2017 News Articles

BGCO’s Jordan to Deliver Winter Commencement Address on Bison Hill Dec. 15

December 4, 2017—Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, will deliver OBU’s Winter Commencement address Friday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The event will combine commencement ceremonies for graduate students…

OBU Music Preparatory Choirs to Present Christmas Concert Dec. 3

December 1, 2017—The Music Preparatory Department Choirs at Oklahoma Baptist University will present a Christmas concert Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The groups featured in the program include the Shawnee Honor Choir and the Concert Choir. The concert is free and open to…

OBU’s Annual Hanging of the Green Coming Dec. 2

November 30, 2017—OBU will present its 80th annual Hanging of the Green Christmas program Saturday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The community is invited to attend the celebration, titled, “Peace on Earth.” The first Hanging of the Green ceremony at OBU was held in…

Bailey Delivered Chapel Address Nov. 29

November 30, 2017—Wayne Bailey, pastor of the Grace Indian Baptist Church in Calera, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel address Nov. 29 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message continued the chapel series “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding to the Call of Christ.” Bailey used…

Olympic Champion Mary Lou Retton to Speak at OBU’s Green and Gold Gala March 8

November 28, 2017—Mary Lou Retton, one of America’s best-known Olympians, will be the featured speaker during the sixth annual Oklahoma Baptist University Green and Gold Gala Thursday, March 8, 2018, at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center in Oklahoma City. The event raises funds for student scholarships at…

OBU Art Club to Hold Christmas Art Fundraiser Nov. 29 - Dec. 1

November 17, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University Art Club will host a Christmas art sale fundraiser Wednesday, Nov. 29, through Friday, Dec. 1. The fundraiser will be held in the gallery of the Art Building, located west of Kickapoo and between University and Midland on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Joshua Brunet,…

OBU Nursing Students to Host Autism Awareness Community Event Nov 18

November 16, 2017—Senior nursing students at Oklahoma Baptist University will host a “Walk for Autism Awareness” around the Oval on OBU’s campus Saturday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Shawnee community is invited to walk and engage with resource stations spread across the Oval. Each…

IMB President Platt Delivered Chapel Message on Selfless Love

November 15, 2017—Dr. David Platt, president of the International Missions Board, delivered the Oklahoma Baptist University chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message continued the chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding to the Call of…

Whitlock Shares OBU Update at BGCO Annual Meeting

November 15, 2017—Dr. David W. Whitlock, president of Oklahoma Baptist University, addressed delegates at the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma annual meeting Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City. "OBU is in the business of transforming lives, helping students find their…

SGU Students Invited to OBU Mini-Enrollment Session Nov. 14 on SGU Campus

November 14, 2017—Students at St. Gregory’s University are invited to an OBU transfer and enrollment session Tuesday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 5 p.m. The session will be held in the Shawnee Room in the SGU Student Center. Approximately 20 OBU employees will be on hand to discuss academic program plans of…

Williams Delivers Chapel Message on Responding to the Call of Christ

November 8, 2017—K. Marshall Williams Sr., senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message continued the chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding to the Call of…

IMB President David Platt to Speak at Chapel Nov. 15

November 7, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will welcome Dr. David Platt, president of the International Missions Board, to Bison Hill Wednesday, Nov. 15 to speak in the weekly chapel service. The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Platt’s first love in ministry is…

Bison Jazz Orchestra in Concert Nov. 10

November 6, 2017—The Oklahoma Baptist University Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts presents the OBU Bison Jazz Orchestra in a fall concert titled, “It Might As Well Be Swing.” The concert will take place Friday, Nov. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. Admission is…

OBU Celebrates Recognition as Blue Zones Approved Worksite

November 3, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University celebrated becoming a Blue Zones Project approved worksite with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Nov. 3. OBU is the first university in the state of Oklahoma and the first top 20 employer in Pottawatomie County to be named as an approved Blue Zones worksite. The…

Education Majors Take Fifth Graders on Tour Through Ancient Greece

November 2, 2017—Teacher education students at Oklahoma Baptist University hosted an interactive social studies museum for local fifth graders Wednesday, Nov. 1, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. This semester’s museum was titled, “Ancient Greece: An Introduction.” The fifth-grade class of Grove…

Pastors and Ministry Leaders Invited to OBU’s Annual Winter Bible Study Clinic Nov. 10

November 2, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Winter Bible Study Clinic will be held Friday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the upstairs of the Geiger Center. Dr. Bobby Kelly, Ruth Dickinson professor of religion; Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament; and…

Ziafat Delivers Chapel Message on Submitting to Christ

November 1, 2017—Afshin Ziafat, lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, Texas, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message continued the chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding to the Call of Christ.” Ziafat used 1…

Anderson’s Book on Christian Worldview to be Launched During Nov. 3 Forum

October 31, 2017—Teaching a course on a complex topic, such as one’s worldview, is enough of a challenge for any professor. However, one Oklahoma Baptist University professor not only met that challenge, but also took on a more daunting task: writing the book on it. More than five years ago, Dr. Tawa…

OBU Crowns 2017 Harvest Court During Homecoming Game

October 28, 2017—OBU announced winners of the 2017 harvest court Saturday, Oct. 28, during halftime of the Bison football game versus Southwestern Oklahoma State University. The event was part of OBU’s homecoming celebration happening on campus throughout the weekend. Senior students were nominated by…

Space Remains for Bison Connections Luncheon Nov. 2 Featuring Kubicek

October 27, 2017—The next Oklahoma Baptist University Bison Connections luncheon is set to take place at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2, at Jasco’s Paul K. Thompson Event Center in Oklahoma City, located at 10 E. Memorial Road. OBU alumnus Jeremie Kubicek, CEO and co-founder of GiANT Worldwide, will speak on…

University Honors Exceptional Alumni During Annual Harvest Dinner

October 27, 2017—OBU recognized outstanding alumni with special awards during its Harvest Dinner Friday, Oct. 27. The annual event is part of the University’s homecoming weekend celebration. OBU President Dr. David W. Whitlock provided the opening remarks and introduced special guest Dr. Bob Agee,…

Public Invited to OBU Fine Arts Showcase Oct. 27

October 26, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Fine Arts Showcase will take place Friday, Oct. 27, at 8:30 p.m., in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on OBU’s campus. The Showcase is free and open to the public. The event takes place as part of the University’s 2017 Homecoming…

