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Nearly 600 Freshmen Helping Saturday with SWOSU Serves

Nearly 600 freshmen at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford have signed up to assist with projects throughout the community and area this Saturday, October 12.

The SWOSU students plan to participate in SWOSU Serves, a service learning project that will benefit the SWOSU campus as well as several western Oklahoma entities.

Taler Alexander, assistant director of enrollment management and coordinator of new student orientation, said the freshmen volunteered to help with the following projects. Some of the activities have already taken place or will be coming up soon. Projects this Saturday will take place from 9-11 a.m. The list of projects include: 

  • SWOSU Campus Clean-Up
  • Student Union-Cleaning & Organization Projects
  • Weatherford Middle School- Painting Projects
  • YMCA- Replacing Flooring in Spin Room
  • Step Up Transitional Living- Set up for Gala Event & Organization of Donations
  • Weatherford Ministerial Alliance- Cleaning at Gambrell House
  • 66 Nights- Assist Vendors in Setting up Booths; Spread Word about Event
  • Corn Heritage Village Denim & Diamonds- Assist with Event
  • Hydro Public Schools- Painting Projects
  • Crowder Lake- Beautification Projects & Clean-Up
  • City of Weatherford- Park Beautification
  • SWOSU- Campus Beautification
  • Research Fair- Assisting with Set-Up, Operations, Tear Down of Event
  • Al Harris Library- Organization & Clean-Up at Off-Site Storage
  • Wings over Weatherford- Assist with Events
  • SWOSU Wellness Committee- Assist with 5K/Fun Run
  • Clinton Washington Elementary- Painting Projects
  • Clinton Nance Elementary- Beautification Projects
  • Student Success Center- Teaching Workshops on Various Topics
  • Some Students Completing Projects on Their Own

 “The mission of SWOSU Serves is to provide students with the opportunity to actively engage with the community in a service learning project,” Alexander said. “Service-learning is considered to be a high impact practice for students, because it contributes to the educational

experience by promoting learning outside the walls of the classroom.”

The activity also encourages personal growth in students while also meeting various needs in the community.

Alexander said SWOSU Serves is an event designed to strengthen the relationship between SWOSU and surrounding organizations. 

For additional information about SWOSU Serves, go to the following link: