Seven students from Oklahoma’s regional universities have been designated Brad Henry International Scholars and are spending the spring semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales.
Lauren Bennett, Cameron University, Lawton; Bryan Bozell, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; Leethaniel Brumfield, Langston University, Langston; Nancy Pham, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond; Jack Test, Oklahoma Panhandle State University, Goodwell; Keith Watkins, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant; and Christopher Wyche, East Central University, Ada, were chosen for the international study program, which was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008.
The State Regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.
“Academic talent, character and leadership are what makes these students stand out from others,” said Chancellor Glen D. Johnson. “In today’s workplace, graduates need to understand the importance of competing in a global economy, and this program will allow these students to experience it firsthand.”
Test and Watkins are participating in the internship with the National Assembly for Wales.
Test currently studies computer information systems and biology at OPSU, where he has been president of the Student Association and Student Senate. He uses his computer expertise and artistic ability to create data management systems, publications and Web sites for organizations on campus and statewide. This year, Test also managed a reelection campaign for a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Watkins is a senior at Southeastern, where he studies political science and history. He is the president of the Young Democrats on campus and has organized two voter registration drives. Watkins has competed in speech and debate tournaments throughout the central United States and Canada. He is currently a student worker for the social sciences department at Southeastern. In the future, Watkins hopes to have a career in politics, government or other public service.
Bennett, Bozell, Brumfield, Pham and Wyche are participating in the study-abroad program at Swansea University.
Bennett is a senior majoring in speech communication and language arts at Cameron. She has been a member of Cameron’s most prestigious program for scholarship and leadership. Bennett worked as a programming intern at the Cameron Campus Ministry and a ropes course facilitator in the Wichita Mountains teaching self-confidence and teamwork using aerial obstacle courses.
Bozell is a junior at SWOSU studying to be a pharmacist. He is a musician who has toured Europe with a band and works part-time building and repairing computers.
Brumfield is a senior at Langston pursuing a double major in biology and chemistry. He has presented papers at research conferences across the United States. Brumfield plans to pursue a Ph.D. in civil or environmental engineering.
Pham is a junior majoring in international trade at UCO. She has been president of the Asian American Student Association and has been active in student government. Pham has served as an officer in her sorority, a student ambassador for UCO and treasurer of a campus organization that encourages student to become community volunteers.
Wyche is a junior at ECU. He is planning for a career as a professor, focusing on 19th century British literature.
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Jack Test, Oklahoma Panhandle State University; Keith Watkins, Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Leethaniel Brumfield, Langston University; Christopher Wyche, East Central University; Nancy Pham, University of Central Oklahoma; Lauren Bennett, Cameron University; and Bryan Bozell, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Gov. Brad Henry International Scholars, are congratulated by Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Gov. Henry.