Students Attend Legislative Workshop

Several Southwestern Christian University students got a first-hand opportunity to take an up-close look at how the legislative process works in the state of Oklahoma by participating a five-day event with the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature (OIL).

Students from universities across the state can participate in the workshop in the roles as policymakers, senators, representatives, journalists, members of the moot court, and members of leadership.

OIL, which also has a competition element, takes place twice per year; once in the fall and once in the spring. Again, SCU was received a team honorable mention award for the second consecutive term.

The group is expected to challenge for individual awards in the spring where it will compete in events as bill writing and parliamentary procedure.

In addition to learning more about government prototcol, the group set aside time to honor its founder, former Gov. George Nigh with its Excellence in Public Service Award.

The OIL was founded in 1969 by then Lt. Gov. George Nigh for students of higher education to learn about the legislative process and the practical problems of state government. Currently, The OIL is the largest and one of the longest-running intercollegiate student-led mock legislatures in the United States.

As the founder of the organization and a well-known leader among generations of Oklahomans, Nigh served as governor of Oklahoma four different times, more than anyone in state history.

Those SCU students who attended the workshop are as follows.

CANADIAN, Okla. – Elisabeth Willis, sophomore
MEEKER, Okla. – Logan Palmer, sophomore
NORMAN, Okla. – Kim Hayes, senior
LIANDUDNO, WALES – Kyle Mickleburgh, sophomore
WELEETKA, Okla. – Hillary Bennett, senior Holly Bennett, sophomore

Accredited by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges, Southwestern Christian University is Christian liberal-arts university located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Since its founding in 1946, SCU has continued to focus on its primary mission of providing students a Christ-centered education, equipping them for a life of leadership, learning and service.