2015 News Articles

OBU Celebrates Class of 2015 During Winter Commencement

December 11, 2015—OBU celebrated the graduation of 89 students during its 2015 Winter Commencement ceremony. The event took place Friday, Dec. 11, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The University conferred degrees upon 68 undergraduate and 21 graduate students. Pastor Fred…

OBU to Honor 89 Graduates During Winter Commencement Dec. 11

December 10, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University will confer degrees upon 68 undergraduate and 21 graduate students during Winter Commencement, Friday, Dec. 11. The ceremony will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at 2 p.m. Pastor Fred Luter, Jr., senior pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church…

Campus Celebrates Christmas Season at Annual Hanging of the Green

December 8, 2015—OBU celebrated its 78th annual Hanging of the Green Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 5 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The program was titled “A Service of Lessons and Carols,” based on The Festival of Lessons and Carols, presented annually on Christmas Eve since 1918 in…

OBU Ranks Number One in Oklahoma on List of Best Baccalaureate Colleges

December 8, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University recently ranked as the top Baccalaureate College in the state of Oklahoma for 2016. OBU ranked 34 on a list of 346 schools nationally. The rankings were published by Washington Monthly, an online and print news magazine in Washington, D.C. The rankings give high…

OBU Campus Recognized as One of the Nation's Most Beautiful

December 4, 2015—OBU was recently recognized as having one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, ranking on a list of the “50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2016.” The list was compiled by Christian Universities Online, an independent online resource for students and…

OBU Named Top Christian College in Oklahoma for Lowest Debt Burden

December 4, 2015—OBU recently ranked as the top Christian college or university in the state of Oklahoma on a list of “50 Christian Colleges with the Lowest Debt Burden.” OBU also ranked 16th out of the entire nation. Debt burden is the average amount of indebtedness graduates owe for their college…

Business & Professional Careers Class Earns Profits for Scholarships, Charity

December 3, 2015—Nine teams from two sections of OBU’s Business and Professional Careers class recently used their entrepreneurial and business knowledge to raise money for scholarships and non-profits. The students sold OBU stadium blankets, Bison head lapel pins, OBU hanging air fresheners, OBU decals,…

OBU Community Celebrates with Annual Christmas Chapel

December 2, 2015—OBU students, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the start of the Christmas season with the 2015 Christmas Chapel. The program took place Wednesday, Dec. 2, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The annual event features performances by several musical…

Music Preparatory Choirs to Present Christmas Concert Dec. 6

December 1, 2015—OBU’s Music Preparatory Department Choirs will present a Christmas concert Sunday, December 6, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Featured groups performing in the program include the Discovery Singers, Shawnee Honor Choir and Concert Choir. The performance marks the…

Legendary Coach Lou Holtz to Speak at OBU Green and Gold Gala March 1

November 19, 2015—Lou Holtz, legendary football coach and ESPN analyst (2004-2015), will be the featured speaker during the fourth annual Oklahoma Baptist University Green and Gold Gala Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Holtz will bring his message of…

OBU to Present 78th Hanging of the Green Dec. 5

November 19, 2015—OBU will present its 78th annual Hanging of the Green Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the celebration, titled “A Service of Lessons and Carols.” The first OBU Hanging of the Green…

Cold Stone Creamery's Garrett to Deliver Business Forum Lecture Nov. 20

November 16, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Paul Dickinson College of Business will host a Business Forum lecture Friday, Nov. 20, at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The lecture is free and open to the…

Luter to Deliver Winter Commencement Address Dec. 11

November 16, 2015—Pastor Fred Luter, Jr., senior pastor at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church in New Orleans and former president of the Southern Baptist Convention, will deliver OBU’s Winter Commencement address Friday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The event will combine…

Bison Jazz Orchestra to Present Fall Concert Nov. 20

November 13, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Bison Jazz Orchestra will present their fall concert Friday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall. The group is directed by Justin Pierce, assistant professor of instrumental music, and will feature student vocalists Iveth Luna…

OBU to Present Annual ‘Musical Theatre Scenes’ Performance Nov. 20-21

November 13, 2015—OBU will present the annual musical theatre scenes program, titled “A Showcase of Musical Theatre,” Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The performance is comprised of students in the Fall 2015 Musical Theatre I course. The…

OBU Hosts Area Fifth Graders for Interactive Children’s Museum

November 12, 2015—OBU teacher education students hosted OBU’s interactive children’s museum Nov. 11 on the OBU campus in Shawnee. This semester’s edition was titled “Coming to America: A Study of Immigration from 1892-1930.” Fifth graders from Grove Elementary School in Shawnee…

Jones Delivers Chapel Message on Obadiah

November 11, 2015—Dr. Galen Jones, assistant professor of church planting, delivered the chapel message at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Nov. 11. Jones taught on Obadiah as part of the 2015-16 Chapel Series themed “The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living Text of the Old…

Local Piano Students Take Top Honors at OMTA, to Play in OBU Recital Nov. 14

November 11, 2015—The Oklahoma Music Teachers Association Junior Piano Competition was held Oct. 31 on the OBU campus. Area piano students earned top honors and were selected to perform in the Winners Recitals at the OMTA East District Conference that will be held Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m. at OBU. Nineteen…

Tompkins Receives OBU’s J.M. Carroll Award

November 11, 2015—Mike Tompkins, director of missions for the Comanche-Cotton Baptist Association in Lawton, Oklahoma, received the J.M. Carroll Award from Oklahoma Baptist University during the annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Nov. 10. The meeting took place at Southern Hills…

OBU Announces 2015 Harvest Court Winners

November 9, 2015—OBU announced winners of the 2015 Harvest Court Saturday, Nov. 7, during halftime of the Bison football game versus Henderson State University. The event was part of OBU’s homecoming celebration happening on campus throughout the weekend. Senior students were nominated by their peers in…

OBU Celebrates Diversity Week Nov. 9-13

November 9, 2015—OBU is hosting “In Living Color” Nov. 9-13, a week celebrating the diversity of its student body, staff and faculty. Diversity Week is sponsored on campus by the United Students of Color. Students were encouraged to attend a church different from their usual Sunday service, ahead…

Alumni and Faculty Honored During Annual Harvest Dinner

November 6, 2015—OBU recognized alumni and former faculty members with some of the University’s most prestigious awards during the Annual Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 6. The event was part of the University’s annual homecoming celebration. The OBU Alumni Association presented the Alumni Achievement…

Division of Music to Host Annual Keyboard Academy & Recital Nov. 12-13

November 6, 2015—OBU’s Division of Music will host its annual Keyboard Academy Nov. 12-13, featuring some of OBU’s own professors and special musical guests. The Keyboard Academy will feature a special recital Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The annual…

Jernigan, Rawls Shine During Fine Arts Musical Gala

November 6, 2015—OBU alumni Dennis Jernigan, ’81, and Arnold Rawls, ’82, wowed the audience during the University’s annual Fine Arts Musical Gala Friday night. They were accompanied by stellar performances from the University Chorale, David's Creed, Voce Vera and the OBU-Shawnee Community…

OBU Hosts First of Two Homecoming Stubblefield Worship Services

November 6, 2015—OBU hosted the first of two special homecoming weekend worship experiences in Stubblefield Chapel Friday, Nov. 6. Attendees participated in a Gaither style time of praise. The second service will be held Saturday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m.

