Alumni Banquet Set

Hall of Fame Honorees Announced

– released by OPSU Campus Communications

By Janet Kravig
Goodwell, Okla
. — The Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Panhandle State Association of Alumni and Friends is planned for Saturday, April 12, 2008 in the Noble Center. Visitation begins at 5:00pm and the banquet begins at 6:30pm. OPSU’s food service provider, Sodexho, will provide the meal and tickets are $20 each. Tickets will not be available at the door, but may be purchased in advance from the Alumni Office. Contact Beth Mihelic Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-noon at 349-1390 for more information about ticket purchase.
This year, OPSU’s Dean of Business, Diane Murphey and Jimmie and Carrie Lou Draper will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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  Murphey is a 26-year OPSU veteran, and in fact, began the Computer Information Systems program. She credits Pamela Nelson Farhendorf, who helped her direct the CIS program for the first 17 years of the program. Other CIS partners in this journey include Matthew Carter, Steve Martin, Mindy Davis, Joe Breeden, and Vicki Pasque. Information Systems is a volatile, fast changing arena where each day is an opportunity to learn and teach something new. The goals for CIS students include a strong foundation of computer knowledge, the ability to communicate with people, read a manual, and solve a problem. If the department can help the students to accomplish these things, they will be able to choose where they wish to contribute. Many years ago Diane came across a quote from MIT professor Marvin Minsky that has become her mantra: “My job is to teach students not some particular skill but to teach them to think so that they can do anything they want to do.”

Diane would like to thank the Alumni Association for this award. She is honored to be a recipient and would like to accept it not only for herself, but also for the faculty and students that helped make it possible. In regard to her OPSU career, Diane says, “I walked into one of the real blessings of my life!”

This is a hallmark year for 2008 Alumni Ambassador Hall of Fame inductees Jimmie and Carrie Lou Draper–they are celebrating 50 years of marriage. The honorees met for the first time in the middle 1950s at the American Theater in Guymon (now Guymon Community Theatre) because Jimmie had been recruited from Northern Oklahoma Junior College to play basketball at Panhandle A&M College. The panhandle, already for home for Carrie Lou Langston, would become the adopted of home of Jimmie Draper.

The fall following high school graduation, Jimmie spent one year at NOJC before migrating to PAMC to play basketball for Oscar Williams, his former high school coach. Carrie Lou attended Guymon schools, graduating in 1955. While in school she played French horn in the band, and was a majorette and later drum major in the marching band. In her senior year Carrie Lou was selected to be the teenage Pioneer Day Parade Queen. And by this time she had met her future husband, Jimmie Draper, following him to PAMC where she enrolled for her freshman year.

When Jimmie went on active duty with the Army, completing basic training at Fort Chaffee, Ark. in the fall of 1956, Jimmie was posted to Fort Hancock, N.J. That same fall, Carrie Lou Langston transferred to University of Oklahoma where she was initiated into Delta Delta Delta sorority. Her college experience was interrupted in January, 1958, when fiancé Jimmie retuned to Oklahoma on leave. With no prior notice, in one week’s time Jimmie and Carrie Lou were married on a Saturday night in a candlelight service at the Methodist Church. By Monday morning they were packed and on the road to New Jersey before Jimmie’s furlough expired.

The Drapers have generously allowed community groups to use the “museum” building at Draper Farms for banquets and other social functions. Jimmie and Carrie Lou hosted the PAMC Class of 1956 reunion dinner and social. They are rightfully proud of the private museum that houses and displays antique autos, farm machinery and implements, and antiques specific to the Oklahoma panhandle.

In the words of their nominator, the Drapers are “strong supporters of both the alumni association and the (Panhandle State) foundation, both financially and with the things they do.” Their employment of OPSU students on a regular basis provides another and significant type of support of OPSU and its mission.

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