Connors Gives Back During the Holiday Season


Cowboy Basketball

Connors State College men’s basketball team collected over 100 coats, sweatshirts and hoodies that were donated to the Salvation Army and presented to Salvation Army Captain Ben Bell at their Family Thrift Store.

The program, Jammin’ for Jackets by the Cowboys, was collected during the month of November at Melvin Self Field House located on the Warner Campus during Cowboys basketball games, according to head coach and Athletic Director Bill Muse.

“This project by our basketball team was a way in which our basketball team could give back to the community for their support to the team and our college,” said Muse. “These garments are going to a good cause to help those people less fortunate than others during the upcoming winter weather.”

Connors Cowboys deliver donations to the Salvation Army.


CSC Sociology Class

Members of the Sociology class taught by Mike Jackson are learning valuable things beyond the classroom. Throughout the fall semester, classmates have brought Sunday meals four times to the homeless at the Gospel Rescue Mission. The neat part about this story is it is a non-mandatory class activity, but even then over half the class shows up to be a part of this community project.

“This has been very successful with many students getting their own churches and families involved or donating clothes or toys to the homeless,” said Jackson. “Some students bring their family members including spouses or children to assist in serving and all have said that they are more grateful for what they have and how they can help others.  This past time we fed 38 people.” added Jackson.

Students prepare plates to serve at the rescue mission.

With the holiday season in full swing, students gathered once more this semester on November 18th to bring a warm meal to the homeless and perhaps some toys for the underprivileged children. “Some students who have assisted have formerly been homeless and they seem to bring the most to these meals.”   The students prepare their own meals to serve which makes a wide variety of choices. The homeless seem to enjoy the variety and the students certainly enjoy the mission.

Cowgirl Softball

As the first of several upcoming service-learning projects, nine members of the Connors State College (CSC) Cowgirl softball team and head coach Rick Carbone visited first grade classrooms at Muskogee’s Hilldale Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 15.

In an effort to give back to the community, the Cowgirls read a series of books to an audience of intently listening first grade students. Three of the team members who took advantage of this opportunity are former Hilldale students, themselves – Erin Isham, Kali Romine and Caitlyn Craig. Others taking part in the reading buddies’ project were Sammy Perry, Blaine Matheson, Ashley Dunigan, Lindsay Chuclate, Marcedea Panky and Jerelyn Long.

“It’s a good feeling knowing we were role models for these kids,” said Sammy Perry, a freshman from Pryor, Okla. “I am glad the elementary staff gave us this opportunity — it was very rewarding!”

Carbone said that the Cowgirls plan to do other philanthropic work during the spring semester.

“I know the girls really enjoyed working with the young students,” said Carbone. “It was great experience for them.”

PBL Club 

Phi Beta Lambda also donated Hats, Gloves and Scarves to the Muskogee Gospel Rescue Mission. for more info click here.

Click here to read about more about Connors giving back this holiday season in the November issue of the Connors Connection!