OBU Named to 2016 Military Friendly® Schools List

November 6, 2015—OBU has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse. Now in its seventh year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation provides service members and their families with transparent, data driven…

OBU to Present Chung and Feller in Faculty Recital

November 6, 2015—OBU’s Division of Music will present Dr. Mary Chung and Dr. Carlos Feller in an upcoming faculty recital. The event will take place Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel’s Yarbrough Auditorium. Chung, assistant professor of piano, will perform on the piano, and Feller,…

OBU Unveils Statue of Dr. John Wesley Raley

November 6, 2015—OBU unveiled a statue Friday, Nov. 6, of former OBU President and Chancellor Dr. John Wesley Raley during Homecoming 2015. Raley served as the University’s eighth president from 1934-61, and as chancellor from 1961-68. He led the University through the Great Depression, through World War…

Fine Arts Musical Gala to Feature Jernigan, Rawls Nov. 6

November 4, 2015—OBU will host its annual Fine Arts Musical Gala during “Zip! Bang! OBU! Homecoming 2015.” The Gala will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and free for OBU students with ID. Proceeds from ticket…

OBU to Unveil Statue of Dr. John Wesley Raley Nov. 6

November 4, 2015—OBU will unveil a statue of former OBU President and Chancellor Dr. John Wesley Raley during Homecoming 2015. The unveiling ceremony will take place Friday, Nov. 6, at 12:30 p.m. The statue will be located on the south lawn of Raley Chapel on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Raley served as the…

OBU to Host Two Stubblefield Chapel Worship Services During Homecoming

November 3, 2015—Homecoming attendees are invited to join the OBU community in two worship opportunities at Stubblefield Chapel. Due to the popularity of the service in 2014, the University will offer two services this year. The first service will be held Friday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m., and the second will take…

Grimes to Speak on Hosea at OBU Chapel Nov. 4

November 2, 2015—Guy Grimes, president of the Relationship Warehouse Counseling Ministry, will address the OBU community Wednesday, Nov. 4, during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. He is the founder of Marriage Preparation Training Courses for Clergy/Counselors. He also…

Homecoming Week Activities Abound for OBU Students Nov. 2-7

November 2, 2015—Another year, another week packed with Homecoming activities. Current students have a lot to look forward to during OBU Homecoming week, Nov. 2-7. Monday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m., take part in the Spirit Assembly in the Noble Complex. Get geared up for the week with the fight song, Bison athletes…

Choral Ensembles to Present Fall Concert Nov. 3

October 29, 2015—Three of OBU’s premiere choral ensembles will present their Fall Concert Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The event will feature the Bison Glee Club, the Bisonettes and the University Chorale. The public is invited to attend the free…

OBU Extends Support to Returning IMB Missionaries

October 29, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University is offering assistance to missionaries of the International Mission Board and their dependents. In response to a recent plan by the IMB to address revenue shortfalls by reducing the number of missionaries on the field, the university is extending special scholarship…

OBU to Host ‘Arts on The Hill’ Event Nov. 7 During Homecoming

October 29, 2015—Alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to share in celebrating OBU as the University hosts “Arts on the Hill” Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. The event is part of OBU’s “Zip! Bang! OBU! Homecoming 2015” weekend Nov. 6-7. The event is free…

McCaslin Challenges OBU Community during Chapel Service

October 28, 2015—Caz McCaslin, founder and president of Upwards Sports, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Oct. 28, during the 10 a.m. chapel in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium.

OBU to Present Alumni Awards at Annual Harvest Dinner Nov. 6

October 28, 2015—OBU will host its annual Harvest Dinner Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m. in the upper level of the Geiger Center on the OBU campus. Tickets are $20 through Nov. 1 and $23 beginning Nov 2. To purchase tickets for the Harvest Dinner, visit www.okbu.edu/events or call (405) 585-5413. OBU employees and…

OBU Announces 2015 Faculty Hall of Fame Inductees

October 27, 2015—OBU will induct three new members into the Faculty Hall of Fame during the annual Harvest Dinner held during OBU’s homecoming festivities. This year’s inductees include Dr. Claudine Dickey, Dr. Ronda Hall and Dr. Jimmie Russell. The Harvest Dinner will take place Friday, Nov. 6, at…

Scholarship Benefit Nov. 15 to Honor Legacy of Dr. Kristen Todd

October 26, 2015—Colleagues, alumni and friends of the late Dr. Kristen Todd will host a scholarship benefit in her honor Nov. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The event will take place at First Baptist Church of Shawnee, located at 227 N. Union in Shawnee, at the corner of 10th and Union. “The Office Series: an…

J-Term and Spring Enrollment Opens Nov. 2

October 23, 2015—Enrollment dates for J-Term and the Spring 2016 semester are just around the corner. Beginning Nov. 2, seniors will be able to enroll, with enrollment for juniors opening Nov. 4. Sophomores may begin enrolling Nov. 6, with freshmen beginning Nov. 11. J‐Term is an academic mini‐term…

OBU to Host Philosophy Forum on Criminal Justice Oct. 23

October 22, 2015—Students, faculty and staff of OBU are invited to attend a philosophy forum Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. in Bailey Business Center’s Tulsa Royalties Auditorium. The forum is titled, “Retribution & Restoration: Criminal Justice and Penal Reform.” This forum is co-sponsored by the…

OBU’s Production of ‘The Music Man’ Hits the Stage Next Week

October 22, 2015—OBU’s production of Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award winning musical comedy “The Music Man,” will hit the stage in one week, opening Thursday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place at Craig-Dorland Theatre inside Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. The…

SBTS President Mohler Delivers Hobbs Lecture in Chapel

October 21, 2015—Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., renowned author, theologian and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, delivered the annual Hobbs Lecture during OBU’s chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 21. The Herschel H. and Frances J. Hobbs Lectureship in Baptist Faith…

Founder of Upward Sports to Speak at Chapel Oct. 28

October 20, 2015—Caz McCaslin, founder and president of Upwards Sports, will address the OBU community Wednesday, Oct. 28, during the 10 a.m. chapel in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. While serving as a church recreation director in upstate South Carolina, McCaslin developed a basketball league that…

OBU Announces 2015 Harvest Court Candidates

October 19, 2015—OBU will honor outstanding seniors in the annual Harvest Court ceremony Saturday, Nov. 7, during halftime of the OBU Bison football game versus Henderson State University. The game will begin at 1 p.m. The event is part of OBU’s homecoming celebration Nov. 6-7. Senior students were…

The Bison Stampede 10k-5k-Fun Run Slated for Nov. 7

October 15, 2015—OBU students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community still have time to register for the Fourth Annual Bison Stampede. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 a.m. on the campus of OBU in Shawnee during homecoming festivities. Proceeds benefit OBU students, faculty, and staff…

Lightsey Honored with ION Oklahoma’s 30 Under 30 NextGen Award

October 14, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Marissa Lightsey, director of career development, has been named a recipient of the “30 Under 30 (30/30) NextGen Award.” The award is presented by ION Oklahoma, a digital and print news source covering the state. She will receive the award…

Lilite Teaches on Amos During Chapel Oct. 14

October 14, 2015—Dr. Louima Lilite, associate professor of music, addressed OBU during chapel Oct. 14. He spoke from the book of Amos, continuing this year’s chapel theme of “The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living Text of the Old Testament.” Lilite joined the faculty…

OBU Announces Launch of Center for Faith and Public Life, Arbo to Lead

October 14, 2015—OBU is pleased to announce the establishment of the Center for Faith and Public Life (CFPL) and the appointment of Dr. Matthew Arbo, assistant professor of theological studies, as its director. The CFPL will encourage integration of faith and learning, foster vocational discernment and inspire…

Flutist Daniel Pardo in Concert Oct. 22

October 13, 2015—OBU’s Division of Music will host Daniel Pardo, a Colombian-American flutist, with accompanist Keith Critcher on piano, in concert Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The concert is free and…

Students Experience Leadership Development Opportunities

October 13, 2015—College is a time to learn; a time to experience life away from home and make new friends; a time to experience new things and take on new responsibilities. It can also be a time to develop valuable skills … skills that will provide a lifetime of benefit. Students at OBU have the chance…

‘The Music Man’ Hits the Stage Oct. 29-Nov. 8

October 13, 2015—OBU Theatre and the Division of Music are proud to present Meredith Willson’s six-time Tony Award winning musical comedy “The Music Man,” opening Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 p.m. Performances will take place at Craig-Dorland Theatre inside Shawnee Hall on the OBU campus. The…

OBU to Host Homecoming Activities Nov. 6-7

October 12, 2015—The Bison Spirit is something you cannot forget. Chanting Ka-Rip and proudly cheering OBU on to victory is a memory well loved by Bison, young and old alike. OBU alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and the public are invited to share in celebrating OBU as the University hosts “Zip!…

Mohler to Deliver Hobbs Lecture Oct. 21

October 9, 2015—Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., renowned author, theologian and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, will deliver the annual Hobbs Lecture during OBU’s chapel service Wednesday, Oct. 21. The event will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter…

Stewart Challenges Students to Focus on the Right Things

October 9, 2015—Ben Stewart, OBU alumnus and director of investor relations at The Humphreys Fund, delivered OBU’s Business Forum Lecture Friday, Oct. 9. He challenged students to build their lives and careers on the right priorities and with an eternal perspective. He offered the students four key…

OBU Names Skaggs Associate Vice President for Student Development and Dean of Students

October 8, 2015—OBU recently named Dr. Brandon Skaggs associate vice president for student development and dean of students. The move was a promotion from Skaggs’ previous role as dean of students. The new position became effective Oct. 1. “During his time at OBU, Brandon has led in the creation…

Evangelist Ed Newton Teaches on Zephaniah at OBU Chapel Oct. 7

October 7, 2015—Ed Newton, staff evangelist at First Baptist Church Central Florida and well-known teacher and speaker, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Oct. 7, during the 10 a.m. chapel in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. He is a frequent camp speaker, having taught numerous weeks during Falls…

OBU to Offer Two New Crime-Related Degrees Fall 2016

October 5, 2015—Law enforcement and criminology have been pushed to the forefront of society in recent years, from civil rights issues and the relationship with police officers, to the plethora of television dramas such as “CSI,” “Law and Order” and “NCIS.” Beginning fall…

Stewart to Bring Business Forum Lecture Oct. 9

October 5, 2015—Ben Stewart, OBU alumnus and director of investor relations at The Humphreys Fund, will deliver OBU’s Business Forum Lecture Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. The event will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The lecture is free and…

Wilson Works with Major Film Composers in New York

October 5, 2015—Months of hard work and dedication to his craft led OBU senior Michael Wilson nearly 1,500 miles from his hometown of Yukon, Oklahoma, to New York City this summer, where he took part in the New York University/American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Foundation Film Scoring…

Take Shelter, Fallout Follies Hits Campus Oct. 3

October 2, 2015—It’s the end of the world as we know it. OBU’s Campus Activities Board will present “Fallout Follies” Saturday, Oct. 3 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. This year’s variety show is post-apocalyptic themed and features several talented freshmen performing…

OBU Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Dedication for ‘The Lodge’

October 2, 2015—OBU hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for the newest building in the student residential village. OBU’s Board of Trustees, administration, student housing leaders and guests were on hand for the event. "The Lodge," the fourth building in the student residential village, broke…

OBU Trustees Adopt Budget, Dedicate Building

October 2, 2015—The OBU Board of Trustees approved a $72.64 million operating budget and the tuition and fee structure for the 2016-17 academic year, dedicated the newest residential facility, and celebrated the 100th anniversary of Shawnee Hall during their fall semester meeting Oct. 1-2 on the OBU campus in…

Evangelist Ed Newton to Speak at OBU Chapel Oct. 7

September 29, 2015—Ed Newton, staff evangelist at First Baptist Church Central Florida and well-known teacher and speaker, will address the OBU community Wednesday, Oct. 7, during the 10 a.m. chapel in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Newton also serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT TOUR and as a…

OBU Welcomes Hayt as Director of Student Success

September 25, 2015—OBU is pleased to welcome Melissa Hayt as director of student success. She assumed her duties effective Sept. 14. The director of student success oversees the operation of the Milburn Student Success Center, including programs related to at-risk students, general academic support,…

OBU Theatre Presents "A Season of Schemes"

September 23, 2015—OBU Theatre will take patrons through "A Season of Schemes" during the 2015-16 theatre season. The season will feature productions of "The Music Man," "Oedipus the King" and "Emma." Buy your tickets. Dr. Jeffrey Wells, associate professor of theatre and chair of the Division of Communication…

OBU Welcomes Renowned Trumpeter Oscar Passley for Oct. 1 Recital

September 23, 2015—OBU is pleased to host Dr. Oscar Passley for a special guest recital in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium, Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 for the free event. Passley has shared the stage with such notable musicians as Andrea Bocelli, Wynton Marsalis, Denyce Graves, Michael…

Pace Teaches on Nahum During Sept. 23 Chapel

September 23, 2015—Dr. Scott Pace, associate professor of applied ministry, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Sept. 23, during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Pace spoke from the book of Nahum, keeping with this year's chapel series theme, "The Minor Prophets: Twelve…

Filmmaker Stephen Kendrick to Speak at OBU Chapel Sept. 30

September 21, 2015—"Behind the words and decisions of all speakers, writers, or filmmakers is a set of core beliefs and values that influence everything they do." This principle, stated on the Kendrick Brothers' website, is a force that drives their team to produce films such as "Fireproof," "Courageous" and…

