marble-guberaDr. Alan Marble, Interim President of Missouri Southern State University, made  his first formal address to the Missouri Southern faculty at the fall faculty meeting this morning (Friday, August 16) in Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

The faculty gathering is held the Friday before classes begin each fall at Missouri Southern. It provides the Missouri Southern President the opportunity to welcome teachers back to campus and deliver comments regarding the general direction for the upcoming semester and academic year.

Following the President’s Address, new faculty were introduced and Faculty Service Awards were presented.

The following faculty members received awards:

15 Years – 1998 Dr. Marsi E. Archer, Professor, Chemical and Physical Sciences Dr. James D. Collins, Professor, C.I.S. Dr. Kerry D. Johnson, Professor, Mathematics Mr. Jack Spurlin, Jr., Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Dr. Pedro Talavera-Ibarra, Professor, Foreign Language, Spanish  (17 years)

20 Years – 1993 Dr. Scott J. Wells, Professor, Biology Dr. S. Mark Comstock, Professor, Business Administration & Accounting Dr. Robert D. McDermid, Professor, Department Head, Psychology (21 years) Dr. N. Ree Wells-Lewis, Professor, Sociology, Social Science

25 Years – 1988 Mr. Tom Rutledge, Men’s Coach – CC TF Mr. Robert S. Black, Assistant Professor, Reference Library Mr. C. Martin Conklin, Associate Professor, Kinesiology Dr. Linda M. Hand, Professor, Mathematics Dr. Richard B. Rawlins, Professor, Business Administration-Finance/Economics Dr. T. Alex Vernon, IV, Professor, Business Administration Dr. Alfred R. Cade, Professor, Dean of Education & Psychology

30 Years – 1983 Dr. Jack L. Oakes, Professor, Computer Information Science Dr. Catherine Elaine Freeman, Professor, Teacher Education (31 years)

35 Years – 1978 Mr. Charles E. Nodler, Jr., Professor, Archivist Librarian

In photo: Dr. Marble (left) poses with Dr. Conrad Gubera.  Dr. Gubera, Social Science, has taught for MSSU for 46 years.  Dr. Marble  pointed Dr. Gubera and Dr. Terry Marion, Business, out as two teachers who had positively influenced him when he was a student at Missouri Southern.


Photo courtesy of John Hacker