OBU is excited and honored to welcome alumni, students, prospective students, families, and friends to Bison Hill for "Come Home for The Weekend 2023," Oct. 19-21.
The events combine OBU's annual Homecoming celebration with Family Weekend and Bison Day.
Throughout the weekend, numerous exciting and memory-making events and activities await attendees, promising an outstanding experience for all. For more information and to register for specific events, please visit The Weekend 2023 page.
Thursday, October 19
Pastor's Conference: A special event for pastors and School of Theology and Ministry alumni featuring inspiring speakers and sponsored meals.
Women of Vision: A gathering for current and prospective members of Women of Vision, featuring a reception, dinner, and updates from campus leaders.
OBU Language and Literature Career Connections: An event that brings OBU Language and Literature alumni together to share their career paths with current students.
OBU Musical Theatre presents "Into the Woods JR.": A captivating theatrical performance bringing classic fairytales to life.
Friday, October 20
The Weekend Registration Hub Opens: The central hub for check-in, information, and connections.
Paul Dickinson School of Business Forum: Featuring guest speaker Dr. Dick James, an OBU alumnus.
James E. Hurley School of Science and Mathematics Forum: Presenting fascinating stories from retired physicist and OBU alumnus F. Don Cooper.
University Archives WWII Exhibit Unveiling Live Event: Commemorating OBU's contributions to World War II.
Shawnee Hall Prayer Event: A time of prayer and dedication for OBU's historic Shawnee Hall.
50+ Club Luncheon: Honoring the Class of 1963 and inducting the Class of 1973.
Various Class Receptions: Exclusive gatherings for the Class of 1973 and Class of 1963.
Guidance Equations to Get to the Moon: A presentation by F. Don Cooper on the mathematics behind the Apollo missions.
Homecoming Worship Service: A Gaither-style praise gathering under a tent.
Mortar Board Reunion: A reception for Mortar Board alumni.
Faculty Hall of Fame: Induction of retired faculty members into the Faculty Hall of Fame.
Honors Program Reunion: A chance for Honors Program alumni to reconnect.
Musical Gala #1: Featuring musical performances by various OBU groups.
Harvest Court and Harvest Dinner: Celebrating and recognizing outstanding alumni.
Julie Blackstone Inspired Art Exhibit and Reception: Honoring former Assistant Professor of Art Julie Marks Blackstone.
1980s Lambda Chi Lambda Reunion: A reunion for Lambda Chi Lambda fraternity members.
Treats on the Oval: An opportunity for students and their families to connect.
Bison Starlight Stampede 3K: A neon run with an '80s/'90s retro theme.
Musical Gala #2: The second performance of the musical gala.
Bison Pep Rally: An energetic gathering to support the Bison.
Ice Cream Social: A favorite tradition to end the day.
Saturday, October 21
Bison Day: Offering a comprehensive look at life on Bison Hill for prospective students.
Family Weekend Worship and Fellowship: A worship service for current students, alumni, and families.
ODK Breakfast: A breakfast gathering for Omicron Delta Kappa alumni.
State of the University Address with President Thomas Live Event: Updates on campus progress and renovations.
Bison Glee Club Reception: Celebrating the 85th anniversary of the Bison Glee Club.
James E. Hurley School of Science and Mathematics Reunion: A reunion for Science and Math Alumni.
Beyond the Hill Reception: Exploring career paths for Psychology, Sociology, Family Science, and Criminal Justice alumni and current students.
Residential Halls Open House: Providing tours and information about OBU's residential halls.
Alumni Decade Reunions/Family Weekend BBQ on the Oval: Alumni Decade reunions, Family Weekend participants and friends of the university enjoy a BBQ lunch .
Art on the Hill: A showcase of local artists and vendors, many of whom are OBU alumni.
Open House Opportunities: Tours of Thurmond Hall, Wood Science building, and Bailey Business Center.
OBU Musical Theatre presents "Into the Woods JR.": Another chance to enjoy the theatrical performance.
Bison Bash Tailgates: A tailgate event with food, games, and entertainment.
Bison Football vs. Northwestern Oklahoma State University: Cheering on the Bison in the Homecoming football game.
This amazing weekend is a testament to OBU's commitment to providing a vibrant and enriching educational experience, both for current students, alumni and the Shawnee community. It's an opportunity to connect with fellow Bison, celebrate achievements, and witness the ongoing renewal of Bison Hill.