Cameron University receives Pillar of Support donation for student complex

Cameron University President Cindy Ross accepted a $30,000 gift from Jim and Melanie Eason during a special ceremony held recently at the McMahon Center Library on Cameron's main campus.  The donation will go toward construction of the new Centennial Student Activities Complex as part of the Cameron University: Changing Lives campaign.

The Easons own and operate Southwest Sales and several other Lawton businesses.  Their support of Cameron dates back to 1989 when they became members of the CU President's Partners in the group's inaugural year.  They have also contributed throughout the years to Cameron Athletics including golf and women's basketball.

"Cameron is fortunate to have community supporters like the Easons," said Ross.  "With the support of the local business community, as exemplified by Jim and Melanie, the new Student Activities Complex will provide a modern venue for students and community activities."

Contributions at the Pillar of Support level allow donors to make a significant commitment to the campaign and spread the donation over a three-year period at a rate of $10,000 per year.  To honor the gifts, plaques recognizing contributors as a Pillar of Support will mark the prominent pillars supporting the new complex.

"We have owned and operated our business in Lawton for 35 years and realize the impact Cameron University makes on our community and all of Southwest Oklahoma," said Jim Eason.  "We are proud to offer our support to this endeavor which will enhance the University, its students and our community for many years."

The Centennial Student Activities Complex, to be located in the heart of campus, will provide a modern location for students to study, dine, interact and relax.  The complex will feature a student union, student activities areas, meeting rooms, an art gallery, dining areas and community spaces for students to make lasting memories.

The complex will not only serve Cameron students, but will serve the community for a variety of functions.  The second floor of the state-of-the-art complex will house a ballroom with seating for 400 connected to a balcony that will overlook the Centennial Gardens, another campaign initiative.  This area will be well suited for hosting proms, weddings and other community events.

More than $9 million dollars has been contributed or pledged to Cameron's newly expanded Changing Lives campaign.  The recently launched Dig Deeper Challenge raises the campaign goal to $10 million.