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Awards presented at Faculty-Staff Banquet

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

Southeastern president Larry Minks, second from left, received this framed gift Monday night. Making the presentation are Ross Walkup, Vice President for Business Affairs; Dr. Douglas McMillan, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Sharon Robinson, Vice President for Student Services; and Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s annual Faculty-Staff Recognition Banquet was held Monday night in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on campus.

The event honored and recognized a number of faculty and staff members for outstanding contributions to the University. Also honored were retirees and employees for years of service.

Dr. Alistair Maeer was named Professor of the Year, and Dr. Mary Ann Craige was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award.

To conclude the program, Michele Campbell, Executive Assistant to the President, made a presentation to outgoing President Larry Minks. Campbell offered remarks highlighting the president’s service and accomplishments, and then he was presented with framed photographs of scenes from his five years as president.

Minks has announced that he is leaving the presidency effective July 1, but will remain at the University as President Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor of Leadership. He will also serve as the Director of the new Center for Transformational Leadership.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Recipients of the Faculty Senate Awards were, front row, left to right, Dr. Gleny Beach, Dr. Charla Hall, Deborah Combs, and Dr. Margaret Lynch. Back row, Southeastern president Larry Minks, Dr. Alistair Maeer, Dr. Shannon McCraw, Dr. Brett Elliott, George Jacox, Dr. Martin Bressler, and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti. Not pictured, Dr. Douglas Wood, Dr. Daniel Weigel, and Dr. Blythe Duell.

Following is the list of award winners:

Faculty Senate Awards

Professor of the Year: Dr. Alistair Maeer, Assistant Professor of History

Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Mary Ann Craige, Professor of Music

John Massey School of Business

Outstanding Service Award: George Jacox, Assistant Professor, Aviation Sciences Institute

Outstanding Teaching Award: Deborah Combs, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Martin Bressler, Professor of Marketing and Management

School of Arts and Sciences (Arts)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Margaret Cotter-Lynch, Associate Professor of English

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Shannon McCraw, Associate Professor of Communication

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Gleny Beach, Professor of Art

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

Dr. Mary Ann Craige received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Offering congratulations are Southeastern president Larry Minks and Faculty Senate chair Dr. Chris Moretti.

School of Arts and Sciences (Sciences)

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Brett Elliott, Professor of Mathematics

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Douglas Wood, Professor of Biological Sciences

School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Outstanding Service Award: Dr. Charla Hall, Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Teaching Award: Dr. Blythe Duell, Associate Professor of Psychology

Outstanding Scholarship/Research Award: Dr. Daniel Weigel, Professor of Counseling

Staff Association Awards

Professional/Administration: Dan Hoke, Assistant Director of University Communications

Secretarial/Clerical: Elizabeth Brittingham, John Massey School of Business

Service/Technical: David Arnold, Physical Plant

Other Awards

Spirit of Southeastern: Dr. Larry Minks

Enrollment Management Partnership Award: Buddy Pierce, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Math Liaison, The Learning Center; Rebecca Doyal-Meyer, Instructor, English, Languages & Humanities and English Liaison, The Learning Center

Retirees

Cathy Conway, Director of Human Resources, 15 years of service

Dr. Jane Elder, Assistant Professor, Behavioral Sciences, 34 years

Dr. Nancy Hill, Assistant Professor, Educational Instruction & Leadership, 10 years

Jane McMillan, Director of Guidance & Counseling Center, 22 years

Dr. Virginia Parrish, Associate Professor, English, Humanities & Languages, 10 years

Dr. Jerry Polson, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean, School of Graduate & University Studies, 45 years

Claudette Williams, Financial Assistant, Aviation Sciences Institute, 14 years

Three former faculty members to be honored at Homecoming

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will present the Distinguished Former Faculty Award to three individuals as part of the 2013 Homecoming celebration.

Dill    Dr. Jan Dill, Dr. Ken Washburn and Dr. John “Rick” Wright will be honored at the Awards Banquet on Friday, October 4, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Center.
Dill (’83, ’87) retired from Southeastern in 2004 as Assistant Professor of Business Information Management.  She spent 19 of her 28 years at Southeastern as an instructor/assistant professor.
Dill earned her Ed.D. in Supervision, Curriculum and Instruction – Higher Education in 2003 from Texas A&M University-Commerce. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeastern.
From 1985-94, she served Southeastern as Instructor, Departments of Management and Marketing, Office Administration and Business Education. Dill was granted tenure in 2001 and was Assistant Professor, Department of Management and Marketing from 2001 to 2004. She received numerous teaching awards and served on several committees while at the University.

 

Washburn]Washburn began his 17-year tenure at Southeastern in the fall of 1978.  A native of North Carolina, he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at New Mexico Highlands University and completed his doctorate at the University of Northern Colorado in 1971.
After a tour of duty with the United States Army that included an electronics program at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and service with a missile battalion in Germany, he spent 15 years at New Mexico Highlands.
His Southeastern career included stints as an Electronics Coordinator, Chair of the Electronics Department, and Chair of the Industrial Technology Department.  He retired in 1995 as Professor of Electronics.

 

 

 
WrightWright earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Arkansas State University and received his master’s degree in biochemistry and doctorate in inorganic and radiation chemistry at the University of Mississippi.
After a stint with the U.S. Air Force, Wright completed his doctorate. He then was employed as a research technician at Washington University in St. Louis.
Wright joined the Southeastern faculty in 1973 as assistant professor of chemistry.  He quickly secured research funding from the National Institutes of Health.  He, with colleagues, published numerous papers and articles describing their primary research conducted in the Southeastern laboratories.
He says “first of all, I wanted to be a good teacher.’’ But he was also active in the field of cancer treatment research during his career.

Wright co-authored three scientific research books.