Students set to lead Cameron’s 2009 Convocation

Students representing each of Cameron University's four academic schools will serve as keynote speakers during the 2009 Convocation, a celebration of CU's dedication to academic excellence. The event, which is highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25, at the Fine Arts Courtyard and is open to the public.

"Convocation provides us the opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements of our students," says John McArthur, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs. "The ceremony is a time-honored Cameron tradition which allows us to place our students front and center." 

CU's student body is the focal point of Convocation. Honor students selected from each academic discipline carry banners for that discipline. Faculty and staff members attired in academic regalia complete the processional. During the ceremony, honors and scholarship students will receive special recognition for their academic achievements.

Student speakers for Cameron's 2009 Convocation are Dominique Honders of St. Kitts and Nevis, Melody Tyler of Waurika, Jason Poudrier of Lawton, and Travis Tollett of Walters.

About the speakers

Dominique Honders - School of Business

Born on the island of Saint Martin and raised on the nearby island of Nevis, senior Dominique Honders will graduate this December with a degree in Business, specializing in both Marketing and Management.  Honders has been an active member of numerous organizations, including Phi Eta Sigma, the Cameron Campus Ministries Student Leadership team and the Student of Caribbean Alliance (SOCA). She is also the reigning queen from Cameron's SOCArnival festival. Prior to coming to Cameron, she worked in disaster preparedness for the government in her homeland. Since coming to the United States, she has traveled twice to New Orleans to assist in relief efforts from Hurricane Katrina.  After graduating from Cameron, she plans to pursue her master's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Hoge Hotelschool Maastricht in Holland. 

Melody Tyler - School of Education and Behavioral Sciences

After 25 years as an insurance agent - and putting her two children through college - Melody Tyler made one of the toughest decisions of her life; she chose to quit her job and go back to school full-time to pursue her dream of becoming a teacher.  Since enrolling at Cameron in Fall 2006, she has made the President's Honor Roll each semester.  She also was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma and Pi Lambda Theta. Melody was named a DaVinci/Martin Scholar in 2009, one of just six selected in the state of Oklahoma, and will receive $3,000 from The DaVinci Institute in her first year of teaching in Oklahoma. She is currently doing her student teaching at Waurika Elementary and will complete her degree in Elementary Education in December 2009.

Jason Poudrier - School of Liberal Arts

Jason Poudrier earned dual degrees from Cameron in Fall 2008, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in Latin as well as an Associate in Science degree in Business. Jason enrolled at Cameron in 2005 following a stint with the U.S. Army, during which he was wounded in action during his deployment in Iraq. After achieving the rank of sergeant, he eventually received a medical discharge due to the injuries he suffered overseas. As a Cameron student, he has been a member of Sigma Tau Delta and Phi Sigma Iota as well as serving as a representative in the Student Government Association. Currently teaching basic composition as an adjunct professor at Cameron, he will receive his Master's degree in May 2010. He plans on becoming a secondary English teacher.

Travis Tollett - School of Science and Technology

Walters resident Travis Tollett put his education on hold during the 2007-08 academic year to recover and rehabilitate from a four-wheeling accident that nearly took his life. Returning to campus in Fall 2008, he will graduate in May 2010 with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Travis has been a member of the Biology Club his entire time at Cameron, and this year serves as its president. He has been a SMART grant participant for two years and has plans to attend medical school after graduation. 

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September 22, 2009

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