August 2015 News Articles

Elliff to Lead GO Week Chapel Sept. 2

August 31, 2015—Dr. Tom Elliff, former president of the International Mission Board, will address the OBU community Wednesday, Sept. 2, during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Potter Auditorium. The service will take place as part of OBU's annual GO Week Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. The week focuses completely on…

OBU Hosts Week of Global Outreach Awareness

August 28, 2015—OBU will host its annual Global Outreach (GO) Week Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. The week focuses completely on missions, with activities ranging from special GO Chapels to a GO fair. Students will have the opportunity to learn about missions all over the globe and how they, too, can make an…

Arbo and Emerson Installed to Academic Positions During OBU Convocation

August 26, 2015—Dr. Matthew Arbo and Dr. Matthew Emerson were installed to academic positions during Oklahoma Baptist University's annual Convocation service Aug. 26. In each installation, OBU Provost Stan Norman presented the recipients with a certificate in recognition of exemplary scholarship and…

Praise Band 'David's Creed' Announces 2015-16 Members

August 26, 2015—OBU auditioned students last week for its touring worship band "David's Creed." The group is a praise ensemble whose primary purpose is to connect OBU with the churches in Oklahoma and the surrounding region by serving those churches in worship through music, testimony and God's Word.…

Whitlock Inspires OBU Community at Annual Convocation

August 26, 2015—OBU President Dr. David Whitlock inspired a gathering of students, faculty, administration and staff during OBU's annual Convocation Wednesday, Aug. 26. The annual event kicks off the new academic year by bringing together all members of the OBU faculty and student body. OBU photo by Bill…

OBU Announces 2015 Chapel Theme, Fall Speakers

August 25, 2015—OBU's 2015 Chapel Series will focus on the theme "The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living Text of the Old Testament." Throughout the series, each speaker will walk through the life of different Minor Prophets and what messages they shared with the people of…

OBU Team Spends Six Weeks Serving in Central Asia

August 24, 2015—A team of six students and mentors representing OBU spent six weeks serving in Central Asia this summer. The team left May 23 and returned July 4. Two of the team members served as mentors for the group. [Note: For the safety of the team members as well as the safety of the local workers they…

College of Nursing Holds Commissioning Ceremony for Class of 2017

August 21, 2015—OBU held its second annual College of Nursing Commissioning Ceremony Thursday, Aug. 20, in the Craig-Dorland Theatre on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The ceremony welcomes and initiates the new class of nursing students, which will graduate in 2017, and emphasizes patient-centered care. It also…

NEEDTOBREATHE Coming to OBU Sept. 24

August 21, 2015—The Grammy-nominated band NEEDTOBREATHE is coming to OBU for a Thursday evening, Sept. 24, concert in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available to the public beginning Friday, Aug. 21, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $28 and may be…

OBU Welcomes Spencer as Director of Assessment and Institutional Research

August 20, 2015—OBU is pleased to welcome Andrew "Spence" Spencer as director of assessment and institutional research. He assumed his duties effective Aug. 13. Spencer completed a Bachelor of Science in English from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He then completed a master of…

Yancey Leads Sessions on Understanding Racial Issues in Higher Education

August 19, 2015—Dr. George Yancey, professor of sociology at the University of North Texas, visited the OBU campus Aug. 17 and 18. He met with faculty, staff and administration from numerous departments across campus on the topic of understanding racial issues, biases and perspectives in the Christian higher…

Fall Challenge Chapel Services Kick Off Semester

August 18, 2015—OBU will host the annual Fall Challenge chapel series Aug. 18-21. The first chapel messages of the semester are traditionally known as the "Fall Challenge" and are a part of OBU's Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and oriented to life on the OBU campus. Services will be held in Raley…

Students 'Serve Shawnee' During Welcome Week

August 17, 2015—A group of 425 students from OBU took to the streets of Shawnee Monday, Aug. 17, to serve the community through numerous projects as part of OBU's annual "Serve Shawnee" event. Locations included Cargo Ranch, Project Safe, Jefferson Elementary School, Shawnee Middle School, Primose Retirement…

OBU Welcomes Hundreds for Annual Move-In Day

August 15, 2015—Hundreds of students and family members converged upon the campus of OBU Saturday. OBU hosted its annual move-in day event, welcoming new and returning students to Bison Hill. Current students, faculty and staff greeted a class of more than 500 freshmen to campus. Move-in day is a staple of…

College of Fine Arts Welcomes New Faculty and Staff

August 12, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty and staff members to the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts. New faculty and staff include Skyler Thomas, instructor of animation and motion graphics; Rebecca Ballinger, assistant professor of music; and Mark Johnson, music…

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

August 12, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of three new faculty members to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. New faculty include Dr. Jonathan Callis, assistant professor of English; Dr. Tom Darling, associate professor of kinesiology; and Elizabeth Justice, assistant professor of…

OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra Auditions Set

August 12, 2015—The OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will hold auditions for its 15th season Monday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, founding conductor of the orchestra and Burton H. Patterson professor of music and…

Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry Welcomes New Faculty

August 10, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Matthew Emerson, who joins the faculty of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry as assistant professor of biblical and theological studies. Emerson earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance with a minor in Religious Studies from…

Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry Welcomes Thomas as Dean

August 6, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Heath Thomas as dean of the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry and associate vice president for church relations. Thomas will assume his duties effective Dec. 1. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at OBU, with a…

Hurley College of Science and Mathematics Welcomes New Faculty

August 6, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Hyunju Ban as associate professor of mathematics in the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics. Ban earned both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Mathematics from Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. He…

Princeton Review Names OBU 'Best in the West' for 2016

August 5, 2015—For the 11th consecutive year, The Princeton Review named Oklahoma Baptist University one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States. OBU was one of 126 institutions listed in the "Best in the West" section on the educational research firm's website feature, "2016 Best…

College of Nursing Welcomes New Faculty

August 4, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty members to the College of Nursing. New faculty include Dr. Mary Dickey, assistant professor of nursing, community health nursing; and Dr. Nichole Jackson, assistant professor of nursing, simulation director. Dickey earned a BSN from…