CORE recognized by state for "Big Event"

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CORE recognized by state for "Big Event"

November 5, 2009

Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE) at Northwestern Oklahoma State University is a finalist for a state award for the group’s role in the “Big Event.” The group was nominated by the Board of Directors for Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. Group advisers and select members will travel to Oklahoma City Nov. 17 for a reception and awards ceremony where the “Big Event” will be described and recognized.

Big Event Group
CORE members from Alva, Enid and Woodward held the “Big Event” at each location to thank each community for supporting Northwestern. Because of these efforts, CORE has been nominated for a state award by Keep Oklahoma Beautiful.

The “Big Event” took place in April. As part of a nationally recognized function to strengthen the relationship between the university and the communities it serves, Northwestern students and employees at Alva, Enid and Woodward thanked each community for supporting the university. By completing community service projects such as planting trees, improving parks, interior/exterior painting, picking up trash, light construction, etc., CORE was able to give back to the communities in a big way.

Steven Mackie, CORE adviser, said that CORE had an idea last spring for the “Big Event,” and everybody at Northwestern jumped on board to give back to the community.

“There is real power in ideas,” Mackie said. “At Northwestern, a student group can throw out an idea, and the faculty and staff are eager to help.”

CORE is up against the Student Government Association at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, and ‘Real Pokes Pass It On’ of Oklahoma State University in the category of Educational Institutions (colleges and universities).

“This truly is a real reward for Northwestern to be recognized by the state for our great ideas,” Mackie said.

Other groups in Alva also will be recognized for their environmental role in helping the community. The category and group name are as follows:

• Educational Institution – elementary or high school: Washington Early Childhood Center;

• Youth group (less than 13 years old): Alva 4-H;

• Community Effort (population less than 20,000): Alva Beautification Committee.

Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) works closely with state agencies and corporate partners on environmental issues and assists community improvement organizations to become more effective. KOB’s focus is to encourage grassroots environmental efforts designed to bring about a cleaner, more attractive state and a sustainable healthy environment and to raise public awareness about these issues.

CORE’s video of the “Big Event” is posted on the KOB web site. Visit to see the YouTube video.