July 10, 2008
Nearly 240 Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors and 35 staff members will be on the Northwestern Oklahoma State University campus next week for the BASIC Student Council Camp and Workshop.
Staff members today began preparations for the campers, who arrive on Sunday, July 13, for the week-long camp that ends Friday, July 18.
This marks the first time for the camp to take place in Alva. The Oklahoma Association of Student Council’s Board of Directors and Workshop Directors were looking for a change of venue and asked Northwestern to submit a bid, which the university eventually won.
Two camps take place each summer with this year’s venues being at Northwestern in July and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in June.
Marc Wallace, director of students and housing, said that 161 girls and 70 boys are registered to stay in campus housing and will eat their meals in the Coronado Cafeteria. Wallace added that the general public and Northwestern employees and students also may use their meal cards or pay cash in the cafeteria for all meals Sunday through Friday.
Ted Robinson, Chartwell’s food service director, said the cafeteria is open for breakfast at 7:30 a.m., lunch at noon and dinner at 5 p.m. Dinner will not be served on Thursday, July 17.
Karen Koehn, counselor at the Northwest Technology Center’s Alva campus, and Kristi Neerman, facilities director for the workshop and director of activities at Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa, played an instrumental role in communicating with Northwestern about the opportunity to play host to the camp.
Koehn, a Northwestern alumna, is in her 20th summer to participate in this camp, and Neerman is in her seventh.
Koehn said the students will be coming from all across Oklahoma and are usually in leadership positions at their local student councils.
She explained that the students will be divided into 10 councils where they will come up with a school name, mascot, colors and a school song and yell. They also will participate in breakout sessions that will include leadership styles, team building, etiquette, school spirit and activities. The group also will be having a banquet and an outdoor carnival.
Koehn said having the camp in Alva and on Northwestern’s campus is a great opportunity for these students to physically be in the community and on this campus to see what both have to offer.
“It is my belief that when folks see what a nice campus and community we have, you just never know, but they may at least reconsider NWOSU as a possible choice for their post-secondary options,” she said.
Neerman added that she is very excited to have been given the opportunity to have BASIC at Northwestern and noted that the university administration has been absolutely remarkable to work with and truly appreciates everything that they, along with the community of Alva, are doing to make the staff and delegates feel welcomed.
Posted on Thu, July 10, 2008
by Valarie Case