- CU partners with City of Lawton for service project
CU partners with City of Lawton for service project
The City of Lawton partnered with the Cameron University Accounting Club to calculate and complete nearly 130 hours of water service bill adjustments from December 2017 through February 2018.
This voluntary service project afforded students career experience in their field of study, while expediting the amendment process of water bills for the City of Lawton Finance Department. Approximately 4,000 water bills were corrected by their efforts.
“We thank Cameron University for their willingness to collaborate on this project,” said Mardi Repasy, Revenue Services Supervisor for the City of Lawton. “The students involved have shown great initiative and done a great service for their community.”
In August 2017, the City of Lawton suffered a network outage that incapacitated its information technology systems for an extended period of time. During this time, the City temporarily lost its ability to read water meters remotely. With the oversight of City leadership, Cameron students involved in this service project worked to calculate adjustments that still needed to be made to previously estimated water bills. The Revenue Services Division reports that all Lawton water service bills are now back on track.
City of Lawton employee and Cameron University student Susan Schlecht coordinated the collaboration and said it inspired her to “look for more opportunities for future mutually beneficial cooperation” between the City and community partners, such as Cameron University.
“This was a very good service project and learning opportunity for the students,” said Bernadette Lonzanida, Cameron University Accounting Club adviser. “They were able to give back to their community while gaining hands-on experience in the application of the accounting theories they learned in the classroom.”
Fourteen students took part in the water bill service project. They have received letters to document community service hours on behalf of the City of Lawton and Cameron University will recognize the student volunteers at an awards ceremony later this week. Additionally, Mayor Fred Fitch will present the students a proclamation of appreciation at the May 8 Lawton City Council meeting. The community is welcome to attend this meeting.