Cameron University presents Southwest Oklahoma STEM Summit: A Business, Education, and Government Initiative to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Southwest Oklahoma

Cameron University and the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies will present the Southwest Oklahoma STEM Summit: A Business, Education, and Government Initiative to Advance Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in Southwest Oklahoma, on Wednesday, April 23. The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the McCasland Ballroom of the McMahon Centennial Complex and is open to the public at no charge. Please RSVP by April 16  via email to stem@cetes.org or by calling 581-2308.   

“The disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, commonly referred to as STEM, play a vital role in the industries that drive Oklahoma’s economy, which include energy, aerospace and defense, agriculture and biosciences, information technology, finance, and transportation and distribution,” says Cameron President John McArthur. “Cameron University is pleased to present this action-oriented conference which will emphasize the importance of STEM education and the role it plays in economic development.”

The Southwest Oklahoma STEM Summit will bring together leaders from businesses, educational institutions, industries, and state and local government.

Keynote addresses will be presented by Oklahoma Cabinet members Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science and Technology, and Robert Sommers, Secretary of Education and Workforce Development.

McKeever serves as Director of the Oklahoma State University National Energy Solutions Institute and Regents Professor of Physics at OSU. He will speak during the luncheon and will present an overview of efforts by Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Legislature to strengthen math and science education in the state.

In the summit’s closing address, Sommers will speak about the relationship between STEM education and economic development. He also serves the Director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

The summit will feature additional experts who will address a variety of STEM-related issues and opportunities.

Terry R. Conley, Dean, School of Science and Technology, Cameron University, will focus on STEM education at the university level. Tom Deighan, Superintendent, Lawton Public Schools, will provide information about LPS initiatives in support of STEM education at the high school level.

Frank Wang, President, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, will present information on his institution’s status as the state’s premier residential science and mathematics high school and will also speak about outreach through distance learning. Tom Thomas, Superintendent, Great Plains Technology Center, will address GPTC’s role in STEM activities.

Pamela Carroll, Dean, College of Education, Oklahoma State University, will discuss OSU Teach. The program, which is funded through a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative, recruits STEM majors into secondary education with the goal of increasing the output of highly qualified secondary teachers of sciences and mathematics.

Lance Tackett, Executive Director, Teach for America-Oklahoma, Tulsa, will present information on Teach for America, a national program that recruits individuals with college degrees and provides training, support and financial assistance to place them in high-need school districts.

Ben T. Robinson, Owner/President, Sentry One LLC, Oklahoma City, is a retired Air Force brigadier general with significant experience in the aerospace industry. He will present an overview of his experiences in the military and will reflect on the importance of STEM education.

Michael Carolina, Executive Director, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, will moderate a panel dedicated to STEM education. Members of the panel include Robin Schott, Vice President, West Central, Region, Project Lead the Way®, Oklahoma City; Sherry Labyer, Superintendent, Duncan Public Schools; Jennifer Dennis, Chair, Education Department, Cameron University; Chrystal Overton, Dean of Technology, Western Oklahoma State College, Altus; and Katherine Hergenrether, A.P. Chemistry Teacher, Eisenhower High School, Lawton.

Bill W. Burgess, Jr., Chairman of the Board of Vortex, senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm, and owner/publisher of the Lawton Constitution, will moderate a panel focusing on business and industry. Panelists include Tom Buchanan, Vice Chairman, Oklahoma Water Resources Board and General Manager of the Lugert-Altus Irrigation District, Altus; J. Adam Calaway, Director of Communications, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore; Steve Hyde, Chief Executive Officer, Southwestern Medical Center, Lawton; Warren Langford, Chief Executive Officer, Cotton Electric Cooperative, Walters; and Lynn Gilmore, Manager, Central Region for Northrup Grumman Global Corporate Citizenship,  Northrup Grumman Corporation, Irving, Texas.

For a detailed agenda and additional information about the Southwest Oklahoma STEM Summit, contact the Cameron University School of Science and Technology at 580-581-2308.

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April 11, 2014

PR# 14-081