Helen W. Holliday Foundation contributes $10,000 to Cameron University’s Academic Commons campaign

Cameron University has received a gift of $10,000 from the Helen W. Holliday Foundation for the university’s renovation of the Academic Commons, Cameron President Cindy Ross announced today. The university has set a goal of $2 million in private donations for the project. To date, gifts totaling $1.392 million have been received.

 "The Helen W. Holliday Foundation has funded student scholarships at Cameron University for more than 25 years," says Ross. "Its generous support continues with a gift for the Academic Commons, a facility that will provide enhanced educational resources for Cameron students.”

Helen W. Holliday was the widow of Arthur O. Holliday, early-day Faxon banker and postmaster. She owned and farmed several sections of land near Faxon. The Helen W. Holliday Foundation was established in 1974 to provide support for educational, vocational, and rehabilitation purposes for young women in the Lawton/Fort Sill community. 

Renovation of Cameron’s old student union will transform the facility into the Academic Commons, which, when complete, will join the McMahon Centennial Complex, University Library and McMahon Fine Arts Complex to form a core of centrally located buildings with extended hours of operation to better serve Cameron students and the community.

The Academic Commons will house a broad range of academic services including a computer lab, a student tutoring center for multiple academic disciplines, a campus-wide information technology help desk, modern classrooms and an adjunct faculty support center. In addition, it will serve as home to Cameron’s cutting-edge convergence journalism option, combining print, television and online production capabilities in one location.

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May 2, 2011

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