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March 2015

USAO Day of Volunteerism Continues Five-Year Tradition

USAO students volunteering during Drover Difference Day.

More than 250 USAO students, staff and faculty came together for a day of volunteer service in the community.

Students, staff and faculty at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma fanned out across Chickasha on March 6 for a day of volunteerism as Drover Difference Day celebrated its fifth anniversary. More than 175 students participated in the annual day of service, working in conjunction with more than 15 Chickasha organizations.

The volunteers worked with local organizations including: the Chickasha Animal Shelter; the Grady County Historical Society; the Chickasha Area Arts Council; Ross Health Care; the Salvation Army; the Women’s Service and Family Resource Center; Lincoln Elementary; the YMCA; and Grady Memorial Hospital among others.

In total, more than 250 students, staff and faculty participated.

Catelyn Perry, director of counseling, disability and career services, coordinated this year’s event, in conjunction with Rachel Sharpe, resident life and hall director for the Sparks Hall dormitory.

Perry was grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community. “This was my third year to participate in Drover Difference Day and it is something I look forward to all year,” she said. “It is such a great event, and it is a wonderful opportunity for our USAO family to come together and serve the community. No matter what project you are doing that day, you really feel like you have made a difference.”

To celebrate the fifth anniversary, the event kicked off with a breakfast with comments offered from Chickasha Mayor Hank Ross, USAO President John Feaver and Sara Gibbs, a biology senior from Claremore.

Ross declared March 6 as Drover Difference Day at a meeting of the Chickasha City Council earlier in the week.

Several service projects took place the week prior and following the special day of service.

More than 50 USAO staff, students and faculty went to elementary schools around Chickasha and read to students as part of the national Read Across America initiative.

Members of the women’s basketball team participated in Colonial Day at Lincoln Elementary on March 13.

A table was setup in the USAO cafeteria from March 2-6 for students to sign Christmas cards for military veterans for the Art of Encouragement, which was founded by alumna Ashley Hyde Fuhr, of Oklahoma City, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a minor in art.

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