Brenna McDow, left, and Katie Campbell-Robison
display their painting skills. - Jerry
**For Immediate Release**
SOEA Members Part of an Extreme Makeover
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 03-08-2006
Goodwell, Okla. - Oklahoma Panhandle State University students
who belong to the Student Oklahoma Education Association (SOEA)
recently completed a community service project in Oklahoma
City. On Friday, March 3, approximately 200 SOEA members from
all over the state met at Westwood Elementary for the Second
Annual Outreach to Teach work day. The prospective teachers
painted, cleaned and refurbished ten rooms and three major
hallways plus painted murals inside the school. The work crew
cleaned the playground, and then painted four square courts
and a U.S. map on the asphalt portion.
According to Jerry Mihelic, OPSU’s Field Placement Director
and Instructor plus SOEA advisor, “This was a more ambitious
project than the one completed last year, and we hope to increase
participation and therefore increase the amount of work we
can perform every year in an Oklahoma public school. SOEA chooses
a school that is centrally-located and in need of our help.
We look forward to continuing this important service every
A pre-professional organization of undergraduate and graduate
students, local SOEA chapters offer support services to members
preparing for careers in education. Services include help with
job interviewing skills, resume writing, brain-based learning,
classroom management, cooperative learning, networking opportunities
and other vital educational information and issues. In addition,
SOEA members are affiliated with the Oklahoma Education Association
and the National Education Association.
OPSU SOEA members participating in the project include Mihelic,
Tracy Glover of Tempe, Ariz., who serves as president of the
local chapter and Bandy Barton of Guymon, who is the current
secretary. Members Stacy Dillahunty of Guymon, Katie Campbell-Robison
of Goodwell, Brenna McDow of Altus and Brianne Courkamp of
Lamar, Colo. also worked at the school.
Thanks to the volunteer effort, students at Westwood Elementary
now learn in a cleaner, brighter atmosphere and community members
now have a facility they can use with pride.
of OPSU's SOEA pause for a photograph with Dr.
Jan Borelli, principal of Westwood Elementary. Left to
right are Brenna McDow, Katie Campbell-Robison, Borelli,
Bandy Barton, Tracy Glover, and Brianne Courkamp. Seated
in front is Jerry Mihelic. - courtesy