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Students raise awareness of national debt, petroleum byproducts through EaglePR campaigns

For the first time, Oklahoma Christian University’s EaglePR team is running two fall semester campaigns, which center on raising awareness for national debt and the benefits of petroleum byproducts in society.

Partnering with Up to Us, a nonpartisan organization encouraging students across the nation to act against the national debt crisis, senior Christian Franklin and his team have been working on the campaign since early September.

“Since the Up to Us campaign encompasses many aspects of public relations, while also tracking economic and financial issues that are relevant to our nation, Professor [Joshua] Watson and I agreed that utilizing the multiple skill sets of EaglePR students by partnering with Up to Us could help impact our campus,” Franklin said. “To me, Up to Us is an organization that is bold and brave enough to make a stand.”

Those interested in getting involved can take the pledge online by Nov. 15 to let their legislators know action needs to be taken against the national debt crisis. According to Franklin, students can also follow Up to Us OC on its social media pages, with the chance to win prizes for participation.

“We are also excited to announce we will be having a competition between all of the social service clubs on the Oklahoma Christian campus,” Franklin said. “Every club will have the chance to win a free pizza party, provided by Up to Us OC. The first prize will be given to the club that has the most people sign up to take the pledge, while second place will be given to the club with the highest percentage of people that take the pledge.”

As part of the campaign, Franklin was flown out to Phoenix, AZ last month to attend the 2018 Net Impact Conference with all expenses paid.

“These sessions covered the basics and taught team leaders of campaigns from colleges around the nation how to properly execute events and lead their teams,” Franklin said. “I was able to learn vital components on how to be an impactful and effective leader for this campaign on my campus. I was also able to network with a lot of team leaders from other schools and converse with them about the campaign. Being the only PR major and student from Oklahoma at the conference made it quite the experience.”

EaglePR’s other fall campaign, Energy in Motion, is led by senior Mandolin Skipworth, the executive director of EaglePR this semester. According to Skipworth, her team selected this campaign to have a change of pace, broaden their skillset and gain experience in other fields.

“We are teaching students about how petroleum byproducts affect and positively impact our everyday lives,” Skipworth said. “It is important because we do not necessarily think about how oil and gas influence is positive—we focus on the negatives without regard for how we can use it responsibly.”

Skipworth said she hopes to educate students through engaging, educated curriculum and hands-on activities.

“OC education students can be involved by reaching out to us to test our curriculum and activities that we develop for younger students,” Skipworth said. “We want them to consider how petroleum byproducts are used responsibly and effectively.”

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