“October Baby” Actress Shari Rigby Delivers Chapel Message

October 25, 2017—Note: Due to technical difficulties, a short section of video is missing starting at 23:36. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Shari Rigby, renowned speaker, author, director and actress, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Oklahoma Baptist University. Rigby…

Tickets Remain for “The Addams Family Musical” Opening Oct. 26

October 25, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s production of the new musical, “The Addams Family Musical,” will hit the stage Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The musical features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. It is based on characters created by Charles Addams and the book by Marshall…

Cyber-Security Conference Coming to Bison Hill Oct. 25

October 20, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University and Alias Forensics, Inc., are partnering to host a cyber-security conference Oct. 25, 2017. The conference will take place from 11:30 am to 4 pm in the Geiger Center on Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus in Shawnee. Registration closes Friday, Oct. 20, at 5…

Yarnell Delivers Annual Hobbs Lecture Oct. 18

October 18, 2017—Dr. Malcolm B. Yarnell, research professor of systematic theology, director of the Oxford Study Program and director of the Center for Theological Research  at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, delivered the annual Hobbs Lecture during OBU’s chapel service Wednesday, Oct.…

Blade Joins Bison Hill as Assistant Dean of Students

October 17, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently welcomed Maliek Blade to the student development office as assistant dean of students, diversity and multicultural student services. He assumed his duties Monday, Oct. 16. Moving halfway across the U.S. from North Carolina to Shawnee, Blade is eager to…

BancFirst’s Daniel Delivers 2017 Minter Lecture

October 17, 2017—BancFirst Vice Chairman James R. Daniel delivered the 2017 Minter Lecture in Business, Leadership and Christian Ministry Monday, Oct. 16. The lecture was held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. Daniel, who has more than 50 years of…

OBU’s Production of ‘The Addams Family Musical’ Hits the Stage Oct. 26

October 13, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s production of the new musical, “The Addams Family Musical,” will soon hit the stage, opening Thursday, Oct. 26, at 7:30 p.m. The musical features music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa. It is based on characters created by Charles Addams and the book…

OBU to Host Homecoming Weekend Oct. 27-28

October 12, 2017—OBU invites alumni, friends, students, faculty, staff and community members to join in the fun as the University hosts Zip! Bang! OBU! Homecoming 2017, Oct. 27-28. Tickets for special events may be purchased online. The homecoming website also includes a full schedule of events, including…

Frequently Asked Questions: Applying to OBU

October 11, 2017—Picking a university can be one of the most daunting and important decisions you’ll ever make. With so many factors involved in finding the right campus to fit your personality and needs, you’re sure to have a few questions. From tuition and housing to scholarships and campus…

BancFirst Vice Chairman to Deliver Minter Lecture Oct. 16

October 10, 2017—James R. Daniel, vice chairman of BancFirst, will deliver Oklahoma Baptist University’s 2017 Minter Lecture at 10 a.m., Monday, Oct. 16, in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in…

OBU Trustees Adopt Budget, Celebrate Enrollment Growth

October 6, 2017—The Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees approved a $78.06 million operating budget and the tuition and fee structure for the 2018-19 academic year, while celebrating another large freshman class during their fall semester meeting on the OBU campus in Shawnee Oct. 6. The University…

Reed Delivers OBU Chapel Message Oct. 4

October 4, 2017—Rev. Dr. John A. Reed, Jr., senior pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, delivered the chapel message Oct. 4 in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. His message came from Luke 7 and was titled, “Are you the one?” He taught about how John the Baptist sent messengers…

Davis Delivers Gaskin Lecture on History of African American Baptist Churches in Oklahoma

October 2, 2017—France A. Davis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, delivered the Gaskin Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 2. His topic was “The History of African American Baptist Churches in Oklahoma from 1990 to Present.” The J.M. Gaskin Lectureship was…

OBU Student Emphasizes “What Lies Ahead” with Senior Art Show

October 2, 2017—Katrina Stevens, Oklahoma Baptist University pre-counseling major with a minor in art, will present her senior art show Friday, Oct. 6, from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the Art Building on OBU’s campus. Her art will be on display for at least a week following the show opening. Stevens’ show…

Bebbington Presents Lecture on Life of William Carey

September 29, 2017—Dr. David Bebbington, religious scholar and professor of history at the University of Stirling in Scotland, presented a lecture on the life of William Carey Friday, Sept. 29, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The lecture was one of multiple events during his visit to Bison Hill Sept. 28-Oct.…

Thomas Delivers Chapel Message on Seizing Opportunity

September 27, 2017—Dr. Ken Thomas, senior director of WinShape Camps and president of Connect Ministries, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Sept. 22, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The message came from Mark 5:21-34 and emphasized the importance of pursuing the mission of Christ without missing the…

OBU Debate Team Places Third in Kentucky Competition

September 27, 2017—The Bison Debate team at Oklahoma Baptist University recently traveled to the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where they placed third overall in a competition hosting more than 100 debaters from ten universities. With excellent performances from several of its novice…

Bebbington to Join Philosophy Forum Panel Sept. 29, Lecture on Campus Sept. 28-Oct. 2

September 26, 2017—The philosophy department of Oklahoma Baptist University’s Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry will host a panel discussion Friday, Sept. 29, on the topic, “Challenges and Opportunities: Fundamentalism, Secularism and Evangelical Christianity in America.” The forum will…

Computer Science Majors Get Up Close Look at Paycom Careers

September 26, 2017—Paycom, a human resources and payroll software company based in Oklahoma City, paid a visit to students at Oklahoma Baptist University Friday, Sept. 22. The “Tech Talk” was held in Montgomery Hall, and the majority of the students who attended were computer science majors. The main…

Davis to Present Gaskin Lecture Oct. 2

September 25, 2017—France A. Davis, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church of Salt Lake City, will present the Gaskin Lecture at Oklahoma Baptist University Oct. 2. Davis will present his lecture at 10 a.m. in Geiger Center room 218. The lecture topic is “Black Baptists in Oklahoma: 1990-Today.” The…

Morris Delivers Business Forum Sept. 22 on ‘Fulfilling Your Purpose’

September 22, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Paul Dickinson College of Business featured alumnus Robert Morris as the speaker for the fall Business Forum Sept. 22. The lecture was held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. Morris, a 1993…

Pace Delivers OBU Chapel Message on Following Jesus

September 20, 2017—Dr. Scott Pace, Reverend A. E. and Dora Johnson Hughes Chair of Christian Ministry and associate professor of applied ministry, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Sept. 20. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in…

