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Press Release - Sept. 20, 2007

Giving Students a Head Start

Allison Jones '01 wears many hats at ORU. As Director of Career Services, she is responsible for networking with businesses and potential employers for outgoing ORU students. She and her staff also help students as they prepare to enter the professional world.

"My vision for Career Services is to get students out into every person's world," Jones said. "We're trying to bridge the gap between a finished education and the real world."

Jones was an ORU student herself, earning a degree in Business Administration. She continued on to attain her Master's degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations. She then purchased a Curves franchise and owned and operated it for three years. Allison and her husband, Kyle, moved back to Tulsa when he was offered a position with ORU Athletics. He is now the Assistant Director of NCAA Compliance. It seems that Jones' position now blends her degrees and experience together.

"I most enjoy being able to help students to fulfill their mission and vision in life by getting them placed into quality companies and getting them on the right foot when they leave college," Jones said.

Another hat that Jones wears is as the chair of Ignite, a student leadership initiative that hosts a leadership conference each year. Each year, ORU students organize Ignite, scheduling well-known speakers and worship leaders. Jones is available to the students to help them plan and organize, but said that they do most of the leg work. She said that she helps to guide these students in their goal to empower other students to be leaders.

"There are a lot of moving parts," Jones said. "The biggest challenge would be taking one step at a time to fulfill the vision to bridge the gap between ORU and the business world, letting them see our talent and drive to be people of excellence and integrity. It is an exciting time to be at ORU."

Career Services is available to both ORU Students and alumni who wish to enhance their current careers or "re-career: and find a new direction. Contact the Career Services office at (918) 185-6912 or visit them on the web at for more information.