Published: Sat Apr 9, 2011The recipient of the 2011 Derryberry Award, the most prestigious student award presented by Tennessee Tech University, is a pre-med student from Cookeville.
Sean William Ochsenbein, a graduate of Cookeville High School and the son of Kim and Mark Ochsenbein, will be recognized for the honor at TTU's April 25 Luncheon Forum.
Established in honor of the late Dr. Everett Derryberry, who retired in 1974 after serving for 34 years as president of the university, the Derryberry Award is presented annually to a graduating senior who has exhibited characteristics that demonstrate potential for future service and effective leadership in American society.
Criteria for the award include scholastic attainment arising out of moral and intellectual integrity; successful campus activity where participation indicates a commitment to good citizenship, interest in one's fellow person, and instincts for leadership; and physical vigor as shown by fondness for and success in sports.
He served as a student regent for the Tennessee Board of Regents from July 2009 to June 2010 and during that time was a member of the TBR's Chancellor Selection Committee, System Wide Strategic Planning Oversight Committee and Academic Policies and Programs Committee. Currently, he is chairman of the TBR's Student Government Presidents Council.
At TTU, Ochsenbein's service has included roles as Student Government Association senator and president. He is also a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, where he has served as social chairman and brotherhood chairman. And he has participated in the fraternity's soccer, flag football and ultimate Frisbee intramural sports teams.
Ochsenbein has also served on various university-level committees, including Administrative Council, Center Stage, Parent's Association, Joint Ad-Hoc, Faculty Awards, Student Monies Allocation, Military Affairs Advisory, Academic Misconduct, Service Center, and Diversity. He was chairman of the university's Student Affairs Committee during the 2008-2009 academic year.
He has represented TTU Admissions at college fairs for student recruitment and has participated in the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Program. He is a member of the Chem-Med Club at TTU and is in the university's chapter of the academic honor society Mortar Board.
Ochsenbein has experience and participation in organizations beyond his university's service as well. He is an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America and serves as assistant scoutmaster for Cookeville's Boy Scout Troop 156. He has also participated in the Boy Scouts' Merit Badge University for the medicine merit badge.
During the 2007-2008 year, he served as governor of the Tennessee American Legion Boys State.
A second-degree karate black belt, Ochsenbein was an instructor for five years at Johnny Loftis Karate Studio. In the summer of 2006, he served in the capacity of base camp maintenance and search and rescue at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, N.M. He currently works at Cumberland Mountain Outdoor Sports, where he served as manager from 2007-2009.
He is an emergency medical technician for the Putnam County Ambulance Service and volunteer for the Putnam County Rescue Squad. He has received Tennessee Association of Rescue Squad certifications for basic vehicle extraction, advanced vehicle extraction, school bus rescue, GPS land navigation from the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, rope rescue 1 and 2, and technician level rope rescue.
He has also received Tennessee instructor certifications for CPR and vehicle extraction and storm spotter certification from the National Weather Service.