“Affects of the Baroque” Faculty Recital to be Held Sept. 21 at OBU

September 19, 2017—Faculty representing OBU’s Division of Music in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts will present a recital themed, “Affects of the Baroque.” The performance will take place Thursday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The community is…

Business Students and Faculty Achieve Success in Book Publication

September 19, 2017—Freshmen in colleges and universities around the nation sometimes view their professors as adversaries whose only goal is to put them through the wringer of challenging projects and impossible exams. But the reality is that most faculty enjoy teaching students and want to develop mentorships…

Morris to Speak at OBU Business Forum Sept. 22

September 18, 2017—Robert Morris, a 1993 alumnus, will be the featured speaker during the University’s next Business Forum, Sept. 22, at 10 a.m. His lecture will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The talk is hosted by the Paul…

Foundations, Folk Tales, and Moving Forward: A Conversation with Gina Ochsner

September 15, 2017—OBU senior Creative Writing major Ruthee Ivers spoke with novelist Gina Ochsner prior to Ochsner’s trip to Bison Hill for the 2017 Visiting Writer Seminars. Their conversation touched on Ochsner’s first forays into fiction writing, her fascination with European folk tales, and her…

Bandy Delivers OBU Chapel Message Sept. 13

September 13, 2017—Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Wednesday, Sept. 13. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Bandy’s message came from Isaiah…

Philosophy Forum on Apologetics to Feature Gould Sept. 18

September 13, 2017—OBU will launch the fall Philosophy Forum series Monday, Sept. 18, with the topic, “Apologetics and the Re-Enchantment of the World.” Dr. Paul Gould, associate professor of philosophy and Christian apologetics and chair of Philosophy and Cultural Studies Division at Southwestern…

OBU Earns Top Rankings from U.S. News & World Report

September 12, 2017—For the 24th consecutive year, U.S. New and World Report named OBU as Oklahoma’s highest ranked college on the “Best Regional Colleges of the West” list. OBU also ranked first on the “Least Debt” for graduating students list for regional colleges of the West and…

OBU Team Assists Numerous Churches and Local Ministries in Ecuador

September 11, 2017—From June 13-July 7 this summer, a team of five Oklahoma Baptist University students and one mentor journeyed through Ecuador on a Global Outreach (GO) Trip. Students Rachel L., Melody P., Elisa R., Laura S. and Daniel T. were led by Rachel S., mentor and OBU staff member. GO Trips are made…

OBU Receives High Rankings from Washington Monthly Report

September 8, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently ranked as the top Baccalaureate College in the state of Oklahoma for 2017. OBU ranked 21 on a list of 227 schools nationally. The rankings were published by Washington Monthly, an online and print news magazine in Washington D.C. The rankings give high…

“Life, Death and Other Curiosities” Highlight OBU Theatre’s 2017-18 Season

September 7, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre will take patrons through “Life, Death and Other Curiosities” during the 2017-18 theatre season. The season will feature the New Works Festival and productions of “The Addams Family,” “Defying Gravity” and “A Murder…

Jordan Receives OBU's Hobbs Award During Falls Creek Centennial Celebration

September 7, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Dr. Anthony Jordan, Executive Director-Treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Sunday, Sept. 3, during the Falls Creek 100th anniversary celebration in Davis,…

Norman Introduces 2017-18 Chapel Theme with Message on Following Christ

September 6, 2017—Dr. Stan Norman, provost and executive vice president for campus life, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, Sept. 6, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at Oklahoma Baptist University. The chapel launched the 2017-18 chapel series, “Following Jesus: Understanding and Responding…

Visiting Writer Seminars to Welcome Acclaimed Author Gina Ochsner Sept. 18-19

September 5, 2017—The Visiting Writer Seminars at OBU will welcome accomplished author Gina Ochsner to campus Sept. 18-19. Ochsner will give a public reading Monday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium in Bailey Business Center. Her reading will come from her latest novel, “The Hidden…

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…

Carl Joins OBU as Director of International Student Services and IEP

July 24, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently welcomed Joy Carl as director of international student services and the intensive English program. She assumed her duties effective June 12. In 2001, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian education/youth and world missions from Cedarville University,…

OBU's Schantz Stars as Marius in 'Les Miserables' July 20-29

July 19, 2017—Caleb Schantz loves the theatre. He loves the challenge of taking on a role, pushing that character to its limits, and losing himself in the part to make the performance authentic and believable for the audience. He is no stranger to big parts, having played Harold Hill in OBU’s 2015…

OBU Grad Interns with AmeriCorps to Feed Hungry Oklahoma Kids

July 14, 2017—Poverty and food insecurity in Oklahoma are widespread problems. Thousands of children around the state receive food assistance during the school year through free or reduced school lunches. But during summer, where do all of those kids eat? Recent OBU graduate Emma Patton is helping answer…

Deepening Your Spiritual Life at OBU

July 5, 2017—While preparing for college is an exciting time, leaving your church, friends, family and mentors can be a challenge. You’ve created meaningful relationships and it’s difficult to leave those hometown comforts. But at Oklahoma Baptist University, you won’t lose those…

The Value of an In-Person Campus Visit

July 3, 2017—If you’re a high school junior or senior, you’re most likely in the middle of the infamous “college decision process.” This can be a stressful time for students, but it’s also one that will lead to the next, and perhaps greatest, chapter of your…

OBU Arboretum Earns National Accreditation from ArbNet

June 30, 2017—OBU has been awarded a level I accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program is the only…

OBU Students Earn Google Certifications

June 29, 2017—Students from OBU’s Paul Dickinson College of Business recently earned Google certifications in internet marketing. The business school competed for the first time in the 2017 Google Online Marketing Challenge. This practical experience was one of many that OBU students undertake in…

University Presents Hobbs Award to Iorg at SBC Annual Meeting

June 26, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University presented the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service to Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, Wednesday, June 14, during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Stan Norman, provost and executive vice…

OBU Presents Scholarship to National Spelling Bee Runner-Up

June 21, 2017—In recognition of his first runner-up placement in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, Oklahoma Baptist University presented a scholarship to Rohan Rajeev of Edmond, Oklahoma. The presentation took place Tuesday, June 20. OBU’s scholarship, presented to Rajeev by Dr. Stan Norman,…

OBU Design Students Build Learning Apps, Teach Local Kids at SECC

June 19, 2017—During the spring semester, six Oklahoma Baptist University students designed educational apps. To conclude the project, they visited students at the Shawnee Early Childhood Center (SECC) in May to see how their work paid off. The students were part of an interactive design class, taught by…

Local Students Dive into Science and Math at OBU STEM Camp

June 19, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently held its annual Summer Institute STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) camp, running May 30 through June 16. This year, the camp opened to fourth through eighth grade students from North Rock Creek school district. In its fifth year, the Summer…

Falls Creek and OBU Create the Ultimate Camp Experience

June 16, 2017—A century ago, former leaders of the Baptist’s Young People’s Union J.B. Rounds and W.D. Moorer felt a growing need for Oklahoma’s Christians to have a place to call their own to gather in fellowship. Thus, Falls Creek was born. Falls Creek is now the world’s largest…

Students and OBU Faculty Connect with Past and Present Israel

June 15, 2017—A group of 36 students and two faculty from Oklahoma Baptist University took the trip of a lifetime May 20-June 1. Led by Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, and Odus Compton, associate vice president for student development and dean of students, the…

Students Team with SEDF to Promote Shawnee

June 14, 2017—This spring, Oklahoma Baptist University students Sarah Hancock and Christina Roach gained real world marketing experience working with the Shawnee Economic Development Foundation (SEDF). They worked on improving SEDF’s online presence as well as improving exposure and awareness of the…

Blackstone’s Art Featured in National Handweavers Guild Exhibit

June 13, 2017—Julie Marks Blackstone, assistant professor of art at Oklahoma Baptist University, recently had a fiber art piece accepted in Small Expressions 2017, the Handweavers Guild of America’s annual international juried exhibition of small-scale fiber works. This year's show is hosted by The…

OBU Students Assist Shawnee Regional Airport with Marketing Strategy

June 9, 2017—By Connelly Rader Students at Oklahoma Baptist University worked with the Shawnee Regional Airport during the spring semester to help with the airport’s marketing tactics. The three students, Connelly Rader, Zach Romoser and Daniel Maranell, were all students in a small business…

Scherler Named Quarterfinalist for National Music Educator Award

June 1, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Dr. Kathy Scherler, assistant professor of music education, has been named as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by the Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Museum. More than 2,300 initial nominations were submitted from all 50 states. A…

OBU Students Earn Chick-fil-A ‘Remarkable Futures’ Scholarships

May 31, 2017—OBU is proud to announce that several incoming and current OBU students, team members at the Shawnee Chick-fil-A, have received a one year scholarship through Chick-fil-A’s Remarkable Futures initiative. These students were four of 3,424 students around the country chosen to receive…

Junior Alyssa Sperrazza Interns for World Journalism Institute

May 26, 2017—By Emma Patton, ’17 Junior Alyssa Sperrazza has long been known for her work ethic around the OBU campus. Now, the interdisciplinary major with an emphasis on news and information, cross-cultural studies and political science is channeling her ambition into an internship at the World…

OBU’s MFT Counseling Clinic Brings Hope, Healing to Community

May 26, 2017—Transforming lives – a key component of OBU’s mission – is powerfully demonstrated by the University’s Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) graduate program. The students and faculty of the MFT program apply their skills to bring healing to families, couples and…

OBU Welcomes Stroud as Assistant Dean of Students for Community and Leadership

May 25, 2017—OBU is excited to welcome Melissa Stroud as the new assistant dean of students for community and leadership. She assumed her duties May 1. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in cross-cultural ministry from OBU in 2004. She then earned a Master of Arts in intercultural studies from Union…

Higgins Motivates Science and Math Students with Life Lessons in Self-Discipline

May 23, 2017—Dr. James R. Higgins, renowned cardiologist, engineer and adventurer, visited Oklahoma Baptist University’s campus April 21, to speak to students of the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics. Higgins journeyed with his audience through his life story, beginning by focusing…

OBU Presents Highest Awards to Ellis, Wilson and Gates

May 22, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University presented its highest faculty and staff honors during the university’s 103rd Spring Commencement May 19. 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…

Former OBU President Cothen Passes at 96

May 22, 2017—Dr. Grady C. Cothen, Oklahoma Baptist University president from 1966-70, passed away May 19 at The Orchard retirement home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He was 96 years old. “Dr. Cothen was a kind and gracious man with a deep love of Christ and a strong passion for souls,” OBU…

OBU Confers Degrees Upon 330 Graduates

May 19, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University conferred degrees upon 330 graduates during its 103rd Spring Commencement Friday, May 19. The event took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. View the photo album on OBU's Facebook page. The graduating students took their…

OBU Board of Trustees Approves Faculty Promotions and New Faculty Contracts

May 19, 2017—During their spring meeting on the Shawnee campus May 19, the Oklahoma Baptist University Board of Trustees attended a “first nail” ceremony for the new Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, approved faculty promotions and new faculty contracts, and authorized replacement of heating…

OBU Recognizes Nursing Graduates During Pinning Ceremony May 18

May 19, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University honored 28 graduating nurses during the College of Nursing’s Pinning Ceremony Thursday, May 18, at 3 p.m. The ceremony took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Dr. Nichole Jackson, assistant professor of nursing and…

OBU to Hold 103rd Spring Commencement in Honor of 330 Graduates

May 18, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will confer degrees upon 330 students during OBU’s 103rd Spring Commencement Friday, May 19. The ceremony will take place at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Nationally renowned Texas attorney John Raley will…

OBU to Host First Nail Ceremony May 19 for New Counseling Clinic

May 17, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a “first nail” ceremony Friday, May 19, at 8 a.m. The ceremony will celebrate a significant building remodel that will take place over the summer in preparation for a new counseling clinic. The facility will serve members of the OBU community…

OBU Alumnus Wins National Communication Awards

May 16, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University alumnus Marc Hooks, ’90, recently won multiple national awards for his photography and journalistic work, some of which featured OBU. The awards were presented in late April as part of the Baptist Communicators Association’s annual Wilmer C. Fields…

OBU to Present Honorary Doctorates to Chance, Wall During Commencement May 19

May 15, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will award an honorary Doctor of Humanities to Dr. Jay P. Chance, ’56, and an honorary Doctor of Business to Mary Ellen Wall during OBU’s Spring Commencement May 19 at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The presentation will be made by OBU…

OBU Recognizes 116 Students Named to 2016-2017 “Who’s Who” List

May 15, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently announced the names of 116 students who were named to the 2016-17 “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” The honorees were recognized during the annual Awards Convocation May 10 in Raley Chapel’s Potter…

How to Prepare for Your Freshman Year at OBU Over the Summer

May 15, 2017—Congratulations! You’ve been accepted to Oklahoma Baptist University and have secured your spot in the incoming freshman class. We’re excited to see you on campus in August for Welcome Week and show you all of the amazing things that come with being a Bison. From the numerous…

OBU Recognizes Retiring Faculty During Awards Convocation May 10

May 11, 2017—Two retiring faculty members, with a combined total of 46 years of service, were recognized during Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Awards Convocation May 10. The event was held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Connie Peters, instructor in English/TESOL, is retiring after…

The OBU Bison Bucket List [Infographic]

May 11, 2017—From arriving on the Oklahoma Baptist University campus for Welcome Week to taking your final walk to Raley Chapel for commencement, your college journey will be filled with experiences and memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your life. You’ll make new friends, try new…

OBU Recognizes Outstanding Students During Awards Chapel

May 10, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recognized outstanding students during Awards Convocation Wednesday, May 10, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium, with seniors Graeson Griffin and Emma Patton receiving the highest awards given. The University also recognized outstanding seniors in each of its…

OBU Marketing Students Work with GF on Competitive Analysis and Online Presence

May 10, 2017—Marketing students from Oklahoma Baptist University gained valuable real-world experience this spring by partnering with international company Georg Fischer (GF). GF offers piping systems, automotive, and machining solutions. The students worked directly with GF’s piping systems plant in…

OBU’s MFT Program Partners with BGCO for Critical Incident Training

May 9, 2017—Through a partnership between Oklahoma Baptist University’s marriage and family therapy program, and the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU recently hosted group crisis intervention training to equip attendees for volunteering in critical incident Stress debriefings. Tom Beddow,…

Choosing Your Nursing Track: Nursing Education or Global Nursing

May 9, 2017—Many who decide to become nurses have wanted to be in this career for quite some time. They feel a calling to serve others, even when the situation may be difficult. “I wanted to be a nurse ever since I was a little girl,” OBU Nursing Assistant Professor Megan Smith said. When it…

Raley to Speak During OBU Spring Commencement May 19

May 8, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will hold its 2017 Spring Commencement Friday, May 19, at 3 p.m. The event will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. Tickets are required for admission, but a video stream will be available on Facebook and the website.…

OBU Music Prep Choirs to Hold Auditions May 9

May 4, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Music Preparatory Department will conduct auditions for its choirs, for students in grades 3-12, on May 9, 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 Journalism Student Lands Telemundo Internship in New York City

May 3, 2017—By Emma Patton, Online Content Editor, “The Bison” Excellent journalism in one language can prove impossible for some reporters. Yet, Kervy Robles, a junior news and information major at Oklahoma Baptist University, just landed a summer internship at the Spanish language network…

Bandy Brings Chapel Message on Prayer May 3

May 3, 2017—Dr. Alan Bandy, Rowena R. Strickland associate professor of New Testament, delivered the chapel message Wednesday, May 3, at Oklahoma Baptist University. The chapel concluded the 2016-17 chapel series, “Prayer: Beseeching the Lord through the Prayers of the New…

OBU Enrolls Record 416 New Students at Priority Enrollment Day

May 3, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University welcomed a record-breaking 416 new students to Bison Hill Saturday, April 29, during the annual Priority Enrollment Day on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The previous record number of enrollees on Priority Enrollment Day was 368, set last year. Students and parents…

OBU Welcomes DeWoody as Dean of Graduate College

May 2, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University is pleased to welcome Dr. Susan DeWoody as dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. She will assume her duties at OBU effective May 15. DeWoody currently serves as vice president and dean of the School of Adult and Graduate Studies at Montreat…

Bison Glee Club Invites Community to Spring Concert May 2

May 1, 2017—The Bison Glee Club, Oklahoma Baptist University’s legendary men’s chorus, is proud to present their spring concert Tuesday, May 2, at 7 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public, and seating is limited. The group is under the…

Bisonette Glee Club Invites Community to Spring Concert May 6

April 28, 2017—The 60-member Bisonette Glee Club, the women’s glee club from Oklahoma Baptist University, invites the community to their spring concert, “Make a Joyful Noise,” Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yarborough Auditorium. The performance is free and open to…

University Chorale Invites Community to Spring Concert April 29

April 27, 2017—OBU’s Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts Division of Music is proud to present University Chorale’s Spring Concert “With an Americana flavor.” Conducted by Dr. Brent Ballweg, Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of choral activities, and accompanied on…

Naylor Delivers Message During OBU Commissioning Chapel

April 26, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a special Global Outreach Commissioning service Wednesday, April 26, in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium. The University recognized and prayed for students, faculty and staff who will share the Gospel of Jesus Christ this summer in Oklahoma, across the United…

OBU Theatre Offers BOGO Tickets for Students Opening Night April 27

April 26, 2017—OBU Theatre is proud to present Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary,” the final installment of the 2016-2017 Theatre Season, “A Season for All.” Thursday, April 27, is OBU Student Night, when all current OBU student tickets are buy-one-get-one free. The following…

OBU Plants Survivor Tree Seedling, Commemorates Arbor Day

April 25, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University hosted a tree planting ceremony Tuesday, April 25, in observance of Arbor Day 2017. Members of the campus community planted a seedling of an American elm from the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The tree was planted on the southwest portion of…

HR Executive Tignor Speaks at OBU Business Forum

April 24, 2017—From president of his social club at OBU to vice president of human resources for Balchem Corporation, Brent Tignor, a 1999 OBU alumnus, has made a lot of changes over the past 18 years and urges students to do the same. Tignor spoke at the University’s Business Forum April 24 in Bailey…

OBU Music Preparatory Choirs to Present Spring Concert April 30

April 24, 2017—The Music Preparatory Department choirs at Oklahoma Baptist University will present a spring concert Sunday, April 30, at 3 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. Performing groups include Discovery Singers, Shawnee Honor Choir and Concert Choir. The concert is free and the public is…

Teacher Education Majors Give 5th Graders a Look “Through the Eyes of Olympians”

