2002-2003 Outstanding Seniors Named
Left to right, NSU First Lady Pam Williams, Outstanding Undergraduate
Senior Kristina Robel, NSU President Dr. Larry Williams, and Outstanding
Graduate Senior Ryan Hiesterman.
TAHLEQUAH On Friday, April 25, Northeastern State
University named Kristina Robel and Ryan
Hiesterman as the top Outstanding Seniors for 2002-2003.
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 Northeastern through campus involvement; and be an all-around student
who typifies the spirit of NSU.
The NSU Alumni Association chose eight students as 2002-2003
Outstanding Seniors. They include: Kristi Bippus
of Owasso; Dale DeWoody of Fort Gibson;
Kristin Green of Muskogee; Warren
Gladd of Norris City, IL; Ryan Hiesterman
of Washington, KS; Bridgett Jamison of Tulsa;
Kristina Robel of Jay, OK (Hamburg, Germany);
and Desiree Watts of Tahlequah.
These seniors exemplify Northeasterns best -
campus leaders who truly exemplify our students as a whole, said
Dr. Larry Williams, NSU president. We proudly recognize these talented,
driven, and intelligent individuals that have freely given themselves
to NSU, as well as a number of civic and student organizations.
Robel, originally from Hamburg, Germany, garnered the top
undergraduate senior award. She is the daughter of Jens Robel and American
host mother, Nancy Dykes. Robel is a Meetings and Destination Management
major and will graduate in May with a grade-point average of 3.8. She
was nominated by Kin Thompson.
Kristina is an exemplary student. Her graciousness
puts others at ease and students always enjoy being around her. Not only
is Kristina highly motivated, but she brings out the best in others,
said Thompson. I cant think of a more deserving student for
this prestigious award.
Active in student organizations, Robel holds affiliations
with and/or is a member of several organization including the Meeting
International Professional Club (MJP), Meeting and Destination Meeting
Club, Resident Hall Association, Campus Christian Organizations, and Northeastern
Activities Board. She has received honors from the Tau Eta Honor Society,
Rho Theta Sigma Honor Society, and been named to the NSU Presidents
and Deans Honor Rolls.
Hiesterman, of Washington, KS, took home the top graduate
senior award. He is the son of Dale and Arlene Hiesterman. A student in
the Doctor of Optometry program, Hiesterman will graduate in May with
a grade-point average of 3.61. Dr. George Foster nominated Hiesterman
for the prestigious award.
Ryan has been a star in our program from the very
beginning. He has excelled in both the classroom and in the clinic. But
more importantly, he has displayed unusually great character and high
moral values, said Dr. Foster. Our goal is to graduate the
most competent ethical practitioners to diagnose, manage, and treat the
vision/medical eye problems of our patients. They are also expected to
be leaders in their communities. Ryan has demonstrated all these characteristics
these last four years. I am confident that he will be a superstar for
the profession and for his community.
Hiesterman has remained an active student throughout his
studies at Northeastern. He holds affiliations with and/or is a member
of several organizations including the Optometric Student Association,
American Optometric Student Association, Beta Sigma Kappa Optometric Honor
Society, and Fellowship of Christian Optometrists.
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.