About the 2017 Student Speakers

Lauren Adkinson - School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Lauren Adkinson earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership last spring, and is now seeking a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy.  Lauren admits that her struggle with traditional learning during her undergraduate education was helped by Cameron’s online educational opportunities. Uncertain about a career during her early years at CU, she says she “half-heartedly pulled herself through courses trying to become an adult with purpose.”  When she gave birth to her son prematurely, Lauren found that purpose as she watched those helping her son. If the medical staff that helped him had given up their studies because they felt mediocre, he may not have had a chance. She realized that success matters on a greater level, so she became serious about finishing her degree and now wants to help others. 


Lorenzo Butler - School of Arts and Sciences

Lorenzo Butler has led a notable life during his time as a student at Cameron.  The senior music major, with an emphasis in Vocal Performance, is a member of the CU Centennial Singers, the Cameron Concert Choir and performed the lead role of Lt. Cable in Cameron's production of "South Pacific."  He also performed in "110 in the Shade," "The Precious Ladies” and is cast in CU’s upcoming production of "Alice in America-Land."  The tenor has performed with the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, and represented Cameron in the Oklahoma Choral Directors Association’s All-Collegiate Honor Choir and the American Choral Directors Association’s All-College Choir.  The multi-talented musician is part of the CU Percussion Ensemble and is a composer.  After graduation, the Phi Kappa Phi inductee plans to continue his music studies in graduate school.


Ana Paez - School of Arts and Sciences

Service to others is important to senior English Education major Ana Paez.  During her life in high school, Ana not only recognized the importance of English, but was heavily influenced by teachers who encouraged her to set and reach high goals.  They inspired her to become an educator.  Course work at Cameron has allowed Ana to discover how to enable students to have the same positive experience with English that she did.  Her desire to help others extends beyond the walls of the classroom.  As a member of the CU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, Ana has conducted fundraisers for the chapter, participated in the Martin Luther King Day of Service, participated in book drives and raised funds for disaster relief.

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