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 has made significant contributions early in his or her career to their 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) 974-2779.

2015 Distinguished Alumni

Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau
Freddie Russian

Brig. Gen. Alicia Tate-Nadeau

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.

Freddie Russian

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.

 Scott Fisher  Tim Tall Chief

Scott Fisher

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.

 Tim Tall Chief

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.


2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place on Friday, November 6. Hosted in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms, the DAA luncheon is an major component of the Homecoming celebrations. Learn more and purchase tickets here.