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OPSU Success Story: Samme Ormiston and Megan Eikner

Released by OPSU Campus Communications on 02/26/2016 Samme Ormiston —Courtesy photoSamme Ormiston —Courtesy photo Megan Eikner —Courtesy photoMegan Eikner —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — There may be a few miles in between for sisters and fellow Oklahoma Panhandle State University graduates Samme Ormiston and Megan Eikner, but it looks like they both have the same idea in mind as they leave their mark in higher education and impact student’s lives each day from their separate colleges.

Samme is the lead faculty member in the Business and Technology Department and Director of the President’s Leadership Program at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo. There cannot possibly be a dull moment or even a slow one, as she teaches an average of six classes each semester in the areas of Computer Information Systems, Accounting, Management and Marketing in addition to her responsibilities with the President’s Leadership Program.

Samme graduated in 2001 with honors (magna cum laude) earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Administration with a finance option as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Education. She was very active on campus serving as an OPSU Student Ambassador in addition to being a member of both the OPSU Student Senate and the Collegiate FFA organization. As a student, Samme worked on campus in the High School and Community Relations office.

She said, “I absolutely fell in love with the people and how nice they were at OPSU. I still to this day hold Panhandle near and dear to my heart. It’s a great place. I got amazing opportunities and a jump on my career, because I went to OPSU.”

Following her graduation in 2001, Samme got hired full-time as a recruiter for the University and she helped with the OPSU International Program. Recruiting alongside current OPSU Associate Professor of Art, Brent Shoulders, Samme was proud to see a bump in enrollment during their time as recruiters. In January of 2002, she was named the Field Placement Director at OPSU and she began to teach English and math night classes at OPSU in the University College program.

In 2003, she completed her master’s degree through Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla. and began working in the Business and Technology Department at Otero Junior College.

It’s no double that Samme’s passion for Panhandle State made her a natural recruiter and that is exactly what brought her sister Megan to OPSU. Megan graduated from OPSU in 2003 earning a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science with an option in Meats.

She is currently employed at Amarillo College in Amarillo, Texas. Megan serves as the Dean of Technical Education and her responsibilities include program management and academic quality for technical education programs such as welding, machining, industrial maintenance, safety and environmental science, fire academy, truck driving academy, aviation maintenance, and the automotive/diesel program.

Megan said, “OPSU exposed me to the real world. Pete Camfield (Dean of Agriculture) really took me under his wing and exposed me to a ton of different things I never would have thought of getting into. All the tools I learned at OPSU are being used every day.”

She stayed very busy as a student working on campus in the Firestone Meats Lab and working in Goodwell at the Aggie Grill.

Megan continued her education at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas earning a Master of Science in Agriculture. She has been employed at Amarillo College for seven years and serves on several state of Texas Workforce Education boards and committees.

Both Samme and Megan stay very busy outside of work volunteering in numerous different areas. Samme and her husband (also an OPSU graduate) have two kids and enjoy being involved with their activities which range from Gymkhana club to 4-H and pee-wee wrestling. Samme is a current member of the OPSU Alumni Board. Megan married her high school sweetheart and they live in Amarillo. Both sisters enjoy working on their family’s ranches.