Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

April 9, 2013

Making connections

TAHLEQUAH — College students, many of whom are living away from home, sometimes have very little connection to the community in which they study..

Northeastern State University hosted its annual Big Event this past Saturday, a service project that allows students, faculty and staff a chance to say “thank you” to members and businesses of the Tahlequah community for their continued support.

According to Chris Adney, NSU director of Student Activities, 729 students signed up for this year’s event.

“I’d say we had, ballpark, about 90 job requests submitted,” said Adney. “What was interesting is that project requests ranged from individuals who own homes requesting assistance, to businesses, to the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, to non-profit organizations like the Humane Society of Cherokee County.”

University official believe the Big Event, started at Texas A&M and now involves more than 70 other schools, is not about the number of jobs completed or about the number of students who participate each year; rather, it is the interaction with the residents and the resulting unity in the community that makes The Big Event important.

“This was the first year I’ve been involved,” said Adney. “And I felt like it went really well. The weather was nice and a lot of work was performed. It also allowed our students to see parts of the community they hadn’t seen before, meet new people and really help out. It is very service oriented.”

The Big Event is coordinated by the Herb Rozell Scholars, who in turn appoint a student committee throughout the planning process. This year’s Rozell Scholars Megan Edmonds and Morgan Bozone were in charge of this year’s service project.

“Our goal this year was to really make a connection between student volunteers and the work they were doing in the community,” said Edmonds. “The NSU broadcast students got involved, and filmed the volunteers and the people they were helping. They’re making a video presentation that they plan to show at an event next week. We’re going to have food, the video and a speaker who will talk about how important it is to try and make a difference in your community.”

To make sure everything went smoothly, Edmonds and Bozone began planning last summer.

“My co-director and I started meeting last summer, in July, just to outline what we wanted to do,” said Edmonds. “We had our first committee meeting with 12 students in early September. After that, we had bi-weekly meeting in the fall, and weekly meetings this semester to make sure everything was on schedule.”

Jobs ranged from painting to lawn work to odd jobs, and required a good deal of supplies for all involved.

“We are very grateful to our sponsors which included the Northeastern Student Government Association, the fraternities and sororities, as well as a number of local businesses,” said Edmonds. “They helped make sure we had everything we needed, include hand rakes, shovels, ladders, squeegees and things like that.”


To see the complete version of this article, subscribe to the Daily Press e-edition by following the link below.

Click here to get the entire Tahlequah Daily Press delivered every day to your home or office.

Click here to get a free trial or to subscribe to the Tahlequah Daily Press electronic edition. It's the ENTIRE newspaper (without the paper) for your computer, iPad or e-reader.

Text Only
Local News
  • ts-Tax-free-main.jpg Shopper's delight

    Tax-free weekend coming up Aug. 1-3, just in time for back-to-school savings

    Attention, shoppers: Oklahoma’s Tax-Free Weekend is coming up, beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 1.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • ballard-amanda.jpg Woman pleads no contest to molestation

    A Tahlequah woman accused of having more than 20 sexual encounters with a 13-year-old boy has pleaded no contest in exchange for a 15-year prison sentence, though 10 years have been suspended.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-arch-society.jpg Archaeologist: Spiro Mounds may have been ancient music haven

    People gathered from across the country at the “center of the universe,” bringing with them different styles of music and instruments, each thought to have its own power and importance.
    This could be the description of a modern music festival, but to Jim Rees, it is a picture of the Spiro Mounds 1,000 years before Columbus came to the Americas.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Two headed for trial for conspiracy to kill judge and others

    Two of the four people accused of conspiring to kill a Cherokee County judge and several other targets were bound over for trial Friday following a preliminary hearing in Tahlequah.

    July 28, 2014

  • Woman accused in embezzlement sought for arrest

    Court officials have issued a bench warrant for a woman who previously pleaded to embezzling more than $40,000 while she worked for Tahlequah attorney Park Medearis.

    July 28, 2014

  • CN, UKB battle over trust land application

    Two Tahlequah-based tribes presented oral arguments Friday in a protracted fight over a land-in-trust application.

    Over the course of five hours, attorneys for the Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee Nation Entertainment and the Department of the Interior made their cases before Northern District Judge Gregory Frizzell in a hearing that was originally scheduled for February.


    July 25, 2014

  • ts-NSU-Main-1-a.jpg No NSU pool, for now

    NSU experiencing delays in fitness center construction

    Earlier this month, Northeastern State University announced it is experiencing delays in the renovation of its fitness center and pool.
    The facility was officially shuttered Sept. 17, 2012, and at the time, the projected completion date for renovation was this fall.

    July 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • jn-Suspect-1.jpg Officials: Images of suspects may help nab church burglars

    Cherokee County investigators hope surveillance footage captured around the Crescent Valley Baptist Church in Woodall helps lead to the suspects accused of breaking into the complex and setting fire to one building this week.
    According to Undersheriff Jason Chennault, cameras captured footage of two suspects on bicycles early Tuesday morning, July 22.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • svw-movie-night.jpg Local library hosts family movie night

    Nova Foreman and her two daughters were about to leave the Tahlequah Public Library Thursday, when they saw the Family Movie Night flyer.
    The three decided to stay and enjoy a movie they had not yet seen at the free, theater-like event.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • svw-Keys.jpg Grant to fund stepped-up Keys PE program

    Kair Ridenhour’s new office is filled with pedometers.
    Ridenhour officially started his new position as assistant elementary principal at Keys Public Schools on July 1.
    But his other role at the school – that of physical education project coordinator – prompted the influx of pedometers.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo


Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow