Two Ottawa University alumni and a long-time faculty member were honored Friday, October 26, during the annual Alumni Awards Banquet in the Mowbray Union Dining Commons.
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Dr. Murle Mordy
Long-time professor of foreign language at Ottawa University, Dr. Murle Mordy received honorary membership into Ottawa University’s Alumni Association during the banquet. This award is designed to be a prestigious honor granted by the Ottawa University Alumni Association (OUAA). Once recognized, honorary members hold alumni status throughout their lifetimes and are entitled to all the rights, privileges and benefits of any member of the OUAA.
Mordy has dedicated the last 35 years of his life to Ottawa University, serving in a wide range of capacities, including international student advisor since 1974. He currently serves as professor of French and Spanish at OU, as well as chairman of the Department of Modern Languages, Summer Conference coordinator and faculty marshal. During his tenure, Mordy has served as the campus coordinator for the overseas Bachelor of Arts program for international students for more than 20 years; has been the advisor of the Whole Earth Club for more than 30 years and of Sigma Alpha Honor Society for 10; and has acted as concert master assistant of the OU Orchestra for more than 20 years. In 2007, he was granted the Ottawa University Board of Trustees Award for Excellence.
Mordy is a member of the American Association of Teachers of French, the Kansas Foreign Language Association and Pi Delta Phi. He has studied French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, and Farsi. In 2011, Mordy was awarded a certificate from the French Consulate certifying that he was officially granted the Ordre des Palmes Academiques (Order of the Academic Palms), with the degree of Chevalier (Knight) for his distinguished contributions to French education and culture. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in French. He received a Fulbright Research Grant to study in France from 1963-1964 before earning his master’s degree in French from Kansas State University in 1965 and his doctorate in French from the University of Kansas in 1979.
Mordy has two brothers, Edward and Ronald Mordy.
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