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UCO Homecoming Wraps Up The Week By Raising Over $17,000 For Local Nonprofit

Nov. 7, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Bass, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, 405-974-2121,


Though they came short of a win on the field, the University of Central Oklahoma’s homecoming week concluded as an overall success with student organizations collecting $17,059.11 in cash, goods, and toys for the Bethel Foundation, an Oklahoma City nonprofit that provides assistance to single mothers.

“We can’t express how thankful we are to be chosen by Central as this year’s homecoming philanthropy. We had to use a 40-foot storage container to deliver all the donated items to the mothers,” said Lynda Powell, founder and CEO of the Bethel Foundation.

“Already mothers in need are benefiting from the donations.”

Students, faculty, staff, and Central organizations also received awards recognizing their efforts at the football game on Saturday.

University of Central Oklahoma seniors Terri Bernard, native of Noble, and Billy Ellis, native of Marietta, were crowned the 2012 Homecoming Queen and King.

Bernard represented Sigma Phi Lambda sorority and Ellis represented Leaders of Tomorrow.

Additionally, Ted Jones, Central’s assistant police chief, and Tabbi Burwell, coordinator sales and marketing for the Housing and Dining Office, were named the first-ever 2012 Faculty and Staff Homecoming King and Queen in recognition of their efforts to support students.

The week is full of fun competition for student organizations, which earn points towards the coveted Broncho Cup, also awarded during halftime of the football game. Winners are named in the “open” and “Greek” divisions, with Leaders of Tomorrow and Central’s chapter of the Alpha Gamma Delta sorority claiming victory, respectively. Alpha Gamma Delta was then named the overall winner for earning the most points for competing in various activities throughout the week.

“The week was full of festive and memorable events that truly displayed Central’s spirit and pride. We are so proud of our students and our University,” said Courtney James, assistant director of campus activities.

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