OBU students honored seven faculty and staff members Thursday, April 16, for their contributions to the campus community with the Seven Who Care Award, along with one faculty member receiving the SGA Presidential Award. Usually given at the University’s annual Hyde Park Day chapel service in Raley Chapel’s Potter Auditorium, these awards were given via video from currents members of OBU’s Student Government Association due to the University’s move to online learning for the remainder of the spring semester.
The Seven Who Care Award is given by the SGA to honor the hard work and dedication that the university’s faculty and staff exhibit every day. The recipients are selected based upon nominations by students, faculty and staff.
The 2020 Seven Who Care recipients include Dr. Daniel Spillman, associate professor of history; Dr. Matthew Emerson, dean of the Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry; Gerry Nixon, associate professor of accounting; Daniel Castaneda, facility service technician; Dr. Nichole Jackson, simulation director and assistant professor of nursing; Janette Wilson, assistant professor of mathematics; and Dr. Vickie Ellis, chair of the Division of Communication Arts and professor of communication arts.
Clayton Myers, senior SGA president, gave out a final award. The SGA Presidential Award is awarded every year by the SGA president to a professor whom they see as a role model to students. This year, the award was presented to Dr. Brian Camp, professor of family science.
“We really can’t express how grateful we are for how all of the faculty and staff at OBU have handled the times we’re in,” Myers said. “I am especially grateful for these eight we have mentioned today, and I hope that they continue to impact lives for years to come.”