Each year during homecoming week, the UCO Alumni Association honors some of its most outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award. This prestigious award recognizes alumni who have become world-class ambassadors of UCO. Award recipients have demonstrated distinctive and notable accomplishments in their careers and professional lives, as well as service to their communities and the university.
The 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients have become a Broadway performer; a renowned civic leader; an award-winning journalist; a health care executive; Oklahoma politician and district judge; and, Latinx community advocate. The following pages explore what makes each of these award winners distinguished alumni.
- Emerging Leader Award – Erin Clemons, Bachelor of Arts in Music Theatre, 2011
- Distinguished Alumni Couple – Sheila Stinson, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, 1999 and Preston Stinson, Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, 1998
- Peggy Kates, Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry, 1972
- Madhu Krishnamurthy, Bachelor of Arts in Newspaper Journalism, 1998
- Kashif Rathore, Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems, 1997
- Gloria Torres, Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language, 1996