Students Start the School Year with Community Service

RSU students scraping paint off of bleachers for comunity servce.Dozens of new Rogers State University students discovered that community service is an integral part of university life during activities this weekend.

On Saturday, more than 170 students participated in service projects throughout Rogers County and Tulsa during Hillcamp, a four-day orientation for incoming freshmen. Hillcamp introduces new students to various aspects of life at RSU, including the importance of giving back to the community.

Katy Launius, RSU’s Director of Student Development, said RSU encourages students to engage in community service on a regular basis as a way to foster personal enrichment and a positive academic environment.

“Incorporating service projects into new student orientation is an important part of building a culture of service on campus and encouraging students to be involved in the surrounding community during their time at RSU,” Launius said.

Service projects included product recovery, building and redeveloping garden beds, event assistance, painting, sorting donations, and other outdoor projects. Volunteer sites included the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and Global Gardens in Tulsa; Claremont Elementary School, Claremore Lake, Safenet Services, and First Baptist Church in Claremore; Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Oologah; and Wildheart Ranch in Foyil. Visit the RSU Flickr gallery for more photos from the Hillcamp service activities.

To learn more about how RSU gives back to the community contact Launius at 918-343-7707 or visit