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Football stadium renamed

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Chad Richison Stadium

UCO ushered in a new era for Broncho athletics announcing its football facility will be renamed Chad Richison Stadium and unveiling extensive stadium improvements funded by the new namesake who is an alumnus.

Chad Richison, founder and CEO of Paycom, announced an additional $10 million gift for the stadium improvements.

“I am passionate about higher education and collegiate athletics,” Richison said. “I appreciated the experience I had at UCO and hope this gift inspires others to accomplish something they may not have dreamed possible.”

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Distinguished Alums named

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University honors new class of Distinguished Alumni

University honors new class of Distinguished Alumni The UCO Alumni Association recognized seven recipients of its Distinguished Alumni Award at its 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon. The seven recipients include Erin Clemons, Peggy Kates, Madhu Krishnamurthy, Kashif Rathore, Sheila and Preston Stinson and Gloria Torres.

A committee selected the Distinguished Alumni Award recipients based on peer recommendations and notable accomplishments in one of three categories: professional impact, community service and university service. 

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Softball Facility Update

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Softball Facility being named Gerry Pinkston Stadium

Central Softball Facility to be named Gerry Pinkston Stadium after the Hall of Fame Coach and former professor, Gerry Pinkston, Ed.D. Pinkston coached Central from 1976-1997 and won 455 games along the way.

"Overwhelming," Pinkston said about having her name put on the stadium.

"I had a dream job," she continued. "To be able to teach and coach a long time. You don't think about things like this. It certainly wasn't anything I expected. It's such an honor. It really honors all of the players that have played here and made the program what it is."

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Alumna Update

Central alumna Shana Perry, Ed.D., will be the executive director of equity, innovation and achievement within Oklahoma City Public Schools. In the newly created role, Perry will serve as an advisor and resource for instructional leadership as the district continues its efforts to align with their vision for equity. Perry previously served as an elementary instructional leadership director in the district and led four of their Innovative Transformation schools.

She earned her Master of Education at UCO.

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