The Cameron University School of Business has announced the first recipients of its Distinguished Graduate awards. John O’Brien, Lawton, and Karin Knapp-Parham, Seoul, South Korea, have been named as the honorees. Faculty members from the School of Business selected the two after reviewing the academic achievements of master’s candidates who completed degree requirements during Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.
O’Brien is a captain in the U.S. Army and is currently a battery commander at Fort Sill. He is the first graduate of Cameron’s Master of Science in Organizational Leadership program, which he says will benefit him in future positions throughout his military career. After enlisting in the Army in 1985, O’Brien was stationed at Fort Sill for basic training. In 2008, he received his commission through Officer Candidate School. His assignments have included Kirchgoens, Germany; Ft. Stewart, Ga.; Ft. Benning, Ga.; Ft. Bliss, Texas; Kaiserslautern, Germany; and a tour of duty in Iraq. In July, he will return to Ft. Stewart. O’Brien’s wife, Sandra Lynne Hall, and son, Sid Starnes, are also members of the Cameron Class of 2014, both receiving degrees in communication. His daughter, Meagan, is an intelligence analyst in the U.S. Army.
With the completion of a Master of Business Administration, Knapp-Parham has achieved one of her personal goals. She completed most of her coursework while her husband, Maj. Russel Parham, was stationed at Fort Sill and took her comprehensive exams after his current assignment took the couple to Seoul, South Korea. During her tenure as a Cameron student, she presented a paper titled “Technology: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: How Technology is Affecting Employee Privacy, Work Balance and Workplace Relationships” at an academic conference in 2012. Knapp-Parham is a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from June 2003 through March 2006. She serves as secretary on the Seoul American Girl Scouts Overseas Council and is researching entrepreneurial and part-time contracting and freelance opportunities until her youngest child starts school fulltime. She and her husband have three children, Miette, Dalton and Finnley.
May 9, 2014