Oral Roberts University is redefining leadership in the 21st century through a new campaign to continue the university’s aggressive growth.
"ORU is focused on developing Spirit-empowered leaders and to do that, we must keep growing and expanding our campus, giving our students unique opportunities to lead all over the world.” –Dr. William M. Wilson, President
Our Whole Leaders for the Whole World campaign will take leadership development to an entirely new level. This campaign and what comes after it will enable us to add innovative academic programs (both on-campus and online), enroll students from every nation on earth, boost our faculty’s teaching strengths with more resources, and continue to transform our Spirit-empowered whole person education model through creative use of new technologies.
Exciting news! On April 14, ORU held a groundbreaking ceremony for this incredible building. Joining President William M. Wilson and First Lady Lisa Wilson to put shovels in the ground were Dr. Mike Rakes (Chair, Board of Trustees), Dr. Nancy Brainard (Vice President, Enrollment Management), David Short (Managing Principal, KSQ Design), Mackenzie Buhr (President, Student Association), and the alumni who made the lead gift for the Welcome Center: Jim and Donna Stuck.
The Admissions team will have offices in this state-of-the-art building as well. Prospective students will be able to meet with Admissions counselors, arrange to take campus tours, and learn more about how ORU is developing whole leaders for the whole world.
ORU is also committed to creating an environment that makes our veterans feel at home. A Veterans Experience, situated inside the Welcome Center, will give veterans their own space as well as access to information they need when it comes to earning a degree, adjusting to campus life, and securing employment after college.
The Welcome Center will offer an outstanding introduction to ORU—a university “founded on the Holy Spirit” that relies on Him in developing Spirit-empowered leaders for the 21st century and beyond.
MEDIA ARTS CENTER
The spectacular Media Arts Center (MAC) will bring together students and faculty from the music, theatre, and dance programs and the Media Mastery Institute—creating a synergistic relationship that will open up new opportunities for valuable collaboration.
The MAC will have designated collaborative learning spaces, performance halls, state-of-the-art technology and lighting, a dance studio for ballet and other styles of dance, and a grand lobby. As a multipurpose space, the MAC’s programming will include lectures, concerts, recitals, theatre productions, and dance performances. Entertainment and education will coexist beautifully.
At the MAC, students will develop their talents in ways that prepare them to take a leading role in impacting the entertainment industry, including Hollywood and Broadway—and their audiences—for Christ.
TECHNOLOGICALLY DRIVEN LIBRARY
The library will be moving to a beautiful new building, where it will offer students more resources—and more technology—than ever before. In addition to the standard print items, there will be kiosks for checking out materials, an expanded digital database with tens of thousands of materials on every pertinent subject from all over the world, multimedia stations, individual and group study areas—and plenty of power outlets for charging electronic devices!
The Holy Spirit Research Center (HSRC) will also be located in the new library building. It is a special collection of resources on the Holy Spirit that began in 1962. The HSRC now houses one of the largest and most comprehensive Pentecostal-Charismatic and Holy Spirit collections in the world.
This new facility will equip our students with the learning resources they need to cultivate and develop the leadership giftings within.
The Mike Carter Athletic Center
ORU Athletics is expanding! The new $15 million Mike Carter Athletic Center will be built on the south side of Mabee Center. Inside the three-story building will be two regulation basketball courts, a 10,000-square-foot strength and conditioning space, team meeting rooms, staff offices, an ORU Hall of Fame presentation, and accommodations for the ELI Academic Learning Center. Plans also include an outdoor kitchen and a gathering place on the roof.
CENTER FOR GLOBAL LEADeRSHIP
The new Center for Global Leadership will be located on the 4th and 5th floors of the John D. Messick Learning Resources Center, where it will serve as a hub for leadership development across the university. As a result of what students learn and experience in this space, they will be prepared to discover solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. The center will advance “spiritual intelligence” in these future leaders; establish a global network of Spirit-empowered leaders across key sectors of society; and communicate whole person, Spirit-empowered leadership research and insights. Students from all over the world will have the opportunity to earn Spirit-empowered Global Leadership certificates and degrees.
ORU is a place where we all made some great memories—in class, chapel, the dorms, the intramural fields, on retreats, and at social events. Now, we are calling all ORU alumni to help today’s students enjoy an environment where they can make special memories of their own. It can happen when you support the ORU Annual Fund!
Our Annual Fund impacts ORU in multiple ways. It provides safety measures for our students, faculty support, technology upgrades campus-wide, improvements to buildings and grounds, and so much more. Generous donors like you can make a huge difference.
For fun, this year we are turning our Annual Fund campaign into a friendly class competition. So come on, alumni—Show Your Class! We’ll award two classes “best in show” – the one with the highest participation percentage, and the one with the largest amount raised. Those two classes will earn bragging rights, lots of attention on social media, and special recognition at Homecoming 2021, November 12-13. Which two classes will be at the top? Will it be yours? Give today to make it happen!
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LEARNERS FROM EVERY NATION
With the cost of a college education continuing to rise, scholarships are essential—and more frequently than ever, they determine which college a student will choose. The funds raised will allow ORU to continue providing scholarships to all students. One of the university’s goals is to have a student from every nation enrolled at ORU.
AN INVITATION TO INVEST
We invite you to join us as we develop a new generation of whole leaders for the whole world. A generous donor will match every gift for the new buildings with a 3-to-1 match (up to $45 million)! That means when you give $1,000, ORU will receive an additional $3,000 for a total impact of $4,000!
How to give: