Faculty Spotlight: Jerry MihelicBy Annawynn Drury, Panhandle State Collegian on 03/20/2017
Oklahoma Panhandle State University has a reputation for its quality educators and the impact those individuals have on the students. One professor in particular who has made an impact on our future educators is Jerry Mihelic.
Professor Mihelic and his family moved to Goodwell, Okla. from Globe, Ariz. “Our move to the Panhandle of Oklahoma was destined to be,” he explained. “My wife has family in Guymon, Okla., and when our well went dry in Arizona, we knew that it was our sign to move to Goodwell.”
Jerry and his wife moved their young family to Goodwell and he remarked that his family immediately fell in love with the area. “We put all of our time and energy into the students here,” he explained with enthusiasm in his voice. “We love the community, and the people come first. My students are a big priority and I always strive to put their success first.” He transitioned to teaching at the collegiate level upon moving to Oklahoma and stated that he enjoys it more than he could have ever imagined.
The Mihelic family whole-heartedly supports and believes in the success of the campus. Mr. Mihelic is an assistant professor of education and his wife, Beth, is a dedicated employee of the Alumni Office. Both of their sons attended Panhandle State and their daughter plans on attending the university after she graduates from high school.
Mihelic serves as a co-chair with Instructor Sarah Green on a committee to develop a walking track on campus. He stated, “a timeline has been developed for the track and by the end of February we hope to have a design.” In March, they plan to break ground. Jerry described the project as a comprehensive effort with the community, elaborating “we are working with the student government, grounds and maintenance, members of the community and all of the Panhandle State staff to bring the plans to life.” The walking path will include a frisbee golf course, bringing the community a new source of recreation.
Mihelic is currently working on his doctorate in higher education. Amber Hall, an elementary education major, described him as “one of her most impactful instructors. He cares about his students and their success. He teaches us from personal experiences and is always up to date on what is going on in the Oklahoma educational school system. He makes class enjoyable, and as students we want to attend his classes.”