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ORU Begins Fall Semester with Harbor 2016

The Oral Roberts University freshman and transfer students are sailing in for the Harbor 2016 orientation week. ORU is excited to welcome new students from across the globe to their first week of participating in games, small groups, and campus tours to prepare them for the ORU educational experience centered on developing the whole person.

Harbor 2016 is from August 11 to 15 with other activities for incoming students to enjoy for the rest of the week. Students can come expecting a week of relationship building, worship and fun as they become familiar with life on the ORU campus.

“One of the most important aspects of ORU is its community, and there must be connected, meaningful relationships between people to form one,” said Director of Student Experience Aaron Brown. “Ultimately, we know that change and growth occurs in the context of community, specifically a Christ focused community.”

Students at ORU are invited to make no little plans here, as founding Chancellor Oral Roberts stated. The university vision of preparing students to be witnesses to the whole world is uniquely focused on the whole person—mind, body and spirit. Brown said the goal of Harbor 2016 is indicative of its name.

“A ship is built in a Harbor, and once built it sets sail for the open seas,” said Brown. “In order for this generation to effectually and effectively impact their world, they need to be part of a Christ-focused community like ORU, in which they can develop into the ‘whole man’ and learn to hear the voice of God.”

On Sunday, August 12, Dr. Mark Rutland will be speaking at a special service in Christ’s Chapel at 10 a.m. for students and parents to enjoy. On Monday, August 13, students can participate in an Activity Night at the Aerobics Center, featuring basketball and X-Box tournaments.

At the peak of the Harbor 2016 event, ORU will be hosting an ORU live album release concert “Come Like a Flood” on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. The free event will feature worship songs written by ORU students and ORU Worship Center staff with CDs available for purchase.

The Student Association will host Partiestival from 3 to 5 p.m. with a slip ‘n slide, giant Twister game, and dunking contest for students to enjoy. Club Rush will also be held at this time for students to get information about the many clubs for them to participate in on campus and about local churches to attend.

Harbor 2016 is held from August 11 to 15, with other activities for all students during the rest of the week. Returning students will begin arriving to the ORU campus on August 13 before classes start on August 16. For questions regarding Harbor 2016 or the start of the school year, contact ORU Admissions at (918) 495-6518 or click here to view the website.

To read more about the worship release concert, click here or visit the ORU Worship Center website at http://oruworshipctr.com.