Events

Noteworthy & Note the Vax

Service Event Apr 11, 2016 - April 15, 2016

This was a fundraiser/education event for the American Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative. The concept for this fundraiser was simple: write a note, buy a lollipop, save a life. We sold lollipops for $1 apiece and offered students the opportunity to send each other notes of encouragement during Dead Week, as everyone prepared for finals. Then, 100% of the funds we raised was sent straight to the Red Cross Measles & Rubella initiative, which focuses on giving children around the world the life-saving measles and rubella vaccine, which costs less than $1 to make but has the potential to save millions of children’s lives around the world. In order to educate our fellow students on the importance of vaccines and to dispel common misconceptions related to vaccination, we held a Q&A session called “Note the Vax,” where immunologist and professor Dr. Lori Garman offered her knowledge on vaccines and immunity to the entire campus. This event helped to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations not only for students’ personal health but also for the health of everyone around them. After holding two week-long fundraising events over the course of two semesters, we managed to raise enough money for more than 600 vaccines for children in need around the world. And, not only that, more than 200 OC students received encouraging notes during Dead Week.


Delete Blood Cancer

Service Event Mar 31, 2016 - April 3, 2016

In an effort to bring physical health awareness to our campus, EHI teamed up with Delete Blood Cancer, an international nonprofit organization that registers donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry. We used the DBC event to show the importance of bone marrow transplants and to dispel myths surrounding the transplantation procedures. OC held a DBC event on our campus last year and 125 students signed up to the National Bone Marrow Registry. When we took over the event, we set our goal to sign up 250 students, staff, faculty, and community members to the registry. Student volunteers worked the swab stations during the four-day event that included distributing information about being a bone marrow donor, registration, and cheek swabbing. Our President, Jackson, coordinated the arrival of Mr. Earl Young, a 1960 Olympic Gold Athlete, to speak about his battle with acute myeloid leukemia and his journey through his life-saving bone marrow transplant. By the end of the four-day event, we had signed up 244 donors to the National Bone Marrow Registry and activated more than 50 OC students to volunteer for this great cause. Not only did this event give people a real, tangible opportunity to save lives, but it also brought a sense of community to our campus as we all worked together toward a common goal.


CPR Training

Service Event Mar 25, 2016

EHI teamed up with OC’s health science club Philiatros to provide CPR training to our members. 6 members from each organization received training from CPR trainer and paramedic David King, who graciously volunteered his time to teach us the ins and outs of basic life support.


Take Initiative: Eating Disorders

Awareness Event Feb 25, 2016

This last session of Take Initiative focused on eating disorders, a common mental illness that affects both men and women, especially on college campuses. Not only are these disorders greatly stigmatized, but they are also largely misunderstood. An OC nursing student discussed her battle with an eating disorder. This student wanted to relate her own experiences in an effort to increase awareness of eating disorders, and to help her fellow students learn how to identify these disorders in the people around them.


Manos Juntas Volunteer Event

Service Event Feb 22, 2016

EHI worked with another medical clinic that serves the underserved in Oklahoma City, called Fundación Manos Juntas. Manos Juntas provides care for anyone in need regardless of insurance, income, origin, age, sex, race, or religion. Manos Juntas operates Saturday mornings and normally sees 150-200 patients every weekend. The clinic relies on volunteers like nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-med, and medical students from local universities to triage patients, draw blood for labs, and fill prescriptions. EHI wanted our students to see first-hand the prevalence of chronic illness within our community and give our students the opportunity to develop relationships with these patients. Additionally, we wanted our students to learn the basics of how to take vitals, an important skill for everyone to know. EHI brought 11 new volunteers and 10 return volunteers to Manos Juntas to exercise these skills and develop a better sense of community. Our students were exposed to a population that is normally overlooked and were able to catch a glimpse of the patients’ daily lives as they obtained vital signs. Not only did this event give our members the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and serve others, it also gave us a sense of community by bringing us all together in a common goal: to help those in need.


Dinner at the Dean’s

Service Event Feb 20, 2016

This was a fun event held at the home of Dr. Jeff McCormack, Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at Oklahoma Christian, and one of EHI’s faculty sponsors. Tina McCormack, Dean McCormack’s wife, served us amazing food and we took the time to relax after a long day at clinic. Thanks Dean McCormack, for hosting us! It was a great way for our members to get to know our faculty sponsor.


Take Initiative: Substance Abuse

Awareness Event Jan 28, 2016

During this installment of Take Initiative, we invited a leader in a local church’s Celebrate Recovery program to speak to our students about substance abuse. Julie Gardner related her own struggle with alcoholism and how she overcame her addiction through Celebrate Recovery. She encouraged us to be unafraid to seek help when we need it, and to always rely on God during times of difficulty.


