Thomlinson named Director of CU Honors Program

Dr. Vivian Thomlinson has been named Director of the Cameron University Honors Program, following approval today by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents. The Honors Program provides a central focus for the pursuit of academic excellence on the Cameron campus.

"Professor Thomlinson is a real asset to Cameron University, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Dr. John McArthur, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Her enthusiasm and willingness to go the extra step for each student make her an excellent selection as Director of the Cameron University Honors Program."

Thomlinson, a Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages, has taught at Cameron for more than 20 years and has been a leader and tireless proponent of Writing Across the Curriculum. WAC provides resources to faculty to incorporate good writing into coursework regardless of the academic discipline or activity. In 2001, she received the Harold and Elizabeth Hackler Award for Teaching Excellence, Cameron’s highest faculty honor, and was inducted into the Cameron University Faculty Hall of Fame in 2009.

She was also named the 2006 Oklahoma Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Other honors she has received over the years include Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, CU Student Government Association Professor of the Year, English Department Sigma Tau Delta Professor of the Year, and the Command and General Staff College Award for Outstanding Teacher.

The Honors Program is housed in the newly renovated Cameron Exchange, the former Student Activities Building. The Cameron Exchange, which opened this fall, contains an Honors Lounge, an office for the Director, an informational center for external scholarships and study abroad opportunities, and an informal gathering place for seminars and discussion groups. This year, Cameron has increased financial support for the Honors Program, with additional resources from the Cameron University Foundation and a technology budget to provide personal information tools to each student in the program.

Cameron’s Honors Program provides a system of rewards and supports for students with records of outstanding accomplishment and high levels of motivation in their pursuit of academic excellence. The Honors Program cultivates an ability to work energetically in interdisciplinary teams with a common purpose. The aim of the program is to produce graduates who have gone farther, learned more, and become more capable of leadership both in the community and in a chosen field of study.

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September 20, 2010

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