Northwestern says thank you with 'The Big Event'

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Northwestern says thank you with 'The Big Event'

March 10, 2010


Nearly 400 volunteers from Northwestern Oklahoma State University are preparing for “The Big Event,” on Saturday, April 10, beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE) members, students, faculty and staff are planning to say “thank you” to communities for supporting Northwestern. 

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“The Big Event” is planned to begin Saturday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. During this ‘one day, one big thanks’ community service project, Northwestern students and employees say “thanks” to Northwestern communities for their support.


            Northwestern students, faculty and staff from all three university locations are taking an active role in “The Big Event.”  People still have time to sign up and thank the communities in which Northwestern serves.

            Alva volunteers will meet downtown on the Alva square for breakfast and registration at 8:30 a.m.  Volunteers will begin working on submitted projects at 9 a.m. The group plans to assist with landscaping, painting, raking leaves, planting trees and other activities to help say thank you to Alva.

            Both Enid and Woodward branch locations have volunteer efforts planned for the “The Big Event” the same day, also at 8:30 a.m. Enid volunteers will spend time at the Faith Farm preparing a garden for spring planting.  Volunteers should meet at the Faith Farm at 9 a.m.  Woodward volunteers will clean up around Experiment Lake.

            “I am humbled by the number of people who are giving up their weekend for this community service project,” said Janet Valencia, CORE co-sponsor.

            This year CORE also will sponsor a recycling and used clothing drive.  The community is encouraged to bring their recyclable aluminum cans and used clothing to the Alva square.  Adult clothes will be donated to the Salvation Army, and children’s clothing will be given to the NW Domestic Crisis Services of Alva.  Recycled cans will be taken to Scribner’s in Alva, and all monies collected will go to CORE to help fund next year’s Big Event.

            “The Big Event” participants come from a variety of on-campus organizations including NWOSU Art Society, Rangers Excelling at Leadership (REAL), women’s soccer, University

Relations, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, football, Society of Professional Journalists/Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association (SPJ/OBEA), Baptist Student Union (BSU), Sigma Delta Pi, Student Government Association (SGA), Delta Zeta, Northwestern-Enid, Northwestern-Woodward, International Students Organization, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors (NSA) and Rodeo.

            Northwestern rodeo team members will be participating in a rodeo competition the weekend of April 10, so they completed their volunteer services for “The Big Event” early by picking up 39 bags of trash at the Woods County Fairgrounds.

            “The Big Event” is a nationally recognized function with the purpose to strengthen the relationship between the university and the communities it serves while creating positive change. This event offers the opportunity for student organizations, faculty and staff to work together on a wide variety of projects to better the university and community.

            “’The Big Event’ is a ‘one day, one big thanks’ community service project where Northwestern students, faculty and staff come together to do service projects as a way of saying ‘thanks’ to our communities who support us,” Valencia said.

            CORE is still accepting community related projects for completion.  Visit to complete a “job request form.”  A job request form must be submitted in order for the group to accept the work.

            Contact sponsors Dr. Steven Mackie at or (580) 327-8452 or Valencia at or (580) 327-8476 with questions. On the Enid campus, contact Lori Coonrod at or (580) 213-3147, and contact the Woodward campus at (580) 254-2500.