CLICK HERE to register for unite! homecoming 2017 

We look forward to welcoming all of our alumni and their families to campus for Homecoming. You can register by clicking on this link: Homecoming is Nov. 10 and 11. This year's theme is UNITE! See the full schedule below.

At the Saturday-night Celebration Dinner, we will honor four alumni with the 2017 Alumnus of the Year awards:

  • Bill Hull '69, Distinguished Service to God
  • Larry Derstine '79, Distinguished Service to the Community
  • Mary (Edwards) Banks '80, Distinguished Service to the Alma Mater
  • Jeff Lippencott '87, Distinguished Service "In Every Person's World"


Bill Hull
Bill Hull
Larry Derstine
Larry Derstine
Mary Banks
Mary Banks
Jeff Lippencott
Jeff Lippencott

HERE'S THE SCHEDULE! You will pick up your packets in the Global Learning Center lobby this year, on Friday and Saturday. Note: All events are subject to change. Updates will be available at the registration desk and online. 

Prelude:  Thursday, November 9

ELI TALKS (academic lectures)
College of Education, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Global Learning Center
Kim Nugent, Ed.D., Associate VP of Online and Lifelong Learning, will share highlights from her book, “Did I Say Never?” which offers ideas, resources, and encouragement to parents so they can help their special needs child or adult achieve their full potential and improve their overall quality of life.

College of Business, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Trustees Dining Room
Bobby Adkins, founder of Adobe Oil & Gas, Inc., will share his success tips for Christian entrepreneurs, and will challenge attendees to use their giftings to develop God-inspired life plans.

Alpha Group Reception (Alphas are the students/faculty/staff who came to ORU in 1965)
5:30-8:00 p.m., Hammer Center – Fenimore Room

Christmas in the Gardens Celebration
7:00-9:00 p.m., Prayer Gardens

Friday, November 10

Registration – Come pick up your packets!
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Global Learning Center lobby

Homecoming Chapel: Jim Stovall, speaker
10:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Christ’s Chapel

Pioneers Lunch at Goldie’s (self-pay)
12:15-1:45 p.m., Goldie’s Patio Grill, 51st & Lewis

College of Business Power Lunch, $20
12:15-1:30 p.m., Trustees Dining Room, Graduate Center 6th floor

Undergraduate & Graduate Theology Luncheon, $12
12:15-2:00 p.m., Hammer Center – Fenimore Room

Academic Department Open Houses
12:15-2:00 p.m. See list of departments at Registration.

Class Visitation
1:15-5:05 p.m. See list of classes at Registration.

Guided Campus Tours
2:00-2:45 p.m. & 2:45-3:30 p.m. Meet at Hammer Center front desk.
Limited availability; please RSVP.

Global Learning Center Tours
4:00-4:45 p.m. & 4:45-5:30 p.m. Meet in GLC lobby.
Limited availability; please RSVP.

Class of 1977 40-year Reunion Reception & Dinner, $25
:  Dr. Jerry Horner
Music:  Amick Byram and David Grothe
4:00-4:45 p.m. Reception, 4:45-6:45 p.m. Dinner, CityPlex Towers 60th floor

Alpha Group & Pioneers Reception & Dinner, $25
(Pioneers are former students who enrolled between 1965 and the spring semester of 1971--before ORU received accreditation in March 1971.)
4:00-4:45 p.m. Reception & 4:45-6:45 p.m. Dinner, Mabee Center - South Lobby

Pre-Game Hoopla, $5 – NEW!
5:30-6:45 p.m., Global Learning Center auditorium
Enjoy a Mexican buffet and get ready to cheer for the men’s basketball team as they face Avila University! We’ll also honor our reunion classes—1987, 1997, 2007—and welcome the Class of 2017 to the alumni family. Paul Mills, the new head coach of men's basketball, will be our special guest.

Men’s Basketball vs. Avila University
7:00-9:00 p.m., Mabee Center arena
Purchase tickets when you register online for other Homecoming events.

Saturday, November 11

5K Fun Run
8:30-9:30 a.m., at the new ONEOK Sports Complex

Registration - Be sure to pick up your packets!
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Global Learning Center lobby

Alumni & Faculty Basketball Game
9:30-11:00 a.m., Aerobics Center

Coffee, Cocoa & Canvas, $5
9:30-11:00 a.m., Hammer Center first floor
Back by popular demand. This will bring out the artist in you!

Sand Volleyball – NEW!
9:30-11:00 a.m., at the new sand volleyball courts (north of the Upper Lot)

Women’s Luncheon with LaDonna Osborn, Mary Banks, Cady Patterson, and Emily Bishop, $15
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Global Learning Center auditorium

Men’s Luncheon with Dr. Clarence Boyd, VP of Student Life, $15
12:00-1:30 p.m., Hammer Center – Fenimore Room

Biology & Chemistry Alumni Council Meeting
12:00-2:00 p.m., Graduate Center sixth floor – Faculty Lounge

Guided Campus Tours
1:00-1:45 p.m. & 1:45-2:30 p.m. Meet at Hammer Center front desk.
Limited availability; please RSVP.

Homecoming Concert featuring the ORU Chamber Singers, University Chorale, and the Travellers
2:00-3:15 p.m., Timko-Barton Lobby

Residence Hall Open Houses
2:00-3:30 p.m. All halls will be open.

Academic Department Open Houses
2:00-3:30 p.m. See list of departments at Registration.

International Student Center Open House
2:00-3:30 p.m., Claudius Roberts Hall, first floor (east wing)

Open-Court Tennis – NEW!
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Our six courts at the new ONEOK Sports Complex will be open for play!

Women’s Resident Advisor & Chaplain Alumni Tea
2:30-4:00 p.m., Fireside Room

Homecoming Celebration Dinner & Alumnus of the Year Awards, $25
6:00-8:30 p.m., Mabee Center court. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.

Would you like to help sponsor the Homecoming Celebration Dinner by hosting a table? That would be great! Tables seat 10. Sign up online.

Platinum tables - $5,000
Gold tables - $2,500
Silver tables - $1,000

Upcoming Events, fall 2017

Alumni & Community Luncheon with ORU Athletics
Featuring new Men's Basketball Head Coach Paul Mills
and Women's Basketball Head Coach Misti Cussen
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Global Learning Center.
Cost: Free! RSVP here.

Fall Break begins after last class on Oct. 13

Hampton Roads, VA - ORU Alumni & Friends Gathering
Hosted by Robin & Cathy Tull
Friday, Oct. 27, 7:00 p.m. RSVP here.

Fall Outreach, Tuesday, Oct. 31

Quest Whole Person Scholarship Event
Thursday, Nov. 2, ORU campus
You can nominate a student to participate and support the program with a gift.

College Weekend
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 2-4. Prospective students can sign up here.

UNITE!  Homecoming 2017
Friday & Saturday, Nov. 10 & 11, ORU campus
Come on the 9th for Eli Talks and Christmas in the Gardens (campus lighting).
Register now

Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28
A great day to support ORU!

Christmas Chapel
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:00 a.m., Christ's Chapel
You can watch online! Go to that day/time.

ORU's Annual Christmas Concert
Dec. 1, Christ's Chapel

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