New students begin college career by serving others

On Tuesday, August 26, more than 500 new Southern Nazarene University (SNU) freshmen, transfer students and their leaders will spread across the Oklahoma City community to extend a helping hand to those in need.

New freshman and transfer students will participate in 23 different service projects throughout the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Projects will focus on serving the needs of local outreaches such as Habitat for Humanity, Reaching Our City (R.O.C.), Shiloh Camp, The Children’s Center, the SNU Horse Ranch, and OKC Compassion.

“We’re especially pleased when we see how college students everywhere are becoming increasingly interested in the welfare of their fellow man,” said Carl Coody, Volunteer/Church Relations Coordinator for Central Oklahoma’s Habitat for Humanity. “Our organization would simply cease to exist without the help of volunteers like these students.”

Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit Christian housing ministry that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action by providing affordable housing to low-income families.

SNU’s annual service project day is a part of the 17th New Student Institute (NSI), a five-day orientation program for new freshmen and transfer students. The program is designed to assist new students in the transition into the university setting and to help them feel at home on the SNU campus before classes begin, according to program creator and coordinator Linda Gresham, wife of President Loren Gresham.

For further service project information, contact Dee Kelley, Vice President for Spiritual Development, at 405.491.6216 or by e-mail:

To schedule a project assignment, contact Becky Walker, Associate Director of Communications and Marketing, at 405.491.6600 or by e-mail: