Oklahoma Christian to Give OKC a Clean Sweep
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Posted by: Katy Watson
Oklahoma City - Oklahoma Christian University students are preparing to tackle the trash during the Day in the City service project. A group of more than 200 students, faculty, staff and alumni will come together on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 8 a.m. in efforts to beautify the downtown area of Oklahoma City.
Oklahoma Christian decided to become involved this year to provide their students with another chance to connect with the community. Day in the City brings together numerous churches and organizations conducting service projects, which will reach out to metro area.
The project chosen for Oklahoma Christian students and volunteers this year will be to complete a trash sweep of the downtown Oklahoma City area. The project will span from Bricktown to the county jail.
“OC students are involved in so much service,” Dean of Students Neil Arter said. “They have always done that, it is almost part of our DNA here.”
This effort comes as OC is celebrating the 50th year of holding classes in the Oklahoma City area.
“We want to in a way symbolically thank the Oklahoma City area for their commitment to us,” Arter said. “Hopefully, it will be a good reminder for the students that not just the faculty and staff are here behind them, but also that there is a city behind them.”
The Oklahoma business and civic communities have supported OC since the initial move from Bartlesville.
“I want students to recognize the fact that we have been supported by the city, and the business partners of the city have really made it possible for us to be here,” Arter said. “When Oklahoma Christian moved here 50 years ago the downtown business group said, ‘we will not let you fail'. I think that that is a pretty important statement from them.”
This clean up effort also comes at a time when Oklahoma City is preparing to welcome a new partner to the area.
“It's kind of an exciting time to be spiffing up the city,” Arter said. “The NBA season is a big time for the downtown area, and for the Ford Center to get an NBA team. I think it's a nice time to make this gesture.”
For more about how to participate in Day in the City contact the Student Life office at 425-5900.
For more information about Oklahoma Christian, log on to http://www.oc.edu/ <http://www.oc.edu/> .
Oklahoma Christian, a “Best Western College” according to The Princeton Review, is a private, four-year comprehensive university. OC offers degree programs in more than 60 fields of study in three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies and the College of Professional Studies. The university also offers two graduate degree programs in Biblical studies as well as one- and two-year master of business administration programs. In addition to its Oklahoma City campus, OC operates Cascade College in Portland, Oregon, and has study abroad opportunities in Vienna, Austria, Honduras, and throughout the western Pacific.