“I grew up in Blackwell, Oklahoma and attended Blackwell Public Schools for my entire primary and secondary education. Growing up in a small town, I always knew I wanted to attend a large university in a much larger city with a diverse and expansive population. In high school, I applied for admission to Oklahoma State University, and only Oklahoma State University. Following admission, I fully and completely intended to attend Oklahoma State University, and had no reservations whatsoever about my choice. However, being from Blackwell, I knew a significant number of instructors and staff at Northern in nearby Tonkawa. One particular instructor for whom I have always looked up to, insisted I tour the Northern campus as a personal favor to her during the summer following my High School graduation. Her name is Pat Hullet. Anyone that knows Pat, knows without question, Pat is not the type of person to give up easily. Begrudgingly I agreed to meet with Pat and tour the Northern campus. My personal tour started in Pat’s office, and continued through the entirety of campus. Little did I know in agreeing to such a tour, Pat had intended to make me walk the Northern campus until such time as I capitulated and agreed to attend Northern. Looking back now, I am convinced we walked more miles in that one day than I do in a week. Further, Pat took it upon herself that very same day to ensure I found gainful employment with Northern as a student worker. In truth, Pat knew all along how her plan would play out. I will forever be grateful to Pat for her persistence. As a result of attending Northern, I met several wonderful instructors, staff, and fellow students. To this very day, I still regularly communicate with the life-long friends I made while attending Northern. The caring and compassionate approach of one instructor over a decade ago dramatically changed my life and ignited a love for Northern.
While attending Northern, I had the pleasure of working for Cara Beth Johnson as the Division Chair for the Business Division, as well as Roger Stacy as Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and Judy Colwell as Dean of Instruction. My time working for these esteemed professionals came at a time when Northern and the Division of Business were preparing for and undergoing their accreditation cycles. As such, significant work was necessary, and an “all hands on deck” approach was taken. Although I have always known I wanted to be an attorney, working with the College administration and staff through the accreditation process gave me a greater understanding of the value of a process and the importance of accuracy and detail. Through this experience, I have grown to love the details and minutia of business litigation and business transactional law. I am forever grateful for the wonderful experience that provides the underpinning for my continued education. My involvement with Northern early on has also influenced my general affection for