ORU to dedicate new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center on Friday
BY BILL SHERMAN World Religion Writer
Saturday, January 26, 2013
1/26/13 at 5:14 AM
Oral Roberts University will dedicate its new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center at 1:30 p.m. Friday.
It is the first major building to be constructed at ORU in more than 30 years.
Ground was broken one year ago on the $12 million, 28,000-square-foot building just east of the Prayer Tower on campus.
ORU President Mark Rutland will speak at the dedication, along with students and alumni.
"The ORU community is thrilled for the unveiling of this beautiful new building," Rutland said in a press release.
"I want to personally thank all of the alumni and friends of the university whose generous gifts made the construction of this facility possible."
The building will house a recreational area for students, with two dining areas, multiple gaming stations and one of the largest television screens in the state.
The second level will house ORU Alumni and Development offices, an alumni lounge and conference rooms.
"Having the resources in-house to entirely pay for the Hammer Center is a testament to the commitment that our alumni and friends have for the vision of ORU," said Ossie Mills, ORU executive vice president for university advancement.
"Our alumni and friends believe in this university and continue to show their support through giving their time, talent and treasure," he said.
Since 2009, ORU has eliminated $55 million in long-term debt, completed nearly $40 million in campus improvements and seen enrollment increase each year, according to its university relations office.
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A worker on a crane puts finishing touches on Oral Roberts University's new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center, which will be dedicated at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Courtesy
Oral Roberts University President Mark Rutland will speak at the Friday dedication of the new student center, the first new building to be constructed at ORU in more than 30 years. Courtesy