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Trayler Receives NextGen Award

By Annawynn Drury on 11/21/2017 Rantz Trayler —Photo by Chris UriasRantz Trayler —Photo by Chris Urias

Goodwell, Okla. — Numerous Panhandle State employees work “behind the scenes” to keep operations running smoothly on campus. Class of 2013 Alumni Rantz Trayler is one of these fabulous employees that works incredibly hard at keeping things flowing on campus. Originally from the area and raised in Dumas, Texas, Rantz is a great asset.

Trayler said, “I came to OPSU because it allowed me a place to further my education while continuing my athletic career.”

Rantz studied Health and Physical Education in addition to Education. While carrying a full time load, he started every year on the offensive line for the Aggie Football Team. He also was a member of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA), Student Government Association (SGA) senator for housing, and a Resident Assistant (RA) for all four years of his attendance.

While attending Panhandle State, Rantz met his wife, Destyni Trayler, another Panhandle State graduate. She graduated in the spring of 2013, and Rantz still remembers the first day they met.

When the couple has spare time, which Rantz reported “is getting less and less these days” they enjoy riding horseback together and traveling “pretty much anywhere. We like to see the world and experience what it has to offer.”

After the couple graduated, Rantz began working in the Student Affairs Department.

Since his first year as a Panhandle State Employee, Rantz has grown into taking care of a great portion of the campus. “I’m the Dean of Student Affairs and the Title IX Coordinator. Through these positions I oversee all of housing, manage campus conduct, report campus safety, plan campus activities, organize some campus improvement projects, serve as a SGA advisor, work on several committees such as Campus Wellness, enrollment/retention, cultural, reasonable accommodations and the staff association just to name a few.”

In addition to his daily work, Rantz is involved in a handful of projects on campus including co-leading the wellness committees biking challenge, housing improvements for the dorms and apartments, and continuously planning campus events so the student body have activities.

All of Rantz’s hard work was recognized this Fall as he was awarded Oklahoma’s state wide award, NexGen Under 30, for his first year of service as Dean of Student Affairs. This award recognizes individuals who demonstrate talent, drive, and service to their communities.