Six students from Oklahoma’s regional universities have been designated Brad Henry International Scholars and are spending the fall semester participating in an international study abroad program at Swansea University in Wales.
Erika Christner, Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford; Summer Hill, Northeastern State University, Tahlequah; Christina Isom, East Central University, Ada; Aleshia Richardson, Langston University, Langston; Tori Strecker, Cameron University, Lawton; and Valorie Vernon, Rogers State University, Claremore; were chosen by their institutions for the international study program that 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.
“These students possess the academic talent, dedication to service and the leadership skills that makes them highly qualified for this program,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “Through this program, they will learn the importance of succeeding in a global economy. We will look forward to these students returning home and sharing with their campuses what they have learned.”
Christner is a junior studying mathematics with minors in history, statistics and Spanish at SWOSU. After graduation, she hopes to earn her master’s in education so she can teach English and math in the United States and around the world. Christner was a 2008-09 Distinguished Freshman Scholarship recipient and is a member of the Black Student Association.
Hill is a senior studying cellular biology at NSU. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree, she hopes to attend medical school in Oklahoma. Hill wants to be a physician so she can help people and make a tangible and direct difference in their lives. She is a member of the NSU Honors Program and the President’s Honor Roll. She is also a Baccalaureate Scholar
Isom is a senior double-majoring in legal studies and political science at ECU. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and pursue a career in law and politics. Isom serves as the vice president of scholarship and social chair of Alpha Gamma Delta International Fraternity, secretary of the Legal Professional Association and on the Panhellenic Council. She is on the Dean’s Honor Roll.
Richardson is a senior majoring in mathematics at Langston. After graduation, she plans to be a math teacher in secondary education in an urban setting. While teaching, Richardson will work toward her Master of Arts in higher education administration with the hopes of becoming a high school principal. She is the recipient of the Siemens Teaching, Regents and Thurgood Marshall College Fund scholarships. Richardson is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society, on the Dean’s Honor Roll and a NASA Scholar.
Strecker is a senior studying public relations with a minor in speech communications at Cameron. After graduation she plans to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a lawyer by attending law school at the University of Oklahoma. Strecker’s overall career goals are to work in corporate public relations, acting as both the public relations representative and in-house legal council. She is a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and Public Relations Student Society of America.
Vernon is a senior studying liberal arts with an emphasis in English at RSU. She plans to earn her master’s and doctorate degrees in English with the goal of working in higher education. Vernon is the recipient of the RSU Honors and RSU Presidents Leadership Class scholarships.