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ORU Community Dedicates the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center

Hammer CenterStudents, faculty, staff and alumni celebrated the completion of the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center – the first major building to be constructed on the Oral Roberts University campus in more than 30 years.

The dedication of the 28,000 square foot facility began at 11 a.m. during ORU’s regular Chapel service. After the dedication, the crowd moved to the west side of the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center for a ribbon cutting.

The ribbon was cut by ORU President Mark Rutland; ORU First Lady Alison Rutland; ORU Board Chair Mart Green; Michael Hammer, chairman and CEO of The Armand Hammer Foundation and Hammer International Foundation; Michael and Jacquie Cardone, co-chairs of the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center campaign; and ORU Student Association President Dan Holman.

“Throughout this process we kept the students in mind,” said Rutland. “This new building is just for students, so that they have a place for food, fun and fellowship on campus. We are grateful for all the alumni and friends that made this building a reality.”

After the ribbon cutting the building was flooded with guests looking to explore the $12 million facility. Visitors will find the ground floor of the center is filled with recreational activities for students. There are multiple living areas, computers, pool tables, gaming stations complete with Wii’s and Xbox 360’s as well as the largest television in Oklahoma. The Hammer Center has also given students additional dining options including: Moe’s Southwest Grill and Jazzman’s Café and Bakery.

The second floor is home to ORU’s Alumni and Development Offices and offers various conference rooms for alumni and donor events. Today’s grand opening and dedication was a part of the homecoming weekend for the campus. Alumni have come from all over the world to reconnect.

For more information on the Armand Hammer Alumni-Student Center, go to www.oru.edu.