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UCO Sigma Gamma Rho Chapter Honors Community Leaders

Dec. 5, 2012

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


The University of Central Oklahoma’s chapter of the Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will honor seven community leaders at the L.E.N.D. (Leaders Empowering for a New Day) A HAND awards banquet at noon Dec. 15 in the Nigh University Center’s Heritage Room on Central’s campus.

“We want to show people you don’t have to be a celebrity or on television to make a difference. At the L.E.N.D A HAND awards banquet we want to recognize outstanding community leaders who have influenced our sorority by the work they have done in our local community,” said Vernelia McKnight, L.E.N.D A HAND chairman and epistoleus of the Sigma Gamma Rho alumni chapter.

This years honorees include:

Ed Cunliff, Ph.D.
University of Central Oklahoma, professor
Educator of the Year

Shawn Oglesby
Kappa Alpha Psi Oklahoma City Alumni, polemarch
Humanitarian of the Year

Krizzo Meadows
Christ Temple Community Church, pastor
Religious Leader of the Year

Maggi Hutchason
Dearing House Child Advocacy Center, director
Civil Duty Worker of the Year

Desiree Ingram
Wings of Hope
Communicator of the Year

Rita Freeney
Sisters in Motion, executive director
Health Worker of the Year

Juanice Shelton
Sigma Gamma Rho, alumna and southwestern region sergeant-at-arms
Outstanding Soror of the Year

Tickets for this banquet are $10. For tickets or more information contact McKnight at 918-504-9708 or