Chief Program Officer Kristen Cambell, of the Washington, D.C. based National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), will be the guest speaker at the 2013 Boswell Lecture on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at East Central University’s Estep Multimedia Center in the Bill S. Cole University Center.
The Boswell Lecture will feature remarks from Cambell, followed by a presentation of the Civic Health Index findings by a team of University of Central Oklahoma graduate students, led by Lauren Craig and under the direction of Dr. Janelle Grellner. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Cambell and questions from the audience.
Cambell, an ECU graduate and a native of Norman, is responsible for researching, developing and implementing all programs and special initiatives for the NCoC, including the Annual Conference, The Civic 50, NCoC.net, and the Civic Health Index portfolio.
A Civic Health Index Summit will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. at the Stanley P. Wagner Ballroom inside the Memorial Student Union. The public is invited to join ECU students in small group discussions related to the index. A facilitator will lead the discussion at each table of 6-10 participants. Anyone who would like to take part in the summit is invited to simply be in the ballroom of the student union by 12:30 p.m.
Dr. Pat Fountain serves as ECU’s S.C. Boswell Professor and coordinates the events. The S.C. Boswell Award, based on effective classroom teaching, professional development, involvement in student activities and contributions to the department, school and university, is presented to a faculty member in ECU’s School of Business.
The recipient receives a stipend based on income from the S.C. Boswell Memorial Charitable Trust and sponsors a free, public lecture or forum on topics of interest related to business.
Boswell was a respected Ada businessman who served on the Board of Regents for Oklahoma Colleges for 18 years. He donated funds for the construction of ECU’s Boswell Chapel in memory of his wife Kathryn. He helped organize the Ada Industrial Development Corporation and establish Valley View Regional Hospital in 1935. Boswell was president of the hospital’s board of directors for 12 years.
The Boswell Trust was established through the ECU Foundation Inc. in 1975 by Boswell’s daughters, Sara Boswell and Jane Boswell Maher, in order to help attract and hold outstanding faculty members in business.
Fountain holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from ECU, a master’s degree in regional science from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and both a master’s degree in human relations and supervision and a doctor of business administration degree from Louisiana Tech University.
He is a past president of the Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators, the Career Guidance Network of Oklahoma and the Ada Rotary Club. He is secretary of the ECU Alumni Association and the cubmaster of Ada’s Pack 4 and assistant scoutmaster in Ada’s Troop 4 where his son, Nathan, is a Scout.
Fountain also is an adviser or co-adviser for several ECU student organizations. He is married to Dr. Usha Fountain, a professor in ECU’s Psychology Department. He is a former Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar and a past recipient of the ECU Teaching Excellence Award.