SNU's Students Serve The City

Southern Nazarene University (SNU) scheduled the 20th annual service project day for all new and transfer students for Tuesday, August 22, 2006.

There are over 400 students and sponsors that will spread out across our Oklahoma City Community. The group will spend an afternoon in cleaning, sorting, painting, building and landscaping at fifteen different locations.

Jason Hubbert, Associate of Spiritual Development at SNU states “As a Christian university, we want to set a precedent in students minds. Their experience at Southern Nazarene University will include opportunities to step outside of their comfort zone and share Christ’s love with others. These projects are the first of those opportunities.”

The fifteen scheduled locations to serve this year include - Bethany Place Apartments, Bethany Public Schools, Children’s Center, Feed the Children, Goodwill Industries, Love Links, OKC Compassion, Reaching Our City, Salvation Army, SNU Horse Ranch, Urban Impact, City Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Stinch Comb, and Lake Overholser Dam.

“Love Link Ministries partners with a number of Oklahoma City churches and other organizations to provide services to the under-served in the urban core. Love Link Ministries benefits greatly from the mobilization of lots of volunteers such as this.” said Dr. Howard Culbertson, R., D.Min, Garner Chair of Missions; Associate Professor of Missions at SNU and Chairman of the Board at Love Link Ministries.

“Surveys have shown us that the freshman year in college can be one of the loneliest times in a person’s life. The, now 20 year old, New Student Institute program at Southern Nazarene University, attempts to address that problem through the formation, each year, of “family groups” containing ten new students, a faculty mentor, and a student mentor. During the five-day orientation, students attend all activities (including a city-wide service project), informational seminars, and social events with their family groups and mentors. As a result, they end up forming lasting relationships. We want to do everything we can to give them the tools they need to succeed and help assure them that their choice to come to University was a good one.” said Linda Gresham, Director of NSI and wife of SNU President, Loren Gresham.

For more information on the service project day, contact Eunice Trent, Southern Nazarene University Communications & Marketing at 405.491.6600. For more information on NSI visit http://nsi.snu.edu/NSI2006Intro.htm.