ORU dedicates ONEOK Executive Boardroom

By Natasha Mitchell ('94)

Oral Roberts University hosted an open house and dedication for the ONEOK Executive Boardroom (aka the ONEOK Shark Tank) at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, on the third floor of the Graduate Center.

"The College of Business ONEOK Executive Boardroom provides our students the opportunity to learn in an environment that closely replicates future experiences," said Dr. Steve Greene, dean of the ORU College of Business. "We talk so much in our classes about the "real world" and only because of the outstanding gift given to us by ONEOK can our students truly experience the reality of making presentations in an executive caliber boardroom."

The ONEOK Executive Boardroom is a high-tech, executive-style boardroom that serves as a teaching lab for the College of Business and be the host environment of the Shark Tank. The Shark Tank is a program that affords students the opportunity to pitch business and project ideas to investors during their senior paper project a final project that includes a business plan for their idea. If the student convinces the investors their project is worthy of support, money is given toward the fruition of the idea.

Guests who attended the dedication include several investors; John Gibson, chairman, president and CEO of ONEOK; Tim Blake, vice president, tax at ONEOK; Dr. Mark Rutland, president of ORU; and Greene.

"I believe ONEOK Executives will be very proud of how we have given proper stewardship to their generous gift to ORU and the College of Business," Greene said. "We believe the technology and ambience in our ONEOK Executive Boardroom rivals any corporate boardroom anywhere.  But the room becomes fully complete when we introduce our students to the executives who will work with them to develop sustainable businesses."

For more information about the College of Business, go to http://www.oru.edu/academics/cob/.