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Orange Keys Select 2019 "Keys Of Excellence" Award Winners

Dec. 2, 2019
SHSU Media Contact: Wes Hamilton

2019 Keys Of Excellence

Story by: Mikah Boyd - Photos by: Taylor Nelson

The Orange Keys is one of Sam Houston State University’s most prestigious student organizations and has been so for the past 60 years. The organization embodies the campus motto, “The measure of a Life is its Service,” and celebrates faculty and staff members that do as well by holding the Keys of Excellence celebration.

Every year, each of the Orange Keys nominates one faculty or staff member and provides a letter of recommendation that details how the nominee has made an impact on SHSU. Out of all of the recommendations, six winners are chosen to receive one of the Keys of Excellence Awards.

Each Orange Key provided a speech for the winners and presented an honorary award to another faculty member on November 18.

This year’s recipients are Ronald Daigle, Tiffany Driver, Sherry Hirsch, Maria Holmes, Dwayne Pavelock and Laura Sullivan.

Orange Key Kevin Brown selected accounting professor Ronald Daigle for his Keys of Excellence nominee to recognize all that he does for his students.

“As I finished up my sophomore year, I struggled to maintain enthusiasm for my education. I felt I was starting a downward trend when it came to the effort I was putting into my classes. It was Dr. Daigle’s Intermediate 1 Accounting class that lit the fire under me to get to where I am today. Not only did he change my mind completely on the subject of accounting, but he gave me a newfound enthusiasm for learning which I am forever grateful to him for.”

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