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OCU Family Loads Summer Schedule with Volunteer Hours
Even though the class schedule tends to slow down in the summertime, students, faculty and staff members at Oklahoma City University stay busy with volunteer opportunities. The volunteering varies from local charity fundraisers to international goodwill work. The volunteers and their projects include: Jamee Valcik, a junior instrumental music education major, is in Ghana volunteering with Operation Crossroads Africa (OCA) for seven weeks. A group of eight people will work with Madamfo Pa (Good Friend), a community-based organization started in 2002 to provide education and support to poor children. “Crossroaders” are supporting teachers and conducting classes in the village primary school and provide remedial instruction for village children who have had limited formal education. They will also help construct furniture for a classroom built by the 2007 Crossroads group. Other activities will include work on a summer hut for sewing classes and assisting with quilt-making and vegetable gardens. MBA student Clifford Mueggenborg volunteers for the Lions Club to raise money for sight, hearing and speech conservation; diabetes awareness; youth outreach; international relations; environmental issues and other programs that support the local community. Mueggenborg also volunteers for the Knights of Columbus. The organization’s annual fundraiser will be at 6 p.m. July 18 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Okarche, Okla. History professor Marie Hooper is a volunteer instructor for the Oklahoma City Obedience Training Club. The club trains people to train their dogs to be “good citizens.” Larry Eberhardt, political science professor, volunteers with Friends of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library at their book sorting site. Lois L. Salmeron, associate dean of the Kramer School of Nursing, is volunteering her time in the search process for a new director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. Salmeron also volunteers as a member of the Oklahoma Higher Education Historical Society Foundation Board. The organization acquires historical materials for archives of all higher education institutions, both public and private, in the state. Larry Pecan, a third-year law student, spent some of his summer repainting the Eli Juliana School roof in an impoverished part of Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Some OCU School of Law students are volunteering at Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. The students assist the staff attorneys with providing free civil legal services to low-income Oklahomans and the elderly. English professor Brooke Hessler is serving as a museum guide at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Sha' Wolford, who works for OCU Law faculty support services, is volunteering for the 2009 Summer Sooner State Games. Wolford also plans to volunteer for the 2009 Winter Sooner State Games. Jacquelyn Sparks, a senior in photography and Spanish, volunteers in the photographic archives at the Oklahoma Historical Society to help conserve the state's history and make it available to others.