Service to others an integral part of new student orientation at SNU

More than 500 new Southern Nazarene University (SNU) freshmen, transfer students and their leaders will spread out across the Oklahoma City community, Tuesday, August 24, to extend a helping hand to those in need.

New freshman and transfer students will participate in 19 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.), Ronald McDonald House, The Children’s Center, and OKC Compassion.

“Our goal is to build 40 houses for Habitat for Humanity this year. We can only reach that goal when we have volunteers such as these students from Southern Nazarene University. We have worked with SNU for several years and always enjoy working with them,” said Ann Felton, Chairman and CEO of the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.

SNU’s annual service project day is a part of the 18th New Student Institute (NSI), a five-day orientation program for new freshmen and transfer students. The program is designed to assist new students with the transition into the university setting and help them feel at home on the SNU campus before classes begin, according to program and coordinator Linda Gresham, wife of President Loren Gresham.

For further service project information, contact Jill Fothergill, at 405.491.6216 or by e-mail at

For information about service project locations, contact Carol Wight, Director of Communications and Marketing, at 405.491.6602 or by e-mail at