David's Creed to Lead Worship at Immanuel Baptist Church Sept. 27

September 18, 2015—David's Creed, OBU's auditioned touring worship band, will lead worship Sunday morning, Sept. 27, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Shawnee. The group will lead during all three services, at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The church is located at 1451 E. 45th Street in Shawnee. The group is a praise ensemble…

OBU Earns Top 10 Ranking for Best Christian Counseling Degrees

September 18, 2015—OBU was ranked 10th nationally on a list of colleges and universities offering the best Christian counseling degrees. The ranking was part of a list of the "Top 20 Christian Colleges For A Counseling Degree 2015," compiled by BestCounselingDegrees.net. OBU was the only school in Oklahoma to…

Trio Antiqua to Perform at OBU Sept. 29

September 18, 2015—OBU's Division of Music will host Trio Antiqua, a historical performance trio, in concert Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. The event will take place in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the OBU campus, located in Shawnee. The concert is free and open to the public. Trio Antiqua is a…

Student's Artwork to be Featured at 'Momentum Tulsa' Exhibit

September 17, 2015—A work by OBU art student Erin Wilson will be on display during "Momentum Tulsa 2015," an Oklahoma exhibition of artists age 30 and younger, held, Oct. 2-23. The exhibit will be housed at Living Arts, 307 E. Brady, in Tulsa. While Wilson's piece, a self-portrait she created in a painting class…

Bandy Teaches on 'Habakkuk' During Chapel

September 16, 2015—Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Sept. 16, during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Bandy spoke on the book of Habakkuk, keeping with this year's chapel theme, "The Minor Prophets:…

OBU to Host Annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Oct. 23

September 14, 2015—OBU will host its annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Friday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's clinic is designed to assist pastors, preachers and laymen as they prepare to teach from the book of II Corinthians as a series. Dr. Scott Pace and Dr. Bobby Kelly will lead the…

'Roaring Biggie' Promises a Night of '20s Themed Fun

September 11, 2015—Saturday, Sept. 12, OBU's Campus Activities Board will transport spectators back to the era of art deco, New Orleans jazz, flappers and speakeasies with, "Biggie," the first of its annual variety shows. The event will begin at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium and will feature musical…

Kelly Interprets 2015-16 Chapel Theme

September 10, 2015—Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Sept. 9, during the 10 a.m. chapel service in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Kelly interpreted the 2015-16 Chapel Series theme, "The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living…

Museum to Feature 'Looking Back, Looking Forward,' Hicks' 35 Years of Artwork

September 9, 2015—On the campus of St. Gregory's University there exists a treasure which, like all great treasures, is found buried in the ground. However, this treasure is not something that you would find inside a museum … it IS a museum. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (MGMoA), with its low profile and…

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

September 9, 2015—For the 22nd consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named OBU as Oklahoma's highest ranked college on the "Best Regional Colleges of the West" list for 2016. OBU is also ranked in the top ten "Great Schools, Great Prices" regional colleges list and is the only Oklahoma college listed on…

Dr. Jonathan Wilson Granted Licensure

September 3, 2015—Dr. Jonathan Wilson, assistant professor of psychology/marriage and family therapy, was granted licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Oklahoma on Monday, August 31. This license enables him to practice independently as a LMFT and to provide individual, marital,…

OBU Theatre to Stage New Works Festival Sept. 11

September 3, 2015—OBU Theatre will present the annual New Works Festival Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sarkeys Black Box Theatre. During this one-night-only event, the audience will enjoy short plays written and directed by students at OBU. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and free for season ticket…

Elliff Kicks Off Fall Chapel Series with Message on Jonah

September 2, 2015—Dr. Tom Elliff, former president of the International Mission Board, addressed the OBU community Wednesday, Sept. 2. His message on Jonah kicked off OBU's 2015 Chapel Series theme "The Minor Prophets: Twelve Contemporary Messages from the Living Text of the Old Testament." The service was part…

OBU Celebrates Second Largest Freshman Class in School History

September 2, 2015—The fall semester is well underway at OBU. Two weeks have passed and students are studying, professors are teaching, fall sports are kicking off and the second largest freshman class in school history is embracing life as OBU Bison. OBU welcomed 556 new freshmen to campus this fall, second…

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…

OBU Welcomes Brantley as Director of Admissions

July 28, 2015—OBU recently welcomed Will Brantley as director of admissions. He began his duties effective July 20. Brantley comes to Bison Hill from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he served as a senior enrollment counselor beginning in February 2011. He earned a bachelor's degree from Union…

OBU Hosts 82 Participants at Annual Pastors School July 20-22

July 23, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University welcomed 82 participants to its Shawnee Campus July 20-22 for the annual OBU Pastors School. The theme for the 2015 school, which provided an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, was "Do the Work of an Evangelist" based on 2 Timothy 4:5. The…

D.H. Dilbeck Presents Paper at Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy Conference

July 21, 2015—D.H. Dilbeck, assistant professor of history, presented the paper, "The Christian Pilgrimage of a Liberal Arts Education: John Bunyan's Lessons for Learning in Exile and Learning for Freedom," at the Young Scholars in the Baptist Academy conference on "John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress and the…

STEM Camp Puts the Fun in Learning Science and Math

July 20, 2015—OBU concluded its annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer Institute Friday, July 17. The event is a ten-day camp featuring hands-on learning for middle school and high school students from Pottawatomie and Lincoln counties. Twenty-five students attended the two-week…

OBU Recommended for Year Two of NCAA Candidacy

July 17, 2015—The NCAA Membership Committee announced Friday its recommendation that OBU advance to Year Two of its NCAA candidacy. Formal ratification of the Membership Committee's decision is expected to be made by the Division II Management Council later this summer. The candidacy period of transition is…

FBI Forensic Expert Teaches Students the Power of Digital Evidence at STEM Camp

July 9, 2015—Students attending OBU's annual STEM Summer Institute learned how to apply computer science to solve real-world problems. David Weiss (above), a forensic examiner with the FBI, paid a visit to teach students how digital evidence is used to solve crimes. OBU's STEM (Science, Technology,…

OBU Launches 'Women of Vision' Giving Circle

July 8, 2015—OBU's Office of University Advancement is excited to announce the Women of Vision giving circle. Women of Vision is a unique opportunity to join other women who desire to create a valuable financial source to support, promote, sustain and enhance the university's mission. Women of Vision…

OBU Student Spends Summer in Medical Research

June 30, 2015—The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation chose 13 students statewide for its 2015 class of Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars. Oklahoma Baptist University's Jacy O'Dell, a senior biochemistry major from Claremore, Oklahoma, was chosen for the esteemed honor. The students were selected following a…

OBU Hosts International Orality Network to Reach Nations with the Gospel

June 26, 2015—OBU hosted the International Orality Network's (ION) Mini-Global Consultation June 22-25. The event was held on OBU's Shawnee campus. The theme for the week was "Orality and Literacies: Implications for Communication and Education." The event featured panelists, speakers, case studies and…

MBA Ranks Third Nationally as Best Value Among Christian Universities

June 17, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University recently ranked third nationally on a list of "50 Best Value Christian MBA Programs 2015." In an article published on www.christianuniversitiesonline.org, an independent resource informing prospective students and their families about Christian education, editor…

Nursing Degrees Accredited Through 2025

June 16, 2015—OBU's College of Nursing recently received accreditation for both its bachelor's and master's degree programs through 2025. The College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The accreditation was approved by the CCNE Board of Commissioners. The CCNE…

Space Remains for OBU Pastors School July 20-22

June 12, 2015—Space remains for OBU's annual Pastors School July 20-22. The theme for the 2015 school, designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, is "Do the Work of an Evangelist" based on 2 Timothy 4:5. The cost for the entire event including housing and meals is only…

OBU Claims Third Consecutive Learfield Directors’ Cup as Top NAIA Athletics Program

June 11, 2015—The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports -- six women's and six men's. OBU, in its final season in…

OBU Division of Music Plans for Future, Announces New Structure

May 22, 2015—The Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Music within the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recently announced a new mission statement along with modifications to its organizational structure. The new mission and structure intends to build on the decades of success in music training at…

OBU Presents J.M. Carroll Award to Dr. Reagan Bradford

May 19, 2015—OBU recently presented the 2015 J.M. Carroll Award to Dr. Reagan Bradford. He received the award during OBU's Spring Commencement May 15. The namesake for this award, Dr. J.M. Carroll, served as the first president of the Baptist University of Oklahoma. OBU presents the award in recognition of…

OBU Awards Highest Honors to Chen, McElroy and Edgar

May 18, 2015—OBU presented its highest faculty and staff honors during the university's 101st Spring Commencement May 15. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock presented the awards before an overflow audience of more than 1,800 in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Each year…

Board of Trustees Approves Faculty Promotions

May 15, 2015—During their spring meeting on the Shawnee campus May 15, the OBU Board of Trustees approved faculty promotions and contracts, approved conferral of the rank of professor emeritus on two retired faculty members and participated in the OBU Spring Commencement Ceremony. In his report to the…

OBU Confers Degrees Upon 301 Graduates

May 15, 2015—OBU conferred undergraduate degrees upon 301 students during its 101st Spring Commencement Friday, May 15. The event took place on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The graduating students took their symbolic final walk across the campus as OBU students when they filed into Raley Chapel's Potter…

OBU Honors Graduating Nurses at Pinning Ceremony

May 14, 2015—OBU honored 30 graduating nurses at the College of Nursing's Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 14, at 3 p.m. The ceremony took place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Dr. Tony Yates, assistant professor of natural science, led the invocation. OBU President David W.…

OBU to Hold 101st Spring Commencement, to Honor More Than 300 Graduates

May 14, 2015—OBU will confer degrees upon 301 graduates during OBU's 101st Spring Commencement Friday, May 15. The ceremony will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Barbara Green, co-founder of Hobby Lobby, will deliver the commencement address. Tickets are required…

Ford Family Donates Home to OBU

May 12, 2015—OBU held a dedication and ribbon cutting for the Ford Family Home Tuesday, May 12. The home was donated by the Ford family, founders and owners of Shawnee Milling Company, now known as Shawnee Mills. The home is located on North Broadway in Shawnee. It was originally built in 1912 and has…

Students Named to 2014-15 Who's Who Among Students

May 12, 2015—Ninety-nine OBU students were recently named to the 2014-15 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. The honorees were recognized during the annual Awards Convocation May 6 in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Who's Who Among Students in…

College of Fine Arts Recognizes Outstanding Students

May 8, 2015—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts recognized its exceptional students during OBU's 2015 Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 6. Dr. Ken Gabrielse, dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, presented awards to three outstanding seniors. Paige Kannady, a graphic design major from…

Eight Seniors Win Athletics Awards

May 8, 2015—OBU recently recognized its exceptional students during OBU's 2015 Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 6. Eight seniors were awarded athletics awards during the event. OBU Director of Athletics Robert Davenport presented the Outstanding Senior Male and Female Athlete awards. The Outstanding…

Hobbs College of Theology Recognizes Outstanding Students

May 8, 2015—OBU's Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry recognized its exceptional students during OBU's 2015 Awards ConvocationWednesday, May 6. Dr. Mark McClellan, dean of the Hobbs College, presented the awards. Three outstanding seniors in the Hobbs College were recognized. Zhiyuan Hu…

Hurley College Honors Outstanding Science and Math Students

May 8, 2015—OBU's James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics recognized its exceptional students during OBU's 2015 Awards ConvocationWednesday, May 6. Dr. Debbie Blue, dean of the Hurley College, presented the awards to two outstanding seniors. Cama Dooley, a biology major from Yukon, Oklahoma,…

College of Business Recognizes Outstanding Student

May 7, 2015—OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business recognized its outstanding senior business student during the 2015 Awards ConvocationWednesday, May 6. Dr. David Houghton, dean of the Paul Dickinson College of Business, presented the award. Allissa Harshberger, a professional accountancy major from…

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Recognizes Outstanding Students

May 7, 2015—OBU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences recently recognized its exceptional students during OBU's 2015 Awards ConvocationWednesday, May 6. Dr. Pam Robinson, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, presented four outstanding senior awards to students. Katie Giza, a senior…

College of Nursing Recognizes Outstanding Student

May 7, 2015—OBU's College of Nursing recognized an exceptional graduating student during the 2015 Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 6. Lepaine Sharp-McHenry, dean of the College of Nursing, presented the award. Jenna Huckabee, a nursing major from Rockwall, Texas, received the Outstanding Senior in…

Outstanding Students Recognized at 2015 Awards Convocation

May 6, 2015—OBU recognized its outstanding students during the annual Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 6, in Raley Chapel, with seniors Mary Criner and Andrew Nelson receiving the highest awards given to students by OBU. The University also recognized outstanding seniors in each of its five colleges, as…

Cullen-Madison to Debut Senior Art Show May 8

May 4, 2015—OBU student Andrewblake Cullen-Madison will present his senior art show Friday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Art Annex on OBU's campus in Shawnee (located behind the Art Building). A reception honoring Cullen-Madison and his work will serve as the opening ceremony for the exhibit. The public is…

Music Preparatory Choirs to Hold Auditions May 5 & 7

May 1, 2015—OBU's Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for Young Singers of Central Oklahoma choirs, for students in grades 3-12. The auditions will take place Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7, from 3:30-5 p.m. in OBU's Raley Chapel room 141. All interested students in grades 3-12 from…

OBU Commissions Students, Faculty and Staff for Worldwide Summer Service

April 30, 2015—OBU hosted a special Global Outreach Commissioning service Wednesday, April 29, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The university recognized and prayed for students, faculty and staff who will serve this summer in Oklahoma, across the United States and around the world. Approximately 150…

