Northwestern students, employees to clean up campus April 22; Oklahoma City bombing survivor to speak at 4 p.m.

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Northwestern students, employees to clean up campus April 22; Oklahoma City bombing survivor to speak at 4 p.m.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Staff Council is sponsoring the annual Campus Cleanup Day, Wednesday, April 22, beginning at 1 p.m. on the Alva campus.

All university employees and students are encouraged and welcome to volunteer their services that afternoon to help give the campus a facelift prior to welcoming alumni back for the Spring Reunion Day activities on April 25.

Rachel Stewart, Staff Council chair, would like to hear from any employee, campus organization, athletic team or individual who would like to help that day with laying mulch, painting, picking up trash, planting flowers and more. 

In conjunction with the “Oklahoma Standard” initiative, the Campus Cleanup Day also will serve as Northwestern’s act of kindness project. 

“Northwestern is a University with pride and integrity,” Stewart said. “By taking ownership in the appearance of our campus, we help spread that feeling of pride in our University.”

All volunteers should meet at 12:30 p.m. on the west side of the Student Center to receive instruction on the projects to be completed for the day.  Volunteers also should dress appropriately for outdoor work. Tools, gloves and trash bags will be provided.  The first 150 volunteers will receive free Northwestern - Oklahoma Standard t-shirts.  A group photo will be taken at 1 p.m.

At 4 p.m. Terri Talley, survivor of the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing in Oklahoma City, will be speaking in the Student Center Ranger Room as an additional part of the “Oklahoma Standard” initiative. She will be talking about her life moments before, during and after the bombing including about resilience and not letting this event define her life. This event is open to the public.

Talley is a Business Development Officer at Allegiance Credit Union (ACU, formerly Federal Employees Credit Union, which was located on the third floor of the Murrah Federal Building) where she has worked for 27 years. She has worked in various departments throughout her career at ACU including the teller area, consumer loans, mortgages and marketing. Over the past several years she has been presenting seminars on Credit Score and Identity Theft to various federal agencies and businesses and groups throughout the Oklahoma City metro.

Ice cream floats will be served to those in attendance.

For more information about this project or to volunteer, contact Stewart at (580) 327-8178 or In case of inclement weather, Campus Cleanup Day will be moved to Thursday, April 23; however, Talley will still speak as planned on April 22.