Cameron University students vie for scholarship awards in statewide “Mind Games” competition

A team of students from Cameron University will take on competition from teams from other Oklahoma universities on “Mind Games,” a new show on KSBI-TV. The Oklahoma academic competition will pit teams of students from Oklahoma colleges and universities in a weekly battle of the brains. Cameron’s team, consisting of Jacob Jardel, Matthew Hughes, Brent Chappell and Rachel McLain, will face off against students from the University of Central Oklahoma in the first round, which will air on Wednesday, October 12, at 8:30 p.m.

Jardel is a junior psychology major from Agana Heights, Guam; Hughes is a sophomore art major from Ravenna, Neb.; Fletcher native Chappell is a junior majoring in mathematics and physics; and McLain of Baytown, Texas, is a senior majoring in English education. All are members of Cameron’s Honors Program.

Lani Malcolm, Academic Services Coordinator, is coaching the team and helping them to prepare for the competition.

“Jacob, Matt, Brent and Rachel have worked diligently to prepare for this competition,” says Malcolm. “Because questions will come from such a wide array of categories, they had to study intensely to ready themselves for the match.”

“Mind Games” competitions will take place throughout the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 semesters, with students competing for scholarship awards totaling $200,000.   The team winning the fall competition will compete against the team winning the spring competition for the title Grand Champion.

Scholarship awards for the first round total $2,000. The winning team splits $1,200; the consolation prize is $800. Teams advancing to later rounds will compete for larger sums of scholarship money.

Cameron will select a new team for the Spring 2012 semester. Students interested in participating in “Mind Games” can contact Malcolm at


October 7, 2011

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