CUAA seeks nominations for annual alumni, faculty awards

The Cameron University Alumni Association (CUAA) is seeking nominations for the association’s highest honors: the CUAA Distinguished Alumni Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, the Faculty Hall of Fame Award and the Family of the Year Award. Students, graduates and friends of the university can submit nominations to the Office of Alumni Relations until November 1, 2014. Nomination forms are available from the Office of Alumni Relations, located in the Administration Building, Room 145. Listings of previous recipients of the CUAA awards can also be found on the website.

Faculty and students from the Cameron State School of Agriculture (1908-1927), Cameron State Agricultural College (1927-1971), Cameron College (1971-1974) or Cameron University (1974-present) are eligible to be nominated. The awards will be presented during Cameron’s annual Homecoming Weekend festivities in February 2015. 

“Cameron alumni, faculty and families are all an integral part of the success of this University,” says Jennifer McGrail, Director of Alumni Relations. “The CUAA Awards are our way of recognizing the tremendous contribution and impact these groups have on the campus, the community and their professions. We are honored to have the opportunity to recognize these individuals and families for their achievements.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who are 40 years of age or older as of the nomination deadline. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who are 39 years of age or younger as of the nomination deadline. Alumni who attended but did not graduate from Cameron may be considered at the discretion of the Distinguished Alumni/Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to Cameron in one or more of the following areas: by distinguishing themselves in their careers, in service to their community, or through continued support of Cameron University. Up to two awards within each category may be presented annually. Posthumous nominations will be considered.

Since its inception in 1979, CUAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to 98 honorees, including a former Cameron president, a U.S. Ambassador, and numerous state legislators and military generals.

Initiated in 2006, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award was established to demonstrate to current students that recognition for achievement can come early in professional life. Previous recipients are Dr. Christopher Keller, Class of 1998; Eric J. Johnson, Class of 1997; Brad Zerger, Class of 2000; Sanjit Bhattacharya, Class of 2000; Dr. Victor Wong, Jr., Class of 2003; Kay Morris, Class of 2004; Dr. Krista Lemley, Class of 2006; Jennifer Meason, Class of 2000; and Dr. Steve Merchant, Class of 2000.

The CUAA Board presents the Faculty Hall of Fame Award, initiated in 1995, to honor current or retired professors for their teaching effectiveness, positive impact on students’ lives and involvement at Cameron outside of the classroom and in the community. Nominees must have taught at Cameron for a minimum of five years. Up to two awards may be presented annually.

The Family of the Year Award is presented in collaboration with the Aggie Parents Association. The award recognizes a Cameron family that possesses exceptional uniqueness, dedication and enthusiasm for their student(s) and Cameron University. Recipients of the inaugural Family of the Year Awards, presented in February 2014, were the John and Carolyn Kinslow family and to the Carson and Jennifer Stringham family.  

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 580-581-2988.

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October 2, 2014

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