Northwestern's 'Big Event' to help community March 28

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Northwestern's 'Big Event' to help community March 28

February 27, 2009

Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is encouraging students, faculty and staff to participate in “The Big Event,” on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 8 a.m. at the Alva and Enid campuses, and at 10 a.m. on the Woodward campus.

Alva volunteers will meet in the Education Center parking lot. The group plans to assist with interior demolition for houses for Freedom West, a group who purchased four older homes and plans to convert them into low-income housing; painting parking stripes at Alva Middle School; cleaning out flower beds; cleaning around the track field at Alva High School and more.

Both Enid and Woodward campuses have volunteer efforts planned for the “The Big Event” the same day. Enid volunteers are spending their time at Adams Elementary School. The group will meet at 8 a.m., in the front parking lot of the Northwestern-Enid campus. Woodward volunteers have planned to clean Experiment Lake and will meet at 10 a.m., in the front parking lot of the Northwestern-Woodward campus. Lunch will be provided at all three locations.

“The purpose of this event is to say thank you in a big way to the communities for all of their support to Northwestern,” Janet Valencia, CORE sponsor, said.

CORE encourages Alva community members to contact organization representatives to list an activity to be completed for “The Big Event.” CORE volunteers should pre-register by March 20. Pre-registration can be done by contacting the organization on respective campuses.

“I am very excited about the potential for ‘The Big Event’ to take off at Northwestern,” Kacy Hibdon, Alva junior and CORE president, said.

“I think the sense of community and camaraderie here makes it an ideal place for things like ‘The Big Event’ to flourish and develop for years to come.”

“The Big Event” is a nationally recognized function with the purpose to strengthen the relationship between the university and the communities it serves while creating positive change. This event offers the opportunity for student organizations, and faculty and staff to work together on a wide variety of projects to better the university and community. Such projects might include: planting trees, improving parks, interior/exterior painting, picking up trash, light construction, etc.

Contact sponsors Dr. Steven Mackie at or (580) 327-8452 or Janet Valencia at or (580) 327-8476 with questions or to have an activity included in the master list for this event. On the Enid campus, contact Lori Coonrod at or (580) 213-3174, and contact the Woodward campus at (580) 254-2500.

This event is sponsored by CORE, Student Government Association, Northwestern and the President’s Association.