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August 21, 2011

Lois Sampson named recipient of Paul Stirnaman Award


Preparing to begin her 20th year at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Lois Sampson has established herself as a well respected instructor in the school’s Humanities Department. Sampson was recognized for her dedication to the profession by being named the recipient of the Paul Stirnaman Award during the school’s all-college meeting held Thursday in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.

Stirnament 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.

Sampson, who graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and received a Masters of Education degree from Southwestern College in Winfield, knew Paul Stirnaman well.

“When he was out a semester with heart problems, I took over four of his classes while I was an adjunct at the college,” Sampson said. “I also took over as Phi Theta Kappa sponsor from him so we worked closely for a semester while I learned the ropes.”

Sampson is appreciative of the honor in being named this year’s recipient of the Stirnaman Award.

“When you have put a lot of years, work, and heart into something, it is gratifying, even thrilling, to get positive feedback/recognition such as this,” Sampson said.

She is a past recipient of the Kansas Master Teacher Award and teaches Composition, Literature, and Interpersonal Communications classes at Cowley College.

“Lois is a dedicated instructor who truly strives to help the students learn,” Cowley College vice president of academic affairs, Slade Griffiths said.  

Prior to teaching at Cowley, she was an English and history instructor at Arkansas City High School for five years and taught English and history at a private school for four years.

Sampson gets satisfaction out of working with students and has enjoyed her years in teaching.

“To see students progress and sometimes even excel in learning areas and you feel you have had some part in that is so rewarding,” Sampson said. “I get as excited as the student when I feel we are making progress.”