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NSU nominates 2019 Centurions

Published 11/27/18

Caitlin Felts

TNE Writer

During the month of November, faculty, staff, students and community members submitted their nominations for the 2019 Centurion Awards. The screening committee is now processing the nominations and are announcing the finalists in just a few short weeks.

“The Centurion award was established in 2009 with the inaugural class of 100 honorees being recognized during NSU’s Centennial Celebration,” said Robin Hutchins, executive administrative assistant. “A Centurion is a member of the NSU family, which includes alumni, faculty, staff and students who impacted the life of the nominator, the NSU community or the public at-large.  New Centurions are announced annually and celebrated at an honoree luncheon that takes place on Founder’s Day each year.”

The screening committee responsible for reviewing the nominations consist of past Centurions and members of the community who are appointed by the President. Karen Carey, Professor and 2016 Centurion, said she is honored to take part in the nomination process.

The thing that keeps me going is working with students,” said Carey. “College students have goals and some sort of vision for what they want their future to look like and I love being a small part of that dream. It’s an honor and a privilege to get to know these students and to be a faculty member that students can turn to in the teaching and learning process.”

Carey said she remembers nominating someone who made an impact in her life. She thought she was a strong role model to women at NSU and the community. She admired her for her dedication and leadership to the NSU Alumni Association, her passion for teaching in the Tahlequah Public School system for many years and her commitment to the Oklahoma State Department of Education afterwards.

As part of the role of being a member on the screening committee, the committee presents the list of nominations to the President. They then meet to collectively decide the finalists for the next class of Centurions. Once the Centurions have been chosen by the committee, phone calls are then made to the selected individuals to solicit their award.

Ken Rivas, Parking and Traffic specialist and 2013 Centurion, said he appreciates the opportunity to encourage and support students as they continue their education, as well as serve on the nomination committee.

“It is very rewarding to have some students share their successes whether it is academically, in their athletic involvement or in their personal accomplishments,” said Rivas. “I have been privileged to see some NSU students achieve their goals after graduation and I am grateful that they shared them with me. Overall, it is a huge honor to be nominated and receive the Centurion Award.”

Additionally, Rivas said being nominated as a Centurion encourages him to continue to support NSU and the community. Rivas also said he is honored to work with the faculty and staff who support of students and the Tahlequah community. The 2019 Centurion Award finalists are announced in a few weeks.

For more information about the Centurion Award and past nominees, visit their webpage at

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