Following approval by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents earlier today, the Cameron University Foundation has established the Dr. Theodore and Linda Snider Endowed Lectureship in Chemistry. The endowment is made possible thanks to gifts from retired CU faculty member Dr. Theodore “Ted” Snider and his wife, Linda, as well as the Cameron University Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering. Cameron will now seek matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for this endowment.
“As a Cameron faculty member, Dr. Snider had a tremendous impact on students at Cameron University,” says Albert Johnson, Jr., Vice President for University Advancement. “With this gift, he and his wife, Linda, will continue to advance the academic achievement of Cameron students for generations to come. It is fitting that his former department has contributed half of the funding required for an endowed lectureship in his honor.”
The Dr. Theodore and Linda Snider Endowed Lectureship in Chemistry will be used to advance the quality of education in the study of chemistry at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma.
Snider was a member of the Cameron faculty from 1967 through 2008. During his tenure, he supervised Department of Physical Sciences (now the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering) from a junior college to a four-year university. Snider taught courses ranging from organic chemistry to biochemistry. He was part of the original planning team for the Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs aimed at increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Snider was the recipient of the 2003 Harold and Elizabeth Teaching Excellence Award, Cameron’s highest faculty honor. He also served as an adviser for students who were planning to attend professional schools. Snider was named Faculty Emeritus upon his retirement in May 2008.
The gift from the Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering was generated by proceeds from the sales of chemistry laboratory manuals, produced by the department at a minimal cost and far less than conventionally published lab manuals.
Donors wanting to contribute to this lectureship specifically, or other Cameron University programs are welcomed to contact the Office of Advancement at 580-581-2999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
May 12, 2016