Freshmen Find Purpose Through Service

BETHANY, OK (August 22, 2012) - Tuesday morning over 300 freshmen, transfers and student leaders at Southern Nazarene University served over 10 non-profits in the Oklahoma City area.

Students served in various capacities including painting, packing food boxes and various sorting and cleaning. 

“At the Regional Oklahoma Food Bank we packaged up bread in order to send it to local food pantries for further distribution. I felt the experience really brought together our freshman class on a deeper level than just spending time together,” said freshman, Emma Williamson. 

Service projects have been an integral part of New Student Institute since its inception over 20 years ago. The University uses these projects to remind students of their responsibility to serve the larger community. 

“I feel like these projects are crucial to SNU because it exhibits what sets us apart from other universities. It also brings the freshman together in a way that is both humbling and Christ-centered,” stated Williamson. 

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.