April 19, 2012
Northwestern Foundation Release
The Northwestern Oklahoma State University Alumni Association will honor five Outstanding Graduates during its annual Spring Reunion Banquet on Saturday, April 28 at 6 p.m.
The honored alumni include: Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary, class of 1984, Outstanding Business/Professional Award; Lee Haley, class of 1953, M.Ed. 1959, Outstanding Education Award; Mike McGinley, class of 1961, Outstanding Humanitarian Award; Larry Case, class of 1976, M.Ed. 1987, Outstanding Arts Award; and Christopher Feeney, class of 2007, Outstanding Recognition Award.
Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary
Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary
Outstanding Business/Professional Award
Originally from Ada, Ary graduated with his bachelor’s degree in economics and history from Northwestern in 1984 and received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1987. He earned his master’s degree in international law from George Washington University and a master’s degree in military studies from Marine Corps Command and Staff College.
Currently, Ary serves as the staff judge advocate to the Commandant of the Marine Corps and Director, Judge Advocate Division. He has been deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, as well as Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II.
In 1991, Ary served as the deputy staff judge advocate, U.S. Marine Forces, Atlantic. Following school at GWU, he served at the Pentagon as head of the Law of Armed Conflict Branch in the Office of the Judge Advocate General, Department of the Navy.
In 1996, Ary was reassigned as a deputy legal counsel to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He then reported to 1st Force Service Support Group where he served as the officer in charge of Legal Team Delta and Legal Team Echo – the two trial teams responsible for prosecuting courts-martial for commands at Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Ary served as the commanding officer, 2d Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Calif. He then served as the staff judge advocate for the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in Miramar, Calif., until June 2008 when he was assigned as the deputy staff judge advocate to the Commandant and Deputy Director of the Judge Advocate Division.
Ary and his wife, Jennifer, live in San Clemente, Calif., and have two daughters, Allison and Sophia.
Outstanding Education Award
Originally from Dacoma, Haley earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern in 1953, as well as his master’s degree in education in 1959. He completed additional graduate hours at Oklahoma State University. While at Northwestern, he served as president of the Student Council from 1950 to 1951, was a member of the Sigma Tau Fraternity and was listed on the President’s Honor Roll.
Prior to retirement, Haley worked for Alva Public Schools for 35 years. He taught at Washington Elementary from 1953 to 1958 and was principal at Longfellow Elementary from 1959 to 1989. He also enjoyed farming as a hobby and spent a number of years in the antique business.
He served several years on the Woods County Health Department as well as the Vo-Tech Advisory Board.
Haley and his wife of 61 years, Mary, live in Alva.
Outstanding Humanitarian Award
A native of Alva, McGinley graduated from Northwestern in 1961 with a degree in industrial education. During his time at Northwestern, he was active in the Industrial Arts Club. He earned his master’s degree from Kansas State College in Pittsburg, Kan., in 1964 and his specialist degree from Missouri University in Columbia, Mo., in 1969.
Now retired, McGinley taught industrial education at the high school in Kiowa, Kan., from 1961 to 1995. He also taught as an adjunct industrial education instructor at Northwestern from 1980 to 2005.
McGinley has been recognized for his efforts as an educator and was named Outstanding Educator for the state of Kansas. A past Boy Scout leader, he received the Gus Palmer Award and guided 10 members of his troop to Eagle Scout honors, which he said is one of his greatest successes.
He is a past member of Lions Club, a member of Pi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators, and a member of the South Barber High School Advisory Board for Industrial Education. He serves as a deacon at Congregational Church.
McGinley and his wife, Carolyn, a 1960 Northwestern alumna, live in Kiowa and have two children, Kurt and Mary, and two grandchildren.
Outstanding Arts Award
Originally from Alva, Case received his bachelor’s degree in art in 1976 and his master’s in education in 1987, both from Northwestern.
For more than 30 years, Case taught drawing and painting at Drumright, Medford and Tuttle high schools. Currently, he is a self-employed western artist whose originals and prints are in collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Case has won numerous honors and awards for his drawings and paintings that reflect the cowboy lifestyle including the Founders Award, Bank of America Award, Gene & Pat Curry Award, Joplin Stockyards Award, Leggett & Platt Award, the Boatman’s Bank Award and the Midwest Gathering of Artists’ Hall Award.
He has participated in many national invitational art exhibitions and was chosen as a featured artist for the San Antonio AKC National Western Art Show at the Texas Rangers Museum in 2005 and the Nebraska Governor’s Western Art Show, where he was selected to do a commemorative painting and limited-edition print in 2002, 2003 and 2004. His work has appeared in the pages of Western Horseman Magazine, Southwest Art, North Platte Telegraph, Art of the West and the Sunday Oklahoman.
He and his wife, Rita, a 1979 Northwestern alumna, live in Oklahoma City.
Outstanding Recognition Award
An Enid native, Feeney graduated summa cum laude earning his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Northwestern in 2007. During his time at Northwestern, he was a Northwestern Scholar Ambassador and a member of Leadership Council, Phi Beta Lambda and Kappa Beta Delta. He was named Outstanding Enid Campus Business Administration Graduate and Top Business Graduate and was listed on the National Dean’s List and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Feeney is an institutional program coordinator III at the Northern Oklahoma Resource Center for the State of Oklahoma Department of Human Services. He also owns and operates Keg Curbside Recycling in Enid. For his work, he has been recognized as a two-time State of Oklahoma Governor’s Team Day Award recipient and a three-time Department of Human Services Quality Award winner.
He has served as Education Committee chair for the Oklahoma Recycling Association. Active in the community, he has prepared taxes for the Internal Revenue Service Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and has built a completely wheelchair accessible playground and baseball field as an AMBUCS volunteer.
Feeney and his wife, Samantha, live in Enid and have three daughters, Makayla, Madison and Maria.