OBU Invites Public to Student Recitals May 3-5

April 30, 2015—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and the Division of Music invite the university community and public to three upcoming student recitals. Nathan Sanders will perform in recital Sunday, May 3, at 2 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. He is a senior church music major from…

Business Students Compete in Capsim Business Simulation

April 29, 2015—Two teams of senior students from OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business recently competed in the national Capsim Business Simulation. The teams upheld OBU's tradition of excellence, scoring in the top 25 percent in the nation. Capsim is a global leader in business simulation technology and…

OBU Sees Large Turnout for Priority Enrollment Day

April 27, 2015—OBU hosted its annual Priority Enrollment Day Saturday, April 25, on its Shawnee campus. The event welcomes new students to campus to enroll for fall classes. In total, 306 students enrolled in-person for the fall semester, up from last year. The day gave students and parents the option for…

Paige Kannady to Debut Senior Art Show May 1

April 27, 2015—OBU senior Paige Kannady will present her senior art show Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the Art Building on OBU's campus. A reception honoring Kannady and her work will serve as the opening ceremony for the exhibit. The public is invited to attend the free event. Kannady's work will remain on…

Music Preparatory Choirs to Present Spring Concert May 3

April 24, 2015—The Music Preparatory Department choirs at OBU will present a spring concert Sunday, May 3, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Groups featured include the Discovery Singers, Shawnee Honor Choir and Concert Choir. The concert is free and open to the public. The youngest choir,…

Symphonic Winds in Concert with Prague High School Band April 30

April 24, 2015—The Symphonic Winds, a brass, woodwind and percussion ensemble comprised of Oklahoma Baptist University students, will join the Prague High School band in concert Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The public is invited to attend the free event. The 49-member…

Students Create 'One Body United' Event to Serve Shawnee Community

April 23, 2015—OBU students, faculty and staff gathered together as one body of over 150 people to serve Shawnee through various hands-on projects Saturday, April 18. Serving in 20 different locations, participants cleaned windows, painted, completed yard work, picked up trash and more. Students Abi Hagans,…

'The Glass Menagerie' Opens April 30

April 23, 2015—OBU Theatre will present the famous Tennessee Williams play, "The Glass Menagerie," beginning Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Craig-Dorland Theatre in Shawnee Hall on OBU's campus. Buy your tickets for The Glass Menagerie. The production will run through Sunday, May 3. Evening…

Mathena Addresses Chapel Service

April 22, 2015—Harold Mathena, founder of Mathena, Inc, addresses the OBU community during a weekly chapel service April 22. Mathena spoke on Jesus' vision and passion for the world and how God also gave visions to people such as John and Paul. "If we could see Jesus in all of his power, glory and holiness;"…

Hobby Lobby Founders to Speak at Spring Commencement, Receive Honorary Degrees

April 20, 2015—Hobby Lobby co-founder Barbara Green will present the 2015 Spring Commencement address at OBU. The event will be held Friday, May 15, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The ceremony will celebrate the graduation of nearly 300 students. Green is the…

Mathena to Speak at Chapel April 22

April 20, 2015—Harold Mathena, founder of Mathena, Inc, will present the April 22 chapel address at OBU. The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Born in Bogata, Texas, in 1935, Mathena began a career in oil at a rig in east Texas after establishing a philosophy of hard work and…

OBU Invites Public to Student Recitals April 20-26

April 20, 2015—OBU Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and the Division of Music invite the university community and public to upcoming student and faculty recitals. Sadie Elliot will perform in recital April 20 at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. She is a senior piano performance major from…

Madeline Smith Art Show to Debut April 24

April 17, 2015—OBU senior Madeline Smith will present her senior art show Friday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the OBU Art Building. Smith is from Oklahoma City. A reception honoring her and her work will serve as the opening ceremony for the exhibit. The public is invited to attend the free event. Smith's…

OBU Prepares for 'Spring Affair Live' April 18

April 16, 2015—OBU's Campus Activities Board is once again hosting an evening of fun and entertainment as they present, "Spring Affair Live," Saturday, April 18, at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the free performance. The community is welcome and encouraged to…

Buchanan to Present Senior Art Exhibit April 18

April 10, 2015—Bethany Buchanan, a senior from Shawnee, Oklahoma, will debut her senior art show Saturday, April 18, at 7 p.m. in the gallery of the OBU Art Building located on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The art exhibit will be free and open to the public until its closing Thursday, April 23. The theme of…

OBU Recognizes 706 Years of Service

April 10, 2015—OBU hosted the 2015 Service Awards Banquet Thursday, April 9, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The annual event recognizes employees with milestone years of service as well as retiring faculty and staff. The university recognized 42 employees for a combined 706 years of service. Attendees of the…

OBU to Host Annual Pastors School July 20-22

April 10, 2015—OBU will host the 2015 OBU Pastors School July 20-22. The theme for the 2015 school, designed to provide an opportunity of ministry development for Baptist pastors, is "Do the Work of an Evangelist" based on 2 Timothy 4:5. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock shared, "Our aim at Oklahoma…

Student Government Association Announces Election Results

April 10, 2015—The Student Government Association at OBU announced results of its student elections Friday, April 10. Students cast votes Wednesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 9. The election followed the annual Hyde Park Chapel Wednesday morning, when student candidates for 2015-16 student-elected…

Binkowski to Share Lessons on Leadership During Business Forum April 17

April 9, 2015—Susan Binkowski, CEO and founder of Esperanza Real Estate Investments, LLC, will deliver Oklahoma Baptist University's Business Forum Lecture Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. The title of her lecture is "Lenses of Leadership." The event will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey…

OBU Invites Public to Five Student Recitals April 9-19

April 9, 2015—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and the Division of Music invite the university community and public to upcoming student recitals, April 9-19 on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Seth Wright will debut an original composition in recital April 9 at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough…

Ashley Guthrie to Debut Art Show April 10

April 8, 2015—OBU student Ashley Guthrie will present her senior art show Friday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Building on OBU's campus in Shawnee. A reception honoring Guthrie and her work will serve as the opening ceremony for the exhibit. The public is invited to attend the free event. Her work will…

Faculty and Staff Honored as 'Seven Who Care'

April 8, 2015—Seven OBU faculty and staff members were honored by OBU students Wednesday, April 8, for their contributions to the campus community. The honorees received the Seven Who Care Award during the university's annual Hyde Park chapel service in Raley Chapel. The awards were presented by current…

Senator James Lankford Addresses Chapel Service

April 8, 2015—United States Senator James Lankford addressed OBU's chapel service Wednesday, April 8. Lankford spoke during the annual Hyde Park Chapel, when candidates for 2015-16 student-elected school and class officer positions introduced themselves to the student body. For chapel messages, follow this…

OBU to Host Priority Enrollment Day April 25

April 6, 2015—Current students, faculty and admissions staff eagerly await the arrival of the class of 2019. But before Welcome Week comes in August, OBU offers the unique opportunity of gaining a head start with its Priority Enrollment Day. On April 25, you can meet with your academic advisor, finalize…

OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra in Concert with Musical Potpourri April 14

April 6, 2015—The OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will hold its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The performance will conclude the orchestra's 14th season. The event is free and open to the public. A musical potpourri of…

Student Preacher Stevens Delivers Chapel Address

April 6, 2015—Student preacher Matthew Stevens spoke during Champions of Character chapel April 6, 2015. Listen to the April 6 chapel service below.