April 20, 2017—OBU teacher education students hosted an interactive social studies children’s museum April 19 on the OBU campus in Shawnee. This semester’s edition was titled “Through the Eyes of Olympians: Stories of Hope, Unity, Perseverance, and Love of the Game. A Study of History,…

Tignor to Speak at OBU Business Forum April 24

April 20, 2017—Brent Tignor, a 1999 OBU alumnus, will be the featured speaker during the University’s next Business Forum, April 24, at 10 a.m. His lecture will be held in the Tulsa Royalties Auditorium of the Bailey Business Center on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. The talk is hosted by the Paul…

Senior Ryan Ross Delivers OBU Chapel Message April 19

April 19, 2017—Ryan Ross, a senior pastoral ministry major from Oklahoma City, delivered the chapel address at OBU Wednesday, April 19. The service took place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. He taught on the story of the prodigal son from Luke 15. “When it…

OBU to Plant Seedling from OKC Survivor Tree April 25

April 18, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will host a special tree planting ceremony Tuesday, April 25, in advance of Arbor Day 2017. The event will take place on the south lawn of Raley Chapel at 11 a.m. on OBU’s campus in Shawnee. As the central focus of the event, OBU President David W. Whitlock…

A “Spring Affair to Remember” Promises an Unforgettable Evening at OBU April 22

April 18, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University’s Campus Activities Board (CAB) is proud to present “A Spring Affair to Remember,” April 22, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium. The show begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7:30. The free event is open to the OBU community as well as the…

OBU Shawnee Community Orchestra Concert April 18 to Feature Three Guest Artists

April 13, 2017—The OBU / Shawnee Community Orchestra’s 16th season spring concert is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature works by some of the world’s most famous composers including Stravinsky, Johann Strauss, Schubert,…

University Recognizes Employees for 505 Years of Service

April 13, 2017—OBU hosted its 2017 Service Awards Banquet on Thursday, April 13, on OBU's campus in Shawnee. The annual event recognizes employees for milestone years of service as well as retiring faculty and staff. OBU recognized 47 employees for a combined 505 years of service. Dr. David Whitlock,…

OBU Theatre to Stage “Eleemosynary” April 27-30

April 12, 2017—OBU Theatre is proud to present Lee Blessing’s “Eleemosynary,” the final installment of the 2016-2017 Theatre Season, “A Season for All.” The play will open Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. The production will continue through April 30, with evening…

University Community Worships During Annual Holy Week Chapel April 12

April 12, 2017—The campus community of Oklahoma Baptist University came together to worship during the annual Holy Week Chapel, Wednesday, April 12. The chapel featured music led by a variety of students, student groups and faculty. Dr. Chris Mathews, dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and…

OBU to Host Annual Pastors’ School June 26-28

April 11, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will host the 2017 OBU Pastors’ School June 26-28. The theme for the event, designed to provide a ministry development opportunity for Baptist pastors, is “Sexuality, Human Identity, and the Church,” from 2 Corinthians 5:17. The 2017 Pastors’…

Take Advantage of OBU’s Guaranteed $5,000 Scholarship for 2017-18 School Year

April 7, 2017—We believe every student who wants to attend Oklahoma Baptist University should have the opportunity. For this reason, we work hard to provide students with the best aid possible. Nearly 100 percent of students receive some type of scholarship or financial aid, paving the way for students to…

SGA Announces Election of 2017-18 Officers and Senators

April 6, 2017—The Student Government Association (SGA) at Oklahoma Baptist University held its annual election Wednesday, April 5, to decide officers and senators for the coming year. Voting opened following the annual Hyde Park Chapel, where those running for the top offices had a chance to address the…

SGA Honors Faculty and Staff ‘Seven Who Care’

April 6, 2017—OBU students honored seven faculty and staff members Wednesday, April 5, 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. Current members of OBU's Student Government…

Scherler’s Work, Teaching Music to Shelter Students, Nominated for International Award

April 5, 2017—When the summer of 2016 came along, Dr. Kathy Scherler, assistant professor of music education at Oklahoma Baptist University, had big plans. Rather than taking the summer off to slow down and unwind, she created something beautiful, using her knowledge and talents, driven by her passion and…

Six OBU Students to Present Honors Theses April 6-May 3

March 30, 2017—Six Oklahoma Baptist University seniors will present their honors theses during the months of April and May. The presentations will last approximately one hour and are the culmination of the students’ academic careers at the university. Each student will present the results of their…

Gateway Seminary President Iorg Teaches on Priority of Prayer

March 29, 2017—Dr. Jeff Iorg, president of Gateway Seminary, delivered Oklahoma Baptist University’s chapel message Wednesday, March 29. He focused on the priority of prayer and taught from 2 Thessalonians 3. “You prioritize prayer by asking other people to pray for you,” he said.…

OBU Seeking Comments in Advance of HLC Accreditation Visit

March 29, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit September 25-26, 2017, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Oklahoma Baptist…

University to Host Eight Senior Art Shows April 1-May 13

March 29, 2017—During the months of April and May, the Oklahoma Baptist University Division of Art and Design will host eight senior art shows. All shows, except one, will be held in the OBU Art Building, located in the southeast corner of OBU's campus, on the west side of Kickapoo between University and…

Students Experience Hawaii During GO Trip

March 28, 2017—Please note: Only partial names were used in this story, for security purposes. Last names were intentionally left off for all members of the group for safety reasons. A group of Oklahoma Baptist University students and a faculty mentor recently traveled to Hawaii on a multi-week,…

OBU Students Lead English Class at VBS in Panama

March 24, 2017—Please note: Only partial names were used in this story, for security purposes. Last names were intentionally left off for all members of the group for safety reasons. A group of Oklahoma Baptist University students and faculty traveled to Panama Jan. 2-20, where they assisted and encouraged a…

Grammy Winning Saxophonist Kirk Whalum to Headline OBU Jazz Festival April 6

March 23, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will host the fourth annual Bison Hill Jazz Festival Thursday, April 6. The festival will culminate in a 7:30 p.m. evening concert featuring Grammy and Dove-award winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum and Grammy-nominated pianist John Stoddart with the Bison Jazz…

Litton Delivers Message During Woman’s Mission and Ministry Day Chapel March 22

March 22, 2017—Kathy Ferguson Litton delivered the message during Oklahoma Baptist University’s annual Woman’s Mission and Ministry Day chapel March 22. She leads a national ministry for pastors’ and planters’ wives at the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist…

