Hearn, Case Sisters Selected as Campus Kudos Winners

September 4, 2020

Sue Burks (right) presents Brenda Hearn with a spring Campus Kudos Award.
Sue Burks (right) presents Brenda Hearn with a spring Campus Kudos Award. 

Brenda Hearn, academic records coordinator at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, has been selected by the Staff Council as the recipient of the 2020 spring semester Campus Kudos Award. Angelia Case, academic projects assistant/media specialist, and Valarie Case, university relations specialist, have been selected by the Staff Council as the recipients of the 2020 summer semester Campus Kudos Awards.

Sue Burks, financial aid assistant director and Staff Council chair, presented Hearn and the Case sisters with their Campus Kudos awards.

The person nominating Hearn for this award said, “I call her frequently to request degree audits for different students and for my student veterans. She is always kind and very helpful any time I call her. She is also willing to walk me through a degree audit, especially if I have questions about credits or classes. I know she is particularly busy, especially with our transition to the new Self-Service program. She is always quick to respond and very polite when I call.”

Campus Kudos is a public acknowledgement created by the Northwestern Staff Council that applauds the efforts of eligible staff members who have displayed an act of kindness above their job responsibilities. This award is presented each semester, including the summer term.

“This is such a surprise,” Hearn said. “Helping students, faculty and staff is part of the job, and I am happy to know I have been doing a good job. Let’s all make this year GREAT! Thank you and Ride, Rangers, Ride!”

The person nominating the Case sisters for this award said, “I often find myself tempted to nominate Angelia because she consistently shows kindness above and beyond the requirements of her position. However, I feel particularly convinced that she and Valarie deserve Campus Kudos now for their efforts to provide masks to the campus community and those beyond. Working with their mother, Lorraine, they have made more than 1,700 masks so far. They have worked (and continue to work) several hours most nights to accomplish this. Many employees and students have benefited from their project. It is also remarkable that they fund the project with donations, welcoming but not requiring payments for the masks.”

Sue Burks (middle) presents Angelia (right) and Valarie (left) Case with their summer Campus Kudos Awards.
Sue Burks (middle) presents Angelia (right) and Valarie (left) Case with their summer Campus Kudos Awards.

Angelia Case said their mask-making project was born from an idea that their mom (Lorraine Case) had to help people they work with when the pandemic became real in this area. They started out making masks for people Lorraine worked with, residents who live at Share Convalescent Home, and then they decided to also make some for the Northwestern community. 

“It’s all mom’s ‘fault,’ Angelia said. “If it hadn’t been for her idea, we probably wouldn’t have done what we did.  Any good that comes to us from this project came through her first. It’s humbling to think that someone took the time to recognize Valarie and me for this work. We just want to help. If you need a mask, let us know!”

Valarie Case said they didn’t start the project to make money or collect rewards, they just felt compelled to help by doing their part during the pandemic.

“I jokingly have said we’re like Rosie the Riveter only by sewing,” Valarie said. “We appreciate the donations to help us continue making these masks. And, to be honored by the Northwestern Staff Council with a Campus Kudos award for this project is appreciated, and mom says thank you, too.”


Erin Davis, University Relations Specialist
eedavis@nwosu.edu, 580-327-8480

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