Students, Faculty set to lead Cameron’s 2010 Convocation

Two award-winning faculty members will join two Cameron University students as keynote speakers during 2010 Convocation, a celebration of Cameron’s dedication to academic excellence. Faculty speakers for Cameron’s 2010 Convocation are Dr. David Fennema, Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, and Dr. Teresa Lubrano, Professor in the Department of English and Foreign Languages. Both have received the Harold and Elizabeth Hackler Teaching Excellence Award, Cameron’s highest faculty honor. Kimberly Jones, a graduate student, and Jeffrey Sanders, a junior biology major, will speak on behalf of Cameron’s student body. The event, which is highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, at the Fine Arts Courtyard and is open to the public.

“Convocation is a time-honored Cameron tradition that affords us the opportunity to celebrate the academic achievements of our students,” says John McArthur, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The ceremony kicks off with a colorful processional which also allows us to salute our top quality faculty.” 

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

About the speakers

Dr. David Fennema

Following teaching stints at the University of Wisconsin, the College of Wooster and the University of Denver, Dr. David Fennema joined the Cameron faculty in 1983. He teaches numerous classes pertinent to the theatre, including Theatre History/Drama, Acting, Playwriting, Voice and Diction, Exploring Multiculturalism Through the Arts, and more. Fennema attended the University of Wisconsin, receiving B.S. and M.A. degrees in Theatre/Speech. He then earned his doctorate in Theatre/Drama/Comparative Literature from Indiana University. In addition to receiving the Hackler Award in 2009, Fennema was honored with the Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award for Teaching Excellence in 1994.

Dr. Teresa Lubrano

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Teresa Lubrano joined the Cameron faculty in 1987. She teaches upper level Spanish and both beginning and intermediate Italian courses and serves as the faculty advisor for the Delta Rho chapter of Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. Lubrano received a B.A. in English (Ed.) and history and a master’s in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. She earned a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in Romance Languages (Spanish concentration) from the University of Oklahoma. She received the Hackler Award in 2008.

Kimberly Jones

A Lawton native, Kimberly Jones received her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Cameron in 1993. While at CU, she founded the non-profit organization “Colors of Life,” an educational program that donates multicultural books to elementary students. Kimberly, who has authored numerous books herself, has worked the past 12 years for Lawton Public Schools. She is currently a teacher of environmental science at Lawton High School. A single mother who raised two daughters, Kimberly is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and hopes to become a high school principal. She will graduate in May 2011.

Jeffrey Sanders

After graduating from Eisenhower High School in 2008, Jeffery Sanders enrolled at Cameron as an accounting major. Finding a passion for the field of medicine, he switched his major to biology. Last year, discovering that Cameron lacked a student organization devoted to pre-medicine, he became one of the founders of the Health Professions Society and serves as the group’s president this year. He is scheduled to receive his degree in May 2012 and plans to attend medical school.

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September 21, 2010

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