CU selects Acclaimed Aggies for campus recognition

Cameron University has selected CU alumni Leslie Blair. Dr. Keefe Carbone and Danny Garza as Acclaimed Aggies for the Spring 2010 semester. Posters of each featuring highlights of their achievements since graduating from Cu will be displayed on campus. Recognition of Acclaimed Aggies was initiated in Fall 2005 to recognize the accomplishments of CU graduates.

"Acclaimed Aggies such as Leslie, Keefe and Danny inspire our current students and demonstrate that a Cameron degree is an invaluable tool in the professional world," says CU President Cindy Ross. "We are proud to recognize their outstanding accomplishments."

About Leslie Blair, Class of 2005

Leslie BlairA PLUS student, Leslie Blair was very active on campus during her CU education, participating with the Programming Activities Council, and as a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority as well as both the Phi Kappa Phi and Lambda Pi Eta honor societies. A member of the Student Government Association, she was named Outstanding Senator her senior year. She graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.

After leaving Cameron, Blair worked on congressional and statewide campaigns in Oklahoma and Mississippi before becoming Cabinet Secretary Liaison to the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. In this role, she was responsible for writing speeches for the Secretary of Commerce and Tourism and also served as liaison to the Governor's Office and other state agencies. Blair then became Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, where she served as a key adviser on planning, development, implementation and control of public relations and public affairs policies and issues. Currently, she serves as Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, handling public information and legislative duties for the agency.

The Frederick native is a member of the Red Earth Advisory Board and served as chair of the 2009 Red Earth Buffalo Bash. She is also vice president of the Oklahoma County 4-H Board of Directors, a member of the Cameron University Centennial Commission, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, Friends of Hackberry Flat, and the Frederick Chamber of Commerce.

About Dr. Keefe Carbone, Class of 1996

Keefe CarboneAfter receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1996, Keefe Carbone received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Oklahoma and is also a graduate of the prestigious Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education. A native of Lawton and Eisenhower High School graduate, Carbone returned to southwest Oklahoma in 2000 and opened a private practice. Each year since 2003-04, he has been selected as one of America's Top Dentists by the Consumer Research Council.

In addition to running a top-notch dental practice, Carbone volunteers his time in a variety of areas. He reviews articles for the Academy of General Dentistry's national publication and is a preceptor for the OU College of Dentistry, helping mentor and prepare senior dental students for private practice. In addition, he is an active member in "Give Back a Smile," an organization that unites victims of domestic violence with a volunteer dentist to restore smiles that have been altered by physical abuse.

Carbone is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, Oklahoma Dental Association, Comanche County Dental Society and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. He has been married to his wife, Kara, for 13 years and they have two sons, Parker (8) and Chase (2).

About Danny Garza, Classes of 1997 and 1998

Danny GarzaDanny Garza was a pitcher on Cameron's baseball team and was a member of the Dean's Honor Roll. He was one of five nominees for Outstanding Health and Physical Education Major in spring of 1997. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health/Physical Education in 1997, and his Master of Arts degree in Teaching the following year.

Garza has 12 years of teaching experience in the Lawton Public School system, working at Central Junior High, MacArthur Junior High and, since 2001, MacArthur High School. He currently teaches math at MacArthur and is active in Highlander athletics, serving as head girls basketball coach since 2005 and head baseball coach since 2006. He has earned numerous area and regional coaching honors, including being named the Western Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2009. He also has been nominated for the Howie Bedell Coach of the Year Award.

Garza is a member of the Oklahoma Baseball Coaches Association and a Board Member of the Oklahoma Girls Basketball Coaches Association. He serves on the Region 4 high school selection committees for both baseball and girls basketball. He is also active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Southwest Oklahoma Officials Association, and Antioch Baptist Church.

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February 4, 2010

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