Northwestern, NWTC partner to play host to MASH Camp for 43 students

June 5, 2017

Area seventh grade students participating in the MASH Camp held at Northwest Technology Center.

Area seventh grade students participating in the MASH Camp held at Northwest Technology Center and Northwestern included: (standing left to right) Anna Italiano, Trinity Tindall, Avery Sanborn, Norah Scarbrough, Hunter Miller, Jeovanni Williams, Alaina Pierce, Dylan Wickham, Taryn Brawley, Jor’dyn Luster, Thedric Darr, Karlie Snow, Clyce Graves, Ethan Dowty, Jaxon Jones, Warren Walborn, Kaden Pettus, Jaedyn Williams, Ryleigh Orcutt, Laura Anton, Austin Ramey, Thomas Anderson, Mason Boger, Ashlei Cosper, Gabriella Herrera, Korey Dooley, Alexus Shields, Andrew Barton, Drake Johnson and Aiden Sanborn (kneeling left to right) Peyton Rauch, Matt Robinson, A.J. Minjares, Kelsie Doane, Austin Littrell, Huston Lane, Cole Richter, Omarian Carter, Abby Guffy, Lexi Williams, Jocie Shelton, Madysen Ryel and Michelle Penoyer.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Northwest Technology Center (NWTC) partnered to offer the annual MASH (Medical Avenues in Service and Health) Camp. The camp was held on the campuses of both NWTC and Northwestern-Alva on May 30 through June 1.

Forty-three students from northwest Oklahoma who will be entering the seventh grade learned many different skills including CPR training, first aid skills, wellness assessments and leadership skills.

Students enjoyed three days of learning and fun. Day one included the students engaging in team building and leadership exercises. The group also toured Northwestern’s Athletic Training Facility and the Nursing Simulation Lab. Day two included learning CPR and recreating a forensic investigation in the BioMedical Sciences facilities at NWTC. The last day culminated in a tour of Share Medical Center’s emergency room, laboratory, nursing facilities, physical therapy facilities and clinic.

“Northwestern is proud to be a partner in this camp with Northwest Technology Center and wants to thank the Wisdom Foundation for their continued support,” Dr. Bo Hannaford, vice president for academic affairs at Northwestern, said. “We wanted to provide opportunities to showcase the different types of careers in the medical field while instilling the importance of math and science related to these careers, and I believe the students received that. We look forward to adding more opportunities to the camp in the future.”

During their three-day stint the students were housed in Northwestern’s dormitories and supervised by NWTC’s Daren Slater, Jennifer Shaw, Andrea Long, Tara Thomas, Melinda Barton and Tammy Mustard. Along with Northwestern personnel Dr. Chandler Mead, Dr. Leslie Collins, Isilei Ofiu and Hannaford.

“These middle school students received a great introduction to medical careers,” Daren Slater, NWTC assistant superintendent, said. “They learned so much from our partners who provided tours and activities for these students. We also look forward to partnering in the future with Northwestern and the Wisdom Foundation to help students learn more about career possibilities in northwest Oklahoma.”

I loved MASH Camp,” said Ryleigh Orcutt, Alva seventh grader. “CPR training was my favorite part. I know that if I have to use it, I will know what to do. I learned a lot about the different opportunities in the medical field.”

The Wisdom Foundation, along with NWTC and Northwestern, funded the camp.


Ali Gavitt, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480

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