2nd Mile

Dr. Mickey Banister - Winner Spring 2006

Mickey Banister


Reason: I would like to nominate Mickey Banister for the second mile award.  There are times when it is easy to overlook the obvious, and I think in Mickey’s case that sometimes happens.  I can think of no other administrator who works closer with students nor cares more passionately about them.  He runs his office efficiently, knows all of the curriculum by memory so that he can help students by explaining what’s left to graduate when they forget who to ask.  He consistently administers policy fairly so as not to be preferential to any one student, and welcomes each student’s protests with a smile. 

When the rubber meets the road, encouraging students to graduate and ensuring that they have taken what they need to do that is very important.  Mickey always seems to have all of his ducks in a row, so to speak.  He is helpful to other administrators and is well respected.  It’s refreshing to know a person who finds joy each day and who celebrates life, as all Christians should.


Reason: I would like to say that Dr. B was a great Vienna group sponsor…none of us could have asked for a better person. Dr. B loved us truly as his own children and took us in like family. Dr. B and Jane were such a wonderful example of a truly Godly couple and we all look up to his example as a Godly leader. Dr. B gave hugs and encouragement just when someone needed it and strived to push us all to be the best that we could be. Dr. B is a wonderful example for the second mile award and truly lives this servant lifestyle everyday.


Reason: One of the main ways Dr. Banister demonstrates all of the qualities I have shared is his presence during Freshman Orientation and Graduating Ceremonies. He is among the parents and students during these events, helping, calming, loving, encouraging, drying tears, hugging, directing and giving much needed instruction and advice, and allowing these events to be shared not only by the parents in a positive manner, but the students as well.

Reason: Dr. Banister’s office is never “closed”! He maintains an open door policy to the students, staff and faculty at all times. Dr. “B”, as he is fondly called on campus, is the person the students seek, not only for professional and wise advice, but for fatherly and spiritual advice when they are troubled or questioning their decisions.  He picks up the slack in any situation he finds himself a part of, is welcoming and easy to talk to, and the beauty part of all of this is he loves what he does, loves education, and enjoys seeing the students succeed and grow not only while they are here but as they find their place in our world once they leave OC. It is not unusual during each day for a current student, faculty or staff member, or alumnus to “drop in” to share exciting news, birth of a baby, an engagement ring, or possibly sad news too, they want to share with him first!  Dr. Banister is an exemplary person in all of the titles he holds and roles he plays in life.  He is held in high esteem by his peers and thinks of his family and fellow man first.  Affectionately known as “Poppy” by his beloved granddaughter Isabel, Dr. Banister has a wonderful, generous heart, and thoughtful presence about his that is appreciated and loved by all who are privileged to know him.