Cameron University has selected CU alumni Sanjit Bhattacharya, Dr. Andrea Montgomery and Dr. Jamie Polk as Acclaimed Aggies for the Spring 2009 semester. Posters of each featuring highlights of their achievements since graduating from CU will be displayed on campus. Recognition of Acclaimed Aggies was initiated in Fall 2005 to demonstrate the accomplishments of CU graduates to the student body.
"We are proud of our students, and that includes alumni," says CU President Cindy Ross. "The outstanding accomplishments of Sanjit, Andrea and Jamie are deserving of recognition. Their success stories will inspire and remind students of the powerful impact of a Cameron degree."
About Sanjit Bhattacharya, Class of 2000
A PLUS scholar at Cameron, Sanjit Bhattacharya established a real estate building and development company while earning his Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Bhattacharya, who continues to oversee his real estate holdings, diversified in 2006 by entering the field of oil and gas exploration, despite the risks involved. Today, he heads a rapidly growing company with drilling operations in five states. In addition to his business endeavors, Bhattacharya sets aside time to give back both to his community and to his alma mater. He is a longtime advocate of the Boys Scouts of Lawton, the Lawton Food Bank and the Salvation Army. He also shares his philanthropy through the Lily Foundation, which supports education for low income children in India. He supports the internship program in the School of Business, awarding two internships to date. Additionally, his generosity has established the Bhattacharya Endowed Lectureship for Excellence in Research, which will advance the quality of research and creative and scholarly activity at Cameron University and in southwest Oklahoma.
About Dr. Andrea Montgomery, Class of 2000
Putting smiles on faces is an everyday event for Andrea Montgomery. After earning a B.S. in Biology from CU in 2000, she continued her higher education at the University of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry, earning her D.D.S. degree. Soon after, the Lawton native joined her father, Dr. Patrick Montgomery, as a partner at Family Dentistry. Her dedication to the field of dentistry was lauded by the Oklahoma Dental Association in July 2008, when Montgomery was named the Young Dentist of the Year. She received the award at a gathering of her peers in the opening session of the association's annual meeting. A member of CU's Alumni Association Board of Directors, Montgomery is an active member of the Lawton-Fort Sill community. She serves as president of the Comanche County Dental Society, as secretary/treasurer of the South Central Dental Society and is a member of the Junior League of Lawton. While her dental practice and community service bring a sense of satisfaction and achievement to Montgomery, she's proudest of yet another accomplishment - being a mother to her son, Luke.
About Dr. Jamie Polk, Class of 1995
Dr. Jamie Polk earned her Master of Elementary Education degree in 1995, at the same time teaching sixth grade at Westwood Renaissance Academy in Lawton. During that time, she also mentored intern students from Cameron. As principal of Lawton's Cleveland Elementary School, a post she has held since August 2004, Jamie is responsible for creating and maintaining a safe environment, increasing student achievement and hiring and maintaining quality teachers. Jamie has not left the classroom altogether. She earned a doctorate in Educational Administration and Curriculum Supervision (EACS) from the University of Oklahoma in May 2006 and holds National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. In addition to her career in elementary school administration, she is also an adjunct instructor for CU's Department of Education. Dedicated to providing the best possible education to her students in Lawton, Jamie is committed to improving education nationally through her volunteer service. She serves as Chair of the National Association of Alpha Kappa Sorority's Connections Program and is the Southwest Regional Director for Gamma State - Oklahoma, the state chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which promotes professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Jamie is also a member of Phi Delta Kappa, International and the President of the Lawton Association of Elementary School Principals.
March 9, 2009