It is not unusual for individuals to make the dean’s list or president’s lists of colleges and universities, but when a mother and son both make it at the same time but different universities, it is worth noting.
And that is exactly what happened to Maureen and Marc Orgass of Logan recently. Mother and son both received letters from their respective institutions of higher learning stating that they had been named to the president’s list in Marc’s case and the dean’s list in Maureen’s case. “I’m proud of her,” said Marc about his 47-year-old mother’s accomplishment at Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari where she is majoring in education. “And, of course, I’m proud of him,” said Maureen of her son who is majoring in pre-professional (pre-law, pre-med). at Texas Tech University in Lubbock and who maintained a 4.0 grade point average to put him on Texas Tech’s President’s List.
The younger Orgass said in many ways it was much harder for his mother to maintain her 3.8 grade point average at MCC because she had a number of distractions to deal with that he did not have to put up with Lubbock.
“Well, I guess he’s right,” said Maureen about her reentering the education world after being away from it for a number of years. “I’ve always got the laundry, the dishes that need cleaning, meals to prepare and you know, all those things that just have to get done whether you’re in school or not.”
She said that was one of the advantages of the Tucumcari community college as an educational institution for people like her. “They’re really supportive,” said the mother of three. “They have places for us to work away from distractions and I can go and do my homework right after class.”
Marc said he too uses the library to study at Tech but since he lives in the honors’ dorm at the university, he does not have to worry about the household dishes and laundry while trying to concentrate on his lessons. “Still it gets hard at times,” said the 2003 Logan High School valedictorian, “but my dorm’s pretty quiet. But I have different ways to focus. ”
Maureen who had been a teacher’s aide in the Logan School District said that Marc attending Texas Tech was a major factor in helping her decide to go to college. “More or less, he was my push in going back to college,” said the elder Orgass. “Here I’m watching him filling out application forms and scholarship forms and, well it motivated me.”
Maureen said that returning to school hasn’t always been the proverbial bed of roses for her.
“I’ll tell you the truth. I’ve had to call him complaining a few times and he had to give me pep talks; especially in the beginning.” Both said that the support they receive from Howard Orgass, the male head of the family is also a factor in them keeping going.