TAHLEQUAH - Leadership and volunteerism have always come naturally to Northeastern State University seniors Breanna Walker and Cody Brumley. Now, through their appointment as Senator Herb Rozell Scholars, each is being rewarded for their leadership and service efforts.
Established to honor the outstanding works and deeds of former Senator Herb Rozell who dedicated 28 years of public service to the people of District 3 and the state of Oklahoma, the Senator Herb Rozell Scholars Program recognizes NSU seniors with tremendous campus and community leadership, outstanding scholastic achievement, and commitment to excellence for the future. Funded by private donations to the NSU Foundation, the scholarship pays for each recipient's expenses for the following year, freeing them to explore additional opportunities for service and leadership.
"The name Rozell represents so much to our University and this community. I am honored to represent our University as a Rozell Scholar. I hope to fulfill the aims of this prestigious scholarship and develop the scholarship to even higher expectations for the generations to follow, " Walker said.
A President's Leadership Class (PLC) member and its former vice-president, Walker maintains involvement in several student activity organizations including serving as a small group leader for Redmen Ambassadors and as a George Nigh Scholar. In addition to her volunteer work as a BCM Ensemble Leader and on the Worship Committee, she has been the president of the Pre-Professional Health Club. A cellular biology major, Walker hopes to attend medical school and eventually serve overseas as a medical missionary.
"Leadership is not about position, power, or prestige. It is about doing your part to meet a need. It is about being a servant, " said Brumley when asked what drives him to be a leader. "To be labeled as a leader by both faculty and my peers is an honor. "
A Mass Communication major, Brumley enjoys an active scholarly and student life at Northeastern. In addition to serving as the president for the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, Brumley was named 2005's Mr. NSU. He has also served as president of the BCM and was named Greek Male of the Year. Anticipating graduation in the spring of 2007, Brumley, a PLC student, looks forward to both his senior year and life after graduation. His future plans include attending Baptist theological seminary in Kansas City, Missouri.