From the President Spring 2016

Greetings from the President

Greetings from Bison Hill! Another spring semester has arrived and excitement is in the air at OBU.

This semester we celebrate the opening of our newest facility on campus, Jane E. and Nick K. Stavros Hall, the new home of the OBU College of Nursing. We have anticipated this grand opening for several years and look forward to the new opportunities this facility will bring.

OBU’s nursing program has a long and impressive history, having offered the first four-year nursing degree in the state of Oklahoma. The future looks exceptionally bright as we eagerly anticipate what the years ahead hold for nursing education on Bison Hill.

In this edition of OBU Magazine, the dean of the College of Nursing shares about what makes an OBU nursing degree so special. Alumnus Taylor Dickinson, who earned not one but two nursing degrees from OBU, explains how his OBU nursing education has transformed him and how he, in turn, is impacting the next generation.

In the pages that follow, you will learn about our Promising Teacher Award recipient, Dr. Contessa Edgar, and how she awakens curiosity and a thirst for learning in her students.

You will read about great accomplishments in the University’s Vision for a New Century Capital Campaign and the needs that are yet unrealized.

You will be blessed by the stories about three alumni Profile In Excellence recipients and how they are impacting the world in the fields of finance, construction and missions.

Great things are happening on Bison Hill as we welcome a new dean of the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts and progress through our first year of NCAA Division II athletics competition.

There is much to celebrate at OBU. As we look to the accomplishments of the past, we celebrate the events of the present and anxiously await the future to see what opportunities the Lord has in store for our students and our University. May God bless you as He continues to bless OBU.

David Wesley Whitlock
OBU President