SNU Presents Annual Outstanding Alumni Awards

Southern Nazarene University presented its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards at the Homecoming 2013 All Alumni Dinner on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The 2013 Alumni Awardees are Dr. Ted Bader, Class of 1976, Dr. Nancy Halliday, Class of 1988, Dr. Lydia Nightingale, Class of 1999, Dr. Brian Robinson, Class of 1984, Dr. Deborah Shropshire, Class of 1993, and Dr. Jason Slinker, Class of 2001.

From left to right are Dr. Nancy Halliday, Dr. Deborah Shropshire, Dr. Ted Bader,
Dr. Lydia Nightingale, and Dr. Jason Slinker

This year’s Homecoming celebration highlighted the School of Science and Mathematics, coinciding with the ongoing construction of the J.D. and Mary West Science Laboratory, which is Phase I of the Campaign for the Sciences at SNU. The weekend featured tours of the construction site, a large gathering of the Catalysts organization, and other affinity group events.

With a sold-out crowd of alumni and friends on hand at the All Alumni Dinner, Dr. Loren Gresham, President, and Dr. Mark Winslow, Chair of the School of Science and Mathematics, presented the honorees who have exemplified a servant heart in community-based or international initiatives, as well as outstanding achievements in their professional careers.

Dr. Ted Bader was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. He studied Zoology during his time at SNU and graduated with the class of 1976. Dr. Bader earned his M.D. in 1980 from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. He is currently a professor of medicine at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and Veteran Affairs Medical Center. He has had 54 scientific articles in medicine published and two medical textbooks.

Dr. Nancy Halliday earned a degree in Biology from SNU in 1988 and her Ph.D in Anatomical Sciences and Cell Biology at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She taught in the Biology department at SNU in 1994 and quickly moved to Chair the department. During her tenure, several schools attempted to recruit her to teach in their programs, including Harvard. After many offers while at SNU, Dr. Halliday accepted an offer in 2010 from the OU College of Medicine where she currently serves as an Associate Professor of Cell Biology.

Dr. Lydia Nightingale graduated from SNU in 1999 with a Biology and Chemistry degree. She then attended the University of Oklahoma Medical School and later completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Nightingale currently is serving as the Co-Director of the Medical Student Clerkship. She received the Patients’ Choice Award in 2011 and again in 2013. She was also awarded the Most Compassionate Doctor Award in 2011.

Dr. Brian Robinson graduated from SNU in 1984 with his degree in Chemistry. He attended the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine receiving his MD in 1988. His residency in Internal Medicine was completed at Case Western Reserve University, Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Robinson has done most of his work in China since 1994. Due to his current work in China, Dr. Casey Robinson accepted the award on his son’s behalf.

Dr. Deborah (Keith) Shropshire grew up in Erick, Oklahoma and studied Biology at SNU. She attended the OU College of Medicine, where she earned her M.D. Dr. Shropshire completed a pediatrics residency at OU Children’s Hospital and was selected as a chief resident, then joined the General Pediatric faculty. She serves as the Medical Director for Foster Care for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, and serves on the board of OK Foster Wishes and Count Me In 4 Kids, non-profit organizations that are working to help foster children.

Dr. Jason Slinker graduated from SNU in 2001 with a triple major in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA. He went on to receive his Masters and PH.D in Applied and Engineering Physics from Cornell University. Dr. Slinker is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and secured 3 patents and his work has been cited over 1,700 times.

For more information on the Campaign for the Sciences visit

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose.