Dr. William L. Havice, a professor and associate dean at Clemson University, will receive an Alumni Achievement Award from Fort Hays State University Friday during Homecoming celebrations.
Havice, who earned degrees from FHSU in 1977 and 1979, is a professor and associate dean for academic support services and undergraduate studies in the College of Health, Education and Human Development.
The FHSU Alumni Association Achievement Award is given for outstanding, unselfish contributions in service to community, state or nation, both as a citizen in the recipient's chosen career and through philanthropy.
The award will be presented at the annual Alumni and Endowment Awards Reception and Banquet Friday, Sept. 30, during Homecoming celebrations at FHSU.
Havice earned a B.S. (1977) and an M.S. (1979) in industrial arts from FHSU. In 1984, he earned an Ed.S. degree from Pittsburg State University and, in 1994, a Ph.D. from Kansas State University.
"As a professional in the field of technology education, Dr. William Havice is at the top level," wrote Dr. Kendall Starkweather, executive director of the International Technology Education Association, in supporting Havice's nomination for the Alumni Achievement Award. "Universities look for persons to honor that make them look good because of the accomplishments of that person, the influence that person has had on their profession and the degree of caring that person gives to others," said Starkweather, who concluded, "Dr. Havice is that person!"
He taught and coached at Morenci High School, Morenci, AZ, from 1977-78 and, after receiving his master's degree, taught at FHSU from 1979 to 1996 as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor and professor of technology studies. He joined Clemson University as a professor of technology and human resource development in 1996, was named coordinator and professor in 2000 and, in 2001, associate dean of academic support services and undergraduate studies for the College of Health, Education and Human Development.
While a student at FHSU, he was a varsity wrestler, earning honor letterman status three years and also competing in the NAIA national wrestling tournament three times, finishing seventh in 1977. He also participated in intramural sports -- football, softball and swimming, in which he was all-university champion for four years. He was on the Deans Honor Roll and was a member of Epsilon Pi Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, the Industrial Arts Club and the Residence Hall Association.
He is a member of the ITEA and served on the international board of directors, is on the Board of Examiners for the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education, a co-trustee for Epsilon Pi Tau and has been an international advisor for the ITEA Technology Education Collegiate Association. He has won many awards in his field and has numerous scholarly presentations and dozens of refereed publications, including book chapters and an edited book.
While in Hays, Havice served as an officer of Lions Club and was co-president of Hays' O'Loughlin Parent-Teacher Association. He and his wife, Pamela, an assistant professor at Clemson, were named Girl Scout Couple of the Year in 1991 and 1996 in Hays.
He and his wife have two children, Brooke Ann and Briana Lea.
The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries.