Since 1965, thousands of students and faculty have stepped onto campus and continue to fulfill the vision of Chancellor Oral Roberts to go into every man’s world. Tomorrow, President William M. Wilson will present 50 ORU Lifetime Achievement Awards to acknowledge 50 individuals who have impacted the university and beyond.
Amick Byram (’77): Byram is a recording artist and two-time Grammy nominee. He is perhaps best known for singing the role of Moses in the animated film, “The Prince of Egypt.” Byram has contributed vocally to several Broadway cast albums, including “Civil War,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Jekyll and Hyde.” He also performed for commercials and more than 100 episodes of “The Simpsons.” He has sung for hundreds of recordings including the films “The Lion King,” “Aladdin,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Shrek,” “Pocahontas,” “Hercules,” “Mulan” and “The Greatest Game Ever Played.” Byram has recorded two original albums, “Encounter” and “Hymns Renewed.”
Pansy “Miss Pansy” Wallace: Wallace has served ORU students for over 40 years. During her time at ORU, she has served in the dining hall in several different capacities. Wallace’s role as front-of-house supervisor and cashier have created the most opportunities for her to interact with students. Her intentional relationships have left decades of students with the indelible mark of ORU. Her love for students, staff and faculty has made her impactful in showing the love of Christ every day
Kathy Lee Gifford: Gifford has enjoyed a four-decade career as a television host, actress, singer, playwright, songwriter and author. She is best known for her 15-year run on “Regis and Kathie Lee” and she currently serves as the three-time Emmy-winning co-host of the fourth hour of the “TODAY” show. She is a New York Times bestselling author of many books including “Party Animals” and “The Legend of Messy M’Cheany.” Gifford devotes much of her time to the Association to Benefit Children, which spawned the Cody Foundation. The resources from the association benefit foundations providing care for children with severe disabilities and medical problems.
Terry Law (’69): Law is the founder of World Compassion Terry Law Ministries, and he is one of the most influential missions leaders to nations hostile to the gospel in the last 45 years. He has reached over 40 nations including Russia, North Korea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Ukraine. Law is passionate about equipping the next generation to minister the gospel with the same boldness that has characterized his life of ministry. He has authored several books, including “The Story of Jesus” which has sold over 27 million copies worldwide in 52 languages.
Andretti Bain (’07, ’09 MBA): A native of Nassau, Bahamas, Bain is an Olympic medalist and 11-time All-American. He won a silver medal in the 4×400 meter relay with the Bahamian team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Competing for the ORU track team, he was the 2008 NCAA indoor and outdoor 400-meter national champion—ORU’s first-ever national champion in any sport. Bain set numerous school and conference records and twice received recognition as the Summit League Athlete of the Year in outdoor track and field. Bain won 11 Summit League championships and was inducted into the ORU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
S. Lee Braxton (Sherrod) (Posthumous)
Ralph and Darlene Fagin
Richard “Rick” Fenimore
In His Image
Dr. Dennis Lindsay
Madeline Manning Mims
J. D. McKean
John and Ruth Merrell
Myles Munroe (Posthumous)
Laura Pratt Nelson
Robert “Brother Bob” Stamps
Ken Trickey (Posthumous)
Larry Wayne Morbitt