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January 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oral Roberts University, which joined the NAIA in 1989 because of financial problems, plans to rejoin the NCAA next year.
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December 16, 2009 | William Lobdell
Oral Roberts, a dirt-poor Oklahoma farm boy who popularized the idea of a "prosperity gospel" while becoming one of the world's most recognizable televangelists, died Tuesday. He was 91. Roberts, founder of the university in Tulsa, Okla., that is named after him, died from complications of pneumonia at a Newport Beach hospital, family spokeswoman Melany Ethridge said. He had suffered a fall over the weekend. Roberts pioneered the use of television and computerized databases to spread the Gospel and raise hundreds of millions of dollars -- a formula followed today by numerous other ministries.
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NEWS
May 11, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Oral Roberts University has agreed to pay $6 million to take over the PTL broadcast empire once ruled by Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker. PTL's trustee, attorney Dennis Shedd, said Thursday that he had signed the pact with the university, based in Tulsa, Okla., but still hopes to find a buyer to acquire the entire PTL complex. "I do have a firm deal with Oral Roberts University.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Two televangelists have resigned their posts as regents at Oral Roberts University, as the debt-ridden school tries to regroup after a spending scandal involving its former president. The university also settled Thursday with one of three professors who filed a wrongful-termination suit against the school. Benny Hinn and I.V. Hilliard resigned from the board of regents, where they were involved in making major school decisions, university spokesman Jeremy Burton said Thursday.
SPORTS
April 20, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oral Roberts University will dip into its pockets and rejoin the NCAA, two years after a financial crisis relegated it to the NAIA. Richard Roberts, vice president of the university and son of evangelist Oral Roberts, said the school would seek to rejoin the NCAA as a Division I basketball team in 1993, the first year it would be eligible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1987
Re your editorial urging the selection of an Irvine- university site for the proposed Reagan library (May 3): I submit that it should most appropriately be placed next to Liberty Baptist College in Virginia or, alternatively, next to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. This would avoid an insult to the intellect of such fine institutions of learning as Stanford and UC Irvine. JIM REDDON Laguna Beach
NEWS
February 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Gay alumni who kept their sexuality hidden in their years at Oral Roberts University plan a "coming out" at the small Christian school in Tulsa, Okla., during this weekend's homecoming celebrations. Steve Wilkins, spokesman for the gay alumni group ORU-OUT, said the university has extended a "cautiously cordial" invitation. The university does not recognize ORU-OUT as an official school organization, spokesman David Wagner said, but he added that members are welcome to attend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Evelyn Roberts, the wife of evangelist Oral Roberts and a trustee of the evangelic association named after her husband, has died. She was 88. Roberts, who had been in generally good health, died Wednesday at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach after suffering a head injury Tuesday. According to Jeremy Burton, a spokesman for Oral Roberts University, she fell in a parking lot and struck her head on the pavement. The fall caused massive internal bleeding.
SPORTS
May 15, 1986
Scott Holcomb, senior pitcher for El Dorado High School, has signed a national letter of intent to attend Oral Roberts University on a baseball scholarship. Holcomb, a left-hander, has a 10-0 record with a 1.75 earned-run average and 93 strikeouts. He also is hitting .349 with four homers and 20 RBIs for the Golden Hawks (19-6), who will play North Torrance Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section 4-A playoffs.
NEWS
April 11, 1989 | From Times wire services
Evangelist Richard Roberts said today the small response to his father's plea for $11 million has left his stomach "tied up in knots." His father, Oral Roberts, said recently he needs $11 million by May 6 to prevent the financial collapse of his ministry, which includes Oral Roberts University and a hospital as well as television and mission programs. Richard Roberts said he is dismayed that the ministry's "prayer partners" responded with only about $1 million by last Friday. "My stomach is just tied up in knots over this," he said.
NATIONAL
November 24, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The president of Oral Roberts University, who is accused of misspending university funds to support a lavish lifestyle, resigned from his position, officials said Friday. Richard Roberts' resignation is effective immediately, Board of Regents Chairman George Pearsons said in an e-mailed statement. Roberts and the university have come under fire since a lawsuit was filed by three former professors.
NATIONAL
October 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Oral Roberts University President Richard Roberts asked for and was granted a leave of absence Wednesday amid accusations of lavish spending at donors' expense and illegal involvement in a political campaign. The 58-year-old son of the evangelist who founded the school said he would continue in his role as chairman and chief executive of Oral Roberts Ministries, and decried what he said were untrue allegations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
Evelyn Roberts, the wife of evangelist Oral Roberts and a trustee of the evangelic association named after her husband, has died. She was 88. Roberts, who had been in generally good health, died Wednesday at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach after suffering a head injury Tuesday. According to Jeremy Burton, a spokesman for Oral Roberts University, she fell in a parking lot and struck her head on the pavement. The fall caused massive internal bleeding.
NEWS
February 18, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Gay alumni who kept their sexuality hidden in their years at Oral Roberts University plan a "coming out" at the small Christian school in Tulsa, Okla., during this weekend's homecoming celebrations. Steve Wilkins, spokesman for the gay alumni group ORU-OUT, said the university has extended a "cautiously cordial" invitation. The university does not recognize ORU-OUT as an official school organization, spokesman David Wagner said, but he added that members are welcome to attend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1998 | PAMELA J. JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Internationally known evangelist Oral Roberts, preaching a message of financial prosperity Sunday to hundreds of believers, said he hasn't always lived in a land of milk and honey. Making his first speaking appearance in Ventura, Roberts, who has a vacation home in Newport Beach, told those gathered at Solid Rock Christian Center that life was very tough for a young minister starting out in Tulsa, Okla., after World War II.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 1993 | From Reuters
Evangelist Oral Roberts announced Wednesday he is retiring as president of his multimillion-dollar university. His son Richard, 44, will take over his father's position as president. The elder Roberts, who was 75 on Sunday, founded Oral Roberts University 27 years ago. Roberts, who announced his retirement in a chapel service on the Tulsa campus, cited no reason for stepping down. But he has suffered from heart problems and underwent surgery last month in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1987 | Associated Press
The Methodist University Senate has removed Oral Roberts University's School of Theology from its list of approved seminaries, Oral Roberts' son says. Richard Roberts said the Methodist body had so notified Paul Chappel, associate dean of Oral Roberts University's School of Theology. Chappel said the loss of certification was "somewhat of a surprise, since the school has a very strong Methodist ethos."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1987 | DENNIS McDOUGAL, Times Staff Writer
Oral Roberts will not be telling his Los Angeles television audience that he will die if his viewers don't send money on this week's show. "Expect a Miracle," the Tulsa-based evangelist's 30-minute program that airs over KHJ-TV Channel 9 at 9 a.m. on Sunday, is "clean" of such pitches from the 68-year-old Roberts, according to KHJ-TV programming chief Walt Baker. "We have seen the tape this morning and, in fact, it is clean," Baker told The Times Friday.
NEWS
January 28, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
Evangelist Oral Roberts retired Wednesday as president of the university he founded in 1965, and the Oral Roberts University regents elected his 44-year-old son, Richard Roberts, to take his place. The elder Roberts, who has said God called him to build the university, was named chancellor by the board of regents. He said he would hold that post "for as long as I live."
SPORTS
January 13, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Oral Roberts University, which joined the NAIA in 1989 because of financial problems, plans to rejoin the NCAA next year.
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