Dr. Justin Collins- Campus
**For Immediate Release**
OPSU’s Collins Looks
Toward the Future
by Scott Puryear
-released by OPSU Campus Communications
Goodwell, OK – With fond memories of the past
and optimism about the future, Oklahoma Panhandle State
University’s Dr. Justin Collins also stays very
busy with the present. A 1986 Guymon High School graduate
and a nine-year veteran at OPSU, Collins serves as
the Dean of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing.
Collins graduated from OPSU in 1990, and then went on
to earn his graduate and post graduate degrees from Oklahoma
State University. He supervises a faculty of ten and
also teaches biology.
The School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing is a
diversified one and is made up of three departments.
The Department of Mathematics offers a Bachelor of Science
degree in Mathematics, and the Department of Science
offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degrees
in Biology, Chemistry, and Natural Science. The Department
of Nursing offers a program leading to a Bachelor of
Science in Nursing via on line coursework. A two-year
Associate of Science degree program in General Studies
is also available.
In the School of Science, Mathematics, and Nursing there
are currently 85 students undertaking a major in biology,
17 in mathematics, three in Physical Science, and five
in chemistry. The nursing program, established in 1997,
currently has 59 students.
Collins is one of the biggest boosters of the school
and can be seen at most university events. He is also
very excited about his past and present students, saying
that virtually all go on to graduate school and/or work
in teaching or research. He added that there are currently
six studying veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State, and
still others are pursuing studies in medicine and chiropractic.
Concerning placement of the school’s nursing graduates,
Collins smiles when he points out that every graduate
who entered the nursing job market last year has secured
employment in their chosen field.
He is also excited for his future students. Most of
the math and science classes have been held in Hefley
Hall for the last half century or so and in 2008 will
be moving to the school’s planned Science and Agricultural
Collins very much enjoys his role of preparing young
people for the future. “I love this area and I
love the school” he said. “The interaction
between the students and the faculty here is very strong.
I experienced it while I was a student and I experience
it as a teacher today.”
Dedicated professionals like Dr. Justin Collins are
largely responsible for the current strength of OPSU,
and they are also a strong part of the promise of the
future. He’s also a well-respected administrator
and teacher (as well as a nice guy).