CUAA seeks nominations for annual alumni, faculty awards

The Cameron University Alumni Association (CUAA) is seeking nominations for the association’s highest honors: the CUAA Distinguished Alumni Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the Faculty Hall of Fame Award. Students, graduates and friends of the university can submit nominations to the Office of Alumni Relations until November 1, 2013. Faculty and students from the Cameron State School of Agriculture (1908-1927), Cameron State Agricultural College (1927-1971), Cameron College (1971-1974) or Cameron University (1974-present) are eligible to be nominated. The awards will be presented during Cameron’s annual Homecoming Weekend festivities in February 2014. 

“Cameron alumni continue to show the tremendous value of a Cameron degree,” says Jennifer McGrail, Director of Alumni Relations. “Their accomplishments continuously amaze us. Each and every day they are out striving for excellence which benefits their communities, their professions, and our campus, and they inspire others to address challenges with great creativity and insight. We are honored to recognize their achievements. In addition, Cameron’s outstanding faculty helps to educate and inspire intellect and creativity that encourages our graduates and students to aspire to excellence in their lives.”

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who are 40 years of age or older as of the nomination deadline. The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to Cameron alumni who are 39 years of age or younger as of the nomination deadline. Alumni who attended but did not graduate from Cameron may be considered at the discretion of the Distinguished Alumni/Outstanding Young Alumni Awards Committee.

The awards will be presented to alumni who have made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments and careers have brought credit to Cameron in one or more of the following areas: by distinguishing themselves in their careers, in service to their community, or through continued support of Cameron University. Up to two awards within each category may be presented annually. Posthumous nominations will be considered.

Since its inception in 1979, CUAA’s Distinguished Alumni Award has been presented to 96 honorees, including a former Cameron president, a U.S. Ambassador, and numerous state legislators and military generals.

Initiated in 2006, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award was established to demonstrate to current students that recognition for achievement can come early in professional life. Previous recipients are Dr. Christopher Keller, Class of 1998; Eric J. Johnson, Class of 1997; Brad Zerger, Class of 2000; Sanjit Bhattacharya, Class of 2000; Dr. Victor Wong, Jr., Class of 2003; Kay Morris, Class of 2004; and Dr. Krista Lemley, Class of 2006.

The CUAA Board presents the Faculty Hall of Fame Award, initiated in 1995, to honor current or retired professors for their teaching effectiveness, positive impact on students’ lives and involvement at Cameron outside of the classroom and in the community. Nominees must have taught at Cameron for a minimum of five years. Up to two awards may be presented annually.

Nomination forms are available online at www.cameron.edu/alumni/awards.html and from the Office of Alumni Relations, located in the Administration Building, Room 145. Listings of previous recipients of the CUAA awards can also be found on the website.

For more information, contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 580-581-2988.

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October 11, 2013

PR# 13-161