Nichols receives Paul Stirnaman Award
In his 11th year as an instructor in Cowley College’s Natural Science Department, Greg Nichols continues to challenge his students to be the best they can be. His dedication to his profession did not go unnoticed as he was awarded the Paul Stirnaman Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence during Cowley College’s Back to School In-Service held Aug. 13 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
Along with teaching math classes at Cowley, Nichols is the president of the Cowley Education Association and is a sponsor for the college’s Academic Excellence Challenge team.
“Greg is deserving of this award because of his active involvement and leadership in CEA (Cowley Education Association) as president,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs Slade Griffiths said. “He truly cares about faculty and student learning and I am pleased to see him receive this award.”
The award is named for Paul Stirnaman, a long-time Social Science Department instructor and strong supporter of the College Education Association. He died June 16, 2000, following a lengthy illness.
In past years, Nichols has served as a sponsor for the Math and Science Club and Campus Christian Fellowship. He began working at Cowley the final year that Stirnaman taught at the school.
“All of the people that knew Paul knew how extremely dedicated he was to his students and fellow faculty members,” Nichols said. “It’s a great honor, to win this award means my peers recognize my dedication to the profession. I put my heart and soul into my teaching. There are a lot of deserving instructors that I strive to be like.”
Nichols received his bachelors degree from the University of Oklahoma and earned a masters degree in mathematics from Emporia State University.
He has high expectations for his students as he wants them to have an easy transition when they leave Cowley.
“I take pride in seeing my former students go on to be successful,” Nichols said. “I try to prepare students for what they will encounter when they leave here.”
Prior to coming to Cowley, Nichols was an adjunct instructor at Butler Community College. He also taught two years at El Dorado High School and one year at Ness City High School.
He and his wife, Melissa, have three children, Samantha 16, Isaac 12, and Gabriel five months.