Cameron University Alumni Association honors students and local family with awards

The Cameron University Alumni Association (CUAA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award and the Cameron University Family of the Year Awards. Students Tyler Blount, Lawton; Gilron Charles, St. George’s, Grenada; Colten Kennedy, Elgin; and Jetta Trammell, Snyder, will each received the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow award. The Kinslow family of Lawton and the Stringham family, also of Lawton, will both be honored with the Family of the Year award. The awards will be presented during the CUAA’s Aggie Family and Friends Awards Luncheon on Saturday, March 1, held in conjunction with CU ROCKS Homecoming 2014.

“The CUAA is proud to be able to recognize the impact our students and families have in the support of Cameron University,” says Jennifer McGrail, Director, Office of Alumni Relations. “Like our alumni, they are a valuable resource and make Cameron what it is today. It is fitting that we recognize the contributions of the different groups that complete our Aggie family during our annual awards luncheon. “

The Family of the Year Award is a new recognition program that honors families whose members possess exceptional uniqueness, dedication and enthusiasm for their student(s) and Cameron University. Nominations were open to any family that is actively involved with Cameron University. It is not necessary for all family members to be Cameron students and/or graduates.

Nominations for Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow were received from Cameron faculty and staff. The award recognizes well-rounded and successful students who epitomize the true value of a Cameron Aggie. Selection is based on three areas: academic achievement/honors, career-related experience and extra-curricular activities.

Blount, a senior elementary education major, is a Presidential Leadership and University Scholar (PLUS). She has taught English in China during a church mission trip, is active in Cameron’s Student Oklahoma Education Association chapter, and served on the Baptist Cameron Ministries’ Leadership Team.

Kennedy is a senior history major. As a member of the Comanche Battalion, Cameron’s U.S. Army ROTC unit, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in May. His has served as president of the Student Government Association and the History Club and as the executive office of the Comanche Battalion. Additionally, he has been active in numerous student organizations.

A senior majoring in information technology, Charles is actively involved in Students of the Caribbean Alliance, Association of Information Technology Professionals, Association for Computing Machinery, Rotaract Club, International Club and intramural sports. He has attained numerous professional certifications pertinent to his chosen career field.

Trammell, a senior biology major, is a PLUS student who plans to pursue a career in the medical field.  She is a member of Cameron’s Health Professions Society and has worked as a volunteer at the Camp of Champs sponsored by Cameron’s Department of Education as well as for a hospice provider.

The Kinslow family has been deeply engaged with Cameron since Carolyn Kinslow joined the staff as director of the Center for Writers in 1991. She completed her master’s degree in behavioral science at Cameron in 1996. Two of the four Kinslow children, Philip and Rebecca, are Cameron graduates, and Philip is a Cameron staff member, serving as a research assistant in the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Accountability.  Another son, Andrew, has taken classes at Cameron. Carolyn’s husband, John, has also been a CU student, taking classes in creative writing. John and Carolyn are members of President’s Partners and have also supported the university through donations to the Center for Writers and the university’s general fund. In addition, Carolyn has been active in the Cameron chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, the national interdisciplinary honor society, serving as president in 2012.

Carson and Jennifer Stringham are both Cameron seniors. Carson is an English major who is minoring in journalism, and Jennifer is a psychology major with a minor in family science. She will continue her Cameron education as a graduate student this summer. The parents of four children ranging from age 4 to 11, they are both active in a variety of campus activities. Jennifer works on campus for CU Be SMART and is president of Moms and Dads on campus. Carson is a member of three honors organizations: Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau Delta. He works as an English tutor in the Center for Writers and has served as bother a staff writer and copy editor for The Collegian. He is also president of Magic Lantern Film Society, vice president of Sigma Tau Delta and Moms and Dads on Campus, and a member of the Student Veterans of America and the Cameron Honors Program. Carson is a veteran of the U.S. Army who was twice deployed to Iraq. He was a member of the Oklahoma National Guard until 2012.

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February 17, 2014

PR# 14-035