Six former faculty, staff selected for 2013 Wall of Fame induction
Representing more than 148 years of combined full time service to Missouri State University, six former faculty and staff members have been selected as the 2013 Wall of Fame inductees. Approved during the Board of Governors meeting today (May 16), the 2013 Wall of Fame Class includes: the late Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee, Dr. William “Bill” Cheek, Clinton “Clint” Copeland, Fred Marty, Gregory P. “Greg” Onstot and the late Guy Thompson.
“What a tremendous group we have to induct this year,” said President Clifton M. Smart III. “They cover a wide range of years and a wide range of responsibilities. The two common denominators are that they made a difference in our students’ lives and they made the University better. It is our privilege to honor them in this way.”
The honorees will have their plaques added to the wall outside of the Plaster Student Union Ballroom during a formal ceremony at 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in conjunction with Homecoming. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
Information regarding each honoree is below.
The late Dr. Alice Fleetwood Bartee, political science professor for 38 years, was “everything that you could ask of a professor – challenging, engaging and involved,” said her nominator. Her soft-spoken manner yet dynamic nature inspired her students to reach for their goals and prepared them for the rigors of law school through her constitutional law and civil liberties courses. Through these courses, she showed the law as a living, breathing system – one that was to be respected. As an adviser, she showered her students with unfaltering faith in their abilities and passed down her belief that everyone has innate value.
During his 34 years on campus, Dr. Bill Cheek wore many hats, including geography professor, acting associate provost, and assistant and associate dean for the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. He skillfully and successfully served as the chair of the Higher Learning Commission Reaccreditation effort twice, and his can-do attitude allowed him to chair or serve on approximately 20 other university committees and community boards. “Bill’s commitment to the welfare of our students has been a consistent theme of his efforts,” noted one nomination letter.
Career Center Specialist Clint Copeland is remembered on campus for his broad smile and encouraging word for all. He served three years in safety and transportation before he moved to the Career Center, where he spent approximately 16 years giving professional, individualized career and interview advice to students and promoting awareness of the center. He eagerly sought opportunities to interact with students and develop collaborations and internships for them. Copeland developed the legislative internship program and handbook, which serves as a model for many peer institutions. “I don’t know when he slept, but I do know his energy was endless, his dedication unparalleled and his influence unmatched,” said one nominator.
Retired Maj. Gen. Fred Marty, who served as vice president for administrative and information services and later associate vice president for administrative services, used his U.S. Army experience to facilitate campus master planning for all three Missouri State campuses, improve facilities and resource management, increase security measures and implement great change. During his three years as West Plans chancellor, he initiated the development of a one-stop shop for student services. One nominator said, “Fred’s 10 years with the university are marked by 100 percent focus on doing the right things, completing his projects and looking for ways to improve the campus environment for students.”
Alumni and friends of the university know Greg Onstot well. For 25 years, he developed relationships, raised funds and established scholarships for Missouri State and ultimately became the first vice president of university advancement and executive director of the foundation. Under his leadership, the Founders Club and Bears Fund were created, and he initiated alumni travel programs, enhanced Homecoming activities and supervised many building projects. With great love for the school, he established standards for marketing and branding with the university logo and created many lifelong bonds with donors and alumni.
Students were the top priority for the late Guy Thompson, registrar and scheduling officer, who served the university from 1947-1969. With a twinkle in his eye, he gave guidance to overwhelmed students, advanced graduation requirements in Springfield and West Plains, prepared schedules and catalogs, sponsored Kappa Alpha and served as courtside announcer for Bears basketball. “From his example, each graduating student learned the accomplishments possible with disciplined effort, the rewards of personal integrity, the need for fairness and the value of a ready sense of humor,” said one nominator.
For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Lane, assistant vice president for student life and director of the Plaster Student Union, at (417) 836-5886.
About Wall of Fame
Nominations for the Wall of Fame were gathered by the selection committee from faculty, staff and students. To qualify, nominees must have worked for the university full time for at least 10 years; additionally, five years must have passed since the individual was last employed full time at Missouri State. The nominees must be known and respected by various segments of the campus community for their demonstration of character and integrity, and their service must have resulted in meaningful change at the university.
The first names were added to the Wall of Fame in 2002, and this recognition has been bestowed upon 79 former faculty and staff during its past 11 ceremonies.
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