CUAA seeks nominations for annual alumni, faculty awards

The Cameron University Alumni Association (CUAA) is currently accepting nominations for the association's highest honors: the CUAA Distinguished Alumni Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the Faculty Hall of Fame Award. Students, graduates and friends of the university can submit nominations to the Office of Alumni Relations until November 1, 2008. The awards will be presented during Cameron's annual Homecoming Weekend festivities in February 2009. 

"The CU Alumni Association awards recognize Cameron alumni who have made significant contributions to society, whether it's in the Lawton/Fort Sill community or at exotic locations around the world," says Jennifer Bowen, CU Director of Alumni Relations. "The alumni association Board of Directors feels strongly that we need to continue to celebrate the achievements of our alumni, especially in this, Cameron's Centennial year."

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who graduated 11 or more years ago. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who graduated within the last 10 years. Alumni who attended but did not graduate from Cameron may be considered at the discretion of the Distinguished Alumni/Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to Cameron in one or more of the following areas: by distinguishing themselves in their careers, in service to their community, or through continued support of Cameron University. Up to two awards within each category may be presented annually. Posthumous nominations will be considered.

Since its inception in 1979, CUAA's Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to almost 90 honorees, including a former Cameron president, a U.S. Ambassador, and numerous state legislators and military generals.

"The Outstanding Young Alumni Award was initiated just three years ago," says Bowen. "It's important that our current students realize that you don't have to be at the end of your career to earn accolades."

The CUAA Board presents the Faculty Hall of Fame Award, initiated in 1995, to honor current or retired professors for their teaching effectiveness, positive impact on students' lives and involvement at Cameron outside of the classroom and in the community. Nominees must have taught at Cameron for a minimum of five years. Up to two awards may be presented annually.

Faculty and students from the Cameron State School of Agriculture (1908-1927), Cameron State Agricultural College (1927-1971), Cameron College (1971-1974) or Cameron University (1974-present) are eligible to be nominated.  

Nomination forms and lists of previous recipients for any of the awards can be obtained from the Office of Alumni Relations, located in the Administration Building Room 145. Forms can also be requested over the phone by calling 580.581.2988 or downloaded at www.cameron.edu/alumni/awards.html.

For more information, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 580.581.2988.

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October 13, 2008

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