From the President Summer 2015

Greetings from the President

OBU is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top Christian liberal arts universities.

Liberal arts institutions seek to provide students with discipline specific training and knowledge for their future careers, along with a broad exposure to history, philosophy, literature, fine arts, science and mathematics. Studying these fields gives students a rich knowledge base from which to analyze and solve problems, form conclusions, develop informed viewpoints, and engage the world.

In the pages that follow, you will learn about two of these fields – science and mathematics – and the great things happening on campus in those disciplines. Our main article features Dr. Albert Chen, a dedicated professor who has shaped minds in the classroom and in the physics lab on Bison Hill for nearly three decades, while also contributing his expertise to projects at NASA. We are also excited to share our plans to expand and renovate W.P. Wood Science Building, and the benefits to be enjoyed by future Bison studying these disciplines.

This issue of OBU Magazine will introduce you to two groups of students who left the mainland to engage the world in mobile biology classrooms in Costa Rica and Hawaii. You will also meet OBU’s very own Dr. Ben Myers, who now serves as Oklahoma State Poet Laureate. Read on to learn about alumni who have impacted the corporate world, transformed ministry around the state of Oklahoma and served inside the state capital.

As you read the following pages, I hope you are blessed by the impact our students, faculty, staff and alumni are making on our campus, in our community, around the state and throughout the world. May God bless you as He continues to bless OBU.

David Wesley Whitlock
OBU President