Building a Better Community – One Nice Person At A Time
SWOSU is a nice place. Ask anyone. It’s kinda our thing. We believe in rolling up our sleeves and getting things done – in the classroom, on the field, on campus and in our community. SWOSU is so serious about serving the greater good that we offer college credit for SERVICE LEARNING courses.
Bulldogs Are Good Dogs
Whether it is teaching kids to read, ministering to the homeless, feeding the hungry, monitoring fresh water or volunteering in medical outreach, SWOSU students are there lending a hand.
Here are a few projects:
- tutoring 4thand 5th graders in an after-school program
- packing foods for the hungry and work in the homeless shelter kitchen
- performing basic health assessments at a health clinic for uninsured/underinsured patients
- conducting laboratory testing under the direct supervision of trained professionals in a clinical practice
- volunteering at a health clinic and performing services such as completing patient paperwork, assisting physicians, and dispensing medication.
- stuffing backpacks for kids in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank
- monitoring the health of Oklahoma’s fresh water in Little Deep Creek
- developing a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan for emerging local businesses
This is just a sample of current projects. Many SWOSU professors and instructors conduct similar service learning and community engagement project, including Engineering Technology, Art, Radiologic Technology, Music Therapy, Reading Instruction, and Parks and Recreation Management.
Recognizing the Good
Kamuela Ahuna is SWOSU’s latest Newman Civic Fellow. This award is given to students who have worked to find solutions for some of the many challenges facing our society. Ahuna is committed to providing a pathway to STEM fields for rural students. He is actively involved in the SWOSU Computer Club and a computer science camp for area high school students. As a mentor and role model to fellow students, Ahuna provides information on accessibility to higher education and to STEM fields of study.
Rewarded & Corded
SWOSU is serious about service and if you are too, join us in our efforts. The rewards are many… building positive relationships, the betterment of humankind, experiencing all the feels… and if you complete nine-credit hours of service learning courses, you’ll graduate with a BLUE – Bulldogs Learning Understanding Empowering honor cord, which is not only a fashion statement, but a statement of your good character.