For decades, Bison have gone with Ka-Rip. Generations of alumni excitedly "let'er go ruse" to cheer the Green and Gold to victory. The chant is a timeless Oklahoma Baptist University tradition the University and its friends return to time and again to celebrate the Bison Spirit. OBU alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to share in the tradition as the University hosts Zip! Bang! OBU! Homecoming 2014 Nov. 6-8.
The celebration will kick off with the OBU Theatre production of Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." The first performance will be staged Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Craig-Dorland Theatre of Shawnee Hall. Additional performances will be held Friday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Nov. 8 and 9 at 2:30 p.m. Performances will continue the following weekend. Tickets are $11 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets go on sale Oct. 23 and reservations can be made by calling (405) 585-4350.
The annual Harvest Dinner will take place Friday, Nov. 7, in the upper level of the Geiger Center at 6 p.m. Several awards will be presented during the dinner including the Alumni Achievement Award honoring Bob Hoffman, '79 and Dr. George Wilson, '50. This year's Faculty Hall of Fame inductee, Dr. Robert Laessig, will be recognized, along with the award recipient for the Graduate of the Last Decade Award, Ryan Blackwell, '06. The 2014 recipients of the OBU Alumni Association's Profile in Excellence awards will also be recognized.
At 8:45, the Fine Arts Musical Gala will begin in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium featuring the Bison Brigade, Bison Jazz Orchestra, Bison Glee Club, University Chorale and the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra. The iconic 60's song, "MacArthur Park," written by Jimmy Webb, a native Oklahoman, will be performed by members of the Class of 1969, various alumni, current students and the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra. Kathryne Timberlake, professor emerita of music at OBU, will be recognized during the event with an honorary doctorate. Prices will be $6 for adults and $3 for students and may be purchased at the door.
Saturday's events will begin at 7 a.m. with the Third Annual Bison Stampede beginning at the Recreation and Wellness Center. Hosted by the RAWC Staff, this sanctioned and certified event features a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk ($20), 5K run ($35) and 10K run ($45). Registration is open at www.okbu.edu/bison-stampede.
At 1 p.m., the Bison football team kicks off against Bacone College for the Homecoming football game. The 2014 Harvest King and Queen will be announced during halftime. To purchase football tickets call (405) 585-5300 or visit obubison.com.
The Bison Basketball teams will face the Manhattan Christian Thunder in homecoming contests. Lady Bison tip off at 6 p.m. followed by the men at 8 p.m. Prices for the doubleheader are $6 for adults and $4 for students.
At 7:30 p.m. the Bisonette Glee Club, OBU's women's singing ensemble, will perform their 60th anniversary celebration concert in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Alumni members of the group are invited to rehearse during the weekend and perform in the concert.
View a detailed schedule of all Homecoming events.