The Edmond Sun


March 22, 2014

UCO Alumni Association seeks nominations

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association is seeking nominations for outstanding Central alumni for both the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Awards and the 2014 Family of the Year award.          

The Distinguished Alumni Awards, formerly known as the Distinguished Former Student awards, honor UCO graduates and former students who have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators in their careers and community in one of three categories: professional, community service and university service.       

“Part of the purpose of the Alumni Association is to highlight our alumni’s extraordinary achievements. We want to give former students the opportunity to elevate their peers, mentors and students,” said Lora Malone, director of UCO’s Alumni Relations Office.

“Past recipients, such as Chad Richison, the Dougherty family and Mayor Glenn Lewis are making tremendous strides in the metropolitan community and beyond. We want to recognize alumni of the same caliber and heart.”

Criteria for the professional field include the nominee’s impact on achievements in their profession, recognition within their field, length of service, degrees earned and completed publications or research.         

Community service nominees are evaluated on voluntary leadership, dedication and contribution of time, effort and enthusiasm to improve quality of lives and personal commitment demonstrated above desire for personal gain.         

The university service award is based on the nominee’s devotion and loyalty to the university through volunteerism, participation in campus activities, philanthropic support and on their continued promotion of UCO, its students and the UCO Alumni Association.         

Also sponsored by the UCO Alumni Association, the Family of the Year award is given annually to a family who has a long line of members who have attended and/or graduated from UCO and continue to stay involved with the university.          

The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. April 18.         

Recipients will be formally honored during Homecoming at the annual Alumni Awards Ceremony on Oct. 31.          

FOR MORE information or to obtain nomination forms, contact the UCO Office of Alumni Relations at 974-2421 or visit

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