The Cameron University Department of Psychology recently honored five students with Major of the Year awards during its departmental Student Recognition Ceremony.
Amy Kruscavage, Lawton, was named Major of the Year: MSBS General Psychology. A Lawton native, she graduated from Cameron in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 2017, she made the decision to return to Cameron to pursue a Master’s degree, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average while working fulltime at CU as an admissions coordinator. She has also maintained a strong presence in the community. She has been active in Relay for Life, has served on the board of Blue Moon Productions, and is active in her church. She is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, Phi Kappa Phi and Psi-Chi.
Deborah Gladden, Lawton, was recognized as Major of the Year: MSBS Counseling. She began her educational journey at Cameron as an undergraduate business major, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2010. She also volunteered with community organizations and was often encouraged to become a counselor. Due to the support of family, friends and Cameron faculty that saw something in her that she did not see in herself, she enrolled as a graduate student in 2015. She found additional motivation in the words of one of her professors, who told her, “Whatever you do, finish this program.” This semester, she completes her Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Counseling.
Melissa Frost, Lawton, was honored as Major of the Year: MSBS Marriage & Family. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology at Olivet College in May 2002. Married to an active-duty soldier and the mother of six children, she began her graduate work at Cameron in 2016. During her academic career, she has provided leadership and mentorship to her peers. Through her classwork and her practicum work at the Cameron Psychology Clinic, Frost has demonstrated a commitment to the well-being of those she serves.
Sydney Prince, Anadarko, was named Major of the Year: BS Psychology. While pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Prince has been an active member of the department’s research lab, completing a study on racial identity and enculturation among Native samples. Over the last year, she has presented this research at the Southwestern Psychological Association annual conference, in addition to the Southwestern Intertribal Research Conference. She spearheaded the reinstatement of the Native American Student Association at Cameron, which had been inactive for over 10 years, and coordinated several powwows, including the first-ever Indigenous People’s Day celebration in Lawton. She has been inducted into Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. Prince will pursue a master’s degree in social work at the University of Oklahoma.
John Peterson, Lawton, was recognized as Major of the Year: BS Family and Child Studies. As a member of the U.S. Army, he was involved in efforts to better the lives of those around him, including his fellow soldiers and the people of the countries in which he served. He was on a board advocating for state-orphaned children in South Korea and trained Iraqi soldiers. Peterson served as a Cub Scout Master for many years and was one of the leaders in creating the Ft. Sill Resiliency Campus, which helped soldiers and families through various transitions associated with deployment and changes of post. After retiring from the military, he enrolled at Cameron to finish a degree that he started in 1981. He will graduate in December with a Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Studies.
April 29, 2019