On Friday, Sept. 20 Niko Hall was dedicated at Christ’s Chapel, led by President Wilson and five students representing five continents, to symbolize ORU’s increasingly diverse student body.
The dedication ceremony included students, faculty, alumni and guests of honor Pastor Niko Njotorahardjo and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.
Niko Hall is the first building in ORU history to be named after an international donor. The women’s wing of the dormitory was named after Pastor Njotorahardjo’s wife, Hermien Irawati.
“ORU is in a season of incredible expansion,” said President Wilson during the morning Chapel service. “We completed our 50th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign this month, raising just over $50 million. The campaign enabled us to build Niko Hall, an award-winning Global Learning Center, and the ONEOK Sports Complex.”
After the dedication, a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place in front of Niko Hall, with dignitaries Pastor Niko and his wife Hermien Irawati, President William Wilson and Lisa Wilson, Gov. Kevin Stitt, President of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce Mike Neal, Chair of the Alumni Association Johnie Hampton, ORU Board of Trustees member Gordon Helm and Student Body President Aleah Laforce.
Students, faculty and staff, alumni and members of the community were in attendance to celebrate as well as to tour the new building.
During the Chapel service, a group from Pastor Niko’s church, Gereja Bethel in Indonesia, led the student body in several worship songs. Pastor Niko gave a sermon about the Third Pentecost (sp), which was translated by Tommy Smith.
Gov. Stitt, who also spoke for the dedication, encouraged students to follow their dreams and visions just as Oral Roberts did.
“I’ve got a lot of friends from ORU who have become great business leaders [and] church leaders in Oklahoma. It’s just unbelievable,” said Stitt. “Oral Roberts’ vision to train the mind, spirit and body is bigger than just Oklahoma. One hundred fourteen nations are represented here [and] in all 50 states. It is really a beacon for our country, and we’re so proud that Oral Roberts University is located here in Tulsa.”
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