Another fall semester is well underway on Bison Hill. As the weather cools and the leaves begin to turn a beautiful array of gold, orange and red, we enter a season when we spend a little more time reflecting upon that for which we are thankful.
At OBU, we are thankful for the second largest class of incoming freshman that our University has ever seen. We are thankful for our new faculty and staff who have joined the OBU family in our mission to transform lives. We are thankful for professors who pour their lives into our students and make an eternal impact for the kingdom of God. We are thankful for alumni who shine brightly for Christ in their professions and touch many lives during their careers, both here and around the world. We are thankful for our students and the amazing work they do in the classroom, in the laboratory, on stage and on the field of competition every single day.
During my Convocation address this fall, I spoke about the purpose of OBU. Our purpose, above all else, is to transform lives. We do this through educational experiences that enrich our students and expand their horizons. We do this through worship and discipleship opportunities that challenge and grow our faith. We do this through Global Outreach trips that teach us to love and serve others. We do this through serving one another with compassion and love as we conduct the business of Christian higher education on Bison Hill.
In this edition, you will read about Fine Arts on Bison Hill. You will hear from Dean Chris Mathews about how the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts inspires transformation within its students. You’ll learn about our 2016 Distinguished Teaching award recipient who devotes his life for the cause of life transformation in his students. You’ll read about excellence and achievement by both faculty and alumni. You’ll see the impact a group of music students and faculty made in churches and orphanages in another corner of the world. And you’ll see that OBU, above all else, truly is a place that transforms lives for the kingdom of God.
May God bless you as He continues to bless OBU.
David Wesley Whitlock