Students set to lead Cameron’s 2011 Convocation

Four Cameron University students have been selected to speak on behalf of Cameron’s student body during 2011 Convocation, a celebration of Cameron’s dedication to academic excellence. Elaine Harder, Jacob Jardel, Barkley Kirk and Jessica Landoll will share personal stories of accomplishment and inspiration during the annual event. Convocation, highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 14, at the Fine Arts Courtyard and is open to the public.

"During Convocation, we will celebrate the academic achievements of our students," says Dr. John McArthur, Provost. "The ceremony is a time-honored Cameron tradition which allows us to place our students front and center. We also salute our outstanding faculty during a colorful processional." 

CU’s student body is the focal point of Convocation. Honor students are selected to carry banners for each academic discipline. Faculty and staff members attired in academic regalia complete the processional. During the ceremony, honors and scholarship students receive special recognition for their academic achievements.

About the speakers

Elaine Harder, a native of Baltimore, Md., will address the topic of study abroad opportunities. Last May, she and four other Cameron students spent three weeks in Brazil to learn about the culture, technology and industry of the South American country.  She is a recipient of the Louis Stokes Scholarship, the Wesley and Mary Sue Silk Lectureship and the Nikki Hardy Memorial Scholarship.  In addition, she has twice done summer internships with the Oklahoma IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).  Elaine has authored six abstracts, co-authored one book chapter and one research article, and has presented her research numerous times at conferences and seminars. She will receive her Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in animal science this December and plans to pursue graduate school in the area of reproductive physiology.

Jacob Jardel, a junior psychology major born in Guam and raised in Lawton, will speak about the Cameron University Honors Program, which he joined during his sophomore year.  He is a recipient of the Laura Fields Trust Scholarship and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma.  In addition, he is a member of Cameron’s Mind Games team. Mind Games is an academic competition between colleges and universities in the state of Oklahoma with weekly matches this fall.  After graduating from Cameron, Jacob plans to pursue a master’s degree and a career in either counseling or teaching. 

Barkley Kirk, a senior accounting major from Chattanooga, will speak about Cameron’s on-going Academic Festival and the opportunity to participate in a variety of co-curricular festival events and activities. A PLUS Scholar and a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Barkley serves as treasurer for the Student Government Association and as co-chair of the Programming Activities Council.  Following graduation in May, he plans to pursue a Master of Business Administration degree.

Jessica Landoll, a senior chemistry major from Elgin, will share her experiences in undergraduate research. In addition to serving as a research assistant for Dr. Danny McGuire, Chair of the Department of Physical Sciences, she participated in the Oklahoma IDeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) internship at the OU Health Sciences Center last summer. A PLUS scholar, Jessica is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma.  Her family has a strong history at Cameron, as each of her three siblings attended CU.  After graduating in May 2012, she hopes to work as a laboratory technician and pursue research in genetics or inorganic chemistry.

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October 11, 2011

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