Ottis Lock served in the Texas House of Representative and Texas State Senate. He was an strong supporter of the East Texas Historical Association and established an endowment to recognize educator excellence in 1984.
Honors Student Panel at ETHA Diana Sanchez Ayala, Jamie Guzman, Aimee Garcia Soto, and Paul Yang
Dr. Nicholson-Preuss received the Ottis Lock Educator of the Year Award 2018 from the East Texas Historical Association at their fall meeting in Nacogdoches on 13 October. The award is given annually to an educator who has "demonstrated excellent in educating the public about the history or culture of East Texas". I've been a member of ETHA since 2005. One of the accomplishments that earned Dr. Nicholson-Preuss the award was my commitment to undergraduate research and sponsoring student presenters at the annual meetings. Dr. Nicholson-Preuss began taking her history students to present at the ETHA's fall conference in 2013 and have taken students almost every year except for 2015 when the NCHC meeting was scheduled at the same time. The Honors Program began to sponsor Honors student panels in 2016.
2016 --two students presented and won the Portia Gordon Award for Best Student Panel
2017 –six student presentations on two panels
2018 –seven students presented on two panels and one of the panels received the Portia Gordon Award
All of the Ottis Lock Endowment Awards Recipients for 2018
(including three Honors students who won the Portia Gordon Prize for best student panel