Cameron University adds four endowments

Cameron University is pleased to announce the addition of four endowed lectureships. The endowments were made official when The University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents approved them at a meeting held today in Claremore. The four new endowed lectureships are the JoAnne Hudson Endowed Lectureship in Health and Physical Education, the Evelyn Parrish Endowed Lectureship in Pre-Engineering Studies, the Odessa Drinnon Endowed Lectureship in Pre-Engineering Technology, and the Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences.

CU received matching funds of $12,500 from the McCasland Foundation of Duncan for each of these endowed lectureships. Cameron now boasts 70 endowed positions - lectureships, chairs and professorships - more than any other regional university or community college in the state.  

"Endowed lecture positions provide educational opportunities to our students that would simply not be possible otherwise," says CU President Cindy Ross. "Through these endowments, students have opportunities to hear noted speakers in their areas of expertise, participate in undergraduate research activities and field experiences, plus experience a variety of other unique learning opportunities. We are grateful to these donors who have made such a significant contribution to our students."

The Regents also approved Cameron's request to apply for matching funds for each lectureship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. With the matching funds from the McCasland Foundation, the four $25,000 endowments will be submitted to the State Regents to be matched, creating endowments of $50,000 each.  

The JoAnne Hudson Endowed Lectureship in Health and Physical Education has been established by Clarence and Linda Madden in memory of Mrs. Madden's mother. Mr. and Mrs. Madden graduated from Cameron in 1977 and 1980 respectively, as did their twin daughters, Jennifer and Laura, in 2007. This lectureship will advance the quality of education in the study of health, physical education and coaching.     

The Evelyn Parrish Endowed Lectureship in Pre-Engineering Studies and the Odessa Drinnon Endowed Lectureship in Pre-Engineering Technology have been established by Frank and Sue Parrish. Intended to honor the nurturing spirits of each of their mothers, the lectureships will provide enhanced learning experiences to advance the quality of education in pre-engineering.   

The Ajesh Bhargava Endowed Lectureship in Computing Sciences has been established by Drs. Ajay and Shireen Bhargava. Named for their son, a 2008 CU graduate, the lectureship was created to recognize the outstanding instruction provided by a current Cameron faculty member and will be used to provide funds for enhancing the quality of education in the Computing Sciences.

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March 25, 2009
PR# 09-077