Educators

Educators Hall of Fame

Educators Hall of Fame

In October 1999, Southwestern College received a gift from the estate of Marjorie Smith, a 1927 graduate who had taught mathematics at Lyons and Dexter, Kansas, for 20 years.

This gift was used to establish a hall of fame to honor Southwestern College alumni educators who have made significant contributions in the field of education.  The first Educators Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held in April of 2000.

Inductees to the Southwestern College Educators Hall of Fame are honored each year in April.  More information on nominating deserving educators can be found under "Criteria" in the gray directory to the right of this webpage.

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Nominations

To nominate a deserving teacher, please fill out the online nomination form on this website by September 1.  For more information on Southwestern College department of education, please refer to the education webpage.

  • EDUCATORS HALL OF FAME NOMINATION FORM

  • Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education

    The Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education was created in 2000 for the purpose of recognizing Southwestern College alumni who have given distinguished service as special education teachers.  The original corpus of the fund supporting the McNeish Award was established through the generosity of Dick Merriman and Margot Kelman.

    To nominate a deserving teacher for this award, fill out the appropriate online nomination form on this website by September 1 or contact the Office of Alumni Programs to obtain a form to return by mail.  Letters of support are not required but may be provided for additional information about nominees.

  • MARILYN MCNEISH AWARD NOMINATION FORM

  • Mission

    To recognize and honor outstanding Southwestern College Alumni who excel as educators.

    Goals

    • To recognize and honor outstanding educators.
    • To provide opportunities, resources and assistance to aid teachers in their professional growth.
    • To celebrate excellence in teaching.
    • To recognize the history and quality of the development of teachers by the Southwestern College Education Program.
    • To provide opportunities for individuals and organizations to invest in quality educators.

    Guidelines for selection of nominee:
    Dedication, Knowledge, Professionalism

    Criteria for Qualification:
    Alumni of Southwestern College Education Department with
    significant contribution(s) to education

    See also, Scholars Hall of Fame:
    Alumni of Southwestern College who have distinguished careers in higher education or other areas of scholarship are recognized in the Scholars Hall of Fame


    Educators Hall of Fame Members

    Southwestern College alumni who have made significant achievements in the field of education are recognized annually in the Educators Hall of Fame.  Since the inaugural year of 2000, many notable Moundbuilders have been honored by having their names placed in this Hall of Fame.  The actual display is located in the lobby of the Jim and Hazel Dole Center for Teacher Education on the Southwestern College main campus.

    The Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education is given to a dedicated, knowledgeable, and deserving alumnus/a of the Southwestern College education department who has made significant contribution(s) to the field of special education.


    2014 Inductees
    Frank D. Davidson '79
    John W. Marshall '70
    Ronda J. (Sims) Marshall '70

    No award for the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in 2014


    2013 Inductees

    Marilyn G. (Stanton) Davidson '63
    Diane K. (Ford) Nickelson '95
    Bobby Joe Slade '57

    2013 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Vicki L. (Sims) Hitchcock '72


    2012 Inductees
    E. Katherine (White) Davidson '38/'56
    Angela C. "Anne" Farmer '97
    James D. "Jim" Wilson '67

    2012 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Andrew M. Brenn '01/'06


    2011 Inductees

    Yvonne (Osgood) English '60
    Lynn (Watkins) Felts '77
    Lonnie A. Howerton '69

    No award for the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in 2011

    2010 Inductees
    Thomas "Tom" Mundinger '72
    Clinton C. Trillingham '21
    Lois J. (Dryden) Vasey '49

    2010 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Kimberly I. "Kim" Mercer '86 
     

    2009 Inductees 
    Sally (Mann) Cauble '72
    Gary L. Rhodes '72
    Darla Jean (Jones) Wilson '58

    No award for the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in 2009
     
     
    2008 Inductees
    H. Bertram "Bert" Keller '38
    Bruce J. Williams '62
    Larry R. Williams '60

    2008 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Kathryn (Heitschmidt) Cavalier '69

    2007 Inductees
    Elizabeth (Arisio) Baumgart '60
    Hazel (Palmer) Dole '52
    Minerva (Smith) Van Arsdale '69

    2007 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Linda Weir-Enegren '69

    2006 Inductees
    Mary Lou (Bauer) Martin '60
    William C. "Bill" Medley '49
    T.H. "Curley" Vaughan '14

    2006 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Geoffrey G. Moon '97

    2005 Inductees
    Cindy (Batt) Goertz '66
    Grady Kimbrell '56
    Marilyn (Edwards) Shaw '75

    2005 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Nancy (Carroll) Juhlin '73

    2004 Inductees
    Ron Haynes '67
    Patricia (White) Barlow '73
    Shirley (Stewart) Ross '58

    2004 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Marvin Estes '66

    2003 Inductees
    Ronald Burgess '58
    Kathi (Phillips) Fischer '74
    Sheldon McGuire '53

    2003 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Louise (Simpson) Reimer '68

    2002 Inductees
    James Dole '58
    Ken Forsyth '61
    Dan Kahler '50

    2002 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Sharilyn (Hogue) Hill '87

    2001 Inductees
    Sheryl (Huber) Lloyd '69
    David McGuire '47
    Fran (Swink) O'Keefe '93

    2001 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
    Charles Kent Garhart '59

    2000 Inductees
    Marjorie Smith '27
    Glenn Wooddell '63
    Larry Miller '71
    Bill Musick '39
    Brilla (Highfill) Scott '59
    Linda Lungren '68


    2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Halls of Fame