Officials at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College (NEO) announced Dr. Kenneth Sewell as the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Alumnus from the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Sewell will be formally honored during the Alumni Awards luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 13, at noon in the Calcagno Family Ballroom. All alumni and friends of the college are invited to attend. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and under, and may be purchased by contacting the NEO Development Foundation office at 918-540-6115. NEO’s “May the Norse Be with You” homecoming festivities will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.
Dr. Sewell attended NEO starting in 1983, with the goal of eventually becoming a Division I football player. Once at NEO, however, Instructors Pat Maynard and Dr. Doris Snyder ignited a spark for research that would eventually lead to Dr. Sewell’s current position at the Vice President for Research at Oklahoma State University. After attending NEO, Dr. Sewell transferred to Kansas State University, where he played Division I football. Dr. Sewell later received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, completed a clinical internship with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and then entered academia. As the OSU Vice President for Research since 2015, Dr. Sewell has overseen the policies, offices, and service units that support and promote research, scholarship, and creative artistry at OSU.
Dr. Sewell and his wife Beth live in Stillwater and enjoy their full and fun life as empty-nesters and grandparents. The couple have a son and daughter in Dallas, a son in the Marine Corps, and three grandchildren. “It is an honor to recognize Dr. Kenneth Sewell as this year’s outstanding alumnus for the School of Agriculture and Natural Sciences,” said Jennifer Walker, executive director of the NEO Development Foundation. “Dr. Sewell was an accomplished student-athlete while at NEO and he has gone on to have a very successful career in higher education. He has led by example, and his work ethic and dedication to his field exemplifies the true Norseman spirit.” For more information, contact Jordan Adams at Jordan.email@example.com.