Students set to lead Cameron’s 2012 Convocation

Four Cameron University students have been selected to speak on behalf of Cameron’s student body during 2012 Convocation, a celebration of Cameron’s dedication to academic excellence. Briar Bohach, Waheed Gbadamosi, Brandy Peters and Kristen Worthen will share personal stories of accomplishment and inspiration during the annual event. Convocation, highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, September 28, at the Fine Arts Courtyard and is open to the public.           

"Convocation is a time-honored Cameron tradition during which we celebrate the academic achievements of our students," says Dr. John McArthur, Provost. "The ceremony allows us to place our students front and center. We also salute our outstanding faculty during a colorful processional." 

CU’s student body is the focal point of Convocation. Honor students are selected to carry banners for each academic department. 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

Senior Briar Bohach is an international languages major, specializing in Arabic and Russian. As a member of Cameron’s Army ROTC, he has trained in a variety of programs including airborne school, air assault school, and the Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency program (CULP). As a result of this training, he has been able to travel extensively, including to Austria, Poland and Slovakia. Briar, a recipient of the ROTC National Scholarship, is also secretary of Cameron’s chapter of Scabbard and Blade, the military science honor society. Hailing from Mustang, Briar will be commissioned in May 2013 after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in international languages with a minor in military science. He has selected as his branch choice military intelligence with field artillery.

Although he only enrolled at Cameron in Spring 2012, freshman Waheed Gbadamosi has certainly made a strong impression in less than a year in southwest Oklahoma. Majoring in business administration with concentrations in finance and marketing, Waheed is involved in a wide variety of activities at CU. He is co-founder and president of CU’s chapter of Delta Sigma Pi (the professional fraternity for men and women pursuing careers in business); vice president of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM); a member and former treasurer of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE); and is a principal leader in starting CU’s Rotaract Club in conjunction with the Greater Lawton Rotary Club and SIFE. He is originally from Lagos, Nigeria.

A Duncan native, Brandy Peters serves as a REAC3H Coach trained through the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In her role, she works with 16 southwest Oklahoma school districts providing professional development and instructional strategies to assist teachers as they transition to the Oklahoma C3 Standards, including Common Core Standards in reading and math and state standards in social studies, with her primary assignment being to help assure success in literacy in grades PK-3. She travels between schools and districts assisting in both the classroom and entire school level on request. Prior to taking on her role as a REAC3H coach, she served as a teacher for 14 years at the pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade levels. This past May, she was selected to be the baccalaureate speaker at Empire High School – addressing the students that she taught in pre-k in 1998. Married with three girls, Brandy is pursuing her second degree from Cameron. Having already received her Bachelor of Science in elementary education in 1995, Brandy is scheduled to receive her Master of Science in educational leadership in May 2013.

Lawton native Kristen Worthen had the educational experience of a lifetime this past summer. She was selected to participate in the National Science Foundation-Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at prestigious Wellesley College in Massachusetts. There, Kristen studied gold nanoparticle thin films. At Cameron, she is heavily involved in activities, for she is vice president of the Chemistry Club, secretary of the Biology Club, past historian of the Health Professions Society, student vice president of Cameron’s Phi Kappa Phi chapter, and has recently been selected as a representative on the Phi Kappa Phi National Council of Students. She has received the baccalaureate scholarship, two chemistry department scholarships, and a Phi Kappa Phi scholarship. Kristen will graduate with her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry with a minor in biology in May 2013, and then plans to attend professional school.

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September 24, 2012

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