With New Student Orientation comes an entire new class of students with different talents, interests, and desires. NSO is a time of discovering who we are as a university, learning the ins and outs of university life, and creating bonds with others that will last a lifetime. NSO also brings about a new semester with new opportunities to live out our motto “Enter to Learn. Go Forth to Serve.” We want to encourage our new students that although they are just starting their collegiate journey, that they can go forth and serve right where they are. Herein comes the annual NSO Morning of Service.
This year’s morning of service was one of the most successful to date with 132 new students, orientation leaders, and residential staff participating. That is nearly 200 hours of combined community engagement and service! Our participants visited 8 community locations – Good Samaritan Home, Wood Memorial Primary School, Wood Memorial Intermediate School, Wood Memorial High School, Oakland City Columbia Township Public Library, Oakland City University Community Garden, Oakland City New Lake, and The City of Oakland City. Each group participated in a different service project, with many of the projects incorporating beatification and landscaping.
I am very proud of our students and cannot wait for this upcoming semester. We have many opportunities throughout the next coming months and want you to know you are invited to be part of the service we do. If you are interested in participating, please contact me at any time.