Zachary Aitouddahi, Graduate in Psychology
Service matters at Oklahoma State University. Recent OSU Psychology graduate and Moore resident, Zachary Aitouddahi, was honored for his commitment to community service by receiving OSU’s honorary service CORD. Aitouddahi was recognized along with 21 other CORD recipients.
OSU’s Service-Learning Volunteer Center recognizes outstanding student volunteers by rewarding them with an honorary orange graduation CORD. Upon graduation, undergraduates who have served 400 hours and graduate students who have served 300 hours of community service will qualify for an honorary orange CORD.
Aitouddahai has served 400 community service hours as an OSU undergraduate. Many of his hours were spent coordinating the 2009 Black-Out Texas game and building homes with Habitat for Humanity.
His most meaningful service activity as an OSU student was the Black-Out Texas game, from which he learned to work with large-groups of people and act as a liaison between charities and donors.
Regarding this experience, Aitouddahi said, “I am happy that I could prove what one person working with a group of students can do on our campus!”
Next year’s Student Government Association President Ashley Leonard and Vice President Kyle Buthod also worked with Aitouddahi on the Black-Out Texas project. Both plan to qualify for the CORD.
OSU encourages all groups to record their service hours for not only organizational recognition and awards but also to celebrate what the OSU community as a whole does.
But what do you do if you’re the group service chair and have no idea where to begin?
Here’s your handy dandy guide to recording group service hours. Seven simple steps to success.
- Log into CampusLink using your okstate email address & password.
- Join the Service-Learning Volunteer Center. (You can just click on the link here to immediately get to the SLVC home page.)
- Go to Forms (button on left sidebar).
- Click on Group Service Hours.
- Fill out the form according to your group’s service activity.
- Carefully review your work – does the description clearly describe what your organization did? How did it actually serve others? Do you have a photo that would help OSU promote your group in service?
- Submit & await your approval.
This announcement is belated, but still needs to be celebrated by the OSU community. Twenty-two OSU graduates qualified for & received OSU’s honorary CORD award. Graduates are listed below with their names hometowns & degrees. For the next few weeks, we’ll feature a graduate & what they had to share about their service experiences while at OSU.
We hope you enjoy learning about these incredible students & are inspired to start serving too!
- Zachary Aitouddahi (Moore, OK) – Psychology
- Kaylynne Canady (Perry, OK) –Psychology
- Loretta Ejakpomewhe (Lagos, Nigeria) – Electrical Engineering,
- Jeremy French (Fairview, OK) – Marketing
- Raya Greenbaum (Douglass, KS) – Advertising, Broadcast Production, News-Editorial
- Brian Hales (Frisco, TX) – Mechanical Engineering
- Courtney Hargis (Mooreland, OK) – Human Development & Family Sciences
- Rachel Heick (Ponca City, OK) – Secondary Education
- Cortney Hicks (Guymon, OK) – College Student Development
- Nicholas Johnson (Newalla, OK) – Civil Engineering
- Kyle Klufa (Pilot Point, TX) – Mechanical Engineering
- Justin Lollman (Waukomis, OK) – Political Science
- Rachel Mattox (Yukon, OK) – Early Childhood Education
- Phyllis McLemore (Muskogee, OK) – Journalism & Broadcasting
- Nash McQuarters (Tulsa, OK) – Sociology
- Chelsea Muncil (Sugar Land, TX) – Marketing
- Zach Rowell (Elgin, OK) – Physical Education
- Chelsea Skidgel (Pawnee, OK) –Business
- Mika Starbuck (Elk City, OK) – Hotel Restaurant and Administration
- Jessica Strickland (Muskogee, OK) – Human Development & Family Science
- Laurel Tegland Tree (Akron, OH) – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Photos of our Ambassadors in service are posted on our Facebook page (you can go there by clicking on the right hand side of the blog, toward the top). Here’s a snapshot of our wonderful ambassadors. By the way, not all of them are present.
Applications are now due by 5 p.m. next Wednesday, Sept. 8, to 008 CLB or email@example.com.
Download the 10-11 Ambassador Application.
Got questions? Give us a call at 405-744-5145 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The SLVC is proud to announce that the following 23 individuals qualified and received CORDs for their outstanding commitments to service. Way to go!
- Abbie Tripp, Ringling, OK: Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Psychology
- Alyssa Emory, Bells, TX: Bachelor of Science in Physiology
- Bubba Gaeddert, Oklahoma City, OK: Bachelor of Science in Leisure Studies Management with a focus in Event Planning, Programming & Grant Writing
- Carrie Marie Highfill, Enid, OK: Bachelor of Science in Food Science Industry with minors in Agricultural Economics and Animal Science
- Elizabeth Fenner, Katy, TX: Bachelor of Science in Finance, Minor in Accounting
- Emmy Wortham: Bachelors in Human Environmental Sciences
- Graeme Collett, Hastings, NE: Bachelor of Science in Psychology
- Hannah Ambrose, Tulsa, OK: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
- Jason Lee Hua Yang, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia: Bachelor of Science in Business and Finance
- Kristin Kerce, Edmond, OK: Bachelor of Science in Animal Science
- Kyrstan Langer, Huntingburg, IN: Bachelor of Arts in Music with an Elective in Studies in Business
- Latasha Ellis-Cobb, Oklahoma City, OK: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism
- Lindy Barton
- Margaret Kelley, Kansas City, MO: Master’s in Business Administration
- Makenzie Hinkle, Tulsa, OK: Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Science with an Option in Allied Health
- Malisa Sirucek, Flower Mound, TX: Bachelor of Science in Business with an emphasis in Marketing
- Maverick Woodbridge, Wellington, KS: Bachelor of Science in Zoology and Biological Sciences
- Phanitsuda Atipan, Bangkok, Thailand: Master of Science in Natural and Applied Science-Aviation and Space, emphasis on Airport Management
- Rachel LeGrand: Bachelor’s in Business Management
- Robert Nelson, Watonga, OK: Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Scott Neill: Bachelor’s in Marketing & Finance
- Takeshi Okuda, Atlanta, GA: Masters of Business Administration
- Tanya M. Hudgins, Hudgins, OK: Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies
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Our Service-Learning Volunteer Centers visited the Grace Living Center this past Sunday to hang out with the residents and offer some cheer that afternoon. Below are those who were able to make it. We have such a great team!
SLVC Ambassadors & GA share a moment before visiting residents (L-R Megan W., Katie N., C.J. C. & Cortney H.)
Ambassador Haylee B. hangs out with GLC resident Lola
Creating Opportunities for Responsible Development
The Service-Learning Volunteer Center has found a way to creatively recognize our outstanding OSU Cowboys as they graduate.
Upon graduation, undergraduates who have served 400 hours of community service (40 through the SLVC) qualify for an honorary orange cord, which symbolizes their commitment to service. This cord will be worn during graduation. Graduate students qualify if they’ve served 300 hours, 30 of which are through the SLVC.
Dr. Lee Bird, Vice President for Student Affairs has paired up with the SLVC to make a commitment to celebrating our student volunteers.
OSU students are well-known for their commitment to service. OSU has consistently been recognized as a Carnegie Select Institution for several years as a result of their commitment. OSU Student Affairs wanted to recognize this commitment through orange cords, which symbolize the dedication of our students to service and to success.
What’s with the CORD?
Orange cords were selected for the following reasons:
- Represent OSU pride – wearing orange as a symbol of our dedication to OSU both now as students and as alumni.
- Connection to each other and to the community – cords represent the bond that students have both to each other as Cowboys and the bond between themselves and the community. Neither students nor the community could succeed without each other.
- Intertwinement of service and success – like the cords, students must serve to be truly successful and vice versa. Both are essential for a well-lived life and future with possibilities.
The CORD program represents OSU students’ commitment to service and OSU’s commitment to support these student leaders.
How to Apply
- Record your hours at campuslink.okstate.edu on the Individual Volunteer Hourly Report Form – NEW!
- Fill out the 11-12 CORD Application.
- Turn in the CORD Application to the SLVC by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20 (211G Student Union).
One of our most recent CORD recipients, Katie Nicholas.
The SLVC will be here for the table presentations from 11-2 p.m. Check us out with the CORD and the Magical Mystery Tour. Hope to see you there!