Cameron University student organization provides endowment to establish Sylvia M. Burgess Service Award

Cameron University has established the Sylvia M. Burgess Service Award, thanks to a $15,000 endowment provided by the Cameron University School of Business and the Cameron chapter of Enactus, a student organization comprised of students, business leaders, and academic leaders who are committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. The Sylvia M. Burgess Service Award is named in honor of Dr. Sylvia M.  Burgess, a member of the Cameron faculty who serves as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, and who is a former faculty advisor for Students in Free Enterprise, now known as Enactus.

“Dr. Burgess’ unwavering dedication to Cameron University students is equaled by her commitment to serve her community,” says Dr. John Camey, Dean, Cameron University School of Business. “Through her community involvement in a variety of leadership roles, she has set an outstanding example for others to follow.”

“I am dPhoto from establishment of Burgess Service Awardeeply honored that Cameron students have named this award in my honor,” says Burgess. “It is my belief that serving one’s community for the betterment of all is one of the most rewarding activities a person can undertake.”

Under her mentorship, Cameron’s SIFE team won the 2005 Donald W. Reynolds Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan Competition.

The award will be presented annually each spring to recognize a Cameron student who has served the community in a voluntary capacity for at least 48 hours during the academic year of the award. Candidates must submit a letter of candidacy describing service to the community and a letter from community service organizations verifying time of service.

For information on how to establish an endowment through the Cameron University Foundation, contact the Office of University Advancement at 581-2999.


April 20, 2015