KC Williams Honored for the Character Trait of "Dependability"
K.C. Williams was honored at October’s Edmond City Council meeting as Champion of Character for Dependability, after a lifelong journey seeking to be a trustworthy man.
Friend and colleague, Pam Merrill, speaks of William’s reputation for dependability, in her nomination of Williams for Champion of Character, saying, “K.C. is a blessing to the world around him because of his commitment to do the right thing, his dedication to making a difference, and his reliability as a neighbor, friend, and co-worker.”
Williams says, “I truly believe it is our civic duty to give to others in need even if it means sacrificing a bit of our time and resources.”
“In the neighborhood and Edmond community, he is the reliable individual who seeks to volunteer his labor and time to help others in innumerable ways,” says Merrill, “whether it is mowing a neighbors' yard or offering to move furniture for an elderly citizen."
At work, she says, “His peers know that he can be depended upon to keep his commitments to assist in collaborative tasks both during and beyond the hours of the school day.”
It’s not always easy to keep commitments. Williams recalls the first time he took the state exam to obtain his teaching certificate. He failed. That experience left him with a determination to give up on a teaching career. However, fear of disappointing his parents changed his perspective. So, he pushed forward and received his certification. Looking back, he sees his twenty-six-year teaching career as a great reward and blessing.
Through the years, he has found ways to help motivate himself during difficult times. Williams says, “I have a couple of sayings I use for personal reflection. ‘It’s a great day to be alive,’ or ‘adapt, adjust and overcome.’” He also finds strength from Psalm 121, one of his favorite go-to passages from the Bible.
Williams says, “Hopefully I can look back on my life and say I had a positive impact on people through my dependability, reliability, and the ability to do the right thing when it is difficult.”
Williams teaches American Government at Edmond Santa Fe High School. His wife, Kathy, teaches at Summit Middle School in Edmond. They both received their Bachelor’s degree in Education at Oklahoma Christian. Their son, Kody, is currently a freshman at their alma mater and their daughter, Kayla, is a junior at Edmond Santa Fe.
On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, K.C. Williams was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of dependability (Fulfilling commitments even in the face of difficulty).
The Character Council is a grassroots, nonprofit organization committed to creating a citywide initiative to build Edmond into a "Community of Character." The group believes that the character of a nation can only be strengthened one person at a time, one community at a time. Toward that end, the Character Council of Edmond seeks to recognize residents who demonstrate character, as witnessed by those who have been affected and influenced.
Dr. David Ford Honored for the Character Trait of "Humility"
Edmond, OK—June 26, 2107.
Former UCO Professor of Sociology, Dr. David Ford was honored as Champion of Character for Humility before the Edmond City Council at the June meeting. Dr. Ford retired in August 2016, ending a 40-year career in higher education. He was also department chair in the Sociology Gerontology and Substance Abuse Studies department for many years at UCO.
In her nomination of her friend and mentor, Kathryn Williams said that he created a fun learning environment, while holding his students to a standard of excellence. His tough expectations earned him the nickname, Dr. Death. Despite his reputation, former students came back to thank him for setting the bar high and empowering them to experience success, said Williams.
Dr. Ford said, “I tried to be fair while still challenging them, particularly in the areas of developing writing and critical thinking skills.”
Students benefited from his willingness to go beyond teaching to give them an advantage by “making introductions for continued education in graduate school,” said Williams.
Dr. Ford said, “I took a portion of Philippians 2:4-8 as my guide when I was department chair and for my life in general. The first part states, ‘Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significantly than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.’”
Dr. Ford said, “Circumstances, situations and other people serve as the teachers of humility. A person can choose to learn from all of these.”
Dr. Ford and his wife, Tonya of 40 years moved to Edmond in 1990. The Fords raised two daughters. Laura and her husband James, along with their children, Nori, Jonah and Selah, live in San Antonio, TX. Emily and her husband, Daniel, live in OKC with their twins, Madelyn and Baylor.
Dr. Ford gives credit to several mentors for helping him advance his career. Dr. Larry Walker hired him for his first full-time job in higher education at Oral Roberts University. Dr. Richard Rettig encouraged him to get his doctorate and later to apply for the job that brought his family to Edmond at UCO. Also, Dr. Ralph Fagin helped make a way for him to earn his Masters in Sociology at Oklahoam State University.
Mrs. Ford is a violinist with a BA and MA in Music Education. The last 21 years of her career she spent teaching Orchestra at Edmond Central Middle School. In earlier years, she taught Orchestra in Norman and Tulsa. She also was a part of the Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestra and the Oklahoma City Community Orchestra. She also played for the Enid and Lawton Symphonies.
Persons may nominate a candidate by logging on to the website at
http://www.edmondcharacter.org/nominate or by writing
Champions of Character
P.O. Box 392
Edmond, OK 73083-0392