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Dr. Viki Craig resigned as Service Learning Director as of the end of spring term 2014. Until a new director is selected and announced, please direct all inquiries and concerns to VPSA Cindy Foust at

The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is putting together an awareness event called, Race of our lives. A team of bikers are going to be traveling across the US raising awareness. Here is a link telling about that. It has a good video explaining a little more about the disease and why they are doing this event.

As a part of this event, the PHA is asking people in each state to sponsor a mile to raise awareness within each state. Lauren Johnson, an art education student at SWOSU and her mother are sponsoring an event at the OKC Zoo called, "Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Lauren Johnson, along with 400 other participants, will be walking a mile around the OKC Zoo on April 12th from 8-10 am.

Lauren and the SWOSU Art Education students are inviting anyone and everyone to be a part of the event to raise awareness about this rare disease. Throughout the walk the participants are going to receive origami paper roses to remind them to stop and smell the roses. This is to remind us that patients with PH are physically limited. The stems of the roses will be wrapped with a story of someone who lives with Pulmonary Hypertension.

We are going to have three days in the Student Union when SWOSU Art Education Students will tutor the community on making 400 paper roses for this special event!

If you would like to make a rose in Lauren Johnson’s honor or to help spread awareness about PH, please come to the Student Union on (Friday, April 4th, Tuesday, April 8th, and Thursday, April 10th).

SWOSU students and Weatherford citizens do not have to pre-register for this event at the OKC Zoo and anyone can come and participate. The walk will be from 8am-10am Saturday, April 10th at the OKC Zoo. Participants in the walk will only pay the special cost of admission into the zoo $2 kids-$4 adults. Come out and support Lauren Johnson and the other patients with Pulmonary Hypertension and help raise awareness about this rare disease.

For more information please contact Joana Hyatt, Assistant Professor of Art Education at SWOSU

Congratulations to students, faculty, and staff participating in engagement activities at SWOSU last academic year 2012-2013. The students in organizational engagement logged 32,055 hours (1,223 students in all), and Service Learning students logged 7,128 hours (228 students in all). Fifty-one faculty members and additional staff members worked with these students, and around fifty community entities were served. Keep up the good work!

FYI: Two useful Enactus U. S. projects involving hunger relief and small business development for women can be found at these sites:

Students interested in applying for the summer 2014 Institute on Philanthropy and Volunteer Service –please note that the deadline for application is Monday Dec. 9. This opportunity is a nonprofit immersion program for which you can find more information at If you have questions about the program or the application process, contact Dr. Viki Craig at 774-3094. (Flyer)

Dr. Christy Vincent

Dr. Viki Craig, Service Learning Director at SWOSU, attended the four-state Heartland Campus Compact Conference in Tulsa, Sept. 19-20. Dr. Craig attended numerous sessions and the keynote speaker’s presentation by Stephen Black, grandson of U. S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black. Stephen Black founded and led the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama and in 2008 received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Community Health Leaders Award for his work with the FocusFirst program. This year he became Special Advisor to the University of Alabama Chancellor for Outreach and Community Engagement. Dr. Craig also met Dr. Christy Vincent, UCO, who did a wonderful presentation on keeping Service Learning at home, that is, finding Service Learning projects that serve the larger campus community itself and benefit commuter students with little extra time. Dr. Vincent will speak at SWOSU on Nov. 19 from 2-4 at the Conference Center as part of a joint effort between Service Learning and the Faculty Development Committee. All faculty are welcome, as well as administrators and student leaders at SWOSU.

Dr. Viki Craig, Director of Service Learning, reported to the annual National Campus Compact Survey that students at SWOSU contributed 122,904 volunteer service hours via Service Learning classes and club/organizational activities during academic year 2011-12. This level was attained by 3,136 students, averaging 1.2 hours of service weekly. Congratulations to their teachers, sponsors, and these students with big hearts!

Campus Compact Civic/Community Engagement Workshop

Friday, Mar. 15, SWOSU’s Brad Bryant, chair of Engineering Technology, Dr. Viki Craig, Service Learning Director, biology professors Dr. Lisa Appeddu and Dr. Muatasem Ubeidat, and chemistry professor Dr. Lori Gwyn travelled to the Oklahoma Campus Compact Civic/Community Engagement Workshop in OKC. Featured speaker, Dr. Robert Franco of Kapiolani CC, University of Hawaii, led the group in an exploration of experiential learning through engagement in relation to high impact teaching practices, transformative community partnerships, and the connection between engaged learning and accreditation and public relations. Dr. Franco’s presentation was directed at STEM programs in higher education.