Northwestern Staff Council Planning Campus Beautification Event

April 2, 2019

This year’s Campus Beautification event on the Alva campus is April 18 with Staff Council members joining volunteers at the Woodward campus on April 24 and the Enid campus on April 25 for similar events. 

Calleb Mosburg (left), dean of student affairs and enrollment management, and Ashlie Wilhite, health and sports science junior, participated last year during the Northwestern Staff Council’s annual Campus Cleanup event. Students, faculty, staff and administrators join in each year to help plant flowers, pick up trash, paint curbs and more to help the campus look more beautiful. This year’s Campus Beautification event on the Alva campus is April 18 with Staff Council members joining volunteers at the Woodward campus April 24 and Enid campus on April 25 for similar events.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Staff Council is sponsoring Campus Beautification events in Alva, Enid and Woodward this month and are looking for volunteers to help.

On Thursday, April 18, from 1 to 4 p.m. on the Alva campus, all students and university employees are welcome to volunteer their services to help give the campus a facelift prior to welcoming alumni and guests back to campus for the annual Spring Reunion Day events on April 27.

The Staff Council changed the name from Campus Clean-Up Day to Campus Beautification Day to help entice more participation from students and employees.

“Campus Beautification has a more positive connotation than Clean-Up,” Janet Valencia, Staff Council member, said. “It is more than just picking up trash and raking leaves. We are providing color and interest to our campus with flowers, plants and trees.”

“The original intent of the staff council was to beautify our campus not just clean up from winter’s havoc. By the time fall rolls around, the campus is so beautiful with full trees and flowers all over. The more people who help, the more we can plant and make our facilities the most beautiful places in Alva, Enid and Woodward. When visitors come to campus, they are impressed at how our campuses look, and it takes a team effort to get it looking fabulous.”

Please contact Melissa Brown, Staff Council chair, at or (580) 327-8436 by Friday, April 12, with the names of students, faculty/staff members, administrators and club or organization members who would like to participate with this service project so that the Staff Council members will know how many volunteers to expect and make job assignments.

All volunteers should meet at 12:45 p.m. on the west side of the Student Center to receive instructions on the projects to be completed for the day. Volunteers also should dress appropriately for outdoor work. Tools, gloves and trash bags will be provided; however, volunteers may bring their own tools and gloves. For students and employees who cannot come at 12:45, please check-in to help at any time during the hours of the event.

Staff council will take a group photo of the volunteers at 12:45. Volunteers can come for the photo and go to class at 1 p.m., and come back to help when they can.

In case of inclement weather, Campus Beautification Day in Alva will be moved to Monday, April 22.

Staff Council members will be joining student and employee volunteers at the Woodward campus April 24 and at the Enid campus April 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Pre-registration at these two locations is requested by April 23. Woodward volunteers should pre-register by signing up at the front desk, and Enid volunteers should contact Tiffany Misak, administrative assistant, in the dean’s office.

Staff Council appreciates all of the volunteers for these events because they could not do it without them. They’re also excited to join colleagues and friends in Woodward and Enid again this year.

The Staff Council appreciates Dr. Mindi Clark, assistant professor of agriculture, and her students for growing and providing the plants to be planted on the campuses during these events.

A record of the number of hours volunteered by employees and students will be kept so it can be reflected in service learning reporting. Everyone planning to volunteer is asked to sign in and provide the approximate amount of time available to work.

Questions about Campus Beautification or the Staff Council may be directed to Brown.


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist, 580-327-8480

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

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