NSU Names Outstanding Seniors
TAHLEQUAH - On Friday, April 26, Northeastern State University
named Zeddie Cantrell, Jr. and Sarah
Vann, the top Outstanding Seniors for 2001-2002.
The Outstanding Senior Award program, or Jack Kaufman awards,
are given to deserving seniors each year who are nominated by NSU faculty
and staff. Award guidelines include that a nominee must: have a cumulative
grade-point average of 3.25 or higher; have demonstrated his or her concern
for NSU through campus involvement; and be an all-around student who typifies
the spirit of NSU.
The NSU Alumni Association
received more than 50 nominations for the 2001-2002 awards. Twelve
students were chosen as 2001-2002 Outstanding Seniors. They include:
Rachel Anderson of Enid; Zeddie
Cantrell, Jr. of Bristow; Andrea Clark
of Tulsa; Elizabeth Compton of McAlester;
Amber Fite of Muskogee; Chad
Fleming of Hutchison, KS; Adam Foreman
of Tulsa; Maci Hamilton of Grove; Daniel
Howard of Tulare, CA; Melissa Lovitt
of McAlester; Selina McGee of Leedy; and
Sarah Vann of Skiatook.
To say that these seniors are outstanding is an understatement,
said Dr. Larry Williams, NSU president. They are all talented, driven
and intelligent individuals who have freely given themselves to NSU, as
well as a number of civic and student organizations. We are proud to recognize
them as true campus leaders that exemplify our students as a whole.
Cantrell, Jr., from Bristow, is the son of Zeddie and Terri
Cantrell. He will graduate in May with a grade-point average of 3.69.
He was nominated by Kin Thompson, Suzanne Myers, and Anita Thompson. He
is a member of Lambda
Chi Alpha fraternity, Inter-Fraternity Council, Order of Omega Honor
Society, Northeastern Student Government Association, Baptists Collegiate
Ministries, Presidents Leadership Class, and Rho Theta Sigma Honor
Zeddie touched many lives while at NSU, said
Suzanne Myers, NSU Student Activities director. His involvement
was wide-spread and significant.
Vann, of Skiatook, also took home top honors. She is the
spouse of William Vann and the daughter of Jim and Sharon Burton. She
will graduate in May with a grade-point average of 3.6. She was nominated
by Anita Thompson, Dr. Michael Turner, Dr. Chuck Ziehr, Dr. Joan Bell,
Rachel Green, and Suzanne Myers. She is a member of Kappa
Delta Pi Honor Society, Beta Beta Beta Honor Society, Indian University
Scholar Society, Alpha Chi Honor Society, Whos Who, Northeastern
Activities Board, and Rho Theta Sigma. She is an Redman Ambassador and
is involved in Baptists Collegiate Fellowship and Campus Christian Fellowship.
She is a bright example of a student who personifies
the student body of Northeastern, said Dr. Michael Turner, assistant
to the President Williams.
Jack Kaufman began elementary school in 1915 at Northeastern
State Normal School, where his father was a custodian in Seminary Hall.
Fifteen years later, he completed his bachelor of science degree in education
and began his teaching career. From that point on, his career and life
were dedicated to helping students achieve their goals. Mr. Kaufman also
never forgot his roots and was one of NSUs most active and influential
alumni. He took great pride in helping and watching students of all ages
accomplish their goals and find success. Because of his dedication to
NSU and to students, the NSU Alumni Association board of directors named
the Outstanding Senior program in honor of Jack Kaufman.