Three Cameron University seniors will speak on behalf of the university’s student body during Convocation 2019, a celebration of academic excellence. Allison Duffin, San Antonio, Texas; Theresa Hinkle, Lawton; and Rylee McKee, Lawton, will share personal stories of accomplishment and inspiration during the annual event. Convocation, a Cameron tradition highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, October 4, in Aggie Gym and is open to the public.
“Convocation allows Cameron University to celebrate the academic achievements of our students,” says Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The path to a college degree is an individual journey for every student. Allison Duffin, Theresa Hinkle and Rylee McKee are outstanding representatives of Cameron’s student body, and I look forward to hearing about the challenges they have overcome and the achievements they have attained.”
CU’s student body is the focal point of Convocation. Honor students are selected to carry banners for each academic department. Faculty and staff members attired in academic regalia complete the processional. During the ceremony, honor and scholarship students receive special recognition for their academic achievements.
About the speakers
Cameron University senior Allison Duffin is pursuing a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in management. She is a member – and one of the captains – of the Aggie Women's Golf team. While balancing sports and school can be challenging for any student-athlete, Duffin has demonstrated a high caliber of academic standards in all of her classes. She is an exceptional student with the intellectual ability, self-motivation, professional drive, and capacity to be successful in both sports and academics. Duffin was named the Lone Star Conference Academic Player of the Year for 2017-18 and was named to the LSC All-Academic team last year. She has also been honored as an All-American Scholar by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association for the past three years.
Theresa Hinkle is pursuing a dual degree in chemistry and biology. The CU senior participated in the Ecosystems Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Arkansas in 2017 where she worked on a viable food hub model. She worked with Dr. Ann Nalley for several semesters on the synthesis of novel esters by microwave reaction, presenting her research at local, regional and national meetings. In addition to attending the National Meeting & Expo 2019 of the American Chemical Society, Hinkle participated in an international REU in France where she and Dr. Nalley collaborated with Dr. Etienne Grau from the University of Bordeaux. The goal of the 12-week collaboration was to synthesize a “green” polymer from “natural products” by means of microwave.
Senior Rylee McKee is a Presidential Leader and University Scholar majoring in political science. Among her campus activities are service as vice president of the Honor Students Society and as a senator in the Student Government Association. Rylee is a member of the CU Student Alumni Association, as well as Phi Eta Sigma, an interdisciplinary freshman honor society. She also represented Cameron on the award-winning Midwest Model United Nations team. As a Brad Henry International Scholar, she completed a semester abroad at Swansea University in the United Kingdom. During her time at Cameron, she served as an intern for U.S. Senator James Lankford and was a graduate of the National Education for Women’s leadership program. After graduation, Rylee will enter law school at Oklahoma City University.
September 26, 2019