Members of S-MSTA present Shelly Bickle with the Legacy Award. Bickle's father, the late Dr. Larry Flatt, was the recipient of this year's award.

Members of S-MSTA present Shelly Bickle with the Legacy Award. Bickle’s father, the late Dr. Larry Flatt, was the recipient of this year’s award.

Members of the Student-Missouri State Teachers Association presented the Legacy Award to the late Dr. Larry Flatt during a ceremony held on Tuesday, May 6.

Flatt, a professor in the teacher education department, passed away in 2013.

“Larry really cared about his students,” said Keith Robertson, faculty advisor for the student S-MSTA group. “He organized and helped put on Special Olympics every year, ran our computer lab and was the very first professor to lead a group of student teachers to Belize.

“The kids loved him, and he loved kids. He had so much energy; he was an inexhaustible fellow.”

Faculty members honoring their late colleague attended the event alongside S-MSTA students. Past and present presidents of the group presented the award to Shelly Bickle, Flatt’s daughter, and her family.

“I personally had Dr. Flatt in class. He was a great guy willing to help anyone and everybody,” said Brett Dieckhoff, current president of the S-MSTA group.

After accepting the award on behalf of her father, Bickle returned the plaque to the education department to be displayed in Taylor Hall.

“Having seen the relationships my dad formed all over the years, as colleague, teacher, and mentor, I know that he was more than any of those titles—he was a friend,” said Bickle. “My dad was not just my dad and he was not just a teacher; he taught us about love, life, and charity. “Today you’ve chosen to dedicate an honored teacher.”

Flatt was the third recipient of this award since its creation.Previous recipients of the award have been Dr. Al Cade and the late Cameron Pulliam.

“This award is bestowed upon an esteemed educator who has left a mark on the university,” said Robertson.