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Three former professors to be honored at Homecoming

Ken Chinn

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2018 on October 11-13.

As part of the activities, three retired professors – Dr. Kenneth Chinn, Dr. Jane Elder, and Dr. Kenneth Elder – will be honored with the Distinguished Former Faculty Award.

They will be recognized at the Distinguished Awards Banquet, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12, at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual & Performing Arts Center. The three recipients combined for 103 years of teaching service at Southeastern.

Dr. Ken Chinn joined the Southeastern faculty in 1982 and retired 29 years later as Professor Emeritus of Economics.

In addition to his teaching duties (banking, finance and economics, as well as teaching Honors economics for 15 years), Chinn held several leadership roles on campus, including Faculty Senate President, 2009-2011; Chair, Department of Economics and Finance, 1993-2001; Chair, Department of Social Sciences, 2003-2010; Faculty sponsor of the Oklahoma Theta Chapter of Alpha Chi, 28 years; and President of Region II of Alpha Chi, 1994-96.

Chinn was also the recipient of a number of honors and awards during his tenure at Southeastern, including Faculty Senate Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Business, 1993-94; Faculty Senate Award for Excellence in Service, School of Business, 2000-2001; and elected member of Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society, 1994.

He is a long-time fan of Southeastern athletics, in particular, basketball.

Originally from Hotchkiss, Colorado, Chinn holds a doctorate of philosophy in economics and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Colorado State University.

He and his wife, Kay, a Southeastern graduate, reside in Durant.

Ken Elder

The other two Distinguished Former Faculty Award recipients are husband and wife Ken and Jane Elder.

Dr. Jane Elder began her career at Southeastern in 1975 and retired 36 years later as Assistant Professor Emeritus of Sociology.

Jane Elder

A native of Wellington, Kansas, Elder graduated from Enid (Oklahoma) High School. She was involved on campus as a Faculty Senate Representative; Faculty Senate Planning Committee Chair; and as secretary of the General Education Council.

Elder was also active with the Wesley Foundation Advisory Board and First Christian Church.

She cites the mentoring of students as her greatest accomplishment at Southeastern.

Elder holds a doctorate in secondary and higher education from Texas A&M-Commerce and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology from Oklahoma State University.

She and her husband enjoy retirement by spending time with grandchildren.

Dr. Ken Elder also began teaching at Southeastern in 1975 and served for 38 years. He retired as Professor Emeritus of Sociology.

While at Southeastern, Elder served on the Honors Advisory Board and taught the Honors Introduction to Sociology course.

Elder served on or chaired 20-plus university committees, and was a member of the Faculty Senate for 15 years, three of which were as chair. He also was Kappa Sigma fraternity advisor.

Under Elder’s leadership as chair, the Faculty Senate worked through such issues as shared governance, faculty compensation, and community service.

He was the recipient of numerous awards, including Faculty Senate Lifetime Achievement Award; Faculty Senate Teaching Award; and Faculty Senate Service Award.

Elder was also active in the community, serving as program advisor for Bryan County Eldercare; as a member of the Bryan County Post-Adjudication Review Board; on the board of directors of the Caddo nursing home; one of the original organizers of the Oklahoma Sociological Association; and First Christian Church.

The Stillwater native holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of North Texas and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State University.

The Elders reside in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

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