The Cameron University Alumni Association will recognize the winners of its 2011 Distinguished Alumni, and Faculty Hall of Fame Awards during CU’s SuperHomecoming 2011 celebration. The honors will be presented during the Aggie Family & Friends Awards Lunch on Saturday, February 26 in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex. The ceremony kicks off at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance by calling 581-2988.
The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to former Cameron students who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments have brought credit to Cameron by distinguishing themselves in their careers and/or in service to their communities and/or through continued support of Cameron University. Dr. Michael W. Geiger, Class of 1986, and Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Wilson A. “Dutch” Shoffner, Class of 1958, are the 2011 recipients.
The Faculty Hall of Fame Award emphasizes teaching effectiveness, positive impact on students’ lives and involvement at Cameron outside of the classroom and in the community. The 2011 recipient is Dr. Kurtis Koll, Professor of Physical Sciences.
About Dr. Michael W. Geiger
A native of Snyder, Dr. Michael W. Geiger is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Cameron, earning a B.S. in Chemistry in 1986. He received a Doctor of Optometry degree from Northeastern State University, where he ranked first in the optometric class, and now operates Geiger Eye Care in Altus.
While at Cameron, Dr. Geiger was a member of the Aggie basketball team and received the A.O. Duer Award as the top student athlete in the nation for the NAIA division. He attended Cameron as a PLUS scholar.
Since graduating, he has been a proud supporter of Cameron University, maintaining active membership in the Cameron University Alumni Association. He served as CUAA president from 1993-94. Dr. Geiger played a significant role in Cameron’s Centennial Celebration as a member of the Centennial Commission. He and his wife Shaun are members of President’s Partners, and he continues his university service by advising current Cameron students and speaking to a variety of classes.
Dr. Geiger is also an ordained Baptist preacher and has been serving churches throughout southwest Oklahoma for more than 25 years.
About Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Wilson A. “Dutch” Shoffner, Class of 1958
While attending Cameron State Agricultural College, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Wilson A. “Dutch” Shoffner was a member of Cameron’s Army ROTC program, belonged to Phi Theta Kappa, and was a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. He also served as a Student Senate Officer and as president of the Student Government Association.
Commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in 1967, Shoffner served in the U.S. Army for 32 years. Among his highest assignments was that of Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations in Washington, D.C. He became a Lieutenant General in 1991 and retired two years later as Commanding General of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Command at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He was recognized with numerous decorations and badges throughout his career, including the prestigious Distinguished Service Medal, which is awarded for exceptional performance in a duty of great responsibility, and the Bronze Star, which is awarded for meritorious service.
Following his retirement from the military, he was appointed Vice President for Product Development at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. Retired from that position in 2003, he now resides in Colleyville, Texas, where he volunteers his time and services to organizations in that community.
Lt. Gen. Shoffner received Cameron’s President’s Distinguished Service Award in 1987. He continues to return to the Cameron campus to speak to ROTC cadets about the principles of leadership.
About Dr. Kurtis Koll
“It is important to teach students how to think, not what to think” serves as Dr. Kurtis Koll’s teaching philosophy – one that has served him well throughout his teaching career. Since joining the Cameron faculty in 1974, Koll has impacted the lives of elementary, middle school and high school students in addition to his Cameron students.
In her nomination for Koll, Dr. Michelle Smith said, “When if first arrived at Cameron, he approached me about collaborating to create summer camps. For the past 10 years, he has been actively involved with the K.I.D.S. (Kids Investigating the Discovery of Science) camp. He has shown his commitment to over 100 school-age children each summer. I believe this is evident of a true professional who is compassionate and caring.”
She also noted, “As a teacher, this compassion and caring is reflected upon his students. Many of our education students comment on his excellent teaching as well as his compassion toward them. He encourages his students to work to their true potential. This is evident of a teacher who is dedicated to Cameron University and its students.”
Student Levi Pettijohn agrees. “My experience with Dr. Koll in class is both encouraging and to the point,” he wrote. “His lectures are always engaging, interesting and pertinent. But he is much more than a teacher. Outside the classroom, I regard him as a mentor and a confidant. I can talk to Dr. Koll about life and personal situations knowing our conversations are held in confidence. I value the advice that he gives me.”
For more information about the Cameron University Alumni Association, call 580-581-2988.
February 14, 2011