DAA and Family of the Year

An Honorable Tradition...

For more than 50 years, UCO has honored its most outstanding alumni with the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) and the Family of the Year Award. In 2015, the UCO Alumni Association established the Young Alumni Award, adding it to the others in hopes of honoring alumni who have made significant contributions early in their career to profession or community.

The DAA award recognizes outstanding accomplishments in education, arts and sciences, business/professions, community service or university service. Also sponsored by the UCO Alumni Association, the Family of the Year award is given annually to a family with a long line of members who have attended and/or graduated from UCO and continue to stay involved with the university.

For more information, contact the UCO Alumni Association at (405) 974-2421.

2015 Family of the Year

Tuepker Family

The Tuepker Family with 25 members who attended and/or graduated from UCO. To see the video honoring the 2015 Family of the Year, click here.

 2015 Distinguished Alumni
Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau
Freddie Russian

Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau
(BS '87)

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Tate-Nadeau graduated from UCO with a bachelor’s degree in health. She is the first woman to reach the rank of brigadier general with the Illinois National Guard. During her time on campus, she received her commission as second lieutenant through the UCO ROTC program. Watch the DAA Luncheon video for Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau here.

Freddy Russian (BS '98)

Russian began his career in 1991 as a head currency trader managing more than $1 billion in currencies. Russian has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and finance from Central, as well as many additional industry certifications. Past recognition includes the Silver Spur Award from Merrill Lynch and LPL Financial’s Director’s Club Award. Watch the DAA Luncheon video for Freddy Russian here.

 Scott Fischer  Tim Tall Chief

Scott Fischer (BS '05)

The first-ever recipient of the association’s Young Alumni Award is Scott Fischer, chief operating officer (COO) of Fischer Enterprises, where he supervised the acquisition of the assets of Dippin’ Dots Inc. In July 2014, he acquired Doc Popcorn, the largest franchised retailer of popcorn in the world, as well as Crumbs Bake Shop, a specialty cupcake and baked confections retail chain. Fischer earned his bachelor’s degree from UCO and holds an MBA and a master’s of management from the University of Phoenix. Watch the DAA Luncheon video for Scott Fischer here.

 Tim Tall Chief (BA '71, M.Ed. '78)

Tall Chief currently serves as director of Health Services for the Citizen of Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He also maintains a faculty appointment in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Oklahoma and serves as CEO of Outdoors Adventures Unlimited Inc., an adventure- and culturally-based program serving training needs of corporations, tribes and nonprofits throughout the country. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Watch the DAA Luncheon video for Tim Tall Chief here.