Noteworthy & Note the Vax

Service Event Nov 30, 2015 - December 4, 2016

This was a fundraiser/education event for the American Red Cross Measles & Rubella Initiative. The concept for this fundraiser was simple: write a note, buy a lollipop, save a life. We sold lollipops for $1 apiece and offered students the opportunity to send each other notes of encouragement during Dead Week, as everyone prepared for finals. Then, 100% of the funds we raised was sent straight to the Red Cross Measles & Rubella initiative, which focuses on giving children around the world the life-saving measles and rubella vaccine, which costs less than $1 to make but has the potential to save millions of children’s lives around the world. In order to educate our fellow students on the importance of vaccines and to dispel common misconceptions related to vaccination, we held a Q&A session called “Note the Vax,” where immunologist and professor Dr. Lori Garman offered her knowledge on vaccines and immunity to the entire campus. This event helped to raise awareness of the importance of vaccinations not only for students’ personal health but also for the health of everyone around them. After holding two week-long fundraising events over the course of two semesters, we managed to raise enough money for more than 600 vaccines for children in need around the world. And, not only that, more than 200 OC students received encouraging notes during Dead Week.


Take Initiative: Depression

Awareness Event Nov 19, 2015

Dr. Tina Winn, one of EHI’s faculty sponsors and professor in Psychology, spoke to us on the subject of depression. She taught us how to identify depression and when to seek professional help, factors that contribute to depression, and strategies to identify symptoms of depression in the people around us. This was by far our most well-received Take Initiative event of the year, with more than 50 students in attendance.


What Matters: Bible Study

Service Event Oct 29, 2015

Our campus has a heart for service, and EHI wanted to cultivate that through our Bible study entitled, “What Matters.” This was a 5-week series focusing on preparing ourselves for mission work. We started by discussing purpose, and what it meant to have purpose in our lives. Then we talked about God’s purpose and His plan for our lives, and how His plans are what really matters in our lives. We talked specifically about carrying out God’s plan of spreading the gospel in the mission field. Then we moved to finding opportunities for missions not just overseas but also in our local community. Sometimes we can get too focused on going to remote areas like Rwanda or Honduras and spend all of our efforts helping those people; and while this is very important work, we have people right here in the US who are also in desperate need of our help. We hoped that through our discussion, we could open the door to more participation in local mission work, such as volunteering at local free clinics or working with churches in inner-city OKC. For our last installment, we held a panel of four students who had served either overseas or locally to talk about their experiences and how to get involved. We had a student who had been to Guatemala on a medical mission trip, one who serves regularly in local free clinics in OKC, one who travels to Honduras every year and one who served in Rwanda on a medical mission trip. The students talked about the work that they did and what they learned from their experiences. It was very encouraging to hear how these students reached out to people in need and showed God’s love not just by talking about the gospel but also through their actions. It was also great to hear about the mission field in our local community, and about how we can make a difference even here at home. This was our most popular event of the fall semester with a total of 109 OC students attending at least one Bible study session.


Take Initiative: Stress and Anxiety

Awareness Event Oct 22, 2015

OC’s very own Sheldon Adkins, director of OC’s Counseling Center, held a discussion on stress and anxiety, an issue that plagues many college students. He created an atmosphere that fostered discussion, allowing our students to ask questions and giving answers that were relevant to their lives. He also introduced students to the many resources that are available to us, including the counseling center and OC’s new exercise facility.


Feed the Children

Service Event Sep 19, 2015

For our first event of the year, EHI took 16 members to Feed the Children, an organization based in OKC whose mission is to end childhood hunger. We worked in the warehouse to package more than 400 boxes filled with essential items to be sent to hungry children all over the United States.


Lighthouse Medical Ministries: Sports Physicals

Service Event Aug 8, 2015

EHI worked with Lighthouse Medical Ministries, is located in Capitol Hill Church of Christ in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Oklahoma City, to administer 150 free physicals to children at a local middle school. This clinic has provided care to hundreds of patients since 2003 through various specialty clinics held throughout the week, including pediatric, wound care and ultrasound clinics. Our members assisted in setting up stations, patient registration, eye exams, and physical activity assessments. Since this special clinic day, Lighthouse has been contacted by several other schools asking for assistance with physicals and the clinic has requested our help in the future. This event was a great way for our members to not only practice their triage skills but also help young students stay healthy and involved in school.


Wings Pumpkin Patch Service Project

Service Event Jul 29, 2015

For our very first event, our officers & a few charter members helped Wings, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of adults with special needs, add topsoil to their new pumpkin patch! Wings achieves its mission by providing a variety of programs and activities for adults with developmental disabilities through its Event Center. We were so excited to be able to help them with this project!