Students set to lead Cameron’s 2018 Convocation

Three Cameron University students have been selected to speak on behalf of the university’s student body during Convocation 2018, a celebration of academic excellence. Jessica Allmon, Duncan; Megan Magness, Elgin; and Ann Patterson, Lawton, will share personal stories of accomplishment and inspiration during the annual event. Convocation, a Cameron tradition highlighted by musical performances and colorful pageantry, will take place at 10 a.m., Friday, October 12, in Aggie Gym and is open to the public.

“Each and every Cameron student has a personal journey in completing a college degree,” says Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “During our annual celebration of academic excellence, we will hear from three students, each of whom is an outstanding representative of Cameron’s student body.”

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, honor and scholarship students receive special recognition for their academic achievements.

About the speakers

A first generation college student from Duncan, Cameron senior Jessica Allmon is majoring in English with a concentration in literature. She will complete her studies for a Bachelor of Arts degree this fall. Jessica holds membership in Phi Eta Sigma as well as Sigma Tau Delta, where she served as president during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Earlier this year, Jessica was a presenter at the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Her presentation, titled "’They Weren't Counting on Bears’ and Other Tales from Space Australia: An Analysis of SF on Tumblr,” contained her analysis of trends on an emerging science fiction genre on social networking sites.

After graduation, Jessica plans to pursue a master’s degree in library and information sciences with a goal of working in a university library.

A senior majoring in Chemistry in the ACS certified track, Megan Magness hails from Elgin, where she raises horses and is a member of the American Quarter Horse Association, the Palomino Horse Association, and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Megan is active in the CU Chemistry Club, currently serving as vice president. She has also served the club as treasurer. She was a counselor for the NanoExplorers and the Applied Mathematics and Aerospace summer academies in 2017.

Megan has conducted research to find more efficient and economical methods to convert silver from recovered laboratory waste into silver nitrate. She will present her research findings at the Southwest Regional American Chemical Society meeting in Arkansas next month.

After graduation, Megan plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Ann Patterson, a senior accounting major, is nearing completion of her second bachelor’s degree, more than 25 years after earning her first.

Active in a number of campus organizations, she is the current president of Delta Sigma Pi, a professional fraternity for business students. Ann is also a member of the CU Accounting Club, serving as its secretary for the past two years.  She is a recognized leader in that organization, overseeing projects dealing with community involvement, volunteer activities and donations of books and school supplies.  She is also a member of Delta Mu Delta, an international honor society for business administration programs.

Ann serves as a volunteer accounting tutor in the CU Department of Business and is always willing to assist students in need of extra help. When not in class, Ann is busy home-schooling her children and managing a direct-selling, home-based business.

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October 9, 2018