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Commencements and Weddings

Posted on: May 4th, 2011 by CESadmin

Conference & Event Services has seen one success after another! Each year, our department hosts several commencements and graduation festivities. This year is no different, as CES will host more local high school and college commencements than ever before! From Oral Roberts University to Tulsa Community College and Union High School just to name a few, the success of CES is on the rise.

In addition, CES has been gaining public notoriety in the wedding sector. Since entering into the wedding market, our Event Coordinators have already exceeded this year’s projected goals and have currently booked several summer weddings. General Manager Tony Winters commented on this success saying, “I believe the quality and flexibility of the spaces we have to offer, along with the excellent service we provide, sets us apart in this area. Our initial goal was 15-20 weddings in the first year. Based on what we have done so far, we will easily surpass those targets.”

CES is proud to offer our gourmet service to the Tulsa community. Let CES make your event a success!

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New Construction Being Completed on ORU’s 81st Street Entrance

Posted on: May 1st, 2011 by CESadmin

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is in the process of constructing several new improvements to the south entrance of the campus on 81st Street. Some of the enhancements include a large sign showing ORU’s name, a flagpole and an avenue of trees leading into the campus.

President Rutland originally came up with the idea.

“The 81st street entrance has become our main entrance,” said Tim Philley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for ORU. “We needed to make it look like a main entrance. In addition, we have named the entrance ‘University Ave’.”

Philley has been instrumental in coordinating the implementation of this new project, along with the director of buildings and grounds, George Perkins and architect Ed Bates. This project will be complete in the next few weeks.

“Really the sign at 81st is part an of ongoing campus beautification plan that operations has put together,” said Perkins.