Cameron University Department of Social Sciences names Outstanding Majors

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences has honored six students as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Political Science, History, Social Studies Education, Sociology and Criminal Justice, the five degree programs that comprise the academic unit.

“These students exemplify the best of the best,” says Dr. Lance Janda, Chair, Department of Social Sciences. “It is a great pleasure to honor their dedication and commitment. They were selected based on numerous criteria, including academic performance, leadership, participation, and community and professional activities.”

Michael Ellis, Lawton, was recognized as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Political Science. Ellis will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice. He has earned placement on the Dean’s and/or President’s Honor Rolls throughout his academic career and is a member of three national honor societies: Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Phi Sigma and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Sandi Colby and Christopher Ellwanger, both of Lawton, were honored as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in History. Colby will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Humanities. She is a member of the CU Honors Students Society, CU Society for Creative Anachronism, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club. She has been named as one of CU’s Top 10 Non-Traditional Students. Ellwanger will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Psychology. Earlier this year, both presented papers and won awards at the 2018 Oklahoma Association of Professional Historians/Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference.

Cody Copeland, Duncan, received the “Outstanding Major of the Year” citation in Social Studies Education. A senior, he will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts of Social Studies Education. He recently completed his student teaching assignment with Duncan Public Schools.

Cody Hervey, Lawton, was named “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Sociology. A junior PLUS scholar, Hervey is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. He is a member of the CU Society for Creative Anachronism, CU Wesley, Kappa Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma and the Student Alumni Association. Hervey has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout his academic career.

Joseph Burke, Lawton, was recognized as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Criminal Justice. He is a junior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Family Sciences.  He is a member of the Criminal Justice Association and has been named to the Dean’s and/or President’s Honor Roll on numerous occasions.

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May 11, 2018