**For Immediate Release**
OPSU Salutes Charles Mark
- released by OPSU Campus Communications 12-27-06
by Laura Hays
Goodwell , Okla. - Staff Sergeant Charles Mark made 23 flights between Germany and the United States during his last one year tour of active duty in the U.S. Army Reserve. Serving as a Behavioral Specialist and Psychiatric Technician and Combat Medic, Mark was ordered to serve at the U.S. Army Hospital in Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the main hospital for incoming soldiers serving overseas. As part of an air evacuation team, he escorted ill patients back to the U.S. Mark treated soldiers from all walks of life - not just American soldiers, but anyone who needed attention whether friend or foe.
Sgt. Mark shares a long history with Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He played middle linebacker under football coach Dee Cooper in 1993 and 1994. Following several years of military service, he returned to OPSU in 2000 to serve as Residence Hall Director and finished his degree in psychology. When he returns to work following the holiday break in January, he will oversee both dormitories and the student apartments. He will hire and train the resident assistants, help develop and implement a campus security plan, and will manage student conduct in the cafeteria. Dave Bryant, OPSU President, said, “We missed Charles and his work with students. He has an ability to gain their trust and respect and maintains good relationships with them. We are happy to have this role model and leader back on campus.”
OPSU provided a welcome home reception in Charles’ honor last week on campus. A single father, Charles said he missed 9 year old son Josh and looks forward to settling him back in school in Goodwell. He also plans to pursue a Master’s degree in social work and hopes that next time he returns to active duty it will be as an officer.
Mark said, “I consider the faculty and staff at OPSU my extended family, and I’m happy to be back with them.” OPSU employees are proud of his service to his country and his dedication to students. Welcome home, soldier.