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Jessica Lofland (left), Director of Student Services and Enrollment Management, awarded the J.R.P. Sewell Award to Katie Dollins at commencement on May 20. - Campus Communcations Photo

**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 Kate Dollins.

Katie, as she is known, earned a bachelor’s degree 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 Affairs.

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.




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