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Homecoming 2014. Big World. Big Plans. (Feb. 7 & 8)

It's time for alumni from around the globe to come home to Oral Roberts University, share their stories, and find out what ORU is doing to enlarge its international footprint.

"The further globalization of ORU" is what our university's new president, Dr. Billy Wilson, wants to see in the next ten years. Homecoming weekend will be the perfect time for alumni to hear his plans for taking globally focused, Spirit-empowered, whole-person education to the doorstep of every inhabited continent...and a great time to simply catch up with old friends.

Here's a look at some of the events we have planned for you.

Friday, February 7

"Homecoming Vespers: A Campus Worship Experience!" will be meaningful to alumni from every era. Worship will be led by the ORU Worship Band, along with alumni Jared Anderson (01) and Marty Nystrom (80). Former campus pastor Bill Shuler (85, 99) will be the keynote speaker, and 2012 grads Jordan and Cady (Morgan) Lewis will share their testimony. Stick around afterward for the reception in Christ's Chapel lobby.

Also on Friday: Homecoming chapel, a College of Education conference, the second annual Alumni Showcase (featuring alumni-owned and -operated businesses and ministry organizations), the ever-popular College of Business Power Lunch, open houses (History/Humanities/Government, English/Modern Languages), Freshman Honors Seminar, class visitation, and the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing's annual reception.

The College of Business is bringing in three special guests to speak to students and alumni on Thursday and Friday. Glen Titan, Royce Bergman, and Seth Radow are partners at UBS Financial Services in California, where they're known as the "Signature Team." The subject they'll discuss is: "The Economy, Investing, and Doing Business in Turbulent Times: Righteous Living Availeth Much!" This will be an interactive conversation, so sign up to take part.

It wouldn't be Homecoming without class reunions. This year we go back in time to 1984, 1994, and 2004; those were the days! And once again, the ORU Pioneers (alums from 1965 through 1974) will enjoy some special events: lunch at Goldie's #1 and a no-holds-barred reunion dinner on the 60th floor of CityPlex Towers. That's our Pioneers; "Still Counting for Eternity!"

We're moving the Health Professions reunion dinner to the Crowne Plaza (Oklahoma Ballroom), but the Legal Professionals dinner, hosted by Kendall Johnson, is still on the Mabee Mezzanine.

There are new events too. A reception specifically for international alumni is being introduced. In a more academic vein, Dr. Dominic Halsmer will present a lecture on "Science, Engineering, and the Wisdom of God: Appreciating Divine Ingenuity," sponsored by the ORU Center for Faith and Learning. According to Dr. Halsmer, "It is a look at how the study of creative problem-solving in nature reveals the wisdom, ingenuity, and love of our Creator." This is the first year anything like this has been a part of Homecoming, and hopefully there will be more opportunities for discussions like this in the future.

Saturday, February 8

The festivities continue! Put on your running shoes for the fourth annual Homecoming 5K Run, or hit the courts for the ultra-competitive Alumni/Faculty Basketball and Volleyball games. Oh -- and bring your children to the Kid Olympics at the AC.

The Legacy Parent Breakfast, honoring alumni whose children are currently enrolled at ORU, will be held in the Fenimore Alumni Room on the second floor of the Hammer Center. Enjoy a talk by our president, a good meal, and our beautiful fireplace.

In 2008, we introduced an event called ORU Update. It was designed to fill alumni in on everything that had taken place at ORU in the months just prior to Homecoming. This event is more relevant than ever in 2014, with a new president at the helm. Come hear Dr. Wilson and Board Chair Mart Green talk about what's changed – and what never will.

Our guest speaker for the Women's Luncheon, being held this year at the Crowne Plaza (Oklahoma Ballroom), is the president's wife, Mrs. Lisa Wilson. Get to know our new first lady, enjoy a musical performance from alumna Suzi Land, and receive a special gift!

There are lots of academic department events on Homecoming Saturday, such as the Biology & Chemistry alumni council meeting, receptions, and the Com Arts tailgate party (this year, at Mooyah Restaurant).

The Women's RA Alumni Tea, as always, will be held in the Fireside Room. Graduate and Undergraduate Theology are uniting for a luncheon in the Trustees Dining Room. ORU Missions is holding a "FAM reception" for friends and alumni of missions; that's in Zoppelt 103.

Game time for women's basketball has been moved to 4 p.m. this year. The ladies will take on Southeastern Louisiana in a Southland Conference match-up.

Put several hundred alumni and assorted guests in the cafeteria and what do you get? The Alumni Homecoming Banquet. It's the perfect venue for an all-alumni dinner, since pretty much every student has a meal in this room at some time during his or her years at ORU. On Feb. 8, we'll present awards to 2014 Alumnus of the Year honorees Marty Nystrom (Service to God), Mark Tennant (Service to the Community), and Scott Howard (Service to the Alma Mater). There will also be special music from students and alumni, a student commentary, and a brief address from Dr. Wilson.

When the banquet ends at 6:30 p.m., you'll head over to the Mabee Center for the men's basketball game vs. Southeastern Louisiana. Stick around after the game for a cake-and-punch reception -- the last hurrah of what is sure to be another glorious Homecoming weekend.