Cameron University honors GPTC Superintendent Jim Nisbett

Cameron University will honor Cameron alumnus and Great Plains Technology Center Superintendent Jim Nisbett, who is retiring on June 30, by naming Cameron's tuition waiver scholarship for Great Plains Technology Center students the Jim Nisbett Tuition Waiver Scholarship. The scholarship, initiated during academic year 2003-04, is for GPTC students who enroll at CU to pursue a baccalaureate degree. To date, 17 Cameron students have received $16,500 through the scholarship. Nine are currently enrolled and are working toward degree completion. The award amount is $1,000.

"Jim Nisbett rightfully takes great pride in witnessing the accomplishments of his students," says Cameron President Cindy Ross. "His commitment to education and to the economic development of southwest Oklahoma has been the key to his successful leadership at Great Plains Technology Center. We at Cameron have been blessed with a great partner in Jim Nisbett, and we are pleased to recognize his dedication to education in this community by naming this scholarship in his honor."

Jim Nisbett and Cindy RossAccording to President Ross, the successful partnership between Cameron and GPTC is grounded in Superintendent Nisbett's commitment to economic development, student success and top quality education. The Respiratory Care program provided by both institutions is a collaborative offering under which respiratory care students may choose to follow Cameron's degree plan for an Associate in Applied Science in Respiratory Care or alternatively may incorporate their technology specialty in the Associate in Applied Science in Applied Technology degree.

Cameron University President Cindy Ross presents Great Plains Technology Superintendent Jim Nisbett with a gift to commemorate the naming of a Cameron scholarship in his honor.

Under the Cooperative Alliance between GPTC and Western State Oklahoma College, Cameron and GPTC have cooperative agreements in Criminal Justice, Game Design and 3D Animation, and Multimedia Services, which allow high school students to receive collegiate credit toward an Associate in Applied Science degree for specifically defined activities.

Additionally, GPTC has provided expertise and assistance to Cameron in the development and implementation of Blood Borne Pathogen training as well as improvements in the university's Health and Safety Plan and co-sponsored a 2009 event in conjunction with Stanley, Inc. and Cameron for a student 3D programming competition. Cameron faculty members from the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Education and the Department of Computing and Technology have worked with GPTC staff on program specific topics to enhance the quality of education in these areas for Cameron students.

Ross noted, "Cameron is privileged to have worked with a partner like Superintendent Jim Nisbett, and it is fitting to name a Cameron University scholarship in his honor. Superintendent Nisbett's commitment to students and passion for launching them successfully into careers that create a positive impact on this region is unparalleled. Through this scholarship, his influence on students will live on."


April 19, 2010