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Prospective students visit campus for ORU College Weekend, Quest Whole Person Scholarship event

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Students from around the world will convene Nov. 3-5 for Oral Roberts University's College Weekend. These students will have the opportunity to explore the campus, learn about the world-class academics ORU offers, and meet the faculty and staff.

For example, students will be able to engage in a fun, spiritual, and expressive Night of Worship at 9 p.m. Thursday in Christ's Chapel.

"The spiritual climate is an important aspect of ORU," said Jonathan Swindal, interim director of International Worship Center. "We are not only showcasing our talent on a stage for students to see, but we are giving College Weekend participants a chance to see ORU students leading worship. For those who enjoy worship, this would be the opportunity to show that they can be a part of this experience as a future ORU student."

More than 400 students have registered for College Weekend, which is up from 321 students last fall, said Trinnin Olsen, ORU assistant director of admissions.

"Registration is still open, and we are excited about this event," she said. "The weekend is jam packed with activities for everyone, including parents."

ORU College Weekend is open to everyone who wants to participate, but on-campus housing is available only for unmarried high school sophomores, juniors and seniors and college transfers between ages 15 and 25. Parents and other guests are invited to attend events, as well.

The registration fee is $60. This includes the student's stay in the residence halls, all meals during College Weekend, and an ORU T-shirt. For more information, call toll-free at (800) 678-8876 or (918) 495-6165 or go to collegeweekend.oru.edu.

Happening on campus at the same time is the ORU Graduate Theology Weekend and the Quest Whole Person Scholarship event. During Graduate Theology Weekend, college graduates will experience the ORU College of Theology and Ministry firsthand and get an up-close look at seminary life. Activities include attend graduate classes, meet one-on-one with seminary professors and deans, enjoy events and banquets with graduate school deans, faculty, and current students, tour local apartment communities, and receive information about the city of Tulsa. For more information on ORU Graduate Theology Weekend, go to http://www.oru.edu/campus_visitation/grad_theology_weekend.php.

The Quest Whole Person Scholarship event will be held at 7:30 a.m. Nov. 3. The Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program was established to recognize students who model the Whole Person concept. Scholarship recipients demonstrate the following: Christian Worldview, Lifestyle of Service, Academic Achievement, Leadership Ability, Vision to Make a Life-Changing Impact on Others and Healthy Lifestyle. All students nominated, invited and who subsequently participate earn scholarship dollars of varying amounts. For more information on the Quest Whole Person Scholarship, go to http://www.oru.edu/whole_person/scholarship/purpose.php.