ORU is designating $14 million to the enhancement of its physical campus throughout the next three years. Updates will include ORU’s first outdoor track and field facility, the new Global Learning Center and a new dorm.
“This is like a miracle unfolding right before our eyes,” Coach Joe Dial said. “I was told for years we couldn’t build a track, so I got the team together, and we prayed to believe it could happen. Not two weeks later I got a call there was a possibility of getting one.”
The ORU track team has been practicing at the Jenks High School outdoor track. The new ORU facility will encompass an eight-lane track, pole vault pits, high jump, an area for javelin, shot put and discus.
“It feels great to know that now we will have a facility to use that we won’t have to travel off campus to get to,” track athlete Gabby Garza said.
Other campus enhancements include replacing existing tennis courts with a state-of-the-art tennis complex, building on-campus, apartment-style residences and revamping the Baby Mabee into a Global Learning Center equipped with advanced technology. The Global Learning Center is expected to open in spring 2016. The university is raising $500,000 to name the tennis complex after ORU’s first tennis coach, Bernis Duke, to honor his 50 years of service to ORU.
This plan is known as the 50th Anniversary Comprehensive Campaign, “To the Uttermost Bounds of the Earth.” The success of the campaign hinges on $50 million being raised over the next three years.
“This $50 million campaign will help us start moving forward with the global strategy God has given us for the future,” President William M. Wilson said.
To date, the school has already raised over $40 million of its goal.
“There are a lot of good colleges,” Wilson said. “We are an exceptional college with a great future.”
To follow the campus projects, visit 50.oru.edu.