Broadcast Meets History

Writing for Broadcast researches early college history

What do a revival campground, a Nazarene rescue mission for unwed mothers, and an orphanage have in common? They were all involved in the formation of Bethany-Peniel College, known today as Southern Nazarene University.

Students in Writing for Broadcast, a Mass Communication and Journalism program course, are scouring the fascinating early history of SNU. The small class of seven students is utilizing the Fred Floyd Archives, the official repository for SNU related material, to discover the formative years of their college.

The research will manifest into a short historical documentary that will describe the cooperation between the early holiness movement in the US southwest and the various personalities that contributed to the founding of Bethany-Peniel College. Interestingly, the components that led to Bethany-Peniel College were also some of the first institutions in Bethany, Oklahoma.

The students have been divided into two research groups. One group will focus on the early revival campgrounds and their role in creating many small Christian Bible colleges in the region. They will also research the involvement of early charismatic Nazarene leaders. The second group will follow the contributions of orphanage Mother and philanthropist Mattie Mallory. The groups will create a script telling the tale of how these disparate institutions formed a college.

Marion Snowbarger, Fred Floyd archivist, is assisting the students in their research. The students are investigating various contacts as they learn more information. You can keep pace with their research by occasionally checking their websites:

Holiness Group:
Mattie Mallory:

If you have any information regarding the early history of SNU that would benefit the groups or the Floyd archives, please contact Les Dart, Asst. Professor of Speech Communication, or Marion Snowbarger, Fred Floyd Archives Manager, Ph. 491-6465.