Cameron University Department of Social Sciences names Outstanding Majors

The Cameron University Department of Social Sciences has honored six students as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Political Science, History, Social Studies Education, Sociology and Criminal Justice, the five degree programs that comprise the academic unit.

“We are extremely proud of each of these students,” says Dr. Lance Janda, Chair, Department of Social Sciences. “They were selected by our faculty based on their academic achievement, their service to the department and the university, and their great promise as graduates. We expect them to do great things when they leave Cameron.”

Luis Jaquez accepts the Outstanding Major of the Year Award in Political Science from faculty member Dr. Wendy Whitman Cobb.Luis Jaquez, Elk City, was recognized as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Political Science. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History. Jaquez serves in the United States Marine Reserves and is a volunteer firefighter in Fletcher. This year, he served as President of CU’s Student Government Association. Additionally, he has been an active member of the CU Model UN Team for several years, and won awards at the Midwest Model United Nations Conference in Saint Louis.   Jaquez was recognized for his position papers and work on the Security Council at Midwest Model UN conferences and has published research papers in “CHiPS,” the Department of Social Sciences Undergraduate Research Journal. He has been named as one of Cameron’s Top 20 Students.

Brandon Gibson accepts the Outstanding Major of the Year Award in History from faculty member Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda. Brandon Gibson, Frederick, was honored as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in History. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Political Science. He is the recipient of the Glynn and Virginia Mitchell Scholarship and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta ad Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, as well as the History Club. Gibson has been active in the Model UN Team and the CU Student Government Association, and was named to Who’s Who Among Students at Cameron University.

Anna Kirchen accepts the Outstanding Major of the Year Award in Social Studies Education from faculty member Travis Childs.Anna Kirchen, Lawton, and Tiffany Johnson, Lawton, received the “Outstanding Major of the Year” award in Social Studies Education. Kirchen will be teaching Social Studies at Lawton High School in 2019-2020.  She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Tiffany Johnson accepts the Outstanding Major of the Year Award in Social Studies Education from faculty member Travis Childs.Johnson will also be teaching at Lawton High School in 2019-2020. She is a member of Alpha Theta and Kappa Delta Pi honor societies. She is also active in the Student Oklahoma Educators Association.

Taylor Vaughn, Duncan, was named “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Sociology. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Sociology. He has twice been awarded with a Social Sciences departmental scholarship. Vaughn will graduate in December 2019 and is interested in pursuing graduate education and possibly a career in human services.

Bethany Green accepts the Outstanding Major of the Year Award in Criminal Justice from faculty member Danyle Smith.Bethany Green, Oklahoma City, was recognized as “Outstanding Major of the Year” in Criminal Justice. She is a graduate of Rose State College and is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in French.  Green is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, as well as the student Criminal Justice Association (CJA). She is quick to volunteer to help with CJA and Department of Social Sciences events, and serves as President of the Residence Hall Association on campus. She has been named to Who's Who Among Cameron University Students. She plans to attend graduate school following graduation in May 2020.

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May 1, 2019