Northwestern receives OGE Start-Up Grant

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Northwestern receives OGE Start-Up Grant

 GAC Volunteer Group

Pictured is the GAC Spring Clean-Up volunteer group. Those volunteers are (front row, from left) Kendall Hall, Branford (Fla.) junior, Arasely Quintana, Ashland (Kan.) senior, Francesca Valley, Luther senior, Jordan Norris, Garland (Texas) freshman, (second row) Megan Stratton, international student advisor, Chris Ladd, Broken Arrow sophomore, Austin Hawkins, Cherokee junior, Calleb Mosburg, dean of student affairs and enrollment management, Theresa Lemke, service learning coordinator and social work secretary, (third row) Dr. Bo Hannaford, school of professional studies dean, and Tyler Dickson, Ardmore sophomore.
Northwestern Oklahoma State University was awarded a 2015 OGE Start-Up Grant from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB), because of its participation in the Great American Cleanup™ (GAC) in Oklahoma.

The Office of Service Learning at Northwestern spearheaded a Spring Clean Up project that took place on Wednesday, March 26, as an initiative where Northwestern volunteers removed trash and litter from two miles of roadway along Oklahoma Boulevard in Alva.

“Northwestern has several core values we instill in all of our students, Theresa Lemke, service learning coordinator, said. “Through this project we strive to continue educating our students about our community-focused core values through hands-on experience. If we begin by teaching them to give back and partner with their Alva community, we are preparing them to be involved in their future communities in the areas of recycling, conservation and sustainability.”

Northwestern is among 26 other groups across the state that received the $200 OGE Start-Up grant, a cash award made possible by Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) Energy Corp, which was used to support the costs of trash pickup supplies and the rental of a large dumpster. Northwestern’s volunteers joined 200 groups and 50,000 other volunteers across Oklahoma, in every county, in being a part of this year’s Great American Cleanup™ in Oklahoma.

 GAC project

(From left) Hall and Quintana work to pick up trash along Oklahoma Boulevard in Alva, as a part of the GAC Spring Clean-up initiative.

KOB is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment. All cities and organizations in Oklahoma are encouraged by KOB to commit to beautifying their communities year round, but place an emphasis on it during the GAC from March 1 - May 31.

To register for the Great American Cleanup™, please visit

For more information on Northwestern’s Spring Clean Up project or the Office of Service Learning, contact Lemke at (580) 327-8134 or