Cameron University has named 28 freshmen Presidential Leaders & University Scholars (PLUS) for the 2009-10 academic year. The PLUS program, now in its 29th year, is designed to reward students who have demonstrated academic excellence and outstanding leadership capabilities while in high school and to teach these students skills that will prepare them for dynamic leadership roles in their respective careers.
"We are happy to recognize these outstanding students as PLUS scholars," says Jennifer Holland, Dean of Student Services and past participant in the program. "It is gratifying to witness leadership skills developing as PLUS students progress through the program."
This year's recipients come from across Oklahoma and combine a breadth of leadership and community service experiences. In addition to receiving scholarship packages worth more than $20,000, students selected for the program take part in a four-year leadership development program aimed at developing excellent citizens and professionals.
CU's 2009-10 first-year PLUS scholars kicked off the Fall 2009 semester with a retreat at Camp Y-Shua.
Students are chosen each year based on an application process that focuses on leadership experience, involvement in the community, grade point average, ACT/SAT scores, an essay on the topic of leadership and a formal interview.
PLUS scholars receive leadership training that helps them make the transition from high school to college, learn leadership theory, communication skills, group dynamics and problem solving. In later years of the program, the focus shifts to presentation skills and preparation for beginning a career with such workshops as résumé writing, interviewing and making wise career decisions.
The 2009-10 PLUS class members who have authorized release of their names are listed by hometown and graduating high school. Each student's intended area of study is also included.
Leah Mazur, Theatre and Foreign Languages
Jake McClellan, Computer Science and Mathematics
Anna White, Biology
Chad Hagermann, Psychology
Cody McLaird, Biology
Britany Pyfer, Chemistry
Elise Christensen, Mathematics
Allison Stottlemyre, Biology
Lawton Academy of Arts and Sciences
Carl Foutz, Biology
James Gardner, Physical Education
Rebecca Selstad, Psychology
Alisha Ashouri, Business
Amanda Bell, English Education
Ryan LaSorsa, Biology
Natasha Campbell, Political Science and Speech Communication
Bethany Heinen, Elementary Education
Alexander Rosa- Figueroa, English
Whitney Williams, Business Marketing and Advertising
Kelsy Hebert, Biology
Kayla Pacheco, Marketing
Bryce Geiger, Chemistry and Biology
Seth Geiger, Chemistry
Trevor Geiger, Business and Finance
Emily McKee, Political Science
Amber Spurlin, Undecided
Heather Bivins, Undecided
Lutricia White, Undecided
Vanessa Karpe, Undecided
September 2, 2009