|Faculty Hall of Fame Award 1995
Blanche Beavers loved teaching and the reward of seeing her students accomplish their goals. While teaching at Cameron, in addition to her regular teaching load, she taught a 7 a.m. class and evening classes each semester so that those who worked could obtain a degree. The result of this dedication is reflected in the many success stories among her former students, who list a variety of occupations including management positions, college presidents, school administrators, bankers, high ranking military personnel and lawyers.
Beavers retired and returned to her hometown of Ryan, OK in 1975 after a 39-year teaching career. she received a bachelors of commerce degree from Oklahoma College for Women in 1936, a masters of commercial education from OU in 1940, and completed additional post masters work from several universities.
Beavers taught six years at Ryan High School, one year at Lawton High School and 32 years at Cameron, from 1943 to 1975 under the regimes of five Cameron presidents. She was chairman of the Cameron business department for more than 20 years. She received the Oklahoma Business Education Association's Outstanding Business Educator Award in 1975 and Cameron Teacher of the Year in 1963. She was honored by the CU Alumni Association with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 and was commissioned as Honorary Lieutenant Governor of the State of Oklahoma by former Lieutenant Governor George Nigh in 1960. She instituted an interscholastic contest at Cameron which is still held annually and has grown to encompass departments campus wide. In her honor, the Blanche Beavers Business Administration Award is given each year to the outstanding business administration major at Cameron.
Beavers has continued to support Cameron since her retirement through donations to the Cameron Foundation and to Cameron's national public radio station, KCCU.