Cameron University has named the tutoring center located in the Academic Commons the “Jeneanne Lawson Tutoring Center” in honor of a gift from Cameron alumna Jeneanne Lawson. In January 2012, the Lawton resident donated a residential property to the Cameron University Foundation to sell with the $104,000 proceeds going to the benefit of the university.
“When Ms. Lawson contacted me to offer a home she owned as a gift, I was struck by her strong desire to help Cameron students,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “The Cameron University Foundation was honored to receive the property, which would mean a sizeable donation. Ms. Lawson demonstrated her high regard for her alma mater with this gift. She is an outstanding example of how important Cameron alumni are to the university and the role they play in maintaining Cameron’s position as the University of Choice for southwest Oklahoma and beyond.”
“When I was a communication teacher, I taught my students not just one area of communication, but all of them,” says Ms. Lawson. “I knew it was the best way to prepare them for a career. All these years later, that is what Cameron is doing with convergence journalism, and I want to support that program. Cameron’s communication students are learning to do everything in one place, and they’re going to walk into a professional situation and be prepared to handle every task they encounter. I love Cameron, I see all the recent growth under Dr. Ross’ leadership, and I want to help Cameron students find success. This donation is one way to make that possible.”
Ms. Lawson graduated from Cameron Junior College in 1949. She was a member of The Collegian staff, serving as editor of the paper. In addition, she was active in the Pep Pirates and the Cameron Players. While a Cameron student, she served as Women’s Editor for the Lawton Morning Press, where she began writing a column about local high school activities while still a high school student herself.
After graduating from Cameron Junior College with an associate degree in communication, Ms. Lawson continued her education at the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in communication. She taught communication at the higher education level before ultimately becoming a highly successful fundraising professional.
Ms. Lawson is a member of President’s Partners. She has been a supporter of KCCU and also supported the Centennial “Changing Lives” campaign.
January 23, 2013