Students set to lead Cameron’s 2015 Convocation

Three Cameron University students have been selected to speak on behalf of the university’s student body during Convocation 2015, a celebration of academic excellence. Nicholas Brush, Laura Espinosa and Johnna Newby will share personal stories of accomplishment and inspiration during the annual event. Convocation, a Cameron tradition highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, September 18, in Aggie Gym and is open to the public.                                 

"We proudly celebrate the academic achievements of our students during Convocation," says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. "This year we will be inspired by three outstanding students who are nearing completion of their Cameron degree.” 

CU’s student body is the focal point of Convocation. Honor students are selected to carry banners for each academic department. 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

A native of Dallas, Texas, Laura Espinosa earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Texas at Arlington. Following two paid internships with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), she was offered a full-time position at PwC - an opportunity she declined. With a goal of serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, she enlisted in the Comanche Battalion, Cameron’s award-winning Army ROTC program.  She is scheduled to graduate with an MBA in May 2016, when she will also receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant; she has applied for a duty assignment in the Adjutant General Corps. Espinosa is a member of Cameron’s Accounting Club and has been inducted into Scabbard and Blade, the national college military honor society. 

More than 15 years after receiving an associate degree in 1997, Arkansas native Johnna Newby realized she wasn’t quite through with higher education. The Lawton resident researched online degree programs at various universities and found that Cameron’s Reach Higher program was best-suited to her needs. She resumed her college career in Fall 2013, earning a place on either the Dean’s or President’s Honor Roll every semester. She will graduate in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and hopes to pursue a graduate degree.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Nicholas Brush has discovered a passion for creative writing at Cameron. In May, he will complete a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing and a minor in humanities. He plans to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and then pursue a doctorate in literature. Brush is active on campus as a tutor in the Center for Writers. A member of the English Honor Society, he has served as the organization’s president and this year serves as treasurer. He is also president of the Magic Lantern Film Society. His outstanding academic performance has earned him placement on the President’s or Dean’s Honor Roll throughout his collegiate career.


September 11, 2015