Student rewarded with laptop

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OKC-Go student Diana Rivera receives a brand new Dell laptop from Jill Lindblad, Service Learning and Student Life Programs coordinator.

The Enrollment and Student Services office, along with Student Life, recently presented Diana Rivera with a new Dell laptop computer.

Rivera’s name was drawn from about 50 names of students, all of whom completed 12 hours of service learning during the fall semester.

Rivera, allied health major, is part of the OKC-Go program at OCCC.

OKC-Go provides tuition waivers to Oklahoma City Public School students who are interested in attending OCCC after they graduate high school.


Jill Lindblad, Service Learning and Student Life Programs coordinator, presented the laptop to Rivera.

“[Rivera’s] been to a number of the service trips that we hold in our office,” Lindblad said. “She’s always had a really good attitude. She’s always been a really fun addition.”

Rivera was surprised by the award.

“When I won the laptop, I could not believe it,” Rivera said. “I had my younger sister read the e-mail to confirm it was true.

“I am extremely happy and blessed.”

The laptop was funded by the Office of Enrollment and Student Services, Lindblad said.

“(Enrollment and Student Services Vice President) Dr. (Marion) Paden really values the service the students provide and commit to.

“She wanted to show that she recognized it by awarding somebody a laptop.”

Rivera is in her second semester at OCCC and hopes to transfer to the University of Oklahoma. She said she enjoys volunteering, especially at her church, St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

“I enjoy volunteering because I love helping others and I make new friends,” Rivera said.

“I’m blessed that God has made me healthy and I feel like I should give back by helping others in anyway possible.”

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