The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Government instructor Mavis Triebel has put the name Lamar State College-Port Arthur in a group of ten major Texas universities, as a recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper, Piper Professor Program award.
The 10 other colleges and universties included the University of Texas, Texas A & M University and Baylor University.
“A lot the professors at big universities may have won it based on research. Well her (Triebel) research is people,” said Percy Jordan, assistant professor of Biology at LSC-PA.
Sam Monroe, President of LSC-PA, said the college has been submitting applications since around the time the award was initiated in 1958.
According to Monroe, one of the deciding factors in the selection process was information taken from student evaluations.
“Mavis has always been popular with the students. She is known for being fair but tough,” said Monroe. “Frankly, she’s a great campus citizen because of her involvement in the students acivities and in the students’ lives.”
LSC-PA student athletes and artists know Treibel well for her nearly perfect attendence at Seahawks basketball and softball home games and theater and commercial music performances.
“I like them and I take part in everything that they do on campus,” said Triebel.
This May will mark Triebel’s 25th year teaching. Known for being highly organized and very determined Triebel did not start teaching until she was 55 years old.
She said, in 1987, as she was finishing her masters degree, she was asked by Lamar State College-Orange to fill in during a summer semester and has never left since.
Gary Stretcher, LSC-PA vice president of academic affairs, said Triebel has never asked to be a department chair or dean, but would rather spend her time teaching and “promoting this college to whoever wants to hear it.”
She has also taken charge of the Citizen Bee, a contest that tests public and private high schools students on their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, important American documents, people, issues, civic values and current events, raising $80,000 over the years, according to Stretcher.
“What sets her apart is that she is just a fine classroom teacher,” said Stretcher.