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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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.
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.
To recognize and honor outstanding Southwestern College Alumni who excel as educators.
- 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.
Gyla (Brock) Conklin '58
Cheryl (Bernard) Schasteen '71
Kenneth E. Valentine '70
No award for the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in 2015
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
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
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
Yvonne (Osgood) English '60
Lynn (Watkins) Felts '77
Lonnie A. Howerton '69
No award for the Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education in 2011
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
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
H. Bertram "Bert" Keller '38
Bruce J. Williams '62
Larry R. Williams '60
2008 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Kathryn (Heitschmidt) Cavalier '69
Elizabeth (Arisio) Baumgart '60
Hazel (Palmer) Dole '52
Minerva (Smith) Van Arsdale '69
2007 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Linda Weir-Enegren '69
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
Cindy (Batt) Goertz '66
Grady Kimbrell '56
Marilyn (Edwards) Shaw '75
2005 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Nancy (Carroll) Juhlin '73
Ron Haynes '67
Patricia (White) Barlow '73
Shirley (Stewart) Ross '58
2004 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Marvin Estes '66
Ronald Burgess '58
Kathi (Phillips) Fischer '74
Sheldon McGuire '53
2003 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Louise (Simpson) Reimer '68
James Dole '58
Ken Forsyth '61
Dan Kahler '50
2002 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Sharilyn (Hogue) Hill '87
Sheryl (Huber) Lloyd '69
David McGuire '47
Fran (Swink) O'Keefe '93
2001 Marilyn McNeish Award for Special Education
Charles Kent Garhart '59
Marjorie Smith '27
Glenn Wooddell '63
Larry Miller '71
Bill Musick '39
Brilla (Highfill) Scott '59
Linda Lungren '68
2015 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
2014 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony