Academic Festival 2014-2015

Sustainability - Challenges and Opportunities

Cameron University is celebrating an Academic Festival during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Academic Festival, held once every three years, is a dynamic, privately funded, year-long symposium which explores a topic worthy of in-depth study.  During the course of the academic year, guest speakers, panel discussions, campus-wide activities, seminars, special events, and cross-curricular emphasis in the classroom are all strategically planned to support the study of the Festival’s topic.

The topic chosen for the 2014-2015 Academic Festival, “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” will present numerous opportunities for Cameron students and the public to gain a more complete understanding of the matters surrounding sustainability. Throughout the year we will consider food and agricultural practices, examine water and natural resources, and investigate sustainability with regard to communities. We will review questions and issues from a variety of perspectives with an emphasis on southwest Oklahoma.

Four experienced and highly regarded guest speakers are scheduled to address Cameron’s students and members of the public during the 2014-2015 Academic Festival. Combined, the expertise of these speakers covers a broad array of issues. All lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Due to expected interest, tickets are required for each speaking engagement held in the University Theatre.

Festival Sponsor: McCasland Foundation

Cameron University expresses deep gratitude to a longstanding and committed supporter, the McCasland Foundation, chief sponsor of the 2014-2015 Academic Festival. Over the years, primary support for the Academic Festivals has come from the McCasland/Amquest Bank Endowed Chair, established by the McCasland Foundation in 1989.  Additional funding for this year’s festival is provided by the Cameron University Foundation and Lectures and Concerts Series.

The Duncan-based McCasland Foundation was established in 1950 and is committed to supporting educational opportunities in southwest Oklahoma.  Cameron University has been fortunate to receive a number of contributions from the Foundation that have enabled Cameron to provide additional educational services, resources and opportunities to our students and faculty.

The McCasland Foundation has provided matching funds for more than 50 endowed lectureships and has funded almost 200 scholarships. The Foundation has been a significant donor to Cameron’s McMahon Centennial Complex, the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies, and the Sciences Complex.

In the McCasland Foundation, Cameron University has a true partner in education. Cameron University thanks the McCasland Foundation for its shared enthusiasm for education and for supporting Cameron’s exciting vision and ambitious goals.