Cameron to provide more services for students

Cameron University is moving forward with a new Student Wellness Center and an Academic Honors Center, both of which will be housed in the university's current Student Activities Building (SAB). Offices currently housed in the SAB will be relocating to the McMahon Centennial Complex in March, leaving the SAB available for renovation. The Student Wellness Center and the Academic Honors Center are expected to open in Fall 2010.

"The establishment of a Student Wellness Center at Cameron University is a key element of Plan 2013: Choices for the Second Century, Cameron's five-year strategic plan," says CU President Cindy Ross. "We recognize our responsibility to provide health care services to our students, and the Student Wellness Center will answer that need. Additionally, as our enrollment continues to grow, the need for an Academic Honors Center has increased. The Center will provide students with ready access to a variety of honors-related programs."

CU's Student Wellness Center will provide students access to short-term mental and physical health care. Currently, CU offers mental health counseling through a full-time licensed counselor. The university expects to contract with the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center's Southwest Oklahoma Family Practice Program for physical health care services. Funding for the center will be derived from a wellness fee of $25 per semester. The wellness fee will only be assessed to students physically taking courses on the Lawton campus. Students taking only online courses or taking courses only at Ft. Sill, Duncan and Comanche Nation College will not be assessed the fee and will not have access to the wellness center. The wellness fee was approved earlier today by The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents.

CU's Academic Honors Center will house an office in which the university's honors program director can meet and advise students. In addition, the center will feature an educational travel office for information about trips away from Cameron for academic purposes. Information about the Brad Henry International Scholar Program, CU's British Studies Program, and other study abroad and language immersion programs will be available. Plans also include an area that will serve as a meeting and study area for students in the Honors Program. This area will also accommodate receptions for campus Honors Program events, guest speakers, and more.

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January 27, 2010

PR# 10-016