Senator James Lankford to Speak April 8 during Hyde Park Chapel

April 2, 2015—United States Senator James Lankford will speak during OBU's chapel service Wednesday, April 8, at 10 a.m. The service takes place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Lankford will speak during the annual Hyde Park Chapel, when student candidates for 2015-16 student-elected school and class…

Saxophonist Justin Pierce to Perform Recital April 6

April 1, 2015—Saxophonist Justin Pierce will perform Monday, April 6, at 6 p.m. The recital will take place in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium on the campus of OBU in Shawnee. Pierce will be accompanied by Xiao Wang on piano and joined by Hao Miao on violin. The performance will include "Sonata in F…

OBU Invites Public to Student, Faculty Recitals March 31-April 7

March 31, 2015—OBU's Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and the Division of Music invite the community to five student and faculty recitals the week of March 31-April 7. Sarah Gore will perform in recital on violin March 31 at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium. She is a senior instrumental…

OBU Launches Eight New Club Sports

March 31, 2015—OBU recently launched eight club sports teams on its campus in Shawnee. These sports include basketball (men's and women's), soccer (men's and women's), volleyball (men's and women's), shotgun, archery, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf and rock climbing. All sports aside from basketball, soccer and…

Students to Present Honors Thesis Projects

March 27, 2015—Seven OBU students will present their senior honors thesis projects this spring. Each presentation will last approximately one hour, in which the students will share the results of their study with the university community and respond to questions from those in attendance. The presentations…

Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra in Concert April 23

March 26, 2015—OBU will host the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra in concert Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. The concert will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The Dale High School Jazz Band will open the show followed by the OBU Bison Jazz Orchestra. The concert is…

Marsh and Nelson Inspire During Chapel Message

March 25, 2015—Former Miss Oklahoma and Miss America Lauren Nelson and News 9 anchor Robin Marsh delivered the chapel message during OBU's Woman's Mission and Ministry Day Wednesday, March 25. For chapel messages, follow this link. Nelson and Marsh have co-authored the book, "God, Girls, and Getting…

Former Miss America Nelson and News 9 Anchor Marsh to Speak at Woman's Mission and Ministry Day

March 23, 2015—Former Miss Oklahoma and Miss America Lauren Nelson along with News 9 anchor Robin Marsh will serve as guest speakers for OBU's Woman's Mission and Ministry Day Chapel Wednesday, March 25. They will speak to the student body at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. They will speak again…

Communication Arts Students Garner Honors at OU Conference

March 13, 2015—Four OBU communication arts students presented their research papers at the University of Oklahoma's Sooner Communication Conference March 6-7 on OU's campus in Norman. The conference featured graduate and undergraduate communication scholars from across the nation discussing developments in…

OBU Now Offering MA in Christian Studies and Intercultural Studies

March 13, 2015—OBU recently announced two new Master of Arts degrees through its College of Graduate and Professional Studies, each offering two separate tracks. The Master of Arts in Christian Studies and the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies are available fully online. Each master's degree includes a…

OBU Theatre to Present "Radium Girls" March 27-29

March 12, 2015—OBU Theatre will present "Radium Girls" March 27-29. The production, written by D.W. Gregory, continues the 2014-15 theatre theme, "A Season of Fragile Innocence." Tickets are on sale now Order your tickets online. The show makes its OBU debut in Sarkeys Black Box Theater March 27 at 7:30 p.m.…

Author and CEO Hawkins Delivers Chapel Address

March 11, 2015—O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as a renowned author, delivered the chapel message at OBU Wednesday, March 11. For chapel messages, follow this link.

Author and Guidestone CEO Hawkins to Deliver Chapel Address

March 10, 2015—O.S. Hawkins, president and CEO of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention as well as a renowned author, will speak at OBU Wednesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. GuideStone serves more than 250,000 individual participants from churches,…

Four Students in Recital March 10

March 10, 2015—The Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and the Division of Music welcome four students in recital Tuesday evening, March 10. Two recitals will take place in Raley Chapel's Yarborough Auditorium, with Melanie Clanton and Ariel Hawkins performing at 7 p.m. and Davis Simmons and Elin Williams…

Artist Bill Secunda to Visit OBU, Create Original Campus Art

March 9, 2015—Renowned Pennsylvania artist Bill Secunda will visit the campus of OBU for a reception and artist talk Thursday, March 26. The reception will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Geiger Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The artist talk will follow upstairs at 7 p.m. The talk…

Night of Jazz to Feature the Music of New Orleans March 12

March 9, 2015—The OBU Bison Jazz Orchestra will once again host Night of Jazz on OBU's campus. Night of Jazz will take place Thursday, March 12, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Mabee Suite, located on the upper floor of the Noble complex. The event is free and open to the public. The evening is themed "A Night…

Huckabee Inspires, Challenges at OBU's Green and Gold Gala

March 4, 2015—Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was the featured speaker during OBU's third annual Green and Gold Gala March 3 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Huckabee is a New York Times best-selling author and former host of the top rated weekend news program on…

National WMU Leader Wanda Lee Leads Gaskin Lecture

March 2, 2015—Dr. Wanda Lee delivered OBU's Gaskin Lecture Monday, March 2, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. She is the executive director of the national Woman's Missionary Union (WMU), serving in that position since 2000. Friends of Dr. J.M. Gaskin and advocates of the preservation of Oklahoma Baptist…

Shaddix Challenges Students During Chapel Message

February 25, 2015—Dr. Jim Shaddix delivered the message at OBU's chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 25. His message, titled "Planned Neglect," came from Mark 1:35-39. Shaddix serves in a dual role as professor of preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and as pastor of…

Bison Glee Club Announces Spring Tour Dates

February 20, 2015—The Bison Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, recently announced spring performance and tour dates in locations throughout Oklahoma and Kansas. Founded in 1938 by Warren M. Angell, former dean of the College of Fine Arts, the Bison Glee Club is an auditioned group of the…

Mellor Challenges Students to Build Character During Minter Lecture

February 20, 2015—Dr. Nathan Mellor, CEO of the Oklahoma City based Strata Leadership, LLC, delivered the 2015 Minter Lecture at OBU Friday, Feb. 20. Mellor holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science in Education from Harding University. He earned the Master of Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine…

Kirkland Delivers Message to Chapel Feb. 18

February 18, 2015—Dr. Henry Kirkland delivered the chapel message at OBU Wednesday, Feb. 18. He was introduced by longtime friend Dr. Wade McCoy, who authored Kirkland's biography, "A Rainbow in the Dark." Kirkland detailed his struggle against prejudice growing up in the 1940's in rural southeastern Oklahoma.…

Shaddix to Bring Chapel Message Feb. 25

February 18, 2015—Dr. Jim Shaddix will lead Oklahoma Baptist University's chapel service Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 10 a.m. His message, titled "Planned Neglect," will come from Mark 1:35-39. The event will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Shaddix serves in a dual role as…

Mellor to Deliver Minter Lecture Feb. 20

February 16, 2015—OBU's 2015 Minter Lectureship in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry will be presented by Dr. Nathan Mellor, CEO of the Oklahoma City based Strata Leadership, LLC. The lecture will take place Friday, Feb. 20, in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on the OBU…

OBU Hosts Events for Black History Month

February 16, 2015—OBU is hosting several events during February in observance of Black History Month. The events are coordinated by Kenneth Chapman, assistant dean of students. "The month of February is designated as Black History Month, or African-American History Month here in the U.S., and is celebrated…

Bisonette Women's Glee Club Announces Spring Performances

February 13, 2015—The Bisonettes, OBU's Women's Glee Club, will perform in several venues across Oklahoma in upcoming months. Their spring performances will cap the 60th anniversary year of the group. The group will kick off their travels Sunday, Feb. 22. They will perform during the worship service at View…

OBU Announces Martin Scholar Full Tuition Scholarship

February 13, 2015—OBU recently announced the establishment of a full-tuition scholarship for students of Choctaw heritage. The Martin Scholar Full Tuition Scholarship award will be presented annually to a qualified incoming freshman and is renewable for eight semesters. OBU has previously awarded the LeRoy and…

Elliff Leads Focus Week Chapel

February 11, 2015—Dr. Tom Elliff, former president of the International Mission Board, addressed chapel service Wednesday. Elliff is on campus all week for Focus Week, an annual week focused on strengthening relationships with God and one another. For chapel messages, follow this link.  Elliff is a leading…

Myers Begins Term as Oklahoma Poet Laureate

February 11, 2015—Dr. Benjamin Myers, Crouch-Mathis Professor of Literature, has been appointed as Oklahoma's State Poet Laureate for 2015-16. Myers is an award-winning author and scholar whose poems have appeared in prominent international journals. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin appointed him to the…

'The Profs' Set to Perform Feb. 13

February 11, 2015—Every two years, OBU rock legends "The Profs" perform a concert for students and the school community. Professors by day and musicians by night, The Profs hit the lower Geiger Center stage Friday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. "I'm looking forward to your ordinary, run-of-the-mill, face-melting rock…

Annual Concerto-Aria Set for Feb. 15

February 9, 2015—OBU will be hosting the 41st annual Concerto-Aria Concert Sunday, Feb. 15. The free performance, which features the musical talents of eight OBU students and a full orchestra, will begin at 8 p.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium located on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The public is invited…

David's Creed to Perform in Mesquite Feb. 13-15

February 6, 2015—OBU's auditioned praise ensemble, David's Creed, will lead worship for Disciple Now and morning worship services Feb. 13-15 at Mimosa Lane Baptist Church in Mesquite, Texas. Friday and Saturday's performances will coincide with Disciple Now, a youth-only event. The community is welcome and…

OBU Trustees Celebrate Capital Campaign Extension

February 6, 2015—Oklahoma Baptist University trustees approved recommendations for sabbatical leave, senior faculty status for three faculty members, and a recommendation to extend the Vision for a New Century Capital Campaign during their spring semester meeting Friday, Feb. 6. OBU President David W. Whitlock…

OBU Named NAIA Champions of Character Five-Star Institution

February 5, 2015—OBU was recently named a 2013-14 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Champions of Character Five-Star Institution. The vision of the NAIA Champions of Character program is to change the culture of sport. Its mission is to provide training to instill the values that build…

OBU Community Celebrates University's Founding

February 4, 2015—Early in the 20th century, the Baptist University of Oklahoma received its incorporation certificate, officially birthing a new university in Shawnee. Now in its 105th year of providing an excellent Christian liberal arts education, Oklahoma Baptist University continues its annual tradition of…

Students Engage in Leadership Conference

February 3, 2015—OBU recently sent eighteen students to the 16th annual Christian Association of Student Leaders conference Jan. 22-24. Hosted at the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, OBU students joined peer leaders from other universities to grow ideas, learn leadership qualities and exercise methods of…

Graduate College Welcomes DeKock as Director of Career Advancement

January 30, 2015—OBU's College of Graduate and Professional Studies recently welcomed Ashley DeKock as director of career advancement. The college is located at 3800 N. May in Oklahoma City, with classes held at that location, on the OBU campus in Shawnee and online. The college offers a Master of Science in…

Lane and Prater Challenge Students During Chapel Service

January 28, 2015—Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater, left, and former Oklahoma County District Attorney Wes Lane, right, address the OBU chapel service Wednesday, Jan. 28. Their message titled, "War and Peace." was the first chapel of the Spring 2015 semester. OBU Photo by Bill Pope. For chapel…

Founders' Day Chapel to Feature Kellogg Feb. 4

January 26, 2015—Robert Kellogg, president and CEO of the Baptist Foundation of Oklahoma, will deliver the 2015 Founders' Day address Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. Founders' Day is an annual event commemorating OBU's incorporation in February 1910. Kellogg joined the BFO in…

C.S. Lewis Tour Planned for Summer

January 23, 2015—Dr. Glenn Sanders, OBU professor of history and chair of the division of behavioral and social sciences, will be leading a "C.S. Lewis Tour to Northern Ireland and Oxford." The trip is tentatively scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 7. The tour visits places associated with Lewis' life in…

Oteka Ball to Receive Honorary Doctor of Humanities

January 23, 2015—Dr. Oteka Ball, OBU professor emerita of sociology and child care administration, will receive the Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree during the annual Founders' Day chapel service Feb. 4. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee.…

Former and Current Oklahoma County District Attorneys to Lead Chapel Jan. 28

January 22, 2015—OBU's spring chapel series will begin Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Wes Lane, former Oklahoma County district attorney, and David Prater, current Oklahoma County district attorney, will lead a message titled, "War and…

University Chorale Announces Spring Tour Dates

January 20, 2015—The University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Brent Ballweg, recently announced spring concert tour dates in locations throughout Texas. The tour will run Feb. 5-10. The group is the premiere mixed ensemble on Oklahoma Baptist University's campus in Shawnee. Friday, Feb. 6, the University…

OBU Hosts Regional Christian Speech and Debate Tournament

January 9, 2015—OBU hosted the National Christian Forensics and Communications Association (NCFCA) speech and debate tournament Jan. 7-10 on its campus in Shawnee. The event is a regional qualifying tournament including home school students from Oklahoma and Texas. Over 220 students ages 12-18 attended the…

OBU Encourages High School Seniors to Fill out the FAFSA

January 2, 2015—OBU is reaching out to high school seniors and their parents, encouraging them to take time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The application is free, online and takes only about 30 minutes. The university uses this information to offer their financial package,…