OC celebrates anniversary by picking up trash in OKC
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Posted by: Michael Mitchell
From The Oklahoman
By Dawn Marks
Oklahoma Christian University students, alumni, faculty and staff gave
Oklahoma City a thank you Saturday for 50 years of classes in the city.
A crew of about 175 people from the university patrolled the streets
of downtown picking up trash Saturday as part of the Day in the City
service project. Neil Arter, dean of students, said officials wanted to
do something to symbolically thank Oklahoma City during the school’s
50th anniversary in Oklahoma City.
“We’re trying to remind the students about the commitment of the
community,” Arter said. “It’s not like we can repay all the things that
have been done for us.”
Fifty years ago, members of the Oklahoma City downtown business
community encouraged Oklahoma Christian officials to move the
university to Oklahoma City from Bartlesville, Arter said.
The Oklahoma Christian crew started Saturday in Bricktown and worked
toward the Oklahoma County jail. Senior Jana Miller, 21, said she heard
about the past two years of Day in the City service projects and
decided that her social service club, Gamma Rho, should join this year.
“I know that every time I serve, no matter how small it is, it’s
really humbling,” Miller said. “This community has been really
The Day in the City project started with Memorial Road Church of
Christ; eventually several other organizations and churches joined.
Groups did service projects Saturday all over the metro area.
Allison Shumate, university communications coordinator, said
Oklahoma Christian’s project organizers were pleased with the turnout
“It was so great that every time you turned a corner you would see
another big group of the students all in their matching Day in the City
shirts working together to clean things up,” Shumate said.