September 2014 News Articles

Theatre Department Presents "A Season of Fragile Innocence"

September 23, 2015—OBU Theatre will take patrons through "A Season of Fragile Innocence" during the 2014-15 theatre season. Pictured above, an OBU Theatre performance in February of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." Dr. Jeffrey Wells, associate professor of theatre and division chair of…

Executive Director of Lifeway Research Stetzer to Speak in Chapel

September 18, 2015—Author, pastor and church planter Dr. Ed Stetzer will speak during chapel Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. The service will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. He will continue the fall chapel series theme, "Parables of the Kingdom: Jesus' Word Pictures…

OBU to Host Annual Winter Bible Study Clinic

September 16, 2015—The annual OBU Winter Bible Study Clinic will be held Friday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's clinic is designed to assist pastors, preachers and laymen prepare to teach from the book of Deuteronomy as a series. The clinic will also be a time for personal spiritual growth. Dr. Ish…

Switchfoot to Perform Nov. 14

September 30, 2014—Switchfoot, the popular band with hits like, "Dare you to Move" and many others, will perform in concert Friday, Nov. 14 in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. The concert will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $18 and are available…

Donors Challenge Young Alumni to Impact Current and Future Students

September 26, 2014—OBU is excited to announce the launch of the "Bison For Bison Young Alumni Challenge." Generous donors have offered to match any new gifts and pledges made by young alumni, up to $50,000 each year for three years. This applies to all alumni who graduated or attended OBU from 2000 to 2014. When…

Smith to Continue Parables of Luke Series Oct. 1

September 25, 2014—OBU will welcome guest chapel speaker Dr. Robert Smith Jr., professor of Christian preaching at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He will speak at OBU's chapel Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 10 a.m., in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Smith will continue the…

Stetzer Addresses Chapel on Parable of the Rich Fool

September 24, 2014— Author, pastor and church planter Dr. Ed Stetzer addressed the OBU chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. Stetzer discussed the rich ruler and his attitude toward possessions over all else. "There is a correlation between the seriousness of your faith and how you use your resources,"…

Students Lead Vacation Bible School in Thailand

September 23, 2014—Seven OBU students traveled to Thailand June 13-27 where they assisted with Vacation Bible School and child care for apprentice missionary children while their parents were in training. Each year, dozens of students, faculty and staff take Global Outreach (GO) Trips which carry out OBU's…

Abernathy Receives Profile in Excellence Award

September 22, 2014—Editor's Note: OBU alumnus Ryan Abernathy, a 1997 graduate, is a 2014 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…

Broadcast Journalist Visits Bison Hill

September 19, 2014—Journalism majors attend countless meetings, search for stories, pull editing all-nighters and plow through piles of interview notes -- all in the hopes that they will have a meaty enough portfolio to land them a job in a field they're regularly told is belly up in the digital economy. Last…

OBU Ranked Oklahoma's Number One Private University in Affordability

September 17, 2014—OBU is one of three universities in Oklahoma and the only private Oklahoma university listed on Great Value College's rankings of 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest. The list is based on eight quality indicators determined by Great Value Colleges to be a good measure of a student's…

Pace Brings Chapel Message to OBU

September 17, 2014— Dr. Scott Pace, Reverend A.E. and Dora Johnson Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry at OBU, delivered the chapel address Wednesday, Sept. 17. Pace continued the fall chapel series theme of the "Parables of the Kingdom: Jesus' Word Pictures as Found in the Gospel of Luke." He taught on the…

Parrish to Be Inducted into Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame

September 15, 2014— Dr. John W. Parrish, executive vice president emeritus at OBU, is one of 12 being inducted into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame's class of 2014. The formal ceremony and dinner will be held Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jim Thorpe Museum/Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in Oklahoma…

Harshberger Earns Delta Mu Delta Scholarship

September 12, 2014—OBU student Allissa Harshberger was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Delta Mu Delta, an international business honors society. According to their website, Delta Mu Delta "encourages academic excellence of students at qualifying colleges and universities to create a community that…

Wooten Receives OBU Profile in Excellence Award

September 12, 2014—Editor's Note: OBU alumna Susan Wooten, a 1974 graduate, is a 2014 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…

OBU Earns Top Ranking for Best Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report

September 9, 2014—For the 21st consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report listed OBU as Oklahoma's highest ranked college on the "Best Regional Colleges of the West" list for 2015. OBU is also ranked in the top ten "Great Schools, Great Prices" regional colleges and is the only Oklahoma college on "A-Plus…

OBU to Present 'Backwoods Biggie' Variety Show Sept. 13

September 9, 2014—OBU's Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host the 51st annual "Biggie" show, this year with an outdoors and camping theme. The show, titled "Backwoods Biggie," features musical acts and skits performed by upperclassmen. The performance will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, in Raley Chapel's…

Ballew Receives OBU Profile in Excellence Award

September 5, 2014—Editor's Note: Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Ray Ballew, a 1955 graduate, is a 2014 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,…

Bebbington Speaks on “Parable of the Mustard Seed”

September 5, 2014— Dr. David Bebbington, religious scholar and professor of history at the University of Stirling, Scotland, spoke during Friday morning's chapel service. Bebbington spoke on the "Parable of the Mustard Seed" from Luke 13:18-19, continuing the parables of the Gospel of Luke fall chapel…

Kelly Pays Tribute to Kristen Stauffer Todd During Chapel Service

September 5, 2014—Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion, gave the address during OBU's chapel service Wednesday, Sept. 3. Kelly's topic was the theme interpretation for the fall chapel series, titled, "Parables of the Kingdom: Jesus' Word Pictures as Found in the Gospel of Luke." Before speaking…

OBU Theatre to Present New Works Festival Sept. 12

September 5, 2014—OBU students will showcase their creative talents at the New Works Festival Friday, Sept. 12, 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 Black Box Theatre located in Sarkeys Telecommunications…

Roberts Named Information Integration VP and CIO

September 5, 2014—OBU has appointed Paul W. Roberts as Vice President for Information Integration and Chief Information Officer. Roberts, who will also retain his role as Dean of Library Services, will use his new position to integrate technology and access to information into the entirety of university…

Bebbington to Speak Sept. 4-8 as Special Guest Lecturer

September 3, 2014—Dr. David Bebbington, religious scholar and professor of history at the University of Stirling, Scotland, will visit OBU's campus Sept. 4-8. Bebbington, who also spoke on campus in 2005, comes as a special guest lecturer. Bebbington has been a member of the history department of the University…

Keith and Kristyn Getty to Perform with 100-Voice Choir Sept. 15

September 2, 2014—OBU and Immanuel Baptist Church, Shawnee, welcome Keith and Kristyn Getty in concert Monday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The event will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus, located at 500 West University in Shawnee. The evening of worship is part of the "Hymns for the…

OBU Mourns the Passing of Beloved Faculty Member Kristen Stauffer Todd

September 2, 2014—Dear OBU Family, It is with great sadness that we share with you the news of the sudden passing of our fellow OBU faculty member, Dr. Kristen Todd. The executive office received the following information from Kristen's husband, Phil, who asked it be shared with the OBU family: Kristen…