Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology (OSUIT) recognized employees for their years of service and named this year’s Outstanding Faculty and Staff Award recipients at the annual employee banquet recently. The banquet had an “Elvis” theme and featured live music from an Elvis impersonator. It was held in the STATE Room Restaurant and dinner was prepared by the Culinary Arts students and faculty.
The Outstanding Faculty Award went to Dr. Maria Christian, Communications Faculty in the Arts & Sciences Division. The Outstanding Staff Award went to Donnie Corbin, Supervisor in the Physical Plant Services department.
Jennifer Butler introduced Dr. Christian by noting, “Her colleagues and students say that she is always prepared and is able to take on extra work by excellent planning. She is active in the community and on campus and you can usually find her volunteering at events. She is enthusiastic, creative, flexible and excels at her job. Regardless of deadlines, she always delivers.”
Stephen Murphey introduced Corbin, remarking, “Donnie participates in campus and community activities. He is very self-motivated, taking on all jobs big or small and displaying a can-do attitude. Donnie’s motto is ‘When it’s time to work, WORK; when it’s time to have fun, HAVE FUN. Always work as hard as you can and you will never have complaints.’”
OSUIT President, Dr. Bill Path, presented the retiring campus physician Dr. Tom Alexander with an official state proclamation commemorating his 40 years of service to OSUIT as campus physician. Dr. Path added that Dr. Alexander’s father, Dr. Robert Alexander, was campus physician for 20 years prior to Dr. Tom taking on those duties.
The event’s Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Murphey, Faculty Staff Council Chair, observed that employees who received service pins at the event had worked for the university for a total of 600 years. Employees receiving awards for their years of service to OSUIT are:
30 Years – Danny Claborn, Robert Coleman, Lynell Peterson.
25 Years – Janet Birdcreek, Rene Jungo, Frank Lynch.
20 Years – Paula Blair, Rachelle Duncan, Stevon Gregory, Steve Olmstead, Steve Rodriguez, Kathie Thompson.
15 Years – Ronald Dean, Pam Ingham, Carolyn Jamison, Gary McGowin II, Larry Singleton, Joseph Stephens.
10 Years – Todd Anderson, Robert Avakian, Jimmy Burklin, Rex Daugherty, Melissa Dreyer, Mike Freeman, Josette Fry, Ann McGowin, Kaye Morris, Jim Putman.
5 Years – Dewanna Behn, Joseph Boatner, Brian Caldwell, Michelle Clevenger, David Cooke, Kandace Dalcour, Rex Godsey, Christopher Graham, Marlyn Harris, Robert Henson, John Hoover, Steve Hudson, Stephen Hunnicutt, Jason Marsh, Jana Martin, Charlotte Mason, Roger McLain, Nicholas Meyer, Ken Milliman, Connie Roberts, Mary Sullins, Stanley Teague, Chandra Wilson.