June 4, 2021


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The ENMU-Roswell Foundation is recognizing Rachel Conover and Dr. Kyle Torke as the recipients of the 2021 Kosa Merit Award. Conover is the Director of the Nursing Program. Torke is the Director for Humanities.

Conover has been a nursing instructor for the ENMU-Roswell Nursing Program since January of 2016 and the Director of Nursing Education since July of 2020. She graduated from Angelo State University with an Associate degree in Nursing in 2001 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 2002. She graduated from Angelo State University with a Master of Science in Nursing – Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist in 2012. As a nursing educator, she feels that there are now thousands of lives that rely on her ability to effectively educate those who are entering into the nursing profession.

Torke began teaching at the Roswell campus in July of 2020.  He has a Master of Arts degree and a PhD from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College. Torke has been a collegiate faculty member and educational leader at many institutions teaching writing, literature, and communications. He has published in every major genre. A collection of nonfiction essays and a children’s book are his most recent. Currently, he said he is grateful to serve as English faculty and Area Director for Humanities at ENMU-Roswell.

Long before the current campus complex existed, William and Ethel Kosa contributed a gift of $31,000 to Roswell Community College. Their generosity eventually led to the establishment of the ENMU-Roswell Foundation, a source of scholarships and funds for students and faculty. The Kosa Merit Award, instituted in 1970, recognizes two instructors each year for excellence in teaching, rapport with students, professional achievements, and service to the institution. Chosen by their peers, the honorees receive an engraved plaque and a stipend of $500.