Oklahoma Panhandle State University
Hough Retires After 42 Years at OPSU Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 07/14/2014
Goodwell, Okla.—First a student and then a teacher, Larry Hough, Associate Professor and Department Chair Industrial Technology, is no stranger to the OPSU campus. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Education from OPSU in 1968 and began teaching classes in the Industrial Technology Program in 1972.
Hough has taught a wide variety of subjects within the program over the years including: metal manufacturing, auto mechanics, computer-aided design (CAD), welding, computer numerical control (CNC), and robotics.
Hough said, “All of the classes I teach are a hobby to me. I get to do what I enjoy every day.”
One of the biggest joys for Hough is the relationship with the students. Within the Industrial Technology program, 75 percent of the class is taught in the lab through hands-on experience and 25 percent is taught in the classroom which allows plenty of time for the instructors to get to know their students. It doesn’t take long to see Hough’s passion for what he does and his desire to teach others about it.
Hough said, “I tell the students if you don’t learn something new every day of your life, you are wasting your time. I’ve said that a million times, probably worn the hinges out on it.”
During Hough’s time at OPSU one of the biggest changes he has observed is the integration of computer- aided manufacturing into the curriculum.
The Industrial Technology department will experience another change this fall semester as Hough retired following the spring 2014 semester. Although this will require some adjusting for the department, Hough’s expertise and years of experience won’t be far. Hough plans to teach one class in the Industrial Technology department each semester as an adjunct professor.
Additional time will be spent working on projects, becoming more involved with benchrest shooting and spending more time with the grandkids.