**For Immediate Release**
2006 J.R.P. Sewell Award Honoree Announced
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 05/26/06
Goodwell, Okla. -- Each year,
Oklahoma Panhandle State University honors a graduating
senior at commencement as the recipient of the J.R.P. Sewell
Award. Recipients must demonstrate the qualities of scholarship,
leadership and citizenship and have completed all of their
coursework at OPSU, graduating with above a 3.0 cumulative
GPA. The 2006 J.R.P. Sewell Award recipient was LaVada
Katie, as she is known, earned a
in animal science and a minor in natural science.
She was active in campus government and student organizations
as well as an exceptional student. She served on the Student
Association as both secretary and senator and served terms
as secretary and president of Alpha Zeta. Dollins also
competed with the OPSU livestock judging team and was a
homecoming queen candidate.
In addition to her many extracurricular
activities, Dollins was honored on both the Dean’s and President’s
Honor Roll every semester of her academic career and graduated
with honors. She also worked as a Resident Assistant for
Holter Hall and a student worker in the Office of Student
Dollins was presented with a gold watch at commencement
on May 20.
The J.R.P. Sewell Award was established in 1949 in the
memory of the late J.R.P. Sewell. Sewell, a former banker
and civic worker, was instrumental in establishing and
organizing the Panhandle Agriculture Institute in Goodwell,
which is now known as Oklahoma Panhandle State University.