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The annual Service Awards luncheon at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO), has been a tradition since 1968. NEO President Dr. Jeff Hale uses the event to recognize and honor faculty and staff who have been selected as outstanding members of the college community. Hale also recognized employees with five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of service to NEO A&M as well as retirees, Linda Wilson and Vickie Garner.

The following individuals were recognized:

  • “Get On Board Award” -- David Frazier

Created last year, the Get On Board Award is intended for NEO staff members in the earliest phase of their employment at NEO who have demonstrated substantial contributions to the college through excellent performance of their job duties, voluntary involvement in campus activities, committees and events, and an overall positive attitude in support of the mission of the college.

Frazier is finishing up his first year with the college. During his brief time here, he has already produced many professional videos, promotional graphics and advertisements, as well as participated in six committees this year. Frazier studied at Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas. He serves as Pastor for Friends Church in Miami.

  • Outstanding Staff Award -- Peggy DuVall

The Outstanding Staff Award is intended for a staff member who has demonstrated substantive contributions to the college through achievement in creative endeavors and participation in the service activities of the college.

DuVall started working as the administrative assistant to the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs in July of 2001. Her duties include everything from acting as the primary contact point for Boys State to preparing and submitting budget forms to the state regents of higher education. She also facilitates all communication in or out of the office of the Vice President for Fiscal Affairs and ensures that all financial deadlines are met.

  • New Faculty Award -- Jessica Stout

The New Faculty Award is intended for faculty in the early phase of their career who demonstrated substantive contributions to the college through achievement in creative endeavors, excellence as a teacher, advisor, and participation in the service activities of the college.

Stout began working as an art instructor at NEO in the fall of 2010. In 2012-2013 she completed repainting of "Visual Reflections"-10'x 45' historic downtown mural originally painted by Dr. Nick Calcagno and NEO students in 1991. Stout was a 2013 Member of the Oklahoma Arts Council Leadership program.

Since spring 2012, she has taken students on fieldtrips each semester including: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, a workshop at the Tulsa Glassblowing School in the Brady Arts District and  plan to visit the Philbrook next semester. Stout currently serves as the vice president of the Miami Arts and Humanities Council.

During spring break she began to paint a mural that will be installed this summer in the Museum of the Western Prairie in Altus, Okla.

  • Faculty Distinguished Service Award -- Shannon Sample

The Faculty Distinguished Service Award is given to a faculty member whose contributions fall outside the academic sphere, but in addition to academic responsibilities, both within the college and the surrounding community. It recognizes faculty for their outstanding service in promotion of the college within the college, to the outside community, and civic engagement.

Sample began teaching at NEO in the fall of 2010. In her time here, she has served on many committees. She also served as co-advisor for Phi Theta Kappa for two years. She has coordinated the NEO Science Fair the past three years and has served on a committee for the International Science Fair. Sample earned her master’s degree in biology from the University of Nebraska in May 2013. She is continually working to make her classes better by participating in professional development opportunities, like free online webinars as well as professional meetings such as the Council for Undergraduate Research. She is always available to her students and will go out of her way to help them. In 2013, Sample also won the SBG Outstanding Faculty award for agriculture and natural sciences.

  • Excellence in Teaching recipients – Ashlee Jackson and Sue Mudrick

The criteria for this award includes demonstrated excellence as a classroom instructor, professional ethics as an educator, demonstrated service to the students, college and community as well as participating in professional development involvement and leadership.

Jackson teaches early childhood education. She is in her fifth year at NEO. Originally from Webb City, Mo., she attended Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. for her bachelor’s and master's degrees in early childhood education. Before joining the team at NEO, she taught kindergarten in Webb City for five years. She loves working with children and is enthusiastic about helping a new generation of educators learn about children and how best to teach them.

Mudrick is a graduate from the NEO A&M College Associate Degree Nursing Program. She completed both a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree and her Master of Science with a major in nursing from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. Sue also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Pittsburg State University.

Her nursing background is hospital-based in medical/surgical nursing. She began her teaching career in nursing at NEO A&M College in 1994.

For more photos or individual shots from NEO’s Service Awards luncheon, visit https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152133623726989.1073741935.193484416988&type=1


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