OBU Recognized Nationally as One of the Best for Transfer Students

March 22, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University was recognized by Phi Theta Kappa as one of 65 members of the Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities for creating dynamic pathways to support community college transfers. In addition to this year’s recognition, OBU…

OBU Students Compete at Kennedy Center Theatre Festival

March 21, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University Theatre recently returned from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region Six festival. David Kenworthy, assistant professor of theatre and design technician, and Matthew Caron, assistant professor of theatre, led a group of 15 OBU students to the…

How One Student Found Further Success in OBU’s International Business Program

March 16, 2017—Earning a master’s degree from Oklahoma Baptist University doesn’t just affect your professional life — it can truly leave an impact on you personally. For Jordan Belt, it did just that. Jordan Belt is someone you would want to talk with on a bad day. He has a calming…

Phillips Joins OBU as Director of Student Ministry

March 16, 2017—OBU is pleased to welcome Clay Phillips as the director of student ministry. He assumed his duties March 1. Phillips is a 2011 OBU alumnus, majoring in Bible. He then earned a Master of Divinity in expository preaching from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working…

Bisonette Glee Club Announces Spring 2017 Performances

March 16, 2017—The 60-member Bisonette Glee Club, the women’s glee club from Oklahoma Baptist University, will perform at several locations on a short tour through Oklahoma in March and April. The group is under the direction of Dr. James Vernon, professor of music. The group’s first performance…

Patton and Skinner Represent OBU at Oklahoma Research Day

March 15, 2017—Emma Patton and Lindsi Skinner, both communication studies majors at Oklahoma Baptist University, represented OBU at Oklahoma Research Day March 3. The event is a premier annual celebration of student and faculty research, creative and scholarly activities. This year’s event was hosted…

OBU Students Serve Missionary Families Overseas During J-Term

March 10, 2017—Catherine Finch is a junior communication studies major at Oklahoma Baptist University. She is passionate about serving the Lord, locally and around the globe. She works part-time in the University Marketing and Communications Office. This is a firsthand account of a recent trip she and her…

University Chorale Announces Spring Tour Through Texas April 2-5

March 9, 2017—The University Chorale, the premiere mixed vocal ensemble at Oklahoma Baptist University, recently announced the schedule for its spring tour. Performances will take place April 2-5 in various communities around the state of Texas. Members of the community are encouraged to attend, and all…

Dilbeck Delivers OBU Chapel Message March 8

March 8, 2017—Dr. Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, delivered the chapel message March 8 at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message came from Mark 14:32-39. He examined four pillars of Christian prayer found in Jesus’ prayer in Gethsemane, including…

Manning Delivers Inspirational Message During OBU’s Green and Gold Gala

March 8, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University believes strongly in the quality and value of an OBU education. As such, the University continually strives to provide more funds in scholarships for students, with the hope that no student who desires to attend OBU will be unable to do so for financial…

Receiving Financial Aid for Oklahoma Baptist University

March 7, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University provides high value to every student. OBU students receive dedicated, personalized education while being encouraged to continue in their spiritual growth. Many students form relationships that last a lifetime while attending OBU. Finding like-minded individuals who…

OBU Nursing Students Visit Capitol, Meet Legislators

March 6, 2017—A group of senior nursing majors and faculty from Oklahoma Baptist University visited the Oklahoma state capitol and met with state legislators during a day-long event hosted by Oklahoma Nurses Association. The ONA “Nurses Day at the Capitol” took place Tuesday, Feb. 28. The…

OBU College of Nursing Provides a High-Tech Learning Experience

March 2, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University is proud to have been the first university in Oklahoma to offer a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1952, but that’s not the only way OBU has led the industry. With a new state-of-the-art facility, simulation lab, and dedicated professors, OBU nursing…

OBU Community Mourns Passing of Dr. Michael Travers

March 2, 2017—OBU is mourning the passing of a beloved member of its family, Dr. Michael Travers. He served the university faithfully as associate provost, associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, chair of the Division of Language and Literature, and professor of English. Travers…

Fields Challenges Students to Find Their Identity in Christ

March 1, 2017—Darryl K. Fields, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message at OBU Wednesday, March 1. His message came from Ephesians 3:1 and 3:14-21 and was about “finding your identity.” “There is only one identity that will land you in…

13 Things You Need to Know About OBU [Infographic]

February 28, 2017—From famous traditions (Ka-rip!) to campus landmarks like Raley Chapel or Shawnee Hall, Oklahoma Baptist University has been a part of the Shawnee landscape for more than 100 years. With OBU’s rich history, there are many interesting factoids about our beloved Green and Gold…

OBU Offers New Minor in Advocacy

February 28, 2017—The OBU mission statement calls students to engage in a diverse world and live a life worthy of the high calling of God in Christ. Dr. Karen Longest, associate professor of psychology, along with other faculty, have created a new minor in advocacy to further fulfill that mission. The advocacy…

OBU Communication Students to Present at National Conference

February 27, 2017—Five communication studies majors from Oklahoma Baptist University will present by invitation at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) conference March 16-19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. CSCA is a professional, academic organization of primary and secondary school teachers,…

Tickets on Sale for "A Porcelain Doll" March 3-5

February 23, 2017—Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of “A Porcelain Doll” March 3-5 at Oklahoma Baptist University. The opera was composed by Dr. James Vernon, professor of music, with libretto by Dr. Brent Newsom, assistant professor of English. The production will be staged in the…

Satterfield Delivers OBU Chapel Message Feb. 22

February 22, 2017—Michael Satterfield, the founder of Field of Grace Ministries and teaching pastor at Fielder Church in Arlington, Texas, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 22. His message came from 1 Samuel 20. He challenged students to be loyal and faithful as they serve the…

Bailey to Lead OBU’s Bison Way Chapel Feb. 20

February 20, 2017—Bertholomew “Prophet” Bailey, OBU alumnus and former admissions counselor, will lead OBU’s Bison Way Chapel Monday, Feb. 20. The event will take place at 10 a.m. in the Noble Complex. Bailey served at OBU an admissions counselor from 2011-2017, but left at the beginning of…

AT&T Gives $8,000 to OBU for High School STEM Initiative

February 17, 2017—AT&T presented a check for $8,000 to Oklahoma Baptist University in a ceremony held Friday, Feb. 17, on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The contribution was made to support science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives for Oklahoma high school students, specifically…

