Faculty, staff who make a difference honored by gymnasts

From left, Megan O'Quin, Benny Beaver, Derron Coles and Kristin Rorrer were honored by gymnasts for their support. (contributed photo)

The Oregon State gymnastics program and the Department of Athletics took time to recognize the student in student-athlete last Saturday night before the Beavers’ gymnastics meet against Utah. Three gymnasts – Becky Colvin, Jen Kesler and Stephanie McGregor – were chosen to invite a faculty or staff member that has made a difference in their academic experience at Oregon State.

The gymnasts chose to honor Derron Coles, an assistant professor in the Science & Math Education Department who teaches with the Educational Opportunities Program, Megan O’Quin, an academic counselor in the Athletic Department, and Kristin Rorrer, the head advisor for the School of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering Department. Each of the chosen gymnasts presented their honoree via a video message during pre-meet activities.

There are 290 Oregon State University student-athletes who achieved a 3.0 or greater grade point average during the Fall term of 2010, representing 53% of all undergraduate student-athletes.

~ Jason Amberg

One Response to “Faculty, staff who make a difference honored by gymnasts”

  1. Laura Peterson, HDFS, Gerontology says:

    I’m a non-traditional student dealing with the challenge of learning disabilities. Returning to school after an extended time, I found myself standing at the base of a vertical climb known as Algebra; Derron Coles explained X-Y axes as continuum, pointed out hand holds, offered tools and taught their uses; I was down there, I’m now up here. Awesome view, Derron. Thanks.

    (Laura Peterson)