"Homecoming 2012: It's Where You Belong" begins for ORU alumni this weekend

By Sara Rozalina Krstevski ('12)

Homecoming 2012 logoHomecoming. Every spring you hear this word echo in the halls of Oral Roberts University. However, this year is different. With the groundbreaking of the new Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center last month, students and alumni have a lot to celebrate.

Debbie George, director of Communications for ORU alumni relations, invites all alumni to come for this year's Homecoming on February 10-11.

"This year our theme is, 'Homecoming 2012: It's where you belong.' We want all alumni to know that they are still part of the ORU family. Homecoming is a great time to come back to campus and see all the positive changes that have taken place," George said. "With the new Alumni-Student Center under construction this spring, it's an especially exciting time to be on campus."

There are many events that are planned, but it is the connection to ORU that makes alumni come back.

"When alumni have good feelings about ORU, they are more likely to want to stay connected to what's happening with current students. They are more likely to see the value of giving back by investing their time or making gifts," George said. "Alumni can serve as mentors to current students and are sometimes in a position to hire other graduates, or provide internships for students."

Jentre Olsen, president of the Student Association at ORU, agrees that Homecoming is the perfect way for alumni and students to connect.

"Homecoming is a week to be proud of ORU, of all that we have to offer such as athletics, fellowship and to worship God," said Olsen. "It's a week to celebrate who we are."