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UCO Alumni Association Announces 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients and Family of the Year

Oct. 1, 2013

Media Contact: Reagan Hamlin, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, University of Central Oklahoma Development Office,, 405-974-3552


The University of Central Oklahoma Alumni Association will recognize five recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Central Family of the Year at the 2013 Alumni Recognition Ceremony, 11:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 1 in the Grand Ballrooms of the Nigh University Center.

This year's distinguished UCO alumni include Ray Hardin, president of Edgewood Homes, Inc. in Midwest City; Glenn Lewis, mayor of Moore and owner of Lewis Jewelers in Moore; Dalen McVay, law partner at Ewbank, Henningh and McVay, PLLC in Enid; James T. “Jim” Stuart, law partner at Stuart, Clover, Duran, Thomas and Vorndran in Shawnee; and Allen Wright, vice president of Public and Government Affairs at Devon Energy.

A committee of UCO alumni board members selected the recipients based on peer recommendations and notable accomplishments in one of three categories: professional, community service and university service. The UCO Alumni Association has given the awards annually since the inception of the program in 1952.

"Homecoming is such a special time of celebration for our alumni and community,” said Brenda Knott, interim director of the UCO Alumni Association.

"This luncheon allows us to honor these outstanding alumni who have worked so hard to make a difference in the communities they serve.”           

At the reception, the association also will honor the Dougherty family as the 2013 Central Family of the Year, accepted by Jo Ann Dougherty Compton and her husband Charles "Chuck" Compton. The 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 reception will include a formal awards presentation with video highlights of the honorees' lifetime accomplishments as well as an opportunity to reconnect with alumni.

Tickets are $20 a person and can be purchased by calling the UCO Alumni Association at 405-974-2421 or registering online at  Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 11.

The UCO Alumni Association promotes the general welfare of UCO through its members, while also strengthening the relationship and communication among graduates, current students, faculty, staff and friends of the university.           

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Editor’s Note:  Headshots of each of the award recipients may be downloaded at