High school students offered opportunity to attend Cameron Connection summer camp

High school freshmen and sophomores from rural communities in Southwest Oklahoma will have the opportunity to explore college life during Cameron University’s Cameron Connection, a new residential summer camp, from June 9-13. Cameron Connection will be an exciting, entertaining and enlightening experience for 60 students who want to know about college life. During this five-day, four-night camp, students will live on campus and participate in an informative and interactive program designed to help them begin making preparations to attend college. The program is offered at no charge to participants. At the completion of the program, students will leave with a road map for completing the necessary steps to choose, be admitted, enroll and graduate from the university of their choice.

Cameron Connection is made possible by a gift from Cameron supporters Dr. Ronald and Christie Woodson, who have pledged $20,000 annually for the next five years to support the camp.

“Cameron Connection is an incredible opportunity for students who otherwise might have no exposure to higher education,” says Cameron President Cindy Ross. “We are indebted to Ron and Christie Woodson for making this program possible. Through Cameron Connection, we have the ability to provide access to higher education resources to high school students in rural communities – at no cost – so they can start planning their path to a college degree.”

“Attending college is a life-changing experience,” says Christie Woodson. “So many students in rural communities have limited exposure to a college campus, so they have little or no understanding of the opportunities and experiences that college brings. We want to expose those students to college life – get them on campus and let them experience the collegiate environment. My hope is that the students who find themselves engaging in campus life through Cameron Connection will take the next step of deciding a college degree is in their future and be equipped with the tools to know how to fund attending college without a tremendous debt load.”

During their Cameron Connection experience, students will learn virtually everything they need to know to be prepared for college, including the life-long benefits of a college education, the costs of a college education, how to financially plan for college, academic preparation, choosing a major, test preparation and more.

Cameron Connection is a two-year experience targeted at high school students in rural communities that may benefit from the program. A list of eligible high schools can be found at www.cameron.edu/cameronconnection.

Once selected for the program, students will attend the camp prior to their freshman and sophomore years in high school. For Cameron Connection Summer 2013, upcoming sophomores will be eligible to apply but will only participate for one year.

Space is limited, so students are encouraged to apply soon.  To apply, complete the application form available at www.cameron.edu/cameronconnection, write a short essay, obtain all required signatures on the permission form which is also found on the website, and mail to the address listed on the application form along with a copy of a current school transcript or report card.

Students will be notified his or her selection into the program by mail and will receive details regarding the program as well as additional forms that must be completed, signed and returned prior to arrival at Cameron Connection. 

What can students expect at Cameron Connection? The schedule is set in two tracks based on a student's year in school. In addition to the various activities designed to help students develop a plan for going to the college or university of their choice, students will have the opportunity to participate in fun, social and  informative evening activities. Examples of evening activities students might experience include a night at the Aggie Rec Center with an abundance of games such as volleyball, swimming, basketball, disc golf or even enjoying a few board games with new friends. Other activities include an etiquette dinner, movie night, dress for success fashion show, and more.  

“Cameron Connection will allow students to experience a college campus and to develop a plan and set goals related to going to college all while having some fun along the way,” says Ross. “We are excited about offering this new experience to high school freshmen and sophomores. By underwriting the cost of this incredible summer camp, Ron and Christie Woodson are setting the stage to make dreams come true in rural communities throughout Southwest Oklahoma.”

Dr. and Mrs. Woodson are long-time supporters of Cameron University and are members of the Cameron University Alumni Association. In addition, Christie Woodson serves on the Board of Directors of the Cameron University Foundation. Lifetime members of President’s Partners, they continue to support the Cameron University Foundation through their on-going participation in that program and have attained status as Century II Two Star members. Over the past 20 years, they have supported numerous university initiatives, including the Centennial “Changing Lives” campaign, endowed scholarships, Cameron athletic programs, campus beautification, Friends of CU Percussion, the CU Alumni Association Foundation Fund, and more.

For complete details about Cameron Connection, go to www.cameron.edu/cameronconnection or call the Office of Enrollment Management at 580-581-2987.

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March 13, 2013

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