Cowan Award: For Service to the University & Community

Mark Fokken pictured with President Gores

Professor Mark Fokken is 2016 Cowan Award Winner

Mark Fokken, associate professor of communications studies, is the 2016 recipient of the Cathy Cowan Award at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Read more about Mark Fokken

WHO WAS DR. CATHY COWAN

Dr. Cathy Cowan served as Psychology professor at SMSU from 1989 until her untimely death in December 2001. During her time at SMSU, Cathy served as Chairperson of the Social Science Department, was active in SmSUFA (IFO Union), and was known across campus for her contract bridge skills. Cathy also served the community and was known for her theatrical flair, acting in several community theatre productions, hosting elegant holiday parties, and being active within her church family of Wesley United Methodist Church in Marshall. Cathy was known for her work ethic and “doing good for others”.

ABOUT THE AWARD

After the untimely death of Dr. Cathy Cowan, the SMSU community sought a way to honor Dr. Cowan’s outstanding service to the University and the region. The SMSU community realized that there was not an award specifically designed to recognize service accomplished by current faculty and staff. To that end, and at the suggestion of President David Danahar, the Cowan Award was created. The Award is presented each year during commencement to an individual of the SMSU community who represents the many special aspects of the late Dr. Cathy Cowan, by “doing good for others.”

Cowan Award

NOMINATIONS

The nomination form for the 2017 Cowan Award is now posted to the left side of this page. 

Nominations for this award may come from students, faculty, staff, administrators, and members of the local or regional community. Nominees must be a current SMSU employee with a minimum of five years of service to SMSU. Current is defined as any employee on campus during the academic year of nomination. Self-nominations or anonymous nominations are not accepted. Previous nominees are eligible for re-nomination; however, previous recipients cannot be re-nominated.

The 2017 recipient of the Cowan Award will be presented during the May 2017 commencement ceremony. 

Previous Award Recipients


QUESTIONS

Questions regarding nomination or the award process can be directed to:

Dr. Pat Brace, Cowan Award Committee

Email:  pat.brace@smsu.edu

Phone: 507-537-7456

Last Modified: 8/9/17 2:47 PM