The Cameron University Alumni Association (CUAA) named five current Cameron students as Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow during the university’s recent homecoming festivities. Students MaKenna Brown, Gus Echols, Morgan Harmon, Raven Hatton and Vicky Smith each received the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow award during the CUAA Family and Friends award luncheon.
Nominations for Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow were received from Cameron faculty and staff. The award recognizes well-rounded and successful students who epitomize the true values of a Cameron Aggie. Selection of candidates is based on three areas: academic achievement/honors, career-related experience and extracurricular activities.
Brown is a junior accounting major from Walters. She is a member of OSCPA, Accounting Club, Programming Activities Council, and the Red River Career Expo marketing and assessment committees. Brown has participated in numerous community service projects, including Mission Walters, Day of Caring, CU’s annual Veterans Day observance, Lawton Food Bank, Sexual Assault Awareness activities and American Cancer Society awareness. A PLUS scholar, she is also the recipient of the Blanche Beavers Endowed Scholarship in Business. As student worker in the Office of Student Development, she has become an advocate for students with disabilities and issues of diversity.
A native of Duncan, Echols is a senior music major specializing in percussion performance. He has performed with the Cameron University Drumline, the Pan Express, CU Concert Band, the CU Percussion Ensemble, the CU Jazz Ensemble and the Pick Axe Band. Echols recently performed in the All-College Band at the Oklahoma Music Educators Association annual conference – the third consecutive year for which he has been selected to perform with the prestigious ensemble. He is a youth leader for Centenary Methodist Church, and he has worked in summer camps for the Methodist church in Duncan. Echols has earned placement on the Honors List every semester. Graduating in December 2017 he plans to pursue a master’s degree in music. Gus wants to go to graduate school in music to earn his master's degree after he graduates from Cameron.
A resident of Owasso, Harmon is a senior in Cameron’s Elementary Education program at Rogers State University. An active member of Student Oklahoma Education Association, she is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society for female educators and has also been invited to join Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society. Harmon raised money to build a Little Free Library for her neighborhood school, then along with her husband, built the library receptacle and supplied the books. She played a key role in classroom research conducted by CU professors and was a presenter of the research at a national conference last fall.
Hatton, from Pearland, Texas, is a senior majoring in elementary education. As a CU student, she has been involved in numerous extracurricular activities including Student Oklahoma Education Association, for which she served as president; Kappa Delta Pi, serving as vice president; and Cameron University's Council of the Exceptional Child. She has also been a resident assistance in student housing.
Smith, who hails from Bray, is a PLUS scholar who has been active in numerous campus organizations and activities, including the Recruitment Committee, serving as managing editor of the Cameron Collegian,
Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, Residential Hall Association and the Student Alumni Association. A senior communication major, she has maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout her CU tenure and will graduate with honors this May.
February 21, 2017