Four Cameron University students will be honored with the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award during the university's annual Aggie Friends & Family Awards Brunch on Saturday, February 20. The ceremony is part of CU's gala Homecoming 2010 festivities. Receiving the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award will be Ashley Del Ciello, Lawton; Michael Faggett, Dallas, TX; Amanda Finch, Lawton; and Wyatt Kennedy, Elgin. The award ceremony kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public at no charge; however, pre-registration is required. To register, call the Office of Alumni Relations at 581-2988.
The Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award recognizes outstanding junior and senior students who have excelled in their programs and their extracurricular activities and who have generally epitomized the true value of becoming a Cameron Aggie.
A junior public relations major, Ashley Del Ciello has been actively involved in Aggie life in a variety of ways. She is a two-time president of the Aggie Ambassadors and has been integral in the growth of that student group. In addition, she is a volunteer member of the Programming Activities Council.
Ashley has served as an Aggie Escape student mentor as well as being a student teacher for CU's Introduction to University Life course. A President's Partner Scholarship recipient, she has been named to either the Dean's List or the President's List each semester of her academic career.
"One of the best decisions I made was to become an Aggie Ambassador my freshman year," she says. "I received many great opportunities from participating in the organization, developed leadership skills and met my core group of friends. Being an ambassador helped shape my career at Cameron University."
Radio/television broadcast major Michael Faggett maintains a hectic schedule as producer and host of CUTV programs "In The Huddle" and "Top of the Hour," the Broadcasting Club's student government representative, writer for the Cameron Collegian, member of the Ebony Society, color commentator for the Aggie Video Network and more. As a second year resident assistant, he strives to assist fellow students living on campus. He is active in his church as a tutor, volunteer musician and teacher. Michael has been named to either the Dean's List or the President's List each semester.
"Cameron provides great learning experiences both inside the classroom as well as outside," he says. "CU teaches students to be well-rounded and keen in academic and social environments."
Amanda Finch, a public relations major who will graduate in May, has become one of CU's most influential students. In her second year as Co-Chair of the Programming Activities Council, Amanda was honored with the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Outstanding Student Leader Award - Central Region in 2009. Other honors include selection to Cameron's Top 20 and Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges as well as the the National Education for Women's Leadership Institute. A PLUS scholar, Amanda is a resident assistant, CUTV host and producer, former member of Aggie Ambassadors, a member of the Student Government Association and the 2010 Class Campaign Committee, a student teacher for the Introduction to University Life course, and has been active in Beta Rho Epsilon and the Public Relations Student Society. She has regularly been named to either the Dean's List or the President's List.
"Cameron is important to me because it has given me endless opportunities, experiences and memories that I will cherish forever," she says.
Wyatt Kennedy, a senior majoring in accounting with dual minors in foreign languages and communications, understands the value of hard work. His academic performance has resulted in induction into Delta Mu Delta, the business honor society, and he has made the Dean's List or President's List each semester. He was also selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. On campus, Wyatt is active in the Accounting Club and College Republicans. In addition to maintaining a full academic schedule, he was chosen under the federal government's Student Career Experience Program for a fulltime internship at Fort Sill. Wyatt is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Elgin Fire Department, works at his parents' dairy farm, and provides lawn care for elderly members of his community.
"Although it is hard to believe that my time here at Cameron is coming to an end, the friends that I have made and the lessons that I have learned will always hold a special place in my life," he says. "I am deeply indebted to many of my professors here at Cameron who have strengthened and encouraged the pursuit of my education and my life's goals. Without this continuous support from both faculty and family, I would not be the person I am today."
For more information about the Outstanding Aggie of Tomorrow Award or Cameron University Homecoming 2010, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 581-2988.
February 12, 2010