Attendees at The Weekend 2023
Alumni Spring 2024

The Weekend is for Everyone!

As students, OBU alumni were involved! So, when alumni return to campus each fall, it’s for an experience, not just a visit.

It’s a chance to strengthen friendships created on Bison Hill. Plus, The Weekend is an experience for not only students of the past, but of the present, such as talented members of the Bison Brigade Marching Band and Harvest Court Queen Hannah DeMoss and King Nathan Chan shown with OBU First Lady Jill Thomas and OBU President Dr. Heath A. Thomas.

At every turn, there’s something for everyone including the always appetizing BBQ on The Oval; displays of local art including ceramics, woven pieces, jewelry, photography and baked goods at Art on the Hill and games such as cornhole at the Bison Bash Tailgate.

Throughout The Weekend, classmates share memories, such as the Class of ’73, who celebrated their 50th anniversary. Top all of that off with the homecoming football game, where OBU claimed a 28-7 win over Northwestern Oklahoma State University!

It truly is The Weekend to be on Bison Hill!

Profile in Excellence Award Recipients

2023 PIE Recipients

This award is given to former students, not necessarily graduates, who have demonstrated recognizable accomplishment in their profession, business, avocation, or life service in such a way as to bring pride and honor to OBU. Seven recipients received the award in 2023.

To nominate an individual for any alumni award, visit

Matthew Clough, ’05

Matthew pursued a master’s in theological studies to deepen his ministry understanding. As lead pastor at Fellowship West in Bonner Springs, Kansas, he’s a remarkable spiritual leader, actively engaged in community initiatives and serving as a Bonner Springs Police chaplain. His commitment to church planting and family, including his wife Meghan and two children, showcases a role model deserving of the Profile in Excellence award, leaving a lasting impact on others.

Hollie Fuller, ’05

Hollie, a caring and remarkable educator, has made a profound impact on her students at Byng Public School. Her passion for teaching math and science, innovative methods, and civic involvement earned her numerous accolades, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching State Finalist. Beyond the classroom, she actively supports her community and fosters a love for innovation as the head robotics coach.

Amanda Teape Johnson, ’10

Amanda currently serves as the Spend Life Wisely Ambassador for First United Bank of Shawnee, where she utilizes her skills and expertise to promote First United’s four pillars: faith, health and wellness, personal growth and financial well-being, spreading love and impact across Pottawatomie County. Amanda’s dedication to community service and leader-ship has earned her numerous awards.

Todd Lambert, ’01

Todd’s dedication to serving others has profoundly impacted his community and beyond. A passionate believer, he spent more than a decade overseas learning multiple languages and helping people in very remote areas. He continues to use innovative approaches to enrich the lives of people from oral cultures all over the world as well as among refugees in his hometown.

Lucas Simmons, ’12

Lucas, a distinguished artist and community advocate, has left an indelible mark on Shawnee and beyond. With impressive achievements and accolades, his captivating artwork showcases a unique style. As a devoted husband and father, he finds support in his loving family. His involvement in mural projects and civic engagement reflects his commitment to merging art and history, fostering a sense of community, and inspiring others.

Brad West, ’87

With over three decades of trial experience, Brad relentlessly pursues optimal outcomes for clients at The West Law Firm in Shawnee. His accolades, including being an Oklahoma Super Lawyer, demonstrate his legal prowess. Beyond law, Brad’s philanthropy shines. He spearheads the Coat Donation Program, donating over 3,400 coats to those in need. His community service stretches to multiple organizations, including board membership with The Salvation Army of Shawnee.

Noah John Wickham, ’03, ’18

Noah exemplifies excellence in every aspect of life. With a passion for serving others, he worked as a children’s and family pastor in churches in Oklahoma and Texas. His life call to equip, encourage and enrich families has led him into the mental health field where he is currently working as an LMFT and clinical director at Rogers County Youth Services.