

Stogsdill Joins OBU Advancement Team

January 10, 2013—Thomas Stogsdill, a 1971 OBU graduate, has returned to his alma mater as director of development for Texas. He previously served as vice president for development and campaign director for The University of South Dakota Foundation in Vermillion, S.D. "Tom Stogsdill brings a proven record of…

Two Freshmen Selected for National Enactus Summit

January 10, 2013—Two OBU students were among 30 Enactus students selected nationwide to attend the 2013 Partner Summit Jan. 30-31 in New York City's Time-Life Building. Christopher Sanford and Alexandria Schauer, both freshmen, were chosen to represent OBU at the event. During the summit, participants will…

OBU Alum Lloyd Minter Dies at 94

January 8, 2013—Lloyd G. Minter, 94, a 1940 OBU graduate and former trustee, died Jan. 4, 2013, at his retirement residence in Tulsa, Okla. A memorial service for Minter will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 at First Baptist Church in Bartlesville, Okla., with Dr. Bill Cook and Dr. Sam Storms officiating. Minter…

Jernigan to Lead 'Night of Praise' Jan. 15

January 7, 2013—Dennis Jernigan, an internationally known songwriter and speaker and a 1981 OBU alum, will lead a Night of Praise on Bison Hill Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to join this event set for students returning to the Shawnee campus for…