Alumnus of the Year

In 1998, the board established an "Alumnus of the Year" awards program. The first awards were handed out in 1999.

In 2014, a new award was introduced for Distinguished Service "In Every Person's World." Amick Byram '77 is the first recipient.

The categories and criteria for AOY nominations are as follows:

Distinguished Service to God--Excellence in fulfillment of Oral Roberts' vision for students to go into "everyman's world" through full- or part-time ministry in a church, missions organization, or other ministry.

Distinguished Service to the Community--Excellence in serving the community and society, including those outside the Kingdom of God, by bringing God's voice, light, and power into their world; and excellence in meeting unique challenges presented by their environment.

Distinguished Service to the Alma Mater--Excellence in their field of service, contributions to the total life of the University, and spiritual impact on students, the ORU community, and fellow alumni. Nominations based in part on outstanding or faithful financial support of ORU are welcomed, but this is not a prerequisite for the award.

Distinguished Service "In Every Person's World"--Excellence in carrying out ORU's founding vision through service and achievements in non-ministry/non-missions fields, and by representing Christ in their particular corner of "every person's world."

The award for "In Every Person's World" will be presented for the first time at the second Homecoming celebration of 2014, Nov. 13-15. It will be the only AOY award given out at this particular Homecoming. Beginning with Homecoming 2015, all four awards will be presented each year at Homecoming. Nominations for the four 2015 AOY awards are due March 31, 2015.

In all four categories, quality and longevity of service and ministry will be considered. Those who have served "quietly and faithfully" will be on equal footing with those who are widely recognized for their work. Each nominee's life and conduct should reflect Christ's character as revealed in scripture.

For more information, contact your board representative or the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@oru.edu or 918.495.6610.

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Scott Howard (79), Distinguished Service to the Alma Mater; Mark Tennant (84), Distinguished Service to the Community; and Marty Nystrom (80), Distinguished Service to God. Amick Byram (77), Distinguished Service In Every Person's World.

2014: Scott Howard (79), Distinguished Service to the Alma Mater; Mark Tennant (84), Distinguished Service to the Community; and Marty Nystrom (80), Distinguished Service to God. Amick Byram (77), Distinguished Service "In Every Person's World."

Previous Winners 2013-1999