Services to ORU
Each year, the Alumni Association Board of Directors approves funds to help cover the costs of the ORU "Faculty Advance," held in August.
In the 1990s, the Alumni Foundation was asked to fund the purchase of Bibles for all
graduating seniors and graduate students. These Bibles, signed by the president of
ORU, are given to graduates on Commencement Day.
50th Anniversary Campaign
During ORU’s October 2015 Global Celebration Week, Alumni Association Board of Directors
Chair Chris Busch ’73 presented President Wilson with a check for $150,000—a gift
from the Alumni Association. Of this amount, $66,000 was designated to sponsor a room
in the new Global Learning Center, and $84,000 was for Quest Whole Person Scholarships.
The $84,000 was doubled through ORU’s matching fund, so $168,000 became available
for scholarship awards.
Hyperloop Pod Competition
In January 2016, a team of eight ORU engineering students known as Team Codex presented a preliminary design that qualified them to participate in the final phase of SpaceX’s Hyperloop pod competition. Hyperloop is the brainchild of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. It’s a concept for a futuristic, high-speed mode of ground transportation that employs aerodynamic tubes, or pods, to move travelers on a cushion of air from one city or town to another. The team needed about $100,000 for further design, building, and testing of their Hyperloop pod.
In April 2016, the Alumni Association Board of Directors granted the team $67,000.
ORU’s team was one of just 27 teams from around the world that traveled to SpaceX
headquarters in Hawthorne, California in January 2017 to compete for a spot in the
next round of the competition.
The ORU Alumni Association Board’s Student Relations Committee created a new event called Grad Launch in 2016. It’s a senior lunch that will typically be scheduled to take place immediately after Senior Chapel each spring. Alumni will serve lunch, hand out gift bags with Alumni Association information, and hold drawings for door prizes. This is an opportunity for seniors to enjoy a “last hurrah” and be warmly welcomed into the ranks of ORU alumni around the world.
Faculty Alumni Awards
At their February 2000 meeting, the Alumni Association Board voted to fund awards for outstanding faculty members. The goal of this program is:
- "To encourage and reward faculty interactions, sharing of ideas, collaboration, and
other acts of professionalism that affect classroom performance, with a special emphasis
on interdisciplinary activities (cross-pollination)."
The award categories are:
Faith and Learning Integration Through Teaching
Mentoring Through Research
Mentoring Through Service Learning
Deans, department chairpersons, and the University Faculty Assembly choose the recipients of the awards; $2,500 is divided among those recipients. The first presentations were made on November 20, 2000.
Staff Servant Excellence Awards
An additional $2,500 in Alumni Association funds has been earmarked for these awards, which were presented for the first time on "Employee Appreciation Day," May 12, 2000.
Cash awards are given to ORU staff members who have provided outstanding customer service, simplified processes, demonstrated problem-solving skills, or contributed cost-saving ideas during the previous twelve months.