Cameron University supporters Ken and Darlene Kleypas of Lawton are the sponsors of one of the newest additions to the CU campus, a full-sized cast aluminum buffalo that now resides in Cameron Park. The sculpture is part of a city beautification project coordinated by Lawton Beautiful Inc. and Lawton Enhancement Trust Authority (LETA).
"Ken and Darlene Kleypas are passionate in their support of Cameron University," says Cameron President Cindy Ross. "We are deeply appreciative of their continuing interest in Cameron and the role they play in helping to transform the Cameron campus with this gift."
"We just want to continue to support Cameron," says Ken Kleypas of the reason for the gift. "The look of the Cameron campus now matches the quality of education inside the Cameron classrooms - among the best in the state of Oklahoma."
Ken and Darlene Kleypas, whose daughters Courtney and Kiley attended Cameron, are longtime supporters of the university. Members of President's Partners, they have made numerous contributions to a number of projects at Cameron, including the McMahon Centennial Complex, Cameron Athletics, the Sciences Complex and leadership development.
Ken Kleypas received Cameron's Distinguished Service Award in 1995 in recognition of his outstanding civic and professional accomplishments. These include 10 years of service on the Cameron University Foundation Board, one of which he completed as chairman. His community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors of the Lawton-Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce and Industry and acting as chairman of the Lawton Airport Authority, trustee for Southwestern Medical Center and president of the Lawton chapter of Rotary International. Darlene Kleypas is active in the Lawton fine arts community. Her service has included participation on the board of the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra.
May 7, 2010