CU selects Acclaimed Aggies for campus recognition

Cameron University has selected CU alumni Laura Clevenger, Dr. Kay Morris and Representative T. W. Shannon as Acclaimed Aggies for the Fall 2011 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.

“A university is known by its graduates, and Cameron University is rich indeed in the quality and success of our graduates,” says CU President Cindy Ross. “As Acclaimed Aggies, Laura, Kay, and T.W. inspire our current students and demonstrate that a Cameron degree is an invaluable tool in the professional world.”

About Laura Clevenger, Class of 2000

photo of Laura ClevengerLaura Clevenger was a charter member of Phi Sigma Iota, the foreign language honor society. In 2000, she received her Master of Science degree in Behavioral Sciences with a specialization in English. After serving as an adjunct instructor of English for four years, she became a full-time English Composition instructor at Cameron in 2006. She also served as faculty advisor for Alpha Phi sorority.

In 2008, Clevenger launched OK Family Publishing, LLC with the help of the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES). Publications by the company include Red River Family, Rio Grande Family, Red River Kids, and School Bus Express. OK Family Publishing has earned three national awards for excellence in journalism and design by the National Parenting Publications of America. In 2011, the company was recognized as a Partner in Economic Development with Cameron University by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

A native Lawtonian and the youngest of six siblings, Clevenger's greatest joy comes from spending time with her family. Her husband, Marshall, served in the military for 28 years. They have two daughters, Sara and Kristen.

About Dr. Kay Morris, Class of 2004

photo of Kay MorrisPresident of the Student Government Association in 2003-04 and a member of the Programming Activities Council, Kay Morris graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Mathematics in 2004. She then attended Texas A&M University, receiving her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in May 2010. She has published articles in several scientific journals and has made presentations at conferences and conventions.

She joined the Baroid Research and Development group at Halliburton in Houston, Texas. She is currently investigating new and improved drilling fluids and drilling fluid additives to help increase efficiency during drilling, as well as improve productivity during the life of the well.

A native Lawtonian, Morris is the oldest of three sisters, all of whom graduated from Cameron.

About T.W. Shannon, Class of 2000

Photo of T.W. ShannonT.W. Shannon was a Cameron PLUS scholar and was involved in the Department of Communication. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication in 2000.

Shannon is a sixth-generation Oklahoman, a third-generation Lawtonian and an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. He is a former U.S. Congressional staff member, having worked for U.S. Representatives J.C. Watts and Tom Cole. Shannon won election to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in November 2006, becoming the first Republican to serve District 62 in the state's history and the first African-American from southern Oklahoma elected to serve the Legislature. Shannon has served as the House Transportation Committee Chairman from 2009 to the present.

Before his election to the House of Representatives, Shannon worked as Chief Administrative Officer for Chickasaw Nation Industries. In this role, he was one of five officers who managed more than 7,500 employees and revenues exceeding $1 billion.

He and his wife, Devon, are the proud parents of one daughter, Audrey Grace, and a son, T.W. II.

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September 28, 2011

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