August 2014 News Articles

OBU Welcomes Arbo, Cragin to Colleges of Theology, Business

August 19, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Matthew Arbo and Dr. John Cragin to the university faculty. Arbo joins the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry as assistant professor of theological studies, and Cragin joins the Paul Dickinson College of Business as professor of…

OBU Students 'Serve Shawnee' During Welcome Week

August 18, 2015—"Serve Shawnee" began in 2001 to show students they have a lot to contribute to the community. Each freshman class including transfers go out for three hours to different locations in Shawnee. They participate in a variety of projects including picking up trash, painting, cleaning, pulling…

OBU Ranked One of Nation's Best Baccalaureate Colleges

August 28, 2014—Washington Monthly named OBU one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges of 2014. OBU was ranked 28 on the list of 346 schools and has appeared on the list in the past. Washington Monthly gives high marks to institutions that contribute to society, enroll low income students, help them graduate and…

Whitlock Inspires OBU Community at Annual Convocation

August 27, 2014—Oklahoma Baptist University President Dr. David Whitlock inspired a gathering of students, faculty, administration and staff during OBU's annual Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 27. The event was held in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Whitlock's theme was "Careless…

College of Science and Mathematics Welcomes New Faculty

August 26, 2014—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of new faculty to the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics. Dr. Gerard Dumancas, instructor of chemistry and stockroom manager; and Brittany Noble, instructor of mathematics, join the faculty for the fall 2014 semester. Dr. Gerard…

OBU to Host Music Leaders for Free Luncheon with Keith Getty

August 26, 2014—OBU invites music and worship leaders to attend a free lunch event with Keith Getty, Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event will take place in the Mabee Suite inside the Noble Complex on OBU's campus in Shawnee. This free event is designed primarily for Christian worship leaders and…

College of Fine Arts Welcomes New Faculty

August 25, 2014—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members to the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. Stephen Draper, instructor of broadcast journalism; Justin Pierce, instructor of music; and Dr. Kathy Scherler, assistant professor of music education, will join the faculty for…

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

August 25, 2014—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of new faculty members to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. D.H. Dilbeck, assistant professor of history; Tricia Hansen, assistant professor of education; Kellie Young, assistant professor of education; Dr. Alan Noble, assistant…

Bison Dance Team Wins Second Place at NDA Competition

August 22, 2014—The OBU Bison Dance Team took second place at a regional camp and competition held Aug. 16-17 at Oklahoma City University. The team earned a bid to the National Dance Alliance Championship in April in Daytona Beach, Florida. The group is in its first full year of performance and…

College of Nursing Holds Inaugural Commissioning Ceremony for Class of 2016

August 22, 2014—OBU's College of Nursing held its inaugural College of Nursing Commissioning Ceremony Thursday, Aug. 21, in the Craig-Dorland Theatre on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The event was part of a national initiative sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Arnold P. Gold…

OBU Announces Fall Chapel Series Theme, Speakers

August 21, 2014—OBU will kick off the Fall 2014 Chapel Series in early September. This year, the series is themed, "Parables of the Kingdom: Jesus' Word Pictures as Found in the Gospel of Luke." During the series, speakers will dive further into many familiar parables, exposing their meaning and…

President Whitlock Offers Advice for Students as They Begin Fall Semester

August 21, 2014—On Sunday evening, Aug. 17, OBU President Dr. David Whitlock encouraged new students with seven pieces of advice to help them succeed in college and in life. With classes beginning today on Bison Hill, we share this wisdom with the university community to inspire us all as we launch the fall…

College of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty

August 20, 2014—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of new College of Nursing faculty. Megan Smith, Natalie Tapley and Rita Williams all join the faculty as assistant professors of nursing for the fall 2014 semester. Megan Smith Natalie Tapley Rita Williams Megan Smith served as pediatric…

Guindon, Roberson Challenge Students to Be and Make Disciples

August 20, 2014—The first chapel messages of the semester, traditionally known as the "Fall Challenge," are part of OBU's Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and oriented to life on the OBU campus. For chapel messages, follow this link. OBU alumnus Matt Roberson leads worship during the first service…

OBU Hosts Ribbon Cutting for New Cafe on the Hill Campus Dining

August 19, 2014—OBU celebrated the official grand opening of its new Cafe on the Hill Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 11:15 a.m. with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The dining space is on the second floor of the Geiger Center, the hub of activity on OBU's Shawnee campus. Pictured, left to right: Representative Justin Wood;…

Princeton Review Names OBU 'Best in the West' for 2015

August 19, 2014—For the 10th 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, "2015 Best…

Fall Challenge Chapel Services Kick Off Semester

August 18, 2014—OBU will host the annual Fall Challenge Chapel series Aug. 20-22. Services will be hosted in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium, Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. as well as Friday, Aug. 22, at 10 a.m. The first chapel messages of the semester, traditionally known as the "Fall…

OBU Welcomes Incoming Bison

August 16, 2014— 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 2014 Move-In Day Saturday, Aug. 16. The warm welcome is a hallmark that launches OBU's annual Welcome Week. OBU freshman Royce…

OBU / Shawnee Community Orchestra to Hold Auditions

August 12, 2014—The OBU/Shawnee Community Orchestra will open auditions for its 14th season Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of bands emeritus, as well as…

Richards Leads CGPS Into New Era

August 12, 2014—Rhonda Richards dreams of the future and the impact graduates of Oklahoma Baptist University's college of graduate and professional studies will have on the world. She dreams of growing the college's enrollment and degree options, not for the college's sake, but for the sake of the lives that…

OBU Faculty Find Opportunities to Minister in India

August 11, 2014—Four OBU faculty members traveled to India July 5-17 to share the Gospel and seek opportunities for future GO trips. The group witnessed firsthand physical and spiritual poverty and used every opportunity to share the hope and healing Jesus offers. Overflowing with both physical and spiritual…

Whitlock Named Senior Fellow of ERLC Research Institute

August 11, 2014—OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock has been named a Senior Research Fellow for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention. The ERLC recently announced the launch of the new Research Institute under the direction of its president, Russell Moore,…

OBU Offers Private Music Lessons, Classes and Choirs to the Public

August 8, 2014—Aspiring musicians of all ages may now enroll and join Oklahoma Baptist University's Music Preparatory Department for the 2014-15 academic year. Lessons are available for most instruments, voice, art, Kindermusik classes, performing choirs and more. OBU's Music Preparatory Department began in…

Music Preparatory Department Announces Choir Auditions

August 7, 2014—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct choir auditions for students in grades 3-12, Aug. 14, 15 and 18, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel, Room 141. Three choirs are available for various age groups. All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are…

Two OBU Students Live Out the Great Commission in Portland

August 7, 2014—In Oklahoma, a state that falls in the "Bible Belt," it's said you can find a church on every street corner. If you venture outside the boundaries of the "belt," churches can be harder to find. This summer, two OBU students traveled to Portland, Oregon, and discovered church can take place in…

OBU Debuts Marching Band for Fall 2014

August 4, 2014—In 2013, OBU fielded its first football team in 73 years. This fall, another tradition will be revived with the "Bison Brigade" marching band debuting on the OBU campus. The last time a marching band hit the field on Bison Hill was in 1940, the same year football started its long hiatus at…

Students Share Jesus with College Students in East Asia

August 1, 2014—Four Oklahoma Baptist University students and two alumni traveled to East Asia June 1-July 2. The group focused their time and energy on building relationships with local college students in hopes they would be able to share the Gospel. The Eastern part of Asia has over 100 colleges that are…