Cameron University adds endowed lectureship; seeks matching funds

Following approval by the University of Oklahoma, Cameron University and Rogers State University Board of Regents earlier today, Cameron University President Cindy Ross is pleased to announce the establishment of the Frontiers in Chemistry Endowed Lectureship, which is intended to advance the study of chemistry at Cameron University. The endowment has been established by the Cameron University Department of Physical Sciences with funds from the sale of lab books during the academic semester. Cameron will now seek matching funds from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for this endowment as well as for the Dr. Wayne and Cassandra Johnson Endowed Lectureship in Business, established earlier this year by Dr. Wayne Johnson, an orthopedic surgeon in Lawton, and his wife Cassandra Lawson Johnson. The McCasland Foundation of Duncan has already matched both endowments.

“Endowments such as the Dr. Wayne and Cassandra Johnson Endowed Lectureship in Business and the Frontiers in Chemistry Endowed Lectureship are vital to the high quality education that Cameron provides,” says President Ross. “Dr. and Mrs. Johnson and the dedicated faculty in the Department of Physical Sciences recognize the importance of Cameron’s endowed faculty positions, and we are grateful for their support.”

The Frontiers in Chemistry Endowed Lectureship was conceived several years ago by now-retired Dr. Ted Snider, a professor in the Department of Physical Sciences. Proceeds from the sales of chemistry laboratory manuals, produced by the department at a minimal cost and far less than conventionally published lab manuals, were accrued to fund the initial endowment of $13,569. When available for distribution, endowment funds will be used in a variety of ways, which could include sponsorship of guest lecturers, purchase of chemistry-related software, chemicals, and equipment, and support for research activities and student internships. 

“The faculty members in the Department of Physical Sciences are very excited and pleased to establish this endowment,” says Dr. Danny McGuire, Chair. “We wanted something to benefit our students for the long term, and this lectureship will generate funding for our students in perpetuity.”

The addition of the Frontiers in Chemistry Endowed Lectureship brings Cameron’s total of faculty endowments to 73, more than any other regional university in the state. Endowed faculty positions provide educational opportunities for Cameron students that would not be possible otherwise.

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June 21, 2010

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