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Colson, Karcher Honored with Morsani Outstanding Staff Award

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Kat Colson and Pat Karcher are the 2015-16 recipients of the Frank and Carol Morsani Outstanding Staff in the OSU College of Education.

Colson serves as an administrative assistant in the Professional Education Unit and Karcher is an administrative assistant in the School of Educational Studies. Colson and Karcher were nominated for the award by peers and then selected by a committee of representatives of the faculty, staff, and students of the college to receive the award.

Established in 1997, the staff award is named for the Morsanis, who have shown great generosity and support of Oklahoma State University and the College of Education. Frank Morsani grew up near Ramona, Oklahoma, and Carol is a native of Tulsa. A 1957 graduate of Oklahoma A&M College, Frank is a noted entrepreneur and the former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Carol studied interior design at OSU and is well-known nationally for her many philanthropic projects. In 2010, Frank and Carol received honorary doctorates from Oklahoma State University.

Past winners of the award include:

Patty Bible 1997
Brenda Brown 1998
Kathy Boyer 1999
Pamela Porter 2000
Lance Millis 2001
Deanna Leport 2002
Cyndi Collin-Hise and Linda Myers 2003
Elizabeth Halley 2004
Wilda Reedy 2005
Terry Hunt 2006
Sandi Ireland 2007
Marta Kochenower 2008
Todd Snethen 2009
Debbie McAuliff 2010
Kevin Gerfen 2011-2012
Toby Brown 2012-13
Amber Grim and Candace Thrasher 2013-14
Dustin Ivey 2014-15
Kat Colson and Pat Karcher 2015-16