Social Work student shows outstanding community service, earns 'deSERVING' Ranger Award

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Social Work student shows outstanding community service, earns 'deSERVING' Ranger Award

April 29, 2016

Lamberth Shelby Lamberth

The deSERVING Ranger Award is designed to recognize an outstanding Northwestern Oklahoma State University student serving within the Northwestern communities and campuses. This year’s recipient is Shelby Lamberth, Sharon senior, for her work and commitment to “Primp for Prom” and Woodward Public Schools.

Lamberth was instrumental in developing and supporting the Primp for Prom project. For the past two years, she has worked extensively in collecting formal dress donations and providing them to high school girls in the region free of charge. This year, Primp for Prom served students from 13 Northwest Oklahoma schools and provided more than 200 free dresses. While in her service learning in social work course, Lamberth worked with the school-based social worker at Woodward Public Schools and supported their clothing closet.

”I’m truly honored to receive this award and proud to know I upheld the mission of the university and the core values of the social work profession” Lamberth said.

The criterion for the deSERVING Ranger Award is that a student must demonstrate a dedication to service and a sense of responsibility to the Northwestern Service Learning/Civic Engagement (SLICE) vision; serve as a community service model for other students; and illustrate exceptional leadership and organizational skills.

Dr. Kylene Rehder, chair of Northwestern’s social work department and associate professor of social work, gave praise to Lamberth’s work.

“Lamberth is so deserving of this award based on her unwavering commitment to social justice through service in our region,” Rehder said. “I’m so impressed with her ability to address community challenges in creative, thoughtful and purposeful ways.”

For more information on Northwestern’s social work department contact Rehder at (580) 327-8135 or