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Alum: Seth Jones

By Sara Hitch on 12/08/2016 Seth Jones —Courtesy photoSeth Jones —Courtesy photo

Goodwell, Okla. — Five and a half years ago, two professors in OPSU’s School of Business and Technology begged seven students to attend the Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) Business Organization State Leadership Conference and Competition. One of those students was Seth Jones, a junior at that time, from Borger, Texas.

Jones agreed to participate and went on to become one of Panhandle State’s most successful PBL members. At that first competition, Jones, like his six teammates, qualified for nationals; however, he was the only member to earn a place on the national stage. He placed eighth in Sports Management and Marketing. He competed in 2013 as well and was the first OPSU PBL member to place in the top three in the nation in his event, Contemporary Sports Issues.

Jones’ success in PBL set the stage for the success he is experiencing today. Following his graduation in 2013, Seth decided to attend law school. While he was accepted into several programs, including Big XII schools, he chose to attend Washburn Law School in Topeka, Kansas, which offered a specialization in oil and gas law.

“My education from OPSU absolutely prepared me for law school. I was definitely intimidated at first as I had classmates from a lot of big-name schools, but we were all on equal footing going into the program,” Jones said.

This past May, Jones successfully completed his third year of law school and capped his graduation by passing the bar this past summer. After graduation, he accepted a job with Kramer, Nordling, and Nordling, LLC, a firm specializing primarily in oil and gas law, in Hugoton, Kansas. He is quickly becoming established in his new role and is excited to be back in the southwest Kansas/Oklahoma Panhandle area. His future plans include marriage in April and continuing to grow his role in the firm.

Jones credits OPSU with giving him the foundation necessary for his current success. “I actually didn’t originally plan to stay at OPSU. I was going to take a few [general education courses] and then transfer. However, I got to play golf at OPSU, and then my involvement in PBL made me want to stay, and I’m so glad I did as it truly did help me develop some necessary skills for law school. I’m very proud to be an OPSU alum.”