SNU Employees Honor MLK Jr. Through Service

BETHANY, OK (January 16, 2013) – Employees of Southern Nazarene University volunteered in the community on Monday as a day of service in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

A total of 60 SNU Faculty and Staff members served at various locations including: Hope Chest Ministries, the Regional Food Bank and Woodson Park Church of the Nazarene.

“MLK, Jr. Day was created as a day of remembrance to honor MLK, Jr.’s vision and service. We also saw it as a way to help fulfill our mission of transforming lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community by serving the community in which we live,” stated Chris Peterson, Director of Human Resources.

Although the teams were only able to spend one day at their respective sites they still made an impact. The volunteers at theRegional Food Bank boxed 255 cases of frozen green beans providing 5,885 meals for Oklahomans in need. The team at Woodson Park Church of the Nazarene was able to paint the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall as well as replace lights and hardware. Hope Chest Ministries spent time organizing sheets and dishes to box up to families in need.

“My family and I had a great time serving with members of the SNU community and other community volunteers. It was very fulfilling to see how much food could be packaged and ready to go in a short amount of time and to know that we were a part of helping to feed hungry Oklahomans. Working with staff members from across the campus allowed me a chance to get to know some of my colleagues that I normally don't see very often. I hope this can become an annual event,” said Kim Rosfeld, Academic Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program and MLK Jr. Day of Service Volunteer.

Southern Nazarene University's mission is to transform lives through higher education in Christ-centered community. As a Christian community of scholars, we model the hospitality of grace, the pursuit of truth and the practice of discipleship, all within the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, as we prepare graduates who THINK with clarity, ACT with integrity and SERVE with purpose