August 2017 News Articles

OBU Theatre to Stage New Works Festival Sept. 8

September 1, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s College Players and OBU Theatre will present the fifth annual New Works Festival Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sarkeys Black Box Theater. During this one-night-only event, the audience will enjoy short plays written and directed by OBU students. Tickets are $5…

Ford Hall Renovation Officially Underway on Bison Hill

August 31, 2017—OBU officially kicked off the renovation of Ford Hall Wednesday, Aug. 30. Members of the OBU community gathered at Ford Hall to write scriptures and prayers on the floors and walls of the building. Ford Hall, previously Ford Music Hall, is the primary practice facility for OBU’s Division…

Fuller Installed as Odom Professor of Fine Art

August 31, 2017—Corey Fuller, associate professor of graphic design and chair of the Division of Art and Design, was installed into the Ruth Jay Odom Professorship of Fine Art during Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Convocation service Aug. 30. Endowed chairs and professorships are the most…

Whitlock Delivers Powerful Convocation Message on Racial Reconciliation

August 30, 2017—OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock delivered the annual Convocation address Wednesday, Aug. 30, to a packed house in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His address was titled, "Seeking Shalom: The Christian University and Racial Reconciliation." Convocation marks the beginning of…

Princeton Review Names OBU ‘Best in the West’ for 13th Year

August 29, 2017—For the 13th 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 127 institutions listed in the “Best in the West” section on the educational research firm’s website…

Message from OBU President David W. Whitlock Regarding Hurricane Harvey

August 29, 2017— Dear Bison family,  We know many of you have been affected either directly or indirectly by the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey that continues to wreak havoc along its path. We pray God's protection and provision for those who have been impacted by this disaster. We also…

College of Nursing Honors Founding Faculty, Commissions Class of 2019

August 25, 2017—The College of Nursing at Oklahoma Baptist University honored two of its founding faculty Thursday, Aug. 24. Frances Jaunita Proctor and Juanita Granger Millsap were both recognized for the impact they had on the college with the unveiling of a plaque in Stavros Hall. The College held a…

OBU Welcomes New Students to Shawnee Community

August 25, 2017—Dozens of local businesses and organizations introduced Oklahoma Baptist University students to the community during OBU’s annual “Spotlight on Shawnee” event. The event took place Thursday evening, Aug. 24, on the Oval on OBU’s campus. Students received information,…

New Students Join the OBU Family at "The Walk"

August 24, 2017—New students took “The Walk” Wednesday night, Aug. 23, on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. It is held on the final night of Welcome Week each year and mirrors the walk that will be taken on graduation day. This year, OBU welcomed 630 new students, including 555…

OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra to Hold Auditions Aug. 28 for 17th Season

August 24, 2017—Auditions for the 17th season of the OBU-Shawnee Community Orchestra will be held Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University. The orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Jim Hansford, retired Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of…

Dr. Alvin Reid to Lead Fall Challenge Chapel Services Aug. 22-25

August 21, 2017—OBU will host the annual Fall Challenge chapel series Aug. 22-25. The first chapel messages of the semester are traditionally known as the “Fall Challenge” and are part of OBU’s Welcome Week, where students are welcomed and oriented to life on campus. Services will be held in…

OBU Students Reach Out and Serve Community During Welcome Week

August 20, 2017—A group of 408 students from Oklahoma Baptist University took to the streets of Shawnee Monday, Aug. 21, to serve the community through numerous projects as part of OBU's annual "Serve Shawnee" event. Locations included Cargo Ranch, the Boys and Girls Club, Shawnee Early Childhood Center,…

OBU Welcomes More Than 600 New Students to Bison Hill

August 20, 2017—Hundreds of students, family members and University employees converged upon the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University Saturday, Aug. 19. OBU hosted its annual move-in day event, welcoming 630 new students to Bison Hill. Current students, faculty and staff greeted a class of 555 first-time…

College of Nursing Welcomes Gramling and Klerekoper to Faculty

August 18, 2017—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of two new faculty to the College of Nursing. Laura Gramling joins the faculty as assistant professor of nursing. Gramling earned her associate degree in nursing at Oklahoma City Community College, before going on to receive both a Bachelor of Science in…

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Welcomes New Faculty

August 16, 2017—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of six new faculty members to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Brian Horn joins the faculty as associate professor of teacher education. Horn earned both a Bachelor of Science in education and a Master of Education from the University…

College of Science and Mathematics Welcomes Wilson as Assistant Professor

August 16, 2017—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Janette Wilson, who joins the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics as assistant professor of mathematics. Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from OBU, before going on to earn a Master of Science in mathematics from…

College of Business Welcomes Corley as Assistant Professor of Computer Science

August 15, 2017—OBU is pleased to announce the addition of Jacqueline Corley, who joins the faculty of the Paul Dickinson College of Business as assistant professor of computer science. Corley earned a Bachelor of Science in computer science with an emphasis in sports ministry from OBU. She then earned a…

Students Help New Local Business Boost Internet Presence

August 15, 2017—OBU students Bailey Davis and Kailey Moore took their classroom knowledge and made a real-world impact for a local business during the spring 2017 semester. They partnered with a local small business as part of their small business marketing class taught by Dr. Daryl Green, assistant…

College of Fine Arts Welcomes Purcell as Director of Bands

August 14, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Teresa C. Purcell, who joins the faculty of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts as assistant professor of instrumental music and director of bands. Purcell earned a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of…

OBU Music Preparatory Department to Hold Choir Auditions Aug. 15-17

August 11, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for its choirs, for students in grades 3-12, Aug. 15-17, from 3-5 p.m. in OBU’s Raley Chapel room 141. All interested students in grades 3-12 from Shawnee and the surrounding area are invited to…

OBU’s Kindermusik Offers Unique Music Learning for Young Children

August 10, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Kindermusik classes are now enrolling for fall. Classes for babies and for newborns to 18 months meet on Monday at 10 a.m. Two-year-olds meet on Monday at 11 a.m. or Tuesday at 10 a.m. and three- through six-year-old-children meet on Wednesday 10 or 11…

OBU’s Julie Welch Makes Professional Theatre Debut in Lyric Theatre’s “When You Wish”

August 7, 2017—One of Oklahoma Baptist University’s own vocal performance majors, junior Julie Welch, from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, recently performed in Lyric Theatre’s “When You Wish.” The OKC Civic Center hosted performances July 11-15. “When You Wish: A Celebration of the…