OBU Ranked 5th Most Beautiful Christian College Campus in the West

February 17, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University recently ranked fifth on a list of the “25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the West 2017.” The rankings were published by Christian Universities Online (CUO). This year, the rankings website broke the nation down into regions in…

OBU Grounds Team Wins Oklahoma Sports Field of the Year Award

February 17, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University was recently honored with the 2016 Oklahoma Sports Field Managers Association Field of the Year award for the football field at Crain Family Stadium in the Eddie Hurt Jr. Athletic Complex. The team responsible for earning the award includes included Berry Nichols,…

Horton Challenges Students to Live Life of ‘Gospel Saturated Prayer’

February 15, 2017—D.A. Horton, pastor of Reach Fellowship in North Long Beach, California, delivered the chapel address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 15. His message was titled “The Results of Gospel Saturated Prayer” from Luke 11:1-4. He continued this year’s chapel theme of…

Vernon and Newsom’s Opera “A Porcelain Doll” to Premiere March 3-5

February 14, 2017—Dr. James Vernon, professor of music at Oklahoma Baptist University, has long yearned to compose an opera. Yet, before he could undertake such a project, he would need to find inspiration for a fitting story, time to complete the score, and the right partner with whom to collaborate on the…

OBU Students Participate in Music and Memory Program

February 13, 2017—At Oklahoma Baptist University, our passion for education and compassion goes far beyond the classroom. Every year, students majoring in music education have the option to participate in one of the only Music and Memory programs in the state of Oklahoma. Music and Memory is a non-profit…

OBU Hosts Local Students for “Out of this World” Children’s Concert

February 10, 2017—OBU’s Division of Music welcomed more than 250 fourth and fifth grade students to campus for a special performance of “Out of this World.” The concert, featuring an orchestral ensemble joined by OBU piano students and faculty, gave the young audience a peek into the whimsical…

Kennedy Delivers Message During Focus Week Chapel Feb. 8

February 8, 2017—Rusty Kennedy, OBU alumnus and pastor, delivered the chapel message Feb. 8 at Oklahoma Baptist University. His message came from 1 John 2. Kennedy is the featured speaker for Focus Week, an annual week designed to strengthen relationships with God and one another. A mentor, disciple maker,…

Concerto-Aria Concert Set for Feb. 19 at OBU

February 7, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will host its 43rd annual Concerto-Aria Concert Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m. The performance will take place in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the campus of Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee. A pre-concert lecture will begin at 6:20 p.m. in Raley…

OBU Trustees Meet Virtually, Approve Faculty Contracts

February 3, 2017—OBU trustees met via videoconference for the first meeting of the spring semester Friday, Feb. 3. Trustees approved recommendations for senior faculty status, sabbatical leave and faculty contracts for 2017-18. In his report to the board, Dr. David W. Whitlock, OBU president, told trustees…

OBU Community Invited to Ballroom Dance Class Beginning Feb. 7

February 1, 2017—Dr. Daryl Green, assistant professor of business and Dickinson Chair of Business at Oklahoma Baptist University, along with his wife, Estraletta, will teach a basic ballroom and club dance class Feb. 7 through March 7. The classes will take place each Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Recreation and…

Turek Delivers Founders' Day Message at OBU

February 1, 2017—Dr. Frank Turek, president of CrossExamined.org, delivered the Founders’ Day address at Oklahoma Baptist University Feb. 1. The Founders’ Day event is held annually to commemorate the university’s incorporation in 1910. Turek is a dynamic speaker and award winning author or…

OBU Theatre to Present “Wandering Through Reality” Night of One Acts Feb. 9-12

January 31, 2017—OBU Theatre will present “Wandering Through Reality: A Night of One Acts” Feb. 9, 10 and 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 12 at 2:30 p.m. in the Sarkeys Telecommunication Center Black Box Theater. During this one-weekend-only event, the audience will enjoy one act plays directed by OBU…

OBU to Celebrate Annual “Founders’ Day” Feb. 1

January 31, 2017—Oklahoma Baptist University will observe its annual Founders’ Day celebration during chapel services on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The event will be held in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee. The Founders’ Day event is held annually to commemorate the…

Freeman Delivers Message on Genuine Prayer from Acts 4

January 25, 2017—Jeremy Freeman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, Oklahoma, delivered the chapel message Jan. 25, during the first chapel of the spring semester. His message, titled “Genuine Prayer,” came from Acts 4 and continued this year’s chapel series theme of…

Earn Your Undergrad Degree and MBA in Five Years at OBU

January 24, 2017—For high school students, there are many options available to choose from when it comes to deciding on a university to attend, a major to declare and career options to consider. At Oklahoma Baptist University, we recognize the many options students have as they begin to plan for their future.…

Freeman to Speak Jan. 25 at First Chapel of Spring Semester

January 19, 2017—Jeremy Freeman, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Newcastle, Oklahoma, will deliver the message Jan. 25 during the first chapel of the spring semester at Oklahoma Baptist University. Freeman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from OBU in 1999 and later earned a Master of Divinity…

OBU Professors Publish Research on Reshaping the Federal Workforce

January 18, 2017—Two professors from Oklahoma Baptist University recently published research findings regarding changes necessary for the federal workplace to keep pace with the private sector workforce. Dr. Rich Rudebock, professor of business, and Dr. Daryl Green, assistant professor of business, along with…

Hansford Chosen for Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame

January 13, 2017—Dr. Jim Hansford, retired Burton H. Patterson professor of music and director of bands emeritus, was recently selected for induction into the Oklahoma Music Educators Hall of Fame. The honor is bestowed by the Oklahoma Music Educators Association. Hansford will be inducted during the OkMEA…

OBU Welcomes Solomon as Assistant Dean of Students

January 12, 2017—OBU recently welcomed Jonathan Solomon as assistant dean of students for diversity and multicultural student services. He assumed his duties effective Jan. 2. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in organizational management from Langston University. He then earned a Master of…

A Peek into Life after OBU’s Nursing Program

January 6, 2017—When most people picture nurses, they imagine the hustle and bustle of a hospital setting, where nurses scurry the hallways caring for patients and assisting in many different ways. While this is a very real and popular destination for many nurses, there are many other career options available…

OBU Professor Daryl Green Publishes “Marketing for Professionals” Handbook

January 5, 2017—Dr. Daryl Green, Oklahoma Baptist University assistant professor of business and Dickinson chair of business, recently published his latest book, “Marketing for Professionals: The Handbook for the Emerging Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century.” The book was published by CreateSpace…