Volunteers prepare for 'The Big Event' on March 26

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Volunteers prepare for 'The Big Event' on March 26

March 8, 2011

Nearly 500 volunteers from Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s three campuses are preparing for “The Big Event,” on Saturday, March 26.

The annual event, sponsored by the student organization Conserving Our Ranger Environment (CORE), brings students, faculty and staff together to give back to their campus communities.

Registration in Alva begins at 8:30 a.m., with projects beginning at 9 a.m. Enid and Woodward volunteers are to meet at their respective campuses at 9 a.m.

Alva volunteers will meet at Hatfield Park for donuts and registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. This year, most of the volunteers will spend the day at Hatfield Park in a concentrated effort to refurbish the popular local park.

Projects include the roofing of several pavilions, trimming trees, removing overgrown brush, sprucing up flower gardens, picking up trash and cleaning out drainage ditches. Workers also will put a new coat of paint on the fences, buildings, playground equipment and picnic tables.

CORE members will work on landscaping and will help install new bike racks and benches at the Municipal Swimming Pool they have purchased for the park with grant funds provided by Walmart.

Other volunteers will assist the Alva Kiwanis Club with painting the interior of the Municipal Swimming Pool and landscaping.

In addition to the Hatfield Park, volunteers in Alva will do various work at the New Beginnings Crisis Center, Beadles Nursing Home, Woods County Fairgrounds and Share Medical Center.

Both the Enid and Woodward campuses also have volunteer efforts planned for the “The Big Event.” Enid volunteers will spend time at the Faith Farm preparing gardens for spring planting. Woodward volunteers will clean up around Experiment Lake.

CORE also will sponsor a recycling drive for clothing, aluminum cans and books. The Alva community is encouraged to bring their recyclable items to the designated area on the north side of the downtown square.

Delta Zeta sorority will manage the clothing drive and will donate all clothes to the New Beginnings Crisis Center for their fundraising efforts. CORE will recycle all aluminum cans and will send all books to Better World Books for distribution to third world countries.

“The Big Event” participants come from a variety of on-campus organizations including the Department of Social Work, Student Government Association, Northwestern Scholar Ambassadors, President’s Leadership Class, Delta Zeta, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Spanish Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Art Society, Baptist Student Union, Society of Professional Journalists, Oklahoma Broadcast Education Association, University Relations, cheerleading, CORE and several athletic teams, such as women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, rodeo and football. Many individuals from all three campuses also are volunteering their time.

In all, approximately 23 percent of the student body will participate.

“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.

This year “The Big Event” has received tremendous support from a myriad of partners, including Walmart, City of Alva, Chesapeake Energy, Alva Kiwanis Club, Central National Bank of Alva, Chaffee Properties, Charlie Bird Roofing, Wes Miller Construction, Western Equipment, Woods County Democratic Women, Alva Tree Board, Boy Scouts, Chartwell’s and NWOSU.

Contact sponsors Dr. Steven Mackie at swmackie@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8452 or Janet Valencia at jivalencia@nwosu.edu or (580) 327-8476 with questions. On the Enid campus, contact Lori Coonrod at lacoonrod@nwosu.edu or (580) 213-3147, and contact Joy Radke at the Woodward campus at kjradke@nwosu.edu or (580) 254-2500.